There is now a gamut of regulatory measures being imposed by the UK government – most of it as a result of instructions from Brussels – making it increasingly difficult to get many natural products. Herbs like Boswellia (Indian Frankincense), Harpagophytum (Devil’s Claw) and the all important sunshine vitamin D, and minerals like magnesium and zinc.
According to the published scientific evidence and decades of clinical experience, many natural products do go to the root of ill health. Boswellia and many other herbs are fantastic anti-inflammatories that help the body manage its inflammatory and anti-pathogenic responses better. Many illnesses stem from a lack of vitamin D, which we become deficient in during the winter months due to lack of skin exposure to sunlight.
Counter to media claims, it is incorrect to say there’s no evidence base for the effectiveness of natural options. There are thousands of research papers – many published and in good quality journals – that have unquestionably demonstrated the benefits of many herbs. Many herbs are the subject of current investigation by drug companies.
The pharmaceutical industry’s (i.e. Big Pharma) battle to maintain supremacy in mainstream healthcare is being challenged by the effect of expiring patents for blockbuster drugs as well as the increasingly spartan new drug pipelines. They are desperately trying to manufacture synthetic analogues from natural products that can be patented in turn.
Armed by the EU with the ability to arbitrarily classify any product as a medicine, the UK’s medicines regulator (the MHRA) has been busy turning a range of herbal products that have been sold as food supplements into medicines. This is despite these herbs having no known adverse side effects. When it does this, it makes the botanical supplements illegal and prohibitively expensive drugs licences are their only option for becoming legalized.
The MHRA doesn’t allow any medicinal claims – implied or not – for unlicensed herbal supplements. This means you can’t tell the public what the product should actually be used for even if it works, has been proven to work, and causes no known side effects with the dosage ranges recommended.
Under the now disbanded UK law, the sale of unregistered medicines was allowed up to May 2011 with a sell-through of these products until the end of April 2014. Consumer choice will then be gravely impacted as a result of policing and enforcement by the MHRA. This is because the UK authorities seem happy to ditch longstanding UK laws on herbs, in favour of EU laws mandated by Brussels.
For those of us who believe in health choices, the right to natural healthcare and nutrition, and freedom to chose what we put into our bodies, as well as freedom of speech. What Doctors Don’t Tell You (WDDTY) has been the target of relentless campaigns by drug company supporters to ban supermarkets from selling it and to ban it altogether.
As WDDTY states – going to court may be the only option.