What is CODEX? (34), in short it is
an annual World Health Organisation (WHO) sponsored gathering of delegates in
Europe, many of them CFR Transnationals pharmaceutical corporations who are
primarily focused on increasing their market share, by pushing their desired and
arbitrary regulatory "standards" into a global standard and forcing it
into the smaller local supplement industry, all in the name of
"international regulatory excellence". The Codex Committee is also
bound by the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) treaties.
The WTO is a global commercial police
that ensures countries are required to purchase from transnational corporations
in favour of their own locally produced goods, in the name of "lowering
This WHO/WTO joint effort called CODEX is in the process of wiping out local supplement companies and natural health care practices, to bring in more drug based medicines, in what is euphemistically known as "creating a level playing field", while primarily giving the public a misleading impression that someone in the World Health Organisation (WTO) is looking after its health and safety. CODEX recommendations are then adopted by regulators such as the Australian TGA or the US FDA by various direct or indirect means that end up as Acts and amendments that are passed into law by Parliaments or Congress, usually without public debate.
This is another example of globalisation and unconstitutional UN treaties.
herbs abut to be declared illegal
The Nation magazine Vol4, edition 11
The Food and Drug Administration's wildest dream (and our worst nightmare) in the area of natural therapies is about to come true.
There is a conspiracy among multinational drug companies and their paid puppets in government, to make natural therapies unobtainable by regulating them out of the market.
Compliance will be possible, but the
cost will be so prohibitive that only the multinational drug companies will be
able to afford it.
What it means for you, the consumer, is that the global pharmaceutical industry is about to make it impossible for you to buy anything other than their products.
Two years ago, I told you about the
passage of the European Union Directive on Dietary Supplements.
This directive, which is part of a larger form of legislation called Codex Alimentarius, severely restricts access to natural health products in Europe.
At the same time, it probably seemed a long way off.
After all, the law was not to go into effect for several years following the initial passage.
Unfortunately, that several years is
up and the EU directive is on track to take full effect in August next year.
By 2007, the scene described above will certainly be a reality for many, many people.
Obviously, this is devastating news for Europe, but thanks to some pre-existing international agreements made by the United States and Australia, the EU directive will be just as devastating for the natural health community in the United States and Australia.
The main difference is that while the directive has been big news in Europe for some time, it has been virtually ignored by the United States and Australian media, which means that the severe restrictions it calls for will sneak up on most people and rob us all of our freedom to choose natural alternatives before we even know what is happening.
That is why I and many of my
colleagues in the health publishing world have done our best to keep you
informed of the directive's developments (and their consequences for the United
States and Australia) over the years.
Put simply, we are down to the wire and, if we do not act immediately, we will be facing the same fate as Europeans.
There are steps you can take to get the word out and hopefully, to diffuse this ticking time bomb.
First, let us take a few minutes and
recount some of the specifics included in the directive so that you know exactly
what it is we are fight against.
About 5,000 natural health products are about to disappear from the shelves.
The EU Directive classifies vitamins and minerals in Europe as "medical drugs" rather than dietary supplements, which means that they are subject to government regulation in terms of dosage and availability.
It gets worse.
There are many nutrients known to be vital to optimal health that are not on the government's RDA nutrient list. These include chromium picolinate, lysine and selenium.
Under the directive, these types of supplements will be banned from over-the-counter sale. It will be illegal to buy them without a prescription.
The supplements that will be available till be restricted to multi-vitamins that will contain no more than 100 per cent of the established RDA amounts, which are usually useless trivial quantities and they will be far more expensive than what we have now.
This directive will make it illegal for people to keep themselves healthy by supplementing their diet with essential nutrients.
Plus, the directive allows
supplements to be made from a list of only 15 minerals and 13 vitamins. That
leaves out at least 40 minerals important to the human metabolism and forbids
the use of the most bio-available forms of vitamin complexes.
In essence, it means that all nutritional supplements will be virtually the same and next to useless.
The specific combinations might vary,
but the types and amounts of nutrients will be identical, no matter what product
they are formulated into.
So, for instance, a middle-aged woman in Liverpool, England, who has a dangerously elevated homocysteine level will no longer have the option of reducing her risk of heart disease with a vitamin B dosage of her own choosing. If she is currently taking 5mg of folic acid daily, under the new directive, she will be restricted by law to a prescription of 1mg per day.
If she is taking a 100mg dose of B6, she will be restricted to 10mg and her pantothenic acid (B5) intake of 500mg will drop to 200mg.
These maximum dosage levels have been
chosen to "protect" her (so we are told) when in fact, the protection
she needs the most will be unavailable.
In addition to these essential B vitamins, low maximum dosage levels have also been set for vitamin C, niacin and vitamin E, but at least they made it on to the list of allowed nutrients.
Approximately 350 supplement ingredients are missing from the list.
If they are not added to the list by
June 2005 they will be deemed illegal throughout the European Union.
Supplement manufacturers may submit "technical dossiers" to support applications for the inclusion of individual elements or formulations on the so-called "positive list", but the EU has made this process so expensive and time consuming that many manufactures will not be able to afford the costs involved.
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
I get a lot of e-mails, phone calls, and personal requests to "get involved" in the "Codex" problem. Until today, you haven't heard anything from me on the subject. Why?
Because, simply, I haven't yet figured out exactly what's happening with the whole thing. I, myself, have been asking questions of my contacts all over the world. I have a lot of contacts.
From my research, and it has only begun, and the research and observations of others whose opinions I respect, I've reached some tentative conclusions and, using the scientific method, have come up with a working hypothesis, and some possibilities for solution. I'm going to share my thinking, and observations, with you.
I don't believe in coincidence.
I met with the Alliance for Natural Health's (ANH) Executive Director Robert Verkerk a few months ago. ANH, as you probably already know, is leading the legal battle, in Europe, over the Codex issues. They are doing a very good job.
I am, in my business life, a war oriented Crisis Management Consultant. So, one of the first questions I ask of my clients, or prospective clients, is "who is behind this attack on you?" I want very specific answers - for if I take on a project - "the opposition's" Command Post is going to get (figuratively speaking) bombed into dust particles IMMEDIATELY - just to level the playing field.
So I asked Robert VerKerk about Codex. I asked my usual question "who is behind this attack on you?" Simply, I want to know, who exactly is "the opposition." Who, exactly, is setting up, and running, the attack on supplements worldwide? Robert's answer was one word...
"Merck?" As in the same "Merck" that heinously murdered 55,000+ Americans with its deadly Vioxx? As in the same "Merck" that heinously spent 500 million dollars with American network television, funneled through its New York ad agency (quackbusters?), AFTER it knew how deadly its product was?
Yes. The very same "Merck."
"Merck," according to VerKerk, controls the manufacturing and distribution of the base ingredients OF THE ONLY SUPPLEMENTS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE in Europe - and possibly North America.
See why "I don't believe in coincidence?"
Think "Merck"... But "Merck" is not alone. Think "Big Pharma." This is battle for World Domination - period. Either "we the people" run our governments, AND DECIDE WORLD POLICY, or big multinational corporations will - through the WTO.
Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate
Australia trying to control or "harmonise" NZ supplements to restrictive TGA standards
NZ Health Trust
The NZ Government is trying to change the way in which all Natural Health Products (NHPs) are regulated. They plan to treat Natural Health Products as medicines and give the power to control them to the controversial Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
The Labour Government is trying to change the way in which all Natural Health Products (NHPs) are regulated. They plan to treat NHPs as medicines and give the power to control them to the controversial Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA):
We know from the Australian experience that this would mean;
The Australian TGA (which would take over NZ's natural health industry) is known to use an extremely heavy-handed approach to supplements. Remember the Pan debacle? The TGA recalled 1200 natural products off the market on the strength of one manufacturer's lax handling of quality control standards. “The truth is that of more than 1200 products recalled, NOT ONE of the natural health products was found to be at fault. It was only one pharmaceutical drug which was a problem”.
Despite strong opposition from industry and a Parliamentary Select Committee report against the proposal, Annette King signed the Treaty with Australia on 10 December last year. But the battle is far from over . The Government still needs to have the treaty passed into law and for that it needs the support of the opposition parties. We can stop the Government's TGA proposal especially if we are strong and united. The opposition party MP's need to know the strength of public opposition.
There are 2 easy and extremely effective ways you can let MP's know what you think - visit the NZHT website www.nzht.co.nz and;
Warning! In response, the Labour MP's will send you a standard reply trying to convince you that their proposal is a good idea. BUT DON'T BE FOOLED . Labour is desperate to get this proposal through and will say anything to succeed.
10 Points For Supplements
Codex Alimentarius Commission: A threat to mankind
There is an entire industry with an innate economic interest to obstruct, suppress and discredit any information about the eradication of diseases. The pharmaceutical industry makes over one trillion dollars from selling drugs for ongoing diseases. These drugs may relieve symptoms, but they do not cure. We have to realize that the mission of this industry is to make money from ongoing diseases. The cure or eradication of a disease leads to the collapse of a multi-billion dollar market of pharmaceuticals.
The natural purpose and driving force of the pharmaceutical industry is to increase sales of pharmaceutical drugs for ongoing diseases and to find new diseases to market existing drugs.
By this very nature, the pharmaceutical industry has no interest in curing diseases. The eradication of any disease inevitably destroys a multi-billion dollar market of prescription drugs as a source of revenues. Therefore, pharmaceutical drugs are primarily developed to relieve symptoms, but not to cure.
If eradication therapies for diseases are discovered and developed, the pharmaceutical industry has an inherent interest to suppress, discredit and obstruct these medical breakthroughs in order to make sure that diseases continue as the very basis for a lucrative prescription drug market.
The economic interest of the pharmaceutical industry itself is the main reason why no medical breakthrough has been made for the control of the most common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, Diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis, and why these diseases continue like epidemics on a worldwide scale.
For the same economic reasons, the pharmaceutical industry has now formed an international cartel by the code name "Codex Alimentarius" with the aim to outlaw any health information in connection with vitamins and to limit free access to natural therapies on a worldwide scale.
At the same time, the pharmaceutical companies withhold public information about the effects and risks of prescription drugs and life-threatening side effects are omitted or openly denied.
In order to assure the status quo of this deceptive scheme, a legion of pharmaceutical lobbyists is employed to influence legislation, control regulatory agencies (e.g. FDA), and manipulate medical research and education. Expensive advertising campaigns and PR agencies are used to deceive the public.
Millions of people and patients around the world are defrauded twice: A major portion of their income is used up to finance the exploding profits of the pharmaceutical industry. In return, they are offered a medicine that does not even cure.
Make health a human right. To learn more about Codex Alimentarius and the conspiracy to destroy our health freedom, visit Dr. Rath's Website: http://www.rath.nl/
Hoechst and the United Nations
This policy is has been enacted in Norway and Germany. This policy if approved would cause pharmacy regulation of many supplements and vitamins causing a significant price increase. Any country not following the policy would be subject to fines from the World Trade Organization.
The Codex process is now at "Step Five"- formalization and debate concerning the specific features of the policy. In two years, Codex could jump from step 5 to step 8 to finalize the restrictions
"Big Pharma" Stabs Planet Earth...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
Friday, July 8th, 2005
My last two broadcasts "Vitamins to be Banned Worldwide...", and ""Big Pharma" Controls US "TV News"... have generated a major response. They seem to have been forwarded everywhere, and I can't keep up with the volume of email questions I'm getting - so I'll answer the questions here...
Yes, it's true that the "Codex Alimentarius" commission in Rome, July 4th,2005, passed restriction of supplement guidelines that would, in effect, destroy the supplement industry in it's entirety - except for that controlled outright by "Big Pharma."
Yes, it's true that the "CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement)" legislation currently being rushed through the US Congress contains, within its language, the mechanism to force "harmonization" of US laws to "Codex" requirements destroying the protection afforded under the1994 DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act) law.
Yes, it's true that "Big Pharma" is behind this move - they have that much power and money.
Yes, it's true that we MIGHT be able to stop CAFTA - but it's unlikely - this time. There is too much at stake - and too little time for us to react - and too much money being spent to buy Congressional votes, by the opposition. We must try, but if we don't succeed at first, we'll have to go at it again, until we get what we need.
We've been "Pearl Harbored..."
The dismantling of the "health" industry, and the surrounding "health freedom" movement, worldwide, by force, has begun. The "German Model" of health care will now be the law of the land - in every land.
We've lost this battle - period.
Be prepared for even more attacks. It is going to get worse. "Big Pharma" is tired of having its will thwarted, and is calling in its markers.
The US FDA, over the last few months, has LITERALLY, with automatic weapons in hand, and body armor in place, massively attacked at least two US practitioners who espouse alternatives to "drugs, drugs, and more drugs," seizing everything in their offices, their bank accounts, the titles to their homes, cars, and personal property - and screaming at them, on the way out "Hire an attorney, asshole, because we're going to put you in jail forever..."
How do you hire an attorney when the FDA has just seized everything you have, shut down your business, and scared the crap out of your patients with their fingers on the triggers of laser-sighted machine guns?
The US television news media, in one of the most obviously bigoted assaults, perhaps in American history, has attacked America's leaders in the fight for changes in health care. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. felt the wrath of "Big Pharma" recently, when he came in out in Rolling Stone magazine exposing the "thimerasol (mercury) in vaccines" issue, and the cover-up. Actor Tom Cruise, after pointing out "Big Pharma's - drugs, drugs, and more drugs" approach to health care - was openly attacked on TV network news.
And, more... even scarier: I make no secret of the fact that I'm an Orange County California Conservative Republican. Frequently, I get asked "How can you be a health activist and support George Bush, seeing how much money he took from "Big Pharma" during his election campaign?" Well, I'll tell you why - and the answer will frighten you more than anything else I've said, or will say, on this newsletter, today. Both presidential candidates, and both major political parties took ungodly sums from "Big Pharma" during the election. If either candidate, Republican or Democrat, had come out against "Big Pharma" during the election, that same "Big Pharma," with their money and power, would have elected our President. For "Big Pharma" controls our TV media.
Think about that.
So, now what?
Can we recover from this loss? Yes, but we have to change our thinking. We have to work together, and "no more mister nice guy."
Two things: (1) We have to understand why we lost this battle - and do something about those reasons. (2) we have to put an action plan in place - and execute that plan. Now.
Why did we lose this battle? (1) "Big Pharma" is well organized, ruthless, cares not at all for human life, has lots of money to hire people to get things done, and has been working on their plan for a while (since World War Two, I think). (2) The worldwide health freedom movement was lulled into comfort - thinking that everything was just fine. (3) The worldwide health freedom movement has divided itself into factions, run on egos, that can't agree on tactics, information, and strategies. (4) The worldwide health freedom movement was infiltrated by "fifth columners" who have been using their positions to say "everything is OK - don't worry."
So, what's the action plan? Keep in mind, when I explain this segment, that, professionally, I'm a Crisis Management Consultant - so I tend to think organizationally. I'm a Dwight David Eisenhower type - who plans warfare - just like Eisenhower, and his team, planned the assault in Europe to grind down the Nazi war machine. So. I'm going to explain what needs to be done in terms of solving the REAL problems. First. I'm going to give you a list of each thing that needs to be done. Then I'll explain why we need to accomplish each step.
Privately, within the "Health Freedom Movement" we need to identify friend and foe. The Council For Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is NOT a friend of health freedom - it is an enemy. Its membership is Phizer, Bayer, Monsanto, etc. - manufacturers of some supplement INGREDIENTS, not supplements. Ignore what they say completely.
The National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA), although having a significant membership, is living in lah-lah land. I believe they are getting their legal advice on "Codex" from the attorney firm that ran the Aspartame approval through the FDA. Think about that. So, for now, my recommendation is to ignore what they have to say.
Publicly, primarily to Congress, we need to do several things.
(1) We need to stop CAFTA, and any other attempts to cancel the US Constitution in favor of a big business controlled world government. If we can't stop it in this first go-around, then we'll have to do it the second time, or the third time.
(2) We have to remove "Big Pharma's" right to advertise directly to consumers.
(3) We must criminally prosecute industry executives for the deaths, and damages, of, and to, Americans. Merck, and Vioxx, knowingly killed 55,000 Americans, in the name of profit. Thimerasol in even more insidious. Mercury fillings in teeth have been accepted far too long.
(4) We need to push to get the Bush administration's new "Health Insurance Guidelines" for America into effect. The Bush Administration, recognizing the overburdening of health care costs to American industry and its employees (the cost for health insurance for an American family of four is now $14,700 per year), wants to change the requirements for "Health Insurance Coverage" from "Full Coverage" to allowing Industry to offer "Catastrophic Coverage Plans" - with employees putting tax-free money into "Choice" plans, where they can spend their health dollars wherever they want...
(5) We must ask Congress to pass a bill creating a "Health Czar," for a five year period to investigate, and straighten out, the US Hospital system - the number one annual killer of Americans. This agency must be given the power to criminally prosecute Hospital Administrators, and doctors, responsible for this calamity.
(6) We must ask Congress to put laws in place stopping the revolving door between "Big Pharma" and the US FDA. We need the FDA to do what "we the people" intended it to do - not what "Big Pharma" wants it to do.
(7) We must ask Congress, and the Bush Administration, to investigate, and vigorously prosecute, the "Quackbuster" conspiracy to suppress innovation in health care.
So, why do we need to do ALL of these things?
In essence, we need a Health Care "Nuremberg..." We cannot, as a society, permit what's happened to our health care system to continue, or to be able to resurface any time soon.
(1) So, why not accept CAFTA? Easy answer. Why should we? Why would Americans want to turn over their carefully created set of freedoms to some set of snivelling "New World Order" bureaucrats? As IAHF president John Hammell says
"The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) Treaty will require the U.S., a member of the World Trade Organization, to revise our food laws and regulations based on Codex decisions. CAFTA would force harmonization of our dietary supplements and regulations to international standards, overriding the DSHEA Act of 1994.
The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the even-broader Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) are both modelled after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These agreements are typical bureaucratic monstrosities of "managed" trade that masquerade as free trade and would expand NAFTA to include first Central America and then the rest of the Americas in an economic "union." True free trade would take a few pages of written text to enact ("eliminate these barriers to trade and these tariffs," etc.); all three of these agreements encompass thousands of pages of bureaucratic textual garbage sprinkled liberally with rules, regulations, and special-interest benefits.
Buried in the language of CAFTA is Section 6 that would require of all its members that they form a Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) committee for the purpose of insuring ongoing harmonization under the terms of the SPS Agreement in the World Trade Organization (WTO). You can find that text at the following website:
If you then look at Article 3 of the WTO's SPS Agreement, you will read the following words: "To harmonize sanitary and phytosanitary measures on as wide a basis as possible, Members shall base their food safety measures on international standards, guidelines or recommendations." (emphasis added) And as you all know by now, Codex sets the international standards for food safety including vitamins & minerals.
So, CAFTA, which is set for a vote in the House of Representatives any time after they reconvene July 11th, 2005, is another critical link by which health-freedom haters hope to bypass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 and obligate the United States and Canada by treaty to harmonize to the harshly restrictive Codex vitamin-and-mineral standards. They cannot be allowed to succeed, and we at the NHF completely oppose these two treaties that would put a knife in the back of our health freedoms."
But that's not all. Rima Laibow MD was at the Rome event and had this to say:
We have to remove "Big Pharma's" right to
advertise directly to consumers. Why?
(3) We must criminally prosecute industry executives for the deaths, and damages, etc... This is simple logic. I'm appalled that our TV media spends all day, and night, covering the subway bombings in London, and the deaths of 50 people, and outright ignores the 55,000 deaths caused by Merck's Vioxx, the thimerasol issue, or the mercury amalgam tooth filling issue. We have health atrocities going on, worldwide, that have perpetrators that need punishment. So, lets get to it.
(4) We need to push to get the Bush administration's new "Health Insurance Guidelines" for America into effect. This also is an easy explanation - people who are given CHOICES make them...
(5) We must ask Congress to pass a bill creating a "Health Czar..." Why? Because the broken American Medical System does not, and will not, police itself.
(6) We must ask Congress to put laws in place stopping the revolving door between "Big Pharma" and the US FDA. We need the FDA to do what "we the people" intended it to do - not what "Big Pharma" wants it to do. No explanation needed.
Opposition is already gearing up for beginning of the battle. If you are interested in getting in on the first round, the stopping of CAFTA - (click here). If you're writing to Congress give them all seven things. listed above, to think about.
This is a battle between "We the People," and the free world's biggest, and worst, enemy - ever - "Big Pharma," and we're just getting started with the counter-attack.
Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate
Alliance for Natural Health - 3 branches (Europe, US and International)
Alliance for Natural Health International
Codex—government and corporate control of our food supply
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Holistic Health Association
Global trade watch
History of CODEX
International Advocates for Health Freedom - John Hammell
The New Media Explorer
Codex Alimentarius (Food