On Chosing Miracle Cures: Fact, Falacy, Rumors or False Promises?
When faced with a chronic illness or debilitating disease we all want to know,
” What is the scoop on why the US Government’s FDA is not allowing natural remedies on the market to cure diseases when alledgedly ‘there is proof’ out there with alternative treatments? Don’t drug have side-effects that the “natural” methods don’t have?”
I have news for you… there are many rumors/ urban legends; scams; misinformation; lack of funds; governmental regulations FDA.; partial truths; and lack of properly documented facts when is comes to treating health and wellness. If having a loved one needing major medical care isn’t enough, we have to wade through unfamiliar sources that we may want to look for treatment options. There is simply no one easy answer.
I will share links to articles that will explain, in my mind, why there are such conflicting opinions on why traditional medicine is not prescribing more “natural cures” to be used in the US for health maintanence; chronic health conditions and illness and debilitating diseases.
I hope you will continue to research more on your own then make an informed decisions about why those Miracle Cures are not being prescribed by MD?. Are they Fact, Falacy, or Urban Legend?
When the facts don’t add up or not well documented for proof then there is no conclusive evidence that medical claim is valid. Yet, people talk…making claims.
Most people are aware of the controversy amongst the CAMS over the FDA “restrictions” on natural remedies and cures. There are no easy answers and I sure don’t know everything: I have a lot I want to say about the FDA versus alternative medicine to well meaning people to argue only on the “natural” side.
Urban Legends: old wives tales and testimonal claims are not valid facts.
Many MLM‘s with heathly and “natural” products who give testimonials and make claims, eventually learn that the FDA and other governmental agencies do not allow non compliant claims to be made no matter how emotional the claimant feels about a product. They may feel that Orwell’s 1984 Big Brother is watching.
In the first place an anecdotal “testimony” does not include documented diagnosis made from an appropriate expert. Nor does an anecdotal testimony share mountains of documented research studies on how the claim was made. (How Documented Research gets approved by the FDA will be addressed in this post. )
Yet, we all tend to repeat here-say evidence, from time to time, with out researching the validity.
This post will be broken down into sections: my personal statment and opinions; some surprising revelations on herbs and drugs that you may not know and some basics about the FDA that you may not already know.
Disclaimer: I wrote this as my opinionated statment for people I personally talk to. The general public is free to read, but don’t quote me as an authority, bec asue I’m not an authority. This post is not meant as medical nor legal advice. I hope you find it entertaning opinion with links to credible sources.
On a Personal Note:
I want to make a statement on why my son and I have not depended on any Miracle Cures. I can’t say what I want to say in just one sentence. That is not natural for a verbose person like myself.
My adult son who has Progressive MS and I want to do what ever is reasonably possilbe to help him have as best quality of life as he can have…
I am told about those alternative natural treatments by loving and intelligent people at least once almost every week. Thank you for caring…but…
I feel like people inadvertantly assume my son and I am too stupid to figure out things on my own. Rather than argue or better inform over the phone or in person about credible treatment options I wrote this very long post explaining my points with related links to reliable resources.
My son needs help to do his daily cares. He asked for help in messages to people he has known for decades. The answers that come are not the “help” he has asked for.
…Many people love my son. They want to help him get well. They may say,
I’ll pray for you.”..
or they insist:
” You have to do this MS diet!…”
…”so why are you not embracing the ALL NATURAL CURES ?”
” Why are you not going to this or that church for faith healings with endless prayer chains to drive out the MS devil etc ?”
I’ve heard it all! But, NONE of those suggestions help my son from day to day to preform basic tasks of daily living that most of us take for granted, to say the least.
( I don’t mean to be offensive to anyone’s belief system. But, I have to say, let us get the facts before jumping to conclussions. Making an uniformed judgement on someone else’s life and choices is offensive to me rather than supportive.)
Eating densely nutritious foods; adding needed suppliments and drinking good water is essential to most everyone’s health, but, there are no real promises to a Fountain of Youth..
You may have read about a “miracle diet protocol for people with Multilple Schlerosis“ or the Natural Herbal Suppliments; herbs; essential oils; electric stimulation; exercise; colonics, healing water and prayer. Everyone is talking about these in their socical circles of choice.
I have read about all this, too. In fact my son and I may know more information than most people you meet on the street.
My son and I are put into an awkward postion when well meaning folks reach out suggesting a “cure” they heard about.
We don’t want to pop anyone exciting news balloon when anyone reaches out to help, but a “cure’ is not what he needs the most. He needs day to day help to care for his basic needs more than anyone can imagine. Getting volunteers to come in to care for him would be a miracle, but that would be too much of a sacrifice for busy friends to do the dirty work that is involved in caring for anyone as physically disabled as he now is.
Trust me, when I say that my son and I have:
- researched and researched how to keep him comfortable enough to maintain some quality of life
- … We both accepted his condition.
- I even use many of those diet protocol recipes and have done so for years;
- use essential oils;
- I use good spices in my cooking
- practice spirituality for support and…
- accepted his condition.
There is more to living a quality life than miracle cures.
Living a quality life with what you have to work with is not a failure, nor is acceptance an unpardonable sin.
Acceptance is not GIVING UP.
Acceptance simply means we are doing the best we can to live with that hand he got dealt, for what ever reason. We must spend our energy on a day to day support his quality of life rather than grasp at straws with false hopes for a cure as the “only acceptable option”.
I see that offering a poorly documented study without knowing the facts is taking the risk of offering false hope. That is my opinion right now, because I am so tired as a caregiver. I need a break. Who, beside my daughter helps me do my son’s cares? No one. We need face to face help; not advice or platitudes.
Acceptance is natural nor is it a drug cure.
Acceptance is mentally more healthy than it is to have unrealistic expectations and not fully living.
My son needs loving support from friends and family the most…not false hopes for a cure from an unproven method.
False hopes…There are all too many unscrupulous people who are taking advantage of people who are experincing the feeling of desperateness from shock / disbelief and denial that some thing, in varying degrees of “bad”, has happened to their life.
How does any one really, really, really have proof that one remedy works and another one is a scam?
We don’t know for sure soley on “word of mouth.” Nor is “having faith” a measurable outcome.
When looking for some kind of treatment, don’t we all want to know that the one prescribing and treating actually has experience with the exact problem you want fixed?
Well, I do expect that, even if others don’t. I certainly don’t want mistakes that will more harm than good nor waste energy, time nor money on something that has not be proven for a fact. Too much of any good thing can be harmful, even if “natural”.
I for one, want documented evidence versus word of mouth.
I want blood work and vital sings monitors and a MRI now and then so we can see if there is any thing happening. Insurance won’t pay for an MRI just because.…
But, I don’t think everyone would agree with me on how a fact should be determined.
Why did he get sick?
- We dont know why my handsome, athletic son got MS.
- He never had a sick day in his life.
- I breast fed him. I even fed him food I grew in my garden.
- Bad things happen to good people and we can’t explain it.
- “We live in a world that not perfect”, is my answer as to “why my son?”.
- Could we have prevented the disease from starting? We really don’t know.
No one has all the answers to life’s trials and troubles. Things just happen.
What, then, can we for a family member or a friend who has a life changing diagnosis if a cure is not what they are looking for?
- We can “support” them emotionally or offer to do something like pick up groceries or help do laundry.
- We can give preventative cares to try to prevent secondary complications.
What to say to help someone in need?
Years ago I read a wonderful book that helped me as a nurse to support my patients when the unexpeted to the worst happened. I hope you will get a copy of the book below then after reading it share it with family and friends.
I watched a video where Rabi Kusher spoke before groups about his son. As I recall, he told the audience to take notes as he was going to tell them how to help others when they were dealing with a bad situation. I watched the audience poise their pens for a profound revelation.
What the wise man, Kushner revealed will shock you.
He stated, ” Say, ‘I’m sorry. Then Shut Up.‘ “
I often wish well meaning folks would just SHUT UP about fixing my son’s “malady”. We did not ask any one to “fix his disease.”
Those wonderful people who call my son on the phone just to talk or share their day is the greatest blessing they can give him, if they can’t come over to our home to bathe and dress him or transfer him into his wheelchair.
- “We” all want to jump in to FIX others problems.
- “We” feel helpless with our own vulnerability and mortality thus “we” don’t know what to do to help some one who makes us feel uncomfortable with the fact that life can turn on a dime for anyone, including “me”.
- We want to feel good about helping someone else less fortunate.
Then “we” read or hear about the success of a “miracle cure”…
- “We” are anxious to share the sensational tiltes that have the eye-catching words like “secrets the FDA doesn’t want you to know about”.
- We want to BELIEVE in something that offers HOPE.
Not a Miracle Cure:
If there were cures for every illness, then , I hope everyone experiences a cure…but, reality can really bite!
When things can’t be fixed perfectly, then what?
The best support to give a loved one may be to accept the ill person’s acceptance of their illness.
Kubler-Ross’s work enlightened me on stages of grief we humans all go though when we experience a loss. ( That includes learning you have a disease.)
On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler
On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Ira Byock M.D.
We told you so!
When I was very young my parents were members of the Natural Food Association. They were odd-balls at the time. It was embarassing to be eating weird looking food at the school lunch table.
In the 1950’s mind you, there still were not that many processed foods as there are today and many families were still employing Granny’s Home Remedies to “cure” the sickly in the family with out going to see a medical doctor. Most of the time, no one was ever seen by doctor for a real diagnoises, either. This means that tho’ Granny swore by her”cures” we don’t have any real documented evidence to use today.
At age 8 or 9 I knew more about this and that herb and what food is good for this or that body part than the average adults knows today… don’t be impressed. I herd my parents quoting book all the time .
Regurgitating an over dose of knowledge or passing judgement on possible mitakes does not make anyone immune from “life happens”.
Eating a well blanced diet combined with exercise certainly seems to help people feel better and be more productive.
Americans, for some reason thought of the Natural Food folks as quacks. Now it is trend that people are just discovering. After 50 or 60 years American have failed to heed warnings by Natural Foods Advocates and books like 1962 Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, Lois Darling and Louis Darling
..so, what are we to do now with all the toxic exposure in our environment?
My parents had a copy of Silent Spring when I was 12. I read it way back then, but, did not understanding what the author was saying, back then.
Now I DO understand. I think is sickening that we allowed the toxic to take over.
We were all warned that we would poisoning our planet. Now we all have more heath problems then ever. Once the damage is done, there may be no going back. But we all want the fastest and cheapest for the most money profit..it is human nature…you might say, “greed is natural human nature” and we may all be sicker from it. I really can say if we are more smarter than the previous genrerations or not?
…WHY did we not listen to the “prophets”?
- Is the United States government not taking care of its people?
- Perhaps it is all about PROFIT of big drug companies?
We don’t how everything that we are exposed to that we should not have been. We can’t undo many toxic exposures that will make us sick. We will then have to make do the best we can with waht we have available.
I have no reasonably humane idea why people don’t want the spend money to save the world from hunger and disease…except…maybe is has everything to with perception of the public. (To be Addressed below.)
- We smart grown ups don’t always make good choices. We don’t listen when we should have.
- We can base our opinions on our perception and can be wrong.
Is the US government FDA to blame for the US not be as healthy as it should be?
I don’t think so. Big Pharm Brother is not forcing fast food crap down your throats nor telling you glue your face to the boob tube either.
Do you own research. Read reliable resources/ Make the best choices you can with what you have available.
Remember EVERYTHING in MODERATION!
If “we the people” are going to blame the FDA on not allowing “natural remedies” instead of “drugs with side effects” to be marketed then I believe “we the people” must understand how the FDA works before we jump to errouneous conclusions as in Games of Telephone.
- Just because we read a book , or follow a post on Facebook does not make any claim true or false, about the “failure of the FDA” to approve good stuff, does it?
- If you read half of a fact do you know if it is true or false?
- Which product do you buy? The one that is well marketed and nicely packaged or the bulk in a barrel? Which is better for you?
In my above questions, I did not give you enough information to answer any thing, did I? Think about it, because most information shared/ claimed has not ever been checked out before sharing that tid-bit with another person.
It is my opinion that CAM have failed to present adequate documentation of safety. They give testimonies or talk a lot with out documented proof. That lack of documented studies may very well be due to lack of funds to research properly.
Why are YOU not donating funds to reliable documented studies for natural remedies instead of complaining about dumb doctors or big drug companies?
Who is to blame for lack of cures for the sick?
The CAMS, I know, seem to blame the FDA for neglecting to research the “natural remedies”…that blame is faulty. Below I share links to how the FDA works. You may want to re-think the blame game and re- draw your own better informed conclussions.
I admit that I have one foot on the Natural side and the other foot on the side of US governmental regulations for safety. If you have read this far, I may have pissed you off with my opinion already.
I have a degree in Nursing.
I grew up on Natural Foods and herbs in the 1950’s
I sold essential oils as a natural support for a while and I still use them for support.
I’m not an expert, but, I am very well informed on both sides of the fence of natural and traditonal medicine. I am very good at researching. ( Not so good at typing.)
I get anoyed with MLM reps who memorized and rattle off what eo’s or suppliments will do for what ailments”.
- How many poor diseased people have they actually even known in their life time to be considered as credible enough to prescribe a treatment?
- I will hazard a guess. They don’t know many peopele, personally, who an “ailment and was cured”.
In my experience and opinion CAMS may quote a book on published folk lore remedies used many people over the generations: good folks who had no other alternatives to try at that time in history. Do we know for sure that a remedy worked on a particular disease that may have been home diagnosed?
No, we don’t know for sure.
All we know is that many people have used those “curratives” for a long, long time. Those old herbal books are proof of that these natural recipes were publishe devades ago and used by many people…nothing more in the way of proof.
For decades I witnessed Heath Food store people, MLM reps and preachers who are giving TESTIMONIALS of healings. They feel they know the secret to “cure ailments” from a list of signs and symptoms that the “big bucks pharamceutical companies don’t want you to know.”. Or faith healers claim supernatural means of healing and peopel witness the event, sort of, liek when we go to a magic show.
How do we even know said person even had said disease in the first place?
We don’t know because there is no legitimate documentation. Beleive what you fell is right in your heart, but, show me the numbers on documents as reall evidence.
The FDA may crack down on very good natural products because the MLM sellers were over stepping boundaries with claims. ( There is no enough legitimate proof. That does not mean it does or does not work.)
The CAMs get defensive and blame the FDA. In my opinion these companies’ representatives are blaming the FDA for “being bad” without really understanding how the FDA works nor legally what “practing medicine without a licence” is or why making a medical claim is against the law. (See links below.)
There are fine lines here that many do not understand that they are crossing.
What I want to know is if “we”, who are convinced that there are alternative cures, why are we wasting time bitching, when we could be focusing on getting funds for proper research so the FDA will accept then approve?
Call me crazy, but it is a thought that is so crazy it just may work.
Argument: Drugs are Chemicals while Herbs are Natural
X amount of training does not make me an expert; nor does working in a health food store make one an expert either.
Doctors are not trained in herbology when they get their licence to practice medicine. Medical professionals take an oath “ to do no harm”. If a doctor does not know how safe a product is nor in x amount, that risk could violate the oath to do no harm..
I have another question:
Why are so many people NOT telling their primary care doctor that they take vitamin suppliments or are enjoying their cups of herbal tea? You should. I know I do.
Here’s another fact you may not have known:
Doctors do not have the same amount of pharaceutical education as does your corner drug store pharmacist either. (Exception: Doctors gets into Med School by enrolling in the college of pharmacy first. I knew a few docs who did just that.) Doctors are taught how to prescribe and give orders. Let’s get the delgation of tasks in order: CNA make the beds and empty the bedpans. Nurses pass the pills…
When ever you fill a prescription, by law, the techs are supposed to ask you if you want to talk to the pharmacist about the drug. I advise you to say “YES” then ask questions on how to safely use that drug specifically for you.
Did you know that most people don’t read the directions for the drugs they take? So, who is responcible for not knowing about the drug the doctor prescribes you before you put it in your mouth to swallow? You or the doctor?
( There are regulations and laws against making claims and practicing medicine without a licence. FindLaw.com gives a definition: http://healthcare.findlaw.com/patient-rights/what-is-the-unauthorized-practice-of-medicine.html )
Can we ASSUME all FDA approved prescriptions safe?
Hell NO! Read this:
Should we assume all MD’s are in good standing to practice medicine?
No. We can’t assume every doctor is in his right mind or competent. Neither can we assume the gal at the health food store nor the MLM with the “natural” capules are either.
Why aren’t MD prescribing diets that cure disease or natural cures, then?
Frankly, I am getting bored with hearing this complaint about traditonal medical doctors.
Doctors may only practice, treat and prescribe according to what they are licenced to practice to do.
Now don’t be starting on a rant about rich doctors not spending proper time with you to tell you about natural cures etc!
It is YOUR responcibiility to chose healthy lifestyles. Your doctor should not have to hold your hand every day. You make your pwn choices.
When “we” need help making better choices to improve our health, it YOUR responcibiity to ask the appropriate person for help. Doctor don’t do everything. They can not even mind read. They can make referals for you: dietitian or physical therapist as an example, but YOU have to initiate the conersation at a schedualed appointment time.
A doctor can not prescribe anything unless it has been approved. I know it is said that “doctor works for the insurance companies” now days…
…take chill pill here with the THAT’s NOT BEING FAIR when we want more natural treatments!
What doctor in his right mind wants to go into debt with student loans, spending years in medical school only to get sued and lose his/her licence to practice medicine by telling you to take a non approved “herb”? Of course, he. she is not going to tell you about he/ she may be reading journal on “not yet approved studies” out there that he/she has done in the privacy of their own home on his/ her time off…. unless he/ she doesn’t care about the risks…
(Each practictioner must decide how they can do the most good. Is it worth the risk to experiment with an unknown?)
Want to know what scares the crap out of me?
.. how so many people who read a book, or 2, or watch a few You Tube videos, or ask questions in closed Facebook groups then think they are sharing secrets the “US goverment doesn’t want us to know .” They do NOT know anything about body chemistry or anatomy and physiology, so how can they know all the answers either?
The FDA DOES know about “alternatives” There must be thousands upon thousands of not yet approved alternatives. They even posts like other private citizens do. When they see a non-compliant CLAIM or an improper wording they will step up to your door step and knock to help you fix the problem.
“But, herbs or essential oils aren’t chemical with side effects like drugs are!”
- Everything has a chemical compostion! Even an herb or a carrot is composed of chemicals
- The wrong amount of anything will give an adverse reaction…and there is the BIG PROBLEM, whether you like you like it or not, about natural cures. How does one know how much to give or by what method?
Think about how natural water is.
Now, hold your head under water for 20 minutes…what happens?
Will you hold your hand in boiling water for 10 minutes?
Think about the reasons why won’t you do stick your hand in boiling water at all or know why you can’t stay under natural water for too long.
The word “natural” is not a guarantee of how good anything is for anyone. How will the people know how much to use for what size and age of person?
How can any one be sure of an honest product?
You can’t be sure. Even when a product is marked “organic” or “herbal”.
Hopefully, the US regulating agencies are making sure that goods we Americans are buying food to eat, drink, clothes to wear, and using are safe products… but, don’t count it… If not a product should get recalled…and too often the recall is too late after a tragedy. Goods coming in from out the US may not have those safety standards in place.
In trending news, as an example, there has been reports of FAKE RICE.
Isn’t rice full of healthy nutrients that have sustained cultures fore ever? How can you FAKE RICE? What do you with that off-topic news? Do you know if it is FACT or FICTION?
What about the “Stupid” FDA? Why are they not marketing herbal remedies?
There are many “ailments” and health issues; 300,000 listed diseases. Which disease is a priority to study?
There also seems to be a long list of drugs for this and that all having side effects. Herbal, essential oil remedies, natural diets and suppliments have been used in other countries for generations with “success” they say.
:How then is the FDA not ‘looking into’ the natural method of treatment?”
I think there is a lot of misguided perceptions.
One major problem with a lack of federal oversight on herbal supplements is the public perception of herbs. Pharmaceuticals, especially prescription drugs, tend to be perceived as potent chemicals. Regard for the potential danger prescription drugs can pose is more pronounced.
…the more regulated a substance is, the more dangerous it is perceived to be.
Likewise, a substance that almost completely lacks any regulation might appear harmless. What’s more, because they’re naturally occurring, the chemicals found in herbs may be perceived by the public as less harmful than a drug produced by chemists in labs [source: Johnston].
This perception can prove dangerous. Although they’re not synthetic, herbs contain powerful chemical compounds as well.
How safe do you l think licorice is?
Even herbs can have side effects.
I love black licorice whether is is candy or licorice herbal tea.
It is “good ” for many people, but, not for me. I have a rare adrenal disorder which affects my potassium levels ad my blood pressure. If I were to pig out on licorice root tea, YUM! My blood preassure would sky rocket enough to give me a stroke and my pulse would drop very low. Eating x amount of black licorice will raise blood presssure and drop your pulse rate. I really don’t need to add fuel to my adrenal problem now do I?
Sometimes at Halloween time, the news will warn TV viewers to not eat too much licorice. Don’t take my word for it. Google it, youself.
I knew something you may not have known….
Below are a few example that I already knew about. But I don’t want you to take my word for anything without researching your self. ( You can’t believe everything you read on-line as the truth. I am sharing credible quotes with links)
When eaten, the leafy herb jimsonweed causes strong hallucinations — a detachment of soldiers in the Jamestown colony “turned natural fools upon it for several days” after they ate the weed in a salad in 1676 [source: Beverly]. In more extreme cases, the herb can cause death by lowering pulse and body temperature.
… regulated prescription drugs … have much in common with many herbs available in stores. The sedative diazepam — …( Valium) a Schedule III drug under Drug Enforcement Agency classification — is a synthesized, nearly identical version of valerian. Anyone can purchase this root in limitless quantity at most herb stores.
Get the FACTS
- A testimony is not a FACT
- Word of mouth is not a FACT.
- An emotional feeling is not a FACT
Something may be true as can be. But, a treatment must be proved to be safe to use in a certain amount for a certian time with documented researched evidence. And even then, studies can be scewed.
Why doesn’t the FDA regulate herbal supplements?
I have to ask you this?
Do you think a carrot or piece of kale has the exact same nutrient values if they are grown in different countries, or in a different state? Will there be difference if a food is grown hydroponically of grown in fertile soil in the state of Iowa?
There is a big difference in how and where a plant in grown. ( Includes MMJ sold legally in Colorado.)
Let me ask you this? If you ordered a One-Size-Fits-All (without measurements) dress on-line can you be sure it would fit you?
If you were trying to match a color on that One-Size-Fits-All dress to the flowers ad decoations on your cake you ordered for your wedding, do you think the colors will match up when the dress arrives in the mail?
The answer is NO, you can’t be sure of that dress fitting you nor of the colors matching. Duh! There are too many variables.
My favorite essential oil company uses plants where they are indigenoulsy grown. This really helps with consistency when tested for chemical compostion. However, there is still not enough documented evidence for the FDA to approve for marketing any cures. Proof of how an even the best eo, herb or food may support is still not valid enough to make a claim for medical treatment.
Companies who grown herbs or plants for eo’s that are grown then in their back yard will not have the same measurable values. And that is a huge challenge when attempting to document valid studies; too many vairables.
Please note: there are synthetic essential oils. A snythectic anything will not have the full properties of the real thing, but there may well be consisitent variables. I am NOT advocating synthetics. But, the consistency in measureable levels I think is one major reason why the more natural is not being used as we would like to see.
When you turn on the television news these days, there’s a good chance you’ll hear two pundits having a heated debate about the merits of government regulation. Some feel it’s costly and hampers progress while others feel it’s necessary to keep businesses honest. As a regulatory agency, the FDA is certainly no stranger to this controversy. A quick look back at the agency’s history shows that both sides of the regulation debate have some valid points.
When you pick up a prescription at a pharmacy, you get a list of common side effects. Regardless of the drug, the most common side effects are nausea and vomiting, allergic reactions, drowsiness, insomnia, heart problems (such as heart palpitations) and dependence. Often, there’s something that you can do to help lessen the possibility of unwanted side effects. … take on an empty stomach, for example, so it’s a pretty simple fix to eat something.
History and Milestones of FDA
The FDA is not perfect, yet, but they have improved safety in the US dramatically.
You have to APPLY to the FDA for APPROVAL
The FDA does not go looking for stuff to approve. The reseaarches must fil out the proper application with the valid research results.
The FDA does look for compliance on claims, tho’ as they should. Their ob is to ensure the safety of consumed products in the US. While there are so many good people doing research there are all too many crooks and pyschopaths without a conscience who may want to poision the country. That is why the FDA, inperfect as it may be, tries to keep us all safe.
FDA scientific and regulatory personnel consider the application and prepare written assessments
in several categories, including Medical, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Statistical, Clinical,
Pharmacology, Biopharmaceutics, Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation, Proprietary Name, and
Label and Labeling.
The FFDCA requires “substantial evidence” of drug safety and effectiveness.13 FDA has
interpreted this term to mean that the manufacturer must provide at least two adequate and wellcontrolled
Phase III clinical studies, each providing convincing evidence of effectiveness.14 The
agency, however, exercises flexibility in what it requires as evidence.15 As its regulations describein detail, FDA can assess safety and effectiveness in a variety of ways, relying on combinations of studies by the manufacturer and reports of other studies in the medical literature.16
“People are being CURED in other countries. Why does American not allow a cure for disease?”
Below I shortened a quote that I hope you click to read the entire article.
I found this article below when doing some related research.
I was looking into the claim of “reversing MS with a diet protocol”, knowing full well that there are different kinds of MS that affect MS patients much differently than another person with MS.
When people share this “protocol” with my son or I most people have only read the part with “reversed MS” thinking it will “cure” my son’s progressive MS. They are disapppointed when we have to “reject” their suggestion for help.
Yes Is is a nutrional dense diet. But not appropriate for every person with other health concerns. People with thyroid issues are often told to avoid “goitotropic foods.” (Not medical advice: ask you docotor if you have thyroid disases. )
The “MS diet protocol “ has not been approved, yet, as it has not been studied, researched and documented that well. ( Read Why is more research not being done for alternative medicine? )
. AND it is based on people who have Relasping Remitting MS and can still walk. We don;t know if this “protocol” caused the “remission” or “reserval” if if they conicidentally experince a remission durng the time they improved theri diet? ( Keep reading below.)
( Last I knew only 20 people had been studied in this very commercialize protocol. But don’t quote me as I made need to be updated on the new studies.)
The article quote below is focusing on cancer, not MS. But, the key point I want you to understand is the word, “remission” with an open mind.
There are times when things resolve themselves. Who or what should get the credit for a coincidence?
So how does the medical establishment deal with the undeniable fact that tens of thousands of people, just in America and Mexico, have been cured of cancer, and tens of thousands more in Europe and other places have been so cured?
They do this by saying that these patients went into “spontaneous remission.” The word “spontaneous” is quite interesting…. it was a pure coincidence… “coincidental remission” or “accidental remission” or “unexplainable remission.”
Why is more research not being done for alternative medicine?
Who is going to pay for which of 300,000 possible diseases to be researched? Are you going to donate a cool million or so?
It doesn’t seem fair to not have a cure for a loved one when you need it.
Who has the money, the time, the patience and the desire to spend?
I am not denying that there is something valuable about alternative medicine. Nor am I advocating pharmacuetical drug treatments.
I am just saying that we can NOT and should NOT make any CLAIMS with out documented proof. We need to know the answers to the 5 W’s Who, What, When, Where, Why? BEFORE offering false hope with unreliable results.
“CAM”, meaning “complementary and alternative medicine”, is not as well researched as conventional medicine, which undergoes intense research before release to the public. Funding for research is also sparse making it difficult to do further research for effectiveness of CAM. Most funding for CAM is funded by government agencies. Proposed research for CAM are rejected by most private funding agencies because the results of research are not reliable. The research for CAM has to meet certain standards from research ethics committees, which most CAM researchers find almost impossible to meet. Even with the little research done on it, CAM has not been proven to be effective.
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“Typically unscientific treatments are based upon anecdotal evidence, which is susceptible to placebo effects.”
In Conclussion: Show me the EVIDENCE:
We simply do not have enough properly documented evidence to go with all “natural” methods like people want, yet.
Discaimer: this post is the opinion of Malika Bourne. It is not meant to be medical or legal advice, but to entertain and inspire your own research.
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