When the Egyptians informed their president recently that they were fed up with 32 years of government tyranny which had been justified as protection from harm, we all watched in amazement. Few of us realize, though, that in North America and Europe, we are heading for “tyranny light” as our governments determinedly proceed to ensure that we are protected in every which way except the way we want.
On January 6, Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians commented in the Globe & Mail: [Here is] “what you don’t know about a deal you haven’t heard of,” namely the impending Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
In this new treaty, CETA requires harmonization of all regulatory bodies in all the governments involved (i.e. EU countries, US, Canada and Mexico), and eliminates the power of elected representatives (from federal MPs down to municipal governments) to make decisions within their areas. Since the CETA treaty was created to serve the needs of industry, it has been designed to legally prevent the citizens of all participating countries from raising any objections through their MPs or municipal councils. Thus, local politicians are unable to counteract or override the treaty’s requirements for harmonized control over everything that can be bought or sold.
Canada’s Environmental Law Association is appalled at this comprehensive blueprint for an anti-democratic new world order in which people are transformed from citizens to customers-serfs.
While many activists around the world have been focused on fighting off the dreaded "Codex Alimentarius" global standards for food (which would seriously destroy our ability overall to produce healthy and sufficient food, as well as to remediate with proper nutritional supplementation, to the favor of pharmaceutical globocorps, and the Monsantos of this world) the European Union has almost identical standards enforced already. We call their rulebook "Codex's Evil Twin", and it has been in place for years. CETA is capable of forcing harmonization with the EU guidelines, long before Codex Alimentarius comes into effect.
Dr. Eldon Dahl - Life Choice - Raided by Health Canada and RCMP
NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS BANNED AS DRUGS GET THE GREEN LIGHT
Meantime, governments in the E.U., U.S., and Canada are preparing for this “harmonization” full throttle. By the time the ink dries on the CETA treaty, everything it intends may already have happened. Preparations for full harmonization include the following:
1) A few weeks ago, Ottawa rammed into law Bill C-36 (the former C-52 and C-6) without mandatory public hearings and despite hundreds of thousands of protests. C-36 is defended by Ottawa as protection for Canadians from toxic substances, but in reality it bypasses all relevant constitutional safeguards. Its illegal arbitrary powers, open to nobody’s scrutiny, abolish due process and deregulate business for toxin producers, while pretending to go after polluters (see Shawn Buckley’s Sept. 2010 Vitality article).
2) Its counterpart in the U.S. (S-510), became law at the same time that C-36 did in Canada. The U.S. bill masqueraded as a food safety bill, but is actually potentially disastrous to organic foods.
3) The E.U., meanwhile, has “responded to rising concerns over adverse effects caused by herbal medicine”; without any evidence of harm, all indigenous, Chinese, and Ayurvedic herbal medicines will be banned from the European marketplace, effective April 1st. (For more on this, see Dr. Verkerk’s February Vitality article.) In the House of Lords, there was a call to outlaw university courses on Chinese medicine.
This direct transfer of Canadian sovereignty to an unnamed foreign agency can happen at any time, without Parliamentary or public oversight, and it has happened before. In fact, at last month's G20 conference, Prime Minister Harper admitted the surrendering of sovereignty was occurring economically, and treated it as a "fact of life"; we find this astounding, given that Harper was adamant in recent years about protecting this same sovereignty, and had until that moment not breathed a word about the fact that instead, he was giving it away without our knowledge or consent.
Witness the changing of US corporate tax law at the order of the WTO: are Canadian laws any less vulnerable? That means that the draconian supplement regulations of the EU (which force citizens to get prescriptions for vitamins at therapeutic dosages and potencies at outrageous prices) can be forced upon us via CETA between Canada and the European Union.
Meanwhile, Ottawa began preparations for the return of Bill C-51 to “modernize” the Food and Drugs Act. Bill C-51 reinterprets the government’s legal “duty to care and serve the public interest” so that those quaint ideals no longer stand in the way of profits. Mike McBane, the national coordinator of the Canadian Health Coalition, writing about drug safety in Canada on January 17 (“Drug Safety: Health Canada thanks you for not enquiring”), reported that the “technical consultations” on the “modernization” of regulations governing prescription drugs were to take place at closed-door meetings from January 19 to 21. That government-Big Pharma love-in focused on scrapping the precautionary principle altogether, and all new drugs will now be presumed safe without manufacturers’ proof. Health Canada announced that these modernizations are “grounded upon our understanding of what Canadians believe federal approval of new drugs should mean.”
Because of CETA plans and its requirements of harmonization between all these countries, the EU Directive’s limits on availability of all natural health products has to be extended to all participating countries. So, in Canada we have a deadline after which the Natural Health Products Directorate rules come into effect – on March 1st, at least half or more of the “unapproved” herbal medicines, vitamins, minerals, etc., become technically illegal. (Shawn Buckley is challenging this in federal court and will hopefully have this challenge registered before March 1 so it can proceed through its various stages in court. Simultaneously, Robert Verkerk will start his legal challenge, already registered in the UK.) In both countries the deadlines are based on legally insupportable policies.)
Greg Schilhab, the editor of Nutrition & Mental Health (a publication started by the late Dr. Abram Hoffer) observed in the January 2011 issue: “We have been complacent thinking that just because something is natural and unpatentable it is the common inheritance of humanity and free for all. After all, harnessing nature to cure illness is as basic a human right as we can imagine. Nevertheless, the EU, in its feigned concern for its subjects’ health and safety, created the opening to grant sole ownership of diagnosis and treatment to the pharmaceutical giants.”
HEALTH FREEDOM FIGHTERS MOBILIZE
Well, the fight is on. In Canada, the Natural Health Products Protection Association (https://www.charterofhealhfreedom.org) is pursuing a plan for legal action, as are the Alliance for Natural Health (https://www.anh-europe.org) and the European Benefyt Foundation in the U.K. – having won previously, when vitamins and minerals were slated to go off the market in the E.U. in August 2005, we may be guardedly optimistic about the outcome.
U.S. “Vitamin Lawyer” Jonathan Emord, who has won many cases against the FDA, has written a book about this global deception-fest entitled Global Censorship of Health Information, which also describes Canada’s role in detail (to order, call (202) 466-6937). Importantly, he outlines the actions that can and must be taken in order to secure our right to freedom of choice in medicine.
HARSH REALITIES OF CONVENTIONAL ‘HEALTH CARE’
The 2009 report from the U.S. National Poison Data System was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Toxicology and, once again, shows that there were zero deaths reported by Americans using natural health products such as vitamins and minerals in 2009. On the other hand, The Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter published Canadian data in April 2010 showing that 26,061 adverse events were reported, of which 74.9% were considered serious (e.g. death). Of those 26,000 cases, 516 are supposedly connected to natural health products (https://www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect). Seeing as how the U.S. population reported no adverse effects from natural health products during that time, and as it is known that more than 50% of Americans regularly take supplements (which indicates an amazing level of product safety), one wonders what this Canadian data is all about, especially since the range of natural health products available in the U.S. is enormous compared to the far fewer products available here. In both countries, reported adverse events occurred almost exclusively in hospitals (ie. drug reactions). Furthermore, the FDA and the CDC have repeatedly stated that the reported adverse events reflect only 10% of the total cases occurring.
As for vaccines, we have an alarming statistic to ponder: In 1994, the U.S. recorded that 22,780 students in the school system were autistic. By 2009, that number had risen to 335,199 autistic children. Meanwhile, outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, and other childhood diseases continued to occur in almost-fully-vaccinated populations in North America and Europe, but the overall incidence decreased. Every attempt was made to blame Dr. Andrew Wakefield for an alleged increase in childhood illness, because more parents refused to vaccinate their kids after his research showed a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. However, World Health Organization statistics proved that – prior to the Wakefield scandal – the U.K. and Ireland reported 226,961 cases of measles, in spite of national vaccination programs. Yet, after the Wakefield scandal, there were only 3,079 cases reported. Evidently these diseases are neither influenced by vaccines nor by those who warn against their use (see my review of Wakefield’s book in this issue).
With drugs killing tens of thousands, and vaccines shrouded in medical mythology, let’s look at cancer – the quintessential environmental disease for which we have nobody but ourselves to blame. The science publication, Nature, reported on January 20 that cancer costs are continuing to climb at a steady 2% annually and will drive the cost of U.S. cancer care to $173 billion by 2020. Given that virtually all cancers are avoidable, and that the medical treatments used to arrest cancer growth temporarily are themselves carcinogens, we are locked into a system that is starting to appear somewhat ridiculous.
Enormous money is made from the “cancer industry” (as Ralph Moss calls it) and equally enormous profits are made from those substances that cause cancer. But this is a bad business plan for government health care programs. Ontario, for example, spends 50% of its annual budget on health care.
Curiously, governments push for all of those things that make people sick: drugs, vaccines, and environmental toxins. Imagine if human health were a top priority – how much money could be saved on healthcare by taxpayers?
EVIDENCE FOR BREWING REBELLION
We haven’t taken to the streets as the Egyptians did, but there is clear evidence of a slow, steady revolt against the hype and spin which promotes everything from prophylactic mastectomies for alleged genetic reasons, to every possible drug to control cholesterol, pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes, etc., while also promising one breakthrough after another – with more toxic drugs for new conditions we never knew we had.
Big Pharma is getting close to killing the proverbial goose that lays the golden eggs. Fines used to be small for defrauding governments and for killing people with drugs marketed fraudulently. Settlements with governments and class action groups were less than a billion dollars in 1999. By 2009, this number rose to $5 billion per company. Such a dramatic change can only occur when there is scientific evidence to prove wrongdoing. Indeed, mainstream research is increasingly revealing the disturbing truths about pharmaceutical medicine. Consider that in December 2010, PLoS One analyzed the evidence that many prescription drugs – especially antidepressants – cause violent behaviour. The famous website https://www.ssristories.org has been chronicling these for many years, and has shown that most of the inexplicable mass murders, such as the one in Montreal and the Columbine event, were all directly linked to antidepressant drugs.
Statin drugs, which were originally touted as so important that even children were to take them, have suddenly proven to be less than useless as a preventive measure (CBS, January 19, 2011). The prestigious Cochrane Library (which takes no money from Big Pharma) provided this analysis.
And the important American Journal of Public Health handed down an astounding indictment of the business practices of Big Pharma by showing that drugs were being sold for outrageous prices (90% higher than appropriate) to milk the system. Simultaneously, Stanford University Medical School published a study asserting that Big Pharma’s products “lack strong evidence that the drugs will actually help … [and] may cause serious side effects as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, and cost Americans billions of dollars.”
The January issue of Vanity Fair carried an excellent article analyzing Big Pharma and the damage its research and marketing practices cause to people all over the world. And the American Journal of Public Health came straight out and stated that currently permitted drug marketing practices undermine patient safety and public health. One of its authors was professor Lexchin of York University, an internationally-respected authority on pharmaceutical sleaze.
And now consider the fact that in spite of this growing evidence, Health Canada and the U.S. and E.U. governments are working feverishly to harmonize our regulatory systems to supposedly protect us by giving Big Pharma freedom to do as it pleases, while simultaneously removing access to those products the majority of us want (natural health products) because we found them to do what drugs can never do – prevent and heal our illnesses.
SPOTLIGHT ON ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES OF DISEASE
The rebellious demand for true accountability is also appearing in regard to environmental toxins. In the December 16, 2010 issue of Nature, the editorial was devoted to the “irresponsible policies” of governments such as Canada in regard to the mining and marketing of asbestos; it demanded that “governments must ban the extraction, processing, and use of materials that can cause serious disease.”
On the fluoride front of the war against environmental toxins, important victories were scored – all led by citizen groups. The FDA banned the use of a fluoride-based fumigant and the U.S. government finally decided to reduce water fluoridation. Of course, they did not admit that it is neurotoxic and causes cancer, but it’s a good start. The city of Calgary banned fluoride from its water supply on February 11, with city councillors voting 10 to 3 in favour of the ban.
The Mayo Clinic announced that “there really is no place for mercury in children.” This was in connection to dental amalgam, which finally appears to be teetering on the brink of extinction as the FDA reviews the evidence once again. On January 14, Harvard University’s Environmental Health Perspectives published data showing that 99% of all pregnant women in the U.S. test positive for multiple neurotoxic and carcinogenic substances, many banned for years. Basically all babies conceived start out swimming in a toxic soup. In all women tested, the concentrations were higher for most chemicals than considered tolerably safe.
The American Stroke Association announced at their annual conference in February of this year that diet soda and salt increase the risk of stroke by 61%. This was based on a large study involving 2,564 people. So, does this mean that not only are statin drugs out, but that decent food is considered a healthy preventive substitute?
On the “dirty electricity” and EMF front, things are happening at a rate that is difficult to keep up with. At the point when I started writing this article, the Swedish evidence that cell phones cause brain cancer and cell phone towers can also be harmful, held centre stage. Soon after, an e-mail informed me that Germany had just banned fluorescent light bulbs, because they cause cancer in mice and contain unacceptable amounts of mercury. Germany is also calling for a drastic reduction of CT scans, because the increased use of this diagnostic method is now known to correlate with the increase in cancer incidence from radiation.
In the laboratory, chronic exposure to low level electromagnetic fields clearly affects growth and development, stress response, immune response and many neurological functions. This is not surprising because at the cellular level we are all electrical beings. Epidemiologic studies relate electromagnetic fields to birth defects, psychosis, childhood leukemias and to other cancers, especially brain and reproductive tumors.
(At the Total Health Show, April 8-10, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, three internationally-renowned researchers in this field will be speaking about these issues.)
WHY CITIZENS NEED TO POLICE THEIR OWN GOVERNMENTS
Those who are working to bring back Bill C-51 and to force Europe and North America into the megalomaniacal fantasies of CETA, CODEX, and the European Directive are as out of touch with reality as the ousted Egyptian president. My hero, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, observed recently that: “Capable, generous men do not create victims, they nurture victims,” and that his way of nurturing victims was by helping to “police perpetrators.” Each one of us can help to expose and police those who benefit from sickness and environmental degradation while pretending to help us.