Bill C-51 and Codex Alimentarius
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Canada’s C-51 Law To Outlaw 60%
of Natural Health Products
Don’t Let Big Pharma Do This To Canada
Global Research, April 30, 2008
A new law being pushed in Canada by Big Pharma seeks to outlaw up to 60 percent of natural health products currently sold in Canada, even while criminalizing parents who give herbs or supplements to their children. The law, known as C-51, was introduced by the Canadian Minister of Health on April 8th, 2008, and it proposes sweeping changes to Canada’s Food and Drugs Act that could have devastating consequences on the health products industry.
Among the changes proposed by the bill are radical alterations to key terminology, including replacing the word “drug” with “therapeutic product” throughout the Act, thereby giving the Canadian government broad-reaching powers to regulate the sale of all herbs, vitamins, supplements and other items. With this single language change, anything that is “therapeutic” automatically falls under the Food and Drug Act. This would include bottled water, blueberries, dandelion greens and essentially all plant-derived substances.
The Act also changes the definition of the word “sell” to include anyone who gives such therapeutic products to someone else. So a mother giving an herb to her child, under the proposed new language, could be arrested for engaging in the sale of unregulated, unapproved “therapeutic substances.” Learn about more of these freedom-squashing changes to the law at the Stop51.com website: http://www.stopc51.com
New enforcement powers allow Canadian government to seize your home or business
At the same time that C-51 is outlawing herbs, supplements and vitamins, it would grant alarming new “enforcement” powers to the thugs enforcement agents who claim to be “protecting” the public from dangerous unapproved “therapeutic agents” like, say, dandelion greens. As explained on the http://educate-yourself.org/cn/, the C-51 law would allow the Canadian government’s thugs enforcement agents to:
• Raid your home or business without a warrant
C-51 would even criminalize the simple drying of herbs in your kitchen to be used in an herbal product, by the way. That would now be categorized as a “controlled activity,” and anyone caught engaging in such “controlled activities” would be arrested, fined and potentially jailed. Other “controlled activities” include labeling bottles, harvesting plants on a farm, collecting herbs from your back yard, or even testing herbal products on yourself! (Yes, virtually every activity involving herbs or supplements would be criminalized…)
There’s more, too. C-51 is the Canadian government’s “final solution” for the health products industry. It’s a desperate effort to destroy this industry that’s threatening the profits and viability of conventional medicine.
Natural medicine works so well—and is becoming so widely used—that both the Canadian and American governments have decided to “nuke” the industries by passing new laws that effectively criminalize anyone selling such products. They simply cannot tolerate allowing consumers to have continued access to natural products. To do so will ultimately spell the destruction of Big Pharma and the outdated, corrupt and criminally-operated pharmaceutical industry that these criminally-operated governments are trying to protect.
Join the rally to protest C-51
On May 9th, 2008, Canadian citizens will be gathering at the Calgary Federal Court to protest C-51 and help protect their access to natural health products. Call 1-888-878-3467 to learn more, or visit the action page of Health Canada Exposed at: www.stopc51.com
On April 8th 2008 The Health Minister of Canada introduced a totally unnecessary bill, that is quickly being forced through Parliament to attack the Natural health products and services industry on behalf of big Pharma. The public is being deceived and not informed of the police state provisions written into this bill.
The government is using the slogan that we need this new bill to protect our health. That’s a complete fraud and deception.
We already have all the necessary laws in place to protect us. Unlike the regulated prescription drugs, no one has ever died from consuming or using any alternative natural health therapies, products or services. And believe me, if anyone had. The law would have quickly stepped in with our previously existing and very effective laws .
Under Bill C-51 the State could:
Enter private property without a warrant
Take your property at their discretion
Dispose of your property at will
Not reimburse you for your losses
Seize your bank accounts without a warrant
Charge owners shipping and storage charges for seized property
Store your property indefinitely
Levy fines of up to $5,000,000.00 and/or seek 2 years in jail per charge
Will not have to report seizures to a court.
They can charge you just for talking about or promoting natural alternatives
With your assets and money under their control will you be able to defend yourself in Court? And even if you miraculously win. They would of already destroyed your life, reputation and business. So no matter what you are a victim of despotism.
This bill would allow the government agents to adopt laws from other countries: without the approval of elected officials, without debate in the House of Commons, without the consent of the Canadian people.
Remove more than 70% of Natural Health Products from Canadians and some will be available by expensive prescription only. Restrict and completely stop research and development of safe natural alternatives in favor of high risk drugs. Punish Canadians with little or no opportunity for protection or recourse for simply speaking about or giving a natural product without the approval of government.
This bill is even more serious than this. These government agents can arbitrarily enter any business, even ones that have nothing to do with natural health products. After-all, who would know that this police state legislation would not be abused? And who could stop them when there is no court supervised search and enter warrants?
This bill is a crime against our democracy and those involved in introducing it and passing it should be charged with treason against the kind and totally naive trusting Canadian people.
This bill is part of a much bigger New World Order depopulation, and longevity reducing UN agenda. Conducted under the Codex Alimentarium agenda that was started in 1962.
The communist European Union Government has already implemented the almost identical laws. EU civilians are now, unable to get natural health products that have been around for thousands of years.
Canada, The USA and Mexico have signed many secret agreements that are piece by piece, producing the North American Union.
This legislation was introduced in Canada because it is a place of least resistance. Because under one of the Security and Prosperity Partnership Agreements. It will automatically become law in the USA and Mexico. Since Canada has a very small and spread out population which pays little if no attention at all to what our elected officials do or say, and is being rushed through Parliament. I am sorry to say that soon Canada will no longer be a democracy. It will be a DESPOTIC DICTATORSHIP.
The Canadian media propaganda conditioned population trusts everything that our treasonous medias says as gospel.
If more Canadians went to independent online medias for their information. We might of had a chance to save our country.
But the corporate media’s wordsmiths with the aid of psychologists are so skillful at deceiving us into believing that the Internet is full of conspiracy nuts. That most people will never go to the only place on earth where they will truly find the truth.
The End is so near
“The Closed Minded Know Everything, But See Nothing”
“Freedom is not given freely, You have to protect it, or you will lose it”
“I am afraid, I am really afraid,
I am afraid of the good people who do nothing to stop the evil doers.”
LINKS: PLEASE READ
“A truth soldier”
“The Last Democracy”
“Once upon a time there was a Canada”
Canada’s C-51: Trojan Horse Legislation Sponsored by Big Pharma
Bill C-51 Unlawfully Suppresses Canadian Citizens’ Rights and Freedoms
[Editor’s Note: Bills such as C-51 are but thinly disguised variations on Nazi Germany’s 1933 Enabling Act which removed Parliamentary decision making and oversight from national legislation. Stated in its simplest terms, these bills are intended to replace democratic representative government with un-elected, closed-door decision making which will bind all citizens. We are witnessing the transformation of North American democratic government into oligarchic tyranny. Will Canadian citizens wake up in time?.. ..Ken Adachi]
From Kenn d’Oudney,
April 27, 2008
See below info relating to Canadian Bill C-51. It is something to make every democratic person’s blood run cold. The owners of the pharmaceutical giants are behind this — it is the shape of things to come throughout the West and elsewhere.
Attend our rally at the Calgary Federal Court on May 9th 2008. Call 1-888-878-3467 for Details
Canadian Rights and Freedoms are at Risk, An Important Notice Regarding Bill C-51
On April 8th, 2008, the Canadian Minister of Health introduced Bill C-51 into the House of Commons. This Bill proposes significant changes to the current Food and Drugs Act that will have wide-ranging negative implications for Canadians.
Bill C-51 will:
· Remove democratic oversight, bypassing elected officials to vote in laws and allow bureaucrats to adopt laws from other countries without our consent.
· Remove 70% of Natural Health Products from Canadians and many others will be available by prescription only.
· Restrict research and development of safe natural alternatives in favor of high risk drugs.
· Punish Canadians with little or no opportunity for protection or recourse for simply speaking about or giving a natural product without the approval of government. More than 70% of people in Canada use a Natural Health Product. The new law goes so far as to warrant action against a person who would give another person an unapproved amount of garlic on the recommendation that it would improve that persons health.
Proposed New Enforcement Powers:
· Inspectors will enter private property without a warrant
· Inspectors will take your property at their discretion
· Inspectors will dispose of your property at will
· Inspectors will not reimburse you for your losses
· Inspectors will seize your bank accounts
· Inspectors will charge owners shipping and storage charges for seized property
· Inspectors will be empowered to store your property indefinitely
· Inspectors will levy fines of up to $5,000,000.00 and/or seek 2 years in jail per incident
With your assets and money under their control will you be able to defend yourself in Court?
Can you trust government with this new law and enforcement power?
Would our government really ever turn this law against us? Read the following account.
In 2003 Health Canada launched an attack on a group of mentally ill patients and the company who supported them naturally. They seized shipments of a safe natural therapy required by the patients and stormed the support center with 17 armed officers and agents. The company (Truehope) reported that they lost contact with more than 300 of their Canadian participants. The Canadian Mental Health Association told of suicides as a result of government action.
Health Canada then charged the not for profit company, burdening them with heavy legal costs. Truehope was found innocent by necessity and instructed by the judge to continue under legal and moral responsibility. Although the agents admitted knowing they were injuring people through their actions, they stated under oath they care only about policy and directive. And what happened to the more than 300 mentally ill Canadians that became unreachable? In the months and years following, reports of hospitalizations and suicides during the seizures have surfaced. No Health Canada agent has ever been charged.
Will this new law be used to abuse and punish special interest groups, minorities, religious groups or others?
Why do bureaucrats want to bypass the Parliament and approval to create new laws?
Why do bureaucrats want seizure warrants without judge approval ?
With fines being increased a 1000 times, and seizing authority without a warrant, is Bill C-51 meant to bankrupt and silence its target audience?
30/04/2008 Bill C-51 (first debate) Judy Wasylycia-Leis 2/3
Our Coalition’s Top Twelve  Reasons for MPs of every party to vote against Bills C-51 & C-52 and to immediately stop the Natural Health Products Regulations that are attempting to unlawfully change over 50,000 low risk, cost effective and essential for good health [herbs, vitamins, minerals and healthy therapeutic dietary food supplements, foods, beverages, nutrient-rich food concentrates and extracts, etc.] into heavily federally regulated new drugs.
Prepared by the most experienced grassroots Freedom of Choice in Health Care team in Canada.
On January 1st, 2004, in direct contradiction to the recommendations of the 1998 Standing Committee on Health, the Health Canada Inspectorate and Therapeutic Product Directorate Bureaucrats via the Privy Council Office [PCO], with the concurrence of Paul Martin and Anne McLellan tried forcing the PHARMACARTEL’s long pending “Your Dietary food supplements are now drugs” German scheme onto Canadians.(http://www.livingnutrition.com/articles/codex.html)
This is still occurring today and is destroying hundreds of small businesses, causing thousands of, long time on the market, safe and effective therapeutic food products to be removed from the market; is causing significant price increases to the consumer and wasting federal resources that should be focused on protecting Canadian from the acknowledged deadly and dangerous synthetic drugs and chemical additives such as aspartame
On April 8th 2008 these same out of control Health Canada Inspectorate and Therapeutic Product Directorate Bureaucrats via Kevin Lynch of the Privy Council Office [PCO], with the concurrence of Stephen Harper and Tony Clement introduced PHARMACARTEL’s long pending “DREAM BILLS” C-51 and C-52 into the House of Commons. The Bill passed first reading and it must not pass second reading. A link to a version of the Bill is here
The grassroots protests last week were successful in preventing Bill C-51 from being discussed and voted on Friday May 2nd 2008 as THEY had planned.
Our collective grassroots’ protests were also successful in ensuring that Bill C-51 was not on this week’s order paper for further Parliamentary discussion and second reading vote.
THEY will make a critical decision on Thursday May 8th 2008 on whether to schedule Bill C-51 on next week’s order paper. IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU KEEP UP THE PROTESTS AND WE HAVE CREATED A SPECIAL WEBSITE TO ASSIST IN THIS – go to www.helpstopbillc51.ca and / or www.healthcanadaabuse.ca and send the E-Action Protest letters immediately.
What we are suffering under is called “STATISM” and / “SOCIALISTIC FASCISM”, which is basically in the academic definitions the merging of BIG GOVERNMENT with BIG BUSINESS including BIG PHARMA and related allies. This has been confirmed by the special access being provided exclusively to thirty or so mega corporations that are participating regularly with the Hon. Stephen Harper and the Presidents of the USA and Mexico [ten from each country].
Our Canadian Coalition for Health Freedom and our Coalition members have submitted over 300,000 petitions to Parliament since the initial July 1st 1997 BIG PHARMA driven attempt to federally classify Dietary Food Supplements as new drugs in Canada.
WITH THESE CREDENTIALS WHY WERE WE NOT INVITED?
After all Canada is owned and operated in trust for the PEOPLE, is it not?
THIS IS NOT RIGHT, we do not want our CANADA to be a modern corporate feudal socialistic fascist police state in which the several thousand years of developing the finest legal and political system in recorded history is destroyed under Stephen’s rule as the De Facto King of Canada.
PROFITS cannot and should not be placed as priority before PEOPLE. The sole and aggregate corporations, government and non-government cannot be allowed to focus solely on mega corporate profits with complete disregard for the needs and will of the PEOPLE, who really are entitled to own and operate their own communities and countries to serve the PEOPLE’s needs in accordance with God’s Laws and the Fundament Natural Law that no Prime Minister, Monarch, President, Senate, Congress, Parliament, Judge or Court can lawfully alter.
REASON NUMBER ONE
The Health Canada bureaucracy has become more powerful then any other government operation.
The Health Canada bureaucracy is totally out of control and the various Committees of Parliament and the Senate, and the Parliament and Senate must regain control of this bureaucracy and stop the massive jurisdiction intrusions into exclusive areas of Provincial jurisdiction and the violations of the Rule of Law, Implied Bill of Rights and Written and Unwritten Constitution.
Health Canada does not even acknowledge that it is SOLELY, a criminal police operation. It conducts a criminal investigative police operation with the most extreme local discretionary police powers, without Rule of Law and Constitutional safeguards against corruption and abuse and any administrative and / or internal affairs review system!
CAN YOU BELIEVE that there is currently no published legislatively created independent Administrative / Early Resolution Ombudsman office, no published Internal Affairs review system and our Coalition has proof of potential criminal code violations by Health Canada staff that was documented and sent to the RCMP and has been ignored.
In 1997 and 1998 there was a massive call for an independent investigation into the out of control Health Canada bureaucracy that never happened. Our Coalition and others have continued for 11 years in hundreds of communications and meeting to call upon those who on behalf of the PEOPLE control Ottawa to immediately initiate this long overdue investigation.
NO INVESTIGATION HAS OCCURRED YET!
REASON NUMBER TWO
Bills C-51 & C-52 contain a Rule of Law / Constitutional premise change that would instantly destroy several thousand years of FUNDAMENTAL UNALIENABLE RIGHTS under criminal law.
The second last paragraph of the proposed Bill C-51 preamble reads as follows:
“Whereas the Parliament of Canada recognizes that it is the responsibility of regulated persons to ensure that only products that meet legislative requirements are available to the public;”
This statement is more consistent with Mexico’s Draconian Napoleonic code or a reverse onus, than with Canada’s constitutional history. There is no constitutionally valid jurisdiction in the Parliament of Canada to create such a “White List” Civil / Roman Law type permissive licensing federal regulatory scheme.
Just look at Mexican justice and what happened to Brenda Martin.
DO YOU WANT AMERICAN AND MEXICAN JUSTICE TO REPLACE OUR RULE OF LAW, IMPLIED BILL OF RIGHTS AND WRITTEN AND UNWRITTEN CONSTITUTION?
The current Minister of Health is not controlling the Privy Council and Health Canada bureaucrats who, together with the SPP working committees, are driving both the Natural Health Product Regulations and Bills C-51 and C-52.
REASON NUMBER THREE
All that Bills C-51 and C-52 do is in violation of the Rule of Law, Implied bill of Rights, Written and Unwritten Constitution and the will of millions of Canadians.
REASON NUMBER FOUR
Bill C-420 was trying to fix two problems that were created in amendments made to the “Adulteration and Fraud Act” in 1920 and 1927 and in 1934.
The PHARMACARTEL created these amendments and renamed the Act then, for the very same reasons that BIG PHARMA is attempting to pass Bill C-51 for now.
The definition line in a criminal federal police operation is critical to our freedoms. Our Fundamental British Natural Justice / God’s Laws / Natural Law / Fundament Justice requires in all criminal matters, Bill C-420, had it passed would have corrected and clarified this problem in a manner consistent not only with our country’s Rule of Law and Constitution, but also with the USA who solved this problem by passing the “Dietary Supplements Health Education Act [DSHEA] in 1994
Bills C-51 and C-52 are draconian, unconstitutional and against public interest. This legislation will only make these Freedom of Choice issues worse and not be in our best interests with our largest trading partner.
The second issue that Bill C-420 addressed was the admitted constitutionally unenforceable 1934 censorship provisions which attempted to create a criminal offence against anyone telling the truth about how any “Therapeutic Product” successfully prevented, treated and / or cured any Schedule A disease. It is still in the current act under sections 3.1 and 3.2.
Understanding this constitutional issue will help you understand why Bills C-51 and C-52 are constitutionally repugnant.
REASON NUMBER FIVE
As already indicated it is not within federal section 91  jurisdiction for the federal government to create any broad act called “An Act respecting foods, therapeutic products and cosmetics.”
Any new Act needs to revert to the original name “The Adulteration and Fraud Act” and include everything that human beings are exposed to that has been documented to cause death. Currently there is no scientific factual statistical date base this needs to be created immediately. Without such data there can be no federal criminal power intervention.
REASON NUMBER SIX
In any new Act the DSHEA / Bill C-420 style definition should be expanded to deal with the deadly and dangerous “Therapeutic Synthetic Drug Product” far more effectively than Health Canada is doing today. In view of the scandals and overall failure of federal criminal police forces our Coalition suggests that the actual legislation be incorporated into the existing Criminal Code and utilize all police forces to protect Canadian by independent investigation and prosecution.
REASON NUMBER SEVEN
Again, Health Canada does not acknowledge that its sole existing legislative authority is to protect the public from dangerous and deadly adulterations and fraud from drugs, which the public views as prescription drugs and Over the counter drugs most of which are synthetic and not sourced from natural plant and animal kingdom.
Everyone who wants to understand these issues must read the 1884 Adulteration and Fraud Act and the updated version called the Food and Drugs Act, 1985.
Health Canada is solely under section 91  which is the only head of federal jurisdiction that Health Canada and the federal Parliament can claim valid constitutional / Rule of Rule jurisdiction under a federal criminal police force.
Unfortunately neither Health Canada staff, its Director Generals, its Assistant Deputy Minister, its Deputy Minister, who you would think would know better.
This means that any criminal investigation and / or charges and / or trial must follow the Rule of Law, Implied Bill of Rights, Written and Unwritten Constitution appropriate for criminal law environments.
Bill C-51 is specifically designed to unlawfully alter these Fundamental and unalienable rights, freedoms, liberties and safeguards of protection of property, trade and commerce, Substantive Due Process and protection of security of individual human beings that have been mandatory in criminal justice for over a thousand years.
We will give you several examples of what we mean. In criminal drug charge matters extensive case law has established a well known definition of “sell” which is:
“’sell’ includes offer for sale, expose for sale, have in possession for sale and distribute, whether or not the distribution is made for consideration.”
If Bill C-51 was passed, for the first time in Canada tens of thousands of Canadians including most parents trying to look after their parents would instantly become criminals as the new definition of “sell” is”
“’sell’ includes offer for sale, expose for sale or have in possession for sale or distribute to one or more persons, whether or not the distribution is made for consideration and in relation to a device, includes lease, offer for lease, expose for lease or have in possession for lease.”
The dangerous part of the unprecedented change is interesting the expression if you distribute to “one or more persons” you can be criminally prosecuted for selling under the Act. The old definition would normally only be applicable to commercial ventures.
Under the proposed changes if Bill C-51 became criminal law a parent giving herbs, vitamins, minerals, and almost any “Healthy Nutrient-rich naturally occurring plant food” is “selling” items that the already out of control Health Canada could deem as an unauthorized “Therapeutic product” that is a “Drug” and equivalent to heroin, cocaine, prescription synthetic drugs.
REASON NUMBER EIGHT
Small business is the core of the Canadian economy and as identified in the Canadian Federal of Independent one of the gravest threats to the survival of small family businesses, is regulations. The mess involving the line between the definition of Food and Drug and the issues with 3.1 and 3.2 and schedule A and the issues of recall, seizure, etc. have destroyed hundreds of small family businesses especially with the attempt to force against public interest and unlawful natural health product Regulations onto all Canadian retailers, practitioners, distributors, importers, manufacturers, etc.
The industry generally supported the Natural Health Product Regulations believing that the new federal regulatory scheme would provide a stable, affordable marketplace, where all sizes of businesses would prosper.
This has turned out not to be true and the new Bill C-51 legislative changes are only going to make more small family enterprises fail and or become marginal financially.
REASON NUMBER NINE
It has always been accepted that food, health, civil and property rights and professions are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Provinces. Bill C-51 if passed would permanently alter this fundamental division of jurisdiction and the entire relationships of individual businesses in every sector and type of food, healthcare, etc.
Another example is the new definition of “controlled activity’;
(a) in relation to a therapeutic product manufacturing, collecting, processing, preserving, labelling, packaging, importing for sale, distributing, wholesaling or testing, and
(b) in relation to a designated therapeutic product manufacturing collecting, processing, preserving, labelling, packaging, importing, distributing or testing.
This brings Health Canada bureaucrats without any safeguards into millions of citizens’ lives and tens of thousands of businesses of all sizes. The Constitutional and jurisdictional implications are enormous and will fundamentally change our entire society.
Bill C-51 grants Health Canada bureaucrats complete control over not only “Therapeutic Products”, but also all trade and commerce activities in the entire nation!
Bill C-51 states:
“13. No person shall conduct a controlled activity unless they are authorized by an establishment license to do so.”
This even expands the Natural Health Product to a boarder mandate and by adding processing and preserving it is apparent BIG PHARMA, the PCO and Health Canada bureaucrats and the SPP Directorates have more sinister plans that are yet to be fully revealed.
REASON NUMBER TEN
One of the reasons that parts of the Natural Health Care Industry accepted the Natural Health Products Regulations was the understanding that international agreements such as CODEX would not apply to dietary supplements in Canada if the traditional legislative classification was changed from food to a new novel regulatory sub-class of drugs called “Natural Health Products Regulations.
If Bills C-51 and C-52 are passed any international law, rule, regulation, trade agreement, treaty, protocol can become applicable to all and any parts of Canada without rule of law power of challenge, constitutional Substantive Due Process, Parliamentary Review and Approval. The horrors of Mexican state police law will be visited on Canadians as exhibited in the Brenda Martin case.
If Bills C-51and C-52 are passed all Canadian confidential information becomes potentially available to foreign governments and their agencies including the CIA, FBI, FDA and any other similar entity in the other 190 plus countries in the world.
Bill C-51 includes the following definitions:
“government means any of the following or their institutions, as applicable:
(a) the federal government;
(b) a corporation named in Schedule III to 10 of the Financial Administration Act,
(c) a provincial government or a public body established under an Act of the legislature of a province,
(d) an aboriginal government as defined in subsection 13(3) of the Access to Information Act,
(e) a government of a foreign state or of a subdivision of a foreign state, or
(f) an international organization of states.
Bill C-51 adds the following to the regulation making power of the federal government:
“30(7) A regulation may incorporate by reference documents produced by a person or body other than the Minister of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency including
(a) an organization established for the purpose of writing standards, including an organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada;
(b) an industrial or trade organization; or
(c) a government.”
This means that by simply passing a regulation that a CODEX treaty could be forced onto Canadians.
REASON NUMBER ELEVEN
The entire “white list” concept is illegal and outside federal jurisdiction and the various sections of Bill C-51 are an abomination including those designed to prevent importation from other countries and the shipping across provincial borders without Health Canada bureaucrats permission, which is a fundamental protected right in the Constitutional Act 1982.
Health Canada bureaucrats also want the power to determine who can be in business, what products you can carry and who your customers will be.
REASON NUMBER TWELVE
Health Canada bureaucrats are given extended non Court supervised extreme criminal investigative police powers that are not available to any other criminal police powers without all of the Rule of Law, Constitutional and Democratic safeguards, including published administrative review process and Internal Affairs Process.
See in Bill C-51 the substantially revised s. 23, 24, 25, 26 and 31.
If Bill C-51 is passed the financial destruction is almost beyond belief that will occur. The fines and penalties will destroy any small family business that Health Canada goes after as they have been doing with complete immunity for decades.
Bill C-51 is also planning on piercing the corporate veil and holding Directors and officers of corporations personally.
CONCLUSIONS AND REQUESTS
As requested in 1997, 1998 and every year since, we need the Standing Committee on Health and / or a Royal Commission and / or some other body to convene and investigate over 15 years of allegations of out of jurisdiction, abusive, malicious and improper conduct by Health Canada criminal investigative police officers and their management. It is critical that the Standing Committee on Health go to the different communities across the country and give limited resourced consumers, small family enterprises and their local organizations to opportunity to participate in stakeholder input processes.
As detailed in the 1998 Standing Committee Report and dissenting Reports from all parties, we need a separate and distinct food-style federal regulatory system that has “Appropriate Regulatory Framework” for the inherently low risk and safe dietary food supplements. As already indicated this “Third Category” legislation was passed in 1994 by the USA and should have been implemented via legislation long ago in Canada a very similar piece of legislation. This new regulatory system needs to be handled by a different Minister than the Minister of Drugs.
As requested in writing many times since 2004, we need the Joint Scrutiny of Regulations Committee to provide consumers and small family enterprises and our Coalition witness days on record to present why the Natural Health Product Regulations are out of federal jurisdiction, against public interest, and in violation of the established legal criteria for federal regulatory processing.(http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/chris/2008/05/04/legal_shenanigans_bill_c51.htm)
As requested many times we need a legislative ombudsman setup for administrative review of any federal regulatory action taken at the local level by the Health Canada criminal investigative police, the Canadian Border Services police and / or the Canadian Food Inspection police and or their administrative systems pertaining to import and or export of anything by either consumers and or small family businesses and their Canadian operations within Canada. There also needs to be the standard police force published internal affairs review system as well.
Our Coalition and other Natural Health Product industry voices need to create a self-regulating model for dietary food supplements in Canada and be given equal federal status with synthetic drug industry in all matters pertaining to the protection, treatment and even in some cases cures of most chronic diseases [see www.livelongereducationalfoundation.com]. Key to this will be the need for a federal death registry that tracks on live time basis all deaths in Canada from any cause whatsoever and establishes a mandatory federal coroner’s report. This will avoid the recent hospital scandals hiding and altering causes of death to protect themselves and avoid the type of scandal that occurred with the serial killer doctor in the UK.
Our Coalition respectfully requests an intergovernmental agency / department task force be setup immediately with representatives from the Minister’s offices of Health, Canadian Border Services and Canadian Food Inspection Services and our Coalition and several other consumer, practitioner, retailer, distributor and manufacturers to in a positive and constructive manner to meet regularly and try to mutually develop a new Natural Health Care 10 year program for Canada that removes all Modern Medicine bias from federal activities nationally
Our Coalition requests that the Canadian nutritional standards, Codex activities and other federal initiatives also setup a senior level task force to become educated by our Coalition and other lead natural health small business and consumer organizations to become “Sensitive” to the immediate need for beneficial integration of our Coalition’s “Natural Health Holistic Approaches” into the existing “Modern Medical Disease” Approach system.
Codex Alimentarius — An Emerging Threat
The Greatest Threat to Freedom of Choice in Health Care that this Century has Ever Produced • by Helke Ferrie
“It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.” — Robert Houghwout Jackson, Chief Judge, War-Crimes Tribunal, Nuremberg, 1945
If the following information was a horror movie, we could all sit back with our popcorn and enjoy it. Unfortunately, this is not fiction — and if we don’t do something about it, this nightmare will become waking reality in Canada sometime soon after August 1, 2005. Whatever happens, you will never forget Codex Alimentarius.
Codex is a sub-committee of the United Nations mandated to establish guidelines on food trade issues. Such guidelines are not legally binding for any nation, but nations that are part of the World Trade Organization can be severely sanctioned anyway. In the early 1990s, Codex began to look at establishing internationally “harmonized” standards for food supplements. In 2002 a European Union Directive produced such guidelines for Codex. But after careful scrutiny it appears that the strongest effect of this Directive will be to cut off availability of all vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and most other essential nutrients by re-classifying them as pharmaceutical drugs, eventually available by prescription only and manufactured by pharmaceutical companies from synthetic materials, including genetically engineered substances.
Due to interlocking international treaties (the WTO established in 1995, and the still to be ratified Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA)), Canada and the U.S. would be faced with serious sanctions if they don’t adopt these European guidelines. Codex authority is already part of these treaty texts. As a result, Australia, Norway, Denmark and Germany have already adopted these “foods as drugs” guidelines.
Furthermore, Health Canada’s own website already lists the European Parliament Commission’s “upper safe limits” on supplements as desirable for Canadians to follow. So without parliamentary debate, Health Canada quietly moved all supplements to the “drug” category effective January 2004, in order to get us ready to be “harmonized.” This treachery prompted Bill C-420 (explained later).
Not surprisingly, consumer groups and various medical associations throughout the world have joined forces with the “Alliance for Natural Health” (Europe’s voice for the supplement industries), to challenge this Directive in the International Court in Luxembourg as a violation of the EU Constitution. The 25 EU member states differ widely in medical norms. Article 152 of the EU Constitution expressly forbids any harmonization regarding availability of medicinal and food substances related to health. This provides a solid legal argument for the case to be heard on January 25. The decision will be published in March. Because the biotech and pharmaceutical industries dominate Codex and the EU food regulatory authority, which wrote this Directive, the International Court’s decision will be a decisive victory for either consumer freedom of choice or the multi-national corporations.
LIFE IN CODEX COUNTRY
In the mid-1990s my mother, then in her 80s, had a stroke. She lived in Germany. When she left hospital, I was ready with a nutritional plan that included high-dose vitamins: C, E, and B — especially Inositol, as well as Co-enzyme Q10. So I went to the local pharmacy, whose owner was a family friend for some 25 years, and handed him my list.
In return, he handed me a small packet with a price sticker of DM 200 (then about $200) containing vitamin E capsules manufactured by one of Germany’s largest pharmaceutical companies. The source was synthetic, not the “mixed tocopherol” version from living plant sources I wanted, which contains the whole E spectrum. The package contained a total of 10,000 IU of E, the equivalent of a mere 25 capsules of 400 IU each that we are used to buying. In Canada, our bottles contain 90 capsules and cost about $20. If Codex rules in Canada, we will likely pay $800 for a bottle of 90 capsules of low-quality vitamin E — if Health Canada lets us buy that many at once, and if you can find a doctor willing to prescribe it.
He then handed me a tube-shaped metal container with vitamin C effervescent tablets. Each tablet, when dissolved in water would release 10 mg of vitamin C in a refined sugar solution. Thus, this ridiculously low amount was to be taken in a sugary medium that would neutralize the vitamin without it doing anything at all. The cost: about $10 for 12 tablets.
Then he asked me, “What’s Co-enzyme Q10? Are you allowed to buy all this in Canada in such dangerous dosages?” When I told him what I take daily, his eyes popped. Then I asked, “Why can’t I buy these supplements here?” He replied, “Well, Germany is a Codex country.” Oddly, Germany has several government-run hospitals where environmental illness is treated with nutrients only, intravenous vitamin C, etc. Life is full of paradoxes and few more follow below.
THE EU DIRECTIVE’S HIT LIST
Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical doctor and naturopath well known to Toronto readers, is currently the president of “Friends of Freedom International” in which capacity she attended the Codex meeting in Bonn last November. She describes Codex as “the ultimate Big Brother marching backwards into the future.”
Effective August 1, 2005, all vitamin and mineral supplements on the EU Directive’s so-called “positive list,” including everything from beta carotene to zinc, will only be available in the 25 EU countries if they comply with specific rules set out in the June 10, 2002, EU Directive Relating to Food Supplements. All products must show maximum safe levels “as established by science.” Those nutrients found in the mythic “balanced diet” are to be subtracted from the final values, and Article 6 (2) decrees that labels shall “not attribute to food supplements the property of preventing, treating or curing a human disease, or refer to such properties.” So, the Directive’s “science” knows nothing of vitamin C preventing and curing scurvy, vitamin D preventing and curing rickets and osteoporosis, or vitamin B curing and preventing anemia. It also ignores the mountain of evidence showing our diets are chronically deficient in essential nutrients because of factory-style farming practices. To “ensure a high level of protection for consumers and facilitate their choice,” they even included baking soda and table salt. We assume that these too will be unavailable as of August 1 anywhere in Europe — with interesting consequences for the tourist industry in the baked goods paradises of Austria, Switzerland and France.
Now, there is also a “negative list” covering essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, all the enzymes and more. Those cannot be marketed at all, until the EU scientific committee in charge has made a final decision. So, forget omega-3 and omega-6 fats, cod liver oil, and much more. The effect of this directive will be that thousands of European products and businesses will be gone this year. In the UK alone some 21 million people will suddenly have no access to any supplement vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids and more. Since the onus is on manufacturers to produce the scientific information on safety, they won’t be able to produce or sell anything — not even to physicians who have the power to prescribe any drug as well as any essential nutrient. Obviously, there will be enforcement issues (picture basement-concocted vitamins sold in dark alleys alongside crack and ecstasy).
CORPORATE GENERATED PSEUDO-SCIENCE
Health Canada’s famous food safety activist, Dr. Shiv Chopra, refers to corporate generated pseudo-science (designed to look snazzy but being in fact sleazy) as “tobacco science,” which is what obviously informed the EU Directive. For example, the cleverly named “International Alliance of Dietary Supplements” (see www.iahf.com/iadsa/) has already started the process of establishing “safety limits” for supplements by providing Codex with a report: it is based on outdated secondary literature, cites no evidence of dead bodies from vitamin overdosing, but asserts nonetheless that we are all overdosing. It is produced by a “scientific” committee chaired by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s very own Randy Dennin.
Nutrients are essential to life and cannot be subjected to safety analyses like environmental toxins or synthetic drugs. Virtually all research published in genuine health journals is focused on how essential nutrients heal organisms at the cellular level, which nutrients act together to bring about organ repair, and how they cause systemic healing when given in very high doses. Science has known for at least a century that deficiencies cause standard diseases. In the presence of certain viruses and environmental toxins, such deficiencies are a major contributing factor to AIDS and all cancers. Indeed, the South Africans recently renamed AIDS to NAIDS which stands for “Nutritionally Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome” because recent research showed that for the HIV virus to cause illness, a person must also be deficient in the immune-system-protecting mineral Selenium (Foster 2004).
Toxicity studies basically don’t exist for essential nutrients (one of a few is vitamin A under certain circumstances). To establish the “lethal dose 50,” half of a hundred lab rats or mice die at a substance’s concentration which is then designated as the toxic level. Well, you can’t do that with Vitamin C or essential fatty acids, for example. They can’t kill. The body metabolizes these substances and excretes excesses. The occasional individual allergy to a specific type of vitamin does not invalidate general biocompatibility. Thus, meeting the August 1 deadline is impossible in principle and in practice. It is a trap.
By contrast, all synthetic drugs without exception are systemically toxic, meaning they are toxic to more than one body system as well as on a cellular level. Hence the constant need to weigh the benefits of their use with the known risks of their toxicity, specific doses of just so many milligrams, timing of ingestion, duration of treatment, and the prescription requirement. All this doesn’t apply to apples, magnesium, or probiotics. If you eat too many apples, you get the runs — same mess for too much vitamin C. Furthermore, all drugs, from Aspirin to Zocor, also deplete essential nutrients. Most accumulate in body tissues because they cannot be metabolized by our enzymes which freak out when encountering this phony chemistry and simply move on. Used for a long time, drugs frequently shut down the body’s natural detoxification centre, the liver, and in extreme cases destroy it — necessitating a liver transplant. Of course, essential nutrients are readily metabolized and distributed in accordance with the laws of nature, while simultaneously nourishing the liver.
CORPORATE BACKLASH AGAINST NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE
About 800,000 people die every year in North America from properly prescribed and ingested drugs. No toxicity levels are ever published on drugs. They are assumed and were protected by a conspiracy of silence until Johns Hopkins Medical School published the data on this drug-related death toll in 2003 (see Dean below). Codex’s effort to save us all from supposedly dangerous food supplements, by requiring proof of their (non-existent) toxicity levels, is a determined backlash against the turn medical science took starting with Linus Pauling, Abram Hoffer, Carl Pfeiffer and Roger Williams in the 1950s. They established the concepts of bio-individuality in absorption and detoxification, high-dose essential nutrients as disease curing, and environmental toxins acting as nutrient depleting. Today, we have a flood of evidence showing that drugs have a very limited usefulness and that high-dose nutrients can do many things better than drugs can.
The pharmaceutical industry is anything but slow-witted, and good business practice dictates outfoxing the competition — one way or another — to secure the market. If this Directive is not stopped, there will be only one medical world: the pharmaceutical world. When this Codex project began in 2001, some 180 million protest letters reached their office, but Codex doesn’t give up on protecting us. Now the fight is on in each country, because Codex is now our problem as well.
INTERNATIONAL RESISTANCE TO PHARMACEUTICAL CONTROL
South Africa announced on January 17 that it will not follow the foods-as-drugs Directive. Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang stated that her country disagrees with the “false dichotomy between natural and allopathic medicine, a division fostered by the need to make money from patented drugs through discrediting the use of natural products.” At the November Codex meeting the South African delegate, Antoinette Booyzen, stood firm on rejecting the Directive’s notion that supplements don’t treat, prevent or cure. But the Codex chairman, who is routinely supported by the EU delegate commanding 25 votes, simply stonewalled all opposition, even the World Health Organization’s report entitled Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Disease. Since chronic disease is the source of Big Pharma’s wealth (see my book listed under Sources at end), the last thing Codex wants is prevention.
Dr. Carolyn Dean described how India’s delegate, who represents one sixth of the human race with one vote, objected to the Codex and EU-promoted baby formulas containing chemicals that cause brain-destroying inflammation in susceptible babies. He was ignored. When he insisted on debate, he was removed from the room. Naturally, India is mounting its resistance to Codex, the EU Directive, the WTO and all the rest of the regulatory alphabet soup.
And currently, the U.S. has bill H.R. 4004 before Congress, sponsored by Republican Congressman Ron Paul from Texas. Known as the Health Freedom Bill, it is an anti-Codex, anti-harmonization bill that would ensure supplements remain classified as foods available according to individual choice. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons expressed their opposition to Codex by formally adopting on December 10 last year a resolution “supporting freedom for patients and physicians to choose natural remedies”. The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance presented recently before Congress an extensive analysis of the effect of supplements taken on the basis of individual choice. Their data showed that supporting such health freedom would save the government a minimum of $15 billion (US) annually. Doctors’ associations also prepared a superb rebuttal to the reports Codex relies on. One of the most important tools is available for free to the health activist on www.garynull.com where you can download the entire available mainstream scientific information on all vitamins and minerals up to 2003. This material was assembled with Dr. Carolyn Dean’s assistance specifically to counteract Codex’s tobacco science.
In the UK, physicians practicing natural medicine have been equally active. They are supported by many members of the House of Lords and the Royal Family who subscribe to homeopathy. Tony Blair’s pro-Codex policy was attacked publicly by his wife’s personal trainer, who supervises the Blairs’ supplement regime; the trainer accused the Blairs of hypocrisy and urged Britons not to vote for him.
In Canada we have an utterly unique opportunity to save freedom of choice by supporting Bill C-420 which is going into second reading in Parliament in early March. By that time MPs Dr. James Lunney and Dr. Colin Carrie need to prove to the government that their bill is supported by Canadians — just as we did a few years ago with more than a million letters. At that time, Health Canada was poised to place all 60,000 natural products into the drug category. This immense protest resulted in a promise to establish a “third category.” Yet without debate or public knowledge, all natural products were simply moved into the drug category on January 1, 2004. Outraged by this treachery, Lunney launched bill C-420 which would change the definition of food and drugs such as to achieve what that publicly supported “third category” would have done. Now we have a minority government and a chance to win. The simple fact is that if our supplements are defined, in law, as foods, Codex has no jurisdiction.
SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO?
First: Go to my website www.kospublishing.com, scroll down to Make A Difference, go to “CODEX Action Canada.” A letter for our Minister of Health and detailed instructions are provided, with the addresses and e-mails of the relevant MPs. You may write your own letter, of course. For a hard copy, leave a message at (519) 927-1049. It demands (summary below):
1) Support Bill C –420, coming up for 2nd reading in March.
2) Take the necessary steps to implement the CAUT recommendations by Canada’s university teachers (i.e. stop Health Canada from doing Big Pharma’s bidding).
3) Initiate a “Truth Commission” composed of medical, toxicology, and research experts with no ties to the pharmaceutical industry, charged to investigate the validity and reliability of the research of every drug in the current Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS)
4) Amend the regulatory requirements of Health Canada such that, beginning with the 2005 edition of the CPS, every drug therein must show its toxicity level in addition to potential adverse effects.
5) Support the Minister’s call for compulsory adverse event reports on drugs.
Second: Become a member (for $25 annually) of Friends of Freedom International. Download membership form and information on Bill C-420 from my website, or call me for a hard copy. They handle the most important current legal actions against Health Canada.
If every one of the 50,000+ readers of this article were to act now, Canadians would ensure their right to freedom of choice in medicine. In a minority-government, Bill C-420 is certain to pass with public support, and the pending lawsuits against Health Canada’s high-handed attack on vitamin and supplements could be won. Instead of having your (tax) money support the pharmaceutical industry, this would be certain support for Life and Health.
• M. Angell, The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive us And What To Do About It, Random House, 2004
• J. Bakan, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, Viking, 2004
• H. Ferrie, Dispatches from the War Zone of Environmental Health, Kos 2004
• H. Foster, What Really Causes AIDS, Trafford 2002
• S. & H. Hickey, MDs, The Ridiculous Dietary Allowance (type LULU into GOOGLE and download free edition of this book)
• S. Rampton & J. Stauber, Trust Us, We’re Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With Your Future, Tarcher-Putnam, 2001
Monstrously Toxic Power Play
for Control of the Global Food
Supply & Natural Health Industry
From: Food & Health Safety News #20
Living Nutrition Magazine vol. 20
Compiled from various sources and edited
by David Klein, B.S., Ph.D.
The Codex Alimentarius agenda, which has long metastasized in the recesses of closed board rooms and governmental chambers, is now coming to light. This is the paramount issue of our times, yet few know about it. If Codex standards ever replace the current laws in the U.S. governing food and dietary supplements, it will affect not just Americans’ right to choose supplements, but our right to grow crops with untampered seeds, to buy pure organic food, and to live free of the tyranny of Big Agro-Chem-Pharma-Med, through health-destructive FDA rules enacted and enforced by a pro-corporate government that cares nothing about our health freedom. In other words, the “natural health” industry will perish. Now more than ever, we must exercise our democratic duty and be vigilant in protecting that freedom, the health and survival of the Earth, and all her creatures and citizenry.
Please take action now and let your representatives know of your opposition to Codex, to prevent the pro-disease industries and affiliated financial interests from seizing the total power they crave. It’s our obligation to tell our Congressional leaders to stop Codex and to protect and promote food and health safety and freedom. Our right to live healthfully is at stake.
Let us remember the vehement, relentless defiance by the founders of our nation that broke the stifling grip of tyrannical rule, giving us the democracy we wanted and way of life we now cherish, which are now threatened. At this time of mounting crisis, each of us must expose this clandestine monster while claiming and exercising that democratic freedom as never before.
Scott Tips, Esq. & Paul Anthony Taylor — www.thenhf.com
The National Health Federation (NHF) is the only health-freedom organization with recognized status at Codex Alimentarius meetings, giving its members the right to speak out and submit comments on all Codex actions. As a case in point, the NHF was the only delegation at the 2005 Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting in Rome, Italy to protest the ridiculously harsh Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplement Guidelines submitted to the Commission for approval. Founded more than 52 years ago by an array of health-freedom activists, the NHF is the oldest health-freedom organization in the world, and has been following Codex issues for more than 10 years.Codex is not just about nutritional supplements, although that is an important aspect. In fact, it is the primary political battlefield where the war is being waged about who will regulate and control the global food supply, from field and stable to table. This “war” is being waged by an increasingly tangled web of global governmental and international authorities, aligned with big business and financial interests, wherein human health takes a back seat to profit and power goals.
Although American dietary supplements are currently protected—somewhat—by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), its provisions are threatened by Codex and an interlocking array of emerging regional and international treaties, agreements, regulatory “handshakes” and other executive arrangements that will “harmonize” our food laws to harsh European standards, thereby relegating DSHEA to the dust bin of history and suppressing our health freedoms…unless we take immediate action.
Do we want to see a world where our access to safe, nutritious foods and effective dietary supplements is restricted, suppressed, and controlled by government in alliance with its pharmaceutical and chemical bedfellows? If not, we must act now, before it’s too late.
Contacting government bureaucrats with your complaints is largely a waste of time. Effective action takes the form of advising others and contacting your representatives in Congress. Remember: be “persistently vocal”—most politicians don’t see the light; they feel the heat. Make them feel the heat.
Shannara Johnson — www.caseyresearch.com
Ever heard of the Codex Alimentarius? If not, don’t be surprised. It’s one of the best-kept “open secrets” of the U.S. government. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has accepted the standards of the Codex, and at some point, if their plans are allowed to proceed, member countries of the WTO will be required to implement Codex, “to harmonize the standards” for the global trade of foods. It may present the greatest disaster for our food supply—and thus for our health—that we have ever encountered, here and abroad.
Chris Gupta — http://tinyurl.com/2xohw
It is not easy to come to grips with Codex. With over 20 committees meeting on an annual basis, and published reports comprising a total of over 1,600 pages in 2005 alone, most people are blissfully unaware of the extent of its implications for our health. Read on to discover the bigger picture behind the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s support for the “disease business.”
Tamara Thérèsa Mosegaard — www.mayday-info.dk
MayDay is a Danish civil health-rights organization that has been following Codex since 1999, participating in the Danish national delegation to Codex meetings. Although Denmark is a relatively small country, MayDay has had significant impact on the European food-supplement regulatory scene and its efforts are international in scope. MayDay has worked closely with the US-based National Health Federation to oppose restrictive Codex guidelines on food supplements. MayDay’s extensive and informative website features articles in both Danish and English.
Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) & Dietary Supplements
Rep. Ron Paul, MD, July 19, 2005 — www.ronpaullibrary.org
The Codex Alimentarius Commission, organized by the United Nations in the 1960s, is charged with “harmonizing” food and supplement rules among all nations of the world. As a result of Codex rules, those vitamins and minerals that would compete with medicines would require a doctor’s prescription. The European Union has already adopted Codex-type regulations that will be in effect across Europe later this year (2005). This raises concerns that Europeans will challenge our relatively open market for health supplements in a WTO forum. This is hardly far-fetched, as Congress has already changed our tax laws to comply with a WTO order.Make no mistake about it: those international standards are moving steadily toward the Codex regime and its draconian restrictions on health freedom. Pharmaceutical companies have spent billions of dollars trying to get Washington to regulate your dietary supplements. So far, that effort has failed, in part because of a 1994 law called the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. Big Pharma and the medical establishment hate this Act, because it allows consumers some measure of freedom to buy the supplements they want.
The largely government-run “healthcare” establishment, including the nominally private pharmaceutical companies, want government to control the dietary-supplement industry so that only they can manufacture and distribute supplements providing any real benefit. If this takes place, as it has in Europe, the high-potency, beneficial supplements that you can now buy over the counter will be available, if at all, only by prescription and at a much higher cost. This alone is sufficient reason for Congress to oppose the unconstitutional, freedom-destroying CAFTA bill.
FDA and Congress are also working (FDA quite openly, Congress more covertly) toward the goal of harmonizing our health laws with Codex Alimentarius standards and guidelines.
Sharrhan Williamson — Boston, Massachusetts Area Codex Action Committee
The problem with U.S. membership in NAFTA and CAFTA is that all the trading countries have to be on the same page, in lockstep, accepting the same standards and regulations. This is the purpose of the Codex Alimentarius Commission: to standardize all regulations, resulting in product policies that are more convenient and more profitable for trade interests but that work against consumers’ interests. Under Codex, American sovereignty is lost, at least for international trade purposes, and the WTO will make rulings based upon Codex standards rather than Congress and/or other government agencies.The FDA is presently recommending that the U.S. harmonize with Codex standards, and it seems they would prefer to apply those standards within the U.S. as well as for international trade.(It is more than likely that we will have no choice in the matter once we are signed on to Codex.) The recent actions of Congress (bills that threaten DSHEA) lead me to think they have a similar agenda.
The U.S. passed CAFTA with a very close vote and, in fact, the Republicans held the voting period open an extra hour or more while they haggled with their party members to accrue enough votes. Sure enough, they got them. The Democrats were already all on board.
Codex Alimentarius Background and History
Compiled by Chris Gupta, based upon the work of Paul Anthony Taylor, Sepp Hasslberger, Scott Tips and Helke Ferrie
“Codex Alimentarius,” which refers to a set of strict regulations covering all aspects of food, is Latin for “food code” or “food regulations.” This collection of food rules in Europe dates back to standards enacted between 1897 and 1911 by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. They were used as a legal reference by the courts, although the Codex Alimentarius itself had no legal standing.
Modern Codex regulations are prepared by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (herein referred to as “Codex”), which works with the EU and UN in an attempt to regulate every aspect of food production, packaging, preparation, preservation, and presentation of food “from farm to fork.” Codex also attempts to regulate supplemental nutrients. It even goes so far as to eliminate “organic produce” standards (through dilution)!
Because the U.S. is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and because the WTO and other treaty agreements require the United States to adhere to Codex standards, any changes approved in Europe, and implemented in the EU-dominated Codex meetings, could subject the United States to WTO-enforced trade sanctions.
Codex will control:
1. Vitamins, minerals and nutrients,
2. Genetically modified organisms,
3. Toxic residues,
4. Antibiotics, drugs, growth stimulants, and other hormones in food animals,
5. Organic foods, and
6. Irradiation of food.
The plan is to suppress all beneficial, high-potency nutrients, and to allow only those and a few other vitamins and minerals that will be high-priced, low-dosage, and synthetically-made by drug companies.
Codex regulations will become binding internationally. Any nation that has entered into trade agreements through the WTO and its adjunctive treaties will eventually be forced to adopt Codex standards.
All “new” types of food supplements will be banned unless tested and approved in a drug-like manner. This is certain to be both time consuming and unnecessarily expensive. And, the validity of such tests is doubtful. A favorite ploy of drug and governmental authorities is to use such small doses of a supplement that tests do not show any noticeable value.
Codex standards are not based upon accepted scientific or research findings. Rather, the standards are developed in a political atmosphere, with seemingly obligatory EU and drug-cartel approval.
From the drug cartel’s point of view, the primary advantage in getting rid of true organic food is that in the absence of quality food, people will become ill and buy more prescription drugs. As a lesser advantage, the farmers will buy more insecticides and chemical fertilizers. The standards and definitions of “organic food” will be changed. Under Codex, a farmer or rancher will be able to call his products “organic” when they are full of toxic poisons. Under Codex, “organic food” may include as little as 70% organic contents, but this will not be noted on labels. (The other 30% can consist of poisons or contaminants.)
The new laws requiring genetically modified crops, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics in foods will be cost-prohibitive to people living in developing nations, and billions of people may die and/or sicken as a result of these policies.
Codex is not based on science or democracy
Unelected government officials, working in cooperation with vested industry and trade interests, make decisions that result in domestic and international standards, which in turn are to be enacted into law by the member states of the WTO. When the WTO was created, the enforcement mechanisms for Codex and other international standards were created. With this enforcement mechanism in place, an increased incentive therefore arose to hijack the original purpose of Codex (i.e., to provide clean and safe food for the planet with no international barriers to the movement of that food), instead promoting a restrictive governmental agenda of suppression of natural alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines.
Harm in harmonization
Through the process called “harmonization,” our legislators in Washington will be required to align America with harsh and restrictive Codex requirements, regulating international trade, distribution and processing of food, herbs and nutrients. Those proposed standards will be extremely detrimental to the environment and your health, blocking your access to many clean, unadulterated, life-enhancing foods.
The FDA is currently at work, preparing its own plans for “directives” for “harmonization” of our dietary supplement laws so they will fully agree with the excessively restrictive “international standard” set by the EU-dominated Codex.
What Codex will accomplish
These new standards and guidelines will:
1. Protect the multimillion euro (European equivalent of dollars) investments of the large drug companies as well as their government-blessed monopolies.
2. Lead people away from natural healing methods, resulting in more power for the government-medical-pharma cartel, more suffering and death for the populace, and the further degradation of life on Earth.
Codex’s Evil Sister
The drug industry, recognizing the growing preference for natural remedies over pharmaceuticals, wants nutritional supplements and herbs either forbidden or priced out of reach. In Europe, the drug cartel has succeeded in enacting the European Food Supplements Directive, which will accomplish that objective on the European continent very soon. This Directive, which passed into European Union (EU) law in 2002 and was implemented throughout the EU on August 1, 2005, is the first of several EU Directives to impact natural healthcare and is one of the bases for the Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements Guidelines adopted by Codex Alimentarius.
Effects of the 1994 U.S. dietary-supplement law, DSHEA:
In the United States, after DSHEA was enacted by Congress, the shackles were removed from American suppliers, who were permitted for the first time to actually advertise some of the purported health benefits of vitamins, minerals, and herbs, and to sell such products free of the arbitrary enforcement powers of the FDA. DSHEA was passed because large numbers of Americans demanded it. Over 2.5 million ordinary citizens wanted to ensure that dietary supplements would remain available over-the-counter. By 2002, nutritional supplements outsold drug medications. Interestingly enough, although the FDA has retained wide-ranging enforcement powers over supplements, many anti-supplement interests repeatedly and deliberately lie and call supplements “unregulated.”
Special clauses have been inserted into the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) designed to force America to submit to Codex standards after its enactment by the U.S. Congress. CAFTA was passed by the U.S. Senate and Congress in 2005. This laid yet another brick in the wall for the U.S. government to eventually restrict vitamin and supplement sales in accordance with the “German Model” of healthcare. Gradually, DSHEA, which protects the nutritional rights of Americans, is being nullified by these “end runs,” and the North American supplement companies (along with their healthfood stores) are being insidiously phased out.
The power behind the throne
Codex is a joint venture between the United Nation’s World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization (WHO/FAO). The WTO stated that it will enforce Codex “guidelines” as the world standard for trade in food and food supplements. Both the FAO and the WHO are intended to protect the health and welfare of the world’s population, but it is clear they have shirked this responsibility in regard to Codex.
An immense German, French, U.S., and British drug cartel is behind this. Codex is also working with other groups supporting the following agendas:
- The chemical industry’s aim that all animals be treated with antibiotics and hormones.
- The largest seed company in the world (Monsanto) is working toward 100% genetically-modified crops.
- The nuclear industry’s goal of irradiating all foods including plants and livestock.
- All industries’ goal: phasing out truly organic foods, or at least, making them extremely difficult to obtain.
Hopefully, the facts will alarm you enough that you will want to immediately contact Congress and tell them how you feel about all of this.
Actions by the European Union and the United Nations affect millions of lives. What makes it possible for drug companies to have so much influence at the EU and UN and even within our own FDA? The answer is rather simple: drug companies make excessive profits by overcharging on patented medicinal drugs. They claim that the profits are needed for research into new drugs. Yet, the costs of that research only come down to paying the salaries of some lab technicians. It is well-known that most of the profits are used for lobbying politicians, advertising, and similar methods of increasing sales.
The powers on the throne
Some 167 countries are members of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). Here are some of the international organizations working closely with Codex in order to accomplish its objectives:
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- International Consultative Group on Food Irradiation (ICGFI)
- Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA):
- The European Commission on Food Safety (ECFS)
- United Nations (UN)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
The bottom line is that, for all their power, the pharmaceutical companies could no more force you to buy their drugs and accept their medicines than Wal-Mart could force you to buy its pots and pans. It is the overriding dictates of monopolistic legislation enacted by Congress, coupled with the government-enforced monopoly given to government-licensed and approved medical doctors, that restrict our healthcare choices. Without these laws, you could reject “Big Pharma” with impunity as you bought and used all the natural health products you wanted in a truly free market.There are more than 20 Codex Alimentarius Committees.
These committees develop guidelines (there are more than 16,000 pages of working documents) on every aspect of food, and present those guidelines to the Codex for ratification. Trade organizations with strong publicly documented ties to the pharmaceutical, chemical and agricultural industries have a very influential voice at these meetings. There has been no significant representation from health advocates, nutritional supplement manufacturers, natural healthcare professionals, or similar groups at the Codex meetings, except for the National Health Federation (NHF), which is the only health-freedom organization with official International Nongovernmental Organization (INGO) status at these meetings. The NHF is the only INGO voice consistently speaking out for health freedom year after year at these meetings.
The Codex Commission meets every year, alternating between Rome and Geneva, while its various committees meet in different host countries (such as France, Germany, Canada, Australia, the US, etc.). The U.S. representatives to Codex have well-documented, unsavory connections to the very industries that stand to profit from the wholesale implementation of the Codex standards. Insofar as the FDA is concerned, consumers have virtually no say at all.
The governments of both India and South Africa have repeatedly expressed their dissatisfaction with the foolish restriction of nutrients and herbs under Codex, but their protests have been regularly disregarded during meetings by ill-defined “consensus” tactics that do not allow full discussion or debate on these crucial issues, or even true consensus.
The Power in Codex
Here is one of many reasons why Codex can overrule our U.S. dietary laws. In the United States Federal Register, dated Oct. 11, 1995, the FDA’s Policy on Standards states that “where a relevant international standard exists, or completion is imminent, it will generally be used in preference to a domestic standard.” The U.S. Constitution states that U.S. treaties take precedence over U.S. laws. There has been activity on Capitol Hill to prepare “harmonization” rules, which will lock America into obeying Codex dietary standards.
It is important to note that Codex Alimentarius operates under the system enshrined in the Napoleonic legal code, under which anything not explicitly permitted is forbidden! In contrast to the Napoleonic legal code, the U.S. operates under the more sensible English-based Common Law, wherein anything not specifically forbidden is permitted.
WTO placed corporations over nations
The WTO has put the mechanisms in place to override any national law that interferes with multinational corporate profits in international trade. That is one of the reasons why Congressman Ron Paul tried to remove us from the WTO in 2000 via House Joint Resolution 90. Congress failed to enact his proposal.
U.S. Codex Office
The U.S. Codex Office is found within the FDA, which, in turn, is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This Office works very closely with Codex in Europe. If you go to its website, you will see this:
“The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this Programme are protecting health of the consumers, ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.”
The U.S. obeys WTO
Codex standards and guidelines were originally intended to be voluntary, i.e., each nation could obey or disobey them. But that began to change when the various nations signed new treaties at the Uruguay Round of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), at which time the World Trade Organization (WTO) came into existence. According to the treaty the United States signed at Uruguay, we are required to obey the rulings of the WTO. The WTO has enforcement power through a new international court, the Dispute Settlement Body, which does not follow our rules of evidence and wherein our interests are represented by unelected government bureaucrats.
We have a controlled (or paid-off) press
This Codex crisis is the clearest proof this writer has ever seen that we have a “controlled press” in America! There is absolutely no mention by ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, BBC, or the newspapers and newsmagazines that America is hurtling toward the total loss of effective vitamin-and-herbal supplementation! This is largely due to a conflict of interest: the drug companies provide them with millions of dollars in drug-ad revenues, and it is my belief that the media have been threatened with the loss of this revenue if they tell the public the truth about Codex.
In my opinion, this includes generous “contributions” to the White House and Congress, as well as immense bribes to EU and UN officials. Now you can understand why the newspapers, newsmagazines, and news broadcasts do not say a word about the nutritional crisis we are facing. In 2004, pharmaceutical companies spent over $4 billion on direct consumer advertising. This includes media advertising. In that same year, $785 million was spent on Congressional lobbying.
Can Codex be stopped?
There is no certainty about this. You should contact your Congressmen and Senators, and tell them how you think they should vote. It is imperative that concerned natural health consumers become organized and fully activated to stop Codex from being enacted in the United States.
July 4, 2007 Update by Sharrhan Williamson
Just this week, the FDA announced that it was implementing tough, new “Good Manufacturing Practices,” which consist of regulations that will adversely affect sales of vitamins and minerals. For once, the FDA was very forthright, making it clear that small supplement companies will have to go out of business. According to news sources, the big vitamin/supplement companies that are set to stay in business (Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, etc.) have strong pharmaceutical company backing.
Senator Ted Kennedy’s FDA “revitalization” bill S. 1082 is another blow to DSHEA: it allows for its dismantling by the FDA and Congress. Dr. Ron Paul is trying to counteract this with some new bills such as his H.R.2117. We’ll see if he is successful.
Codex is happening, although they are implementing it in small stages so that the public hardly notices. If we call Congress to complain, they’ll say, “Oh no, that’s not happening.” We must read between the lines and look at all the evidence—it’s as plain as day. On the bright side, perhaps people will get back to growing more good organic food and herbs locally than ever before.
July 16, 2007 Update by Scott C. Tips of National Health Federation
The 30th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) in Rome, Italy just ended (July 2-7, 2007). Heaping plates full of Codex standards and guidelines were advanced to their final stages as if starving people were gathered around a banquet table. It did not matter what was heaped on the plate; it got passed to the table regardless. It also did not matter that there were some 451 country delegation members and another 61 INGO (International Nongovernmental Organization) delegate-observers from around the world in attendance (or pretend attendance); the CAC Chairman, Dr. Claude Mosha, plowed forward, pushing aside any and all objections—excuse me, he called them “reservations”—that were made. It would not have mattered if a plate of rotten tomatoes had been presented to him for approval; he would have approved them too. In this one meeting, the CAC was rendered irrelevant as a meaningful “approving” body, for it merely rubber stamped without thought what had been done by others. Mimi the Gorilla could have done just as good a job.
That is the essence of what happened at the Codex meeting as Sepp Hasslberger and I (the National Health Federation delegation) saw it. To read our full report, see www.thenhf.com/press_releases/pr_16_jul_2007.html
While Americans Slept by A. Ofria
When we see powerful players forcing our leaders to act in ways that threaten the rights that Americans have historically died to preserve, we must remind them of their duty to safeguard our way of life. If we do not raise our voices above the clamor of multinational commercial interests, we may be silenced forever.
Take Action by Scott C. Tips
Legislation can either protect or restrict your freedom in all its aspects, including your health freedom. As long as there is some semblance of representation in the halls of Congress, use whatever influence you have as a constituent on your Senators and Congressional representative. Let all three of them know that you oppose American harmonization with Codex Alimentarius standards and all other restrictions upon your right to purchase and grow naturally healthful foods and choose naturally healthful goods and services.
Remember the National Health Federation’s action motto: “Be persistently vocal.” That is, do not just send one letter or fax, or one e-mail, and then sit back and watch TV reruns, thinking your job is done. Be persistent, do all three, re-send, and pick up the telephone to call them with your concerns. Even better, if possible, pay them a personal visit in their offices, ideally, going together with friends. Engrave your views in their minds, even when they are on the Senate or House floor. Make them feel the heat.
To begin, you could say:
“I am asking you to do two things to protect our health freedoms here at home: 1. Support the Health Freedom Protection Act (H.R.2117) by signing on as a cosponsor; and 2. Oppose all efforts to harmonize with or conform our American system of food and food-supplement regulation to the European-dominated Codex Alimentarius Commission’s health standards, which are based on junk science.”
Unify your efforts with others by joining an organization such as the National Health Federation with an established track record of health freedom activism. Together, our individual efforts will be coordinated and amplified.
Editor’s note: Special thanks go to Scott C. Tips, Esq. of the National Health Federation for assisting with the editing of this article.
Watch These Films!
“We Become Silent – The Last Days Of Health Freedom –
The Codex-CAFTA Documentary” (2006)
A 28-minute video by Kevin Miller at http://herballure.com/Special/WeBecomeSilent/QuickTime.html
“This is What Democracy Looks Like” (2000)
A 68-minute compilation of interviews with Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Susan Sarandon and Michael Franti about the driving forces behind the World Trade Organization.
Available at video stores and www.corrugate.org.
CODEX Alimentarius – Global Food Imperialism
This 293-page book, just released this year, consists of a compilation of informative articles and viewpoints by various knowledgeable health-freedom activists who know Codex intimately. Compiled and edited by Scott Tips, President of the National Health Federation.
$15.95 plus shipping: U.S $3; Europe $12
Online orders: www.thenhf.com
Mail orders: National Health Federation, P.O. Box 688, Monrovia, CA 91017 U.S.A., or call 626-357-2181.
Democracy in Action
“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” –Thomas Jefferson.
To contact your U.S. congressional representatives, go to: www.house.gov.
To contact your U.S. congressional senators, go to: http://www.senate.gov.
Or visit: http://www.house.gov/zip/ZIP2Rep.html
Codex Action Information
Boston Area Codex Action Committee
Sharrhan Williamson • 617-499-0920 • email@example.com