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Old 04-04-2005, 10:08 AM   #1
Jason Simpkins
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I just came back from a conference last night on the Codex directive regarding the restriction of health supplements. Very scary stuff! I'm sure that many CF members here will be shocked to learn (as was I) that fish oil and cod liver oil supplements may soon be banned or only available through a prescription!

Yikes, what's this world coming to? I've posted an article below that outlines most of what I heard last night:

Read this very important health message below and contact everyone. Your right to choose your vitamin, mineral and other supplements may end in June of this year (2005). After that U.S. supplements will be defined and controlled by the

World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (Food Code) is setting the supplement standards for all countries in the WTO. They will be enforced by the WTO and will over ride U.S. laws.

The U.S. President and Congress agreed to this take-over when the WTO Treaty was signed. Violations are punished by WTO trade sanctions. CODEX drastically restricts vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements. CODEX met secretly in November, 2004 and finalized ³Step 8 (the final stage)² to begin implementation in June, 2005.


The CODE includes:

(1) No supplement can be sold for preventive or therapeutic use.

(2) Any potency higher than RDA (minimal strength) is a ³drug² requiring a prescription and must be produced by drug companies. Over 5000 safe items now in health stores will be banned, terminating health stores as we now know them.

(3) CODEX regulations become binding internationally.

(4) New supplements are banned unless given very expensive CODEX testing and approval.

CODEX now applies to Norway and Germany, among others, where zinc tablets rose from $4 per bottle to $52. Echinacea (an ancient immune-enhancement herb) rose from $14 to $153 (both examples are now allowed by prescription only). They are now ³drugs². Vitamin C above 200 mg, niacin above 32 mg, vitamin B6 above 4 mg‹all are banned over-the-counter as drugs. No amino acids (arginine, lysine, carnitine, etc. = essential amino acids!), essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6, 9, etc.), or other essential supplements such as DMEA, DHEA, CoQ10, MSM, beta-carotene, etc. are allowed.

The CODEX rules are not based on real science. They are made by a few people meeting in secret (see web sites below), not necessarily scientists. In 1993 the FDA and drug corporations tried to put all supplements under restriction and prescription. But over 4 million Americans told Congress and the President to protect their freedom of choice on health supplements. The DSHEA Law was passed in 1994, which does so. But this will be over ruled by CODEX and the World Trade Organization.

Virtually nothing about it has been in the media. What the drug corporations have failed to do through Congress they have gotten by sneak attack through CODEX with the help of a silent media. What can be done at this late hour?

(1) Spread the word as much as possible. Inform yourselves fully at www.ahha.org (www.codexinfo.org ), www.iahf.com , and www.alliance-natural-health.org.

(2) Oppose bills S.722 and H.R.3377. These support the CODEX restrictions with U.S. laws, changing the DSHEA law.

(3) Support H. R.1146 which would restore the sovereignty of the U.S. Constitution over CODEX, etc.

(4) Express your wishes to the President, Senators and Representatives (They got us into this!) ASAP.

(5) Contact multi-level health marketing groups that can get their members to inform the government.

(6) Send donations, however small, to the British Alliance for Natural Health (see web site above). It has succeeded in challenging the CODEX directives in World Court later this month or next. They need help financially, having carried the fight effectively for everyone. CODEX and the FDA wish to protect us by controlling supplements in the same way they do prescription drugs. A study of the latter by three medical scientists was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, April 15, 1998‹Vol. 279, No. 15, p. 1200 ³žIncidence of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRıs) was found to be extremely high.² Covering 30 years (1966 to 1996) it was found that in the U.S. an average of 106,000 hospitalized patients per year (290 per day) die from ADRıs and 2,200,000 need more hospitalization for recovery. These were FDA approved drugs, properly administered by competent professionals in hospitals--none were considered malpractice. This is the number four cause of death in the U.S. When combined, these account for 7% of all hospitalized patients. This is equivalent to a 9-11 attack every ten days. There are very few fatalities from supplements or the news would be on every front page. There is no need for more FDA control of supplements than is already in place, which is substantial. Instead of drastically restricting supplements, why doesnıt the FDA better control and restrict the extremely dangerous pharmaceutical drugs which are now killing us at the rate of a major airline crash per day?
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Old 04-04-2005, 11:49 AM   #2
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Yikes!!!:uhoh:
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Old 04-04-2005, 12:15 PM   #3
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Yikes is right!

Apparently this has already gone down in Germany (supplements available by prescription only), Norway and Australia where literally over night natural supplement companies went out of business and 80% of stock in health foods stores became prohibited.

Even if the USA and Canada fight this, sadly the WTO may still get it's way because as a member of WTO, North America is obligated to follow suite or face stiff economic sanctions.
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:54 PM   #4
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Thought that would be a total pain in the ***, I'm sure supplements will still be readily available. All you have to do (at least in CA) is make up some BS medical complaint to get a medicinal marijuana card, I'm pretty sure fish oil will at least as easy to get.


No I don't have one.

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Old 04-04-2005, 03:34 PM   #5
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Something about this story didn't quite feel right. Paticularly the part about the WTO and WHO over riding US laws, since neither is a law making body. I went to my favorite urban legends web site (snopes.com), searched for "vitamins", and lo and behold...http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/vitamins.asp

Bottom line, no need to start stock piling vitamin C quite yet.
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Old 04-04-2005, 07:30 PM   #6
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Matthew,

The difference is, urban legends are fake, this is not. This is a big issue here in Canada and it is being fought in parliament by bill C-420. As of January 1, 2004 Health Canada (without voting) moved all supplements from the food category to the drug category, meaning that supplements will be required to under go the same testing, studies and research that drugs do. You see, this is the trick, because big pharma knows that the smaller health food players will not be willing or able to spend the money in order to meet these stipulations.

There is a ton of info on the net for organizations fighting Codex in court right now in the U.K. Celebrities such as Elton John and Paul McCartney have lent their name to the cause. If Codex goes through in August 2005, people in the U.K. will be under the same restrictions as Germans and Australians.

The funny part is the Hypocrisy on the part of Tony Blair who is in favor of Codex and yet was publicly denounced by his own wife's personal trainer who designs a natural supplement regime for them both!

I have been studying this closely and it is not an urban legend. Even if you get a so called medical card for supplement prescriptions, the proposal for Codex allows only for big pharma to manufacture supplements, but they will only be in synthetic forms that the body does not absorb well. Not to mention the the prices will be artificially inflated. Interestingly enough, Germany scientists have come up with new "safe" guidelines for vitamins and minerals and Centrum exactly meets these guidelines today. Centrum is manufactured by Merck, a giant German pharmaceutical company. Do a search for the Centrum label online or at the store and what you read is what Codex is proposing as the WTO and WHO world standard for vitamins and minerals, with a prescription of course. As you will see, these paltry, synthetic amounts will do nothing to enhance your health.

You can choose to ignore this (which the WTO and big pharma is hoping) or you can contact your senator and sign online petitions. If we all don't do something about this now, we'll all be kicking ourselves when the changes come down. Sometimes the truth is too ugly to look at....
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Old 04-04-2005, 08:33 PM   #7
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Hi,

This is what snopes says as far as it being an urban legend:

This e-mailed alert began circulating on the Internet in January 2005. Although the call to arms is worded in such a way as to convince those who receive that their right to purchase vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements in the U.S. is about to be lost to them unless they act decisively in defense of it, it is outdated and the facts of what is being considered by American lawmakers and why are radically dissimilar from the red cape being waved.

First of all, this is another case of an issue that is now largely moot due to outdated information. Back in 2003, two versions of a bill that proposed the regulation of dietary supplements (S. 722, the "Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2003," and H.R. 3377, the "Dietary Supplement Access and Awareness Act") were introduced to Congress. Neither of these bills was ever voted upon, much less passed. They both expired with the end of the 108th Congress in 2004 and have not been reintroduced to the currently sitting 109th Congress.

Moreover, neither of these items of potential legislation was forced on the U.S. by an outside regulatory body, nor did they say anything about restricting the American public's access to vitamins and minerals. Their sole target was dietary supplements, a class of products that has been unregulated since 1994, when Congress passed legislation that exempted them from federal regulation. Claims that your right to take vitamins and minerals is about to be impaired or that you will require doctors' prescriptions to obtain such products should be regarded as attempts at rabble-rousing, deliberate moves to spur you into action against one thing by convincing you that something very different and far closer to your heart is at stake.

Vitamins and minerals are not under the gun. Dietary supplements are. And no outside regulatory body is behind this move: the proposed legislation is the work of American lawmakers looking to safeguard the public from the unscrupulous and the hazardous. If you take nothing else from this article, take the preceding three sentences.

(this isn't the whole thing - go to the link Matthew shared for the whole thing)

It seems to me that we do have to worry about this still even in the US. Fish oil is a dietary supplement, not a vitamin nor mineral. So is protien powders and such.

Beth
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Old 04-04-2005, 08:37 PM   #8
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Also, here is a direct link to the codex web site to find out their own understanding of what they are trying to do.

http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/index_en.jsp
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Old 04-05-2005, 05:59 AM   #9
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Thank you Beth. I have seen this debunked about 10 times on the internet in the last month alone.
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Old 04-05-2005, 06:02 AM   #10
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Also, remember that the supplement industry is a big industry. Not as big as pharm, but big. I doubt the government is going to make them start shutting down plants and make people start losing jobs over this.

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