Source: Natural News
Counterpoint provided at bottom – the FDA is NOT banning IV Vitamin C. Several websites, this one included, took the original report for face value and failed to investigate the claim further. Although I’m an avid supporter of Natural News, they sort of dropped the ball on this one. Regardless, it has placed the subject of IV C onto a lot of people’s radar who might have otherwise never heard of it or the awesome benefits of ascorbic acid in the fight against cancer.
As reported by the Alliance for Natural Health, the FDA has notified a manufacturer of injectable vitamin C that it will be criminally prosecuted if it continues to manufacture this lifesaving nutritional therapy. (http://www.anh-usa.org/action-alert…)
Why injectable vitamin C saves lives
In an age where tens of millions of Americans are already vitamin C deficient and suffer from colds and other infections that can be prevented with vitamins, the FDA appears to be acting on what can only be called a death wish for the American people. But really, it’s more likely a targeted attack at the alternative cancer industry that frequently uses injectable vitamin C to help patients eliminate cancer tumors and heal from various cancers.
If there’s one thing that the health authorities in the United States absolutely cannot tolerate, it’s natural cures for cancer. That’s why (nearly) all the natural cancer treatment clinics have been chased out of the country, leaving only toxic chemotherapy centers (poison clinics) in their place. And that’s probably why the FDA is going after vitamin C right now as well. Take away enough natural cures and the people will be forced into accepting conventional medicine, regardless of whether it works or not.
Injectable vitamin C has many other uses besides cancer, too. As the ANH reports, “The government, instead of banning intravenous vitamin C, should instead be supporting research into it. Even though IV C is being used in burn units around the world, including in the US, and has been adopted by the military for this purpose, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) refuses to fund any studies using intravenous C in patients. There are privately funded studies currently underway, but of course these cannot continue if the FDA bans the substance.”
Take action now to protect your access to vitamin C
Please take a moment to take action with both of the following petitions:
The Alliance for Natural Health has posted an online action item that sends a letter to Dr Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the FDA:
The Natural Solutions Foundation has also posted an action item, this one going out to various FDA and government officials:
Of course, sending these letters to FDA bureaucrats assumes that they give a damn about human health in the first place, and after observing the FDA’s behavior over the last several years, I can confidently state that the FDA’s own actions betray its real agenda: To protect the profits of the drug companies by eliminating competing products such as vitamin C.
As Dr Rima Laibow says about this issue, “When injectible Vitamin C goes, the rest will soon go, and the natural Docs WILL be criminalized a la the infamous Flexner report. Codex standards effectively criminalize accurate speech on nutrition. This IS the other shoe; I do not believe we are being alarmist.”
The rise of tyranny
The larger issue here, however, is not this isolated decision by the FDA but rather the question: Why do unelected regulatory bureaucrats have such power in the first place?
While we may elect lawmakers in America today, those lawmakers have long since delegated the real “laws of the land” to bureaucratic agencies like the FDA which are run by unelected politicians who simply write their own laws and regulations without the approval of Congress. This situation is described by attorney Jonathan Emord as The Rise of Tyranny, which also happens to be the name of his book on the topic (http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Tyranny-…)
This book, which I consider a “must read” on the subject of health freedom, explains how the delegation of powers to rogue federal agencies (FDA, DEA, DHS, TSA, etc.) results in the nation being ruled by tyrannical bureaucrats who operate outside the authority of Congress. Under this power structure, for example, the FDA could simply announce one day that “all vitamins are illegal,” without Congressional approval and without any new laws being debated or signed into law. The delegation of powers to agencies like the FDA is the granting of dictatorial police state powers over entire sectors of our society.
The FCC, for example, may simply decide to seize control over the internet at any time. The TSA could simply announce it’s going to perform body cavity searches on all air travelers starting this Saturday. The DEA could announce it’s going to arrest operators of websites that even discuss marijuana. The FDA, likewise, could announce that “all herbalists are criminals” and proceed to have them all arrested.
Think this couldn’t happen? It’s happening right now, one step at a time. Last year it was cherries and walnuts (http://www.naturalnews.com/029698_c…). Today it’s injectable vitamin C. Tomorrow it could be all vitamin D supplements, or raw cacao, or medicinal herbs. The point is that the FDA could take away our access to supplements virtually overnight with no debate, no scientific scrutiny, and no Congressional oversight. The FDA is, itself, a tyrannical police state branch of the federal government that is now proceeding to take away Americans’ access to lifesaving supplements one by one.
Senator Rand Paul hopes to put a stop to this bureaucratic madness by introducing legislation that would require Congressional approval for such regulatory actions by any federal agency. That would strip the power out of the hands of these rogue agencies and put it back into the hands of lawmakers who are elected. While this may not be a perfect solution (because most lawmakers are still largely just corporate whores, to state it matter-of-factly), it would certainly be an improvement over the current situation where unelected bureaucrats rule over the American people as if they were dictators.
You know why the TSA is reaching down your pants? For the same reason the FDA is banning injectable vitamin C — because this nation is run by tyrants, not the legislators who are elected by the People. And as long as the tyrants are in charge, freedom can never be fully expressed.
Stop begging the King and just pick up your pitchforks
That’s why opposing the FDA on this decision by appealing to the FDA itself is sort of like begging the King to change his mind. It’s a slave-mentality action. Sure, it may be useful at some level, and that’s why we support these petitions, but let’s not kid ourselves on the fact that this is a slave-mentality appeal to a group of tyrants who act as if they were the King.
The real solution here is not to appeal to the King as peons, but rather to pick up our pitchforks, storm the castle, tie a rope around the neck of the King and hang him from a high castle wall (metaphorically speaking, of course) to send a message to all other would-be tyrants that messing with the freedom of the people will have consequences.
The way to accomplish that in our modern world would be to arrest FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg for her crimes against humanity, prosecute her in a fair and open trial, and watch her serve time in prison while firing all the other bureaucrats at the FDA and dismantling the agency. No good can come out of the FDA. It is beyond repair. It is effectively working against the interests of the American people, making it as dangerous as a foreign enemy organization such as a terrorist group.
With the FDA, we are past the point of being able to negotiate with rational human beings who have ethics and souls. What we are dealing with at the FDA and other agencies are real-life incarnations of evil who are pursuing an agenda to spread death and suffering across our lands while they increase their power and control. And remember, the Congress just put the FDA in charge of the national food supply, too. Oh yippee. I can’t wait to see them ban broccoli because broccoli contains anti-cancer medicine, too.
I have a feeling that I will have a very exciting future as a broccoli smuggler. That’s my dream. To be the Han Solo of vegetables, fighting the Evil Empire with the power of garden vegetables.
Counter-point by Hayden
Why does the FDA want to ban such a wonderful treatment such as Vitamin C? It doesn’t. The warning letter didn’t apply to all small pharmacies. FDA inspectors took a look at McGuf Pharmacuticals’ labeling of their IV C and found that it was labeled improperly according to the FDA regulations. Not that the FDA is some wonderful organization – no, quite the opposite. But they do have jurisdiction over pharmacutical companies.
McGuff’s IV C products were found not to have labels that made it clear they were not for do-it-yourself home intravenous treatment. And do you really think it’s a good idea for most people to attempt their own IV drip? No, it’s not. There can be a lot of complications. However, those who have the knowledge or experience should be able to inject themselves with IV C. But, the labels apparently suggested that it was a product meant for the layperson and that is in violation of FDA labeling requirements. Like it or not, McGuff knew this and failed to hold their label to the standard.
Now, there IS an interesting paragraph included in the FDA’s letter regarding “unapproved new drugs.” They are referring to IV C – or Ascorbic Acid.
In addition to violating CGMPs, you manufacture and market unapproved new drugs in violation of sections 505(a) and 502(f)(1) [21 U.S.C. §§ 355(a) and 352(f)(1)] of the Act. Based on the information your firm submitted to FDA’s Drug Registration and Listing System and the information collected during the inspection of your facility, you manufacture the following prescription drugs, including, but not limited to:
- Ascor L 500, Ascorbic Acid Injection, USP, 500 mg/mL in 50 mL vial (McGuff Pharmaceuticals)
- Ascorbic Acid Injection, USP, 500 mg/mL in a 50 mL vial ((b)(6))
- Ascor L NC, Ascorbic Acid Injection, USP, Non-Corn Source (500 mg/mL in 50 mL vial) (McGuff Pharmaceuticals)
…These products are drugs within the meaning of section 201(g) of the Act, [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)] because they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases. Further, they are “new drugs” within the meaning of section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(p)] because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for their labeled uses.Under sections 301(d) and 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. §§ 331(d) and 355(a)] a new drug may not be introduced into or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce unless an application approved by FDA under either section 505(b) or (j) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(b) or (j)] is in effect for the drug. Based on our information, you do not have any FDA-approved applications on file for these drug products. The marketing of these products, or other applicable products, without an approved application constitutes a violation of these provisions of the Act.
Additionally, because the above products are intended for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners, adequate directions cannot be written for them so that a layman can use this product safely for its intended uses.
So, what the FDA is saying in their letter, as I understand it, is Ascorbic Acid is not generally recognized as “safe and effective” treatment for various medical issues, especially cancer. Therefore, it falls under the category of “new drugs” which have separate labeling requirements. We’ve all seen those… “This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or relieve certain medical conditions…” This is simply saying the FDA does not endorse this product as an effective drug regardless of whether it is actually effective.
Furthermore, McGuff Pharmacuticals needs a different application for selling these types of products, which it does not possess.
So, in summary – the FDA does NOT belief that vitamin C is an effective treatment for any medical condition on the level of prescription drugs. It requires a prescription only because of the delivery method – one that the vast majority of citizens can not safely do themselves. It is not saying that Vitamin C, in injectable form, is or will be illegal to manufacture or distribute as long as those distributing in interstate commerce have adequate FDA applications and approval. Now, the whole ‘FDA approval’ portion is another conversation – but we’re trying to find out whether this is mass hysteria or fact and as I read it, it is FALSE. The FDA is not and has not banned injectable vitamin C or IV C.
The good part of this entire situation is that injectable vitamin C is now a topic of conversation and it’s cancer curing ability is starting to be better understood and known by the average person. I will be writing a lengthy article on this very topic soon, so stay tuned!
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