6 - Life Under Codex - Helke Ferrie

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A central section from the article below:

LIFE UNDER CODEX

In the mid-1990's my mother, then in her 80's, 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 Q 10. I went to the
pharmacy, whose owner was a family friend for some 25 years, and
handed him my list.

He gave 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" version from living plant sources I wanted which contains
the whole E spectrum. The package contained a total of 10,000
international units of E, the equivalent of a mere 25 capsules of
400 IU each that we are used to buying (I take that many in 3 days).
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 toxic 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 Q 10? 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.

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ON CODEX
Vitality Magazine February 2005
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 were a horror movie, we could all
sit back with our popcorn and enjoy it. Unfortunately, this is not
fiction - and if you don't do something about it, this nightmare
will become waking reality in Canada sometime soon after August 1.
Whatever happens, you will never forget Codex Alimentarius.

CODEX

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 which are part of the World
Trade Organization can be severely sanctioned anyway. In the
early 1990's, Codex began to look at establishing internationally
"harmonized" standards for food supplements. In 2002 a European
Union Directive produced such guidelines for Codex. It turns out,
their effect will with certainty be to stop the availability of all
vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and most other essential nutrients as
food supplements; they are slated to be treated as pharmaceutical
drugs, eventually available on prescription only and manufactured
by pharmaceutical companies from synthetic materials, including
from genetically engineered substances.

Due to interlocking international treaties, specifically the
WTO established in 1995, and the still to be ratified Free Trade
Agreement of the Americas (FTAA), Canada and the US would be faced
with serious sanctions if they do not adopt these guidelines. Codex
authority is already part of these treaty texts. Australia ,
Norway , Denmark and Germany have already adopted these "foods as
drugs" guidelines.

Health Canada 's website already lists the European Parliament
Commission's "upper safe limits" on supplements as desirable for
Canadians to follow. Without parliamentary debate, Health Canada
snuck up on us and moved all supplements under the "drug"category
effective January 2004, in order to get us ready to be "harmonized".
This treachery prompted Bill C-420 (discussed below).

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 Luxemburg 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 25th. 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 decisive for either consumer freedom of choice or the
multi-national corporations.

LIFE UNDER CODEX

In the mid-1990's my mother, then in her 80's, 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 Q 10. I went to the
pharmacy, whose owner was a family friend for some 25 years, and
handed him my list.

Hew gave 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" version from living plant sources I wanted which contains
the whole E spectrum. The package contained a total of 10,000
international units of E, the equivalent of a mere 25 capsules of
400 IU each that we are used to buying (I take that many in 3 days).
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 toxic 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 Q 10? 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.

CODEX AND THE EU

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, all vitamin and mineral supplements on the
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 must
assume they will be unavailable as of August 1 anywhere in Europe -
with interesting consequences for the tourist industry in the baked
goods paradises 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 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 businesses to produce the scientific
information on safety, they can't produce or sell anything -
not even to physicians who have the power to prescribe any toxic
drug as well as any essential nutrient. Obviously, there will be
ludicrous enforcement issues: Picture basement-concocted vitamins
sold in dark alleys alongside crack and Ecstasy.

TOBACCO 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 Directive. For example, the
misleadingly named "International Alliance of Dietary Supplements"

http://iadsa-exposed.tripod.com

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, asserts
nonetheless that we are all overdosing, and 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 mainstream journals is focused on how
essential nutrients heal organisms on 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 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-controlling 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 dies
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. 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 mg, 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 center, 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.

RESISTANCE

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 carnage in 2003 (see Dean below). Codex's effort to save us
all from supposedly dangerous food supplements, by requiring 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 1950's. 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 anything 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.

South Africa announced on January 17th that it will not
follow the foods-as-drugs Directive. Minister of Health Manto
Tshabalala-Msimang stated 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, Dr. Antoinette Booyzen MD 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), the last thing Codex wants is prevention.

Dr. Dean described how India's delegate, who represents one third 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.

Despite Bush the Bizarre in the White House, the US 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
to remain foods available according to individual choice. The
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons expressed their
opposition to Codex by formally adopting on December 10th 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 US 15 billion 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; she 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 show 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". Without debate or public knowledge ,
all natural products were simply moved into the drug category January
1, 2004 . Outraged by this treachery, MP Dr.J. 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: Click here for a letter for our Minister of Health and
detailed instructions are provided, with the addresses and e-mails
of the relevant MPs. (Please note this document is in Microsoft
Word Format. An Adobe Acrobat version is avialable for download
here.) You may write your own letter, of course. For a hard
copy 519-927-1049. It demands (summary below):

1. Support Bill C -420, which is coming up for second 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 everyone 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 law suits 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.

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Sources and Resources:
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On Codex and the EU Directive : www.friendsoffreedom.org and
www.alliance-natural-health.org. For international treaties affecting
supplements www.citizen.org

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

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CODEX 2005
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Why Bill C-420 Saves Our Supplements
ON CODEX (Vitality Magazine Feb. 2005)
What You Can Do?
New Letter for Minister of Health for 3rd
Reading of Bill C-420

Why Bill C-420 Saves Our Supplements
and the Third Category Sinks Them
For Common Ground, April 2005

Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and Helke Ferrie , MA

North America is run by Big Business and Big Pharma is the biggest
business. We wonder why drugs that kill are allowed to be heavily
marketed, while safe supplements are being lambasted by poison
press articles. Big Pharma, which manufactures drugs as well as
all the cancer and chronic-disease causing pesticides, herbicides
and fungicides, controls most of life and death in North America,
indeed this business is larger than the car industry. The more
people use dietary supplements the less they need drugs: it's that
simple. No wonder, that recently Hoffman-LaRoche was fined close
to a billion dollars for artificially creating a shortage of the
un-patentable vitamin B3 raw material in order to increase sales of
their patented cholesterol-lowering drugs; the vitamin is absolutely
safe and more effective than the synthetic drug. Recent polls show
that 60 to 70% of North Americans now use dietary supplements and
complementary medicine. *

Big Pharma is lobbying heavily to keep our supplements in the
drug category and prevent the passing of Bill C-420 which had the
unanimous support of all parties on second reading on March 9th.
If Bill C-420 becomes law, it would reverse the illegal regulation
that was enforced, without parliamentary debate or public knowledge,
in January 2004: it made our food-based supplements into drugs,
thereby requiring their assessment and availability to be controlled
by Health Canada in the same way as pharmaceutical s. Health Canada
's track record regarding safety is by now so abysmal as to make
Health Canada itself into the greatest health hazard of all.
Worst of all, the amendments to the legislation governing Health
Canada , which are currently being considered by our government,
would remove all accountability for their regulatory process.
With regard to supplement regulation this would mean that the
public would not be privy to the reasons why any given supplement
was deemed "toxic", or what "scientific" standard or source was
used to determine maximum and minimum dosages. For details,
see the February 2005 publication, Ill-Health Canada by Michael
McBane published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
(613-233-1458 ccpa@policyalternatives.ca )

Remember Dr. Shiv Chopra? He was and is Health Canada 's most severe
critic, having been employed by them for almost 40 years; he saved
Canadians from having carcinogenic bovine growth hormone secretly
added to our milk supply. In his view, Health Canada 's regulatory
system routinely relies on what he refers to as "tobacco science"
which industry hacks produce by manipulating the data in the interest
of profits. For a magisterial overview of this world of deception
we recommend The Truth About The Drug Companies (Random, 2004)
by Marcia Angell, the former editor of the world's most prestigious
medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine.

Dietary supplements are safer than the food chain. MP Colin
Carrie stated that fact in parliament on March 9, 2005 in
support of Bill C-420. Critics of Bill C-420 argue that we
need good manufacturing practices enforced. Well, the regulatory
authorities handling supplements ignore the overwhelming mainstream
scientific evidence when it comes to supplements marketed by Big
Pharma, such as the known neurotoxin and carcinogen aspartame.
The stated primary intent of the Food and Drugs Act was to protect
the public against food adulteration, yet adulteration with known
toxic synthetic substances is now the norm in the food industry:
nobody is protecting the public against fast foods that were shown
in the documentary SuperSize Me to lead to a 25 pound weight gain
in one month, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, dangerously
elevated liver enzymes and blood pressure.

Do we really want vitamins, minerals, and probiotics evaluated by
those same regulators who consistently bend to industry demands and
allow these toxic supplements into our food? Can these regulators be
trusted to even know the difference between what supports and what
destroys health? Until we have a regulatory system that works,
abides by the published and verifiable scientific evidence, is
fully transparent and accountable to the public in its decisions,
and cannot be intimidated by Big Pharma, it would be suicide to
allow the products of our supplement industry to be "regulated"
by that oxymoron known as Health Canada .

Everyone seems to agree that Bill C-420 is important because it
would repeal sections 3.1 and 3.2 of the Food and Drugs Act.
These sections prohibit telling the truth in informational
and advertising as published by mainstream science about the
effectiveness of food supplements in the treatments of a wide range
of health conditions, all of which are the so-called Schedule A:
it includes most known diseases. Schedule A is enforceable under
criminal law, as happened to the Strauss Herbal Company recently
- Health Canada lost. The courts can understand medical evidence -
Health Canada apparently can't.

In a new book, Death by Modern Medicine, Dr. Carolyn Dean reports
for example, that the billion dollar drug advertising machine is
supported by a mere 6% of actual, verifiable scientific research.
Only 10 to 20% of all standard drug therapy, surgery, and
chemotherapy, which form the basis of the entire modern medical
system, have been found to be supported by any published science.
These findings come from the leading peer reviewed medical
journals. *

The public is dying to the tune of 106,000 per year due to properly
prescribed drugs in hospital and 784,000 annually due to modern
medical practices. These are the reported U.S. figures which are
bound to be much more numerous. If the most heavily regulated
industry on the planet--the drug industry - is killing so many
people, plainly regulation doesn't work. The situation has become
so absurd that the US government has established a new, independent
office for drug safety charged with overseeing the overseers, namely
the FDA's drug regulators. In Canada we continue to maintain
the illusion that Health Canada is protecting the public interest.
The really big question is: Why do supplements, proven a thousand
times over in the vast medical literature to be safe and effective,
need to be regulated like drugs, which are acknowledged even by
their manufacturers to be toxic? Supplements have never needed the
medical tap dance known as "weighing the benefits against potential
harm" which every doctor executes routinely when dealing with the
drugs of his trade.

The demand for regulation of food-based supplements with medicinal
properties is a monumental deception. Just follow the money -
someone is obviously going to make a killing (pun intended) if Bill
C-420 does not pass or the pro-Pharma lobby succeeds in instituting
that so-called Third Category.

Big Pharma is poised to take over the dietary supplement
industry. The larger companies in the dietary supplement industry
are being wined and dined (literally) and told how lucky they are
to get a place at the table with the Big Boys. They, too, can have
publicly traded companies and--make big money. What ever happened to
real quality, the common good, real health, and freedom of consumer
choice? Health Canada 's own business impact survey coolly predicted
that 80 % of small- to medium-sized businesses will be bankrupted by
the current regulatory environment that legislates food supplements
as drugs. In the full knowledge of their own survey, Health Canada
went ahead and legislated dietary supplements as drugs anyway - also
totally against the will of Canadians: at least 245,000 Canadians
signed petitions that were taken to parliament to register your
desire to have supplements regulated as foods.

This Third Category looks and sounds so sweetly fair, yet it
would have the same negative impact on smaller businesses and on
the availability of innovative products. The net effect would
be the systematic decline in quality and availability of dietary
supplements. Those smaller businesses are forced into bankruptcies
or selling out to larger companies which are within the Big Business
network, not because their products are unsafe or inferior.

Market control is the name of the game in Big Business and its
agenda is to turn the health food industry into a carbon copy of
Big Pharma. It wants to market synthetic supplements at low doses,
as recommended by the official reports created by Big Pharma's
"scientists" for Codex, that international trade commission which
signed agreements with the World Trade Organization to ensure
its guidelines will be enforced by the WTO's (secret) courts,
when necessary. Canada is a member of both Codex and the WTO.
Codex started out as a United Nations commission affiliated with
the World Health Organization which took control of Codex in 1995.
So, while the UN does not and never could enforce anything Codex
does, the WTO can and will.

The Third Category option does not alter this fact because it is
at its core fraudulent: the Natural Health Products Regulations
tell us plainly on page 1573 that: "Natural Health Products are
drugs at the level of the Foods And Drugs Act". So, while these
regulations also state on page 1574 that "the NHP definition allows
for a full range of health claims", Health Canada reserves the right
under the Foods and Drugs Act to bring any natural product under
its drug regulations - as they did with Vitamin K and Folic Acid.
The former is prescription only, the latter requires it for dosages
above 1 mg - for no scientifically supported reason whatsoever.
The Third Category is an illusion because the fine print further
ensures that the current medical paradigm remains inviolate:
Health Canada and the NIH in the USA both are mandated only to
investigate dietary supplements for prevention of deficiencies,
NOT for therapeutic use! In both countries the notion that a person,
without consulting a doctor, may decide what works best to restore
health, is absolute heresy.

Bill C-420 would protect natural health products from Health Canada
control by making it impossible for this agency to exercise its
arbitrary powers, sweep aside scientific facts, ignore public demand,
and protect us all against our wills and to do so regardless of the
missing body-count. However, this is only step one: after we have
succeeded in protecting our dietary supplements through Bill C-420,
then we must chip away at Codex and protect our supplements from
the interlocking international trade agreements, including the WTO.
Anything that you may have read (usually emanating from Health
Canada ) about saving food supplements from the power of Codex by
putting them into the drugs category, is totally untrue.

Dr. Dean attended the last Codex meeting in November 2004 and knows
first-hand that Codex is happy to support genetically engineered
foods, irradiation and synthetic vitamin E. Indeed, they want the
world to take only Centrum--the synthetic multiple vitamin that
our bodies are unable to metabolize and which, in addition to doing
nothing for a person's health, causes serious clogging problems in
our sewage treatment plants. When supplements are defined as foods,
they are at least out of the reach of Codex as long as international
trade agreements don't kick in: Codex can regulate international
trade of pineapples or maple syrup, but it can't tell Jamaicans
and Canadians how much of these to consume at home. A few days in
Germany will prove where we are headed without Bill C-420: there are
no health foods stores as we know them, no vitamin shops, no free
access to useful potencies in vitamins need for therapeutic effects.

What do you need do? Run - don't just walk! - to your nearest
MPs office and demand that for your own good, for the public's good,
and for the MPs good (their personal and political longevity) they
must vote for Bill C-420 and absolutely not allow any bastardization
of this bill into that phony Third Category. Hundreds of thousands
of Canadians made it clear to Health Canada in 1997 that we do not
want that Third Category, that we no longer trust our regulatory
system, and that we want food-based supplements to stay in the
food category where they belong. We must make it clear to them again.

The sources on all acts mentioned in this article are in two
new books:

* Death by Modern Medicine by C. Dean MD, ND and T. Tuck, March 2005,
call 613-968-3007,

greg@curesnaturally.com; retailers: www.tucksdiscountvitamins.com,
practitioners: www.curesnaturally.com wholesalers:
www.cureswholesale.com.