IAHF List: Please read my response to Wild Oats Market. If you shop there, please communicate about this with Yasmeen Sokol. Please be courteous, and urge her to examine everything I am saying very carefully because she'll see its true if she does.
My response to Wild Oats will help you see just how skillfully the Pharma Cartel has been leading the dietary supplement industry world wide to a largely unseen cliff.
Wild Oats Market are good people. They need our help. Please print this out and bring it to the manager of the Wild Oats market near where you live and urge them to examine it very carefully. I bet we can turn Wild Oats around on this if we make a team effort.
Please folks, IAHF needs your support. My phone is ringing off the hook. I have no one here to help answer it. I am getting over a thousand emails a day. Donations are badly needed for public speaking and traveling to wake up more people. I need to go back to DC immediately for more lobbying against CAFTA and FTAA but can't do it without your help.
At 02:50 PM 5/2/2005, you wrote:
We received our information from the IADSA. www.iadsa.org.
Wild Oats Markets
Yasmeen- Thanks for telling me this. You must not realize that IADSA has been doing the diametric OPPOSITE of what they've been SAYING they're doing.
There is a smoking gun which proves what I'm saying- please take the time to examine the gif files of the letter from the Board of Directors of NNFA New Zealand to IADSA, and IADSA's very terse letter of EXPULSION which kicked NNFA New Zealand out of IADSA http://www.iahf.com/iadsa/index.html
Here is what was happening and if fully proves my point about IADSA's true intention which is to DECEIVE you on the Codex issue:
Keep in mind that Randy Dennin is well aware of this website, and he's never threatened to sue IAHF because he knows everything in it is true.
Australia has very restrictive drug based dietary supplement regulations: see article by Eve Hillary in Australia because they're trying to make their regs even TIGHTER right NOW: http://www.evehillary.org/sickness.industry.last.stand.1.htm
New Zealand, on the other hand, has very LIBERAL food based supplement regulations that are almost as flexible as the USA's.
Australia has been trying to FORCE New Zealand to HARMONIZE their regulations to AUSTRALIAs, the New Zealand Health Minister has illegally signed a Treaty for that purpose with Australia, but a PITCHED BATTLE is still ensuing in New Zealand as vitamin consumers there are lobbying their Parliament in an effort to keep this illegal treaty which would GUT New Zealand sovereignty from being RATIFIED http://www.nzhealthtrust.co.nz
The reason why IADSA kicked NNFA New Zealand out of their trade association is that they NAILED IADSA over not being willing to Lift a FINGER to help defend them from pharma harmonization pressure coming from New Zealand.
IADSA has a geographical region of the S.W. Pacific, with both Australia, and New Zealand being in it.
Australia had been representing both countries on the IADSA Board, and New Zealand didn't like this and complained.
IADSA relented and agreed that there was to be a rotating chairmanship every year with Australia chairing the region one year, New Zealand the next, but IADSA reneged on this agreement, clearly favoring Australia's efforts to force drug based regulations on New Zealand.
Don't take my word for it, the FACTS speak for themselves, and this situation is a MICROCOSM of IADSA's position on Codex.
IADSA WANTS CODEX REGS and they know damn well what the impact will be.
They WANT "approved once, approved everywhere" even though this would come at the expense of consumers.
I submit to you that Wild Oats Market cannot afford to continue telling the consuming public that Codex is a "non issue".
If you continue to do this, you will alienate so many consumers, it won't even be funny, and you will lose a huge amount of business to those health food stores that HAVE woken up on this issue, stores such as Claudia's Health Food store in Toledo Ohio, or Bassett's health food store in Ohio.
Claudia Roscoe is the President of the Coalition for Health Freedom, a newly formed umbrella group created specifically to counter IADSA's deceptions with the TRUTH.
Please call Claudia at 419-534-3343 or email her at . Please also communicate about this with Joe Bassett of Bassett's health food store as he owns 4 stores in Ohio and he also sees the truth: firstname.lastname@example.org 419-531-0334
Also, Maury Silverman knows what I'm saying is true. Here is how he knows it: Randy Dennin kicked him out of an International Committee meeting at Expo East trade show a few years ago because Maury had been circulating an article of mine from Life Extension Magazine which contained the url for this website http://www.iahf.com/iadsa/index.html
Dennin worked for Pfizer pharmaceutical company at the time this happened. (Capsugel is a subsidiary of Pfizer). My IADSA exposed website was originally on a Tripod host, but the day before Expo East someone complained to Tripod about it and it was removed from cyberspace. Tripod is a free hosting service and will remove any site at the drop of a hat based on literally ANY complaint and they don't even tell the person who put the site up that they've removed it.
I found out the same day when someone in Europe tried going to it and noticed it was not there. I immediately put the backed up site on my own website (IAHF).
Although there is no way to prove Dennin is the one who had the site removed, it does fit with his kicking Silverman out of the International Committee Meeting and with his having one of his allies remove all the copies of my article from the side table and have them thrown into the trash.
As Silverman was exiting the room, he confronted Dennin saying "Mr.Dennin, I have never met you before, and I'm only hear to listen and learn and to contribute anything I can to help defend consumer access to dietary supplements. Rob Verkerk from the Alliance for Natural Health could not make it across the Atlantic and he wanted me to fill in for him today at this meeting. What you're doing here sir is you're engaging in censorship. Such actions are un American and despotic."
Rob Verkerk of the Alliance for Natural Health in the UK can vouch for the truth of what I'm saying. He attended the International Committee meeting which just occurred at Expo West in Anaheim recently. In this meeting, he discussed the fact that what IADSA and CRN are calling "scientific risk assessment" isn't in FACT scientific at ALL.
See ANH's submission to the WHO on this matter at http://www.alliance-natural-health.org/_docs/ANHWebsiteDoc_113.pdf Their submission was signed off on by a slew of world class scientists including Dr.Jeff Bland, Dr.Alan Gaby and many others. Its truth is irrefutable.
Then look at this table. http://www.alliance-natural-health.org/_docs/ANHWebsiteDoc_145.doc This is what IADSA and CRN don't want you to realize. This is the direction they're going in at Codex as they move to fill in the blanks for allowable potencies. The pharma interests controlling IADSA and CRN don't want you to take a look at the awful truth shown in this table.
They have conned you into believing that the END POINT for (so called) "scientific" risk assessment are the SULs (Safe Upper Levels) generated by the National Academy of Science but those AREN'T the end point, they're just the BEGINNING POINT.
Only the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment has done the second tier of risk assessment and you can see the results right in the right hand column of this table: http://www.alliance-natural-health.org/_docs/ANHWebsiteDoc_145.doc As you can see, many of these numbers for "Maximum Safe Permitted Levels" are LOWER than the RDAs.....
John Hathcock at CRN knows all of this..... he's lying through his teeth.
Ditto for Randy Dennin of IADSA.
Just two weeks after the oversight hearing which included the Codex vitamin issue was WHITEWASHED on March 20, 2001 (and Karl Riedel called Codex a "non issue", regurgitating what Dennin then of Pfizer wanted him to say, Dennin chaired an IADSA meeting over in Capetown South Africa titled "Toward a Global Regulatory Model."
This article of Suzanne Harris's explains whats REALLY going on: Who Says Whats Happening At Codex Won't Affect US Law and Why Do They Say It?
From: John Hammell [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 3:36 PM
To: Yasmeen Sokol; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: email@example.com; brenna Hill; firstname.lastname@example.org; KevinMiller; email@example.com
Subject: Response to Wild Oats Inaccurate Information on Codex: Note: New Coalition to Fight Codex Just Formed in DC via AAHF
Yasmeen- Please see response below and please let me know what source or sources Wild Oats is using when making this statement to the vitamin consuming public.
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 10:19 AM
Subject: RE: Question from Susan Straus regarding Other
Thank you for your e-mail regarding CODEX. At Wild Oats, we were also concerned with this news and have done a significant amount of research on this subject. We found that there has been a great deal of confusion and misinformation about CODEX in recent months.
In the US, maximum limits have not been set for vitamins and minerals sold in dietary supplements. It can therefore look threatening that a global body such as Codex is talking about maximum levels. For US companies operating globally the advantages are obviously that maximum levels in other regions of the world should increase as countries move away from the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)-based approach. For companies who are operating solely or mainly in the US and who are therefore only concerned about the impact of Codex on US business, it is doubtful if there will be an impact. The US government is unlikely to implement maximum levels unless there was strong domestic pressure to do so (such as political, safety problems etc). It is understood by the industry that US authorities claim to have never changed laws or regulations to conform to standards or guidelines adopted by Codex, and it seems extremely unlikely that Codex would stimulate any changes to DSHEA.
The key issue now is the process of establishing an approach to assessing the risk of vitamins and minerals by WHO (World Health Organization), which will be an outgrowth of the adoption of CODEX standards for upper limits for vitamins and minerals. Until this is determined, Wild Oats will continue to follow this issue and determine at the appropriate time whether we want to take action with a consumer campaign. At this time, it does not appear that this is necessary.
Again, we thank you for your support of Wild Oats!
Wild Oats Markets
303-440-5220 ext 4788 is Yasmeen's Extension, Susan.
Yasmeen- I just tried calling you. Please let me know who your information source is on the Codex issue.
The UK based Alliance for Natural Health, a pan European Health Freedom organization that is in our new Coalition for Health Freedom, submitted this detailed paper to the World Health Organization in response to their call for comments. In their paper, which has been signed off on by such heavyweights as Jeff Bland, PhD; Alan Gaby, MD and many others, ANH shreds any contention that what the WHO is doing vis a vis "risk assessment" when it comes to dietary supplements is the least bit "scientific": http://www.alliance-natural-health.org/_docs/ANHWebsiteDoc_121.pdf
Moreover, the supplement industry is being misled when they've been told that the end point for so called "scientific" risk assessment is the "SUL"s (Safe Upper Levels) generated by the US National Academy of Sciences. Those numbers are NOT the end point, but they look good because they're comparable to currently allowed potencies in the USA. Only one organization in the world, the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment has done the math called for in the fine print at Codex to arrive at the second tier of risk assessment, and as you can see from this table, they've arrived at numbers for "Maximum Safe Permitted Levels" that are even LOWER than the RDAs in some cases: http://www.alliance-natural-health.org/_docs/ANHWebsiteDoc_145.pdf
I just returned from Washington DC where I attended a conference on the Codex issue sponsored by the American Association for Health Freedom, (formerly the American Preventive Medical Assn) http://www.apma.net/aahf/default.asp
Representatives from several health freedom organizations, including European organizations were in attendance and we have just formed the Coalition for Health Freedom, an umbrella group of health freedom organizations that disagree strongly with a lot of the information coming from vitamin trade associations on this issue.
I have been elected an officer in this new coalition.
Wild Oats should be circulating this one page alert which urges 2 very simple actions which all of your customers should be taking right now:
Wild Oats is apparently buying in to spin on this issue emanating from CRN, NNFA and IADSA.
These trade associations want one size fits all regulations: ("approved once, approved everywhere").
To call Codex a "non issue" as you have here totally ignores the reality of globalization and the fact that the USA has entered into several trade agreements through which we've agreed to enter into a constant process of harmonizing our laws to international standards. See this article by Suzanne Harris, JD
Who Says Whatever Happens at Codex Does Not Affect US Law And Why Do They Say It? http://www.thelawloft.com/Freedom/050125_us_law.htm
What you're saying ignores the reality of CAFTA and the FTAA. A fast track vote on CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) will occur either this month (May) or in June. http://www.stoptheftaa.org also http://www.citizen.org/trade/cafta/
CAFTA is a prelude to another fast track vote on FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) which would create the hemispheric eqivalent to the European Common Market, which spawned the European Union.
The same architects of the EU want to create something called the WAU (Western Atlantic Union) in our hemisphere into which every nation in our hemisphere would be subsumed: http://www.foreignaffairs.org/19960501faessay4202/charles-a-kupchan/reviving-the-west-for-an-atlantic-union.html http://www.stoptheftaa.org
They intend to create a hemispheric wide currency called The Amero that would be our hemisphere's equivalent to the Euro http://oldfraser.lexi.net/publications/critical_issues/1999/amero/
The SPS (Sanitary Phytosanitary Measures) Agreement language thats in the WTO is identical in NAFTA.
CAFTA and FTAA would broaden and deepen the impact of this language, and this would be the primary means used to force harmonization upon the USA and all other nations in our hemisphere to Codex standards.
Its no longer a matter of debate that harmonization to Codex standards is mandatory- this came out in the Codex meeting on General Principles which just took place in Paris in July.
The information Wild Oats is dissemenating to the public on this issue is seriously inaccurate.
You would have people believe that the so called "Scientific Risk Assessment" process underway at Codex is in FACT scientific, but how CAN it be when they're ignoring BENEFITS and only taking a heavily BIASED look at supposed "risks" in which they're looking at animal data in instances when far more accurate human date is available, and when they're taking only a very biased look at the literature?
Please let me know where Wild Oats has been getting this inaccurate information so that a dialogue may ensue.
John C. Hammell, President
International Advocates for Health Freedom
556 Boundary Bay Rd.
Point Roberts WA 98281 USA