The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has once again acted completely outside of the law and is obviously bent on destroying both the business and livelihood of people in the natural medicine field and that would include those products and herbals that can help with superbugs such as MRSA, CA-MRSA, and CRKP.
The manner this was done in and how it happened is not just wrong, but CRIMINIAL and those responsible should be charged and placed on trial and jailed as there would be no doubt of their guilt.
Under the constitution we are protected from any unreasonable search and seizure. There must be evidence brought before a court that the court can examine and determine probable cause to issue a warrant to then seize SPECIFIC INFORMATION that they are looking for. Without this being absolute, we are all without protection and can be subject to anything the government wants to do. This is one reason why our forefathers revolted from England – no one had any rights that did not have the blessing of the local governors appointed through the king.
We can NO LONGER allow the very government agencies that are supposed to be protecting us to operate outside of all common sense and the law of our land that we are supposed to be under.
To do so puts all of us at risk and all of the products and services from the natural health industry on the chopping block by the FDA at the urging of Big Pharma to remove any and all competition.
On Thursday, April 14, 2011, dozens of different agent from the FDA, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI) descended and began an full-scale, unprovoked raid on Maxam Nutraceutics in Hood River, Oregon.
Maxam Nutraceutics is a company that produces nutritional supplements that support autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Alzheimer’s disease and some others.
But WHY was this raid conducted? Did the company do something wrong? According to reports they did nothing wrong at all and tried to comply completely with the requests of the FDA and without warning found themselves literally under what amounted to an attack by these agencies.
They had been send a warning letter by the FDA back on October 12, 2010 notifying them that several of his company’s product were not labeled in accordance with the US Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. They gave the company 15 days from receipt of the letter to notify the FDA compliance officer and telling them the specific steps they planned to take to come into compliance and correct the violations.
Interestingly, the majority of the "unapproved labels" the FDA was complaining about were in fact not a label at all. They were actually customer testimonials about the products that had been accumulated over the years from many satisfied customers and had been posted online next to the product descriptions on their website. Apparently the FDA considered the testimonials to be a marketing violation and that automatically classified their products as drugs. This now made them subject to the full force of the government agency’s armed task forces.
Jim Cole, Founder and CEO of the company stated that they immediately responded to the FDA letter calling the FDA compliance officer and telling them they had every intention to come into full compliance as quickly as the could.
Mr. Cole cooperated with every demand that the FDA made of him and thought that they were satisfied that they were now in compliance.
But the FDA apparently had a very different idea when the FDA along with the other government agencys sent something like 80 armed, SWAT-style agents to Maxam headquarters, the company training center and even to Mr. Cole’s daughters’ house. The FDA then proceeded to confiscate all the products, company documents, and even personal files and computers.
It was beyond reason to any reasonable person, there was NO warrant or document shown that even hinted at their legal authority to do this raid and they took things that had nothing at all to do with the "concerns" that the FDA said needed to be corrected.
They destroyed both material and computer equipment and took personal items such as insurance policies, non-printed checks from the office, and even unopened filing folders from an office supply store.
This is more than outrageous and can not be allowed to happen.
The local sheriff should have been called and he should have done his job by telling all the federal agents to stop at once – leave everything and they are not to remove as much as a paper clip and have 10 minunets to vacate the property or they will be arrested and jailed.
THAT is exactly what needs to be done to curb the insane abuse and Gestapo tactics by these out-of-control agencies. Those of us who still want to live in a free society must stand shoulder to shoulder with our local law officers and insist that the LAW be followed.
Following the law means a court order to seize any items, specific listing of charges and why, notification of local law agencies who will monitor any action of these agencies, and an absolute enforcement that the rule of law be observed.
One of our most fundamental rights and protections is the right to NOT be subjected to any unreasonable search and seizure. This means there must be a body of evidence of some sort of wrongdoing presented to a court who then decides if there is sufficient evidence to allow the seizure of property to gather evidence.
There can NEVER be allowed the arbitrary confiscation of personal property without this or we will all be in very serious trouble.
There is a concerted and on-going effort by the medical and pharmaceutical industry to systematically remove their competition in the natural health industry because it is cutting into their profits since the natural health industry’s methods and products so often work!
This places everyone at risk and who knows what company or product might be next on the list including those that help against MRSA, CA-MRSA, CRKP and more.
The importance of stopping this in its tracks can not be overstated. What we can and should do is to let our representatives at the local, state, and national level know that we DO NOT support this type of action, we do support natural products and methods, and we DO SUPPORT the right to have the natural products and methods available, and we will be watching to see just what is and is not voted on and will act to support our ideals.
Additionally, we must insist that the local sheriff or police chief act according to the law and enforce the law in not allowing this type of action to take place in their jurisdictions. They can and do have the authority to stop this if they want to.
All of us need to be aware and active or we will wake up one day and find all of our health products we depend on will no longer be available.