(Mandates include 15,000+ pages
controlling and limiting world wide production of all
supplements, holistic care and your rights to choose
nutrients that will be implemented by the pharmaceutical
industry that runs CODEX)
If countries don't comply, world
export/import trade may be cut off to that country. We need
everyone to be educated about this issue, so you will take the
action that will prevent this invasion of our freedoms.
Sample letters for your congressional reps are available for
your convenience. . . plus zip codes to their offices.
Dear friends and colleagues,
Each of us is deluged daily with so much
information that we are forced to choose quickly between what
deserves our attention and what to throw in the circular file. I
implore you to read the following. Your professional and
personal lives, as you know them, depend on it.
No doubt you have received as many
rambling, lengthy e-mails about Codex
Alimentarius as I have. I have deleted more of them
than I can count that were either too alarming or too complacent
in nature and lacking in credibility. Now, let me ask you if you
know anyone who has actually read all 15,000+ pages of the
working documents of the Codex
Alimentarius Commission? Well, I have. As such, allow
me to attempt to put an end to any confusion you may have about
Codex Alimentarius by
sharing what I have learned and what I believe to be a
reasonable and appropriate level of concern.
What's the bottom line for a healthcare
professional practicing alternative, nutritional, natural, or
environmental healthcare? The World Trade Organization (WTO) is
poised to take away your right to practice the healing arts
guided by natural laws, scientific principles, and your clinical
expertise and judgment. Through the Orwellian process of
harmonization (forced alignment) with WTO standards that
regulate trade, distribution, and processing of food, herbs, and
nutrients, your professional rights and options will be
eliminated within the next few years. The proposed standards are
extremely detrimental to the environment, your medical practice,
and the food supply.
Okay. I saw that one eyebrow go up and
heard that deep sigh. Let me tell you that alarmism is not and
never has been in my nature. I am a medical doctor, have a wide
variety of interests, am passionate about healthcare freedom,
and pride myself in my rational thinking and logic skills. I
floss my teeth regularly and eat a nutrient-dense whole foods
diet and, yes, occasionally sample the more decadent side of the
culinary arts. Neither my family nor I had a bomb shelter during
the Cold War era and I did not withdraw from society or stock up
on gasoline, food, or batteries in anticipation of Y2K. Read on.
The ability of physicians to legally
practice environmental or natural medicine, their access to the
substances they rely on to do so, and the rights of patients to
chose these treatments are about to be criminalized in the
United States by a draconian set of international regulations
which have already become law in Australia, Canada and the
European Union (EU). These standards, collectively known as
Codex Alimentarius, (from
the Latin for"Food Rules") have been promulgated by the
Commission [established for this purpose in 1963 by the United
Nations (UN)] in every area having to do with the production,
processing, packaging and use of food, herbs and food
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Think that can't happen here? Think
again. It can and it will, unless we take appropriate action and
activate each member of our personal and professional networks.
Skillful disinformation would have you believe that
(hereafter referred to as CODEX) is a hoax and that, at the same
time, it is beneficial for you and your patients. (The inherent
illogic of this position is obvious to the discerning reader).
Alimentarius Commission was empowered to work with
other UN-linked organizations in order to develop and promulgate
uniform world-wide standards for food, nutrition and
agriculture. The WTO, successor to the General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade (GATT), is empowered to enforce global
compliance with all CODEX
standards via trade sanctions across the entire economic
spectrum. Member nations (including the United States) agreed,
upon signing the WTO treaty, to always allow the standards and
regulations of the WTO to supersede and take complete precedence
over national standards, laws, and regulations. Once accepted
CODEX takes on the force of
law and cannot be repealed or changed by the WTO member nations.
Presenting itself as a consumer protection strategy,
CODEX policies masquerade as
both benign and beneficial while, in reality, they are neither.
Given the medically and environmentally horrific stipulations
and requirements, the implementation of these standards will
result in incalculable harm to the healing arts and to the
patients who depend on them.
is adopted by a nation, there is a phase-in period during which
the administrative structure is established according to a
strict time-table. Bear in mind that in the United States,
nutrients are currently classified as foods [under the 1994
Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA)] and that
any substance not explicitly forbidden is permitted as a
nutrient in the United States. Under
CODEX , any substance not explicitly permitted by
CODEX policy is banned as a
preamble specifies that supplements and nutrients may not be
used to prevent, treat or cure any disorder. Yet, more than 80
percent of Americans use supplements for exactly these purposes.
Nutritional and environmental physicians, naturopaths,
nutritionists, chiropractors and other licensed health
professionals employ hundreds of natural minerals, supplements,
and herbs precisely because they are effective in preventing,
treating and curing many diseases.
These natural health options will become
illegal if the United States is harmonized with the WTO this
spring while compliance with CODEX
is still voluntary, or when total compliance becomes mandatory,
as it will be after the next CODEX
Commission meeting in Rome.
Health food stores will no longer be
able to market and distribute nutritional supplements. Most
health food stores and privately owned nutrient manufacturers
will, I believe, no longer be in business after
CODEX takes effect.
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I know. This is all difficult to believe
upon first hearing it. You may have heard that it is easy to get
people to believe a lie, particularly an outrageous lie. In my
experience, the opposite is also true: It is difficult to get
people to believe the outrageous truth. Keep on reading, because
this is a truth you definitely need to understand.
is implemented (either through harmonization or mandatory
compliance), we will be forced to follow the European
CODEX model in which it will
be illegal to manufacture, buy, sell, recommend, or use any but
28 ultra-low dose nutrients whether you are a licensed health
professional or not. Only synthetic versions of that short list
will be allowed and natural supplements, herbs, enzymes and
other non-pharmaceutical treatments will be banned. The only
legal health option left will be the pharmaceutical one.
regulations have been harmonized (i.e., approved) in the EU,
Canada and Australia. The United States is next unless we act
decisively and act now. Though CODEX
regulations are passed quietly and without effective public
notice in infrequent meetings abroad that are invisible to most
Americans, they have grave and devastating impact on Americanbs
Here in the United States, the
harmonization laws which will enact
CODEX policy have been defeated by Congress several
times, each time by a smaller margin. Given the composition of
the current Congress, it is virtually certain that it will be
passed unless we take swift and immediate steps to assure that
does not happen.
This legislative stealth attack on
health freedoms will probably play out in May or early June of
2005 unless we take effective steps to help assure that health
freedom becomes the Mother of all third rails for every
politician in the country.
is the result of a complex relationship between the UN (which
established the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1962); the WTO
(which is authorized to enforce CODEX
through trade sanctions); the World Health Organization (WHO),which
subscribes to the CODEX
regulations [despite the fact that they directly and explicitly
conflict with their own findings and policies such as the FAO/WHO
official publication, "Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of
Chronic Diseases"]; the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),
the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and the
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) working in
concert with industry representatives of (and others
unofficially representing the interests of) the pesticide,
chemical, pharmaceutical, and dairy industries.
Consumers, health scientists, physicians
and other practicing natural medicine and other health-focused
voices have been totally absent from official
CODEX deliberations. A few
observers have been present at official deliberations but they
have not been permitted to speak in the sessions. Full
ratification is expected in Rome during the July 4-9, 2005
meeting of the CODEX
ALIMETNARIUS Committee Of course, the real work of such a
complex regulatory structure takes place outside of those
official sessions. And none of the health advocates have had
access to those meetings, agreements and sessions. Yet
CODEX will take away our
health freedoms if we allow ourselves to be harmonized or
mandated to comply with CODEX
Everyone knows if they have a jar of
pickles and they remove the pickle label and put a mayonnaise
label on it, that they're going to find pickles when they open
the jar. The packaging of CODEX
policy under the label of protection of fair trade, public
health, and safety does not make it so. Underneath
CODEX altruistic labeling is
a poisoned apple of extremely adverse global policy that is, in
fact, driven by economic concerns of large corporate interests.
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CODEX ALIMENTARIUS does the following:
MINERAL, NUTRIENTS AND PHYSIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE SUBSTANCES
CODEX preamble forbids the
use of nutrients to prevent, treat or cure any condition or
CODEX defines minimum
allowable dosages of permitted nutrients as 15 percent of the
amounts naturally occurring in foods, while maximum allowable
doses of any permitted nutrients may not exceed the dose of
that nutrient found in food. Supplement values subtract the
amount assumed to be in the daily diet from the maximum
allowable dose and the result is the permitted upper limit of
a nutrient. This system is based neither in science nor
of permitted nutrients and nutrients not explicitly permitted
will be classified as illegal substances (in the same class as
exceptions exist for natural substances which are submitted
and accepted for testing. A substance successfully tested in
this way may then be prescribed at the tested dosage only.
The permission to use a nutrient in this way, by
prescription only, however, expires in 2009.
The cost of
this procedure is staggering, Most applications for such
testing have been turned down and, since natural molecules
cannot be patented, potential manufacturers are unable to
recoup the costs of testing through later sales.
for submission of applications for this process ends on July
12, 2005 and cannot be extended
Union (EU), whose European Supplements Directive is the model
administrative agency for CODEX
implementation, permits a total of 28 ultra-low dose
nutrients. All other nutrients (e.g., alpha lipoic acid, 1
gram doses of vitamin C, Co Q 10, fish oil, and curcumin) are
banned substances and may not be manufactured, distributed,
recommended, sold, supplied or be in the possession of anyone,
including licensed health professionals. Vitamin C, for
example, at any dosage higher than 200 mg per day will be
illegal. A gram of Vitamin C will be an illegal substance! The
dose of Co Q 10 which has been shown to resolve breast cancer
in some patients (400 mg per day) will be illegal because Co Q
10 will be totally forbidden at any dose (following the
European Supplements Directive model).
maximum upper limits for permitted nutrients have been set so
low that they have little or no clinical impact in keeping us
healthy and none at all in returning us to a state of health
if we are ill. Those which are available will be exorbitantly
priced, as current experience in Norway and Germany reveals,
where profit margins of synthetic, permitted nutrients are
being harmonized to match drug profit margins.
On August 1,
2005, 75 percent of the natural substances currently available
in healthfood stores and pharmacies in Europe will become
illegal as a direct result of CODEX
synthetic forms of permitted nutrients will be available. All
natural versions will be illegal substances. Only synthetic
nutrients (at ultra-low dosages) manufactured by
pharmaceutical companies will meet the molecular standards for
use in humans or animals.
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2. HERBS AND
Herbs, originally part of the
CODEX deliberations, were
summarily removed and placed under a closed committee of the
WHO where they are held to be untested drugs and therefore
The European Supplements Directive,
the model agency for CODEX
administration, has produced a very short list of herbs which
may be used and the conditions for which they may be used
(another short and very trivial list).
All other applications of herbs and
any other herbs besides those listed are strictly forbidden
There is the possibility that a few
formulas of well known Chinese herbal medicines may be exempt
(but that remains to be seen)
stipulates which conditions may be treated using herbs and
allows only minor, self limited conditions. Treating any other
conditions with herbal remedies will constitute a crime.
Some complex oriental herbal formulas
may be permitted but most will be lost.
Ayurvedic, Tibetan, tribal and other
traditional medicines which use herbs and natural substances
will be forbidden world-wide. Since most people do not have
access to pharmaceutical medicine, this effectively removes
the legal possibility of people legally accessing any form of
tribal or traditional medicine.
Herbal, shamanic, energy based (e.g.,
Reiki and acupuncture) medicine are forbidden forms of
MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOs)
makes the un-labeled use of GMOs legal in all foods under all
circumstances, even though there is significant opposition to
the widespread use of GMOs at this time. Farmers in Iraq, for
example, must purchase their seeds from Monsanto and are
forbidden from retaining seed crops under the new Iraqi
constitution. Similar laws exist in other less exotic places.
have been genetically engineered so that seeds WILL NOT
GERMINATE without the use of specific pesticides (such as
Roundup" by Monsanto). In fact, mounting scientific evidence
makes it clear that the incidence of birth defects, chemical
sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, severe
allergies, and a host of other conditions have a causative or
contributory relationship with increasing levels of pesticide
exposure that these crops will require.
are far from scientifically established as safe for either the
planet or its people by objective, non-industry scientists.
Genetic drift through the spread of GMO genetic material is
recognized as a major threat to the biological integrity of
the entire planet.
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CODEX sets permissible
upper limits for pesticide residues, toxic chemicals, hormones
in food and other environmental contaminants that are many
times higher than levels advocated by chemical and pesticide
industry lobbying groups.
acceptable levels of toxins are already responsible for most
of the incidence of cancers, heart disease, autism, chronic
degenerative conditions, and organ failures that associated
with mortality and morbidity globally. Increasing the
permissible levels of toxins can only accelerate personal and
GROWTH STIMULANTS AND OTHER HORMONES IN FOOD ANIMALS
CODEX mandates that all
animal feed must be treated with antibiotics, hormones and
growth stimulants world wide.
range and biodynamic farming will become illegal.
CODEX mandates irradiation
of food under circumstances now hotly contested by food safety
advocates. Allegedly designed to protect us from food borne
illness, the irradiation of food is by no means agreed to be a
safe procedure (by non-industry scientists) since there is
considerable scientific evidence that protein structures are
modified in unhealthy ways by introducing ionizing radiation
into food before it is consumed.
irradiation of food produces huge free radical populations.
The only protection against their pervasive damage is high
doses of anti-oxidants (which will be illegal under
At this point it will likely come as no
surprise to you that there has been no effective representation
from health advocates, nutritional supplement manufacturers,
natural healthcare professionals, or other non-pharmaceutically
oriented group at the Codex
meeting. The Codex
meets every two years, always offshore (Rome, Bonn, Paris, etc.)
and never in Smallville, USA, a fact that helps perpetuate its
opacity to the United States citizenry. The United States'
representatives to the Codex
Alimentarius Commission have
well-documented, very unwholesome conflicts of interest with the
very industries that stand to profit and benefit from the
wholesale implementation of the CODEX standards.
international standards for everything from parmesan cheese to
sweet cassava, canned sardines to chicken meat, Echinacea to
rice. The standards which comprise CODEX are virtually complete:
final ratification of the entire package is expected at the
Alimentarius Committee meeting in Rome from July
Before ratification, harmonization is
voluntary but can be enforced by WTO trade sanctions. After
ratification, compliance with CODEXis
mandatory and enforcement by the WTO is a powerful threat to
make sure that it is complied with properly.
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It is imperative that concerned health
professionals and their patients, friends, relatives, suppliers,
etc., become fully activated to stop
CODEXfrom being enacted in the United States.
Now that we know more about the boat in
which we are adrift, let me hand you a paddle. This threat to
our profession and to our ability to choose the type of
healthcare for our selves demands one of the most powerful tools
available to us: grass roots political action. We can use the
Democratic Process to our advantage by :
activated. If you do nothing now, when
CODEXis ratified you will have nothing left of
your environmental or nutritional medicine practice. It is
imperative that you alert your colleagues, friends, patients,
relatives, suppliers and everyone else you know to this danger
so they can join you in taking effective action.
FAX, do not
use regular mail or email, your Congressional Delegation re:
your strong outrage at the limitation of our health freedoms
through CODEXand a group
of domestic efforts to reclassify nutrients as drugs and
eliminate them as foods.
www.healthfreedomUSA.org to find your Congressional
Delegation's FAX number and three sample letters to Congress.
Send each targeted Congressman all three letters signed by
you. We need to have a minimum of 1 million faxes to Congress
in the next 4 weeks.
sample letters and a list of local Congressional District
members FAX numbers for patients in your office. This
information is available on the Natural Solutions Foundation
website, www.healthfreedomUSA.org. Offer to FAX letters for
those patients who do not have fax machines available to them.
supporter of the Natural Solutions Foundation, a not for
profit organization (of which I am the Medical Director) to
preserve, protect and defend health freedom in the United
to our other activities, the Natural Solutions Foundation
has commissioned a major documentary to tell the story of
CODEX to the American public. Become a supporter of this
www.healthfreedomUSA.org for details.
We would all like to put our heads in
the sand and try to believe that CODEX would, could and should
not happen here. But it can and, unless we take action now,
CODEX will become the law of our land.
For a full discussion of the domestic
legislative assault on health freedoms, go to
Whether your motivation is global or
local, professional or personal, I ask that you take action now.
FAX letters supporting health freedom, a safe food supply and a
clean world: FAX letters to Congress and alert your entire
network to do that same.
Yours in Health and Freedom,
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Natural Solutions Foundation
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