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What is CODEX? Here's the answer.....

Posted by NancyN on October 11, 2003 at 18:32:31:

The following is an excerpt from article written by Gary Null:
http://www.vitaminexpress.com/news/codexnull.htm


Codex Alimentarius, which means "food code" in Latin, is the name of a United Nations commission that operates as part of the World Health Organization. The Codex Alimentarius Commission’s mandate is to set international standards for trade in all kind of food products. Its concerns include raw-and processed-food standards, pesticide and other contaminant levels, nutritional content, and labeling. Codex also is concerned with global trade rules for health supplements, and it is what the commission is aiming to do in this field that is really scary.
First, the Codex Alimentarius Commission wants to establish a world guideline saying that no dietary supplement can be sold for preventive or therapeutic purposes. Actually, in the U.S. we already have a labeling constraint to this effect: The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 prohibits claims on supplement labels that relate to treatment or prevention of disease other than classic nutrient-deficiency diseases, like scurvy. That’s why our vitamin bottles don’t tell us much about what their contents are good for-they’re not allowed to.
Second, the Codex-Alimentarius Commission wants to limit over-the-counter sales of dietary supplements to those of low or R.D.A. dosage, the kind that prevent deficiency diseases but not chronic diseases like cancer. Dietary supplements of higher potency-the dosages that work to fortify the immune system and stave off aging and chronic disease-would become pharmaceuticals. You would have to get them from a pharmacist.
Today, many of the newly popular supplements, such as those being taken for their immune-enhancing powers, have never been assigned a recommended daily allowance. These R.D.A.-less substances, such as bioflavonoids, selenium, chromium, and coenzyme Q10, also would be classified, according to the Codex scheme, as drugs, meaning you’d need a prescription to get any of them.
And there’s more on the Codex agenda. The group wants all new supplements to have to be approved by the commission before becoming available. Without approval there’d be no legal sale anywhere. That’s another aspect of what the Codex Alimentarius Commission wants to do- it wants to make its guidelines universal. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade that the U.S. and other nations have signed contains an escape clause on regulations that allows us to set our own standards. But Codex wants to eliminate that clause and force Americans into the commission’s restrictive system. It speaks in terms of governments "harmonizing" their rules so that everyone in the world sticks to the same standards. "Harmonizing" their rules so that everyone in the world sticks to the same standards. "Harmonization" might be a nice concept if you were talking about the whole abiding by some minimum standards on
democracy, decent wages, human rights. Unfortunately, in this case the harmonized standards will mean nothing less than the loss of our capacity to maintain and care for our own bodies in the ways we judge best. We’d be losing the ability to educate ourselves on how to enhance health and then act on what we’ve learned. The gainer in all this would be the medical establishment, particularly the large pharmaceutical companies. What it boils down to is that there’d be a medical monopoly controlling our very body chemistry.
Sometimes threats to our freedom remain in the shadows until it’s too late. That may turn out to be the case with the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which certainly has not been a household term in America. Our media seem to have been asleep at the wheel when it comes to reporting on this outfit.

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Re: What is CODEX? Here's the answer..... (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 12, 2003 at 07:54:38:

In Reply to: What is CODEX? Here's the answer..... posted by NancyN on October 11, 2003 at 18:32:31:

Thanks, Nancy.

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