From: Tim Campbell on



High Cholesterol: Red Yeast Rice is Better, Safer, and Cheaper

Dr. Wright sounds off on Red Yeast Rice

The drug giants knew they'd be in trouble if word got out about red
yeast rice...

Not only did studies show that this ancient Asian edible slashed
cholesterol an average of 40 points in just 3 months, it did so
without any side effects whatsoever. What's more, it was growing more
and more widely available, for far less money than statin drugs - and
without the need for a prescription...

So what did those fat-cat drug executives do? They went to court...

Their "grounds" for suing? Red yeast rice extract contains a natural
form of lovastatin , the same active ingredient found in patented
Mevacor, one of the major cholesterol drugs...

The first time the drug companies took red yeast rice makers to court,
however, the judge quite rightly threw the case out . But the
pharmaceutical industry's deep pockets ensured that they'd be able to
press the case until they got what they wanted. After appealing, they
got their verdict...

And with one stroke of the gavel, makers of safe, natural,
un-patent-able red yeast rice extract suddenly found themselves in
violation of Federal law.

When the decision was handed down, the FDA was waiting in the wings.
As though on command from the patent-drug cartel, they quickly banned
red yeast rice extract from stores, mail-order sellers and all other
sources - before its makers could regroup and file an appeal or suit
of their own.

http://jeffsutherland.com/complementary/

From: Rouz on

Tim Campbell wrote:
> High Cholesterol: Red Yeast Rice is Better, Safer, and Cheaper
>
>. . .(extremely dishonest post snipped). . .
>
> Their "grounds" for suing? Red yeast rice extract contains a natural
> form of lovastatin , the same active ingredient found in patented
> Mevacor, one of the major cholesterol drugs...
>
>
>. . .(extremely dishonest post snipped). . .
>
> And with one stroke of the gavel, makers of safe, natural,
> un-patent-able red yeast rice extract suddenly found themselves in
> violation of Federal law.
>
>. . .(extremely dishonest post snipped). . .

Lovastatin is an extremely powerful and useful drug. It extends life
for many users.

However, like many powerful drugs it will cause dangerous side effects
in a small portion of users.

Since Red Yeast Rice extract contains Lovastatin, it must be assumed
that Red Yeast Rice extract will cause the same dangerous side effects
as Lovastatin in some small portion of users, especially since the
Lovastatin content in the extract is neither controlled or monitored.

Therefore, drugs such as Lovastatin or Red Yeast Rice extract must be
taken by knowledgeable persons, or under the supervision of
knowledgeable persons. Most non-medical users are not sufficiently
knowledgeable. Therefore, we restrict such drugs to dispensation
via prescription and regulate the manufacturers stringently.

-Rouz

From: Dr. Zarkov on
Tim Campbell wrote:
>
> High Cholesterol: Red Yeast Rice is Better, Safer, and Cheaper
> Dr. Wright sounds off on Red Yeast Rice
>
> The drug giants knew they'd be in trouble if word got out about red
> yeast rice...
>
> Not only did studies show that this ancient Asian edible slashed
> cholesterol an average of 40 points in just 3 months, it did so
> without any side effects whatsoever. What's more, it was growing more
> and more widely available, for far less money than statin drugs - and
> without the need for a prescription...
>
> So what did those fat-cat drug executives do? They went to court...
>
> Their "grounds" for suing? Red yeast rice extract contains a natural
> form of lovastatin , the same active ingredient found in patented
> Mevacor, one of the major cholesterol drugs...
>
> The first time the drug companies took red yeast rice makers to court,
> however, the judge quite rightly threw the case out . But the
> pharmaceutical industry's deep pockets ensured that they'd be able to
> press the case until they got what they wanted. After appealing, they
> got their verdict...
>
> And with one stroke of the gavel, makers of safe, natural,
> un-patent-able red yeast rice extract suddenly found themselves in
> violation of Federal law.
>
> When the decision was handed down, the FDA was waiting in the wings.
> As though on command from the patent-drug cartel, they quickly banned
> red yeast rice extract from stores, mail-order sellers and all other
> sources - before its makers could regroup and file an appeal or suit
> of their own.
>
> http://jeffsutherland.com/complementary/


The government has no ethical right to dictate what we can and cannot
put into our own bodies in any case.
From: just Ed on
Rouz wrote:
> Tim Campbell wrote:
> > High Cholesterol: Red Yeast Rice is Better, Safer, and Cheaper
> >
> >. . .(extremely dishonest post snipped). . .
> >
> > Their "grounds" for suing? Red yeast rice extract contains a natural
> > form of lovastatin , the same active ingredient found in patented
> > Mevacor, one of the major cholesterol drugs...
> >
> >
> >. . .(extremely dishonest post snipped). . .
> >
> > And with one stroke of the gavel, makers of safe, natural,
> > un-patent-able red yeast rice extract suddenly found themselves in
> > violation of Federal law.
> >
> >. . .(extremely dishonest post snipped). . .
>
> Lovastatin is an extremely powerful and useful drug. It extends life
> for many users.
>
> However, like many powerful drugs it will cause dangerous side effects
> in a small portion of users.
>
> Since Red Yeast Rice extract contains Lovastatin, it must be assumed
> that Red Yeast Rice extract will cause the same dangerous side effects
> as Lovastatin in some small portion of users, especially since the
> Lovastatin content in the extract is neither controlled or monitored.
>
> Therefore, drugs such as Lovastatin or Red Yeast Rice extract must be
> taken by knowledgeable persons, or under the supervision of
> knowledgeable persons. Most non-medical users are not sufficiently
> knowledgeable. Therefore, we restrict such drugs to dispensation
> via prescription and regulate the manufacturers stringently.
>
> -Rouz

In addition to the unknown Lovastatin content in Red Yeast Rice, there
are several other metabolites produced by the fungi (see PMID: 16523442
New Monascus metabolites: structure elucidation and toxicological
properties studied with immortalized human kidney epithelial cells and
PMID: 11327519 An analysis of nine proprietary Chinese red yeast
rice dietary supplements: implications of variability in chemical
profile and contents).

Some dangers have been verified, for example see PMID: 16686894
Chinese red rice depletes muscle coenzyme Q10 and maintains
muscle damage after discontinuation of statin treatment.
PMID: 11327519 found toxic Citrinin in 7 of 9 Red Yeast Rice
products tested.

From: David on
Dr. Zarkov wrote:

> The government has no ethical right to dictate what we can and cannot
> put into our own bodies in any case.


Maybe in principle.............*if* everyone had the necessary amount
of medical knowledge for making intelligent decisions about what they
put in their bodies. But in practice, there are a lot of gullible and
medically uneducated people out there who *need* to be protected from
certain products which may have dangerous side effects which are not
mentioned in marketing claims (at least the TV commercials for
pharmaceuticals have to list the most common and/or dangerous adverse
effects!!!). People without a medical or science degree don't deserve
to be harmed just because they don't have such an education.