"The War In Medicine"
Continued from previous post.The FDA Versus Freedom of Speech
The problem is not so much IQ (though certainly that is an issue),
the problem is corruption. Congress has sold America's soul and kept
the proceeds. The majority of members of Congress have gladly and
quickly sold their integrity (i.e. sold their souls) to the highest
President Abraham Lincoln said it best:
"We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war [civil war]
is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and
blood ... It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I
see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and
causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of
war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in
high places will follow, and the money power of the country will
endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the
people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the
Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the
safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.
God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."
President Abraham Lincoln
The passage appears in a letter from Lincoln to Col. William F.
Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864, Hertz II, 954, in Archer H. Shaw, The Lincoln
Encyclopedia (New York: Macmillan, 1950), p. 40
The Politician Auction
Everyone knows what an auction is. Let us suppose a valuable antique
clock is put up for auction. Person A bids $100,000 for the clock.
Person B bids $200,000 for the clock. Person C bids $300,000 for the
clock. Person D bids $1,000,000 for the clock and ends up getting the
The owner of the clock gets $1,000,000.
The bidding for political favors is somewhat different. I call it a
"Politician Auction." It goes something like this. Person A gives
$100,000 to Politician Joe for political favors. Person B gives
$200,000 to Politician Joe for conflicting political favors. Person
C gives $300,000 to Politician Joe for another conflicting political
favor. Person D gives $1,000,000 to Politician Joe for yet another
conflicting favor. (Note: These payments do not have to be sequential,
politicians usually do not tell you how much the other fellow is giving
them.) The politician tries to keep all of them happy.
But note that Politician Joe has collected $1,600,000, not $1,000,000. In
a "Politician Auction" you have to give the politician the money when
you make the offer. Plus Politician Joe got a whole lot of other favors
thrown in that I won't talk about.
Is it any wonder there are so many, many "double standards" in
government? If is never about what is best for the common person on
the street, it is what is best for the people who buy the Congressmen.
Nowhere is this more evident that in medicine.
For Further Reading
Freedom of Informed Choice: FDA vs. Nutrient Supplements
Common Sense Press (800) 542-3230
"The Doctrine of Commercial Speech in First Amendment Jurisprudence"
Cato Institute Policy Analysis (Sept. 23, 1991)
"The FDA Knows Best... Or Does It? First Amendment Protection of Health
Claims on Dietary Supplements: Pearson v. Shalala"
BYU Journal of Public Law, Volume 15
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