Codex Alimentarius
The End of Health Freedom?

The Vitamin and Mineral Guidelines of Codex Alimentarius threatens to end our freedom to choose alternative and nutrition-based methods to heal ourselves. Ratified by the World Health Organization (WHO), it becomes law in the United States December 31, 2009. The threat to health freedom has never been greater.

If you've never heard of ‘Codex Alimentarius’ guidelines (CODEX) and the impact it will have on our daily lives, it’s important to educate yourself on this topic and then decide how you choose to respond to this matter.

I’ve gathered here some basic information, video and website links that outline the magnitude of this threat...and, just as important, empowers us to affect change to stop it.

What is Codex Alimentarius?

CODEX consists of 15000+ pages of detailed working 'guideline' documents. Its original embodiment is a couple of hundred years old:

“In the Austro-Hungarian Empire between 1897 and 1911, a collection of standards and product descriptions for a wide variety of foods was developed as the Codex Alimentarius Austriacus. Although lacking legal force, it was used as a reference by the courts to determine standards of identity for specific foods. The present-day Codex Alimentarius draws its name from the Austrian code.” ~ Origins of The Codex Alimentarius

Though its initial intentions may have been innocuous enough, almost 50 years ago the direction of CODEX shifted with the creation of its Commission:

  • In November 1961, the Eleventh Session of the Conference of FAO passed a resolution to set up the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
  • In May 1963, the Sixteenth World Health Assembly approved the establishment of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme and adopted the statutes of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
  • The first session was held in Rome - June 25 - July 3, 1963.
  • thirty-first session took place in Geneva - June 30 - 4 July 2008.

More information on the origins, history and action steps of CODEX and its commission can be found at Origins of The Codex Alimentarius

In summary, the Codex Alimentarius (Latin for ‘Food Rules’) became a trade commission in 1962 set up by the United Nations (UN) to control the international trade of food. As such, CODEX became the vehicle for corporate interests, most notably the pharmaceutical, pesticide, biotechnology and chemical industries.

The muscle behind CODEX is embodied by the crippling trade sanctions of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Any non Codex-compliant nation potentially faces huge economic punishment – if a food-trade dispute between two countries is brought before the WTO, the WTO by default rules favorably for a CODEX compliant country over a CODEX non-compliant country regardless of the basis for the dispute.

As I’ve indicated, CODEX is voluminous. And its reach is enormous - able to potentially impact vast areas of our daily lives with its detailed ‘food standards and guidelines.’

These CODEX food standards - brought into play by the UN and enforced by the WTO and the WHO - have already been approved in EU, Canada and Australia.

CODEX guidelines came close to adoption by the U.S. during the 1990’s. But the outcry caused by this attempt to curtail our freedom of choice resulted in the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA) being passed into law in 1994 - effectively derailing the juggernaut in this country affording us a (temporary) reprieve.

Under DSHEA, nutrients in the U.S. are currently classified as foods. This means that any substance not explicitly forbidden is permitted as a nutrient. CODEX guidelines however, state that any substance not explicitly permitted by CODEX policy is banned as a nutrient. And the CODEX preamble specifies that supplements and nutrients “may not be used to prevent, treat or cure any disorder.”

On July 4th 2008, The Vitamin and Mineral Guidelines of CODEX were ratified and approved by consensus during the 31st meeting of the commission in Geneva. They become law in the U.S. December 31, 2009.

There are also five bills currently before Congress that, if passed, would effectively eliminate the DSHEA protective umbrella.

What does this law mean to us?

It means that, once implemented, CODEX will use the European Supplements Directive as the model administrative agency that:

...permits a total of 28 (I believe its 18) ultra-low dose nutrients. All other nutrients-for example, alpha lipoic acid, CoQ10, fish oil, and curcumin - are banned. Vitamin C, for example, at any dosage higher than 200 mg per day will be illegal. CoQ10 will be totally forbidden at any dose.

Only synthetic forms of permitted nutrients will be available. All natural versions will be illegal substances. Only synthetic nutrients (at ultra-low dosages) manufactured by pharmaceutical companies will meet the molecular standards for use in humans or animals.

Exerpted from a letter by Dr. Rima Laibow MD

A condensed version of this letter from Rima Laibow MD can be found here. To give you a sense for the far-reaching ramifications of CODEX full-implementation and its pervasive, insidious nature, the following is a partial list from this letter of what became ‘illegal’ in Europe with the 2005 adoption of CODEX Guidelines:


The European Supplements Directive has produced a very short list of herbs which may be used and the conditions for which they may be used (another short and very trivial list). All other applications of herbs and any other herbs besides those listed are strictly forbidden.


CODEX stipulates which conditions may be treated using herbs and allows only minor, self-limited conditions. Treating any other conditions with herbal remedies will constitute a crime. Ayurvedic, Tibetan, tribal and other traditional medicines which use herbs and natural substances will be forbidden world-wide. Herbal, shamanic, energy based (e.g., Reiki and acupuncture) medicine are forbidden forms of treatment. (Reiki and acupuncture? I don’t fully understand the basis for this statement given these are food guidelines)


CODEX makes the un-labeled use of GMOs legal in all foods under all circumstances. Farmers in Iraq, for example, must purchase their seeds from Monsanto and are forbidden from retaining seed crops under the new Iraqi constitution. Similar laws exist in other places.


CODEX mandates that all animal feed must be treated with antibiotics, hormones and growth stimulants world wide. Organic, free range and biodynamic farming will become illegal.

The Use of Knowledge is Power

To this end, a few resources are listed here that provide more detailed information about CODEX, its implications, and efforts in progress to derail it…again. I cannot stress enough the importance of informed action in this matter. It’s far easier to redirect the path we are on now than it will be later, after the gates have closed behind us.

Extensive information about CODEX can be found at Dr. Rima Laibow’s website, Health Freedom USA, including several videos. One in particular that gives you a very good foundational insight into the machinations and implications of CODEX is an approximately 40 minute video:

Nutricide - Criminalizing Natural Health, Vitamins, and Herbs

Health Freedom USA also gives many options and suggestions for powerful action steps to affect change and provides updates to the changes that are occurring now as a direct result of many concerted efforts.

If that video is a bit too long to begin with, here’s a 7 minute video of Ian Crane, researcher and organizer of the 2008 Alternative View Conference:

Ian Crane on Codex Alimentarius and The Big Pharma Scam

Well TV presents an informative 28 minute video that documents the high stakes we face before us.

International award-winning filmmaker Kevin P. Miller of Well TV announced the release of a new documentary about the threat to medical freedom of choice. 'We Become Silent: The Last Days of Health Freedom' details the ongoing attempts by multinational pharmaceutical interests and giant food companies — in concert with the WTO, the WHO and others — to limit the public’s access to herbs, vitamins and other therapies. Dame Judi Dench narrates.....

A couple more websites worth visiting:

Alliance for Natural Health (compiled by the American Holistic Healing Association)

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