Mandatory Vaccinations in the USA
In the UK freedom to choose whether to vaccinate your child is still a right. However in recent moves in the US, the Government was planning to make this a mandatory step for all parents. Americans voted with their feet (or more relevantly these days; their fingers), and took to the internet mobilised by the editor of Natural News demanding their human right of medical choice.
A recent USA Today online survey revealed that 92% of Americans reject vaccine coercion and forced government medical interventions on private citizens. The public overwhelmingly believes in the fundamental human right of medical choice, and no amount of verbal abuse, bigotry and threats from vaccine fanatics is going to change people’s minds. Over 100,000 signed a petition which has now stopped this action in its tracks! Hooray for Freedom of choice.
The truth cannot be censored:
• Vaccines have been proven to injure, there are schools of thought that certain genetic mutations predispose you more to vaccine damage • Vaccines currently contain toxic heavy metals, but the pharmaceutical industries refuse to eliminate this material
• Vaccines often do not work. Many outbreaks happen among children already vaccinated.
• Any system of medicine that denies individuals their human right to medical choice is not a system of medicine at all but rather promotes abuse and endorses it.
For more information about this read the petition started by Natural News
The odd couple: ASA and Trading Standards – By Adam Smith, www.herbsmith.uk
In November of 2013, the role of what the ASA bills as their ‘legal backstop’ transferred from the Office of Fair Trading to Trading Standards. A look at the recently published ‘case handling principles’ that kick in as and when the ASA refers cases to UK Trading Standards reveals a highly curious arrangement.
Curiouser and curiouser
First curiosity: the exclusivity of the arrangement. There are around 200 local Trading Standards bodies in the UK, yet only the London Borough of Camden (LBC) has a direct agreement with the ASA. That’s 0.5% of the available Trading Standards bodies, stat-lovers.
Second curiosity: when a case occurs that is outside LBC’s catchment area, LBC must negotiate with both the National Trading Standards Board and the Trading Standards Institute in the hope of getting the local Trading Standards body involved. Since the rate of ASA-inspired cases that occur outside Camden will approach 100%, we presume they’ve budgeted for plenty of late nights and biscuits. Unfortunately, even this seems unlikely, as curiosity number three sees the progress of any cases referred to Trading Standards being dependent upon funding – far from certain in an age of austerity.
Misplaced confidence? Or another ASA con job?
Despite all this, the ASA somehow declares it “unlikely” that cases will grind to a halt, before admitting that it doesn’t have a plan B if they do (“LBC, in conjunction with the NTG/NTSB, will first consider whether an alternative route not previously identified…for cases with broader market implications might be available”). Similar arrangements exist in Scotland and Northern Ireland, which F4H has yet to analyse.
A robust legal backstop this ain’t. According to these ‘case handling principles’, Trading Standards are only peripherally – we are tempted to say reluctantly – involved with the ASA. Despite doing its level best to portray itself as an arm of government, the ASA has zero statutory powers, and has merely a bizarre and entirely untested agreement with Trading Standards to back up its hot air.
Trading Standards, consumers and you
Just for the record, Trading Standards enforces two pieces of UK legislation: The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and The Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008. As they should, the consumer laws provide “rights to redress in circumstances where a trader has engaged in misleading or aggressive practices,” including 31 ‘red line’ behaviours that are always considered illegal. As an honest, upstanding practitioner, you should have nothing to fear, but take note of what number 17 says: “Falsely claiming that a product is able to cure illnesses, dysfunction or malformations.”
Products and Treatments
This touches on a vitally important area for practitioners: the area of medicinal claims. Whilst we might not agree with the way this has been done, making medicinal claims for products that aren’t licensed by the UK medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, is illegal – and the MHRA has statutory teeth, unlike the ASA. In this context, ‘products’ would cover such things as medicines, manufactured herbal products designed for over-the-counter sale, food supplements and homoeopathic remedies. This is not to say you cannot provide clients with any of these products, but you have to be aware of what you say about them – even if you know full well that they will help a certain patient. This is, of course, the absurdity of some European Union legislation that has been enacted in the UK. (We’ll come back to this at a later point.)
But what does the MHRA have to say about claims made by practitioners about themselves and their modalities? Here, there be dragons, or at least a blurry grey area on the map. But, so far as we can see, there is a lot of room for practitioners to express themselves satisfactorily. We’ll be taking a closer look into this important issue in the coming weeks. Watch this space for updates!
About the author
Adam Smith is a herbalist, naturopath and iridologist based in the Surrey/East Sussex/West Sussex/Kent borders. He practices at Holden Natural Health in Forest Row, East Sussex, 5 miles from East Grinstead.
Website (where you can make consultation bookings): www.herbsmith.uk
Kellogg’s Froot loops contact harmful glyphosate and genetically modified corn
Recent laboratory tests conducted by GMO Free USA, have found the presence of both high levels of GMOs and glyphosate herbicide in Kellogg’s Froot Loops breakfast cereal. In the UK there is a tight lid on GM food and this is beginning to creep into foods as the government wrestle with this against an EU backdrop that reverently opposes it. However this is a way that GM can get into the UK undetected and also to one of the most vulnerable areas of society, our kids!
Kellogg’s, spent millions of dollars defeating mandatory GMO labelling initiatives so it will come as no surprise as the vast majority of the company’s food products contain GMOs.
Diana Reeves, Executive Director of GMO Free USA was asked about this situation in a recent interview “We find it disturbing that Kellogg’s is feeding children unlabelled GMO and toxic herbicides,” said. “Statistics show that this is the first generation of children that are sicker than their parents.”
You can sign the petition calling on Kellogg’s to remove GMOs and pesticides from its products, as well as pursue Non-GMO Project verification, by visiting: ThePetitionSite.com
For more on this story visit http://www.naturalnews.com/048833_GMOs_glyphosate_Froot_Loops.html#ixzz3TQ59Wv1q
Hypothyroidism and a link to high fluoride added into the water in the UK
Research from the University of Kent suggests that there is a spike in the number of cases of underactive thyroid in high fluoride areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England.
A study of 98 per cent of GP practices in England found that high rates of underactive thyroid were 30 per cent more likely in areas of the greatest fluoridation.
This is against a backdrop of public health England last year stating ‘fluoride is a safe and effective’ substance.
In England, around 10 per cent of the population (6 million) live in areas with a naturally or artificially fluoridated water supply of 1 mg fluoride per litre of drinking water.
Lead author Professor Stephen Peckham, Centre for Health Service Studies, said: “I think it is concerning for people living in those areas.
“The difference between the West Midlands, which fluoridates, and Manchester, which doesn’t was particularly striking. There were nearly double the number of cases in the West Midlands.
For further information on this visit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11430087/Fluoride-in-drinking-water-may-trigger-depression-and-weight-gain-warn-scientists.html
Yoga helps with fibromyalgia and diabetes
Studies from researchers at York University in Toronto, Canada, published in the ‘Journal of Pain Research’ in September 2011 found that yoga practice reduces stress hormones (cortisol) in women with fibromyalgia. Other studies looked at Yoga helping diabetes type 2.
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