A Deadly Double Standard
I’m sure all of you remember ephedra. The FDA
removed it from the market (from the over-the-counter market) after
155 people had died from it.
What most people do not know is that the number,
155, was gathered over a 10 (or more) year period.
What most people do not know is that most of
those deaths, if not all, were not cause by using ephedra, but
rather by using ephedrine, the
concentrated active ingredient in ephedra.
Just prior to the FDA removing ephedra from the
market, I chased down as many news stories as I could find on the
web that focused on the deaths due to ephedra.
I did not find one person who died from using
ephedra. They were all from using ephedrine, and the victims were not
following the instructions/warnings on the label. In other words,
they were abusing the drug (I call it a drug because ephedra is an
herb, but ephedrine is a drug).
You should note that the FDA removed ephedra from
over-the-counter sales, but its forms (ephedra, ephedrine, and
epinephrine) are still in prescription medicines and inhalers (for
One of my favorite statistics is one I found a
few years ago, and that is: Over 100 people a year die using
acetaminophen (Tylenol®) according to the instructions on the
They did not overdose; they did not abuse the
drug; they used it according to the instructions and died.
One year the number was 133 dead (from
acetaminophen). When I brought it up in a discussion, that fact
was quickly countered with, “But how many people use acetaminophen
yearly?” I responded, “Apparently 133 fewer this year.”
Here are some recent figures on deaths (and
injuries) due to acetaminophen from various agencies:
Approximately 980 deaths in a year from drugs
containing acetaminophen. [Source: FDA]
Deaths due to drugs containing acetaminophen
are increasing faster than deaths due to aspirin, ibuprofen, and
other over-the-counter NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs). [Source: FDA]
More than 300 people die annually as a result
of acetaminophen poisoning. [Source: CDC]
Beginning in 2006, more people died from
accidental overdose of acetaminophen than who died from
committing suicide by purposely overdosing on acetaminophen. [Source: CDC]
Approximately 113 people die from overdosing
on drugs containing acetaminophen yearly. [Source: American
Association of Poison Control Centers]
Since 2006, acetaminophen drugs has accounted
for more fatalities than all other over-the-counter pain
relievers. [Source: American Association of Poison Control
- Acetaminophen is our nation’s leading
cause of acute liver failure, according to an ongoing study.
[Source: NIH] [
In the US, there are no limits to how much
acetaminophen you may purchase, but Switzerland, Great Britain, and
New Zealand have placed limits.
One hundred fifty-five people died over a
ten year period abusing ephedrine. In a ten year period, over 1,500
people die from accidentally overdosing on acetaminophen.
Additionally, accidental overdosing of acetaminophen sends up to
78,000 Americans to emergency rooms resulting in 33,000
hospitalizations each year. [http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/acetaminophen-ingredient-in-tylenol-causes-more-than-1500#ixzz3UarF3IzS]
We recently published (Feb 2015) an article
Modern Medicine Science?
From the facts listed above, obviously “science”
has nothing to do with what is approved and what is removed.
Science uses statistics to determine outcomes,
which determines scientific (medical) decisions.
Nothing we’ve seen in our comparison of ephedra
to acetaminophen fits into a scientific model, hence the double
standard, neither of which involves "science."
What does how they are treated involve? What is the key issue that
separates how ephedra is treated compared to how acetominophen is
treated? And why, if it's so dangerous, is it still available with a
It's all about the money.
So now let’s look at one vaccination: MMR.
Once again I must publish that we here at the
Directory are NOT anti-vaccinations. We are anti-bad science and
pro-good science. We are pro-facts.
Some states are now considering making certain
vaccinations mandatory. Some want to end all exceptions except
for medical reasons.
Yet the facts are that not one person
has died from measles in the US in the past ten years.
In other words, ignoring the facts (the science)
medicos and pharmaceutical interests (and the politicians they own)
have a solution (mandatory vaccinations) to a non-existent problem.
We do have a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting
System. Doctors and health care personnel are “supposed” to report
adverse events, such as deaths, but many do not because they simply
don’t believe the deaths could possibly be cause by vaccinations
since they "believe" vaccinations are perfectly safe.
Or, in other words, medicine under-reports deaths
and adverse events.
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
confirms that over the past ten years, 108 deaths have been
reported. The Department of Justice has “agreed settlements” on 111
claims following death from the MMR vaccine since 2004. [www.wddty.com]
According to statistics gathered by Robert
Kennedy Jr, the number of families not vaccinating their children
has not risen in the past ten years and that despite being
vaccinated, some children still get the measles. [https://www.freespeech.org/video/thom-hartmann-program-february-13-2015]
And still, not one death due to measles has
occurred in the past ten years.
And here is the ultimate double standard:
155 people die over a ten year
period from abusing ephedrine, a drug made from ephedra,
thus ephedra is removed from the market.
people die over a ten year period, and 78,000 people are injured
yearly by acetaminophen, thus the FDA does nothing.
111 children die from the MMR vaccine over a
ten year period, thus the vaccination should be made mandatory.
We are pro-good science. Good science will
discover why some die from this vaccine. Good science will discover
why the vaccine does not work all the time. Good science will come
up with a safe and effective vaccination.
But as you can see, it’s easier to get the FDA
and government agencies to step in and protect the moneyed interests
rather than to protect the people.
The FDA 'protects' the big drug companies and are
subsequently rewarded, and using the government's police
powers they attack those who threaten the big drug
companies. People think that the FDA is protecting them.
What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it is doing
are as different as night and day. ~ Dr. Herbert Ley (Former
U.S. FDA Commissioner)
We highly recommend Bobby Kennedy Jr's book:
Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak: The Evidence Supporting the
Immediate Removal of Mercury—a Known Neurotoxin—from Vaccines
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