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Jon Rappoport ~ Shocker: Comparing deaths from medical drugs, vitamins, all US wars

And this, my friends, is why even if Obama”care” worked, I would still run for the hills. Mandatory US “health””care” is like mandatory Russian roulette. No thank you. Jon’s cited statistics don’t even appear to account for vaccine deaths and injuries. I’m all for real healthcare, beginning with real, non-poisoned, non-GMO (oops, redundant), fresh, local food, along with banning high fructose corn syrup (more redundancy), and no more ability to hide toxins like aspartame under new names.

Per Mike Adams’ ongoing research into the heavy metal content of vitamins, supplements and superfoods from China, I’m all for random testing of toxins in all foods and vitamins, especially from China. … But all these Dick Durbin and Codex Alimentarius inspired attempts to ban or severely restrict “dangerous” vitamins? Start with the poisons we already know exist, like RoundUp and its Agent Orange buddy. Stop chemtrailing us with toxic aluminum and barium. Stop feeding our children FD&C neurotoxic dyes and stop spiking so many things (including milk) with unlabeled aspartame. Stop mandatory vaccines (especially Gardasil) and vaccine statistics fraud. Stop irradiating all our food and giving gravy train exemptions to CAFO’s (confined animal feeding operations). Stop persecuting small and medium sized organic farmers. Stop making Smart Meters mandatory. Stop wi-fi-ing our schools and nearly every square mile of the planet. Stop poisoning our water with radiation, oil, fracking, mercury, fluoride and toxic “clean-up” efforts. Stop banning or slandering known cancer cures and stop harassing, exiling, imprisoning or killing doctors who cure their patients. Just stop.

If these things stopped, the only health “crisis” we’d have is that so many people became healthy that BigPharma, BigAg, and the insurance companies went out of business. Good riddance. As Jon says:

“In the Wikipedia entry, ‘US military casualties of war,’ the grand total of all military deaths in the history of this country, starting with the Revolutionary War, is 1,312,612.

“In any given 10 years of modern medical treatment? 2,250,000 deaths (Starfield).

“Consider how much suppression is necessary to keep the latter number under wraps.”
(emphasis mine)

Shocker: Comparing deaths from medical drugs, vitamins, all US wars

by Jon Rappoport
March 29, 2014
http://www.nomorefakenews.com

People want to believe medical science gives us, at any given moment, the best of all possible worlds.

And of course, the best of all possible worlds must have its enemies: the quacks who sell unproven snake oil.

So let’s look at some facts.

As I’ve been documenting for years, the medical cartel has been engaged in massive criminal fraud, presenting their drugs as safe and effective across the board—when, in fact, these drugs have been killing and maiming huge numbers of people, like clockwork.

I’ve cited the review, “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?”, by Dr. Barbara Starfied (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 26, 2000), in which Starfield reveals the American medical system kills 225,000 people per year—106,000 as a direct result of pharmaceutical drugs.

I’ve now found another study, published in the same Journal, two years earlier: April 15, 1998; “Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients.” It, too, is mind-boggling.

The authors, led by Jason Lazarou, culled 39 previous studies on patients in hospitals. These patients, who received drugs in hospitals, or were admitted to hospitals because they were suffering from the drugs doctors had given them, met the following fate:

Every year, in the US, between 76,000 and 137,000 hospitalized patients die as a direct result of the drugs.

Beyond that, every year 2.2 million hospitalized patients experience serious adverse reactions to the drugs.

The authors write: “…Our study on ADRs [Adverse Drug Reactions], which excludes medication errors, had a different objective: to show that there are a large number of ADRs even when the drugs are properly prescribed and and administered.”

So this study had nothing to do with doctor errors, nurse errors, or improper combining of drugs. And it only counted people killed who were admitted to hospitals. It didn’t begin to tally all the people taking pharmaceuticals who died as consequence of the drugs, without being admitted to hospitals.

I found the link to this study at the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, in the middle of a very interesting article by Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki: “Commentary on the Safety of Vitamins.”

Here are two key quotes from her article:

“In 2010, not one single person [in the US] died as a result of taking vitamins (Bronstein, et al, (2011) Clinical Toxical, 49 (10), 910-941).”

“In 2004, the deaths of 3 people [in the US] were attributed to the intake of vitamins. Of these, 2 persons were said to have died as a result of megadoses of vitamins D and E, and one person as a result of an overdose of iron and fluoride. Data from: ‘Toxic Exposure Surveillance System 2004, Annual Report, Am. Assoc. of Poison Control Centers.’”

Summing up:

No deaths from vitamins (2011), and three deaths (2004) from vitamins/iron/fluoride.

106,000 deaths every year from pharmaceutical drugs (Starfield).

Between 76,000 and 137,000 deaths from pharmaceutical drugs every year in hospitalized patients (Lazerou).

The FDA and its “quack-buster” allies go after vitamins, demean “unproven remedies,” and generally take every possible opportunity to warn people about “alternatives,” on the basis that they aren’t scientifically supported.

Meanwhile, the very drugs these mobsters are promoting, and certifying as safe and effective, are killing and maiming people at a staggering rate.

The masses are treated to non-stop PR on the glories of the US medical system.

In the Wikipedia entry, “US military casualties of war,” the grand total of all military deaths in the history of this country, starting with the Revolutionary War, is 1,312,612.

In any given 10 years of modern medical treatment? 2,250,000 deaths (Starfield).

Consider how much suppression is necessary to keep the latter number under wraps.

Jon Rappoport
The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at http://www.nomorefakenews.com

A Grievous Sin

Colette shares some important thoughts on the TTIP treaty under as secret negotiations as the dreaded TPP on the other side of the US. “I call this manifestation of utter madness, GMOs, a weapon, because that is precisely what it is…and a weapon that will cause more devastation to the environment than anything concocted in laboratories ever before!” I’ve posted before about flushing the TPP down the toilet with strong intention for purging magick, but that suggestion holds true for all these treaties, including the big one they’re based upon: Codex Alimentarius. Where’s the vanishing cream and banishing scream? Are we really going to give these sickos total control over our food? Not if I can help it. … But it will take strong determination, non-compliance, intention and a willingness to fight for real food. Julian Rose’s book, “In Defense of Life” calls this what it is — a fight for life. How much do we value life?

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

midwinter cottage 012The biggest threat to our food security lurks in the shadowy depths of the Halls of Power…the buildings housing the European Parliament in Brussels.

www.bealtainecottage.com 037You may or may not be aware of something called The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

www.bealtainecottage.com 002TTIP is a trade agreement presently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.

www.bealtainecottage.com 006In my estimation, this will allow full and unfettered access to our food production, from multi-national corporations, such as Monsanto, that carry the weapon of GMOs.

Polytunnel at Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardens in April 2013I call this manifestation of utter madness, GMOs, a weapon, because that is precisely what it is…and a weapon that will cause more devastation to the environment than anything concocted in laboratories ever before!

An early bee in April 2013 at bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardensThis is already the case in the US, as small farmers, producing Organic food, are hauled before courts accused of property rights violations by Monsanto.

April 2011. Permaculturecottage 001Monsanto claims ownership of any plant material infected by their…

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Alliance for Natural Health News at Risk

On this eve of estimated tax due date for Americans, I’m personally honing my own little “intentions” and um, “special blessings” to embed into my Trojan Horse check. As I’ve described before in “Embracing the Energy Potential of Money,” we have several options and ways to starve or maim the Beast.

I used to starve it. In recent years, I’ve gotten a bit more creative, charging my checks with spells and intentions for that money only to go for a) the Highest Good of All; with b) special emphasis on supporting organic farmers and protecting them and us from MonSatan, et al; and c) with the envelope and check leaving a long-lasting, indelible residue on any person or any system who handles said envelope, check or fiat money imprint so that those people and systems feel compelled to blow whistles, find new jobs that support humanity instead of raping and pillaging it, and/or (safely) dismantle the entire corrupt system.

I figure one of these days, the IRS will ask me not to send anything to them anymore (either that or I’ll get droned), but until that day, everything gets a special once-over on the Full Moon, which, conveniently for my purposes, just happens to coincide with the required postmark date.

I would have done this anyway, but those intentions received some extra emotional oomph (read: magickal pissed off power) from a notification that the IRS’s new power grab “regulations” could muzzle organizations like Alliance for Natural Health, forcing them to pipe down or lose their non-profit status. As ANH explains:

“Here’s an example: under the new IRS rules, even naming a candidate in any public communication through any medium, even orally—and this includes even vague references to him or her—within sixty days of a general election or thirty days of a primary election would be banned as “political activity.” This even includes content previously posted by an organization.

“Just imagine: sixty days before an election, ANH-USA would have to remove every single reference to a candidate from its website—no matter how old it is! We also wouldn’t be able to make any reference to a candidate’s connection to any legislation within sixty days of an election. This gives incumbents a thirty- to sixty-day free pass to introduce legislation with almost no public scrutiny.

“This is simply unconstitutional, and we should fight the rule that could make it a reality.

“Consider the implications: Sen. Durbin of Illinois—you may remember him as the anti-supplement senator who wants to regulate supplements like drugs—is up for reelection in 2014. If he reintroduces or has new anti-natural health legislation filed during the sixty days before his reelection, ANH-USA would be preventing from telling you about his connection to it.

“The new IRS rules will severely curtail the speech of 501(c)4s, as they may be afraid to engage in any political activities for fear of IRS or government retaliation. Any disgruntled politician could easily ask the IRS to revoke the 501(c)4 status of groups who disagree with his or her politics!

“Some readers suggested that it is unlikely that the IRS would scrutinize a smaller organization like ANH-USA. Don’t count on it. Although we are small in staff size, we represent millions of consumers. On numerous occasions, ANH-USA has suffered the wrath of members of Congress by holding up or working to change their bills.”

You can read the rest of the story and reader comments by clicking here. If you feel so inclined, you can also send a letter to the IRS telling them what you think. Click here if you’d like to do that.

I happen to know some very kind people who work for the IRS, but this Federal Reserve Beast has grown too many heads and represents too much power from the Usual Suspects — banksters who siphon US money to corrupt banks, ridiculous wars, and black ops, and the big nasties trying to poison and control our food, water and rights to natural health. Magickal ethics and practicality suggest using mundane methods whenever such ordinary measures will do the job. When dealing with unreasonable, completely inconsiderate, vampiric or downright evil people and entities, I prefer magick. It’s fun, clean, and I’ve received far better, consistent results from my little Trojan Horse checks and coded envelopes than all the calls, letters and rational approaches combined.

So, Happy Full Moon, End the Fed, and Blessed (We All Shall) Be.

European Commission to Ban Heirloom Seeds and Criminalize Plants & Seeds Not Registered with Government

All in the name of “safety,” of course!

In case the May 2012 EU banning of most herbs didn’t wake up the continent, here’s another Beyond Orwell step in the global monopoly of all food and medicine known as Codex Alimentarius. For those who haven’t yet connected the dots, each continent focuses on implementing only a few of the most absurd abuses, and then the TPP and TTIP, Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic “trade” treaties swoop in to enforce the lowest common denominator of human rights and food quality.

Are we really going to let Jabba the Hut reveal himself as prophet? “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” ~Henry Kissinger

I would like to believe that non-compliance will rule the day, but the laws allowed to pass and the voluntary and bizarre obedience to them never cease to amaze me. I don’t think this one is a done deal quite yet. If you live in Europe, please do what you can — whether that be purging magick (flush those control freaks and their legislation down the toilet), call your governments, gather heirloom seeds now and plant with abandon next spring, and/or work at the local level to establish food sovereignty laws and guerrilla gardening cohorts.

European Commission To Ban Heirloom Seeds and Criminalize Plants & Seeds Not Registered With Government – See more at: http://healthydebates.com/european-commission-ban-heirloom-seeds-criminalize-plants-seeds-registered-government/#sthash.vCMTqZeb.dpuf

Healthy Debates

(Arjun Walia) The European Commission is changing the European Union’s plant legislation, apparently to enhance food safety across the continent. This move has sparked a heavy opposition from many, saying that the measure will threaten seed diversity and favour large agrochemical businesses. This new law creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe. You can view the entire proposal in the list of sources at the bottom of this article.

The “Plant Reproductive Material Law” regulates all plants. It contains restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees, as well as all other plants of any species. It will be illegal to grow, reproduce, or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been been tested and approved by the government, more specifically the “EU Plant Variety Agency.” This agency will be responsible for making a list of approved plants and an annual fee must also be forwarded to the agency if growers would like to keep what they grow on the list. The new law basically puts the government in charge of all plants and seeds in Europe, and prevents home gardeners from growing their own plants from non-regulated seeds. If they did, they would now be considered criminals.

The draft text of the law has already been changed several times due to a large backlash from gardeners.

This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for home gardeners, organic growers and small scale market farmers. Home gardeners have really different needs – for example they grow by hand, not machine, and can’t or don’t want to use such powerful chemical sprays. There’s no way to register the varieties suitable for home use as they don’t meet the strict criteria of the PLant Variety Agency, which is only concerned about approving the sort of seed used by industrial farmers – Ben Gabel, Director of The Real Seed Catalogue

It seems the government is taking over everything, virtually all plants, vegetables seeds and gardeners are to be registered by the government. What’s even more disturbing is that all heirloom seeds will be criminalized. This means that saving seeds from from one generation to the next will become a criminal act!

This law was written for the needs of the globalized farm seed industry, who supply seed by the ton to industrial farmers. It should not apply at all to seed used by home gardeners and small market growers. Freely reproducible seeds should be a human right, they are part of our heritage.

I understand this is to protect the business of big agri-companies, but registration and testing should be voluntary for all non GMO, non-patented and non hybrid seed.
– See more at: http://healthydebates.com/european-commission-ban-heirloom-seeds-criminalize-plants-seeds-registered-government/#sthash.vCMTqZeb.dpuf

Activist Post: Food Safety Modernization Act: The End of Fresh, Living Food?

The most alarming part of this proposed “safety” legislation? The new rules make it “nearly impossible to use natural fertilizers like manure and compost. Farmers will be pushed to use chemicals instead of natural fertilizers.” If you eat, and I suspect most of you do … and if you prefer to eat real food instead of FrankenPhoods and chemicals like Agent Orange and toxic “fertilizers,” then I suggest you make those preferences known while you still can. This is not just la la la, it’ll never happen. This is Codex Alimentarius in action. You have no idea how much easier this will be to prevent than to undo!

May any and all laws the food fascists attempt to enact be cursed with glitches, snafu’s and all manner of frustration and delay until food freedom reigns again, along with healthy soil, healthy bees and healthy people. Yes, I pray that way, and yes, I pray for healthy, organic, living ecosystems and continual access to local, healthy food. Every single day. Yes, I spend most of my free time helping to increase our healthy, local food shed. Positive intentions can carry you far…

But sometimes, ya just gotta yell a big, old hearty “No!!!!! Not on my watch!” to a wolf who doesn’t even bother to put on sheep’s clothing. (No offense to wolves intended.) To the chemical companies, globalists and food fascists: get out of our gardens, get out of our local farms, and get OUT of our government. Go bathe in Agent Orange and recycled hazardous waste “fertilizers” if you like them so much.

Food Safety Modernization Act: The End of Fresh, Living Food?
Less than a week left to submit comments on FDA’s food “safety” rules

Brad Jordan
Activist Post

The deadline for submitting comments on two key rules the FDA has proposed as a part of the Food Safety Modernization Act has been extended to Friday, Nov. 22.

Hailed as the most sweeping overhaul of farm and food policy since the Great Depression, many fear the law will actually make our food supply less safe – not to mention sterile – by regulating small, organic farmers out of business and leaving it in the hands of a few mega farmers and processors.

Founder of Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Judith McGeary shared her concerns about the federal Food and Drug Administration’s first draft of the “Produce Safety” and “Preventative Controls for Human Food” rules in a Food Riot Radio interview earlier this year. Despite thousands of comments from concerned stakeholders over the last ten months, the rules haven’t got any better.

While submitting our comments probably won’t stop the train wreck, we can’t let food safety “modernization” go into effect without putting up a fight. If you thought the government taking control of our “health”care was bad, imagine what it’ll be like when they take over our farms. People should be fighting this harder than they fought Obamacare.

Extinction of small, local farms

The cost of compliance with the new food safety law is high, so high even the FDA admits it expects some small farmers to go out of business. While the very smallest farms – those generating less than $500,000 in annual revenues – will be exempt from some of the most burdensome regulatory requirements, they are not fully exempt from the new food safety rules.

The small farm “exemptions” are not helpful for a few reasons.

First, they only apply to very, very small farms. While $500,000 may sound like a lot of money, keep in mind we’re talking about revenues or sales – not the farmer’s profit or income. The average farmer’s net income is about 10 percent of his sales. That means a farmer with a household income of as little as $50,000 would most likely have to comply with the full-load of regulations, which were supposedly designed for mega farms and food processors.

Second, even these very, very small farms are not fully exempt. The FDA admits that farmers with revenues under $500,000 will spend 4-6 percent of their revenue complying with a smaller set of regulations. Since their average total net income is only about 10 percent of their revenues, small farmers will likely spend over half of their profits on regulatory compliance costs.

Third, the exemption granted to very, very small farms can be revoked at any time if the FDA suspects there is a food safety problem on the farm, and the agency has to show no evidence or proof for its suspicion.

On top of the cost in dollars, the law will cost farmers time. Farmers, especially small farmers who can’t afford legal counsel, don’t have time to mull through and comply with 1200 pages of new rules and regulations, many of which are vague and poorly written. Tracking the origin and destination of every crop sold, for example, isn’t going to benefit the farmer or the consumer of local foods.

Sterile soil, sterile food

According to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the rules make it “nearly impossible to use natural fertilizers like manure and compost. Farmers will be pushed to use chemicals instead of natural fertilizers.”

“The FDA seems to be scared of anything that was ever part of an animal. If you don’t follow their instructions to the letter, which includes extensive documentation of how the compost was made, you have to treat compost — including worm castings — as if it were raw animal manure and wait 9 months in between putting the compost down and harvesting the crop. In practice, this is a death knell for the use of many types of compost, which are vital to growing food sustainably,” McGeary said.

What does all this mean for consumers? Dead, lifeless food made of synthetic nutrients.

So, if you’re concerned about local, sustainable food, support The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and submit comments through its website.

Or, if you want to go right into the belly of the beast, go to Regulations.gov and leave a comment there. But beware – it looks like the website may be run by the same people who run Healthcare.gov, as both are having technical difficulties right now. Regulations.gov has crashed three times in the past week, which may be a good thing, because, let’s be honest, the longer the federal government is delayed, the better.

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Protect Small Farmers and Non-irradiated Organic Food

As if Dick Durbin isn’t enough to contend with … here comes the FDA recycling an old, sneaky attempt to do away with small farms, fresh foods, raw foods and anything non-irradiated. Not for actual public safety, not with proof of danger … just a rogue “suspicion” is enough to shut down small farmers. Sounds like the equivalent of NDAA indefinite detention for farmers! Can you say “Codex Alimentarius?!” How obvious can they be?

In all seriousness, though, this same attempt was previously thwarted through petitions and phone calls. If you in any way value Farmer’s Markets, organic food, healthy DNA, and the last shreds of food sovereignty, please read below and take action. Again.

I’m all for a brand, spankin’ new paradigm, but as long as we’re quasi-functioning in this one, let’s protect real food and real farmers. The life you save may be your own, and no, that is not an exaggeration. Access to real food and clean water are way more important than the DOW or some silly bipartisan “initiative.” As George Carlin said, “Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.”

To the FDA: you wouldn’t know real food if you slipped on an organic banana peel. Until you can stop pandering to Monsanto and the chemical companies, stop persecuting Amish farmers and start protecting organic family farmers, kindly remove your stinky a$$ from my plate. My local farmers and I feed ourselves much better than you and the phood fascists ever would.

OK, rant temporarily over. Important information and petition link below, and please act as you feel led:

What Does the Government Have Against Organic Farmers?

August 6, 2013
ANH Action Alert

Three years ago you won major concessions for small farmers. Now it’s all in danger. Action Alert!

When the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was originally proposed in 2010, we and many other organizations were troubled. Small-farm and organic food advocates warned that the legislation would destroy their industry under a mountain of paperwork and other requirements.

Working with the natural health community, ANH-USA helped win the inclusion of an amendment from Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Kay Hagan (D-NC), which exempted producers making less than $500,000 a year in sales who also sold most of their food locally. This wasn’t easy. Big farms and processed food companies and their allies at the USDA and FDA did not like it, because they feel threatened by competition from natural food producers.

Now, through the rulemaking process, the FDA is trying to change the law in such a way that the hard-won exceptions provided by the Tester-Hagan Amendment are endangered.

In January we reported that the FDA had proposed two troubling FSMA rules:

The first one concerned standards for the growing and harvesting of raw agricultural produce, and exempts foods that are sterilized by irradiation, even though “nuking” it harms the food’s nutritional value, can cause a wide range of health problems, and masks filthy conditions in slaughterhouses and food processing plants. Obviously, organic foods cannot be irradiated, so they will never be exempted.

The second amended the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) guidelines by creating hazards analysis requirements and risk-based protections with lots of detailed recordkeeping. Most farmers will likely need a team of lawyers to make sure they’re complying with the new rule properly.

Farmers who make less than $500,000 should be off the hook because of the Tester-Hagan Amendment, right? No! At the last minute, a provision was added to the FSMA allowing the FDA to revoke the exemption for small farms or facilities under specific conditions.

And now, new FDA rules interpret those conditions in a way that completely undermines the intent of the Tester-Hagan amendment. The FDA now gets to revoke the exemption if a foodborne illness outbreak might possibly be linked to the farm, even if there is no proof that the farm is the cause of the outbreak, and even though there may not be an immediate threat to public health!

Laura again: Much more information here. Please do take action on this one. The proposed restrictions to farmers and the fascist powers granted to the FDA are truly absurd and terrifying if we cower to them. Personally, I prefer a swift boot to the butt. “Oh, now go. Walk out the door. Just turn around now. You’re not welcome anymore.”

Urgent Action ~ Dick Durbin Strikes Again…

Honestly, Dick, I’m getting really tired of swatting down your transparent and decidedly sneaky attempts to destroy the supplement industry every few months. Really, Dick, this has been going on for years. Your bill gets shot down every single time because We, the People — you know, the ones you’re supposed to represent and serve — don’t support fascist takeovers of our body and health. Would you please, please, please get the message so we can stop this silly petition dance? Or do we need to cast a spell to publicly reveal all those corporate bribes you must be receiving in order to keep pushing this stage of Codex Alimentarius? 😉

From ANH (Alliance for Natural Health):

URGENT Action Alert! New Legislation Threatens Supplements!

“You won’t believe this, but Senator Durbin has actually reintroduced his disastrous anti-supplement bill! Urgent Action Alert!

“Today, just as Congress is preparing to recess until the second week in September, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced legislation that would deal a deadly blow to nutritional supplements. The senator’s office has confirmed that the language is identical to that of his previous bill, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, which ANH-USA and grassroots activists nationwide successfully fought in the past. …”

More information and an easy way to take action here.

Action Alert: Another Health Freedom Power Grab

Thanks for the heads up, Anthony! We’ve got a major attack happening right now on Indiana Health Freedom. If any readers live in Indiana, please do take the time to call your legislators (details below).

I thought I left this problem behind when I left Wisconsin, as the Dietetics Lobby there was continually trying to monopolize and criminalize anyone besides Dietitians even mentioning nutrition, food and food-related lifestyle issues. Even Nutritionists, who have more extensive training than RD’s, would not be allowed to practice Nutrition until they received training and certification for the lesser degree of Dietitian. Alas, it’s a national problem, and Indiana is the latest power grab state. Please take a moment on February 20 or 21st to call your legislators, or to make any Indiana residents you know aware of the imminent threat to their health freedom. This legislation is potentially far-reaching, as once passed in one state, they will then have precedent and model for other states. Please spread the word far and wide. Reiki and prayers appreciated, too!

Dear NPA Midwest Members and Residents of Indiana,

We received this very urgent email from the CBNS earlier this morning. It is imperative that we unite and move immediately to kill this bill and protect your right to do business. Please read the information below:

Dear Supporters of Nutrition Freedom,

We are emailing to ask you to activate your networks of Indiana practitioners, retailers, supplement companies, family, friends, students clients, etc. to make calls to their Representatives in the Indiana House today 2/20 and tomorrow 2/21. HB 1272 is a law pushed heavily by the Dietetics lobby in it’s ongoing effort to monopolize the nutrition field. This law began as a law that would criminalize all nutrition advice that didn’t come from RD’s. And, in the worst bill we’ve ever seen, the RD’s expanded their scope of practice to include things like meal preparation or any intervention designed to improve someone’s nutrition-related behavior, or reduce health risks.

We pushed back heavily on that, and an amendment to take out criminalization for non-RD’s was added and passed. However, dietitians are still fighting to control the market for nutrition care that is covered by insurance, which everyone expects to expand. They want laws that by licensing them alone, in effect will preclude more qualified Nutritionists from having their services eligible for insurance coverage for services that are covered now, and ones that will be covered in the future. That ultimately will create economic harm to consumers if they have to give up insurance reimbursement in order to see the practitioner of their choosing.

It is one more way the Dietetics Associations are trying to dampen competition by funneling consumers to RD’s through economic pressure. There is no justifiable reason for members of only one private trade group to be licensed or certified, any more than there is justification for criminalizing nutrition advice in a country that so desperately needs more of it.

We are urging you to join us in killing this bill which is being heard in the IN House this Thursday morning before 10:30 a.m. Because of the very short time frame we are asking you to make phone calls to your representative (for both home and work districts if different) today 2/20 and tomorrow 2/21. The vote on this will be either Friday 2/22 or Monday 2/25.

Please GO HERE http://test.cna.gotpantheon.com to find HB1272 information, Legislator phone numbers, Talking Points, and a link to find your legislator if you don’t know who that is.

In service of health,

Judy Stone
Legislative Policy Director
Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists
4707 Willow Springs Rd, Suite 203
La Grange, IL 60525
P: 734-996-0761
JStone@CBNS.org
CBNS.org

Stop the FDA Power Grab

I received the following notification via email yesterday and wanted to spread the word. While I always believe there’s more than one solution to any problem, this particular compromise feels viable. For those of you who don’t know, this power grab is based on the 1992 Codex Alimentarius, which hopes to cause millions of deaths via preventable malnutrition and gazillions of profits for BigPharma. The powers that were are soooo desperate to prevent Ascension by any and all means, especially by regulating what we can or can’t put into our bodies. GMO’s=good; real food and time honored remedies=very, very bad! You are what you eat, and they would prefer you eat only what they’ve designed and determined will keep you down.

If you think the FDA could never manage to eliminate all supplements introduced since 1994, please realize that this very situation did happen in the EU on May 1, 2011. It is now illegal to grow peppermint in the EU! Any herb, natural remedy, tea, vitamin, etc. that has shown any kind of treatment potential must pay huge fees to be “regulated” or become illegal. This was a huge assault on health freedom in the EU, and the same behind the scenes BigPharma and NWO creeps continue to try to find a way to push this through in the US.

Getting fixated on this “problem” won’t solve it. “Worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.” However, I do believe in a multilevel approach that combines Law of Attraction (focus on what you do want) combined with practical action — like signing a petition, beginning a local food sovereignty movement, and/or educating your legislators. I’ve found that many legislators only hear from lobbyists. When concerned citizens begin to reveal other sides to the corporate agenda, some well-meaning legislators actually shift positions. The lobbyists are just too darned good at convincing them that citizens need protection from anything and everything except the wolves in sheep’s clothing the lobbyists represent.

In any case, please inform yourself below, take whatever action you feel led to take, and spread the word. Many thanks! And now … I’m back to envisioning my permaculture haven in a free world of enlightened beings who sungaze, smile, LOVE and generally rejoice in our beautiful planet and beautiful life!

THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN

Why H.R.3380 is our only means now to stop the FDA’s Vitamin Grab

By Scott C. Tips

February 7, 2012

If the Food and Drug Administration has its way, thousands of supplements will be removed from store shelves. We’ve heard this cry before, but this time it is very true. Supplements that you and I might take for granted – like resveratrol, L-GABA, curcumin, bioperine, and many more – which have not hurt a soul but only helped the health of millions, are slated for oblivion because the outlaw FDA thinks that it alone can decide whether they are safe or not. It might seem like a joke, but the FDA is dead serious.

Ignoring the law passed by Congress back in 1994, the FDA wants all new dietary ingredients (i.e., those on the market from October 15, 1994 on) to jump through regulatory hoops that Congress never intended for them. More specifically, the FDA’s draft Guidance for Industry on New Dietary Ingredients (issued last July) would subject these “new” supplements to expensive, drug-like testing requirements for safety that will effectively eliminate thousands of supplements because it simply will not be cost-effective for companies to spend the millions of dollars on each dietary-supplement ingredient. Sales will not justify the expense and the products will be dropped like hot potatoes.

The NHF’s Answer

Immediately upon hearing the news last July about the FDA’s latest power grab, the National Health Federation (NHF) decided that the FDA should get a taste of its own medicine. Through the astute work of NHF’s lobbyist Lee Bechtel in Washington, D.C., that reflexive thought has taken substance in the form of a new bill introduced last October in the House of Representatives by freedom-oriented Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN). Called the “Dietary Supplement Protection Act” (H.R.3380), the DSPA moves the defining date of October 15, 1994, to a more realistic and recent date of January 1, 2007. In this one simple act, the bill encompasses within that previous grandfathering clause all of the “new” dietary-supplement ingredients that have appeared in that 13-year interval and that would otherwise be subject to the onerous requirements of the FDA Guidance.

Of course, NHF wanted a later date as the new grandfathering date. But the legislators pointed out that January 1, 2007, could be logically tied to the starting dates for the Adverse-Event Reporting (AER) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) start dates. Their arguments in support of H.R.3380 are that the old 1994 grandfather date should no longer apply since supplements are both safer and more accountable under the AER and GMP rules and regulations.

To be honest, H.R.3380 is not a panacea for all of the problems found in the FDA’s draft Guidance. But then it was never meant to be. Instead, it is a politically expedient “salami slice for freedom” that will take care of our FDA problem for now. Later, the problem will need to be addressed again; but, it does buy us valuable time right now and it will set a precedent for future legislative action.

This is the most realistic and pragmatic approach to tackling a large part of this FDA usurpation of our health rights that would otherwise occur were its draft Guidance to be put into effect. The anti-supplement and anti-health forces have been salami-slicing their way into our rights for years now. It is about time that we turned that strategy right back on them in order to keep our health rights.

Others’ Answers

Unfortunately, except for the National Health Freedom Coalition, National Health Freedom Action, and the Texas Health Freedom Coalition, which have thrown their support behind H.R.3380, the dietary-supplement industry and trade organizations and other health-freedom organizations have done nothing but sit on the fence. Where are the heroes of the early 1990s who led the mass charge to pass DSHEA?

Most of them are busy negotiating with the FDA! Can you believe it? The FDA could trot out the most rotten and odious piece of garbage and most players in the industry want to sit down with the FDA and figure out how to sprinkle perfume on it so that the rest of us will accept it! We have said this many times before and we will say it again: If it is garbage, then it is garbage and no amount of perfume will change it. Put it in the garbage can where it belongs!

Besides, negotiating with the FDA will at best only result in cosmetic changes. The essence of the FDA’s outlaw actions will remain and a precedent set for the FDA to take even more drastic action against supplements in the future.

A few others have called for the FDA to withdraw its draft Guidance. Even the NHF, in its comments submitted to the FDA last December, urged the FDA to withdraw the Guidance. But we could never really hope that the FDA would ever be enlightened enough to voluntarily withdraw its prized Guidance. After all, this is its chance to help its pharmaceutical-industry friends by squelching supplements and the competitive threat they pose to drugs.

Similarly, the Hatch-Harkin letter written to the FDA and asking it to withdraw the draft Guidance has failed. While we salute Senators Hatch and Harkin for their noble efforts to promote freedom and help all of us, the FDA has done its predicted stalling routine and politely declined to withdraw its draft Guidance.

Those organizations such as the Natural Products Association and the Council for Responsible Nutrition, who are hanging their hats on this Hatch-Harkin letter, will be disappointed. What then?

The Only Answer

So, negotiations with the FDA will not result in anything except, perhaps, cosmetic changes – fresh lipstick on a very ugly pig. The Hatch-Harkin demand letter, too, will fail. All of these industry and health-freedom players will slowly wake up to the fact that we pointed out long ago: H.R.3380 is the only answer, the only game in town, that has a hope of succeeding. But, for it to succeed, we all need to pull together to get it passed.

H.R.3380 now has three sponsors/cosponsors. It needs more. If the trade and other organizations supposedly representing your interests are too slow to take action, then those of you reading this need to give them all an appropriate kick in the butt to get behind this important bill. Now. We need more co-sponsors, we need more groundswell of support. And if we do not pass it, then the FDA will succeed. You and I will lose thousands of vitamin-and-mineral supplements that we have come to rely upon. It’s time for action, not cowardice.

During a telephone call I initiated with the past Director of the Natural Products Association, I pled for NPA’s support of H.R.3380. Amazingly, he told me that “some members” were concerned that H.R.3380 might “open up” DSHEA and result in unfavorable changes to that law. I told him that was cowardice and that DSHEA was being “opened up” anyway by our opponents each and every year regardless. Were we to cower in a corner, wringing our hands in fear, while our opponents continued to salami-slice our freedoms away? Or rather should we not stand up and take decisive action of our own? He had no answer.

NHF does have an answer and a decisive plan for action that we are enacting every day. We hope and trust that you agree with us, that you will take action now to write Congress, to persuade your friends, family members and organizations, to get off their knees and out of that corner. It is time now to speak with a united voice to our servants in Congress, to remind them that the FDA is our servant and not our master, and that the FDA cannot take away our health simply to serve the money interests of its puppet masters.

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CLICK HERE TO ACT NOW – http://www.thenhf.com/DSPA

So, today, not tomorrow, read the Bill for yourself and then contact your Congressional Representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor and support H.R.3380. Contact your trade organization, your friends, your family, your customers and ask them to do the same thing. Make as many copies of this News Release as you want, which you are free to do, and distribute them far and wide, to every one of your customers and contacts. Those who want to help even more, contact NHF directly.

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I’m not sure if I’ll be able to attend this one, but my friend Sue asked if I’d spread the word. This is a course brought into being by The Permaculture Project, LLC. It’s open to anyone interested in learning how to survive in the wild for practical and/or fun reasons. I’m not a doom and gloom subscriber, but given the recent events and trends in US government and around the world, I do like knowing my options for foraging and community building. This course seems like it offers a lot of both!

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