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FDA: Your Body is a Drug and We want to Regulate It

POSTED ON IN Latest News Regulation BY Chris Centeno

your body is a drugERRATUM: Many news sites and blogs have been misreporting that FDA wants to regulate our Regenexx-SD treatment, this is not the case. The issues over stem cells=drugs are with the Regenexx-C Treatment (now in the Cayman Islands)

As many of our followers know, we’ve been engaged in a David and Goliath struggle over a basic civil right-who gets to regulate your body. Most of us, when posed this question, would say that the answer is clear, our body is ours to regulate. However, not according to the FDA, which in court documents has now said that since it regulates chemical drugs, and since all living things produce chemicals, then all living things fall under FDA jurisdiction (there’s an excellent legal review of the background issues leading up to that point by KL Gates). This nutty statement by FDA came in recent court filings in response to a judge’s order slapped on the agency in our landmark case. The judge pointed out that congress only authorized FDA to consider chemicals which had “chemical action” as a drug. The judge also asked the obvious question, how do you get from chemicals=drugs to cells=drugs? She gave the FDA 30 days to respond and denied their motions. Well the response is epic in it’s hubris and concerning for every American who considers their body not to be an FDA regulated drug factory. In FDA’s response back to the judge, their own internal expert responded with, “When living cells interact with their environment to mediate repair of and/or regenerate damaged tissue, they do so by chemical action.” So here’s the agency’s logical fallacy:

-Congress said chemicals=drugs

-All cells produce chemicals

-Hence cells=drugs

??? If you think I’m kidding, check out these recent letters by the agency that fat processed at the bedside to obtain stem cells is a drug (here and here). This “interesting” assertion in our case is now making it’s way around the internet (see Gizmodo, SlashGear, Alliance for Natural Health, The Blaze, The Examiner, OzHouse, Attack Machine). My favorite comment on the topic is by a non-US citizen discussing the SlashGear story:

Hahaha, you Americans always provide us with the best jokes. Pizza is a vegetable and the human body is a drug, well played sir!

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    Chris Centeno

    Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…

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