The European Commission and prohibited Herb Therapy
Why European Union want eliminate Herb therapy and restrict use of herbal drugs and cures
Herb-Therapy must not be prohibited
The European Commission (the Internal Market, Tourism and European Community Consumers Council) has proposed a directive on vitamin integrators, natural and nutritional products in the European Union.
The European Commission basically intends to:
1) strictly limit the maximum dosages of vitamins and minerals allowed in integrators ( article 5 of the proposed directive );
2) eliminate from the market all the sources of vitamins and minerals which are not mentioned in a limited list of “permitted chemical substances” (SEE second attachment to the proposed directive );
3) eliminate herbal products from free sale in Europe, and oblige them to be registered as “traditional herbal medical products” (the Commission’s proposed directive on traditional herbal medical products – 3rd draft, May 2001 );
4) prohibit all information on preventive and curative properties of vitamins and minerals, considering such information illegal if in any way related to a product.
The agreement will be an incentive for what seems to be the Commission’s plan to eliminate Phyto-Therapy’s therapeutic alternatives to therapies based on chemically synthesized medicines.
This Project of the European Commission aims to favor those who are making a profit from the main illnesses of deficiency which are now widely spread across the western countries (cancer, cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, “american” obesity, hyper-tension, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndromes, etc…) that is to say those companies which make their profits from illnesses, instead of health: in other words, the major chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Cancer, which was not very common until 100 years ago, is nowadays perhaps the main source of profit compared to other illnesses. The continuous increase in cancer is a clear confirmation of the fact that the Cartel of the Pharmaceutical Multinationals is far from keeping its promise, that is to improve everyone’s health: not only has the Cartel not gradually eliminated illnesses as it had promised, but the actions and products of the Cartel itself have sometimes been the direct cause of the tremendous increase in illnesses with which we are presently faced.
Nowadays many doctors opt for “alternative” treatment techniques, based on the assumption that it is exactly the deficiency of thousands of vitamins that causes serious illnesses such as cancer, and other deficiency diseases. But these doctors are daily exposed to harassing attacks. It can therefore be maintained that the Pharmaceutical Multinationals act through international institutions such as the European Commission and the Codex Alimentarius (a branch of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization), to pursue their more or less illicit money-making activities: for example, they have established the RDAs ( Recommended Daily Allowances ), also known as PRI’s (Population Reference Intakes), an acronym which indicates the quantities of vitamins and minerals, that is, the quantities of nutriments that are absolutely scurvy and beriberi.
But the recommended quantities are not sufficient, nor have they ever been thought of for the prevention of the deficiency diseases mentioned above (cancer, cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, “american” obesity, hyper-tension, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndromes, etc…), that is, to guarantee good health by enforcing the organism’s defenses.
Nevertheless, the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on vitamin integrators contemplates “maximum levels of dosage to be determined according to an analysis of risks, carried out with scientific methods, taking into account the contribution of vitamins and minerals from other nutriments…”, and also the “Population Reference Intake”, according to the declarations of commissioner David Byrne.
This book intends to ask the following questions:
1) Why do they want to protect us from the obviously inexistent dangers of alimentary integrators, when millions of people die every year because of the well-known “side effects” of chemical and pharmaceutical medicines?
2) Why will the “scientific evaluation” of the dangers said to be hidden in these innocuous biological substances be carried out by the same scientists that are responsible for having introduced on the market highly toxic medicines that kill millions of people every year?
The answer could be the following: the directive proposed by the European Commission has been formulated on the suggestions of the Pharmaceutical Cartel, and it is the last attempt to eliminate the growing competition of biological substances provided by natural and nutritious products including alimentary integrators, consisting of over 13.000 essential vitamin principles.
Scientific literature is full of studies that prove the benefits for health and the preventive properties of vitamins, minerals and other substances with biological activity found in alimentary integrators. An adequate supply of vitamins and other substances with biological activity could prevent millions of deaths every year, and cure many illnesses currently considered incurable, such as cancer and many other pathologies (to be published in future on this site ).
Therefore this book says:
NO to the European Commission’s proposed directive on integrators, especially in its present restrictive draft;
NO to the restriction on maximum dosages of integrators which have not been proved to be the cause of real, not imaginary, health problems;
NO to the costly “pharmaceutical evaluation” of natural biological products intended to eliminate from the market all substances which have not been approved;
NO to the need for the “demonstration of non-toxicity” of these natural biological products, which often requires experiments on animals;
NO to the registration of all natural products based on herbs as “medical product” or as “herb-based traditional medicine”;
NO to the prohibition of the publication and distribution of scientific information, even if connected to specific products, regarding the effects of natural substances with biological activity.
It declares that the important role of natural substances and nutrients with biological activity contained in alimentary integrators in maintaining good health and preventing illnesses should be recognized, and should receive the consideration it deserves in any legislation which sets itself the goal of regulating the sale and distribution of these products.
It declares every citizen’s freedom of choice in matters of health.
Europe First To Ban Supplements
In August 2005 everything in Europe is about to change due to the EU Food Supplements Directive (FSD). Banned items will include natural vitamins such as mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin E), carotenoids and B-12 methylcobalamin, all forms of Sulphur, Boron, Vanadium, Silicon and most trace elements, the most readily absorbed and safest forms of Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Chromium and Molybdenum. It will severely limit the doses of vitamins and will remove all high-dose products from the market. It will include future restrictions on nutrients such as fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes, probiotics, phytonutrients, etc.
The directive will dramatically limit future innovation in the supplements industry, and seriously impact retail outlets, complementary practitioners and consumers who choose to take responsibility for their own health and let food be their medicine.
Here, again, is where it affects us: the draconian EU Directive goes far beyond denying most Europeans access to safe nutritional supplements; it is about to be used as the blueprint for establishing international dietary supplement laws at Codex, which our government in its questionable wisdom has made us part of. Codex will outlaw or severely restrict virtually everything millions of us have grown accustomed to using safely every day. National borders don’t mean much anymore; we are witnessing the rapid unification of the world into a new global government with Europe at the helm. When the World Trade Organization (WTO) was given teeth to enforce international trade laws in the early 1990s, all WTO member nations agreed to harmonize their trade laws to new international laws so every nation operates by the same set of standards. Since then, every single ruling that the WTO has made has gone against the environment, against the public health, against consumer rights, against labor rights, and against human rights.
Although activists protested against the WTO, most people were unaware that it would eventually lead to an incremental attack on all of our food supplements around the world. Most supplement companies have simply gone along with the advice from their pharmaceutically dominated trade associations.
Germany, the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing nation on earth, currently dominates the EU which hosts the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods For Special Dietary Use, and is leading the charge to railroad our dietary supplement laws into international harmonization. The European Union is the blueprint by which our would-be rulers intend to form a global totalitarian state. What they’re doing with the EU is their first project; they’re trying to make and control similar regional trading blocks all over the world. For example, they’re trying to create the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) through which they’re trying to harmonize the laws between Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America.
The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), a consumer advocacy group based in Britain, was recently granted the green light to challenge the Food Supplements Directive at the last minute; however, very rarely has a EU Directive ever been overturned and in this case, it would be a historic event considering the pharmaceutical interests backing its implementation. Resources are very scarce but they’ve got to keep the lawsuit going to overturn the Directive before it’s too late. They’ve hired a top legal staff and they are girded for battle in a EU Court. With the EU expanding by ten more nations in early 2004 to a combined total of twenty-five member nations, and with heavy pressure to finalize a Codex vitamin standard, the situation is critical. If the FSD is not overturned now, with Europe’s ever-expanding power it’s very possible that there will be enough countries onboard to overrule the protests of the few countries at Codex, where many parts of the FSD will be used when new international vitamin laws are codified. Once a Codex vitamin law is finalized, it will supercede any member country’s supplement laws. The only way for a country to truly protect its vital interest on this and other matters is to get out of the U.N. and the WTO entirely, a ‘best case’ scenario that nobody realistically sees happening.
In the 21st century we live under siege. There are concerns about pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, GM,mobile phones, microwaves, amalgam fillings, falling sperm counts, mad cows, MMR – even milk. Farmed salmon is a Trojan horse for carcinogens. Obesity and diabetes are on the march.
There is a mass of documentation on all this. So what is the European Commission’s big idea? ‘Let’s clamp down on vitamins and minerals.’
In order to prevent a sinister one-world government from mining people as the resource, usurping our natural freedoms and dictating our moves, we must pony up and donate to the ANH so they can make a decent legal presentation; if we don’t do it for ourselves, how about our grandchildren and the rest of society? Go online to www.alliance-natural-health.org and make a donation. Or suffer.
(Duncan Crow, Wholistic Consultant. Canada)