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February 1996

What To Do About Codex?

By John Hamell
Political Coordinator, Life Extension Foundation

It is very important that you send a copy (or a variation) of my anti codex letter on the next page to: Dr. Robert Moore of the FDA Office of Special Nutritionals, HFS-456, 200 C. St.S.W., Washington, DC 20204, to both of your Senators and your Congressperson as well as to everyone on the Senate Labor Committee and the House Commerce Committee. (Refer to the US Congress Handbook.)

(If you don't yet have a copy of the US Congress Handbook, you badly need one because your health freedom may be dangling by a thread.

I'd like to emphasize that I take dietary supplements for medical reasons, and I am genuinely concerned for not only all LEF members, but for myself. Sixteen yeas ago I recovered from a life threatening illness via a suppressed alternative treatment and now the international drug cartel is trying to prevent me from having access to anything more than RDA doses of supplements or to force me to get them on the black market but I don't WANT a black market, and neither do YOU! A lot of LEF members would literally DIE under those conditions and I vow to do all in my power to defeat CODEX and the power behind it.

I know that by myself I can't win this war -- we need each other to beat Codex. We MUST reach out to people through our health food stores, to friends and relatives world wide. If you are on the internet, please send me email to "check in." My email address is [email protected]. I can send you an email copy of this article to post throughout Usenet and on BBSs in order to alert people as fast as possible before the next Codex meeting, which could come as early as early January 96. In Usenet if you don't know what newsgroups to post in, email me and I'll send you a list. It's especially important that you assist me in finding people abroad to help, especially in Germany. We are working closely with LEF European liason Ron Birckhead in Norway via email in order to monitor pending supplement legislation in those countries, and we are also workng closely with a growing number of Canadians.

As of this writing, LEF Attorney Suzanne Harris is carefully reviewing the British, German, and French Food, Drug and Cosmetic Acts in order to understand how supplements are treated under each act. She wants to understand the difference between prescription drug regulation and over the counter regulation, as well as whether or not government insurance pays for the purchase of any vitamins or herbs or pays for any alternative medical treatments whereby supplements are recommended, If we are to stop the international drug cartel from crushing our freedom, we will need to understand these fine points, and Harris will need to conduct a Think Tank to see where things could head and what we as a group must to retain our freedom. It will take money to conduct this Think Tank, and we are soliciting emergency donations.

Use my Codex threat as a way to illustrate the dire need to pass HR 1951 and to get a Senate companion bill however we can't lose sight of Codex as an even BIGGER threat looming on the horizon, which Congress has a very limited ability to do anything about at this point. We must be creative in working out ways to derail Codex such as by alerting friends, and family abroad ASAP. If you have any good foreign contacts for me, please provide email, phone, fax and street addresses doing with any details that would help us network with that person. PLEASE: Send the letter on the following page to Dr. Moore at FDA, Congress, and network it to your friends.

If you must, camp out in front of your health food store with a coffee table and hand out copies of my information. Get the storekeepers to bagstuff the information.