The FDA is one of the most essential public safety institutions, making sure that the foods, supplements and pharmaceutical drugs we consume are clean and safe, and that no harmful, incorrect claims are made about their supposed “health benefits”. The FDA is the gatekeeper of all things health-related, so if you want to make any kind of health claim through your company, you better make sure the FDA is OK with it, because no matter how much “evidence” you think you have, it’s not OK until the FDA says it is.
Many quacks have been shut down by the FDA for their dangerous claims about the benefits of so-called “natural” nutrients. Dr Mercola even had his sunbed line shut down because he made the claim that UVB radiation could stimulate vitamin D, and was less likely to cause cancer. As every accredited doctor knows, this is a ludicrous claim that could only be made by someone who doesn’t understand science. Other health companies have been told that they can’t make claims about the health benefits of coffee or green tea, as these have not yet been verified by the FDA, and probably never will be.
Simultaneously, the FDA has approved many healthy, safe and effective drugs like statins, proven to be effective in lowering the rates of heart disease and to have no serious side effects, other than lowering peoples’ testosterone levels. The FDA approves mercury fillings, mercury-based preservatives in vaccines, fluoride in the water and baby formulas consisting of 50% sugar and high fructose corn syrup:
But the dangerous herb kratom is on a watch list and may be banned soon, due to its unknown side effects, and its competition with accredited anti-depressants.
The great thing about the FDA is that it’s almost impossible to get approval for a non-accredited health claim, or supplement, no matter how much evidence you have, due to the cost, laborious process and disagreeable attitudes of FDA officials. You need to be an accredited corporation with hundreds of millions of dollars to have any sway with the FDA, or you stand no chance. This keeps all kinds of products off the market that may be helpful, but just cannot be verified as safe and effective for sure, due to the non-accreditation of the people putting them forward.
Many anti-government conspiracy theorists claim that the FDA is only there to protect large corporations and ban products that compete with their industries, such as natural products that can’t be patented and compete with patented pharmaceuticals, or health claims that hurt industries, such as claims about the harmful effects of EMFs from cell phones, or the dangers of glyphosate. It’s sad that some people are never satisfied with the world they live in, and always want to criticize the very institutions that are keeping them safe. It’s time to ban not only non-accredited health claims, but also statements that undermine the FDA and the very fabric of our health and safety infrastructure. It’s time for us to pull together and work with the FDA, rather than against them, so that we can all live in the safe and healthy society that we want to live in.