From FDA – Senate Wants Food Makers Jailed for Ten Years We Must Stop This Bill from Passing in the House

Despite protests from health freedom activists, the Senate passed a bill that enables the FDA to put food makers in jail for ten years!

If enacted by the House of Representatives, this bill would empower the FDA to imprison food makers if they quote findings from peer-reviewed published scientific studies on their websites.

Since some scientific issues can be very complicated, and since you can get legitimate “false positives” and “false negatives” in different studies, and since sometimes you can’t really resolve apparent contradictions, I wouldn’t have a problem with forcing companies that refer to peer-reviewed, scientific literature, having a prominent warning along the lines of “but they may be wrong, anyway”. In fact, the FDA should fund the creation of a publicly accessible database, that shows studies both pro and con on any given supplement / herb / drug.

I mean, what is the moral legitimacy in suppressing, e.g., on a website that sells pomegranate juice, an Israeli study that showed a remarkable reduction in carotid artery stenosis via the simple consumption of pomegranate juice? Make no mistake about it, suppressing the public’s knowledge of solid science, where it favors effective and typically cheaper alternatives to pharmaceuticals, will kill some people, and help bankrupt others.

Oh, but I suppose there’s plenty of lobbyists and Congress critters who won’t mind if some of us suffer strokes, as long as Big Pharma is kept happy.

Despite the patients’ advanced atherosclerosis, ingesting pomegranate juice produced statistically significant reductions in the thickness of their carotid artery walls, which is correlated with decreased risk for heart attack and stroke. After only three months, the average thickness declined by 13%, and after 12 months, the thickness dropped 35% compared to baseline. During this same 12-month period, the average carotid artery thickness of the placebo group increased by 9%.