Just some thoughts

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

CAFTA + CODEX = end of medical freedoms

I only know very little about this situation. Here is what I understand of it:

Codex Alimentis (perhaps that's misspelled) is a law that has been passed in the EU. It requires people to obtain a prescription from their doctor in order to take suppliments and vitamins. I don't know the letter of the law, but, from what I've heard of it, that might include such mundane things as power bars, slim fast, and Flintstone's Vitamins. Basically, this law takes power over our own health away from you and me and places it in the hands of, not doctors, but the pharmaceutical companies. This is really a severe assault on human rights.

CAFTA is, as we all know, the Central American Free Trade Agreement. One might ask "How does this pertain to Codex?" Long story short (and I don't fully understand all the intricacies), because of interlocking laws and trade agreements, this, if passed, will require the United States to enforce Codex here at home. This is possible because CAFTA requires all nations that agree to its terms to "harmonize" their trade laws. The standard to which the agreeing countries must adhere includes Codex.

This is scarry, and we must educate ourselves to prevent it. This must happen quickly, because CAFTA is one step away from being ratified by congress. Pleas learn what you can and write your congressperson to try to prevent this.

The above link is a post that gives more information than I know. Please go there and learn more.


  • Brian, You are absolutely right!

    The result will be worse than anything anyone even myself can imagine!

    The only problem is that Nobody seems to be listening!

    I have determined that the best way to bring down the cost of medicine is to remove the requirement of prescriptions for most medicines. This will result in many fewer visits to physicians as Americans realize that they have the (restored) constitutional right to decide their own medical decisions( ...The right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.) where how to deal with pain and whether or not to use an antibiotic to treat a given infection believed by the owner of your body to be of bacterial origin are decisions to be chosen by you!

    Codex has limitations on how much vitamin C should be present in a vitamin c suppliment: About 60 mg maximum I believe!

    And I understand that they are sending folk to jail for selling 250mg tablets in Germany!

    The real problem here is that this is in the form of a treaty. And from what I understand a treaty if signed into law takes precedence over our Constitution. I am not quite sure how this comes to be.

    Hope this helps!

    And yes it really requires as many folk as possible to decide that this will be really bad to American freedoms and that it will be irrevocable!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:30 AM  

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