One of the serious drawbacks of FTC censorship of natural products is the possibility that people will take more drugs. In fact, I would venture a guess that Big Pharma is banking on that – literally.
Supplements and alternative medicine in general tend to treat the problem; drugs tend to either mask the symptoms or treat the problem by controlling it rather than healing it, with a substance that could, and often does, harm the people who take them.
But harm to those individuals is not the only problem. In fact, the drugs that Person A takes, might often wind up in Person B’s body.
How does this happen?
One of the main channels is our water supply. The United States Geological Survey has done numerous studies on water throughout the country and found that 80% of the areas tested were positive for trace amounts of pharmaceuticals.
Not only does that water often become our drinking water, it also is home to fish that end up on our dinner table.
There is some question about whether the amount of drugs in the water can actually have a negative effect on us. Granted, the trace amounts of the drugs are small and you would think they wouldn’t do too much damage. But when you consider that these drugs, and there are many different drugs in the water, are in every glass of water we drink and in the water used to boil every pot of potatoes, it really adds up. And, it’s a continual barrage – day after day, week after week, year after year.
More studies are needed to see what damage these drugs are actually doing. Is the water safe? Who knows?
What we do know is that fish are being affected. For example, the U.S. Geological Survey found “intersex fish” in the Potomac River and its tributaries. These fish were male, but carrying eggs. (Who’s having fish for dinner?)
It stands to reason that the reproductive system would be damaged: One of the major drug residues found by U.S. Geological surveys of 139 streams across America were hormones. The others were painkillers, blood pressure medications and antibiotics.
Many people choose to address their hormonal imbalances, pain, high blood pressure and infections naturally. And many are successful, while avoiding the side effects and other damage the drugs could do to the body.
Should anyone be censored from telling others what’s worked for them? Should anyone be prevented from finding out about those remedies?
That’s exactly what FTC censorship does. How can that be a good idea?
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