Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
May 11, 2005

Use (Abuse) of Regulations to Protect Pharma Monopoly


The following were comments made at the federal Standing Committee on Health. The distillation of thoughts contained here where done for a 8 minute speech and could do more for health care than the bloated "The Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care" which cost millions of dollars and is now collecting dust. Another demonstration of waste in the government that of course will never be accounted for....

See also:

Bill C-420 Must Be Passed As Written - Join FOF

Why Bill C-420 Saves Our Supplements & More!

Chris Gupta
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Prepared by Chris Gupta May 8th, 2005 for presentation to the federal Standing Committee on Health May 9th, 2005
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As a consumer and advocate I should like to speak in favour of Bill C420. This important bill expressly addresses our ability to choose nutrients without interference from governmental regulatory bloat and abuse. It is clear from the downward spiral of our health care system that regulations are more about protecting pharma monopoly than health. The purported benefits of regulations in fact have become the greatest health hazard of all. My questions specifically, on HC's strange behavior for promoting absurd and illogical drug style regulations for safe dietary supplements demonstrate this amply. Let me start by providing you:

Data from an independent risk & policy analyst Ron Law on relative safety of dietary supplements compared to causes of death in the USA:

SupplementsvsFoods-Drugs.jpg

In the Canadian context, MP Colin Carrie stated on March 9, 2005 in parliament that just allergies from peanuts alone result in approximately 5 to 10 deaths in Canada each year. By comparison, since 1960 not one death in Canada has been attributed to a natural health product.

A tablespoon dose of salt or cayenne is far more dangerous than a tablespoon dose of say vitamin C or a magnesium supplement! I invite those who don't agree to try this on themselves!

Dietary Supplements are the most benign segment of foods and should have never been separated to begin with! Bill C420 will restore these to their original rightful food category.

It is abundantly clear that nutritional supplements are far far safer than foods let alone drugs. Hence, why the urgency and insistence to regulate them?

In a new book, Death by Modern Medicine, Dr. Carolyn Dean reports for example, that the billion dollar drug advertising machine is supported by a mere 6% of actual, verifiable scientific research. Only 10 to 20% of all standard drug therapy, surgery, and chemotherapy, which form the basis of the entire modern medical system, have been found to be supported by any published science. These findings come from the leading peer reviewed medical journals.

Given that current regulations are not able to prevent the thousands of deaths from medical drugs and procedures, why and how is HC getting and wasting the inordinate resources/funds to protect us from non existent dangers of dietary supplements when these resources are so badly needed for their mandate to protect the public by regulating known toxic drugs and untested procedures?

The scientific literature is replete with nutrient deficiencies attributed to drug use. For example: pain killers i.e. NSAID's including Aspirin deplete the body of the B vitamin, Folic acid. Folic acid is already one of the most common vitamin deficiency. This deficiency increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The Statin cholesterol lowering drugs deplete the body of Coenzyme Q10. A deficiency in CQ10 will lead to congestive heart failure. Yet HC does not seems to know or ignores these facts and does not inform the public about the serous health impairing side effects due to nutrient deficiencies from drug use. Why?

If lay people like myself can find these facts why wont or can't Health Canada, whose role is to do just that, ensure such serious deficiencies be addressed when talking drugs?

Instead we see Health Canada squandering their resources and our tax dollars by unlawfully and abusively interfering with the sale of safe natural products containing only vitamins, minerals and herbs like garlic - such as Truehope's bi-polar disorder supplement and Strauss heart drops. Could the phenomenal success and use of these nutrients be a factor? Who exactly are they protecting. It sure is not the consumer!

The absurdity of their excuse that dietary supplements prevent the use of "proper medical care" is the height of arrogance given the death and carnage from "proper medical care". Why should people, at their own expense, turn to other non medical solutions if the essentially free "proper medical care" worked in the first place?

It does not take rocket science to understand that nutrient and not drug deficiency causes disease. With so many safe non drug solutions available that, in the main, can get to the roots of disease, why then the are the generally harmful disease masking and often disease causing drugs foisted on the unsuspecting?

The really big question is: Why do supplements, proven a thousand times over in the vast medical literature to be safe and effective, need to be regulated like drugs, which are acknowledged even by their manufacturers to be toxic? Bill C-420 is again essential because it would repeal sections 3.1 and 3.2 of the Food and Drugs Act. These sections prohibit telling the truth in informational and advertising as published by mainstream science about the effectiveness of food supplements in the treatments of a wide range of health conditions. Imagine?

Why is HC not protecting us from the billion dollar, generally toxic, drug advertising machine that is merely supported by 6% of actual, verifiable scientific research?

When the risk form supplements approaches zero why are regulations to determine “risk benefit ratio", bandied around by HC, required for such safe products?

Could it be that the "risk benefit ratio" is smoke and mirrors way to loosen the existing regulations for more elbow room for profits rather than health? Conveniently leaving the door wide open for all manner of food and drug adulterations?

Given the poor state and cost of our health care system and the negative impact of toxic drugs shouldn't they be investigating and promoting the much safer nutritional solutions?

Behavior extolled by HC is negligent, incompetent and inexcusable. Imagine an aeroplane crash, or telephone, electricity service interruptions without solid fact finding investigations; copious and thorough accountable incidence record keeping; and future preventative measures. These basics are the corner stones of any industry. So why not in health care?

Should Health Canada not be utilizing their resources and our tax dollars for developing and enforcing the basic health improvement measures such as accurate and thorough adverse reactions record keeping and post injury investigations? Without such measures how can effective disease reduction/improvements be made?

The demand for regulation of food-based supplements with medicinal properties is a monumental deception. Just follow the money - someone is obviously going to make a killing (pun intended) if Bill C-420 does not pass or the pro-Pharma lobby succeeds in instituting that so-called Third Category.

Clearly HC behavior is more like that of lobbyists and the apologists for the industry. Instead of protecting their constituents, they are not or unable to perform the basic duties discussed here.

Putting an agency like HC in charge of health is like a fox guarding the hens. Why do we need such a dysfunctional and dangerous regulatory body?

Bill C420 is designed to prevent unaccountable and corrupt governmental body like HC, who is clearly in bed with the pharmaceutical industry, from running rough shod over the citizens.

It is sad that we have to initiate bills like C420 or take our regulatory agencies to the courts just to force them to do their job!

 


posted by Chris Gupta on Wednesday May 11 2005
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

URL of this article:
http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/chris/2005/05/11/use_abuse_of_regulations_to_protect_pharma_monopoly.htm

 

 


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Posted by: Norma Johnson on June 25, 2006 03:43 AM

 


MY OPINION OF WHAT AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE IS …THERE IS TWO ACIDS THAT IS ADDED AS INGREDIENTS TO 90 OF THE PROCESSED FOOD..THESE TWO ACIDS ARE ONLY SUPPOSE TO BE CONSUMED IN MODERATION BECAUSE THEY INHIBIT THE BODY’S CELLS FROM ABSORBING NUTRIENTS..WHEN THE CELLS GO INTO STARVATION MODE THEN THE INTERNAL SPECIALIST THE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK SYSTEMS AND THE CHEMORECEPTORS AND THE HORMONES, INSTANTLY INSTIGATE A POWERFUL RESPONSE TO CORRECT THIS DISRUPTION..WITH THE TWO ACIDS(oxalic and phytic acid which are components in SOY) IN EXCESS THE BODY CANNOT RETURN BACK TO THE NORMAL BALANCE, BECAUSE THEY SATURATE THE INTERNAL ENVIRONMENT …BUT THE INTERNAL SPECIALIST CONTINUE TO STRIVE TOWARD A BALANCE BY MAKING ADJUSTMENTS AS A CORRECTION ATTEMPT.. AFTER A TIME THE SYMPTOMS FROM THE DISRUPTION BEGINS TO MANIFEST ITSELF AND AT THIS TIME DOCTORS ARE ALERTED OF A PROBLEM. SO THEY RUN THEIR TEST AND THEY SEE THE CORRECTION ATTEMPTS AS ABNORMALTIES AND THEY CALL THIS AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE AND THEY BEGAN TREATING THE ADJUSTMENTS..BUT THEY ARE ONLY ALERTED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DISRUPTION NOT AT THE BEGINNING SO THEY ARE WORKING IN OPPOSITION TO THE BODY’S INTERNAL SPECIALIST..
EXAMPLE: IN MY OPINION HYPERTENSION, IS NOT A HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE PROBLEM, THAT IS ONLY THE ADJUSTMENT OF THE CORRECTION ATTEMPTS…I BELIEVE THE ORIGINAL PROBLEM WAS THE ACIDS CAUSING AN ABSORPTION PROBLEM IN THE CELLS THAT LEADS TO THE LOW BLOOD PRESSURE PROBLEM WHICH ACTIVATE THE ADJUSTMENTS CREATING THE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE PROBLEM.. …
DEFICIENT CALCIUM IONS IN THE MUSCLE CONTRACTION OF THE HEART LEADS TO INEFFICIENT PUMPING OF THE HEART MUSCLE ..WHICH CAUSES LOW BLOOD PRESSURE..THE INTERNAL SPECIALIST INSTANTLY DETECT THE INSUFFICENT CALCIUM IONS AND THE DECLINING MUSCLE CONTRACTION OF THE HEART PUMP AND INSTIGATE THEIR POWERFUL RESPONSE TO RAISE BLOOD PRESSURE TO GET NUTRIENTS.. THESE ARE THE CORRECTIONS I BELIEVE THE DOCTORS ARE PERCEIVING TO BE THE PROBLEM AND SO THEY NEVER GET TO THE CORE OF THE PROBLEM..
DIABETES..I DO NOT BELIEVE IS A HIGH GLUCOSE PROBLEM THAT IS ONLY THE CORRECTION ATTEMPT, THE PROBLEM IS A DISRUPTION IN THE METABOLISM OF THE {ATP} CELL ENERGY THAT THE BODY PERCEIVES TO BE A LOW GLUCOSE PROBLEM.. SO ALL GLUCOSE IS TRIGGERED TO BE AVAILABLE TO PRODUCE THE ATP BUT THE PROBLEM IS NOT THE GLUCOSE IT IS A METABOLISM PROBLEM..THE TWO ACIDS CREATE INSOLUBLE IRON COMPLEXES WHICH LEADS TO DEFICIENCT OXYGEN AVAILABLE FOR THE METABOLSIM OF ATPs, WHICH ACTIVATE ALL TRIGGERS FOR GLUCOSE RELEASE..WHICH CREATES EXCESSIVE GLUCOSE..
AIDS IN MY OPINION IS NOT A HELPER T4 CELLS DISRUPTION..IT IS A DISRUPTION IN THE COSTIMULATOR OF THE T4 CELLS..THE DEFICIENT NUTRIENTS ACTIVATE THE 2ND STAGE OF A STRESS RESPONSE WHICH RELEASES EXCESSIVE CORTISOL WHICH INHIBITS THE COSTIMULATOR OF THE T4 CELLS, INTERLEUKIN-1 …THIS IS A DISRUPTION IN THE NEG. FEEDBACK SYSTEM OF THE IMMUNE RESPONSE…
THE LOW OXYGEN DISRUPTION THESE TWO ACIDS CREATE CAUSES THE CELLS’ GARBAGE DISPOSALS {LYSOSOMES }TO BECOME FRAGILE AND RUPTURE AND BURST IN THE BRAIN AND WHEN THIS HAPPENS THE LYSOSOMES RELEASE NERVE CELL {NEURON AND NEUROGLIA} DESTROYING ENZYMES..DISRUPTIONS AND DESTRUCTIONS OF THESE CELLS PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN PARKINSON’S, ALZHEIMER’S., MULTIPLE SCELEROSIS, AND HIV BREACHING THE BLOOD-BRAIN-BARRIER…
AND IN MY OPINION LEUKEMIA IS THE SYMPTOM OF THE DISRUPTION THESE TWO ACIDS CAUSE WITH INSOLUBLE IRON COMPLEXES BY DISRUPTING THE IRON BINDING SITES, WHICH WOULD CREATE EXCESS HISTIDINE, AND HISTAMINE IS SYNTHESIZED FROM THE HISTIDINE..HISTAMINE PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN THE ALLERGIC RESPONSE AND THE INFLAMMATORY RESPONES, AND IT INCREASES CAPILLARY PERMEABLILITY…WHICH WOULD ALLOW EXCESS WHITE BLOOD CELLS TO ENTER INTO CIRCULATION..
THESE ARE STRICTLY MY OPINIONS BUT I THINK THEY ARE GOOD FOOD FOR THOUGHT…WHAT WE GOT GOING NOW OF NO KNOWN CAUSE, NO KNOWN CURE , IS NOT WORKING…

munchiej@yahoo.com

Posted by: mahesh kumar on September 12, 2007 12:36 PM

 


MY OPINION OF WHAT AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE IS …THERE IS TWO ACIDS THAT IS ADDED AS INGREDIENTS TO 90 OF THE PROCESSED FOOD..THESE TWO ACIDS ARE ONLY SUPPOSE TO BE CONSUMED IN MODERATION BECAUSE THEY INHIBIT THE BODY’S CELLS FROM ABSORBING NUTRIENTS..WHEN THE CELLS GO INTO STARVATION MODE THEN THE INTERNAL SPECIALIST THE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK SYSTEMS AND THE CHEMORECEPTORS AND THE HORMONES, INSTANTLY INSTIGATE A POWERFUL RESPONSE TO CORRECT THIS DISRUPTION..WITH THE TWO ACIDS(oxalic and phytic acid which are components in SOY) IN EXCESS THE BODY CANNOT RETURN BACK TO THE NORMAL BALANCE, BECAUSE THEY SATURATE THE INTERNAL ENVIRONMENT …BUT THE INTERNAL SPECIALIST CONTINUE TO STRIVE TOWARD A BALANCE BY MAKING ADJUSTMENTS AS A CORRECTION ATTEMPT.. AFTER A TIME THE SYMPTOMS FROM THE DISRUPTION BEGINS TO MANIFEST ITSELF AND AT THIS TIME DOCTORS ARE ALERTED OF A PROBLEM. SO THEY RUN THEIR TEST AND THEY SEE THE CORRECTION ATTEMPTS AS ABNORMALTIES AND THEY CALL THIS AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE AND THEY BEGAN TREATING THE ADJUSTMENTS..BUT THEY ARE ONLY ALERTED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DISRUPTION NOT AT THE BEGINNING SO THEY ARE WORKING IN OPPOSITION TO THE BODY’S INTERNAL SPECIALIST..
EXAMPLE: IN MY OPINION HYPERTENSION, IS NOT A HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE PROBLEM, THAT IS ONLY THE ADJUSTMENT OF THE CORRECTION ATTEMPTS…I BELIEVE THE ORIGINAL PROBLEM WAS THE ACIDS CAUSING AN ABSORPTION PROBLEM IN THE CELLS THAT LEADS TO THE LOW BLOOD PRESSURE PROBLEM WHICH ACTIVATE THE ADJUSTMENTS CREATING THE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE PROBLEM.. …
DEFICIENT CALCIUM IONS IN THE MUSCLE CONTRACTION OF THE HEART LEADS TO INEFFICIENT PUMPING OF THE HEART MUSCLE ..WHICH CAUSES LOW BLOOD PRESSURE..THE INTERNAL SPECIALIST INSTANTLY DETECT THE INSUFFICENT CALCIUM IONS AND THE DECLINING MUSCLE CONTRACTION OF THE HEART PUMP AND INSTIGATE THEIR POWERFUL RESPONSE TO RAISE BLOOD PRESSURE TO GET NUTRIENTS.. THESE ARE THE CORRECTIONS I BELIEVE THE DOCTORS ARE PERCEIVING TO BE THE PROBLEM AND SO THEY NEVER GET TO THE CORE OF THE PROBLEM..
DIABETES..I DO NOT BELIEVE IS A HIGH GLUCOSE PROBLEM THAT IS ONLY THE CORRECTION ATTEMPT, THE PROBLEM IS A DISRUPTION IN THE METABOLISM OF THE {ATP} CELL ENERGY THAT THE BODY PERCEIVES TO BE A LOW GLUCOSE PROBLEM.. SO ALL GLUCOSE IS TRIGGERED TO BE AVAILABLE TO PRODUCE THE ATP BUT THE PROBLEM IS NOT THE GLUCOSE IT IS A METABOLISM PROBLEM..THE TWO ACIDS CREATE INSOLUBLE IRON COMPLEXES WHICH LEADS TO DEFICIENCT OXYGEN AVAILABLE FOR THE METABOLSIM OF ATPs, WHICH ACTIVATE ALL TRIGGERS FOR GLUCOSE RELEASE..WHICH CREATES EXCESSIVE GLUCOSE..
AIDS IN MY OPINION IS NOT A HELPER T4 CELLS DISRUPTION..IT IS A DISRUPTION IN THE COSTIMULATOR OF THE T4 CELLS..THE DEFICIENT NUTRIENTS ACTIVATE THE 2ND STAGE OF A STRESS RESPONSE WHICH RELEASES EXCESSIVE CORTISOL WHICH INHIBITS THE COSTIMULATOR OF THE T4 CELLS, INTERLEUKIN-1 …THIS IS A DISRUPTION IN THE NEG. FEEDBACK SYSTEM OF THE IMMUNE RESPONSE…
THE LOW OXYGEN DISRUPTION THESE TWO ACIDS CREATE CAUSES THE CELLS’ GARBAGE DISPOSALS {LYSOSOMES }TO BECOME FRAGILE AND RUPTURE AND BURST IN THE BRAIN AND WHEN THIS HAPPENS THE LYSOSOMES RELEASE NERVE CELL {NEURON AND NEUROGLIA} DESTROYING ENZYMES..DISRUPTIONS AND DESTRUCTIONS OF THESE CELLS PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN PARKINSON’S, ALZHEIMER’S., MULTIPLE SCELEROSIS, AND HIV BREACHING THE BLOOD-BRAIN-BARRIER…
AND IN MY OPINION LEUKEMIA IS THE SYMPTOM OF THE DISRUPTION THESE TWO ACIDS CAUSE WITH INSOLUBLE IRON COMPLEXES BY DISRUPTING THE IRON BINDING SITES, WHICH WOULD CREATE EXCESS HISTIDINE, AND HISTAMINE IS SYNTHESIZED FROM THE HISTIDINE..HISTAMINE PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN THE ALLERGIC RESPONSE AND THE INFLAMMATORY RESPONES, AND IT INCREASES CAPILLARY PERMEABLILITY…WHICH WOULD ALLOW EXCESS WHITE BLOOD CELLS TO ENTER INTO CIRCULATION..
THESE ARE STRICTLY MY OPINIONS BUT I THINK THEY ARE GOOD FOOD FOR THOUGHT…WHAT WE GOT GOING NOW OF NO KNOWN CAUSE, NO KNOWN CURE , IS NOT WORKING…

munchiej@yahoo.com

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