Perhaps the most convincing proof of the effectiveness of dietary supplements for maintaining health and in some cases curing disease conditions is the obvious trend among the Big Pharma giants that are packaging supplements as drugs. This could also explain why the FDA and the Congress are testing the waters for new regulations that would virtually shut down most supplement processors. It is not “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em,” it is if you can’t shut them down, take them over.
One of the first was the marketing of Omega 3 fish oil as a drug. It has proved effective for coronary health and control of triglycerides. But as an expensive drug, it is no better than the inexpensive fish oil supplements. Actually, the supplement combinations of 3-6-9 oils are more effective at a fraction of the cost. One of the newer entries is the introduction of Vitamin D3 as a drug. As reported by NaturalNews.com:
Biopharmaceutical giant Rockwell Medical recently announced that it has acquired a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for a generic, injectable form of vitamin D called Calcitriol, that it openly refers to as a “drug.”
Marketed under several brand names including Rocaltrol (Roche), Calcijex (Abbott), and Decostriol (Mibe, Jesalis), Calcitriol is really nothing more than vitamin D3, or 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, that has been placed in a syringe with sterile fluids and other additives. And yet Rockwell Medical, as well as various medical information sources, refer to Calicitriol as a “drug,” which is why Rockwell Medical obtained an ANDA in the first place.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033185_vitamin_D_kidney_disease.html#ixzz1TgtIx4cM
Good dietary supplements are not cheap, but they work; unlike some expensive medications that have more negative side effects than positive effects on a condition. I will be the first to say that medications can save your life and if you are hit by a truck go to emergency, not a health food store. Both supplements and medication have their place in our lives. The medication that saves your life today, can threaten it tomorrow with continued us. Supplements are mostly as benign as food with few side effects. I believe that if the government would allow us to at least deduct for our supplements we would see the total cost of health care decline. Actually, if the government made supplements free and health care practitioners knew how to administer them, we would eliminate a greater percent of the public cost of healthcare. Yes, free supplements would save the government money.
This trend of Big Pharma rebranding supplements as drugs will drive up the cost of supplements, if the regulators allow them at all. Secondly, there is the basic misunderstanding of supplements. Drugs are designed with a chemical formula, and they cause chemical reactions in the body. Most supplements work energetically as they are assimilated into the body. Chemistry controls symptoms. Energy heals. Will supplements as drugs be made into chemical formulas that will no longer be energetically effective?
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After 30 years as a broadcast journalist, Gene Ladd redirected his journey into herbs, nutrition and energy medicine to become a faith and energy counselor. He writes and speaks on the power of thought and the primacy of consciousness.