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Editorial Issue 149

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 149 - July 2008

It is indeed shocking these days to witness the spectacle of breathtaking spin and mendacity emanating from leaders of nations – Zimbabwe, Sudan, Burma, China, even the USA and the UK,  spinning their version of  events, political, religious and humanitarian disasters, in front of international organizations and televised around the world.

Healthcare has also become a political football; the letters pages of PH are regularly devoted to updating readers about events, laws and developments with CODEX, The EU Directives on Vitamin, Mineral and Herbal Supplements, the side effects of drugs such as statins which, it is being proposed in the UK, may be routinely prescribed even to healthy individuals over the age of 50. Please read Dr Graveline MD MPH’s Treatment of Statin Damage (pages 45-47).

Exceedingly alarming developments are the proposed Canadian Bills C-51, C-52 and the Drugs Class Natural Health Regulations, which have been introduced into the Canadian House of Commons (see letters pages 44-45).

If Bill C-51 gets passed and becomes law and the Drug Class Natural Health Products Regulations obtain legislative authority, more than 70% of Canada’s Natural Health Products will be removed from Canadians, while many others will be available by prescription only. Three existing examples of ‘Prescription Dietary Food Supplements’ are larger doses of Vitamins A and D and L-Carnitine.

Bill C-51 will virtually shut down the Natural Health Industry, denying Canadians access to a wide range of non-drug, nutrient rich plant-based medicines, devices, services and override the Rule of Law, Implied Bill of Rights and other constitutional fundamental rights, freedoms and liberties of Canadians.

More than 70% of Canadians now depend on natural products to maintain or enhance their health because they offer a safer and more effective alternative to high-risk pharmaceutical drugs. Bill C-51 will ‘criminalize’ Natural Health Products including vitamins, minerals, herbs, greens drinks, carrot juice and many ‘Therapeutic’ and ‘Healthy Foods’.

The new law goes so far as to make a criminal of a person who would give another person an ‘unapproved’ amount of garlic on the recommendation that it would improve that person’s health.

If Bills C-51 and 52 becomes criminal law, under its Sec. 2, agents of the Canadian government, a foreign government, or an organization of states can, without Court oversight and/or access to any Early Dispute Resolution Review of decision process:

•    Enter private property without a warrant;
•    Confiscate property at their discretion;
•    Dispose of property at their discretion;
•    Not reimburse you for your losses;
•    Seize your bank accounts without a warrant;
•    Charge owners shipping and storage charges for seized property;
•    Store your property indefinitely;
•    Levy fines of up to $5,000,000.00 and/or seek 2 years in jail per charge;
•    Force expensive and complicated licenses on all businesses and products;
•    Close the borders to all commercial and personal use imports.
Voice your protest, send protest e-mails, download action letters and locate your MP at the following websites:

It has become perceived wisdom that we strive to live each day to the full, as though it might be our last; easier said than done, although perhaps we ought to take more heed of such advice. Certainly this was borne home to me when I was shocked to hear of the recent sudden death, at a relatively young age, of Graham Whitehead, pioneer in the Centre for Implosion Research, Vortex Water Energizers and Healing Harmonisers. We will be publishing an obituary and tribute to Graham in a forthcoming issue of PH. Graham published a seminar article Living Water in PH Issue 50: articleid=1398

However, testimony to the incredible power of the human survival is Brian Boyle’s recovery story From Deathbed to Ironman Triathlete (please see pages 16-19).

Imagine a car accident where you are hit so hard that your heart is instantly ripped across your chest, bones shattering and snapping in an instant, lungs collapsing, losing consciousness and pints of blood, life forces diminishing, the unimaginable pain, the paralysis, the chemically induced coma for two months, waking up in a room and not knowing where you are and how you arrived there, the feeling of being told that your life was over, and the indescribable agony of it all. Your doctor comes into your room everyday to check on your status and to let you know that you are one of the lucky ones. You don’t understand what they mean, and ironically the next moment a stretcher is rolled by your room with a person in a body bag on their way to the morgue and now you understand exactly what the doctor meant.

We need to be cognisant of our mortality, which may arrive unexpectedly, and fight the fight and live every day to the fullest.


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About Sandra Goodman PhD

Sandra Goodman PhD, Co-founder and Editor of Positive Health, trained as a Molecular Biology scientist in Agricultural Biotechnology in Canada and the US, focusing upon health issues since the 1980s in the UK. Author of 4 books, including Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art, Vitamin C – The Master Nutrient, Germanium: The Health and Life Enhancer and numerous articles, Dr Goodman was the lead author of the Consensus Document Nutritional and LifeStyle Guidelines for People with Cancer and compiled the Cancer and Nutrition Database for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre in 1993. Dr Goodman is passionate about making available to all people, particularly those with cancer, clinical expertise in Nutrition and Complementary Therapies. Dr Goodman was recently featured as Doctor of the Fortnight in ThinkWellness360.

Dr Goodman and long-term partner Mike Howell seek individuals with vision, resources, and organization to continue and expand the Positive Health PH Online legacy beyond the first 30 years, with facilities for training, to fund alternative cancer research, and promote holistic organizations internationally. Read about Dr Goodman and purchase Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art.  She may be contacted privately for Research, Lectures and Editorial services via:   and

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