(PRWEB) June 14, 2005
The Natural Solutions Foundation's Medical Director, Rima E. Laibow, MD, announced that Congressional support is building to compel the U.S. to follow its own laws in adopting policy and directing delegates to the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Commission meeting in Rome next month. Although the U.S. has announced its intention to support the restrictive Vitamin and Mineral Guidelines, members of Congress urged the U.S. to oppose or postpone the adoption of the CODEX Vitamin and Mineral Guideline (VMG) since the US is legally forbidden from harmonizing with any international law which violates U.S. law. The VMG violation of the 1994 Dietary Supplements Health Education Act (DSHEA). Under DSHEA, limits cannot be set on for nutrients which are treated as foods, not drugs.
Representatives Ron Paul (R, TX), Dan Burton (R, IN) and Peter DiFazio (D, OR) sent a joint Congressional Letter to the U.S. CODEX Manager, Dr. Ed Scarbrough, demanding that he direct US Delegates to the 28th CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Commission in Rome next month to oppose ratification of the restrictive VMG. Their bipartisan letter noted that "the VMGÂ threatens our rights and laws in serious ways. This standard represents a violation of the significant protection offered to us in this country by laws like DSHEA and similar statutes."
In their letter, the Congressmen joined in the Natural Solutions Foundation's (http://www.HealthFreedomUSA.org) Citizen's Petition (http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/petition/petition.pdf) submitted to the US. CODEX Office on June 1, 2005, and urge "the policy of the United States in general, and your office and the CODEX Delegation in particular to adopt policies and positions which are strictly in line with U.S. law preventing harmonization with any international standard or guideline which is in conflict with, or contradiction of, United States lawÂ ."
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act - DSHEA - categorizes nutrients as foods as such, they have no upper limits - and recognizes that individual health status, age, toxic load, genetics, etc., will lead to varying nutrient needs throughout the life span and between groups. By guaranteeing unrestricted access to a wide variety of high potency nutrients, DSHEA, in effect, secured for Americans the right to use nutrients and supplements to prevent, treat and cure chronic degenerative diseases, prevent premature aging, and enhance their immune functions.
The VMS would ban high potency nutrients since any nutritional density higher than that found in food would be illegal with or without a prescription. Developing countries are urged to adopt CODEX standards as national law although countries with marginally nourished populations who adopt this restrictive standard will face widespread death and malnutrition.
Because CODEX erroneously considers nutrients to be dangerous toxins, it has elected to determine permissible levels using the wrong science - Toxicology. Toxicology is designed to protect people from dangerous compounds. Toxicology uses "Risk Assessment" to determine the highest dose of a substance which can be given while producing no discernable impact on a person. After dividing that dose by 100, and subtracting an arbitrary contribution of that nutrient by a mythical "average expectable global daily diet," a final value which has no nutritional benefit is obtained. Risk Assessment does not, by its very nature, consider benefits since toxins have none. These ultra low, ineffective values comprise the Maximum Permissible Upper Limit (MPULs) of permitted nutrients. All others will be forbidden as will higher dosages of permitted nutrients. The proper science to apply to Dietary Supplements is the science of Nutrition. Federal Courts have held that "DSHEA indicates that Congress generally intended to harmonize the treatment of dietary supplements with that of foods when it added the dietary supplement subsection..." (U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell in Nutraceutical Corporatio, et al. v. Lester Crawford, Acting Commissioner).
In 1997, the US passed Title 19, USC 3512 which specifically forbids harmonization by the U.S. with any standard which violates U.S. law. Because of this law, any attempt to support the VMS is a violation of U.S. law. The FDA specifically states that its policy is to accept international standards, even if not completed, in preference to domestic standards and to use every means to bring U.S. regulations and standards into conformity with those international standards. This, and U.S. CODEX policy, is illegal under current U.S. law.
A copy of the Citizen's Petition was provided to the White House. However, White House comment was unavailable.
The Citizen's Petition is available online at http://www.HealthFreedomUSA.org/petition/petition.pdf along with a letter which can be faxed to join in the CitizenÂs Petition. For addtional information contact
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Natural Solutions Foundation
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