Diamond Foods new walnut products are drugs, says the FDA, and cannot be legally marketed!
Diamond’s apparent crime? They made “financial investments to educate the public and supply them with walnuts,” as “financial investments to educate the public and supply them with walnuts,” as William Faloon of Life Extension magazine put it. Now, I don’t know what planet the FDA comes from, but I see tons of supermarket products that should be used to clean floors rather than ingested. And I don’t see any FDA disapproval of those products. Money talks, I guess, especially when you’re paid to keep your mouth sealed.
On its packaging and website, Diamond states that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts could have significant health benefits, which include reduced risk of some cancers and also heart disease.
Scientific research has strongly supported these claims, Faloon notes:
“Life Extension has published 57 articles that describe the health benefits of walnuts”; and “The US National Library of Medicine database contains no fewer than 35 peer-reviewed published papers supporting a claim that ingesting walnuts improves vascular health and may reduce heart attack risk.”
However, the FDA would not accept this objective evidence. They told Diamond that it had “misbranded” the walnuts since the “product bears health claims that are not authorized by the FDA.”
The FDA’s letter goes on to say that, “We have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease.”
They continue with ridiculous claims, such as the walnuts being “misbranded” because they “are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes.”
These kinds of actions curb innovations in healthy food products. Companies should have the freedom to inform the public when it comes to foods that help to shield them against various diseases. But consumers are waking up. These days they want to make choices that keep them healthy and young, rather than sick and old. But there is less profit in healthy foods. So the FDA does their best to deny food companies the ability to communicate discoveries from science-backed studies about their latest food products.
And it doesn’t stop there. The FDA tried to suppress studies from other food products, too. Pomegranate and green tea, among others, also felt the force of the FDA when they implied that their products could help people live a healthy life. But for the FDA pressure only seems to apply to natural products.
Falon agrees that foods with little to no health value are being advertised without end – often with questionable health claims added as a bonus to confuse consumers. But for the FDA, unhealthy products fortified with processed vitamins are good to go. What a joke.
For example, Frito-Lay makes claims about its processed products, including the lie that their potato chips are “heart healthy” despite the fact they are filled with unhealthy fats.
Faloon concludes that “the FDA obviously does not want the public to discover that they can reduce their risk of age-related disease by consuming healthy foods. They prefer consumers only learn about mass-marketed garbage foods that shorten life span by increasing degenerative disease risk.”
Faloon thinks he knows why this may be happening:
First, by choking out the competition Usuch as those of healthy alternatives) junk food manufacturers, who he says “heavily lobby” the federal government for favorable treatment, will put even more profit in their pocket.
Second, with the reduced exposure to healthy alternatives, people will get sicker. And that’s when medical device manufacturers and BIG pharma step in to reap the profits from those made ill through bad foods, selling them high priced cardiac drugs, stents, and coronary bypass procedures.
But people have started fighting back against the FDA’s dirty tactics. “The makers of pomegranate juice, for example, have sued the FTC for censoring their First Amendment right to communicate scientific information to the public,” Faloon reports.
And on a hopeful note, Congress wants in the battle too with the
Free Speech About Science Act (H.R. 1364) bill, which, Faloon writes, “protects basic free speech rights, ends censorship of science, and enables the natural health products community to share peer-reviewed scientific findings with the public.”
The truth is, none of this would be necessary if the Constitution were followed as intended. If this were the case when companies made dishonest claims about their products, the market would correct them, and actual fraud would be handled through the courts.
If we were to remove this government agency who seemingly guarantees the safety of food and drugs and the accuracy of manufacturer claims, consumers would become more aware. And this awareness is growing, despite the FDA’s repeated attempts to prevent dissemination of scientific research. Besides, as Faloon observed, “If anyone still thinks that federal agencies like the FDA protect the public, this proclamation that healthy foods are illegal drugs exposes the government’s sordid charade.”
When healthy alternatives are making it into the marketplace, companies should be free to portray those health benefits to the public. They should never be bullied by the FDA, if the FDA does, in fact, care about people’s health and safety. The FDA and profit-driven food manufacturers have made people sick through their covert partnership. It’s easy to tell people to eat “balanced diets.” But when powerful marketing campaigns are launched each day riddled with the most advanced psychological hacks and tricks it makes it difficult for people to resist through willpower alone. Especially when they are unaware that they’re being manipulated. And the big players know this.