Lgnorant or Evil? Attorney General Loretta Lynch is Totally illiterate About the Difference Between Drugs and Dietary Supplements
(NaturalNews) One might reasonably expect the Attorney
General of the United States to make accurate statements regarding the
difference between dietary supplements and pharmaceutical drugs, right?
In the case of current Attorney General Loretta Lynch, however, who recently released a video warning about the "potential dangers" associated with taking nutritional supplements, her remarks indicate that either she is lying or just plain ignorant in regard to the facts.
In the video, which was released as part of National Consumer Protection Week, Lynch cautions that dietary supplements are not subject to testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), implying that pharmaceutical drugs are safer in comparison.
What she neglected to mention is that no substance – including those contained in pharmaceutical drugs – is subject to testing by before reaching consumers.
In the case of new drugs, the pharmaceutical industry itself is responsible for testing its own products, the results of which are submitted to the FDA as part of new drug applications.
Gretchen DuBeau, legal and executive director for the Alliance for Natural Health-USA, said:
The highest legal officer in the country needs to understand the process by which drugs and supplements come to the market. Her office has rightfully prosecuted a number of bad industry actors this year, including USP Labs, but her misstatements about the regulation of these products will dissuade consumers from taking the supplements they need to stay healthy.
DuBeau points out the inaccurate and misleading language used by Lynch when describing cases in which unscrupulous businesses marketed mislabeled products. Lynch called these products "dietary supplements," when in fact they should have been called "counterfeits" instead:
This is the equivalent of calling monopoly money legal currency. The fact that the products were deemed illegal and misbranded necessitates that they be called what they are— counterfeits.
Where the real danger liesLynch's statements might easily lead one to believe that dietary supplements are more dangerous than pharmaceutical drugs, but that is far from the truth.
The fact is that more than 128,000 people die each year from FDA-approved drugs. Another 1.9 million people are hospitalized annually and 2.74 million suffer severe adverse reactions from Big Pharma's products.
DuBeau provides some very enlightening statistics regarding the relative dangers of dietary supplements and pharmaceutical drugs:
You're five times more likely to be killed by a lightning strike, 581 times more likely to be killed in a boating accident, and 98,000 times more likely to be killed by an FDA-approved and properly prescribed pharmaceutical drug than by a legal dietary supplement. The bigger, more important picture is this: despite some bad apples, the supplement industry still produces the safest products that humans ingest.
So when you hear messages from federal officials warning about the dangers of dietary supplements, you can safely assume that they were paid for by Big Pharma's lobbying/propaganda campaign – one which has enormous influence, even at the highest levels of our government.
How to make sure you are purchasing safe dietary supplementsOf course, one should be careful about purchasing dietary supplements as well, because there are a few "bad actors" in the industry who sell counterfeit and sometimes dangerous products.
From the Alliance for Natural Health website:
Lynch is right in cautioning consumers to research the supplements they consider taking. As with any product, nutritional supplements vary in quality. ANH-USA recently published a list of nutritional supplement companies known for their extremely high manufacturing standards, careful testing, and nutrient potency. Many of the companies offer USDA Certified Organic source ingredients.
The ANH also recommends that consumers carefully read the labels on dietary supplements and to consult with a healthcare professional for advice on which supplements are safe for an individual to take. Some supplements may interact with others in good – or bad – ways.
Other advice includes talking to supplement manufacturers – the reputable ones will always be willing to communicate – and to check with these resources for more information on supplements:
Dietary Supplements Labels Database, maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
FDA Database on Tainted Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements.
The Alliance for Natural Health USA's supplement safety website.