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  • US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings

    08/25/2012 7:57:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 24, 2012 | Shaun Tandon (AFP)
    A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to "browbeat" smokers into quitting. In line with campaigns in several other nations, the United States planned from September 22 to require images on cigarette packs including a man smoking through a hole in his throat and a body with chest staples on an autopsy table. In a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals in Washington said that the images planned on cigarette packs were not necessarily false but they went beyond "pure attempts to...
  • The Media’s War on Business – and Science – Gets Personal

    08/15/2012 4:25:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2012 | Lisa De Pasquale
    For several years the hysterical, ratings-seeking media has waged a war on businesses that use bisphenol A (also known as BPA), a chemical found in water bottles, canned foods and even thermal cash-register tape. The media has succeeded in ignoring the science and instead stoked the public’s irrational fears by simply proving that traces of BPA can be found in your food. However, numerous studies by the FDA, CDC, World Health Organization, and European Food Safety Authority have found that BPA is easily and quickly metabolized, with no discernible human harm ever being identified. With feigned outrage, the hysterical media...
  • New Approach of Resistant Tuberculosis (not exactly)

    08/10/2012 10:36:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 10, 2012 | NA
    Scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine have breathed new life into a forgotten technique and so succeeded in detecting resistant tuberculosis in circumstances where so far this was hardly feasible. Tuberculosis bacilli that have become resistant against our major antibiotics are a serious threat to world health. If we do not take efficient and fast action, 'multiresistant tuberculosis' may become a worldwide epidemic, wiping out all medical achievements of the last decades. A century ago tuberculosis was a lugubrious word, more terrifying than 'cancer' is today. And rightly so. Over the nineteenth and twentieth century it took a...
  • Foodborne Illness - FDA Releases Safety Booklets

    08/04/2012 11:14:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | August 3, 2012 | Kelly Fitzgerald
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have partnered in creating six food safety booklets for different groups that are most susceptible to food borne illness. These pamphlets target adults, transplant recipients, pregnant women, and people with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or cancer in an effort to reduce their risk for foodborne illnesses. These booklets contain much needed information for consumers who have an increased chance of becoming sick from the food they eat. The goal is to present clear and understandable information on how to confidently and safely prepare...
  • FDA’s claims over stem cells upheld

    07/30/2012 11:17:45 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 5 replies
    Nature ^ | 27 July 2012 | David Cyranoski
    A court decision on 23 July could help to tame the largely unregulated field of adult stem-cell treatments. The US District Court in Washington DC affirmed the right of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate therapies made from a patient’s own processed stem cells. The case hinged on whether the court agreed with the FDA that such stem cells are drugs. The judge concurred, upholding an injunction brought by the FDA against Regenerative Sciences, based in Broomfield, Colorado...
  • Vast F.D.A. Effort Tracked E-Mails of Its Scientists

    07/16/2012 8:43:16 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-14-2012 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, previously undisclosed records show. What began as a narrow investigation into the possible leaking of confidential agency information by five scientists quickly grew in mid-2010 into a much broader campaign to counter outside critics of the agency’s medical review process, according to the cache of more than 80,000 pages of...
  • GMO labeling measure receives prop number for November ballot

    07/14/2012 11:38:44 PM PDT · by quimby · 13 replies
    examiner.com ^ | July 10, 2012 | Judson Parker
    California’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will be on November’s ballot as Proposition 37, according to proposition numbers released late yesterday by the California Secretary of State’s office. The Right to Know measure calls for labeling genetically engineered foods and, if passed, would be the first law in the United States requiring labeling of a wide range of genetically engineered foods. “Prop 37 is about our fundamental right to know what’s in the food we eat and feed our children,” said Stacy Malkan, a spokesperson for the California Right to Know campaign. “Given the broad support in the...
  • Calling All Red-Blooded, Cigar Burning Patriots!

    07/05/2012 10:53:05 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 13 replies
    Cigars International ^ | 7-5-12 | C.I.
    We're making great progress, but there's still much work to be done. So if you've contacted your elected official, thank you, but please continue to make your voice heard. And if you haven't, we greatly need your help to protect the future of premium handmade cigars. It's easy to sit back and imagine that this problem will fix itself, or that enough others will act and your single support is unnecessary. But the truth is, this battle is far from over. The threats are real and the potential outcome is frightening. Cigars, premium cigars, the which you regularly enjoy are...
  • GMOs should be safety tested before they hit the market says AMA

    06/25/2012 6:37:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 19, 2012 | Monica Eng
    The American Medical Association called for mandatory pre-market safety testing of genetically engineered foods as part of a revised policy voted on at the AMA's meeting in Chicago Tuesday. Currently biotech companies are simply encouraged to engage in a voluntary safety consultation with the Food and Drug Administration before releasing a product onto the market. Some activists concerned about foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, had hoped the association would have gone so far as to support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. But some still view the policy change as a major breakthrough....On Tuesday, however, Monsanto spokesman...
  • FDA Approves Lyrica for Nerve Pain in Spinal Cord Injuries

    06/21/2012 1:57:33 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 21, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Pfizer Inc.'s drug Lyrica has gotten FDA approval for use in treating nerve pain due to spinal injuries. Lyrica, a pain drug, is Pfizer's second-biggest selling drug. It is expected that this new approval will help Lyrica pass Lipitor, the company's largest-selling drug for reducing cholesterol.
  • The case for mandatory GMO labeling

    06/18/2012 3:53:02 PM PDT · by southern rock · 26 replies
    Natural News ^ | 06/18/2012 | Mike Adams
    The case for mandatory GMO labeling - even if you believe in limited government and the free market (NaturalNews) Now that the GMO labeling ballot measure has been officially accepted onto the California ballot, Monsanto is gearing up its propaganda campaign that aims to convince people you don't need to know what you're eating! Trust us, we're the food companies! We never lie, do we? For the record, I'm an opponent of most government mandates against individuals. When the government says you have to give your children vaccine shots, that's a violation of your liberty. When Mayor Bloomberg says you...
  • House: Obama's FDA causing drug shortages

    06/15/2012 4:01:36 PM PDT · by libstripper · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 15, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama's Food and Drug Administration has caused "a public health crisis" -- a prescription drug shortage over the past two years -- by increasing the number of threats issued to raid and close drug manufacturing plants, according to House investigators. "This shortage appears to be a direct result of over-aggressive and excessive regulatory action," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement. "These drugs can save lives and keep people who need them living healthy lives. The FDA is failing to ensure the availability of quality products."
  • Mad moms to food police: We'll eat what we want

    05/13/2012 8:38:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    WND.com ^ | May 12, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Moms in Minnesota are preparing to defy state dictates over when and how they can access food supplies for their families, with a rally scheduled Monday to coincide with the beginning of the trial of the manager of a farm buying club, according to the Farm Food Freedom Coalition. WND previously has reported on disputes between farmers and consumers on one side and federal regulators on the other. They have involved the purchase by consumers of raw milk, the rights of consumers to access milk from their own cows, a radio program that offered natural products and a blogger who...
  • Blogger threatened with jail for writing on health

    05/01/2012 6:46:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 30, 2012 | Jack Minor
    A blogger in North Carolina has been threatened with jail time for “practicing nutrition without a license” by writing about his experiences with diabetes and telling readers what types of food he was eating. It was in January when the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition told blogger Steve Cooksey, who writes at diabetes-warrior.net, that it was investigating him for providing nutrition care services without a license. Cooksey was accused of violating Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes, which makes it a misdemeanor to “practice dietetics or nutrition” without state permission – a license. According...
  • Big Pharma Sponsored Front Groups Try to Kill Electronic Cigarettes in the Womb

    04/24/2012 7:06:21 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 13 replies
    The Rest of the Story ^ | APRIL 20, 2012 | Dr. Michael Siegel
    The American Legacy Foundation released a policy statement on electronic cigarettes, in which it called for the removal of these products from the market. The statement was entitled "The FDA Should Take Electronic Cigarettes Off The Market Until It Is Satisfied That They Are Safe and Effective." According to the statement: "While we remain open to promising products that can help smokers quit smoking, a consideration of all of the available evidence combined with important unanswered questions strongly supports our call on the FDA to prohibit the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes unless and until the FDA is satisfied that...
  • Building a 21st Century FDA A better way to fast track new pills for old ills

    04/24/2012 3:13:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Reason ^ | April 24, 2012 | Ronald Bailey
    “FDA is relying on 20th century regulatory science to evaluate 21st century medical products,” declared Food and Drug Administration Commissioner (FDA) Margaret Hamburg back in October 2010. One result: As biotech and medical discoveries accelerate, the number of new drugs approved by the agency remains basically flat. A 2010 study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by researchers from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas found that the time from drug discovery to marketing increased from eight years in 1960 to 12 to 15 years in 2010. Five years of this increase results from new regulations boosting the...
  • The Threat of Substandard Drugs

    04/19/2012 3:23:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 19, 2012 | Roger Bate
    In the past few months, fake cancer drugs have been found in clinics from California to Illinois. These fakes, which probably originated in China, were traded by numerous Middle Eastern and European traders, all of whom claimed they had no idea the products were fake. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating.But a more subtle and probably greater danger is that some drugs that make it to the U.S. legally simply do not work. All companies make mistakes and occasionally release drugs that don’t work properly. Sometimes negligence is the cause; witness the recent problems at the Puerto...
  • “Pretty Please” is Not Enough. Why FDA Should Ban Subtherapeutic Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

    04/16/2012 8:51:02 AM PDT · by Sopater · 4 replies
    Food & Water Watch ^ | April 13th, 2012 | Sarah Borron
    For decades, farmers have given livestock low doses of antibiotics in their feed to speed growth and prevent infection. And, for decades, scientists and public health officials have warned that this practice, known as “subtherapeutic use,” leads to the creation and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have grown more common both in people and in meat at the grocery store. Doctors encounter patients with infections that are harder to treat and last year, we saw a massive food recall—the third-largest recall of meat in USDA’s records—thanks to antibiotic-resistant Salmonella in ground turkey.The FDA acknowledges there’s a problem, but has...
  • UPDATED: Experts Divided on Texas Medical Board's Plan to Regulate Stem Cell Treatments

    04/14/2012 11:42:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 12 April 2012 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Enlarge Image Governor Rick Perry Credit: Gage Skidmore Tomorrow the Texas Medical Board will decide whether to sign off on what's said to be the first state-level policy imposing oversight on the medical use of experimental treatments using adult stem cells. The hotly debated plan has drawn mixed views from the scientific community over whether it's a good way to raise standards—and has generated confusion in the media. Some experts say the rule will allow unscrupulous doctors to evade review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it may clear methods that haven't been rigorously examined. But others...
  • FDA helps Monsanto crush small milk producers

    03/25/2012 10:32:03 AM PDT · by superstitionmountain · 7 replies
    Change Petition Site ^ | March 25, 2012 | JIm
    Small businesses, like milk producers, are the real job engine of this country. They hire here - not overseas. The government needs to stop helping giant corporations squash small business. The FDA forces small milk producers that give consumers a choice of not drinking rBST hormone, to root for their competition, Monsanto, by stating on cartons that rBST is good for you. No other food producer is forced to do this. It's sheer anti-small-business CorpaGovernment corruption. It's just annoying that no one is noticing what an intrusion this is. I'll buy what milk I want without the nanny state telling...
  • New study: Monsanto's toxins kill human kidney cells

    03/22/2012 6:53:59 AM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies
    Red Green and Blue ^ | March 14, 2012 | Jeremy Bloom
    How safe are Monsanto's genetically-modified (GMO) food crops? Not so much. A new study shows that both of Monsanto's major products (which the company claims are harmless to people) in fact can cause damage to human kidney cells. Bugkiller + weedkiller On the one hand, the study by Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen, France, found that despite Monsanto's protestations to the contrary, the Bt toxin can distrupt the cell membranes of human cells, leading to their death. The toxin is only supposed to do that in the guts of the bugs it targets. Bt has been used for...
  • Panel’s ruling a boost to anti-smoking warnings

    03/20/2012 8:34:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    The federal government can require tobacco companies to “reserve significant packaging space” for anti-smoking warnings and graphic images on their cigarette labels, a three-judge appellate panel ruled Monday. “We return to where we began — the lack of consumer awareness of tobacco’s serious health risks resulting from the decades-long deception by tobacco companies,” Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati wrote in a ruling that was unanimous in some sections and 2-1 in others. Current tobacco-label warnings do not effectively inform consumers on these health risks, even though they include “the undisputed fact...
  • Honeybee Deaths Linked to Corn Insecticides

    03/16/2012 7:27:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 69 replies
    What was killing all those honeybees in recent years? New research shows a link between an increase in the death of bees and insecticides, specifically the chemicals used to coat corn seeds. The study, titled "Assessment of the Environmental Exposure of Honeybees to Particulate Matter Containing Neonicotinoid Insecticides Coming from Corn Coated Seeds," was published in the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science & Technology journal, and provides insight into colony collapse disorder.
  • FDA Mulls Restrictions on Bisphenol-A

    03/10/2012 6:51:32 AM PST · by bizlawnews · 6 replies
    WASHINGTON, March 10 (LID) – Federal regulators will decide this month whether to ban use of the synthetic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in all food packaging, officials said.
  • Tony Bennett Gets One Right

    03/05/2012 7:15:21 PM PST · by Shout Bits · 30 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 3/5/2012 | Shout Bits
    Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley – dead. All from drugs, but not handshake black market drugs – the same prescription drugs found in many US bathroom cabinets. Upon Ms. Houston's death, singer Tony Bennett called for the legalization of all drugs. He did not explain himself very well, and he is known for some crackpot theories, so why does a death caused by prescription drugs argue for the legalization of all drugs? Ms. Houston's death proves that the government system of controlling street drugs' analogues does nothing to protect the public. The FDA and the DEA are...
  • Safety Alerts Cite Cholesterol Drugs’ Side Effects

    02/29/2012 11:44:07 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 28, 2012 | GARDINER HARRIS
    Federal health officials on Tuesday added new safety alerts to the prescribing information for statins, the cholesterol-reducing medications that are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the world, citing rare risks of memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain. It is the first time that the Food and Drug Administration has officially linked statin use with cognitive problems like forgetfulness and confusion, although some patients have reported such problems for years. Among the drugs affected are huge sellers like Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor and Vytorin. But federal officials and some medical experts said the new alerts should not scare people away...
  • FDA Receives Over 400 New Reports Of Dog Treat Poisoning With No Recall In Sight

    02/22/2012 10:49:10 AM PST · by EBH · 40 replies
    PetPardonNews ^ | 2/21/12 | Ariel Wulff
    Reports surfaced yesterday that in the past two weeks over 400 new cases of animals being poisoned after eating treats manufactured in China have been received by the FDA, strengthening demands from pet owners that a recall be placed into effect. On Sunday, Senator Sherrod Brown held a news conference on the heels of a previous one the week before at the Ohio Humane Society in Hilliard Ohio about tainted chicken jerky treats from China. It was Brown’s second public statement to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the treats that are reported to have been causing illness and death...
  • Despite FDA warnings and pet deaths, pet food companies won’t recall treats

    02/09/2012 11:23:11 AM PST · by EBH · 99 replies
    PetSitUSA ^ | 2/7/11
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs. In the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. Now, four months later, pets are still dying from these treats. And, since the FDA testing has been inconclusive, the pet food companies that sell them aren’t recalling them. Again, that’s even though many pets are dying. Some of...
  • You Are What You Eat: Genetically Modified Foods Include “Information”

    02/04/2012 4:00:27 PM PST · by opentalk · 40 replies
    Smart Publications ^ | January 14, 2012 | John Morgenthaler
    Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in our foods, we expect. But information? According to recent research from China’s Nanjing University, when people eat rice, tiny sequences of microRNA from the plant-based food can survive the body’s digestive process and end up absorbed in human tissue where — and here’s the reason why we need to know about this study — plant microRNA may actually affect how our cells behave and function. In the study, Exogenous plant MIR168a specifically targets mammalian LDLRAP1: evidence of cross-kingdom regulation by microRNA, published in the Journal Cell Research, the genetic material from rice showed up...
  • Jamie Oliver’s latest ** panic: ‘pink slime’

    01/30/2012 8:53:59 PM PST · by libertarian27 · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Panic On a Plate ^ | Jan 29, 2012 | Rob Lyons
    Jamie Oliver has won an apparent victory by persuading McDonald’s to remove a form of ‘reclaimed meat’ from its burgers. It’s a victory built on ignorant scaremongering. News from America, where McDonald’s has responded to a segment in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution by removing an ingredient called ‘finely textured lean beef trimmings’ from its burgers. This luxurious-sounding product is in fact another form of ‘reclaimed meat’, where meat processors try to get every last bit of meat from an animal’s carcass. In the segment, Oliver shows a group of parents and children a cow and explains the value of each...
  • Tell Obama to Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto

    01/30/2012 6:49:08 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 20 replies
    President Obama, I oppose your appointment of Michael Taylor, a former VP and Lobbyist for Monsanto, the widely criticized Genetically Modified (GM) food multinational, as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the FDA. Taylor is the same person who was Food Safety Czar at the FDA when Genetically Modified Organisms were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is a travesty. Taylor was in charge of policy for Monsanto's now-discredited GM Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) which is directly linked to cancer and opposed by many medical and hospital organizations.
  • Misguided FDA Food Regulations Will Hike Costs, Not Safety

    01/30/2012 10:31:50 AM PST · by Sopater · 14 replies
    Quality Digest ^ | 01/25/2012 | Julie Gunlock
    This year will mark another push for aggressive food regulation at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On tap, salt regulations and industrywide regulations dictating which foods can be advertised on television. In October 2011, the FDA announced in the Federal Register that it would begin accepting comments on “approaches to reducing sodium consumption.” The announcement cited 2005 medical studies’ findings that excess sodium consumption is a contributory factor in the development of hypertension. Yet studies conducted subsequent to that 2005 study came to different conclusions. For instance, in 2006, the American Journal of Medicine published a study of 78...
  • How's That Government Meddling Workin' Out for Ya'?

    01/13/2012 6:26:14 AM PST · by radioone · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-13-112 | Richard N. Weltz
    Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union an agricultural commissar from the Ukraine was summoned to the Agricultural Ministry in Moscow to report on the year's potato crop. "Ah, Comrade Minister," said the commissar, beaming, "If all the potatoes harvested this year were put into a single pile, it would reach to the feet of God." "What!" exclaimed the minister, "you know that in Communism there is no God." "Also," sighed the commissar, "in the Ukraine is no potatoes."
  • Senators Give Supplements a Lifeline

    01/04/2012 3:19:18 PM PST · by djf · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Will it be enough to rein in FDA’s outrageous power grab? ANH-USA, together with a number of supplement trade organizations, went to Capitol Hill to plead our case about the FDA’s profoundly flawed NDI (new supplement) draft guidance in the offices of two powerful senators and longtime friends of natural health, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Our visit was preceded by all the letters you have been sending to Congress, which have immeasurably increased the visibility of this issue. As you know, if this draft guidance stands, it would allow FDA to arbitrarily deny the sale...
  • Adderall Drug Shortage Will Continue in 2012, Government Officials Say

    01/04/2012 9:09:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | January 3, 2012 | Mikaela Conley
    A contentious relationship between drug manufacturers and the Drug Enforcement Agency may cause a continuing shortage of the attention deficit medication Adderall, which the FDA just added to its official drug shortages list, the New York Times reported. As of 2007, about 9.5 percent, or 5.4 million, of school-aged children were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adderall prescriptions went up 13.4 percent from 2009 to 2010, and more than 18 million prescriptions were written for the drug, Reuters reported. As demand for the drug grows, more and more patients have...
  • 2011 medication shortages set new record at 267

    01/03/2012 5:30:25 PM PST · by bd476 · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 3, 6:27 PM EST | By LINDA A. JOHNSON
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the number of medication shortages in the middle of the last decade. Figures just released by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which tracks national drug shortages, show there were 56 more newly reported drug shortages in the U.S. last year than in 2010, when there were 211. By contrast, there were only 58 drug shortages reported in 2004. As the drug shortages worsen, so does their impact on patient care, particularly...
  • Just Say No To Concentration

    12/28/2011 1:40:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Advice Goddess Blog ^ | December 28, 2011 | Amy Alkon
    Yesterday, my entire afternoon got eaten by my panic over shortages of Adderall, the drug that changed my writing life from daily torture that I slogged through because I'm a hard worker to sometimes-hard work I love. Instead of writing, I wasted my time on the phone to a bunch of local pharmacies, and emailing my very good-natured doctor multiple times ("Can you prescribe in Mexico?"), and searching for Canadian pharmacies -- maybe one in Windsor where maybe I could get Gregg to pick me up 10 or 20 or maybe even 30 pills...in all the spare time he has....
  • Local sheriff defends farmer from FDA intrusion

    12/09/2011 8:34:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Vision News ^ | 12/08/2011 | Joel McDurmon
    Brad Rogers, Sheriff of Elkhart County, Indiana, is withstanding FDA bureaucrats who are harassing citizens in his county. The Complete Patient reports,The U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn its subpoena of Indiana raw dairy farmer Richard Hochstetler to appear before a federal grand jury. He was scheduled to testify tomorrow in Detroit, in connection with an outbreak of illnesses linked by public health officials, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to the milk of his Forest Grove Dairy. But yesterday he received a certified letter saying that his subpoena was being withdrawn.The withdrawal came after Roger’s Sheriff’s Department told the...
  • Left 'speechless' as Sebelius overrules FDA on access to morning-after pill (2012 politics)

    12/08/2011 3:38:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/11 | Sam Baker
    Left 'speechless' as Sebelius overrules FDA on access to morning-after pillBy Sam Baker - 12/07/11 06:28 PM ET In a decision steeped in 2012 politics, President Obama’s top health official on Wednesday overruled government scientists to block wider access to the so-called “morning-after pill.” The decision to leave in place a requirement that women younger than 17 get a prescription for the drug was a huge surprise to liberal groups and advocates for the Plan B contraceptive, some of whom said they were left “speechless” by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s involvement. It came a day after Sebelius...
  • Feds Allow Arsenic in Apple Juice?

    12/06/2011 5:28:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2011 | Chuck Norris
    This past year, I started writing a health and fitness column through Creators.com, titled "C-Force." It is no surprise that in researching for that column, I've discovered repeat offenses of food and beverage tampering by the federal government. But arsenic in apple juice?Dr. Oz received significant flak when he reported in September that "some of the best-known brands of apple juice contain arsenic." Since then, however, Oz has been redeemed and his claims substantiated!After Oz's initial comments, Dr. Richard Besser, a 13-year veteran of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ABC News' chief health and medical editor, publicly...
  • FDA Set to Ban Your Supplements

    12/02/2011 9:07:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    Big Health Report ^ | December 1, 2011 | BHR
    The FDA has issued a proposed mandate that represents the greatest threat to dietary supplements since 1994. Back in the early 1990s, consumers were so alarmed by FDA bullying that they staged a massive revolt. The result was that Congress passed a law prohibiting the FDA from banning popular nutrients (as the agency had threatened to do). There was, however, a loophole in the 1994 law. The FDA was given authority to regulate ingredients introduced after October 15, 1994. It has been 17 years, but the FDA just issued draconian proposals as to how it intends to regulate what it...
  • Cigar lovers, industry unite to snuff out FDA regulatory agenda

    11/29/2011 9:11:09 AM PST · by martosko · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/29/2011 | David Martosko
    Cigar smokers are mad as hell, and they aren’t going to take it anymore. Faced with an unprecedented assault on their guilty pleasure from President Barack Obama's Food and Drug Administration, aficionados and industry insiders told The Daily Caller that they’re picking up their torch lighters and revolting. Usually divided by their preferences for mild, medium and full-bodied smokes, they're uniting against regulations that threaten to make cigars prohibitively expensive, shut down scores of small cigar shops, jeopardize tens of thousands of jobs and erase the traditionally bright line between Camels and Cohibas. Cigar lovers are also recruiting members of...
  • Judge blocks rules on graphic cigarette labels

    11/07/2011 9:46:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 11/7/11
    A U.S. judge sided with tobacco companies on Monday, granting a temporary injunction blocking rules requiring new warning labels that use graphic images like a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a hole in his throat.
  • Raw milk supporters rally around 'criminal' moms

    11/07/2011 6:53:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 195 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2011 | Jessica Claire Haney
    SILVER SPRING, Maryland, November 2, 2011 – They escaped arrest. The “raw milk freedom riders” who illegally transported raw milk from a farm in Pennsylvania to FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland and then drank it and distributed it to a crowd rallied in support of their efforts got away with their crime.As reported yesterday in this column, this group of raw milk activists planned the ride and rally to protest government restrictions on the sale of raw milk and the spending of taxpayer money to raid and bankrupt small family farms.The rally began at noon as the swelling crowd...
  • A cancer CURE fought tooth and nail by the FDA

    11/06/2011 7:04:58 AM PST · by Hayeksright · 45 replies
    First time posting. Wanted to inform and start a discussion on the FDA and National Cancer Institute's motivations for FIGHTING a proven cancer cure...
  • Obama's Drug Shortage Demagoguery

    11/04/2011 6:13:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama couldn't wait to trample over the legislative process again. This week, he issued his 98th executive order on an irresistibly exploitatable policy issue: prescription drug shortages. Soon, "One a Day" won't just be a multivitamin. It'll be the rate of White House administrative fiats. Federal officials darkly suggest that selfish industry "stockpiling" is endangering Americans' lives. "If we find out that prices are being driven up because shortages are being made worse by manipulations of companies or distributors," the White House further threatened, "agencies will be empowered to stop those practices. And the FDA and the Department of...
  • The Bush-Obama Rx Shortages-Critical cancer drugs are in short supply thanks to price controls

    11/02/2011 5:12:58 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 19 replies
    WSJ-editorial ^ | 11-2-11 | WSJ
    Shortages have more than tripled since 2005, according to the University of Utah's Drug Information Service, and by the end of the year more than 300 products are likely to be back-ordered, in short supply or totally unavailable. Some are anesthetics and pain therapies, others emergency room "crash cart" drugs. But most—about 70% in 2010—belong to the class of drugs known as "sterile injectables" that are mainstays of the chemotherapy arsenal, such as paclitaxel or cytarabine.
  • Sebelius on new medicine rules

    10/31/2011 1:38:14 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 10/31/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    Here are some highlights from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's conference call with reporters Monday morning to talk about President Obama's new executive order, which is intended to provide more medicine to treat deadly diseases: -- Obama "felt the executive order was the most appropriate way to highlight the problem and actually call for a collaborative approach to solve the problem on behalf of patients in this country," Sebelius said. -- "Within the drug shortage program itself, we are planning to effectively double the staff, and we expect that they will be kept busy working on the additional information that we...
  • Obama Orders FDA to Reduce Drug Shortages (Executive Order)

    10/31/2011 1:56:39 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 107 replies · 2+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 31, 2011 | unattributed
    Acting once again without Congress, President Obama on Monday was directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages that administration officials say have placed patients at risk and led to price gouging. The president signed an executive order -- his fifth in a week -- instructing the FDA to take action absent congressional approval. Last year, the FDA reported 178 drug shortages -- mainly cancer drugs, anesthetics, electrolytes and emergency room drugs -- and the agency says it continues to see an increase in shortages this year. The White House also announced Obama's support for...
  • Another order is signed

    10/31/2011 1:26:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 10/31/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    President Obama signed his latest executive order this afternoon, saying of the initiative to address a drug shortage that "we've got to go ahead and move forward." He concluded, somewhat awkwardly: "All right. With that, I'm going to sign this bill -- or this executive order -- excuse