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The Unfriendly FDA

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

It seems to me that the FDA is a political machine working for the pharmaceutical companies.

A case in point is that  in January, 2009, the FDA classified pyridoxamine, a compound found in vitamin B6, a drug, putting it out of reach of many Americans who are suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD). Pyridoxamine, through much research, has been found to halt advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), which is a progressive kidney disease. (Life Extension, May, 2010)

Here again we have the FDA intervening on behalf of the pharmaceutical  companies to take away a normal supplement by proclaiming it a drug, so that the pharmaceutical companies can sell a pill at a profit.

Treason by the FDA?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

FDA allows potato chips to be advertised as “heart healthy”

Frito-Lay® is a subsidiary of the Pepsi-Cola company. Frito-Lay® sells $12 billion a year of products that include:

Lays® Potato Chips, Doritos®, Tostitos®, Cheetos®, and Fritos®

You might not associate these mostly-fried snack foods as being good for you, but the FDA has no problem allowing the Frito-Lay® website to state the following:

“Frito-Lay snacks start with real farm-grown ingredients. You might be surprised at how much good stuff goes into your favorite snack. Good stuff like potatoes, which naturally contain vitamin C and essential minerals. Or corn, one of the world’s most popular grains, packed with Thiamin, vitamin B6, and Phosphorous – all necessary for healthy bones, teeth, nerves and muscles.

And it’s not just the obvious ingredients. Our all-natural sunflower, corn and soybean oils contain good polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which help lower total and LDL “bad” cholesterol and maintain HDL “good” cholesterol levels, which can support a healthy heart. Even salt, when eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet, is essential for the body.

Wow! Based on what Frito-Lay® is allowed to state, it sounds like we should be living on these snacks. Who would want to ingest walnuts, pomegranate, or green tea (which FDA now says are illegal drugs) when these fat-calorie laden, mostly-fried carbohydrates are so widely available?

According to the Frito Lay® website, Lays® potato chips are now “heart healthy” because the level of saturated fat was reduced and replaced with sunflower oil. Scientific studies do show that when a polyunsaturated fat (like sunflower oil) is substituted for saturated fat, favorable changes in blood cholesterol occur.

Fatally omitted from the Frito-Lay® website is the fact that sunflower oil supplies lots of omega-6 fats, but no omega-3s. The American diet already contains too many omega-6 fats and woefully inadequate omega-3.

Excess omega-6 fats in the diet in the absence of adequate omega-3s produces devastating effects including the production of pro-inflammatory compounds that contribute to virtually every age-related disease including atherosclerosis.

For the FDA to allow Frito-Lay® to pretend there are heart benefits to ingesting their high-calorie snack products, while censoring the ability of walnut companies to make scientifically-substantiated claims, is tantamount of treason against the health of the American public.

Big Pharma Gone Amuck with the Help of the FDA

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Medicure Pharma, Inc. (“Medicure”) is requesting that the Commissioner of Food and Drugs stop food supplement companies from selling vitamin B6 under penalty of law. Actually vitamin B6 contains pyridoxal 5’-phosphate (P5P). and Medicure wants to prohibit anyone from selling P5P because they have a product called MC-1 which has P5P in it.

The pharmaceutical companies are trying to prohibit the food supplement companies from producing and selling supplements at a reasonable price by proclaiming everything it a drug and needs to be regulated by the FDA (which they currently control).

It took my own research to take myself off of Lipitor almost two years ago. I know they say it has been researched for 16 or 17 years and approved. How many other drugs have been approved only to be taken off the market as people keep dying for these drugs.

The pharmaceutical companies also want to call cherries and walnuts drugs.

On February 22, 2010, the FDA sent a warning letter to a distributor of packaged walnuts called Diamond Foods, Inc.

The FDA said that walnuts sold by Diamond Foods cannot be legally marketed because the walnuts “are not generally recognized as safe and effective” for the medical conditions referenced on Diamond Foods’ website.

According to the FDA, these walnuts are now classified as “drugs” and the “unauthorized health claims” cause them to become “misbranded,” thus subjecting them to government “seizure or injunction.”

The FDA sent similar letters to a wide range of food distributors including those who sell green tea and pomegranate juice.

To read about the FDA’s latest attempt to obliterate the First Amendment, scientific rationality and health freedom click here: http://www.lef.org/featured-articles/FDA-Says-Walnuts-Are-Illegal-Drugs.htm

Vitamin B6

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

A cross-sectional study with 1,205 people found that higher levels of pyridoxal-5′-phosphate (PLP), the active form of vitamin B6, were linked to lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation, as well as lower levels of 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), a marker for oxidative stress, both of which are related to heart disease risk.

CRP is produced in the liver and is a known marker for inflammation. Increased levels of CRP are a good predictor for the onset of both type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease causes almost 50 per cent of deaths in Europe, and is reported to cost the EU economy an estimated €169 billion ($202 billion) per year.

www.nutraingredients.com, February 2, 2010

Celiac Disease & B Vitamins

Monday, March 9th, 2009

On Thursday, March 4, I had a display table on health and wellness at the Multicultural Forum at the River Center, St. Paul, MN. One of the visitors at the table told me they had celiac disease. Celiac disease is intolerance to gluten in wheat. And people with this intolerance risk having high levels of the amino acid homocysteine. Studies have shown that high levels of homocysteine may increase the risk of heart disease. Some studies say that 1.5 percent of the population have celiac disease and I seem to find many of these people. The following information will be of interest to those people.

That same day, March 4, I came across an article stating that daily supplements of B vitamins may improve the overall health of people with celiac disease. This Dutch study led by Muhammed Hadithi of VUmc University Medical Center in Amsterdam included 51 adults with celiac disease and 50 healthy controls and found that people taking daily supplements of vitamin B6, folic acid, and B12 had significantly lower levels of the amino acid homocysteine. This was published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. It appears that many of us are short on certain vitamins. The doctor has put me on vitamin B6 (and this should only be done under a doctor’s supervision).

 

To your health and wellness.

 

www.nutraingredants –usa.com; Vitamins may help coeliac disease management: Study

 By Stephen Daniells, 04-Mar-2009

 

Vitamin B-6

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

This is probably one of the most important vitamins and involved in more bodily processes than any other vitamin or mineral. Government surveys have shown that one-third of adults and half of all women are not getting enough B-6. This vitamin seems to play a role in treating PMS, asthma, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Vitamin B-6 is the “workhorse” of nutrients performing over 100 jobs many times a day. It functions mainly as a coenzyme, an action that with other enzymes speeds up chemical reactions in the cells.

Another name for vitamin B-6 is pyridoxine. As a supplement it comes in several forms, pyridoxine hydrochloride or pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). 

This vitamin forms red blood cells, help cells make protein, manufactures brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) as serotonin.

Getting enough B-6 through the diet or supplements may help prevent heart disease. Working with folic acid and vitamin B-12 it assists the body in processing homocysteine, an amino acid-like compound that has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and other vascular disorders.

Vitamin B-6 is a building block for neurotransmitters and may help in reducing epileptic seizures and well as relieving depression. As many as 25 percent of the people with depression may be deficient in vitamin B-6.

The RDA for women and men under 50 is 1.3 mg a day. One survey found that half of all American women fail to meet the RDA for vitamin B-6. Mild deficiencies of B-6 can raise homocysetine levels, increasing the risk of heart and vascular diseases.

High doses of vitamin B-6, over 2000 mg a day, can cause nerve damage when taken over long periods of time.

Fish, poultry, meats, chickpeas, potatoes, avocados, and bananas are good sources of vitamin B-6.