They drag out the approval process for drugs, and medicines that are proven effective in other countries. While they speed approve drugs that are insanely dangerous, and later have to be banned. After doing severe damage to a great number of people, that are only ignorant in trusting that the FDA is following through with their claim of keeping people safe.
There extensive process for passing drugs into market, increase the price to a point where the average person can't afford the medicines need. While at the same time, the FDA makes it illegal for people to purchase medicine from countries where it's cheaper.
They knowingly allow severely toxic chemicals to be added to our food supply, and to products used on a daily basis. Why? Not for the safety of the general public, but for the bottom line of corporations. A good example of this is McDonald's Chicken Nuggets, which contain dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent that's supposedly safe. It's a silicone oil usually found in caulk, rubber cement, mold release agents, and Silly Putty. Why on earth is it in nuggets? Not bcuz it's good for you. Not bcuz it adds any nutritional value to the junk. Nope....it's purely for manufacturing reasons. It keeps their machines pumping out nuggets at lightening speed, without clogging up the works with nasty, bacterial laden goo. Can it get worse? Yes! McNuggets also contain another petroleum-based chemical called tertiary butylhydroquinone (tBHQ)...this one proven TOXIC, is a form of butane. Used in the food industry as a preservative, to extend shelf-life, and keep foods from quickly going rancid.
The FDA considers tBHQ to be G.R.A.S. (Generally Recognized as Safe) allowing 0.02% of tBHQ overall. What are the side effects of ingesting tBHQ? In amounts as little as one gram ... "nausea, vomiting, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse." There are also suggestions that it may lead to hyperactivity in children as well as asthma, rhinitis and dermatitis. It may also further aggravate ADHD symptoms and cause restlessness. Long term, high doses of TBHQ in laboratory animals have shown a tendency for them to develop cancerous precursors in their stomachs, as well as cause DNA damage to them. It is also suggested that it may be responsible for affecting estrogen levels in women.
Let's not just bash McDonalds. tBHQ is used extensively in all processed and fast foods. It's also extremely prevalent in pet foods, as well as in cosmetisc and baby skincare products, varnish, lacquers and resins. It is used in the stabilisation process of explosive compounds. The risks and side-effects of this preservative product far outweigh the benefit of it being used as a highly unsafe preservative ingredient.
Anyway......what's that all lead to? Who's job is it to really protect our health, and keep us safe? FIRST AND FOREMOST....YOU!!! I don't have any problem with companies making shit food, and toxic products, and dumping in all the chemicals and dyes they want, or cutting every corner possible for profits. That's up to them I suppose. If a federal government body is going to exist...that claims to exist for food and drug SAFETY, then it should be made to do just that!!! Otherwise it shouldn't exist at all. The entire FDA needs to be restructured...top to bottom, inside out! Every single ingredient needs to be listed on all products. If the list is too long...it needs to be repacked to allow for an additional insert. Along with nutritional content, it should accompany warnings, side-effects, and links to online data. Not a phone number.
A whole other issue is stating directly on labels, whether ingredients are genetically engineered (GE). Some companies are taking it upon themselves to add claims on BPA-Free, MSG-free............finally! This is all due to consumer action, and online education about the harmful effects of these chemicals. WE CAN DO MORE. MORE! MORE! MORE! This is post hardly touches on the subject....it's only to kindle interest. As you research more online....be sure to UTILIZE ALL the social media buttons available! Post what you find to Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz, etc, etc. Search for online petitions, sign them, and share the links with friends and family! That's the first step.
Second....email companies and share your disappointment in their choices, and business practices. Speak up for yourself and your family! Let them know you're not STUPID, and you're not going to spend your hard earned money on toxic garbage!
Third.....use your purchasing dollars to create change! Boycott products that are unsafe! Find affordable alternatives, make more fresh, homemade meals, eat more raw food, and continue to educated yourself! Find online support groups to keep you inspired!!!
Love Mama xoxox
P.S. Look for the "JUST LABEL IT" link in my sidebar....to take you to a simple petition to reform the FDA!!! It's a good place to start!
This is a biased post. I don't see the point of the FDA to begin with.