There is still mass belief that the FDA is here to keep us safe. In my opinion, nothing is further from the truth.
I recently received a disappointing e-mail from one of our manufacturers, RainTree Nutrition. They informed us that they are permanently going out of business. For over a year, the FDA has prohibited them from importing bulk plant materials from the Amazon. They have been in an ongoing fight with the FDA regarding over “claims” made on their website. Here’s an excerpt from their email:
“Between the additional high costs in meeting the new GMP standards, the falling US dollar affecting our import prices, and battling the FDA over our website while still providing factual information about our products, we simply cannot go on any longer.”
Based on personal conversations with the folks at RainTree and our personal experiences, our best guess is that the primary target of the FDA focus is a product which has shown to benefit cancer patients. RainTree’s commitment to telling the truth to the best of their knowledge and conscience is what got them in trouble in the first place. If you want to shut down a company, just take away their raw materials.
It is hard to understand how a government agency such as the FDA could be protecting us when, according to their own website, the very drugs that they watch over cause over 100,000 deaths a year and over 2 million adverse drug reactions (ADR: those serious enough to require medical attention). It goes on to say that ADRs are the 4th leading cause of death ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDs, and pneumonia. To see it for yourself, google "FDA ADR deaths". Can you think of any other industry which is allowed to operate with this level of risk?
On the other hand, more people died from eating cantaloupe during the summer of 2011 than from taking dietary supplements over the last 25 years. The safety record for dietary supplements is better than the food we eat. That’ pretty good since most supplements are, by definition, food-based themselves. It’s a record that the natural health industry should be proud of.