Codex Alimentarius Summarized in 7 Points
HealthFreedomUSA.org, the website of the Natural Solutions Foundation, is beholden to no one: our only interest is health freedom. Rima E. Laibow, MD, successful natural medicine physician since the 1970s, has studied 16,000 pages of Codex documentation. Her conclusion is that people who say that Codex is “consumer protection”, “voluntary”, or “harmless” are, at best, seriously mistaken.
1) Started in 1962 by UN, Imposed by WTO Sanctions
Codex Alimentarius was created in 1962 as a trade Commission by the UN to control the international trade of food. Its initial intentions may have been altruistic but it has been taken over by corporate interests, most notably the pharmaceutical, pesticide, biotechnology and chemical industries.
Codex Alimentarius is backed up by the crippling trade sanctions of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Any non Codex-compliant nation would face huge economic punishment since they would automatically lose in any food-trade dispute with a Codex compliant country.
2) “Nutrients are Toxins” Is Junk Science
Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has two committees which impact nutrition.
One of them, the “Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses” (CCNFSDU), is chaired by Dr. Rolf Grossklaus, a physician who believes that nutrition has no role in health. This is the “top-guy” for Codex nutritional policy, and he has stated that “nutrition is not relevant to health”.
As unbelievable as it may sound, Dr. Grossklaus actually declared nutrients to be toxins in 1994 and instituted the use of toxicology (Risk Assessment) to prevent nutrients from having any impact on humans who take supplements! It is worth mentioning that Dr. Grossklaus happens to own the Risk Assessment company advising CCNFSDU and Codex on this issue. This company makes money when its toxicology services are used for the “assessment” of nutrients. Here in the U.S. we call that a “conflict of interest”.
Codex is made up of thousands of standards and guidelines. One of them, the Vitamin and Mineral Guideline (VMG), is designed to permit only ultra low doses of vitamins and minerals (and make clinically effective nutrients illegal). How can the VMG restrict dosages of vitamins and minerals? By using Risk Assessment (toxicology) to assess nutrients.
While Risk Assessment is a legitimate science (it is a branch of toxicology), it is the wrong science for assessing nutrients! In fact, in this context, it is actually junk science. Biochemistry, the science of life processes, is the correct science for assessing nutrients. Codex Alimentarius treats nutrients as toxins, which is literally insane.
Nutrients are not toxins - they are essential for life.
No matter what Codex Alimentarius officials say to convince you that Risk Assessment is a “science-based” approach to nutrients, it is not.
And it is worth repeating that Dr. Grossklaus, the head of Codex Alimentarius, owns the Risk Assessment company advising CCNFSDU and Codex on the “benefit” of using Risk Assessment to assess nutrients.
3) Not Consumer Protection - That’s Propaganda
Contrary to the propaganda, Codex Alimentarius has nothing to do with consumer protection. Nothing! Codex is about the economic ambitions of multi-national corporations, in particular, the pharmaceutical industry.
Using their multi billion-dollar marketing budgets, these industries have launched a massive media propaganda campaign to paint Codex Alimentarius as a benevolent tool of “consumer protection”, as well as to negatively taint the image of natural health options and mislead people to fear them as “dangerous”, so they will take drugs (which really are dangerous). Natural health products and options have an amazing safety record and are remarkably effective, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs.
Unfortunately, one-time defenders of health freedom such as National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) and Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) have joined the propaganda bandwagon and are spreading false information saying that Codex Alimentarius is either “harmless” or benevolent “consumer protection”. Neither is true.
The membership of these one-time defenders of health freedom has become permeated by people from the pharmaceutical industry (for example, CRN counts as its members corporations such as Monsanto® and Bayer®).
4) Codex: Serious Threat to Health and Health Freedom
If Codex Alimentarius is implemented in the United States of America, therapeutic dosages of vitamins and minerals (and all other nutrients soon to follow) will become unavailable because they will literally become illegal.
Here’s how it would work, in a nut-shell:
Due to the junk science use of Risk Assessment (toxicology) to assess supposedly toxic nutrients, a false belief is being engineered saying that “nutritional supplements are dangerous to people’s health”.
Using this false belief generates calls to “protect” people from these “toxic” nutrients. After the calls come the bills to set ultra low permissible dosages (remember, nutrients are deemed “dangerous toxins” under this false belief). If enough of us and our Congressional delegates buy this nonsense, we and Congress would blindly comply with Codex Alimentarius’ VMG. And blind compliance is what the industries behind Codex Alimentarius intend.
Blind compliance goes hand-in-hand with lack of activism. This lack of activism allows our protective laws, classifying nutrients as foods with no upper limits (such as DSHEA), to be easily repealed and replaced with draconian laws to classify nutrients as toxins. And “harmonization” with the pro-illness, pro-pharmaceutical industry Vitamin and Mineral Guideline is there to fill the void.
Only intentionally ineffective, ultra low dose supplements would be legal, with or without a prescription, on the VMG list. If enough people do not take action, we can expect to watch nutritional supplement manufacturers and, thus health food stores, to go out of business, in a domino effect. The only player left standing would be Big Pharma.
Therapeutic grade vitamins, minerals, and amino acids would be eliminated from the marketplace (although a few low-dose supplements would be allowed by Codex, as a symbolic measure to avoid suspicion about their ulterior motive).
Natural health professionals would lose the tools of their trade (nutritional supplements) and health conscious people would be unable to choose natural health options for health promotion and disease treatment.
And that is, in a nutshell, how Codex Alimentarius is poised to make Natural and Nutritional Medicine (NNM) disappear from the legal health world and go underground. Who benefits? Big Pharma.
It would take a few years for the above scenarios to be feasible (Codex Alimentarius is meant to go into full global effect by 2010). The slower the process takes, the less alarmed people will be. That’s probably the logic of the architects of Codex Alimentarius.
5) Serves Economic Interests of Sickness Industries Through WTO and Napoleonic Code
More and more people are turning to natural health products globally. The “wellness” trend is a major trend in today’s society. The more natural health products people use, the fewer drugs they buy. The pharmaceutical industry, which is part of the “Sickness Industry”, fears the inevitable shift toward natural health care.
Instead of accepting the will of the people and rethinking the future of the pharmaceutical industry, the industry has decided upon an unethical course of action: the use of deception and deceit to eliminate natural health products completely.
Codex Alimentarius is a shrewd vehicle for protecting the pharmaceutical industry from the loss of income it stands to suffer due to the inevitable growth of natural healthcare.
Codex Alimentarius is the resistance of the dinosaurs to inevitability: the burgeoning desire of humanity for a healthier, saner, and more sustainable way of life.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) intends to force Codex Alimentarius upon the nations of the world, including the U.S. This would be done under the threat of massive economic sanctions if WTO-countries do not comply with Codex Alimentarius.
Furthermore, Codex is based in the Napoleonic Code, not Common Law. That means that under Codex Alimentarius, anything not explicitly permitted is forbidden. Under Common Law, we hold that anything not explicitly forbidden is permitted. The difference is the difference between health freedom and health tyranny. Codex Alimentarius would be able to ban supplements by default.
6) DSHEA Protects America From Codex Alimentarius
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA, 1994), an American law classifying our supplements and herbs as foods (which can have no upper limit set on their use), was passed by unanimous Congressional consent following massive grass-roots support organized by health food stores. Millions of American activists told Congress, in no uncertain terms:
“Protect nutritional supplements as foods or we will remove you from office”.
Congress listened and carried out the will of the people.
DSHEA appropriately classifies nutritional supplements as foods which can have no upper limits set on their use. DSHEA recognizes that people use nutrients safely to deal with their individually differing needs for nutrients. The concept of biochemical individuality means that people have different needs for nutrients at different times. Are nutrients toxins? No, they are not toxins. They are substances essential to prevent, treat and cure any chronic condition, in differing doses at different times in different people.
DSHEA protects the US from Codex Alimentarius’ deadly Vitamin and Mineral Guideline. We must reach our Congressional members, educate them about the facts on Codex Alimentarius and direct them to vote against anything that would threaten DSHEA.
Congress holds the keys to our health freedom. And it is their job to listen to us. Let’s not allow cynicism to tell us otherwise. We did it for DSHEA in 1994. We can do it again in 2005.
7) Your Action is Needed Now!
DSHEA is under significant legislative attack right now. Your letter-writing is crucial: if the members of Congress know that voting against health freedom means losing their jobs come election time, they will listen. Our job is to make sure they get the message loud and clear. Take action via our 3 easy steps and send personalized emails to Congress right now.
After taking action on HealthFreedomUSA.org, consider getting together with others in your area and visit your Congressional members in their home offices. If we wait, we lose our health freedoms. Once we “HARMonize” with Codex, by the way, we no longer have the right, while we belong to the WTO, to repeal or change that “HARMonization”!
The objective of the pro-Codex Alimentarius multi nationals is to “boil the frog slowly” so that we do not wake up to it in time to avoid Codex.
Once we have “HARMonize” to Codex Alimentarius, as long as we are in the WTO, we cannot amend or change what we’ve been “HARMonize” to.
Codex Alimentarius will go into global implementation by December 31, 2009, unless We, the People, avert it. We must act now because right now, with $758 Million spent on declared Congressional lobbying by Big Pharma last year, there are members of Congress who are trying to overturn DSHEA and allow Pharma-friendly free reign for Codex. If protective laws like DSHEA are destroyed, the sanctioning power of the autocratic WTO kicks in, and it will be impossible to get out from under Codex Alimentarius. We can protect our access to high potency nutrients and stave off an adulterated food supply only by putting pressure on Congress.
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How Codex Disinformation Works
There are many who claim that Codex Alimentarius is about “consumer protection”, or that it is “voluntary”, or that it is a downright “urban legend” or “hoax”. None of these claims comes anywhere near the truth. Dr. Laibow has analysed 16,000 pages of Codex Alimentarius documentation, and her analysis is that none of these claims are true.
Codex, once fully implemented, represents tremendous financial wealth for a few multinational corporations, most notably companies in the pharmaceutical industry.
These corporations have immense propaganda machines, already in place, hawking dangerous and sometimes deadly drugs, creating the illusion that nutrients are dangerous, the illusion that drugs are the only means to health, the illusion that genetically modified food are good for people, and the illusion that pesticides are safe.
Because Codex Alimentarius represents wealth to these corporations, they are using their skill and influence in the media to create an elegantly crafted, and totally false image of Codex Alimentarius as “consumer protection” so that the truth about Codex Alimentarius wont be known.
They can’t control the Internet however.
Keeping Codex-Reality at Bay
Why would anyone want to disseminate misleading information about Codex Alimentarius? Because the truth is unacceptable to people: Codex Alimentarius would eradicate natural health options from the global marketplace, and thus does not serve the health interests of the people. People would not take warmly to this. Those creating the propaganda behind Codex Alimentarius know this.
There are approximately 60 million people in America who care strongly about natural health. This group of the population are part of a market called LOHAS (”Lifestyle Of Health And Sustainability”). They care about such things as natural health, sustainability, fair trade, social justice, and personal development. If millions of people in the LOHAS community, who care about natural health, found out the truth about Codex, then Codex would face tremendous resistance.
We believe that the pharmaceutical industry, which is one of the industries behind Codex Alimentarius, fears the awakening of the LOHAS to the real Codex agenda. That’s why they are working so hard to deceive, mislead, and pacify.
The Three Flavors of Codex Disinformation
“Disinformation” is information that is deliberately meant to mislead. Effective disinformation is never an outright lie. That would be too easy to see through.
Codex disinformation is plentiful and comes in three distinct flavors. They are listed below with real-life examples to help you to discern fact (that Codex is a threat) from fiction (that Codex is “consumer protection”, “voluntary”, or “urban legend”):
Disinformation Type 1: “Consumer Protection”
Example: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is trying to make us believe that Codex is for our own protection from supposedly “dangerous” vitamins and minerals. This type of paternalistically-oriented disinformation strategy sounds palatable, were it not for the simple fact that Codex will not in the least bit protect us from anything. It would unscientifically obstruct our freedom of choice in supplements, herbs, and clean food for no other reason than to eliminate natural health so that the pharmaceutical industry can make more money. The CRN membership is made up of some of the largest pharmaceutical corporations around: Bayer®, Wyeth®, Monsanto®, and others.
Read more about Codex disinformation from the Council for Responsible Nutrition
Disinformation Type 2: “Voluntary”
Example: National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) is supposed to protect the natural supplement industry. But it’s old-time health freedom fighters have been (silently) replaced by people from the pharmaceutical industry. The NNFA is now working hard to make people believe that “Codex is not a problem” because it is “voluntary”. Could this disinformation have anything to do with the fact that the NNFA has members from the pharmaceutical industry? Certainly.
Read more about Codex disinformation from the National Nutritional Foods Association
Disinformation Type 3: “Urban Legend”
Example: Snopes.com is a web site that traces the roots of urban legends, to dispel those that are false. But they are in fact creating their own urban legend when it comes to Codex Alimentarius. The urban legend snopes.com is guilty of creating says that “Codex Alimentarius is a hoax”.
Read more about Codex disinformation from Snopes.com
Government Not Exposing Truth
The FDA is known to favor the pharmaceutical industry at the expense of natural health, and thus is by default aligned with the implementation of Codex Alimentarius.
The FDA is firmly committed to “harmonization” with Codex. But this is for economic reasons, not health. “Harmonization” is the process by which Codex overrides the sovereign food and health laws of a country. On an official FDA site, the agency states the following:
“Failure to reach a consistent, harmonized set of laws, regulations and standards within the free trade agreements and the World Trade Organization Agreements can result in considerable economic repercussions.”
Note that there is no mention of health in the FDA’s statement. And there is no mention of health by the FDA anywhere else in relation to harmonization. It is clear among many health experts and analysts that the concern of the FDA in relation to the World Trade Organization (Codex Alimentarius fits into the WTO umbrella), is the protection of the economic interests of the pharmaceutical companies, and not the health of the people.
It is a fact that the pharmaceutical industry carries a lot of influence on the decisions of the FDA.
Where do we go from here? Simple: let’s not believe everything we’re told about Codex Alimentarius.
Let’s bolster our individual power to discern truth and take a pause to consider if what we’ve been told so far by industry and government adds up. It does not add up (Codex would harm consumers, not “protect” them… that you and me). So let’s discard the lies and take action to protect health freedom from Codex Alimentarius.
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