FDA Ban ALERT: Cholestin

Ian Goddard (igoddard@netkonnect.net)
Wed, 03 Jun 1998 13:50:08 -0400

At 09:41 AM 6/3/98 -0700, James Rogers wrote:

>>"Mevacor.") (In addition to the substance which is similar to lovastatin,
>>the red rice yeast also contains nine other active ingredients which
>>undoubtedly make it synergistically much SAFER than Mevacor.)
>This is an irritatingly common misperception. How does something being
>"natural" make it chemically any safer than synthetically manufactured
>drugs? Also how does having 10 active ingredients make something safer (as
>opposed to one), when the opposite should generally be true? Not to
>mention that "synergistically much safer" is a lot of meaningless

IAN: I was also puzzled by the logic implied in the
statement that because it has more chemical agents
and because they act together, it is safer. Not
logical. But I suspect that rice yeast is safer
than Mavcor, albeit not for the reasons cited.

But the big issue here revolves around the
defining of X as a "drug" and the subsequent
and automatic ideation that if X = drug then
X must be controlled by the federal Govt.

To concede that to be true is to loose the
case for individual liberty automatically,
for the road to serfdom is then a semantics
game of saying "If Y is a drug and is Z has
effects like Y, then Z is also a drug, and
thus the Government gets to control Z/you."

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