Dietary Supplement Scaremongering

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Posted in category Health Tyranny

An article in the Chicago Tribune, titled “Dietary supplements: Manufacturing troubles widespread, FDA inspections show” is quite a scare piece designed to plant the seed that supplements which come from outside of the medical-pharmaceutical establishment are untested, lack rigorous federal oversight, and thus are dangerous. (You may have to sign up with a free account to view the article.)

The FDA is claiming companies that manufacture supplement products, which are consumed by half of all Americans, are in persistent violation of basic manufacturing standards. Here are two preposterous quotes from the article:

(1) “It’s downright scary,” said Daniel Fabricant, head of the FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs. “At least half of industry is failing on its face.”

(2) Bradford Williams, manager of the FDA Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, expressed exasperation while addressing an audience at SupplySide West, a large dietary supplement conference in Las Vegas in October.

“It doesn’t seem that the firms are getting it,” Williams said. “How do I reach this industry? Do I have to use nuclear bombers to do it?”

The nuclear bombers comment is nothing short of bizarre. The FDA regulates the dietary supplement industry under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. The FDA, however, has drafted its New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) Notification that will require the manufacturers and sellers of dietary supplements to submit NDI detailed reports on every single ingredient they have added to any of their products since 1994. These reports will have to be supported by proof – in the form of clinical test trials or peer-reviewed articles from scientific journals – that the ingredients are effective. The manufacturers and sellers will not be able to sell their products until the FDA has completed a review and approves the ingredients for sale to the public. The intention is to severely minimize the dietary supplement industry, or put most of it out of business while manufacturers cannot possibly retroactively defend their myriad ingredients.

Yet, Frito-Lay continues to promote its junk food as “heart healthy” snacks, and General Mills can claim that its sugar-in-a-box can lower your cholesterol. Also, the “legal” and government-sanctioned suppliers of drugs continue to expand what the CDC deems an epidemic: death by Big Pharma.

Certainly, I do believe there are many inferior supplements out there, and that goes beyond the potential for poor manufacturing, non-adherence to sensible standards (such as maintaining master recipes), etc. I buy few supplements, but what I do buy is all top-quality, from premium companies, and the cost reflects that fact. But folks have a right to make these determinations for themselves. Thanks to Brent Peterson for the article link.

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4 Responses to Dietary Supplement Scaremongering

  1. John Bowman MD says:

    July 3rd, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    This is propaganda to advance Codex Alimentarius- which the government is obviously about to start pushing again.   You can tell the “Core Agenda” because it never goes away. We defeat it one year- they wait a couple years and reintroduce it again.   ”Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.”  Bertrand Russell

  2. jeannie queenie says:

    July 4th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Dr. Bowman is right seems that they have to trudge this one out every couple years. No doubt, to give the impression they are concerned about the masses and what they injest. But this is not really their concern, for it they truly sought the best health for the citizenry, they would not allow GMO foods, flouride in our water, giving Gardisal to 9 year old girls as a ‘go have sex’ passcard. They would not have poisoned the bodies of tens of thousands of our troops via vaccines which have left untold thousands super sick since 80′s.

    The FDA is a joke..where they should test, they don’t, and yet, they will tell us we can’t take vitamins. Three months ago I had cataract surgery and had to take 3 diff drops both before and after surgery. I researched them and discovered the FDA does NOT TEST any eye drops whatsoever, meaning anyone could put out any sht and you could lose your eyesight. And in fact, I learned one of the drops prescribed to me had oodles of lawsuits for said drops caused severe problems. Of course, I would not take it and told my doc of the suits, and even gave him a printout of what I had gleaned.

    His reaction…sort of..who gives a f! In short, if big pharma gives the doc a cut of the moolah when he prescribes, then his interest lies in his wallet, not me.

    Truly mind boggling was the fact that the three drops together were just under $500 for three..and there could not have been more than a tablespoon of drops in each bottle. Talk about Big RX scamming the patients.

  3. jeannie queenie says:

    July 4th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Over a year ago, Sixty Minutes did a program on the increasing faux drugs entering our country. Before that I believe 20-20 also did a show on Chinese counterfeits and how they have perfected, the exact color, size, bottles, labeling of major US RX companies..problem is that the drugs do not even have legitimate drugs in the capsules, pills, etc. Often they have dried paint or some other toxic powders which have led to the deaths of many Americans unfortunate enough to use them.

    I asked my Rite Aid pharmacist a couple years ago how they knew if they had US drugs on their shelves for prescriptions. He admitted that they have no way of knowing if what they have received in their drugstores is legit or not. Talk about scary. This is not like being able to decide if you want to eat a GMO tomato or a Heirloom tomato..if your friendly pharmacist cannot guarantee that you do in fact have a legit Merck or Pfizer prescription, then who do you trust? I am one of those individuals who rarely use drugs of any kind, but I know that often folks have a real need for a drug that could save their life. But with no guarantees that your local pharmacist is giving you the real mccoy, one has to be more than vigilante. Does Doctor Bowman have any clues for the average consumer in this regards?

    ‘Criminal counterfeiters will go to any length to evade detection. We found a shadowy network of criminals with made-up names, constantly changing locations and lots and lots of money: an estimated $75 billion a year.” To read more of this CBS segment last year, ck…

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