Natalie,   I hope everyone in the group appreciates this off topic
information as much as I do. I agree with you 100% on all of this.

You and I could both spend a lot of time up on our soap



On 07-26, Natalie wrote:
> Dear Reader, 
> Let go of that stem and back away from the cherry. 
> It's for your own good. 
> You see, that cherry is officially an unapproved drug, at least according to
> the Einsteins at the FDA. 
> Obviously, that makes no sense. But it lead me to ask: If cherries are
> unapproved drugs, what does that make potato chips? 
> Also compliments of the geniuses at the Food and Drug Administration: Heart
> healthy, of course! 
> Fortunately, there may be a way out of this government-inflicted insanity. 
> ----------------------------------------------------------- 
> Over-the-counter cherries 
> ----------------------------------------------------------- 
> Cherries contain antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory components. The
> scientific evidence behind that statement is irrefutable. But when owners of
> cherry orchards made those claims and backed them up with links to the
> evidence, the FDA ruled that the claims "cause your products to be drugs." 
> Needless to say, none of the orchard owners had submitted their cherries for
> approval as drugs, so they were not allowed to continue the claims. 
> Crazy? Oh...we're just getting started. 
> Last year, Dannon settled a dispute with the FDA by paying out $21 million
> to several states where they had advertised their Activia yogurt and
> DanActive dairy drink. In those ads they said the products, "help regulate
> your digestive system...naturally." 
> That claim is based on what we know about the benefits of living cultures in
> probiotics. 
> But the FDA decided that Dannon was actually claiming that "Activia provided
> consumers with bowel movements at fixed, uniform or normal intervals."
> Clearly, that was not the case, but the agency's absurd decision ended up
> costing Dannon millions. 
> And FDA officials were just as picky and difficult when it came to walnuts.
> They told walnut distributer Diamond Foods that multiple studies showing
> heart health benefits of walnuts were not sufficient to allow such claims on
> the Diamond Foods website. Again, the FDA ruled that the health claims
> classified walnuts as drugs. 
> Now...if all that seems completely bat-house crazy, brace yourself --
> seriously -- because here's what the FDA allows Frito-Lay to say about their
> products... 
> "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." 
> Potatoes and corn -- two of the WORST foods you can eat, even before the
> processing begins! But wait -- there's more... 
> "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." 
> So you CAN'T say cherries provide antioxidants that benefit health, but you
> CAN clearly tell customers that corn chips help keep bones healthy and
> potato chips cooked in soybean oil "can support a healthy heart." 
> That is true lunacy! In any rational world we'd be able to storm FDA
> headquarters and take them all away in straitjackets. 
> As I said earlier, there may be a way out of this government-inflicted
> insanity. But to do it, we have to go through the government. 
> Two members of Congress recently introduced the Free Speech about Science
> Act that will require the FDA to let food producers and supplement makers
> state health claims when they're backed up by sound, science-based evidence.
> You can help this important effort by contacting your representatives and
> senators through "Thomas," a Library of Congress website (
> ). 
> Let your Congressmen know how vital it is to change these absurd FDA
> regulations that withhold essential health information and cause companies
> and growers to spend millions defending ridiculous charges. 
> I mean, really...aren't there other "unapproved drugs" that are currently
> putting us at greater risk than walnuts and cherries???

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