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Food Supplements Directive

Why organized medicine wants to outlaw nutrition and turn healers into criminals

Monday, June 06, 2005
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: Food Supplements Directive, health freedom, health freedoms

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How about some truth for a change about the Food Supplements Directive in the European Union? The proponents of this directive say that it's about protecting patients from all these dangerous vitamins, minerals, supplements, plant extracts and antioxidants that are so dangerous for people. They say, "We're going to keep you safe!" Let me tell you what I think. It's an attempt to outlaw nutrition. It is an attempt to criminalize those who would offer nutritional products that can actually prevent and even treat chronic diseases.

Why would anyone want to do this? Well, look at what it's trying to ban. One of the things it's trying to ban is tocotrienols, which are various forms of vitamin E. These are naturally occurring antioxidants that are found in the plant world. You can find them in whole grains, nuts, seeds and a variety of different plants. Why would they want to ban these ingredients and make it a crime to sell these to people?

Well, think about it folks. These ingredients prevent chronic disease better than prescription drugs, without the side effects, and without the profitability of prescription drugs. If people really knew just how much they could prevent chronic disease with these plant extracts, medicinal herbs, vitamins, minerals, and supplements, the pharmaceutical industry would collapse overnight.

The defenders of "Big Pharma" and of organized medicine have realized that they can't win the information war. They can't prevent people from finding out how to be healthy. Believe me, they've tried! They've tried through censorship, oppression, influence, and even attempts to regulate medical information on the internet. They have tried to create a total blackout of information, but they've failed. Thank God we live in a (relatively) free society where the internet still operates and people have access to independent information. As people are increasingly finding out that prescription drugs actually kill you, while vitamins, nutrients, and plant-based supplements actually save your life, organized medicine had to go to Plan B. Plan B is to outlaw nutrition, which is what the European Union Food Supplements Directive is all about.

Let's take this one step further here. Letís assume they succeed in outlawing this nutrition. It's suddenly illegal to buy any amount of vitamin C over 50 mg, for example. It's illegal to buy various minerals, such as vanadium or boron. It becomes illegal to buy tocotrienols, or other antioxidants derived from plants. Well, what's the next step? It is, of course, to outlaw medicinal foods entirely!

Can you imagine a world in which it would be illegal to purchase and consume garlic? It sounds ridiculous, right? You say, "Oh, come on, that's just exaggeration!" But is it really? Garlic is one of the most medicinally potent foods in the world. This is a product that prevents and treats topical and internal cancers. Raw garlic juice is one of the most potent anti-cancer supplements you can consume. You can go to a grocery store right now, buy garlic, and make this yourself. This is more powerful than many drugs out there. It's a broad-spectrum antibiotic. It's antiviral, antibacterial, anti-cancer and anti-tumor. This is an amazing healing food.

Would they try to outlaw that? Right now, they're trying to outlaw extracts from different plants. It's only a small step for them to actually outlaw these foods. You'd have to have a prescription to buy garlic. It would be a controlled substance, and if you grew it in your own garden, you'd be arrested as a criminal. Don't believe me? Just try to grow omega-3-rich hemp seeds in your backyard and see how long it takes for the DEA to show up at your doorstep.

You have a great number of foods out there that actually treat, not just prevent, chronic diseases. Molasses, for one, is a nutrient-rich sweetener. It's made from the byproduct of whole grain processing. If people ate more molasses or used it in their cooking or their oatmeal, they would get more B vitamins, more magnesium, more zinc. They would be healthier. We'd see a drop in the rate of Alzheimer's disease, nervous system disorders, and behavioral disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other so called "behavioral diseases."

You may think it sounds crazy that these foods would some day be banned. But I think it's crazy to ban extracts of these foods. They're trying to ban these natural ingredients right now. Beyond the fact that I think it is unethical to do so, it is a crime against humanity to restrict people from access to the gifts provided by Mother Nature. As human beings, we have a God-given right to eat plants, to use the medicinal herbs found in our natural environment, and to heal ourselves using these gifts provided by nature. I believe any attempt to criminalize our connection with nature is itself a crime, and should be treated as such.

Nutrition is bad for you, didn't you know?

The Food Supplements Directive (in Europe) and this whole effort by the FDA (in the U.S.) to outlaw certain medicinal herbs and eventually nutritional supplements is based on the outlandish premise that prescription drugs are good for you and nutrition is bad for you. This is such a reversal of reality that it's absolutely astounding they can get away with even talking about it without being laughed off of the television show or radio interview.

If you think about it, prescription drugs are what's killing people. Prescription drugs are extremely dangerous, even according to the statistics put out by organized medicine. We have one class of drugs, Cox-2 inhibitors, which, all by itself, is responsible for at least 144,000 heart attacks in the United States alone. Over 40 percent of those are fatal. The FDA admitted all of this information, yet said, "That's not dangerous enough for us. Let's put this drug back on the market." They rubber-stamped it "APPROVED BY THE FDA." This is now safe for consumption, according to the FDA.

Meanwhile, a Chinese herb, ma huang, or "Ephedra," as it's better known, is blamed for the death of a few dozen individuals who overdosed like crazy trying to lose weight. A few dozen people and the FDA said, "This is dangerous! We have to take this off the market! It's unregulated. It's a Chinese herb. It will kill you!" It is now a crime to sell Ephedra. They're criminalizing medicinal herbs, while legalizing the drugs that kill you. This is what's going on today.

It's really about control

There's a lot at stake here -- a lot of power, control, and, of course, a whole lot of money. The people at the top of organized medicine's hierarchy, the FDA, the American Medical Association, top doctors, surgeons, hospitals, and so on, have all realized that if nutrition succeeds, and if people become educated about how to prevent disease through simple, easily available foods, then they are going to lose a lot of money. They're going to lose a lot of patients, whom they're depending on. You have drug companies looking at the coming wave of Alzheimer's and jumping up and down with joy, thinking, "Look how many customers we're going to have. Let's come up with an Alzheimer's drug!" Research then comes out showing that Alzheimer's drugs cause dementia. Yes, it's true. Pain drugs cause heart attacks, antidepressant drugs cause people to pick up automatic weapons and blow away their classmates; you can just go on down the list. These drugs are designed to treat disease and improve people's lives but they only destroy lives. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop the drug companies from being excited about the opportunity to sell these drugs to people.

It's all about selling the drugs. Really, the FDA is just one gatekeeper by which these drugs can be sold. The FDA is being exploited and controlled by drug companies. The FDA rubber-stamps drugs that are highly toxic and extremely dangerous. These drugs continue to be sold to people all around the world at ridiculously high prices. It's a big scam, and there's big money at stake.

That's why they've got to attack nutritional supplements. They've got to outlaw vitamin C, vitamin E, and minerals that prevent disease. They've got to criminalize them. Their strategy right now is to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. This whole Food Supplements Directive in Europe is really nothing more than an attempt to protect profits. By doing that, they're committing a crime against humanity, in my belief. They're trying to say that it should be illegal for people to choose foods, medicines, and healing compounds provided by nature.

A crazy idea: let's outlaw dangerous pharmaceuticals

I have an idea, which may be crazy, but which I'll throw out there just in case. What if we outlawed all the drugs that killed people? What if we made it illegal to sell dangerous prescription drugs that actually cause chronic disease, that cause people to go crazy, or that cause people to have heart attacks and die? How about that? Now, there's a crazy idea. Then, what if we banned drug advertising so these drug companies can't run highly deceptive ads on television that get people running to their doctors' offices asking for drugs by name, even when they have no idea what those drugs do? Patients demand, "Give me the drug!" The doctor asks, "What do you need it for?" "I don't know, but those people on TV look really happy!" This happens every day. Any general practitioner will tell you the same thing.

Let's educate the public

So let's ban everything that actually harms people. Let's then spend some taxpayer money on public education campaigns to teach people how to be healthy. We could start with foods. We could start by teaching expectant mothers how to have good nutrition so that they give birth to healthy babies with healthy nervous systems, babies who aren't born predisposed to diabetes, schizophrenia, or other disorders. From there we can teach our nation's youth how to make healthier food choices.

While we're on a roll, why don't we take all the disease causing foods out of our school lunch programs. Why don't we ban fast food restaurants from hospitals. Let's put some healthy foods in people's mouths. Let's visit the nursing homes around the country, look at their diets, and say, "No wonder these people are half-mad. Look at what they're being fed." Let's put some healthy foods into their diets.

Let's teach people about the real health potential of sunlight. Let's teach them that if you get sunlight on your skin, you can prevent prostate cancer, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes. You can prevent osteoporosis, schizophrenia, mental depression, and many other diseases and disorders just by getting some natural sunlight.

So this is my crazy idea: Let's ban the things that kill people, while supporting the things that improve people's quality of life, keep people healthy, and prevent chronic disease. Now, I know it's a radical idea and it would have terrible side effects, such as plummeting health care costs, increased longevity, increased quality of life and happiness across the entire population. It would have all these terrible side effects; for example, we wouldn't have such violent behavior in our young adults. I don't know if society can handle these side effects; but if it can, this could be a good route to go.

One more side effect would be that many corporate executives of pharmaceutical companies would find themselves out of work. That would just be terrible. Maybe we could have a government subsidy program to find new jobs for these people, or train them on something useful like web page design. They'll need some real jobs, right? If you can't sell drugs any more, you've got to do something useful for society.

The national doctor re-education program

The same would hold for all the doctors as well, the general practitioners who practice old school medicine. They wouldn't have as much work either. I think we'd have to retrain them. We could start by actually giving them a real education in health. We could start by teaching them about nutrition. The fact is they never learned that in medical school. Med schools don't teach nutrition. These doctors are clueless about it unless they went outside mainstream medicine and learned on their own.

When doctors find that they're out of work because people are healthy, because they're avoiding prescription drugs, eating healthy foods, and using medicinal plants, we might retrain those doctors to become health coaches. They could go into nursing homes and schools, and be hired as health coaches teaching people how to be healthy. There's an idea! Why don't we have our healthcare professionals actually teach health instead of being experts in disease?

From the history of medicine comes the idea: "First, do no harm." Today organized medicine is doing tremendous harm. Until we make a change, they have no right to call themselves doctors at all. They're not doctors, they're drug dealers. A true doctor is someone who teaches according to the Latin root of the word, which means "teacher." If you call yourself a doctor, but you're not teaching your patients about nutrition and lifestyle changes, you're living a lie. On the other hand, if you are teaching it, good for you. You should get more patients. You keep your patients healthy; they could tell more friends and bring you more business. You deserve to be rewarded for helping people stay healthy.

Conveniently forgetting the true history of medicine

One more point relevant to the history of medicine and the European Union Food Supplements Directive: The word "pharmaceutical" has as its root "pharm," which of course means "plant." Pharmaceuticals have their origins in plant-based medicine. That's where all pharmaceuticals originally came from. If you think about it now, things have gone 180 degrees! The pharmaceutical industry itself is trying to outlaw plants. How bizarre is that? It is a total disconnect from nature and from the history of medicine. It is a disconnection between those selling the drugs and the patients who take them. It's all about disconnection out there in organized medicine. A lot of doctors won't even touch their patients. It unnerves them.

Let's turn to natural healing, where we have connections, we have openness and we believe in health freedoms. We believe in freedom of choice. We believe in education. And we believe that individuals should have the right to choose what medicine, herbs, and supplements they wish to take to treat or prevent their own diseases or disorders, or just to stay healthy or enhance their health.

Healers and patients can have a connection. The patient, however, is the only real healer. The doctor or practitioner can only really educate and support the patient's own healing process. These are the beliefs of natural health. These are the beliefs which, frankly, organized medicine doesn't want you to ever adopt. They want you to believe that nature has no answers for you whatsoever. They want you to believe that an R&D lab, with its synthesized chemicals, is the only place where you should get your healing chemicals or compounds. They think that man is smarter than nature. They think that a man-made lab can produce smarter disease prevention chemicals than the lab which has been running for millions and millions of years out there called Mother Nature.

Covertly stealing from Mother Nature

Secretly, however, behind closed doors, all these pharmaceutical companies have people across the world trying to find medicinal plants to look for answers. They are basically stealing them from the native healers, the indigenous tribes in the rainforest, the deserts of Australia, you name it. They're stealing all these plants, then taking them back to the laboratory and trying to synthesize them. That's what they're doing behind closed doors. They know that the answers are in the plant. Publicly, however, they want to outlaw those plants. You see how they work this con?

I say to all of you out there reading who want to be healthy: Bypass all of that. Bypass the pharmaceutical industry. Bypass the profit, the greed and the control. Bypass the heavily bureaucratic FDA, which is dishonest and is operating in collusion with the drug companies. Bypass a traditionally trained medical doctor, and bypass all the costs and medical bills and bankruptcy that go along with being involved with organized medicine. Instead, go straight to nature.

You do that by hooking up with a naturopath. You do that by relying on plants, foods, natural environment, sunshine, fresh water, clean air, and by getting grounded with the earth. That's how you get healthy. I've done it, along with thousands of others who have done it. Organized medicine has no benefit whatsoever in modern society, except if you've been in a car crash or something. If an iron girder from a steel building falls on you and you need some surgery, then definitely get some surgery. American surgeons are some of the best in the world. They can stop the bleeding from gunshot wounds and put you back together. However, they can't prevent chronic diseases and they have no clue how to treat them.

Don't believe me? Observe this for yourself...

If you're skeptical of everything I've said so far, here's a little experiment you can run. Go out and find yourself people who are steeped in organized medicine. Find people who take a lot of pharmaceuticals, who get surgical procedures every time their doctor says they need one. Check these people out and see how healthy they are.

Are they fit and trim? Are they happy? Are they emotionally stable? Do they have healthy relationships in their life? How do they look? Do they look energetic? What's the color of their skin? Is it pale and yellowish? Do they have bags under their eyes? Is it discolored? What do they look like?

Afterwards, find yourself a bunch of people who follow natural health. Find people who do yoga, who get acupuncture, who eat well, who supplement with superfoods and supergreen supplements. Find people who take vitamins and use medicinal herbs. Find the kind of people you'd find in health food stores. Look at those people and ask yourself the same questions. How do they look? What kind of health do they seem to be demonstrating? If you compare these two groups, it becomes immediately obvious that the results you get are based on the belief system you follow.

If you follow organized medicine, take those prescription drugs, go get those surgical procedures, and you believe all those doctors, the FDA, and everything the drug companies tell you, you're going to be quite diseased. You're going to be miserable. You're going to have a shortened lifespan. You're going to have a shortened quality of life. You're probably going to be in chronic pain, and you'll have multiple side effects from all the prescription drugs you're taking. You'll have skyrocketing medical bills. You might end up in medical bankruptcy, and you'll be no better off than having done nothing.

If you follow natural health, on the other hand, you can be a healthy, happy person. You can be energetic, have fantastic mental clarity, and be free of chronic pain. You can reverse diseases such as type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. You can avoid dementia, Alzheimer's, and all these so-called "diseases of aging." You can be healthy and happy. That's the world of natural health.

Stop trying to justify organized medicine

Some people think they can straddle these two worlds. They say, "I'm going to get chemotherapy, but I'm going to take some chlorella together with it. That way, I'll be practicing integrated medicine!" Integrated medicine is a huge hoax. It's basically a way for organized medicine to try to keep up with the times, to say that you can use these herbs only as a minor part of this traditional health procedure. They want to relegate everything that's alternative into the fringes of treatment. Integrative medicine is a joke.

Alternative medicine, or what I call "advanced medicine," is where the real healing power is. That's where you make a choice and say, "I'm not going to follow organized medicine any more. I'm going to get healthy. I'm going to start by taking responsibility for my health outcome. I'm going to fire my MD, and go get an ND, a naturopathic doctor. I'm going to start working on my foods, my nutrition, my supplements, and my lifestyle. I'm going to change my life and take responsibility for the outcome." That's where you get healthy. That's where you can bypass all that organized medicine.

Again, this is the kind of information that organized medicine hopes you never hear. They don't want people to bypass their system. They want people to run through their system like a factory. "Here, take these pills -- we'll make a dollar every day for each pill." But I believe you don't need that system. All you need is a naturopathic physician, a naturopathic approach to life, herbs, good nutrition, healing foods, natural sunlight, and the list goes on. These are easy things to accomplish. The answers are quite obvious.

Your health freedoms are at stake right now

Returning to the Foods Supplements Directive in Europe, it's really just the tip of the iceberg. The effort to outlaw plant extracts, certain vitamins, and certain minerals is just an extension of the philosophy that nutrition should be criminalized. It's part of the belief that people should be controlled and forced into a system of organized medicine based on huge egos, high profitability, control, and limiting people's access to information and choices regarding what they can use to improve their health.

That's why it is important for all of us that the Food Supplements Directive fails and is ruled illegal. Only when that happens can we create a system of more freedom, more awareness and more healing. People need choices. They need to have access to nature and to nutrition. The very idea that this Food Supplements Directive was even under consideration is quite maddening. Hopefully, sanity will prevail and the European Union will not outlaw nutrition.

Here in the United States, we can also hopefully move in the same positive direction by keeping nutrition freely available, and by making sure that DSHEA remains in place so that nutritional supplements remain legal and prescriptions are not required. Hopefully, we can get some criminal convictions for the real criminals out there: the people running these pharmaceutical companies, the decision makers at the FDA, and the people at the top of the hierarchy in American organized medicine, who are directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans each and every year.

If we can put those people behind bars, we can reform the FDA. We can then start educating people about the real causes of health, about how to take charge of their health outcome and be healthy for a lifetime. We can create a whole new society, a whole new generation of healthy young people who can learn, be creative and be happy. We can see health care costs plummet in this country. That's really what we need to see if we're going to be competitive in the global marketplace.

The alternative is to continue down the path of organized medicine. We will just get sicker, more miserable, and truly more insane as a nation if things continue. As if we're not insane enough already in this country, it could get even worse! We've got to reverse that, and it all starts with nutrition and access to nature.

Don't let the criminals running the organized medicine con outlaw your access to nature's healing gifts. They want to criminalize nutrition, and turn healers into convicts. If they succeed, only their own highly toxic drugs will remain legal, and the only health choice you have left will be to pick your poison.

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