The FDA's politically motivated fraud against Zicam cold-remedy nasal swabs

I haven't blogged for a month since the political contest over Obamacare got underway. It seems that all the news has been the same old stuff day after day. So I just kept adding new news links to my last blog.

However, because the current administration doesn't like what Rush Limbaugh is saying on his radio show, it seems the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to hassle Rush Limbaugh by going after one of his sponsors, Zicam cold-remedy nasal swabs. Following is an email I wrote to the CEO of Zicam with a copy sent to Rush Limbaugh's email address:

"(Kindly forward this email to your CEO. Thanks!)
Dear ZiCam,

"I hope you stop playing games with the worthy-of-abolishing FDA and get your ZiCam nasal cold remedy swabs back on the market ASAP!

"I used to have to go to a doctor and get antibiotics because every little cold tried to go down into my chest and turn into chronic bronchitis.

"Since discovering Zicam nasal cold remedy swabs, I have developed a 6-ingredient anti-cold routine that WORKS EVERY TIME! I use Chloraseptic (Phenol) for throat soreness, combined with colloidal silver and Echinacea to boost immune system, Pseudoephedrine HCl (Sudafed) for stuffy head, and Zincum Gluconicum (Zicam) for runny nose and general cold symptoms. Occasionally, if I get a dry cough, Robitussin's expectorant (Guaifenesin) works quite well. When I take these over-the-counter alternative meds every four hours for a couple of days, per instructions, the cold symptoms are gone. Cowabunga! Presto Change-o! No more docs and no more expensive prescription antibiotics.

"I should have bought 10 boxes before you recalled them. Oh, yes, and my sense of smell still works just fine. I can easily smell the fragrance of the flowers I grow.

"You're probably a bunch of wussy "touchy feelies", or you wouldn't be adopting such a "soft" approach the FDA's scummy1 attempts to hassle Rush Limbaugh indirectly just because you are one of his sponsors. Nevertheless, I will tell you that my attitude is "Zicam rules", "the FDA drools!" Another way of saying it is "Long live Zicam nasal cold remedy swabs!" and "Death (figuratively speaking, of course, just in case scumbag1 Big Brother is watching) to the FDA!"

"I would be happy to tell anybody, including a congressional committee (if Zicam pays for the trip), verbatim what I have told you here.

"Please end your voluntary recall of Zicam nasal cold remedy swabs with Zincum Gluconicum immediately and get them back on the market with all reasonable speed.

"I am absolutely serious that the FDA needs to be abolished root and branch FORTHWITH. It is sheer insanity that it takes a billion dollars and several years to bring a promising new drug to market when there are many desperately ill people who would jump at the chance to serve humanity as a human guinea pig.

"Abolish the FDA root and branch NOW. Get Zicam nasal cold remedy swabs with Zincum Gluconicum back on the market NOW.

"All the best,
John R. Wilkenson
Grand Junction, CO
cc: Rush Limbaugh (Feel free to read this email verbatim on the air, Rush!)"

As you might have guessed, as of this post I have received no response from either Zicam or Rush Limbaugh. I definitely do NOT plan on holding my breath!

Check out the talk string on the Wall Street Journal article linked below. One gubmint-loving "David Pearlman" wrote: "Have the appropriate control studies, by accredited researchers, with reasonable sample sizes, and appearing in quality peer-reviewed journals, been performed? Or is efficacy of this treatment (like many homeocraptic cures) mostly based on anecdotal evidence."

Put down your gubmint Kool-Aid, Davey old chum, and listen to the news I've got for you: I couldn't care less about the money-motivated industry propaganda you mention. I only care that it works on me. In other words I am the only "anecdotal evidence" I need to make a decision as to what's best for me! Can you handle that, you autocratic ignoramus?

This is America, for crying out loud. You know, the land of the free and free markets. The 130 people who SAY (I suspect some of them are in on the fraudulent anti-Limbaugh campaign) they have lost their sense of smell don't have to buy Zicam. As for those of us for whom Zicam is a fine product that works great, well, leave us alone and let us buy and use the product/s we choose.

Abolish the F.D.A. - today!

EPILOGUE (Jan 23, 2010): I received an email about a website which still has some Zicam cold remedy nasal swabs for sale: I checked it out. You can email them at Admittedly, it's kinda pricey compared to the "before the Zicam hassle" prices in the big box stores, but hey, that's the law of supply and demand. The manufacturer's supply is gone, and "official" retail outlets were forced by the manufacturer to pull the product from their shelves, so any remaining inventories in private hands must necessarily be extremely limited. Besides, you can't fault a body for trying to make a couple of extra bucks in hard economic times like these!

The more I think about this issue the madder I get. Who do these gubmint clowns think they are? There are warnings on cigarette packages to the effect that "smoking these things will kill you!" And yet we're supposed to be worried about a little political2 manipulation against a product that actually works? Give me a break, puhleeze!!! This is a complete UNACCEPTABLE crock, plain and simple. Question is, what are you (and I) going to DO about it?

Under construction . . .


Dow Drops Over 200; GE, Comcast Slide, by Cindy Perman - CNBC - No jobs = no end of depression! - JRW

FDA Warns Against Use of Zicam, by Jennifer Corbett Dooren - Wall Street Journal

F.D.A. Warns Against Use of Popular Cold Remedy, by Gardiner Harris - NYTimes

Nasal spray can cause loss of smell, FDA warns - MSNBC, AP

Warning Letter, FDA Director of Compliance to Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. AKA Zicam LLC, by Deborah M. Autor, Esq., Director Office of Compliance, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Zicam CEO's Response to FDA Warning Letter - YouTube video

Matrixx recalls Zicam nasal cold products - Associated Press


How to Reduce Healthcare Costs by 80% Overnight (Without Spending $2 Trillion) - YouTube video about Dr. Mary J. Ruwart's libertarian ideas on how to reduce health care costs

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RR-19 - Audit the FED Actions, Millions March, Tea Party Tainted, Medical Martial Law - BlipTV

Sen. Thomas Carper (D.-Del.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Won’t Read Text of Health Bill, Says Anyone Who Claims They’ll Understand It ‘Is Trying to Pull the Wool Over Our Eyes’ - CNSNews/com


1. As I said in the "Welcome" section of this website, (it bears constant repetition): Regarding the words "scum" and "scumbag" as an epithet used in self-defensive demonization against select individuals. Hey, what can I say? It is a long-proven statistical fact that negative political ads work. And since the so-called "left" uses lies, half-truths, demonization and the politics of personal destruction as standard political strategies, failure to engage in a little "turn about is fair play" merely makes it easier for the various assortments of disordered illiterate fascist control freaks to destroy individual freedom. As I said on my blog homepage, "Some folks just think they're smarter than everybody else, a higher form of life than everybody else. So, instead of engaging in good faith discussions about specific ideas, they simply resort to deception, sophistry, unspecificity, undefined terms, manipulation, demonization and the politics of personal destruction AS A MATTER OF PREFERRED STRATEGY to get their little spoiled-brat control-freak way. Such behavior is anathema to intellectual honesty, an open mind, a kind heart, free inquiry, the freedoms of thought and speech, and the free flow of information. It MUST be eternally warred against if humankind is to entertain a realistic hope of ever reaching its full spiritual and intellectual potential." To avoid the violence which is directly related to repression of free speech and the crushing of polite and civil discourse, I believe it is essential to engage in strategic tit-for-tat with wannabe-clever manipulative demonizers by openly calling them what they are: the anti-freedom, anti-Golden-Rule scum of the earth (aka "scumbags"). Accordingly, it doesn't bother me in the least to do so. No less brilliant a person than Jesus of Nazareth himself referred to the scumbags of his day as "hypocrites", "blind guides", "vipers" and "whitewashed sepulchres". To paraphrase Ann Coulter, Jesus was not some moron driving around in a Volvo with a "be nice to people" bumper sticker on it. So, having read The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits by David Horowitz, I don't have any problem with calling reprobate "scum" what it is.

2. Always remember, "politics" = person or group A trying to persuade person or group B to obey the will of A, most frequently for the personal financial benefit of A and to the personal financial detriment (higher taxes) of B. That is why deception = the so-called "art" of politics. That is also why "politician" = professional deceiver, and why "political" = deception-based, or having to do with deception. Everybody is competing for political power to steal labor and money out of the "other guy's" pocket and put it in their own. Politicians get votes by promising to be all things to all people. Because that is a physical impossibility, most of their promises of necessity get broken. Because they know this in advance, they are ALL liars to one degree or another. Politicians always view people in one of two ways: 1) tools, or 2) enemies. The king is always the most corrupt person in the kingdom. After all, the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David, were murderers. In my opinion, any person who sincerely wants to be the king is criminally insane and an implacable deadly enemy to individual freedom.