Jul 10, 2009 at 23:07:42
“I think CSPI works for industry which is trying to wipe out supplement companies in a bill called HR 2749. Jacobson seems to be helping big Pharma work to tar supplements.
“Misbranded” can mean that the producer makes a completely true statement about the product but without FDA permission. A cherry producer who cites peer-reviewed scientific research from prestigious universities on the health benefits of cherries would, in FDA-speak, have engaged in “false” and actionable “misbranding” which suddenly turns the cherries into drugs. Producers, of course, have the right to take cherries through the new drug approval process! In this and other ways, FDA already censors science and quashes constitutionally protected free speech. ...
'.... an administrative violation (such as not keeping records exactly as required) that harms no one carries exactly the same penalty as a violation in which a product is adulterated during the manufacturing process and poses a significant risk of illness or ends up killing people. ...
Jul 10, 2009 at 22:53:03
“What sort of science do you do at CSPI? Are you really so ill-informed on this topic? Or is your industry bias just showing? How much support does CSPI get from big Pharma that you would write this junk about non-threatening supplements?
A NCI study on selenium and vitamin E was intentionally flawed so warnings could go out to doctors about supplements. Flawed how? The vitamin used was a coal-tar based synthetic with zero anti-oxidants. The scientists had to know that and had to know it would prove useless in treating anything.
Show us all the dead bodies from supplements.
Here they are for drugs.
NSAIDS like tylenol, aleve, aspirin, kill close to 20,000 a year.
And here's a snapshot of some of the drugs the FDA approved which killed people and had to be removed or recalled.
(manufacturer only decision)
Zelnorm (tegaserod maleate)
Jul 10, 2009 at 22:37:50
“I was sent this by a friend who said they didn't have the stomach for commenting on it.
I understand their point.
"Sensible reform guidelines"? The bill is full of insane (not sensible) draconian (not reform) controls (not guidelines). Are you kidding or lying?
"Powerful interests want to water down key reform measures"? What are you talking about? What powerful interests? You are setting up a straw man, trying to get people to support all the corporate power written into a corporate bill, as though corporations were opposing it, which they are not.
The only "powerful interests" are the big corporations that are contaminating our food - ConAgra which has killed people gets two spots on the committee, JBS is there though they are in the middle of a recall. And Monsanto is there. They want the bill and you are apparently working to make sure nothing they want is watered down to something safe for farmers, supplement companies, and us consumers.
After reading your post, I have decided to end years of support for CSPI. In addition, I will be letting progressive friends know that I now believe your organization works for industry.
I now see CSPI's industry bias and wonder how I missed it in the past.
By the way, some friends had questioned whether industry caused the peanut problem to scare the public so they could introduce these bills. Now, with e-coli in cookie dough just as the bills are being considered, I am convinced.”