In my previous post I contrasted the side effects–namely the number of hospitalizations and deaths–relative to oversight and regulation of the pharmaceutical industry versus the supplements and natural products industry.

Since the relatively unregulated industry has no deaths on its conscious, you have to wonder why all the recent interest in policing them. Shouldn’t the concern and monitoring be on the industry that is responsible for more than 100K deaths?

So where is the source of this interest in overseeing the herbal and food supplements industry?

The article from bnr I quoted in my previous post blames the pharmaceutical industry for the directive: “For the producers of herbal products the EU directive is a victory of a powerful pharmaceutical lobby.” Likewise, “Jia Qian, head of the Strategic Research Group for National Traditional Chinese Medicine Development, told the Global Times that the upcoming EU ban is discrimination against TCM makers and part of their plan to protect Western medicine makers from competition.”

Both the Bulgarians (bnr) and the Chinese blame the pharmaceutical makers.  Maybe the big boys of pharma are starting to feel a bit threatened…

But let’s take a look at another opinion:

the driving force behind this Directive is a global entity entitled Codex Alimentarius Commission. […] This term actually means Food Code and the commission was set up in the early 60s in an attempt to control anything that enters our mouths, or the mouths of animals that we use for food. The commission is made of an unelected representitive (or bureaucrat) from each country and various other delegates from other corporations and organisations, many of which have corrupt Pharmaceutical, Agribusiness, Biochemical and BioTechnical interests. (NHF)

And the pharmaceutical industry is called out again (among others).

But America, don’t think you’re off the hook just yet. How many major pharma companies are based in the US? And wait: the restrictions on herbal and supplements industries aren’t just happening in the EU, the US FDA is also getting more active in regulating those industries in the States.

Maybe we should all start cowering under the poison pill of Big-Pharma.


Whether you believe the conspiracy theory or not, there is clearly a trend both in the US and in Europe toward increasing regulation in the health/herbal products industry, but the question is whether the trend is in the right direction or whether the efforts are misdirected.

So where does responsibility lie? Who is getting hurt? Who is being punished? And who are the government regulatory bodies really trying to protect? The people? The practitioners? The pharmaceutical companies? Or their own butt?

Where do you stand?