Dr. Darrell L Wolfe, Ac. Ph.D.
The Wolfe Clinic
Over 25 years preventing and treating chronic illness.
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May 16 2005
A couple of months ago I wrote a note about the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (food
code) and about how your life could be severely affected if this law passes.
Now, I want to give you some updated information, especially on a recent
legal ruling in Europe. First, though, if you are as angry and concerned as
I am about this please read the following carefully and then make sure to
contact everyone you know to prevent this attack on our freedom of choice. I
encourage you to forward this important message to everyone on your contact
list. As well, you should telephone, mail or email your elected
Write your government officials and tell them your opinion
on this matter - NOW.
In Canada write your M.P. http://canada.gc.ca/directories/direct_e.html
Your right to choose your vitamin, mineral, herb and other supplements may
end before the end of this year (2005). The large Drug Companies would
prefer that you were oblivious to this fact and kept like a mushroom. (In
the dark and fed Sh_t)
If these laws come into effect all supplements and Vitamins will need a
prescription. They will also be produced and supplied only by the Drug
Companies. This means that a low quality bottle of Vitamin E (90 caps) may
soon cost you a doctors visit and well over eight hundred dollars. The
pharmaceutical companies even include baking soda and table salt on their
list of, soon to be called, "drugs" that they wish to sell and control.
The following is a compilation of information I have received from a large
number of sources:
After July, North American supplements will be defined and controlled by the
World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
It is called the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (food code) and it is setting the
supplement standards for all countries in the WTO. CODEX met secretly in
November, 2004 and finalized 'Step 8 (the final stage)'to begin
implementation in July, 2005, severely restricting the use and availability
of numerous vitamins, minerals and other supplements.
In the US, the President and Congress agreed to the takeover when the WTO
treaty was signed, therefore these supplement standards WILL BE ENFORCED BY
THE WTO AND WILL OVERRIDE US LAWS. CODEX violations are/will be punished by
WTO trade sanctions.
No supplement can be sold for preventive or therapeutic use. (Obviously
they know nothing of Vitamin C preventing and curing scurvy, Vitamin D
preventing and curing rickets and osteoporosis, or vitamin B curing and
preventing anemia. It also ignores the mountain of evidence showing our
diets are chronically deficient in essential nutrients because of
factory-style farming practices).
Any potency higher than RDA (recommended daily allowance, aka minimal
(strength) is a 'drug' requiring a prescription and must be produced by drug
Over 5000 safe items now in health stores will be banned, terminating health
stores as we now know them. CODEX regulations become binding
internationally. 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 above are now allowed by prescription only. They are now
Vitamin C above 200mg is banned for over-the-counter and sold as a
prescription drug only.
Niacin above 32 mg is banned for over-the-counter and sold as a prescription
Vitamin B6 above 4 mg is banned for over-the-counter and sold as a
prescription drug only.
Same for Amino Acids like arginine, lysine, carnitine, etc.
Same for the Omega Essential Fatty Acids and many more supplements including
DMEA, DHEA,CoQ10, MSM, beta-carotene, etc.
The CODEX rules are not based on real science. They were made by a few
people meeting in secret; not necessarily scientists.
In 1993 the FDA and drug companies 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 which does so, but this will be overruled by
CODEX and the WTO.
Virtually nothing about it has been in the media. 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. I'm sure most Crack dealers are more
Canadian Author Helke Ferrie, has a clear, concise explanation of the
dangers of "Codex." Read this, and get worried:
LIFE UNDER CODEX
In the mid-1990s my mother, then in her 80s, had a stroke. She lived in
Germany. When she left hospital, I was ready with a nutritional plan that
included high-dose vitamins: C, E, and B - especially Inositol, as well as
Co-enzyme Q 10. I went to the pharmacy, whose owner was a family friend for
some 25 years, and handed him my list.
He handed me a small packet with a price sticker of DM 200 (then about $200)
containing vitamin E capsules manufactured by one of Germany's largest
pharmaceutical companies. The source was synthetic, not the "mixed" version
from living plant sources I wanted which contains the whole E spectrum. The
package contained a total of 10,000 international units of E, the equivalent
of a mere 25 capsules of 400 IU each that we are used to buying (I take that
many in 3 days). Our bottles contain 90 capsules and cost about $20. If
Codex rules in Canada, we will likely pay $800 for a bottle of 90 capsules
of low-quality vitamin E - if Health Canada lets us buy that many at once,
and if you can find a doctor willing to prescribe it.
He then handed me a tube-shaped metal container with vitamin C effervescent
tablets. Each tablet, when dissolved in water, would release 10 mg of
vitamin C in a refined sugar solution. Thus, this ridiculously low amount,
was to be taken in a toxic medium that would neutralize the vitamin without
it doing anything at all. The cost: about $10 for 12 tablets.
Then he asked me, "What's Co-enzyme Q 10? Are you allowed to buy all this in
Canada in such dangerous dosages?" When I told him what I take daily, his
eyes popped. Then I asked, "Why can't I buy these supplements here?" He
replied, "Well, Germany is a Codex country." Oddly, Germany has several
government-run hospitals where environmental illness is treated with
nutrients only, intravenous vitamin C etc. Life is full of paradoxes and few
more follow below.
CODEX AND THE EU
Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical doctor and naturopath well known to Toronto
readers, is currently the president of "Friends of Freedom International" in
which capacity she attended the Codex meeting in Bonn last November. She
describes Codex as "the ultimate Big Brother marching backwards into the
Effective 1 August, all vitamin and mineral supplements on the so-called
"positive list", including everything from Beta Carotene to Zinc, will only
be available in the 25 EU countries if they comply with specific rules set
out in the 10 June 2002, EU Directive Relating to Food Supplements. All
products must show maximum safe levels "as established by science."
Those nutrients found in the mythic "balanced diet" are to be subtracted
from the final values, and Article 6 (2) decrees that labels shall "not
attribute to food supplements the property of preventing, treating or curing
a human disease, or refer to such properties."
So, the Directive's "science" knows nothing of Vitamin C preventing and
curing scurvy, Vitamin D preventing and curing rickets and osteoporosis, or
vitamin B curing and preventing anemia. It also ignores the mountain of
evidence showing our diets are chronically deficient in essential nutrients
because of factory-style farming practices.
To "ensure a high level of protection for consumers and facilitate their
choice", they even included baking soda and table salt. We must assume they
will be unavailable as of 1 August anywhere in Europe - with interesting
consequences for the tourist industry in the baked goods paradises Austria,
Switzerland and France.
Now, there is also a "negative list" covering essential fatty acids,
phytonutrients, all the enzymes and more. Those cannot be marketed at all,
until the EU scientific committee in charge has made a final decision. So,
forget omega-3 and omega-6 fats, cod liver oil, and much more.
The effect of this directive will be that thousands of products and
businesses will be gone this year. In the UK alone some 21 million people
will suddenly have no access to any supplement vitamins, minerals, enzymes,
fatty acids and more. Since the onus is on businesses to produce the
scientific information on safety, they can't produce or sell anything - not
even to physicians who have the power to prescribe any toxic drug as well as
any essential nutrient. Obviously, there will be ludicrous enforcement
issues: Picture basement-concocted vitamins sold in dark alleys alongside
crack and Ecstasy.
Here is a fact. Contrary to pharmaceutical drugs, there are few fatalities
from supplements. Can you just imagine the news coverage if vitamins and
supplements created the amount of death that drugs do?
There is no need for more control of supplements than is already in place,
which is substantial. Instead of drastically restricting supplements, why
don't they better control and restrict the extremely dangerous
pharmaceutical drugs which are now killing us at the rate of a major airline
crash per day?
Behind the Codex Alimentarius Commission is the United Nations and the World
Health Organization working in conjunction with the multinational
pharmaceutical cartel and international banks. Its initial efforts in the
US with the FDA were defeated, so it found another ally in the FTC. Now
Codex, with the FTC and the pharmaceutical cartel behind it, it threatens to
become a trade issue,
Codex began simply enough when the U.N. authorized the World Health
Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization to develop a
universal food code. Their purpose was to 'harmonize' regulations for
dietary supplements worldwide and set international safety standards for the
purposes of increased trade. Standardize labeling and regulatory
requirements between countries to facilitate increased international trade.
Pharmaceutical interests stepped in and began exerting their influence.
Instead of focusing on food safety, Codex is using its power to promote
worldwide restrictions on vitamins and food supplements, severely limiting
their availability and dosages.
Real Goals of Codex
This is to bring about international 'harmonization.' While global harmony
sounds benign, is that the real purpose of this plan? While the stated goal
of Codex is to establish unilateral regulations for dietary supplements in
every country, the actual goal is to outlaw health products and information
on vitamins and dietary supplements, except those under their direct
control. These regulations would supersede domestic laws without the
people's voice or vote in the matter.
According to John Hammell, a legislative advocate and the founder of
International Advocates for Health Freedom (IAHF), here is what we have to
look forward to:
"If Codex Alimentarius has its way, then herbs, vitamins, minerals,
homeopathic remedies, amino acids and other natural remedies you have taken
for granted most of your life will be gone. The name of the game for Codex
is to shift all remedies into the prescription category so they can be
controlled exclusively by the medical monopoly and its bosses, the major
pharmaceutical firms. Predictably, this scenario has been denied by both the
Canadian Health Food Association and the Health Protection Branch of Canada
The Codex proposals already exist as law in Norway and Germany where the
entire health food industry has literally been taken over by the drug
companies. In these countries, vitamin C above 200 mg is illegal as is
vitamin E above 45 IU, vitamin B1 over 2.4 mg and so on. Shering-Plough, the
Norway pharmaceutical giant, now controls an echinacea tincture, which is
being sold there as an over the counter drug at grossly inflated prices.
The same is true of ginkgo and many other herbs, and only one government
controlled pharmacy has the right to import supplements as medicines which
they can sell to health food stores, convenience stores or pharmacies."
It is now a criminal offence in parts of Europe to sell herbs as foods. An
agreement called EEC6565 equates selling herbs as foods to selling other
illegal drugs. Action is being taken to accelerate other European countries
into 'harmonization' as well.
There is some hope.
A couple of days ago there was tremendous news for the millions of people in
Europe who choose to use food supplements. Following a landmark challenge in
the European Courts of Justice (ECJ) brought by the Alliance for Natural
Health and Nutri-Link Ltd to the contentious Food Supplements Directive,
which effectively proposed to ban 75% of vitamin and mineral forms, Advocate
General Geelhoed, the senior adviser to the ECJ, gave his Opinion in favour
of the Alliance's case.
What does this mean? That the chances of consumers being able to continue
using the natural food supplements they believe are beneficial to their
health are now greatly increased. There has been uproar about the proposed
EU ban, and maybe, against the odds, the consumer is going to come out on
top in what is a remarkable modern day case of David and Goliath.
In a statement released in Luxembourg today at 0830 GMT, the Advocate
General concluded that:
The Food Supplements Directive infringes the principle of proportionality
because basic principles of Community law, such as the requirements of legal
protection, of legal certainty and of sound administration have not properly
been taken into account.
It is therefore invalid under EU law.
It should be stressed that the Advocate General's pronouncement is not a
ruling. That will come from the ECJ judges, later - probably around June.
But typically, in the vast majority of cases, the Court Judgment follows the
recommendations of the Advocate General.
If the Advocate General's recommendations are adopted, in effect, the ban on
vitamin and mineral forms not included on the EU's 'Positive list,' due to
come into effect on 1 August 2005, will be declared illegal. In essence,
the positive list of allowable nutrient forms will be deemed to be too
narrow, too restrictive, and based on flawed science.
This would avoid the totally irrational situations that the Food Supplements
Directive would otherwise create. For example, synthetically produced
selenium would have been allowed on the positive list, while the natural
source found in Brazil nuts would not; synthetic forms of Vitamin E (often
used in 'adverse' vitamin studies reported in the media) would be allowed,
but the natural, most beneficial food forms would not.
I should note that this ruling in no way effect the upcoming implementation
of Codex laws in North America. The news is encouraging but the fight is far
from over and we need to do everything we can to persuade our politicians to
listen to us and not heed the words of the scummy drug corporations and
blindly follow their grandiose plans for world domination.
So, what can be done at this late hour?
Don't be a mushroom! Get out of the dark. Spread the word as much as
possible and inform yourselves fully.
Dr. Darrell L Wolfe, Ac. Ph.D.