4 July 2005 - The Codex Alimentarius Commission has adopted potentially restrictive guidelines for vitamin and mineral supplements as proposed by its Nutrition Committee last November in Bonn, Germany. In its 28th session here in sun dried, heat plagued Rome, the planet's supreme food regulator has given a nod to industry in approving guidelines for food supplements over the strenuous opposition of consumer representatives present under the banner of the National Health Federation.
Although the guidelines are not in themselves restricting supplement sales, they do prohibit information about diseases and nutrition and they call for future dosage restrictions to be set after scientific evaluation of the safety of nutrients contained in pills and capsules. Consumer representatives from different countries who attended the meeting are concerned that the guidelines, in conjunction with the European Union's directive on food supplements, may be a first step towards heavy controls on nutrition that would favor the pharmaceutical approach to disease over active, consumer-driven prevention.
Flaws and unclear points that should have sent the guideline back to the Nutrition Committee for reconsideration were pointed out by Scott Tips of the National Health Federation. Industry representative David Pineda of IADSA, the International Food/Dietary Supplements Alliance instead said that after more than 10 years of discussion in the Committee, the consensus that was reached is positive and should be adopted.
After short discussion of previously submitted comments by Australia, Brazil, China and Venezuela, the vitamin and mineral supplements guideline was passed - one item on a lengthy list of standards and guidelines to be adopted.
"What now?" was the largely unasked question of those concerned health freedom advocates who attended the meeting, one of whom answered: "We may have lost a battle, but the war is far from over". Indeed, much now depends on the discussions recently initiated by FAO and WHO, to work out a proper model to assess the risks inherent in supplements. "But rather than only assessing the risks, they must look at both benefits from these nutrients and risks, before they can reach a proper decision" said another one of the activists, and it appears that agreement is building that risk assessment procedures developed for toxic chemicals cannot be applied to nutrients without making a dog's breakfast.
So where do we go from here? We simply change gears to make sure that the benefits of supplements are not overlooked when deciding whether to limit quantities or composition.
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See also other articles:
Codex adopts international guidelines for vitamins and minerals
Dominique PATTON in foodnavigator.com
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And here is a message about Codex from Frank - owner of the Alternative Medicine Forum Yahoo Group
Date: Tue, 05 Jul 2005 02:57:16 -0000
Subject: Shine some virtual truth onto the codex cockroaches.
The major problem and mistake isn't how to combat Codex on a tactical manner by trying to fight in hearings, codex meetings, etc. because those avenues are already controlled by Codex adherents. They own the game, the rules, the players, the umpires, they already own it all and have programmed exactly how it will unfold. So how much chance do you think that we will have trying to win in a rigged game like that?
They are really winning because they are doing it in the dark. Most people in the world have never heard of Codex and if they have, they have only heard about the sanitized propaganda version put out by the codex misinformation campaign.
The only way to win this thing is what should have been done in the first place and that is to bring the truth to the peoples of the world.
You need to send that truth to all of the web page owners that you can think of because it obviously is never going to be published in the major media. It does not matter if they are vitamin oriented or not. Some of those owners are going to be vitamin takers and they personally will be affected. We may not be organized but we could put millions of guerilla fighters out there spreading truth. That is the real weapon here. They fight with lies, subterfuge, and keeping the truth hidden. We must fight with truth as our weapon. It will win.
You need to post many times a day on every internet group that you belong to the real situation and tell everyone that they are losing the basic right to even take vitamins. Don't be shy. This is some of the BIGGEST NEWS to hit the planet.
The thing that has been lacking in this fight is that the people leading this fight keeps playing into the hands of the enemy by only concentrating on playing the rigged game that is controlled by their enemies.
The real decision will be played out in the court of world opinion by the populations of each country affected, but that fight has been lost so far because those people aren't even aware of what is going on and what they are about to lose. The reason that these Codex people have been winning all along is because they are doing it on the sly and keeping most everyone in the dark about what underhanded efforts are underway. They want to keep us focused on the rigged game.
They are like cockroaches that come out under cover of darkness shielded from the light of truth. What we need to do is shine that light of truth on them. Not debate them, not play their game, but attack with the truth. Shine the light on these bastards and let everyone see them for the vermin that they are. Some of that vermin will be politicians in your own countries. You will need to shine that light on them as well.
I don't care what laws have already been passed or what they do about them. Tell them that you are no longer going to play in a crooked game that you had no chance of winning anyway. Attack the bastards day by day, every day, in the only media that was ever available to the people anyway. Attack them all over the web. Attack them a hundred times a day if at all possible. Attack them in Japanese, attack them in French, attack them in whatever languages that you can communicate in. Send the info to all of your friends that speak a different language and ask them to traslate your letter of information and then ask your friend to join the fight too.
To those web page makers and to those graphic designers out there make many banners, photos, etc. and post them on public spots so that others can use them to put on random web pages, etc. If you can write, then write something and post it around and make it available so others who have difficulty writing can use it to post all over.
You are really fighting for your lives, the lives of your families, the lives of the future members of your family. Yes, your ranks are small, but they will grow fast if the light of truth is spread to the world.
Take a few people in hand that do not know how to fight and become a band of 2, 3, 4, or 10 guerilla fighters in your band.
The message is simple and dramatic. You are losing the right to take any vitamins. It must be said over and over and over till everyone in the world is saying it too. If you are not willing to do that then set down, shut up and prepare to get in line for your Prozac, Vioxx, etc, and any other police state things that are bound to come along afterwards.
Don't tell other vitamin people about it and feel that you have "done your part" Hell that is what that has been going on all along. You have to take your fight to the averge people in the streets. The streets of the internet. Every block, every house, every chat room, every bulletin board, every group, every web site, every online publication, every god damned place on the web. You need to shine the light of truth on the cockroaches that are undermining your life and undermining the health of the world.
Now get off your butts and go do something, Anything. Don't you belong to a few groups? Start there. Do you know any web page owners? If you don't it doesn't make any difference. Start there too. You don't need to know them. All you need to know is that they need to know. Write them a letter that you have prepared explaining what is going on. Send it to them and keep revising and editing your letter till it sounds great. Keep posting it to other web page owners. Keep posting it to any and all forms of media on the web. Post it to the Indy media outlets. Post it to the people motivating groups like Move on and others. Post it on every Mom and Pop web page in the world. Take a piece of virtual chalk and write it on the sidewalks and buildings of the virtual world.
You are in a fight for your lives right now, so is it going to be you or them? Now, get of your butts and do it.