Films on FDA

FDA  =  FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

REGULATION SERVING DRUG INDUSTRY:

War on Health

Documentary 2012. War on Health is the first documentary detailing and challenging the FDA agenda and its allegiance with the international Codex Alimentarius, which hopes to establish a monolithic food and health regime. Betraying its founding mandate to assure drug, food and chemical safety in the interests of public health, the FDA today is a repressive bureaucracy serving pharmaceutical and agricultural greed and profits. Vaccines, medical devices, prescription drugs are fast tracked at alarming rates through the FDA at the expense of scientific oversight to assure their efficacy and safety. The result is hundreds of thousands premature deaths annually from pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines and medical devices and an epidemic of medical incompetence and fraud sanctioned by federal health officials. Featuring many pioneering American and European attorneys, physicians, medical researchers and advocates of health freedom, War on Health lifts the veil on FDA’s militaristic operations against organic food providers and alternative physicians. The film’s conclusion is perfectly clear: the FDA is a tyrannical cult founded upon the denial of sound medical science with little intention to improve the nation’s health and prevent disease. Do you know? You are about to have your right to safe and effective nutrients taken away. Do you know? FDA have stated they will harmonize with the Food Code of Europe, the Codex Alimentarius, which will undermine the sovereign rights of every American. Do you know? You will need a Doctor’s prescription for the most common supplements – like vitamin C or D. Do you know? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is based and founded on a campaign of misinformation to keep citizens enslaved to the drug industry. While the FDA marches on with their plans to take away your right to health and nutrition, this documentary threatens to blow their tyrannical rule apart. Never before seen footage, and never before heard evidence that will shock viewers into action. Gary Null is at the forefront of exposing this bureaucratic monstrosity, along with victims of the FDA’s failures.  Link to watch War on Health from Gary Null online free

Fed Up

Documentary 2014 PG 90 minutes. The film focuses on the causes of obesity in the United States. It presents evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem. It points to the monied lobbying power of “Big Sugar” in blocking attempts to enact effective policies to address the issue. This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes behind the obesity epidemic, including the marketing strategies of major U.S. food producers. How did 60% of the country get so fat?  2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight, with 1 in 3 adults considered obese. Childhood obesity has become an ever-more serious medical issue in the United States. The film includes touching video self-portraits by young people who belong to the almost 17 percent of children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, who are considered obese. The obese parents who raise obese children — why aren’t they in the least bit curious as to how they’ve become 300 pounders when their ancestors were all normal. This film is an expose of the food industry’s pedaling of sugar-rich junk food to kids and the epidemic of obesity that has resulted from it. It rightly points to the chief villain in our food choices–sugar–as addictive and toxic. Sugar is clearly added to food products that historically had none in an effort to elicit a crave factor, so you can’t stop eating them. See Full Review

Dangerous Prescription

Documentary Frontline 2003. As medications play an ever-increasing role in modern health care, the importance of FDA approval to consumers, it would seem, has never been greater. For many consumers, the phrase “FDA approved” signifies that a drug or product is completely safe and without risk. But just how much does the average American know about the FDA approval process and what it can — and cannot — do? How good is the FDA’s system for identifying drugs that don’t work or cause harm? And what happens when a harmful product makes its way into consumers’ hands? Frontline investigates the FDA and drug safety, and questions whether the current system is adequate for protecting the public.

Generation RX

Documentary 2008 NR 81 minutes. Filmmaker Kevin P. Miller offers this unflinching examination of the unsettling trend in the American medical establishment toward prescribing powerful psychiatric drugs for children more often — and at a younger age — than ever before. Families devastated by the consequences of overmedication share their stories, and doctors, ethicists and other medical professionals weigh in on whether pharmaceutical companies put profits before patients.See Full Review

The Medicated Child

Documentary Frontline 2008 NR 60 minutes. This fascinating program from PBS’s “Frontline” series explores the realities and controversies surrounding the increasingly frequent prescription of behavior-modifying medication for children as young as 2 years old. Numerous experts, including psychiatrists, government regulators and scientific researchers, discuss both the dangers and the benefits of the various drugs being used to treat children with behavioral problems and mental illnesses. Ten years ago, stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall were the drugs of choice to treat behavioral issues in children. Today children as young as four years old are being prescribed more powerful anti-psychotic medications that are much less understood. The drugs can cause serious side effects and virtually nothing is known about their long-term impact. The increase in the use of anti-psychotics is directly tied to the rising incidence of one particular diagnosis — bipolar disorder. Experts estimate that the number of kids with the diagnosis is now over a million and rising. As the debate over medicating children continues to grow, Frontline producer Marcela Gaviria confronts psychiatrists, researchers, and big pharma about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs for troubled children in “The Medicated Child.”

Medicating Kids

Documentary Frontline 2001. Today, millions of American children are being prescribed powerful behavior modifying drugs such as Ritalin, Prozac, Adderall. But are these medications really necessary-and safe-for young children or merely a harried nation’s quick fix for annoying, yet age-appropriate, behavior? Frontline investigates the rapidly growing use of psychoactive drugs by children and the challenges of parenting and schooling in a world of high stress and increasing family disintegration. Through an intimate portrait of several families in an American suburb, the film explores how medication has increasingly become an integral part of caring for our kids. The documentary also examines the role of doctors, educators, pharmaceutical makers, and insurance companies in advancing this trend.

Generation RX: Reading, Writing and Ritalin

Documentary A&E; 2008 NR 50 minutes.Exploring both sides of a controversial issue, this A&E; documentary asks whether Ritalin — the tiny yellow pill prescribed to millions of kids with Attention Deficit Disorder — is a miracle cure or merely a quick fix that does more harm than good. The drug’s supporters and detractors weigh in on the sharp increase in Ritalin prescriptions since 1990 and debate its effectiveness in keeping youngsters focused at home and in the classroom.

REGULATION SERVING AGRI-BUSINESS:

The World According to Monsanto
(Le Monde Selon Monsanto)

Documentary 2008. Directed by Marie-Monique Robin. Originally released in French, the film is based on Robin’s three-year long investigation into the US agricultural giant Monsantocorporation’s practices around the world. The World According to Monsanto is also a book written by Marie-Monique Robin winner of the Rachel Carson Prize (a Norwegian prize for female environmentalists). See Full Review

Farmageddon

Documentary 2011 NR 1hr 26m. This provocative documentary tells the story of farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities but were forced to stop.

Frankensteer

Documentary Canadian 2006 NR 44 minutes. With the beef industry focused on increasing production and reducing manufacturing costs, this eye-opening documentary investigates the dangers to human health posed by feedlot-raised beef — as well as the attempt to cover up this danger.

Bad Seed
The Truth About Our Food

Documentary 2005 NR 63 minutes. Twenty-year-old filmmaker Adam Curry traveled across the United States, Britain and Canada to make this documentary, which explores the statistic that 60 percent of the food Americans eat has been genetically altered or engineered. The jury is out on whether these products could harm the population, and Curry demands answers — talking to nutritionists, physicians, scientists, farmers and other experts in an effort to uncover the truth.

The Future of Food

Documentary 2004 NR 90 minutes. Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia’s eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation’s smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.See Full Review

Fed Up!

Documentary 2002 NR 57m. Nominated for an Environmental Media Award, this eye-opening documentary explores the United States’ food production system from the organic farming of the Green Movement to the genetically engineered food of the Biotech Revolution. Through fascinating archival footage and interviews with farmers, scientists, government officials and activists, Fed Up! provides a detailed and sometimes disturbing overview of contemporary food production.

Life Running Out of Control
(Leben ausser Kontrolle)

Documentary 2004 NR 1hr 34m. Since the mid-1980s, the science of genetics has exploded, offering hope for medical researchers and biologists seeking to feed people, as well as deep concerns for proponents of organic foods and activists worried about human gene manipulation. This documentary explores the powerful ways in which biotechnology affects our lives, from the sale of genetically altered salmon to the obtaining of consent for unwitting donors of human tissue.

FDA LACK OF REGULATION OR ENFORCEMENT:

Sweet Misery
A Poisoned World

Documentary 2004 NR 90 minutes. Shows that aspartame the artificial sweetener in Diet Coke and other drinks causes health problems, brain damage, and death — which the FDA Food and Drug Administration fails to protect the public against. Filmmaker Cori Brackett’s riveting documentary probes the link between various health problems and the artificial sweetener aspartame. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Brackett set out to expose the toxicity of aspartame, prevalent in many foods despite warnings by the National Institutes of Health. Interviews with doctors, a former Food and Drug Administration investigator and other experts reveal controversial information about the sweetener. See Full Review

Tapped

Documentary 2009 NR 1hr 15m. The high cost — to both the environment and our health — of bottled water is the subject of this documentary that enlists activists, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry. Forty percent of bottled water is simply municipal tap water. Americans may rethink their obsession with bottled H20 when they learn of the unregulated industry’s willingness to ignore environmental and health concerns, and the problems that arise as a result. The issues surrounding bottled water — there are no standards, no controls, plastic bottles are a mass-produced waste product that clogs our landfills, and plastic bottles give off chemicals that we ingest along with the water itself. Very informative and concise regarding US water supply, marketing tricks that make consumers believe bottled water is somehow safer when it is certainly not proven to be the case. It defends the fact that water is a basic human right — not a commodity for huge corporations to sell to the public — many times selling the consumer their own municipal water supply that you can get from your tap. This film will change your relationship with the water you drink. Not only is drinking water in general addressed, the bottled water industry is examined. As a daily convenience, bottled water is shown to have little redeeming value as it costs us all in a myriad number of ways. It’s so amazing to me how little the general public in this country knows and how easily they are trained to consume. And how greedy most of the mega-corporations are. This (and a host of other documentaries) should be required viewing for every American. This is a real problem that I was not aware of, but will certainly discontinue purchasing water in plastic containers. I’ll never drink bottled water again… This really needs to be promoted more, people need to know this information.See Full Review

Bag It

Documentary Humor 2010 NR 79 minutes. With a humorous tone, Suzan Beraza’s documentary follows average guy Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a personal quest to figure out where plastic bags come from, why they’re so ubiquitous and where they end up after they’re thrown away. One humorous bit points out that Evian spelled backwards is Naive. And Bag It is defined as 1. Put in a bag or 2. Stop doing it.

Plastic Planet

Documentary 2009 NR 1hr 39m. This documentary examines the ways in which plastic saturates our modern lives, and how our dependency on this petroleum product harms ourselves and our planet. See how plastic’s toxic chemicals enter the food chain and other disturbing secrets. See Full Review

Chemerical
Redefining Clean for a New Generation

Documentary 2009 NR 1hr 15m. Blending humor and education, this engaging documentary follows the Goodes, a typical American family, as they attempt to rid their home of all toxins. The film provides simple remedies to help viewers reduce the toxic substances in their lives.

The Alternative Fix

Documentary Frontline 2003. The past few years has seen an explosion in the popularity–and profitability–of complementary and alternative medicine. Under pressure from everyone from consumers to Congress–and tempted by huge grants–major hospitals and medical schools have embraced therapies that they once dismissed as quackery. So accepted, in fact, have alternative medical treatments become that an entire center of the National Institutes of Health is now devoted to it. But the question remains: Do these treatments actually work? Frontline examines the controversy over complementary and alternative medical treatments.

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