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CAFTA and Dietary Supplements

By Ron Paul
Monday, July 18, 2005

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the
Central American Free Trade Agreement in the next two
weeks, and one little-known provision of the agreement
desperately needs to be exposed to public view. CAFTA,
like the World Trade Organization, may serve as a forum
for restricting or even banning dietary supplements in
the U.S.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, organized by the
United Nations in the 1960s, is charged with
"harmonizing" food and supplement rules between all
nations of the world. Under Codex rules, even basic
vitamins and minerals require a doctor's prescription.
The European Union already has adopted Codex-type
regulations, regulations that will be in effect across
Europe later this year. This raises concerns that the
Europeans will challenge our relatively open market for
health supplements in a WTO forum. This is hardly far-
fetched, as Congress already has cravenly changed our tax
laws to comply with a WTO order.

Like WTO, CAFTA increases the possibility that Codex
regulations will be imposed on the American public.
Section 6 of CAFTA discusses Codex as a regulatory
standard for nations that join the agreement. If CAFTA
has nothing to do with dietary supplements, as CAFTA
supporters claim, why in the world does it specifically
mention Codex?

Unquestionably there has been a slow but sustained effort
to regulate dietary supplements on an international
level. WTO and CAFTA are part of this effort. Passage of
CAFTA does not mean your supplements will be outlawed
immediately, but it will mean that another international
trade body will have a say over whether American
supplement regulations meet international standards. And
make no mistake about it, those international standards
are moving steadily toward the Codex regime and its
draconian restrictions on health freedom. So the question
is this: Does CAFTA, with its link to Codex, make it more
likely or less likely that someday you will need a
doctor's prescription to buy even simple supplements like
Vitamin C? The answer is clear. CAFTA means less freedom
for you, and more control for bureaucrats who do not
answer to American voters.

Pharmaceutical companies have spent billions of dollars
trying to get Washington to regulate your dietary
supplements like European governments do. So far, that
effort has failed in America, in part because of a 1994
law called the Dietary Supplement Health and Education
Act. Big Pharma and the medical establishment hate this
Act, because it allows consumers some measure of freedom
to buy the supplements they want. Americans like this
freedom, however -- especially the health conscious Baby

This is why the drug companies support WTO and CAFTA.
They see international trade agreements as a way to do an
end run around American law and restrict supplements
through international regulations.

The largely government-run health care establishment,
including the nominally private pharmaceutical companies,
want government to control the dietary supplement
industry -- so that only they can manufacture and
distribute supplements. If that happens, as it already is
happening in Europe, the supplements you now take will be
available only by prescription and at a much higher cost
-- if they are available at all. This alone is
sufficient reason for Congress to oppose the
unconstitutional, sovereignty-destroying CAFTA bill.

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Posted on 7/23/2005 3:32:05 PM PDT by RoyalsFan

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To: RoyalsFan

Under Codex rules, even basic vitamins and minerals
require a doctor's prescription. The European Union
already has adopted Codex-type regulations, regulations
that will be in effect across Europe later this year. So
Europeans will have to get a doc's prescription for a
bottle of vitamin C?

Posted on 7/23/2005 3:41:59 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo

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-To: RoyalsFan

This is why the drug companies support WTO and CAFTA.
They support it because it gives them patent protection
over drugs they've spent millions of dollars to develop.

Ron Paul is right about 90% of the time.

10% of the time, he's an utter goofball.

Posted on 7/23/2005 3:43:01 PM PDT by Dog Gone

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-To: RoyalsFan

Dietary supplements are largely harmless especially when
compared to most OTC medications, the reason for the
increased scrutiny is that some of them really do work. I
take ALA and Acetyl-L Carnitine. A wonderful combination
that gives me markedly more energy and mental clarity as
well as increases the rate of healing and has the side
benefit of improving ***ual performance. I also take a
multivitamin to help me get a good selection of
nutrients. Some supplements are bogus and that is where I
believe the government could provide a public service in
providing an evaluation of supplement companies much like
a health department check where they validate things like
percentage of active ingrediants et. to make sure that
people aren't being cheated or being sold something that
is know to be dangerous. The problem is that the
government doesn't know when to stop and doesn't have a
sane gauge of when there are decreasing returns for
regulations. They instead push to expand regulations
based upon non-scientific hysteria, look at ephedra and
prohormones. Neither were anymore dangerous than most OTC
medications but they were banned because of hysteria.
Instead of attacking supplement companies on what is
sometimes clearly false advertising they instead choose
to ban otherwise harmless substances because of a few
adverse reactions. If the same standard were applied to
OTC medications they all would be banned. I personally
like being able to choose whether I want to take a
substance like GABA to help me sleep or a prohormone to
help me build muscle or a diet pill to help lose a few

Posted on 7/23/2005 4:11:19 PM PDT by Ma3lst0rm
(Doctors are people too, they can fix broken bones but
they can not fix broken lives.)

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-To: RoyalsFan

Another article, same topic:

CAFTA outlaws many vitamins & supplements - stop CAFTA NOW!

Ask the Pharmacist Group

Defeat CAFTA and save your supplements. You must ACT NOW!

ACT NOW to preserve your access to nutrients, effective
vitamins and minerals, and nutritional medicine! We have
leverage - it's very close, perhaps within 1 vote!

Listen to Len & Joe (Ask the Pharmacist Group) discuss
why this is an important issue for all of us!

CAFTA - BAD for jobs, small businesses, health stores,
health freedom

In the fine print the US is being signed up to global
regulations that override US supplement laws.

The outcome for CAFTA is up for grabs, as the vote is
very close in the House of Representatives.

This is a unique opportunity to get our issue before
Members of Congress who have not heard of Codex. The more
people who call, the better.

A much larger number of calls are needed to delay CAFTA.

Contact Congress today

Recommened Action:

Call your Representatives' office

Call 1-202-224-3121 weekdays or call your
representatives' local district office. If possible, take
the time to visit their local district office in person.


Email your Representative. We've provided a link to a
letter that you can edit to make it easy for you.

It's close! You can influence the decision.

Please ask your Representative to make arrangements with
staff to remain vigilant. The treaty could be introduced
to the House in the middle of the night or in the early

It will take a lot of pressure, and many more calls and
letters to raise this issue of the international threat
to supplements. Many in Congress have not yet heard of

If opposition succeeds in delaying CAFTA, it could still
come back for a vote later.

Calls need to number in the millions if we are to make
this a 'third rail' issue. It is going to take sustained
involvement by the public over a long time, to achieve
adequate status for natural medicine.

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Defeat CAFTA and save your supplements. Act now.

Where They Stand On CAFTA

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****ysis says CAFTA would cost money

Preserve Our Jobs, Our Borders, Our Independence: Oppose CAFTA!

How CAFTA Will Quicken the Race to the Bottom for Central
American Workers

The China-CAFTA connection

CAFTA threatens sovereignty

CAFTA agreement would harm American economy

Good Reasons To Reject CAFTA

CAFTA Should Be Rejected, Just Like the EU Constitution

Say 'no' to CAFTA

CAFTA undermines immigration laws

What CAFTA means for the US.


CAFTA Built on Rotten Foundation of Kangaroo Courts

US Manufacturers urge El Presidente to withdraw support

Posted on 7/23/2005 6:26:35 AM PDT by disclaimer

Posted on 7/23/2005 3:46:07 PM PDT by upchuck
("If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the
judiciary." ~ Thomas Jefferson)

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There are terrorists in our midst who are out to destroy
our civilization and murder all of us. Who cares about

Posted on 7/23/2005 6:32:01 AM PDT by ppaul

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2 17th December 14:57
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Actually the europeans were not asked about this. It was imposed on them by
some Brussels beaurocrats who paid no attention to what millions of people
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The European Drug Companies will impose the rules on the rest of the
world through the World Trade Organization. The goal is profits for
drug companies. The UN to endorse the banning of most vitamins and
minerals on July 4, on the drug company theory that nutrients have
nothing to do with health, and all vitamins and minerals are toxic at
all levels. These nonsense assumptions are labeled "science."
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These "nonsense assumptions" do not exist. First of all, vitamin and mineral
supplements are manufactured by drug companies. Second, nothing that the UN
or the WHO is doing is intended to ban "most vitamins and minerals",
including the CODEX. Third, The UN, the WHO, and CODEX have nothing
whatsoever to do with CAFTA. Fourth, no "drug company" has proposed a
"theory" that "all vitamins and minerals are toxic at all levels". Where did
you get that silly idea? Been reading whaleto?


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Many are, many aren't. Food-based nutrients, for example, are not.

Whose intent are you referring to? The legal framework surrounding the
Codex permits a process that plays to various interests in various
ways. Fortunately, so far, things have not gone as badly as I originally feared.

This is like saying interest rates have nothing to do with the
automobile industry. CAFTA contains language requiring WTO-member
states to harmonize trade policies to CODEX in conformance with the EU
Food Supplements Directive. Fortunately, we avoided the so-called
"positive supplements list" the drug companies were salivating for so
the wind has been taken out of their sails a bit.

Rich is right, we can't easily identify funding sources responsible for
recent spates of junk science hitting the press and suggesting vitamin
C and E have been killing us for the last 4 billion years. Let's try
a multiple choice for whose money has been involved in this absurd
attempt at shaping public opinion so consistently:

Q: Which industry has funded the most junk science in the past fifty

A) Writing instruments
B) Jim Clips and Staples
C) Hair brushes
D) Big Pharma

Don't look at me, I just ask the questions.

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