Did you know that eating 20 cherries has the same anti-inflammatory effect as popping aspirin or a cox-2 inhibiting drug? If not, you can blame the FDA.

Several years ago, U.S. Department of Agriculture studies proved that cherries have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. When the cherry growers used the studies to promote their fruit, the FDA went on a witch hunt and told them to stop. The FDA ruled that the cherry growers could not use the evidence to make these claims.

Why? Because the FDA requires food manufacturers and growers to satisfy the agency's unobtainable standard of proof before promoting health claims of their products. However, the cost is so prohibitive to do so that most companies and organizations simply can't meet the standard.

But guess who can? The drug companies. The current FDA rules give the drug companies an unfair advantage in the marketplace. As a result, the cherry growers can't tell you about the anti-inflammatory properties of their cherries. But the drug makers can make claims about their drugs all day long - even though they both have the same abilities. And guess which one has killed over 20,000 people? It isn't the cherries, but the FDA isn't concerned about that.

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This unhindered access to the FDA has given the drug companies tremendous power. So much, in fact, that no one is willing to stand up to them - until now.

Congressman, medical doctor, and presidential candidate Ron Paul recently said, "enough is enough" and is standing up to the Big Pharma bullies who run the FDA. Dr. Paul has introduced H.R. 2117 (the Health Freedom Protection Act) into the House. It will effectively stop the FDA from censoring truthful claims about the health benefits of dietary supplements and other foods.

The goal of H.R. 2117 is to put an end to the federal bureaucrats' meddling with your right to choose healthy alternatives over harmful and deadly drugs. Dr. Paul believes the FDA should not prevent Americans from learning about simple ways to improve their health.

Dr. Paul's bill will put the burden of proof where it belongs, on the FDA/FTC when it comes to determining if an ad is false or misleading. This makes sense, as you're always innocent until proven guilty in this country. But the FDA considers you guilty until you can bribe your way into innocence.

Big Pharma has the FDA firmly in pocket. Censoring vital information, as it did with the cherry growers, is their only way to stay in business! Perhaps bill H.R. 2117 can get enough traction to stick if enough of us stand firmly behind it. I urge you to contact your elected officials to get HR 2117 moving. It is currently stuck in committee and it needs your help. The easiest way to do that is to visit the website
www.house.gov/writerep/. Once you're at the site, simply follow the instructions on the screen and you can send your representatives a note on this very important bill. Please do so today! Your health depends on it.




Ref: LewRockwell.com May 16, 2007.
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