FDA says walnuts are drugs!
11-18-2013 10:50 AM
FDA says walnuts are drugs!
Walnuts Are Drugs, Says FDA
by MICHAEL TENNANT
Shelled_walnutsSeen any walnuts in your medicine cabinet lately? According to the Food and Drug Administration, that is precisely where you should find them. Because Diamond Foods made truthful claims about the health benefits of consuming walnuts that the FDA didn't approve, it sent the company a letter declaring, "Your walnut products are drugs" -- and "new drugs" at that -- and, therefore, "they may not legally be marketed ... in the United States without an approved new drug application." The agency even threatened Diamond with "seizure" if it failed to comply.
Diamond's transgression was to make "financial investments to educate the public and supply them with walnuts," as William Faloon of Life Extension magazine put it. On its website and packaging, the company stated that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts have been shown to have certain health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. These claims, Faloon notes, are well supported by scientific research: "Life Extension has published 57 articles that describe the health benefits of walnuts"; and "The US National Library of Medicine database contains no fewer than 35 peer-reviewed published papers supporting a claim that ingesting walnuts improves vascular health and may reduce heart attack risk."
This evidence was apparently not good enough for the FDA, which told Diamond that its walnuts were "misbranded" because the "product bears health claims that are not authorized by the FDA."
The FDA's letter continues: "We have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease." Furthermore, the products are also "misbranded" because they "are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes." Who knew you had to have directions to eat walnuts?
"The FDA's language," Faloon writes, "resembles that of an out-of-control police state where tyranny [reigns] over rationality." He adds:
This kind of bureaucratic tyranny sends a strong signal to the food industry not to innovate in a way that informs the public about foods that protect against disease. While consumers increasingly reach for healthier dietary choices, the federal government wants to deny food companies the ability to convey findings from scientific studies about their products.
Walnuts aren't the only food whose health benefits the FDA has tried to suppress. Producers of pomegranate juice and green tea, among others, have felt the bureaucrats' wrath whenever they have suggested that their products are good for people.
Meanwhile, Faloon points out, foods that have little to no redeeming value are advertised endlessly, often with dubious health claims attached. For example, Frito-Lay is permitted to make all kinds of claims about its fat-laden, fried products, including that Lay's potato chips are "heart healthy." Faloon concludes that "the FDA obviously does not want the public to discover that they can reduce their risk of age-related disease by consuming healthy foods. They prefer consumers only learn about mass-marketed garbage foods that shorten life span by increasing degenerative disease risk."
Faloon thinks he knows why this is the case. First, by stifling competition from makers of more healthful alternatives, junk food manufacturers, who he says "heavily lobb[y]" the federal government for favorable treatment, will rake in ever greater profits. Second, by making it less likely that Americans will consume healthful foods, big pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers stand to gain by selling more "expensive cardiac drugs, stents, and coronary bypass procedures" to those made ill by their diets.
But people are starting to fight back against the FDA's tactics. "The makers of pomegranate juice, for example, have sued the FTC for censoring their First Amendment right to communicate scientific information to the public," Faloon reports. Congress is also getting into the act with a bill, the Free Speech About Science Act (H.R. 1364), that, Faloon writes, "protects basic free speech rights, ends censorship of science, and enables the natural health products community to share peer-reviewed scientific findings with the public."
Of course, if the Constitution were being followed as intended, none of this would be necessary. The FDA would not exist; but if it did, as a creation of Congress it would have no power to censor any speech whatsoever. If companies are making false claims about their products, the market will quickly punish them for it, and genuine fraud can be handled through the courts. In the absence of a government agency supposedly guaranteeing the safety of their food and drugs and the truthfulness of producers' claims, consumers would become more discerning, as indeed they already are becoming despite the FDA's attempts to prevent the dissemination of scientific research. Besides, as Faloon observed, "If anyone still thinks that federal agencies like the FDA protect the public, this proclamation that healthy foods are illegal drugs exposes the government's sordid charade."
Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/walnuts-a...7jpp1wVh0qB.99
11-18-2013 12:19 PM
Wow! Thanks for the article!
11-18-2013 12:31 PM
The FDA is staffed by idiots who, because of their incestuous butt-pirate relationship with Big Pharma, are doing whatever they can to take away our freedom, including Vitamin b6 (watch what they are trying to do with P-5-P) and now, apparently walnuts. It is criminal.
If the FDA had such a relationship with the jewelry industry, whenever you gave your GF a pearl necklace, they would accuse you of illegally selling jewelry. Whenever she swallowed, they would accuse of you distributing a protein drink.
The bastards; may they rot in hell.
Next time I am not going to sugar coat it.
11-21-2013 01:23 PM
Yea exactly, throw common sense and ethics aside to tag on to "whatever pharma wants" to create a dependency on them. Part of the problem is we live in a society where we've lost touch about remedys in the first place (partly due to pharma and partly due to bureaucracy afterwards). These proposals are dumb, and idiotic. The thing that I am aware about unfortunately is how verbage / these regulations are used as a vehicle to confuse people on what is and what isn't..and unfortunately the bigger point is people have to be 1. able to think for themselves and 2. educated or semi-educated on the topic themselves to combat this manufactured ignorance.
Originally Posted by Beau
11-21-2013 01:48 PM
God I ****ing hate them!!
11-21-2013 03:00 PM
i say this every time a thread about the FDA pops up
im ready to move to china or canada
should i just blame the boomers for this again? or is this shet gonna get worse when the next generation moves in?
11-21-2013 03:03 PM
Good thing we have the Obama adminstration in charge - they certainly aren't in bed with Big Pharma (no, not much).
I can hear it now "If you like your supplements, you can keep your supplements; period."
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