New Fraud perpetrated on the public by Health Canada??
I urge people to contact this minister by the Feb 10th deadline and make your views known. Are they are selling us deadly snake-oil once again!
Honouable Madam Aglukkag:
Re: your proposal to amend the Food and Drug Regulations
To permit the use of enzyme asparaginase in junk food
I am vehemently opposed to the addition of any drug to any part of our food supply.
Asparaginase is a drug conveniently categorized as an enzyme and sold under the brand name Elspar. It catalyzes the hydrolysis of asparagine to aspartic acid. It is marketed under the brand name Elspar, to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
The cumulative effect of ingesting this drug by an unsuspecting public is wholesale fraud and there can be no outcome other then more illness. By the manufacturer’s own statistics over 1/3 of the junk food eating population will be harmed by this drug. In addition, this drug will end up in the drinking water.
All available literature states that one must not receive any kind of immunization or vaccination while taking asparaginase. If the drug is put into our food, how can the public possibly protect itself from this type of interaction and health damaging effect.
Available literature also states that Asparaginase must not be used if you are pregnant or may be pregnant prior to starting on this drug or if you are breast feeding the baby. In addition the literature from the manufacturer indicates that for both men and women, they must not conceive a child (get pregnant) while taking asparaginase.
The following direct effects are common (occurring in greater than 30%) for people taking asparaginase:
- Fever, chills (see flu like symptoms)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Allergic reaction, (sudden onset of wheezing, itching, rash, face swelling, agitation, low blood pressure).
- Poor appetite
- Stomach cramping
- Central neurotoxicity: excessive sleepiness, depression, hallucinations, agitation, disorientation or seizure. Less commonly seen stupor, confusion and/or coma.
These side effects are less common (occurring in about 10-29%) of people receiving asparaginase:
- Mouth sores
- Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) in up to 10% of patients. Symptoms of acute pancreatitis include: (pain in the upper abdomen that worsens with eating, swollen and tender abdomen, nausea, vomiting, fever, and rapid pulse).
- Blood test abnormalities (Increased blood glucose level – some refer to this as “sugar”).
- Increases in blood tests measuring liver function. These return to normal once treatment is discontinued (see liver problems).
- Blood clotting disorders, increases risk of both bleeding and clotting.
- Fever of 100.5º F (38º C) or higher, chills (possible signs of infection).
An honorable action instead would be to pursue junk food manufacturers to clean up their act, which would involve actually removing additives and harmful contents, not adding to it.