Scott Tips is fighting for all of us, when he says “If Codex wants to remain relevant to consumers, then it must create food standards that are truly healthy and make sense.”
Scott C. Tips is a man I can support. As far as I know, he is the only person in the world who is actively fighting for your health. Scott works for the National Health Federation, an organization that fight for your health rights. Although I might quibble with the NHF's definition of health, I support their goals and many of their actions. I want more.
As far as I can tell, Scott Tips has, for many years, been the only 'human' representative at the meetings of CODEX, an organization of organizations of organizations, setting up worldwide standards for commerce, including the commerce of nutrition, thus health.
CODEX is a corporation of corporations. It has no interest in the health of people, only in the 'persons' who are corporations. CODEX knows nothing about health, and cares less.
CODEX defines, among other things, Nutrient Reference Values - recommend amounts of essential nutrients 'for health'. But in truth, NRVs are not defined for health, and are often defined by 'as much illness as we can tolerate'. All CODEX standards are defined by illness. There is no organization in the world that studies health and healthiness, much less a world wide organization devoted to the study of health. Someday....
Scott Tips recent report on Vitamin C, gives some insight. CODEX has for many years, discussed setting the Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for consumption of Vitamin C at 45 mg. There is danger in nonsense, and this value is nonsense.
Health is not meeting a 'minimum' need. Health, true health, is searching for the optimal intake of all nutrients, not just essential vitamins and minerals. How can we find the optimal intake? We need to look for it.
Health cannot be found by setting worldwide limits on the sale of essential nutrients to people, worldwide limits on what you can purchase. True health is found in true freedom, not in legislation designed by and designed to support goals of corporations.
Yesterday, the NHF and Scott Tips report that CODEX has agreed to set the NRV for Vitamin C at 100 mg per day, and the suggested level of 45 mg per day has disappeared from the discussion. I don't know how much the efforts of Scott helped facilitate this decision, but I applaud him for being there and reporting on the proceedings - as our the representative of the people.
If you want to learn more about CODEX, check out some of Scott's blog posts.
My hat's off to you, Scott Tips, and to the National Health Federation. Keep up the good work!
Tracy is the author of two book about healthicine: