Exposing the Agents of Disinformation
History has it that whenever there is a process of historic change underway, the status quo engages agents of disinformation in order to slow down this process. The case of the liberation of human health from the monopoly of pharmaceutical drugs, and the incorporation of science based natural health approaches into public health policies, is no exception.
A Modern Major General Exposed?
The fictional Major-General who appears in Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance" famously sings boastfully about his extremely wide general knowledge. Hardly the most modest of people, he comically claims to know about or to understand all manner of disparate subjects, and repeatedly tells the audience that he is "the very model of a modern Major-General." Not entirely dissimilarly therefore, the health freedom movement has recently been subjected to the increasingly bizarre claims of a real-life Major-General, a man who, rather like his counterpart in The Pirates of Penzance, claims to be an expert in all manner of things.
Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the agents of disinformation and confusion
During the closing months and weeks of 2009, our Foundation received numerous enquiries from people wanting to know whether Codex would “go into global effect on December 31, 2009”. Citing claims they had seen on a website belonging to Rima Laibow and Albert Stubblebeine, they expressed concern that the use of vitamins and other natural health therapies would be prohibited worldwide after that date. Fortunately however, the date of December 31, 2009 had no practical significance to Codex whatsoever. In other words, vitamins and other natural health therapies were not prohibited worldwide by Codex at the end of 2009 and nor were they ever going to be. So who are Rima Laibow and Albert Stubblebine, and why are they seemingly so intent upon seeding disinformation and sowing confusion amongst the natural health movement?
Codex and Health Freedom – Be Wary of the ‘Instant Experts’
There is currently a significant amount of inaccurate and misleading information circulating on the internet about Codex and other related health freedom issues, much of which would appear to have originated on the website of the so-called Natural Solutions Foundation. Whilst the Natural Solutions Foundation's Medical Director, Rima Laibow, claims to have carefully studied more than 16,000 pages of Codex documentation, the content of her articles and the nature of her proposed strategies strongly suggests otherwise. The following article may therefore help you to sort the facts from the fiction.
Miracle in Rome?
The Natural Solutions Foundation reported after the July 2005 meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in Rome that a "miracle" had occurred, and that World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) had expressed "significant displeasure with the anti-health approach to nutrition taken by Codex over the past 4 decades." The Natural Solutions Foundation's reports also claimed, variously, that a WHO Under Secretary for Food Safety had spoken "sternly, sharply and scathingly of the fact that little contribution to human health had been made by Codex"; that WHO had stated that "things would be different in the future"; that the Terms of Reference of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling and the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses are going to be redefined; that "Codex will implement the WHO Global Strategy for world health through diet, physical exercise and nutrition"; and that "Codex will make a yearly report to the World Health Assembly about its progress in implementing the WHO Strategy". So, is there any truth behind these claims? In the following article we attempt to set the record straight, and describe how the Natural Solutions Foundation's assertions are largely either mistaken or exaggerated.
Codex meeting in Ottawa: Business as Usual, or "Stunning Victory" for Health Freedom?
May 1-5, 2006, saw the thirty-fourth meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) take place in Ottawa, Canada. Along with the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), CCFL is one of the main Codex committees whose work is increasingly threatening the future of natural healthcare and health freedom. Reporting on the meeting, Rima Laibow and Major General Albert (Bert) N. Stubblebine III (U.S. Army, Retired), founders of the so-called Natural Solutions Foundation, curiously chose to describe the outcome as having been a "Stunning Victory" for health freedom, despite the fact that this assertion has absolutely no basis in fact. So, what really happened in Ottawa, and why are Codex reports issued by the Natural Solutions Foundation increasingly at odds with those of more experienced observers, including even those of its own Legal Counsel?
Big Media: Not an Ally in the Campaign for Vitamin Freedom
From time to time, people write and ask us why the media doesn’t give more publicity to the issues that we cover on our website. If all of the things on the Foundation’s website are true, they reason, then wouldn’t the media be reporting on them as well? To illustrate why such thinking is naïve, and in response to the many requests we have received to speak out about the TV item on Codex that was broadcast in May 2008 on the Tros TV channel in the Netherlands, the following article by Paul Anthony Taylor, the Foundation’s External Relations Director, explains why Big Media cannot be seen as an ally in the campaign for vitamin freedom and how the inaccurate Codex reporting of Rima Laibow is used as a means of discrediting all critical reporting on Codex, from whatever source.
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