Subject: Federal agencies threaten MD's using effective natural treatments for COVID-19
The FDA, FTC, and some states' attorneys general recently told doctors they can't advise both their patients and the public about natural prevention and treatment for COVID-19. This follows an ongoing attempt to ban bio-identical estriol and other hormones critical for women and to destroy homeopathic treatments. All of this is an egregious violation of the patient/doctor relationship. It also violates the right of the public to learn about nutritionally based therapies that are not only supported by solid scientific research, but are also potentially lifesaving.
The FDA and FTC sent warning letters to doctors and clinics. These letters allege that doctors and other practitioners were making illegal claims on their websites that a product could mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 or related conditions, making the product an unapproved drug under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
These agencies know full well that it takes years and commonly costs billions to win FDA approval for a drug. We cannot afford to wait years for solutions to this pandemic. Importantly, no one will ever pay billions for approval of a product that, being natural, cannot be fully patented. To censor doctors who try to inform patients and others about nutritionally based remedies is to condemn large numbers of people to unnecessary suffering and even death.
For example, vitamin D is a key immune system regulator. Studies have shown that people with especially low D are more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Yet one of the FDA/FTC letters was sent to a nutritionist who talked about the results of this recent study showing a connection between COVID-19 and vitamin D. The nutritionist's post concluded, "The bottom line? In order to give yourself the best defense against the coronavirus, begin with optimizing your vitamin D status to at least 30 ng/ml starting today." 30ng/ml is just the minimum safe level of D on standard tests used by almost all doctors. But this nutritionist could face fines or even jail for sharing this basic, universally accepted information. Similar, basic information about COVID critical nutrients such as zinc, quercetin, or potassium are also censored.
This is not the only example of the FDA and FTC making our medicines less effective, more dangerous, and vastly more expensive. The FDA is also poised to eliminate a woman's right to choose safe, natural compounded estriol as a treatment, and is creating insurmountable barriers to access homeopathic medicines.
Given this history, it is not surprising that the agencies are now trying to censor doctors even during a medical emergency. Why are the agencies doing this? Are they so tied up in their own rules that they have lost all concern for the welfare of the public? Are they seeking to protect big drug companies from competition even at a time like this?
Especially during this pandemic, it is not acceptable to censor doctors or to censor others who want to share solid scientific studies with the public. We must reform our medical system so that good science can operate within a framework of good law. We must stop fighting the commonsense observation that what we eat and how we live can affect our health just as much or more than drugs.
The FDA has threatened cherry and walnut growers with fines and jail for mentioning respected university studies on the health benefits of those simple foods. The agencies say that any reference to these benefits turns cherries and walnuts into unapproved drugs! Now is the time for the American public and its political leaders to step in and stop this nonsense.
Lives are at stake. We are asking you, our political leaders, to step in to reform a healthcare system that not only bars the use, but even the mention, of natural remedies that have not been, and never can be, put through the multi-billion dollar FDA approval process.