Nations Find Legal Alternatives as Health Takes Back Seat to Trade at Codex - Again

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At the 27th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition & Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) in Bonn, Germany trade considerations won out over consumer health interests. Dr. Rolf Grosklaus, long-time proponant of micro-dose nutrtional supplement limits said, "It may not be fair not to give them [consumers] optimal health, but this is about trade!" when he cut off discussion of nutrient dosage. A number of African and Asian developing countries are exploring the adoption of an alternative to treating nutrients as toxins presented by the Natural Solutions Foundation.

Trade considerations, rather than consumer health drive nutrient dosage values, according to the Chairman of the 27th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition & Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) Dr. Rolf Grossklaus. (CCNFSDU is one of the 27 committees of Codex Alimentarius Commission, http://www.codexalimentarius.net.) Despite this, several developing nations responded positively to the Revised Vitamin and Mineral Guideline presented to them for national consideration by the Natural Soltuions Foundation.

Dr. Grossklaus is both the Chairman of the CCNFSDU and the official German company for Risk Assessment, bFR, http://www.bfr.bund.de/ and of the CCNFSDU. Long an advocate of treating nutrients as toxins (and hence subjecting them to Risk Assessment (RA), a branch of toxicology, Dr. Grossklaus exerted his authority as Chair to cut short the discussion of nutrient values promoting optimal health noting that the issues for CCNFSDU to consider are those of trade and labeling without regard for optimal health of the consumers of the nutritional products. This abrupt focus on the real purpose of Codex Alimentarius effectively short-circuited further discussion of optimal health strategies despite the attempts of delegates to protect consumer welfare.

The Natural Solutions Foundation,http://www.HealthFreedomUSA.org/, is deeply concerned by the negative implications of restricted supplementation by Codex on world health. Following extensive legal consultation, the Natural Solutions Foundation has made an alternative to the Codex Vitamin and Mineral Guideline available to nations concerned with the health of their people which they can adopt in place of the Codex Vitamin and Mineral Guideline. Adoption of the Revised Vitamin and Mineral Guideline instead of the one ratified by Codex allows them to be "Codex Compliant" in this area. This avoids significant trade sanctions imposed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) against non-Codex-compliant countries in trade disputes.

Adoption of the Revised Vitamin and Mineral Guideline, http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/action/step3/Revised_VMG_Markup.pdf, is being explored by countries wishing to protect consumer health though nutritional supplementation although the focus of CCNFSDU is on restricting consumer access to nutrients through RA. The Revised Vitamin and Mineral Guideline is based on the American principles of DSHEA, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (1994) which classifies nutrients as foods, for which there can be no upper limit.

Legal and scientific support is available without charge to countries exploring the adoption of this protective strategy by the Natural Solutions Foundation and allied legal, health, scientific and clinical experts.

The Revised Vitamin and Mineral Strategy was developed in conjunction with the Citizens Codex Working Group and is part of the Natural Solutions Foundation's Citizen Petition, http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/action/step3.shtml, a legal challenge to US Codex policy. The Citizen Petition challenges US Codex activities which both violate US law and are not supported by public health or science and will degrade US health if implemented.

Global restriction or elimination of clinically significant nutritional supplementation to RA micro doses determined by Risk Assessment, a branch of toxicology, will result in massive chronic under nutrition since, by definition, RA-derived values can have no impact whatsoever on the human body. This puts Codex in direct opposition to its parent organizations, The World Health Organization (WHO) and Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) which produced a joint report, http://www.who.int/hpr/NPH/docs/who_fao_expert_report.pdf, in 2003 which strongly supports the use of nutrition to prevent, treat and cure chronic diseases. This report was ignored by CCNFSDU. Similarly, CCNFSDU defied the mandate which WHO delivered to Codex at its Rome meeting in July, 2005: implement the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (GSDPAH). For example, sugar consumption for infants and young children was not reduced as required by the GSDPAH. Delegates were denied the opportunity to review documents pertaining to implementation of GSDPAH in advance. Although a discussion of dietary fiber occupied a full day of the 3 day meeting, CCNFSDU consideration of GSDPAH was afforded 13 minutes at the end of the meeting with no substantive discussion permitted by the delegates.

Agenda items supporting consumer health such as the dosages of vitamins and minerals needed for good health, and the scientific basis of health claims received short shrift, much to the dismay and continual challenge of consumer Non Governmental Organizations focused on consumer protection (like Consumers International) and several developing countries, including Botswana, Tanzania and Malaysia.

The National Health Federation (NHF), a US-based, international health-freedom organization of more than 50-years standing, was the only non-governmental delegation representing the interests of vitamin consumers at this meeting.

Rima E. Laibow, MD (Medical Director) and Maj. Gen. Albert N. Stubblebine III (President) attended the meeting as observers for the Natural Solutions Foundation. Response to the Revised Guideline among developing nations was strong and positive. Eight African nations, in particular, enthusiastically requested both support and assistance in moving forward towards adoption of the Revised Vitamin and Mineral Guideline to protect their peoples from the preventable diseases and deaths caused by chronic under-nutrition. These diseases include cancer, arthritis, macular degeneration, MS, cardiovascular disease and stroke, arthritis, allergies, autoimmune diseases and many others.

There is a strong base of scientific and clinical evidence and experience supporting the emerging consensus that nutrients play a crucial role in the prevention and amelioration of degenerative diseases which are the leading causes of death and disease globally, with the exception of at least 104,000 pharmaceutically caused deaths annually (in the US alone) and a much larger number of serious reactions, http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2004/mar2004_awsi_death_01.htm.

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By contrast, nutrients and herbs have a near perfect safety record with fewer than 4 deaths even possibly attributed to nutrients in the last year and none in the decade prior to those questionable deaths, http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v01n14.shtml.

Optimal nutrition, supported by easy access to clinically meaningful doses of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, is fundamental to any successful public health strategy although undermined by CCNFSDU's commitment to treating nutrients as toxins whose doses must therefore be restricted to levels so low that they have no impact of any type on even the most sensitive human leading to chronic preventable ill health and death.

For further information contact:

Rima E. Laibow, MD

Medical Director

Natural Solutions Foundation

Tel: 914-271-6792

Cell: 914-271-6792

http://www.HealthFreedomUSA.org

Editor’s Notes:

National Solutions Foundation is a Not-for Profit Foundation founded in 2004 to preserve, protect and defend health and health freedom in the US and globally. Its President, Major General Albert N. Stubblebine III and Medical Director, Rima E. Laibow, MD, devote their full time efforts to meeting the challenges to health freedom and creating positive solution-focused strategies to these issues.

The Citizens Codex Working Group is an interdisciplinary collaboration of legal, medical, strategic and scientific experts committed to developing positive strategies to support health and health freedom threatened by Codex activities and ratified guidelines, standards and regulations. Scientific, legal and other support is offered to countries enacting these protective measures on an on-going basis.

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