CODEX + July 05 = NO MORE supps!?!
06-30-2005 11:01 AM
CODEX + July 05 = NO MORE supps!?!
I'm usually more of a lurker than a poster, but I think this is kind of an emergency. Please take time to check out the following info. & draw your own conclusions.
If you're so inclined, the links make it easy to get your opinion out there.
CODEX Update: Voice Your Opinion About CAFTA - URGENT!
ou might have heard rumors about the international rulemaking process known as Codex Alimentarius, or "Food Code". This July, commissioners from all over the world will meet in Rome to decide upon a global standard for the vitamin and mineral trade.
Support world health and make sure that we maintain our open access to dietary supplements (http://www.healthactioncenter.com/ct...835808&l=98430)
Codex is a little-discussed process -- but one that is establishing the world's regulatory model for vitamins, minerals, and eventually all dietary supplements.
TAKE ACTION! (http://www.healthactioncenter.com/ct...835808&l=98430) Promote health choice worldwide. Tell the U.S. Codex delegation and Congress to make our law, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) the international standard for dietary supplement trade.
As it stands today, the standards that the Codex Alimentarius commission is proposing will treat nutrients like toxic chemicals and, unlike U.S. law, will establish upper potency limits. Send a letter today to postpone acceptance of the Codex guidelines until the following issues are revisited: the role of dietary supplements in optimal health, worldwide hunger and nutrition, and the appropriate science model for nutrients.
Codex Emergency, Breaking News---What To Do
CAFTA was passed this morning in the Senate Finance Committee by voice vote (so we can't find out how they voted) and it will be taken up at 10 am tomorrow morning in the House Ways and Means Committee.
You can watch tomorrow's hearing on C-Span or over the link from the House Ways and Means Committee website at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/media/graphics/video.htm
If it makes it out of committee tomorrow, the soonest it could go to the floor in either the House or Senate would be July 11th when congress reconvenes after July 4th recess, however it would probably be after that because A) they have to line up the votes, and B) it first has to go to the Rules Committee which would take a day or two. The Washington Post has stated that this battle could be decided in the House by as close a margin as ONE SINGLE VOTE, so our voice ACTUALLY MATTERS!
It is IMPERATIVE that we KEEP THE PRESSURE ON and try to KILL CAFTA because it and the FTAA threaten to expand the scope and reach of the WTO's SPS Agreement, Article 3 of which would force harmonization to Codex.
The list of committee members can be accessed here http://waysandmeans.house.gov/members.asp You can send email to any member of the House of Representatives via http://www.house.gov/writerep/
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU CALL:
(See list of names below) "As a vitamin consumer I am very concerned by the threat of globalization. CAFTA would expand the scope and reach of the WTO's SPS Agreement, Article 3 of which forces harmonization to restrictive UN CODEX standards for vitamins and minerals. Please watch the video "We Become Silent" narrated by Dame Judy Dench at http://www.welltv.com which fully addresses this threat. Additionally, I am sending you email which more fully addresses my concerns."
THEN EMAIL THEM THIS:
"I'm a dietary supplement consumer, and I am very concerned about language buried inside of CAFTA and FTAA which broadens and deepens the scope of the WTO's SPS (Sanitary Phytosanitary Measures) Agreement.
Article 3 of the SPS in the WTO Agreement reads "To harmonize sanitary and phytosanitary measures on as wide a basis as possible, Members SHALL base their food safety measures on international standards, guidelines or recommendations."
This threatens to force harmonization of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 to mindlessly restrictive UN Codex standards which would block my access to vitamins and minerals within the therapeutic range, for starters, then other dietary supplements as Codex expands.
It is evident to me from the book INTEGRATING THE AMERICAS- THE FTAA & BEYOND by the Rockefeller Foundation that this effort to expand NAFTA throughout our hemisphere poses as much of a threat to our national sovereignty as the EU currently does to the sovereignty of each of its member countries.
From a fiscal standpoint, it makes no sense to continue the failed policies of NAFTA which have caused our $617 Billion trade deficit unless you have abandoned your oath of office completely and are trying to crush the doller to usher in a hemispheric wide currency. I don't want to live under a world government, I want to live in the America that used to exist but which Congress is clearly attempting to destroy on behalf of multinational corporate interests who have no use for our constitution or Bill of Rights.
Congressman Paul wrote an article correctly identifying CAFTA as an unconstitutional threat to our sovereignty. http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2005/tst060605.htm The Constitution clearly grants Congress alone the authority to regulate international trade. The plain text of Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 is incontrovertible.
Neither Congress nor the President can give this authority away by treaty, any more than they can repeal the First Amendment by treaty. This fundamental point, based on the plain meaning of the Constitution, cannot be overstated. Every member of Congress who votes for CAFTA is voting to abdicate power to an international body in direct violation of the Constitution.
Unless you vote AGAINST CAFTA and also oppose FTAA with every fiber of your being, you can rest assured I will oppose your political career as long as there is a breath left in my body, because if you vote for CAFTA, I will consider you to be threatening MY LIFE!!!"
WHO TO CALL TO TELL THIS TO:
(Call the Capital Switchboard # 202-225-3121 and ask to be connected to each of these people, and after you're done talking with each one ask to be reconnected to the switchboard so you can be connected to the next one):
HOUSE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE (VOTES THURSDAY - June 30, 2005))
Members of the 109th Congress
Bill Thomas, CA Chairman
E. Clay Shaw Jr. , FL
Nancy L. Johnson, CT
Wally Herger, CA
Jim McCrery, LA
Dave Camp, MI
Jim Ramstad, MN
Jim Nussle, IA
Sam Johnson, TX
Phil English, PA
J.D. Hayworth, AZ
Jerry Weller, IL
Kenny C. Hulshof, MO
Ron Lewis, KY
Mark Foley, FL
Kevin Brady, TX
Thomas M. Reynolds, NY
Paul Ryan, WI
Eric Cantor, VA
John Linder, GA
Bob Beauprez, CO
Melissa A. Hart, PA
Chris Chocola, IN
Devin Nunes, CA
Charles B. Rangel, NY
Fortney Pete Stark, CA
Sander M. Levin, MI
Benjamin L. Cardin, MD
Jim McDermott, WA
John Lewis, GA
Richard E. Neal, MA
Michael R. McNulty, NY
William J. Jefferson, LA
John S. Tanner, TN
Xavier Becerra, CA
Lloyd Doggett, TX
Earl Pomeroy, ND
Stephanie Tubbs Jones, OH
Mike Thompson, CA
John B. Larson, CT
Rahm Emanuel, IL
ALSO-- Keep sending in this form letter where you can also add your own comments http://capwiz.com/lef/mail/oneclick_...lertid=7739691 Sending this in will help especially if it makes it out of committee tomorrow. The Washington Post stated last week that CAFTA could be decided in the House by a close a margin as ONE SINGLE VOTE.
Other organizations are encouraging people to either communicate directly with US Codex Delegate Ed Scarbrough, or to urge the President and Congress to rein him in and to demand that he oppose ratification of the Codex vitamin standard.
IAHF views their approach as senseless given that Codex could easily ratify anyway OVER our objection just via the power wielded by the EU alone, but beyond this, we view it as a political impossibility to rein in Scarbrough given that he's an unelected bureaucrat with a track record of violating the law on this Codex issue and given that he's a cog in the machinery of the executive branch of our government serving directly under a lame duck President who is awash in Pharma PAC Money and who we have very little influence over because he can't run for reelection.
Given the closeness of the CAFTA battle in Congress, and given that we have zero influence over the unelected bureaucrats at CODEX while we DO have influence over Congress, under these circumstances we feel that we're recommending the course of action where we have the best political chance to succeed. If Codex does get sent back to step 5, it won't be due to anything our movement has even done, it would be due to language changes requested by Australia, Venezuela and especially CHINA.
Please take action TODAY and forward this alert.
IAHF needs donations to send John Hammell back to Washington to lobby on this issue. We can't stop Codex AT CODEX because we have no political influence over the unelected bureaucrats who will be making the decisions there, but we CAN stop codex from coming here by killing CAFTA/FTAA.
--- For Health Freedom,
John C. Hammell, President
International Advocates for Health Freedom
556 Boundary Bay Road
Point Roberts, WA 98281-8702 USA
If you try to watch the anti Codex anti CAFTA documentary "We Become Silent" on Kevin Miller's Website at http://www.welltv.com and get an error message when you try to load it, thats because he's being buried with traffic thats exceeding the bandwidth of the site. The hosting company has threatened to shut his site down if this continues and hasn't even offered to let him purchase additional bandwidth. This is the only site where the documentary loads instantaneously, however.
But if you go to watch it and get an error mssg because its overloaded, IF YOU HAVE A HIGH SPEED CONNECTION you can now also try these additional sites to watch it:
Kevin has done yeoman's work to produce this video, and now he's stone broke & maxing out credit cards just to feed his family. Please place orders to receive a copy of the video with him to help him get the funds needed to be able to start making copies, he needs about $1500. just to produce a glass master and to get rolling- but we need to get this documentary out to every health food store in the world, and to every innovative vitamin company and alternative practitioner- PRONTO. Please order your copy now for $24.95 (inc. Shipping) by sending a check made out to: Natural Healing Intl. 2011 Bradley Rd. W. Lake, OH 44145 USA
We are getting word out to the Chair of the Codex meeting and to every delegate in an effort to get them to watch it, and we're working on putting together some Emergency Press Conferences with one or more celebrities to call more widespread attention to it prior to the Codex meeting which runs from July 4-9 in Rome. If we can get a high profile press conference, it could give Codex pause- the goal would be to get our would be masters to realize they're overreaching and to slow way down or run the risk of provoking a HUGE global BACKLASH against globalization in an overall sense.
Many have wondered why I don't urge communication with US Codex Delegate Ed Scarbrough. The reason is he's a cog in the executive branch of our government. We have a lame duck President in his final term who can't run for reelection and he's awash in Pharma PAC $$$ so we have no leverage over Scarbrough, an unelected bureaucrat who in 2000 threw me off the US Delegation while ignoring my requests that he remove Yetley of FDA who had clearly violated the law. We're going to try to get him and all delegates to watch "We Become Silent" but we have virtually no influence at CODEX, yet have FAR MORE influence at CONGRESS. We may not be ABLE to stop CODEX, but we CAN keep it from coming HERE, but ONLY if our message is not diverted and diluted by those groups who in OUR view are encouraging an ineffective course of action.
If we don't kill CAFTA/ FTAA we won't stop Codex from coming here. Washington Post indicates CAFTA vote will be very tight, could come down to just ONE VOTE in the House, so our voice can REALLY make a difference!!!
This is an EMERGENCY SITUATION folks- if you haven't yet made your calls and sent your emails in to the House Ways and Means Committee (CAFTA vote tomorrow at 10 am east coast time) and to the full House and Senate (if it makes it out of committee tomorrow will go to the floor sometime after Congress reconvenes July 11th or shortly thereafter) please take action now. Use the TOLL FREE number to reach the Capital Switchboard unless it stops working- its 1-866-340-9281 but if it stops working its 202-224-3121.
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