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Open Letter on CODEX (May 23, 2005)
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. This is a long letter with a great deal of detail in it. I implore you to read it because your health freedom and your health, depend on what this letter is about to tell you!
No doubt you have received as many rambling, lengthy, semi-incoherent emails 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 simply lacked credibility. Now, let me ask you if you know anyone who has actually read more than 16,000 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) (and the agreements we signed as part of our membership) stands poised to take away your right to chose health options guided by common sense, science and your personal preferences and choices!
Through the Orwellian process of "HARMonization" (forced alignment) with WTO standards regulating international trade, distribution, and processing of food, herbs, and nutrients, your personal health rights and options would be eliminated within the next few years. Your rights to use whatever type of medicine you choose, whether natural or pharmaceutical, would be eliminated! The proposed standards are extremely detrimental to the environment, your health freedom, your health and your access to clean and unadulterated food.
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.
CODEX is based neither on science nor democracy. Unelected bureaucrats, operating at the behest of industry and trade interests, not public health, make decisions which become domestic and international standards when enacted as law by the member states of the WTO. These standards represent the ultimate triumph of greed over good science, good sense, good health and good intent. Carolyn Dean, M.D., points out that in 1995, when the WTO was created, the original purpose of CODEX (to provide clean food for the planet with no international barriers to the movement of that food) was replaced by industry interests . The deadly results are clear in what you are about to read.
Your rights to chose natural health options such as therapeutically effective dietary supplements, unadulterated foods with minimal pesticide and toxic residues and other natural treatments are about to be converted into crimes in the United States by a draconian set of international regulations. These regulations, called CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, have already been translated into law (via the European Food Supplements Directive) in the European Union (EU). Through "HARMonization" with CODEX via the Trans-Tasman Agreement, Australia and New Zealand have been "HARMonized" with CODEX and Canada has achieved the same status indirectly by "HARMonizing" with the Trans-Tasman Agreement     rather than with CODEX itself. The net result, however, is the same HARM through "HARMonization" with CODEX.
The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS standards, (from the Latin for "Food Rules") are being promulgated by the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Commission [established as a Trade Commission in 1963 by the United Nations (UN)] concerning every area having to do with the production, processing, packaging and use of food, herbs, supplements and food components.
Think it can't happen here?
Think again. There is a world-wide push for "HARMonization" to eliminate clean food, nutritional supplements, therapeutic vitamins and other natural health choices . It can and it will, unless we, the people of the United States take appropriate action and activate each member in our personal and professional networks. Skillful disinformation would have you believe that CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (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    .
We hardly need to be protected from safe and effective natural healing tools. Instead, pharmaceuticals, the third largest killer in America WHEN PROPERLY USED , would be our only options. CODEX ALIMENTARIUS is the triumph of pharmaceutical greed: when our food has been poisoned and we and our children are dying in huge numbers of the diseases of toxicity and undernutrition, will pharmaceutical medicine help then?
Natural medicine remains the best prevention, treatment and cure for chronic disease. CODEX eliminates that option.
The CODEX 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 (read "the United States") agreed, upon signing the WTO treaty, to always allow the standards and regulations of the WTO to supersede (take precedence over) national standards, laws, and regulations.
Despite what you may hear to the contrary, because of the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (SPSA)  , once accepted, CODEX guidelines and regulations take on the force of law in each member nation of the WTO - and that includes the U.S. and cannot be repealed or changed by the WTO member nations. This means that once the U.S. is "HARMonized"  with CODEX, despite what you are being told, the Dietary Supplements Health Education Act (DSHEA), 1994, no longer governs the U.S. position on nutrients: CODEX does!
Presenting itself as a consumer protection strategy, CODEX policies masquerade as benign and beneficial while, in reality, they are neither. Given the medically and environmentally horrific stipulations and requirements of CODEX, the implementation of these "standards" would result in incalculable harm to the healing arts and to the patients who depend on them.
Once CODEX is adopted by a nation via "HARMonization" (forced acceptance) or through the effects of the SPSA, there is a "phase-in period" during which the administrative structure of implementation is established according to a strict time-table. Bear in mind that in the United States, nutrients are currently classified as foods and so have no upper limits [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 and any dosage not explicitly permitted by CODEX policy is banned as a nutrient. The difference is of major importance to Health Freedom. DHSEA is good for health freedom. CODEX is bad (very bad) for health freedom.
CODEX eliminates the possibility that supplements and nutrients may be used to prevent, treat or cure any disorder . In fact, the EU observer of the CODEX Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CNFSDU) stated in the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Commission meeting, 2003, that "food and the prevention of diseases do not go together." He was supported by the Chairman of CNFSDU, who said that drugs are to mitigate and prevent diseases, and that the role of food supplements is to support the diet .
Yet, more than 80 percent of Americans use supplements specifically to prevent, treat and cure diseases and conditions. 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 and chronic, degenerative conditions.Consumers make choices in natural health to the tune of $20 Billion per year in the United States for supplements alone. Do we really want a democratically unaccountable trade organization to tell us that we cannot make those choices any longer?
Dr. Wong Ang Peng, who was present at the November, 2003 CODEX Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), wrote:
"We, the people of the world have entrusted WHO, FAO, and CODEX ALIMENTARIUS to regulate on health measures, to protect our health. If only the people knew.... CODEX is not about health, it is about wealth. CODEX is not for public interest, it is for industrial interest. It was super sold out. It was super hypocrisy."  [emphasis added].
Natural health options, starting with therapeutically effective vitamins, minerals and nutrients would become illegal in the U.S.:
If the European Food Supplements Directive (EFSD) is any guide (and it has been described by the Chairman of the Committee on Nutrients and Food for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), Rolf Grossklaus, M.D., as "the future face of CODEX"), nutrients, inappropriately classified as toxic chemicals, are permitted only at dosages
That is the consequence of using "risk assessment" science, designed for toxic substances, to determine nutrient levels. Nutrients are non-toxic, are foods and thus have no safe upper limits, unlike dangerous industrial and natural chemicals and substances .
Health food stores would no longer be able to market and distribute nutritional supplements at therapeutic doses. Most health food stores and privately owned nutrient manufacturers would, I believe, no longer be in business if CODEX takes effect.
I know. This is all difficult to believe upon first hearing. 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 even more difficult to get people to believe an absolutely insane and outrageous truth. Keep on reading, because this is a truth you definitely need to understand.
Once CODEX is implemented (either through "HARMonization" or mandatory compliance), we would be forced to follow something very close to the European implementation model of CODEX under which it would be illegal to manufacture, buy, sell, recommend, or use any but the EFSD's 28 ultra-low dose nutrients (including Fluoride, a systemic poison, by the way!) whether you are a licensed health professional or not . Natural supplements at therapeutic doses, herbs, enzymes and other non-pharmaceutical treatments would be banned. The only legal health options left would be the pharmaceutical one (of course, surgery and radiation would still be available, too).
CODEX regulations have been "HARMonized" (i.e., approved) and/or are scheduled for implementation in the EU, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well as the entire Asian Pacific Region (via the Trans-Tasman Agreement explained above). The United States is next unless we act decisively! Remember, although CODEX regulations are passed quietly and without effective public notice through infrequent meetings abroad that are invisible to most Americans, they would have grave and devastating impact on America's health freedom.
Here in the United States, the "HARMonization" laws which would 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 "HARMonization" legislation would be passed when introduced unless we take swift and immediate steps to assure that does not happen. Through this web site, we have made it easy for you to take action in 6 steps!
This legislative "stealth attack" on health freedoms will probably play out in May or early June of 2005 unless we assure that Health Freedom becomes the "Mother of All Third Rails" for every politician in the country. Here's how a third rail works: touch it and so much energy runs through your body that you are instantly dead. For a politician, that means instantly un-re-electable!
It is vitally important when thinking about CODEX to remember that CODEX is not a democratic process and we, the people, have neither voice nor vote in the matter. Run by unelected bureaucrats, primarily from the FDA here in the U.S., CODEX is the result of a complex relationship between the UN (which established the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Commission in 1963); 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. All of this is carried into domestic law by the nearly unknown Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (SPSA) .
Consumers, health scientists, physicians practicing natural medicine and other health-focused voices have been absent from official CODEX deliberations. Representatives of the newly "pharmaceuticalized" natural health industry (e.g., IADSA, NNFA, CRN) have attended but their position supports the adoption of CODEX standards because it would open new international markets for them and increase their profits by allowing them to sell clinically ineffective mini-dose nutrients at exorbitant prices. A few observers with interest in the natural health arena have been present at official deliberations but they have not been permitted to speak in the sessions. A very small number of International Non Governmental Organizations with health freedom interests have been permitted to attend and may speak but they may not vote.
Full ratification of the desperately wrongheaded CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Vitamin and Mineral Standards is expected in Rome during the July 4-9, 2005 meeting of the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Committee.
Of course, the real work of such a complex regulatory structure takes place outside of those official sessions. And natural health advocates do not have access to those meetings, agreements and sessions. Yet CODEX would take away our health freedoms if we allow ourselves to be "HARMonized" or mandated to comply with it.
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's altruistic labeling is a poisoned apple of extremely adverse global policy that is, in fact, driven by economic concerns of large corporate interests.
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS is far more than a mindless restriction on nutrients, however. Once implemented, CODEX ALIMENTARIUS would do the following:
1. VITAMINS, MINERAL, NUTRIENTS AND PHYSIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE SUBSTANCES
2. HERBS AND HERBAL TREATMENTS
3. TRADITIONAL HEALING ARTS
4. GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOs)
5. TOXIC RESIDUES
6. ANTIBIOTICS, DRUGS, GROWTH STIMULANTS AND OTHER HORMONES IN FOOD ANIMALS
7. IRRADIATION OF FOOD
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 ALIMENTARIUS Commission meeting. The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Commission meets every two years, always offshore (Rome, Bonn, Paris, etc.) and never in Smallville, U.S.A., a fact that helps perpetuate its opacity to the United States citizenry. The United States' representatives to the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Commission have well-documented, unwholesome conflicts of interest with the very industries that stand to profit and benefit from the wholesale implementation of the CODEX standards.
CODEX sets international standards for everything from parmesan cheese to sweet cassava, canned sardines to chicken meat, Echinacea to rice. Each standard is ratified after reaching "Step 8" in Committee. Final ratification of the Vitamin and Mineral Guideline is expected at the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Committee meeting in Rome from July 4-9, 2005.
Before ratification, "HARMonization" is "voluntary" but can be enforced by WTO trade sanctions. After ratification, compliance with CODEX is mandatory and enforcement by WTO trade sanctions is a powerful threat on its own to make sure that it is complied with properly. If that were not bad enough, the SPSA MANDATES domestic compliance with ratified standards. That means that the U.S. must bring its laws and standards down to those of CODEX and keep them there!
So the U.S. can kiss DSHEA goodbye if we fail to act now. Read on and I'll tell you what we need to do to keep the U.S. CODEX-free!
It is imperative that concerned natural health consumers (and their patients, friends, relatives, suppliers, people who shop in health food stores and use clean food and therapeutic doses of nutritional supplements, etc.), become fully activated to stop CODEX from being enacted in the United States.
Now that we know more about the foundering boat in which we are adrift, let me hand you a paddle.
What You Can Do About CODEX!
This threat to our health and health freedom to choose the type of healthcare for our selves and our patients demands one of the most powerful tools available to us: grass-roots political action driven by the communication power of the Internet. CODEX is anything but democratic. We, the American people, however, can use the Democratic Process to our advantage by following the 6 Easy Steps to Protecting America from CODEX. These five steps are easily accessible on this web site, and allow you to do the following five things from the comfort of your computer chair:
Here is the golden link to the "6 Easy Steps to Protecting America from CODEX":
It is critical that you and your family, friend and colleagues all take action on these steps. If enough Americans carry out the 6 steps, Congress will not dare allow CODEX to hit the United States of America.
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 would become the law of our land.
Whether your motivation is global or local, professional or personal, I urge you to take action now!
With this web site and the "6 Easy Steps to Protecting America from CODEX", we have made it easy for you. Join HealthFreedomUSA and let's each do our part to keep CODEX out of America.
Yours in Health and Freedom,Rima E. Laibow, M.D.
Natural Solutions Foundation
Read Dr. Laibow's Daily CODEX Update Blog
 "CODEX Overview and Report on Bonn, 2004", Carolyn Dean, M.D. in Death By Modern Medicine http://www.healthy.net/scr/column.asp?Id=622
 http://www.jtaproject.com/Downloads/Regional%20Harmonisation/ Final%20Tokyo%20declaration%20.pdf
 http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/ 2003/12/05/australian_supplement_laws_for_new_zealand.htm
 http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/ sepp/2003/12/05/australian_supplement_laws_for_new_zealand.htm
 "The Australian Government has signed an international treaty (known as the JTA Treaty) in 2003 which forms the basis for a massive new international regulating "agency". This is due to come into effect July 1, 2005…. This new regulating agency, called the Trans-Tasman Agency is structurally nothing more than an off shore corporation partnered by the TGA and multi national drug corporations. That means multi-national drug companies will 'regulate' all vitamins and supplements."
 See, for example, the urban legend site, www.snopes.com article "Vitamin See" which promulgates factually inaccurate disinformation about the real nature and impact of CODEX
 FDA's Response to Questions page, http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dscodex.html
 Lazarou J, Pomeranz B, Corey P. Incidence of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized patients. JAMA. 1998; 279:1200-1205
 Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement, http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/sps_e/spsagr_e.htm
 "Harmonized" is the official, Orwellian term for regulatory and/or legislative forced compliance with the guidelines and standards of CODEX ALIMENTARIUS. Note: guidelines and standards have become indistinguishable and now carry the same weight.
 Paul Anthony Taylor, personal report, as reported in CODEX COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION AND FOODS FOR SPECIAL DIETARY USES Twenty-fifth Session. Bruckenforum, Bonn, Germany, 3-7 November 2003. A report on the CODEX discussions regarding the Proposed Draft Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Supplements, http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/2003/11/25/ codex_2003_grossklaus_and_mathioudakis_nutrition_not_relevant_to_health.htm
 President, Society of Natural Health, Director, The humanitarian Project - Health For All, Tel : 603-20941335, Address : No. 8-5, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/ 2003/11/25/codex_2003_grossklaus_and_mathioudakis _nutrition_not_relevant_to_health.htm
 Paul Anthony Taylor, op. cit.
 See USLs to Maximum levels: why risk assessment urgently needs review at http://www.alliance-natural-health.org/index.cfm?Action=archive&categoryID=9
 Since neither the "positive" nor "negative" lists have been promulgated by the CCNFSDU, the exact contents of that list are not known. Dr. Grossklaus' positions and leadership, however, make it likely that if the lists are not identical to those of the EFSD, they will be nearly so.
 For example, a "Harmonization" amendment was lobbied out of the Kennedy Kessembaum Act, 1998, http://www.povertylaw.org/legalresearch/hotline/hdocs/52394.htm
 Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement, http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/sps_e/spsagr_e.htm
 This is a completely meaningless concept: do the inhabitants of, say, Tanzania and Greenland have comparable diets and comparable genetic requirements and vulnerabilities?
 A report on the CODEX discussions regarding the Proposed Draft Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Supplements, prepared by Paul Anthony Taylor. Monday 3rd November 2003, http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/2003/11/25/ codex_2003_grossklaus_and_mathioudakis _nutrition_not_relevant_to_health.htm
 See, for example, http://www.altcancer.com/coq10_studies.htm
 For a positive interpretation of the impact of this opinion, see http://www.alliance-natural-health.org/_docs/ANHwebsiteDoc_173.pdf
 Permitted Indications Under the Directive on Traditional Medicinal Products, Annex 1 and 2, http://www.mca.gov.uk/
 Herbs are seen as a major problem for "HARMonization" in the EU. The European market for herbs and phytomedicines is characterized by the availability of a fairly large number of products. A report conducted in 1991 of the Member States (nations) indicated that about 1,400 herbal drugs were available in the EEC. When this study focused on herbs used in five of the 10 Member States, 145 herbal drugs were noted (Keller, 1996). According to Dr. Konstantin Keller of the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), "this shows that herbal drugs are indeed a major problem for harmonization in the EU." (Keller, 1996), http://www.herbalgram.org/default.asp?c=ceherbsineurope
 http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/2004/07/19/ european_directive_on_medicinal_herbs_discriminates_ against_china_india_other_cultures.htm
 CODEX Overview and Report on Bonn, 2004, Carolyn Dean, M.D. in Death By Modern Medicine, op. cit.
 Dr. Wong Ang Peng, op. cit.
 Environmental Medicine uses the term "pesticides" to refer to herbicides, pesticides and toxic agricultural and environmental chemicals of man-made origin. This usage is followed here.
 Pesticide Residues in Food, http://faostat.fao.org/faostat/pestdes/ jsp/pest_q-e.jsp?language=EN&version=ext&hasbulk=0
 Veterinary Drug Residues in Food, http://faostat.fao.org/faostat/vetdrugs /jsp/vetd_q-e.jsp?language=EN&version=ext&hasbulk=0
 WHO Press Release, http://www.who.int/inf-pr-2001/en/pr2001-33.html
 See, among many, the Breast Cancer Fund, Report Details New Links Between Environmental Toxicants and Breast Cancer, http://www.breastcancerfund.org/site/pp.asp?c=kwKXLdPaE&b=204760 Oct. 7, 2004
 Recommend International Code of Practice for Control of the Use of Veterinary Drugs, http://www.euro.who.int/Document/Fos/CP_E.pdf
 WHO Press Release, op. cit.
 Organically Produced Food, CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Document CXG_032e.pdf
 Organically Produced Food, passim, op. cit.
 Public Citizen Denounces CODEX's Pro Irradiation Stance, http://www.organicconsumers.org/irrad/073003_irradiation.cfm
 Public Citizen Denounces CODEX's Pro Irradiation Stance, op. cit.
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