Miracles Redux

Doc Gumshoe looks at Dr. Al Sears and some "censored breakthroughs"

By Michael Jorrin, "Doc Gumshoe", November 28, 2017

The last time Dr Al Sears crossed our path, his banner headline was that President Obama, “the most corrupt president in U. S. history,” issued a “Death Order” in 2016 that “could result in the needless deaths of 1.3 million American seniors this year.”   That “Death Order” consisted in the appointment of Robert Califf, MD, as Commissioner of Food and Drugs, on February 16, 2016.   Sears’ implication in that urgent bulletin was that Dr Califf would use his position to deny Americans the right to use a great many supposedly life-saving drugs.  That was the sum total of Obama’s “Death Order.”

Sears’ most recent revelation was entitled “A New Era in Medicine,” and led off with this bombshell:

“Donald Trump just made his biggest health move EVER… 

A move that could free us from the stranglehold of the $1.2 TRILLION pharmaceutical industry.

And if you or a loved one are suffering from ANY disease — cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis…

Then Trump’s move has potentially life-saving implications for you.

It all comes down to a shocking ban on the biggest disease-fighting breakthroughs…

FDA’s Ban Kills Two Million Americans Each Year 

A ban that’s kept the most powerful treatments out of your hands. 

Trump’s FDA Move Unleashes Natural Cures for Cancer, Heart Disease, and Alzheimer’s…

That Could Save 2 MILLION American Lives Each Year… “

So, while Obama had, according to Sears, condemned more than a million of us to death, Trump was doing the opposite, and even more.   What exactly did President Trump do?   Here’s what Sears says:

“Trump turned to a man who is about to change the entire way the FDA operates.

His name is Dr. Scott Gottlieb.

You may have never heard of him, but soon everyone will.

Because as new FDA Director, he’s about to overturn their ban on the biggest breakthroughs…

A ban known as “off-limit labeling.”

To understand what this means, let me give you an example.

Take vitamin K2.

It’s not a prescription drug. It’s safe and cheap.

And according to a new study it slashes heart disease risk by over 57%!

That’s incredible.

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But your cardiologist can’t just go: take vitamin K2, it will lower your risk of heart disease.

That would violate this ban!

Instead he has to prescribe the latest fancy new drug…

One that pads Big Pharma’s bank account, but will have the same results as aspirin…

Or, worse, their drug will have LESS results with MORE side effects.

That’s how it usually goes. In other words…

This FDA Ban FORCES Doctors To Prescribe Weak, Dangerous, and Expensive Drugs”

I can’t quite see how the so-called “off-limit labeling” ban would prevent a physician from prescribing Vitamin K2.   For a start, that ban isn’t really a ban, but a recommendation.    E.g., because of the potential for liver damage, acetaminophen should not be taken in doses greater than 325 mg, and the labeling on the package should so state.  And as for vitamin K2, it doesn’t need to be prescribed, because it can be bought without a prescription for about fifteen bucks for a hundred pills.   That substance, not technically a vitamin, does appear to have potential cardiac benefits, and it certainly is not banned.

Let’s for the moment try to get to the bottom of whatever it is that Sears is pitching.   His thesis is simple, and you’ve certainly heard it before.   Stated briefly, it is that our medical/pharmaceutical/regulatory complex, acting purely out of greed, has prevented Americans from benefiting from the natural, near-miraculous “cures” that keep the populations of other regions disease-free and in excellent health.

A bit more from the Truth as Revealed by Dr Al Sears:

“Hi, my name is Dr. Al Sears, M.D.

But I’m not like any medical doctor you may know of.

I put my boots on the ground, traveling to dozens of countries every year.

Places that are free of many of the disease that impact us here in America.

Where they don’t experience the same rates of cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

Where their elderly are just as vital, mobile, strong and sharp.

And where aging — a disease that cripples and weakens millions of Americans — is non-existent.

The reason why is simple…

Natural cures are part of their everyday lives — including their diets, rituals, and medicine…

But things are very different here in the U.S.A.

Instead we consume the MOST toxic pills created by the drug industry.

We use the most surgeries, the most hospital visits, the most mainstream medicine.

Yet we still die from diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s at the world’s highest rates.

It’s no secret that our health — just like America — has been on a downward spiral for decades.”

I wonder which countries Dr Al Sears is talking about, where aging is non-existent because of the wonderful benefits of natural cures.   According to the World Health Organization, life expectancy in the US is 79.3 years, which is far from the best in the world, but not all that bad.   Japan, where life expectancy is 83.7 years, Switzerland (83.4), Australia (82.8), Canada (82.2), as well as most European nations, have the US beat.   On the other hand, life expectancy is not so terrific in some countries which might be thought as free from the curse of Western medicine, such as Sierra Leone, where life expectancy is 50.1 years, or Nigeria (54.5), or Fiji (61.1).   Where exactly did Sears put his “boots on the ground” and find a healthy paradise?

It is true that rates of diseases like Alzheimer’s and most cancers are much lower in Sierra Leone et al, but I don’t think it’s because people there have access to the natural cures that are supposedly forbidden here in the US.   The elementary reason is that those diseases mostly affect older folks, and people in those less-regulated nations just don’t live long enough.   They die of other causes at a younger age.

It’s obvious that the chief causes of death have changed over time.   When we came down out of the trees and tried to eke out a living on the savannah, lots of our ancestors were eaten by lions and tigers.   These days, not so many of us meet our ends that way.   A mere century ago, infectious diseases carried off immense numbers of us, and by mid-century, heart attacks were the biggest killers.   Infectious diseases are still a threat, as are heart attacks, but nowadays many more of us survive those particular threats.   We survive to be threatened by cancers, and also by Alzheimer’s disease.   And when we learn to combat those diseases more effectively, which I’m confident we will, some other health threat will emerge to take us to our reward.   That will not mean that we have defeated the aging process, only that we have slowed it down.

However, returning to the Sears doctrine, we can be quite sure that it is not the “natural cures” in the “diets, rituals, and medicine” of the inhabitants of Japan, Switzerland, Australia, and Canada that have rewarded them with better life expectancy than in the US.   I suspect that it has more to do with the way their medical systems are organized.   But let us not venture into politics here.

We can be quite sure that Sears’ grievance against the Food and Drug Administration centers on the way the FDA deals with the supplements industry.   Compared with regulation of drugs, the FDA has very little regulatory oversight regarding nutritional supplements, or “neutraceuticals,” or vitamins, or, indeed, any of the kinds of pills or tablets that are not, strictly speaking, drugs.   However, there is one specific restriction on supplements that arouses the ire of many “naturopaths,” as they are sometimes called: they may not state that they treat any medical condition or disease, whether in their advertising or on their packaging.   The farthest they can go in that direction is to make a simple statement that they support bone health or cardiac health or the immune system or the nervous system or something like that.

The FDA has twice attempted to regulate supplements – once in the 1970s, when megavitamins were becoming a huge trend, and again in the 1990s.   Both times, their efforts were defeated in Congress.   The FDA does require that supplements manufacturers keep records of the safety of their products; however, that information does not need to be submitted to the FDA in order for the supplement to be sold.   From time to time, the FDA does get take action against specific supplements for safety reasons.   For example, the FDA has just issued a warning against six weight-loss supplements because they contain banned stimulants, mostly analogues of amphetamine/methamphetamine, which can cause severe and potentially fatal side effects including strokes and myocardial infarctions.

However, the FDA’s action was not based either on information provided to the FDA by the supplement makers/marketers, nor yet on the FDA’s own research.   Instead, it was based on a paper (Cohen PA Clinical Toxicology 08/11/17) published just a couple of weeks ago, in which it was reported that these weight-loss supplements contained