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GMOs and biotech losing ground?

From Helkie Ferrie in Vitality Magazine:

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“… the question we face … is whether this [GMO] cornucopia presents a picture of health and lawful bounty, or instead the hellish image of nature betrayed.” C. Holdrege & S. Talbott, 2008

Ever since biotechnology introduced genetically modified foods in the mid-1990’s, biotech scientists have insisted that these foods are “substantially equivalent” to what we’ve eaten since the dawn of time. Yet for the past 15 years, roughly 90% of people around the world have demanded that GMO foods be clearly labeled, so they can be avoided.

How do our regulators respond? At the latest round of  CODEX labeling debates in Quebec City in March, the U.S. FDA soothingly suggested that “consumers do not need GMO labeling, as it would only confuse them, and they would then make the incorrect food choices.” Continue reading

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FDA gets to work banning supplements

From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:

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“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

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The tyranny of government protection — why we don’t need more regulations

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

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The Health Battlefields of Europe … And Why They May Come to Canada

Robert Verkerk, PhD, from the current issue of Vitality Magazine:

Introduction by Helke Ferrie

Robert Verkerk, PhD. Photo via Vitality magazine.

“Robert Verkerk is the executive and scientific director of the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) based in the UK. He is an internationally acclaimed expert in agricultural, health, and environmental sustainability with over 30 years’ experience. He successfully challenged Codex issues in international courts.

Here he provides an overview of the ongoing worldwide battle for health freedom. It is essential to understand this global push to protect Big Pharma’s interests, and whom Health Canada really serves (certainly not the public). Dr. Verkerk shows us which strategies seem to work when defending our human right to use non-toxic therapies. Continue reading

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Saying “NO” to corporate healthcare fraud — Michael Schmidt in Vitality

Writing in Vitality magazine, Helke Ferrie leads her latest screed on health politics, titled “The Intelligent Revolution: How Citizens, Scientists, and Even Politicians are Saying No to Corporate Healthcare Fraud“, with a discussion of Michael Schmidt’s message at last month’s Total Health show in Toronto. Here’s an excerpt:

Michael Schmidt talks to the press. Photo by Andrea Lemieux, via Vitality magazine

“He’s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back – that’s an earthquake.”

– Death of a Salesman (1949) by Arthur Miller

Saying No! is a social responsibility none of us may safely ignore. Heroes reveal the fact of oppression and demand opposition; their example helps us to build courage, but in the end each one of us must act personally. Continue reading

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