***The following is a guest post for Organic Health by Jimmie Parr*** When I was very young, my mother told me about the nutritional value of oranges, and citrus fruits, in general. She said that English sailors had become known as “limeys,” because they carried limes, or other citrus fruits, on their vessels. They had discovered that citrus fruits helped prevent a condition called scurvy, which had, in past times, been linked to a deficiency of Vitamin C. I say that, “in past times,” scurvy had been linked to a deficiency of Vitamin C because that type of information may now be lost on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the March, 2006 edition of Life Extension magazine is an article entitled “Why Is the FDA Picking on Cherries?” The article has to do with the U.S. Department of Agriculture having given a grant of $150,000 to cherry growers in Michigan. Michigan cherry growers used the grant to do research about nutritional benefits of cherries. Among other discoveries, the research revealed a correlation between the consumption of tart cherries and a decrease in pain in joints of people with arthritis. The anthocyanin in tart cherries was said to be better at pain relief than an equal amount of aspirin. However, the Fools and Dumb As...oops...the FDA told cherry growers either to stop advertising that tart cherries may help with relief of pain, or to register their cherries as a “new drug,” and to pay the required fees.
For the time being, let's ignore the waste and mindlessness of having one government agency fund research of which another government agency forbids publication (Romans 1:18; I Timothy 6:20?). Let's overlook the asinine notion that cherries are drugs. Let's examine something else the FDA is doing.
Anyone who takes vitamin supplements has seen, on the labels of supplements, the vitally important message required by the Federal Death Administration: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
For years, I've seen that notice on labels of supplements. I know (wink, wink) that the government cares deeply about me. Why haven't they gotten around to evaluating statements on the labels of supplements? They rushed to test the pain killer, Vioxx, which ended up killing not a few people. How many other “FDA-approved” pharmaceuticals have killed or harmed people? But the FDA won't test natural remedies, with which old-timers were familiar, though those remedies work, as Mom knew about the relationship between lack of Vitamin C and scurvy.
Surely, people at the FDA aren't afraid that, if the general population were well nourished, people would keep from having to buy drugs which mask symptoms whose causes proper nutrients would eliminate. And, surely, the Easter bunny is coming. (Our massively corrupted food supply, with the “Green Revolution” having resulted in plants with decreased nutrient content, along with the up-and-coming trend toward GMO “foods,” is another subject.)
For years, I had a problem with those little painful sores in the mouth. The ten-dollar name for them is aphthous ulcers, but they are commonly called canker sores. A friend told me that Lactobacillus acidophilus would get rid of those sores. I didn't see how that could be, but I figured that I had nothing to lose, except for the price of acidophilus tablets, or yogurt which contains live L. acidophilus bacteria. And I found that, for me, maintenance of a population of L. acidophilus in my GT quickly gets rid of those canker sores.
“This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
Those canker sores kept me ill at ease, or in a condition of dis-ease. Regardless of what the FDA requires to be printed on labels of supplements, L. acidophilusin tablets or yogurt put me back at ease. Acidophilus tablets cured my dis-ease.
In my opinion, what the FDA childishly requires to be stamped on labels of bottles of tablets of acidophilus is irrelevant. For this reason, and for many others, some people tend to think of the FDA as irrelevant.
But, because of its increasing power, the FDA is far from irrelevant. With our thinking that the FDA is irrelevant, they can slowly ratchet up their sway, especially with a society immersed in Americans Idle, and other servings of published distraction.
Back to the “limeys,” and their cure for, or preventative measure against, scurvy, I do wonder whether, if the FDA has its way, much more information similar to the link between tart cherries and pain relief will be obscured, and, finally, buried. Would the FDA, in time, prevent orange growers from publishing centuries-old knowledge that there is a correlation between Vitamin C intake and disappearance of symptoms of scurvy? Is the FDA seeking to treat more and more ailments with pharmaceuticals? Perhaps, just as there is an American Cancer Society, which tells us that it seeks cures for the many types of cancer, there may, in time, sprout up an American Scurvy Society, which seeks a vaccine for scurvy, or a pharmaceutical “cure,” in a world in which knowledge about the role of Vitamin C has been concealed, because we, who still have a chance to stop these people, are too busy checking football or baseball teams, or too busy in a futile effort to live as well, on two incomes, as our parents lived, with one income (yet another subject). We may be entering a type of “Dark Ages,” in which knowledge is suppressed, or is kept from the general population. The same government which would keep cherry growers from publishing information about cherries is running public “education,” which, as anyone with a pulse knows, has become an academic train wreck. The same puppet masters who control the FDA also control public schools, and, soon, will increase their control of “hellth” care.
You don't think that society's fund of knowledge can recede, or decrease?
Barry Fell's book, America B.C., makes many references to people having sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to the Western Hemisphere centuries before the voyage of Christopher Columbus. Others historians postulate, for instance, that King Solomon mined copper from mines in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Yet, by the 15th century, out of fear of sailing off a supposed “edge of the world,” many people had become afraid to sail ships westward from Europe. Knowledge about our globe had become lost, or suppressed.
Think about something more recent. Think about what Josef Stalin allowed to occur in the Soviet Union, when T.D. Lysenko sent the study of genetics and other branches of biology back toward “dark ages,” or, perhaps, toward Disneyland. For you creationists, think about how far into the Dark Ages we are, with attention given to the theory of evolution. For you evolutionists (with whom I disagree), think about those creationists dragging everything back into what you deem “Dark Ages.”
A couple of years ago, when Gov. Granholm* came to visit Laker schools**, students were told not to display any messages (on clothing, &c.) which might show opposition to Gov. Granholm, or to her political party. School officials ignored the idea of allowing, as a lesson in learning to become part of the democratic process, students to express their views in civilized ways. Students were, in effect, “taught” that what the Constitution calls the God-given right of freedom of speech is not a right, but is a privilege to be given or taken by overseers.
The FDA will love this generation now in high school, unless they can awaken from the stupor which their parents have allowed to be induced by “schools.”
Whatever happened to “Let the buyer beware?” Can't I advertise about cherries, and let potential buyers make up their minds? Can't I express my disagreement with Gov. Granholm, and let others evaluate the worth of what I proclaim, without having the school squelch dissent? Sadly, in the U.S., we are less and less able to express ourselves. Schools are training students that dissent is abnormal. These students will grow up to accept, among other doses of intellectual slop, FDA mandates, which often go against common-sense knowledge of our grandparents and great-grandparents, who knew that nutrition; not medicine, is the cornerstone of health. The government strives to appear to prevent private entities from publishing false notions which would mislead people, but that same government seems at ease with doling out its own disinformation, such as its bedtime stories about the safety of “approved” drugs.
Get your flashlight and batteries. Dark ages are coming, as, with our callous inaction, the general populace rolls out the red carpet.
*Governor of Michigan in 2008
**Public school district for the area around Bayport, Pigeon, and Elkton, Michigan