Dr. Rolf Grosklaus, the Dr. Strangelove of Nutrition

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Email Newsletter from 11/23/05

"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.

"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
What I tell you three times is true."

- Lewis Carrol
in The Hunting of the Snark

When Dr. Rolf Grosklaus, the Dr. Strangelove of Nutrition, wants something to be true, he says it over and over again, gets angry with people who do not agree wth him and humiliates or intimidates anyone who gets in his way.

This is an amazing process. Botswana has faced the Chairman down several times and each time, Dr. G. has gotten more and more hostile and agressive. When Botswana insisted on challenging the inclusion of fluoride as a supplement in baby formula, did Dr. G. turn to a citation of the science behind early use of fluoride? (Of course not: there is none.)

Did he ask for an expert consulatation from the WHO or FAO (as he is entitled to do?) Of course not: science is not the issue.

What he did was become hostile, demeaning and downright nasty and then ignored the question raised several times over.

The way it works is that the Chairman makes a decision and, in necessary calls on the EU or the US to back him up. Alternatively, either the US or EU will say what he agrees with and then he will back them up. It's a very small "Old Boy's Club) to be sure.

Woe unto the nation (usually African) which does not accept the pseudoscientific decision of the chairman. Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa have all felt his scorn and ire over the last few days when they did not buy into the wording, content or concept that the US, EU and chair were pushing.

At one point, Dr. Mathiadoukis (EU) shouted that he was tired of [Botswana] "wasting my bloody time for nothing" and the chairman joined him in yelling that he, too, was tired of dealing with the topic at hand for the last 8 years. The issue? Nothing worth stuggling over: just the lives of tens of thousands or more African babies whose mothers would be subjected to advertising luring them into using sub-standards packaged foods for their newborns since it, but not natural "family food", would contain nutritional claims which would makethe packaged food high status but nutritionally deficient.

Botswana does not permit baby food or formula claims and wanted the relevant Codex language to allow this. There was a near riot over it. Finally, the Chairman prevailed and literally shouted down the objections yet again. You can imagine that good feeling hardly prevailed.

The Natural Soltuions Foundation has been presenting the Revised Vitamin and Mineral Guideline to receptive nations who have a great deal to loose if they enact Codex standards and guidelines as they have been urged to do by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Until we talked with them, many of them had no sense that they had options available to them.

The response has been excellent: we are working with about 8 countries who are eager for our input and help along with NGOs (non Governmental Organizations). We are building a constituency for change starting with this central issue: establishing the principles of DSHEA as the international standard and reducing hunger and increasing world health through nutrition.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. We will be spending it thousands of miles from the people we love and who love us. They'll be having a warm gathering of loved ones to eat family food and share family foibles. We'll be having bratwurst and saurkraut.

Let me tell you, this is hard, gruelling work with hours on end (guess which end!) spent sitting and listening to things that send me ping-ponging between mind-numbing boredom, astonished dismay and transfixed horror. Couple this with the need to explain and explain, listen and, in general, engage in endless talk (and not get very much sleep) and you have a less than pleasurable task. And the weather is miserable: cold, wet, grey and nasty.

But that is the job we are here to do and we are very pleased to be doing it, too, since we believe that we can literally change the outcome that would transpire if we were not here.

Watching the EU/US tag team (with a far-from-impartial "judge") is a whole lot of NOT fun!

There are 2 other Health Freedom groups here and they are pursuing their agendas which is, after all, just as it should be. Unlike the Natural Solutions Foundation, though, they do not have a specific, pro-active strategy for neutralizing the danger presented by the Codex Vitamin and Mineral Guideline. We think the difference is significant because solving the problem is even more important than accurately identifying it.

That's where you come in.

Tell Congress to support the Revised Vitamin and Mineral Guideline. Strong support in the US at the grass-roots level provides strong popular support for Congressional endorsement of the Revised Vitamin and Mineral Guideline which embodies DSHEA and helps to protect it from the continual assault under which it finds itself at this point.

Support the pro-health Citizen Petition. Send your written Comments in support of the Citizen Petition to:
Docket Number 2005P-0433/CP1
Lyle D. Jaffe
Division of Dockets Management
Office of Management Programs
Food and Drug Administration
Rockville MD 20857

Tell Congress that you encourage Congress to hold a Codex Briefing and suggest that the Natural Solutions Foundation help organize it. Support unfettered health claims. Oppose Bills which undermine Health Freedom and/or DSHEA:

  • S1873 Biodefense & Pandemic Vaccine & Drug Development Act of 2005
  • S 3 Protecting America in the War on Terror Act of 2005
  • HR 2510 Dietary Supplement Regulatory Implementation Act of 2005
  • HR 2485 DSHEA Full Implementation & Enforcement Act of 2005
  • HR 3970 Bioterror and Pandemic Preparedness Protection Act
  • HR 3156 Dietary Supplement Access and Awareness Act

We are doing our part.Your part, though, is really important: we need Congressional support and that will only come if you take action.

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Medical Director
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