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Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
I thought about posting and sharing my outrage over this, but as fate would have it I just ate a small bag of walnuts and am now zonked and stoned beyond all imagination. I just can't think straight when I am stoned on walnuts.
TextFDA picks on cherry growers It began in 1999 when a peer-reviewed report in the Journal of Natural Products, published by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, concluded that tart cherries may relieve pain better than aspirin and many other anti-inflammatory drugs. It turns out that consumption of about 20 cherries reduces inflammation in a similar manner as aspirin or Cox-2 inhibiting drugs without the lethal side effects of gastric bleeding or vitamin depletion associated with these drugs. The molecules in cherries, called anthocyanins, work to reduce inflammation at ten times less dosage than aspirin. [Journal Natural Products 1999 Feb; 62(2): 294—6] Pills that provide concentrated anthocyanins would make it even easier to consumers to achieve these health benefits. When cherry growers began to cite this scientific study, the FDA followed by sending a warning letter to 29 companies that market cherries, threatening regulatory action if they did not remove the scientific information regarding the anti-inflammatory properties of cherries from their websites. The FDA declared cherries to be "drugs" once health claims for a disease were associated with the product.