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FDA Crackdown on Homeopathic Treatment

The FDA is known for its corrupt practices. The FDA said that perhaps 10 people have died from natural supplements over several years. We would like to see the evidence. We think the actual number is zero. We use many natural supplements continuously, and have never had any side effects.

The FDA is described as a revolving door for top executives from companies the FDA regulates. They go to the FDA for a few years, make favorable regulations for their companies, and then return to their companies. This is common knowledge. It has been that way for many decades, but it isn’t changed.

Everyone knows this. Yet nothing is done to prevent.
It is a dark secret for example that many of the mass shooting incidences in the US have been perpetrated by people on antidepressant drugs. However, the pharma industry has a well-organized and highly paid public relations network which convinces the media from mentioning the drugs that the shoulders were taking.

Here is some evidence from All Things Considered on the FDA’s new major corruption play:

The Food and Drug Administration said it plans to crack down on the sale of some homeopathic products.

The agency unveiled a new, risk-based approach to regulating homeopathic treatments Monday that aims to protect the public from dangerous products.

“In recent years, we’ve seen a large uptick in products labeled as homeopathic that are being marketed for a wide array of diseases and conditions, from the common cold to cancer,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement announcing the new policy.

“In many cases, people may be placing their trust and money in therapies that may bring little to no benefit in combating serious ailments, or worse — that may cause significant and even irreparable harm because the products are poorly manufactured, or contain active ingredients that aren’t adequately tested or disclosed to patients,” Gottlieb says.

Homeopathy is an ancient practice based on the idea that small traces of substances that cause diseases can actually be used to treat illness. But critics have long charged that there is no scientific evidence to support homeopathy and that some homeopathic products could be dangerous.

Time For Homeopathic Remedies To Prove That They Work?

Critics have been especially concerned about products being contaminated with dangerous substances, or sold for serious conditions for which other, proven treatments work.
The FDA has issued warnings about specific products in the past, and the Federal Trade Commission has required better labeling of homeopathic products.

But over the past decade, the homeopathic drug market has grown “exponentially,” according to the FDA, becoming a nearly $3 billion industry in the United States.

The FDA has seen a “corresponding increase in safety concerns, including serious adverse events” resulting from homeopathic products, the FDA says.

In response to the growth and continuing concerns, the FDA convened a public hearing to revisit a 1988 decision not to regulate homeopathic products like standard medical treatments.

Under the new policy, the FDA will more carefully scrutinize these products, especially those sold to treat infants and children, those containing ingredients with significant safety concerns, such as belladonna, and those sold for serious conditions such as opioid addiction, heart disease and cancer.

“We respect that some individuals want to use alternative treatments, but the FDA has a responsibility to protect the public from products that may not deliver any benefit and have the potential to cause harm,” Gottlieb says.

Mark Land, president of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists, said in an email that the group “shares the FDA’s commitment to protecting public health,” and noted the action “would not materially affect the vast majority of homeopathic drug products available in the United States.”

“As always, AAHP is committed to ensuring that consumers have access to natural, safe, homeopathic medicines in the United States and throughout the world,” Land said.

During a briefing for reporters about the proposed new policy, FDA officials stressed that the agency had no intention of requiring most homeopathic products that are on the market to undergo formal FDA review, however, or to remove most homeopathic products. So people who believe such products help them will still have access to many of them, the officials said.

The proposed policy will be open for public comment for 90 days. The agency will review the comments before making the policy final.

The agency’s move was praised by long-term critics of the industry.

“I think that it’s about time that these snake oil salesmen were held accountable for what they’re selling,” says Paul Offit, a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “The consumer will clearly benefit.”

My View: This new attack on holistic remedies is just another effort to persuade people to use the dangerous prescription drugs. For decades the FDA has tried to make vitamins available only by prescription. It has not succeeded so far, but they keep on trying.

Compare the 10 alleged deaths from supplements to the 500,000 actual deaths attributed to pharmaceuticals and medical errors per year and you can see that the FDA should focus more on preventing the 500,000 deaths than the 10 alleged ones.

The terrible opioid crisis in the US is another problem caused directly by the inaction of the FDA. Dr. Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry of Stanford, is launching lawsuits against manufacturers of the opioids.

THERE ARE about 175 deaths per day from this or more than 10,000 per year. They’re so addictive that even after just a few weeks use, a person will get addicted. The addiction is very difficult to break.

But the FDA, which is said to be complicit in allowing this crisis to go unchecked, is more interested in regulating natural supplements such as vitamins etc.

Imagine, they allow 10,000 Opioid deaths from companies such as Purdue Pharma and for years although the problems were well known.

Furthermore, reports show that there are 500,000 or more deaths from prescription drugs and medical mistakes that could have been prevented. That’s like a dozen or more 747s crashing each year. But instead of doing something about that, the government focuses on possibly 10 people dying each year from a tainted supplement.

When you go to your dentist, he will give you a prescription for Tylenol with an opioid, just for a tooth ache. Both substances should be banned. But these are multibillion-dollar industries, so nothing is done.

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