Pharma, FDA & “Institutional Corruption”

Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The FDA was founded to protect consumers from bogus medicines and other problem food and drug products. To this day, it defines it’s core mission as one of defending “public health.” But what if the proverbial fox is left to guard the proverbial henhouse? The tenure of departing FDA Margaret Hamburg was marked by conflict […]


Food, GMOs & the Right to Know

Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

In case you missed it last week in the run-up to Thanksgiving, the FDA recently announced that calorie counts will now need to be “clearly and conspicuously” posted on menus and displays in all establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations. “Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away […]


Pressing for Action on Mercury, Pesticides

Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

News came late last week of a couple of lawsuits you’ll want to keep an eye on. First, the IAOMT and others have filed suit against the FDA for failing to protect the public’s health against mercury exposure from dental amalgam. Noting that the US government is the largest single user of dental amalgam, Dr. […]


“Often the Only Safety ‘Testing’…Is in the Bodies of Unsuspecting Patients”

Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

And implants are in the news yet again – today, courtesy of a new investigation by Consumer Reports, which, according to their press release, reveals that while tens of millions of American consumers live with medical devices implanted in their bodies, many of these implants have never been tested for safety and manufacturers are usually […]


Scientists Sue FDA for Secret Surveillance

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012

  Well, this is interesting (via New Scientist): Six scientists and doctors are now suing the FDA for intercepting their private emails and installing spyware on their computers, after they blew the whistle on problems with the approval of medical devices. In 2008, four of the six plaintiffs told the US Congress that they had […]


How Stress Triggers Immune System, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012

Study Shows How Stress Triggers Immune System (USA Today) Shedding some light on why stress might be bad for you, a new study finds that parts of your immune system ramp up when you get into personal conflicts with others. It’s not clear how this effect of stress may make you sick, but the activated […]


The Evolution of FDA’s Mercury Amalgam Classification

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Ever wonder how mercury amalgam came to be classified as as it is by the FDA? Former FDA Advisor Mike Flemming, DDS (dental products panel 2006 & 2010) explains: More on mercury policy and politics: “An Uncertain Risk and an Uncertain Future: Assessing the Legal Implications of Mercury Amalgam Fillings.”


The Oral-Systemic Connection, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012

Can Poor Dental Health Lead to Pneumonia? (Dental Education Blog) Yale University says so. The oral systemic health study, presented this past October at the Infectious Diseases Society of America annual meeting in Boston, was headed by Dr. Samit Joshi of Yale University School of Medicine. Researchers found changes in bacteria in the mouth preceded […]


FDA Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apt to Loosen, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2011

Lawmakers May Relax FDA Drug Conflict Rules (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers likely will change the criteria for advisers reviewing new medicines next year because of complaints that the rules meant to prevent conflicts of interest make it harder to find real experts. * * * Others say that the agency is not looking hard enough. A […]



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