October 23, 2014

Should the FDA Have the Authority to Make Life and Death Decisions in Your Life?

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Health Impact News Editor Comments: While this story is disturbing, I think we should address the larger question as to whether the FDA should have the power and authority to force or stop anyone from making a personal decision about their health and the the products they choose to take, regardless of whether or not they are labeled “terminally ill.” If they want to approve or disapprove of certain drugs or foods, fine. But then just require a warning label that it is not approved, and let people make up their own minds. Just one look at the FDA “approved drugs”, that have been subsequently removed from the market because they were too dangerous and ended up harming people instead of helping them, should prove that the FDA should not have this kind of authority.

Should You Have to Fight FDA Red Tape to Save Your Life?

by Alliance for Natural Health

An upcoming congressional bill would give dying patients and physicians access to experimental drugs. Action Alert!

Imagine you’re terminally ill and have exhausted all the available treatment options. Your physician recommends a new, experimental treatment for your condition, but you’re ineligible to participate in ongoing clinical trials. You ask the drug company for treatment outside of their trials, but they say you have to go through the FDA first. Time’s running out, and you have to obtain permission to try to save your life—from the government! And you may never get permission.

This situation isn’t some Orwellian hypothetical situation: it’s a reality for thousands of dying patients. That’s why last year, former congressman Ron Paul introduced the Compassionate Freedom of Choice Act, which would have allowed terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs without FDA approval. Though the bill was left in the House, its supporters are not giving up. In fact, Representative Morgan Griffith of Virginia recently told us he will reintroduce the Act in Congress soon!

As we reported last May, the FDA does let terminally ill patients try experimental drugs and treatments under its “expanded access” rule. This allows the case-by-case use of an investigational new drug outside of a clinical trial if a patient has a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition and has no other treatment options left.

Unfortunately, the rule is woefully inadequate, marred by a prohibitively cumbersome application and documentation process. And remember, FDA can arbitrarily refuse access and even revoke permission once it’s granted! The application for expanded access requires a drug company to share information—which we all know drug companies don’t do very well. It also requires, among other things, a detailed description of how and where a drug will be produced; complex pharmacological and toxicological information; and, if enough patients ask for the drug, a whole new Investigational New Drug (IND) application by the drug company.

Furthermore, in what can only be described as a very bad joke, the FDA can deny expanded access if it deems the risks of an experimental drug too great for someone who is already terminally ill. Essentially, dying patients can be denied access to a drug because it could potentially make them sick. What the patient’s doctor thinks doesn’t matter.

Passing the Compassionate Care Act would erase all of these problems by removing the FDA middleman entirely from the equation, streamlining physician and patient access to experimental drugs. It would ensure that dying patients and their families—who don’t have the time or the strength to do so—won’t have to wage fruitless bureaucratic wars.

The heartbreaking story of Abigail Burroughs illustrates the need for the Act: shortly after turning twenty-one, Abigail ran out of conventional options in her battle against cancer. Abigail and her family turned their focus to obtaining one of two experimental cancer drugs that doctors felt had great promise of saving her life. Her efforts—thwarted by both the FDA and drug companies—were unsuccessful, and she died in 2001. Both drugs were eventually deemed safe by the FDA.

Under the Act, drug companies can still deny dying patients access to experimental treatments. But if they don’t have the FDA breathing down their necks, drug companies may be much more willing to say Yes. For example, drug companies are often afraid that if a patient dies under expanded access treatment, it will affect the eventual approval of the drug. Also, the FDA’s expanded access rule currently creates mountains of extra paperwork for drug companies and doctors. With less risk and less paperwork, drug companies are more likely to increase patient access to experimental drugs.

Detractors of this excellent bill may argue that FDA intervention is necessary to protect desperate patients from risky, untested drugs. However, full disclosure is a key component of the current draft of the Act, which states that in order to obtain an experimental drug, patients must first sign an informed consent document stating that they’re aware of the potential risks and benefits. Additionally, patients will need to work closely with their doctors (who will ultimately be the ones administering the experimental treatment), so it’s not as if they’re making important decisions without medical oversight.

They say only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. The government already mandates taxes; should they really mandate how terminally ill patients die, too?

Action Alert! Please write to your congressional representative and ask him or her to support and become a sponsor of this vital legislation. Also ask your senator to introduce similar legislation in the Senate. Please send your message today!

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Thyme Provides Antiviral Protection against Herpes and Other Viruses

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Ebola is only one of many viruses that have been found among animals and transmissible to humans. While Ebola isn’t the first outbreak to catch public attention over the past few decades, it also likely won’t be the last.

The question lies – what is our long-term strategy to prevent future outbreaks? And how do we protect ourselves from getting a viral infection?

Increasing research has determined that plants provide some of the most promising opportunities to prevent the outbreak of these viruses, because not only are they easily cultivated and distributed, but they provide a source of resistance to viral outbreaks.

Case in point is Thymus vulgaris – Thyme. Thyme has been found to contain multiple antiviral constituents, including thymol, camphor, borneol, carvacrol, terpinenes, pinenes, cymene, terpinenols, citral and cineoles. These and others have been found to be specifically antiviral, but more importantly, in combination, the plant and its essential oils provide significant antiviral protection.

And the mechanism of this antiviral protection appears to be related to the same properties found among other studies – of interfering with the glycoprotein molecule lined envelope that surrounds many of the most virulent viruses.

Obscene Increase In Maternal Mortality Rates In The United States

Obscene Increase In Maternal Mortality Rates In The United States

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In most of the world, the number of women dying in childbirth is decreasing, but the United States is one of eight countries in the world where the maternal mortality rate is going up, not down, according to the newest figures. In fact, the US is rock bottom of the developing nations of the world in maternal mortality – #60 out of 180 nations included in the statistics. And that is unacceptable.

Does Playing on Artificial Turf Increase Your Risk of Cancer?

Does Playing on Artificial Turf Increase Your Risk of Cancer?

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Artificial turf fields are now everywhere in the United States, from high schools to multi-million-dollar athletic complexes. As any parent or player who has been on them can testify, the tiny black rubber crumbs of which the fields are made — chunks of old tires — get everywhere. In players’ uniforms, in their hair, in their cleats.

But for goalkeepers, whose bodies are in constant contact with the turf, it can be far worse. In practices and games, they make hundreds of dives, and each plunge sends a black cloud of tire pellets into the air. The granules get into their cuts and scrapes, and into their mouths. Griffin wondered if those crumbs – which have been known to contain carcinogens and chemicals – were making players sick.

Griffin has compiled a list of 38 American soccer players — 34 of them goalies – who have been diagnosed with cancer. Blood cancers like lymphoma and leukemia dominate the list.

What Can You Do to Prevent/Treat Ebola and Other Viral Infections

What Can You Do to Prevent/Treat Ebola and Other Viral Infections

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With the Ebola virus in the news, I thought it might be time to comment on what steps you can take to prevent becoming ill. Keep in mind that conventional medicine has no effective treatments for the Ebola virus. Due to a slow international response, Ebola has spread rapidly.

It is a scary infection as the death rate is very high—from 50-90%. Initially, the Ebola infection can mimic the symptoms from the flu or other upper respiratory infection. However, as it progresses, it can lead to very severe muscle aches, liver and kidney failure along with bleeding out of various areas of the body. Needless to say, Ebola is something to be taken very seriously.

As I previously stated, there is no conventional treatment for the Ebola virus. That does not mean that you are powerless to do anything to combat it. There are many effective natural anti-viral therapies that may prove effective against Ebola. It would be nice if the Powers-That-Be would begin testing these therapies. But, that would make common sense. Instead the Powers-That-Be are actively discouraging the use of alternative therapies even though they have nothing to offer. It is a sad situation.

Keep in mind that Ebola, like any viral infection, can only be cured by a strong immune system. We are designed with a powerful immune system that should mount a response to an infectious agent. However, the immune system can only mount a vigorous defense if it has the raw materials available to it. For over 20 years, I have been checking every patient for their nutrient status. Unfortunately, most are deficient in the basic raw materials that the immune system needs to function optimally.

I say, if you become ill with a viral illness, do the basics to help optimize your immune system. I will show you the four most important items you can use to aid your immune system to fight any illness.

Red Algae Extract Treats Ebola

Red Algae Extract Treats Ebola

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While researchers scramble to develop a vaccine or monoclonal antibody against the Ebola virus – and continue to develop chemo treatments to stem HIV and Hepatitis-C while fearing SARS – nature has already provided a natural treatment.

After the two 1996 Ebola outbreaks in Gabon Africa, medical scientists determined that Ebola causes death among about 70 percent of those who contracted the virus.

This question led researchers from Gabon’s Franceville International Center of Medical Research to investigate. The questions ensued: Why don’t the other 30 percent die? How do 30 percent of those infected recover? Furthermore, medical researchers found many instances where there were close contacts of those who became infected who never were infected at all. Even though they were in contact with the infected patient while the patient was symptomatic.

The research found that nearly half of those who were asymptomatic and seemingly immune developed antibodies (IgM and IgG) to the Ebola virus. This means these individuals certainly were intimately exposed to the virus, but simply naturally developed the immunity tools that prevented the infection from replicating out of control.

One of those immunity tools can be found in red algae.

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