Russia labels GMOs, while America’s government sells out to the biotech poisoners and propagandists

Monday, March 25, 2019 by: Vicki Batts

(Natural News) GMO labeling laws have been a source of controversy in the United States for quite some time. Consumer advocates have called upon the federal government to protect Americans’ right to freedom of choice and to encourage transparency in the food industry, but officials seem to be more interested in defending corporate interests. Industry leaders are afraid proper GMO labeling will interfere with their bottom lines — that alone should be a huge red flag. But while federal officials in the United States are twiddling their thumbs over GMOs, nations around the world are beginning to take action. Russia, for example, just introduced clear GMO labeling on all foods.

While GMO labeling laws have been passed in the United States, the proposed implementation of such laws leaves much to be desired. Critics say GMO labeling practices enacted here in America function more like propaganda for the biotech industry. Brightly colored smiley-face stickers that don’t even bear the letters “GMO” are hardly a clear identifier, after all. Heaven forbid Americans actually make informed decisions about the food they eat– the entire industry would collapse overnight if people knew what they were really getting.

Clear GMO labeling comes to Russia

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which includes Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Belarus, introduced their new, clear GMO labeling practices at the start of the new year. All food and supplements containing genetically modified ingredients will bear a “GMO” label on the packaging.

As Sustainable Pulse reports:

According to the new regulations, the basic size of the GMO label must not be less than 5 mm. The technical regulations also require that the GMO label be applied in a manner that provides easy readability and visibility throughout the shelf life of food and supplement products.

Across the board, the EAEU is taking a firm stance on GMOs. In 2016, Russia’s State Duma voted on a bill which would ban the cultivation of GMO crops and animals in Russia entirely, except for scientific purposes. And in 2018, the Kyrgyzstan government announced that it would be the second country in the world to adopt organic-only farming practices.

Unfortunately, the U.S. is a world away from reaching any kind of transparency on GMOs.

GMO labeling in the U.S. is lackluster

Congress passed a law to label GMO products in the U.S. back in 2016. Since that time, federal officials have been struggling to come up with the specifics of labeling such items. The USDA recently revealed a few of the “options” they’ve come up with. As NPR reports, all options are brightly colored, friendly looking labels that bear the letters “B.E” instead of “GMO.” Some show a smiling sun, or a circle of growing plants, too.

“B.E” is apparently supposed to stand for “bioengineered,” and this little change is clearly an attempt at placating Big Biotech and Big Ag. As critics have stated, replacing the well-known and easily recognizable term “GMO” arbitrarily with some new term will only confuse consumers. The average person may not be aware of the fact that “B.E” actually means “GMO.”

This is a blatant attempt to obscure truth and feign transparency, and it should not be tolerated. The federal government is literally conspiring to fool the American people, to protect corporate interests. Who are these federal agencies supposed to serve and protect, again?

George Kimbrell, the legal director for the Center for Food Safety, criticized the USDA’s iteration of GMO labeling. “They’re very pro-biotech, cartoonishly so, and to that extent are, you know, not just imparting information but instead are essentially propaganda for the industry,” he told NPR.

The failure to come up with a clear and easily understood label for GMO products is an affront to American freedom. Regardless of one’s view on GMOs, the simple fact remains that people have the right to choose what they put in their bodies. Ingredient labels exist for a reason — and GMO labels should, too. (Click to Source)

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On the same day that 17 children were murdered in a Florida high school, almost 300 Americans were killed by FDA-approved prescription medications

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(Natural News) On the same day that 17 students and staff were killed in a Florida high school shooting, nearly 300 Americans were killed by FDA-approved prescription medications. Yet no one cried a single tear, and the (pharma-funded) news didn’t even mention the tragedy.

When children are killed by guns, the news is emotionally multiplied with pseudojournalism “theatrics” to push for gun control while ignoring the far more devastating causes of preventable death in America. You see, while the Florida school shooting happened just once, the deaths of hundreds of Americans from FDA-approved prescription medications goes on every single day, without pause.

That’s why, according to scientific research, at least 106,000 Americans are killed each year by legal medications which are prescribed by licensed doctors. (Source: “Death By Medicine” analysis.)

Chemotherapy kills an estimated 2,700 people every day across the globe

The website PharmaDeathClock.com counts the number of people killed by toxic medicine every day, both in America and around the world. According to the site, chemotherapy alone kills an estimated 2700 people every day around the world. (See the Chemo Kills website for more details.)

As sad as any tragic shooting event might be, the actual number of innocent people killed in such events is dwarfed by those whose lives are destroyed every single day due to the corruption and collusion of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (which knowingly conceals the dangers of deadly drugs in order to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry it pretends to regulate).

In fact, as you’ll see from visiting PharmaDeathClock.com, the number of people routinely killed by dangerous prescription medication dwarfs the number of human beings killed in all the wars, disease outbreaks and acts of terrorism combined.

Even more alarmingly, the Florida high school shooter had been treated with mind-altering medications — a common thread we almost always discover in school shootings. In nearly every school shooting over the last two decades, the shooter was taking psychiatric medications prescribed by a psychiatrist or a doctor. The dishonest media refuses to report this link for the simple reason that they earn billions of dollars a year in ad revenue from drug makers.

The fake news media is largely funded by Big Pharma money

“Big Pharma spent nearly $6 billion on TV, magazine and digital advertisements in 2016 alone, a healthy sum ad-dependent news outlets cannot ignore,” reports Kit Daniels for InfoWars. “…suspected Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz may have been autistic and taking medication for emotional issues, yet only Infowars, World Net Daily and a handful of others are shining a light on the SSRI epidemic,” wrote Daniels.

NaturalNews, of course, spearheaded the truth on this issue nearly a decade ago. In fact, almost ten years ago, I recorded and published a hugely popular rap song called “S.S.R.Lies” . Watch it here and remember this was almost a decade ago, yet the lyrics are even more poignant today:

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The left-wing media, predictably, exploits every school shooting to push its agenda of repealing the Second Amendment and confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens, turning the United State of America into a police state where a corrupt government has a monopoly of firepower. But they refuse to consider the mind-altering effects of psychiatric medication, which emerges in nearly every school shooting in recent memory.

In 2013, I recorded and published another music video about the mass drugging of teens. It’s called Heaven Can Wait, and you can watch the full video here:

Even Fox News covers up the truth about psychiatric medications

The bottom line? I’ve been warning America about the link between mass medication and mass shootings for over a decade. The real cause behind these school shootings isn’t a mystery: It’s the mind-altering meds made by corrupt pharmaceutical corporations that bribe media companies into silence. Sean Hannity silenced a guest who tried to talk about psychiatric drugs and their links to school shootings. As explained by Matt Agorist at BlacklistedNews.com:

In a clear example of how beholden mainstream media is to the pharmaceutical industries who manufacture and market these drugs, FOX News’ Sean Hannity was recorded this week, blatantly cutting off a reporter who dared mention Nikolas Cruz’s reported association with antidepressants.

In a news segment this week, Hannity was interviewing radio talk show host, Gina Loudon who tried to bring up Cruz’s association with SSRIs.

“I think we have to take a hard look at one thing we’re not talking about yet too, Sean, and that is psychotropic drugs,” Loudon says.

“My guess is, we’ll find out like most of these shooters…..” she says, just before Hannity jumps in to silence her.

Hannity then shuts up Loudon and moves to the doctor next to her. Just like that, all talk which was implicating big pharma in their role in mass shootings was effectively silenced.

It is no secret that the pharmaceutical industry wields immense control over the government and the media. It is their control which keeps any negative press about their dangerous products from airing. However, most people likely do not know the scope of this control.

As Mike Papantonio, attorney and host of the international television show America’s Lawyer,explains, with the exception of CBS, every major media outlet in the United States shares at least one board member with at least one pharmaceutical company. To put that into perspective: These board members wake up, go to a meeting at Merck or Pfizer, then they have their driver take them over to a meeting with NBC to decide what kind of programming that network is going to air.

The same fake news media, in other words, that’s now trying to obliterate the Second Amendment and destroy your constitutional rights just happens to be funded by the very same evil pharma companies that are profiting from the psychiatric drugging of children. (Click to Source)

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FDA Declares ‘Virtually All’ Drug Products Labeled As Homeopathic Are Illegal

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reportedly declared that “virtually all” homeopathic drugs are illegal. Reports that the FDA is cracking down on the use of natural medicines have been circulating for a while. However, in a recently released “guidance document,” the FDA is now quoted as saying that homeopathic drugs are considered “new drugs” that are allegedly being sold illegally.

The FDA released its new guidance document last month, and sources in support of the use of homeopathic drugs are still attempting to translate what the FDA is calling a “draft guidance” that’s been released for “comment purposes only.” Homeopathy is becoming an increasingly popular form of treating various diseases naturally for people worldwide.

According to the Homeopathy Research Institute, more than 200 million people now regularly use homeopathic drugs, with over 6 million people in the U.S. alone using homeopathy “for self-care of specific health conditions.” More and more people are turning to homeopathic drugs versus prescriptions drugs due to alleged lower cost and fewer side effects. Natural medicines are also said to heal, rather than simply mask the symptoms of a disease.

With a growing number of the adult population around the world turning to homeopathy, as well as the recent “war on opioids” in the news, the FDA decided to announce new policies on the use of homeopathic drugs. An article on the Alliance for Natural Health USA from just over two weeks ago states that the FDA has effectively labeled “virtually every single homeopathic drug” as illegal, as outlined in the homeopathic guidance document.

In an attempt to decode the “FDA’s current position” on the use and sale of homeopathic drugs, the previously mentioned article says that since not one homeopathic drug has yet to be approved by the FDA as being “safe and effective,” then “all homeopathic drugs” are effectively illegal, and therefore, currently being sold illegally.

“A new drug cannot be marketed unless it goes through the FDA’s approval process. No homeopathic drugs have gone through FDA approval nor can any producer afford to take them through the approval process.”

Citing the guidance document on the FDA website, homeopathic drugs are “marketed unapproved new drugs” with “potential safety risks” and “lack evidence of effectiveness.” The document goes on to say that homeopathic drugs are considered “health fraud products,” which, in turn, “present challenges” in getting the FDA’s approval as new drugs. The FDA then goes on to outline a “risk-based” approach to regulating homeopathic drugs.

An article on Mercola from Tuesday states that both adults and children currently use homeopathic drugs because natural medicines are still considered “generally safe.” Unlike some prescription medications, homeopathic remedies are also said to not carry the same risk of dependency, and according to Mercola, are “unlikely” to cause “severe” side effects.

However, as noted on Mercola, the FDA still plans to take a new approach of regulating homeopathic drugs that reportedly carry a greater “risk to patients.” After essentially determining that homeopathic drugs are “new drugs” that haven’t been approved for manufacturing, distributing or marketing, the FDA notes that it plans to enforce “regulatory actions” against “certain categories” of homeopathic drugs.

Those categories include homeopathic drugs with already “reported safety concerns,” homeopathic drugs with ingredients that are determined to “raise safety concerns,” including products that contain multiple homeopathic ingredients, homeopathic drugs that are not for use orally or topically, as well as homeopathic products that claim to prevent or treat “serious” or “life-threatening” health conditions.

However, SmithsonianMag reported in November of 2016 that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had already announced a policy that requires a disclaimer on homeopathic drugs that state there is no scientific evidence to prove that homeopathy really works to treat illness and disease. The article on SmithsonianMag goes on to clarify that the FDA did not yet “police” homeopathic drugs and remedies.

With the FDA recently joining the FTC in regulating the use of homeopathy, while basically stating that “all homeopathic drugs are illegal” and unapproved new drugs, supporters of natural medicine are speaking out. There are several petitions circulating online in support of legalizing all homeopathy, and other supporters are simply speaking their minds on social media and in forums and message boards.

Gizmodo notes that the FDA is taking comments on the new “guidance document” for 90 days from its release date in December before deciding on regulations and enforcement policies for “illegal” homeopathic drugs. Comments on Gizmodo are mixed, from some supporters of homeopathy saying that people have died from doctor-prescribed medications to critics saying that there are “only a very few” homeopathic drugs that actually work.

Patients who turn to homeopathy to treat health conditions often become fed up with conventional medical treatments, and the Huffington Post reported that a high percentage of homeopathic users in India would “not switch to conventional treatments,” while even physicians around the world are increasingly turning to homeopathic drugs as “alternative” treatments.

When asked if homeopathic drugs are going to be removed from the market, the FDA clarifies on its website that “top concern is patient safety.” (Click to Source)

Is Rand Paul the only U.S. Senator who opposes Big Pharma’s racketeering and price monopolies?

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(Natural News) Truth be told, the best type of conservative is one who is capable of not only sticking to his or her principles, but also able to articulate those principles in a bold and fearless manner. And when it comes to shrinking the size of government and standing up to Big Pharma, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul reminds us time and time again that he most certainly fits that description.

“Big Pharma manipulates the system to keep prices high. It is not capitalism, and it’s big government, and we’ve got to fix it,” said a passionate Rand Paul during last week’s hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The Kentucky Senator went on to urge President Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee, Alex Azar, to keep Trump’s campaign promise of allowing the safe importation of prescription drugs and medications from counties overseas as a means of lowering the cost for consumers. “You need to convince those of us who are skeptical that you’ll be part of fixing it and won’t be beholden to Big Pharma,” he said.

Being the principled man that he is, Rand Paul even said that he would not be voting to confirm Azar unless he proved his commitment to taking on Big Pharma and sett forth a plan detailing how exactly he would uphold the President’s campaign promise.

“If you’re open to it, and not just say it’s unsafe, will say, ‘This is how I would do it, and this is how I would reimport drugs and make it safe,’ that’s an honest reform. If you can’t do that, I can’t support you,” Paul said during the hearing. “So I hope you will come back with an answer that says, ‘This is how I would make reimportation safe.’” (Related: All of the Health Ranger’s warnings about Big Pharma are now coming true thanks to the opioid epidemic.)

What Rand Paul really did during the hearing last week is remind conservatives in Congress and throughout the country that at its core, the Republican Party stands for and needs to be an advocate of free market capitalism. Big Pharma intentionally tries to keep prices high and separate the people from more and more of their money by manipulating the system, and in order to drive up competition (which is essentially the fuel that America’s capitalist economic system runs on), that sort of manipulation has to be discouraged and done away with.

Thankfully, President Trump has been an outspoken critic of Big Pharma as well. Before he was even sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, President-elect Trump stated at a press conference that “our drug industry has been disastrous,” and that even though the United States is the largest buyer of drugs in the world, we constantly fall short when it comes to bidding. By introducing some reforms to the drug industry, Trump said at the time that our country will save billions of dollars in the long run.

During a subsequent interview with The Washington Post, Trump doubled down on his position and stated that Big Pharma will no longer be politically protected as they have been for years prior to his administration.

Of course, not everyone in the Republican Party supports the positions of people like Rand Paul and President Trump when it comes to the pharmaceutical companies. True to form, House Speaker Paul Ryan came out publicly in the weeks following Trump’s criticism of Big Pharma to announce that we need to have “more conversations” about this issue, and even implied that Trump’s language was too extreme.

Dealing with Big Pharma is going to be a daunting task in and of itself, but it appears that step one is dealing with the members of the Republican Party that cave to it. (Click to Source)

New FDA-approved “trackable” pill transmits information — it will tattle on you if you don’t take your meds

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(Natural News) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a digital pill embedded with a sensor designed to inform physicians whether their patients are taking their medications. The federal approval marks a growing trend towards addressing drug non-adherence among patients, according to a New York Timesreport.

The pill, called Abilify MyCite, is a modified version of Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s drug Abilify that is used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. It is equipped with a small tracking device developed by Proteus Digital Health. The new tracking pill works by transmitting a message from the sensor to a wearable patch, which then sends data to a mobile app to enable patients to monitor drug ingestion on their smartphone.

Patients who agree to taking the tracking pill can sign consent forms that allow their health care providers and up to four other people including their family members to receive information about the date and time that the drugs are ingested. The technology is currently not approved for patients suffering from dementia-related psychosis.

“The FDA supports the development and use of new technology in prescription drugs and is committed to working with companies to understand how technology might benefit patients and prescribers,” says Mitchell Mathis of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

A 2014 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that as much as 50 percent of patients on prescription medications fail to take their drugs as instructed. In fact, psychiatric medicine practitioners note that taking medications between 70 and 80 percent of the time is already considered ‘good’ adherence. Experts add that noncompliance costs as much as $100 billion annually as patients only get sicker and spend more on additional treatments and hospitalizations.

FDA approval may exacerbate paranoia in patients, experts warn

The latest FDA approval has been met with ethical concerns, especially among the psychiatric circle. The American Psychiatric Association has stressed the importance of balance between psychiatric care and patient privacy. Likewise, an expert has cautioned that the new tracking pill may boost drug adherence but may also be doomed to backfire due in part to trust issues. Dr. Peter Kramer, a psychiatrist and the author of “Listening to Prozac,” also warns that the new technology seems coercive despite being technically ethical. (Related: Talk to the voices: Unconventional yet obvious ways to heal schizophrenia and average mental mayhem.)

“Psychotic disorders are often characterized by some degree of paranoia, often reaching delusional proportions, in which patients may believe that outside forces are trying to monitor and control them, including controlling minds or bodies or harm them in some way. The idea that we’re giving this group of patients a pill that, in fact, transmits info about them from inside their body to the people that are involved in their treatment almost seems like a confirmation of the worst paranoias of the worst patients,”  says Dr. Paul Appelbaum, director of law, ethics and psychiatry at Columbia University’s psychiatry department. (Click to Source)

BIG PHARMA BIAS: FDA GRANTS ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ STATUS TO ECSTASY FOR PTSD WHILE PROHIBITING CANNABIS

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If there’s one refrain we hear from politicians more than anything else, it’s “I support the troops.” However, their definition of “support” changes with the political wind, and more often than not is a farce.

One example is the ongoing denial of medical cannabis to war veterans suffering from a range of conditions, from chronic pain to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite plenty of evidence—both scientific and real-world—that cannabis effectively treats these conditions, those who purportedly fought for freedom come home only to lose freedom under the War on Drugs.

The Veterans Administration (VA) still prohibits doctors from recommending cannabis or its extracts—including cannabidiol (CBD) which does not produce a high—even though most U.S. states acknowledge the science and have legalized medical cannabis.

The VA, perhaps emboldened by the Trump administration which is populated by 20th century prohibitionists, is digging in its heels. It funded two dubious studies questioning the effectiveness of medical cannabis—one finding “insufficient evidence to draw conclusions about benefits” for PTSD, and another concluding “limited evidence suggests that cannabis may alleviate neuropathic pain in some patients.”

This contrasts with a much larger review of literature carried out by the National Academies of Science, which concluded “patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids were more likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms.”

The VA doesn’t appear to care what the nation’s leading science body has to say, and it has no interest in finding out if cannabis works for PTSD. A major study on medical cannabis and PTSD in veterans being carried out by Dr. Sue Sisley is in danger of shutdown due to lack of participation by the VA.

It seems that every time there is hope for veterans to gain legal access to medical cannabis, those hopes are dashed by a minority of lawmakers. The latest letdown was the Veterans Equal Access amendment, which would have allowed access in states with medical cannabis laws, but the amendment was stripped out in committee.

Facing this betrayal by lawmakers and the VA, veterans must become criminals if they want to try medical cannabis where prescription drugs have failed.

While federal government keeps cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug with “no medical use,” the same government has just granted “breakthrough therapy designation” to another drug in the Schedule 1 category—MDMA or ecstasy.

The ‘party drug’ was used in Phase 2 trials on roughly 200-300 patients with severe PTSD. Results showed a remarkable improvement in most patients, with 61 percent reporting no PTSD symptoms after 2 months and 68 percent being PTSD-free after a year.

With the “breakthrough” status granted by FDA, Phase 3 trials can proceed much more quickly, and with input on “design, primary endpoint, and statistical approach” from FDA. Pharmaceutical companies will surely be looking to cash in on this development with patented versions of ecstasy.

For the first time ever, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy will be evaluated in Phase 3 trials for possible prescription use, with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD leading the way,” said Rick Doblin, Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies.

Government appears completely willing to set aside the drug war for manufactured compounds in their “controlled substances” roster, but when it comes to medicine that people can grow themselves, no such freedom is allowed.

Cannabis and psilocybin both show promise for treating PTSD, perhaps even more so than MDMA. Psilocybin has demonstrated incredible ability to heal mental illness in clinical trials, but it hasn’t received any “breakthrough status,” just as medical cannabis remains mired in federal prohibition.

These natural substances cannot be monopolized by Big Pharma like manufactured chemical drugs, so they get no help from federal government. Meanwhile, veterans continue paying the price. (Click to Site)

Here’s why you should NEVER reuse your plastic water bottles

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(Natural News) Would you lick a toilet seat? Hey, don’t worry, you can just drink out of your used plastic bottle instead. Researchers have suggested that refilling plastic bottles and drinking from them causes more harm than good, with the item essentially becoming a breeding ground for bacteria.

The study was conducted by Treadmill Reviews and analyzed the water bottles used by an athlete after each use for a week. They found that the number of bacteria on reused water bottles reached a colony of 900,000 units per square cm on average. That’s more than a typical toilet seat. The authors of the study also concluded that 60 percent of the bacteria strains found on the water bottle were able to make people sick.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville wrote to Good Housekeepingas reported on ZeeNews.India.com, “Certain chemicals found in plastic bottles can have effects on every system in our bodies. They can affect ovulation, and increase our risk of hormonally driven problems like PCOS, endometriosis and breast cancer, among other things.”

In a separate article on TheSun.co.uk, it was noted that reusing plastic bottles and then storing them at room temperature can promote bacterial regrowth, despite washing the bottle properly. Dr. Richard Wallace of the University of Texas Health Center warned, “[the bacteria that grew in reused bottles] could make you very sick almost like having food poisoning…[symptoms could include] nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Basically the worst vomiting you have ever had in your life.”

The Sun article concluded that washing was not a guarantee that harmful bacteria would be killed. Moreover, the author of the article stated that “frequent usage and washing will cause breakdown of the plastic, especially if washed at too high a heat.” (Related: Mike Adams Talks About the Dangers and Myths About Plastic Water Bottles.) (Click to Site)

FDA now wants to eliminate side effect warnings from drug ads in latest collusion with Big Pharma

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Natural News) We’ve all seen those drug commercials on TV with pleasant-looking grandparents frolicking in a grassy field with an adorable puppy, living life to the fullest while an announcer talks about how Big Pharma’s latest poison is going to make your life every bit as joyful. Then comes the obligatory rushed reading of a list of side effects. When the commercial is over, the general impression is a positive one: This drug is going to make your life better, but you might have a few minor problems like drowsiness.

Drug companies might be required to tell you their side effects, but they have invested a lot of money in finding ways to present this information in the most positive light possible, and when that approach won’t work, they do their best to deliver it in a forgettable manner. These efforts appear to be paying off in more ways than one because now the FDA is considering scrapping them altogether on the grounds that TV viewers simply don’t listen to the side effect lists. With this move, it appears the FDA cares less and less about making their collusion with Big Pharma obvious.

In an effort to make the process seem reasoned, health officials proposed a study that will assess whether people actually read the ad warnings. They claim they are worried that critical information is getting lost in the shuffle, causing people to overlook the more serious warnings. Should the study confirm this suspicion, the FDA could scrap the list entirely as they find other ways to “safely” market medication.

In fact, they say that people are more likely to read a medication’s risks on a page-long full summary of safety information than they are to read it in the type of brief summary used in an ad on TV. Of course, you won’t have that information in your hands in the first place until after you’ve “talked to your doctor” as these commercials suggest and somehow convinced him or her to prescribe you the medication. In other words, you’ve already bought and paid for it by the time you can see the drawbacks, which means you’re more likely to take your chances and simply take the meds – and even if you don’t ultimately take the drug, they’ve already got your money.

The director of PharmedOut, a project run by Georgetown Medical Center, Adriane Fugh-Berman believes that allowing drug companies to choose the limited list of side effects they include in ads is highly problematic. She pointed out: “That’s why ads for erectile dysfunction say ‘may cause four-hour erection,’ because that doesn’t sound too bad to guys! Unlike other side effects such as heart attack.” (Click to Site)

Schumer calls on FDA to regulate ‘snortable chocolate’ such as Coco Loko

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal regulators to look into a “snortable chocolate” powder, saying he’s worried that it could prove harmful and is being marketed like a drug.

In a letter Saturday, the New York Democrat asked the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the use of caffeine in inhalable food products such as so-called Coco Loko. It’s gotten buzz in recent weeks.

Schumer, the Senate minority leader, says there are too many unanswered questions about a product pitched under the innocent-sounding name of chocolate.

“This suspect product has no clear health value,” he said in a statement. “I can’t think of a single parent who thinks it is a good idea for their children to be snorting over-the-counter stimulants up their noses. (Click to Site)

AMISH MAN SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR NOT SEEKING FDA APPROVAL

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Kentucky — “I am not a creation of state/government, as such I am not within its jurisdiction.”

Those words were written by Samuel Girod in a document filed in a Kentucky federal court in June. Girod is an Amish farmer who was convicted in March of selling herbal health products that, as reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader on Friday, “were not adequately labeled as required by federal law.”

According to the government, the Amish man broke the law by growing, processing, and bringing to market his own herbal supplements without FDA approval. US News reported that Girod manufactured salves and skin treatments, one of which the FDA claims could be harmful to the skin. He also claimed one extract could help cure cancer, which the FDA disputed. In 2013, Giron ignored orders from the FDA to stop selling his products.

Nevertheless, he rejected the notion that he deserved six years in prison for being at odds with the federal agency (which, itself, approves numerous dangerous drugs).

“I do not waive my immunity to this court,” Girod, who represented himself during the trial, told Judge Danny Reeves during his sentencing hearing early Friday morning. “I do not consent,” he added, emphasizing the fact he according to his faith, he doesn’t recognize the authority of the court — only that of his higher power.

Judge Reeves then sentenced Girod to six years in prison. (Click to Article)

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