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Yesterday I posted the message below on the new IAHF Bulletin Board which you will find now on the IAHF website.
Please post some responses to this and the other messages which people are starting to leave on the message board.
Back in 1989 when I first started doing health freedom work I did so as a volunteer, in spare time when I wasn't operating my moving business.
At the time, I was operating an illegal, unlicensed moving business in New Jersey in order to have a flexible means of earning an income while writing a book. The book was a Survival Guide for Schizophrenics and Their Families from an Orthomolecular Survivors Perspective.
I didn't want it to be strictly a hip boot wade through my nightmare- and towards that end I interviewed a large number of people throughout the US and Canada who had also recovered via vitamins the way I had so that my own story would have been just one chapter.....
Sadly, I was never able to complete this book. I was forced to put it on the back burner in order to fight the FDA, because stealth legislation back then (the NLEA) threatened to torpedo all American's access to dietary supplements. While we curbed the worst excesses of the NLEA by passing the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, today CODEX threatens to nuke consumer access to supplements globally- and we have just 8 months to monkeywrench the cartel's action.
Back in '89 Clinton Ray Miller, the oldest, most experienced health freedom lobbyist in the world advised me to take his form letter, photocopy it, and to make the rounds of every health food store within a 50 mile radius of my house. To educate the shopkeepers and managers as to the extreme importance of handing it out to customers and to urge their political involvement.
Thats what got me started as a health freedom organizer/lobbyist, and I haven't been able to resume work on that book because I've been on the front lines ever since.
Now things are coming to a head- QUICKLY.
We have 8 months, and I need your help to wake more people up.......QUICKLY
Please read what I just posted on the IAHF BBS, and you can add comments on the BBS as well as send them directly to me.
It is ESSENTIAL that you take an ACTIVE involvement in the fight back.
Don't expect the proverbial "other guy" to do YOUR work FOR you, it won't happen!
You MUST get ACTIVELY involved and let us all KNOW on the BBS what _YOU_ are doing!!
Its important to realize that none of us are ALONE in our efforts!!
The FUSE is BURNING CLOSER to the BOMB: Why IAHF Started This BBS....
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Posted by John Hammell, President IAHF (18.104.22.168) on 01:04:17 14/03/04
I'd like to personally welcome you to the IAHF interractive BBS (Bulletin Board System.)
The reason we created this BBS is to foster a greater sense of community amongst health freedom fighters all over the world.
THE FUSE IS BURNING CLOSER TO THE BOMB: WE HAVE 8 MONTHS TO SAVE CONSUMER ACCESS TO SUPPLEMENTS WORLD WIDE:
We felt the pressing need to establish this Board because a finalized CODEX VITAMIN STANDARD could be driven through to completion at the next meeting of the UN's Codex Alimentarius Commission's Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary Uses in November.
We CAN STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING by assisting the Alliance for Natural Health http://www.alliance-natural-health.org in their legal and lobbying efforts to overturn the EU Food Supplement Directive, and to KILL the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive, and the Pharmaceuticals Directive.
As goes the EU, so goes the WORLD due to the EU being by far the most dominant political force at the UN's Codex Alimentarius Commmission.
All indicators are that UNLESS WE ORGANIZE GREATER RESISTANCE (which we CAN organize), they PLAN on ramming a FINALIZED Codex vitamin standard through to completion at the meeting in Bonn in November.
The BIG tip off regarding the Cartel's planning are the press releases made after the last Codex meeting by pharma dominated CRN (Council for Responsible Nutrition)
See this: "Codex Committee Backs Science Based Safety Standards- Breaks Eight Year Stalemate"
DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY CRN's PRESS RELEASE
There is nothing "scientific" about the so called "Science Based Safety Standards" which the pharma dominated CRN is trying to foist off on us as the global trade standard to which US (and world) vitamin laws have been set up for harmonization to via Codex. We don't NEED so called "Safe Upper Levels" for already safe vitamins. Their intended limits aren't much better than RDA's and they're attempting to skillfully use the Hegelian Dialectic to manipulate us all.
Alan Gaby, MD blew the lid off this scam from a scientific perspective in his article "Safe Upper Limits for Nutritional Supplements: One Giant Step Backwards" http://www.iahf.com/20040127.html
Also note that CRN and ANOTHER huge controlled opposition group (IADSA) have announced that they're having a political SUMMIT meeting just 2 days before the next Codex Meeting:http://www.crnusa.org/CRNAC.html
In MAY IADSA, (along with pharma dominated European Health Product Manufacturers Assn (EHPM), European Responsible Nutrition Alliance (ERNA), and the Czech Vitamin Trade Association will be holding a strategic meeting in Prague, Czech Republic: http://www.ahpa.org/Prague2004Conference.pdf
(Note that in the brochure of this meeting there is ZERO mention of ANY legal effort to OVERTURN the EU Food Supplement Directive which they talk about as if its a "done deal", and note that HFMA (the UK's Health Food Manufacturers Assn) is a member of IADSA which CLAIMS they are "trying" to overturn the EU Food Supplement Directive (but their ACTIONS prove OTHERWISE)
IADSA is exposed at http://www.iahf.com/iadsa The smoking gun which exposes IADSA is that they did NOTHING to try to defend New Zealand's very liberal FOOD BASED dietary supplement laws to Australia's overly restrictive, pharmaceuticalized regulations. When NNFA New Zealand complained to IADSA about this, IADSA KICKED THEM OUT (!!) see complete documentation at the site above.
NAHS/HFMA have been pulling out ALL the stops in the aftermath of the January 30 hearing in the High Court of Justice to try to BLACKBALL the Alliance for Natural Health http://www.alliance-natural-health.org which is GENUINELY ATTEMPTING to overturn the EU FSD
NAHS/HFMA have been trying to blackball ANH in the British Trade Press, and they've been trying to kill off their financial base of support by trying to block them from participation in two upcoming vitamin trade shows in the UK.
When the US based National Health Federation's legal director Scott Tips emailed Peter Aldis of HFMA to demand to know how he justified attempting to STEAL CREDIT for ANH's court victory on January 30th, Aldis responded with a SHOT FROM THE HOP reply which strongly appears to have LIBELLED ANH.
ANH made a detailed response to Aldis's email, http://www.iahf.com/anh/index.html
When queried by IAHF, Aldis refused to answer any of our questions as well as any questions asked by ANH in their detailed response to his attack.
NAHS/HFMA have been trying to CON the entire supplement industry into getting behind their INTENTIONALLY LOSING EFFORT because they don't WANT the EU FSD to be overturned.
NAHS/HFMA are using the SAME LEGAL ARGUMENT which already caused NAHS to LOSE in the Kava Decision.
The legal strategy they're employing LOOKS GREAT ON PAPER to unitiated American companies ESPECIALLY. It SEEMS like it SHOULD BE the way to fly, but it has no chance whatsoever to work in the European Court of Justice.
ANH is getting their legal advice from the only lawfirm in Europe that has EVER succeeded in overturning a European Directive (Brick Court Chambers), and the legal approach they're using is the SAME legal approach that enabled that firm to overturn the EU Tobacco Directive.
I witnessed what happened in the courtroom in London on January 30th where both NAHS/HFMA and
ANH/Nutri-LINK each appeared before Judge Richards seeking referrals to the European Court of Justice in order to overturn the EU Food Supplement Directive.
NAHS/HFMA were clearly not prepared to enter the courtroom. They filed 3 witness statements on the day of the hearing which angered the Judge, who commented on this several times throughout the hearing.
The Judge also was able to attack their weak legal argument, which he did several times, as did the government attorney James Eadie. (Neither the Judge or Eadie were able to attack the ANH case, which is clearly shown in the transcript of the hearing which I now have.)
Attorney Ralph Fucetola http://www.vitaminlawyer.com and Attorney Scott Tips (Legal Director- National Health Federation http://www.thenhf.com/ are both reviewing the 1000 page plus transcript to assist us in our efforts to awaken a sleeping industry. In time, the transcript will be posted on the web, with key sections highlighted.
IAHF is in a process now of organizing a big meeting to occur in the Seattle area for the purpose of catalyzing American and global support for ANH's efforts.
Ralph Fucetola,JD http://www.vitaminlawyer.com
Richard Malter, PhD http://www.malterinstitute.com
Leanne Wylett, President of Patients for Alternative Medicine http://www.pfamhealth.net and I will be speaking so far. We're trying to line up some more speakers in order to draw the biggest possible crowd.
We hope to not only videotape the event, but possibly do pay per view streaming video so people world wide can view the meeting over the web.
We can't afford to sit idly by and just LET ourselves by led to the CLIFF by pharma dominated vitamin trade associations which are attempting to HIJACK our health freedom.
IAHF is especially seeking volunteers in the Seattle area who can help with publicity. We are going to be holding some organizational meetings for this meeting, and will need people to help put up flyers in health food stores, alternative practitioners offices, etc.
IAHF hopes to also organize a Canadian contingent from the Vancouver area to participate in the meeting in Seattle.
We're seeking input into turning IAHF into a membership organization, and welcome your ideas on this. What should we have in a "members only" section of the site? How much should dues be? I hate to turn anyone away due to an inability to pay, as I know there are many retirees on this list, as well as people living in countries that have a poor exchange rate with the US dollar.
I'd be inclined to have a membership option whereby a person could either pay monetarily to join, or pay via service of some sort to the greater global community of vitamin consumers- and this is something we can discuss.
How do YOU think we should structure things?
What would YOU like to see in our Bylaws and Mission Statement?
If you would like to be part of the IAHF Board of Directors, please list your qualifications and let me know your ideas on how we can best monkeywrench the Cartels effort to take over this industry.
If there is someone you think we should invite to join our Board, please let us know why, and how we can contact this person.
We feel that this BBS will be helpful from a synergistic perspective. There are people from all over the world on the IAHF email distribution list, and we value your input, ideas and suggestions.
Up until now, IAHF has strictly been my consulting firm, albeit with a grass roots component.
This is going to shift to where grass roots involvement with IAHF is the PRIMARY focus, but this is going to be an evolutionary process.
Clearly, we have our work cut out for us to save this industry from destruction from within. Clearly, NONE of the vitamin trade associations ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD can be trusted by vitamin consumers.
What are YOUR ideas? Please let us know. If you have anything you don't want to air publicly, please email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 800-333-2553 N.America, 360-945-0352 World (Washington State)
John C. Hammell, President
International Advocates for Health Freedom