“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” 

Alvin Toffler

When I lived in Saudi Arabia in 1984 and 1985 I observed how the king kept the populace compliant. They were all given money to build houses for themselves and they didn’t need to pay the money back until construction on their houses was completed. Needless to say, many of the whitewashed, walled villas had a slightly incomplete look, with bits of rebar steel sticking from the concrete on the upper corners.

The other strategy was to control the media. The news was decidedly pro Sunni (the House of Saud from which the extended royal family descends and virtually the entire indigenous population was Sunni) and anti Shiite. The Jews were cast in a negative light and the king dominated visual clips, being shown almost daily cutting ribbons, consulting with other royalty, visiting Mecca …. Although I’m sure none of them had ever met a Jew, my Saudi colleagues all claimed to hate Jews.

I sometimes wonder if things are really so different in the West. As we watch the bankers and the oil companies do as they please we mostly accept what is done because we are reasonably comfortable. Many of us own our homes and only slowly pay them off, to the benefit of the bankers. And mainstream media is controlled by a select group of wealthy people. The average person is inundated with the chosen perspectives of corporate and political power players, ensuring our compliance and support through apathy to their chosen agendas.

In 2008 the Labour government attempted to amalgamate New Zealand’s health regulations with those of Australia, with the intention of making it virtually impossible for the multitude of small businesses making herbal remedies and other natural products to survive—the compliance costs would be simply too high. That proposed legislation was vigorously opposed by many in the natural health community including some open thinking people within the medical profession. The bill was stopped.

Now there is a National Party bill being passed without the public’s knowledge that will affect New Zealanders’ ability to buy simple vitamins, herbal medicines, homeopathic medicines and any alternative medicine in any therapeutic dose.

This is being pushed through with a MEDIA BLACKOUT, and after government has had 18 months of preparations. There is only three weeks for people to write submissions in opposition to the bill.

If the bill is passed it could effectively WIPE OUT natural medicine overnight. 
The right of health care choice of people is being removed and Big Pharma will be laughing all the way to the bank.

This same battle is going on in other Western countries today. The form is slightly different but that is all. Look at the recent attempts to force all Americans to be vaccinated for the swine flu. That was brought about by a widespread media campaign of scare-mongering.

In the mean time, this from Nicola Grace, Spokeswomen for Health Freedom New Zealand Health Freedom NZ Newsletter Action Alert

Most of you have undoubtedly heard that a consultation document to regulate natural products was recently released on the Ministry of Health Website in response to the Natural Products industry and consumer call for a standalone New Zealand regulatory model for Natural Products, rather than an Australian takeover of our current regulatory body, Medsafe.

We were expecting the discussion document to be based upon the proposed Natural and Traditional Health Products Bill that was prepared in full consultation with Maoridom, Consumers, the NZ Health Trust, and the Natural Health Products Industry over a two year period.

Unfortunately the Ministry of Health Consultation Document is diametrically opposed to most of the principals outlined in the proposed Bill and has aptly been labeled the ‘TGA in drag’. It is nothing short of a bureaucratic hood wink. 

The bureaucrats appear to have re-instated all of the unacceptable aspects of the TGA and Trans Tasman models that Health Freedom were successful in rejecting, including:

1.    The White List (Napoleonic Law – every natural ingredient to become illegal without a permit). Please Note: Under Common Law anything not forbidden is permitted.
2.    The power to make up the rules as they go along.
3.    Anything in therapeutic dose be classed as a medicine and therefore regulated as a drug.
4.    Excessive compliance costs that would put most small businesses under, push up the price of natural products, and see the loss of thousands of jobs and products in the industry.
5.    Over the top fines that don’t make sense unless you want to send numerous small businesses to the wall.
6.    Extremely limited claims. The ability to say “may support” will go, replaced by a few extremely low level claims acceptable to the drug industry this proposal seeks to protect.

Here are the details of the document and submission schedule.
http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/consult-development-natural-health-products-bill-mar10

The MoH is inviting submissions with a short deadline which is 17th May 2010. You may wish to write to them for an extension. Since the full time employed bureaucrats had 18 months to deliberate and come up with this document, it is only fair we the public get at least 90 days.

We are currently liaising with other organisations to formulate a comprehensive strategy and will have a document of the main points of objection to the document that you can use as a reference as soon as we can. 

In the mean time if you want continued access to affordable vitamins, minerals and other natural products we suggest that you:

1.    Read the discussion document yourself, highlighting the points you object to with a highlighter pen.
2.    Spread the word – Print this email and give it to your local health food store, natural health practitioner, family and friends.
3.    Begin to plan your submission (again we’ll have our main arguments to you in next few days).
4.    Don’t get hood winked and razzle dazzled by the propaganda that is currently being spread by the media, bureaucrats, bogus science, some members of the medical fraternity and the skeptic activist, Vicky Hide.

We are going to need more than 5,000 submissions made against this document in order to be effective, so everyone who wants continued access to natural products needs to act.

We believe this might well be the last opportunity we have to send a very loud and clear message that the consumers, the bureaucrats pretend they desire to protect, do not need the kind of protection the bureaucrats are offering – protection of pharmaceutical profits over our health.

Please keep an eye on your emails over the next coming days and be on standby in-case we have to mobilize fast. In the mean time please help us spread the word fast.

Thank you
Nicola Grace
Spokeswomen for Health Freedom New Zealand

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Written by Mike Adams
UTHealth Magazine, September 2006
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The giant food corporations have one mission: selling more food and beverage products to consumers. Succeeding with that mission depends on keeping consumers in the dark on certain issues such as the presence cancer-causing chemicals found in popular food products. Here are ten things the food corporations, whose products dominate grocery store shelves across the United States and other countries, absolutely do not want you to know.

1. The ingredients listed on the label aren’t the only things in the food. Cancer-causing chemicals such as acrylamides may be formed in the food during high-heat processing, yet there’s no requirement to list them on the label. Residues of solvents, pesticides and other chemicals may also be present, but also do not have to be listed. The National Uniformity for Food Act, currently being debated in the U.S. Congress, would make it illegal (yes, illegal) for states to require cancer warnings on foods that contain cancer-causing chemicals (such as California’s Proposition 65.)

2. Monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is added to thousands of food and grocery products through a dozen different innocent-sounding ingredients, imbalances endocrine system function, disabling normal appetite regulation and causing consumers to keep eating more food. This chemical not only contributes to nationwide obesity, it also helps food companies boost repeat business.

3. MSG is routinely hidden in foods in these ingredients: yeast extract, torula yeast, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and autolyzed yeast. Thousands of common grocery products contain one or more of these chemical taste enhancers, including nearly all “vegetarian” foods such as veggie burgers (read labels to check).

4. ADHD in children is caused almost entirely by the consumption of processed food ingredients such as artificial colors and refined carbohydrates. [Diet and nutrition may be the cause and the remedy of a learning disability or the behaviors associated with the ADD/ADHD label]. [Research has shone that as many as] eighty percent of so-called ADHD children who are taken off processed foods are cured of ADHD in two weeks.

5. The chemical sweetener aspartame, when exposed to warm temperatures for only a few hours, begins to break down into chemicals like formaldehyde and formic acid. Formaldehyde is a potent nerve toxin and causes damage to the eyes, brain and entire nervous system. Aspartame has been strongly linked to migraines, seizures, blurred vision and many other nervous system problems.

6. Most food dips (like guacamole dip) are made with hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and monosodium glutamate. Many guacamole dips don’t even contain avocados.

7. Plastic food packaging is a potent health hazard. Scientists now know that plastics routinely seep the chemical bisphenol A into the food, where it is eaten by consumers. Cooking in plastic containers multiplies the level of exposure. Bisphenol is a hormone disruptor and can cause breast formation in men and severe hormonal imbalances in women. It may also encourage hormone-related cancers such as prostate cancer and breast cancer.

8. Most milk produced in the United States comes from cows injected with synthetic hormones that have been banned in every other advanced nation in the world. These hormones help explain why unusually young teenage girls develop breasts and menses at such a young age, or why hormone-related cancers like prostate cancer are being discovered in unprecedented numbers. Strangely, the USDA currently bans organic milk producers from claiming their milk comes from cows that were not treated with synthetic hormones. Even organic milk is now under fire.

9. Most grocery products that make loud health claims on their packaging are, in reality, nutritionally worthless (like meal replacement shakes, instant chocolate milk, etc.). The most nutritious foods are actually those the FDA does not allow to make any health claims whatsoever: fresh produce.

10. Food manufacturers actually “buy” shelf space and position at grocery stores. That’s why the most profitable foods (and hence, the ones often with the lowest quality ingredients) are the most visible on aisle end caps, checkout lanes and eye-level shelves throughout the store. The effect of all this is to provide in-store marketing and visibility to the very foods and beverages that promote obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other degenerative conditions.

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