Thursday, December 30, 2010

Independent News on Natural Health

Here's the latest health news and more at a good UK site sent from our Alaskan friend Ross:

(NaturalNews) The global effort to outlaw herbs, vitamins and supplements is well under way, and in just four months, hundreds of herbal products will be criminalized in the UK and across the EU. It's all part of an EU directive passed in 2004 which erects "disproportionate" barriers against herbal remedies by requiring them to be "licensed" before they can be sold.

It's called the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD), Directive 2004/24/EC.

The licensing requirements, however, were intentionally designed to make sure that virtually no herbs could ever meet them. It costs from $125,000 to $180,000 to license a single herb with the EU, and since herbs cannot be patented and don't have the monopolistic pricing found in pharmaceuticals, there's simply not enough profit margin in most herbs to justify such huge expenditures from any one company.

But that's sort of the point. Governments of the world have been conspiring with the pharmaceutical industry for decades to destroy the competition by outlawing nutritional supplements, herbal remedies and many other forms of natural medicine.

They really are coming for your natural medicine

Some people in the USA are still skeptical that this could ever happen in the "land of the free," yet it's happening in Europe right now, and the U.S. is probably not far behind. In just four months, health food stores in the UK will be stripped bare of these suddenly "illegal" herbs, and the many millions of people who have come to depend on them as a safe, natural and non-invasive form of medicine will be forced to pursue pharmaceuticals instead of herbs.

Learn more:

From I found this update on checkpoints in the U.S.: No Refusal DUI Checkpoints


Paul Barnes said...

Refusal to blow into one of their devices in "Ontario" is an automatic criminal charge that is the same as DUI. If you don't blow, you are guilty but, you will have your day in court, for all the good it will do. The needle in the arm thing is nothing new here.

If one resides in Ontario, you are now forbidden to drive while using an electronic device, smoke with kids in the car, without wearing a seat belt and if you are found driving with a suspended licence your car is now confiscated for a week and you are charged criminally.

We even have some government funded health care NGO's funding youth groups that travel to communities and advise them on the evils of smoking in parks and "urge" them to pass bylaws against it and they have and do.

You guys are way behind in the communitarian circle of big mother's heavenly love, damn constitution :)

Paul Barnes said...

Youth group advocates cigarette ban in parks:

Niki Raapana said...

Thanks Paul, so good to hear from you! This is very sad news, and the saddest part is non-smokers will think this is great because they don't see how they themselves can and will be targeted next. I had a obese cabdriver in Valdez, Alaska read me the riot act when I asked if I could smoke in his cab. He went on and on about what a bad person I am for smoking, and I couldn't stop myself from asking him how he will feel when the govt tells him he's too fat and starts regulating his food intake... he was so insulted and insisted that could NEVER happen... yet the War on Obesity is real too, and fat people are definitely next.

Peter Myers in AU argues for regulating McDonalds and other fast food restaurants that serve fattening foods. I call these soft communitarian programs. So creepy but I can easily imagine there being scales installed in grocery stores and before you can buy your items you have to show your weight allows for high calorie items.

This whole movement toward "helping" people be more healthy is the part of communitarianism that appeals to the most arrogant (and stupid) among us. Nothing irritates me more than children who've been taught to tell adults what they can and cannot do, except maybe people who can't pronounce or spell or define communitarianism telling me there's nothing wrong with it. :)