• Allegations against them are unsound

    Investigative journalism would have discovered the scoop of the century if they discovered widespread corruption at the fda. Instead of investigative journalism,all we have are unsubstantiated claims on the other side. Innocent until proven guilty, and there is no proof here, not even a reasonable description of how the critics came to their conclusions.

  • I'm all about the evidence.

    My argument is simple: If there's sufficient scientific evidence that is corroborated from hundreds of scientists from around the world in multiple countries in a variety of companies/organizations/academic labs, then I'm inclined to believe what they conclude.

    Of course, my opinion is subject to change with new information. The new information, however, ideally has VALID and SUFFICIENT scientific evidence that has been peer-reviewed and deemed as acceptable in the scientific field in order for it to be accepted as scientifically SOUND.

    If evidence is lacking in the area of a far-fetched claim, I'm inclined to NOT accept it.

    I can't believe I need to explain this, but some people still don't get it - if there's something that you are upholding as "proof" and you want it to be included the in the realm of "science", then for science's sake, make sure the "proof" is VALID. Make sure the experiments are replicable, the methodology is sound, the group of scientists have had previous research in that area, the published journal a reputable one, and peer-reviews have been made with said research.

    A study by ONE scientist in some back water journal, or perhaps a sensationalist journalist who doesn't understand a lick of what science is, or this "science" we see all the time in the social media with eye-catching and emotion-eliciting words like "killing our CHILDREN" or "POISON in our foods" is of course likely to make the unscientifically sound mind (i.e. mentally tests propositions for the ways in which they might be falsifiable), that also shudders at the word "chemistry" or "molecular biology", would OF COURSE be swayed by these superfluous viewpoints.

    That, and I believe people are way too paranoid in general. Granting, but NOT conceding, the point of being untrustful in the FDA, then who do we trust then, hmm? A backyard scientist? A gullible journalist looking for the next big sensationalist title? Dr. Oz? A TV personality? Someone on tumblr? A random vlogger?

    No thanks, I'll trust in the thousands of scientific minds that already exist.

  • Yes.

    They write off every herbal/natural therapy as quackery. That is a good thing considering it is pseudo-scientific. They expose such quackery and it prevents people from buying into nonsense like "Penta Water". They also mandate labels and quality for food. Although I think they should be stricter, that doesn't mean they can't be trusted.

  • Yes, the FDA can be trusted.

    Yes, I believe that the FDA can be trusted. The FDA, or Food and Drug Administration, has the important task of regulating what food and which drugs are safe, and what is not safe. They are also responsible for a myriad of tough regulations on producers of food and drugs, such as the warnings you here during drug commercials that list the side effects of particular drugs. The FDA has no hidden agenda and is not particularly susceptible to lobbyists, so they can be trusted.

  • Yes. They are more trustworthy than a company.

    While they may be part of the government and subject to political pressures from time to time, there is not much evidence to indicate that the FDA does any harm to us, though there is plenty of evidence that it improves our safety. At any rate, a non-profit government agency is better than a corporation whose only motives are money.

  • It's Mostly Politics

    The FDA fails to protect the public from the side effects of certain drugs. The FDA overprotects when the media throws a ruckus over a false alarm like the scares about silicone breast implants. Worst of all is its stance on herbs.

    To those who "Herbal/natural therapy" is all "quackery"? So I guess you better stop taking aspirin, they derived that from willow bark treatments, must be a pseudoscience. The vast majority of pharmaceutical treatments are derived from substances found in nature. The herb itself is a cocktail of thousands of substances. Is it really that farfetched that perhaps in some cases the cocktail that has been around in nature and used by human beings far longer works better than the isolated substance? That's what medical marijuana patients generally find if they try taking the THC pill, Marinol that the herb/chemical cocktail alleviates symptoms better than the isolated substance. And it's not because the person just wants to get "high". The Marinol pill bottle actually has a warning that says "may cause euphoria". If they just wanted to get high they would just be happy with Marinol.

  • Obstacle to medical advancement

    The FDA is the largest obstacle to the development of effective therapies. The FDA makes a concerted effort to prevent natural therapies from being approved. The FDA and the Natioanl Institututes of Health are all in the game to ensure only the pharmacueticals have the resources to get therapies approved.

  • Absolutely not

    If the FDA actually cared about our well being, they wouldn't write off every herbal/natural therapy as quackery. If you truly believe that the only cures/therapy for conditions such as cancer can only be achieved by synthetic highly poisonous drugs than I believe you have too much faith in humanity. Truth is the world is an ugly place.

  • Absolutely not

    If the FDA actually cared about our well being, they wouldn't write off every herbal/natural therapy as quackery. If you truly believe that the only cures/therapy for conditions such as cancer can only be achieved by synthetic highly poisonous drugs than I believe you have too much faith in humanity. Truth is the world is an ugly place.

  • Absolutely NOT.

    Just like any other governmental agency, they cannot be trusted as far as they can be thrown. How many drugs have they approved that have later been recalled due to permanent physical damage to health, or death? Their interest is not for your safety or health. They do what fills their wallets faster.

  • You're kidding right? Of course it can't.

    The FDA is run primarily by former CEOs and other leaders of big companies in the food industry. The FDA allows extremely questionable practices and downright unfair behaviors from large corporations. 80 percent of the meat packing industry is controlled by four major companies and these have secure foot holds in the FDA. I wouldn't venture so far as to say that the FDA is trying to harm us, but it is certainly true that it cannot effectively protect us. The FDA doesn't even have the power to shut down food processing plants that have repeatedly tested positive for Salmonella and E. Coli.

  • No, the FDA cannot be trusted

    I don't believe the FDA should be trusted. There have been many cases where the FDA approve a product, and it ends up making people sick anyway. There are products there are perfectly good for us in other Countries, but yet the FDA won't approve them. I would never trust the FDA's opinion when making a purchase.

  • No $ in nature

    We once had vitamin B-17. Where is it now? Thanks to big pharmaceutical companies and government, it has been outlawed. How can these two groups take away something GOD has given to all men? Why can't big business stop trying to copy what is out there in nature and use the the real deal? If they left our food along people would be healthier and they wouldn't be able to cash in. Wake up people!

  • Drug companies pay the FDA on daily basis.

    No 1 can trust the FDA after reading their article that says they make chocolate out of rat hair and 8 parts of bugs, it could be 8 spider legs and they could be a brown recluse's legs for all you can know. You can't even taste any of the chocolate I found!

  • The fda works for the big pharmaceuticals, not the american public

    The fda is a criminal organization that gets about 40% of its income from other criminal organizations, the big pharmaceuticals. I think I hear some people screaming "conflict of interest"!!!!!!! The FDA approves drugs as medicine (drugs are poison) . Then the FDA says that God's medicine , fruits and vegetables as medicine is quackery . The FDA also persecutes and prosecutes people who promote the idea of fruits and veggies as medicine . The FDA truly are SCUM !!!

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