Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
On their own website, the FTC admits that their investigation began with "an Internet surf" conducted by the FTC, the FDA and Competition Bureau Canada in June 2007.
Take note that the FTC does not mention "complaints by customers" as a reason for their investigation. No - they went surfing around the internet to find alternative cancer cures so that they could crush them.
Following their "surf" (doesn't that sound fun), the FTC sent forceful "warning letters" to over a hundred websites between August 2007 and January 2008.
Lydia Parnes the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection had this to say about the FTC's new war on alternative cancer treatments: "There is no credible scientific evidence that any of the products marketed by these companies can prevent, cure, or treat cancer of any kind."
The truth is that the FTC and the FDA have always worked hard to do whatever they can to protect the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. Many pharmaceutical industry insiders bounce back and forth between the pharmaceutical companies and the government agencies. Instead of protecting all of us from bad drugs, the FTC and the FDA do all they can to repress and eliminate alternative health information.
According to the FTC's website, the following five companies are the only ones who had the courage to try to stand up and fight the FTC. This is an excerpt from the FTC's own website.....
Alexander Heckman d/b/a Omega Supply – Among the products this company marketed are laetrile, which can cause cyanide poisoning when taken orally at high doses; hydrazine sulphate, which is classified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a potential carcinogen; and cloracesium, which contains celsium chloride. According to the complaint, in addition to making deceptive and false claims that these products are safe and that they effectively prevent, treat, and cure cancer, the respondents also made false claims that the products are scientifically proven to work.
Native Essence Herb Company – The products marketed by this company include herbal concoctions (Rene Caisse essiac tea blend and cat’s claw), the herb chaparral, and maitake mushrooms extracts. In 1992, the FDA classified chaparral as unsafe because of its “association with acute toxic hepatitis.” According to the complaint, the respondents made deceptive and false claims that these products are effective for treating and curing a variety of cancers, eliminating or shrinking tumors, and for preventing breast cancer.
Daniel Chapter One – This company markets several herbal formulations as well as shark cartilage. According to the complaint, in addition to making deceptive and false claims that these products effectively prevent, treat, and cure cancer, the respondents also claim that one of their herbal formulations mitigates the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. In addition to the FTC action announced today, this company received a warning letter from FDA.
Gemtronics, Inc. – This company markets a product called RAAX11, which is made of chrysobalanus icaco, a derivative from a tropical bush, and agaricus, a medicinal mushroom. According to the complaint, in addition to making deceptive and false claims that these products effectively prevent, treat, and cure cancer, the respondents also made false claims that these products were scientifically proven to work. In addition to the FTC action announced today, this company received a warning letter from FDA.
Mary T. Spohn d/b/a Herbs for Cancer – Spohn sold Chinese herbal teas in varying formulations. According to the company’s advertisements, these teas were formulated to fight 16 different types of cancer. A seventeenth type [of blended tea] is represented as a “special formula” for “cancers not on our list.” According to the complaint, in addition to making deceptive and false claims that these formulations effectively treat and cure cancer, the respondents also claim that some of them are scientifically proven to work. In addition to the FTC action announced today, this company received a warning letter from FDA.
But what really made our blood boil today was a story by Natural News about how the FTC is attempting to shut down a Christian church and is threatening members with imprisonment for selling dietary supplements.
Please go read the story when you have time. It is one of the most important stories that you will read this week. You can find the story here:
The following is a brief excerpt from the story that describes what many of these alternative health websites have been going through.....
The typical FTC legal assault involves the sending of a threatening letter to the company or church being targeted, where FTC demands to:
• Confiscate customer records.
• Confiscate all banking and financial records.
• Drag the church or business into court for refusing to comply.
Organizations that refuse to meet the FTC's demands are threatened with the following:
• Arrest and imprisonment.
• Complete confiscation of their inventory.
• Being charged with crimes by the FTC.
Such crimes are heard in the FTC's own kangaroo court, which is subject to no law.
So why don't we ever see stories like this in the mainstream media?
Have you ever wondered that?
The reality is that many of the people who own the big media corporations also own many of the big pharmaceutical companies.
Even when a big media corporation is not directly owned by pharmaceutical interests, the truth is that the pharmaceutical interests spend millions upon millions of dollars in advertising with every big media company, and no big media corporation would dare threaten that source of income.
So you will not see serious criticism of the FDA, the FTC or the pharmaceutical companies in the mainstream media.
Did you actually think that we had "freedom of information" in the United States?