July 12, 2005
The American people are once again, about to be denied the right to care for our bodies the way we want and not managed by the big pharmaceutical companies. The warning about CODEX has been out there. I've been following this closely because it will negatively impact tens of millions of us who use supplements and don't run to the doctor for every little thing.
Over the decades, Americans have discovered that alternative medicines work, we don't want or need all these dangerous prescription drugs in our bodies and yes, there are cures for more than twenty types of cancer. Two books that everyone should read on this critical subject: Murder by Injection by Eustace Mullins and World Without Cancer by G. Edward Griffin. All of this has hit the big pharmaceutical houses where it hurts: their multi-billion dollar profit margins.
If you read Dr. Madeleine Cosman's last hard hitting column (Sustainable Medicine + Sustainable Development = Duty to Die), you will fully understand how CODEX isn't just some "uniformity" exercise, it is part of a well thought out agenda to destroy our right to have access to vitamins and supplements that will keep us healthy. This is about as serious as it gets because tens of millions of US depend on the vitamin and supplement industry as well as alternative healing methods to stay healthy. The information below ties right in with the chilling documentation contained in Dr. Cosman's column.
Vitamins to be Banned Worldwide...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
July 4th, 2005
"Big Pharma" won a major victory in Rome, Italy today. Vitamins and minerals, for over-the-counter sale will be phased out, almost completely, in every country on Planet Earth. The "German Model" of health care will now be the law of the land - in every land.
Below is a press release from Diane Miller JD of the National Health Freedom Coalition, detailing the action. Diane is in Rome at the meeting.
Press Release - National Health Freedom Coalition: Codex Full Commission adopts Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements in final form July 4, 2005, Rome Italy, By Diane Miller JD.
Minutes ago the full Commission of Codex Alimentarius adopted in final form, the Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements. This adoption is the Step 8 adoption, the final stage of adoption for the international Codex guidelines. The Codex Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements guidelines are now official and no longer in draft form.
The Commission, attended by over 85 of the 171 Codex countries, adopted the guidelines by consensus method. There was brief discussion before adoption taking in comments from a small number of countries and two NGOs.
Australia requested adding the word "only" in Section 1.3 between the words "apply" and "in". The sentence would then read "These guidelines apply only in those jurisdictions where products defined in 2.1 are regulated as foods."
Australia's comments were followed by request from Venezuela and Spain to clarify the spanish translation.
Venezuela was followed by China. China stated that every government in making decisions about vitamins and minerals should take into account the dietary limitations of their own countries, that governments can select vitamins and minerals according to the customs and habits of their country. China also pointed out that there should be definitions of the sources of vitamins.
Columbia spoke up and commented that Vitamins and Minerals are intended for deficiencies and are recommended for health reasons and said that there has to be no exaggerated use of minerals.
Egypt commented and offered a clarification saying that vitamin and minerals can be considered if daily needs are not being met. After the countries were heard, the Chairman recognized NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). National Health Federation (NHF) a world wide consumer organization with NGO status at Codex was recognized to speak. Attorney Scott Tipps of NHF stood and requested the guidelines not be adopted but rather be sent back to committee for 3 important reasons. 1) According to Codex rules a "purpose" statement must be part of all guidelines adopted and the Vitamin and Mineral guidelines did not contain a purpose. Secondly, the guidelines did not define vitamin and mineral and therefore it is unclear as to what is being regulated. And lastly, he pointed out that the Chinese comments were substantive and according to Codex rules on page 27 of the procedural manual, a substantive amendment request should be addressed at the committee level. His comments were heard.
The NGO IADSA was then recognized. IADSA stressed the fact that the draft guidelines should be adopted because they had been worked on in committee for near 10 years and that valuable consensus had been reached in the Bonn Germany committee meeting and the guidelines should now be passed.
After all comments, the Chair, consulted with counsel to assess whether the addition of the word "only" would change the meaning of the sentence. After learning that it would not he consulted with Australia and Australia repeated their request for amendment. The Chair recommended adoption of the amendment and there was no dissent. Then the Chair recommended the guidelines be adopted at Stage 8 in their final form and that China submit their substantive amendment requests to the committee at their next meeting. There was no further comment or dissent from any country and the guidelines were adopted.
What this means, in the United States, is that as soon as CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) passes the House of Representatives (it has already passed the Senate), the US government will be forced, by the terms of that CAFTA agreement, to restrict vitamin and supplement sales in accordance with the "German Model" of health care.
If and when this happens, the hard won 1994 DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act) will be nullified, and the dismantling of the North American supplement Industry will begin.
However, it is not inevitable - the use of "supplements" and other "alternatives" to conventional medicine regimens represents over fifty percent (50%) of the total US health dollar spent annually. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of US adults use an "alternative," and believe in them. Opposition is already gearing up for the battle - (click here).
This is a battle between "We the People," and the free world's biggest, and worst, enemy - ever - "Big Pharma." Stay tuned...
Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate
This "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters - Newsletter" is about the battle between "Health and Medicine" on Planet Earth. Tim Bolen is an op/ed writer with extensive knowledge of the activities of a subversive organization calling itself the "quackbusters," and that organization's attempts to suppress, and discredit, any, and all health modalities that compete with the allopathic (MD) paradigm for consumer health dollars. The focus of the newsletter is on the ongoing activities, battles, politics, and the victories won by members of the "Health Freedom Movement" against the "quackbusters." It details "who the quackbusters are, what they are, where they are operating, when they appear, and how they operate - and how easy it is to beat them..."
What can you do?
This is what I have already done. I printed out the pdf files referenced below and took them to my congress critter's office as I only live six miles from her plush digs. I had a chat with her aide and made my position crystal clear: We don't need this stinking CODEX system. We do not want or need more globalization of any aspect of our lives or products and services and any member of Congress who does nothing to stop this is going to feel the wrath of the American people. I also gave a set to the manager at my health food store and Whole Foods where I get my organic food; they also carry vitamins and supplements. Both were grateful for the packet.
I printed out one set of the four pdf files below, placing Bolen's page first and had fifty sets of all four files (combined) printed, front and back. I sent them to my mother who lives in a rural retirement area. She took half of them to the senior center and the other half to a club meeting. Both places were happy to get them once mother explained what was going on. These seniors depend on vitamins and supplements and not only do they vote, they make lots of noise to their congress critters. I know it costs a few bucks to make copies to hand out, but this is one fight we can't lose. While it is a financial sacrifice to make copies and get them out, the cost of losing our right to vitamins, supplements and alternative medicine will be astronomical. Thank you for doing your part.
The House of Representatives is set to vote on CAFTA as early as July 19, 2005. As with NAFTA , GATT , the mis named 'Patriot Act,' and other massive pieces of legislation, it's doubt ful more than a half dozen members of Congress will have read the 765 pages of text for CAFTA, yet they plan to saddle us with yet another destructive trade treaty that will further gut our critical job bases. Enough is enough.