Letters to the Editor – June 2011

Pre-Herbal Medicine Ban Protest Letter

My health, as a chronic fatigue syndrome sufferer, constantly hangs by a thread. The availability of a full spectrum of natural supplements has kept me from becoming a shut-in for the past 31 years. Natural supplements have allowed me to work, and to remain mobile. Without them, I would become a heavy drain on the health care system.

he recent European Union Food Safety Directives, driven by the United Nations “Codex Alimentarius” program, in which users of natural supplements have had their supply cut off until they pay huge fees for sharply reduced “allowable” quantities of product, are a grave threat to me, and to all Canadians who value good health.

I demand that my access to natural foods (not genetically modified) and natural medicine NOT be cut off by a similar program here in Canada. Health Canada has already been picking off effective herbal medicines one by one – something else that needs to stop and be reversed.

Herbal medicines do not have a track record of fatalities, while pharmaceuticals do. There is simply no justification for tampering with herbal medicines, which were prescribed by doctors up until the post-World War II “pharmaceutical age.” As a young child, I remember seeing pharmacies actually compound prescribed natural medicines. Natural medicines served mankind for thousands of years, and still do in remote places. They do not need to be “tested for safety” – we, your constituents, already know that they work and work well by using, and richly benefiting from them.

We elected you. We did not elect the United Nations. This is Canada, and not some “governance region” of the U.N. Please represent us properly by acting to halt and reverse this. The cost of not doing so is going to be a huge increase in health costs at a time when health costs are already at record levels.

Eleanor White, Elliot Lake

E.U. Moves to Protect Its Citizens from Wireless Technology

Dear Vitality,

I just got this notice from someone in my network, and thought that Vitality readers would find it most interesting!    Helke Ferrie

“On April 11, 2011, a committee of the Council of Europe unanimously adopted a resolution calling for immediate action to protect the public from the harmful effects of cell phones, WiFi, baby monitors, and other wireless technologies. The resolution will be considered for adoption by the council’s full Parliamentary Assembly on May 27.

In May 2009, the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs was assigned to look into “The potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and their effect on the environment.” After two years of investigation, the committee has issued its report and adopted a resolution, recommending that:

  • Electrosensitive persons be protected by special measures, including creation of “wave-free areas not covered by the wireless network.”
  • Mobile phones, cordless phones, WiFi devices, and baby monitors be clearly labelled to indicate the presence of microwave radiation.
  • Mobile phones, cordless phones, and WiFi systems be banned from classrooms and schools.
  • Zoning measures be introduced to keep high-voltage power lines at a safe distance from dwellings.
  • The location of cell towers and WiMax antennas be determined in consultation with local residents and associations of concerned citizens.

The accompanying report summarizes the existing science. It states:

1) Recent studies “clearly show the effects of mobile telephony microwaves on plant genes.”

2) Electromagnetic waves interfere with navigation and communication in certain animals and insects.

3) Effects on livestock – cows, horses, geese, etc. – have been observed following the installation of cell towers nearby. These effects include deformed calves, cataracts, and fertility problems.

4) Recent research was performed on more than 200 people with electrosensitivity. The studies, which involved objective clinical tests done at the Association for Research and Treatments Against Cancer, proved that this syndrome does exist, with sensitivity to electromagnetic fields across the whole electromagnetic spectrum.

5) Epidemiological and clinical studies show that after relay antennas are built, people who live nearby develop sleep disorders, headaches, blood pressure problems, dizziness, skin disorders, allergies, concentration problems, and impaired attention and hyperactivity of children.

6) The ICNIRP, the European body that sets exposure standards for electromagnetic fields, is “suspected of having rather close links with the industries whose expansion is shaped by recommendations for maximum threshold values.”

7) “33% of studies funded by industrial concerns conclude that exposure to mobile telephone radio frequencies has an effect on our organism. That figure rises to over 80% in studies carried out with public funding.”

8) “There must no longer be situations where whistleblowers are discriminated against and renowned scientists with critical opinions are excluded when experts are selected to sit on expert committees or no longer receive funding for their research.”

9) Scientific studies showing negative effects of microwave frequencies on plants, insects, wildlife, farm animals, and humans “are very numerous indeed,” numbering in the thousands.

The committee’s full report and resolutions are here: https://assembly.coe.int/Documents/WorkingDocs/Doc11/EDOC12608.pdf

Contact Arthur Firstenberg, PO Box 6216, Santa Fe, NM 87502, (505) 471-0129.

Sincerely Bonita Poulin, Canadian Coordinator, GLOBAL RECOGNITION CAMPAIGN, www.mcs-global.org

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