I subscribe to the FDA updates by email on many subjects. Here is an email I received today:
It is hard to read since it is long but note the first paragraph last sentence: ” The device likely works by occupying space in the stomach, which may trigger feelings of fullness, or by other mechanisms that are not yet understood.”
Should the FDA approve a medical treatment it does not understand?
Should we not know how a device works before we are told it is safe to use? Is it safe? I have heard of other procedures where the lack of understanding made them fail–slipping of the band away from the place it originally was placed, for example, and several other types of injuries. Should these not be tested for some time in a proper laboratory setting as well as in life on volunteers before it is approved as a procedure? I can hardly wait to see the first lawsuits pop up!
But more importantly: should we not prevent obesity the first place?
Instead of preventing obesity, the FDA apparently supports its development and encourages even more people to become obese! We know what causes obesity: added sugar into every single food items we eat proved and encouraged by the amazing number of enticing advertisements on TV, billboard, newspapers, junk mail, Internet, EVERYWHERE.
Have more sugar!
The FDA is now about to take this obesity encouragement a step further! We now have new FDA label proposal that will change labels to reflect the serving size of what people eat as opposed to what they should eat! Here is what the new label is recommending:
So if you now find 2 sizes of soft drinks, say a can of 12 oz and a bottle of 2 liters of the same thing side by side, both will say one serving! I think the FDA confuses selling size with serving size. As will the people who buy them! Today it is still clear that a serving size of sot drink is 8 oz or less but with the new label the serving size will reflect whatever is in the bottle. This provides encouragement and reinforcement to those who buy the larger serving size that it is approved to drink that much by the FDA so it is OK!
I think that we are heading into a very dangerous era where the FDA is beginning to look more and more like an agency serving those industries that lobby more feverishly at Congress. The FDA does not represent the people at all! It represents a disease industry whose business is to cause disease! It is to manage how sick you should get! Quite a turnaround from its original purpose to its final function!
I think the FDA needs a big overhaul! I also think that Congress should eat up their recommended serving sizes of an entire bucket of ice cream several times a day each day so each member gets a good chance to look from the inside what it is like to be obese and have diabetes! Perhaps then the serving sizes will reflect healthy reality–if there is in fact any health associated with eating sugar
Those of us outside are left for our own common sense–or educated guesses–to decide what is right or wrong for us to eat or drink and in what quantity!
Added sugar should be 0 (as in ZERO) grams for all. We do not need to eat sugar. Our bodies need to re-learn how to make blood-sugar by using insulin for conversion from complex carbs like fruits and vegetables. Learn how and what to eat from understanding food and not what the FDA recommends since clearly they are not serving our interests!
Comments are welcome as always!