(Thread title is title of a linked article.) I was doing some research yesterday that lead to doing some research on L-Tryptophan. The material I’m
linking is not current news, but it is news, I believe it’s important, and it serves to confirm what many people are (hopefully) beginning to
realize - that government organizations have been corrupted by corporatism, and many of them conspire to keep us ignorant.
These documents and articles discuss, among other things:
- The FDA’s hand in a genetically-modified version of L-Tryptophan reaching the market.
- The subsequent deaths and health issues quickly following.
- The FDA’s hasty and unnecessary market removal of ALL L-Tryptophan supplements (not just the genetically-modified product).
- The FDA’s position that “this proves why we need to regulate natural products.”
- The FDA’s “no comment” position on why problems were traced only to the genetically-modified product.
- The FDA’s subsequent approval of natural (unmodified) L-Tryptophan in PATENTED (corporate) drugs.
- The FDA’s liberal process regarding (and the approval of) genetically-modified products.
It’s a lot of material, and can be dry, but for those interested or curious, I would definitely recommend it. It sheds some light on other issues as
And yes, I admit upfront I have some serious issues with the FDA – not because someone told me I should – but because of research I’ve done
relative to natural medicine, alternative therapies, etc. over the years (independent of the media or political media).
I believe the FDA has a purpose, but like much in our country, the intended purpose has given way to corporate interest. Not everyone agrees, and I
respect that, but I believe our medical system is run by the pharmaceutical and insurance companies.
I have tried to keep up with related issues, especially ones that threaten FDA control of natural products. FDA control is an ongoing, under-the-radar
battle - if they do gain control, it will likely be because of something passed during a related - or unrelated - "time of crisis,” as that’s how
most things the public wouldn't agree with otherwise come into law. If the general public were more aware of the issues, there would be less
likelihood of this happening.
Regardless of one’s opinion on this, it would be hard to disagree with the following: If citizens’ interest is health, and the corporations’
interest is profit, and the corporations have the money, lobbyists and “retired” representatives to serve on the FDA board - there is clearly
potential for problems. This is not partisan in any way.
As always, do your own research before drawing (or jumping to) conclusions.
[edit on 8/12/10 by sjrily]