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Old 04-28-2011, 12:10 AM  
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Armed agents invade Maxam Nutraceutics and steal natural health products...

Armed agents invade Maxam Nutraceutics and steal natural health products in shocking FDA raid

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Amidst all the destructive activities taking place in our world today that deserve attention, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided instead to make it a personal mission to destroy the businesses and livelihoods of those trying to help people through natural medicine.

On Thursday, April 14, 2011, dozens of agents from the FDA, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted an unprovoked, full-scale raid on Hood River, Ore.-based Maxam Nutraceutics, a company that produces and sells nutritional supplements primarily for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Alzheimer's disease.

Back in October 12, 2010, the FDA sent a warning letter to Jim Cole, Founder and CEO of Maxam, notifying him that several of his company's products were not labeled in accordance with the US Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The letter also stated that Maxam had fifteen days from the receipt of the letter to notify the FDA compliance officer of the specific steps it planned to take in order to correct the violations.

You can view a copy of the FDA warning letter here, complete with the name of the FDA compliance officer to whom Jim and his company were instructed to respond, and the FDA district director who sent the letter:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/Enforcemen...

Oddly enough, the vast majority of the "unapproved labels" in question were not actually labels at all. They were merely customer testimonials about the products that had been accumulated over the years from satisfied customers, and posted online alongside product descriptions on Maxam's website. Nevertheless, the FDA considered the testimonials to be marketing violations that automatically rendered the products as drugs.

According to Jim, his company immediately responded to the FDA letter by calling the compliance officer and telling her "it was [the company's] intention to come into full compliance as quickly as possible." This included removing all the offending testimonials from the company website after being told by the FDA compliance officer that they were not permitted.

"I contacted a patent and copyright attorney, and he had written [the compliance officer] a letter that it was our intention to come into full compliance," said Jim, noting that his company responded within two days of receiving the FDA warning letter, long before the 15-day deadline period. "So we took down the testimonials, and we thought that was good. And I hired an FDA copyright person [who] went over all the offending verbiage through the website."

Jim cooperated with every demand that the FDA made of him, and was convinced that all was well. But apparently the FDA had different ideas when out of nowhere, the agency, along with the IRS and the FBI, sent as many as 80 armed, SWAT-style agents to both Maxam headquarters, the company's "Big Gym" training center, and even Jim's daughter's house, to confiscate all the products, company documents, and even personal files and computers.

"They took all our products, all our paperwork, all our files -- we've been doing this since 1992 and they pulled everything," said Jim. "They brought in three big moving vans, they had their guns on, their bullet-proof vests -- they came prepared for war."

The armed agents also stole 27 TurboSonic machines, which is a sound-actuated vibration plate device that Jim invented to stimulate growth plates in the body, improve circulation, energize the lymphatic system, and improve muscle strength. The TurboSonic machines were not even mentioned in the FDA warning letter.

"We also have a big Olympic training center up here called the 'Big Gym' -- they went into the gym, they took all the paperwork, all the computer, hard drives, downloaded all of our servers, and trashed a couple of our servers going out," added Jim. "They took products that were not on the list. I had an old bodybuilding line that went back to 1992, they took all of that. They pretty much just had a free-for-all."

According to Jim, the agents stole "hundreds of thousands of dollars in products" as part of the raid, as well as personal files, insurance policies, non-printed checks, and even unopened packages of manila filing folders from an office supply store. Clearly, the FDA's intent was to terrorize and intimidate this small company that, from all available accounts, did absolutely nothing wrong.

Maxam is currently "waiting for the dust to settle" as it pursues legal action against the offending agencies. Until then, the world must know about this terrible injustice and crime against humanity. The FDA has clearly shown itself to be a terrorist organization that has no respect for the rule of law, or for common decency. To perform a SWAT-style raid against a company that was doing everything it could to follow the law and conduct business honestly and legally is a travesty in this supposed "land of the free."

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032203_Ma...#ixzz1KnNg1PKg
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:16 AM   #2
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Yup! FDA destroys the competition for the big pharms-medical complex. As if someone's going to die from these largely untreatable conditions.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:39 AM   #3
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To bad they don't give the compliance officers name and address. It's time in this country for some old school accountablity measures.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:49 AM   #4
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Yup! FDA destroys the competition for the big pharms-medical complex. As if someone's going to die from these largely untreatable conditions.
Considering some of the side effects on drugs that get passed (Anal leakage??? wtf?) I doubt the natural remedies could be any worse.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:53 AM   #5
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Considering some of the side effects on drugs that get passed (Anal leakage??? wtf?) I doubt the natural remedies could be any worse.
Potato chips though addictive, are not drugs...
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Sounds like this Maxam Nutraceutics(LOL) has been scamming people and mislabeling items fooling people into thinking it cures various things. Personally, I hate that type of practice, and I'm glad the Feds stepped in. Companies like this sell worthless vitamins and supplements while illegally and unethically giving people hope that it will cure their ails. They're nothing but modern snake oil salesmen. **** them.

http://scamfraudalert.wordpress.com/...-nutraceutics/
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Even if it were snake oil it should be up to the consumer to choose, land of the free right?
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:05 AM   #8
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Sounds like this Maxam Nutraceutics(LOL) has been scamming people and mislabeling items fooling people into thinking it cures various things. Personally, I hate that type of practice, and I'm glad the Feds stepped in. Companies like this sell worthless vitamins and supplements while illegally and unethically giving people hope that it will cure their ails. They're nothing but modern snake oil salesmen. **** them.

http://scamfraudalert.wordpress.com/...-nutraceutics/
That sounds like the pharmaceutical industry.
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Potato chips though addictive, are not drugs...
God, talk about one of the worst ideas ever. These chips won't make you fat, but they will make you shit your pants.

But I was actually refering to an actual drug where one of the side effects was anal leakage or something to that effect. My favorite though are the anti-depressent drugs that make you suicidal. That seems like pouring gas on a fire trying to put it out to me.
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God, talk about one of the worst ideas ever. These chips won't make you fat, but they will make you shit your pants.

But I was actually refering to an actual drug where one of the side effects was anal leakage or something to that effect. My favorite though are the anti-depressent drugs that make you suicidal. That seems like pouring gas on a fire trying to put it out to me.
Even though unstated Taco Bell is a nice cheap way to clean your system.
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To bad they don't give the compliance officers name and address. It's time in this country for some old school accountability measures.
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Even if it were snake oil it should be up to the consumer to choose, land of the free right?
Seriously? So if I go to your hypothetical Grandma's house this afternoon, and convince her to buy this salve I have because another customer claims it cured their arthritis. And I charge her $30 for this stuff, which actually does absolutely nothing for her arthritis. But even though she's poor, she buys it anyway because she's desperate for a cure and not smart enough to realize she's being scammed.

You're saying that's all cool in your book? That selling something under false and illegal pretenses is OK? That preying on people with debilitating conditions is OK?

F that, pal.
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Seriously? So if I go to your hypothetical Grandma's house this afternoon, and convince her to buy this salve I have because another customer claims it cured their arthritis. And I charge her $30 for this stuff, which actually does absolutely nothing for her arthritis. But even though she's poor, she buys it anyway because she's desperate for a cure and not smart enough to realize she's being scammed.

You're saying that's all cool in your book? That selling something under false and illegal pretenses is OK? That preying on people with debilitating conditions is OK?

F that, pal.
Ever seen a drug ad? bad marketing is a way of life in America, i don't think it requires an agency with WMD's to keep us safe.
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Sounds like this Maxam Nutraceutics(LOL) has been scamming people and mislabeling items fooling people into thinking it cures various things. Personally, I hate that type of practice, and I'm glad the Feds stepped in. Companies like this sell worthless vitamins and supplements while illegally and unethically giving people hope that it will cure their ails. They're nothing but modern snake oil salesmen. **** them.

http://scamfraudalert.wordpress.com/...-nutraceutics/
These claims by govt agencies can be based on false reports, but not always. These supplements are less harmful than many properly prescribed pharmaceuticals. In fact more people die from property prescribed pharmaceuticals than they do from guns. Just look at the list of all the side-effects you see at the end of each prescription drug commercial. You assume that's ethical by comparison?

Really, though, this thinking is right out of Kool-Aidville. How do you know if vitamins are worthless or unethical to use. It's not like it will harm in these largely untreatable cases. I use integrative healthcare both natural treatments and medical. I reject some natural and some medical. This is my right.
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