----- Original Message ----- From: "Terri Brown" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FDA fooling with supplements and foods

Just one more reason to believe that our government is as stupid as we think it is.

But who am I kidding? We elected most of them. Time to vote em ALL out and start over.

=^..^= Terri, Siggie the Tomato Vampire, Guinevere, Travis, Dori and 6 furangels: Ruthie, Samantha, Arielle, Gareth, Alec, Salome and Sammi =^..^= ----- Original Message ----- From: Lynda Wilson<>
 Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 4:56 PM
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FDA fooling with supplements and foods

 It seems common sense is non-existant. Thanks for this valuable

----- Original Message ----- From: "Lorrie" <<>>
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 Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 3:38 PM
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FDA fooling with supplements and foods

 > 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
 > box.
 > Thanks..........
 > Lorrie
 > 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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