Before I get started, I think it’s important that I address a very important topic. And that is the Food and Drug Administration known as the FDA.
Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m not the biggest fan of the FDA, especially since all you hear on the media is about this medication that was approved killing this many people or causing blurred vision. I get it, big money is involved and sometimes drugs pass when they really shouldn’t. This also makes it a problem for the little guy, or gal in my case.
I don’t have the revenue to pay off the FDA to approve my products, nor do I have the means to test my products to the extent that the FDA deems appropriate. My products are based on scientific research of peer reviewed journals, but that is not enough for the FDA.
Although my products are not supplements that you take internally, I do sell products that you put on your skin, and I make certain claims about my products, such as anit-wrinkle or moisturizing, or whatever. While my claims are based on actual scientific research that is available to me, they have not gone through pre-clinical or even clinical trials. I don’t have the means for that, I’m just a small business.
So my claims on any of this blog, are just that, claims. They have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor will I be asking the FDA to confirm or deny any of the claims I make. This is not to say that I’m just making something up. Actually, for that reason, I’m glad the FDA does exist, so that people can’t make elaborate claims about the purple elephant ear wax curing your migraine, and all it costs you is your first-born child and all future financial well being.
There has to be checks and balances, and I support that. I just think that some government agencies have run amok a bit, and are… well… out of control, or beyond affordability. And let’s face it, there’s a loop hole around everything. All a supplement company has to do is put the disclaimer on their product that the FDA hasn’t evaluated their claims, and they can sell their products. If you want to read the actual regulation, you can find it here. And if you want to read about the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), you can find it here. And here’s a great article that explains what the claims made on products really mean. But does that mean that if such a statement isn’t listed than the claims have been evaluated by the FDA? Nope, if a product falls under homeopathic, it is an exception to the rule as explained here.
So what does it all mean? Well, basically, if a small business is just that, a small business, then they have to put a warning label on all their products in order to keep from being attacked by the FDA. This might keep the public informed and protected from buying fake claims, but is bad for the little gal who has done her own research and does have quality products to offer that do what they claim. So in other words, you’re still responsible to do your own diligence and research who you’re buying from.
With that said, I’m going to remind you that I’m not some wacko off the street that learned how to watch youtube videos. I have been researching health for many, many years. My hubby and I both used to work in biotech/pharma labs intent on curing aging, we both have bachelor’s degrees in biology/chemistry with emphasis on cellular/molecular biology, biochemistry, and nutrition. We have both worked in health care (one day I’ll write a blog of why we don’t do that anymore), and we both used to work in fields that are related to health research in some form or another.
So I guess what I’m saying, when we write for this blog, we’re not just making stuff up. If we post someone else’s health article, it will be well researched before posting. Our intent is not to have your run to Snopes and verify our claims as BS (because Snopes contains as much or more inaccurate BS as the sites they claim to debunk), but rather to help not only educate you on healthy choices, but also to show you how to find the information for yourself, so you can make your own informed decisions.
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