FDA Approved Snake Oil

Copyright 2012, Written by Will Blesch

Yesterday I was challenged on a number of issues by another blogger. I was accused of utilizing false and misleading statements, of being associated with a company that deals primarily in fraudulent, patented medicine (dietary supplements), and that has been soundly rejected by the FDA.

I’d like to post the blogger’s posting to me below and then set the record straight. (The blogger’s name is Anna.) I’d also like to provide some counter-arguments to those she presents.

So, without further ado, here is her comment:

“Do you think it might be hypocritical of you to insinuate that pharmaceutical companies are only in it for the money when you are affiliated with a company that claims its products can treat chronic viral infections such as HPV? After all, the company you’re affiliated with profits from chronic HPV infections that can be prevented by Gardasil. Even worse, it’s received special attention from the FDA for its fraudulent claims that are unsupported by any scientific evidence. I would be ashamed to be affiliated with predatory snake-oil peddlers like them.

In truth, I believe that valid claims should be able to stand on their own, regardless of who makes them, but to point your finger at Big Pharma when you’re affiliated with Big Supplement is more than a bit amusing to me.” – Anna

  1. I am affiliated with polyDNA in that I write marketing copy for them. This is true.
  2. polyDNA does claim that its products (specifically Gene-Eden-VIR) can help boost the immune system against the dormant (latent) HPV virus.

(For the record, the FDA states on its own website: “Some viruses…can enter a state known as latency in which the virus is not being replicated. In the latent state, the virus does not cause disease.”)

So if dormant viruses are not a disease, why bother with them?

Two reasons. First, because they can turn into active viruses, those that cause disease. Scientists call the awakening of the dormant virus “reactivation.”

Second, because they are genetic parasites.

According to Dr. Hanan Polansky, dormant viruses use scarce genetic resources, and as a result, can drive the human genes that need these genetic resources to malfunction.  In fact, according to Dr. Hanan Polansky’s highly acclaimed “Theory of Microcompetition” dormant viruses, in high concentration, are the cause of many major diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and many more.

Scientists, biologists, virologists etc. are encouraged to read this theory which was published in 2003. (http://www.cbcd.net)

Some of those who have read the theory had this to say:

“Even if only a portion of the author’s thesis is correct, it would establish wholly new insights into the pathogenesis of chronic disease states, and would have significant implications for treatment and/or prevention.” – Kim E. Barrett, PhD – Professor of Medicine and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

“Dr. Polansky’s book, Microcompetition with Foreign DNA and the Origin of Chronic Disease gives a chance for the reader to think in an unconventional way about the cause of chronic diseases … In my opinion, this book will be a valuable resource for medical research and drug design as well as for the field of targeted therapy of a wide variety of diseases, including cancer. I highly recommend this book to the entire scientific community.” – Tapan K. Bera, PhD – Staff Scientist, National Cancer Institute, NIH

There are many more quotes I could post, but I think you get the point.

3. Anna goes on to say, “After all, the company you’re affiliated with profits from chronic HPV infections that can be prevented by Gardasil.”

polyDNA does profit from sales of Gene-Eden-VIR. This is true. However, Gardasil has been shown to have worrying side effects, while Gene-Eden-VIR has had no reported side effects in over 3 years of being on the market.

While Gardasil purports to prevent certain HPV infections, the drug’s own website states: “GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone.” What does this mean? It means Gardasil is not 100% effective. It means Merck Pharmaceuticals simply does not have information on the long-term efficacy of its drug.

Moreover, Merck markets the Gardasil drug as a means of preventing cervical cancer as any cursory  google search can attest. You can even see Gardasil commercials on Youtube.com that make this claim:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ8x3KR75fA

Yet, the peer reviewed medical journal, Annals of Medicine published a report on December 22, 2011 entitled “Human Virus (HPV) Vaccine Policy and Evidence Based Medicine” which stated: “

“clinical trials show no evidence that HPV vaccination can protect against cervical cancer.” – the entire abstract can be read here:

4. Anna goes on to say: “Even worse, it’s received special attention from the FDA for its fraudulent claims that are unsupported by any scientific evidence.”

The fact of the matter is that polyDNA did indeed receive a warning letter from the FDA, and the Gene-Eden product was placed on a list of products which the FDA said made fraudulent claims.

However, polyDNA is now in full compliance with the FDA. But, I must, again, take issue with the FDA’s claims of fraudulence. The FDA has not evaluated the Gene-Eden products in any capacity. Therefore they cannot legitimately say one way or the other that polyDNA’s claims are fraudulent. They simply do not have enough information to make that determination.

And again, the charge that polyDNA’s claims are unsupported by scientific evidence is simply false. As I requested above, scientists, biologists, virologists etc. are urged to read the literature located at http://www.cbcd.net in order to make a fully informed opinion.

5.  For those that believe double blind clinical trials and FDA approval are the gold standard and that anything else is fraudulent…I would like to point to particular cases where the major drug companies did EVERYTHING right. There were double blind clinical trials. There was FDA approval. And yet the drugs in question were later found to be actually CAUSING heart disease. You wanna talk about snake oil?

Please let me know if you have heard of Vioxx. For those die-hard believers among you, (like Anna it seems) in this case, the whole system of double blind clinical trials and FDA approval failed. The SYSTEM failed…not the execution. The scientists did everything by the book. There was no negligence involved.

Vioxx was the brand name. The actual drug was Rofecoxib, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It was marketed by Merck & Co. (Same people who make and market Gardasil) to treat osteoarthritis, acute pain conditions, and dysmenorrhoea. Rofecoxib was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 20, 1999, and was marketed under the brand names Vioxx, Ceoxx, and Ceeoxx.

This drug gained widespread acceptance among physicians treating patients with arthritis and other conditions causing chronic or acute pain. Worldwide, over 80 million people were prescribed rofecoxib at some time. – (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4054991 )

Merck withdrew the drug after disclosures that it withheld information about rofecoxib’s risks from doctors and patients for over five years, resulting in between 88,000 and 140,000 cases of serious heart disease. (Read the whole story here.)

So, let’s put things in perspective and stop with the hypocritical “Only FDA approved products are legitimate!” mantra. The FDA is not infallible. The major pharmaceuticals are not cuddly teddy bears that just want what’s best for the American (or international) consumer/patient.

The “hard science” apparently got Vioxx approved. But it still caused heart disease in hundreds of thousands of cases.

There are certainly snake oil salesmen out there. But, polyDNA and its researchers are not among them.

Will Blesch is a freelance copywriter, professional blogger and media professional. If you’re looking for an experienced copywriter to take on a project, (ranging from full product launches to ghostwriting your organization’s blog) please get in touch and tell me how I can help.

will AT willblesch DOT com


HPV Prevention and Awareness Promotion

Written by Will Blesch

Copyright, 2011

Because infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can carry with it risks of Genital Warts or even some types of cancers depending on the strain of virus, prevention is of the utmost importance.

HPV is the most common viral disease transmitted through intimate contact. There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect both men and women. You can’t see the virus, and it can infect the skin around or on the penis, the vulva, the anus, as well as the linings of the vagina, cervix, and rectum.

Genital warts usually appear as small bumps or groups of bumps, usually in the genital area. They can be raised or flat, single or multiple, small or large, and sometimes cauliflower shaped. They can appear on the vulva, in or around the vagina or anus, on the cervix, and on the penis, scrotum, groin, or thigh. Warts may appear within weeks or months after sexual contact with an infected person. On the other hand, they may not appear at all. If left untreated, genital warts may go away, remain unchanged, or increase in size or number.

They will not turn into cancer!

However, for those infected with HPV, especially the strains that cause Genital Warts, this disease can be not only uncomfortable, unsightly, and frightening…it can also cause social problems.

“Uh…we can’t…uh…get it on tonight cause, uh…I’ve got warts.”

It can ruin one’s dating life indefinitely until the warts either go away by themselves, or some type of HPV remedy is used that removes the warts or kills the virus that causes the warts.

For women, the CDC has begun recommending HPV vaccines. The most well known is called Guardasil. To date, the CDC has not recommended an HPV vaccine for men.

There are all kinds of home based, HPV treatments, but one has to wonder at how well an HPV remedy one can whip up at home works. Some of the more common ones are: fresh Aloe vera juice which is applied directly to dissolve warts and tone the skin, Papaya (papain), Pineapple (bromelain), banana peel and figs contain enzymes that digest and dissolve warts in a safe manner, and milkweed. The fresh milky sap of the leaf or stem of the latter is applied directly to warts once a day. It is said to work dramatically and is non-irritating, and does not affect normal skin.

There is at least one antiviral, HPV remedy that has been on the market for about three years. It’s called Gene-Eden-VIR, and to date, there have been no reported side effects.

Gene-Eden-VIR

This dietary supplement is supposed to boost the immune system against the latent form of the HPV virus. ( As a numbers game, it helps the immune system to lower the numbers of the virus in your system to symptom free levels.)

( www.gene-eden.com )

Regardless, if you care about yourself or your partner, giving thought to the prevention of HPV is extremely important. Taking action to prevent HPV infection and promote awareness are some of the most responsible things you can do.


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