Natural Wellness Center

Integrative and Naturopathic Medicine

(808) 988-0800

Our mission is to maintain choice in the medical marketplace and educate everyone on their freedom of health rights and to explore new and alternative therapies and treatments. Whenever the U.S. government, state governments, or the pharmaceutical industry attempt to suppress the truth about alternative medical therapies and/or nutritional supplementation, we will oppose them and intervene by educating and informing the American public.

We are protecting your access to nutritional supplements.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission is a group designated by the United Nationsí World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to set international food standards. In July 2005, this commission voted to adopt specific guidelines on vitamin and mineral supplements in international trade. Although these guidelines do not restrict sales of nutritional supplements, they are a step in the wrong direction for health freedom because they call for future regulation of dosages and forms of nutritional supplements.

There is a lot of misinformation about Codex. Contrary to what you might have heard, your nutritional supplements are not about to disappear. Codex in and of itself will not change the laws in this country. However, we must remain vigilant because it could very easily affect us down the line. The Freedom of Health Foundation has and will continue to sponsor educational and legal efforts to increase awareness and take action on this very important issue.

Of equal importance are efforts underway in the US to pass legislation that would definitely restrict your access to supplements. We are working to assure that Senate bill S.1137, which would reclassify DHEA as an anabolic steroid and remove it from the market, is not passed. Our members have bombarded Washington with emails, faxes, and phone calls urging them to vote against this and other ill-conceived bills. We are committed to striking down any and all legislation that threatens your health freedom and to supporting legislation that engenders it.

We are fighting for medical freedom around the world.

We have joined the fight against the European Food Supplements Directive, which clearly endangers Europeansí access to nutritional supplements. It could eliminate hundreds of forms of nutritional supplements from the European market and dramatically limit the doses of many more. For example, vitamin C doses could be limited to 200 mg., well-studied forms of chromium (picolinate) and selenium (high-selenium yeast) forbidden, and vanadyl sulfate, which many depend on to help control their diabetes, banned outright.

We are supporting the United Kingdom-based Alliance for Natural Health (ANF) in their legal efforts to challenge the Directives. Although the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg upheld most aspects of the Directive in July 2005, the ANF scored a victory because many of the supplement bans that were expected on August 1 will not occur.

Europe is not out of the woods yet, and we will continue to support this very important work. Europe is far more despotic when it comes to medical freedom than we are here. If we can help them, this nonsense might not reach our shores.