Politics destroys most everything it touches and medical care is no exception. That's why in the coming months you are going to hear more and more from me about the importance of medical self reliance.
Let's start with a new plan by FDA bureaucrats to expand their dominion over walnuts. Why? Because walnuts are a natural therapy available as a supplement to – or, in some cases, a replacement for – prescription drugs!
Some private marketers are exercising their First Amendment rights to say so. Enter FDA bureaucrats, who only last year sent an ominous "warning letter" to Diamond Foods, Inc.
FDA scolds have an issue with the way Diamond referenced scientific and medical studies in their marketing. In essence, the FDA told Diamond Foods, Inc. – Walnuts Are Drugs! Here are some excerpts from the ridiculous letter (emphasis mine):
...your walnut products are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes. Thus, your walnut products are also misbranded under Section 502(f)(1) of the Act, in that the labeling for these drugs fails to bear adequate directions for use...
Just to be clear, we're talking about the whole food – walnuts. Not a molecule or derivative or modified extract made from walnuts. It's the same walnuts you find in a fruit cake!
...your firm's website also contains several additional unauthorized health claims...
The FDA doesn't have an issue with the validity of the scientific or medical research referenced, such as the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts. Its issue is that it did not authorize Diamond Foods, Inc. to say so.
...You should take prompt action to correct these violations. Failure to do so may result in regulatory action... seizure or injunction.
It's Just Walnuts,
Not Illicit Narcotics or Poisons that Harm Consumers!
The FDA is taking on Diamond Foods, Inc. because it was promoting the health benefits of walnuts, nothing more.
* Diamond was not using false statements.
* Walnuts are not dangerous to your health (as are many FDA-approved prescription medications, whose side effects and improper administration kill hundreds of thousands of Americans every year).
* The scientific and medical research referenced by Diamond was true and accurate.
But because Diamond was promoting health benefits, the FDA claimed that it now has the authority to step in, classify walnuts as drugs, and force Diamond to correct violations or face "regulatory action... seizure or injunction."
Which Brings Me to This Natural Therapy. What is it?
Why are FDA bureaucrats out to get U.S. walnut producers and stymie promotion of the beneficial effects of walnuts on your health overall, including sexual health? It's beyond Puritanical. They obviously don't get out enough.
You need to know the truth, and despite the apparent regulatory risks, I will tell you! Since this Monday is Valentine's Day, I'll start with sexual health.
Walnuts contain an amino acid called arginine, which is also found in beans, cold-water fish (tuna, salmon), soy products, and oats. Arginine promotes a process called nitric-oxide release, which relaxes blood vessels and increases the blood flow, including to the penis.
Walnuts Also Deter Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes,
and Even Memory Loss!
Walnuts not only taste great but are also a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find Omega-3 fatty acids. They help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular problems, and type 2 diabetes. Packed with anti-oxidants, they help deter cancer.
A limited (but increasing) number of studies have shown potential health benefits for walnuts in the area of memory and general thought processes (often referred to as "cognitive" processes).
A final fascinating aspect of walnuts and their potential health benefits involves melatonin (MLT). MLT is a widely-active messaging molecule in our nervous system and is very hormone-like in its regulatory properties. MLT is critical in the regulation of sleep, daily (circadian) rhythms, light-dark adjustment, and other processes.
Learning about natural health supplements like walnuts is part of becoming more medically self reliant. Exploring alternatives to getting and staying healthy is an imperative, particularly as we head into the new age of Obamacare which has only added to the existing problem of an FDA bureaucracy doing more harm than good.