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With Tysabri decision, the FDA declares no drug is too dangerous to be FDA approved

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: the FDA, dangerous drugs, health news

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency that claims to be responsible for protecting consumers from dangerous food and drug products, has just surrendered its primary responsibility. Recently, an FDA advisory panel voted to recommend that a dangerous prescription drug Tysabri, which was withdrawn from the market a year ago due to its promoting of a deadly brain disease, should now be put back on the market.

But here's the really shocking part: The justification for this decision to reinstate a drug with known deadly side effects is based on the idea that patients should now weigh the risks of dangerous drugs and decide for themselves whether the risks outweigh the benefits, if any.

Stop the music for a minute. Do you realize that with this decision, the FDA has just rendered itself irrelevant? If patients are going to be held responsible for making risk vs. benefits decisions on prescription drugs, then why do we need the FDA at all?

As you may have guessed, there are enormous problems with this new stance by the FDA. The first is that patients do not have the medical knowledge to understand and interpret the significance of these side effects that will no doubt only be mentioned in small print somewhere on a piece of paper that most patients will probably ignore. How can the FDA justifiably turn over safety decisions on deadly drugs to patients?

The second problem with this new stance by the FDA is that it exposes a wicked double standard: With prescription drugs, patients should be able to weight benefits vs. risks, even for drugs that may kill you. But with herbs and nutritional supplements, no such decision is extended to patients. The FDA merely bans whatever natural substances it wishes, usually based on reports of very small numbers of people being harmed be extremely rare overdoses (such as with ephedra). In those cases, the FDA proudly proclaims it is, "Protecting everyone from a dangerous herb!"

In other words, the FDA now sees its job as protecting the public from "dangerous" herbs while shirking safety responsibilities on truly dangerous prescription drugs. It's up to the public to decide whether deadly drugs are worth the risk, according to the FDA. But when one herb which has been safely used for 5,000 years in Chinese medicine happens to harm 20 people who overdosed in a mad weight loss frenzy, the FDA bans it "to protect everyone!"

The FDA's position now comes down to simply this: Everyone needs to be protected from herbs and nutritional supplements, but no one needs to be protected from prescription drugs.

And this now completes the full reversal of the FDA. The agency now has both feet squarely in Bizarro world.

In doing this, I wonder if the FDA realizes it has made itself irrelevant. If the agency is now merely going to pass through drug safety decisions to doctors and patients, then why do we need the FDA at all? The agency is no longer a gatekeeper. It is a toll booth, where drug companies pay a toll on their way to customers. And apparently, the toll fee is happily accepted regardless of whether the drug in question helps people or kills them.

I've often said that no drug is too dangerous to meet FDA safety requirements, and now the FDA has proven it. Even a drug that outright kills patients with a painful, horrifying death will now be FDA approved. There is no longer even the concept of safety standards at the FDA. Now, there is merely avoidance of assessing safety.

The agency that was once tasked with actually regulating the drug industry has now become its largest marketing department. The concept of drug "safety" is now history. Any drug, no matter how dangerous, is now qualified for FDA approval. If thalidomide were a new drug today, the FDA would no doubt happily approve it for any use as long as it carried a small-print warning about its side effects.

In fact, we may soon see the FDA (arm-in-arm with Big Pharma marketing reps) bringing back all sorts of deadly, dangerous drugs over the next few years. Drugs that were once withdrawn from the market due to outrageous side effects (such as Vioxx, which reportedly caused the death of tens of thousands of Americans) will now be re-approved and dumped onto patients who must now make their own safety assessments of patented, synthetic chemicals.

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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.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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