Since the latest Ebola virus outbreak, we have all been witnesses to the panic that is slowly but surely creeping into people’s heads – with a little help from the media, that is. Sadly, whenever there is panic stemming from a disease, what follows soon is something that we know as quackery – aka medical charlatanry – as a response to the panic. There have been numerous attempts to sell, for instance, high doses of Vitamin C as an Ebola remedy, which was a truly unique action coming from a truly delusional Norwegian homeopath. And, let us not forget the cases of curing Ebola with colloidal silver or herbal remedies – to name a few. However, during the last couple of weeks, one particular case has raised many eyebrows of concerned American community. A website popped out claiming that they have a product that can cure Ebola.
Who Needs Scientific Evidence Anyway?
On Sept. 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to Rima Laibow and Ralph Fucetola of Natural Solutions Foundation. In this letter, the FDA informed them that they have reviewed their websites and their company’s products, which are marketed as Ebola treatments, and have found them to violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. And many other acts for that matter, but that’s not the point of this article.
In this letter, the FDA noted: “Your Personal Protection Pack, Family Protection Pack, Dr. Rima Recommends™ The Silver Solution, and CBD Organic Dark Chocolate Bars products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses and therefore, these products are “new drugs” under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(p)]. New drugs may not be legally introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce without prior approval from the FDA, as described in section 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(a)]; see also section 301(d) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 331(d)]. FDA approves a new drug on the basis of scientific data submitted by a drug sponsor to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective.”
Jumping On The Cure-For-Ebola Wagon
During the past month there have warnings from both FDA and World Health Organization (WHO) about the hype for unproved treatments and increasing number of people claiming they have cures on social media. “Recent intense media coverage of experimental medicines and vaccines is creating some unrealistic expectations, especially in an emotional climate of intense fear,” the World Health Organization wrote in a statement sent to the media. Fear and anxiety stemming from Ebola is something that is normal, considering the fact that the deadly disease has no known cure or vaccine. All these individuals claiming that they have the cure is not normal. This is a call to everyone who is concerned for their health or the health of their family – you need to be aware that the majority of treatments available to the doctors have not been approved yet nor tested in humans, which basically means what we said earlier; there is no cure or vaccine for Ebola. Yet! If you need help regarding your Ebola concerns, instead of helping scammers cashing in on fake Ebola cures, you should visit your doctor instead of getting really high and hoping THC or CBD will make Ebola go away.