Thursday, February 19, 2009

Your Fish are on Drugs!!!

Or is it your government that is playing a bit too much with pharmaceuticals these days?
A few weeks ago I mentioned the FDA pulling from the market the most popular treatment for asthma, a serious condition that can effect one in four children in urban environments. Not specifically to sacrifice impoverished asthmatics, but to comply with a federal treaty signed in the late 80's

Now, the FDA has effectively banned a naturally-occurring form of vitamin B6 called pyridoxamine by declaring it to be a drug, reports the American Association for Health Freedom.
Responding to a petition filed by a drug company, the FDA declared pyridoxamine to be "a new drug."Now, any nutritional supplements containing pyridoxamine can be considered adulterated and illegal by the FDA, which may raid vitamin companies and seize such products. See the history of FDA raids on vitamin companies here:

Pyridoxamine occurs naturally in fish, chicken and other foods (, putting the FDA in the strange position of banning a substance from dietary supplements even though it is already present in the food supply.

Now it is obvious that banning vitamin b isnt the goal of the FDA, but just another great example of the great unmitable law of unintended consequences, and what happens when you give increasingly larger amounts of power to a giant bureaucracy that can so easily be tricked into only supporting the industry it was originally designed to keep in check.

From Natural News:

The FDA's war on Mother Nature

It's not the first time the FDA has declared a natural molecule to be a
"drug" while attacking nutritional
that contain the same molecule. A similar story unfolded with red yeast rice and the lovastatin molecules it contains that lower high cholesterol. The drug companies engaged in biopiracy, ripping off the molecule from red yeast rice to make their now-famous "statin drugs." Once the statin drugs were patented, Big Pharma and the FDA went after red yeast rice, claiming the supplement was "adulterated with pharmaceuticals."

It wasn't really adulterated, of course. It just contained a natural statin-drug-like molecule that the drug companies copied and patented.

It would be like Big Pharma patenting vitamin C, then the FDA claiming that all oranges and lemons were adulterated with drugs because they naturally contain their own vitamin C.This is the insanity of the FDA as it operates today.

You can read more about the FDA on our channel website which is updated every few days.So will this ruling on pyridoxamine affect nutritional supplements? Yes, any supplements containing this form of vitamin B6 can now be declared "adulterated" by the FDA. Manufacturers of such supplements can be arrested and shut down for engaging in "illegal drug trafficking." Such is the nature of the FDA's agenda to criminalize nutritional
companies and limit consumers' access to Mother Nature's
remedies. The pyridoxamine "drug," by the way (which is just pyridoxamine), is
designed to prevent the progression of diabetic nephrothapy (kidney disease).
Most likely, the FDA will eventually approve the "drug" for that condition, even
while claiming vitamin B6 supplements containing the very same chemical are
useless and insert.

This is another classic oppression tactic of the FDA: Ban the herb, but
promote the drug using the same chemicals. The same thing happened with ephedra,
a Traditional Chinese Medicine herb known as ma huang. The FDA banned the herb,
saying it was "dangerous at any dose," but pharmaceuticals containing the very
same molecules (ephedrine) are still being sold over-the-counter as cold
medicines, meaning they're available to any child without a prescription.The
bottom line is this: FDA approvals and bans have nothing to do with science and
everything to do with protecting drug companies profits. If a drug company can
make money selling a vitamin as a drug, the FDA will gladly ban the vitamin and
protect the drug. If a drug company can rip off molecules from Mother Nature and
patent them, the FDA will ban those same molecules found in nature.

All of this points to the urgent need to reform the FDA.

Sources for this story include:


Nearly 5 million Americans drawing jobless benefits

From Reuters:

Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:43pm EST
By Lucia Mutikani
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. workers drawing unemployment aid jumped to a record high of nearly 5 million, the government said on Thursday, as a worsening economy made it increasingly hard to find jobs.

The data from early February suggested the 13-month-old U.S. recession was deepening, a conclusion supported by a report that showed factory activity in the country's Mid-Atlantic region contracted sharply in February.

"The data indicates an accelerated deterioration ... jobs are being lost and the pool of unemployed is growing faster," said Kevin Logan, senior U.S. economist at Dresdner Kleinwort in New York. "People cannot find jobs."

Read the rest here

And then read between the lines.

I dont know about you, but ive never collected Unemployment, even having been out of work for months, and im sure im not the only one, either the principled, proud, or foolish, many Americans can just not see themselves asking for a handout, when they just need a hand up.

Certain classes of contractors, in addition, and just as an example, are never eligible for unemployment benefits, and people who quit, for almost any reason, are unable to collect benefits, even if they are still eligible, or may not know if they are eligible. Add to this, the growing number of unemployment cases that are disputed (for whatever reason) by employers, many of which wont be pursued by the employees after the initial battle, even if they are eligible for the welfare program, and you will probably notice that 5 million isnt even the tip of the unemployment iceberg, no, dear sirs and maams, thats just the cost of the federal entitlement program, at an average of $292 a week, per person. (source: CNN)

Thats over 600 billion dollars a month, with no sign of slowing down soon.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Stimulie (Descriptive, not Plural)

"See, when the Government spends money, it creates jobs; whereas when the money is left in the hands of Taxpayers, God only knows what they do with it. Bake it into pies, probably. Anything to avoid creating jobs." -- Dave Berry

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Excuse me, Im looking for the Accountability?

What they say:

Key elements of the plan, which cover a vast range of federal spending, include:
$116 billion in infrastructure improvements; $88 billion in new funding for
education; $40 billion for the development of clean energy; $23 billion for
programs to help those most hurt by the economic downturn; and $14 billion for
healthcare, including $3 billion to jump-start a plan to computerize health

What they mean:

Key elements of the plan, which cover a vast range of federal spending, include:
$116 billion in "Government Works Projects" which will not be held to any sort
of standard concerning real world cost/benefit; $88 billion to expand public
schooling's overbudgeted failures; $40 billion in R&D grants to major
corporations, with no guarantee of delivered products; $23 billion for the
expansion and creation of government welfare bureaucracies; and $14 billion to
nationalize and support the most expensive healthcare system in the world,
without attempting to raise its downward sliding standards.

Also included is a nice $15,000 taxfunded credit to anyone who will buy a house now, at the inflated prices, rather than wait for the prices to normalize.

This is a one trillion dollar (this year) package, when factoring in interest. That is, already, equivalent to all the discretionary spending in a typical federal budget year, (keeping in mind that the houses have been in session less than 25 days!) with no real sign of anyone pulling in the reigns, and even more frightening, very little evidence that it will do much of anything to undo the nearly 600,000 jobs lost in January alone.

With no accountability, the endless public projects and agendas march endlessly forward on endlessly increasing taxation while everyday people just try to make ends meet.

All for the ends.

Some people would sell their country, for the ends.