Another Big Pharma Fraud
Long ago, magazine publishers prided themselves in not allowing advertiser’s wishes, even their demands, to affect what they chose to write about-their editorial content. No matter how many dollars they received from an advertiser, the editorial content would always be honest and fair.
I don’t know if that nice theory applied to how they actually did business back then, but it sure doesn’t apply now.
For instance, magazines that carry big chunks of Big Pharma advertising-Readers’ Digest and Prevention come to mind, but they’re not alone-never, ever write anything that might upset all those dollars.
Big Pharma ads
Check it out for yourself. If you come across several Big Pharma ads in a magazine-and they’re hard to miss, what with all the pages of fine print that follow each glossy ad-search for even a tidbit of positive information anywhere in the magazine about, say, the health benefits of vitamins.
On second thought, let me save your eyesight. Even with the help of a magnifying glass, you won’t find any such heresy.
Vitamin bashing, yes. Vitamin benefits, not so much. And heaven forfend they write anything good about alternative approaches to standard-issue medicine.
All that said, consider Big Pharma’s latest campaign.
Somehow or another, Bit Pharma got a patent on folic acid, but they don’t want to call it that, since over-the-counter folic acid costs so much less than a prescription “drug” and all. So they call it Deplin.
The law says you can’t patent a natural substance, but Big Pharma got the job done anyway.
Now, illegal patent in hand, here comes the marketing. And as clever as they were in getting around the law for the patent, they’re even more so as they start to establish a need for Deplin.
A recent article in Prevention Magazine asked, “Is Your Breakfast Giving You Cancer?”
The problem? Food manufacturers enrich breads, cereals, nutrition bars and beverages with folic acid. Call out the Army! Call out the Marines! We’re all going to die from eating toxic levels of folic acid! The end is near!
Fact is, it’s hard to overdose on folic acid, especially if you also take a vitamin B complex. Oh, maybe you could get the job done if you downed a jar of the stuff every day for a few years, but not from the dabs they put in our foodstuffs.
And folic acid works wonders! Besides it’s well known ability to prevent birth defects and post-partum depression, folic acid’s on the job in many, many amazing ways.
Inflammation plays a major role in causing disease. Heart disease and cancer, to drop a couple of names you’ve surely heard about, for example. Folic acid reduces our inflammation levels and, thus, the number of people who have heart attacks or get cancer.
So already you’re impressed, but folic acid also helps with rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, colitis, stroke, vascular disease, restless leg syndrome, and I could go on. This folic acid is really good stuff.
Big Pharma sow seeds of doubt
But Big Pharma and their willing accomplices will sow seeds of doubt until uninformed people start demanding folic-acid-free food.
If the protesters succeed in their foolishness, anybody who’s not on a strong vitamin/mineral program will become deficient in folic acid, health issues will soar and Big Pharma will leap to the rescue with Deplin.
Be aware that this Prevention article is only the opening salvo. More-many more-articles are on the way. You can watch this play out with article after article about the dangers of folic acid, or you can make noise to thwart Big Pharma’s cynical scheme.
This post is me making noise. You can use it to make noise, too, by forwarding it to everybody you know. If everybody knows the scam, the scam can’t succeed.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.