Health Canada: Where are the Dead Bodies?W. Gifford-Jones M.D April 1, 2013
Do you know that every day 290 North American citizens are killed by prescription drugs? To kill the same number of people, a jumbo jet would have to crash every day. So why are natural remedies being removed from health food stores while drugs that kill remain available?
Dr. Zoltan Rona, M.D., an expert on natural remedies, recently told me that, “Health Canada has been raiding health food stores, terrorizing proprietors and confiscating natural food supplements.” He asked, “Could you help to stop it?”
Rona described a New York Times report stating that the U.S. government’s primary suspect in 542 patient deaths was Pradaxa, a blood-thinning medication. Moreover, when this drug causes bleeding there is no antidote to stop it. In spite of this, Health Canada has done nothing to remove Pradaxa from the market. However, it has removed a competitor from the health food stores – the soy-derived enzyme nattokinase, a safe, effective, natural blood thinner that has not harmed anyone and has been used for centuries in Japan.
While researching this column I interviewed several other authorities who are concerned that other natural remedies are no longer available. I also discovered a most disturbing fact – in Germany, a doctor’s prescription is now required to obtain vitamin C! (A red light flashed as I’ve recently reported in my medical column that Medi-C Plus, a powder that contains high does of lysine and vitamin C, can prevent and reverse coronary heart disease.)
Germans now pay $45 for 90 tablets of 500 milligrams of vitamin C. Since I take several thousand milligrams of vitamin C daily – this asinine ruling would cost me $3,600 annually for vitamin C!
This shows how far governments will go to control natural remedies. It’s sheer, unadulterated madness since there is no known toxic amount of vitamin C. For instance, it’s been proven safe to give intravenous injections of several hundred thousand milligrams of vitamin C, day after day, to fight infection.
Today, many people are also taking Sytrinol, a natural remedy consisting of citrus and palm fruit extract which decreases total cholesterol, bad cholesterol, and triglycerides, while it increases good cholesterol. For the moment it’s still available in health food stores and there’s no scientific reason it should be removed.
But if Sytrinol is removed from the marketplace, patients may decide to switch to cholesterol-lowering drugs – the safety records of which leave much to be desired.
Professor Alan Cassels, a drug policy researcher at the University of Victoria, says that “cholesterol-lowering drugs (CLDs) are not worth the risk of side effects and history will regard CLDs as an unmitigated scandal in medicine.” Readers of my medical column know I share this view. But hell will freeze over before Health Canada raises an alarm and closes the door on these multi-billion dollar risky products. Highly paid lobbyists and money have won the day in Ottawa and Washington.
Other North Americans are taking products such as BioSil to prevent osteoporosis (fragile bones). This natural silicon product safely deposits calcium and phosphate into bone. It’s even more effective if used along with vitamin D3 which helps to absorb calcium from the bowel, along with vitamin K2 which deposits calcium and phosphate into bone where they belong, rather than into arteries where they cause trouble.
If BioSil is removed from the market, will Canadians who are worried about osteoporosis be forced to take drugs such as Fosamax and Actonel that have been associated with unusual fractures and degeneration of the jawbone?
If government bureaucrats are honestly interested in the welfare of medical consumers, the best way for them to make an assessment is to examine records of the dead bodies. Data collected from 57 Poison Control Centers in the U.S. showed that in 2010, there were no deaths from the use of vitamin and herbal supplements. This in spite of the fact that during this year there were 60 billion doses of nutritional supplements taken!
So where will these amateur forensic bureaucrats find the dead bodies? It doesn’t require a long tedious search. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that there are 60,000 deaths from prescription drug use in the U.S and 10,000 in Canada every year. Today, properly prescribed medications are the fourth leading cause of death, after cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
The point is – prescription drugs can kill, natural remedies do not. It’s time that Health Canada learned this message.
“Blood-thinner Pradaxa target of mass-claims suit” USAToday, August 19, 2012 http://usat.ly/Wz03lt
“Hospital Errors Kill Well Over 180,000 Americans Yearly” Joseph Mercola, November 12, 2012 http://bit.ly/Z9ns9O
“Death by Medicine” Carolyn Dean, MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Gary Null, PhD; Debora Rasio, MD; Feb 2012 www.whale.to/a/dean.html
“Bone Strengthening Drugs Actually Cause Fractures” Dr. Mercola, March 15, 2011 http://bit.ly/ZNivVh
“Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease” Dr Dwight Lundell, M.D. March 21, 2012 http://bit.ly/XkZh9c
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