Part 1 caused controversy, with those lining up vehemently regarding the use of only the true scientific method[DB], AKA double Blind Studies, before taking any Drug or Supplement. And many more here like myself, can and do make decisions based on scientific papers, clinical trials, in vitro, and in vivo studies, including the work of Internist MD's that just happen to only now practice Naturopathy.
So those married to the [DB] scientific method, I hope you have a good divorce attorney. As some of us are in a unique position, of actually having to stand before the Approval Board at the FDA, in my case 3 times. The approval process is flawed!! As the FDA considers tests that are done by Third Party Labs/Institutions, and in many cases rely on the presenting company for approval, to provide their own [DB] studies. Now we are talking about the U.S. Gov't, anybody see something wrong here? And Big Pharm, with billions of dollars wanting to get even bigger. I am fully aware of there being questionable practices that allowed both Drugs and Food Ingredients to get to the market. If our FDA approval system, was so perfect there would not be such a[ large amount of documented deaths, and illness, related to either drugs or common food ingredients], we now take internally, with a knowledge, that our Gov't and our Industries of Drugs, Pharmaceutical, and Chemicals, were all pure, as the driven snow of the Antarctica. Bull****
So below and following I will be addressing both Drugs and Food ingredients, since both categories need the blessing of the FDA. But only one needs [DB] Studies and the other does not---Wonder why?
Now we know as certain individuals reminded us of the [DB] method, before using anything be it a Drug or a Supplement. There is not enough money in Supplements that cost pennies per capsule or tablet, to be studied, as no one Company can gain an exclusive to Nature and make a profit. But, Drugs are different. You can patent the Drug, and get exclusive rights for 17 years, which gives the Drug Company time to modify the existing Drug and get a patent extension. All the while charging hundreds to thousands of dollars for monthly use. And in most cases they copied Nature[see my Part 1]
So how perfect is our FDA Gov't & Drug [DB] process? Since the year 2,000 to 2016, there have been, now get this---> over 500 Drug Recalls/Bans. Can you imagine this? Some of the Drugs were in the Marketplace for dozens of years, killing, causing disease, and permanently harming enough people. Is the taking an Antihistamine worth ONE DEATH? Oh but it was [DB] studied. I see! Out of the 500 Drugs recalled, there is a list of the top 50 or top 100. Meaning Drugs that were in the Market for multiple years before the Drug Companies gave up trying to massage the FDA, and excepted a recall, and a Ban, with a loss of revenue. So I have a short list of Drugs Banned after more than 10 years in the Marketplace. I cannot list all 500. So here are 15: Remember--they were all [DB] Approved.
Darvon---used 55 years---recall after 2,100 Heart Deaths.
DES---used for 31 Years---recall after too many Cervical and Vagina Cancers, & Birth Defects
Ergamisol---used 11 years---recall after too many Blood Clots and very low WBC Counts
Hismanal---used 11 years---recall after creating A-Fib in many users
Permax---used 19 years---recall because of causing Heart Valve Leakage
Pondimin--- used 24 years---recall for causing Heart Valve Disease
Metrazol---used 48 years---recall for uncontrollable seizures
Quaalude---used 23 years---recall for Mania, Convulsions and Death
Raptiva---used 13 years---recall for damaging White Brain Matter
Seldane---used 13 years---recall for Heart Attacks
Trasylol---used 15 years & 48 years---reinstated by FDA but still caused way too much Kidney Damage and Heart Failure. This is a case of Bayer--playing outside the boundaries, with the FDA.
Vioxx---used 5 years---20 million users---recall due to Heart Attacks and Strokes
Accutane---used 27 years---recall for Birth Defects, Miscarriages
Cylert---used 30 years---extreme Liver Damage
DBI[Phenformin]-Precursor to Metformin---used 19 years--recall reduced Blood PH, causing multiple diseases.
So I end the examination of Drugs and their [DB] history of not being anywhere NEAR PERFECT, with over 500 failures within the last 15-17 years. I do remember one Supplement that was banned---L-Tryptophane--and it was used by many as a sleep aid, and a anti-anxiety supplement. No [DB] studies--as you cannot patent an Amino Acid. Why was it Banned? Well the Drug Industry Did Not Want Competition from something that cost 15 dollars for 2 months, IMO. Happy to report Ban was lifted. And it something I use today for sleep.
So now as mentioned above the requirement of some is to only rely on [DB] studies, for Drugs and Supplements. Well what about Food Ingredients? Chemicals added to our Foods for various reasons. Were they [DB] Human studied before the FDA allowed their inclusion in our Foods. No they were not! A Dollar a Pound Chemical, usually cannot be patented, and would cost way too much for evaluation, before being included in our Foods.
So many years ago, the FDA working with Chemical Companies came up with a system. It is called GRAS[Generally Regarded As Safe]. The Key word here is Generally. Not an exact science--would we say? So the Companies would feed Rats and other Lab Animals and extrapolate its data in Human Terms, usually based on the average weight of the Animal being tested and the average Human Weight equivalent. Now we do this for Supplements and we then we make individual decisions to use, if we accept certain data. But Oh My God, we have to accept what goes into our food the same process that we use to approve Supplements. No Human Studies!!! So as in Drugs Banned list, I made a List of Chemicals in our Foods, that are [GRAS], and I left the other 100, or so alone, as there is no time and space. So below is a Dozen examples, of what is in our Foods, that are GRAS: And if you are Vegan--unless perfectly Organic---we can still find Sulfite preservatives.
Sodium Nitrate---Meats---Linked to Human Cancer
Na/H/Sulfite---Keeps Veggies Fresh---Causes Asthma like breathing problems
Azodicarbonamide---Bagels &Buns---Causes Asthma for many
Potassium Bromate---Bread---Causes Cancer in Humans
Propyl Gallate---Fats--- Causes Cancer in Humans
BHA/BHT---Preservative---Causes Cancer in Humans
Butane--- Chicken Nuggets--- A known Carcinogen
MSG---Flavor Enhancer--- Causes Seizures, and Nerve damage
Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone---Cows---Various Concerns/multiple diseases
Na Benzoate---Preservative in Soda, et. al. Known Carcinogen, and DNA Destruction.
Polysorbate 60---Baked Foods---Causes Cancer In Lab Animals---but OK for Humans?
Chlorine Dioxide---To Bleach Flour---Causes Tumors and Hyperactivity in Children.
In conclusion of Part 2, anyone can see the hypocrisy of our Gov't system, as well as the participation of our Drug and Chemical Industry. So Generally Regarded As Safe[GRAS], that is our system to allow Food Chemicals in our Foods, the Same System the FDA uses for the Sale of Supplements. If you do not kill too many Rats when feeding Lab animals you can get an approval for consumption. Only wish I could have listed all 500+ drugs that were recalled/banned---many of which never got approval in Europe---yet somehow they got the [DB] OK here in the States. There is an unwritten rule, when your approved Drug kills a certain number of people, you reach the Ban threshold.
My Part 3 of this Series will get back to Drugs for other Diseases besides just Cancer that has its Origination in Nature, and things that grow on this Planet.