A Thumbs Up Media Review
We Become Silent: The Last Days of Health Freedom
Kevin P. Miller
Narrated by Dame Judi Dench
Copyright 2005, www.WellTV.com
Review by Tim Boyd
In this film we are given a quick tour through Codex Alimentarius, its history and implications, all in twenty-nine minutes. If widely accepted, Codex would impose extreme restrictions on supplements and further restrict medical freedom on a global level, not just national. Americans who think this only affects Europe will not be happy to know the FDA has been quietly working to “harmonize” the U.S. with Codex.
There are several interviews of interest, but the one that I found most interesting is an interview with a high-ranking FDA official trying to explain why the anti-depressant Prozac™ was available to the public while at the time a natural alternative, the amino acid L-tryptophan, was not. This in spite of the fact that Prozac™ has thousands of documented adverse effects, while L-tryptophan has essentially none (outside of the fiasco with the Japanese chemical engineering firm Showa Denko and their late 1980s genetic engineering experiment with tryptophan production that went horribly wrong). The explanation he cobbled together was so transparently lame that even he began to realize how bad it sounded and demanded that the camera be turned off.
The thumb is pointing up for this film which makes a number of interesting points that go beyond just the issue of Codex. One insight into the nature of fear illustrates how it causes people to make very poor decisions, especially about what is truly safe. Government and industry “concern for public safety” is the most common and effective excuse used to relieve populations of their freedom. All of which leads us to the final conclusion—if we become frightened and silent, we will get the government we deserve.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2009.