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Resveratrol, a “Drug” for the Pharmaceutical Companies?

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Last Sunday, CBS’s “60 Minutes” program ran a story about the incredible benefits of the antioxidant RESVERATROL, obtained from the skin of red grapes.  There are numerous medical studies showing the myriad benefits that resveratrol provides.  Like GRAPE SEED EXTRACT, resveratrol helps reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), can benefit those with autoimmune diseases, reduces the risk of age-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, etc., etc., ….and appears to slow the aging process itself! 

These benefits were extolled in the TV story about resveratrol.  All of it true, and known for at least a decade or more.

Now, this is what REALLY BOTHERED ME:  Not once during this story did they mention the words, “nutritional supplement” or “antioxidant.”  Instead, they kept referring to resveratrol as a “drug.”  As I watched, I couldn’t figure out why they kept saying “the drug,” rather than “the supplement,” or “the antioxidant.”  Then it became crystal clear what was happening.

The researchers in this story (and they are not the only researchers studying resveratrol) had formed a corporation and sold their lab (and souls) to a pharmaceutical company!  Ah-ha!  Furthermore, the sell-out researchers said how they are working on formulating a SYNTHETIC FORM of resveratrol that then can be distributed (sold for massive profit after a patent is obtained) by a pharmaceutical company.  You see, pharmaceutical companies cannot patent a naturally-occurring nutrient, and therefore cannot make huge profits.  That’s why they are always trying to come up with a synthetic form of an effective naturally-occurring substance.  

It’s not about giving people real information so we all can benefit now, it’s obviously about twisting or hiding the information so that they can make an insane profit.  Are they in it for TRUE HEALTH, or solely for the profit?  Certainly there is nothing wrong with making a profit, …the thing that bothers me is holding back what already works very well (and making a reasonable profit off of such sales), and making people believe that our salvation lies with the synthetic formulations that can only be provided from the pharmaceutical industry ….labled as “drugs” so that they can make crushing profits ….at our expense.

This is exactly what happened with the hormone drug Provera.  Decades ago progresterone was discovered from a plant source, and would work just fine in the human body, and would be the identical structure as that found in the human body (known as “bio-identical hormones”).  However, the pharmaceutical company could not make big profits off of the natural form, and therefore tinkered with the molecule until they got it to work (partially), and then could sell it as “Provera.”  However, it does not have all the benefits of progesterone, and there are suggestions that it may increase the risk for heart disease and breast cancer.  But, to the pharmaceutical companies the profit is worth the risk.

Now we have pharmaceutical companies trying to take powerful, effective, safe, and available antioxidant nutrients like resveratrol, and make them into a synthetic form so that they can claim they have a “miracle drug” that provides so many benefits.  On “60 Minutes” the scientists said that the “drug would be ready in about 5 years or so.”

Well, the antioxidant nutrient ALREADY EXISTS!  You can get the benefits of resveratrol (and grape seed extract, and turmeric extract, and others) NOW!  Unfortunately, the pharmacuetical companies know that doctors, the media, and most people only accept such news to as “real” when a pharmaceutical company announces its findings.  Unfortunatley, too few of people realize that there are amazing benefits that they can be enjoying now from many antioxidant nutrients, including resveratrol. 

Don’t be a victim to pharmaceutical company greed.  Don’t wait to obtain the benefits “5 years from now.” Start enjoying the benefits of resveratrol, grape seed extract, turmeric extract now.  (See some of the ”In the News” updates here on my website about turmeric extract, co-enzyme Q10, vitamin D, etc.)