Saturday, December 29, 2007

One More Reason I'm Not Voting for Ron Paul

Orac has the whole story.

Aside from rejecting evolution and being racist and anti-Semetic, Paul supports the DSHEA, opposes mandatory vaccinations, and is pushing the Health Freedom Protection Act. The HFPA, as presented by Paul, is full of ridiculous statements:

"For example, the FDA prohibited consumers from learning how folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects for four years after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended every woman of childbearing age take folic acid supplements to reduce neural tube defects. This FDA action contributed to an estimated 10,000 cases of preventable neutral tube defects!

The FDA also continues to prohibit consumers from learning about the scientific evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis; that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of sudden death heart attack; and that calcium may reduce the risk of bone fractures."

Uh, right. The FDA is evil and doesn't want people to get better. Nevermind that "health claims" well-established scientific evidence like "vitamin C prevents scurvy" have been allowed to be on dietary supplements since the conception of the DSHEA because there is well-documented evidence that it is true. No sane doctor or pharmacist is going to deny that calcium is a required element for bone health. Conversely, only a small percentage are going to outright recommend various herbal products for which the evidence is considerably weaker.

I don't need to tear apart the quacks and the promoters of quackery here; that has already been done for me by Orac and others, time and time again. But get the word out. Not only is Ron Paul a psycho racist, he wants to give the modern snake oil peddlers of the United States license to scam you in the name of a free-market economy.

Oh, yeah. Paul is pushing all this "Health Freedom" nonsense, but he's pro-life. WHAT? How inconsistent can you possibly be!?

And here's a more complete record of Paul's voting records, courtesy of blogger Orcinus and commenter Calton Bolick on Orac's blog.

1 comment:

Jared said...

It's good to hear a voice from pharmacy- I read on Ron Paul's site that he wants to do away with pharmacists and nurses needing to be licensed to decrease costs? I assume this is because of the shortage. what about professional responsibility?