To: IAHF List
Subject: Help IAHF Catalyze More Rapid Awareness of What to Do: How You Can Help
Date: 4 Mar 2004 03:52:01 -0000
Many of you on this list who have attempted to assist IAHF in sounding the alarm about the dire global importance of supporting the ANH lawsuit to overturn the EU FSD have been discouraged because most people you attempt to discuss this with are either:
1) In deep denial, or
2) Ignorant, but totally disinterested- or
3) Some combination of the two.
Rarely do we seem to encounter open minded people who see a big enough picture to grasp what is going on, especially in the USA where harmonization issues aren't nearly as real to Europeans or people in many other countries because in the USA one often has a feeling of separateness- as if things happening elsewhere in the world somehow can't impact us here.
Although nothing could be further from the truth, we're facing a steep learning curve in many people and must work together to devise new ways to try to reach people with our message because we only have 8 months now to save the dietary supplement industry- the next Codex meeting is in November- and unless we succeed- the Cartel could finalize a very restrictive Codex vitamin standard at that time, then use the WTO to pressure nations into harmonizing to it.
SO... WHAT CAN WE DO?
Right now I am working very hard with Leanne Wylett of Patients for Alternative Medicine who is located in Wenatchee, Washington in an effort to reach out to Jonathan Wright, MD near Seattle in the hopes that this high profile alternative practitioner can assist us in putting together a special program of speakers so as to CATALYZE a greater awareness of our issue to all Americans.
I just got off the phone with Rick Malter, PhD, who is going to be assisting us in reaching out to key people for this purpose, but it occurred to me to ask all of you if you might have some key contacts that you could help us with.
Do some of you have the ears of key people in the supplement industry?
Know any health food store owners or managers on a first name basis who you could help me do conference calls with?
Know any key alternative practitioners on a first name basis for this purpose?
What about owners or key people at vitamin companies?
You could really help me if you would let me know of any such contacts that you might either have or could develop, especially if you can help me via a conference call which I could set up if you give me your number and theirs.
Please try using the recent UK Observer Article as a "wake up resource"
Nearly 300 ingredients used in dietary supplements in the EU are on the chopping block due to the EU FSD. Unless we overturn the EU Food Supplement Directive, we're not going to be able to stop a draconian vitamin standard from being patterned after it at the UN's Codex Alimentarius Commission- and they could finalize a very restrictive global trade standard for vitamins in November, unless more of you help me reach out to enough key people in time to turn things around.
If Leanne and I can get the program in Seattle off the ground, we hope to videotape it and make the tapes widely available.
Someone in Canada recently told me that streaming video across the web on a pay per view basis might be another option, and he says its not too expensive or hard to do. I'm going to be getting information about this from him, but if any of you happen to have any knowledge of this, please let me know.
Please also use the Health Crusader interview as another catalytic tool for awakening people:http://www.thehealthcrusader.com/pgs/article-0104-ban.shtml
Keep in mind that I have two new articles also in the pipeline to help us down the road.
I know it seems hopeless and impossible at times, so please just remember a few key things:
1) Keep your face always towards the sun, and the shadows will fall behind you
2) Imagine that you're walking down a very long corridor filled with lots of doors such as in a Congressional or Parliamentary office building. If you try opening a door, and it won't open to you, don't worry about it, just keep walking down that hall trying OTHER doors, and only go in to those places where the door will open.
All we can do is plant seeds of awareness, then sometimes try to go back to water these seeds of awareness, but always deal in volume, otherwise you will burn out.
I learned this a long time ago, but sometimes have to remind myself of it, because sometimes I start to burn out, but I can't allow myself to do that, so sometimes I go for a walk, run, swim, hike, or to the gym to try to de-stress.
Health freedom lobbying is never easy, but it is often rewarding, not materially, but spiritually.
The herbs and vitamins we are seeking to protect from regulatory oblivion were gifts to us all from a Creator who loves us and who gave them to us for our use as healing aids.
These substances saved my life over 25 years ago, and they have saved the lives of many others too on the IAHF list, while many more have benefitted in a variety of ways, both large and small- but all were important.
So if you ever feel like its a hopeless effort to wake people up, please never forget that you're not alone. There are many people in the same boat and in time still more will open their eyes.
Patience and Perseverance are the keys to our success.
We're going to win this battle, but I need your help to do it, so if you have any key contacts that you can help me make contact with, please provide me with your phone number and theirs as well as any other useful contact details.
Also, I especially need more people in the State of Washington to help since its where I live, so if you are in BC Canada near Vancouver, or in Washington state please especially let me know.
Also, it helps my morale a lot to know what some of you are doing to awaken more people, so please let me know. Would any of you like me to put a bulletin board on the IAHF website so we can all feel more of a sense of community as we do this work?
That is something I have been considering doing, but then ended up being distracted by other things, but if enough of you request this, I'll put one on the site for all of us to use.
Keep in touch!
For Health Freedom,
John C. Hammell, President
International Advocates for Health Freedom
556 Boundary Bay Road
Point Roberts, WA 98281-8702 USA