Consumers Against High Drug Prices
Exposing The FDA's Regulatory Quagmire
CoQ10 Wars
Assembly Line Medicine
Collapsing Within Itself
Intolerable Delays!
"Unsustainable" Cancer Drug Prices
How Government Treated Those For Whom We Now Celebrate Holidays
Horrific Conditions Inside Drug Factories
When "Rules" Are Broken
Federal Death Panels
Science by Ambush
The Looming Doctor Shortage
Former FDA Commissioner Admits Risk of Bureaucratic Delay
FDA Says Walnuts Are Illegal Drugs
The FDA's Most Heinous Drug Approval
No Real Healthcare Cost Crisis
FDA Delay of One Drug Causes 82,000 Lost Life-Years
Deadly FDA Neglect
How Much More FDA Abuse Can Americans Tolerate?
Drug Company Pleads Guilty to Health Fraud
Why American Healthcare is Headed for Collapse
The Generic Drug Rip-off
Ending the Atrocities
Millions of Needless Deaths
Would You Tolerate This Abuse?
The FDA Indicts Itself
The FDA's Cruel Hoax
Fish Oil Now Available by Prescription!
FDA Threatens to Raid Cherry Orchards
Inside the FDA's Brain
FDA Fails to Protect Domestic Drug Supply
FDA Permits New Fish Oil Health Claim
FDA Approves Deadly Drugs, Delays Lifesaving Therapies
The $50.00 Toll Bridge
Dangerous Medicine
Cardiologists Overlook Lifesaving Discovery
What You Don’t Know About Blood Sugar
Jerry Falwell Attacks Life Extension Foundation
Life Extension Achieves "Impossible" Victory in the U.S. House of Representatives
Fighting the FDA
Patient Advocates Sue FDA Over Drug Access
FDA's Lethal Impediment
Don't Blame the Doctors
One Man's Ten-Year Ordeal With Prostate Cancer
A New Day At FDA?
The FDA Versus the American Consumer
Supreme Court Roundup
The Lethal Information Gap
Consumer Rape
Dying From Deficiency
Are Offshore Drugs Dangerous?
Drugs the FDA Says You Can't Have
Does Cholesterol Cause Artery Disease?
What's Wrong with the FDA
FDA Suffers Second Massive Legal Defeat in Pearson v. Shalala
FDA Loses Case Against Compounding Pharmacies on First Amendment Grounds
Ending The Cancer Bureaucracy
Victory in the House and Senate
Life Extension Wins in the House and Senate
Congress Recognizes The Prescription Drug Problem
Americans are getting Healthier... But the FDA Remains a Major Impediment
Are We to Become Serfs of the Drug Monopoly?
A Glorious Victory Over FDA Tyranny
The Great American Rip-Off
The Plague Of FDA Regulation
Health Costs to Double Is there a free-market solution?
The FDA versus Folic Acid
They Want You Brain Dead
Life Extension vs. the FDA a Hollow Victory: Why the Agency's Approval of Ribavirin is Inadequate

A Glorious Victory Over FDA Tyranny

Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw have won an unprecedented legal victory that has eviscerated the FDA's power to censor truthful scientific information. Pearson v. ShalalaThe most significant aspect of this case is that it was won on Constitutional grounds. Previously, the FDA trampled on the Bill of Rights as if this precious document were a worthless piece of paper. In this 3-0 Appellate Court ruling, the FDA was told that it had to abide by the free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. This triumph adds to an eight-year string of defeats the FDA has suffered in the Federal Courts.

The importance of this most recent legal victory in favor of the health and freedom of the American citizenry cannot be overstated. The remainder of this editorial provides a starling example of what happens when an authoritarian bureaucracy exercises unconstitutional power over the American public.


Craig Cooney, Ph.D. is a scientist who until recently worked with the FDA. He now works on a research project at the University of Arkansas to determine if enhancing methylation can extend life span.

Dr. Cooney recently conducted a search of the old literature for references about methylation and cardiovascular disease and came across some interesting findings. He found a series of articles dating back to the early 1950s that describe how high doses of methylation-enhancingnutrients such as TMG and choline can be used to treat both coronary and congestive heart failure.

Back in the 1950s, supplement companies would have liked to have advertised these studies showing that choline and TMG might protect against heart disease, but the FDA would have defined these vitamin products as "unapproved new drugs" and shut the companies down.

How many Americans died because of FDA censorship on this one issue? Nobody will really know because the effects of knowledge withheld cannot be measured retroactively. About one million Americans die every year from diseases related to arteriosclerosis (arterial occlusion) and thrombosis (clotting inside a blood vessel). There are several known causes of blood vessel disease, but homocysteine continues to show itself to be a primary culprit. Homocysteine can directly cause the initial damage to the arterial wall, contributes to plaque buildup, induces coronary artery spasm and causes abnormal blood clots inside of blood vessels. Homocysteine can be lowered by supplementation with vitamin B6, B12, folic acid, choline and TMG.

We speculate that several million Americans needlessly died of heart attack or stroke since 1950 because the FDA banned vitamin companies from informing the public that supplements could protect against the development of cardiovascular disease. It's not just FDA interference that causes Americans to needlessly die. In 1996, an article was published an article explaining that high levels of fibrinogen was a risk factor for having a heart attack. Despite people showing this article to their cardiologists, almost all of the doctors ridiculed this theory and would not even test peoples blood for this dangerous clotting factor.

A new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (1999;33:1347-1352) supports our position on fibrinogen and heart attack risk. This published report examined data on nearly 400 male physicians participating in the Physicians' Health Study. Blood fibrinogen levels of 199 subjects who experienced heart attack during the study period were compared with those of 199 control subjects who did not suffer heart attacks. The investigators report that patients with heart attack had significantly higher fibrinogen levels compared with healthy controls. In fact, subjects with especially high fibrinogen levels had a risk of heart attack twice that of men with lower levels of the blood-clotting agent (fibrinogen). These findings remained unchanged regardless of the presence or absence of other coronary risk factors, including high cholesterol. The authors stated that these findings "support the conclusion from other prospective studies that fibrinogen is a strong and independent predictor for ischemic heart disease."

Fighting the medical establishment is not easy. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA; Apr 21 1999) published an article recommending that people increase their vitamin C intake from 60 mg to 200 mg a day. This seven-page article provides persuasive arguments about the health benefits of vitamin C, yet emphasizes that people should obtain their vitamin C from food instead of supplements. The most glaring contradiction in the article is that it stated that median vitamin C ingestion from food in the United States is only 84 mg a day, yet the authors somehow expect doctors to educate their patients to radically alter their dietary habits to eat more fruits and vegetables in order to obtain 200 mg a day of vitamin C. We appreciate the American Medical Association publishing an article that challenges the FDA's contention that people only need 60 mg a day of vitamin C, but regret that conventional doctors are still reluctant to recommend even low potency (200 mg vitamin C) supplements.

The FDA's suppression of the benefits of B-vitamins has probably resulted in millions of unnecessary heart attacks and strokes over the last 49 years. The sidebar on page 8 reveals published studies from the early 1950s showing that homocysteine-lowering supplements protect against cardiovascular disease.

The carnage is not over. FDA bureaucrats still prevent Americans from obtaining proven medical therapies from other countries. This results in the needless deaths of thousands American citizens every year when life saving treatments have already been discovered, but are not yet approved by the FDA.