You would think with as much solid research as there is on vitamin D that the attorney’s would be ‘jumping right in’ there. What is up with this. It is about the money. As soon as someone with money figures out that companies and institutions need to pay up for their misadventures, the courts will be ‘slammed’ with cases on vitamin D. I mean just think about the tobacco issues. It only really involved cancer and perhaps heart disease. It did not involve all chronic disease. When this starts to happen there will have to be congressional action to save the medical profession. Of course now congress will not take action to save you from some really serious diseases.
So what has happen with the legal. What I know to date:
In 2001 the FDA and FTC got together and took on the sunscreen and sunblock industry to get them to change the rules of marketing after combining 9 lawsuits. It seems with the INCREASE in skin cancer by about a factor of X4 since the 1960’s that the sunscreen industry was participating in false advertising. The marketing changes would have been to assure that the consumers understood that there was really no science to support the industry claims of preventing cancer. This really seems odd that we would let a judge decide something scientific instead of just letting the facts be the facts – oh yeah, there is money involved.
So the sunscreen industry formed a powerful lobby group and hired a powerful attorney and sucessfully defected the FDA and FTC. This attorney was so good that he was later made Chief Justice of the Surpreme Court. Yes, that’s right Chief Justice John Roberts. Wall Street Jounral Law Blog comment.
Now if I were an attorney and wanted to start a large class action lawsuit that would most likely end up in the supreme court and may take as much as a decade to litigate would I want the final decision maker to have been on the payroll of the group that I was fighting against? Sounds like ‘trouble in river city’.
Now there is a new suit that was filed in the spring of 2006 agaisnt this same bunch of snake oil producers. “Sunscreen is the snake oil of the 21st century” says Samuel Rudman filing attorney for the plaintiffs. That is really some strong language which I think is justified when we are just causing death with many diseases by chasing people out of the sun.
You know what I really think is interesting is that you can go to the store and get a bottle of sunscreen today that has no warning label at all and says that it will prevent cancer if you use it. The warning label should at least say something like:
WARNING: THIS PRODUCT PREVENTS THE FORMATION OF THE MOST ESSENTIAL SECCOSTEROID OF THE BODY AND WITHOUT THIS VITAL STERIOD YOU WILL DIE FROM ONE OR MORE OF ALL THE CHRONIC DISEASES THAT INCLUDE THE BIG THREE KILLERS – HEART DISEASE, CANCER, AND DIABETES.
This would better describe the reality of what the product does to you. In all seriousness, even if the science is confounded which it is not, the label should read that the sunscreen product will prevent the production of vitamin D. This would at least allow the consumer to make his own decision.
You know it is really interesting that there were not any cohort studies on the tobacco issues. It was just ‘good men’ doing what was right for you. Oh yeah, and government stepping in and taking a piece of those large margins made from selling tobacco products. There have been a large number of cohort studies completed in the last decade on vitamin D and chronic diseases and the research continues to come in at multiple of thousands of new studies every year. It is a mountain of evidence.
Lawyers are really just waiting for prior case law to be complete so that they will not have to battle. They will simply walk in and take the spoils from your dying friend or family or from your death. What a great land of scavengers for profit that we live in. It is no wonder that people yell that captilism is not the right form of government when the real issue is that our institutions are being corrupted for money that is just like a third world country with a flair for class.
I have the will but not the money. Is there someone out there that would like to start a legal fund to take on the largest institutions in the land for their misadventure of ignoring the science for profit?
GO INTO THE SUN!!! – Pandemic Survivor