The War on Natural Medicine: The Full ARTICLE from Issue 2Jason Firmager
Nothing less than your health is at stake: By Doctor Stephen Hopwood
Governments throughout the world have now joined forces with Big Pharma and Big food in an unprecedented war against natural medicine. They are employing ‘banning-by-stealth’ tactics to bring in ‘back door’ legislation hidden inside fragmented EU laws, with covert agendas. Piecemeal ‘framework’ directives and regulations are being implemented gradually that institute severely restrictive measures, incrementally, so we are less likely to notice. The approach being taken is sometimes referred to as ‘boiling the frog slowly’. The analogy is based on the notion that a frog thrown into hot water immediately jumps out, while one put into cold water that is warmed slowly eventually succumbs to the high temperature, failing to leap to safety.
Leading the charge is the European Commission, its various European institutions, such as the European Medicines Agency and the European Food Safety Authority, which are enshrining into European law a series of directives and regulations that seek to create a near-monopoly for the largest food and drug companies. This legal instrumentation, much of it having just come into force — or about to come into force — makes it increasingly difficult for the pioneers in health foods and natural health products to function.
Dr. Robert Verkerk, executive and scientific director of the lobbying and legal action group the Alliance for Natural Health Campaign (anh-europecampaign.org) says “it’s becoming more and more difficult for effective and therapeutic natural health products to be sold as food or food supplements. The European drug definition is so broad, it effectively gives regulators a loaded gun to shoot at anyone who produces a product that competes with a licensed pharmaceutical.”
Obviously if a natural substance is to be treated like a drug then it has to be evaluated and studied like a drug. “The millions that this costs, mainly for safety and efficacy evaluation,” says Verkerk, “is out of reach of the vast majority of food or dietary supplements manufacturers.” – In reality, it is a de facto ban.
This is also why when you’re prescribed medicines from your doctor, they are invariably patented synthesised pharmaceutical drugs – as you can’t by law patent a natural product. These drugs are generally toxic to the body, hence the scale of the drug side effects problem that is now costing our society, in terms of human suffering and financially, very dearly. It’s no surprise, however, as these products are new-to-nature, and as a result, our physiology and detoxification system is often poorly adapted to them. Let’s remember, we are not suffering from synthesised pharmaceutical drug deficiency syndromes, and our bodies have no evolutionary requirement for these artificially manufactured products.
The Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation is a recent piece of European legislation that is just preparing to bite. This new regulation governs any health claims made about foods or supplements. Advertising the European Commission’s controversial plan, European Commissioner John Dalli said in December 2011, “We now have the tools to clean up the market from those health claims attributing unsubstantiated and misleading health benefits to products. Misleading claims are also unfair competition, disadvantaging the majority of food business operators who try to ensure consumers have the correct information on which to make informed choice. This measure will make for better clarity, with harmonised rules throughout the EU” But isn’t it odd, that the very same European Commissioner is quite happy to see food products derived from animals fed on genetically modified (GM) feed requiring no GM labelling? How much is all the consumer protection grandstanding just another way of protecting some of the biggest businesses in Europe?
Under the new EU Regulation, any claim which suggests the benefit of any commercial food product will need to be pre-authorised by EU authorities. “The problem is, thus far, the European Food Safety Authority has rejected 97% of claims on botanicals and 92% of other claims”, says Dr Verkerk. “They are using pharmaceutical standards that just don’t work for foods, and the result is that their view on what foods and food ingredients have been proven to be beneficial simply doesn’t reflect the current status of nutritional science. This is a travesty when all major chronic diseases that represent the biggest burden on our society are now generally agreed as being related strongly to poor diet and lifestyle”, added Verkerk.
The existence of ‘revolving doors’ between executives of global and national government institutions and multinational pharmaceutical and food corporations, such as Monsanto and Merck, is now well established. The huge blatant conflict of interests of these monopolies arising between their addiction to ‘profit at any cost’ and ‘the expense of people’s health’, which then yields yet more corporate drug profits, is surely a case convicted beyond reasonable doubt?
So the big question is: can these government entities and private corporations really be trusted with our health?
Let’s take a look at some shocking comments made by Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, the head of health at the Council of Europe, who claims that the swine flu scare was a “false pandemic” led by drugs companies that stood to make billions from vaccines.
In articles posted in the Daily Telegraph, The Sun and France’s L’Humanite, Dr Wodarg, claimed pharmaceutical firms organised a “campaign of panic” to put pressure on the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic. He believes it is, “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century”, and has called for a full enquiry.
Dr Wodarg said. “The great campaign of panic we have seen provided a golden opportunity for representatives from labs who knew they would hit the jackpot in the case of a pandemic being declared.” “The vaccines were developed too quickly. Some ingredients were insufficiently tested,” he said. “But there is worse to come. The vaccine developed by Novartis was produced in a bio- reactor from cancerous cells, a technique that had never been used until now”.
He believes “The time has come for us to make demands on governments and national and international public institutions…which have been discredited, because millions of people have been vaccinated with products with inherent possible health risks.”
People are getting sicker at an increasingly young age. Despite billions being spent on the two leading killer diseases in our society, improvements in outcome for these diseases are trivial. Our healthcare system operates in cahoots with the pharmaceutical industry, which in turn makes billions and has turned most general practitioners (GPs) into drug prescription machines. Under the current government’s plans, GPs, who are given virtually no training on diet and lifestyle-mediated healthcare strategies, are given an increasing amount of say in how healthcare should be metered out to the public. Independent studies, that are now accepted by governments, propose that “properly prescribed” prescription drugs amount to fourth biggest killer in our society, causing over 100,000 deaths per year in the United States alone.
Big Government, Big Pharma and Big Food are at war with you and your health and freedom are at stake if we are not all prepared to protect our fundamental rights and freedoms. The time to wake up to this reality and to act – is now!
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“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”
Thomas Jefferson – U.S. President (1801-09).