I did too - Do you recall the link where the info came from?


On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 4:38 PM, Lorrie <felineres...@frontier.com> wrote:

> 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 (
> > www.thomas.loc.gov ).
> >
> > 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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