OVERVIEW OF CODEX ALIMENTARIUS: Updated February 7, 2006
How it will affect everyone's ability to purchase vitamins and nutritional supplements vital to everyone's health. This Information was copied from the website of the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, in an effort to further their worthy cause, and gives them full credit for all information on this page. For most updated information, please go directly to Dr. Rath Health Foundation Codex page

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Codex Alimentarius Commission
(Codex)
may come to be seen by future generations as the greatest threat to the basic human right of health the world has ever known. Never before in history has a special interest group, the pharmaceutical industry, so shamelessly tried to compromise the health of billions of people for no other reason than its desire to maintain multi-billion dollar markets for prescription drugs. 

WHAT IS CODEX?
Codex was established under the heavy influence of the pharmaceutical industry in 1963, following resolutions passed at Eleventh Session of Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1961 and at the Sixteenth World Health Assembly in 1963, as a standard setting body for global food regulations. From its very beginnings, Codex has been manipulated by corporate interests in the global pharmaceutical and food markets.

WHAT IS IT PLANNING TO DO?
In the wake of the recent Vioxx scandal (and earlier scandals such as Baycol) and in a last desperate attempt to delay its own demise under an avalanche of lawsuits, the pharma-cartel is trying to use its influence within Codex to set standards that will outlaw all non-patentable natural therapies threatening its global markets for patentable, synthetic drugs.

WHY IS THIS DANGEROUS?
It is clear that the effects of the implementation of these standards (called the: ‘Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements’) would include:

* Removal of access to a large number of the most effective forms of safe micronutrients.
* The prevention of sale of all natural supplements without a doctor’s prescription.
* Delivery of human healthcare exclusively into the hands of the pharmaceutical industry.
* Consequent increases in unnecessary deaths from diseases that should long ago have been eradicated and from the side effects of the drugs themselves.

In contrast to the proposed Guidelines, the Dr. Rath Health Foundation applauds the position taken by some delegations at last year’s Codex meeting to support open access to natural health remedies, instead of restricting access. We have campaigned for many years for the right to:

* Unrestricted access to information about the health benefits of vitamins and other natural therapies as the key to a long and healthy life without risks.
* Dissemination of life-saving natural health information worldwide so that very human being has the chance to gain control over his/her health.
* The eradication of cardiovascular disease, cancer and many other of today’s common health problems via scientifically proven, safe, effective and affordable natural remedies.

Any ban on natural remedies would mean the continuation of common diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease almost indefinitely and result in the unnecessary deaths of many more millions of people worldwide.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO STOP IT FROM HAPPENING?
YOU AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW has a vital part to play in opposing the Codex plans!

* Email your protest to every delegate to the Codex Alimentarius Commission
* Send a copy of email protest tool to everyone you know and urge them to do the same

ADDITIONAL LINKS:
International Advocates for Health Freedom

Alliance for Natural Health

American Holistic Health Association


“Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead (1901-78), anthropologist.