Codex Alimentarius: Food Fascism
In 2004, Dr. Rima Laibow left her successful medical practice to battle Codex Alimentarius, an international legal organization that controls food legislation. Codex's legislation limits supplements, allows pesticides and GMOs, and irradiates all foods that come into the United States. In this interview, she explains Codex's agenda, the value of nutrition and changing the future.
Julia: You have to be incredibly devoted to your cause. What awakened this passion?
Dr. Rima: I had watched Codex by reading the text and observing their process for about 10 years. Although it is invisible, it is not secret. Codex was clearly poisoning the world food supply; it was also increasing its pace, intensity and scope at an accelerated pace. I could not remain silent. In my ethical system, if an evil is being perpetrated and you do nothing, then you become a perpetrator.
At that time, I healed people through natural non-toxic means including diet, dietary supplements, detoxification and other profound technologies. I did not use drugs in my practice, either psychiatry or medicine. I finally decided that I could no longer sit at my desk, with my nice life and a nice practice, while having the joy of curing one person at a time, when I knew that a cataclysm was heading for the world.
So in December of 2004, my husband, General Stubblebine, a two-star general, and I closed the practice within three weeks to take on this global evil. We want to turn it into an opportunity, as the chaotic birthing matrix of the new paradigm of the pro-health, clean unadulterated food, high-potency nutrient approach to staying well or getting well. That is what we believe can come out of the tremendous assault on our health and health freedoms.
Julia: What is Codex Alimentarius? Who are the corporations behind it and how real is the risk?
Dr. Rima: Codex is a United Nations program that is run and administered by the Food and Agricultural Commission (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is allegedly a food standard organization for international trade of food which has three mandates: (1) to protect health of consumers; (2) to facilitate the free trade of food; (3) to standardize the environmental regulations for governmental and non-governmental organizations. In fact, Codex is a playground for the multi-national corporations which are interested in food and health. The five constituents that benefit from Codex are: big Pharma, big Bio-Techna, big-Chema, big Medica, and big Agra biz.
Behind that, it is about illness. The United States, shamefully, is the driver of this five engine juggernaut. The United States is the bully, the dominant dog in Codex. Whatever the United States wants, it has achieved.
Julia: Why was Codex created initially? What is its purpose?
Dr. Rima: Codex is a pharmaceutical initiative that stems from the German death camps. Its history is quite interesting. The system employed in the German death camps was created and implemented by I. G. Farben (Interessen-Gemeinschaft Farbenindustrie, also called I.G. Farbenfabriken). I. G. Farben was a German conglomerate of companies during World War II, the great Nazi combine that included pharmaceuticals, chemicals, munitions, mining and other heavy industries all combined under a single directorship.
The over-manager of I. G. Farben, Fritz ter Meer, and twenty-six other I. G. Farben employees were deeply involved in what the Germans called "the killing of useless eaters" or people who had lives not worth living. They provided the chemicals that were injected into the hearts of death camp prisoners, as well as having manufactured the gas, Zyklon B, used to kill them.
After World War II, they were incarcerated for four years by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal. While imprisoned, Fritz ter Meer hypothesized that food was the answer to gaining world power. He concluded that "he who controls food, can control the world." He later became the head of Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and he called together the executives of former I. G. Farben, suggesting a letter to urge the United Nations take over the regulation of world food. Fifteen years after they were convicted in the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, this actually happened. In 1962, the Codex Alimentarius Commission was formed.
Fritz ter Meer, Bayer, BASF and Hoechst again became the main designers of the schemes that would profit from human suffering. The deceptive title "Codex Alimentarius" is no accident. It was devised by the same companies and indeed the same individuals, who gave the Auschwitz concentration camp inmates the deceptive slogan "Arbeit mach frei" ("Work makes you free").1
In 1963, as a result of this, standards and guidelines began to be promulgated for everything that goes into your mouth: milk, food, oil, nuts, water, vitamins, or minerals. If it goes into your mouth, then there is a standard for it.
No one paid any attention until 1994 when the World Trade Organization was created. The World Trade Organization was given the power to levy trade sanctions to countries that were creating a barrier to trade. Codex then applied to be the standard system by which food disputes were settled between nations. The World Trade Organization has three times rejected Codex and said there are other standards and organization. The best standard is science.
Julia: If Codex is an international organization, then how are we affected?
Dr. Rima: Codex is about international trade, but all countries are encouraged to adopt the Codex regulations as their domestic law, which means poisoning food doesn't just affect the international trade but all foods grown in your own country. This set of standards will affect the health of everyone in the United States; it is not just nutrients and supplements, but all food…everything that goes into your mouth.
The United States is currently building 200 radiation plants to irradiate every bite of food that we eat. The American food supply is laced with genetically modified foods. In July of 2007, the Codex committee on pesticides brought back seven of the nine deadliest known pesticides in the world because this sells more for the pesticide companies.
Food cannot be kept out of the border because it contains deadly amounts of the pesticides. This will have tremendous impact on fetus, children, adults and early, unnecessary death through chronic and degenerative disease. The literature and the clinical understanding of the damage that these chemicals do to us and the environment are very clear. Codex is not interested in this.
People say, "I will just grow my own food." The answer is No! The United States plans to implement Codex so that a number will be necessary to grow your own tomatoes or chives. This number obligates you to follow the Codex regulations in any food that you grow. Even your own food will be contaminated or illegal.
Julia: What will be the result of under-nutrition?
Dr. Rima: Mandating global under-nutrition will kill 3.5 billion people within the next 20-25 years through the preventable non-communicable diseases of nutrition, defined by the World Health Organization as cancer, cardio-vascular disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. These are the leading killers in the United States and other developing countries. The estimated number of people who will die because of the under-nutrition mandate passed in 2005 comes from the WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO and other national organizations who monitor the nutrition of the people. Joint reports by these agencies on preventable diseases state that by the year 2020, these diseases of under-nutrition will account for 89% of the world's deaths.
If Codex is the world food standard, and these diseases are preventable, if Codex supports and monitors the nutritional systems of the world as its first mandate is health, then why does it pass these disastrous guidelines? For instance, all cows used for dairy must be treated with Monsanto bovine growth hormone. Why? Because the basic thrust is that as many people as possible must be sick, have no access to natural remedies (another Codex activity) and have only pharmaceutical options available to them as they suffer and die from these degenerative diseases.
Healthy people who eat healthy food do not become sick as often as people who eat adulterated and degraded food; therefore, they are bad customers for the pharmaceutical industries. Codex was created out of a pharmaceutical initiative. Codex is about degrading the world food supply so that people can become ill and support the illness-care industry. The illness-care industry profits from the sickness of people who eat degraded food.
Codex is like the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland where everything on the table is toxic. As Rolf Grosklaus said, when chairing the Codex committee on food for special dietary uses, "Codex is about trade. It would be nice if it could offer health. It is about trade, and that is the bottom line."
Julia: Please explain Codex's role with vitamins, minerals and supplements.
Dr. Rima: Dietary supplements that happen to be extraordinarily effective as anti-cancer agents would represent an enormous economic threat to the therapeutic sector and to the many people who have collectively invested astronomical amounts of money in the public corporations that profit from the cancer therapy status quo. If such supplements exist, they should be thoroughly studied and the data should be published.
In fact, such supplements do exist, and the FDA is doing everything in its unrestrained power to undermine these supplements by sabotaging the science that supports their safety and efficacy. If people can build their health or heal themselves, then this affects the big businesses that kill people. The FDA recently issued a guideline on complementary and alterative medicine, as well as other guidelines on health claims to keep people from knowing what nutrients can do for them. Nutrients and clean food are the most significant competitors for pharmaceutical companies. The FDA is on a rampage on supplements.
The FDA in the United States stated in 1995 that it would harmonize with Codex on international standards, even if not completed in preference to US regulation. That means even if something is illegal in the United States, the FDA has decided to harmonize to it, if it is part of Codex. With reference to vitamins and minerals, this is flagrantly illegal and violates three separate US laws. There are also movements in Congress to do so.
The Codex committee determined that nutrients should be treated as toxins, as if they were dangerous industrial chemicals. So when Codex came into being, it had already determined that nutrients should be treated as toxins, treated as industrial chemicals. The Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses has been headed by Professor Rolf Grosklaus, who is also the chairman of the board of the German company, bFR. bFR is a risk assessment company. And to my knowledge, it is the only company permitted to provide Codex with risk assessment information on nutrients for money.
Professor Grosklaus has made the following statement: "There is no relationship between nutrition and health." He is a physician who specializes in nutritional medicine as well as the head of the risk assessment company. He also said, "Under Codex, it will no longer be possible to prevent, cure, treat or mitigate any disease with any food or food component."
Julia: What might change this progression?
Dr. Rima: Now there is a new trend. The smallest and poorest nations of the world have decided to refuse Codex's dictates. With our help, they have begun to rebel. They are saying "no", this is not what we want. We are also taking on Codex and the health freedom battle, here in the United States, because our health freedoms are being ripped from us.
Codex is a legal creature. We have a group of dedicated lawyers who have studied the Codex text and World Trade Organization to find a solution. Instead of following World Trade Sanctions, any country who doesn't like the Codex standards can follow what we call the Codex 2 step process. At that point, they are World Trade Organization sanction proofed, according to the rules of the World Trade Organization, if their law that deviates from Codex is based on better science. And that's easy because Codex is based on junk science.
Codex has no meaning until implemented by a country. It is just a series of standards and guidelines. The FDA in the United States in 1995 has stated that it would harmonize with Codex or international standards even if not completed in preference to US regulation. That means even if something is illegal here in the United States, the FDA has decided to harmonize to it, if it is part of Codex.
Julia: Part of the problem, here in United States, must stem from not taking responsibility for our health. It also takes time and money to shop, cook and eat organically. What can we do?
Dr. Rima: People say organic food is expensive, but illness is more expensive. If you think that prepared or contaminated food is worth dying for, then go for it. If you don't think that killing yourself or your children is what you had in mind, then lifestyle must be changed. Food has to be real, and it can't be irradiated. The only real food is organic.
The organic standards are being degraded here and in other countries. The Codex organic standards are woefully low. We have a choice in that. We have political voices. We have consuming voices.
We can avoid pasta or cookies or other prepared foods, because there is no way of knowing how much irradiation the ingredients have been subjected to or how much GMO product is in it. If it contains soy, corn, corn oil, fructose, or canola oil, then it has GMO. If you don't buy organic or cook your own food, then you are asking to be toxic. NEVER eat fast food or frozen dinners.
FDA research and other research have consistently shown that if consumers know that food is genetically modified, then they will reject it. The FDA feels that this is an error, so therefore in order to prevent the consumer from making the wrong choice, the FDA believes that truthful labeling would be false and misleading. It is tremendously important to avoid the prepared food supply.
If you don't think it makes a difference, then look at this study. Children were fed a regular diet, but for five days with organic pasta and organic vegetables. The pesticide residue in the bodies of those children, who are much more susceptible to pesticides and harmful chemicals, was undetectable within the five days of organic diet.
We can take control of our health. We can find out who provides organic food and buy that food. We can take supplements. We can get rid of the poisons. We can take high potency nutrients.
Julia: What can we do about our food and nutrition?
Dr. Rima: The individual has a great deal of power and freedom if s/he would only see it. People can activate themselves. Every voice counts. When the powers that be have the spotlight of public attention turned on them, and when people start protesting, and countries start feeling the wrath of their consumers, public policy changes, and these forces that come against us, back off, every single time.
Donations are essential. The other side has more money than God. We have no corporate support. We have only the support of the people who believe that this is their battle. We need people to volunteer and to organize locally. It has been buried under absolute silence. National Public Radio has a corporate policy of absolute silence, of never mentioning Codex.
We meet with the press and Codex representatives. We meet with heads of state and consumer representatives. We take the story to other countries and teach them about the 2 step Codex, as well protecting their food and their people. Because we have no sponsor or corporate support, they listen. We give away all of our information freely. We give scientific dossiers on the issues.
The natural solutions foundation (our organization) is also suing the FDA. There is a legal action called a citizen's petition which people can join by going to our website: www.healthfreedomusa.org and signing the petition. It would be nice if they would get everyone that they know to sign it too. We have over 100,000 people who have signed saying to the FDA it is illegal three times over to harmonize vitamins, minerals and other nutrients under Codex standards.
You can also go to www.healthfreedomusa.org, take the political action steps and make a donation. Spread this information to friends and colleagues. If they are health professionals, therapists, or healers, they need to make sure that every one of their patients and suppliers knows about this. A lecture called Nutricide is on the website. People can watch that lecture, buy the DVD and show it at their churches, practice and schools.
Becoming active is incredibly important. Let's get everyone up on their feet and roaring.
1. Remark made by the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, www4.dr-rath-foundation.org
Julia Griffin is an intuitive healer (and writer) who has successfully changed the lives of hundreds of people by helping them awaken their potential to create happiness, abundance, health and positive relationships. Julia's intuitive ability to see areas of energy (a person's thoughts, feelings, words, and soul) allows her to see existing belief patterns in the body or mind and heal them. Her exercises, meditations, and classes are based on the discovery of the "true self", the part of ourselves which is astonishingly beautiful, powerful and capable. She is currently creating CDs to positively change patterns in relationships, career and the physical body. To view articles, exercises and ideas, visit her website, www.onetrueself.com or for more information.
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Rima E. Laibow, M.D. is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1970) who believes passionately in the right of Americans to choose their own health paths. She has practiced drug-free, natural medicine for 35 years by seeking the underlying cause of every illness and ailment and treating that root cause.
She believes in using nutrients and other natural options to find, define and treat the problems which underlie degenerative, chronic diseases and poor aging while supporting the immune and other crucial systems. She has enjoyed remarkable success with a wide assortment of cataclysmic problems.
More information: www.healthfreedomusa.org