We must try to understand that herbal medicine is an ORALLY-TRANSMITTED tradition. Thousands of versions of herbal medicine exist in the world today, based upon the plants which exist in each region and climate. These are the ORIGINAL forms of medicine for humanity, represent thousands of generations of knowledge accumulated by all of our forefathers. Today, the herbalists alive on Earth, around our globe, representing all these diverse herbal traditions, are indeed the keepers of this important human knowledge. Please continue reading further down this page to gain a better understanding of the many threats which emanate from international trade treaties. Many spects of these trade treaties are destroying traditional herbalism around the world and with it, the cultural heritage of the peoples of the world.
Codex and F.D.A. Threats to Herbs & Supplements
note* This is page was originally constructed from an alert letter, and is updated as time allows. See the authors credit at bottom with conference call information.
THIS IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS, WE MUST BEGIN TO ACT NOW"
"Can you afford to pay $100 per month for each and every vitamin and mineral supplement you take?"
"Please read this very important health message below and contact everyone!"
"Your right to choose your vitamin, mineral and other supplements may end in the near future. U.S. supplements may soon be defined and controlled by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (Food Code) is setting the supplement standards for all countries in the WTO.
These "supplement standards" will be enforced by the WTO and will over-ride U.S. laws and your Constitutional Rights !
The U.S. President and Congress agreed to this take-over when the WTO Treaty was signed. Violations are now punished by WTO trade sanctions.(Via huge fines on international traders and their countries)". The United States is now legally obligated to ensure national laws do not conflict with World Trade Organization rules ! Sounds like the rabid and psycopathic Corporate/person structure (corporations are considered real persons under the law... since 1887)... is promoting trade "Uber Alles" (above all else).
"CODEX drastically restricts vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements. CODEX met secretly in November, 2004 and finalized Step 8 (the final stage) to begin implementation in June, 2005. "
"The CODE includes":
"(1) No supplement can be sold for preventive or therapeutic use.
(2) Any potency higher than RDA (minimal strength) is a drug requiring a prescription and must be produced by drug companies. Over 5000 safe items now in health stores will be banned, terminating health stores as we now know them.
(3) CODEX regulations become binding internationally.
(4) New supplements are banned unless given very expensive CODEX testing and approval."
"CODEX now applies to Norway and Germany, among others, where zinc tablets rose from $4 per bottle to $52. Echinacea (an ancient immune-enhancement herb) rose from $14 to $153 (both examples are now allowed by prescription only). They are now drugs. Vitamin C above 200 mg, niacin above 32 mg, vitamin B6 above 4 mg, all are banned over-the-counter as drugs. No amino acids (arginine, lysine, carnitine, etc. = essential amino acids!), essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6, 9, etc.), or other essential supplements such as DMEA, DHEA, CoQ10, MSM, beta-carotene, etc. are allowed."
"The CODEX rules are not based on real science. They are made by a few people meeting in secret (see web sites below). 90% of the Codex Commission membership are pharmaceutical corporation representaties, who are NOT necessarily scientists. In 1993 the FDA and drug corporations tried to put all supplements under restriction and prescription. But over 4 million Americans told Congress and the President to protect their freedom of choice on health supplements."... The DSHEA Law was passed in 1994, does a LOT to protect our vitamins and supplements. But this protection will most probably be over-ruled by CODEX and the World Trade Organization. "Virtually nothing about it has been in the media.".... which is mainly because of media consolidation into the cooperating (or subordinate) hands of "fellow" corporations".
"What the drug corporations have failed to do through Congress they have gotten by sneak attack through CODEX with the help of a silent media."
"What can be done at this late hour?"
"(1) Spread the word as much as possible. Inform yourselves fully at www.ahha.org/codex.html , www.iahf.com, www.alliance-natural-health.org and www.mercola.com"... (I've added the fourth link here)
"(2) Oppose bills S.722 and H.R.3377. These support the CODEX restrictions with U.S. laws, which would supercede the DSHEA law."
(Recently the pharmacists published a white paper (see the white paper. ) that was signed off on by all the mainstream medical associations including the AMA. which clearly indicates that they plan on attacking DSHEA in Congress. In 2006, Democrats (if you can believe these regulatory control freaks), renewed push behind "Dick, the Dick"... Durbin's bill, euphemistically called "The Adverse Events Reporting Bill. It has since become law. Unfortunately, many of the events which may be reported in the future, will undoubtedly "scapegoat" herbs for adverse medical events which are actually caused by drugs. It is a poorly constructed and reasoned law.
(3) Support H. R.1146 which would restore the sovereignty of the U.S. Constitution over CODEX, etc.
Read about and oppose S.722, which restricts herbs.
(3) Express your wishes to the President, Senators and Representatives (They have gotten us into this!)" Look them up online at Thomas Legislative Information, and give make your concern clear to them.
"(4) Contact multi-level health marketing groups that can get their members to inform the government.
(5) Send donations, however small, to the British Alliance for Natural Health (see web site above). It has succeeded in challenging the CODEX directives in World Court in December 2004 ! (This is just the opening volley of what will most likely be a landslide of legal challenges.)"
"They need help financially, having carried the fight effectively for everyone."
"CODEX and the FDA wish to "protect" us by controlling supplements in the same way they do prescription drugs. This is similar to the one of the late, great, George Carlin's vignette's where he says that "The chruch has everyone convinced that God is a little, white-haired guy who sits up in the clouds above and observes our every move. God has a list of 10 things that he does not want us humans to do. When we do any of these things, he sends us to a place where we are tortured endlessly for eternity.... And... he does this because.... he LOVES us !
A study of the latter...(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 (ADRs) 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 ADRs 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 (the ADR issue above) is the number four cause of death in the U.S. When combined, these account for 7% of all hospitalized patients. This is equivalent to a 9-11 attack every ten days. There are very few fatalities from supplements or such news would be on every front page."
See the F.D.A.s own statement about what they propose to do. Don't let them lie to you about their true intent.
Click on this link to read a statement by the former head of F.D.A. Articles by us and others After reading what they say, you will realize this has been their intent for a decade or longer. (this last paragraph and link is my own).
FDA ANNOUNCES MAJOR INITIATIVES FOR DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
see proposed new F.D.A. initiatives (this heading and link is my addition).
"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 crash per day?"
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Are Herbs Safe?
Let me introduce you to a couple of statistics which can help clarify the truth about herbal safety, and hopefully, help you see beyond the claims and rhetoric... to where the real struggle is being directed. Look at the first statistic and you can begin to understand that the pharmaceutical companies are out hunting for more business amongst the 80 % of all humans who DON'T use (or have no wish to use) pharmaceutcal drugs.
I'd like for you to think of all the billions of people throughout the world.... try to visualize over 6 billion of them... and then visualize 80 % of them.... over 4.8 Billion people.... This is how many people use herbs as their main form of medical treatment here on Earth... ("fully 80 % of all people in the world use herbs as their primary form of medical treatment.")... World Health Organization statistic, quoted from Herb quarterly, Fall 2002 pg. 37 "Are Herbs Safe"
"Harper's Magazine estimates that 1,900 Americans die from properly prescribed pharmaceuticals each week!! Confirming Harper's figures, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association also estimates that 2.2 million Americans (42,300 per week) are either permanently disabled by or hospitalized with serious complications from pharmaceuticals each year. In contrast, NBC Prevention News ( in information supplied by the American Botanical Council ) estimates that of the 60 million Americans who use herbal medicines each year, only two die from properly prescribed botanicals. (one person is estimated to die from properly prescribed vitamins.)"...(From " Vital Man" by Stephen H. Buhner , 2003, Pg.8
"According to widely published botanical expert James Duke, recently retired from a long career with the US Department of Agriculture, drugs kill more than 100,000 people a year, and herbs kill fewer than 50 ." (within the United States).
There are many other statistics out there regarding the safety and effectiveness of herbs, however they all point to the same conclusion: "there are 180,000 known treatment-related deaths in hospitals every year, making appropriately prescribed drugs and treatments the fourth to sixth leading cause of fatalities in America." Ref: ( Herb Quarterly, Fall, 2002, pg. 34-39 by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, CD-N, AHG ).
How can it be that when 55,000 men and women of the armed forces died in war (Vietnam), I saw huge protests, and yet when 1,900 a week die (98,800 per year), due to drug medications, (apparantly for the past 30 years), I hear no huge public outcry?
Please become active in the fight for your own rights! One of the best ways to remain strong and speak with the power of the pocketbook is to actively move towards eating an all whole foods diet, rich in grains, beans, local fruits, local organic veggies, raw nuts, and all the wonderful things the natural world provides for us. Don't buy or eat products which are refined and packaged. They lack true wide spectrum nutritional value, and are devoid of many of the minerals and vitamins found in fresh versions of the same food. I suggest you watch two videos which will explain what's been going on behind the scenes
Zeitgeist... the movie:
Zeitgeist: the movie
and "The Corporation", which appears in 23 chapters, and can be purchased at their website. It is encouraged to share these movies with your friends or group, because this is such important information.
What else can you do in your own area?
An example of what you can do as far as organizing well thought out responses to these threats, along with fellow practitioners and community members, can be seen at the SILVER CITY HERB GUILD web page.