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FDA's relentless assault on diet pills and nutritional supplements puts Metabolife founder in hot seat

Saturday, July 24, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: the FDA, nutritional supplements, diet pills

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If you ever own a nutritional supplements manufacturing company, make sure you never try to interfere with the FDA's oppression of your own products, or you'll be charged with "interfering" with the FDA. That's what's happening to Metabolife founder Michael Ellis, who is now facing charges that he made false statements about ephedra and attempted to obstruct the FDA's banning of the herb.

This is yet one more way in which the FDA uses police state powers to bulldoze makers of vitamins, medicinal herbs or nutritional supplements who try to resist the oppression of this rogue federal agency. Let's put this in perspective: while pharmaceutical companies are lying about their drug trials, burying negative results in order to make sure the FDA doesn't see them, hyping dangerous drugs to the public that kill 100,000 Americans each year, and creating a drug import blockade by suppressing sales of cheaper drugs from Canada, the FDA somehow doesn't mind any of that. All crimes committed by pharmaceutical companies, it seems, are perfectly fine with the FDA.

But when a nutritional supplement manufacturer tries to stop the FDA from steamrolling a product containing an ingredient that has been safely used for literally thousands of years -- ephdra -- that company is suddenly considered criminal, and its CEO is brought up on charges.

I'd say the FDA is very selective in its criminal investigations. This is clearly a grudge case where the agency is trying to bankrupt a company it doesn't like. Pharmaceutial companies are right now getting away outright criminal activities -- not just under the nose of the FDA, but often with the FDA's blessing and cooperation! For example, it is the FDA that's fighting alongside Big Pharma to monopolize the U.S. drug market and ban drugs from Canada, much to the financial harm of U.S. taxpayers.

Now, I'm no fan of Metabolife's products, and I don't necessarily recommend them as a good way to lose weight. I'm sure they work for some people, but I've never been a fan of taking stimulants. However, as far as I'm concerned, Metabolife shouldn't have to defend itself against the oppression of a federal agency that's clearly out to destroy the nutritional supplements industry. If there's any crime being committed here, it's the criminal actions of people at the FDA who continue to ignore blatant criminal activites by the pharmaceutical industry while going after much smaller nutritional supplement makers in an effort to wipe out or regulate the industry.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

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