To: IAHF List
Subject: Why The Vitamin Companies Aren't Coming to Their Own Defense: They're Being Led to the Cliff from Within
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 00:47:03 +0100
I'm sending this in response to a message left on the IAHF answering machine today. Someone who's sister is a chiropractor called to inform me that we "shouldn't be appealing to the grass roots and to practitioners for donations to fight this Codex battle, we should be making our pitch to the vitamin companies."
We ARE, and will CONTINUE to, but you must all awaken to our political REALITY which is that Big Pharma's tentacles reach deeply into the vitamin trade associations and MASSIVE spin has been done against our message.
To give a CURRENT EXAMPLE: A huge number of American vitamin companies and health food stores are members of a trade association called NNFA (National Nutritional Foods Assn).
NNFA just published a spin piece against our message in NNFA Today- November/December 2004 issue. The spin piece is titled "International Natural Products Regulations Q & A: What Effect Do They Really Have on the U.S.?" In this spin piece they ask bad questions in order to erect "straw man" arguments which they proceed to "knock down" thus "proving" that Codex is a "non issue" and "don't worry, NNFA is handling things." (I was sent a PDF file of this piece by someone on the IAHF list, its not on the web.)
The TRUTH on this issue can be seen in Suzanne Harris's article
DO THREE INTERLOCKING EVENTS IN NOVEMBER SIGNAL THE END OF HEALTH FREEDOM
The spin piece against us was generated by NNFA's legal counsel which is Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, LLP (a huge multinational law firm with offices on 3 continents which has numerous pharmaceutical companies as clients as they state on their own website:
THE FOOD & DRUG GROUP (Division of Sidley and Austin)
"The Food & Drug group represents major pharmaceutical, food, and medical device manufacturers on a variety of FDA, USDA, FTC, DEA and health care matters, and has played a major role in the evolution of the functional food and dietary supplement markets. We provide counsel regularly on EU strategy and our Hong Kong office advises on drug, device and food regulation in China."
I've been trying (in vain) for several years to warn members of NNFA that they're being led to the cliff from within, and that they should file FRAUD charges against their trade association but they're too busy making money to pay any attention and they're not going to start paying attention now which leaves me with no CHOICE but to appeal to the grass roots and to alternative practitioners for assistance. Dr.Whitaker and Dr.Wright understand this.
NNFA also belongs to IADSA (International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations) which I began exposing years ago as a controlled opposition group thats only going through the MOTIONS of "defending" the supplement industry- see
We're all going to be TWISTING IN THE WIND if ANH fails to get the donations they need for the PR campaign they're conducting now to back the submission on Nutrient Risk Assessment they just made to the World Health Organization which is filling in the blanks on allowable potency levels at CODEX.
We're all going to be TWISTING IN THE WIND if ANH fails to get the funds they need to pay their lawyers, and they'll be in court on JANUARY 25th in a bid to overturn the EU Food Supplement Directive.
We have not given up approaching vitamin companies, but consumers and alternative practitioners desiring to maintain access to supplements have NO CHOICE but to recognize that our POLITICAL REALITY is that Pharma's tentacles reach very DEEPLY into the dietary supplement industry making it EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT for those of us on the front lines to get our message across to them and THAT is why we created the Emergency DVD of our health freedom meeting in San Diego.
But don't think you're helping much by sending just the $15. we're asking for the DVD. We might not even break even on the production cost.
We're making it available CHEAPLY in order to get the word out as FAST AS POSSIBLE, but unless we see some substantial monthly donations, we're DEAD.
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For Health Freedom,
John C. Hammell, President
International Advocates for Health Freedom
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Point Roberts, WA 98281-8702 USA