Another Victory Against FDA Censorship_Featured_, FDA Thursday, July 12th, 2012
By William Faloon
Life Extension Magazine, July 2012
A federal judge has again ruled the FDA violated the First Amendment to the US constitution when it tried to censor a health claim about the anti-cancer effects of a dietary supplement.
In this case, a company selling green tea leaves wanted to state on their label that “green tea may prevent prostate and breast cancer.” The FDA insisted that the claim also contain the following statement:
“The FDA does not agree that green tea may reduce the risk because there is very little scientific evidence for the claim.”1
A US District Court ruled that by forcing the company to put this negative statement on their label, the ability of this health information to be communicated was effectively negated. The judge ordered the FDA to draft an accurate disclaimer that does not nullify the cancer prevention claim altogether.
In the November 2005 issue of this magazine, I wrote an article about the FDA’s absurd position on the green tea cancer debate. My argument back then was that the FDA had misinterpreted and overlooked substantial published evidence about green tea’s cancer preventive effects. Since then, a host of new studies has shown a protective effect of green tea against common cancers.2-15 A 2009 study for example, showed that women who drank three cups of green tea a day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 37%.16
In 2011 the National Cancer Institute published a meticulous review of 13 studies that showed a trend of prostate cancer reduction in Asian green tea drinkers of 38%. The National Cancer Institute summarized their findings by stating:
“In conclusion, this meta-analysis supported that green tea but not black tea may have a protective effect on prostate cancer, especially in Asian populations.”17
A 2012 report concluded that by year 2035, the average family will face medical costs that exceed their total income.18,19 Long before this happens, Medicare will become insolvent.
Something has to drastically change to spare this nation from financial catastrophe. The encouraging news is there are more validated ways of preventing disease than ever before. The problem is that the public is kept largely in the dark because the FDA forbids companies from disseminating this information to the public.
The next part of this article is a reprint of what I wrote about the green tea debate back in 2005. At the very end is an opportunity to email your congressional representative about the need to co-sponsor a new bill that would limit the FDA’s ability to censor science-based health claims.