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June 21, 2011
Senator Hatch And His Wonderful Industry
Now, I try to help discover drugs for a living. And boy, do we not discover all that many of them. But you'd get a different impression if you listen to the radio here in the US. So many drugs! So many wonderful things that they can do! Improve your memory, boost your immune system, clean your liver, give you energy, grow hair on your head and flush those toxins out of you like a firehose.
Ah, but these aren't drugs, of course. They are nutritional supplements, silly people, and they are "not intended to treat, cure, or modify any disease". But they say that part low and fast, while the exciting parts are enunciated clearly, con brio, and at least three times. Drugs are foreign chemicals that you put in your body to make it do things, while nutritional supplements, why they're these all-natural. . .things. . .made out of, made out of. . .stuff. . .that you put in your body to make it do things. Anyway, they're different.
And here's the man who says so: Orrin Hatch, to whom
(along with Henry Waxman) we owe the Hatch -Waxman legislation that made the supplement industry flourish like the green bay tree. $25 billion a year isn't bad, especially when you consider that the expenses of the supplement companies are just a tiny bit lower than those of the drug companies. Not having to do any preclinical research at all helps, of course, and not having to run any clinical trials at all (nothing for efficacy, nothing for safety) helps, and not having to be reviewed by the FDA helps, too. And then on the other side of the ledger, being able to say any damn thing that comes into your head helps the most of all.
And as you'll see from that article, not only has Senator Hatch himself benefited greatly from his nutritional ties, but so has his family, immediate and extended. And his friends, and his former business partners - pretty much everyone within range, it seems. Each sides regards the other as the gift that keeps on giving. And why shouldn't they?
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