Monday, March 28, 2005

Life under CODEX

Excerpted from a Feb 2005 Vitality Magazine article

by Helke Ferrie

If the following were a horror movie, we could all sit back with our popcorn and enjoy it. Unfortunately, this is not fiction, and if we don't do something about it, this nightmare will soon become waking reality in the USA and Canada.

In the mid-1990's my mother, then in her 80's, had a stroke. She lived in Germany. When she left the hospital, I was ready with a nutritional plan that included high-dose vitamins: C, E, and B-complex, especially inositol, as well as Co-enzyme Q-10. I went to the pharmacy, whose owner was a family friend for some 25 years, and handed him my list.The pharmacist handed me a small packet with a price sticker of DM 200 (then about $200) containing vitamin E capsules manufactured by one of Germany's largest pharmaceutical companies. The source was synthetic, not the "mixed" version from living plant sources I wanted which contains the whole E spectrum. The package contained a total of 10,000 international units of E, the equivalent of a mere 25 capsules of 400 IU each that we are used to buying (I take that many in 3 days). In Canada, our bottles contain 90 capsules and cost about $20.
He then handed me a tube-shaped metal container with vitamin C effervescent tablets. Each tablet, when dissolved in water would release 10 mg of vitamin C in a refined sugar solution. The cost: about $10 for 12 tablets. Twelve.

Then he asked me, What's Co-enzyme Q-10? Are you allowed to buy all this in Canada in such dangerous dosages?

When I told him what I take daily, his eyes popped. Then I asked, "Why can't I buy these supplements here?"

He replied, "Well, Germany is a CODEX country." Oddly, Germany has several government-run hospitals where environmental illness is treated with nutrients only, such as intravenous vitamin C.

Effective August 1, 2005, all vitamin and mineral supplements on a so-called "positive list," including everything from beta carotene to zinc, will only be available in the 25 European Union countries if they comply with specific rules set out in the June 10, 2002, European Union Directive Relating to Food Supplements, or CODEX. What does it specifically mean?

  1. All products must show "maximum safe levels, as established by science."

  2. Those nutrients found in the mythic "balanced diet" are to be subtracted from the final values.

  3. Article 6 decrees that labels shall "not attribute to food supplements the property of preventing,
    treating or curing a human disease, or refer to such properties."

So, the Directive's "science" knows nothing of vitamin C preventing and curing scurvy, vitamin D preventing and curing rickets and osteoporosis, or vitamin B complex curing and preventing pellagra and anemia. It also ignores the mountain of evidence showing our diets are chronically deficient in essential nutrients because of factory-style farming practices. To "ensure a high level of protection for consumers and facilitate their choice", they even included baking soda and table salt. Must assume they, too, will be unavailable as of August 1 anywhere in Europe? What interesting consequences for the tourist industry in the baked goods paradises of Austria, Switzerland and France.

Now, there is also a "negative list" covering essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, all the enzymes and more. Those cannot be marketed AT ALL, until the EU scientific committee in charge has made a final decision. So, forget omega-3, cod liver oil, and much more. The effect of this directive will be that thousands of products and businesses will be gone this year. In the UK alone some 21 million people will suddenly have no access to any supplement vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids and more. Since the onus is on businesses to produce the scientific information on safety, they can't produce or sell anything, not even to physicians who have the power to prescribe any toxic drug as well as any safe and essential nutrient.

Obviously, there will be ludicrous enforcement issues:

Can you picture basement-concocted vitamins sold in dark alleys?

Hundreds of thousands of people die every year in North America from properly prescribed and ingested drugs. CODEX's effort to save us all from supposedly "dangerous" food supplements, by requiring their (non-existent) toxicity levels, is a determined backlash against the turn medical science took starting with Linus Pauling, Abram Hoffer, Carl Pfeiffer and Roger Williams in the 1950's. They established the concepts of bio-individuality in absorption and
detoxification, high-dose essential nutrients as disease-curing, and environmental toxins acting as nutrient-depleting.

Today, we have a flood of evidence showing that drugs have a very limited usefulness and that high-dose nutrients work better than drugs.

The pharmaceutical industry is anything but slow-witted, and good business practice dictates outfoxing the competition- one way or another - to secure the market. If the CODEX Directive is not stopped, there will be only one medical world: the pharmaceutical world. When this whole CODEX project began in 2001, some 180 million protest letters reached their office, but CODEX didn't give up on "protecting" us. Now the fight is on in each country, because the European Union's problem is now everyone's problem.

(Reprinted with the kind permission of the author.)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Unless you like that "back alley" vitamin-buying scenario that Ms. Ferrie refers to, get out your pen and write to your newspapers. For more action information:

Friday, March 11, 2005

Mother Nature says Vine Ripened

God and Mother Nature make sense. They are always logical. You eat fruit & vegetables for the nutrition or what is now being called phytochemicals. That’s why you eat them but what do phytochemicals do for the plant? They’re in the plant for a reason.

When you first plant seeds they have no nutritional value or phytochemicals in them (other wise you could just eat the seeds). As the plant grows and breaks above ground level the full strength of the sun hits the leaves and the plant begins a process called photosynthesis or in laymen’s terms, begins to create phytochemicals/nutrition. But where are the phytochemicals growing? In the roots below ground level.

Then the plant grows until it is 100% ripe (remember God & Mother Nature make sense, they are always logical). Now the plant has been growing with the full strength of the sun beating down on it and growing as fast as it can. But once the plant is ripe, we don’t want it to go from ripe to rotten do we? Remember all those phytochemicals that are being stored in the roots? Once the plant is 100% vine ripened the phytochemicals are released to come up through the roots, past the stalk and into the skins and pulp of the fruit and vegetables. The phytochemicals act as sun block to slow down the aging process of the plants so they don’t go from ripe to rotten so fast.

Think of phytochemicals as SP-50. God and Mother Nature do make sense. Now the problem, remember when you brought home that green banana and put it on the shelf until it “ripened” and turned yellow? “After” it turned yellow it triggered the mechanism asking for the nutrition to be sent up. However the nutrition is back on the farm in another state or country! All of our plants, fruits and vegetables are picked green and shipped to the stores and they ripen in the box, separated from the nutrition.

God and Mother Nature make sense and they give you back up systems to figure out if you should be eating the fruits and veggies yet. Nutrition or phytochemicals are the aroma in the plants. If they don’t smell really delicious they were picked green and have little or no nutrition in them. Second clue is when you bite into your fruit or veggies and they have no taste that’s because nutrition is the taste in a plant. If they don’t taste good that’s because they were picked green.

Now you have a catch-22, situation if you pick them ripe they’ll spoil on the way to market, if you pick them green they will have no nutrition when they do get to market.

Solution? Pick them ripe then flash freeze dry them and take out the water so they don’t spoil and ship them in a food supplement.

Want proof? Go to the store and grab a tomato from the shelf and then go to a friend’s house or farm that grows tomatoes and pick a vine-ripened tomato. Take a thin slice from both tomatoes and go into your back yard and throw them on the ground and watch which one the ants go for. You won’t think you’re at the top of the food chain when the ants ignore the tomato that’s usually in your burger and go strait to the vine ripened tomato.

You should still eat fruits and vegetables for the fiber, roughage and natural enzymes. But you have to back it up with supplements for the nutrition because it’s physically impossible for a store to have a vine ripened fruit and vegetable with nutrition in it without being spoiled and it’s impossible for a green harvested fruit and vegetable to have nutrition in it period.

Take Care

Friday, March 04, 2005

Doctor's Speak up About Prescription Drugs

Here's What Informed Doctors Have to Say About
Prescription Drugs

Note: Here's a summary of what informed doctors tell people - most doctors listen to the drug companies and worsen people's health - in many cases killing them.

1. "The cause of most disease is in the poisonous drugs physicians superstitiously give in order to effect a cure."

- Charles E. Page, M.D.

2. "Medicines are of subordinate importance because of their very nature they can only work symptomatically."

- Hans Kusche, M.D.

3. "If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity"

- O.W. Holmes, (Prof. of Med. Harvard University)

4. "Drug medications consists in employing, as remedies for disease, those things which produce disease in well persons. Its materia medica is simply a lot of drugs or chemicals or dye-stuffs in a word poisons. All are incompatible with vital matter; all produce disease when brought in contact inany manner with the living; all are poisons."

- R.T. TraIl, M.D., in a two and one half hour lecture to members of congress and the medical profession, delivered at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington,D.C.

5. "Every drug increases and complicates the patients condition."

- Robert Henderson, M.D.

6. "Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature's protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear, but the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious ofit at the time."

- Daniel. H. Kress, M.D.

7. "The greatest part of all chronic disease is created by the suppression of acute disease by drug

- Henry Lindlahr, M.D.

8. "Every educated physician knows that most diseases are not appreciably helped by medicine."

- Richard C. Cabot, M.D. (Mass. Gen. Hospital)

9. "Medicine is only palliative, for back of disease lies the cause, and this cause no drug can reach."

- Wier Mitchel, M.D.

10. "The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine."

- William Osler, M.D.

11. "Medical practice has neither philosophy nor common sense to recommend it. In sickness the body is already loaded with impurities. By taking drug - medicines more impurities are added, thereby the case is further embarrassed and harder to cure."

- Elmer Lee, M.D., Past Vice President, Academy of Medicine.

12. "Our figures show approximately four and one half million hospital admissions annually due to the adverse reactions to drugs. Further, the average hospital patient has as much as thirty percent chance, depending how long he is in, of doubling his stay due to adverse drugreactions."

- Milton Silverman, M.D. (Professor of Pharmacology, University of California)

13. "Why would a patient swallow a poison because he is ill, or take that which would make a well man sick."

- L.F. Kebler, M.D.

14. "What hope is there for medical science to ever become a true science when the entire structure of medical knowledge is built around the idea that there is an entity called disease which can be expelled when the right drugis found?"

- John H. Tilden, M.D.

15. "The necessity of teaching mankind not to take drugs and medicines, is a duty incumbent upon all who know their uncertainty and injurious effects; and the time is not fardistant when the drug system will be abandoned."

- Charles Armbruster, M. D.

16. "We are prone to thinking of drug abuse in terms of the male population and illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. It may surprise you to learn that a greater problem exists with millions of women dependent on legalprescription drugs."

- Robert Mendelsohn, M.D

Drugs and Doctors May be the Leading
Cause of Death in U.S.

Reevaluation of critical data previously published in JAMA shows that the traditional medical paradigm, with its prevalence of drugs and mistakes made by doctors,may kill more people than heart disease or cancer.


Delusional MD Epidemic Grows


A highly amusing article regarding the over-prescription of drugs and misuse of surgeries and other treatments associated with many physicians who are caught up in the traditional medical paradigm.

There is a healthier, safer, profoundly more effective
way to create and maintain our health... Cellular communication vital for ALL healing,
Phytonutrient (Fruits & Vegetable) Antioxidants, Plant Hormonal Balancers, Natural, Highly Absorbable Vitamin/Minerals in a food matrix...

Suppressing your symptoms will never bring true health. You now can choose to address the core nutritional deficiencies, endemic in our society, which have been proven to contribute to the cause of most diseases! For many, this is a whole new way of thinking, we

Thursday, February 24, 2005

FDA corruption and U.S. drug racket

Following the death of as many as 60,000 Americans from COX-2 inhibitors (source: British Medical Journal, author Dr. David Graham, FDA drug safety researcher), an FDA advisory panel has now voted to allow the drugs to return to the market with full FDA safety approval. The fact that a single COX-2 drug has reportedly killed more Americans than the entire Vietnam War is apparently not sufficient for the FDA to characterize it as unsafe.

For the full story...

(The drug companies have very deep pockets and billions to lose when a drug is not approved - if you think they are just nice guys - think again)

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Inflammation Causes Many Age-Related Diseases

The underlying cause of many apparently unrelated aging diseases might be inflammation. There is plenty of evidence, often overlooked by the medical profession, that correcting a chronic inflammation disorder may help prevent or reverse many age-related diseases. The medical literature documents the relationship between aging-related diseases and inflammation quite convincingly (Ward 1995; McCarty 1999; Brod 2000; Willard et al. 1999; Hogan et al. 2001).

Inflammatory cytokines (destructive cell-signaling chemicals) contribute to the progression of many degenerative diseases (Van der Meide et al. 1996; Licinio et al. 1999). Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease in which levels of several cytokines are elevated: TNF-a, IL-6, IL-1(b), and interleukin-8 (IL-8) all of which are known to cause or contribute to inflammation.

Diseases Related to Chronic Inflammation

AllergyInflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions
Alzheimer'sChronic inflammation destroys brain cells
AnemiaInflammatory cytokines attack erythropoietin production
Aortic valve stenosisChronic inflammation damages heart valves
ArthritisChronic inflammation causes many cancers
Congestive heart failureChronic inflammation contributes to heart muscle wasting
FibromyalgiaInflammatory cytokines are elevated
FibrosisInflammatory cytokines attack traumatized tissue
Heart AttackChronic inflammation contributes to coronary atherosclerosis
Kidney failureInflammatory cytokines restrict circulation and damage nephrons
LupusInflammatory cytokines induce an autoimmune attack
PancreatitisInflammatory cytokines induce pancreatic cell injury
StrokeChronic inflammation promoted thromboembolic events
Surgical complicationsInflammatory cytokines prevent healing

Reducing inflammation without resorting to drugs may involve two monosaccharides (simple sugars) called Mannose and N-acetyl-glucosamine. Both Mannose and N-acetyl-glucosamine have been shown to reduce inflammation (Brink U et al 1998).

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Get those toxins out

Did anyone catch “House” Monday night? In the episode a young kid was in the hospital and dying of what they thought was hepatitis C or Lupus. Turns out that after coming to the hospital the food they were giving him was of a higher quality than what he was eating at home and he started losing weight. In his fat were toxins, they happened to come from termites in his home. The point is that the toxins were being rapidly released as he lost weight and were killing him.

When you lose weight you should lose weight gradually. You may feel sick when you lose weight due to toxins released from your fat. Before starting on a weight loss program consider a detoxification program. With a detoxification program you can get the toxins out of your body at a rate that you choose. I’ve used glyconutrients in the past to do this. A teaspoon a day and within a couple days you start feeling almost like you have the flu (some people experience it more, some less). If you want to speed up the detox just increase the glyconutrients. If the detox is too much for you decrease the glyconutrients. After a few days the toxins will have been ejected from your body and you will feel far better than before you started the detox.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Mesothelioma, rare but deadly asbestos cancer

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body's internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles.

Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum.

Symptoms don’t start to appear until 30-50 years after exposure to asbestos. As with most cancers the cancer has “lived” 90% of its life before being discovered.

People interested in taking part in a clinical trial should talk with their doctor. Information about clinical trials is available from the Cancer Information Service (CIS) at 1–800–4–CANCER.

Take care of yourself


Blueberries for the Brain

Blueberries contain a special antioxidant that appears to help restore brain tissue. Researchers took old mice and fed them blueberries and within a month the brains of these older mice had returned to a youthful state! Another study showed improved memory in humans.

To get the same results you need to eat about 1 cup of blueberries a day! That’s expensive. If you can find a good Bilberry (European Blueberry) extract it won’t cost so much. Quality is key though. Antioxidants that go through a poor manufacturing process don’t stand up well and often end up being worthless.

For more information there is plenty of research on the web about antioxidant properties of blueberries. Search for “Blueberry antioxidant”

In my own quest to age slower not only do I take what I consider to be the best antioxidant available I supplement with blueberries and grapeseed extract.