Since 1962, television commercials about products to improve health or combat disease have been regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world allowing prescription drugs to be advertised on television.
Foods are not tested by the FDA for the efficacy of treating disease or improving health. A dozen years ago, cherry growers advertised that cherries could improve health and prevent cancer, heart disease and arthritis. Why? A couple of reasons. The FDA never tested cherries, therefore the claim was unproven. Secondly, The FDA’s legal doctrine states that only drugs can prevent, treat, mitigate or cure disease.
In truth, cherries contain compounds that are nearly ten times stronger than aspirin or ibuprofen in relieving pain. Additionally, there are other compounds in cherries that have shown a remarkable ability to kill cancer cells and prevent cancer.
As, always, follow the money with most issues. Who benefits from a food that can prevent or cure cancer? Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) stated that coconut oil is unhealthy. The AHA doesn’t tell us that coconut oil is unhealthy for your heart. They tell us that coconut oil is a saturated fat and is linked to higher cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a very poor biomarker for heart disease. Fifty percent of people dying from heart attacks have healthy cholesterol levels. Homocysteine levels are much more indicative of heart health. The myth of saturated fats causing heart disease has been disproved many times over. Yet, many doctors still hold onto this belief.
Inflammation in the blood vessels and arteries contribute to the build up of cholesterol plaques and cardiovascular disease. It’s not the cholesterol that’s a problem, but the level of inflammation in the body. The c-reactive protein test is a great indicator of total body inflammation.
The FDA and other professional medical organizations have strict guidelines they use to determine disease prevention and cure. They focus on symptoms and correction of those symptoms, not on the cause of the disease. If a food can prevent inflammation, such as cherries, the company cannot advertise this fact. It is an unproven fact in the world of FDA. This information is restricted from publication to the world.
There are sources for this information. I research it most nearly every day. However, it is not mainstream and doesn’t get widely disseminated. There are unproven ways of preventing and curing diseases. They have worked for centuries in countries all over our world. Unless your grandparents told you to take ginger for a cough, migraine headaches, motion sickness or rheumatoid arthritis, you would never know about the curative, and preventive, properties of ginger.
Find a good source for your health and wellness information. I highly recommend Life Extension magazine.