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Banning Herbs for Health
Europe to ban hundreds of herbal remedies ... Hundreds of herbal medicinal products will be banned from sale in Britain next year under what campaigners say is a "discriminatory and disproportionate" European law. With four months to go before the EU-wide ban is implemented, thousands of patients face the loss of herbal remedies that have been used in the UK for decades. From 1 May 2011, traditional herbal medicinal products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner to comply with an EU directive passed in 2004. The directive was introduced in response to rising concern over adverse effects caused by herbal medicines. – UK Independent
Dominant Social Theme: It is important to be careful with herbs.
Free-Market Analysis: Codex Alimentarius-type legislation continues to grind ahead. The net result of this worldwide health initiative will be to regulate and license all products that have anything to do with health and nutrition. The upcoming ban on herbal remedies in Europe is just one element of what is to be comprehensive group of laws regulating every type of product that has some health or dietary impact.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission itself was created in 1963 by the World Health Organization to "develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme," according to the official Codex website. In this context, it sounds both responsible and necessary: "The main purposes of this Programme are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations."
But the reality is different. In reality, Codex initiatives favor big pharmaceutical companies that synthesize medications from plants and herbs – which are not available for patent. The powers-that-be control the large pharmaceutical companies and reap enormous profits from these patented "medicines," though sooner or later most of them reveal troublesome and even deadly side-effects. But by then, often, the substances have been generally introduced and tremendous profits have been reaped.
Herbal practitioners have pointed out (to no avail) that licensing herbs for safety and quality does not make much sense, especially given the cost. The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) points out that no products used in traditional Chinese medicine have been licensed though in Europe a few plant species have been licensed. But this just scratches the surface.
Getting herbs licensed apparently can cost upwards of US$100,000. This is a tolerable price for a few big-sellers but most herbs are not worth the time and trouble, let alone the expense. In the EU itself, people will be able to get herbs and other natural health remedies until the regulations are introduced. But predictably, they have been delayed as such regs often are when the Eurocrats are being cautious about implementation because of potential push-back. In the UK, however, people will NOT have access to herbal treatments unless the herbs are licensed.
Writing in the UK Telegraph, well-known libertarian politician and EU critic Daniel Hannan explains that three factors are in play when it comes to the ban. Eurocrats he points out, love regulating. "To the EU official, ‘unlicensed' is synonymous with ‘illegal', he writes. Second, he explains, the Eurocrats actively practice "the precautionary principle" when it comes to regulation. They seek to anticipate difficulties, though, as Hannen points out, you cannot prove a negative.
But the real reason, of course, for the ban has to do with the interests of Big Pharma. Big-selling herbal remedies will be licensed by Big Pharma, which will have something close to a monopoly. But herbs that are not huge sellers will fall by the wayside. They will not be licensed, nor offered by the big pharmaceutical chains.
Traditional health substances, not-so-coincidentally, are also coming under further attack in America. The recent Food Safety Modernization Act, gives the FDA the authority to move forward with Codex Alimentarius. Codex basically favors Western surgical traditions of medicine over natural remedies, and the law mandates that the FDA should try to sterilize food entering the US, which often destroys much of the food's nutritive qualities.
The law gives also mandates that the FDA inspect small farmers and even gardeners – as they may sell to farmers' markets. Those who wish not to be subject to FDA scrutiny must apply for an exemption, a process that includes onerous paperwork and no guarantee that the FDA will provide the exemption.
Conclusion: It is perfectly possible that sooner or later vitamins themselves will be regulated and licensed. The impetus is always to harmonize regulations worldwide, and the goal is world government, run by the Anglo-American elites that have put these systems in place and continually adjust and expand them. Such regulations will ultimately be detrimental to people's health worldwide, but from the point of view of the powers-that-be, the costs are worth the price of harmonization – which continues to be pursued relentlessly.
Posted by MyraSaidIt on 06/15/11 01:00 PM
You are right, Bob. It is all about power, money, and population control. Have you heard about the genetically engineered corn, with a birth control feature built in? Third world countries are being "encouraged" to grow and eat it. Isn't that an easy way to reduce the world's population.
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Posted by Mike on 01/13/11 05:47 AM
Research Global 2000 Depopulation!
Posted by Kk on 01/07/11 06:44 PM
The Antichrist is in Europe working behind the scenes to destroy humanity.
Posted by William3 on 01/04/11 04:41 PM
If citizens continue to believe they live in a country of laws, they will usually accommodate to new laws enacted by their governments. But at some point the sheer scope and depth of regulation we experience in the West will test that belief.
I think we have reached that point in Western countries, especially with the Codex Alimentarius-type legislation. Nothing is more personal than health, and government efforts to regulate people's sources of food and nutrition is already testing those boundaries.
I once was concerned. I now have confidence that this elite effort will fail via both underground supply efforts and public effrontery.
Posted by Clive Edwards on 01/03/11 08:31 PM
" ...they have to pry my Herbteas and Herbal Remedies out of my cold dead hands...." So sayeth a few on this site. Charlton Heston was prescient.
Posted by Leonardo Pisano on 01/03/11 04:55 PM
Happily silver comes to rescue:
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Posted by Catevala on 01/02/11 01:57 PM
"DB believes that the rush with which these dominant social themes are being implemented shows that the PE is feeling the pressure of the newly enlightened internet population. Could it be that the speed with which the PE is implementing these measures could just be a sign of...confidence?" Hear, hear! My thoughts as well. What say ye DB? Are you perhaps indulging in wishful thinking?
Reply from The Daily Bell
We've answered this numerous times. The elite evidently and obviously uses dominant social themes to prepare the way for further global governance - and to achieve other necessary goals.
There are very good reasons for this approach. When there are 6,000 of you and six billion who are not, you ought to be careful.
Why then after several hundred successful years of orchestrating such things purposefully and carefully, would the elite abandon any pretense of justification and plunge ahead towards its goal madly and blindly? You call it confidence?
We think there is something else at work, and have speculated at length on what that might be ...
Posted by Entropy. on 01/02/11 12:45 PM
What I find funny about all of this is the sheer deficit in intelligent management and results that such regulation engenders. Thinking back now, as my mind clears of the fog that has assaulted it since late last summer, I recall that a desire for intelligent management was what pushed me in the direction of liberty, and not vice versa. I do not have to call the men and women that push for control that exceeds their grasp Tyrants. They are merely Fools, and I neither need to obey their edicts nor remain in their closing societies. To the road, my friends. What places do not implement such policies seriously will be happier and wealthier of places by far then the ghosts of societies we leave behind to join them.
Posted by Catevala on 01/02/11 12:37 PM
"The exquisite irony is that most "alternative health", "alternative living", meridian tapping, chi and sacred crystals hippy types are wishy-washy lefties.
"First they came for the camomile drinking crystal worshippers, but I'm not a camomile drinking crystal worshipper so.." (joking)
In my case, they will only take my green tea by prying it from my cold, dead hands!"
Well then, you had better have an up-to-date Will! But seriously, this really does show the "power" in the phrase 'power elites'. I am married to one of your "lefties" and despite living with me as I try for the last 5 years to make her aware of what's going on, she is still stubbornly insisting that "it's not that bad" (this includes the TSA at the airports). And this is an intellegient woman! I love her dearly, but when people are like she is, I realize we have our work cut out for us.
I mean, I am still getting emails from the NRDC and Robert Redford, urging me to help save (fill in the blanks): the whales, the wolves, the Artic, etc. I want to shake them and yell into their "leftie" ears, "Hey! It doesn't matter if you try to save the Earth, one cause at a time, when the Powers-That-Be are assaulting it from the top down!".
Posted by Leonardo Pisano on 01/02/11 11:31 AM
@Bruce -- post of 12/31/2010 1:19:47 PM
The system is now set up so we mandate people to represent us. We just hope they do that right every time, but would be satisfied if they do so 50% of the time (I guess).
Do you think a good solution would be to allow people to vote via Internet-technology on a subject-by-subject basis (presuming we can get this secure)?
Posted by Adrian W. on 01/02/11 05:43 AM
Well, Control the medicines and you can manipulate the death rate. Control the food and you can control the starvation rate. Control the necessities of life and you control the masses? Maybe it goes beyond the greed theme? People in general, are no longer allowed to even survive on any means they may be able to use themselves. What a mad world, indeed, and only getting worse... Until something good happens.
Posted by Zenbillionaire on 01/01/11 04:02 PM
Although the Bell quotes one Natural Health organization in the article, I can't help wondering if there might be another organization keeping its mouth shut in the debate over herbal remedies and natural medicines.
The section of the Telegraph article saying that after May 1st such medicines must be obtained through prescription by a "registered herbal practitioner" leads me to believe that there must be a "registry" somewhere that identifies a group of people *other than pharmaceutical companies* who will profit from the regulation.
Who are those people? On a similar note, what companies hold licenses to produce herbal supplements? Are they existing pharmaceutical producers or businesses of some other kind?
This appears more a move towards regulatory capture to me than an attempt to suppress natural medicine. Perhaps decrying the role of Big Pharma is a red herring? Assumptions are dangerous; one must know whom one is fighting in order to win any battle.
I believe what we're seeing is fallout from the widespread use of the Internet more than anything else. It's the Internet that's brought information on alternative medicine to the people. Prior to it, the most common source of medical knowledge was your family doctor, the Internet has changed that. Many professional medical organizations have come to realize their livelihood now depends on their ability to regulate prescription medications and that without that power many of them would be out of work.
In fact, they've seen business decline and market share taken not by professional practitioners of Natural Medicine, but by Internet sites promoting the use of non-prescription remedies for common ailments. Why buy insulin from a doctor when you can control your blood sugar with Fenugreek seed you buy over the counter at a health food store, or order from the Internet? The hard part was knowing about Fenugreek seed in the first place, but the Internet (and Google) have changed that.
I believe this is another "unintended consequence" of the Internet; it wasn't anticipated by the medical community and they are moving clumsily to save themselves. In the long run I don't think it will work.
Posted by Don on 01/01/11 03:46 PM
For those of you whom voted for change your getting it.
Posted by Giustino on 01/01/11 11:20 AM
When I first came across the debates about Ellen Brown's concept of sovereign money on this web site, I had to check out if it was the same Ellen Brown who wrote "Forbidden Medicine", a book I read about 2 years ago.
This book is the story she wrote, as an attorney part of the legal team defending Jimmy Keller, a natural cancer healer kidnapped by the FBI in Mexico, where he was running a cancer clinic. He was subsequently prosecuted and condemned to a jail sentence in a Texas prison.
Until then, I only knew E. Brown as a lawyer interested in natural medicine. She wrote several books on the subject. As her defense of Keller was in fact a fight against government agencies and Big Pharma eager to keep a lucrative monopoly on conventional cancer treatments, mainly chemotherapy, I was a little skeptical that her involvment with sovereign money could be susceptible to be somehow part of an elite promotion.
I rather thought that her knowledge of free market economics was possibly poor and innocent, like mine was 2 years ago. But, who knows, the ways of the AAE are sometimes impenetrable.
I found the book interesting, especially for the details given about the various natural treatments that Keller was using with his patients.
The formula of the basic amino-acid serum used by Keller for treating cancer is actually available on request.
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Since I read that book, I am eating regularly bitter apricots kernels as a cancer prevention.
It might be possible for government regulation to forbid the sale of vitamins in supermarkets, as the Bell concluded, but the information spread by Internet provides ways to circumvent such bans.
It is not possible to ban the free sale of food products rich in particular vitamins, that are probably more beneficial to health than chemically synthetized vitamins produced by Novartis or Glaxo.
Bitter apricot kernels are by the way rich in vitamin B17, also called amygdalin.
Posted by Bob on 01/01/11 10:27 AM
Once again, all these regulations have nothing to do with people safety and/or welfare or even additional corporate profit. It is all about population control.
The same is true about so-called "full employment". The ruling elite wants a constant monitoring and control over people and their activities. Otherwise, people may develop potentially anti-elite activities, dissent, and associations.
Posted by Beforehollywood on 01/01/11 05:56 AM
Hi again..Naw ,-we on a rocky road calling for blood 'n rolling heads on this -or anything because, we'd just be another 'Them'then & it's a slippery old slope.Let's be more underhand and occult & use subtler ways 'to rid of (same- oh- so few -always-toO)them' ...........,-by banning their VITAMINS for instance!!
Posted by R on 01/01/11 03:20 AM
I agree with Ol' Grey Ghost ; "we've got more hay than they have cops". The small town I live in has 4 farmer's markets and 100's of personal gardens-multiply this across the U.S.-impossible to regulate.
Posted by Jasper2 on 01/01/11 01:44 AM
Niacin (in the form of niacinamide) is a well-known, safe and effective non-prescription "supplement" that in theraputic doses of from 1000 to 2500 mg daily greatly reduces LDL, raises HDL, and nearly decimates Triglycerides .
"Niaspan" is is niacinamide in a patented formulation that provides and extended release. It is less effective than a similar formulation sold over-the-counter for typically around $15/month at Costco. The prescription Niaspan costs nearly $300/mo.
Medicare part D happily pays for Niaspan, marketed by Abbott, but will not give you a nickel for the cheaper, more effective Slo-Niacin which is sold over the counter or online. Go figure.
Posted by Bob on 01/01/11 01:20 AM
The West, the USA and Europe, are in an economic, cultural, and moral disarray. Their ruling elite and its intellectual segment of the society are intellectually bankrupt. Free exchange and flow of information and ideas are curtailed and/or highly regulated. Such society is not either dynamic or viable in a long run.
The West ruling elite is very insecure. They are really at a loss not knowing of what to do. At the same time, they are ready to do anything to keep and preserve their ill-gotten wealth and privileges. Any dissent makes them very paranoiac. Consequently, they are trying to tighten up all possible screws. And very soon, it becomes outright ridiculous (airport security full-body scanners, herbal remedies and vitamins regulations, etc.,). Propaganda and indoctrination took over all mainstream information channels and the entire educational system.
Unfortunately, these events are very familiar to me. I was born in "the first world socialist country" known as the Soviet Union. Some people mistakenly called it Russia. Unfortunately, Russia ceased to exist after a gang of terrorist thugs led by Lenin and Trotsky seized the power in Russia in 1917. These people were talking about equality, justice, and workers & peasants Paradise. At the same time, they were starving and slaughtering millions and millions of workers & peasants they supposed to care for and represent.
After Stalin's death, the Soviet system has changed. It is absolutely incredible but, during the Brezhnev times, Soviet people were almost as free as people in America or Europe now.
I left the Soviet Union because I was a scientist and felt that the West would offer me more opportunities. I was suffocating from Soviet corrupt and totalitarian reality. I have done well in America. I own my own business. However, it appears that someone moved the time clock back. Recently, America and Europe remind me the Soviet Union I have left behind.
Posted by Ron on 12/31/10 11:19 PM
The recent Food Safety Modernization Act passed has only one opjective: to cull the human herd! People need to understand that "they" want to get red of us so control is easier. There is a great humanitarien running arount, Prince Philip, saying this:"Human population growth is the single most serious long-term threat to survival....if not controlled voluntarily. it will be controlled involuntarily by an increase in disease and war".
Later this guy mused: "..in the event that I am reincarneted, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute to slove overpopulation" So the elite has things under control. The removal of herbs opens the door for big pharma to surender us to them anyone thinking diffrent needs to wake up.