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FDA Launches Attack on Natural Brain Supplements as New Alzheimer’s Drug Clears the Horizon
by Barbara Minton
(The Best Years in Life) For anyone who is looking, it’s easy to see that the partnership between Big Pharma and the FDA has the end goal of almost everyone being on prescription drugs, and the near extinction of natural supplements and medicines. A similar pattern is being played out in the food we eat, with almost all people being shifted from natural foods to genetically modified foods. Of course those in the highest echelons of power will continue to use natural medicines, and eat the best organic foods, but for the rest of us the time for change is here.
An example of this? Just as approval of a new ‘blockbuster’ Alzheimer’s drug is about to be granted, the FDA has moved to attack the natural medicine they want the drug to replace. This is happening right now, as Eli Lilly’s new potential high profit drug for Alzheimer’s passes through the final phase of FDA trials.
Following approval of Lilly’s Alzheimer’s drug, it is slated for more than 7.6 billion dollars in sales by the year 2024. It’s interesting to note that the drug does not work especially well, particularly in the later stages, but just showing some benefit for those in the early stages of this frightening disease will keep the money rolling in. Biotech company Biogen has an Alzheimer’s drug now in trials too, and other drug companies are hurrying to catch up because Alzheimer’s drugs are expected to be the most lucrative drugs ever.
Alzheimer’s drugs also have the potential to be mandated for everyone over a certain age. The push to have statin drugs become mandatory a few years ago failed, and that failure has had time to be analyzed so it won’t happen again.
The answer to Alzheimer’s may already be here, at low cost and no side effects
While all this is going on, natural treatments for Alzheimer’s are quietly working well, at low cost and with minimal or no side effects. The mainstay of the natural health arsenal for Alzheimer’s is coconut oil, and because it works so well, it is only recently that other substances have been investigated. Coconut oil is a saturated fat, vilified during the years when doctors told their patients to cut out the fat. What they failed to mention is the fact that the human brain is 60 percent fat, and eating plenty of it keeps the brain working well.
In his book Grain Brain, Dr. David Perlmutter reveals surprising truths about brain health and what it takes to keep it. “The brain thrives on a fat-rich, low-carbohydrate diet, which unfortunately is relative uncommon in human populations today”, he says. Carbohydrates are typically thought of as healthy, including brown rice, 100% whole grain bread, and quinoa which are favorites of those who think they are eating healthy but who are actually causing disorders like dementia, ADHD, chronic headaches, and Alzheimer’s, according to Dr. Perlmutter.
“By removing these carbohydrates from the diet – harbingers of inflammation, the true source of problems that plague our brains and hearts – and increasing the amount of fat and cholesterol we consume, we can not only protect our most valuable organ, but also potentially undo years of damage,” he says.
Picamilon under FDA attack
The natural health product being attacked currently is picamilon, a supplement with a whole range of benefits. It has the ability to improve cognitive function as well as decrease anxiety and stress, and it has a positive effect on energy levels.
Picamilon is a combination of niacin (vitamin B-3) and GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid), which is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Niacin is a potent vasodilator that has the ability to take GABA across the blood-brain barrier, so that its effects on cognition are enhanced. Picamilon was discovered in the Soviet Union in 1969, and has been used safely by many ever since.
At the moment, Ellen Rosenblum, the attorney general in Oregon and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) are leading a charge against picamilon, with the FDA behind them. Rosenblum has filed a lawsuit alleging that GNC, one of the world’s largest retailers of natural dietary supplements, knowingly sold the product spiked with synthetic drugs. She says she is relying on an affidavit supplied by the FDA. However, picamilon is all natural and has no synthetic content.
This lawsuit followed a recent call from Sen. McCaskill to pull from the shelves both picamilon and vinpocetine, another supplement that is especially useful to promote blood flow in the brain. This action was supposedly pending an investigation into whether they should be sold only as prescription drugs. Of course most purveyors of natural products are not able to pay for expensive drug trials, so that would be the end of these natural medicines.
This is a bizarre story. Hopefully it will not end badly for people relying on supplements and natural medicines to keep their brains sharp.
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