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Originally published July 15 2005

The top ten reasons why organized medicine supports CODEX (the European Food Supplements Directive)

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

1. It eliminates access to key nutrients that prevent disease, thereby creating a population of diseased, malnourished customers who will inevitably turn to high-profit prescription drugs.

2. It focuses people on the debate over the safety of nutritional supplements, distracting them from the debate over the safety of prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs.

3. It makes nutritional supplements more expensive, putting their purchase out of reach of more consumers.

4. With the loss of vitamin sales, many natural health retailers will be forced out of business, and this is good for organized medicine. The fewer health shops exist, the less competition there is for prescription drugs.

5. It establishes a legal precedent of control over not just supplements, but food. This sets the stage for the future banning of nutritious foods that prevent disease such as blueberries, broccoli and garlic.

6. It allows for the arrest and incrimination of key proponents of natural health (vitamin manufacturers, retailers and consumers), removing them from the public stage so that they no longer have a voice.

7. It discredits the entire nutritional supplements industry, creating fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) in the minds of consumers who aren't aware of the real motivations behind the law.

8. It erects huge barriers to the introduction of new supplements to the market by forcing manufacturers to spend millions of dollars on compliance, even for substances that have been safely consumed by humans as medicine for thousands of years.

9. It sets a legal foundation from which other nutrients can be outlawed. Each year, watch for the ratchet to be tightened as a growing list of supplements get banned.

10. It allows natural health critics to use circular logic to attack the industry. They'll say, "If these vitamins weren't dangerous, then they wouldn't have been outlawed, would they?"

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