Published in The Frederick
News Post, Sunday, 5 December 2004, in the OP ED section.
The public better wake
up before it gets too late. Your front page story (19 Nov.
2004) on “When medicines ATTACK” brings to the surface some
things many of us have known for many years now – the dangers
of many prescription drugs.
For many years I was
a Branch Chief in the Division Of Biologic Standards of the
National Institutes of Health. Although we did some research,
our main function was to regulate biologic agents being sold
to the public. We regulated the Blood Banks and biologic agents
such as vaccines. My specific charge was to oversee the manufacture
and release to the public influenza vaccine. Before I assumed
the control position, what was allowed to happen in the manufacture
of this vaccine would literally curdle your blood. Within
a period of only less than a year we were able to completely
revamp the process of insuring the public would get potent
and safe vaccines.
At that time, there
were 7 influenza vaccine manufacturers in the United States
. Now there is only one, and we now have to rely upon foreign
manufacturers. Eventually our Division became the Bureau of
Biologics at the FDA. But the influenza vaccine problem which
existed then and today I will leave for another day.
The problem described
in your front page article described above brings to the surface
a very serious problem of the public being poisoned with prescription
drugs. Recently I gave a free lecture on the “Dangers Of The
Statin Drugs” of which Crestor (mentioned in the article)
is one. Some 90 plus attended the lecture. Pity that only
4 eventually decided to do something about it.
All I have to say is:
“Go on , continue to kill yourself with these medicines.”
The drug company ads on TV are very catchy, especially the
one on Crestor. But the sad reality is frightening. There
are better ways to lower one's cholesterol and blood pressure
without resorting to these dangerous drugs. Statin drugs especially
do so much damage that eventually one sets themselves up to
developing serious heart failure in the long term. And, do
not let your doctor tell you any differently. Take it upon
yourself to read the side effects of these drugs, and perhaps
this will change your mind.
It is my opinion that
Christopher Reeve died as a result of taking statin drugs.
And he and his family is spending so much time touting the
potential benefits of stem cell research not realizing that
his potential demise was from something much different. Before
stem cell research ever develops a breakthrough to cure spinal
cord injuries, we, our grandchildren, and our great, great
grandchildren will be dead. Reeve died from something much
closer than this -- statin drug poisoning!
And please do not wait
for the FDA to change their minds. Once they have approved
a drug for release, they almost never change their minds.
Perhaps with this most recent scandal and shakeup, things
at the FDA will change.
nicola michael c. Tauraso,
Frederick , MD 21702