The FDA: Not As Safe As We Think?

Over the past few weeks, the FDA has approved two new vaccines to fight the coronavirus: Moderna was approved as well as Pfizer’s vaccine.

While this is good news, it’s important to keep things in perspective. Who exactly is the FDA and are they effective at protecting us?

About the FDA

The FDA stands for the Food and Drug Administration. They were created in 1906 under Pure Food and Drugs Act and known officially as the FDA in 1930. Per their website:

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

the FDA has done many amazing things to help the American people. However, that does not mean they are perfect.

An Imperfect System

The FDA is designed to protect us, but they are far from perfect. It’s critical you do your own due diligence and take the necessary precautions to maintain good health. In other words, just because something is approved and available doesn’t mean it’s safe or healthy. An excellent example of this is cigarettes:

Years ago, cigarettes were considered a good way to lose weight, as seen in these advertisements.

The message for consumers here was to smoke a Lucky Strike to maintain a desirable weight and prevent over-eating.

The problem is a product may be approved or accepted initially, but years later, it’s discovered that it may be harmful to your health, as seen with cigarettes. Hindsight is definitely 20/20, but you must do your due diligence.

Another thing to consider is many products approved by the FDA have been banned in other countries. Here are just a few examples of banned ingredients and scientific references:

Ingredient:Where BannedCommon Food Sources Dangers
Potassium BromateChina,
European Union
Hamburger buns
Hotdog buns
Increases bodyweight in rats

Increased incidences of renal cell tumors
United Kingdom
Frozen dinners
Packaged baked goods
Bread products
Decreases t-cell responses

Occupational exposure increases risk of asthma
BHA and BHTJapan
Several European countries
Chewing gum
Breakfast cereals
Dehydrated potatoes
Interferes with vitamin K and blood clotting

Has produced tumors in the liver
Assorted food coloringsNorway
United Kingdom
Sports drinks
Cereal bars
Most common foods
Several dyes (Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6) are known carcinogens

Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 cause hypersensitivity reactions
Olestra (aka Olean)United Kingdom
Calorie, and cholesterol fat free substituteShown to cause (diarrhea, gas, bloating) 

This is just a small sample of common ingredients in the American diet that are banned around the world.

In addition to asking why these ingredients are approved and considered safe for human consumption, two important questions must be asked:

  1. How many people are taking medication for illnesses caused by these ingredients?
  2. How many people would see their symptoms decrease or disappear altogether if they stopped eating foods with these harmful additives?

Many people are unaware of the health issues some of these ingredients can cause.

Are GMO’s Safe?

Another potential problem are genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s. GMO’s were first patented in 1980. GMO’s are defined as “any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.” They are currently approved by the FDA and used in a variety of foods.

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The following are popular GMO foods:

  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Tomato
  • Canola
  • Potato
  • Papaya
  • Squash and zucchini
  • Beet and sugar beet
  • Alfalfa
  • Flax
  • Apple
  • Plum
  • Pineapple
  • Rice
  • Sugarcane

As of this writing, GMO’s are considered safe and approved by the FDA. But like cigarette smoking in the past, it could be discovered they are hazardous to your health years later. Be mindful of genetically modified foods and proceed with caution.

Change Your Eating Habits

It’s critical you get to the source of your ailments and know what you’re consuming. A great example of this is lactose. Many people are lactose intolerant, but don’t realize the hidden sources of this ingredient.

Another important step to take is change your eating habits. Many processed and fast foods are high in calories, fat, sodium, artificial flavors, colors and other dangerous ingredients. Eating natural foods may be a safer, healthier option to consider. Keeping the immune system strong is important as well.

Instead of waiting on an illness to occur, strive to take better care of yourself. Be proactive. Incorporating healthy foods and spices into your diet can help strengthen the body and ward off disease or keep their effects to a minimum. Here are some of the most popular spices and their surprising health benefits:

The FDA was created to protect us, but some of the ingredients they approve have been banned in other countries. It’s critical you do your homework and think for yourself. Pay attention to how foods interact with your body and avoid those that disagree with your system. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.

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