TRUTH: Re: US to Outlaw Vitamins

Ian Goddard (
Fri, 01 Nov 1996 03:28:15 -0500

At 08:10 AM 10/31/96 -0500, J. D. wrote:

> Well, exactly what are the innaccuracies?

IAN: Sorry for the delay. Here's what John Hammell
sent me, which deines the errors:

At 01:46 PM 10/29/96 -0500, you wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded Message ----------
>> From: Jerry Herrington,
>> DATE: 10/27/96 10:19 PM
>> U.S. to Criminalize Trade in Vitamins
>> In April this year Congress passed and the president signed into law the
>> Health Insurance Bill.

Not true. The bill referred to here, H.R. 3103, the Health Insurance
Portability Bill, became Public Law 104-191 on August 21, 1996. In April,
the bill was still being debated, and considerable changes occurred to it
prior to passage into law. "SPIRAL" who originated this message, has spread
a grossly untrue and distorted message which has sidled me with the enormous
burden of setting the record straight.
>> Unbeknown to most of us this bill contained what is termed a "rider"
>> which sneaked draconian measures past an unsuspecting public.
>> The rider was not from the FDA but from the United Nations World Health
>> Organization Codex program.

Not true! There was no such "Rider". HR 3103, as it was originally
introduced, contained highly ambiguous fraud language that posed a threat to
alternative medical practitioners, however this language was removed due to
a major lobbying effort by Life Extension Foundation and numerous allies.
The bill, as it passed, does not pose a threat to alternative medicine. In
fact, by requiring insurance companies to reimburse for preexisting
conditions, many feel that it HELPS alternative medicine because insurance
companies are now beginning to reimburse for alternative treatments in an
effort to keep costs down. An article of mine which discusses this in detail
was just published in the December issue of Life Extension Magazine. It
appears on p.40 of the December issue and is titled "Insurance Companies
Reimburse for Alternative Medicine"

>> These new provisions empower the FDA to close down all health food stores
>> and to require that all of us obtain a medical doctor's prescription for
>> vitamins, herbs and other food supplements.

There was no such "rider." This is simply not true! The German proposal
currently before the Codex Alimentarius Commission IS a serious problem, but
what is stated here about a "rider" connecting it to HR 3103 is simply not
true! I recently returned from the Codex meeting in Bonn Germany, and wrote
an article about the proceedings which I am sending in an attached file. The
Codex threat to health freedom IS genuine, and I AM concerned about it, VERY
concerned, but it hinders my efforts when people disseminate misinformation.
Please help me in correcting this situation so that people will have an
accurate understanding of what is going on.

>> SPIRAL, the Society for the Protection of Individual Rights and Liberties
>> reports that the FDA is presently working on the implementation of this
>> new law. The "rider", which will likely cause the eventual closure of
>> health food stores across the country, is part of the United Nations
>> W.H.O. Alimentarious Commission's program to control all food supplements
>> worldwide. Its provisions have already been imposed in Norway where
>> already half their health food stores have been forced to close.

Can someone out there please tell me who runs "SPIRAL"? Can someone please
give me a name, a phone number, an address? DAMN! I am pissed off. These
people are either well meaning fools who have hoisted this crap up the
flagpole without bothering to try to confirm it, or they are deliberately
disseminating misinformation in an effort to screw up the health freedom
movement. I sure do wish I knew who they were so I could try to determine which.

>> UN provisions under the W.H.O. program declare amounts of Vitamin C in
>> excess of 250 mg, for example, to be a drug. So don't be surprised to see
>> the D.E.A. swat teams practising "dynamic entry techniques" in the middle
>> of the night to seize your 1000 mg vitamin C capsules.

There is an element of truth here, but the information as provided, is
blatantly false and misleading. I am disgusted.