Once upon a time, if we felt we needed to, we could go to the pharmacy or department store, select a bottle of vitamins, and feel pretty confident about the actual contents of the bottles.
Nowadays, real vitamins are so hard to track down that they might as well be on the endangered species list. In fact, most of what is sold as “vitamins” in the United States actually contains toxic ingredients and nutritional content that isn’t readily bio-available. And matters may soon get even worse, as the US government “harmonizes” with an overbearing set of rules called Codex Alimentarius.
Just going to the drug-store and buying one of the brightly colored bottles off the shelf may actually be worse for your health than being bereft of the nutrient. Before spending your hard-earned money on candy flavored chewables or much-advertised over-the-counter vitamin imposters, do some research. Recently, Sayer Ji of Green Med Info wrote about the hazardous chemicals found in a popular brand of children’s vitamins:
Kids vitamins are supposed to be healthy, right? Well then, what’s going on with Flintstones Vitamins, which proudly claims to be “Pediatricians’ #1 Choice”? Produced by the global pharmaceutical corporation Bayer, this wildly successful brand features a shocking list of unhealthy ingredients, including:
- Cupric Oxide
- Coal tar artificial coloring agents (FD&C Blue #2, Red #40, Yellow #6)
- Zinc Oxide
- Ferrous Fumarate
- Hydrogenated Oil (Soybean)
- GMO Corn starch
On Bayer Health Science’s Flintstones product page designed for healthcare professionals they lead into the product description with the following tidbit of information:
82% of kids aren’t eating all of their veggies1. Without enough vegetables, kids may not be getting all of the nutrients they need.
The implication? That Flintstones vitamins somehow fill this nutritional void. (Click HERE to learn more about this deceptive product.)
Unfortunately it gets even worse than the deception waged by Fred, Barney, Betty, and Wilma. With the approach of a world governed by Codex Alimentarius, natural supplements will become regulated to the point that you will no longer be able to acquire a therapeutic amount without taking nutritionally pillaged vitamins by the handful.
In the United States, the FDA is in charge of implementing the standards. Over the next two years, with the Food Safety Modernization Act, they will be doing just that. According to a Natural News article by Dr. Gregory D’Amato, these irrevocable standards are on their way of being implemented to allow the US to “harmonize” with Codex.
* All nutrients (vitamins and minerals) are to be considered toxins/poisons and are to be removed from all food because Codex prohibits the use of nutrients to “prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease”
* All nutrients (e.g., CoQ10, Vitamins A, B, C, D, Zinc and Magnesium) that have any positive health impact on the body will be deemed illegal under Codex and are to be reduced to amounts negligible to humans’ health
Basically what it all boils down to is that we are on our own to provide nutrients. Soon legitimate vitamins will not be readily available – only the toxic Big Pharma options will be sold. Because of this, it is imperative that we figure out how to provide these things for ourselves.
One article suggests that once Codex is fully implemented, most vitamins and nutritional supplements will require a prescription.
Drug companies can exploit this process by trying to patent common dietary ingredients as drugs before supplement companies have an opportunity to submit their NDI notifications. Once a drug company investigates an ingredient for drug purposes and publishes their findings, the ingredient can no longer be used in supplements.
This has happened before – it happened with the pyridoxamine form of vitamin B6 we mentioned above. In other words, what was once a supplement available to consumers at low cost will now be an expensive prescription-only drug, if it is available at all. (And it’s not only the drug that costs more: you’ll need to pay your doctor for an office visit just to get the prescription!)
The draft guidance also states that a synthetic copy of a supplement constituent, or an extract of an herb or other botanical, is not considered a dietary ingredient at all (much less an NDI). Isn’t this good – isn’t it better not to be an NDI? No. If the FDA says it is not an NDI, that means they are saying it can only be sold as a drug – period. This could knock out a number of important supplements currently sold.
The guidance discusses at length the evidence required for a notification (approval) – and the requirements are extensive, including a strong recommendation to include human studies. We sometimes forget that human studies, in addition to being very costly, do not always fit supplements. (source)
Here’s how to commit to nutritional anarchy.
The most important thing we can do for our health right now is to learn about nature’s vitamins in preparation for the day that choosing our own supplements is against the law. For example, did you know that a cup of rose hip tea contains staggeringly high amounts of Vitamin C? Or that a cup of dandelion greens contains three times the RDA for Vitamin A?
Anarchy is defined as the non-recognition of authority. If nutrition becomes regulated by a bunch of bureaucrats who, at best, don’t really care about people, and at worst, hope to depopulate the globe, you must have the plans and weapons in place to live a life of nutritional anarchy. Take these steps to prepare for the day when real vitamins might be completely inaccessible without a prescription.
- Educate yourself on which foods provide the most nutritional bang for the buck
- Plant nutrient dense flora in your garden
- Learn to identify edible plants and locate wild sources of nutrients, like a field of dandelions (make sure they are not sprayed with pesticides)
- Learn small space gardening methods to make the most of urban locations
- Consider hydroponics and/or aquaponics
- Purchase heirloom seeds to put aside for the future, when they may no longer be available
- Learn how to properly save and store seeds from your own plants for future gardening endeavors
- Learn how to harvest and preserve the bounty from your own property
- Practice preparing delicious meals using the most nutritious foods available
- Experiment with multiple ways to use the in-season bounty from your garden to prevent boredom
These are the actions that will provide our independence from those who would have the audacity to regulate good nutrition.
When you stock your pantry with vitamin-laden goodies straight from nature, you don’t have to question whether you are providing your family with what they need or just buying into the Big Pharma marketing scam. Big Pharma executives are rubbing their greedy hands together, just waiting for the day that we have been “food modernized” and can no longer purchase nutritional supplements without a visit to a physician, a trip to the pharmacy, and all of the costs (and risks) associated with those things.
In the case of Codex Alimentarius and the nutritional dictatorship the document portends, Mick Jagger had it right when he said:
Another way to get pretty much all the vitamins you need is to juice em. we have had the same juicer for 10 yrs an every day do a small glass. the best part is you can add whatever you want, carrots, apples, peaches, pears. just about anything works. just be warned at first the bathroom is gonna be your friend, but after a few times that ends. the health benefits outweigh that minor problem. good luck an god bless
Cheers to Food Freedom! and Nutritional Anarchy! Great job, Daisy 😀
This just solidifies my resolve to grow more varieties of my own veggies and eat only fresh, nutrient rich veggies as much as possible, and only local grown meats in moderation, all growers are threatened by the new food safety rules, the goal is to kill the small farms, i as a small independent grower can produce crops cheaper and better than any corporate vegetable farm, and i can sell to a smaller market and make a profit.
Organic factory farms are not as pure or healthy as they would have you believe.
Hug a farmer!
It doesn’t matter if you grow all of your food organically if it is done on soil that is depleted of the nutrients the plants require to make the nutrients you eat them for.
The best way to avoid lousy vitamins is to avoid pharmaceutical base stock sources. The government is busy creating bogeymen, they don’t have the resources or expertise to stop knowledgeable people from getting what they want in a free market.
Well said Bill Fargo
Supplement users beware: most supplements, even those found in health food stores contain GMOs – check it out for yourself if you don’t believe me. You will be hard pressed to find even one that doesn’t contain GMOs, unless they specifically say ‘organic’. Also, most major supplement providers add magnesium stearate to their supplements to keep them from sticking to the machinery. One suggestion is to buy your own vegi-caps and organic powders and make your own supplements, if you feel that you are not getting enough nutrition from the food you eat.
plants can manufacture vit, enzymes but not minerals, if the minerals aren’t in the soil then there not in the plants. I can grow pretty vegies with only NPK. the best organic soils are mineral deficient. I burn big trees on my property and use the ashes (which are the minerals the tree absorbed its whole life) to help grow my vegies.but even with that and all the organics we use , the soil is fare from perfect.
I go to a co-op, health food store, wchich has only organic foods and a nutritionist who works there full time, who is brilliant, does extensive research, knows all about each company, etc. and only buys vitamins she knows are from reputable, organic dealer.
Uhh, some of those are bad, but please tell me about zinc oxide and its toxicity? it is a source of zinc, albeit not very well absorbed, that is often lacking in children.