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Subject: NAS Study To Attack Vitamin Safety/Spur CODEX Harmonization Between EU and US: Theft in Progress
From: "International Advocates for Health Freedom" email@example.com
Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2000 20:42:59 -0500
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Recently I called your attention to a dangerous press release by the Council of Responsible Nutrition, that pharmaceutically dominated "vitamin" trade association which is working overtime (along with NNFA and so called "Citizens for Health") to destroy our access to dietary supplements within the therapeutic range, (except by prescription).
The press release, titled "U.S. and European Leaders Agree on Principles to Harmonize Dietary Supplement Regulations" http://www.crnusa.org/shellnr112000.html states that the EU Scientific Committee on Food and US Food and Nutrition Board) (of the National Academy of Science) will be cooperating closely to harmonize setting (allegedly) "upper safe levels" for vitamins and minerals.
A source that must go unnamed just faxed me a letter they had received from the Alison Yates, Ph.D, R.D. Director of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, the pharmaceutically dominated, pseudoscientific body that receives federal funds but isn't part of the government so isn't subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
The letter (below) requests that the organization it was sent to nominate people to be on the committee that will be concluding its work within 24 months (just in time for the next Codex vitamin meeting in Berlin in 2002), for which we are currently being set up by this harmonizing move between the US and EU, and by what is happening right NOW in the EU as the Cartel is moving fast to try to force all 15 EU nations to walk in lockstep with Germany, as the multinationals attempt to run roughshod over the whole world.)
NAS TO FORM COMMITTEE TO "STUDY VITAMIN SAFETY"
The letter states:
Dear Dr._________(deleted by me):
The National Academies, through the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine and the Board on Biology of the National Research Council, are beginning a study on the role of dietary supplements in health. Over a period of 24 months, a committee appointed by the National Academies will develop a framework for evaluating dietary supplement ingredients and demonstrate how that framework could be used. Specifically, the committee will:
(1) propose a framework for categorizing and prioritizing dietary supplement ingredients based on POTENTIAL SAFETY CONCERNS. (my emphasis)
(2) develop and describe a methodology to review the role that dietary supplements play in health in monograph form, and
(3) develop at least seven prototype monographs utilizing the proposed framework. In summary, the overarching goal is to develop a framework for setting priorities, describe how existing literature should be reviewed, and provide prototypes that demonstrate this methodology by evaluating supplements in specific categories.
To tackle this task, a committee will be formed with expertise in medicine, basic science, and regulatory affairs. This expertise should include food science, nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, biochemistry, pharmacognosy, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, biostatistics, and FOOD AND DRUG LAW (my emphasis). The National Academies are currently seeking recommendations from interested groups for individuals who have the research experience and expertise to serve on the committee. I invite you to nominate individuals whom your organization thinks could serve as members. We will begin reviewing nominations November 10,2000. Please feel free to email or fax your responses to Andrea Bardell, Research Assistant, Food and Nutrition Board (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thank you for your assistance.
Sincerely, Allison A. Yates, PhD, RD Director
Note: This letter should be considered against the backdrop of the National Academy of Sciences paper titled "A Risk Assessment Model for Establishing Safe Upper Levels for Nutrients" and rebuttals to that mine of misinformation by Dr. Rick Malter, Bill Sardi, and Dr. Brian Leibovitz at http://www.iahf.com This NAS so called "Risk Assessment" paper misuses scientific methodology originally intended to evaluate toxic pharmaceutical drugs, and misapplies it to safe vitamins and minerals, to come up with utterly unscientific conclusions, (such as the notion that it is "unsafe" to consume over 35 mg of niacin except by prescription, just because it causes flushing, which the NAS wrongly labels an "adverse drug reaction" when all the flushing is is a sign of improved circulation resulting from the niacin which causes blood vessels on the surface of the skin to dilate causing mildly annoying tingling sensation and reddening of the skin as blood rushes to the surface. This isn't a "drug reaction" since niacin is a nutrient, not a "drug" and all this is is a sign that the niacin works (!)
A determined effort is being made to steal our vitamins. Allison Yates is responsible for fluoride being considered by NAS to be an "essential nutrient" having ignored all evidence to the contrary put before her by Dr. Paul Connett of St.Laurence University, and she is clearly a politically motivated individual who cares not one whit about real science as she seeks to do the bidding of the Cartel. Nothing NAS does is subject to the Freedom of Information Act because even though they receive a lot of government grant money, they're technically not part of the government. So there is no way to get their raw data on anything they do via FOIA, or to get the CVs of the authors of their papers, which would show clear conflict of interest.
IAHF is doing its best to stop this by providing consumers with complete information on the theft in progress in the hope that somehow it can be stopped, despite the fact that most politicians have sold out to the Pharma Cartel. (http://www.fec.gov/)
Vitamin companies that belong to NNFA aren't hearing the truth about this because that trade association is dominated by its pharmaceutical members, who are actively doing spin control to keep its rank and file membership in the dark about the huge heist in progress. Randy Dennin, Chair of NNFA's International Committee, which determined their pro FDA, pro pharmaceutical, pro NAS stance on Codex, is an employee of Capsugel, a subsidiary of Warner Lambert, which was recently bought out by Pfizer.
IAHF needs your help to alert a sleeping public both in the EU and the USA. Please forward this to more people. Anyone can be on the IAHF email distribution list by signing up at http://www.iahf.com/ So called "Citizens for Health" is a controlled opposition group which is doing nothing to alert the American people as to what is going on. IAHF has been exposing controlled opposition groups world wide as change agents, traitors, and double agents seek to line their own pockets and steal our dietary supplements. IAHF hopes to be doing more radio shows in the near future to alert a sleeping public to these facts, and urges you to communicate with your members of Congress about the dire need for an oversight hearing on the Codex vitamin issue. The hearing hasn't happened despite initial promises due to pressure from the pharmceutically dominated vitamin trade associations, and IAHF can't make it happen without your help!
IAHF would like to be able to go to Europe to assist the health freedom fighters there to fight back, and their window of opportunity to catalyze resistance is closing fast. We only have about 5 months to stop what is happening as our opponents baloney slice their way towards a slam dunk of health freedom, moving slowly but methodically so as not to trigger a public backlash.
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