Tuesday, May 25, 2004
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Jesus Christ on a cracker! Will the government ever stop stabbing We The People in the back? Apparently not.
Learn about Operation Cure.All, Codex and the lengths to which the pharmaceutical industry and the government will go to place severe restrictions on what dietary supplements and natural foods we can use.
Codex began simply enough when the U.N. authorized the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization to develop a universal food code. Their purpose was to 'harmonize' regulations for dietary supplements worldwide and set international safety standards for the purposes of increased trade. Standardize labeling and regulatory requirements between countries to facilitate increased international trade.
Pharmaceutical interests stepped in and began exerting their influence. Instead of focusing on food safety, Codex is using its power to promote worldwide restrictions on vitamins and food supplements, severely limiting their availability and dosages.
Real Goals of Codex.
This is to bring about international 'harmonization.' While global harmony sounds benign, is that the real purpose of this plan? While the stated goal of Codex is to establish unilateral regulations for dietary supplements in every country, the actual goal is to outlaw health products and information on vitamins and dietary supplements, except those under their direct control. These regulations would supercede United States domestic laws without the American people's voice or vote in the matter.
How Can it be Possible? Americans gasp at the thought. It goes against everything America stands for. Many believe this can't be possible. The truth is, it's not only possible, it's required by the Codex agreement.
In fact, under the terms of the Uruguay Round of GATT, which created the World Trade Organization, the United States agreed to harmonize its domestic laws to the international standards. This includes standards for dietary supplements being developed by the United Nation's Codex Alimentarius Commission's Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Use.
What Codex Will Bring.
What can we expect under Codex?
To give you an idea, here are some important points: - Dietary supplements could not be sold for preventive (prophylactic) or therapeutic use. - Potencies would be limited to extremely low dosages. Only the drug companies and the big phytopharmaceutical companies would have the right to produce and sell the higher potency products (at inflated prices). - Prescriptions would be required for anything above the extremely low doses allowed (such as 35 mg. on niacin). - Common foods such as garlic and peppermint would be classified as drugs or a third category (neither food nor drugs) that only big pharmaceutical companies could regulate and sell. Any food with any therapeutic effect can be considered a drug, even benign everyday substances like water. - Codex regulations for dietary supplements would become binding (escape clauses would be eliminated). - All new dietary supplements would be banned unless they go through Codex testing and approval. - Genetically altered food would be sold worldwide without labeling.
What Can We Do? Step number one is learn as much as possible about this issue. Here is a website where you will find a great deal of information:
John Hammell's International Advocates for Health Freedom.
Read "WHOSE TRADE ORGANIZATION? Corporate Globalization and the Erosion of Democracy" by By Lori Wallach and Michelle Sforza, at the Public Citizens Global Trade Watch.
Unfortunately, there is much, much more.