Codex: Worldwide Control of Supplements

In my book, Death by Modern Medicine, using the allopathic medical industry’s own official reports, I document how 784,000 people die every year in the American medical system while following doctors’ orders in a highly-regulated allopathic system. The proof that dietary supplements are safe and work as expected is evidenced everywhere. Studies conducted all over the world have shown that supplements are actually safer than food, and there is simply no hard evidence to show there is any risk factor worthy of discussion, much less needing universal “risk assessment”. Yet, the US delegation, along with its Big Pharma backers are bound and determined that Codex force “risk analysis assessments” upon the American dietary supplement industry so they can bypass the expressed will of the American people.

The real reason for promotion of “risk assessment” is based on two agendas: First, to be able to strip the over-the-counter marketplace of everything but low quality, low dose-level products that won’t do much to support or improve health. And secondly, to set up the framework to allow Big Pharma to take over the supplement market as a new form of drugs where prices can be jacked up outrageously and doled out by doctors for a fee. The US delegation to Codex has just issued a formal written statement to the Codex Alimentarius Commission that the United States, during the July 4-9, 2005 meeting in Rome, will support compulsory rules created by this international organization directly overruling US law regarding access to vitamins. The US law that is about to be vanquished is the Dietary Supplement, Health and Education Act of 1994.

Codex is a joint venture between the United Nation’s World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization. (WHO/FAO) The World Trade Organization (WTO) has already stated that it will enforce Codex “guidelines” as the world standard for trade in dietary supplements. This will mean that gradually, pill-by-pill, our access to the dietary supplements we depend on will disappear. For those not familiar with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, it was passed because two and a half million ordinary citizens wanted to make sure that dietary supplements, such as herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other food-based supplements, could stay on the over-the-counter market. Movement to create this law, known as DSHEA, started when a 1992 FDA task force published a report announcing the FDA’s desire to remove these products from the shelves as they represented a “disincentive for patented drug research.”

Immediately following this announcement, millions of Americans learned how famed vitamin doctor Jonathan Wright’s patient-filled medical office was raided the same month by nearly two dozen gun-toting, flak-jacketed, FDA agents in the name of regulating supplements. Battering down an unlocked office door, these agents, backed by burly sheriff’s department deputies, lined up staff and patients against the wall, pulled IVs from patients arms in the middle of treatments, confiscated patient records, and took the hard drive from the office computer, all because Dr. Jonathan Wright was using nutritional supplements to heal very sick people who could not get help from standard allopathic medical care. As the story developed, it turned out that this Gestapo-style raid was standard operating procedure for the FDA, and as the general public became aware of just how many doctors’ offices, manufacturing companies, distributors, and health food stores had been assaulted by similar raids, the horror of all this forged a mighty health freedom army that resulted in unanimous passage of DSHEA.

The idea of the law was two-fold:

  1. DSHEA was to make a clear distinction between food, which is considered generally safe and did not need to have permission from the FDA to be allowed on the market, and drugs, which are generally toxic, potentially deadly, and in need of lengthy evaluation before they were available to the public under prescription from a doctor.
  2. DSHEA provides the FDA with plenty of legal authority to remove herbs or dietary supplements from the market, providing the agency has plenty of real evidence of real harm to the public. The FDA also has the authority to limit the amount of a supplement to low levels if the agency has plenty of real evidence to prove higher levels are actually dangerous.

The FDA and its Big Pharma backers have never liked DSHEA because these products and the related natural healing arts services often related to them are putting the allopathic drug/surgical/chemical and medical industry to shame. Act now to protect your basic right to maintain your health. Without health you have no freedom.

Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, as well as a health activist for health freedom as president of Friends of Freedom International. Dr. Dean is the author of over a dozen health books, the latest is Death By Modern Medicine. For further information or to sign up for free email alerts contact or

Author: Dr. Carolyn Dean