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    Re: Dr. Shoemaker's Treatment Protocol

    Posted by johncodie on 9/22/03

    On 9/21/03, ff wrote:
    > johncodie:
    > a few notes on your post:
    > Choestyramine: if it has been recalled, I am unaware of it as it is
    > still in inventory and being sold (by prescription). There are likely
    > several types of recalls, and also voluntary withdrawals, which have
    > nothing to do with efficacy, false claims, or reports of adverse
    > effects.
    > Ozone machines - not analogous to cholestyramine (CSM). CSM has been
    > on the market for, let me guess, thirty years (as an FDA approved
    > product)? I agree with you about false claims made on performance of
    > a lot of products or "equipment" that continually hit the market for
    > short periods of time and usually by-pass regulatory and medical
    > approval.

    Doctors increasingly recommend a low-fat diet for cholesterol control.
    But instead of garlic, physicians promote prescription drugs like
    cholestyramine (Questran). Cholestyramine is effective, but it costs $1
    to $2 a day, requires regular professional monitoring that adds to its
    cost, and may cause side effects, notably constipation, vomiting, loss of
    appetite, bleeding, and vitamin deficiencies. In addition, animal
    research hints that cholestyramine might accelerate tumor growth.

    What we have here is a public-health no-brainer. Some people with
    superelevated cholesterol levels might still need cholestyramine, but
    everyone with high cholesterol should be encouraged to eat at least one
    clove of garlic a day.

    Unfortunately, if growers or marketers attached this information to bags
    of the aromatic bulbs, the FDA could confiscate their garlic. Ditto if
    they reprinted it in a pamphlet and mailed it to consumers or supermarket
    produce buyers.

    Why? Because under FDA regulations, using garlic to reduce cholesterol
    makes the culinary herb a "drug." To the FDA, the assertion that "garlic
    reduces cholesterol" constitutes a "new drug claim." The FDA has never
    approved this claim, and it is a violation of FDA regulations to make
    unapproved claims on drug labels or promotional materials.

    June 25, 2003
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Has Recalled Cholestyramine
    (SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the
    following information.

    Cholestyramine for Oral Suspension, USP Powder, 4 grams cholestyramine
    resin, USP, per packet, 60 single dose packets, Apothecon. Recall # D-259-

    Lot no. 1A32512 Exp. Date 2/29/2004.

    Recalling Firm: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, New Brunswick, NJ, by
    letters on April 11, 2003.
    Manufacturing Firm: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Prinston, NJ. Firm
    initiated recall is ongoing.

    Superpotent (6 month stability).

    2,011 ctns/60 packets ea.


    Your right not a total product recall. It appears the garlic growers are
    looking for reasons to promote the health benefits of their product.

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