Here on the Bovine we don’t usually cover the supplements scene. But often, in the raw milk controversy, one does hear claims that the FDA is acting as a proxy for industrial interests that want to see raw milk stamped out because it’s competition for supermarket milk. And this story details a couple of example of the FDA being used by the pharma industry to remove natural products from the market to make way for future allopathic drugs.
From Elizabeth Renter, on the Activist Post:
Vitamin B6, naturally present in a variety of foods, is necessary for proper nerve function, protein synthesis, regulating blood sugar, and producing antibodies and hemoglobin. In other words, it’s pretty important stuff. But, while many people get their B6 through supplements, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to make things a lot more difficult—by slowly taking all forms of B6 supplements off the market so Big Pharma can make millions off of prescriptions instead.
According to the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), the FDA has already begun their crusade. They removed Pyridoxamine (a natural form of B6) supplements from the market at the request of BioStratum, a pharmaceutical company. Continue reading
From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:
Drawing from Newsphiles blog. Click image for source.
“One of the distinguishing features of autocrats is that in their frenzy to eliminate enemies, they never finish their work. There are always more enemies lurking in this corner or that.
Old-fashioned dictators like Josef Stalin or Saddam Hussein used to go after people enemies, always finding new plots and traitors.
Our U.S. Food and Drug Administration goes after food and herbs and minerals and vitamins. One by one, or group by group, it seeks to eradicate those it consider threats, ostensibly because of “safety” concerns, even when no such real-life problem exists. Continue reading
Helkie Ferrie, writing for Vitality magazine:
“There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted… If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life …”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
Picture via Vitality website.
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). Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a story on an important issue of concern to Canadians, from Naturesistence.org. Given the response that consumer outrage was able to generate on the organic turkey front (see story below), I’d like to think that there’s still hope that a torrent of emails from concerned citizens might persuade Canada’s Senators to defeat this unconstitutional bill!
“…Bill C-6 is about to have its 3rd and final reading before being passed into law. In my 59 years as a once proud Canadian, this is the greatest sense of patriotic loss, I have ever experienced. With a sense of desperate urgency I an now busy sending emails to Canadian Senators and MP’s to try and halt this draconian legislation, which will end Canadian freedoms as once enjoyed by so many.
I appeal to Canuck’s on this website to consider investing 15 minutes in this cause. I am including an email I just sent out to friends and family with a pre-written letter to Canadian Senators and MP’s, and a ‘cut and paste’ list of all Senator and MP’s email addresses.
If you are hazy on Bill C-6, there is an older post entitled, “Attention All Canadians!! Please Read Very Important!!!!” that has videos by a Canadian Constitutional lawyer explaining the Bill and other info links… Continue reading
Canada’s upper chamber, the Senate, may yet save the day for Canadians on bill C-6, which is essentially a repackaging of Bills C-51 and C-52 that generated such outrage among Canadians last year for their attempt to impose Codex-style pharmaceutical fascism on the supplement industry — reclassifying common herbs and foods as prescription drugs — the usual Codex stuff. Here’s an excerpt from Helke Ferrie’s report on the status of Bill C-6 as published in the October issue of Vitality magazine. It seems there’s still hope, if the Senators block the bill. Health advocates have been sending letters and emails to Senators all summer so there should be little doubt as to how “the people” feel about this issue:
Bill C-6 would be a big step towards total food control.
“On April 30, 2009, all four parties supported Bill C-6 without protest. True, MP Paul Szabo (Liberal, Mississauga North) and MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis (NDP, Winnipeg North) wanted assurances that C-6, to amend the Hazardous Products Act, would not affect regulation of natural health products. Judy Wasylycia-Leis reminded parliamentarians: “The furor that erupted after the introduction of Bill C-51 [to amend food and drugs regulation] and C-52 [the former version of C-6] last year was a result of the fact that the government failed to consider the need to clearly differentiate natural health products from current drug legislation.”
Indeed, the pernicious fact is that C-51, C-52, and C-6 share regulatory provisions that were and are constitutionally insupportable and make a mockery of current medical and environmental science. Continue reading
We’ve been foaming at the mouth for a while here about HR875, NAIS, and Premises ID down south in the States, and how they’re threatening to give control of agriculture to industry and undermine organic small farms. Meanwhile, closer to home, the much-reviled food-supplement “regulation” bills C-51 and C-52 are being re-incarnated under new numbers and re-introduced into Parliament. In spite of the greatest citizen outrage in Canadian history (over C-51 and C-52), someone in Ottawa seems to still have not gotten the message. Here’s a summary of the situation from David Rowland, of the Canadian Coalition for Health Freedom. Hat tip to Judith for sending this our way.
“We need your help to stop the Canadian federal government persisting in classifying our Dietary Food Supplements and other plant based medicinal concentrates, extracts and other products as Drugs.
Do you realize that since January 1st 2004 the federal government has been forcing all healthy foods such as carrot juice, greens powders, vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc. to be regulated as drugs?
Safer than Foods
Dietary food supplements are among the safest substances on the planet. There have been exactly zero fatalities caused by the Canadian health food industry during its entire 50-year history. In 2004, an independent study of the causes of death was conducted (by R. Law), using Canadian Government data, quasi government and NGO websites, documents, databases and research outputs. This study assigned units of risk for 59 documented causes of death, such as the following:
– Adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals 756
– Food 19
– Lightning 0.25
– Bee/wasp/hornet sting 0.06
– Natural healthcare/therapeutic products 0.014 Continue reading