Of course, we all know that all governmental agencies are set up with integrity and lack of bias (yeah, right). The FDA is one of those that clearly has been compromised, due to its population by ex-pharma directors and employees. There’s no way to guarantee that so-called “medicinals” approved by the FDA are actually healthy, and have no side effects. And if the FDA does not approve of something, very often it’s something that costs a lot less and actually does work (example, MMS (Jim Humble), cannabidiol).
“The excellent medical reporter, Martha Rosenberg, has written a piece at Salon: “The FDA Now Officially Belongs to Big Pharma.”… “It is hard to believe only four senators opposed the confirmation of [the new FDA Commissioner]… [he] received money from 23 drug companies including the giants like Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, Merck, Schering Plough and GSK”… “…lists financial links to Gambro, Regeneron, Gilead, AstraZeneca, Roche and other companies and equity positions in four medical companies,,, Gilead is the maker of the $1000-a-pill hepatitis C drug…”
“…Martha Rosenberg published that Salon article in February of 2016, and she was talking about Robert Califf, who had just been confirmed as the new FDA Commissioner. Califf was nominated by Obama, not Trump. Oops.
“Trump’s current nominee is Scott Gottlieb, who is apparently tasked with speeding up the FDA’s drug-approval process—a disaster in the making, given the fact that FDA-approved medical drugs already kill 106,000 Americans a year…”
“Vera Sharav, at ahrp.org, has posted a piece about an investigation headed by NYU Professor Charles Seife. Seife and his students probed the work of the FDA, the federal agency tasked with approving medical drugs for public use.
“Sharav: “FDA documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that the FDA has been concealing from the medical community and the public serious research misconduct; including fraud, deception, avoidable risks for human subjects — even deaths — that occurred in clinical trials [of medical drugs].”… Faked X-ray reports. Forged retinal scans. Phony lab tests. Secretly amputated limbs. All done in the name of science…
““The FDA has repeatedly hidden evidence of scientific fraud not just from the public, but also from its most trusted scientific advisers, even as they were deciding whether or not a new drug should be allowed on the market. Even a congressional panel investigating a case of fraud regarding a dangerous drug couldn’t get forthright answers.”
“In past articles, I’ve revealed that, every year in the US, FDA-approved medical drugs kill 106,000 Americans. This conservative assessment was made by Dr. Barbara Starfield, in her landmark July 26, 2000, review in the Journal of the American Medical Association: “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?”
“…the FDA had (until they removed it) a page on their own site which stated: “Over 2 MILLION serious ADRs (adverse drug reactions yearly.”“100,000 DEATHS yearly.” The FDA was highlighting the catastrophic effects of medical drugs they themselves were certifying as safe and effective. (Update: the slide presentation making these statements now found here.)… Of course, they took no responsibility.
“…Truthout’s Martha Rosenberg (7/29/12), former FDA drug reviewer, Ronald Kavanagh, exposed the FDA as a relentless criminal mafia protecting its client, Big Pharma, with a host of mob strategies:… “widespread racketeering, including witness tampering and witness retaliation.”
“[Kavanaugh] “I was threatened with prison.” “One [FDA] manager threatened my children…I was afraid that I could be killed for talking to Congress and criminal investigators.”
“Nothing short of shutting down the Agency, fumigating the buildings, and starting over with actual humans in charge, humans who believe in human health, would work. Scores of criminal prosecutions, convictions, and very long prison terms for current FDA employees would also be necessary.”
I am an 84-year old kid, with enthusiasms for a number of subject areas in particular. Among them: Complementary/alternative medicine; autism etc (a big subject area, that one); 9/11 etc (ditto); the differences between 'spiritual' and 'religious'; and the theme running through it all: a passion for truth seeking. That basically is what I mean by the 'kid' reference. I often feel like the little boy in the marvelling crowd who blurted aloud, of the emperor, that he was, er, naked.