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You and I have been fighting it for years. We’ve made progress, but not enough. That lack of progress is enough to discourage many activists to leave our fight and try to fight something else – perhaps an easier victory. But, as an associate of mine used to say, “Saving America is not a 9:00 to 5:00 job.” It’s never easy. But this fight MUST be won. Agenda 21 is at the root of nearly every other issue we fight. Leave the Agenda 21 fight now and America’s precious Republic will never be restored. We must renew this fight with a spirit and energy like never before. Our battle cry must be to crush Agenda 21 in 2014.

I know it’s a hard issue to understand, and even harder to explain to our friends and neighbors. We’re told it’s just an environmental issue; a land conservation policy; a sensible development policy. Sustainable…what’s wrong with that? As usual, the problem is in the details. Are we hearing the truth? What are the consequences of the policy? Can it really be so dangerous? Or, as proponents claim, is our opposition to it really just a silly, overblown conspiracy theory?

Here’s what they tell us Agenda 21 really is: “Sustainable communities encourage people to work together to create healthy communities where natural resources and historic resources are preserved, jobs are available, sprawl is contained, neighborhoods are secure, education is lifelong, transportation and health care is accessible, and all citizens have opportunities to improve the quality of their lives.”

The UN’s Brundtland Commission on Global Governance described Sustainable Development as “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future.” It’s just common sense to assure we don’t over use our resources, say proponents. If everyone will do their part, we can achieve total sustainability. We are all in this together! We are the world (everyone sing and hold hands)!

Better yet, let’s take each of these glowing ideas one at a time. How do we put such ideas into action? What are the consequences? Are we better off? Is the environment better off?

* “Sustainable communities encourage people to work together…” There certainly are members of our society who take the whole Sustainablist agenda to heart and love to get involved improving their community. They clean out river banks, collect trash along roadways, recycle, watch their thermostats, and ride their bikes whenever possible. Good for them. That’s their decision and they are free to make it.

But there are others who may have a different vision on how they want to live. Perhaps they don’t agree with the dire predictions about environmental Armageddon. How do they fit in the Agenda for the 21st Century?

They are dealt with. Their children in the public schools are pummeled with the political correctness of being proper environmental stewards. Guilt plays a huge part in that indoctrination. It’s necessary so future generations will be prepared to “work” together in their communities. In addition, in many schools now, the children are required to fulfill a certain number of hours of community service in order to qualify for their diploma. In a Sustainable world, proper attitude is at least as important as scholarship. Today’s curriculum to ensure proper citizenship is called Common Core. It is the curriculum of Agenda 21 and is intended to be “life-long.”

Cooperation from adult citizens is just as structured. Where once public meetings to discuss new policy was based on the guidelines called “Roberts Rules of Order” through which everyone got a fair chance to have their say and then a vote taken, today, we have “facilitators” trained in psychology to assure they lead a gathering in exactly the direction needed for the predetermined and desired outcome. If the facilitator is really good at his job, everyone in the meeting will believe the outcome was their idea. And those in charge hail the meeting as a huge success in which all in the community “worked together” to put these plans in place.

*…to create healthy communities…” This can mean many things. Healthy? We see the growing power of the food police today who have declared many things in our diet unhealthy. We see the Mayor of New York declaring large sodas unhealthy and banning their sale. We see fast food establishments picketed for selling fries made with grease or hamburgers that are cruel to animal rights. There are mandatory vaccinations, without which children can’t enter schools and parents are charged with child abuse.

Local governments enforce grand comprehensive plans designed to pack and stack people on top of each other in massive high rise buildings. Is that what they mean by healthy? History would show that forcing people into massive containers reduces quality of life, spreads disease and promotes violence. These aren’t healthy communities. The Russians called them Gulags.

*… Natural resources are preserved… The fear is that over consumption will bring shortages of natural resources and so the sustainable plan is to erect endless forests of windmills. That is the natural way, we are told. Man will live on the surface of the Earth doing no harm. Of course, they never seem to mention that the massive wind turbines will take more energy to build than they will ever generate in their lifetime. In addition, to bring the power online so it can be used by society requires a massive infrastructure of wires, cement, and roads. While one nuclear power plant located on ten acres can supply enough energy for a massive city, wind power would require thousands of acres of clear cut, cement wastelands. And then the power is unstable and unreliable, causing homes to grow cold or hot. And that isn’t healthy for our communities. Moreover, there is the side effect of millions of birds that are chopped up in the turbines, including “endangered” raptors like eagles. And they call that environmentally sound?

And one more question comes to mind as we lock away resources for future generations. At what point would these locked away resources ever be allowed to be used by a society so afraid of itself? Won’t there always be a future generation that might need them? Meanwhile, science keeps discovering that the dire predictions of resource depletion are outrageously overblown. It has recently been discovered that the United States has the largest oil and gas supplies in the world. Hydraulic fracturing is benign American technology that is ecologically sound and economically advantageous. But it has been deemed “unsustainable” by Sustainablists who quickly oppose any source of cheap energy. Yet, fracking stretches our energy reserves several hundred years into the future. That would certainly give science ample time to come up with new technology.

“…historic resources are preserved…” Frankly I have no idea what a historic “resource” is. But I do know that Sustainablists prey on America’s love of history as an excuse to lock away any land where once a historic person may have taken a walk. And they use it to generate massive federal grants so planners can stop development, even in towns where nothing of historic significance ever occurred. It’s a growth industry in the world of sustainable lockaways.

*…jobs are available…” What will magically happen in a Sustainable Community to suddenly create jobs that aren’t there now? Government doesn’t create jobs. Creative, driven, free people create jobs to fill needs they have discovered. No government-controlled economy would ever have created a factory that makes drink umbrellas or little pieces of plastic that go on the ends of your shoe laces. Bureaucrats don’t think that way. They only think in terms of need, urgency – bare minimum. Luxury is never part of the government plan. The fact is, Sustainable Development is one of the biggest killers of jobs. Its rules and regulation make it nearly impossible for many companies to survive. The EPA, enforcing Sustainable policies, is killing power plants, mines, farms, even, as was recently announced, bullet factories. They’re destroying economies of whole states. So where will these glorious Sustainable jobs come from? Government jobs! Perhaps the high rise apartments in the mega cities will need lots of NSA type eavesdroppers for mandatory surveillance to assure our healthy communities.

*…Sprawl is contained…” Evil sprawl — those areas of community growth where people run to escape the mega cities. In nearly every case, those new homes in their shiny developments are a place where a family first opened the front door with smiles on their faces because this was their home. They have back yards where the kids can play. They have a real sense of community. And those terrible strip malls that spring up around the new developments that supple goods and services for the new residents also create jobs and enhance the economy. Stack and pack cities are not livable if you actually believe in fresh air and a place for the kids to play. Cities are full of government drugs, disease, and inefficient use of energy and resources. Do the Sustainablists focus on stopping murders by drug cartels and beatings by gangs of illegal aliens? You never seem to hear anything about that in their plans. All of these facts were actually exposed in a report by the American Planning Association (APA) on the effects of Smart Growth. The report revealed that it doesn’t work. But that hasn’t changed the APA’s policies because Smart Growth is full of government grants. And that’s the real game – Sustainable income for Non-governmental organizations.

* “…Neighborhoods are secure…” How is this done? Massive police control? Cameras on every corner? Gun control? TSA in the subway and bus station? NSA listening in on every conversation, and computer key stroke? Security over privacy and individual choice? Certain, there is no Sustainable “freedom” in such a scheme.

* “…Transportation is accessible…” This one is easy. Public transportation. Trains for long distance, bikes for the quick run to the store. No cars. You will rarely leave the neighborhood. Imagine the hassle involved in taking the family on a trip to the beach using inconvenient train schedules? Of course, humans flocking to the beach are unsustainable, so you won’t need to imagine it. Just read about it in a history book.

*”…Healthcare accessible…” Well, we used to have accessible healthcare, then government got into the game. Perhaps you think it’s unfair to mention Obamacare in an article about Sustainable Development. Simply Google “Sustainable Medicine” and find more than 85,000 references on the subject and you will find almost all the provisions of Obamacare.

*…all citizens have the opportunity to improve the quality of their lives…”???? Really? What part above leads to improvement of the quality of life? We used to call it tyranny – now we call it quality of life. As George Orwell said in his landmark book, 1984, it’s all called doublespeak. Look around you now as Sustainable policy is being forced on us. America’s economy is in shambles and not improving. Costs of everything, especially healthcare, food, and energy are skyrocketing. These industries are the very first to be impacted by Sustainable Development. How will it improve under a policy of planned shortages and locked away resources? What or who are they counting on to pull us out? Answer: individuals who will continue to produce no matter how many shackles they lock them in. Eventually, even the most determined give up.

The Sustainablists use such innocent sounding descriptions of their plans for us. Then they deny they are even doing it, and anyone who calls them on it is labeled a fringe nut.

But there is another way to say it, a much older description of Sustainable Development that explains the motivation behind the policy in a much more direct manner: “From each according to his ability. To each according to his need.” If you recognize that quote, then you fully understand the true nature of Sustainable Development

This is their Agenda for the 21st Century. Agenda 21. Every issue we face is tied directly to it. Yet, many concerned Americas get side tracked with the latest issue of the day, be it Obama scandals, Obamacare, illegal immigration, taxes, gun control, abortion, and so forth. All of these are important issues, to be sure. And those battles must be fought. But all of them have direct ties to Agenda 21/Sustainable policy and will be stopped if Agenda 21 is stopped. Proponents of this policy seek to distract you will fringe issues to take your focus off the ball – Agenda 21.

Agenda 21 is the battle we must fight if we are to restore the Republic. This is why we must make 2014 the year we crush this nightmare. Please, don’t be distracted or discouraged if progress against it feels slow. It took decades of quiet implementation to bring us this far. It will take time to stop it. But we are winning battles and the opposition is terrified of what we are accomplishing. Stay with me in this fight. The future of freedom depends on your commitment to preserve it.





The National Health Federation at Codex Committee on Food Additives in Hong Kong


National Health Federation President Scott Tips at Codex Committee on Food Additives

National Health Federation President Scott Tips at Codex Committee on Food Additives



The National Health Federation (NHF) returned again to Asia in mid-March 2014, to attend the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) Forty-Sixth Session in Hong Kong, China. [1] Last year’s CCFA meeting, held amidst the death-smog of Beijing, yielded a great victory as NHF helped persuade the Committee to reduce neurotoxic aluminum by 50% in many food products and completely eliminate it in others.

NHF’s goal was the same this year: To eliminate more aluminum, and aspartame too, particularly based on a plethora of new studies on this killer-sweetener, some of which called for “urgent re-evaluation of aspartame[2] by international regulatory agencies (such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission) and to consider re-evaluation an urgent matter of public health.   So when the Codex Chairman parroted the party line ad nauseam, We have full acceptance of aspartame by JECFA[3]. This meeting is not about safety. Aspartame’s safety is a Global standard in a Global marketplace,” it was incredibly difficult to endure this bureaucratic ignorance.

Later, in a side admission to me by a country delegate, NHF learned that one person was threatened with having his office “torched” if he spoke out against aspartame at this CCFA meeting!  Regardless of whether this would have happened or not, NHF takes its share of risks in representing you. In a room of hundreds of country and industry delegates, NHF is oftentimes your only Voice for health and health freedom – literally.

At this meeting, you were well represented against International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) such as the Calorie Control Council (aspartame group), the International Sweeteners Association (ISA)(another aspartame front group), the International Food Additives Council (aluminum industry), and others.

Unfortunately, the CCFA meeting was again marked by greed fueling industries’ bottom line while World trade remained unfettered as most country delegates joined in a “Wall Street Wolf” frenetic elevation of commerce over health, despite Codex’s stated goal of protecting the consumer via food safety.

Codex Alimentarius (Latin for “Food Code”) opted to continue approving its Member States’ (and, importantly, their industries’) export of health-killing goods like aspartame- and aluminum-laden products, among other additives.  Even additives to food additives – all at the expense of your health.

The bustling Hong Kong harbor is the quintessential image of trade and the nicer aspect of what CCFA’s unspoken but clearly evident goal is: greed-based exports, much of it unfit for human consumption, with World Trade remaining open to neatly “harmonized” countries, which, in a nutshell, means loss of national sovereignty.

CCFA’s hot debate swirled around the infamous Note 161, a footnote to the aspartame food-additive standards, guaranteeing every country’s right to decide whether to permit the sale of toxic aspartame and at what levels.  Those industries and their country supporters (U.S., Canada, Australia) who love aspartame view Note 161 as a barrier to their Nazi-like plans for world-market conquest.  “Get rid of Note 161 and the World is ours, ours,” you can just hear them cackling.  Since NHF supports the right of countries to choose, we opposed these cacklers.

Unfortunately, Note 161 was destined for oblivion as the European Union agreed to a compromise permitting world-wide sales of aspartame-laden products under certain, prescribed circumstances (for energy-reduced foods and foods with no added sugar only).  Even those limits were too much for greedy U.S., Australia, Canada, and its aspartame-industry concubines, who demanded no restrictions whatsoever.  The debate over Note 161 continues.

The delegates were only allowed to comment on the technical necessity of food additives – not their safety. Why is aspartame technically necessary when a safe substitute could be employed? NHF President Scott Tips argued that “it’s about health and safety, not World trade,” to which Physical Working Group (pWG) Chairman Honigfort replied, We have full acceptance of aspartame by JECFA. This meeting is not about safety. Aspartame’s safety is a Global standard in a Global marketplace.

Time and again Scott Tips argued, “We can use alternative sweeteners like stevia.” But Note 161 was the key issue and the aspartame proponents were adamant that each country not have the right to decide on the sweetener issue but that we reach agreement harmonizing aspartame’s use globally.

Since Codex has considered aspartame “safe” based upon JECFA’s ignorant, outdated assessment, NHF changed tactics fighting to lower the maximum allowable level of aspartame.  Despite repeated challenges by Scott Tips, the toxin’s defenders prevailed, relying upon JECFA’s “safety” assessment as their shield.  NHF has argued at nearly every meeting that unbiased science from panels other than JECFA must be admitted to the Codex process. Even plenary-session Chairman Dr. Junshi Chen admitted that JECFA needs help getting more up-to-date studies to base their decisions upon.

ISA argued that we “need to find consensus to move forward as we have had international trade problems over this …. The bigger issue [disregarding health notwithstanding] is not moving forward.” When Scott Tips brought up the fact that we cannot just rubber stamp these standards for the sake of expediency, “moving forward,” and keeping World trade open at the expense of health, this wisdom was sacrificed in the wake of commerce chugging along to the next port with its deadly cargo.

            The bold truth is that there are untapped markets and populations to consume these poisonous additives first and then pay into the medical system later with their loss of health, even their lives.

CCFA also discussed acceptance of a “tentative” group of food additives like Advantame.  As the debate went on, JECFA admitted, “We have a real need to receive updated data on these substances.” NHF joined an electronic working group that will meet throughout this year to discuss sweeteners like just-mentioned Advantame, Sweetmyx, and others, and to further debate the successor to Note 161.  Sweetmyx, which was recently approved for use in food and beverages, is an artificial sweetener to which PepsiCo holds the exclusive rights. Watch for variations on the theme as aspartame is now simply being rebranded as AminoSweet and other attractive names.  In the largest study of its kind, new research from Iowa State reveals aspartame’s implication in increased heart-attack and stroke rates among women, occurring with two or more diet drinks daily in normally healthy, postmenopausal women. [4]

NHF was successful again this year in reducing and eliminating another aluminum food additive, finishing the work begun in Norway, and not selling out under pressure but firmly holding a steady course for health and health freedom – for you! Isn’t it time you deepened the level of your commitment to your health and health freedom? Join us at and help to underwrite research, education, and our important Codex attendance by your donation at It is your chance to make a difference to billions in the World.

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[1] The NHF delegation consisted of Scott C. Tips, as the Head of Delegation and spokesman for NHF, and Katherine A. Carroll. For the writing of this Release, Scott C. Tips provided the Note 161 and INGO written portions.  He also wrote and submitted to CCFA the NHF’s latest Conference Room Document (CRD) on aspartame based upon the research of Dr. Betty Martini, NHF’s in-house aspartame expert.  Other important research was provided by NHF Advisory Board Member Sayer Ji (of Green Med Info) and Jonathan Middleton (UK researcher).

[2] Morando S, Padovani M, Tibaldi E, Falcioni L, Manservisi F,  Belpoggi F, “The Carcinogenic Effects of Aspartame: The Urgent Need for Regulatory Re-Evaluation,” American Journal Of Industrial Medicine 57:383–397 (2014).

[3] The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Food Additives

[4]  Vyas A, et al., “Diet drink consumption and the risk of cardiovascular events: A report from the Women’s Health Initiative,” American College of Cardiology 2014.


There is a great deal of attention these days, appropriately, to autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).  It is a serious condition and deserves serious attention. But discussions continue whether an apparent increase in the disorder is due to expanding criteria and better identification, or whether there is in fact an actual increase in incidence and prevalence. This is an important question because if we are to make accurate diagnoses, develop effective treatment, and hopefully someday create preventative strategies, we need be careful to properly identify the condition. Because, as elsewhere in medicine, the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name from both clinical and research standpoints.

One example of an area where that becomes especially important is hyperlexia—children who read early. In these children it is critical to sort out “autistic-like” symptoms from “autism” because of very different treatment interventions and very different outcomes. Let me explain.

In my work with my specialty, savant syndrome, I get numerous, “I have a son or daughter who…” questions, almost daily, on my web site. These are messages from concerned parents wondering about certain unusual, but remarkable, savant-like skills including precocious music, art, or math skills for example. Sometimes the special, conspicuous ability is a startling, advanced ability to read words in a very young child, well beyond that expected at the child’s chronological age. This is usually coupled with an intense fascination with letters or numbers. This is hyperlexia.

In such precocious readers, in spite of intense preoccupation and ability with words, there are, correspondingly, significant problems in understanding and expressing verbal language. Comprehension of that which is masterfully read is often poor, and thinking is concrete and literal. There is difficulty with, and paucity of, abstract thinking. There may be some development delays and there may be some “autistic-like” behaviors and symptoms commonly associated with autism spectrum disorders as well. Those might include echolalia (repeating rather than initiating conversation), pronoun reversals, intense need to keep routines (obsession with sameness), auditory or other sensory hypersensitivity, specific intense fears, strong auditory & visual memory, and selective listening with the appearance of suspected deafness.

Usually parents of hyperlexic children, when they inquire of this web site, have had their children go through numerous evaluations, with various confusing and contradictory diagnoses such as autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified (NOS), behavior disorder, language disorder, gifted, Attention Deficit Disorder, or Asperger’s just to name a few. In other instances there is no diagnosis applied except “precociousness.” If the parent goes to the World Wide Web to learn about “hyperlexia,” as they often do, they are likely to find that “hyperlexia” is, mistakenly, always linked to autistic spectrum disorder.

But the reality is, in my experience, that there are several types of “hyperlexia” and distinguishing among the several types is critical if appropriate treatment and educational decisions are to be made. And equally important, the good news is that there are very different, positive outcomes in children with this advanced reading ability depending on the type of hyperlexia present. This fact can provide a great deal of relief to parents worried that their child’s hyperlexia is automatically a part of autistic spectrum disorder, especially of course if their child already has been given such a diagnosis.

The critical consideration is that when hyperlexia is present it should be carefully separated into three separate sub-types with special attention to separating “autistic-like” symptoms and behaviors from “autism.” To that end there are, in my experience, several types of hyperlexia to be considered.

Hyperlexia, Type I

These are very bright, neurotypical children who simply read early to the amazement of their parents, grandparents, teachers, peers, and parents of their peers. Often one or both parents have read frequently and patiently to their children. Very early the child begins to “read” the book which is actually rather prolific memorization of the book triggered by the words and pictures on the pages themselves. Soon however the child is actually reading the words in the book, rather than just memorizing them, and that reading ability can then be transferred to other books. The child is a precocious reader at that point and is reading at a first or second grade level in pre-school, kindergarten or even before. At some point, of course, most of the other children in the class catch up as they learn to read at the usual pace. This group of bright, neurotypical children who read early I classify as having hyperlexia, type I.

Hyperlexia, Type II

This is a group of children who do have hyperlexia presenting as a ‘splinter skill’ as a part of an autistic spectrum disorder. They read voraciously usually with astonishing memory for what they read, often accompanied by other memorization skills and abilities, sometimes linked with number or even calendar calculating capability. These ‘splinter skills’ are seen along with, and in the midst of, the characteristic language, social and behavioral symptoms seen in autistic spectrum disorders. They usually carry a diagnosis of autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder or pervasive developmental disorder (PPD/NOS) for example. These cases include the several sub-types of autistic disorder such as early onset, classic early infantile autism, or later onset, regressive, autism to name several. In this group it is the hyperlexia as a splinter skill that raises the “savant syndrome” questions. Clinical presentation, course of the illness and prognosis are those seen in characteristic autistic spectrum disorders. These children are appropriately diagnosed as having “autism.”

Hyperlexia, Type III

This is a less frequently recognized, and probably less common form of hyperlexia overall. These children also read early, often show striking memorization abilities, and sometimes have precocious abilities in other areas as well. They may some have “autistic-like” behaviors. For example, they may show unusual sensory sensitivity (to sounds, touch or taste.) There may be fascination with and insistence on routine with resistance to change. Unlike many autistic children, however, they tend to both seek and give affection and are generally more social, more outgoing, more interactive and less withdrawn than children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. They do tend to make eye contact and can be very interactive with persons close to them although typically they are more comfortable with adults than peers. These children are quite bright, inquisitive, and precocious overall. Interest in, and mastery of, reading coupled with the enhanced memorization ability is conspicuous and quite amazing. There may other transient “autistic-like” symptoms or behaviors, but over time the autistic-like traits, symptoms and behaviors fade and then disappear. Some characterize this as the child having “outgrown” their autism. But in my view, rather, this better outcome is because the child did not have Autistic Spectrum Disorder to begin with. The prognosis for these children, based on correspondence and follow up with many parents, is in a word, excellent.
The purpose of this article is not to discuss either autistic spectrum disorder or hyperlexia in depth. Space precludes that. Rather it is to point out that when precocious reading ability and extraordinary fascination with words presents itself in a very young child, especially when accompanied by other language or social problems that might suggest an autistic spectrum disorder, a comprehensive assessment by a knowledgeable professional team familiar with the differential diagnosis of both autistic spectrum disorder and the several forms of hyperlexia is indicated so that a diagnosis of “autism” is not inappropriately or prematurely applied.
Many parents who had inquired on my website about their child with accelerated, savant-like precocious reading ability, obtained considerable help, and relief, when, in those particular instances, the diagnostic and treatment approaches consistent with the above were followed. Especially grateful were parents when it turned out their hyperlexic child was in group III above with “autistic-like symptoms” rather than Autistic Disorder. But even parents of group II hyperlexic children were also helped, and relieved, when directed to knowledgeable resources in their community in those cases where hyperlexia was indeed a “splinter skill” in a child with autism. Hopefully, as the literature continues to evolve on hyperlexia, there will be more clarification regarding the classification of hyperlexia into its component sub-groups, and then even more resources will emerge for comprehensive evaluation and application of appropriate treatment principles to individuals in both group II and group III.
Children Who Speak Late—The Einstein Syndrome
Hyperlexia is not the only circumstance in which the distinction between “autism” and “autistic-like” symptoms is important. An almost identical circumstance is seen in some very bright children who happen to speak late. In his two books—Late-talking Children and The Einstein Syndrome, Thomas Sowell describes a number of very bright children who developed speech later than usual as having the “Einstein Syndrome” where outcome, like in hyperlexia III, was excellent but the children were given a diagnosis of “autism” along the way. Like reading early, speaking late in children can have several causes, including but not limited to autism, and a comprehensive differential diagnostic work-up is vital in making the final diagnosis and prescribing appropriate treatment and education strategies.
Often, as elsewhere in medicine, particularly in puzzling cases, it is necessary to let the “natural history of the disorder” emerge before prematurely applying a definitive diagnosis or “label” that can have important, lasting consequences. Treatment can still be applied to target symptoms, but parents or others can, in those cases, be spared the unnecessary worry and fear that their child is “autistic” when in fact the prognosis overall is quite good. In hyperlexia III sometimes the social awkwardness or aloofness are the last to fade, but often as the child moves to first or second grade, for example, much of the behavior that “looked autistic” has faded and disappeared to everyone’s relief.
In summary, several conditions can contribute to the circumstance in which children read early or speak late. Sometimes those symptoms can be associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorder—but not always. In both children who read early or speak late, a comprehensive workup by a clinician skilled in diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, and a workup by a skilled Speech and Language therapist are indicated with emphasis on differential diagnosis being careful not to apply any diagnosis prematurely. Sometimes, in difficult cases, observing the natural history of the disorder without applying a definitive label is the preferred course until the true nature of the condition reveals itself.
For further information my paper in the Wisconsin Medical Journal titled “Hyperlexia III: Separating ‘Autistic-like’ Behaviors from Autistic Disorder: Assessing Children who Read Early or Speak Late” provides more detailed discussion and examples of instances in which children read early or speak late. It can be accessed on the website on the right menu under ‘hyperlexia.”


Dr. Treffert has had a career long interest in autism and savant syndrome. He has had numerous publications and documentaries on these topics and was a consultant to the movie Rain Man. Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant is his most recent book on his work, and he also maintains a very active website at through the Wisconsin Medical Society.







Aluminum Eliminated as a Food Additive for Fish

By Scott C. Tips, NHF President
March 7, 2014

Chairman Bjorn Knudtsen and Scott Tips, 18 Feb 2014
Chairman Bjorn Knudtsen and Scott Tips, 18 Feb 2014

Despite Winter’s frosty embrace, the Sun and the Norwegians conspired to overwhelm the cold and provide a warm reception for the nearly 180 Codex delegates gathered here in Bergen, Norway in mid-February 2014 for the Thirty-third meeting of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP).
Chairman Bjorn Knudtsen – a tall drink of water but one who never seemed to look down at others – ran the CCFFP meeting very professionally and with friendliness but little slack. Although the National Health Federation (NHF) has been attending Codex meetings for nearly 20 years now, this was the first CCFFP meeting that NHF attended, primarily because it has been typically of only marginal importance to us. (We had bigger fish to fry, so to speak.)
This year, however, NHF saw an opportunity to build upon its success at the March 2013 Codex Food Additives Committee meeting in Beijing by swooping in to this Norwegian meeting and ensuring that sodium aluminum phosphate was eliminated as a food additive from fish and fish batters. NHF’s delegation – local NHF-Norway leader Ilse Van de Wiele and I – succeeded in that task and at a cheap cost, so attending the meeting was worth the $750 it cost us.
It is important to remember that the European Union (EU) is also to be thanked for the elimination of aluminum food additives from our global food standards. The NHF has worked with the EU to ensure aluminum’s removal at every opportunity and the EU delegation has been adamant that this dangerous food additive must be removed.

Radison Meeting Location NorwayRadisson Blu Hotel, Codex Meeting location

Animals Should be Treated Humanely
Codex is blind to the humane treatment of animals. It is not in the Codex mandate to even consider whether fish and other animals are treated humanely prior to slaughter. As the U.S. argued in its written submission, “Codex has a mandate to protect the health of consumers and promote fair trade practices. Animal welfare is not part of the Codex mandate (it is within the purview of the World Organization for Animal Health), so there is no rationale for including consideration of the ethics of fish slaughter in a Codex document.”

While this is technically and superficially correct, NHF argued in its own written submission that this is short-sighted thinking and a mis-application of the Codex mandate to ethical animal slaughter for the following reasons: “(1) Animals (including fish), in anticipation of imminent slaughter, will produce elevated cortisol (stress hormone) levels that spike and are then absorbed into the animal tissue; (2) Humans then will consume this cortisol, which has been shown to be detrimental to human health; and (3) Therefore, it is clearly within the Codex mandate of protecting the health of consumers that animals be slaughtered in as humane a way as possible so as to minimize cortisol and other dangerous stress compounds in animal tissue that is then consumed by consumers. Perhaps most ironically, then, the ethical treatment of animals inevitably leads to better health for those humans. Therefore, there is most definitely a rationale for including consideration of the ethics of fish slaughter in this Codex document.”
The NHF’s written submission was the only written document arguing for the “humane” handling and slaughter of animals for food. In essence, NHF argued that humane treatment of animals was in humanity’s own best interest. This paper was read by the delegates and we received some very positive feedback on it.
Ilse Van De Wiele
Ilse Van De Wiele


Carrageenan is a sulfated polysaccharide food additive derived from red seaweed and commonly used in processed foods. In its degraded form, however, it has been shown to be dangerous to human health, and is implicated in cancer. In the U.S.-chaired Working Group meeting that week, NHF also strongly argued for the elimination of carrageenan and received an open-minded reception from the WG chairman as well as others; but, in the end, we were referred to the Food Additives Committee since the CCFFP takes its direction on carrageenan from that Committee. NHF intends to address this issue there.
Other Issues
The “hot topic” issue at the meeting, however, was not aluminum but rather scallops and the development of a Code of Practice for scallop products. Much debated by the delegates, this agenda item consumed an appreciable portion of the Committee’s time and energy.

Biotoxin assays were equally at play here, and the United States delegation led the way for a compromise that will see a Codex standard for detecting biotoxins in shellfish adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission at its next meeting.

All in all, the trip was a very cost-effective success for NHF. The Committee plans to conduct electronic Working Groups to continue work on additives, histamine, and other issues in preparation for the next CCFFP session; and NHF will continue to monitor the topics that concern its members.

To become a member of the oldest, most experienced health freedom organization on the Planet- and the ONLY one able to speak at Codex for you, visit: While you’re there make a donation that will allow you to invest directly in the health of the World through NHF’s work at Codex and also locally, Statewide, and Nationally as well: The National Health Federation celebrates 60 years in January 2015 of continuous service to your family. Isn’t it time you gave back?




In the face of major offensives against your health, we need each other more than ever!

Dear Treasured NHF Family,

If my tone sounds different, it’s because I’m truly worried. We’ve been through years of Global economic downturn and turmoil, with more on the horizon. And, frankly, even as the National Health Federation – the “granddaddy” of health-freedom organizations and the ONLY ONE with a powerful seat at Codex to fight on the Global theater of war – approaches ever closer to its 60th anniversary, we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel resource-wise and we’ve lost treasured, long-term staff members in the heat of battle because of it. Is this what you want?

Trust is in short supply these days. You can’t trust Big Government or elected officials to protect your rights or privacy. You cannot trust Big Banking to protect your money. You cannot trust the Big Agricultural companies to supply you with healthy food. You cannot trust Big Pharma to protect your health.







And you certainly cannot trust the current U.S. Administration to even roll out a competent healthcare system that will provide Americans with proper, low-cost health care. In fact, sadly enough, there are not many things or people whom you can trust today. But you can trust NHF.


One of the reasons that I joined the National Health Federation when I did back in 1986 was that I knew that I could trust the Federation. And that trust continues. In all of my years with this organization, I have seen that the Federation does what it says without the sensationalism found in so many other places. The Federation is not controlled by the Power Elite. There are no vested interests. It is not beholden to industry. Instead, with its limited resources, the Federation acts to protect its members, the general public, and even the alternative-medicine and supplement industry that, in this last case, rarely appreciates what we do for them.

Let me tell you, though, it’s largely a Thankless Task!

I can only say “largely” thankless because many of you out there have been wonderful. You have thanked NHF and me for what we are doing; and more than that, you have provided us with the means to keep fighting for your health interests! That is Trust in action.

Thank you to the many who donated to our Summer fundraiser. It was more than heart-warming, it also helped us immensely at the very time when we most needed that help. Your donations helped NHF weather the severe budget cuts in the last half of 2013. You who donated are truly our heroes!

I Salute YOU!

This belt-tightening should not be happening when assaults against our health and health freedom are so voluminous they outstrip EVERY SINGLE OTHER PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGES IN OUR NEARLY 60-YEAR HISTORY ….

The National Health Federation is one of the foremost key players on the Global stage- not just local or national. Just consider all of the many health and health-freedom battles we are currently waging: Agenda 21, GMOs, water fluoridation, vaccinations out of all reason or proportion, the proliferation and overuse of prescription drugs, the elimination and “dumbing down” of supplements, the decline of honeybees and other wildlife, forest devastation because of Chemtrail fallout, bombardment with EMFs, arsenic and food additives like aspartame and aluminum, radiation from Fukushima, Big Government, Big Pharma, and Big Ag.

Now, Senator Dick Durbin wants to make your supplements more expensive!

We’re reaching a critical juncture yet again as NHF’s arch enemy – the enemy of health and health freedom – Tricky Dick Durbin has reintroduced his, or his Masters’, bill to squash supplements in the U.S. Senate, now numbered as S.1425.

Durbin’s bill is innocently called the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act but it is nothing less than another attempt to shut down the dietary-supplement industry through a series of gradually suffocating laws, rules, and regulations that will do not one ounce of good but will instead price supplements out of the reach of poor and lower-income persons, at least of those supplements that remain should his bill be enacted. Like its forerunner, this new bill will be a disaster for dietary supplements and those consumers who buy them.

Come to Papa Offit

Come to Papa Offit

Remember first how these people work. They have cleverly coupled this legislative assault with a media disinformation campaign that bombards us like leaflets from WWII bombers. Drug-industry shills such as Dr. Profit – oh, excuse me, Dr. Offit – pontificate to the World in a pseudo-authoritative prose and obviously “bought off” syntax that supplements are a pointless waste of money and bad, even dangerous, in his latest pro-drug, slam-tactic book. Sadly, this causes many who would turn to natural medicine to instead avoid such help and entrust themselves to the same conventional medical system that sees more than 120,000 deaths EACH AND EVERY YEAR in the U.S. alone – according to the U.S. Government’s own figures. As with his previous attempt, Durbin’s bill must be opposed and defeated, with a stake through its heart.

Are you going to take it lying down or will you stand with NHF to fight?

Many of you have stood by NHF for years faithfully giving and sacrificing many times when it cost you dearly. Don’t think I don’t know it. For this I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You might recall the story of the last-minute donor check for $1,000 that sent me to a very important Codex meeting where I was able to stop the Committee from reducing the recommended daily requirement for Vitamin C from a miserable 60 mg per day to an even-more abysmal 45 mg per day! That donor made all of the difference in the World; and because of him, billions of people are better off for it! That’s right – BILLIONS. He literally changed the World with his donation and so can you.

Supplements Are Already Safe

Remember, dietary supplements are already among the safest consumer products in the World. In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported zero deaths from the consumption of dietary supplements. This compares extremely favorably to FDA-approved drugs, government-licensed hospitals and government-licensed medical doctors that account for hundreds of thousands of deaths a year.

But the fight is never over fellow health-freedom fighters. Your donations are needed and I trust you’ll support NHF now more than ever before.

If you care about your health and health freedom, you will make NHF a part of your health-care plan as a key player on your team. See all of NHF’s victories at the end of this letter and then help us once again to Replenish the NHF War Chest for the upcoming Health-Freedom battles. Even though we are HEAVILY outgunned financially by the big corporate fat cats, pharmaceutical companies, and government bureaucrats spending taxpayers’ dollars, we have been able to fight effectively and constantly for your Health Freedom over the decades.


You can trust NHF to do what it takes to fight for your rights. Can we trust to help us now, when we need you the most, with a much-appreciated gift to the NHF? $50, $100, $500, $1,000 – every gift will help. Whatever you send us, please do something. Let me please hear from you today.

PayPal is easily accessed through our website. Just go to and click on the “Donate” banner on the Homepage to make a secure and safe donation by PayPal, credit card, or mail in your check today.

Thank you for caring and for trusting us,

Scott Tips
President and General Counsel, National Health Federation /

NHF President 7 years now, Food and Drug Specialist Attorney

NHF President 7 years now, Food and Drug Specialist Attorney

P.S. The NHF is the oldest, best-respected Health Freedom group fighting for your Health Freedom choices, access to dietary supplements, nutritional foods, and for the preservation of the small farmer and organic food producers. With your help, we can expand to help preserve Health Freedom in America, Canada, Europe, and around the Globe.

• March 2013 in Beijing, China: NHF spoke out at the Codex Committee on Food Additives against aluminum and other toxic food additives, achieving a 50% reduction in many aluminum compounds and total elimination of many others.
• April 2013 in Moscow, Russia: NHF argued at the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods against arsenic & Ochratoxin-A contamination. While there, NHF President Scott Tips delivered the speech on behalf of consumers worldwide to all of the Codex delegates at Codex’s 50th-anniversary celebration.
• June 2013 in Schaumburg, USA: NHF attended the Health Freedom Congress in Schaumburg, Illinois, sharing our vision with many others in attendance and then joined the Health Freedom Expo, hosting a booth where many attendees received our health-freedom message.
• July 2013 in Rome, Italy: NHF actively participated in the Codex Commission meeting in Rome, where NHF’s battle to optimize Nutrient Reference Values (i.e., recommended daily intake values) for vitamins & minerals continued.
• August 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota: NHF actively participated in the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods, where we successfully helped to get 9 out of 10 dangerous antibiotics out of the Global food supply and successfully proposed an important change to the Codex Procedural Manual to allow more flexibility with Concern Forms about vet drugs.
• September 2013 in USA and UK: NHF-UK spoke mid-month at two events, Truthjuice Birmingham and in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. In New York State, Scott Tips spoke on Codex and health freedom at the Finger Lakes Freedom Festival.

Codex Alimentarius

Codex Alimentarius

• November 2013 in Bad Soden, Germany: NHF actively participated in the Codex Nutrition Committee meeting, fighting once again to optimize the daily recommended levels of nutrients in supplements and prevent them from being reduced to the unhealthy levels proposed by Australia.
• November 2013 in Palm Springs, California: Scott Tips spoke at the American College for Alternative Medicine Convention before assembled doctors, where NHF also had a booth to educate those in attendance.
• January 2014 in Northern California: Scott Tips spoke to two GMO groups and at a college sharing health and health freedom.
• February 2014 in Bergen, Norway: NHF participated in the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products and successfully eliminated aluminum in breaded/battered fish products.
• March 2013 in Hong Kong: NHF attends the Codex Committee on Food Additives demanding that aspartame and aluminum be removed from the food and beverage supply Globally.





Last year’s Codex Committee on Food Additives meeting in Beijing, China where NHF successfully fought to keep our food and beverages free of dangerous additives.

The National Health Federation (NHF) believes that you have the right to pure food and beverages without additives, contaminants like fluoride, and chemicals. NHF believes you have the right to know what goes into your body with full disclosure and complete transparency in labeling as in the case of GMOs, Ractopamine, aspartame, and more. The National Health Federation believes that you have the right to choose whether to vaccinate or not. And the National Health Federation believes you have the right to visit the health practitioner of your own choosing, using their chosen protocols.


NHF prepares to travel once again March 17-22 to Hong Kong, armed with the latest research to present to Codex and JECFA, the scientific body advising Codex. NHF President Scott Tips will argue once more against each insinuation of more toxins, additives, and contaminants into our food and beverage supplies representing you as


Celebrate a long, illustrious adventure with the National Health Federation by joining our continuing intense efforts to preserve your health and health freedom as the battle reaches what very well may be the climax as we face off against those who are now visiting destruction upon the human race. Visit to become a member and then make a donation at We cannot do it without You! Enjoy the following contribution to the Health Freedom News magazine, the National Health Federation’s quarterly publication by guest blogger Dr. Betty Martini, NHF’s in-house aspartame expert and research advisor:



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In 1920, Prohibition was imposed upon the United States by a misguided Constitutional amendment making alcoholic beverages illegal. In the following thirteen years, criminal syndicates arose and the prison population grew by 350%.  Anyone with a copper boiler and some pipe could build a still. The moonshiners were not so careful about their recipes for Rotgut, Panther Sweat, White Lightning, and a hundred other names for danger. Everyone knew of someone who went blind, was paralyzed, or died from bootleg liquor.

The punch in alcoholic beverages comes from ethyl alcohol, a two-carbon molecule from the fermentation of natural sugars and grains. We have been given a tolerance for it in moderation, and it is even recommended in the Bible: “Drink thy wine with a merry heart, for God now accepteth thy works.“ (Ecclesiastes 9:7 and  Proverbs 31:6&7)

But Rotgut often held ethanol’s deadly brother, methanol, a single-carbon alcohol fatal in even a one-ounce dose. It comes from the fermentation of cellulose, wood. Some moonshiners, though, were not careful to separate the grain or grapes from the stalks (cellulose), just throwing everything into the vat and ignorantly filling cemeteries and hospitals.

Now the same deadly chemistry is poisoning millions of innocent victims worldwide by the makers and ignorant sellers of aspartame. Aspartame releases methanol, then formaldehyde and formic acid as you digest it. Hear what the illustrious Dr. Woodrow Monte, Ph.D, for twenty-five years Professor of Nutrition at Arizona State University, declares in his powerful new book, While Science Sleeps A Sweetener Kills:

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“Something very wrong is going on, something that is killing good people and causing untold suffering to families and communities around the world.  Never has such a high percentage of the population been afflicted with so many tragic and wasting illnesses.  In the past thirty years, a group of diseases has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and many other countries. These diseases … include multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, melanoma, and autism, a once rare birth defect. … [M]ankind endures a plague whose point of origin distinctly coincides with the Food and Drug Administration’s 1981 approval of aspartame – an artificial sweetener containing methanol, which is metabolized into deadly formaldehyde within the brain and sinew of all who consume it.”

The exquisite and pivotal laboratory work done by Professor Maria Alemany is proof conclusive that aspartame and, therefore, methanol does turn into formaldehyde within the living organism.  Dr. Alemany … clearly and unequivocally demonstrated methanol’s evolution into the formation of formaldehyde modified proteins and DNA. How strange it seems now that anyone would ever doubt that formaldehyde is produced from methanol ….”

As you digest methanol it converts to formaldehyde and formic acid. My husband’s company, American Formula Corp., supplied formic acid as an additive to formulas to strip epoxy coatings from industrial floors. It had to be added at the point of use, because if it were included in a drum of epoxy stripper, it would eat right through the container. Formic acid is also fire-ant venom.

So the menu is:  Methyl alcohol à formaldehyde

Formaldehyde à formic acid

You à The Cemetery (after you go blind).

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Reproductive Toxicant and Carcinogen

Methanol is an acknowledged reproductive toxicant. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment ruled that the safe dose of methanol is 23,000 micrograms/day – the “acceptable” dietary intake. That is what you get in a single “diet” drink. A microgram is a millionth of a gram.  A gram is 1/28th of an ounce.

Why bring up “diet” drinks? Because the sweetener in them is often aspartame.  All aspartame contains a significant quantity of methyl alcohol. So, a can of “Diet” Coke or Pepsi is your “acceptable” limit if you play football and weigh 250 pounds.  But suppose you are a 50-pound child?  Now you’re in overdose; and the long-term health consequences are nightmarish, so bad that in 1995 the FDA compiled a chart of 92 reactions, from headaches to death, gleaned from over 10,000 volunteered consumer complaints. Addiction to “diet” sodas is shown by the mountains of them stacked in supermarkets.

In 1985, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) toxicologist Dr. Adrian Gross testified to the U.S. Senate that aspartame violates the Delaney Amendment forbidding any cancer-causing ingredient from being introduced into foods. He testified that aspartame causes brain cancer and is therefore illegal.

FDA Compliance Officer Jerome Bressler authored the damning Bressler Report, identifying more cancers, such as adenocarcinoma and sarcoma, from   aspartame consumption. He asked, “If the FDA violates its own laws, who is left to protect the public?”

When aspartame’s original manufacturer, G. D. Searle Co., was investigated it was found they had filtered out data they did not want FDA to see. There is no telling how many cancers Searle found and hid. But now Searle’s sealed teratology (birth defect) studies have been found, showing methanol causes neural tube defects, in turn explaining the epidemic of autism, cleft palate, and other permanent problems. Two multi-year studies at the World-famous Italian Ramazzini Institute of Oncology confirmed it is a “multipotential carcinogen.”

Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. evaluated this research and warned:  “The study released in the European Journal of Oncology by Morando Soffritti and co-workers should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products. This was a carefully done study, which clearly demonstrated a statistically significant increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemias in rats. Both of these malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the widespread use of aspartame. … The type damage was a duplicate of that associated with cancers. Along with this most recent study, this means that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame could be responsible for developing lymphoma or leukemia.”

The late Dr. H.J. Roberts said “the hazards of methanol exposure to an infant from the breast milk of a mother drinking aspartame sodas can be profound, and if she consumed it before the infant was birthed, the consequences could be disastrous.” I have hundreds of letters from mourning mothers confirming his dire words.

Aspartame and Birth Defects
Searle’s studies on aspartame’s birth defects were damning, so they cut a deal with the FDA not to let the public see them. Before he died, Jerome Bressler pleaded with me to find these sealed studies that had been removed from his report. Thanks to Dr. Madelon Price, who worked with Dr. John Olney at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, we located the omitted material and I returned it to Mr. Bressler and put it on the web at www.mpwhi.comThese contain FDA admissions that aspartame causes birth defects.
Dr. Woodrow Monte says the neural tube defects in infants are often manifested as a grotesquely disfiguring malformation encompassing a spectrum of disorders ranging from cleft palate, through spina bifida, to the always fatal presentations of horrifically deformed skulls with exposed or missing brains. (See

Dr. Monte retrieved four additional birth-defect studies and said, “This deceit was compounded by the complacency of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration personnel, who kept secret internal memos and corporate research data from as early as 1974 that would have revealed the discovery of multiple neural tube defects in the infants of animals fed aspartame.”

Dr. Ralph Walton, a psychiatrist and researcher for 60 Minutes, showed that 92% of independent peer-reviewed studies reveal problems with aspartame. Now he is conducting a study on aspartame birth defects and asks that anyone who has ever used aspartame during pregnancy, to please contact him ( for a data form to complete, or retrieve it from

Aspartame Blindness

Aspartame’s chemical derivatives destroy the optic nerve, so you go blind. In 1986, attorney James Turner and the Community Nutrition Institute petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame because of this danger of blindness.  The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, but unfortunately politics won out over health.

In 1987, the late Dr. Morgan Raiford, ophthalmologist and specialist in methanol toxicity, observed:

“The human visual pathway admits ninety percent of our intellectual input to the brain and central nervous system. All of the learning processes are centered during one’s lifetime. The mechanism of this tragic damage to the human visual system from this product is and has been known for over a decade that visual loss takes place. When this drug enters the digestive tract, largely the upper portion, this ASPARTAME molecule spins off a by-product known as METHANOL or METHYL ALCOHOL. This product enters the blood stream and when these portions reach the highly metabolic region of the OPTIC NERVE AND RETINA, PARTIAL ATROPHY CAN AND DOES TAKE PLACE.

“The vision cannot do without oxygen and nutrition for more than ninety seconds without revealing some damage. Total loss of vision is present and there is no return. In the very early stages in which is referred to as the “wet stage,” treatment can be given and will reserve the destructive pathology to the OPTIC NERVE and RETINA. This must be in the mind of the physician and he must understand the chemical ongoing process. The writer has seen many cases where the patient was allowed to go to the degrees of blindness, as this diagnosis of OPTIC NEURITIS was rendered, as the term IDIOPATHIC NEURITIS OF OPTIC NERVE was given ….”

Dr. James Bowen, M.D., surgeon and biochemist, explains how aspartame gradually accumulates in the body so as to kill us:

“Only after longer aspartame usage does liver damage cause blood methanol levels to measurably rise because the liver mitochondria are so damaged that the liver no longer quickly processes either methyl or ethyl (drink) alcohol. Then the acute methanol poisoning is directly measurable from lab results, as the blood methanol level elevates. This entire sequence or “toxic axis” begins with your very first dose of aspartame. Both acute and chronic poisonings from this methanol toxic axis, and other additive and synergistic aspartame poisonings, steadily accumulate in the aspartame consumer.”

The Front Groups

Aspartame is big business and its profiteers form front groups with nice-sounding names such as the Calorie Control Council (CCC), which has been defending the poison for years with absolute allegiance to its sponsors. In its own words: “The Calorie Control Council, established in 1966, is an international, non-profit association representing the low-calorie and reduced-fat food and beverage industry. Today, it represents 60 manufacturers and suppliers of low-calorie, low-fat and light foods and beverages, including the manufacturers and suppliers of more than a dozen different dietary sweeteners, fat replacers and other low-calorie ingredients.” In my words: They never met a poison they didn’t like.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock exposed the CCC in a letter to The Miami Herald (April 24, 2004), “The Calorie Control Council, a front group for the NutraSweet Company, recently suggested that aspartame was safe for women to use during pregnancy, as well as by those with serious liver disease and phenylketonurics. This is the most serious breach of public trust in the history of this nation. There is not one long-term study of aspartame safety ever conducted on the offspring of pregnant women consuming aspartame. Yet, there are numerous studies indicating aspartame could pose a serious danger to both mother and infant.”

Still, the CDC / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) paper on Methyl Alcohol (Methanol) argues “methanol occurs naturally in humans, animals and plants … Foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, fermented beverages and diet soft drinks.”  What CDC/NIOSH ignores is that fruits and vegetables contain the antidote – ethanol – which takes methanol out of your body safely.  Aspartame manufacturers and their front groups cite tiny amounts of methanol in fruits to prove it is harmless, but never tell us that ethanol neutralizes it.

As the National Health Federation has noticed at Codex Alimentarius committee meetings, the aspartame front groups are ever active in protecting Codex aspartame standards despite the high cost to the public health.


We Are the Guinea Pigs

Dr. James Bowen wrote the FDA that aspartame is mass poisoning of the World. (See, citing in part Dr. H. J. Roberts, who called aspartame a global plague and authored the 1038-page medical text, “Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic.”

Dr. Monte explains in his book, While Science Sleeps:  “The entire US population has been a study group, with no knowledge or forewarning of its participation in a ghastly experiment. Using this data may be the very best way that its cancer causing potential can be determined. Toxicologists could only dream of such a large blind research population, which normally would make the job of the epidemiologist quite simple. Unfortunately many toxicologists owe their allegiances to various industrial and pharmaceutical groups who insist they waste their skills proving how safe new chemicals are rather than showing the havoc they might cause.” Welcome to the International Society of Guinea Pigs and Lab Rats!

Dr. Monte also lamented that, “The innocents who have suffered and died to unknowingly test the safety of aspartame and, thus, methanol, must not be allowed to have given their lives in vain.” Since Aspartame was released in 1981, Alzheimer deaths have increased 10,000%, Autism 2500%, and Lupus 300%, while autoimmune diseases have reached epidemic proportions. Multiple Sclerosis, Type II Diabetes, and Rheumatoid Arthritis are all out of control too.

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The Bottom Line

According to Prop 65, the safe daily dose of methanol would amount to a single diet soda. Yet, since aspartame is cumulative, even a daily soda presents a risk of cancer. FDA’s own hidden records admit aspartame causes birth defects and cancer. Three studies by Dr. Soffritti at the Ramazzini Institute show cancer risk for liver, lung, and kidney, and declare aspartame a multi-potential carcinogen.

A Harvard study, the longest and strongest according to the authors, links aspartame to cancer.  Dr. Adrian Gross, FDA toxicologist, said aspartame causes cancer.  So did twelve other toxicologists who asked the FDA to withdraw aspartame approval because of its links to cancer. Nevertheless, petitions for an aspartame ban have gone unanswered.

Perhaps Dr. Ralph Walton, former Chairman of the Center for Behavioral Medicine at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, said it best, “The FDA’s stubborn adherence to their original, and controversial, approval of aspartame is unconscionable. The public must be informed that the approvals, both in this country and Europe, are based on highly questionable industry funded research.



Women around the world want smooth, young looking, velvety, silky soft, glowing wrinkle-free skin and Mother Nature is providing them a wonderful rose hip seed oil, called Rosa Mosqueta (Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa). The name Rosa Mosqueta was given by Aboriginals. It grows in the southern slopes of the high Andes, in the pollution-free environment of Southern Chile. It has been a beauty secret of Chilean women for centuries.




Its flowers are pink and as the petals drop, the plant develops a colorful orange-red seed pod. When the seeds of these pods are pressed they release an oil exceptionally rich in unsaturated and essential fatty acids (E.F.A.s), including oleic (15-20%),  gamma linoleic (44-50%), and linolenic (30-35%), and are primarily Omega 3 and 6. Omega 6 is also known as gamma linoleic acid or G.L.A. which is needed by the body to produce compounds required to heal scar tissues and maintain a healthy looking skin. In addition to a high concentration of E.F.A.s Rosa Mosqueta oil contains trans-retinoic acid, a natural form of vitamin A. This naturally occurring compound is part of the explanation why the Rosa Mosqueta oil and cream is so effective for scarring and anti-aging pigmentation.


Medical Scientific Discovery

The unique properties of Rosa Mosqueta seed oil (RMSO) were discovered through a planned research project. A team of researchers from the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Conception, the most prestigious private university in Chile, completed a study. An oil preparation was applied on 180 people with extreme premature aging and/or scarring to the face from burns, UV damage, traumatic, post-burning or surgical scars in 1983 in order to evaluate the positive action of the oil in the skin regeneration process. The two year study focused on the cicatrizing (to heal or become healed by the formation of scar tissue) of RMSO. The results were remarkable. It was found that the oil produced an effective regeneration action on the skin, slowed down the advancement of aging, diminished the appearance of wrinkles and scarring, while restoring natural skin tone and color.

Since then, numerous clinical studies on RSMO have been completed at various universities in Chile and other universities and laboratories around the world which confirmed the therapeutic use of the oil and these results. The finding of the University of Conception opened the door for the use of the oil in cosmetics and herbal personal care products and today this wonderful oil is used World wide in the medical and cosmetic field. It is also used as an special active ingredient by many prestigious cosmetic companies in Europe, North, and Latin America successfully.

More successful research

In 1988 two researchers Dr. Berta Pareja from the Faculty of Pharmacology and Biochemistry at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru, and R. Horst Kehl of the School of Pharmacology at the University of Missouri, United States, identified the presence of retinoic acid as the component and active factor responsible for the remarkable pharmacological properties of the oil. Retinoic acid is a derivative of retinol (vitamin A) and is marked as tretinoin. The therapeutic effects of the tropical application of tretinoin in the treatment of a variety of dermatologic disorders have been well researched and recognized for over 40 years.

The most significant results have been produced in the treatment of photo-aged skin; skin damaged by excessive exposure to sunlight. Tretinoin can produce quick and positive changes in the skin without secondary side-effects because the retinoic acid contained in the oil is in a natural state as part of a complex system of unsaturated fatty acids. Therefore its action is controlled and slowly released by nature, eliminating the risk of overdoses. Their findings were published entitled “Contribution to Identification and Application of Active Components in Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa.”

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Essential fatty acids are needed to produce hormone-like substances called prostaglandins that are used to repair skin tissue. Similar results were found by doctors and researchers at the Dermatology Clinic of the University of Seville, Spain. Dr. Leonardo Rusowsky, surgeon at the Enrique Deformes Hospital in Santiago , Chile, acting as president of the corporation for aid to children with burns, has been researching the healing properties of the oil. Dr. Rusowsky has stated that it improves the texture and quality of the skin by increasing its elasticity, fattens out scarring, and improves the color of scars and surrounding skin. Rosa Mosqueta oil has healing and beauty properties well known by native Chileans for generations, and validated by scientific researchers world wide!

Here is a remarkable story

I was personally involved seventeen years ago in a burn case when I was contacted by a young women in Abbotsord, British Columbia, Canada. She had played as a child with matches and as a result received burns all over her body;  first, second, and third degree burns except luckily not on her face. She showed me the burns on her arms and legs and there was really no skin;  it looked like dark brown leather with lots of deep post-burn and traumatic scars without any flexibility. She said that she has had never a boy friend.


I told her how to use the oil first on her arms and within three to four weeks there was a remarkable improvement. One could actually see that the oil had penetrated through the three layers of her of her “leather skin” and created slowly from the inside-out new flexible skin; a miracle for both of us! After ten month using  the oil continuously on the rest of her body the results were even more astounding and even the color of her skin started to look normal. Another two months later I met her again and with tears in her eyes she told me that the skin on the rest of her body had been regenerated. She had  a boy friend for the first time, they got engaged, and are planning to get married in the near future. What a heart warming story and we both had tears in our eyes. She gave me a huge hug and her words were, “This has been a miracle for me.”  I was very happy for her.

My own personal experience with the oil is that I put it on after sunburns immediately. The next morning there were no blisters, no redness or scaling of my skin because the skin was dehydrated and absorbed the oil like a sponge.

Radiation Therapy (Radiotherapy)

Dr. Hans Harbst, head of the Radiology for the Chilean Force and Oncologist at Indisa Clinic in Santiago, Chile said: “As a radio therapist, I have worked with many patients who have been operated on.  Also the radiation to which they are exposed may produce secondary effects on the skin such as inflammation, darkening, and dermatitis. These effects are in most cases unavoidable because it is the same as when a surgeon leaves a scar when he or she operates. A radio therapist leaves a mark on the radiated area, which are not injuries as such but skin reactions. This means a problem for the patient, especially when he or she is left with marks in areas exposed to view like the face, head, or neck. I have applied RMSO on all types of skin and it acts on scars reducing hyper-pigmentation, flattering hypertrophia (bulk scars), and loosening up fibrous chords. All these effects end up in a nearly complete attenuation of scars.”


To date, Rosa Mosqueta oil has helped in the recovery of thousands, if not millions, of burn victims and is currently being used by several teams of plastic surgeons in the treatment of scars. RSMO is used today in many cosmetics and personal care products such as creams, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, and soap, etc. The most effective way to benefit from the oil is by using it as a skin rehydrator. As we age, our oil glands diminish in size and people produce ten times more oil at the age of 25 than at age 50. This condition is aggravated by climatic and environmental conditions such as dryness,air pollution, and toxicity. Due to lack of oil and depleted moisture, the skin starts to deteriorate. RMSO, with its high-absorption level, penetrates the skin almost instantly to restore this needed moisture balance. It is important to know that histological changes, ones that cannot be observed, precede clinical manifestation, the ones that can be observed, by at least a decade and this is why PREVENTION is of paramount importance.

Summary about the effectiveness of RMSO

• Regeneration of skin cells and repair of damaged tissues
• Retards the signs of premature aging of the skin (sun and light damage)
▪ Provides excellent results in the treatment of burns, inclusive sun burns, age spots, brown, and unsightly spots
• Prevents UV sunburns as does the cream
• Reduces wrinkles or “crows feet” around the eyes, mouth, and counters the drying of the skin
• Attenuates scars (surgical, accidental, traumatic, post-burn)
• Reduces the redness or hyper-pigmentation
• Provides excellent results in treatment of skin used before and after exposed to radiotherapy
• Avoids the formation of keloid-type scars (lumps) which may appear after surgical procedure and helps to make less apparent scars left by acne or chickenpox
• Works well on stretch marks after giving birth, eczema, dry skin, thread veins, and broken capillaries
• The high content of vitamin C provides remarkable tissue rejuvenation and regeneration of the skin
• Fights the effect of photo-aging which is characterized by wrinkles, yellow heads, lax, rough leathery inelastic and/or coarse skin with spotted or hypo-pigmentation
• Very effective in the therapy of multiple military osteoma cutis of the face (a rare disease in which there is formation of bony tissue in the skin that causes deformities)                particularly when lesions are small and superficial
• Fatty acids have  very important functions in the regeneration of skin cells and repair of damaged tissues
• The oil and cream can be applied directly on the wounds for skin healing

Please note that the oil is unsuitable for use on oily skin, but most people have dry skin.

How to get the best results from using the oil and cream?

Simply apply and massage a few drops of the oil or cream on your skin in the morning and evening before bedtime, using a circular motion until nothing is anymore on the surface of the skin and is totally absorbed. People who have a sensitive skin should avoid contact with the eyes and it is our experience that most people have no problems with the oil, but don’t use the cream. You can also start with the oil and than later switch to the cream.

What can you do to maintain a healthy skin?

Remember the saying, “You are what you eat?” (and I added on what you absorb). Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables daily which are rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, C, and E that protect your skin cells from oxidative damage. Taking vitamin C supplements is a good idea because it is essential for the formation of collagen and tissue repair. Zinc is essential for the production of new skin cells and certified organic pumpkin seeds are one of the best sources. Make sure that your diet contains good levels of essential fatty acids found in oily fish, fruit ,nuts, seeds, and legumes. Avoid unprotected sun exposure which causes the formation of free radicals damaging your skin cells and can even lead to skin cancer. Try to eliminate consumption of saturated fats (trans-fats, junk food), refined sugar, salt (use cane sugar and Himalayan crystal or sea salt), processed food, and food in microwave ovens, and pop drinks. Too much alcohol and coffee (caffeine can block or reduce your ability to absorb nutrients) have negative effects on your skin; avoid or quit smoking.  Never take your supplements with tea and/or coffee,  and avoid drinking tea and coffee at meal times. Furthermore it is very important to exercise every day and walking is the best exercise.


What kind of Rosa Mosqueta oil and/or cream should you buy?

When purchasing RMSO or cream always make sure that it is certified organic or organic (no pesticides and herbicides sprayed) pure oil, unblended. Blended oils do not have the high concentration of active ingredients.  The oil has to come from Chile only. The domestic varieties of rose hip oils do not have the high content of essential fatty acids which makes the original Rosa Mosqueta oil so unique and effective.

Words of Wisdom
The natural force within each of us is the greatest healer.
Hippocrates (Greek Physician 460 – 377 BC)


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Moreno Gimenez JC, Bueno J, Navas J, Camacho F, 1990, Treatment of skin ulcer using oil of mosqueta rose, Med Cutan lbero Lat Am 1990: 18(1)63-6
Valladares J., Palma M. Sandoval C, Carvajal F: Universidad de Concepcion, Concepcion: Chile. Cream of rosehip oil (Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa) 1.Formulation, preparation and first results in regeneration of damaged tissues.Anales de la Real Academia de Farmacia: Instituto de Espana.Vol 51 (2)(pp 327-332), 1985
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Klaus Ferlow, HMH, HA, author, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder of Neem Research, President of the Hearts to Health Foundations, Honorary Master Herbalist Dominion Herbal College, Professional Herbal Advocate Canadian Herbalist’s Association, Board member of the Health Action Network Society, member of the National Health Federation and International Herb Association and a number of other organizations. Co-Author of the book “7steps to dental health.”
Copyright @2004, all rights reserved,

This information is offered for its educational value only and should not be used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. Any attempt to diagnose or treat illness should come under the direction of your health care practitioner.




 In order to be classified as being free and clear of genetically engineered ingredients, sweeteners must be certified in at least one of the following categories:


♥ Organic (by an approved certification board such as the USDA, Oregon Tilth, or CCOF—California Certified Organic Farmers)


♥ Non-GMO Project Certified 

If a food product is neither of the above, its manufacturer may still be able to vouch for its non-GMO status by providing credible documentation collected from each source of its ingredients. Smaller, newer, or family-owned companies might not have the resources to become officially certified right away. Sometimes they may apply for such status but be on a waiting list, since demand for non-GMO certification is growing by leaps and bounds!

Unfortunately, the majority of sugar beet and corn crops in the United States are grown from seeds genetically engineered for herbicide resistance.  Not only has the plants’ DNA been dangerously altered or contaminated, but they can survive being sprayed with exceedingly high amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup, which remains in the food until it is consumed. Therefore, the most common sweeteners used in candy, chocolate, and other sweets today—beet sugar and corn syrup—are most likely transgenic unless organic or Non-GMO Project Certified.  The artificial sweetener Aspartame (brand names: Nutrasweet or Equal) is derived from transgenic microorganisms. Even the alternative natural sweetener Erythritol may be a culprit, as it can be produced from GMO corn. Conscious companies are making sure to only use Erythritol fermented from non-GMO corn.


On the bright side, a whole wave of natural, unprocessed, unfiltered, raw, highly nutritious, and often low-glycemic sweeteners have become available on the market. These include: Maple Syrup, Coconut Palm Sugar, Bee-Friendly Honey, Stevia, Yacon, Lucuma, Jerusalem Artichoke Nectar, Sweet Almond Flour, Xylitol, and *Agave, all of which are alternatives used by health-conscious manufacturers in desserts, chocolate, candies, and beverages. They come available in different forms: powders, crystals, and/or an original syrup (ie. the sap of a plant or tree). Keep in mind that the less processing, the better. For example, buying “green leaf Stevia” is more nutritious than the white granulated version. Yacon is more pure in its original form—a dark, thick syrup—since additives are used to convert it to powder.  (*A credible source recommends avoiding Agave syrup–derived from Mexican cactus and a by-product of Tequila–as it has often been found to be adulterated or mixed with corn syrup, probably GMO.)

All of the above sweeteners can also be purchased in bulk, whether for adding to raw cacao hot chocolate, smoothies, or for use in preparing or baking your own homemade desserts. Raw food enthusiasts would recommend that the uncooked, nutrient-dense sweeteners are best consumed in their raw form in order to gain the most value for your dollar….especially since some of them can be pricey.

You can find an abundance of delicious, homemade dessert (and other) recipes using natural sweeteners and ingredients at the following website:

Shicana Lynn




Shicana Allen has been a health, environmental, and food safety advocate, writer, reporter, and public speaker for over 20 years. She has been working to stop food irradiation and genetically engineered foods since the early 1990’s, and is currently an outreach coordinator and writer with the Institute for Responsible Technology.

This article was originally published in Institute for Responsible Technology’s newsletter and is used with the express permission of the author.



Following is a list of Candy, Chocolate, & Sweetener companies who use non-genetically-engineered ingredients in some or all of their products. If you access this list directly on the following website, you can click on each brand below to view their products. Visit:


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by Shicana Allen


Once upon a time, sweets became associated with love and romance, as well as terms of endearment: sweetheart, sweetie pie, sugar lips, honey bun. However, most sugars and sweeteners on the market today have taken a deadly turn, being highly refined and processed, artificially produced, chemically induced, or genetically modified to withstand high doses of deadly pesticides. We must now be more careful than ever with the sweet treats that we shower upon our loved ones on Valentine’s Day…or any day of the year.  Here are fourteen smart ways to do just that:

  •  Go ORGANIC 

If it’s organic, it won’t be genetically modified nor contain nearly the amount of toxic, carcinogenic pesticides and herbicides. Organic foods also tend to be more nutritious. Organic certification may be displayed as on packaging as CCOF, Oregon Tilth, or USDA, amongst others.


To make sure your Valentine’s edibles have not been genetically modified, look for a certification seal on the packaging, such as that from the Non-GMO Project. Companies with this certification are listed in the non-GMO Shopping Guide, which can be accessed or downloaded for free from Product packaging may also include statements such as: “Not made with genetically engineered ingredients” or “GMO-Free.”


At the Raw Living Expo held recently in Thousand Oaks, California, dozens of vendors displayed raw packaged foods in a wide variety of forms and flavors. Superfoods, defined as those containing high amounts of immune-enhancing, energizing, or otherwise beneficial nutrients, were also prevalent throughout the exhibit halls. Overall, raw and superfood companies tend to be extremely conscious about ingredient sourcing, integrity, and quality. Not only do raw foods, which have neither been cooked nor heated above 118 degrees, maintain higher nutritional and enzyme levels, but the companies that produce them are overwhelmingly careful to use organic, non-GMO ingredients whenever possible.

  •  Go VEGAN

While vegan foods—those containing no dairy or animal products of any type—may contain GMOs, many companies which produce and package them tend to use higher quality and/or organic ingredients. The bovine growth hormone rBGH or rBST, injected into dairy cows to increase milk production, is a genetically engineered substance. (The “r” stands for recombinant.) Unfortunately, many meat substitutes derive from soy protein, the majority of which is genetically modified in the United States. It is extra important to be diligent about consuming only organic, non-GMO soy or avoiding it altogether. Fortunately, soy milk is now sharing the shelves with healthier alternatives, such as almond, hazelnut, hemp, rice, and coconut milks—none of which are approved to be GMO.


Food companies that engage in fair or ethical trade practices are often equally conscious about using more natural, organic, and/or non-GMO ingredients. The following chocolate companies all make this position clear on their product packaging:  Endangered Species, Lily’s Sweets, Alter Eco, NibMor, Theo Chocolate, and Sweet Riot. The latter’s wrapper both explains and asks for customer involvement: “Sweet Riot supports fair trade and sourcing exclusively in Latin America, which directly supports a better life for families through fair prices and direct trading. We’re building a sweet movement to save the world. A riot never happens alone; join us!”


Similar to Fair Trade, companies that engage in sustainable growing and harvesting practices will tend to use higher quality, organic, and non-GMO ingredients. On its chocolate bar wrapper, the Endangered Species company states: “We buy our cacao from small family-owned properties, helping sustain the habitats and communities that exist. 10% of net profits are donated to help support species, habitat, and humanity.” The Good Cacao company allies with the Rainforest Alliance to produce “socially responsible, functional chocolate” containing impressive superfood ingredients.

  •  Go SAVORY instead of SWEET

It’s not necessary to cater to the sweet tooth just because it’s Valentine’s Day. There are a wide variety of non-sugary treats that can be gifted and enjoyed equally well.  Nuts, seeds, chips, crackers, trail mix, and even sheets of Nori seaweed can satisfy the palate, and there are many exotic varieties and concoctions to indulge in. Wonderfully Raw Gourmet produces two kinds of raw savory snacks: Snip Chips and Brussel Bytes, artfully seasoned mixtures made from dehydrated vegetables and spices. Go Raw makes an organic Banana Bread Flax Bar that is wheat/gluten/nut-free and individually packaged for the purse or pocket. Numerous companies or distributors specializing in raw, vegan, or superfood products, such as Portland, Oregon-based, offer many tantalizing options sold in bulk and can be searched for easily online.


Unfortunately, the majority of sugar beet and corn crops in the United States today are grown from seeds genetically engineered for herbicide resistance.  Not only has the plants’ DNA been dangerously altered, but they can survive being sprayed with exceedingly high amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup, which remain in the food until it is consumed. Therefore, the most common sweeteners used in the food supply, beet sugar and corn syrup, will most likely be transgenic unless organic or non-GMO Project Certified.  The artificial sweetener Aspartame (brand names: Nutrasweet or Equal) is derived from transgenic microorganisms. Even the alternative natural sweetener Erythritol may be a culprit. On their chocolate bar wrappers, Coco Polo assures potential buyers: “Our Erythritol is naturally fermented from non-GMO corn.”


Of course, avoiding added sweeteners altogether is an excellent healthy option for Valentine’s Day. Many foods are naturally sweet even without added sugars, including dried or dehydrated fruits and vegetables. CGF brand packages the tropical Durian fruit in freeze-dried wedges that are simply to die for. My vote for most decadent unsweetened treat (though on the expensive side) is Pili Nut Butter from Polynesia, which tastes remarkably like a healthy version of Nutella. One spoonful and you’ll be hooked.


On the bright side, a whole wave of natural, unprocessed, unfiltered, raw, highly nutritious, and often low-glycemic sweeteners have become available on the market. These include: Maple Syrup, Coconut Palm Sugar, Bee-Friendly Honey, Stevia, Yacon, Lucuma, Jerusalem Artichoke Nectar, Sweet Almond Flour, Xylitol, and *Agave, all of which are alternatives used by health-conscious manufacturers in desserts, chocolate, candies, and beverages. They come available in different forms: powders, crystals, and/or as original syrup (ie. the sap of a plant or tree). Keep in mind that the less processing, the better. For example, buying “green leaf Stevia” is more nutritious than the white granulated version. Yacon is more pure in its original form—a dark, thick syrup—since additives are used to convert it to powder.  (*A credible source recommends avoiding Agave syrup–derived from Mexican cactus and a by-product of Tequila–as it has often been found to be adulterated or mixed with corn syrup, probably GMO.)


All of the above sweeteners can also be purchased in bulk, whether for adding to raw cacao hot chocolate, smoothies, or for use in preparing or baking your own homemade desserts. Raw food enthusiasts would recommend that the uncooked, nutrient-dense sweeteners are best consumed in their raw form in order to gain the most value for your dollar….especially since some of them can be pricey.


Bake or make your own treats using ingredients you’ve checked out yourself.

It’s said that there’s nothing like the taste of home cooking. It is also the most confident way of maintaining quality control and nutritional value. When it comes to indulging our loved ones on Valentine’s Day, there’s no better way to say “I Love You” than serving cake and cookies still warm from the oven. Or a nice cup of non-GMO hot chocolate on a brisk winter day. There are lots of recipes to be downloaded for free from websites dedicated to health-minded, non-GMO eating, such as on


Call the manufacturer or distributor to check out questionable ingredients on product labels. There is usually either a phone number or website address printed right on the package, but if not, a contact number or email address is easy enough to locate online. A beautiful jar of peach ginger jam that I received as a gift listed only “sugar” on its label. I called the family-owned business located in New England and was immediately assured it had been made with non-GMO cane sugar, not beet sugar. The labeling wasn’t sufficient to make a decision, so reaching out one step further gave me the information I needed. I was thrilled to be able to eat the jam after all, not to mention having the opportunity to let the company’s owner know that customers are concerned about avoiding GMOs.

  •  Support the SMALL GUY

Buy products from alternative, local, family-owned, and independent businesses. Skip those brand name sweets, snacks, and chocolates that you’ve eaten all your life. I’ve found that even the more gourmet, pricey commercial candy manufacturers are still using GMO ingredients, such as beet sugar, corn syrup, dairy, soy protein, and oils derived from canola, cottonseed, and soy.

  •   Be a SLEUTH

Investigate the aisles, counters, and displays of healthy cafés and bakeries, specialty shops, natural product stores, cooperatives, and health food markets. You never know what you’ll find. Smaller venues will often provide a place on their shelves for local manufacturers, many of whom are GMO-conscious. Just don’t forget to read the labels!


Buying produce and packaged foods at community markets, gatherings, county fairs, and festivals (such as the Raw Living Expo mentioned above) is a great way to buy fresher, to buy locally grown, and to meet the farmers, distributors, and manufacturers of the things you’ll be putting in your mouth. In addition, SAMPLES and DISCOUNTS are often abundant at such places—two simple ways to save. Many vendors have samples available for tasting pre-purchase, so even though some non-GMO, organic items may be more expensive, you just might save money in the end by not buying what you DON’T like, or buying a discounted case or quantity of what you DO like.



Become familiar with the seals for Non-GMO Project Certified, Organic Certification, and other packaging symbols that indicate fair trade or sustainable practices. Training your eye to scan for these on food packages is a quick way to determine product quality and standards, especially since product printing is often small and difficult to read. (Tip: Carry a magnifying tool or glasses with you on shopping expeditions to assist in reading labels.)


Some seals you should know:










Products with this seal have been verified by the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices, including testing of at-risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project verifies per individual product, not for an entire brand. Visit for more information on the third-party product verification program.



The USDA Organic Seal assures that at least 95% of the ingredients are organically certified.





Seals indicating organic certification by (left) California Certified Organic Farmers and (right) Organic Tilth, both competent and respected certification boards.

Oregon Tilth






The FairTrade seal indicates fair trading practices.


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The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal guarantees that cacao beans and other agricultural products are grown on farms that meet comprehensive standards for sustainable farming, protecting soil, waterways and wildlife habitat, as well as the rights and welfare of workers, their families and local communities.

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Shicana Allen has been a health, environmental, and food safety advocate, writer, reporter, and public speaker for over 20 years. She has been working to stop food irradiation and genetically engineered foods since the early 1990’s, and is currently an outreach coordinator and writer with the Institute for Responsible Technology.

Shicana Lynn








This article was originally published in Institute for Responsible Technology’s newsletter and is used with the express permission of the author.


Indian Spices

Culinary Indian spices are rising superheroes of the nutritional World. When most of us were growing up, these spices were not a regular part of many of our diets.  Today, though, they are commonly available high-profile healers of the highest order. But if history repeats itself, we can anticipate a raid on powerful molecules found in your spice rack, turning them into drugs available only by prescription or subject to unnecessary regulation. This is one of the reasons the National Health Federation (NHF) opposes Senator Dick Durbin’s Dietary Supplement Act – in this case, to protect manufacturers who encapsulate spices in therapeutic formulations designed to heal serious eye disease and more. As Codex Alimentarius has decided to add a new committee to its roster with the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) in February 2014, the potential for unnecessary regulatory control has NHF concerned.

Curcumin is the main curcuminoid of the popular Indian spice turmeric, which is currently enjoying exalted status as a true panacea for modern-day ills as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antitumor spice.  Zeaxanthin-rich saffron, the most expensive of spices at $500 a pound, is a proven star in both the Eastern and Western healing traditions for treating macular degeneration. It takes nearly 150 flowers to produce a single gram of dried saffron threads.[1] Even ordinary rosemary is being touted as one of the healing modalities for the potentially blinding diseases of macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.


Several studies of these spices have shown their effective use in the potentially blinding diseases macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and cataract development as well. In a December 2013 study, “Curcumin: Therapeutical Potential in Ophthalmology,”[2] curcumin proved itself effective against several ocular diseases, such as chronic anterior uveitis, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and dry eye syndrome. “Unfortunately, because of its low solubility and oral bioavailability, the biomedical potential of curcumin is not easy to exploit; for this reason more attention has been given to nanoparticles and liposomes, which are able to improve curcumin’s bioavailability. Pharmacologically, curcumin does not show any dose-limiting toxicity when it is administered at doses of up to 8 g/day for three months.”  Black pepper and lecithin also improve bioavailability.

But to truly impact absorption of the healing spices and creating a remedial response, restore the proper balance of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract which is potentially the greatest source of inflammation in the body. Microbial imbalance leads to increased inflammation, oxidative stress, and impaired immune response and more—which are foundational to potentially blinding eye diseases. A January 2014 study in Cell[3] researched life extension and the diseases related to age-related changes in the gut flora. When bacteria in the gut are in balance, not only is one’s life span extended, but the diseases common to the elderly decrease, leading to a higher quality of life.

From tumors and cancer to cataracts there is little turmeric cannot heal. Speaking with an Indian delegate to Codex recently, a food scientist from the Spices Board, she said that even a poultice made of turmeric and applied overnight would resolve most ulcers and abscesses on the body. Many East Indians eat pickled turmeric daily; NHF wants to ensure that it remains available as a nutritional supplement for those who don’t eat it daily as a part of their dietary pattern.

In another study from PubMed republished on GreenMedInfo’s database in 2008, diabetes was induced in rats but the subsequently administered curcumin-and-turmeric treatment appeared to have countered the hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress.[4] Blindness is a complication of diabetes. Curcumin will make an effective addition to a diabetic protocol on several counts.

In the July 2012 issue of Evidence Based Complementary Medicine, a longitudinal follow-up study of saffron supplementation in early, age-related macular degeneration reported sustained benefits to central retinal function.[5] Lastly, lowly rosemary comes to the forefront in retinal protection[6] in macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, which has no known therapeutic treatments, so this is exciting indeed.

If you don’t think the drug companies are anxious to swoop in and snatch up these ancient spices and herbs to patent them out of your reach, just look at how GlaxoSmithKline reacted in 2010 when resveratrol’s incredible healing powers were rising and its impact on multiple myeloma was creating excitement for the next super-drug.[7] Observing the incredible potential of resveratrol, GlaxoSmithKline pursued this molecule, skewing its molecular structure in order to patent what was being touted as a “poly-pill” capable of curing anything. What they most likely did not factor in was dose-dependency and ended a trial when their presumably high dose created kidney failure; they may very well have missed their aim of patenting a natural substance that still holds its place well, impacting an important cross section of diseases. But the pharmaceutical model stands as a threat to health and health freedom today as common spices are exhibiting radical healing potential on their own without the structural skewing and we have access to them directly and much more cheaply due in large part to NHF’s protective stance in regards to nutritional supplements at Codex.

It puts NHF on high alert when Codex Alimentarius decides to insinuate itself into your kitchen spice rack by adding a new Codex committee meeting in India in February 2014.[8] According to Sanjay Dave, Codex Chairman, the first meeting will be to frame strategies for quality of culinary spices and promote harmonization to facilitate World trade.  As far as the spice quality is concerned, that deals with issues like physical characteristics, uniformity in color, size, appearance, and packaging, which come under quality parameters.

Safety parameters in spices focus on pesticide residues, mycotoxin contamination, microbiological such as Salmonella, E. coli, and other contamination that is harmful to health. When these issues arise in relation to quality regulation, which again is simply addressing color, size, appearance, and packaging, they will be referred to the appropriate Codex committee responsible for them, such as the Food Labelling, Food Additives, Food Hygiene, Pesticide Residues, Contaminants, and so on, most of which the National Health Federation participates in. This initial Codex committee meeting on Culinary Spices will begin the tedious process of sorting every culinary herb into monitoring pathways handled by appropriate Codex committees on all of the issues from quality to safety. For example, the Pesticide Residue Codex Committee will determine appropriate parts per million or maximum upper limits of pesticide residues which will be adopted globally for purposes of creating harmonization in World Trade when that particular spice is exported.

According to the Spices Board of India, countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, and Netherlands have laid down cleanliness specification for spices.  The European Spice Association (ESA), comprising members of the European Union, has come out with the “quality minima for herbs and spices.” This serves as a guideline with specifications for member countries in European Union. The European Union has yet to finalize the cleanliness specification for spices and spice products.[9] It is too bad this governing body was not able to achieve a clean, relatively standardized export product without Codex involvement. So while there are some decidedly good aspects to Codex’s goal of harmonization by promoting the assurance that imported spices are clean and free from contaminants, where spices are concerned that have been proven in scientific research to heal many diseases, of the eyes in particular, NHF sees a pathway directly from the kitchen spice rack right to the revolving door of the Pharmaceutical industry in the hopes of patenting these healing spices. This will reduce the power of the average person to control their own health by using these spices for treating disease as World trade and the potential for profits and increased regulatory control at the expense of health reigns supreme.


The threat is not only drug companies lobbying to regulate common, but powerfully healing, kitchen spices but irradiation is an issue as well, which lowers the nutritional content of foods. India is having a problem currently with a lack of integrity in the cleanliness of their spices. Like China, once you gain a reputation for releasing impure product in world trade, you are forever suspect. They are wise to adopt standards and guidelines in many respects if they wish to increase their economy by trading globally. This could have been achieved apart from Codex, however, and should have been achieved nationally. But they have adopted this course and the National Health Federation intends to have a say in how it’s managed as we see the potential pitfalls and loss of control of healing spices currently labeled “culinary.”

Perhaps the most important part of the Indian spice issue is just what happened when GlaxoSmithKline tried to get a patent on resveratrol for use in diabetics. This action threatened to take a valuable healing tool out of the reach of the consumer and leave drug companies and doctors in full control of access and availability. The same could happen with the developing spice market being so effective in healing potentially blinding eye disease with curcumin, turmeric, saffron, and rosemary being potentially regulated as drugs. If NHF can stave it off, so much the better for us all who feel our eyesight is too precious to brook the interference of excessive and unnecessary regulation. NHF appreciates your support ( as we attend many Codex meetings in 2014 to protect you and your family.


[1]  See “Saffron Stamens” page on Mountain Rose Herbs website:, accessed on December 27, 2013.

[2] Pescosolido NGiannotti RPlateroti AMPascarella ANebbioso M, “Curcumin: Therapeutical Potential in Ophthalmology, ” Planta Med., 2013 Dec 9.


[3] “PGRP-SC2 Promotes Gut Immune Homeostasis to Limit Commensal Dysbiosis and Extend Lifespan” ; publishing January 12, 2014 in Cell


[4]  Suryanarayana PSaraswat MMrudula TKrishna TPKrishnaswamy KReddy GB,   National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR), Hyderabad, India, “Curcumin and turmeric delay streptozotocin-induced diabetic cataract in rats,” Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci., 2005 Jun;46(6):2092-9.

[5] Piccardi M, Marangoni D, Minnella AM, Savastano MC, Valentini P, Ambrosio L, Capoluongo E, Maccarone R, Bisti S, Falsini B, “A longitudinal follow-up study of saffron supplementation in early age-related macular degeneration: sustained benefits to central retinal function,” Evid Based Complement Alternat Med., 2012;2012:429124. doi: 10.1155/2012/429124. Epub 2012 Jul 18.

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