Not my problem
August 2nd 2010, 16:00
In 2002, WDDTY learned of plans within the European Union to radically restrict natural medicine across all member countries, starting with laws to create a very low ceiling of 'safe upper limits' in vitamins.
Although the laws were ostensibly to create a 'level playing field' within the European supplement market, the proposals bore the heavy hand of Big Pharma.
At the time, the solution appeared simple. As most people in the UK use some form of natural medicine, all we needed to do was band together and whip up a national protest to stop them in their tracks.
In early 2003, we invited all the heads of the largest vitamin companies and representatives of all the leading natural medicine organizations-homeopathy, herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and others-to a meeting in central London.
Many of the organizations never showed up. Of the 50 or so that did, many felt that our concerns were alarmist. Others welcomed the new moves as good for business. The few attempting to fight the legislation were more busy fighting each other.
No group seemed able to see the bigger picture. Each organization was mainly concerned with whether their own business was under fire. If it wasn't, they weren't interested. Not my problem.
As publisher Bryan Hubbard makes clear in this month's cover story, Big Pharma had big plans even then. Without sufficient opposition, within the next year or two, laws will come into effect in the EU that will drastically restrict all access to high-dose vitamins and herbal medicine.
And this pogrom won't end with Europe. The near-identical international laws that have been drafted within the United Nations suggest that a well-organized, concerted effort is afoot to finish off any forms of alternative options to orthodox medicine.
The plan is to watch Europe closely to assess the level of consumer protest. Thus far, that protest has been minimal. The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) and Consumers for Health Choice-the two consumer groups that have maintained any sort of consistent attack, challenged the law and lobbied Parliament-are starved of funds.
The individual organizations to this day remain isolationist. Not my problem. This attitude reminds me what Pastor Martin Niem"oller reportedly said about the passivity of many Germans towards Nazism:
"First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Social Democrats, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Social Democrat;
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew;
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me."
For all of us wishing to maintain alternatives to drug-based orthodox medicine, these laws are all our problem, and every last one of us has an obligation to speak up now.