For years, the grass roots fight in the US has centered around NOT letting the big corporations succeed in classifying supplements as medicines instead of foods so they won't be regulated for corporate greed.
Lou Dobbs on CNN is a very common-sense 'populist' commentator who hates the so called 'free-trade' agreements and reaches a large cross section of society. He railed against CAFTA, but I never heard any mention of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). He reads email from listeners about free trade, immigration, etc. every night on his program. If we all send an email about DSHEA and CAFTA being the only way the American people can keep their access to supplements w/o them being controlled by big pharma, we can get this issue in front of millions of viewers. And many other nations follow the lead of the US (not ALWAYS a good thing!). Another point is that the cost of healthcare will go up w/o supplements being readily available. Below is the link. Click on 'Contact Us' in the left column.
[It seems like we are now crying and wishing to take action
after the child has already drowned... In the U.S.A. you have
the DSHEA, which might be the only defencse for these draconian
rules to not be implemented... but there is a lot of pressure by
interest groups to get rid of DSHEA, and I suppose you should
oppose these changes.
I really do feel like Big Brother and the World Government and
all these nightmare science fiction stories of many years ago
are becoming the reality. I hope not, but I have been
receiving a lot of e-mail from people telling me that I was
mistaken in my assessment that there is an escape clause, in
fact it was to tighten the noose a little more that the word
"only" was inserted by Australia at the last moment, because in
the U.S. vitamins ARE regulated as food... so it specifically
applies. But I am not an expert on U.S. Law, I hope there will
be a way to stop this from occurring. - Ellis]
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 11:06:20 -0700
From: Bill Kingsbury
Subject: Re: What about my vitamins? Codex doesn't apply here....
At 10:50 PM 7/28/2005, Ellis wrote:
>[Hello Stuart, I researched to find out what Codex actually
>passed, and I now agree with Geoffrey who wrote to say that
>nothing terrible is going to happen...
>Fortunately, just before the vote was taken Australia asked
>for the word "only" to be inserted into a clause, and that
>saves the world from doom. Hooray for Australia!
>The clause says:
>"These Guidelines apply ONLY in those jurisdictions where
>products are regulated as foods".
>So... that is a great escape clause. Any country that wants
>to avoid the restrictions on vitamins can simply decide that
>it doesn't apply in their country and ignore it completely...
>"Vitamins are not regulated as food here, so the Codex guidelines
>do not apply in this jurisdiction..." Finished. It is like
>daylight savings time, it applies unless you decide locally that
>it doesn't apply. End of problem.
On the contrary, supplements are -- and should remain -- regulated
as foods (in the United States), under the DSHEA (1994).
Thanks for bringing this "Australian" (Pharmaceutical) attack on
the free choice of supplements to our attention !
[Hello Bill... Oh, well, then... it's all over! It will become
a nightmare, just like 1984 by George Orwell, the World Government
is going to take away our right to buy mega doses of vitamins.
It wasn't the Australians... it was the United Nations. - Ellis]
From: "Rima E. Laibow, MD"
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 10:17:23 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Your Help Needed to Defeat 5 New Anti-Health Freedom Bills!
All over our country, corporation-serving Congressmen and
Congresswomen are initiating bills that would decimate health
freedom by eradicating the Dietary Supplement Health and
Education Act (DSHEA). DSHEA is a law passed in 1994 that
classifies nutrients as food and prevents any upper limits on
nutritional supplements. Because of DSHEA and another law
which says the US cannot harmonize with any regulation which
violates US law, the anti-supplement policy of the US CODEX
Office is currently illegal (because CODEX would enforce upper
limits on nutrients and therefore goes against DSHEA). But if
DSHEA were eliminated, the anti-supplement policy of the US
CODEX Office would no longer be illegal. And our pending
lawsuit against the US CODEX Office would become meaningless.
We must keep DSHEA the law of our land!
There is a very good reason why the corporation-serving
Congressmen and Congresswomen are launching bills that would
decimate DSHEA. It's not because they care about "consumer
protection" or "health care". It's because as long as DSHEA
remains intact, CODEX ALIMENTARIUS' destructive Vitamin and
Mineral Guideline (ratified on July 4, 2005 in Rome) is barred
from practical implementation in the U.S. With DSHEA gone,
there would be virtually nothing to stop the anti-nutrient
force of CODEX ALIMENTARIUS short of a massive, forceful,
cohesive popular movement to drive back CODEX ALIMENTARIUS and
The corporations, especially big pharma, whom these
Congressmen and Congresswomen are serving, would be happy
about the elimination of DSHEA. This is because natural
health products, which DSHEA is protecting, causes people to
turn away from pharmaceutical drugs.
Not only would the bills proposed decimate DSHEA, but there
are simultaneous (and equally destructive) bills up for
Congressional approval in both houses that would give the FDA
draconian powers to eliminate nutritional supplements from the
market. The funny thing is that the corporation-serving
Congresswomen and Congressmen who are driving these
anti-health freedom bills (and who deserve nothing less than
to be swiftly removed from office come election time), are
supporting tyrannical measures against safe nutritional
supplements while pharmaceutical drugs continue to kill
hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. And they are
not making a peep about drugs!
Their bills would grant hundreds of millions of dollars in
taxpayer money to the FDA to "regulate" nutritional
supplements (which are so safe that the hypocrisy of
regulating and restricting nutrients -- while allowing Vioxx
back on the market after it was proven to kill nearly two
hundered thousand Americans -- is a demonstration of sheer
insanity, not public service). The FDA, as you may be aware,
is a rather sorry story of unwholesome influence by special
interests and revolving door policies with pharmaceutical
companies. Giving the FDA the power to eliminate nutritional
supplements from the market is equivalent to giving the
pharmaceutical industry the power to eliminate nutritional
supplements from the market: this irresistible power would be
used without missing a heartbeat.
At HealthFreedomUSA.org, we are serious about protecting and
promoting health freedom. We are happy to have you by our
side as a concerned natural health proponent. Our job is to
inform you about what actions to take, and your job is to
evaluate the information we provide you and then take action
if you see merit in our calls to action.
It is time to take action on the anti-health freedom bills
explained above. Now is the time.
Please click over to this new page we've created and follow
the simple instructions to protest the 5 bills via the comfort
of the Internet. If you don't take action right now on these
bills along with the thousands of others who are getting this
email, CODEX ALIMENTARIUS would be given free reign to make
the pharmaceutical industry a fatter cat than it already is.
Click here now:
For the sake of the health of our children, let us
take action now.
Yours in Health and Freedom,
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Natural Solutions Foundation
P.S. There is also a PRO health freedom bill on that page
that we need to support. See you there.
the CODEX Action Alert