Million Dollar Bribe

Dear Health Conscious Reader,

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pay off as obvious as this one.

And I’ve been watching companies buy FDA approval for decades. In fact, a huge portion of the FDA’s budget comes directly from Big Pharma and other industries in the form of “user fees.”

Look at the chart below. It shows the annual budget for the University of Michigan’s “Risk Science Center” versus a recent one-time donation.

University of Michigan's 'Risk Science Center' Budget

That single $5 million donation is enough to fund the center every day for the next 50 years.

The donation came from Charles Gelman, the retired head of Gelman Sciences, a medical device manufacturing company.

Why would a retired company founder donate so much money to a rather insignificant research center? The answer lies at the center of one of the most lucrative products of the $177.2 billion chemical industry.

As we speak, an FDA panel is preparing to make a ruling on Bisphenol-A, a primary ingredient in plastics.

And the chairman of the FDA panel also happens to be the chairman of the “Risk Science Center”. It doesn’t take a genius to see that Gelman’s donation likely isn’t for purely altruistic reasons.

The truth is BPA can cause serious health problems. The Canadian government recently labeled it toxic for its potential to cause reproductive, developmental and neurological problems (particularly in infants and children).

It’s been linked to a wide range of problems including: 1,2

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cancers
  • Obesity
  • Advanced Puberty

And, it was found in 93% of people in a recent study.3

The easiest way to prevent it from invading your body is by staying away from plastics. That includes plastic bottles and even canned foods (because can linings are frequently coated with plastic. Here are steps you can take:

  • To buy products that are made without Bisphenol-A, look for the “BPA free” label.
  • Use plastics that have the recycling numbers 1, 2, or 5 (look for it on the bottom of the bottle). Avoid the recycling numbers 3 (polycarbonate) or 7 (PVC).
  • Use glass – instead of plastic – baby bottles.
  • Wait until food cools before placing it in plastic containers.
  • Filter your tap water to prevent PVC from pipes from leaking into the water you and others consume.
  • Avoid soft plastic toys that small children may put in their mouths.
  • Avoid vinyl shower curtains.
  • Purchase deodorants and soaps that are fragrance free.

One more important thing you should know – BPA mimics estrogen in your body. And it can throw your delicate hormone balance out of whack, causing serious problems.

If you feel tired, have a fading sexual appetite or can’t seem to lose weight, you may have too much estrogen in your body.

You can take a combination of supplements that flush out excess estrogen in the body.

I’ve developed a special supplement to help flush this excess estrogen out.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

  1. vom Saal et al. “Bisphenol A and Risk of Metabolic Disorders.” Journal of the American Medical Association. 2008.
  2. Lang et al. “Association of Urinary Bisphenol A Concentration With Medical Disorders and Laboratory Abnormalities in Adults.” Journal of the American Medical Association. 2008.
  3. “New Data from CDC Confirms Human Exposure to Bisphenol A in the United States is Far Below Safe Limits,” Bisphenol-A ( 11/1/07