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Why organized medicine wants to outlaw nutrition and turn healers into criminals How about some truth for a change about the Food Supplements Directive in the European Union? The proponents of this directive say that it's about protecting patients from all these dangerous vitamins, minerals, supplements, plant extracts and antioxidants that are so dangerous for people. They say, "We're going to keep you safe!" Let me tell you what I think. It's an attempt to outlaw nutrition (see related ebook on nutrition). It is an attempt to criminalize those who would offer nutritional products that can actually prevent and even treat chronic diseases.
Why would anyone want to do this? Well, look at what it's trying to ban. One of the things it's trying to ban is tocotrienols, which are various forms of vitamin E. These are naturally occurring antioxidants that are found in the plant world. You can find them in whole grains, nuts, seeds and a variety of different plants. Why would they want to ban these ingredients and make it a crime to sell these to people?
Well, think about it folks. These ingredients prevent chronic disease better than prescription drugs, without the side effects, and without the profitability of prescription drugs. If people really knew just how much they could prevent chronic disease with these plant extracts, medicinal herbs, vitamins, minerals, and supplements, the pharmaceutical industry would collapse overnight.
The defenders of "Big Pharma" and of organized medicine have realized that they can't win the information war. They can't prevent people from finding out how to be healthy. Believe me, they've tried! They've tried through censorship, oppression, influence, and even attempts to regulate medical information on the internet. They have tried to create a total blackout of information, but they've failed. Thank God we live in a (relatively) free society where the internet still operates and people have access to independent information. As people are increasingly finding out that prescription drugs actually kill you, while vitamins, nutrients, and plant-based supplements actually save your life, organized medicine had to go to Plan B. Plan B is to outlaw nutrition, which is what the European Union Food Supplements Directive is all about.
Let's take this one step further here. Let’s assume they succeed in outlawing this nutrition. It's suddenly illegal to buy any amount of vitamin C over 50 mg, for example. It's illegal to buy various minerals, such as vanadium or boron. It becomes illegal to buy tocotrienols, or other antioxidants derived from plants. Well, what's the next step? It is, of course, to outlaw medicinal foods entirely!
Can you imagine a world in which it would be illegal to purchase and consume garlic? It sounds ridiculous, right? You say, "Oh, come on, that's just exaggeration!" But is it really? Garlic is one of the most medicinally potent foods in the world. This is a product that prevents and treats topical and internal cancers. Raw garlic juice is one of the most potent anti-cancer supplements you can consume. You can go to a grocery store right now, buy garlic, and make this yourself. This is more powerful than many drugs out there. It's a broad-spectrum antibiotic. It's antiviral, antibacterial, anti-cancer and anti-tumor. This is an amazing healing food.
Would they try to outlaw that? Right now, they're trying to outlaw extracts from different plants. It's only a small step for them to actually outlaw these foods. You'd have to have a prescription to buy garlic. It would be a controlled substance, and if you grew it in your own garden, you'd be arrested as a criminal. Don't believe me? Just try to grow omega-3-rich hemp seeds in your backyard and see how long it takes for the DEA to show up at your doorstep.
You have a great number of foods out there that actually treat, not just prevent, chronic diseases. Molasses, for one, is a nutrient-rich sweetener. It's made from the byproduct of whole grain processing. If people ate more molasses or used it in their cooking or their oatmeal, they would get more B vitamins, more magnesium, more zinc. They would be healthier. We'd see a drop in the rate of Alzheimer's disease, nervous system disorders, and behavioral disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other so called "behavioral diseases."
You may think it sounds crazy that these foods would some day be banned. But I think it's crazy to ban extracts of these foods. They're trying to ban these natural ingredients right now. Beyond the fact that I think it is unethical to do so, it is a crime against humanity to restrict people from access to the gifts provided by Mother Nature. As human beings, we have a God-given right to eat plants, to use the medicinal herbs found in our natural environment, and to heal ourselves using these gifts provided by nature. I believe any attempt to criminalize our connection with nature is itself a crime, and should be treated as such.
Nutrition is bad for you, didn't you know? The Food Supplements Directive (in Europe) and this whole effort by the FDA (in the U.S.) to outlaw certain medicinal herbs and eventually nutritional supplements is based on the outlandish premise that prescription drugs are good for you and nutrition is bad for you. This is such a reversal of reality that it's absolutely astounding they can get away with even talking about it without being laughed off of the television show or radio interview.
If you think about it, prescription drugs are what's killing people. Prescription drugs are extremely dangerous, even according to the statistics put out by organized medicine. We have one class of drugs, Cox-2 inhibitors, which, all by itself, is responsible for at least 144,000 heart attacks in the United States alone. Over 40 percent of those are fatal. The FDA admitted all of this information, yet said, "That's not dangerous enough for us. Let's put this drug back on the market." They rubber-stamped it "APPROVED BY THE FDA." This is now safe for consumption, according to the FDA.
Meanwhile, a Chinese herb, ma huang, or "Ephedra," as it's better known, is blamed for the death of a few dozen individuals who overdosed like crazy trying to lose weight. A few dozen people and the FDA said, "This is dangerous! We have to take this off the market! It's unregulated. It's a Chinese herb. It will kill you!" It is now a crime to sell Ephedra. They're criminalizing medicinal herbs, while legalizing the drugs that kill you. This is what's going on today.
It's really about control There's a lot at stake here -- a lot of power, control, and, of course, a whole lot of money. The people at the top of organized medicine's hierarchy, the FDA, the American Medical Association, top doctors, surgeons, hospitals, and so on, have all realized that if nutrition succeeds, and if people become educated about how to prevent disease through simple, easily available foods, then they are going to lose a lot of money. They're going to lose a lot of patients, whom they're depending on. You have drug companies looking at the coming wave of Alzheimer's and jumping up and down with joy, thinking, "Look how many customers we're going to have. Let's come up with an Alzheimer's drug!" Research then comes out showing that Alzheimer's drugs cause dementia. Yes, it's true. Pain drugs cause heart attacks, antidepressant drugs cause people to pick up automatic weapons and blow away their classmates; you can just go on down the list. These drugs are designed to treat disease and improve people's lives but they only destroy lives. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop the drug companies from being excited about the opportunity to sell these drugs to people.
It's all about selling the drugs. Really, the FDA is just one gatekeeper by which these drugs can be sold. The FDA is being exploited and controlled by drug companies. The FDA rubber-stamps drugs that are highly toxic and extremely dangerous. These drugs continue to be sold to people all around the world at ridiculously high prices. It's a big scam, and there's big money at stake.
That's why they've got to attack nutritional supplements. They've got to outlaw vitamin C, vitamin E, and minerals that prevent disease. They've got to criminalize them. Their strategy right now is to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. This whole Food Supplements Directive in Europe is really nothing more than an attempt to protect profits. By doing that, they're committing a crime against humanity, in my belief. They're trying to say that it should be illegal for people to choose foods, medicines, and healing compounds provided by nature.
A crazy idea: let's outlaw dangerous pharmaceuticals I have an idea, which may be crazy, but which I'll throw out there just in case. What if we outlawed all the drugs that killed people? What if we made it illegal to sell dangerous prescription drugs that actually cause chronic disease, that cause people to go crazy, or that cause people to have heart attacks and die? How about that? Now, there's a crazy idea. Then, what if we banned drug advertising so these drug companies can't run highly deceptive ads on television that get people running to their doctors' offices asking for drugs by name, even when they have no idea what those drugs do? Patients demand, "Give me the drug!" The doctor asks, "What do you need it for?" "I don't know, but those people on TV look really happy!" This happens every day. Any general practitioner will tell you the same thing.
Let's educate the public So let's ban everything that actually harms people. Let's then spend some taxpayer money on public education campaigns to teach people how to be healthy. We could start with foods. We could start by teaching expectant mothers how to have good nutrition so that they give birth to healthy babies with healthy nervous systems, babies who aren't born predisposed to diabetes, schizophrenia, or other disorders. From there we can teach our nation's youth how to make healthier food choices.
While we're on a roll, why don't we take all the disease causing foods out of our school lunch programs. Why don't we ban fast food restaurants from hospitals. Let's put some healthy foods in people's mouths. Let's visit the nursing homes around the country, look at their diets, and say, "No wonder these people are half-mad. Look at what they're being fed." Let's put some healthy foods into their diets.
Let's teach people about the real health potential of sunlight. Let's teach them that if you get sunlight on your skin, you can prevent prostate cancer, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes. You can prevent osteoporosis, schizophrenia, mental depression, and many other diseases and disorders just by getting some natural sunlight.
So this is my crazy idea: Let's ban the things that kill people, while supporting the things that improve people's quality of life, keep people healthy, and prevent chronic disease. Now, I know it's a radical idea and it would have terrible side effects, such as plummeting health care costs, increased longevity, increased quality of life and happiness across the entire population. It would have all these terrible side effects; for example, we wouldn't have such violent behavior in our young adults. I don't know if society can handle these side effects; but if it can, this could be a good route to go.
One more side effect would be that many corporate executives of pharmaceutical companies would find themselves out of work. That would just be terrible. Maybe we could have a government subsidy program to find new jobs for these people, or train them on something useful like web page design. They'll need some real jobs, right? If you can't sell drugs any more, you've got to do something useful for society.
The national doctor re-education program The same would hold for all the doctors as well, the general practitioners who practice old school medicine. They wouldn't have as much work either. I think we'd have to retrain them. We could start by actually giving them a real education in health. We could start by teaching them about nutrition. The fact is they never learned that in medical school. Med schools don't teach nutrition. These doctors are clueless about it unless they went outside mainstream medicine and learned on their own.
When doctors find that they're out of work because people are healthy, because they're avoiding prescription drugs, eating healthy foods, and using medicinal plants, we might retrain those doctors to become health coaches. They could go into nursing homes and schools, and be hired as health coaches teaching people how to be healthy. There's an idea! Why don't we have our healthcare professionals actually teach health instead of being experts in disease?
From the history of medicine comes the idea: "First, do no harm." Today organized medicine is doing tremendous harm. Until we make a change, they have no right to call themselves doctors at all. They're not doctors, they're drug dealers. A true doctor is someone who teaches according to the Latin root of the word, which means "teacher." If you call yourself a doctor, but you're not teaching your patients about nutrition and lifestyle changes, you're living a lie. On the other hand, if you are teaching it, good for you. You should get more patients. You keep your patients healthy; they could tell more friends and bring you more business. You deserve to be rewarded for helping people stay healthy.
Conveniently forgetting the true history of medicine One more point relevant to the history of medicine and the European Union Food Supplements Directive: The word "pharmaceutical" has as its root "pharm," which of course means "plant." Pharmaceuticals have their origins in plant-based medicine. That's where all pharmaceuticals originally came from. If you think about it now, things have gone 180 degrees! The pharmaceutical industry itself is trying to outlaw plants. How bizarre is that? It is a total disconnect from nature and from the history of medicine. It is a disconnection between those selling the drugs and the patients who take them. It's all about disconnection out there in organized medicine. A lot of doctors won't even touch their patients. It unnerves them.
Let's turn to natural healing, where we have connections, we have openness and we believe in health freedoms. We believe in freedom of choice. We believe in education. And we believe that individuals should have the right to choose what medicine, herbs, and supplements they wish to take to treat or prevent their own diseases or disorders, or just to stay healthy or enhance their health.
Healers and patients can have a connection. The patient, however, is the only real healer. The doctor or practitioner can only really educate and support the patient's own healing process. These are the beliefs of natural health. These are the beliefs which, frankly, organized medicine doesn't want you to ever adopt. They want you to believe that nature has no answers for you whatsoever. They want you to believe that an R&D lab, with its synthesized chemicals, is the only place where you should get your healing chemicals or compounds. They think that man is smarter than nature. They think that a man-made lab can produce smarter disease prevention chemicals than the lab which has been running for millions and millions of years out there called Mother Nature.
Covertly stealing from Mother Nature Secretly, however, behind closed doors, all these pharmaceutical companies have people across the world trying to find medicinal plants to look for answers. They are basically stealing them from the native healers, the indigenous tribes in the rainforest, the deserts of Australia, you name it. They're stealing all these plants, then taking them back to the laboratory and trying to synthesize them. That's what they're doing behind closed doors. They know that the answers are in the plant. Publicly, however, they want to outlaw those plants. You see how they work this con?
I say to all of you out there reading who want to be healthy: Bypass all of that. Bypass the pharmaceutical industry. Bypass the profit, the greed and the control. Bypass the heavily bureaucratic FDA, which is dishonest and is operating in collusion with the drug companies. Bypass a traditionally trained medical doctor, and bypass all the costs and medical bills and bankruptcy that go along with being involved with organized medicine. Instead, go straight to nature.
You do that by hooking up with a naturopath. You do that by relying on plants, foods, natural environment, sunshine, fresh water, clean air, and by getting grounded with the earth. That's how you get healthy. I've done it, along with thousands of others who have done it. Organized medicine has no benefit whatsoever in modern society, except if you've been in a car crash or something. If an iron girder from a steel building falls on you and you need some surgery, then definitely get some surgery. American surgeons are some of the best in the world. They can stop the bleeding from gunshot wounds and put you back together. However, they can't prevent chronic diseases and they have no clue how to treat them.
Don't believe me? Observe this for yourself... If you're skeptical of everything I've said so far, here's a little experiment you can run. Go out and find yourself people who are steeped in organized medicine. Find people who take a lot of pharmaceuticals, who get surgical procedures every time their doctor says they need one. Check these people out and see how healthy they are.
Are they fit and trim? Are they happy? Are they emotionally stable? Do they have healthy relationships in their life? How do they look? Do they look energetic? What's the color of their skin? Is it pale and yellowish? Do they have bags under their eyes? Is it discolored? What do they look like?
Afterwards, find yourself a bunch of people who follow natural health. Find people who do yoga, who get acupuncture, who eat well, who supplement with superfoods and supergreen supplements. Find people who take vitamins and use medicinal herbs. Find the kind of people you'd find in health food stores. Look at those people and ask yourself the same questions. How do they look? What kind of health do they seem to be demonstrating? If you compare these two groups, it becomes immediately obvious that the results you get are based on the belief system you follow.
If you follow organized medicine, take those prescription drugs, go get those surgical procedures, and you believe all those doctors, the FDA, and everything the drug companies tell you, you're going to be quite diseased. You're going to be miserable. You're going to have a shortened lifespan. You're going to have a shortened quality of life. You're probably going to be in chronic pain, and you'll have multiple side effects from all the prescription drugs you're taking. You'll have skyrocketing medical bills. You might end up in medical bankruptcy, and you'll be no better off than having done nothing.
If you follow natural health, on the other hand, you can be a healthy, happy person. You can be energetic, have fantastic mental clarity, and be free of chronic pain. You can reverse diseases such as type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. You can avoid dementia, Alzheimer's, and all these so-called "diseases of aging." You can be healthy and happy. That's the world of natural health.
Stop trying to justify organized medicine Some people think they can straddle these two worlds. They say, "I'm going to get chemotherapy, but I'm going to take some chlorella together with it. That way, I'll be practicing integrated medicine!" Integrated medicine is a huge hoax. It's basically a way for organized medicine to try to keep up with the times, to say that you can use these herbs only as a minor part of this traditional health procedure. They want to relegate everything that's alternative into the fringes of treatment. Integrative medicine is a joke.
Alternative medicine, or what I call "advanced medicine," is where the real healing power is. That's where you make a choice and say, "I'm not going to follow organized medicine any more. I'm going to get healthy. I'm go
The mass poisoning of humanity
Sunday, June 19, 2005
The mass poisoning of humanity: an exploration of human stupidity As human beings, we're the only species stupid enough to actually poison ourselves. As part of modern living, we create a wide variety of chemical toxins that go into the ecosystem through rivers and streams, the air, the soil and so on. Not only that, we actually synthesize toxic chemicals and then inject them directly into the food supply -- knowing full well that they are poisonous and are major contributors to the epidemic rates of chronic disease we are experiencing today.
What are these chemicals I'm talking about? Well, you're about to get a whirlwind tour of humanity's toxic chemicals. And if you look at toxic chemicals, you have to start in the realm of dentistry, because in no other profession (save medicine) will you find the use of so many toxic chemicals that are deliberately prescribed to patients or injected into their bodies. We're talking about, of course, mercury fillings and fluoride dripped into the public water supplies.
Dr. Poison Mercury, DDS When we talk about mercury fillings, you have to keep in mind that mercury is simply one of the most toxic substances you can put into the human body, aside from radioactive substances. Right now, today, dentists all across the country and around the world are taking this highly toxic metal and literally putting it into the teeth of human beings. Those teeth are then used to chew food, and as a person chews; they effectively grind away the surfaces of these mercury fillings. These fillings release gas mercury vapor and mercury particles, which people then breathe into their lungs, or digest in their stomachs.
Now, I can understand that maybe 50 years ago, the dental industry was too ignorant to realize that it was advocating this toxic metal and putting it into patients' mouths. The industrial revolution is full of examples of companies that used lots of toxic substances and therapies, thinking they were good for you. Recall the X-rays and radiation of the first half of the twentieth century, people thought that radiation was great for you. Manufacturers were equating radiation with energy and thinking that if you consumed radiation pills, you would be more energetic. These were actually sold and sponsored by physicians and doctors, it was a mainstay of the medical industry in those days.
Later, we had the lead issue with industrial companies like DuPont, which has an interesting history in the manufacture and distribution of lead. People were convinced lead was great for everything. They put it into the gasoline, and leaded gasoline was born. We later found out that lead causes nervous system disorders and that it's very unhealthy to have lead emissions in the air. We ended up getting rid of lead paint, and banning the use of lead in foods and cosmetics.
But for some reason, today dentists still think mercury is perfectly good for you. It's like they're living in the Dark Ages. Gee, why don't they have you swallow radiation pills at the same time they're putting mercury fillings in your mouth? That way you can be energized and have fillings, too!
Some of the greatest quackery in the world right now takes place in dentists' offices; and dentists strongly deny the problems associated with mercury toxicity and mercury fillings. Of course, I don't mean all dentists, some dentists are slowly coming around to this issue. In fact, these selected dentists are leading the change; they are pioneering dentists, just as those in the world of medicine that are trying to change conventional medicine.
These few dentists that are trying to make changes and get mercury fillings banned deserve tremendous credit for taking the lead and standing up and fighting against the dogma of their own industry to protect their patients. There's no doubt in my mind that within a few years, mercury fillings will be banned and they will join the ranks of lead paint, asbestos insulation, leaded gasoline and radiation pills. They will go into the historical annals of bad medicine, and some day future generations will think we were absolutely crazy to be putting mercury in people's mouths.
More poison from dentists: fluoride That's not the end of the toxicity in the world of dentistry, we also have dentists pushing for, get this, the dripping of a highly toxic chemical waste product into the water supply... a substance that's scraped off the smokestacks of industrial polluters. They want every person in the community to actually drink this substance.
This material is a toxic waste that's regulated by the EPA. It would be illegal to drip it into a river or a stream, but for some reason, it is perfectly legal to drip it into the public water supply and let people drink it. It's a bizarre cycle of rationalization that can only be called medical lunacy. They no longer consider this toxic substance toxic if it passes through the bodies of human beings first. What substance am I talking about? Fluorosilicic acid, otherwise known by its short name, fluoride.
Across the country and around the world, dentists are insisting that we drip fluoride into the public water supply. For what purpose? To protect the teeth? Can you be serious? People are swallowing this liquid. They're not rinsing it in their mouth and spitting it out, they're ingesting it. Now as a result we have fluorosis, and bone disorders that are related to the over-consumption of fluoride.
For some reason, dentists have decided that they now have medical degrees, and that they want to medicate the entire population with a drug, a biologically active drug, without first diagnosing any individual in that community. In other words, they want to medicate everyone across the board with the exact same dosage, regardless of that person's individual health needs, and regardless of how much other fluoride they may be exposed to on a regular basis. This is the insanity of the modern dentistry community. Remember, these are the same people that want to put mercury in your mouth, so it only makes sense that they also want to poison your entire body by putting fluorosilicic acid into the water supply.
They don't call it fluorosilicic acid of course, because that might scare people. They call it fluoride -- and in fact they will even deceive the public and call it "naturally-occurring fluoride." There's nothing natural about fluorosilicic acid.
If you go to any community water supply where they are dripping so called "fluoride" into the water system, you will find out where they actually get the fluoride -- ask them, "Hey, do you dig this out of the ground in natural fluoride deposits?," and they will tell you "No, we buy it from an industrial waste processing company because it's cheaper than fluoride out of the ground." I've asked this question myself of people who are in charge of dripping fluoride into the public water supply, and that's exactly what they have told me. You can verify this yourself and find out just how your local community is poisoning you and your family with this highly toxic waste chemical.
How to poison the entire population Again, we are the only species stupid enough to actually poison ourselves. And we do it in highly efficient ways. If you want to poison a population, there's no easier way than to drip a substance into the water supply. And if you really want to make sure everyone is poisoned, you would pass laws that mandate the dripping of this poison into the water supply (i.e. fluoridation laws). That would ensure that everybody gets some, whether it's an infant, an adult or a senior citizen. This is increasingly what is happening across the United States and around the world.
There's absolutely no good science behind any of the fluoride arguments. Even if they were using genuine natural fluoride, there are no studies that show the ingestion of fluoride decreases the incidence of dental caries in modern society. Yet this myth persists in the dental community, and the American Dental Association stands firmly behind this national poisoning agenda. They will call anybody who disagrees with it a "nut," and they will say that every population must be fluoridated -- for their own good, of course. That's the only way to ensure they have healthy teeth, the logic goes.
Put more chemicals into the foods, please If you wanted to poison the entire population, but you were worried that not everyone drinks from the water supply, there is another way: just poison the food supply. This, too, is happening today, with food manufacturing practices and the FDA looking the other way on toxic food ingredients.
Our population is being poisoned with artificial chemical sweeteners. Let's take a look at these. Aspartame is a sweetener that was never proven safe; in fact, the original safety recommendation panel at the FDA recommended that aspartame be denied approval as a safe food ingredient. It was none other than Donald Rumsfeld at the time who helped push aspartame through the FDA to get it legalized as a food additive.
Today, we now see the vast majority of complaints of food side effects sent to the FDA being caused by aspartame. Aspartame is an excitotoxin, that is, a neurotoxic chemical, and it breaks down in your body into both formic acid and formaldehyde. Now, would you like to go out and drink some formaldehyde? Well, you might do that if you were a biological specimen that needed to be preserved for dissection, but if you're a normal, healthy, sane human being, you'd never drink formaldehyde. Unless, of course, they put it in an artificial sweetener compound and added it to cans of your favorite carbonated soft drink, in which case Americans will gladly drink formaldehyde in can after can, poisoning their nervous systems, going half blind, experiencing epilepsy and increasing the onset of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.
Again, we're the only species stupid enough to actually poison ourselves with these chemicals. And yet we have entire groups, food lobbies and public apologizers who run around saying that these ingredients are perfectly good for you. There's nothing wrong with drinking formaldehyde and formic acid. You'll be fine! Drink more! Here, in fact here's a 50 percent more coupon, so you can buy even more!
Want some chlorine in your food today? Some say, "Well, aspartame is on the way out -- the big sweetener now is Sucralose or Splenda." This is the artificial sweetener that claims to be made from sugar. Well, I suppose you can claim that it starts out as sugar, but it's made by removing some of the atoms from sugar and replacing them with atoms of chlorine, which is of course one of the chemical elements used during the atrocities of World War II to create poison gas, the same element used in chlorine to disinfect pools and public water supplies.
When it's put that way, you might start thinking, "Well, gee, maybe there's something wrong with this sugar, maybe I shouldn't be putting chlorine atoms into my body." Would you go out and drink chlorine? If you know anybody who works on pools, or who has a pool maintenance business, they will tell you that chlorine gas will kill you. In fact, just to handle chlorine, they have to wear protective rubber gloves and protective respiration devices, because if they get chlorine powder wet and touch it or inhale it, they are in for a world of hurt. Chlorine gas can cause serious injury or even death. In fact, if you just take household ingredients like chlorine bleach and mix it with ammonia, you will create a highly toxic gas that will literally kill you, which is why these products often contain warnings that they should not be mixed.
And yet, in our food supply, we take chlorine atoms and we attach them to molecules that used to be sugar, and we call that a safe sweetener. And now we're putting it into all kinds of foods, whether it's soft drinks, muffins, pancake mixes and pretty much everything in the low-carb arena. I'm not sure people realize that they are actually ingesting chlorine atoms. Maybe they're too dazed from the fluoride.
Okay, so far we have dentists putting mercury fillings in your mouth that give off mercury vapor and cause neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. We have the same insane dentists mandating the dripping of EPA-regulated environmental pollutants into the public water supply, making sure that human beings in the United States have to drink toxic waste product... after which it enters into the rivers and streams as part of human waste, even though if such chemicals were dripped directly into the rivers and streams in this country it would be a violation of federal law. We have food and beverage companies using artificial chemical sweeteners to replace sugar and claiming that their products are healthier than sugar products. And yet, these artificial chemical sweeteners break down into dangerous chemical components such as formaldehyde and formic acid, or they are made with chlorine atoms that simply do not belong in the human body. These chemicals do not appear anywhere in nature attached to a sugar molecule.
Yummy poison: hydrogenated oils So, what else can the money-hungry corporations think of to put into the food or the water to poison America? They are quite creative and they have a lot of poisons at their disposal. The next terrible poison on the list is hydrogenated oils. They're called brain poisons, and they're present in perhaps half of all the foods found at every grocery store. It's listed right on the label -- you can see it as "hydrogenated oil" or "partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil".
This artificial fat directly causes cardiovascular heart disease, it destroys normal cardiovascular health, it destroys the healthy functioning of the nervous system, it causes brain disorders, it causes heart attacks -- it is one of the most prominent and yet toxic ingredients put into the food supply. It also causes birth defects and essential fatty acid deficiencies in both the mother and her fetus.
And it's put in foods on purpose, for the convenience of the food manufacturers. Hydrogenated oils don't go bad, which means they save money for the food manufacturing companies, because their foods don't go bad on the shelves. And how do you make hydrogenated oils? Well, you don't find them anywhere in nature -- you have to have a chemical processing facility to make hydrogenated oils. And you do it by bubbling hydrogen gas through liquid soybean oil or other types of oils, using a catalyst (in most cases the catalyst is nickel). So with this nickel and the bubbling of hydrogen gas, you get extra hydrogen atoms attached to the molecules in oil, which makes them solid at room temperature. Since they are solid at room temperature, they can be more easily used to make margarine products, or used in crackers and cookies. And all of this, again, is for the convenience of the food manufacturing companies.
Food manufactures don't care what happens to your health, their job is just to sell food products. If you have a health problem as a result, that's your problem, not theirs. You won't find food companies offering to pay for your medical bills if you have a heart attack from eating hydrogenated oils. They are basically passing the buck and demanding that you pay for the health consequences caused by their foods. In fact, they're working hard to pass legislation that would outlaw lawsuits against food companies!
Pepperoni-shaped poison Not to be outdone, the meat processing companies in this country also want to make sure they get lots of poison into your food products. It's not enough to just sell you red meat, which is by itself an extremely unhealthy food ingredient that promotes colon cancer, heart disease, obesity and many other disorders, they also have to put cancer-causing chemicals in various meat products.
This makes sure that you get colon cancer from the additives, if not from the red meat itself. This additive is called sodium nitrite, and you'll find it in virtually every packaged meat product found at the grocery store, whether it's pepperoni, breakfast sausage, or bacon. You can buy sliced ham, sliced chicken, deli slices, lunch meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, the meat that goes into soups, the meat that goes into those little lunch trays ... pretty much any form of packaged meat at the grocery store has this toxic ingredient in it. That's why the daily consumption of processed meats has now been clinically shown to produce a 6,700% increase in the risk of pancreatic cancer!
Guinea pig people And what is this ingredient again? Sodium nitrite! When you ingest sodium nitrite, it mixes with the digestive juices of your stomach and creates a class of chemical compounds called nitrosamines. These nitrosamines are potent cancer-causing chemicals. In fact, as I've mentioned before, they are so potent that lab researchers actually inject mice with nitrosamines when they want to give those mice breast cancer or other form of cancer they can study. And yet, as humans, we put sodium nitrite (see related ebook on sodium nitrite) right into the food supply. It's almost as if we were treating the entire population as lab rats -- and in fact that's not far from the truth.
Drugs are frequently released in this country on an experimental basis, using the population as guinea pigs to find out how many people might die from that drug in order to get more safety data. Let's face it, when the FDA approves drugs for public use, they are not at all proven safe. The American public is routinely treated as a collection of guinea pigs in order to promote prescription drugs, foods, artificial sweeteners or other elements.
Toxic personal care products So now we've got toxic chemicals in our mouths, in our public water supplies, and in our foods and beverages. Where else can money hungry corporations put toxic chemicals into our immediate environment and get them into our bodies? Well, think hard and you might come up with some other ideas. Let's look at the personal care products industry, because practically every brand name shampoo, cologne, perfume, deodorant, antiperspirant or other personal care product on the market is made with toxic fragrance chemicals. These can contain solvents, carcinogens and compounds that are registered in government databases as having strong liver toxicity.
The reason these ingredients are allowed in these products are because the FDA has mistakenly assumed for many, many years that whatever you put on your body doesn't get absorbed into your body. They think, for example, that you could just coat your body with toxic chemicals and you would be fine, because your skin is a barrier. I've even heard pharmacists tell me that the skin is a great barrier, so whatever you put on your skin won't go into your body.
That's utterly ridiculous! As pharmacists, haven't these people ever sold nicotine patches? How do you think those work? They work by releasing nicotine that gets absorbed directly through your skin into your bloodstream. If your skin didn't absorb nicotine, the nicotine patches wouldn't deliver a dosage. You have to be half-crazy to think that the skin is some kind of permanent barrier that keeps out everything you put on it.
In fact, the skin is very porous -- the skin breathes. Yes, it keeps out bacteria, but it sure doesn't keep out chemical solvents, and it doesn't keep out molecules as big as nicotine. Nicotine molecules are not very small, by the way. There are many things that go right through your skin, and those include fragrance chemicals, solvents, and a lot of other toxic ingredients that are found in personal care products. One such ingredient called MIT was recently discovered in most brand-name shampoos, and this MIT ingredient is known to cause brain cancer.
Voluntary chemical suicide So now we are really stupid as a species, because we've poisoned our mouths, our water supply, our food, our beverages and even our shampoos and personal care products. And if you use dryer sheets, then you've got your clothes poisoned as well, they're coated in a layer of toxic chemicals found in dryer sheet products. So what else could we use to poison the population? There are still many other options.
One way would be to sell a toxic chemical that people voluntarily put into their mouths because another person in a position of authority told them to do so. This is describing the prescription drug industry, where people are poisoning themselves each and every day with toxic painkiller drugs like COX-2 inhibitors or toxic anti-cholesterol drugs like statin drugs. People are poisoning their minds with antidepressant drugs that promote violent behavior and suicides. They're poisoning their cardiovascular system with beta-blockers and other drugs. And of course they're poisoning their livers.
And yet people volunteer to do this -- each and every day they will put these toxic chemicals into their bodies simply because someone with a degree from a school of disease (also known as medical school) told them to do so. And, not only that, they will actually pay for the privilege of poisoning their own bodies.
They'll pay good money too, not just a few hundred dollars a month, but several thousand dollars a month. Some people will spend six figures a year poisoning their bodies because their doctor told them to do so. And, then when something goes wrong and they have a small tumor show up on a mammogram, or some other blood test comes back positive that indicates they may have some sort of cancer tumor, they will gladly pay another $100,000 or more in order to destroy their entire immune system with a treatment known as chemotherapy.
They will literally sit there and let other doctors inject highly toxic poisons directly into the bloodstream and allow them to circulate through their body. How toxic is this stuff? Well, gee, think about it, your hair falls out, you get sick and you vomit -- are these signs that maybe this stuff doesn't belong in your body? I don't know about you, but I think that's a very strange way to heal someone. If I were a medical professional and I were healing someone, and I had them do something which made their hair fall out and they started vomiting and it looked like they were going to melt away right before my very eyes, I would think that, hey, maybe this isn't good for them. But that's not what conventional oncologists think. They think, oh, this is great stuff. Look, we're going to destroy the cancer tumor and, if we're lucky, there may even be a patient left by the time we're done. And if not -- that's alright, as long as they pay the bill.
Official, government-approved drug dealers We as a species actually have a class of professionals, highly-paid professionals, who we give the right to poison us with toxic chemicals. These people are called doctors. I call them drug dealers. Just like illegal drugs, their drugs kill people. The main difference is that these "legal" drugs enrich politically influential corporations, whereas illegal drugs enrich drug lords. Our national "War on Drugs" is quite selective in its targets, don't you think? Industrial hemp is outlawed, but doping up millions of children on powerful narcotics is perfectly legal: it's called Ritalin.
So remember, we're the only species stupid enough to actually poison ourselves. And if we don't do it in just one or two ways, we do it in half a dozen different ways! Then we regulate that poisoning, we make it federal law! And we have lobbyists and groups out there defending this use of poison in the food supply, and defending the use of it in cosmetic products and personal care products. We have defenders of the drug industry, people who say, "Yeah, well there was a study five years ago that showed a 1200 percent heart attack increase, but we thought that really wasn't relevant to this drug and we decided to go ahead and market that drug anyway." That's what we have today. And the real details of this gruesome story have only begun to be uncovered. Wait until the rest of the story comes out...
We're #1! Is it any wonder, with all of the poisoning going on at all the different levels in our bodies, that we are now the most chronically diseased population that has ever been recorded in the history of civilization? It's true -- there is no population that has suffered from diseases like we do in America today. You would have to be clinically insane to not think that there's a correlation between the poison we are putting into our bodies and the diseases we are getting as a result.
Plus, as recent studies have shown, we're the #1 nation in the world in terms of mental disorders as well! Let's see: #1 in obesity, #1 in diabetes, #1 in cancer, #1 mental disorders, and we have the HIGHEST health care costs in the world, too. We have the most expensive drugs in the world. We have more doctors and health care professionals per capita than any country in the world. And, frighteningly, we're the country with the most nukes. Great idea, huh? Put the nuclear weapons under control of the most mentally disturbed population in the world... now if only our leaders were at least sane...
But no, wait a minute -- the doctors are right, all diseases are just genetic. None of these poisons matter, it's just your genes. They say the gene pool of the human race was perfectly fine 100 years ago when people didn't have all these diseases, but it has somehow mutated to a gene pool that gives you heart disease and cancer and osteoporosis and diabetes, and, by the way, there's nothing you can do about it. That's what they want you to believe, because then they take away your power. Then you have no ability to make changes.
Actually, we're pretty darned clever, aren't we? So not only are we the most stupid species on the planet, because we're poisoning ourselves, we are simultaneously the cleverest species, because we find ways to justify all that poisoning. We find scientific gobbledygook to claim that, yes, NutraSweet is good for you! Or that these chlorine atoms attached to sugar are great for you, or that mercury in your mouth somehow doesn't have a toxic effect on your body. Or that hydrogenated oils are perfectly fine for your heart health.
We stupidly say if you take those and you drink this weight loss shake made with sugar, you'll be healthy. And if you have this barbaric surgical procedure called gastric bypass surgery, you'll no longer be obese. And if you're not healthy, don't worry; we have magic bullet prescription drugs that will make you even healthier. So we're a clever population at the same time that we're incredibly stupid. Do you know what that's called? That's called being a population of great technicians and lousy healers. And that's exactly what we are today.
Having used the word "stupid" throughout this editorial, I use it deliberately. I don't mean it in the way that a teenager might say, "My stupid little brother flipped me off." I mean it in a more precise way, in the way defined by Dictionary.com:
1. Slow to learn or understand; obtuse.
2. Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes.
3. Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless: a stupid mistake.
4. Dazed, stunned, or stupefied.
Can you think of a better word to describe the people around here?
As Einstein once said, "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
- The mass poisoning of humanity: an exploration of human stupidity
A REVIEW AND UPDATE
With Medline (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi ), you can access abstracts of millions of medical papers, online, instantly and at no charge. Over half a million individual citations are added each year. The public loves Medline; nearly two million people use it every day. Medline is like a "Google" search engine for medical publications. This excellent, free service is brought to you by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Library of Medicine. In other words, by tax dollars. Generally it is money well spent, until you go searching for megavitamin therapy research papers. Then you will find that you can't find all of them. That is because of selective indexing.
While most medical journals are listed and accessible, the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, now read in nearly 40 countries, is not. (http://www.orthomed.org/jom/jomlist.htm )
What are the consequences of such exclusion? In a nutshell, it prevents the public from using their computers to learn about all of the scientific research and clinical reports demonstrating the effectiveness of megavitamin (orthomolecular) therapy. It also greatly hampers professionals from seeing pro-vitamin studies. Have you ever wondered why so many doctors simply do not know about vitamin therapy? Well, wonder no longer.
LET'S LOOK AT THE SCORE
Exactly how is the decision made as to which studies people may or may not see?
I have in front of me the actual judging scoresheets for the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine's previous appraisals by the National Library of Medicine's Medline "Literature Selection Technical Review Committee." The Journal was previously reviewed in 1989, 1993, 2000 and again in 2002. Medline uses a point scale of zero to 5, with five being the highest recommendation for indexing, and zero being the lowest.
On February 2, 1989, the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine received a 0.0 rating.
On March 4, 1993, the Journal again received a 0.0 score. This, by the way, was after JOM had published no fewer than six papers by Linus Pauling.
One cannot escape the significance of these 1989 and 1993 National Library of Medicine reviews that found ABSOLUTELY NO VALUE WHATSOEVER to the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. After all, "0.0" is not merely a low mark. "0.0" represents an absolute dearth of merit. And "zero point zero" states it so flatly as to leave no room for alternate interpretations.
On June 8, 2000, JOM received a 1.5 rating. Out of five, not nearly high enough to qualify for indexing.
By then, the Journal had been published for 30 consecutive years.
The review of June 6, 2002 brought JOM a rating of 1. Out of five.
THE OCTOBER 2004 REVIEW
We now have the results of NLM's latest (October 2004) review of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.
In this most recent evaluation, Medline's review committee specifically indicated that the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine had "little importance to researchers"; "little importance to educators"; "little importance to students" and "no importance to administrators"; "no importance to policy makers"; and "no importance to allied health professionals."
JOM, therefore, received a "2" out of five, the best score yet.
In a letter dated 11 January 2005 from Medline executive editor Sheldon Kotzin, whose full title is Chief, Bibliographic Services Division, National Library of Medicine, Mr. Kotzin states:
"The Committee recently met and reviewed a number of journal titles including the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. The indexing priority assigned to the journal by the Committee was not high enough for the title to be indexed by the Library at this time."
Interestingly, Mr. Kotzin's very next sentence was,
"Please CANCEL any complimentary subscription being sent to my office." The emphasis was his own.
In one email to a Doctor Yourself Newsletter reader, Mr. Kotzin wrote: "No one would argue against a well-informed user; however, human and budgetary resources will not allow us to index every one of the 22,000 journals to which we subscribe."
Taking the sum of all evidence, I believe that statement is neither fair nor accurate.
On-line indexing and availability are all the more important now that, after 125 years of publication, the NLM's Index Medicus is no longer available in print. Electronic, on-line Medline has taken over.
And 38 years of nutrition research is missing from it.
Perhaps all this is not surprising. Medline has steadfastly refused to index the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine for almost four decades. Let it now be said: The emperor has no clothes. The National Library of Medicine/Medline is biased.
(Excerpted with permission from Saul AW. Medline bias. [Editorial] J Orthomolecular Med. 2005, 20:1, p 10-16.)
HOW YOU CAN HELP BRING ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE
by Richard Putman
Chances are when you've read some compelling information in The Doctor Yourself Newsletter, you've thought, "Some people in a position to DO something should know about this." In this article I'll describe how you can have such an impact. Because I live in the USA, that will be the orientation of my suggestions. But there are likely similar options available in some other countries.
FEDERAL ROAD BLOCKS
Often what is blocking the adoption of safer, cheaper, holistic approaches to health are federal policies and/or regulations. There is a convenient way for you to contact people who represent you in Washington DC. Visit http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ If the first thing you see is an overlay ad, just click the X box in the upper right corner to close the ad. Because I've been registered for so long, I don't recall at which point visitors are asked to register. Registering makes your future visits super efficient. I've been registered for years and have experienced NO adverse experiences (such as spam) as a result.
Type in your zip code and click GO. On the next page, click on "Compose Your Own Message". This takes you to a page that has check boxes for you to indicate who you want your letter to go to and whether you want to send your message by e-mail or letter. E-mail is free; physical letters will cost you something, but will also stand out from the crowd of e-mails: your choice.
The page that you're now on is the page you should bookmark. You'll want to rename it to make easy to remember what it's about. [Right click the bookmark; select rename.] Note that this page is for your state only. I use this page often.
Next, choose a subject that summarizes what you're writing about. Ideally, it should be in the form of a clear-cut benefit. Example: How to slash health care costs. When it comes to the text of your letter, the FIRST thing to remember is that these people in Washington receive thousands of incoming letters, so be considerate of their time and be brief. First, write a very short personal introduction about why you think the subject is important. Then if it's an article that you're writing about, and the article is reasonably short, you could send the whole article. If the article is long, you might copy one or two key paragraphs from the article and provide a link to the complete article, so that the recipient can read it all if he/she wishes. It's important to remember to give credit to the sources you include in your letter.
"The Truth about the Drug Companies" by Marcia Angell, M.D., was recently reviewed in the Doctor Yourself Newsletter (http://www.doctoryourself.com/news/v5n8.txt ). I sent this review to my U.S. representative and the two U.S. senators, with a subject something like "An Answer to Rising Health Care Costs" and this preface:
"There's a lot of moaning and wringing of hands about the continually rising cost of "health care," a major portion of which is the cost of prescription drugs. Some ANSWERS to this dilemma are laid out in a book by the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, as described in the review below, written by Dr. Andrew W. Saul of http://www.doctoryourself.com.
The revelations in the book could form the basis for much needed reform spearheaded by any courageous federal legislator who realizes that, for the sake of integrity, things need to CHANGE."
Before selecting the SEND button, you'll be offered some related send options, each of which is described. You can read them and make your own choices.
The chances are very good that you'll get a generic "Thank you for writing" response from each person you send your letter to. But the important thing is that you stood up and you were heard. If we all do the same, the world will change . . . for the better.
CODEX EXPLAINED, PLAIN (Auzzie Style)
CODEX – THE SICKNESS INDU$TRY’s LAST STAND...
A Guest Article By Australian Health Activist Eve Hillary
About Eve Hillary: Eve Hillary is a Health Freedom Advocate based in Sydney. She a medical analyst, public speaker and writer on issues pertaining to the health care industry and environmental health. She is the author of Children of a Toxic Harvest: An Environmental Autobiography, and numerous articles relating to health issues. Her most recent book is Health Betrayal; Staying away from the Sickness Industry. Eve has spent 25 years in health care where she has observed the medical industry at first hand from the inside. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Release April 1, 2005 Sydney ~ Revised April 23, 2005 - Published here May 31st, 2005
What is CODEX? (34) In short it is an annual World Health Organisation (WHO) sponsored gathering of delegates in Europe, many of them trans-national 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 onto the smaller local supplement industry, all in the name of “international regulatory excellence”. The Codex Committee is also bound by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) treaties.
The WTO is a global commercial police that ensures countries are required to purchase from trans-national corporations in favour of their own locally produced goods, in the name of “lowering trade barriers”. 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 medicine, 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.
In 2002 I unveiled Codex to a Brisbane, Australia audience of 300 people. Only 3 knew anything about it - the same three I’d spoken with before the lecture. I then wrote a chapter on CODEX in my book “Health Betrayal”. Primary data about CODEX is not easy to find. (34) And there remains deliberate misinformation emanating from government sources with close ties to trans-national corporations. Meanwhile, the Australian regulator, the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) is deeply involved in the corporate agenda as this article will track.
The Australian Health Minister, Mr. Abbott, has recently called a Sydney talkback radio program to “reassure” the presenter and listening audience that CODEX is not an issue in Australia. At the same time there has been no effort on the part of the government to publicly reveal the extraordinary events that have delivered Australia into corporate governance in health care. This includes the very real possibility that many cheap and effective natural remedies may no longer be available to the public after July 1 when drastic changes that have never been openly debated, are set to be implemented by Parliament.
It is my intention to reveal the fact that trans-national pharmaceutical corporations have already assumed the role of government at least where health care is concerned. I intend to highlight what steps have already been taken by corporate interests to move Australia and New Zealand toward CODEX and toward international corporate governance in the Asia Pacific region. This being true, it would alter the basic premise and agreement which Australian governance was founded upon – Democracy. This agreement cannot be altered except with the informed consent of the majority and only after public debate and referendum. It is my educated guess that most Australians want democracy for themselves and that they would want to preserve it for future generations. It is my guess that Australians do not want to be governed by trans-national corporations. It is my intention to allow these issues to be debated, understood and corrected by the electors, the only legitimate proprietors of government at this time.
Short History – Key Data
When debating regulatory matters I believe it is essential to bear in mind that the supplement industry and the drug industry are totally different industries. The natural supplement industry and its related discipline, natural health care is thousands of years old with a proven tradition. For example, Nostradamus used compressed rose petal pastilles, rich in vitamin C to treat his patients suffering from bubonic plague. Many of his patients survived the dreaded disease, and Nostradamus himself, who took the pastilles never succumbed to the illness.
The modern supplement industry has been traditionally locally owned by private or family companies and evolved around its own proven quality and safety standards. Traditionally using cheap and naturally sourced raw ingredients, the supplement industry has an enviable product safety record. In addition an entire branch of natural and nutritional medicine has developed over the centuries with a long tradition of safety and a large body of scientific evidence in support of its efficacy. A little known fact is that literally thousands of peer-reviewed studies exist to support the success of natural and nutritional approaches to medicine. (36,37,38,39,40) There exist many conditions that can only be significantly remedied by nutritional medicine.
The pharmaceutical industry as we know it, on the other hand, only started in earnest about 60 years ago. Many drugs have been so recently synthesised that their side effects will not be known for some years to come. Pharmaceutical corporations rely on patented artificial chemical drugs to generate most of their profits. Aggressive drug company marketing and image management has created the impression that drugs are essential to health, when in fact deaths from adverse drug reactions make up the fourth highest cause of death in the US. Still stinging from the market share lost through consumers opting for natural supplements, the trans-national pharmaceutical corporations have influenced the regulators to regulate supplements as drugs when in fact vitamins and minerals are not drugs but essential to all humans on a daily basis.
The difference between drugs and nutrients is that they are fundamentally opposites. There are many conditions caused when sufficient nutrients are not supplied to the body each day, but there is no such thing as a drug deficiency.
I’m a health writer. I track the sickness industry. I watch while powerful vested interests infiltrate governments of sovereign nations. Lately I’d been busy with some other issues and nearly missed a hat trick that was being performed by Australian politicians that would remove freedom of choice from the community. I discovered it just in time when an article came across my desk entitled “The Codex threat to Australia – fact or fiction?” written by a chap who sourced his information from a few government websites. He opined that the Codex issue was merely hype and nonsense and nothing much for Aussies or anybody else in the world to worry about. His article was published by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, an organisation that is supposed to represent complementary health practitioners and provide them with clear information about exactly WHO’s in charge of making decisions about supplements. Frankly, I expected such a hose-down article as this to more likely appear in a pharmaceutical company trade magazine or as a press release from the TGA. But I assumed the drug giants have their own spin doctors, legions of them. And they are quite content to have useful gophers disseminate their whitewash to the rest of us. Later I discovered the article’s author regularly sat on a TGA committee called the Interim Advertising Council, which has, along with several pharmaceutical front organisations such as the Medicines Australia and the Self-Medication Industry set up an official advertising agency that so blatantly serves drug company corporate interests that even the AMA objects to it on the grounds that “the process is occurring against a backdrop of enormous pressure…from pharmaceutical companies and others to open up to direct consumer advertising”. (24, 20)
I must however give thanks to the article in question, and to its author, Raymond Khoury, for it led me to cast my attention back to Codex and focus on a currently unfolding disaster in the Pacific region that is only avoidable if the Electors get a grip on the reins very soon.
If you believe, as I do, that in time the stench of sleaze, bribery, greed and dishonesty will reach the nose of the ethical majority to be dealt with accordingly, then you might agree that the sickness industry is about to collapse in on itself by the sheer weight of its own corruption. This is a time when the drug industry and our “regulators” are committing some stupid and desperate acts against human rights. And our politicians don’t look good passing Parliamentary bills, acts and amendments in the dead of night that arose through improper influences. Remember their names, for it is they who are accountable for their ethics. And it is we who are accountable for the kind of society we have allowed corporations to create in our name.
Getting Health Care into Perspective – Understanding CODEX
It’s official. US research shows that inappropriate and dangerous medical treatments and adverse drug reactions are now the number one cause of death (4). To some it was no surprise. It seemed an inevitable outcome from the 1980’s when health care was taken over by “health care” corporations and the pharmaceutical industry. Then the bottom line in health care became profit instead of sending the patient home well and drug free, if possible. (13)
There are still no Parliamentary enquiries into the deaths of 18,000 Australians each year, killed by inappropriate doctoring and prescribed pharmaceutical drugs that are licensed by the TGA (the Australian regulator). The cause of these avoidable deaths has been known by the government for over ten years when Dr. Runciman made it known in a report he prepared to the government in 1995. And yet nothing has been done about it. This makes these unnecessary deaths a deliberate act on the part of the perpetrators, the medical and pharmaceutical corporations and the Australian government. This act is the equivalent of deliberately exterminating all living beings from an entire large sized Australian country town each year. (1,2,3). This killing for profit has knowingly continued for the past 10 years.
In addition to the death toll, 50,000 Australians are maimed and disabled, not by their diseases, but by the “health care system” which includes; bad doctoring and serious or permanent damage from drugs that were licensed by the TGA. Yet there are no outraged politicians giving undertakings on the Senate steps to find the culprits, to stop the criminality of it. This appears astonishing, since 187 Australians are unnecessarily killed and maimed each day – that’s seven Australians killed or maimed per hour by conventional health care - more Australians than were ever killed in all the wars. By the time you have read this another Australian will die or be disabled by inappropriate medical treatment or an adverse reaction from a drug that was licensed and approved by the TGA. No memorials are erected to these victims. (1,2,3)
Where is Mainstream Media?
A few years ago the media conducted a feeding frenzy about an unfortunate person who died allegedly of an allergic reaction to royal jelly, a highly nutritious food that worker bees feed to the hive queen bee. (Unfortunately many more fatal allergic reactions occur annually than ever before, to both synthetic and to natural substances, due to the fact that general immunological health is declining through environmental degradation.) The person had ingested both the jelly and a meat sausage before the allergic reaction occurred, one that could equally have been caused by the preservative in the sausage. However, the TGA launched a lengthy investigation into the royal jelly, and required Royal Jelly to carry a health warning on the label. The sausage, of course was not investigated, nor allocated a health hazard label, one that the fatty, preserved product could arguably deserve, since the nitrite preservatives in sausages are responsible for many serious or fatal allergic reactions.
To salvage any remaining integrity the media would need to start presenting honest reports about the serious damage done to victims of the pharmaceutical and conventional health care corporations. Instead it runs the occasional unfounded vitamin scare about the purported dangers of vitamin C or Echinacea.
WHO is the TGA?
The TGA (therapeutic goods administration) is the Australian “regulator” of drugs, chemicals, genetically modified products, medical devices and now nutritional supplements and herbs which it calls “complementary medicines”. The TGA is a statutory body, created by an act of Parliament over 20 years ago on behalf of the Australian community. Its motto is “to ensure the safety of all Australians”.
Since its inception as “watchdog”, the TGA has licensed and allowed genetically modified foods into the country which opinion polls showed the overwhelming majority of Australians did not want.
Despite hundreds of letters from concerned citizens and chemically injured persons, the TGA has continued to allow chemicals onto the market which are shown to have toxic effects on humans even when used as directed.
In addition the TGA has licensed pharmaceutical drugs such as Zyban, Vioxx and mercury laden vaccines among others, despite available data about the potentially serious and fatal effects these drugs have on humans. The TGA still allows the drugs that cause a large proportion of the 18,000 deaths and 50,000 serious injuries through adverse drug reactions while on the other hand it has compiled a large data base on its regulation of natural substances including vitamins, minerals, and even honey and olive oil, listing them as medicines.
The TGA has taken over the regulation of nutrients which have traditionally been produced by a separate and unique industry and are not part of the pharmaceutical industry because nutrients are not drugs, they are essential to all humans. Most health conscious persons now take supplements because it is known that food produced by modern agriculture is depleted in essential nutrients. TGA now regulates nutrients as drugs requiring evidence and clinical trials. There is no point to conducting “clinical trials” to determine whether persons need calcium or any other essential nutrient since it has been a long established fact that humans need all essential nutrients daily. The sole advantage in regarding nutrients as drugs is that the drug industry then stands to have exclusive control of all supplement manufacturing, sales and distribution.
The TGA maintains close ties to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and to the Codex Commission. Domestically, it convenes various committees upon which sit well known representatives of pharmaceutical interests and pharmaceutical front organisations. (19,20,21) TGA regularly consults with and places on its committees representatives of pharmaceutical and food companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Eli Lily, Glaxo, Pfizer, Wyeth and many other multination drug corporations. Without Australians’ knowledge or consent, the TGA routinely places corporations in positions of power when making decisions about Australian’s health. (23) It could be argued that any decision arising from this improper relationship could well be a legal nullity.
TGA Targets Pan
Globally there was one privately owned large supplier of ingredients for the manufacture of nutritional supplements that was big enough to be in direct competition with trans-national pharmaceutical corporations. The supply chain of nutritionals and drugs has been fiercely coveted by the multi-national pharmaceutical corporations such as Roche, Merck and Wyeth, to name just a few. But Sydney based Pan Pharmaceuticals was a privately owned company, and a relatively big player that supplied most of Australia and a portion of the world market with ingredients for the formulation of nutritional supplements and a large variety of natural supplement products.
In April 2003 the TGA raided Pan Pharmaceuticals, giving the grounds that the company’s travel sickness product had included a faulty batch. The company had already voluntarily recalled it and was addressing the problem as was customary in the industry. However, TGA handled Pan far differently from the way it had dealt with any multi-national drug company. The regulator immediately forced Pan to shut down and within a few days recalled over 1600 natural supplement products with which nothing was found amiss on the routine testing that had occurred just previously. (5) The regulator created chaos among consumers and retailers alike as the TGA recall escalated into the largest recall of natural products in history, all the more extraordinary since there had been no complaints about the company’s supplements prior to the recall.
Moreover, the vitamin and mineral supplements, which had caused no known ill effects, were classed by the TGA as necessitating a class 1 recall, meaning the regulator claimed the natural products would “cause death or permanent injury”. The TGA however, provided no evidence that any vitamin or mineral, and in particular Pan’s had ever caused death or disability. This TGA mischief created wide spread anxiety about nutritional supplements in the public mind. A feat that would have cost the Pharmaceutical industry public relations machine millions of dollars, was thus done overnight by the TGA “regulator”. The ruse terrified scores of little old ladies who thought their calcium tablet would kill them and demanded a refund from their health food store, but it failed to impress those who already knew about the war on alternative and complementary health. And it particularly aroused suspicion in those who relied on logical data to come to their conclusions.
What this deception did, however, was to reveal the TGA double standard in favour of drugs from drug giants and against natural products that were produced by Australian companies who were big enough to cut into multinational drug company market shares. Meanwhile, any evidence contained in the recalled vitamins and minerals, disappeared without a bubble when the regulator destroyed a vast mountain of natural supplements at a secret location.
TGA bias was particularly evident by the manner in which the regulator conducted future recalls. Interestingly, the regulator conducted a class 2 recall on VIOXX; a drug manufactured by drug giant Merck - a drug which did cause 55,000 confirmed deaths and over 180,000 confirmed injuries to Americans alone. A Class 2 recall meant the TGA believed the “defects could cause illness…but are not class one” That meant that the regulator claimed the drug could not kill or disable anyone, which was an obvious and self evident falsehood that put the community at risk. (6).
If Pan was shut down after nobody complained about its supplement line or suffered a single problem, then it would be reasonable for trans-national Merk to be shut down for selling a drug that killed tens of thousands of Americans alone. This has not been the case and the TGA has not even conducted an investigation into how many Australians or New Zealanders might have been killed by the Drug Vioxx to which it issued a licence.
Within days of the raid the hapless Pan company and its founder were embroiled in official red tape and TGA forced Pan to close its doors permanently. Shortly after the TGA raid, someone called in KPMG, the liquidator, so fast, that the owner, Jim Selim was removed from his own company with the velocity of a speeding bullet and the manufacturing plant and company was sold lock stock and barrel, in only six months for a pittance, (a likely world record for a liquidator). The Pan company that Mr. Selim had built up over 20 years, worth over 500 million dollars was sold for only 20 million within a few months of the TGA raid. (10) Interestingly, KPMG is a multinational power broker based in Switzerland that deals in accounting, mergers, liquidation and interestingly, also in chemicals and pharmaceuticals. KPMG’s specialty however, is offering financial advice and other consultant “services” to the pharmaceutical industry. ( 8 ).
Over the ensuing 2 years the TGA has kept Mr. Selim busy in a gruelling round of court battles while the liquidator, KPMG continued to pick the carcass clean. Recently, KPMG filed a statement of claim against Mr. Selim for the amount of 300 million over the collapse of Pan brought about by the TGA. (10)
Since the Pan debacle, the beleaguered but apparently spirited former owner of Pan intended to start another business in Viet Nam as a manufacturer of health products there but TGA and now ASIC (the Australian company watchdog) is attempting to stop his manufacturing licence in Viet Nam, alleging irregularities in the paperwork. Interestingly, most of the big pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline have now set up offices in Vietnam. (9, 10).
TGA on Post Pan Rampage
After the TGA disposed of Pan, it systematically ran through other small Australian vitamin and supplement manufacturers like a dose of Epsom salts in a frenzy of “inspections” and “regulatory activities”.
Small Australian-owned supplement manufacturers allege TGA used a variety of intimidatory methods against them including the halting of manufacturing operations and near impossible requirements that mainly cost over $500,000 to implement. NZ Health Trust reports “recent reports out of Australia…include comments such as compliance costs having increased by 800% for one firm, another has had to spend an extra $2 million in compliance costs, another still faces a $1.86 million bill to upgrade their computer systems as now required.”
TGA officials allegedly demanded proprietors sign confidentiality agreements and other agreements demanding that the proprietor will not hold TGA liable for the loss of their business after such “regulating activities”. (11) Australian supplement companies remain silent after TGA’s “inspections”. Many are bound by agreements and none wanted their names revealed for fear of a fresh round of “TGA regulatory activities”. Although a few are now considering legal action regardless, an enquiry into TGA corruption should get these witnesses testifying with considerable help from a subpoena.
he TGA had routinely inspected the Australian supplement industry in the 2 years before it sent Pan to the wall, and did not suspend a single manufacturer’s license. But after Pan, dozens of manufacturers were driven out of business and over 12 Australian supplement companies “voluntarily” turned in their manufacturing licenses and went to the wall after TGA scoured through their business again. (All the manufacturers had already passed previous years’ rigorous TGA inspections.) (18, 11) Those who could afford it just paid the money and did what was required of them to stay in business for the time being. Other manufacturers sold out for fire sale prices. Following this obvious witch hunt, many natural product lines remain out of stock in Australia and many nutritional supplements have been permanently discontinued as have the smaller Australian companies who made them.
TGA and Drug Corporations Set up Committee
In May 2003, only a month after TGA gutted Pan, the regulator issued a public statement alleging that “concerns” had been raised about the quality of complementary medicines (supplements) and indeed even the competency of complementary practitioners (naturopaths). All this after: 1. the defective travel sickness pill was a drug and not a supplement and had been removed. 2. the company had been closed, and dismantled, 3. none of the 1600 Pan dietary supplements were found to have caused any problems, and 4. no naturopath or alternative practitioner had killed or harmed anyone with supplements (In the time it takes to read this far another 4 Australians have been killed or seriously injured by dangerous medical procedures or pharmaceutical drugs licensed by the TGA.)
Ignoring all the evidence to the contrary, the TGA stated on its website; “In May 2003, to reassure the public and maintain confidence in Australia's reputation as a supplier of high quality and safe medicines, the Australian Government established the Expert Committee on Complementary Medicines in the Health System (the ‘Expert Committee’)”
The TGA “expert” committee designated to investigate supplements on behalf of the Australian public, includes pharmaceutically orientated individuals and several pharmaceutical front organsiations such as the Self Medication Industry (ASMI) which represents Bayer, Pfizer, Merck, Glaxo, Schering and Wyeth among other trans-national pharmaceutical corporations. (12) Brazenly, the expert committee also includes the Vice President of manufacturing operations in the Asia Pacific Region of Wyeth, a multinational that markets drugs, vaccines and also nutrient supplements including raw ingredients to supplements. (12) Incredibly, Wyeth, was in direct competition to the products and raw ingredients that Pan supplied in the Asia Pacific region, just before TGA raided Pan. Wyeth has a huge Asia Pacific base of operation and is aggressively expanding its corporate territory. (16) Interestingly, Wyeth’s profits plunged a few months before the TGA shut down Pan and the drug giant was only saved a substantial loss that quarter by its small but profitable range of vitamin products. (17,14, 15).
The “expert” committee, stacked with corporate representatives has been working on creating more TGA legislation governing the control and regulations of supplements. In a stunning display of corporate governance over Australians, it has recently released fifty more expert recommendations that have resulted in 107 pages of proposed amendments to the TGA Act which would increase the powers of the TGA to “regulate” even more stringently. This would give TGA police powers and the power to impose criminal charges and penalties on Australian supplement manufacturers. All this when there has never been a problem with supplements.
Since late 2004, the TGA Amendment Bill of 2005 has been floated around the Australian Parliament. This Bill proposes stiff criminal charges including a half a million dollar fine against anyone who does not report even a purported mild adverse reaction to a natural remedy or a supplement. Since deaths from supplements are virtually unheard of, it is not difficult to imagine the official abuses, and persecutions against natural practitioners and products inherent in such legislation, when the pharmaceutical industry death tolls remain unchecked. The only beneficiaries of the proposed Bill appear to be the Pharmaceutical corporations, probably a broad indication of the identity of its originators. This Bill is intended to bring about the death of the Australian owned supplement industry and the takeover of the industry by Pharmaceutical corporations. It is intended to make it a criminal offence for anyone to order any supplements from overseas. This Bill will further connect Australia to the international regulatory structures such as CODEX.
The TGA Amendment Bill of 2005 has been thus far difficult to source because it has been the apparent intention of government to obscure this document from public view as it is noted in prominent type on front page the draft copy; “DRAFT-IN-CONFIDENCE This draft is supplied in confidence and should be given appropriate protection. “ Protected from whom? The Australian voters? There has been no public debate about giving police powers to the TGA and its pharmaceutical corporation allies.
Fortunately all interested Australians can and should now access this proposed bill on the website listed below at reference nos. 41, 42.
Considering the improper methods used to originate and pass TGA legislation the Australian Public should contact their Members of Parliament and demand they say NO to passing the Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill of 2005.
Without Australians’ knowledge or consent the TGA gave multinational drug companies the power to expand into and monopolise Australian markets and shake out the Australian competition. This was done under the guise of protecting the Australian public health when there is nothing more than a trade war going on. As in wars of any kind, people die in trade wars too, and another Australian has died as you read this because the TGA and its drug corporation allies are busy suppressing and outlawing supplements. This enables drug companies to destroy and take over the supplement market while continuing to profit from many particularly dangerous drugs that are known to kill and disable humans.
Remarkably, despite the shakeout, many small fry companies did survive and while the pesky little Aussie battlers were still taking a breath, the TGA and its allies swung into action on an urgent agenda. The years 2003 to 2004 were distinguished by unprecedented changes to the structure of the regulator and the rising dominance of the pharmaceutically based health care industry. It was the beginning of both merging offshore into a massively powerful corporate structure – one that would whistle to the tune of CODEX.
For that to occur, the trans-national pharmaceutical companies needed the following: 1. the world trade organization (WTO) for gaining entry into domestic markets and leveling the competition. 2. World health organization (WHO) Codex committee that sets “standards” for all supplements to be classed as drugs, which eventually will only be allowed to be made synthetically by drug companies in line with “international standards” and not by local manufacturers using inexpensive natural raw ingredients. 3. A corporately structured regulator out of the Elector’s reach who would “regulate” wholly in the interests of the drug companies. 4. An international treaty (Joint trans-Tasman treaty) that would set the foundation for the new international regulator over Australia and New Zealand (the Trans Tasman joint Agency) that would be run as a corporation in partnership with trans-nationals and the TGA and be in the international jurisdiction of CODEX. 5. An advertising agency that would serve the new Trans-Tasman Joint Agency with an advertising code that would “legalize” advertising multinational’s pharmaceutical drugs directly to consumers, while at the same time preventing supplements from being advertised.
Part three will explore how this agenda was carried out.
The Treaty Not Many Knew About
In the months after the Pan debacle, persons unknown to the Australian electorate drafted an international treaty between Australia and New Zealand called “Agreement Between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand for the Establishment of a Joint Scheme for the Regulation of Therapeutic products”, (known as the JTA treaty for short).
This treaty was signed on December 10, 2003 by the health Ministers of both countries without any public debate and without the consent or consultation with Australian or New Zealand Electors. The JTA treaty is intended to form the “legal” foundation for a massive new regulatory agency.
The JTA treaty is intended to come into full effect on July 1, 2005 if Australians do not stop this enactment process by telling their Parliamentary representatives and the Australian Health Minister that they are not to pass any enactment legislation pertaining to this treaty. It appears highly questionable that any legislation that is passed by stealth has a legitimate force of law in a democracy, and that legislation passed in this manner is a legal nullity and subject to automatic repeal.
The “Agency” Not Many Knew About
The JTA treaty is intended to be the purported “legal” foundation upon which a monstrously powerful “world class” regulatory “agency” has been created. Known as the “Agency” or “the Trans-Tasman Joint agency” it would do away with the TGA as a statutory entity, which was at least theoretically accountable to Australian Electors and it would absorb Medsafe the New Zealand regulator within its tangled corporate structure. With those two entities nullified the newly born mammoth “Agency”, scheduled to come into effect on July 1, 2005 is in fact structurally an off shore corporate business set to be run by a chairman of the board, a managing director, two persons with “regulating experience” and a person with “broad experience in commercial matters”. This Agency creates a corporate partnership between the regulator and the trans-national corporations, which removes it a further step from the Australian and New Zealand elector and into the direct jurisdiction of the World Health Authority global regulator CODEX. (18)
These drastic changes have been conducted in such a secret manner that even Dr. Robyn Napier the AMA representative said of it; “the process has largely occurred without the knowledge of the public.”
HARM-onizing Kiwi Cousins
Trans-Tasman harmonizing means to force the Australian “regulatory standards” onto New Zealand’s supplement industry which up until recently enjoyed relative prosperity and freedom. “Harmonization”, creates the same WTO global standards in each country that are vital to the interests of trans-national pharmaceutical corporations.
For several years now it seemed as though Australia had been the designated vitamin police in the South Pacific region. However, immediately after Pan was disposed of, extra plane loads of gray be-suited men from the TGA were flown across the Tasman at tax payer’s expense to do to the KIWI (43) industry what TGA was doing to the Australian supplement industry – making way for the big drug corporations. Like a squad of mafia hit men, the TGA visited upon New Zealand’s supplement industry its new “international standards in regulatory excellence” and sent their vitamin businesses to the wall as they “regulated” their way through Kiwi companies. New Zealanders did not appreciate Australian HARMonizing efforts, as their many websites and activists indicate. Australians, however, were not alerted by the mainstream media. They remained largely unaware of the issue while the TGA cooked up yet another scheme, the trans-Tasman advertising agency.
The Trans-Tasman Advertising Scheme Not Many Knew About
In mid 2003 the Pan carcass was barely cold but the TGA remained a hotbed of activity. With so much big business coming together under the JTA treaty and its “Trans-Tasman joint Agency”, TGA embarked on a new round of committees that ensured the panopoly of corporations would have a collective voice in the media to advertise their goods. New “standards” had to be urgently drafted up by the TGA and its pharmaceutical corporation partners that would come to be known as the “Therapeutic Products Advertising Code”.
To many Australian electors it might still seem unusual for its official regulator to collaborate with media moguls and drug executives and create an advertising agency, but that is what happened in mid 2003, when one of the first of a series of many consultation meetings took place with the “stakeholders”. The trans-Tasman advertising scheme had among its attending delegates representatives from Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, ReckitBenckiser, Procter and Gamble, and Roche. (19, 20). Later in the year a similar meeting was convened at the Sydney Masonic hall and attended by many delegates including from Eli Lilly, News Ltd, Boots, various advertising agencies, Faulding, Astra Zeneca, Baxter, Glaxo, Boehringer Inngelheim, Fairfax, Merk, Novartis, Schering Plough, Pfizer, Roche and of course who else but Wyeth. [Further explanatory note in reference number (21) ]
Dr. Robyn Napier of the AMA, normally an ultra conservative organization, stated in her submission to a Parliamentary committee on April 30, 2004; “the process is occurring against a backdrop of enormous pressure on a number of fronts, including: (pressure) from pharmaceutical companies...to open up direct consumer advertising. To down schedule medicines to categories where direct consumer advertising is possible.” (24) (The AMA was unhappy about this but did not cite patient safety concerns such as the new advertising code allowing a confused grandparent or a vulnerable teenager to purchase prescription drugs directly from the chemist.)
It seemed the trans-national pharmaceutical corporations were finally able to write their own advertising “code of ethics” allowing them to advertise their prescription drugs over the media. This necessitated that prescription drugs would be down regulated to become over the counter drugs. At the same time the code was also drafted in such a way as to tighten up regulations on supplement advertising making it virtually impossible to even mention a positive health effect from a vitamin in public.
The Front Organisations
According to an inside industry source, the media advertising of the therapeutic products advertising code is managed by pharmaceutical front organizations such as ASMI, the Australian chapter of the Self Medication Industry which directly represents the interests of over a dozen trans-national pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Merck, Roche, Glaxo and Wyeth ( as well as a number of smaller companies).
Some time ago I noticed that a world wide dietary supplement trade organization called the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) seemed to pop up regularly on Codex committees in Europe and it also wafted around the Aussie TGA. The CRN has chapters in most developed countries and takes a lead role in advising governments on issues such as nutritional supplements. It represents over 100 companies in the “dietary supplement industry”.
On January 1, 1999 the CRN and another trade organization merged to form the Complementary Health Council of Australia CHC a “peak body” that claims to “represent the complementary health care industry in Australia”. Its executive director was Val Johansen at the time who had headed the TGA surveillance unit (28). Now a consultant to industry, she retired from CHC as from mid 2004. Ms Johansen has been ever present in most TGA complementary medicine’s committees and is a member of the Interim Advertising committee which has determined the Trans-Tasman advertising schemes’ advertising “code”. In an article published in the ACNEM Journal in 1999, she claims that the new reforms the regulator has brought in means “growth in the supplement industry” and consumers having access to a wider range of safe complementary health products, as well as balanced and factual information.”
The CNR’s membership includes multinational corporations such as: Eastman chemical company, BASF, Bayer corporation, Monsanto and the ever present Wyeth pharmaceutical company whose interests are represented by the organisation. (26.27) It is not known whether these corporations are currently members of the CHC.
The CODEX They Tell You Isn’t Real
The public constantly sends me information asking me to comment on it. Recently a flurry of official information updates have landed on my desk from the Complementary Healthcare Council (CHC). The updates have been so widely disseminated to groups and individuals that I thought there must be someone on round the clock duty. Interestingly I have seen almost identical information originating from trade and front organizations in other countries.
In essence, the official CHC “tech update” alleges: CODEX is only about food and not about supplements. The public is being ill informed about CODEX and confused by persons on the internet with “alarmist views” who “do not fully understand how Codex works”. It says the only Codex representative Australia has is from the fisheries department and he doesn’t make decisions about supplements, (only fish). And no one in Australia is sitting on any Codex committee doing anything to do with vitamins and supplements. Only about food. Nothing about supplements… (29 ) In an extra warning in bold letters the CHC urges all members to be cautious of CODEX information from the internet and other forums, claiming it may be “inaccurate” , “alarmist” and “ill informed”.
I read the two page “article” and immediately suffered a bad case of deja`vue. It sounded so much like Raymond Khoury’s article I could have sworn it was written by one and the same person and merely recycled - possibly not surprising since both Ms. Johanson and Mr. Khoury sit on the same TGA committees.
AUSSIES Deep in CODEX
For many years now a few lucky Australians have been sent on a yearly trip to participate in the WHO CODEX committee in Europe. They are sent by their government, which officially denies Codex exists in the context of supplements. In November 2003 an Australian delegation landed in Bonn, Germany. The three day CODEX meeting was to be hosted by the Federal Republic of Germany.
Inside the stark German Government building the 25th session was being convened of the “CODEX COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION AND FOODS FOR SPECIAL DIETARY USES” by the authoritarian President and Chairman Herr Rolf Grossklaus. (There was no one from the Aussie fisheries department present in the Australian delegation.) The session was well attended by 225 delegates and advisors representing 48 member countries, including Australia and representatives from 29 organisations and trans-national corporations.
Herr Toepner from the German Federal Ministry opened the meeting with a short speech reminding the delegates of the purpose of the Codex committee; “to protect the health of consumers, to ensure ‘fair trade practices’ and the committee’s important responsibilities under the WTO”. (WTO is the global trade police ensuring trade barriers fall and local competition is leveled so that global corporations can take over national markets, in the name of “world class regulatory standards” and “fair trade practices”.)
Herr Toepner apparently stressed the same message given to the delegates at TGA/FSANZ head quarters, for they made an heroic effort to further the agenda of supplement restriction at the CODEX meeting. The CODEX committee Chairman was well pleased with their work. The funereal looking Herr Grossklaus gratefully accepted the Australian proposal to apply a “risk” analysis to nutritional supplements. The committee once again expressed its appreciation to the; “Delegation of Australia for its work in this important area and agreed that a ‘risk-based approach’ should be followed for the establishment of upper limits for nutrients,” as stated the 2003 CODEX minutes report. That meant the Committee was currently working on placing a restriction on world wide supplement consumers. The Australian delegation agreed with the Chairman that the next 2004 Codex “session should be kept informed of the progress achieved by WHO in order to facilitate its further work on vitamins and minerals.” (Author’s translation of meaning of this is in footnote 33)
Moreover, the CODEX observer from the Council for Responsible Nutrition agreed wholeheartedly - Probably much to the approval of its members Bayer, BASF, Monsanto and of course, Wyeth. (The Australian chapter of the CRN merged with Ms Johansen’s CHC in 1999)
Among the CODEX participants that year, there were at least eleven multinational food and pharmaceutical companies including of course, Nestle and Roche. However, three delegations alone were from Wyeth.
The 2003 CODEX must have been considered such a success that the Australian delegate, Ms. Janine Lewis, Principal nutritionist, returned with another delegate the following year, Ms. Jane Allen, Senior nutritionist. Both are employees of the Food standards Australia and New Zealand FSANZ, a TGA related department which has joint committees with the TGA. The two departments share personnel, resources and curiously similar agendas. Interestingly, Val Johanson, formerly of CHC states in her bio that she; “held positions in the Australian Public Service as head of food standards at Federal level and she also established the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s surveillance unit, which she headed for almost four years. Positions currently held include; member of the Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee, Chair of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Council, Head of the International Herbal Regulatory Task Force of the International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations”.
There is much confusion deliberately generated by the regulator and its corporate partners to obscure the real agendas. Is Australia’s participation in CODEX about food or supplements? (therapeutic goods). The answer is both. This is what a law link had to say about the legal interface between foods and supplements after the changes to the Therapeutic Goods Act that was rammed through after Pan. “Food can now be a therapeutic good. The TGA is now able to designate food items as therapeutic goods. Previously, prescribed foods were not classified as therapeutic goods. Now, where a food product prescribed under the Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Code is designated by TGA as having therapeutic properties, the TGA may declare the product to be a therapeutic good, and therefore as subject to regulation under the Act.” (30) That includes vitamins and supplements which the TGA Act regards as medicines and drugs under the title of therapeutic goods.
The TGA has this to say about food being classed as medicine; “products which may fit within the definition of either a food or a medicine [supplements] are referred to a joint TGA/FOOD STANDARDS Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) committee which recommends whether the goods should be regulated as a therapeutic good or as food. This means TGA/FSANZ sends delegates to CODEX to get their orders about supplement regulations from overseas.
There is no more point to denying it. Australia is participating in CODEX. But that is not all that has occurred. Starting with Pan in 2003 the TGA and its trans-national pharmaceutical corporation allies waged a hostile take over of the Australian supplement industry. Later that year the Australian government signed a treaty that enabled the TGA and the pharmaceutical corporations to form what amounts to an offshore corporation. This would keep the voters at arms’ length and put the monstrous new “Agency” into the direct international jurisdiction of the WHO/WTO and CODEX. As a final blow Australian voters were not even privy to a new TGA amendment bill 2005 that caters to the needs of the drug corporations. All this because a trade war is raging. Bad news about drug deaths is getting out. Drug companies need to take over supplement market to offset their financial losses. The cost of this desperate corporate last stand is Democracy and Health Freedom. Why consent to that? When you can do something about it.
Australians and New Zealanders who value their lives, health and freedom can join into Eve Hillary’s Health Freedom – CODEX campaign and choose an option from the two pages of easy health freedom suggested initiatives. OR they can create their own initiatives. Everybody can do something to restore Health and Freedom for all. See you in the winner’s circle.
References and Endnotes
(1) “Health horror revealed” by Samantha Maiden published in the Hobart Mercury 31 July 2001 Wilson RM, Runciman WB, Gibberd RW, et al. The Quality in Australian Health Care Study. Med J Aust 1995; 163: 458-471.
(2) O’Hara D, Carson NJ. Reporting of adverse events in hospitals in Victoria 1994-1995. Med J Aust 1997; 166: 460-463.
(3) National Expert Advisory Group on Safety and Quality in Australian Health Care. Interim report – Commitment to quality enhancement. July 1998.
(4) This figure is based on analysis of data from the Nutritional Institute of America (NIA)…assessing 2001 data showed that iatrogenic (caused by doctors and drugs) disease caused 783,936 deaths in contrast with 699,697 deaths from heart disease and 553,251 from cancer. The NIA report– “Death by Medicine,” authored by Gary Null, Ph.D., Martin Feldman, MD, Debora Rasio, MS and Dorothy Smith, Ph.D. – followed a US Agency for Healthcare Research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
(5) Pan-WHO was Behind the Biggest Vitamin Recall in History?
A three Part Feature Article on who was behind the world’s largest recall. Filed May 12, 2003 By Eve Hillary www.evehillary.org
Dr. Graham also told the Senate Finance Committee that Vioxx may have caused 55,000 deaths alone, more than the 28,000 projected by the FDA. Graham also indicated Vioxx may have caused as many as 160,000 heart attacks, strokes and deaths, combined.
(8) Internet website KPMG Graduate Recruitment
KPMG. AUDIT. TAX. ADVISORY. bright minds ... company specialising in sales of foods and pharmaceutical products that has branches through the country. ...
WhatWeExpect/TestYourself/business_challenge.cfm - 34k (9) OTC Healthcare in Vietnam ... Most of the leading international pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline have set up representative offices in Vietnam ...
www.euromonitor.com/OTC_Healthcare_in_Vietnam - 32k -
(10) “Pan Boss on Notice” by Jennifer Sexton March 18, 2005 The Australian Newspaper
(11) This author interviewed several manufacturers, none of whom have given permission to use their names for fear of further problems with the TGA
(13) “Corporate Casualties” an article by Eve Hillary www.evehillary.org
(14) http://www.biopharmalink.com/companies/1224.htm Wyeth
(18) From Senate documents: http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:Tw0OYiAk9XcJ:www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/clac_ctte/estimates/bud_0304/vol6doha_feb04.pdf++Mr.ross-johnston+vice+president++manufacturing+operations+asia+pacific,+wyeth&hl=en
(19) As stated in the JTA treaty page 8. http://www.jtaproject.com/Downloads/Key%20Documents/TreatyText.pdf
(21) The stakeholders meeting was understandably frequented by industry, however, meanwhile the main Advertising Council Committee at the TGA headquarters was infiltrated by the drug industry front organization representing the interests of the multinational industry including ASMI, SMI, the Researched Medicines Industry, Medicines Australia and. These organizations represent the interests of dozens of multinational drug companies. See link http://www.jtaproject.com/Downloads/Hot%20Topics/IACMeetNov03.pdf
(23) List of attendees at the Interim Advertising Council Consultation Meeting Hosted by TGA on July 1, 2003.
(24) AMA public submission document to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties inquiry into the Agreement between Australia and New Zealand for the establishment of a Joint Scheme for the regulation of therapeutic products. 30th April, 2004, by Dr. Robyn Napier, Representative of the AMA on Trans Tasman interim advertising council.
(25) www.codexalimentarius.net/ download/report/251/al03_26e.pdf
(26) http://proliberty.com/observer/20040111.htm re CRN
(29) Tech Update from CHC entitled CODEX, the Facts without fiction, signed off by Alan Crosthwaite, Technical director CHC.
(31) www.nzht.co.nz New Zealand health Trust
(32) http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/index.htm Sep Hasslberger
(33) (Author’s Translation: under that proposed further work on vitamins, a person couldn’t make a carrot juice or squeeze an orange juice without being likely to exceed CODEX guidelines for vitamins. This is done so anything exceeding the Committee’s low recommended daily intake can be classed as a drug and sold for a huge profit margin in a synthetic form rather than to allow cheap naturally derived supplements made by local manufacturers to be freely available. In Germany where CODEX guidelines are already in place drug companies now exclusively provide miniscule doses of vitamin preparations that must be dispensed by a chemist and are sold for exorbitant prices. Naturopaths and wholistic doctors have been prescribing therapeutic doses and even mega doses of vitamins for over a hundred years with excellent effect. If CODEX recommendations are adopted, the speciallty of wholistic health and wholistic medicine may be lost or disregarded for the sake of drug company profits.)
(34) Codex refers to the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a branch of the World Health Organisation which oversees A CODEX COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION AND FOODS FOR SPECIAL DIETARY USES. This committee meets annually. Hundreds of delegates attend ranging from representatives from 48 member countries to representatives of giant food and pharmaceutical corporations. Dr. Wong Peng, Director of The Humanitarian Project - Health For All, in Malasia was present at the 2003 Codex committee held in Bonn Germany. In a summary of that meeting Dr. Peng writes: “Driven by the interest of their multinational corporations, particularly from the pharmaceutical and food manufacturing industries, the EU put forward suggestions that will eventually protect the interest of these industries.” This Codex committee purports to decide whether or not consumers in the world can have vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients and how much they can have, and if so, who will provide them.
(35) When I refer to nutritional supplements and essential nutrients I refer primarily to all the essential nutrients including minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and omega oils that are essential to sustaining a physical human body on a daily basis, without which there would be no health, healing or life. These are not drugs. They are the nutrients everyone must ingest daily to sustain physical health and maintain life in a physical body. These essentials have been found abundantly in food in the past.
However, “modern” agriculture under the influence of multinational chemical companies has been responsible for the depletion of soils from which poor quality foods are grown that are depleted of essential nutrients. To retain their health many people have resorted to taking nutritional supplementation of essential nutrients. In many countries these supplements are now regulated as drugs due to the Codex influence upon the regulators. Essential nutrients are not drugs. They are as essential to life as is oxygen or water. Any excess nutrients are excreted just like oxygen or water.
The proposed Codex restriction on nutrients is dangerous and arguably genocidal. It is the same as if a corporation were to deplete the earth’s atmosphere of oxygen and then monopolise and regulate people’s supply and intake of “supplemental” oxygen, calling oxygen a “drug” that can only be purchased at an exorbitant price from the corporation that caused the problem in the first place. There is no difference.
(36) Hundreds of studies are listed in the following tests by Dr. M. Wehrbach including: “Textbook of Nutritional Medicine” by Melvyn. R. Wehrbach MD, assistant clinical Professor School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Third Line Press 1999
(37) “Foundations of Nutritional Medicine” by Melvyn. R. Wehrbach MD, assistant clinical Professor School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Third Line Press 1999
(38)” Nutritional Influences on Illness” Melvyn. R. Wehrbach MD, assistant clinical Professor School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Third Line Press 1999
(39) )” Nutritional Influences on Mental Illness” Melvyn. R. Wehrbach MD, assistant clinical Professor School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Third Line Press 1999
(40) “Healing Through Nutrition, a natural approach to Treating 50 common illnesses with diet and Nutrients” Melvyn. R. Wehrbach MD, assistant clinical Professor School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
(43) Kiwi is the name of a flightless bird found in New Zealand, also a slang word meaning New Zealand or New Zealander.
Additional Resources and Information
3. From Senate documenthttp://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:Tw0OYiAk9XcJ:www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/clac_ctte/estimates/bud_0304/vol6doha_feb04.pdf++Mr.ross-johnston+vice+president++manufacturing+operations+asia+pacific,+wyeth&hl=en particularly interesting Senate record.
(4) http://www.taxtyranny.ca/images/HTML/Codex/Codex.html multiple sources and articles on Codex
(5) http://www.taxtyranny.ca/images/HTML/Codex/Codex/Codex-15.html Codex minutes
(6) WHO/CODEX document www.codexalimentarius.net/ download/report/251/al03_26e.pdf
(6) http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:WG0DccjH9MEJ:www.codexalimentarius.net/download/report/627/al28_26e.pdf+codex+alimentarius+commission+pharmceutical+interests&hl=en Codex Committee Bonn Report
(7) http://www.iahf.com/20031228a.html Harmonisation.
(8) NZ health charter commentary http://www.healthcharter.org.nz/images/JTA_Treaty_Sub_2_BLUE.doc.
(9) ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/meeting/008/j1464e.pdf Codex meeting minutes proposing guidelines for vitamin and mineral supplements – Australian participation.
(10) http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:k6W8ZTyojK4J:www.tga.gov.au/docs/html/medregs.htm+tga+food+standards&hl=en Joint TGA/Food standards
(11) http://www.laleva.cc/supplements/berlin02_hass.html good account of Berlin Codex meeting.
(12) http://www.nzhealthtrust.co.nz/documents.html Important documents on proposed new TGA Amendment Bill 2005
(13) www.nzht.co.nz New Zealand health Trust CODEX information
(14) http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/index.htm Sep Hasslberger Codex information site.
(15) Click on for copy of JTA Treaty: http://www.jtaproject.com/Downloads/Key%20Documents/TreatyText.pdf
(16) Click on for government website about Trans Tasman agency; http://www.jtaproject.com/Default.asp
I am indebted to many of my fellow activists such as Dave Sloan from the NZ Health Trust and Sepp Hasslberger of Health Supreme, for providing volumes of accurate and helpful data that when analysed has regularly strengthened and clarified my conclusions on the matter.
Thank you to the thousands of people who have supported my Health Freedom Campaign and to those who have been inspired to start their own. I look forward to living on a planet free from the tyranny of corporate government. I look forward to seeing healthy children, free from the ravages of the sickness industry and living in the kind of Democracy I was once fortunate to have experienced.
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