Wednesday, June 27, 2012

No Bath Salts in Florida Cannibal Case

Why am I not surprised an autopsy has revealed that no bath salts were involved in the strange Florida cannibal case?
Rudy Eugene, the Causeway Cannibal who ate the face off a homeless man he attacked along the MacArthur Causeway, was apparently  not high on bath salts or any other exotic street drug at the time of the attack, according to a report released Wednesday by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner.
The rush to blame the Florida incident, and virtually every other freak drug induced attack since, on bath salts is more about the desire of big drug companies to prevent access to yet another cheap, over-the-counter alternative medicine.

How can bath salts be considered medicine?  

I am glad you asked.  MDPV, the real name of bath salts, was developed in the late 60's and is little more than a cheap alternative to Adderall or Ritalin.

Having said that, I do not advocate taking MDPV or any ADD, ADHD medications without consulting a doctor, preferably a  psychiatrist.

At one time products like ephedrine, which is an excellent fat burner, and tryptophan, which helps you sleep and has been proven to fight the symptoms of Alzheimer, were common and available at every nutrition store in the country.  Then big pharma with the aid of the media targeted them for so-called disastrous side-effects.  The FDA would then use these media reports as an excuse to outlaw these cheap alternatives to expensive pharmaceuticals.

Take the most recent example, the banning of Ephedra.  Ephedra was banned by the FDA after making unsubstantiated claims that it had been linked to as many as 100 deaths over a fifteen year period.  Virtually the next day GlaxoSmithKline announced their new diet pill, Alli.  Alli then became the first FDA-approved over-the-counter diet pill.

By comparison, over 500 people a year die from peanuts in the United States.  Yet, we aren't bombarded with nightly stories of people dying after eating a Payday bar or FDA reports warning of the dangers of being a "choosy mom".

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