It is time to seriously consider the THMPD–the Traditional Herbal Medicine Product Directive.  THMPD will become law as of May 1st of this year (it was passed back in 2004, but only now will be enforced) unless planned challenges block the directive.  Should it become law, it will remove literally thousands of herbal supplements from the shelves of stores throughout the European Union.

As this blog is based in the United States, and as a large chunk of my readership shares my geography (if not my opinion when it comes to homeopathy and herbal medicines), I can feel your interest in my topic of choice fading with the realization that the new law affects “them” and not “us.” But whether a reader is based in Ohio or in France, in London or in Phoenix, the overwhelming importance of what is now playing out should be enough to hold everyone’s interest.

This is all about choice, all about your choice and mine to decide what does and does not constitute appropriate medical treatment. THMPD has, to put it mildly, been controversial for the better part of a decade.  Some insist that it is a means by which all medical treatments can be simplified and made safer.  Others, myself included, insist that, far from making medicine safer, THMPD will make it all the more dangerous because when safe and effective treatments are no longer an option, more of us will have to turn our lives over to the allopaths, whose medicines have been shown again and again to be toxic and unsafe.

More important–and it is perhaps hard to conceive of something being more important than life and death through medical treatment–THMPD makes infants of us all.  It places the government in loco parentis and sends the message that lay persons are just too plan stupid to be allowed to decide the when, why and how of medical treatmenf FOR THEIR OWN BODIES.  This is a matter of the most basic human right, the right to choose the quality of one’s life, and it is not to be taken lightly.

An easy parallel to the situation at hand that illustrates why all Americans should be paying close attention and be preparing to take action is the onset of America’s involvement in World War II.  We were idiotic isolationists for way too long during the WW II era–president FDR begged Congress to agree that we should join the battle again the Axis powers.  But our government would not be moved until we were attacked directly.  And that attack so crippled us that we were ill prepared at the onset for what was to come, especially in the Asian theater.

If we don’t take action now.  If we as individuals don’t raise our voices now, both here and abroad, then we will most certainly see the day when we face the same attacks here at home.  I, for one, don’t want to give up my right to buy herbal tinctures, homeopathic remedies and Bach Flower remedies.  I don’t want to live to see the day that I have to go to some allopath’s office and pay for an office visit in order to get a prescription for Vitamin C.  Nor do I want to pay the inflated price for that Vitamin–a price that will most surely continue to rise and rise once it is put into the hands of a pharmaceutical company.  And I especially do not want homeopathic remedies to be put into the hands of allopathic doctors–those who understand their use or even their basic philosophy least are the last people who should have the keys to the medicine cabinet.

In short, if we don’t start screaming right now, we are likely, in very few years from now, to find ourselves good and THMPD.

What to do?  Start with your representatives, your Senators.  Especially your Tea Party folks who have vowed to “take back our government.”  These are the guys who made a big noise against changes in our medical care.  Let’s all make sure that one thing that is guaranteed to not change is our legal right to herbal medicine, to vitamin supplements and to homeopathic remedies.  Let’s nail those rights down right now, so that we don’t have to fight for them later on.

Here are some links for today.  The first one here is for a good article on the NGO and it’s legal attempts to block the THMPD.  And to drive things home a bit more, here is a great article from Whole Foods that will tell you about all the products that will not be available in the USA any longer is they are outlawed in the European Union.  Thought that only the French would suffer if the THMPD becomes law?  Guess again.

 

 

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