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  • Are Diet Supplements Dangerous? : The FDA Cannot Keep Up

    04/10/2014 8:35:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/10/2014 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    If something is either essential or good for the health, surely more of it must be good for you? Such at any rate is the reasoning of half the American population who, between them spend more than $30 billion on dietary supplements, that is to say $200 a head per annum. All things considered, these supplements must be pretty safe, unlike prescription drugs, for few people die or have serious side-effects from them. Whether they do any good, other than as placebos, is another question entirely of course.According to an article in a recent edition of the New England...
  • The War on Raw Milk

    04/07/2014 10:45:55 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 31 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | April 7, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have recently introduced legislation to allow for the sale of raw milk, i.e., unpasteurized milk. Their Milk Freedom Act of 2014 would make it legal for “certified dairy farmers” to sell unpasteurized milk products without harassment and criminal prosecution on the part of the FDA. If enacted, this would be a major victory for those who are health conscious and understand the grievous misperception by our medical establishment regarding the safety of raw milk. The distribution of raw milk has been banned in the U.S. since inception of the pasteurization...
  • Army’s injectable bandage can stop heavy bleeding during ‘golden hour’

    04/07/2014 9:55:01 AM PDT · by Freeport · 16 replies
    DefenceSystems ^ | Apr 07, 2014 | Kevin McCaney
    It’s a surprisingly straightforward invention that could go a long way toward saving lives on the battlefield—a syringe-like device that essentially injects bandages into deep wounds to prevent bleeding. Developed by the Combat Casualty Care Research Program of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Md., the XSTAT looks like a large syringe and contains small cellulose sponges that, once injected, expand to fill a wound. Designed for use against large, deep injuries, it’s intended to be used on wounds around joints such as the shoulder or groin, where medics couldn’t apply a tourniquet, or wounds...
  • E-cigarette rule coming 'very soon,' U.S. FDA chief says

    04/05/2014 11:32:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 4, 2014 | Reuters
    <p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children.</p> <p>FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told senators at a Congressional budget hearing that it has taken too long to move the rule forward and that she expects the proposal to be ready for release "very soon."</p>
  • Potential FDA Move on Recycling Grain Could Spike Beer Prices

    04/04/2014 5:38:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    KVDR ^ | April 4, 2014 | Shaul Turner
    Beer-makers in Colorado are upset about a proposal to keep them from recycling their used grain, and it could affect how much you pay for a beer this summer. The Food and Drug Administration wants to stop beer brewers from selling their leftover grain to ranches so it can be used as food for cattle. It’s not a requirement yet, but beer-makers make money off their used grain and say the new regulation would force them to dump millions of tons of it instead of recycling. The grains are used barley, wheat and other grains that are steeped in hot...
  • FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

    04/03/2014 1:12:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 3:20 PM EDT | Lauren Neergaard and Mary Clare Jalonick
    Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose antidote named naloxone before an ambulance arrives. Doctors could prescribe it for family members or caregivers to keep on hand, in a pocket or a medicine cabinet. Opioids include legal prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as illegal street drugs like heroin. …
  • What’s the most expensive ingredient in beer? Taxes! (VIDEO)

    04/01/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT · by TheProducer · 2 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 4/1/2014 | Ian Huyett
    Obama's & His Dark Sayings; The Wrath of God On America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrp6wUkTGjY
  • Beer brewers push back against proposed FDA rule restricting use of old grains

    04/01/2014 5:06:39 AM PDT · by workerbee · 21 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/1/14
    <p>Beer brewers are objecting to a proposed federal rule that would make it harder for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed instead of throwing them away.</p> <p>The Food and Drug Administration rule change would mean brewers would have to meet the same standards as livestock and pet-food manufacturers, imposing new sanitary handling procedures, record keeping and other food safety processes on brewers.</p>
  • Bullies Rule

    03/26/2014 4:20:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | John Stossel
    We're told government protects us, but protectors quickly become bullies. Take the Food and Drug Administration. It seems like the most helpful part of government: It supervises testing to make sure greedy drug companies don't sell us dangerous stuff. The FDA's first big success was stopping thalidomide, a drug that prevented the nausea of morning sickness. It was approved first in Europe, where some mothers who took it proceeded to give birth to children with no arms and legs. The FDA didn't discover the problems with thalidomide. It was just slow. The drug application was stuck in the FDA's bureaucracy....
  • FDA has continuously warned against condom use for anal sex - it’s time to sue Planned Parenthood

    03/24/2014 6:45:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | by Rita Diller
    March 20, 2014 (STOPP.org) - Planned Parenthood pushes condoms continuously. Use condoms for anal sex to prevent disease transmission, it says. The condom mantra is at the heart of all the “comprehensive sex ed” programs. Yet, Representative Bob McDermott, who is tenaciously fighting the Planned Parenthood-promoted Pono Choices sex program aimed at middle school children in Hawaii, pointed out as early as February 3 that the FDA has warned about the dangers of using condoms for anal sex and that Pono Choices fails to pass those warnings on to students. In fact, the FDA says on its website that anal...
  • TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau gets 10-year sentence

    03/17/2014 7:08:00 PM PDT · by opentalk · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2014 | MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO (AP) - Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, whose name became synonymous with late-night TV pitches, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for bilking consumers through ubiquitous infomercials for his book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About." As he imposed the sentence prosecutors had requested, U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman portrayed the 50-year-old Trudeau as a habitual fraudster going back to his early adulthood. So brazen was Trudeau, the judge said, he once even used his own mother's Social Security number in a scheme. ... defense attorney Tom Kirsch said the harm Trudeau caused...
  • New food labels will have super-size calorie counts (Michelle supported FDA proposal)

    02/27/2014 2:53:16 PM PST · by matt04 · 21 replies
    New 'Nutrition Facts' labels on packages will let families know whether their food has added sugars for the first time while reflecting more realistic portion sizes. Calorie counts will also be in larger, bolder type under the label changes being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration, which were announced by Michelle Obama on Tuesday. Under the changes, serving sizes would be based on what people actually eat, rather than what they should eat. A serving of ice cream, for example, would be half a pint, rather than a quarter of a pint. Both 12-ounce and 20-ounce soda bottles will...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers (CSPI supported rules)

    02/23/2014 10:55:18 AM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    im Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm — an inspector from the Food and Drug Administration — warned him that some organic-growing techniques he had honed over four decades could soon be outlawed. "This is my badge. These are the fines. This is what is hanging over your head, and we want you to know that," Crawford says the official told him. Crawford's popular farm may seem a curious place for...
  • FDA pulls cigarette brand from stores

    02/22/2014 4:29:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 21, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time on Friday used its authority under a 2009 law to remove cigarettes from stores.The FDA is forcing Jash International to stop selling and distributing its line of Sutra Bidi tobacco products in the U.S., and is giving retailers 30 days to pull the products from shelves. ADVERTISEMENT “Existing inventory may be subject to enforcement action, including seizure, without further notice,” the FDA said in a release. “Companies that continue to sell and distribute these products in the United States may be subject to enforcement actions by the FDA.”The FDA said...
  • FDA Appears Set to Approve Creating Human Embryos With Three Parents

    02/21/2014 2:25:26 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | February 21, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    An experimental technique for creating embryos with three biological parents appears to be moving toward an okay from the FDA. Ostensibly to prevent mitochondrial disease, the experiment would use one genetically modified egg (with the nucleus from another egg), and sperm to create a new human life via IVF.Now, an FDA committee is holding hearings (on Feb 25-26) to determine whether to allow the technique to be used to bring babies to birth. From the Science story: In the United States, FDA has said it has the power to regulate any transfer of mitochondrial DNA in embryos, because it is...
  • Uproar over ObamaCare’s menu rules

    02/19/2014 8:54:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ben Goad
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to scale back draft regulations under ObamaCare that would force restaurants to post nutritional information on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to finalizing a rule requiring calorie labels on vending machines and at restaurants and “similar retail food establishments.” Proposed in 2011, the regulations stem from the Affordable Care Act and are designed to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices.But the group of 24 lawmakers said the draft regulations, which apply to restaurants with 20 or more locations, go beyond Congress’ intent and...
  • New rules announced to ensure safety of infant formula

    02/06/2014 4:09:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 6, 2014 | Associated Press
    The Food and Drug Administration is laying out new requirements to ensure the safety of infant formula. The rules announced Thursday are designed to make sure that formula manufacturers test their products for salmonella and other pathogens before they are distributed. They would also require formula companies to include specific nutrients, including proteins, fats and vitamins.
  • Look at the FDA's First-Ever Campaign Against Youth Tobacco Use

    02/04/2014 6:47:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 4, 2014 | Clara Ritger
    The Food and Drug Administration is launching a new campaign against youth tobacco use. "The Real Cost" advertisements graphically depict the health consequences of smoking, such as tooth loss and skin damage. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, death, and disability in the U.S. Every day, more than 3,200 Americans under age 18 try their first cigarette, and more than 700 become regular smokers. The FDA is targeting its efforts toward the 10 million Americans ages 12 to 17 who have never smoked a cigarette but are open to it. "We know that early intervention is critical,...
  • Colonoscopies to be replaced by camera that comes in a PILL

    02/04/2014 9:12:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 93 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2-4-14 | Daily Mail Reporter
    There are few medical procedures feared more than a colonoscopy. But what if there was another way to screen patients for colon cancer that's much less intrusive? Now there is: The PillCam, an ingestible camera that takes high-speed photographs as it works its way through the digestive system and helps doctors spot polyps and other early signs of colon cancer was just cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. The device is designed for patients who have had trouble with the cringe-inducing colonoscopy procedure, which involves probing the large intestine with a tiny camera embedded in a four-foot long, flexible...
  • Pill Cam, Alternative to Colonoscopy approved by FDA

    02/04/2014 3:31:10 AM PST · by Pharmer1
    Down on the Pharm ^ | 2/4/2014 | pharmer1
    Did Belarusian programmers supply some of the Obamacare network software? Inquiring minds want to know..... Programmers linked to the government of Belarus claim to have supplied some of the code used in the Obamacare website. Valery Tsepkalo, of the Belarus government backed High Technology Park in Minsk, claimed (on Voice of Russia radio) that the HHS "is one of our clients" and that "we are helping Obama complete his insurance reform..... Our programmers wrote the program that appears on the monitors in all hospitals and all insurance companies- they will see the full profile of the given patient". MORE at...
  • FDA proposes rule to prevent food contamination during transport

    02/02/2014 7:53:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 31, 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Food transportation companies will be required to adhere to certain sanitation standards to prevent food from becoming contaminated during transit under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The rule would require shippers and carriers to properly refrigerate food, clean vehicles between loads and protect food during transportation.
  • Obama’s power play (Deeper and broader than you think)

    01/31/2014 11:57:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 31, 2014 | Stephanie Simon
    In an FDA office building in suburban Maryland, the bureaucrats gather over coffee to draft rules meant to squeeze the trans fat out of snack foods. Four blocks from the White House, in an EPA conference room: more bureaucrats, more meetings, more drafting of rules, these aimed at forcing industrialists to spend billions cutting carbon to fend off global warming. Congress? Who needs Congress? Americans heard President Barack Obama declare this week that he intends to bypass the gridlocked Hill to get things done on his own. What they didn’t hear: just how far he’s actually pushing his executive authority....
  • U.S. hospitals hit with shortage of intravenous saline

    01/29/2014 2:38:39 AM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Yahoo news/Reuters ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Susan Kelly
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it is working with the three manufacturers of intravenous saline solutions commonly used to hydrate hospital patients to address a shortage caused by a spike in demand. To cope with the shortage, healthcare providers are using substitute products such as oral hydration fluids or smaller IV saline bags with slower drip rates when appropriate, said Bona Benjamin, director of medication use quality improvement for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. "We have heard from our members all over the country that the shortage is serious," Benjamin said. "People are able...
  • Ban on trans fats would be boon for canola growers

    01/25/2014 11:51:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2014 12:45 PM EST | Justin Juozapavicius
    From Oregon to Oklahoma, farmers have started planting canola in earnest, rotating the yellow-flowered crop that could blossom into a replacement for artery-clogging trans fats found in myriad junk foods, such as cookies, cakes and pies. The amount of canola being grown in the U.S. has increased dramatically in the last two decades or so, with 1.7 million acres planted in 2012. Some of it is growing in areas such as Oklahoma, which for generations has been dominated by wheat and cattle operations. …
  • FDA OKs mental disability blood test for infants

    01/17/2014 12:06:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2014 2:37 PM EST | Matthew Perrone
    The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared a first-of-a-kind blood test that can help diagnose mental disabilities in babies by analyzing their genetic code. The laboratory test from Affymetrix detects variations in patients’ chromosomes that are linked to Down syndrome, DiGeorge syndrome and other developmental disorders. About 2 to 3 percent of U.S. children have some sort of intellectual disability, according to the National Institutes of Health. …
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • Pediatricians advise pregnant women, children against drinking raw milk

    12/22/2013 8:27:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 16, 2013, 1:28 p.m. | Mary MacVean
    The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday warned that pregnant women and children should not drink raw milk and said it supports a nationwide ban on the sale of raw milk because of the danger of bacterial illnesses. The group’s statement said it supports federal health authorities “in endorsing the consumption of only pasteurized milk and milk products for pregnant women, infants and children.” The academy also “endorses a ban on the sale of raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products throughout the United States, including the sale of certain raw milk cheeses, such as fresh cheese, soft cheeses and...
  • How the vitamin industrial complex swindled America

    12/18/2013 8:57:00 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 98 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/18/13 | Peter Weber
    Q uestions about the health benefits of vitamin supplements have been percolating in the medical establishment for decades — even as the multivitamin industry has grown to a multi-billion powerhouse in the U.S. This week, the respected journal the Annals of Internal Medicine put its well-heeled foot down. "We believe that the case is closed — supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful," the journal said in an editorial. "These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough." Here's Dr. Edgar Miller...
  • Jungle Drug Ayahuasca Could Revolutionize Psychotherapy

    12/15/2013 3:24:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Thursday, Nov 21 2013 | Olivia LaVecchia and Kyle Swenson
    Tracy James knew the drug she'd just swallowed was working when her old injuries from high school started twitching with new life. Pressure throbbed from a forgotten busted knee. Her ankle tingled. The fingers she'd sprained roller-skating decades back began to ache. Whatever the 37-year-old had just taken, it shot feeling back into the long-gone ailments. "When I did vomit, it was one of the most amazing moments of my life." For the past 45 minutes, the hut had been dark and silent, the air dripping with jungle moisture. James and nearly 20 others were sitting cross-legged on ornate rugs....
  • The New Food Fight: Big Food Vs. Big Organic: Have the elite hijacked healthy eating?

    11/26/2013 6:20:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    Reader's Digest ^ | Published in Reader's Digest Magazine October 2013 | By David H. Freedman The Atlantic
    Late last year, in a small health-food eatery called Cafe Sprouts in Oberlin, Ohio, I had what may well have been the most wholesome beverage of my life. The friendly server guided me to an apple-blueberry-kale-carrot smoothie-juice combination, which she spent the next several minutes preparing, mostly by shepherding farm-fresh produce into machinery. The result was tasty. But at 300 calories (by my rough calculation) for a 16-ounce cup, it was more than my diet could regularly absorb without consequences. Nor was I about to make a habit of $9 shakes, healthy or not. Inspired by the experience nonetheless, I...
  • FDA Tells 23andMe to Halt Sales of Genetic Test

    11/26/2013 5:54:08 AM PST · by Prolixus · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 25, 2013 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science.
  • New study counters health arguments against e-cigarettes

    11/23/2013 8:22:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    OklahomaWatchdog.org ^ | November 22, 2013 | Patrick B. McGuigan
    OKLAHOMA CITY – A new paper from the R Street Institute, a national research group, aggressively defends e-cigarettes.Dr. Joel Nitzkin’s analysis broadly counters attacks on e-cigarettes, which have mounted in recent months. Time will tell if the study’s conclusions offset or ameliorate the impact of those attacks.Nitzkin calls the e-cigs a tool in tobacco-harm reduction and pointed criticism at some of the most often-referenced events or studies assailing the safety of “vapor” devices.Release of Nitzkin’s analysis for R Street Institute comes in the midst of discussion here in Oklahoma of e-cigarette bans in public settings, including parks. Such ordinances have...
  • Food Police Will Soon Hit Businesses with Pointless Regulations

    11/22/2013 10:47:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | November 20, 2013 | Drew Johnson
    A. Barton Hinkle, a Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist and Reason magazine contributor, wrote a fascinating and chilling column this week about the Food and Drug Administration expensive and burdensome new menu labeling scheme. The regulations will “dictate the disclosure of calorie counts for foods sold in restaurants, grocery stores, delis, bakeries, coffee shops, and even gas stations,” according to Hinkle. And those businesses will pay a hefty price to comply with the policy. The federal government figures the rules will “cost more than $1 billion and require more than 14.5 million hours of labor to meet.” The calorie posting regulations, which...
  • Emergency meningitis vaccine will be imported to halt Ivy League outbreak

    11/15/2013 7:26:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5 hours ago | JoNel Aleccia,
    Emergency doses of a meningitis vaccine not approved for use in the U.S. may soon be on the way to Princeton University to halt an outbreak of the potentially deadly infection that has sickened seven students since March. Government health officials said Friday they have agreed to import Bexsero, a vaccine licensed only in Europe and Australia that protects against meningitis B, a strain not covered by the shots recommended for college students in the U.S.
  • Avoid acrylamide: FDA warns against chemical found in many fried foods

    11/16/2013 12:55:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 15, 2013 | FOX News
    One week after proposing the removal of trans fats from food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is targeting another fattening – and potentially harmful – ingredient: acrylamide. Acrylamide is a chemical that forms in many plant-based foods during high-temperature cooking, such as frying or baking. It is often found in French fries, cereals, crackers and many other food products. According to a recent report on the FDA website, stuides have found that high levels of acrylamide can increase the risk of cancer in animals – and many experts believe the risk likely translates to humans as well.
  • Donut Regulation as Serious as Syria?

    11/14/2013 12:06:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    GenFringe.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Carly Hill
    We recently posted Julie Borowski’s video entitled, “Get the Government Off My Donuts.” Sure, it sounds silly and stupid in light of stories about the turmoil in Syria or the persecution in North Korea. Donuts…seriously? Who cares? How shallow is that! Well, despite Julie’s silly donut scarfing demonstration and the light-hearted title, the point of her video wasn’t actually about getting the government away from her donuts. It was about freedom. Nothing shallow about freedom.The FDA taking steps to ban transfats in food doesn’t seem important in light of what’s happening in places like Syria, but the root of Syria’s...
  • Proposed government regulations a concern for owners of small farms - "It's scary"

    11/13/2013 1:23:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | November 12, 2013 | Chris Togneri
    Organic farmer Don Kretschmann walked around his picturesque but ancient barn and stepped up to a rustic barrel root crop washer. It's a simple machine, he said, consisting of long, wooden planks that form a cylinder, which he uses to clean freshly harvested produce on his Beaver County farm. Soil-covered carrots and potatoes go in one end, the cylinder rotates, water sprays in and clean vegetables emerge. “But who knows if I'll be allowed to keep using it?” said Kretschmann, who has farmed about 15 acres since he and his wife, Becky, bought the land in 1978. “Or this barn,...
  • Undercover video: Young teen girls can’t buy Sudafed, but Plan B ok

    11/13/2013 12:41:27 AM PST · by topher · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue Nov 12, 2013 19:17 EST | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new undercover video has exposed the fact that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations are stricter for common cold medication than for the abortifacient drug Plan B. In the video, created by Students for Life, women posing as 15-year-old girls attempt to simultaneously purchase the "emergency contraceptive" Plan B, and the cold medicine Sudafed. The “teenagers” are asked for identification, and when they say they don't have any ID, are told they can’t purchase Sudafed. However, they are allowed to purchase Plan B. “I thought I didn’t need an ID for Plan...
  • 'They're coming after your doughnuts,' warns Rand Paul

    11/12/2013 6:55:43 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/12/13 | Charlie Spiering
    "They're coming after your doughnuts!" the Kentucky Republican said, referring to the Food and Drug Administration decision to ban trans fats. Paul added that if the FDA was banning trans fats, the employees of the agency should be forced to get healthy themselves. "I say we should line every one of them up. I want to see how skinny or how fat the FDA agents are that are making the rules on this," Paul said.
  • Washington's Nannies Go After America's Trans Fats

    11/11/2013 5:26:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Investors.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Prohibition: Washington is moving to ban trans fats. The obvious question, of course, is what will it ban next? If it can outlaw trans fats, it can outlaw anything. Is taking away choice what we want government to do? Trans fats, also called partially hydrogenated oils by many, have been in our foods for decades. These artificial fats help extend shelf life and in some cases simply make food taste better. Activists, though, tell us they're not healthy. We're not going to debate the issue. The health concerns of trans fats are not the point. But this is: Where does...
  • The FDA and the Nanny State

    11/09/2013 12:46:04 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 2 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | November 9, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    Progressive liberals just can't help themselves. They're so wise and all-knowing that us common peasants need them to come down from their elated heights to make decisions for us. The nanny state mentality is one that is a core component of the progressive liberal psyche, and while they cloak it with talk of good intentions, it's all about controlling every aspect of your life. Sadly, the nanny state is going national. I never worried about Nanny Bloomberg's crazy edicts as I don't live in New York City, but his trans fat madness is now being picked up by the FDA....
  • FDA moves toward abolishing trans fats

    11/09/2013 12:24:30 PM PST · by Innovative · 76 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov 7, 2013 | HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH
    The FDA announced Thursday that there is no safe level of partially hydrogenated oils. The move — unusually bold for an agency that typically leaves additive safety to the private sector — is the first step in what could be a long road to removing trans fats, which are still widely used to improve the texture and shelf stability of processed foods like frosting, doughnuts and crackers. There is no safe level of consumption of artificial trans fats, Hamburg stressed. Consumer advocates are applauding the FDA’s actions.
  • Trans fat doesn’t stir much ‘nanny state’ debate

    11/09/2013 9:10:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2013 8:34 AM EST | Connie Cass
    They are among our most personal daily decisions: what to eat or drink. Maybe what to inhale. Now that the governmentşs banning trans fat, does that mean it’s revving up to take away our choice to consume all sorts of other unhealthy stuff? … In the tug-of-war between public health and personal freedom, the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to ban trans fats barely rates a ripple. Hardly anyone defends the icky-sounding artificial ingredient anymore, two decades after health activists began warning Americans that it was clogging their arteries and causing heart attacks. …
  • FDA-approved drugs kill 100,000 every year

    11/06/2013 6:20:51 AM PST · by sdnet · 23 replies
    Small Government Times ^ | 2013-11-06 | Steve Adcock
    Medications approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration result in 100,000 deaths every year from what the federal agency describes as “Adverse Drug Reactions”, or ADRs. Worse, over 2 million Americans suffer non-deadly adverse reactions to drugs every year that the FDA has approved “safe”. ADRs refer to negative reactions that Americans suffer from taking drugs as directed by their doctor or the drug’s manufacturer. These cases DO NOT include overdoses or drug abuse. In fact, the FDA claims that adverse drug reactions account for the 4th leading cause of death “ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia,...
  • GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists 'Genetically modified foods'.

    11/04/2013 10:55:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 128 replies
    Epoch times ^ | Oct 24, 2013 | Justina Reichel,
    GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists Controversy erupts after World Food Prize awarded to Monsanto By Justina Reichel, Epoch Times | October 24, 2013 In the wake of biotech giants Monsanto and Syngenta being awarded the World Food Prize, a European coalition of scientists is challenging claims that the debate around genetically modified foods is settled and that GM foods are safe. The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, which consists of more than 90 scientists, academics, and physicians, released a statement Monday in response to “sweeping claims” that GM products are safe. “We strongly reject...
  • Obama admin’s FDA mulling three-parent embryo creation

    11/02/2013 6:20:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Oct 31, 2013 | Hilary White
    While some European ethicists and politicians have called for an end to the creation of “three-parent” IVF embryos, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced it is considering allowing the practice - without having held a public consultation. Researchers say that the technique “modifies standard IVF technology” to create an embryo from the eggs of two women and sperm from one man. The FDA’s most recent draft guidance on the issue included no mention of the ethical concerns over the nature of the procedure itself, but only offers suggestions for developing early stage clinical trials. “This guidance is intended...
  • 7 Important medications running low in U.S. Hospitals

    11/02/2013 10:28:41 AM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 24 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2013-11-02 11:10 | Tracy Woolrich
    These seven drugs are running short in US hospitals. What is the cause of the drug shortage when considering the power of the pharmaceutical industry. How can we get them back to the hospital shelves. Drug shortages are nothing new, In fact, in 2011, there were 251 drug shortages reported by the FDA. 183 of those involved sterile injectable drugs. In 2012, there was less with only 117 new drug shortages, 84 of which involved sterile injectable drugs. Fortunately through early notifications from manufacturers the FDA has been able to prevent 282 shortages last year and numerous times this year...
  • Have a Coke and a … GMO?

    10/28/2013 1:46:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 28 Oct 2013 | Bill Tomson
    The Coca-Cola Company isn’t smiling about the latest effort to force labels on foods and beverages that contain genetically modified organisms – this time in Washington State. It’s on a long list of manufacturers that sell products using ingredients derived from either corn or soy, both of which are nearly impossible to source in the United States without using genetically modified crops. In fact, should Washington pass its ballot initiative 522 next week, good luck finding any processed foods or beverages in an Evergreen State grocery store that don’t have GMO warning labels. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo both are on a...
  • FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers

    10/26/2013 12:46:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 132 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 25, 2013 | Associated Press
    The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. In a major policy shift, the agency said in an online notice Thursday that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.
  • The FDA (gubmint vet) has No Idea Why Jerky Treats Are Killing Hundreds of Dogs

    10/24/2013 5:22:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Time ^ | 10/23/13 | Laura Stampler
    **SNIP** But in spite of running more than 1,000 tests and visiting multiple manufacturers, the FDA still isn’t sure what it is in the chicken, duck, and sweet potato jerky that is making the animals sick. “To date, testing for contaminants in jerky treats has not revealed a cause for the illnesses,” said deputy director for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine Martine Hartogensis.