Re: FDA Ban ALERT: Cholestin

Michael Lorrey (
Thu, 04 Jun 1998 19:11:06 -0400

Ian Goddard wrote:

> 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
> hand-waving.
> 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.

This is the real issue. I wonder when red rice yeast will become a controlled
substance. Of course, they haven't made tree bark illegal to chew on, even
though it contains aspirin....

> 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."

Especially when Z has been in use by people around the world for thousands of
years with no need for regulation. That company X extracts the active ingredient
of Z, figures out how to make a similar chemical that is much more potent, and
patents that new compound, but tries some sort of recursive patenting of the
natural substance through regulation is the most crass mercantilism..

   Michael Lorrey
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