Natural News 
Thursday, December 30, 2010
(NaturalNews) We’ve been covering health freedom topics with great intensity lately, and that has taken away from our typical coverage of natural cures, herbal remedies, medicinal foods and so on. Some people are asking why we’ve shifted our focus, and I want to answer those questions with clarity and determination.
It’s one thing to know HOW to use herbs and superfoods, and there’s a wealth of knowledge to be gained in that area. But it’s another thing entirely to have ACCESS to those herbs and superfoods  without being criminalized or harassed by the government  in the process. I would say that unless you have access to those healing remedies , all the knowledge in the world of how to use them makes no difference.
Our access to natural healing  remedies, superfoods and herbs  is under constant threat. For example, the FDA  has outlawed supplement companies  and food companies from offering scientifically-validated free speech about their products . If a cherry company links to a scientific study on its website, providing a scientific basis for clinical evidence that cherries can help prevent gout, for example, the FDA  sends them a threatening letter claiming they may be subjected to criminal prosecution, have their products seized, and even thrown in prison for selling “unapproved drugs.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/019366.html )
Both local and federal authorities, meanwhile, have declared war on raw milk  producers, treating them like drug  dealers with armed raids, arrests and criminal prosecutions. If milking a cow and selling that milk to your neighbor is now a federal crime, what other foods or natural  substances might the feds go after next? (It looks like they may soon outlaw the selling of breast milk!)
With the passage of the recent Food Safety Modernization Act, the FDA will be moving forward with so-called Codex Alimentarius harmonization. It’s written right into the bill text (http://www.naturalnews.com/030863_f… ). This law also requires the FDA to set up enforcement offices in foreign nations to run a global food safety  scheme that will try to pasteurize, irradiate or fumigate virtually all foods  entering the United States. This is an effort to kill these foods and destroy most of their nutritive qualities. “Safety” is just the excuse to sterilize your food .
This same law also gives the FDA authority to inspect and shut down backyard gardeners, small local famers, small greenhouse operations, people who sell items at the farmers’ market, and so on. No, these groups are not automatically exempt from the bill as was claimed by bill proponents: They must “apply” to be granted exemption by the FDA — a process requiring them to produce tax returns, safety  documentation and a pile of paperwork that the FDA can choose to declare “insufficient.”
With our health freedoms  under attack, it’s crucial that we take a stand and support our Natural Law rights (God-given rights) to grow our own food and medicine , to buy food and natural medicine, and to sell what we grow to our local neighbors and community members. All these rights are under assault by the federal government, and if we don’t work to oppose the tyrants who want to take away our access to healing  foods, herbs and supplements, we may end up living in a nation where vitamins  are outlawed (or at least the natural, food-based vitamins are), herbs are regulated off the shelves and local farmers’ markets are shut down.
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Instead of getting your food from a neighbor, you’ll have to get it from a food factory that passes the FDA’s “safety” inspections even though it’s still injecting aspartame, sodium nitrite and MSG  into its food products. (The FDA considers all those chemical food additives to be “safe,” believe it or not.)
Why protecting our freedoms is crucial to our health 
If we do nothing and stay silent, it is guaranteed that our access to natural remedies  and honest food will be stolen from us by tyrannical bureaucrats who incessantly work to protect the financial interests of Big Pharma and the sick-care industry. They don’t necessarily want you to be well. They don’t want you to buy local food. What they want is to turn consumers into cattle, where they feed you dead, processed foods and then make a fortune off the degenerative disease  that inevitably develops as a result.
What I seek to do, on the other hand, is protect our food freedoms by alerting you when those freedoms are under attack. I aim to expose the true agenda of the FDA and Big Government  tyrants who are trying to take away your raw milk, take away your access to nutritional supplements  and censor the truth about how natural remedies can prevent and even cure serious disease.
Health freedom  protection is a team effort
In addition to NaturalNews, other health freedom  organizations are also part of the leading edge of this fight: The Alliance for Natural Health (www.ANH-USA.org ), the Natural Solutions Foundation (www.HealthFreedomUSA.org ), and to some extent also sites such as the Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (www.FarmToConsumer.org ). Alex Jones even covers health freedom on his show (www.Infowars.com ), and then goes on to warn about the Fed, FEMA camps and other similar topics. Authors such as Naomi Wolf, Lew Rockwell, Ed Griffin, Dr Gary North and many others are beating the freedom drum on other fronts that are just as important (the Fed, the police state, etc.).
We are, collectively, your early warning system. We are alerting you to the very real threats that are headed your way, and we’re trying to prevent the tyrants from taking over. The TSA is now shoving their hands down your pants at the airports (who would have even imagined that a decade ago?). The FDA is threatening walnut company founders with prison time for telling the truth about the health benefits of walnuts. The DEA  is ignoring state law and raiding medicinal  marijuana dispensaries that are 100% compliant with state and local laws. The Fed is giving away trillions of dollars to foreign corporations . The President is granting health care waivers to McDonald’s and hundreds of other corporations that will be exempted from Obamacare regulations. The CDC keeps pushing flu vaccine  propaganda based on junk science while avoiding any mention of vitamin D.
Need I go on? One by one, nearly every government agency is on a power  trip, seeking to expand its power at the expense of your freedom. The tyrants are running loose in America , and if we don’t reverse this dangerous trend, there is absolutely no question where we will end up because history teaches this lesson well: A police state nation run by the wealthy elite corporatists who dictate government policy and centralize power into their own hands (while stealing it out of yours).
They want power over everything you do: What you eat, what you buy, how you save your money  (did you notice U.S. banks don’t let you save money in foreign currencies?), what you think (TV programming), what you read (don’t read Wikileaks or you’ll never get a government job!) and even how you live and die (sick-care monopoly). The government does not want you to have free choice over your body , your mind, your finances or your future. They want to control your choices while giving you the illusion of choice. Sure, go out a vote every two years and see if it really makes any difference. The corporations already run Congress. Whether you vote Republican or Democrat, they still call the shots at the top.
Can’t we just meditate our way out of this?
There are quite a number of “create your own reality” people who believe we can all just meditate our way out of this. The thinking  goes like this: Since we create our own reality, we can just sit in our rooms and imagine the world being a better place, and it will come true. I’m not trying to make fun of this position. There is merit to it, but as much as I value meditation , positive thinking and even to some extent the Law of Attraction, it is a mistranslation of those principles to think that we do not have to take a stand in the real world, from time to time, against those who would steal our freedoms from us.
What would have happened in India  if Gandhi just sat around and meditated instead of leading his people on his famous resistance  march to gather salt ? That the British Empire outlawed salt in India and forbade is people from harvesting it is very much the same as the U.S. government outlawing raw milk or dictating the operations of small family farms. We are experiencing an historical rise of tyranny  in America, and we must rise up against it or be overrun by it.
What would have happened in colonial America of Paul Revere, instead of riding his horse to warn his neighbors that the British were coming, just sat in his living room and tried to think positive thoughts instead? Quite possibly, Americans might still be British subjects today.
If you want proof of what happens when you sit around and meditate instead of taking a real-world stand against oppression and tyranny, just look at the Tibetan Buddhists. You won’t find a more peaceful, dedicated group of wise meditators anywhere on the planet. I’ve visited Buddhist temples on high mountaintops in Asia. I’ve spent time with these people face to face, and I have incredible admiration for them. I’ve read many books written by the Dalai Lama and have incorporated several Buddhists principles into my own life. But even I cannot deny the fact that the Chinese  government rolled right over them throughout mainland China, destroying their temples, arresting their priests and sending their congregation members into the gulag.
The Dalai Lama lives in exile! And why? Because the Chinese government stampeded over them. Meditation doesn’t stop bullets. And when evil is running  rampant across our lands, evil must be met with force… and then stopped cold.
I’m not faulting the Buddhists for choosing meditation over armed resistance. It is a legitimate spiritual decision to avoid violence and refuse to take part in any resistance movement, but once you choose that path, the outcome is never in doubt: Big Government will roll right over you because governments incessantly desire more power, and they will always seek to secure more power at any cost. Even if it means eradicating an entire religion.
Real action is needed to preserve liberty
So for those who believe they can sit in candle-lit rooms and meditate our way out of tyranny, I thank you  for your positive vibes, but I will not limit my own actions to such passivism. I know from my time in this world, having lived in numerous countries and spoken different languages around the world, that those who retain freedom are those who actively defend it. Eternal vigilance, as Jefferson said, is the price of freedom.
My goal with NaturalNews  is to be eternally vigilant; to help protect your food freedoms, your access to natural healing herbs and supplements, and to secure your natural law rights to grow your own food (and medicine) and sell it to your neighbors if you so choose. Your right to grow food and to engage in free commerce of your food is a “natural law” that exists as an even higher authority than the Constitution itself. It is a law of God  and nature. You are born with it. No bureaucrat, no tyrant and no government can take it away from you (but they will try).
I believe in Liberty, I believe in America’s founding principles, and I believe in the Bill of Rights. And I will fight to defend it. Nowhere in the world is there another country that is more free than America once was. This freedom is worth fighting for.
I was not so adamant about this point until recently, when Big Government began reaching down our pants at the airport  and the S.510 food safety bill passed. Today, I cannot stand by idly and do nothing while our food freedoms are threatened. Codex harmonization is on the horizon. The Department of Homeland Security has us all spying on each other at Wal-Mart. The GMO  conspiracy is very real and very powerful, and they want us all to eat their poisonous corn and soy products so that we become diseased and infertile.
I will resist this effort with every ounce of breath in my body. I will continue to work to expose the dangers of vaccines, GMOs, fluoride, MSG and other chemicals, and I will do my best to promote the healing properties of natural foods, healing herbs, superfoods and nutritional supplements.
By the way, I haven’t made this publicly known until now, but I was offered a very large sum of money to walk away from NaturalNews and sell it to a multinational corporation. I turned that down without hesitation. This has never been about money or profit. I still don’t get paid any salary for being the editor of NaturalNews. I don’t earn any royalties on the products we sell through our store — every dollar goes back into NaturalNews to expand our content, build our content base and attract new readers who also want to know the truth.
We continue to grow our reach and expand our audience by the day! Our video  site is exploding in popularity (www.Naturalnews.TV ), our news site reaches millions of readers each month, and we have a lineup of video mini-documentaries coming in 2011 that will absolutely blow your mind.
Along with people like Jesse Ventura, Alex Jones, Jonathan Emord and James Turner (and many others), we are winning the fight against tyranny. We are Journalism 2.0 — it’s the new journalism  where you can’t buy us off, you can’t control our message, and you can’t stop us because we are powered by the People who support our efforts, who believe in our mission and who absolutely will not stop until they are free.
That’s why I do what I do. That’s why I work 16 hour days and spend nearly every waking hour thinking of new ways to spread knowledge, enlightenment and a message of FREEDOM for our collective future. And that’s why I’ve been writing about health freedom rather than the specific properties of medicinal herbs and nutrients. It is crucial that we protect our natural rights to food and natural medicine, even it is means putting other projects to the side for the moment.
I thank you for your ongoing support in this mission. Our future is, in every way, worth fighting for. And with your help, we can make sure that future is one based on freedom rather than tyranny.
– Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com