In the US, the President and Congress agreed to the takeover when the WTO treaty
was signed, therefore these supplement standards WILL BE ENFORCED BY THE
WTO AND WILL OVERRIDE US LAWS. CODEX violations are/will be punished by
WTO trade sanctions.
No supplement can be sold for preventive or therapeutic use. (Obviously they know 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).
Any potency higher than RDA (recommended daily allowance, aka minimal (strength)is
a 'drug' 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. CODEX regulations become binding internationally.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 above are now allowed by prescription only. They are now 'drugs'.
Vitamin C above 200mg is banned for over-the-counter and sold as a prescription drug only.
Niacin above 32 mg is banned for over-the-counter and sold as a prescription drug only.
Vitamin B6 above 4 mg is banned for over-the-counter and sold as a prescription drug only.
Same for Amino Acids like arginine, lysine, carnitine, etc.
Same for the Omega Essential Fatty Acids and many more supplements including
DMEA, DHEA,CoQ10, MSM, beta-carotene, etc.
The CODEX rules are not based on real science. They were made by a few people meeting
in secret; not necessarily scientists.
In 1993 the FDA and drug companies 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 overruled by CODEX and the WTO.
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. I'm sure most Crack dealers are more honest.
Canadian Author Helke Ferrie, has a clear, concise explanation of the dangers of "Codex."
Read this, and get worried:
LIFE UNDER CODEX
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. I went to the pharmacy, whose owner was a
family friend for some 25 years, and handed him my list.
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" 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 1 August, 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 10 June 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 1 August
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
Obviously, there will be ludicrous enforcement issues: Picture basement-concocted vitamins
sold in dark alleys alongside crack and Ecstasy. Here is a fact. Contrary to pharmaceutical
drugs, there are few fatalities from supplements. Can you just imagine the news coverage if
vitamins and supplements created the amount of death that drugs do?
There is no need for more control of supplements than is already in place, which is substantial.
Instead of drastically restricting supplements, why don't they better control and restrict the
extremely dangerous pharmaceutical drugs which are now killing us at the rate of a major
airline crash per day?
Behind the Codex Alimentarius Commission is the United Nations and the World Health
Organization working in conjunction with the multinational pharmaceutical cartel and international
banks. Its initial efforts in the US with the FDA were defeated, so it found another ally in the FTC.
Now Codex, with the FTC and the pharmaceutical cartel behind it, it threatens to become a trade issue.
Codex began simply enough when the U.N. authorized the World Health Organization and the Food
and Agriculture Organization to develop a universal food code. Their purpose was to 'harmonize' regulations
for dietary supplements worldwide and set international safety standards for the purposes of increased
trade. Standardize labeling and regulatory requirements between countries to facilitate increased
Pharmaceutical interests stepped in and began exerting their influence. Instead of focusing on food safety,
Codex is using its power to promote worldwide restrictions on vitamins and food supplements, severely
limiting their availability and dosages.
Real Goals of Codex
This is to bring about international 'harmonization.' While global harmony sounds benign,
is that the real purpose of this plan? While the stated goal of Codex is to establish unilateral
regulations for dietary supplements in every country, the actual goal is to outlaw health products
and information on vitamins and dietary supplements, except those under their direct control.
These regulations would supersede domestic laws without the people's voice or vote in the matter.
"If Codex Alimentarius has its way, then herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathic remedies, amino
acids and other natural remedies you have taken for granted most of your life will be gone. The
name of the game for Codex is to shift all remedies into the prescription category so they can be
controlled exclusively by the medical monopoly and its bosses, the major pharmaceutical firms.
Predictably, this scenario has been denied by both the Canadian Health Food Association and
the Health Protection Branch of Canada (HPB)."
The Codex proposals already exist as law in Norway and Germany where the entire health food
industry has literally been taken over by the drug companies. In these countries, vitamin C above
200 mg is illegal as is vitamin E above 45 IU, vitamin B1 over 2.4 mg and so on. Shering-Plough,
the Norway pharmaceutical giant, now controls an echinacea tincture, which is being sold there
as an over the counter drug at grossly inflated prices.
The same is true of ginkgo and many other herbs, and only one government controlled pharmacy
has the right to import supplements as medicines which they can sell to health food stores,
convenience stores or pharmacies."
It is now a criminal offence in parts of Europe to sell herbs as foods. An agreement called EEC6565
equates selling herbs as foods to selling other illegal drugs. Action is being taken to accelerate other
European countries into 'harmonization' as well.
There is some hope.
A couple of days ago there was tremendous news for the millions of people in Europe who choose
to use food supplements. Following a landmark challenge in the European Courts of Justice (ECJ)
brought by the Alliance for Natural Health and Nutri-Link Ltd to the contentious Food Supplements
Directive, which effectively proposed to ban 75% of vitamin and mineral forms, Advocate General
Geelhoed, the senior adviser to the ECJ, gave his Opinion in favour of the Alliance's case.
What does this mean? That the chances of consumers being able to continue using the natural
food supplements they believe are beneficial to their health are now greatly increased. There has
been uproar about the proposed EU ban, and maybe, against the odds, the consumer is going to
come out on top in what is a remarkable modern day case of David and Goliath.
In a statement released in Luxembourg today at 0830 GMT, the Advocate General concluded that:
The Food Supplements Directive infringes the principle of proportionality because basic principles
of Community law, such as the requirements of legal protection, of legal certainty and of sound
administration have not properly been taken into account.
It is therefore invalid under EU law. It should be stressed that the Advocate General's
pronouncement is not a ruling. That will come from the ECJ judges, later - probably around June.
But typically, in the vast majority of cases, the Court Judgment follows the recommendations
of the Advocate General.
If the Advocate General's recommendations are adopted, in effect, the ban on vitamin and mineral
forms not included on the EU's 'Positive list,' due to come into effect on 1 August 2005, will be
declared illegal. In essence, the positive list of allowable nutrient forms will be deemed to be too
narrow, too restrictive, and based on flawed science.
This would avoid the totally irrational situations that the Food Supplements Directive would
otherwise create. For example, synthetically produced selenium would have been allowed
on the positive list, while the natural source found in Brazil nuts would not; synthetic forms
of Vitamin E (often used in 'adverse' vitamin studies reported in the media) would be allowed,
but the natural, most beneficial food forms would not.
I should note that this ruling in no way effect the upcoming implementation of Codex laws in
North America. The news is encouraging but the fight is far from over and we need to do
everything we can to persuade our politicians to listen to us and not heed the words of the
scummy drug corporations and blindly follow their grandiose plans for world domination.
So, what can be done at this late hour?
Don't be a mushroom! Get out of the dark. Spread the word as much as possible and inform
Dr. Darrell L Wolfe, Ac. Ph.D.