by Susanne Posel
Researchers at the University of Guelph (UoG) have released a study claiming that commercial herbal products (CHP) contain many dangerous unlisted ingredients, fillers and cheap alternatives.
Forty-four products from 12 separate corporations were tested . It was determined that 60% of CHP contain plant species not referred to on their labels.
Fillers added to 32% of products tested were:
This poses a problem for persons with allergies and needing gluten-free products.
This study is being painted as a warning to consumers who have “a right to see all of the plant species used in producing a natural product on the list of ingredients.”
Steven Newmaster, lead author of the study and professor of integrative biology at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) said : “There is a need to protect consumers from the economic and health risks associated with herbal product fraud. Currently there are no standards for authentication of herbal products.”
Newmaster explained: “Contamination and substitution in herbal products present considerable health risks for consumers. We found contamination in several products with plants that have known toxicity, side effects and/or negatively interact with other herbs, supplements and medications.”
An estimated 80% of people worldwide use CHPs; including vitamins, mineral and herbal remedies with US manufacturers not required to obtain oversight approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Timothy Caufield, author and professor of law and science at the University of Alberta (UoA) was not “surprised” by the study’s findings.
Caufield said the “production, sale and marketing of herbal products is a massive industry and people often forget that.”
The American Medical Association (AMA) formed a coalition of mainstream medical entities to combat natural medicine.
Members of the coalition include:
• American Dental Association
• American Cancer Society
• American Academy of Pediatrics
• American Psychiatric Association
In 2006, the AMA announced that they will “work through its Board of Trustees to outline a policy opposing the licensure of naturopaths to practice medicine and report this policy to the House of Delegates no later than the 2006 Interim Meeting. (Directive to Take Action) Fiscal Note: Implement accordingly at estimated staff cost of $10,836.”
The inclusion of the APA provided a way for another branch of the medical community to “ thwart the growing threat of expansion of scope of practice for allied health professionals” by making lists of professions such as naturopathy, chiropractors and midwives to thwart.
Another enemy of natural medicine is the UN Codex Alimentarious (UNCA).
The UN Codex Alimentarius Commission is a UN intergovernmental body made up of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), 170 international governmental representatives ; including the European Commission.
Under the UNCA, the UN seeks to take over food prices internationally by controlling food trade and reforming consumer health. They oversee international food standards and make sure that government implement them with the influence of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
At the 35th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), their agenda was the Draft Codex Strategic Plan 2014-2019 where the CAC are developing a “science-based and globally applicable international standards for food and promote use of these standards by countries.”
The CAC is priming themselves to be the “effective, inclusive, and trusted global leader in setting food standards” where they will have complete control over “food safety, quality, and food trade”. In conjunction with WHO and the FAO, the CAC will have exclusive oversight “to track progress toward [the] accomplishment of the goals” of the UN to securitize food globally.
Between 2014 – 2019 the Strategic Plan of the CAC intended to be fully implemented by international mandate “to meet the needs” of their stakeholders and members. The specifics of the Strategic Plan, adopted by resolution by WHO will be enforced by the UN agency. FAO will be tasked with “[improving] quality and safety for food at all stage of the food chain.”
CAC believes that with population growth, climate change and “the growing demand for food” four strategic goals must be implemented with the global vision reflected by:
• UN standards on food
• Based on science
• Demanded participation of the international community
The CAC exclusively bases their food standards on scientific developments to protect public health and the global food trade. By exchanging financial support from member states for scientific research and development to ensure that food be created for the consumption of developing nations.
In these developing countries, the CAC demands participation by financial blackmail with monies from the Codex Trust Fund. They promote governmental allowance of UN programs and structures in line with sustainable national funding by the UN.