In the United States, the F.D.A. (Food and Drug Administration) is charged with the job of approving drugs and ensuring food safety, and correct labeling. In 2005, certain growers of cherries boasted of cherry's health benefits on their websites, and this required the F.D.A.'s immediate intervention. As reported by Mike Adams (NaturalNews.com), "The FDA, for example, is deep into the business of censorship, believing that the public must be protected from too much knowledge. For example, the agency recently sent threatening legal letters to 29 cherry growers who were posting scientific studies describing the health benefits of the many phytochemicals found in cherries (cherries work better than anti-inflammatory drugs at easing arthritis pain, rendering COX-2 drugs utterly obsolete, if you didn't already know). The FDA warned the cherry growers that if they continued to post scientific studies about cherries, then the agency would consider cherries to be unapproved drugs and ban their sale in the United States, while arguing that cherries have never been proven 'safe and effective'."
Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Food and Drug Administration Central Region 212 3rd. Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55401 Telephone: (612) 758-7114 FAX: (612) 334-4142 October 17, 2005 WARNING LETTER VIA CERTIFIED MAIL, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED Jim Seaquist, President Seaquist Orchards 11482 Hwy 42 PO Box 204 Sister Bay, WI 54234 Ref. No. MIN0604 Dear Mr. Seaquist: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the labeling of your cherry products on your website at www.seaquistorchards.com. This review shows serious violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) in the labeling of these products. You can find the Act and implementing regulations through links on FDA's Internet home page at www.fda.gov. Under the Act, articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in man are drugs [Section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Act 21 United States Code (21 USC 321(g)(1)(B)]. The labeling for your cherry containing products bears the following claims: "[N.W.] recently stopped taking drugs for arthritis pain not long after he began eating 50 tart cherries a day. It was very dramatic. Within two days the pain was gone." "[T]here are beneficial compounds in Montmorency tart cherries that help relieve the pan [sic] of arthritis and gout. [M]any consumers are discovering that tart cherry juice and other cherry products can stave off pain." This list of claims is not intended to be all-inclusive, but represents the types of claims found in your product labeling. These claims cause your products to be drugs, as defined in Section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Act [21 USC 321(g)(1)(B)]. Because these products are not generally recognized as safe and effective when used as labeled, they are also new drugs as defined in Section 201(p) of the Act [21 USC 321(p)]. Under Section 505 of the Act (21 USC 355), a new drug may not be legally marketed in the United States without an approved New Drug Application (NDA). FDA approves a new drug on the basis of scientific data submitted by a drug sponsor to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective. The above violations are not meant to be an allinclusive list of deficiencies in your products and their labeling. It is your responsibility to ensure that products marketed by your firm comply with the Act and its implementing regulations. Failure to promptly correct these violations may result in enforcement action without further notice. Enforcement action may include seizure of violative products, injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of violative products, and criminal sanctions against persons responsible for causing violations of the Act. Please advise this office in writing, within 15 working days of receipt of this letter, of the specific steps you have taken or will be taking to correct these violations, including the steps taken to assure that similar violations do not recur. Your reply should be directed to Compliance Officer Tyra S. Wisecup at the address in the letterhead. Ms. Wisecup may be reached at (612) 758-7114. Sincerely, W. Charles Becoat District Director
The Crime: Telling The Truth The cherry farmer's had been informing people via the Internet that multiple studies had proven that cherries work better than pharmaceuticals for certain conditions, and in particular, arthritis pain. Publicly speaking about this threat to the F.D.A.'s pharmaceutical empire was their only crime, as admitted by the FDA in its own paper trail.
It is noteworthy that the FDA promised that without the farmer's "compliance" it would begin enforcement action without further notice. Make no mistake about what they meant by "enforcement", for their history makes it painfully clear. They would have convened upon those farms at an intentionally inconvenient time with an army of U.S. Marshals who would have held the farmers at gunpoint as their cherry crops were stolen ("confiscated" for being "unapproved drugs" ). The farmers knew the real threat was that they would be wiped out, and it was a legitimate concern.
Concentrated cherry supplements do actually work better than the most expensive medicines for arthritis pain, and members of the FDA determined that this was too much of a financial threat to the pharmaceutical companies to allow the public to know. We can be fairly certain which group of corporate partners tipped them off about the dangers of cherries used medically.
The Scam of Heartburn and Indigestion
What you are about to read may seem laughable upon initial reading, because of the degree of propaganda from the mainstream medical industry. Nevertheless, you will find the statements to be true if you are willing to try the experiment that we suggest. Almost everything you have been told about heartburn, indigestion, and common stomach ailments is a lie.
Indigestion is not caused by excess acid in the stomach, nor is acid reflux. In fact, the worst treatment for either is taking any type of antacid whether prescribed, or not. Being acidic is the natural, healthy state of the stomach, so there is no such thing as an excess of acid or acid build-up in regards to the stomach. It is like claiming that the lungs suffer from excess oxygen, or the blood has an excess of red cells.
Attempting to neutralize stomach acid to treat an uneasy stomach is as effective as treating an excess of blood cells with leaches in the long term. Both cases would be demonstrations of using poor medicine to treat only the symptoms of relatively non-existent medical conditions, which the establishment either cannot accurately diagnose, or finds it too unprofitable to do so. Remember as cited above, the stomach's natural state is acidic. In fact, the stomach contains one of the most powerful acids in existence: hydrochloric acid. This highly destructive acid is the core fuel of the stomach, and in concentrated form, it will tear through titanium like a hot knife cutting butter.
The truth about most stomach disorders is one of not having enough acid, so the industry has made fools out of most of us. The true reason behind acid reflux and indigestion is that when the stomach is lacking enough acid, it must churn violently to make the best use of the limited acid during these times of deficiency, which in-turn causes pressure and back flows of the existing acid. Antacids seem to work because they render the acid being spewed by the churning stomach into the esophagus as less potent, and therefore less painful. In the rare cases when acid is actually being over-produced by the stomach, it is usually the body attempting to over-compensate for antacids having been routinely administered. So the effects of taking antacids snowballs, preventing proper digestion, temporarily eliminating the symptoms only, and eventually causing the very excess acid problems which the treatments had originally been meant to stop. Moreover, to recreate stomach acid which has been neutralized, the body must carry out a set of chemical reactions which cause the rest of the body to become more acidic. That's a very bad thing.
The next time that you experience indigestion problems, try the experiment of giving your stomach the acid that it needs. Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and follow with a glass of water. Your stomach churning and pain will subside within minutes (unless the problem is ulcers). The result is likely to amaze you, especially if you have been suckered for years by antacid advertisers, as we once were. Of course, no pharmaceutical company will make billions from this, and none of them will ever be able to become the gate keeper of this remedy by getting a patent to monopolize apple cider vinegar. Likewise, regulatory agencies will not be able to get funding from this either, so do not expect to read about this in the medical journals, or hear it reported in the regular media. Instead, you will see what is good for business: antacids, and about what a miracle they are.
How Antacids Destory Health (How They're Good For Business) Donna Gates (bodyecology.com) accurately reported that, "There are two main consequences of low stomach acid: 1. You become protein malnourished. When your stomach acid is low, you are not able to digest protein. Improper digestion of protein creates toxins in your intestines that can set the stage for illness and disease. Improper digestion of protein also creates acidic blood, since protein is by nature acidic. 2. You become mineral deficient. As your blood becomes more acidic, it will look for minerals from anywhere in your body, in order to get your blood to its more ideal alkaline state. Acidic blood robs your body of minerals, even taking minerals from your bones (which is important to know if you want to prevent osteoporosis).
"Low stomach acid eventually creates a vicious cycle: low stomach acid = low minerals = acidic blood. This cycle continues because acidic blood further creates low minerals and low stomach acid. Once this vicious cycle has started, there is a cascade of consequences: You could eat plenty of protein and still be protein malnourished. This raises cortisol levels [stress hormones], thereby raising your blood glucose (blood sugar levels). Elevated cortisol adversely affects your behavior and temperment. Eventually, your adrenals become depleted (adrenal fatigue) and DHEA, the youth hormone, is suppressed, leading to premature aging. Low DHEA and high cortisol affect your brain and behavior, but that's not all. The vicious cycle of low stomach acid affects your inner ecosystem too. Low stomach acid can lead to more bad guys (pathogenic bacteria, candida and viruses) than good guys (healthy microflora), thus lowering your immunity. "Here are some of the common symptoms and disorders caused by low stomach acid: bloating, belching, and flatulence immediately after meals, heartburn (often thought to be caused by too much stomach acid), indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation, undigested food in stools, acne, rectal itching, chronic candida, hair loss in women, multiple food allergies, iron deficiency, weak, peeling, or cracked fingernails, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, dry skin, various 'autoimmune'..diseases." The Biggest Health Secret: The Link Between Body pH and Diseases (including cancer) The origin of the word 'disease' is dis-ease: to be not at ease and harmony internally. Most medical practitioners have forgotten this, at the constant urging of the chemical industry, and merely participate in what is basically chemical warfare against the symptoms of bodies at dis-ease. Times have changed much over the eons to place our health at dis-ease. Nowadays our diet hardly mimics the flora of Eden. Even when we try to eat well, our foods are saturated with insecticides, growth hormones, raised in deficient soils, have so-called 'flavor enhancer' chemicals, and are genetically modified -- sometimes without any warning labels. Laws have even been rewritten to redefine what can be presented as 'all natural' in our foods, so now the marketing term 'natural' is routinely used to mask chemically engineered ingredients that are far from what the rest of us would call 'natural'. Financing Available NOW! The goal of the involved powers-that-be is to engineer cheap, mass-producible foods, that are highly addictive; and keep us ignorant of it. These foods line the aisles of typical grocery stores. Even colorings have been altered from being natural, and in some cases, they are petroleum based. Read about red #40 if you want to have nightmares about what you are putting into your body. In the tap water, we have chlorine and fluoride in addition to hundreds of other toxins. Some of these are poisonous heavy metals which accumulate over years, since they cannot be naturally flushed by the body. Even when not consumed orally, these still enter our bodies through absorption into our skin, and into our lungs through the water mist of showers -- both direct paths into the blood. We are not told about this, just as information about cherries is actively censored. Likewise, we are never told what governments and industry knew about fluoride 60 years ago, or why the NAZI's used fluoride against their conquered peoples. The end result of our accumulated toxicity and everything mentioned above is that our body chemistry has been altered to become acidic. The relationship between an acidic body and illness has long been established, and the medical term for this condition is acidosis. Acidosis ironically leads to an acid deficiency in the only organ requiring acid: the stomach. The toxicity of the majority of foods in a typical diet causes the body to become more acidic during digestion, and this includes most tap water. A body which is acidic (which is most bodies nowadays) destroys its own cells, has a crippled immune system, ages rapidly, experiences skin and hair problems, has metabolic and weight regulation problems, is disease prone, is prone to allergies, cannot effectively absorb nutrients, cannot effectively flush toxins, cannot properly cope with cholesterol, cannot properly regulate minerals such as calcium, and most importantly, cannot maintain high levels of oxygen. The opposite of being acidic is being alkaline. Chemicals (and blood) which are alkaline readily absorb huge amounts of oxygen. Most infections and cancers cannot survive in an oxygen-rich, alkaline environment. For instance, oxygenated water (a.k.a. hydrogen peroxide) is a most effective infection killer because harmful microorganisms cannot survive in contact with high levels of oxygen. Our typically acidic bodies cannot retain enough oxygen to function properly or to fight infections. When a body reaches a pH level of 7.4 (alkaline instead of acidic), cancers become dormant, and at 8.5, all cancers die rapidly, along with every type of invader. Keiichi Morishita wrote about body pH in his book, Hidden Truth of Cancer: "Drugs, medications and toxic chemicals have the effect of lowering the pH of the body, that is the reason why there are side effects to drugs and none of them effect a cure. When body pH drops below 6.4, enzymes are deactivated, digestion does not work properly, vitamins, minerals and food supplements cannot effectively assimilate. Acid decreases energy production in the cells, the ability to repair damaged cells, the ability to detoxify heavy metals, and makes the body more susceptible to fatigue and illness. Your body pH affects everything. Research has proven that disease cannot survive in an alkaline state, and that, viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, candida and cancer cells thrive in an acidic, low oxygen, low pH environment. An acidic pH can result from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acid by utilizing alkaline mineral reserves, like sodium from the stomach, and calcium from the bones. This is a primary cause of osteoporosis and a number of other diseases. If there are not enough minerals in the diet to compensate, acid build-up in the cells will occur, resulting in symptoms like pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, and lupus. Cancer is not compatible in a healthy pH environment full of oxygen. For example, cancer of the heart doesn't exist. This is because blood flowing from the lungs into the heart are at the highest pH and oxygen levels within the entire body. As the blood travels through the lungs, acidic toxins are thrown out of the system leaving it rich with oxygen and a high blood pH. In the absence of oxygen, glucose undergoes fermentation to lactic acid. This causes the pH of the cell to drop even lower. Urine and saliva pH of terminal cancer patients almost always runs between 4.0 and 5.5. When the cancer goes into metastases the pH drops even lower. ...In 1964, only 1 person in 214 contracted cancer. Today it is 1 in 3 females and 1 in 2 males. The determining factor between health and disease is pH. It is not uncommon for the average American to test between 4 pH and 5 pH." -- Keiichi Morishita pH is the abbreviation for potential hydrogen, or the measurement of hydrogen ion concentration of any solution. The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid may be. The lower the reading, the more acidic and oxygen resistant the fluid is. The pH scale is from 0 to 14 with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, and anything below 7.0 is acidic. Pictured right is oxyenated water, which is better known as hydrogen peroxide. For curing cancer, that 67¢ bottle of liquidized oxygen (hydrogen peroxide) is considerably safer and more powerful than the $300,000.00 chemotherapy regime that your doctor will recommend. Don't believe it? Keep reading. Dr. Otto Warburg (pictured left) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1931, but his discoveries have been suppressed by the medical establishment so successfully that only alternative medicine researchers ever learn of them, or him. The Nobel Foundation explained why it awarded Dr. Warburg with the Nobel Prize by writing, "... For his discovery of the nature and mode of action of the respiratory enzyme, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to him in 1931. This discovery has opened up new ways in the fields of cellular metabolism and cellular respiration. He has shown, among other things, that cancerous cells can live and develop, even in the absence of oxygen." Dr. Warburg discovered that cancer cells are not fueled by oxygen as normal cells are. In fact, the high levels of oxygen that are found in healthy, alkaline bodies are toxic to cancers. He found that cancers get their energy from sugars and a process of fermentation in acidic environments. He proved empirically the relationships between cancers, acidic body pH, and oxygen starvation. His findings demonstrated that cancers are merely a symptom of the disease of acidosis, and therefore it is impossible to truly cure any cancer without first curing the underlying acidosis. The toxic effects of so-called conventional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, actually increase a body's acidity, making it almost certain that cancer symptoms will return elsewhere, even if the initial tumors are destroyed. These treatments actually stimulate the acidic conditions that originally caused the cancers, as they damage the same immune system that is needed to fight cancer cells, and the treatments randomly damage the organs throughout a body. In fact, it is well known that cancers tend to spread rapidly after 'conventional treatments'. Doctors will even admit it! So we have to ask, why are orthodox doctors using therapies that they already know will generally make the condition worse instead of better in the long term? Perhaps it has something to do with deciding between a therapy that costs $300,000.00 and 67¢; and picking out the new yacht for this summer at the lake house. http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/361-the-relationship-between-body-ph-and-disease-and-other-facts-youre-not-supposed-to-know.html