Created in 1962 as a trade Commission by the UN to control the international trade of food. Its initial intentions may have been altruistic but it has been taken over by corporate interests, most notably the pharmaceutical, pesticide, biotechnology and chemical industries. These are the largest industries on Earth and their products are the most toxic. They are also the most heavily-subsidized on Earth, and have the biggest lobbyists in the political world. Codex Alimentarius is backed up by the crippling trade sanctions of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Any non Codex-compliant nation faces huge economic punishment since they would automatically lose in any food-trade dispute with a Codex compliant country.
Rima E. Laibow, MD, is an American physician who has been successfully practicing natural medicine since 1970. She has carefully studied more than 16,000 pages of Codex Alimentarius documentation and has come to the inescapable conclusion that Codex Alimentarius will completely wipe out freedom of choice in supplementation, natural remedies, and clean food.
Codex stands to make virtually all of our natural health choices illegal by applying a legal code that dates back to the time of Napoleon Bonaparte, by classifying nutrients as toxins, and by calling in the WTO to punish any countries that break the tyrannical Codex rules.
As of 2021, there were 189 members of the CAC (188 member countries plus one member organization, the European Union (EU) and 239 Codex observers (59 intergovernmental organizations, 164 non-governmental organizations, and 16 United Nations organizations).
Codex takes away your freedom of choice in your own health decisions, i.e. “health freedom”. This means you are no longer free to choose your own health treatment modalities and natural health products such as nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc.), herbs, homeopathic remedies, and clean food (such as organic food untainted by pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics) without government or corporate interference.
“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their rightful names.” – Thomas Jefferson
What is Codex by its rightful name? …TYRANNY
Codex is a set of standards for food and nutrition, created by the United Nations (UN) and backed by the World Trade Organization (WTO). It aims to control how and what type of foods people can grow, sell, and eat, and what types of dietary supplement can be manufactured and sold. Dr. Laibow predicts that it will ultimately seek to control health treatment choices as well as food and supplements.
Codex was initially created in order to control every aspect of food production, packaging, preparation, preservation and presentation “from farm to fork”. The plan behind Codex Alimentarius is to regulate, and thus control, every single thing you put in your mouth.
“Nutrients are Toxins” Is Junk Science
Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has two committees which impact nutrition.
One of them, the “Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses” (CCNFSDU), is chaired by Dr. Rolf Grossklaus, a physician who believes that nutrition has no role in health. This is the “top-guy” for Codex nutritional policy, and he has stated that “nutrition is not relevant to health”.
As unbelievable as it may sound, Dr. Grossklaus actually declared nutrients to be toxins in 1994 and instituted the use of toxicology (Risk Assessment) to prevent nutrients from having any impact on humans who take supplements! It is worth mentioning that Dr. Grossklaus happens to own the Risk Assessment company advising CCNFSDU and Codex on this issue. This company makes money when its toxicology services are used for the “assessment” of nutrients. Here in the U.S. we call that a “conflict of interest”.
Codex is made up of thousands of standards and guidelines. One of them, the Vitamin and Mineral Guideline (VMG), is designed to permit only ultra low doses of vitamins and minerals (and make clinically effective nutrients illegal). How can the VMG restrict dosages of vitamins and minerals? By using Risk Assessment (toxicology) to assess nutrients.
While Risk Assessment is a legitimate science (it is a branch of toxicology), it is the wrong science for assessing nutrients! In fact, in this context, it is actually junk science. Biochemistry, the science of life processes, is the correct science for assessing nutrients. Codex Alimentarius treats nutrients as toxins, which is literally insane.
Nutrients are not toxins – they are essential for life.
No matter what Codex Alimentarius officials say to convince you that Risk Assessment is a “science-based” approach to nutrients, it is not.
And it is worth repeating that Dr. Grossklaus, the head of Codex Alimentarius, owns the Risk Assessment company advising CCNFSDU and Codex on the “benefit” of using Risk Assessment to assess nutrients.
Natural health products such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are a direct threat to the profits of pharmaceutical companies. In general, the more natural health products people use for solving their health problems, the less pharmaceutical drugs they use. This is because natural health products are aimed to treat disease at the root, and don’t really have the negative side-effects of drugs. So they are more pleasant to use. Drugs, on the other hand, are designed to suppress symptoms, not cure disease. There is a difference between disease and the symptoms of disease. Drugs also always come with side-effects. These side-effects can often be horrible, often worse than the symptoms they are intended to suppress.
The whole point of Codex Alimentarius is to force natural health products such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids out of the market (on false claims of “lack of safety” and “consumer protection”), so that people only have drugs available to them when they become sick.
“It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.” – Thomas Jefferson
Vitamin C of doses higher than a tiny amount may become as illegal as the hard drug heroin! And junk science (toxicology for nutrients) would be used to set the dosage.
Vitamin C is one of the most widely used anti-oxidants in the world. It has been proven effective in treating many health conditions. It is a highly affordable substance and is available in abundance on the marketplace. There are no known deaths from Vitamin C. There are well over 3500 scientific articles on the use of Vitamin C in the prevention and treatment of diseases and illnesses ranging from arthritis through cancer and scurvy to cardiovascular disease and a host of other serious conditions. Linus Pauling, Ph.D., won the first of his two Nobel Prizes for his work on Vitamin C.
It is clear that making Vitamin C above a certain dosage illegal (even with a doctor’s prescription) has nothing to do with people’s health and everything to do with preventing people from having access to products that compete with the drugs of the pharmaceutical industry. 95% of all supplemental vitamins are already synthetically made by the same pharmaceutical industries that now want to regulate and/or eliminate them.
Not Consumer Protection – That’s Propaganda
Codex Alimentarius portrays itself as consumer protection. The official Codex web site states: “The main purposes of this Programme [sic] are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade”. That is a public relations ploy to make people believe Codex is for their own good.
Contrary to the propaganda, Codex Alimentarius has nothing to do with consumer protection. Nothing! Codex is about the economic ambitions of multi-national corporations, in particular, the pharmaceutical industry.
Using their multi billion-dollar marketing budgets, these industries have launched a massive media propaganda campaign to paint Codex Alimentarius as a benevolent tool of “consumer protection”, as well as to negatively taint the image of natural health options and mislead people to fear them as “dangerous”, so they will take drugs (which really are dangerous). Natural health products and options have an amazing safety record and are remarkably effective, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs.
Unfortunately, one-time defenders of health freedom such as National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) and Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) have joined the propaganda bandwagon and are spreading false information saying that Codex Alimentarius is either “harmless” or benevolent “consumer protection”. Neither is true.
Some Americans have come to believe Codex to be a dismissible “conspiracy theory”. The reason many are dismissing it as a “conspiracy theory” is because of disinformation and self-soothing thinking (“no way, it just couldn’t happen. Not here in America”). For example, a web site called snopes.com has irresponsibly circulated a factually flawed article painting those who are raising awareness about Codex as perpetrators of an urban legend. This is shoddy journalism and utter nonsense!
The membership of these one-time defenders of health freedom has become permeated by people from the pharmaceutical industry (for example, CRN counts as its members corporations such as Monsanto® and Bayer®).
Codex: Serious Threat to Health and Health Freedom
Here’s how it works, in a nut-shell:
Due to the junk science use of Risk Assessment (toxicology) to assess supposedly toxic nutrients, a false belief is being engineered saying that “nutritional supplements are dangerous to people’s health”.
Using this false belief generates calls to “protect” people from these “toxic” nutrients. After the calls come the bills to set ultra low permissible dosages (remember, nutrients are deemed “dangerous toxins” under this false belief). If enough of us and our Congressional delegates buy this nonsense, we and Congress would blindly comply with Codex Alimentarius’ VMG. And blind compliance is what the industries behind Codex Alimentarius intend.
Blind compliance goes hand-in-hand with lack of activism. This lack of activism allows our protective laws, classifying nutrients as foods with no upper limits (such as DSHEA), to be easily repealed and replaced with draconian laws to classify nutrients as toxins. And “harmonization” with the pro-illness, pro-pharmaceutical industry Vitamin and Mineral Guideline is there to fill the void.
Only intentionally ineffective, ultra low dose supplements would be legal, with or without a prescription, on the VMG list. If enough people do not take action, we can expect to watch nutritional supplement manufacturers and, thus health food stores, to go out of business, in a domino effect. The only player left standing would be Big Pharma.
Therapeutic grade vitamins, minerals, and amino acids would be eliminated from the marketplace (although a few low-dose supplements would be allowed by Codex, as a symbolic measure to avoid suspicion about their ulterior motive).
Natural health professionals would lose the tools of their trade (nutritional supplements) and health conscious people would be unable to choose natural health options for health promotion and disease treatment.
And that is, in a nutshell, how Codex Alimentarius is poised to make Natural and Nutritional Medicine (NNM) disappear from the legal health world and go underground. Who benefits? Big Pharma.
It would take a few years for the above scenarios to be feasible (Codex Alimentarius is meant to go into full global effect by 2010). The slower the process takes, the less alarmed people will be. That’s probably the logic of the architects of Codex Alimentarius.
Serves Economic Interests of Sickness Industries Through WTO and Napoleonic Code
More and more people are turning to natural health products globally. The “wellness” trend is a major trend in today’s society. The more natural health products people use, the fewer drugs they buy. The pharmaceutical industry, which is part of the “Sickness Industry”, fears the inevitable shift toward natural health care.
Instead of accepting the will of the people and rethinking the future of the pharmaceutical industry, the industry has decided upon an unethical course of action: the use of deception and deceit to eliminate natural health products completely.
Codex Alimentarius is a shrewd vehicle for protecting the pharmaceutical industry from the loss of income it stands to suffer due to the inevitable growth of natural healthcare.
Codex Alimentarius is the resistance of the dinosaurs to inevitability: the burgeoning desire of humanity for a healthier, saner, and more sustainable way of life.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has forced Codex Alimentarius upon the nations of the world, including the U.S. This has been done under the threat of massive economic sanctions if WTO-countries do not comply with it.
Furthermore, Codex is based in the Napoleonic Code, not Common Law. That means that under Codex Alimentarius, anything not explicitly permitted is forbidden. Under Common Law, we hold that anything not explicitly forbidden is permitted. The difference is the difference between health freedom and health tyranny. Codex Alimentarius would be able to ban supplements by default.
The objective of the pro-Codex Alimentarius multi nationals has been to “boil the frog slowly” so that we do not wake up to it in time to avoid Codex. Once we “HARMonize” to Codex Alimentarius, as long as we are in the WTO, we cannot amend or change what we’ve been “HARMonize”d to.
How is Codex implemented in a country? It happens through a process called “harmonization”. This is an Orwellian term. There is nothing harmonious, sweet or benign about Codex. We like to call it “HARMonization”. The process of how Codex becomes enforceable in a country could just as well be called “coercion”, and this would be more accurate. The coercion comes from the World Trade Organization.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission ratifies proposed standards or guidelines which are presented to it once they reach Step 8 of the development process. Standards and guidelines are developed through the action of one of the Committees of the Commission over a period of years. Until a standard or guideline is ratified it has no standing or impact on either international trade or national law.
Once a Codex standard or guideline is ratified it is not a law per se. The way it works is that it serves as the standard or reference by which international trade disputes are settled through the dispute resolution process of the World Trade Organization.
The WTO can take a country to court in its own courts, as the WTO has done several times in the U.S., winning each time, to force that country to change its sovereign laws or face severe economic punishment (sanctions)! This is a decidedly undemocratic process.
Codex never actually becomes “law” – it simply forces itself upon a nation by way of the WTO’s sanctioning powers, and through the passing of pro-Codex bills by traitorous insider politicians who play the hands of the Codex moneymen. Without the coercive powers of the World Trade Organization, Codex is just ink on paper, all 200,000 pages sitting somewhere collecting dust.
The U.S. government supports the restrictive, illness-promoting Codex Alimentarius Vitamin and Mineral Guideline (VMG), despite the fact that this position is illegal under U.S. law! The pro-Codex position of the U.S. Codex Office is illegal because Title 19 USC 3512 prohibits America from harmonizing with any international standard that violates U.S. laws. The Codex Vitamin and Mineral Guideline would violate DSHEA (the 1994 law which treats supplements as foods).
As a result of DSHEA, no upper limit can be set for nutrients in the U.S. and thus Codex would violate DSHEA (because Codex would set upper limits for nutrients using the wrong science of Risk Assessment).
Disregard for Free Enterprise
Why doesn’t the pharmaceutical industry sell its products in a free market where people can choose between drugs or natural health products? If their products are so great, why don’t they let us, the consumers, decide whether we want to buy them or not? Is consumer choice not the underlying premise of our capitalistic system of economics? Why don’t they leave us alone to choose natural health products according to our own free will?
Why do they need Codex Alimentarius to increase their profits?
Because the pharmaceutical companies are not intent on generating decent wealth through the free market. They are seeking to create a tyrannical monopoly out of people’s health needs, and then extracting people’s wealth for symptom-control (and horrible side-effects). This is how the tyrannical feudals of old-Europe used to treat the common people: tax them to the brink of starvation for the sake of their own wealth.
The industries behind Codex are using it for the sake of amassment of billions upon billions of dollars of financial wealth, through coercion and illegal dictation to people about what they can and cannot choose. These industries work through corrupt government representatives to push Codex upon nations.
Prominent Physician Calls Codex “Brainchild of Pharmaceutical Cartel”
Dr. Rath is a highly successful physician who trained under double Nobel-Prize winner Linus Pauling, Ph.D.
Dr. Rath is a physician to be taken seriously. He has produced breakthrough medical research, published books on medicine, and is actively campaigning to bring better health to the world through his research findings in Cellular Medicine. He has produced many breakthroughs in Cellular Medicine – such as an effective cure for heart disease – and he means business when he fiercely and courageously speaks out against the corruption of the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Rath is a passionate defender of health freedom in Europe and honest critic of Codex Alimentarius.
Here is a report of what Dr. Rath had to say about Codex at a large health seminar in Bonn, Germany (this was back in November 2004):
“Dr. Matthias Rath left no doubt about who is responsible for the Codex plans: none other than the pharmaceutical cartel, which for countless years has been promising health but spreading illness. The profits of the pharmaceutical investment industry depend on the continued survival and expansion of its markets in patented drugs, genetically modified foods and synthetic food additives – despite the fact that there is an alternative to ineffectual pharmaceutical medicine, embodied in scientifically based, effective natural remedies without side effects, such as Cellular Medicine.”
We have been ingrained, mentally and emotionally, with the message that the above institutions are working “for the good of all”. Their involvement in the Codex problem may make it seem benign. But while there are good people in these organizations, the organizations themselves are not working in a benign fashion. They are actively working in concert with representatives of the pharmaceutical, pesticide, chemical, industrial agriculture, and biotechnology industries to push Codex Alimentarius onto the unsuspecting people of the world.