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FYI--governmental controls on herbs and vitamins


Many of you are not aware that as of this summer we may no longer be able to
purchase health supplements without medical prescriptions, controls, and high costs.
It is past time to awaken to what is happening to our health freedoms. It is
time to act. Because very soon we may not have the freedom to buy simple vitamins, herbs,
natural supplements, etc.

I suggest that you write your politicians. They were voted in by the people
and it is up to the people (whether you voted for them or not) to make sure they know how you
want them to act. Demand that they put an end to the pharmaceutical takeover of our
health and lives.

Please read the following article and send it to everyone you know,
especially those in the media, doctors, anyone in the health field,
and all people in positions of power and influence.

With your health and freedom in mind,

Timothy Long

From the January 2005 Idaho Observer:


While Americans are preoccupied with stories and images of wars and
tsunamis abroad, largely unreported is a cataclysmic domestic event that may
hit home by August, 2005.

by Wallace Heath, Ph.D.

Your right to choose what vitamins, minerals and other supplements you
want to take may end in August, 2005. After August, U.S. supplements will be
defined and controlled by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World
Health Organization (WHO). Codex Alimentarius (stringent food/ supplement
regulations) is setting the food and nutritional supplement standards for all
countries in the WTO. Codex standards are to be enforced by the WTO and will
supercede U.S. law. The U.S. president and Congress agreed to this take-over
when the WTO treaty was signed. Violators of Codex and other WTO-sponsored
international laws will be punished by WTO trade sanctions.

Codex drastically restricts our free access to vitamins, minerals, herbs
and other supplements. The International Codex Commission met secretly in
November, 2004, and finalized "Step 8 (the final stage)" which is scheduled
for implementation seven months from now. Under Codex, no supplement can be
sold for preventive or therapeutic use; any potency higher than RDA
(Recommended Daily Allowance - minimal strength) is a "drug" requiring a
prescription and must be produced by drug companies (over 5,000 safe items now
in health food stores will be banned, terminating health food stores as we now
know them); Codex regulations enforced in the U.S. will be internationally
binding; new supplements will be banned unless the developer is willing to
endure a very rigorous and expensive Codex approval process.

Codex standards, as currently enforced in Norway and Germany, caused the
price of zinc tablets to rise from $4 per bottle to $52; echinacea, an herb
used for immune system enhancement, rose from $14 per bottle of 100 capsules
to $153. Both zinc and echinacea are only available by prescription since they
are now classified as "drugs." Vitamin C above 200 mg, niacin above 32 mg,
vitamin B6 above 4 mg are only available by prescription. Essential amino
acids such as arginine, lysine, proline, and carnitine; essential fatty acids
(such as omegas 3, 6 and 9) and other essential supplements such as DMEA,
DHEA, CoQ10, MSM, beta-carotene, will NOT be available for purchase unless
prescribed by a licensed physician. These Codex rules are not based on real
science. They are regulations influenced by pharmaceutical giants who have
used the Codex model to take control of vitamins and supplements in order to
protect the lucrative pharmaceutical drug industry.

In 1993 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and drug corporations
tried to put all supplements under restriction and prescription, but over four
million outraged Americans demanded that Congress and the President protect
their freedom to purchase essential health supplements without a prescription.
As a result, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was
passed in 1994. But unless health-conscious consumers worldwide get involved,
DSHEA will be trumped by Codex and the World Trade Organization.

What can be done at this late hour? (1) Spread the word as much as
possible by making copies of this article and sharing with others on talk
radio shows, (2) Go to the following websites, become fully informed and
contribute what you can to this life saving cause:, , (3) Contact your legislators,
telling them to oppose bills S.722 and H.R.3377. These support the CODEX
restrictions with U.S. laws harmonizing with them, in effect repealing DSHEA.
(4) Support H. R.1146, The American Sovereignty Restoration Act that repeals
the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and other specified related laws
so that WTO sanctions and CODEX will not apply to the U.S. (6) Contact
multi-level health marketing groups that can mobilize their significant
numbers to inform their representatives in government. (7) Send donations,
however small, to the British Alliance for Natural Health (ANH - see web site
above). It has succeeded in challenging many Codex directives in World Court.
The ANH challenge in the European Court of Justice is due to be heard on
January 25, 2005. ANH is also leading initiatives to offset proposed limits on
dosages and health claims through Codex legislation.

These critical events in Europe are ever more likely to lead to
restrictions in the U.S. and elsewhere, as there is considerable political and
commercial pressure for trade harmonization and regulation at a global level.

Decide NOW what it's worth to protect your right to natural healthcare.

Codex and the FDA are attempting to "protect" us by controlling
supplements in the same way they do prescription drugs. With the latest Vioxx
scandal, a drug that was FDA approved, do you trust their approval methods? A
study of prescription drugs by three medical scientists was reported in the
Journal of the American Medical Association, April 15, 1998-Vol. 279, No. 15,
p. 1200: ".Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR's) was found to be
extremely high." 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 ADR's 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 percent of all
hospitalized patients. This is equivalent to the deaths on 9-11 occurring
every 10 days.

Due to the pharmaceutical/government controlled media, if a death
occurred due to consumption of an over-the-counter nutritional supplement, 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 doesn't the FDA better control and
restrict the extremely dangerous pharmaceutical drugs which are now killing us
at the rate of a major airline crashing a 757 every day?

The Idaho Observer
P.O. Box 457
Spirit Lake, Idaho 83869
Phone: 208-255-2307

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