FDA Approved, Not What It Used To Be
Watching the latest commercials trying to garner confidence in their products through the use of *FDA Approved* has become a source of sarcastic humor. FDA approval used to mean something back in the 60s, 70s and even the first part of the 80s, kinda like “In God We Trust.” But sadly that is no longer the case. While we may still trust in God, there is no way you should trust the FDA. After all, the FDA now approves cigarettes and everyone knows cigarettes are bad for you right? Wasn’t that the policy of the FDA for years upon years? Yet now the smoking industry is regulated by the FDA. This implies that cigarettes are now good for you! FDA approval should come with its own warning label which should read something like this:
WARNING, THIS PRODUCT IS FDA APPROVED. USE WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND AT YOUR OWN RISK.
PLEASE NOTE: All medications treat symptoms, NOT THE DISORDER! The cause is never treated or you won’t need their products any more. Can’t have that!
One of the products with commercials out is Alli, the weight loss supplement. You can view the commercial here: A humorous look at the side effects of alli can be found HERE: But from the Alli website you can see this:
The potentially uncomfortable, but not serious side effects which may occur with Alli have been well documented. They relate specifically to the drugs ability to supress the absorption of fatty acids into the body, and the disposal of unused dietary elements. Some users may experience some of the following side effects :-
Oily stools.As the Alli weight loss pill reduces the production of an enzyme in the intestine, which converts fatty dietary elements into fatty acids, some fat from digested food may not be processed. As a result the body will find a way to release basic fat content from the body, usually excreted naturally. Due to the nature of the left over substances, stools can often appear oily and emit an unfortunate odour.
What isn’t clear from the above is that you will now find an oily substance in the toilet along with whatever else is deposited there. Ahhhh, the bliss of the uniformed…
Flatulence. Another means by which the body has been known to release unwanted waste is by flatulence. While this is a totally natural and harmless release, it can prove potentially embarrassing and uncomfortable as the customer may not have full control of their bowels at all times.
Guess what? You may find skid marks in your shorts due to farting. I love how they disguise the problems with this drug so the consumer won’t be alarmed yet no one can say you weren’t informed. But how many of us really want to fart chunks? Not I, that’s for sure. And the alternative? The natural hard way…
Vitamin deficiency. Even though Alli is specifically structured to take out the fatty content of dietary intake, some vitamins may consist of fatty content, which may not be absorbed into the body. It is therefore recommended that while using taking Alli, the user also takes a daily dose of vitamin tablets.
So the fact that this product will strip out vitamins necessary for the healthy functioning of our bodies, whether those vitamins are over the counter or by prescription, aren’t going to help you regardless because the alli won’t let you absorb them PERIOD! And the recommendation of taking a vitamin pill to boost your vitamin content doesn’t make any sense if the taking of Alli will stop you from getting any benefit of the needed vitamin! Do they teach doctors about the duh factor? Apparently not if your doctor is stupid enough to prescribe a vitamin pill while you are on alli! You go Alli! Keep raking in the money from fools and idiots. Oh, and by the way, Alli has an IMMEDIATE EFFECT on your body. Be prepared!
Asthma products and their commercials are all over the TV. One has to wonder if they are promoting the products or the condition itself. The side effects of these drugs are serious, often more so than the condition itself. I’ve suffered from asthma for many, many years but about three years ago I made up my mind to stop taking the medications I was on. I had one for immediate relief of symptoms and one for long term relief. Let’s look at the problems with these products:
Side effects: facial edema, rash, herpes simplex, nervousness, nausea, nasal irritation, dry mouth, hoarseness, wheezing, nasal pain, delayed growth in children, irritation of the throat, coughing, hoarseness, candidiasis in the region of the oropharynx or the larynx, nasal burning and stinging, aftertaste, hoarseness, sore throat, cough, Candida (yeast) infections, change or loss of sense of smell or taste, nausea, headache, diarrhea, allergic reaction (including rash, hives, itchiness and bronchospasm), dry nose, nose bleeds, yeast infection in the mouth, sore throat, serious cortisol suppression, growth suppression in children, eosinophilic pneumonia, eosinophilic vasculitis, vasculitic rash, worsening pulmonary symptoms, cardiac complications, increased risk of glaucoma, suspected to be a co-factor in asthma deaths, tremor, inner agitation, heart palpitation, muscle cramps, headaches, premature contractions during pregnancy, psychotic reactions, liver dysfunction and damage, increased heart rate, blood pressure, heart beat irregularities, chest pain tremor, nervousness, worsening of bronchospasm (life-threatening), allergic reactions: skin rash, hives, swelling, bronchospasm, and anaphylaxis (life-threatening), worsening of diabetes and lowering of potassium, potentially fatal heart complications, systemic corticosteroid effects such as hypercorticism and adrenal suppression, Cushing’s syndrome with moon face, truncal obesity, acne, psychiatric disorders, menstruation disorders, osteoporosis, muscular atrophy, and other myopathies,hypertension, edema, hyperglycemia, cataracts, glaucoma, aseptic bone necrosis, pancreatitis, delayed wound healing, sleep disturbances, nycturia, nausea; gastrointestinal bleeding, dermatrophy, cerebral pseudotumor, congestive heart failure, convulsions, impaired wound healing, oss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, trouble concentrating tachycardia, palpitations, extrasystoles, headaches, tremor, nervousness, excitability, sleep disturbances, gastroesophageal reflux, changes in liver functioning, headache, infections, nausea, diarrhea, numbness, tingling, pain, worsening respiratory symptoms, liver damage (yellowing of skin or eyes, unusual tiredness, abdominal pain); Churg-Strauss syndrome: can be very serious; if dose is reduced watch for the following symptoms: fever, muscle aches, pains and weight loss, headache, abdominal pain, rash, dyspepsia, dizziness, diarrhea, sinusitis, and ear ache, gastroenteritis, cough, nasal congestion.
Long Term Use: glucose intolerance, psychiatric disturbances, cataracts, depressed pituitary-adrenal functioning, osteoporosis, permanent loss of sense of smell and/or taste, dangerous complications mostly affect the heart (arrhythmias) and the central nervous system (convulsions) and are frequently lethal, liver damage (yellowing of skin or eyes, unusual tiredness, abdominal pain).
Well, that was quite the list of side effects now wasn’t it? Is it just me or do you see the irony of taking a medication to alleviate the asmatic symptom of wheezing with a medication that causes it?
And then there was this side note:
At least five medications now sold to consumers pose such risks that their sale should be limited or stopped, said a government drug reviewer who raised safety questions earlier about the arthritis drug Vioxx.
In testimony Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee, Food and Drug Administration revier David Graham cited Meridia, Crestor, Accutane, Bextra and Serevent. Drug makers defended the use and safety of their products.
The links above will show you just how bad these products are. If the FDA had done its job, these products would never have gotten into the public market and people would not have died from their introduction into the populace. However, once again, the FDA failed in its mandates…
And of course the manufacturers would defend their products!!! They don’t give a shit about the consumer, so long as that consumer continues to use their products and after all, they are FDA Approved!!! Nor do we usually hear about the problems with the FDA or their products. Did you know the FDA is currently in court because of this? I’ve already accused the FDA of being paid to murder us in FDA, Murder for Money… I stand by my accusations.
I would hope that by now we all know the high cholesterol drugs hoax. For those of you with your head in the sand, I feel sorry for you wasting your money and killing yourselves. That’s what you are doing. Read Here:
And what about the unsafe drug testing the FDA approves of??? Are you part of one of those tests?
Wednesday, October 03, 2007 – Byron J. Richards, CCN
The New York Times reports that the FDA fails to ensure the safety of millions of people who participate in experimental clinical trials. In fact, the government doesn’t even have any idea how many of these experiments are taking place. The FDA haphazardly follows up on less than 1%, and when problems are found little or nothing is done.
The New York Times outlines several horror stories of individuals stuck in an unscrupulous system, as well as the near total lack of FDA oversight. This is one more example of FDA ineptitude – which is comprised of a very long list of transgressions against the citizens of this country. Let’s call a spade a spade, the FDA is little more than a police force bully serving as the gatekeeper to profits for elite companies at the expense of human health. Taking any drug is like playing Russian roulette.
Now, do you see why I think the FDA is a major joke? Why does this agency even exist? To give credence to those drug manufacturers who pay them. It certainly isn’t to protect the consumer’s health, to promote good health, or be a part of any grand or nobel consumer defender. Time and time again the FDA fails miserably to fulfill the goals it was designed to encompass. Read their mission statement here:
What We Do
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
Some of the recent celebrity deaths we know were caused by prescription drugs are: Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy (flu), Heath Ledger, and the list goes on. And yes, I agree that Michael Jackson was abusing certain drugs, but they still killed him and they were all legal drugs.
What about Alzheimer drugs? These so called chemical cosh drugs have been linked to over 1800 deaths in the UK. Routinely these drugs are given to the elderly to keep them quiet for hospital or care staff and NOT for the benefit of the patients. Read Here: This then begs the question of whether or not the hospitals or care facilities are abusing sedatives where the elderly are concerned. The chemical-cosh drugs, or anti-psychotics, have a host of problems associated with them, obviously, death being the worst. That’s a rather final side effect if you ask me. But hey, they were on the way out anyway right? What’s the big deal? For the FDA it is obvious, no big deal at all!
Drugs like prozac have a long list of side effects: Insomnia, Nausea, Weakness, Headache, Diarrhea, Drowsiness, Anxiety, Nervousness, Shakiness, Dry mouth, Decreased sex drive, Weight loss or gain (and they claim it is our eating habits), Indigestion, Dizziness, Sweating, Impotence, Ejaculation problems (got your ED meds?), Premature Ejaculation, Flushing, Abnormal Dreams, Constipation, Gas, Vomiting, Fever or Chills, Vision Changes, Chest pain, High Blood Pressure, Taste changes, Suicidal Thought or behaviors, Panic Attacks, Hostility and Aggression, and on and on. There are literally three pages of side effects for this chemical cosh drug…
And what of sleeping aides? Drugs like Ambien, Lunesta, etc., all have equally daunting side effects. We’ll start with Ambien:
Diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness (including daytime drowsiness); “drugged” feeling; dry mouth; headache; nausea; nose or throat irritation; sluggishness; stomach upset. Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the hands, legs, mouth, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); abnormal thinking; behavior changes; chest pain; confusion; decreased coordination; difficulty swallowing or breathing; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; memory problems (eg, memory loss); mental or mood changes (eg, aggression, agitation, anxiety, depression); severe dizziness; shortness of breath; suicidal thoughts or actions; vision changes
Have you noticed a re-occuring theme for some of these side effects?
Lunesta may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking Lunesta and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Lunesta will make you fall asleep. Never take this medication during your normal waking hours, unless you have at least 8 hours to dedicate to sleeping.
Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, or making phone calls and later having no memory of the activity. If this happens to you, stop taking Lunesta and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder.
Lunesta can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Until you know how this medication will affect you during waking hours, be careful if you drive, operate machinery, pilot an airplane, or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking this medication. It can increase some of the side effects of Lunesta, including drowsiness. Lunesta may be habit-forming. You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking this medication after taking it over several days in a row. FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Lunesta can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.
These are just a few of the products the FDA endorses. Yet the same FDA tells us repeatedly, vehemently, and consistently NOT to use natural products. A natural product rarely has side effects. A natural product tends to work with your body and not against it as these designer drugs do. Does anyone besides me think this is a problem? The FDA certainly SEEMS to work for the drug companies and NOT for the people they are supposed to safe-guard.
Now, I haven’t even touched on drug interactions either. Certain drugs should never be taken with other drugs. How often are we warned of those consequences? In the small print on labeling? Who can even read those? You need a magnifying glass just to read them. So how is it you are supposed to know there is a drug interaction problem???
Since this post is getting too long I’ll stop here with a few last links for you to consider. It seems that the FDA has now been pulled into court for its failures… Check this out: And if that doesn’t work, (sometimes I get an error message), here is the document: FDA on trial
Other links of interest: Antacids, acid blockers, etc.