It's only natural
August 24th 2015, 12:58
The scene would not look out of place in Breaking Bad. Special Forces in camouflage gear and night-vision goggles stealthily break into a house and hold up its terrified owner, still in his dressing gown, shining a light in his face as they catch him holding a bottle of what appears to be illegal contraband.
"Guys, GUYS," says the terrified owner, who turns out to be Mel Gibson, "it's only vitamins." The SWAT team are unimpressed. Gibson is still trying to get them to see sense as they arrest him and clamp on the cuffs: "Vitamin C, you know, like in oranges?"
Gibson had donated his time for this 1992 video, which was meant to be a call to action for citizens concerned about US federal legislation, which the film said is "actually considering classifying most vitamins and other supplements as drugs. The FDA has already conducted raids on doctors' offices and health-food stores. Could raids on individuals be next?"
The American public certainly thought so, because the advert, and other aspects of a well-organized grassroots movement, created massive support for what ultimately became the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, or DSHEA, the law that today protects Americans' access to dietary supplements as well as information about these products.
Despite the passage of that bill, the desire of the US and UK regulatory authorities to gain control of the vast natural-medicine market has never quite gone away. Nor has the influence of the pharmaceutical industry.
The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is becoming increasingly populated with ex-drug-industry old boys and indeed, like the FDA, is now funded by Big Pharma. As US health-freedom advocate Elissa Meininger once said, "Among the events that led up to the passage of DSHEA was the publication of the FDA's Task Force report on dietary supplements. In it, there was a statement that I saw as a smoking gun. It stated that the presence of dietary supplements on the market represented a 'disincentive' (the FDA's word) for patented drug research."
As WDDTY recently discovered, the flak jackets were out in force again recently, when investigators from the MHRA staged an unannounced raid on the new laboratory premises of Immuno Biotech in Cambridgeshire, confiscating 10,000 vials of the naturally occurring glycoprotein called 'GcMAF' and closing down the facility before it had, in fact, even opened (see News Focus, page xx).
GcMAF, WDDTY readers may remember, is one of the more promising new treatments for cancer. In our November 2014 issue, we featured four cancer patients and one patient with autism whose symptoms were entirely turned around by this natural 'supermolecule'. Shutting down the manufacture of this product for the most spurious of reasons, when very little other treatment for cancer or autism is actually working, is nothing less than a violation of human rights.
The climate seemed likely to change with advertising magnate Lord Saatchi's Medical Innovation Bill, which would have allowed doctors to try out experimental cancer treatments without running the risk of being sued. It had been promoted by Lord Saatchi after his wife Josephine Hart died from ovarian cancer, and had passed the House of Lords after several amendments were introduced at the Government's behest. It only had to make it through the Commons before Parliament dissolved in March in the run up to the election. Thousands of patients supported this bill, and it was also backed by the Conservative party.
Shockingly, instead of allowing for debate or improvement of the law, the Liberal Democrats broke rank with their Tory coalition and simply vetoed it out of hand, claiming they had listened to patient groups, medical/scientific journals and professional bodies-most of them in some way reliant on the drugs industry.
Several weeks ago, we attended a meeting held in Parliament with many of the heads of natural-medicine organizations which announced the results of two rigorous meta-analyses of non-contact healing, carried out by the University of Northampton. The studies showed strong evidence that, in fact, non-contact healing of every stripe works on animals, plants and people (see page xx) better than many drugs do. When we discussed how to get this information out there, the consensus was that we shouldn't waste time trying to convince sceptics and professional bodies; we needed to tell our MPs.
The only way to get natural medicine accepted and enshrined in law is to create a DSHEA-style grassroots movement that makes it a political issue. Those at the meeting recommended that we tell our readers to visit their MPs' surgeries and demand protection for natural medicine and innovations like GcMAF. Discussions are underway about creating such a movement.
The conservative government (and no doubt every member of government) regards drug companies as a backbone of British industry. But the one thing any politician wants even more than a thriving economy is to keep his job.
Vow to make a nuisance of yourself at your MP's next surgery. This time, in the wake of the Scottish referendum and UKIP, believe me, he'll be listening.