We homeopaths practice within the alternative-complementary medicine sphere. What affects other legitimate practitioners also affects us. At this moment, medicinal herbs in the EU are at immense risk, with the vast majority of them about to become unavailable starting April Fool's Day*. (You have to wonder if that date was chosen as a nasty joke.)
All herbs from traditions not native to the EU, such as Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Korean, will be banned. Most from the Europe-based traditions will also disappear because the hoops that must be jumped through, the costs that must be borne, and a frankly antagonistic system are making it almost impossible for them to achieve approval. Since the directive was initiatied in 2004, only a handful have been able to gain approval.
On the first of April, 2011, the banning will start. Products already on store shelves may be allowed to stay, but no new ones can be added. Herbalists will not have access to them, either. Neither will Chinese and other non-EU based practitioners.
A huge portion of the alternative healthcare system will be gutted.
I started a letter-writing campaign to Members of the European Parliament, and thousands have been sent. However, the responses have generally been pathetic, with the most common one being the claim that no one is trying to take herbs away, that the directive is intended only to provide safety to the public.
Therefore, I've started a petition with the goal of reaching a million signatures, the minimum required to present it to the EU. It is focused on the specific directive involved and written in a style that's intended to be clear and specific. It is not simply a feel-good petition. It's goal-oriented.
Please, read a bit more about it and then sign this petition! After that, please get the word out to everyone you know. We are on the verge of losing our most basic rights. This isn't hyperbole. It isn't fear mongering. It's what's happening as we speak.
Anyone who thinks it isn't happening should realize that it's already happened in some places. Thailand has nearly banned garlic, turmeric, and ginger as dangerous! Only those with huge sums of money - like multinational corporations, like Big Pharma - can jump the hoops required to distribute them. That's where we're headed. Let's stop it!
Here are two links about the issue:
| Demand Access to Herbs: EU Members of Parliament Don't Care About Health Freedom.
The first link contains several links to the petition.
This is a matter of health freedom and also of basic rights. Please sign!
*Please note that the correct date is 30 April 2011. The Directive was produced in a manner that was unclear about the date that it takes full effect. The 1 April date comes from the date the Directive was passed. However, that is not its effective date. The correct date is 30 April because it's calculated as 7 years from the date it was published, rather than the date of passage.