The FDA is Not Your Friend

Dr Graham, FDA insider, offers some interesting insights regarding how the FDA is failing to protect Americans from the health dangerous associated with prescription drugs. The article starts off with this gem

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), “Adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death in America. Reactions to prescription and over-the-counter medications kill far more people annually than all illegal drug use combined.”

You don’t say? The same agency that approved vioxx and mercury derivatives in vaccines is receiving pressure from the pharmaceutical to approve more drugs? Shocker.

In today’s go-go world, every adult is looking for the quick fix pill to fix their problems. Pharmaceutical companies are quick to offer you a pill to feel good, to sleep, to feel happy, and to get a hard-on. Whatever happened to just eating your vegetables and letting your body work on it’s own?

You want to feel better and not get sick as much? Here’s a simple trick. Stop drinking soda and liquid candy drinks like gatorade. There is this new product on the market that’s far better. It’s called water. There, that alone will at least slow the obesity problem. Yes yes, I realize some people are just big boned, but looking at these trends doesn’t make me confident that pills are the solution.

And apologies for the lack of pictures with my posts. I’m still figuring WordPress’s options/features.

Update: Part 2 on the series (though it’s labeled part 3 for some reason). Another choice quote:

For example, ask the FDA why on earth they didn’t ban high dose Vioxx after the VIGOR Study showed in early 2000 that it increased the risk of heart attack by 500 percent? High-dose Vioxx was approved for the short-term treatment of acute pain. What earthly benefit was there that exceeds a 500 percent increase in heart attack risk? Ask the FDA to produce its benefit analysis that shows that the benefits exceed the risks. It doesn’t exist.

Well that certainly gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. What say you?