Editor of New Mexico Sun News
China just gave the death sentence to its former FDA chief. In America we maybe conduct hearings, yet ultimately do nothing. Big Pharma and Big Biotech manipulate the FDA, the White House, and most of Congress, and their profits are above all and sacrosanct. Andrew von Eschenbach has never hidden his agenda; Americans just aren't paying attention! The top priority of the FDA and von Eschenbach's dream is to bring new biotech drugs to the market with minimal safety testing and then conduct experiments on individuals as the
drugs are used in clinical practice. Something like Dr. Mengele's experiments in the concentration camps, this is called the "Critical Path Initiative."Von Eschenbach states that this is the top priority of the FDA for many years to come (not food or drug safety). Despite his phony lofty goal of ending cancer by 2015, FDA critics recognize that von Eschenbach is an oncologist who wants to create a cancer industry in which nobody is ever cured; they are just subjected indefinitely to more expensive medications. Von Eschenbach led this effort for many years in Bush I's "C-Change," a group smoothing the development of Big Biotech drugs for profitable cancer "treatment."Von Eschenbach took the top job at the National Cancer Institute to advance this agenda. As its director, he diverted billions of dollars of research funding into C-Change companies, away from basic cancer research. Tommy
Thompson, then head of Health and Human Services, approved a waiver allowing von Eschenbach to remain at C-Change while he headed the National Cancer Institute, the worst conflict of interest imaginable. In October 2006 von
Eschenbach was appointed to head the FDA, holding three positions (C-Change, head of National Cancer Institute, and FDA Commissioner). No questions have ever been asked regarding his ties to Big Biotech. Von Eschenbach wants to
make the FDA part of the drug development business, including licensing and marketing rights for the drugs the FDA helps develop, resulting in tens of billions of dollars of "conflicting interests."Senate Bill S.1082 and House bill HR.1561 could result in sweeping FDA "reform." Will this legislation accomplish anything beneficial? Lobbyists from Big Pharma were able to influence the Senate to neutralize any real reform. Buried within this legislation is an attack on dietary supplements.
Dietary supplements have always been challenged by FDA because they are safer and more effective than drugs. FDA acts as a police-force bully to crush competition and keep Americans ignorant about proven homeopathic venues to
treat and to prevent illnesses. Bill S.1082 permits FDA to apply drug-related risk benefit analysis to the safety of food and dietary supplements and remove commonly used products from the market at their whim.At least one hundred thousand people tragically die per year at the hands of Big Pharma. Several million are injured so seriously they have to go to the hospital. FDA intentionally withholds from doctors and patients the true risks for drugs despite warnings of its own safety scientists and from independent experts. There is no question that FDA top management deserves the charge of "dereliction of duty." What if Dr. von Eschenbach were held to the same standards of punishment recently demonstrated in China's condemnation to death of its former FDA director? What will it take to wake the American public and consumers from their state of catatonic indifference?Stephen Fox gratefully acknowledges the insights of the New York Times and Gardiner Harris, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, Congressman Henry Waxman of Beverly Hills, Byron Richards, Mike Adams, Kenneth Stoller, M.D., and H.J. Roberts, M.D. in this analysis.
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In 1980, Stephen Fox founded New Millennium Fine Art, a Santa Fe gallery specializing in Native American and Landscape, and is very active in New Mexico Legislative consumer protection politics, trying above to get the FDA to rescind its approval for the neurotoxic and carcinogenic artificial sweetener, Aspartame. In a strictly legislative context, his most important writing has been for the Hawaii Senate. In his capacity as Contributing Editor of the Santa Fe Sun News, Fox recently interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev.
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