by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© September 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.


            The American Food And Drug Administration is one of the most powerful and corrupt of the American government agencies.  It is supposed to protect the health of the American people, but it often does just the opposite.

This is the agency that allows over 3000 chemicals to be added to our food.  This is the agency that allows the sale of denatured white sugar, disgusting bleached white flour, and white rice.  They are also responsible for hundreds of other adulterated food products that fill the supermarket shelves and take up most of the space in American supermarkets. 




            In 1906, Harvey Wiley, MD, a health crusader, convinced then president of the USA Teddy Roosevelt to set up the Bureau Of Chemistry, as it was first called.  The name was later changed to the Food And Drug Administration.

The idea was to protect the American people from the new drug and chemical industries that were making possible many refined and chemicalized foods and pharmaceutical products.

            Failure.  Just six years after the agency was formed, in 1912, Dr. Wiley resigned.  He stated that his agency had been infiltrated by the food and drug company interests and he could no longer protect the American people. 

Dr. Wiley wrote all about his experience in being thwarted in protecting the people’s interests in a wonderful book, The History Of The Crime Against The Food Law by Harvey Wiley, MD (1928).  Chapters include “The (sad) Story of Coca Cola”, the “Pathetic Story Of White Flour”, and many more.  If you read the truth about bleached flour, you would never eat it again!  These were clearly adulterated food and he tried to ban them, but he was repeatedly outvoted and outmaneuvered.




Dr. Wiley’s book is a most instructive story of the problems with government regulation of industry.  Important problems are:

- Too much power is concentrated in the hands of a very few people.  All power concentrated in a single agency with the power to regulate an entire industry makes it much easier for special interests to infiltrate and control them. They can easily rape, threaten, bribe and control the workers in one small agency.

- Government agencies are never “independent”.  They operate at the whim of the Congress, the president and others.  It is always a lie to think they are independent are only thinking of the health of consumers.

- The power to regulate can be used by the government itself to favor its friends and get rid of competition or to shut down anyone who it does not like. This occurred a lot during the Obama administration in America, for example.  For example, they reclassified carbon dioxide as a poison and therefore subject to regulation.

This is screwball nonsense.  Carbon dioxide is essential for all plants on planet earth.  If the government could limit it, the planet would start to die because all of life depends upon plants.  In truth, the level carbon dioxide, oxygen and all other gases in our atmosphere is regulated by advanced fine matter beings who must take measurements of the temperature all over the earth every few hours in order to properly regulate the climate .  For details, read Climate Change. 

Abusing regulatory power is an old trick of governments and one of the very worst kinds of corruption.

It means that government regulatory agencies can and are used to promote and enforce government agendas that have nothing to do with serving the people!

- Government employees are often not that smart.  That is my experience, having worked in two government bureaucracies.  Those who take government jobs are usually more security-minded people.  The very smart people usually prefer working in the private sector of the economy.  This means that the agency will not necessarily make good decisions, yet their decisions are binding on the people.

- Government regulatory agencies often work AGAINST consumers.  The reason is that once a food or drug or other item gets government approval it becomes more difficult, or perhaps impossible, to sue the company for damages if their product harms someone.

- Government approval gives people a false sense of security.  This is bad for the society.  It would be better if people were more suspicious of all products.

- Government agencies have tremendous power in the media.  After all, they are the “official” voice of the nation.  So they get in the newspapers and on television easily with their often false pronouncements. Meanwhile, those who know the truth but don’t work in the government have much more difficulty having their voices heard in the mass media.

- Overlapping and sometimes conflicting government rules and regulations make it much harder for good people to start companies and sell excellent products.  Today, many industries are regulated by half a dozen or more government agencies.  Hospitals, I was told, often have to answer to 20 or more government authorities.  This just raises the cost of doing business, discourages innovation, and wastes the time of employees who must fill out paperwork for the government instead of serving the needs of the people.

- Government agencies waste lots of money.  They are often large bureaucracies with well-paid people pushing paper all day.  Policing their regulations costs even more.  In contrast, private regulation is paid for privately and cost the taxpayers nothing.




Today, over 110 years after the formation of the Food And Drug Administration, the agency is just as corrupt or worse.  If you doubt this, just look at the supermarket shelves. 

Pharmaceutical and drug regulation is also a mess.  Regulation of cosmetic products is also a mess.  Tens of drugs have been put on the market, only to be removed because they kill people.  Many are still there. 

  One study indicated that over 50% of its “scientists” received gifts from the pharmaceutical or food industries that they are supposed to regulate.  We suspect the actual number is a lot higher.




Before the formation of the Food And Drug Administration, food and drug regulation was done via the free market.  This was the original plan for America.

It worked the following way.  There existed a number of private organizations that put their “seal of approval” on products they felt were helpful for people.  These products sold well because people trusted them and because stores felt safe carrying these products.  That is, people would not be harmed by these products.

Products that did not carry the seal of approval did not sell well because people did not trust them and many stores would not carry them.  As a result, the companies that sold the poorer quality products went out of business.  This is private regulation and usually a better system.

The main advantage of private regulation is that it is much harder for any special interest to control such a system.  For example, if the organization that issued a seal of approval became infiltrated, the people can and did form new organizations to take over the job of evaluating products.

Also, there is a level playing field, meaning that one group is not given special police power to shut anyone down they do not like, and no one group has control of the mass media, as a government group often does.  

Such groups are coming back in America and elsewhere as people realize that government regulation of foods and drugs is totally inadequate.  For example, there are private organizations that approve organic food, gluten-free food, GMO-free food, humanely raised food, and more.




The founders of America studied many governments when they set up the United States.  They wrote that government power is the greatest threat to the health and well-being of the people.  This is a truth that some people today do not want you to know.  This is why they proposed the radical idea of limited government.

People need to realize this and stop asking government to solve all our problems.  The purpose of government regulation should be limited to:

- maintaining an even playing field in the marketplace

- protecting people’s rights to sue to damages

- protecting the right to information, such as labeling


Vaccine regulation.  For example, many do not know that vaccine makers cannot be sued in America and many other nations.  These companies, and they alone, are exempt from legal responsibility when their products harm people.  This needs to be changed at once.


            For more about government regulation, read The Regulatory State.


- to be continued…


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