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September 07, 2004

Denmark To Eliminate Concept Of Supplements: 'They're All Medicines'

August 2004 - Danish Health Authorities have issued a proposed national "Guidance on Supplements" for public discussion which, according to MayDay, an association campaigning for freedom of choice in health matters, "is worse than any legislation we have ever seen before, as it will erase the concept of supplements, this actually means that Denmark is about to be the most totalitarian state experiment in Europe concerning health."

The Danes refer to the new definition of a "medicinal product" recently passed in the EU legislature, which declares any substance presented for preventing disease as well as substances which may be administered to human beings with a view to restoring, correcting or modifying physiological functions to be a medicinal product.
A substance could be anything from human blood to animals and their products, vegetables, micro-organisms, plants, parts of plants and even chemicals, whether natural or synthetic.
Source: The Community code relating to medicinal products for human use.

Pretty comprehensive, you say? Well, it seems like we Europeans have just declared our food supply, practically anything we'd ever want to swallow to stay healthy, to be medicinal and therefore subject to pharmaceutical control.

It's as simple as that. Anything we eat - if we eat well as the health authorities admonish us to - will serve to prevent one illness or the other, won't it? Why else would we be admonished to eat five servings of fruit and vegetables per day? But beyond that, any food and drink we consume will restore some type of physiological function in our bodies. Practically, everything we ever want to swallow to stay healthy, is potentially a pharmaceutical medicine if we are to give credence to that legal definition.

But that's crazy, you might say, no one ever will seriously seriously assert that an apple is a medicine just because one a day keeps the doctor away. Agreed, but there are many products such as supplements and herbs that pharmaceutical manufacturers eye with great envy. They help people stay healthy without side effects. They actually prevent, like simple vitamin C in gram dosages, major killer diseases. More than we can say for the majority of drugs, which, on the contrary, have become a factor in increasing death rates as shown by statistical evidence.

Nutrients and plants, extracts and concentrates from natural food sources, unlike the apple, will certainly be called a medicine and put under pharma monopolistic control, if shown to be "effective", that is, if they take business away from the sickness industry that the pharmaceutical manufacturers have built.

The phenomenon is by no means isolated to tiny Denmark. Other European countries such as Germany and Finland are reasoning along similar lines - protect pharmaceutical production - it is an important "industry". But what about our health? That industry thrives only when we are sick. Should we go so far as to lose our health in order to support an industry?

You might say no, but what can you do about it?

Alert your friends to this and other sites that write about health freedom. Make your view known to your favorite newspaper, magazine or your legislative representative. If you like to be healthy and are using nutrition and other natural means to stay so, it's time to defend your rights. One of these rights is certainly the ability to use food and nutrition to stay healthy, without pharmaceutical interference.

If you are an "operator", someone in industry or in natural health consulting, please support the Alliance for Natural Health, the only group that is taking effective steps to prevent a pharmaceutical takeover of the natural health field.

If you are a legislator or a "regulator", think about the concept of non-exclusivity of the definition of a medicine. Let me explain: We define medicine in a very wide way, so as to catch all products that should have registration. There is however considerable overlap into other - equally important - areas of products, such as foods and supplements, many of which do have the same properties as medicines. They prevent disease and they restore or correct physiological functions. (Hippocrates already said "let food be thy medicine...").

When there is a conflict between the legal concept of food and that of a medicine requiring registration, the latter is destined to win out if we consider current EU legislation. This is not correct. Food should definitely have MORE importance than medicine, unless we want to drown in a sea of sickness. Addressing only sickness and "treating" only the symptoms, pharmaceutical medicine is taking us in that direction...

See here below MayDay's alert from Denmark, and some relevant links:


Another paternalistic assault on free choice and liberty using "consumer safety" as an excuse.

The Danish Veterinary and food Administration has sent out a Guidance on dietary supplements (and herbs) as a public hearing notice, in short stating that any substance with a physiological effect is to be regarded as a medicine in the future.

This means that the concept of "dietary supplements" will soon no longer exist and that a lot of widely used and harmless dietary supplements and herbs will be disappearing from Danish health shops shelves by November 2004. Gone is the freedom of choice for the many seeking to maintain and restore good health and life quality and prevent sickness.

Such nannyism is totally unacceptable!

MayDay has long been concerned that such legislative restrictions can be expected throughout EUrope in the time to come.

MayDay invites all health freedom loving people to support our work to inform about unjust measures from government authorities and ensure free personal choice in health matters.

Please go to MayDay's website: where it is possible to sign up to be a member and/or support the Alliance for Natural Health's legal challenge of the EU Food Supplements Directive.

Danes are requested to protest against these serious restrictions writing to their favorite newspaper and/or politician and/or the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries ( plus the Danish Veterinary and food Administration (

Tamara Theresa Mosegaard
MayDay, Civil Health Rights Movement
Rundforbivej 2, Troeroed
DK - 2960 Vedbaek
Tel.: +45 4499 8898
Fax: +45 4565 0599

For more information on Health Freedom:

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by Tamara ThťrŤsa Mosegaard
March 2005
Danish legislation covering food supplements is notorious for being harsh and restrictive. Yet, as harsh and restrictive as Danish food-supplement legislation has been, at least it was limited to Denmark. That is now changing in a dramatic way as Europe adopts a virtually continent-wide set of rules and regulations governing food supplements that is extremely harsh and anti-health freedom.

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posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Tuesday September 7 2004
updated on Tuesday December 21 2010

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Supplements: EU Court Hears Case As UK Commons Debate Directive
Luxembourg - The European Court of Justice heard oral arguments yesterday in a case brought by the Alliance for Natural Health, the British Health Food Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Health Food Stores, to overturn the prohibitive provisions of the European food supplements directive. The directive, passed in 2002 for the purpose of harmonizing European laws on health products, is set to require expensive research to prove the... [read more]
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Understanding The Pharmacartel Assault On Supplements
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April 21, 2004 - Sepp Hasslberger

Food Supplements: German Risk Institute Takes Dim View
The German Federal Institute for Risk Evaluation, formerly the Federal Office for Consumer Health Protection, has established a risk assessment model for deducing maximum safe levels of nutrients provided in supplements and fortified foods, according to a recent report of The report was published in two parts, one dealing with minerals, the other with vitamins, both available in PDF format - so far only in German language (Minerals here)... [read more]
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Readers' Comments

A comment received by e-mail from Danish health freedom advocate Tamara Theresa Mosegard (MayDay):

After more than 4 months of nearly weekly misinformation about supplements, this is to tell you that "The Special Unit Food Supplements Group" under the Danish Food Administration has been in action here.

They have found that:

Only 21 out of 156 internet health products websites are meeting the criteria of health claims.
25 companies have chosen to close.
20 companies have been commanded/fined for offence against the law.
70 companies (284 products) have been notified to the Danish Medicines Agency, because the producers claims that their supplement are having an effect with certain diseases e.g. cancer and arthritis. This is not allowed, when the product is sold as a dietary supplement.
Another 28 websites are under control, but these cases are not yet closed.

"This first action shows very clearly that there is good reason in double digging through the claims of the food supplements. The "The Special Unit Food Supplements Group" and the Food regions are now reading the household delivered advertisements. You can only hope that some of these companies have learned a little about the control of their websites, because they need to be better about keeping up with the law when they want to sell supplements," says consumer minister, Henriette Kjær.

Posted by: Sepp on December 9, 2004 04:50 PM


Received by email from Tamara ThťrŤsa Mosegard of MayDay, a comment by the Danish Advocate General about the borderline between foods and medicines.

New statement by the  General Advocate about the limits between medicines and dietary supplements

The General advocate by the ECJ has come with a statement in a number of German cases concerning dietary supplements. The producers had been able to market their products legally in the Netherlands, but received a refusal from the German authorities about marketing their products in Germany, because the products were referred to as medicines.

The General Advocate in his statement thoroughly went through the definitions of supplements and medicines in the Unity Court (Fællesskabsretten), which is why it is very interesting from a Danish perspective.

About the definition of medicine the General Advocate states, that it is up to the national authorities to estimate whether a product is a medicine, but that the definition of medicines in the Pharmaceutical directive (2001/83) can be seen as authoritative, which is why the national authorities in the qualification of products as medicines are bound by this definition. This means that the member states therefore cannot qualify products as medicines from other criteria than the one given by the definition of medicines by the directive.

Concerning the limits of supplements versus medicines the General Advocate among other things states that even though it is up to the national authorities to estimate whether a product should fall under the definition of medicine, it is not allowed to let this definition include products which, according to objective criteria are [not] medicines, and that the member states by their qualification of the product must also show consideration to the evaluation of other member states considering the rules of the free movement of goods.

The General Advocate's statement is also underlining that there are limits to how far the Danish authorities may stretch the medicine's definition to limit the access of the producers of supplements to the Danish market. - Reference (link no longer active)

February, 2005

Posted by: Sepp on March 15, 2005 07:03 PM


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