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Letter from The Editor: Executive Order 13544

There used to be nothing like a good conspiracy theory.  As one who read and collected about 60 books on the Kennedy assassination before going cold turkey on the subject, I know.

To advance a conspiracy theory in the old days, you had to have a book and be deemed credible; your book had better have a thick section of footnotes.   Kennedy conspiracy theorists spent as much time cross-checking the footnotes as we did reading the books.

Today’s conspiracy theorists spent most of their time on the Internet, and in the place of footnotes, they usually link you to one or two items that are supposed to be “smoking guns” for their causes.

A new conspiracy theory popped up last week over President Obama signing Executive Order 13544 “Establishing the National, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.

When Obama signed this Executive Order June 15, it went pretty much unnoticed and reading it I can see why.   It establishes an executive panel of top bureaucrats who are going to coordinate, get input, and make recommendations, including annual reports, to the President and Congress on public health subjects.

Then last week, starting where I am not sure but libertarian Ron Paul, R-TX was right in there, it exploded on the Internet.  The conspiracy theory is that Obama’s very public order is a secret move to adopt anything that the international Codex Alimentarius wants.

That was even too much for the National Health Federation (NSF), which participates in Codex meetings to oppose any over-reaching agendas.  In a statement it said:

 “Some well-intentioned persons – hyper-sensitive to the threat of Codex to our health freedoms, a threat with which we agree – have claimed that this Executive Order is a backdoor attempt to adopt Codex Alimentarius “science-based” guidelines in the United States.

“These people point to Order Section 6(g), where it says that the Council’s report shall ‘contain specific plans to ensure that all prevention programs outside the Department of Health and Human Services are based on the science-based guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under subsection (d) of this section.’ 

“But does the use of the words “science based” mean that these guidelines are synonymous with Codex guidelines? 

“Not really.  While the Executive Order is real, it is not imposing Codex rules on the United States.  As NSF lobbyist Lee Bechtel correctly points out, ”here is no direct policy link between this Council and Codex, or with the way in which the FDA regulates food and food supplements.’

“Having said that, this 6(d) language does mention the word ‘nutrition’ as well (albeit within the context of the Healthy People 2020 program of the DHS); and nutrition is a subject of Codex. 

“As such, ‘science based’ guidelines applied here could allow a smoother interface between domestic and international food guidelines at a small contact point that they might possibly have in the future. 

“It would be akin to saying that panty-hose manufacturing techniques are related to food because the nylon fabric might someday be used in straining soup.  So, in a broader and greatly-more-general context, there is a very-small kernel of strained logic to support the belief that this is another small step towards the Codex ‘door.’

“But is it the Door itself, backdoor or otherwise?  Absolutely not.” 

Codex Alimentarius, or Codex, is a multinational standards-setting body that has an important role in world food safety.   Its role goes beyond that, of course, but if there’s going to be a world safe level set for pesticide in cherries, for example, Codex is where you go.

Most of what Codex does is pretty boring.  The conspiracy theorists, however, believe Codex is a secret plot to ban or tightly control supplements, vitamins, and basically any alternative medicine or therapy whether is from an herb or flower.

Pulling the strings, they say, is the large world pharmaceutical companies, or BIG PHARMA, which does not want any of us keeping ourselves well if they are not making a buck.

The last time this all bubbled up was in the early 1990s, and the people who believe in this conspiracy actually won a giant legislative victory.   Senator Orrin Hatch, R-UT, succeeded in 1994 in passing his Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) into Public Law 103-417.

That law guaranteed Americans the right to supplements and alternative medicine, and, according to the theorists, sent BIG PHARMA to Europe where it has supposedly had more success.

Now they say things like the vitamins and dietary supplements sold in Germany are at such low doses that they are worthless, and a French woman was supposedly arrested under drug charges for growing a herb garden.

Before telling you that any of this is true, I am waiting for the footnotes.

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  • Hankster58

    “consider and propose evidence-based models” and …..
    “set specific goals and objectives for improving the health of the United States through federally supported prevention, health promotion, and public health programs,>>>>> consistent with ongoing goal setting efforts conducted by specific agencies;<<<<<
    THAT is the telling phrase….WHO SETS THE GOALS???? WHO CONTROLS THE AGENCIES??? Conspiracy Theory?? Nope.. facts.. You don’t think they write a law to take away your choices that says ” LAW to take away your free choices” do you?? Be real, it’s all hidden in legalese gobbledegook.. but it’s in there….They’ve been after this for years, and you know it. Now, he’s doing it…. Change.. yep, for the worse!!
    Read the order, and look at the “backdoor loopholes” a lawyer could use to do what they say they won’t, it’s FULL of them!! In God we trust, but NOT big Government! LOL!! Sad, but true!

  • Anna

    If you want to know what WTO through Codex intends to do, just look at the countries that have adopted it. Start with Germany & Australia and see how they have been affected.

  • Cathy

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Also, this whole executive order thing is becoming an outrage. It is more like a “dictator decrees”. It is a way to bypass the Constitution. The very fact that the author writes: “Then last week, starting where I am not sure but libertarian Ron Paul, R-TX was right in there, it exploded on the Internet…” shows what this is about. Any time, anywhere they can mention RP within a sentence that some unsuspecting soul could put a negative to RP name is a clear sign that this is just another troll out there trying to shred the Constitution of the Republic of the United States. Ron Paul more likely is the last great hope of the American people and everyone should be very wary of anyone who speaks ill of him. Why? Because he is the ONLY person in Washington who honors and lives by the oath he took when he went to Washington. Want to know RP go to: http://www.ronpaul.net/html/about.html Here is a brief summary of RP:
    He has never voted to raise taxes.
    He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
    He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
    He has never taken a government-paid junket.
    He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
    He voted against the Patriot Act.
    He voted against regulating the Internet.
    He voted against the Iraq war.
    He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
    He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.
    Show me anyone who denies themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars b/c it is the right thing to do and it is unconstitutional and I will show you a person we should be begging to be our president.
    I am a cancer survivor, 9 yrs., thanks to alternative medicine and I can promise you that the govt. is not looking out for your best interests when it comes to your health and healthcare.

    • Bl1955

      I voted for Ron Paul but he is not our savior, get over it Jesus is Lord and not Ron Paul. BY THE WAY did you know Ron Paul loves ear marks for his district. Yep, check it out.

  • cv

    Hey Hank, I posted a “support” to your comment. They would not post it. I guess they are afraid of truth.