The following editorial appeared in the Townsend Newsletter for Doctors and Patients and was written by my good friend, nutritional medicine guru Alan Gaby, MD
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a long history of causing needless human suffering by restricting the availability of safe and effective natural remedies. Now they have outdone even themselves, with a burst of idiocy and totalitarianism that should lead any thinking person to question their legitimacy as a governing agency.
On December 28, 2010, the FDA demanded an immediate cessation of the manufacturing and distribution of three nutritional products designed for (intravenous) administration: Vitamin C, magnesium and vitamin B complex.
Although all of these products have been in wide use for decades, and have long been granted “grandfather” status, the FDA has now inexplicably reclassified them as “unapproved new drugs”.
High-dose intravenous vitamin C has been found by many practitioners to be effective in the treatment of acute viral hepatitis, infectious mononucleosis, other viral diseases, some bacterial infections, and various allergic disorders. Case reports suggest that high-dose intravenous vitamin C can prolong life and occasionally even induce remission in cancer patients. In addition, high-dose intravenous vitamin C may accelerate recovery in patients with extensive burns.
Intravenous magnesium has been demonstrated in research studies to abort acute asthma attacks and acute migranes. Intravenous magnesium has been used successfully by some practitioners to treat angina and congestive heart failure.
All three of the newly banned injectable products are components of the “Myers cocktail” which has been used safely and effectively by hundreds or even thousands of practitioners for a wide range of clinical conditions. Disorders that have been observed to respond to the Myers cocktail include chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, acute asthma attacks, acute migranines, muscle spasm, seasonal allergic rhinitis, upper respiratory tract infections and some cases of depression.
When used appropriately, all of these banned products are extremely safe, much safer than many drugs that have been approved by the FDA to treat the same conditions that respond to the banned injectable nutrients!
Many people will be harmed, and some will die, as a result of this egregious FDA ruling.
And no one will benefit. That is, no one except the pharmaceutical industry, with which the FDA has been engaged in a longstanding clandestine sexual relationship.
Congress should launch an immediate investigation of this incompetent and high-handed action by the FDA< and it should strip the agency of its authority to play Big Brother over grandfather.
The president should “pardon” the condemned vitamins and minerals. All who work at the FDA should hang their heads in shame, because government agencies should serve, not injure, their constitutents.
And those at the FDA should pray that they and their loved ones do not develop chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, asthma, migraines, or any of the other conditions that respond so well to the treatments they have taken from us.
–Alan R. Gaby, MD
Dr. Jonny Comments: Though many readers of this newsletter have probably not have experience with the injectable forms of these vitamins (I have- for years), don’t think you’re not affected. The FDA consistently engages in this kind of BS, arbitrarily pouncing on supplement companies and practitioners of natural medicine, usually at the urging of their pals in Big Pharma. These practices have been detailed in book after book and paper after paper. The FDA is not there to protect your health- it’s there to protect the interests of Big Pharma. Make no mistake about it. Today it’s injectable vitamin C , but tomorrow it could be your vitamin C pill!