"Big Pharma" versus Everybody... Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen Thursday, July 14th, 2005 A seven-thousand-five-hundred-dollar hand-tailored business suit. A fifteen-hundred-dollar designer tie. A four-hundred-fifty-dollar belt. Twenty-five-hundred dollar hand-made shoes. Three-hundred-fifty-dollar hand-made silk underwear. And, a twenty-five-thousand dollar hand-made watch.
Who's wearing this? Every one of the roughly seven thousand lobbyists working for "Big Pharma" trying to get laws, and treaties, favorable to their aims, through the US Congress. They dress like this for two reasons (1) with the money "Big Pharma" is paying them they can afford to, and (2) they want to make "the right impression."
Their current project is to get CAFTA (the Central American Free Trade Agreement) passed. It's important to them - and they've pulled out all of the stops.
Despite all the money, they are not winning. Although the "health freedom
" movement had a temporary setback with the loss of the "Codex" battle in Rome, July 4th, 2015, we won a MUCH larger battle in the European Court of Justice.
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AHHA Special Update Report for June, 2005 FEATURED NEWS ITEM After more than a decade in development, an international trade regulation for vitamin and mineral supplements was given final approval on July 4, 2005. Finalized by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), the most controversial section of the "Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements" dictates the establishment of upper limits for the amount of a nutrient that will be allowed in a supplement product. While business interests are celebrating a regulation that these upper limits will be based on science, consumer health advocacy groups are fearful that it's defective science that will be used, resulting in inappropriately low ceilings. Only time will tell who will establish these limits and what they will be. To better understand the motivation of other countries to work toward restrictive regulations, read "Looks like the EU outmaneuvered the U.S." at . Comments from a number of individuals attending the CAC session have been posted at
FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE Summer is vacation time. Some extra special trips require long term planning. The online Calendar in the AHHA site at spotlights a number of unique options for health-related events in 2006 that are sure to be both enjoyable and enlightening.
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS UPDATE As mentioned above, the Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements have become official. Those interested in this topic can track the impact of these Guidelines in AHHA's special site You can sign up to be kept up to date as new materials are added to codexinfo.org by e-mailing your full name
TRADE AGREEMENTS UPDATE The joint resolution for the U.S. to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WTO) has failed, but it had more support than five years ago.
The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) treaty ratification passed the U.S. Senate on June 30. It is expected to be voted on in the House on July 11, when members return from their holiday break. With the Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements now officially available to be enforced by the WTO, health freedom advocacy groups point out that some terms in CAFTA would strengthen the movement to force the U.S. to weaken DSHEA (which currently provides U.S. residents free access to dietary supplements.)