OVERVIEW OF CODEX
ALIMENTARIUS: Updated February 7, 2006
How it will
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Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) may come to be seen by
future generations as the greatest threat to the basic human right of
health the world has ever known. Never before in history has a special
interest group, the pharmaceutical
industry, so shamelessly tried to compromise the health of billions
of people for no other reason than its desire to maintain multi-billion dollar markets for prescription
WHAT IS CODEX?
Codex was established under the heavy influence of the pharmaceutical
industry in 1963,
following resolutions passed at Eleventh Session of Conference of the
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1961 and at
the Sixteenth World Health Assembly in 1963, as a standard setting body
for global food regulations. From its very beginnings, Codex has been
manipulated by corporate interests in the global pharmaceutical and
WHAT IS IT PLANNING TO DO?
In the wake of the recent Vioxx scandal (and earlier scandals such as Baycol) and in a last desperate attempt to delay
its own demise under an avalanche of lawsuits, the pharma-cartel is
trying to use its influence within Codex to set standards that will
outlaw all non-patentable natural therapies threatening its global
markets for patentable, synthetic drugs.
WHY IS THIS DANGEROUS?
It is clear that the effects of the implementation of these standards
(called the: ‘Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food
Supplements’) would include:
* Removal of access to a large number of the most effective forms
of safe micronutrients.
* The prevention of sale of all natural supplements without a
* Delivery of human healthcare exclusively into the hands of the
* Consequent increases in unnecessary deaths from diseases that should
long ago have been eradicated and from the side effects of the drugs themselves.
In contrast to the proposed Guidelines, the Dr. Rath Health Foundation
position taken by some delegations at last year’s Codex meeting to
support open access to natural health remedies, instead of restricting
access. We have campaigned for many years for the right to:
* Unrestricted access to information about the health benefits of
vitamins and other natural therapies as the key to a long and healthy
life without risks.
* Dissemination of life-saving natural health information worldwide so
that very human being has the chance to gain control over his/her
* The eradication of cardiovascular disease, cancer and many other of
today’s common health problems via scientifically proven, safe,
effective and affordable natural remedies.
Any ban on natural remedies would mean the continuation of common
diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease almost indefinitely
and result in the unnecessary deaths of many more millions of people
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO STOP IT FROM HAPPENING?
YOU AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW has a vital part to play in opposing
* Email your protest to every delegate to the Codex
* Send a copy of
email protest tool to everyone you know and urge them to do the same.
International Advocates for Health Freedom.
Alliance for Natural Health.
American Holistic Health Association.
“Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead (1901-78), anthropologist.