For Once, a Chance to Be Proactive
Giant pharmaceutical and agribusiness companies have powerful and very well financed lobbies. They spend a lot of money to suppress the rights of citizens to criticize them, and to use products they fear might compete with their own.
The Alliance for Natural Health spotlights this often outrageous interference with our freedom to learn about and be protected from foods and products that may be bad for us, and to learn about and use ones that might be better. ANH follows news of both positive and negative developments, and sends out action alerts, letting people participate quickly and effectively in events that could seriously effect their health.
The link above leads to an ANH alert on some exciting pending legislation. It's a heads up on something that's going to happen - but it also presents an opportunity to be proactive, and build the momentum the law will need. Here's one way to participate :
Explore the link above, and learn about the pending legislation - it's a pretty quick read. Then subscribe to the ANH Pulse of Natural Health newsletter, to be on their mailing list. When the bill comes up for consideration, you'll hear about it immediately, and be able to use ANH's straightforward procedure to add your voice in support.
To amplify your efforts, also send a link to this blog post (cut and paste : http://livingwaterswellness.weebly.com/lww-blog.html ) to your friends, and ask them to support the legislation too. Given the massive power and money big corporations bring to bear these days, this kind of timely, creative public response to an issue may be the best remedy we have !
In the meantime, I encourage you to also look at the ANH homepage, and see what they do. Write them a letter, join the organization, send them a donation if you can. They do a great public service, and I feel they truly deserve your support.
This article by Robert F Kennedy Jr. appeared recently in the The Huffington Post. Always good to see someone push back against the onslaught of smallmindedness, smallheartedness and corporate disinformation we get fed these days.
Subject : Way to go, Canada ! ! !
Canada regulators announced last week they would reject efforts by Canada's right wing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news.
Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast....any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. As a result of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in this country before Ronald Reagan abolished the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987. Political dialogue in Canada is marked by civility, modesty, honesty, collegiality, and idealism that have pretty much disappeared on the U.S. airwaves. When Stephen Harper moved to abolish anti-lying provision of the Radio Act, Canadians rose up to oppose him fearing that their tradition of honest non partisan news would be replaced by the toxic, overtly partisan, biased and dishonest news coverage familiar to American citizens who listen to Fox News and talk radio. Harper's proposal was timed to facilitate the launch of a new right wing network, "Sun TV News" which Canadians call "Fox News North."
Harper, often referred to as "George W. Bush's Mini Me," is known for having mounted a Bush like war on government scientists, data collectors, transparency, and enlightenment in general. He is a wizard of all the familiar tools of demagoguery; false patriotism, bigotry, fear, selfishness and belligerent religiosity. Harper's attempts to make lying legal on Canadian television is a stark admission that right wing political ideology can only dominate national debate through dishonest propaganda. Since corporate profit-taking is not an attractive vessel for populism, a political party or broadcast network that makes itself the tool of corporate and financial elites must lie to make its agenda popular with the public. In the Unites States, Fox News and talk radio, the sock puppets of billionaires and corporate robber barons have become the masters of propaganda and distortion on the public airwaves. Fox News's notoriously biased and dishonest coverage of the Wisconsin's protests is a prime example of the brand of news coverage Canada has smartly avoided.
Jeff Smith RN, born 1950. A registered nurse since 1984 - but holistic in my outlook to health since probably around 1968. Living Waters Wellness considers not just the health of the physical body, but our soul and spirit, our social forms, our environment - and as a matter of fact, our whole earth. It's a new website, and a work in progress - but by all means, have a look around !