The Facts: Scientists have determined that America’s most commonly
used cooking oil may have negative effects on neurological processes in
Reflect On: Our health is our greatest wealth, how cautious are you
in regards to the foods you are consuming on a regular basis?
The most widely used oil in the United States can be found in
processed/packaged foods, in the deep fryers of countless fast food
restaurants and even mixed into feed for livestock. Soybean oil is
everywhere and, unfortunately, it is not healthy for us humans. Likely
the livestock as well should not be consuming it at all.
New research from the University of California, Riverside has shown that not only does the consumption of soybean oil lead to obesity and diabetes, but it could also contribute to neurological conditions including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and depression.
This study, published this month in the journal Endocrinology, compared
the outcome of mice that were fed 3 different high-fat diets including
soybean oil, soybean oil that has been modified to be low in linoleic
acid, and coconut oil.
In 2015 the same research team from UCR found that soybean oil
induces obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance and fatty liver in mice.
Then in 2017 another study from the same team discovered that if soybean
oil is engineered to be low in linoleic acid it will cause less obesity
and insulin resistance.
The Latest Study
In the study that was released earlier this month, the researchers
did not find any difference between the modified and unmodified soybean
oil’s effects on the brain. The scientists did, however, find noticeable
effects of the oil on the hypothalamus, an area of the brain that
controls body temperature, hunger, parenting and attachment behaviors,
sleep, and circadian rhythms.
“The hypothalamus regulates body weight via your metabolism,
maintains body temperature, is critical for reproduction and physical
growth as well as your response to stress,” said Margarita Curras-Collazo, a UCR associate professor of neuroscience and lead author on the study.
The team noticed that some of the genes in the mice that were fed the
soybean oil were not functioning correctly. For instance, the gene that
produces the love hormone, oxytocin, was drastically malfunctioning,
lowering the amount of oxytocin that it produced.
The team also discovered around 100 more genes that were affected by the diet consisting of the regular soybean oil. These discoveries have led the team to believe that not only does this substance have negative implications for energy metabolism, but also can impact proper brain function, leading to conditions including autism and Parkinson’s disease.
Though the organization today is among the most outspoken when it
comes to drumming up mass hysteria over “global warming” and “climate
change” – its homepage currently has a pop-up urging visitors to sign a
petition to “Tell Congress to Push for a Green New Deal” – Greenpeace
wasn’t always a shameless advocate for junk science.
In fact, the co-founder of Greenpeace Canada, Patrick Moore, recently spilled the beans during an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight, explaining that not only is global warming completely fake,
but that it’s also being used by social engineers around the world –
including Greenpeace – to fear-monger the public in to giving up their
rights and freedoms.
Speaking with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak, Moore held
nothing back in revealing fear and guilt are being used as conversion
tactics to draw more followers into the Cult of Climate Change – the
endgame being to siphon as much cash from people as possible in order to
implement a globalist system of governance in which nobody will be
allowed to drive big cars, eat meat, use plastic, or in any other way
“harm” the planet.
“Fear has been used all through history to gain control of people’s minds and wallets and all else, and the climate catastrophe is strictly a fear campaign – well, fear and guilt – you’re afraid you’re killing your children because you’re driving them in your SUV and emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and you feel guilty for doing that,” Moore explained during his interview.
First there was the advent of fake news; then they introduced us to
fake science. And truth be told, there was so much fake science thrown
in our faces in 2019 that this article would be excessively long were we
to recap all of it. So instead, here are the 10 most outlandish fake
science stories of 2019 that would have made us chuckle were they not so
pathetic and ridiculous:
Before it crashed and burned, Theranos, created by Elizabeth Holmes,
was seen as a budding technology startup that had the ability to
“miniaturize” and simplify the standard blood testing procedure. But
there was just one problem: The whole thing was a scam and a hoax
designed to steal people’s DNA for massive profits.
You know what else is a scam and a hoax? Global warming and the idea
that human activity is in any way responsible for so-called climate
change. Greenpeace Canada co-founder Patrick Moore fessed up this past
year to the inherent fakeness of global warming, and how the Cult of
Climate Change isn’t interested in saving the planet, but is rather
concerned with stealing people’s money in the name of “climate
By the way, ocean levels also aren’t rising, either, as is popularly claimed. Reports that came out this past year revealed that historical data is constantly being “adjusted” to reflect the prevailing climate narrative rather than what’s actually happening all around the world, which is a whole lot of nothing when it comes to the supposedly changing sea levels.
Researchers out of Finland likewise found this past year that global
temperature data is actively manipulated to make it seem like everything
is warming due to humans. The truth is that planetary temperatures have
been fluctuating, as they always do, for a variety of reasons,
and human activity contributes only a fraction of a fraction of a
percent to these changes – meaning human activity is basically
inconsequential in the greater scheme of things.
Questions have also arisen as to the accuracy of this heat data in
the first place, as what’s being reported by groups like NASA and NOAA
conflict with data compiled over the past 140 years. As it turns out,
the earth isn’t actually on an overall warming trajectory, and merely
undergoes periods of heating and cooling, much like a stove burner that
turns on and off to achieve a certain temperature average.
Another dataset that’s been manipulated to serve a political end
involves gun violence, which isn’t exactly the “public health emergency”
that leftists claim it is. When gun-related incidents that aren’t false
flags actually occur, they’re far less in number than the Democrats
claim, meaning the Second Amendment doesn’t need to be abolished because
the “science” that says it does isn’t actually real science.
Law enforcement, which is often just a revenue generation scam, is
similarly engaged in scientific fraud with its breathalyzer scam.
Believe it or not, breathalyzer tests are inaccurate, unreliable, and
completely antithetical to the free society that our founders
envisioned. But since they generate lots of extra cash for police
departments, they’re still being used to generate the erroneous results
that commonly result in false convictions – excepts when victims of this
societal fraud know their rights!
An alleged “scientific” study about the 2016 presidential election
had to be retracted this past year after it was revealed that its
anti-Trump authors used fake data to make it seem like Donald Trump won
because Russian bots promoted him on social media.
Leftists are notorious for claiming that the official climate science
is “settled,” just like they said about the size of the earth’s
atmosphere, which this past year was found to be significantly larger
than previously believed. It just goes to show that when it comes to
science, almost nothing is ever settled, and there’s always room to grow and change whenever new truths present themselves.
Hilariously, one of the centerpieces of the climate change conspiracy, the so-called “hockey stick” graph, was exposed as a fraud
this past year. Created by Michael Mann, the hockey stick graph was
deliberately created to deceive, as it always pulls up the desired
results to “prove” that man-made climate change is happening, even
though it’s actually not.
Same Soda Companies Now Pushing Transgenderism Mutilations of Children Once Promoted Sugary Soft Drinks For Infants
(Natural News) The same soda companies that are right now pushing the transgenderism indoctrination and mutilation of children used to run full page ads promoting sugary-laden soft drinks for infants in cribs.
As part of an investigation into the deceptive, harmful marketing
practices of soda companies, Natural News acquired a 1968 LIFE Magazine
issue. Inside, a full page ad urged mothers to feed their infants 7-Up
as a way to “fresh up!” (See below.)
The ad features promotional text claiming 7-Up was the “All-Family Drink” that could even be given to toddlers.
Really got a grip on that 7-Up, haven’t you, big boy? Go right ahead, “fresh up” to your heart’s content! Mom knows sparkling, crystal-clear 7-Up is so pure, so good, so wholesome that folks of all ages — even little guys like you — can enjoy it often!
This is how soda companies were brainwashing mothers in the 1960s to
exploit their children to feed the corporate profit machine. The ad
features a young toddler with a baby crib and children’s toys in the
background, implying that 7-Up should be served to infants who are still
in the crib.
Same soda companies now pushing transgender mutilations of children
Today, these same soda companies are pushing transgender mutilations
of children as part of some new, twisted “inclusiveness” agenda that
actually consists of mentally ill transgender mobs threatening anyone
who disagrees with their pedophilia and child mutilations.
Last year, Sprite released an LGBT / transgenderism ad in
Argentina that celebrated mothers binding the breasts of children, a
painful form of child mutilation that’s essentially an act of sexual
violence against children. As described in a Breitbart article we republished:
The video captures somewhat playful glances between the mothers and their gender dysphoric children.
The mothers of boys are seen in the ad applying makeup and
dressing their sons in feminine attire as they smile at each other. The
mothers of girls are viewed binding the breasts of their daughters to
help them appear as males. A grandmother teasingly helps her grandson
dress in drag.
Johnston also notes the video’s background song – “You’ll Never
Walk Alone” from the musical Carousel – is used to “tug on heartstrings”
and emphasize the narrative that transgender children are victims.
The video depicts children preparing a rainbow flag for the Pride event as they embrace LGBT family members. Parents appear to send their LGBT children off to the event in a celebratory manner.
When it comes to food products that one would normally label as
“healthy,” butter isn’t the first thing that would come to mind. It is,
after all, near-synonymous to excess, and has been linked to
hypertension and even obesity.
That might soon change, however, as more and more studies are now espousing the health-boosting benefits of butter, or, to be more specific, ghee.
Typically used in Indian cuisine, ghee is a type of clarified butter
and is typically prepared by simmering butter, skimming off any
impurities from the surface, and then collecting the clear liquid fat
while discarding the solid impurities and residues that have settled at
According to traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, ghee facilitates
the strengthening of one’s “agni” or digestive fire, which, according to
ancient Ayurvedic lore, helps the body eliminate waste, as well as
The Ayurvedic classic text Sushruta Samhita indicates that
ghee is beneficial for the whole body, and even recommends it as the
ultimate remedy for problems stemming from the pitta dosha –an imbalance of the element of fire and water within one’s self – such as inflammation, rashes, fevers and heartburn.
So, how does ghee affect the body? And what makes it such a beneficial foodstuff?
Ghee is rich in butyric acid
A key short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) butyric acid helps
promote immunity within the digestive system by providing colon cells
with up to 70 percent of their total energy needs. Also known
as butyrate and butanoic acid, this key SCFA is also known to support
healthy insulin levels and gallbladder function.
Short on ghee? This key SCFA is also found in parsnips and Parmesan cheese.
The butyric acid in ghee assists in reducing fatty tissue by boosting
thermogenesis and metabolism. This can result in the management of
one’s cholesterol ratios, as well as the reduction of high blood
Ghee is rich in conjugated linoleic acid and vitamin K2
A polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid is used in the biosynthesis of prostaglandins and cell membranes, while vitamin K2, an
essential nutrient found in animal-based food and fermented food
products, is strongly associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.
Together, these two promote tissue maintenance, which can then translate
to reductions in inflammation and tumors.
How to make ghee
Ghee is typically easy to find in most health food stores as well as
in the Asian section of your local markets. However, if ever you find
yourself at a loss, you don’t need to worry – ghee is easy to make,
provided, of course, that you start with good, high-quality butter
derived from organic grass-fed cows. This will ensure that you are
starting out with an already high-grade and clean product.(Related: Why butter is better and ways to eat more.)
Researchers from the University of Samarra in Iraq looked at the potential of plant extracts as natural alternatives to herbicides. They published their work in the Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine
In agriculture, weeds are a significant factor when it comes to determining production.
Current practices for managing weeds often include synthetic weedicides, which negatively affect the environment.
For this study, researchers assessed the effectiveness of aqueous extract from oleander (Nerium oleander), olives (Olea europaea) and castor (Ricinus communis) against nutgrass (Cyperus rotundus).
Two experiments were carried out to assess the extracts’ effects on germination and seedling growth.
The team found that oleander extract had 90% seedling growth
inhibition at concentrations of 5% and 10% — which was compatible with
the chemical herbicide tribenuron.
They concluded that plant extracts could be a viable alternative to chemical herbicides.
Journal Reference: Al-Samarai G, Mahdi W, Al-Hilali B. REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION BY CHEMICAL HERBICIDES USING NATURAL PLANT DERIVATIVES – ALLELOPATHY EFFECT. Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine. March 2018;25(3):449–452. DOI: 10.26444/aaem/90888
“…the whole ‘climate change’ thing is not about climate change, real or imaginary, at all but is in reality a smoke-screen for a full-spectrum multi-tiered planetary engineering operation designed to fulfill several long-standing globalist agendas. To wit, the parallel engineering and manipulation of the human mind and the dynamics of Mother Earth as a planetary being, for the purposes of technocratic enslavement, radical depopulation and the replacement of nature and biological life with synthetic artifacts. “
A big part of modern ‘war’ is its value as a media spectacle…arm-chair entertainment DISTRACTING YOU FROM WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON and manufacturing consent for and advancing the interests of the MIC…unless you happen to be a Palestinian mother looking for her lost child or a family of kangaroos fleeing a raging fire-storm.
Australia as a socio-political entity is on the verge of exploding with outrage against a governmental regime that is blatantly murderous, fascist, corrupt beyond comprehension, Trump-like in Springer Show staged ludicrous drama, and puppet-minions of the trans-national corporate-banking cartel elites comprising the ‘New World Order’. This in itself is nothing new, as every Australian regime in recent decades has been cast from the same mold, as has every regime in America and all other western nations.
Regardless, however, of the level of public outrage and overt hatred for the current regime, a mass-uprising of any kind would only ‘manufacture consent’ for martial law, and is highly improbable. Not only were guns seized in the wake of the 1996 Port Arthur event, public drinking water has long been heavily fluoridated, and alcohol and televised sport foisted in the same way that white sugar, flour, tea and small-pox infested blankets debilitated unwitting indigenous peoples. Not to mention the global mind-control capabilities of ‘next generation’ microwave-based ionospheric heaters like H.A.A.R.P., written about at length by Zbigniew Brzezinski and his mentor Gordon J.F. MacDonald, developed through the ‘revolution in military affairs’ catalyzed by 9/11, and deployed globally since around 1990. How far can ‘she’ll be roite’ be stretched? We shall soon see…
What is new is the brazen unleashing of ‘next generation’ techniques and technologies of imperial mobilization, straight out of Brzezinski’s blue-print for world control, using mass-media and geo-physical environmental warfare to achieve convergent goals of
1) cognitive enforcement of the ‘climate change’ hoax which is itself part of the UN socio-political reconfiguration agenda involving
2) ‘land grabs’ and forced relocation of people and communities to facilitate new industry/construction/resource allocation (high-speed trains, water exploitation, ‘smart cities’, mining projects, military installations),
both part of a large-scale plan to subsume all independent nations into one global scientific dictatorship with an eco-friendly green-sounding name.
The New Year’s firestorm scenario came right on the heels of a climax of ‘climate change’ propaganda with Greta Thunberg interviewing David Attenborough, as if to say, ‘Look! We told you so!’
“Australians need only wake up in the morning, turn on the television, read the newspaper or look out the window to see what is increasingly obvious to many – for Australia, dangerous climate change is already here.”
Well, tell us this, Professor Mann…tell us, being an expert and all, back in the Permian Era, carbon dioxide was at around 9,000 ppm…that’s 25 times higher than today, yet not only was the Earth only moderately warmer, life flourished, and didn’t burst into flames. Where did all THAT carbon dioxide come from, and more importantly, how does the wily devil-bogey eco-monstrosity ‘climate change’ IGNITE all these hundreds of fires, all over a continent bigger than the USA, and many of them in totally unnatural linear patterns?
Might the 200+ people arrested for starting fires have anything to do with it? Hardly. This is a red herring. Conspiracy theorists might speculate that many of these people are part of an MK-Ultra-like mind-control plot to burn up the Lucky Country, members of a ‘terrorist cell’, and/or on the pay-roll of some evil doers? But why bother with people when you’ve got all this at your tentacle-tips:
So much for how the fires may have started. ‘Dry lightning strikes’? In hundreds of locations nearly simultaneously with no thunder-storm activity?
THE TECHNETRONIC ERA & THE WELTANSCHAUUNGSKRIEG
“…turn on the television, read the newspaper or look out the window to see what is increasingly obvious to many…”
Weltanschauungskrieg means ‘world-view warfare’ in German and was concocted by Nazi psychiatrists as a means of subjugating people psychologically by influencing and manipulating their perceptions of reality at all levels. Goebbels, head of the Ministry of Enlightenment, imported all the Wall Street marketing and advertising expertise so generously gifted by Edward Bernays, took it to the next level, then it was all re-imported back into the USA when over 1500 Nazi scientists, most of whom were psychiatrists became Americans under the auspices of Operation Paperclip, over-seen by CIA director Allan Dulles (who was fired by JFK then appointed head of the Warren Commission) and Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler’s top Eastern Europe spy-master.
Dulles concocted the whole MK-Ultra mind-control mega-experimentation program as well as a host of other nefarious projects, only a few of which we know about. But Operation Mockingbird, dating from the early 1950’s, essentially tells the story of the ‘intelligence community’ ‘s interest in public communication: this was a large-scale program aimed at taking control of every form of mass-media in existence.
The current Australian bush-fire is a text-book example of what ‘war’ looks like in what Brzezinski calls the ‘technetronic era’, where ‘unrestrained elites free from traditional values’ will deploy imperial mobilization using a full-spectrum of psychological and ‘unconventional’ warfare methods, to wit, the weltanschauungskrieg and ENMOD, or ‘environmental modification.’
What is happening in Australia has historical precedents in Hitler’s blitzkrieg into Poland to initiate World War 2; the gratuitous fire-bombing of Dresden in Germany; and the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The Aus bush-fires quickly became an incendiary blitzkrieg right on the heels of the Greta-Attenborough interview…as if ‘on cue’…and have moved with unprecedented speed and level of devastation…just like Hitler’s tanks rolling over Poland.
The eco-cidal conflagration and deliberate mass-murder of untold millions of beautiful innocent animals across all the kingdoms…marsupials, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects, arthropods, trees, flowers, dream-time sacred sites and entire eco-systems…not to mention human people…and its incessant repetition and broadcast throughout all media…is the equivalent of the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany’s leading cultural centre and of no military value whatsoever. It was an act of psychological terrorism aimed at destroying the heart and spirit of the German people, conceived by British Army psychiatrist John Rawlings Rees, who worked closely with Hitler’s right-hand man, Rudolf Hess, and went on to found the Tavistock Institute, funded by the Rockefellers and dedicated to ‘world-wide mental health’ in exactly the same way that Hitler’s Ministry of Enlightenment was about spiritual awakening!
What is unfolding in Australia is the ‘next level’ of all of this. The modus operandi is age-old, but the targets and technologies are new: what many believe to be ‘science fiction’ weapons used on a benign, friendly and peaceful western Anglo-American ally.
The big difference between the conventional weapons of World War 2 and now is that everybody could clearly see Hitler’s tanks rolling on Poland, but not many of us can see the spectre of Brzezinskian techno-priests arming the satellites of environmental warfare and KNOW that ‘climate change’ is its smoke-screen. What we DO see as a whole is whatever the television WANTS us to see.
“SO IT’S ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’, EH?”
How dare me! How heretical, how blasphemous of me to challenge the ‘biggest lie’ ever to be excreted by the orifices of mass-persuasion! I’ve already covered in depth how and why none of this has or could possibly have anything to do with ‘climate change’, real or imaginary. Anyone persisting in clinging to the possibility that anything related to ‘climate change’ has to do with these fires has been set up and knocked down just like a set of bowling pins.
For months Australia has borne witness to massive geo-engineering operations…the spraying of aerosolized substances believed to both increase incendiary potential on the ground and to increase electrical conductivity in the stratosphere; the diversion of rain-bearing systems coming from the Indian Ocean to the south of the continent, creating a semi-permanent pseudo-jet stream passing across the Otway Peninsula and Tasmania, creating and exacerbating extreme drought across much of the continent; all this creating tinder-box conditions for a strategically-premeditated and orchestrated ignition campaign sparking hundreds of fires almost simultaneously all over the country.
We hear about the unbelievable speed and ferocity of these fire-fronts, about ‘fireballs’ of ‘white flame’ tens or hundreds of meters in diameter being ejected out of fire-fronts. In some ways these fires are like the ‘neutron bomb’ from the Cold War era: they emitted radiation that killed people but did not damage precious infrastructure. These current fires are destroying houses and cars but not burning trees and vegetation as much as would be expected, in some places leaving them untouched.
It’s almost like Australia is the new Viet Nam…a vast test-site or proving grounds for the ‘next generation’ of weapons systems and environmental warfare.
RAYTHEON’S CONTINENT-WIDE DEPLOYMENT
It should come as no surprise that Raytheon, the mac-daddy of microwave weapons, was essentially given Woomera three years ago, an area the size of Texas in South Australia, to create the world’s most advanced electronic warfare facility. Raytheon is heavily involved in under-water warfare systems as well as directed energy weapons. Raytheon operates Lear jets outfitted with electronic warfare gear for the Australian military, has at least 20 facilities in Australia, and also happens to own the patent portfolio for H.A.A.R.P.
And BAE Systems, who contracted the Phase 2 power upgrade for H.A.A.R.P. in 2006, constructed and currently operates the JORN (Jindalee Operational Radar Network) in three locations in Australia.
IF IT’S NOT ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’, THEN WHO?
Once people accept the fact that what we are witnessing in Australia is NOT due to ‘climate change’ but to military technologies, the next question is ‘But who would do this?’
that in the world of today, who you have been led to think of as an
‘enemy’ is more than likely a co-conspiratorial actor and/or patsy
and/or business partner with ‘your’ side or country. The adversarial
relationships are not really between different religious, political or
economic systems, but between those who seek to ‘rule the world’ with an
iron bank-card and everyone and everything else…that they want and/or
who might be in the way of what they want…living in the path of their
new train or on top of their new mine-site or where their new resort
needs to go or where access to their aquifer is, or in their new
national park where ordinary humans aren’t allowed.
I assure them that the mentalities behind the atomic bomb are ‘alive and well’…maybe not the right terms…’extant and thriving’ and have multiplied many times over and gone to the next level many times over, with over 70 years of accelerated technological advancement and innumerable zeroes of financial persuasion at their behest.
As the world gets smarter and more connected, 5G and geospatial will together be powering cities of the future.
of the world’s population lives in cities, a proportion that is
expected to increase to 68% by 2050. As our urban ecosystems grow ever
larger, technology has the potential to dramatically improve the lives
of those living in them. With the onset of digitalization and the Fourth
Industrial Revolution radically changing how we live work and interact,
the biggest impact will be felt on our cities.
As challenges like
population pressure, deforestation, traffic congestion, deteriorating
infrastructure, crime and resource crunch impact cities the world over,
smart city innovations couldn’t have come at a better time. Smart cities
may save the world as much as $22 trillion by 2050, according to the
Global Commission on Economy & Climate.
Accurate geospatial information helps governments design better cities, improve public services and engage with citizens. Urbanization of the future will be driven by geospatial data and location would be a crucial component in digitalization of cities. And as cities get smarter, much of this location data has to be in real time. This is where geospatial and 5G converge. 5G and geospatial will together be powering cities of the future.
Authorities in Australia have arrested close to 200 people for deliberately starting the bushfires that have devastated the country, yet the media and celebrities continue to blame “climate change” for the disaster.
The fires have caused at least 18 deaths, destroyed thousands of
homes, millions of hectares of land and killed hundreds of millions of
A total of 183 people have been arrested by police in
Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania for lighting
bushfires over the last few months, figures obtained by news agency AAP show.
In New South Wales, 24 people were arrested for arson, risking prison sentences of up to 25 years.
Around 85 per cent of bushfires are caused by humans either
deliberately or accidentally starting them, according to Dr Paul Read,
co-director of the National Centre for Research in Bushfire and Arson.
“Police are now working on the premise arson is to blame for much of
the devastation caused this bushfire season,” reports 7 News Sydney.
New environmental policies that restrict “prescribed burning,” where
land owners burn off flammable ground cover in cooler months in a
controlled manner so it doesn’t contribute to bushfires, have also
exacerbated the problem.
The fact that the bushfires were deliberately started and have nothing to do with man-made climate change hasn’t prevented that being the dominant narrative.
The FDA is complicit in turning another supplement into an expensive drug. Action Alert!
Earlier this year, the FDA fired off warning letters to seventeen companies that, in the agency’s view, were illegally marketing supplements to treat Alzheimer’s disease. One of the supplements targeted in the FDA’s action was piracetam, a derivative of GABA, continuing an FDA trend of attacking brain health supplements to protect drug industry profits.
Piracetam has been on the market as a supplement for years. It is approved as a drug in Europe and prescribed for cognitive impairment and dementia. Researchers think that piracetam helps the brain by boosting energy production in brain cells. As we age, our brain cells decline in their ability to generate energy; this decline in energy causes cellular “debris” to accumulate which can kill brain cells and eventually lead to senility.
The FDA’s treatment of piracetam highlights how broken our system is. This relates to the “new supplement” notification process we’ve discussed many times. Any supplement that came to the market after 1994 is considered a “new supplement.” Companies that want to sell new supplements must notify the FDA 75 days in advance of marketing the product. In implementing this provision of the law, though, the FDA has been trying to turn this notification process into a de facto pre-approval process. The agency has also adopted an expansive view of what constitutes a new supplement.
Additionally, if a compound is being investigated for use in a drug, and that process started before a “new supplement” notification was filed on that compound, then that substance cannot be sold as a supplement—even if the drug company abandons the research on that compound. This, remember, is what happened with pyridoxamine, a crucial form of vitamin B6. Additionally, L-glutamine and CBD have both been turned into drugs through this mechanism.