False Rumors about the McCain Bill

March 9, 2010
Category: Uncategorized

There may be one silver lining around the increasingly serious threats to the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. This Group of human hands showing unityis the increasing amount of collaboration and cooperation we’re seeing among key players in the natural health or health freedom movement (our recent merger with ANH to form ANH-International being a good example of this) as well as growing activism among consumers, practitioners and of course industry—much of which has been comparatively inactive following the hard-won success of DSHEA in 1994. While ANH-USA has been leading the collaborative campaign against the McCain bill, there are statements on the internet suggesting that McCain’s bill would bring into US law restrictions associated with the international ‘food code’, Codex Alimentarius.
We urge anyone who is communicating with senators or congressman on this issue to avoid making mention of Codex in relation to McCain’s bill. There is actually no relationship whatsoever between McCain’s bill and anything to do with Codex. Giving Codex as the reason to block McCain’s bill will simply cause any informed elected representative to discount your communication. This is just one example of how inaccurate information can be counter-productive to our cause.
What we can say, as we have, is that McCain’s provisions would likely lead to European style restrictions on supplements, including the development of a white or positive list of permitted ingredients, and eventually, a limitation of their dosages. But let’s not charge McCain with introducing Codex. Most likely, he has not even heard of Codex.
By the way, there was language in an earlier version of the Food Safety bill committing the US to harmonize with other countries under Codex. That was a clear and present threat to natural health in the US and we (ANH-USA) succeeded in getting that language changed. This was a very important change and one that we are proud to have accomplished. There is still a reference to Codex in the Food Safety bill that we would like to remove, but it no longer commits the US to harmonization under Codex.
We have also seen some harsh criticism of Senator Harkin (D-Iowa) on the internet. While Senator Harkin supports elements of the Obama healthcare bill and the Food Safety bill that we at ANH-USA do not support, it is worth recognizing that he is also a real friend of natural health and of supplements. As chairman of the powerful Senate Health Committee, he has great power over natural health and supplements and we are very glad to count him as a friend. Our view, born out of years of experience, is that it is always better to try to work with friends. Sharing a common purpose is the key—and, by definition, although many views will be shared, it doesn’t mean that we have to agree on everything.
As all this should suggest, ANH-USA is determinedly bi-partisan in our approach. We have criticized President Obama but also Senator McCain. We have also thanked many legislators, both Democrat and Republican, who have worked to help all of us preserve natural health options and in the process truly reform US healthcare.

13 responses to “False Rumors about the McCain Bill”

  1. What is wrong with the people of this country ? Don’t you know that everything that the goverment is doing has one purpose , and that is zero population growth . Personally I could care less as I am seventy-five years old and don’t have to put up with it much longer . You people take your daily doses of fluoride and pharmaceuticals that they don’t remove from our drinking water ,
    as I try to improve my health by eating healthy and avoiding anything that is advertised on TV . If you notice all the ads for drugs are so full of hype , and play down all the side effects you’ll see
    that it’s crap . Have some more high frutose corn syrup or artifical sweeteners , your liver needs more work . Sorry but that’s all I have to say .

  2. RObert C Nimmich says:

    “(McCain ) Most likely, he has not even heard of Codex. ”
    Your statement reveals little about John,it just reveals you’re a little too amazed with yourself.

    • Melissa says:

      That is a rude and completely unnecessary statement. It is very plausible that he has never heard of Codex. The general public has not, and he did not, according to him, even fully understand the bill he was supporting in the first place. I love how Republicans turn everything around in that exact manner. We are amazed with ourselves because we can think independently and decide how we would like to treat our medical conditions. GO, US!

  3. Thank you, Thank you, for ongoing efforts to protect my freedom to choose what wish for health and the good doctors who choose natural healing. I’m sick and tired of the political and mercenary motives of FDA and Big Pharma and our congress!! Grandpa George

  4. Kyle says:

    “Your statement reveals little about John,it just reveals you’re a little too amazed with yourself.”
    Your statement reveals you know little about anh-usa.org, it just reveals you are a little too amazed WITH YOURSELF!
    1. Your referred to him as “John”, which is laughable.
    2. If he does NOT even understand his own bill (dssa) why would he have any knowledge of a separate bill that is in the same ballpark.
    I suggest you start LEARNING how the US government really works.
    Research Tavistock for starters.
    Enjoy the fluoride in your drinking water

  5. Kathy Mack says:

    I think its the drug companies that are behind this bill so they can jack up the price on herbal supplements and vitamins thousands of times more than what it costs them to make it and they’ll pass the cost on to us, the consumer. Just like they do with prescription drugs. These are the same people that 45 yrs ago said “don’t trust anyone over 30” and now we know why!

  6. Kathy Mack says:

    I think its the drug companies that are behind this bill so they can jack up the price on herbal supplements and vitamins thousands of times more than what it costs them to make it and they’ll pass the cost on to us, the consumer. Just like they do with prescription drugs. These are the same people that 45 yrs ago said “don’t trust anyone over 30” and now we know why!

  7. Kathy Mack says:

    I think its the drug companies that are behind this bill so they can jack up the price on herbal supplements and vitamins thousands of times more than what it costs them to make it and they’ll pass the cost on to us, the consumer. Just like they do with prescription drugs. These are the same people that 45 yrs ago said “don’t trust anyone over 30” and now we know why!

  8. Kathy Mack says:

    I think its the drug companies that are behind this bill so they can jack up the price on herbal supplements and vitamins thousands of times more than what it costs them to make it and they’ll pass the cost on to us, the consumer. Just like they do with prescription drugs. These are the same people that 45 yrs ago said “don’t trust anyone over 30” and now we know why!

  9. Kathy Mack says:

    I think its the drug companies that are behind this bill so they can jack up the price on herbal supplements and vitamins thousands of times more than what it costs them to make it and they’ll pass the cost on to us, the consumer. Just like they do with prescription drugs. These are the same people that 45 yrs ago said “don’t trust anyone over 30” and now we know why!

  10. Kathy Mack says:

    I think its the drug companies that are behind this bill so they can jack up the price on herbal supplements and vitamins thousands of times more than what it costs them to make it and they’ll pass the cost on to us, the consumer. Just like they do with prescription drugs. These are the same people that 45 yrs ago said “don’t trust anyone over 30” and now we know why!

  11. Kathy Mack says:

    I think its the drug companies that are behind this bill so they can jack up the price on herbal supplements and vitamins thousands of times more than what it costs them to make it and they’ll pass the cost on to us, the consumer. Just like they do with prescription drugs. These are the same people that 45 yrs ago said “don’t trust anyone over 30” and now we know why!

  12. Michael J Seamans says:

    Your right Kathy; it’s the drug companys and the medical establishment via dark forces behind the New World Order wanting to standardize and control everything. What is it we all have in common? We EAT FOOD. What a slick way to keep us sick and complacent. With nano-bots in their pharmaceuticals they can track our history, habits and whereabouts thereby knowing what they can sell us next.

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