By Rob Verkerk PhD, executive and scientific director

Brexit, Trumpism and natural health

2016 has been a year of incredible change. The world is creaking under the weight of social, political and economic crisis. The ‘establishment’, the liberal left, the ruling elite – call it what you like – has been shaken to its core in ways that few of us might have imagined possible as 2015 ended just 356 days ago.

Brexit and Trumpism remind us what happens when the globalisation agenda marches on regardless, at the expense of the masses, and for the benefit of a few, especially the world’s mega-corporations. The reactions in the UK referendum and US election were all the more remarkable given the control of the media by left-leaning, pro-corporate journalists and machinery that cares not a lot about the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens. In fact, generally speaking, the system benefits from viewing the ‘hoi polloi’ or the ‘great unwashed’ as being incapable of making informed, independent decisions that are in the interests of society, let alone ourselves as individuals. The ruling elite took for granted that the people, ‘sheeple’ even, might just continue to accept unchallenged its deceptive and manipulative language carefully metered. As Orwellian as it might have become, we witnessed in 2016 events, at least in Britain and the USA, that suggested millions had had had enough. It’s not just the resurgence of the ‘populist right’ as some commentators have claimed. It’s about a very deep-seated disillusionment by a massive cross-section of society, including many of who might have previously been non-voters or thought of themselves as being apolitical.

More and more people are properly disillusioned by the establishment. More and more are gaining confidence in standing up against it. The system might pay lip service to the notion of functional democracies and freedom of choice in the West – but many have woken up to this being more of an illusion than a reality. People have become less susceptible to being programmed by the media or by politicians – programmed by someone else’s version of reality.

The choices we make in how we manage our own health cut to the centre of this issue. Are we to still accept that most of us should decay slowly under the inevitable pressure from chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and dementia? Should we just do what our pharma-trained doctors tell us and allow ourselves to become magnets for an increasing array of eye-wateringly expensive drugs that often don’t work particularly well and leave us reeling with horrendous side-effects?

For the millions of us who know differently, we don’t have to become victims of the medical establishment. We can re-empower ourselves and put ourselves in the driving seat of our own health. By working with, rather than against nature, we can achieve a quality of life in health terms that is unimaginable for those who’ve become unwittingly and unnecessarily drug-dependent.

EU Natural Health Wars 2016

We don’t like to overplay the fact that there’s a war being waged between those with a vested interest in keeping society trapped within a healthcare system that relies on pharmaceuticals, vaccines, chemotherapy and radiotherapy as its primary tools in healthcare – and the rest of us. Most of these modalities, one way or another, attack or impede the body’s intricate physiology and metabolism that have co-evolved alongside our natural environment over millennia. That’s of course why drug ‘side effects’ are par for the course. Those of us who choose to rely on natural means of healthcare present a major threat to Big Pharma that is entirely dependent on high levels of chronic disease in our society. That’s fodder for another war; a war between Big Pharma and the people who want natural health choice.

Below we present two infographics that highlight some of the most prominent events of the year. Infographic 1 looks at the European natural health ‘battlefield’. Europe has long been one of the key battlegrounds given the deep-seated passion for natural health among so many of its people, as well as it (Germany, Switzerland and France especially) being the birthplace of Big Pharma.

Infographic 1: The EU Natural Health Battlefield of 2016

As we see the effects of national rules being applied by EU Member States in the absence of any moves by the European Commission to progress its long-standing commitment to harmonise maximum levels of vitamins and minerals, it’s becoming ever clearer that it’s not just Brussels that’s the problem. When national governments become more restrictive creating a more uneven playing field, more companies – especially bigger ones – become more inclined to pull out of the EU because they can’t benefit from EU-wide harmonisation and they have less provision for mutual recognition so propagating a perverse downward spiral in trade. That’s good for GMOs (note Bayer’s position post-Monsanto buyout), but not good in the case of vitamins where high doses are required for therapeutic needs. Pharmaceuticals which benefit from EU-wide licenses (marketing authorisations) become the winners here – so it’s more important than it’s ever been that safe harbours for natural health are carved out in Europe – and that’s a major focus for our Brexit campaign.

There’s also been a lot of evidence that the EU law-making sausage machine is losing some of its previous vigour. Apart from the European Commission’s shelving of harmonisation of maximum levels of vitamins and minerals, this year’s decision by the Commission to ditch a specific regulatory regime for sports nutrition products and regulate them instead under existing EU food law is another example. Although the European Specialist Sport Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) deserves much credit for pushing this issue as hard as it has over recent years.

More and more natural health products have fallen foul of EU medicines and novel foods classifications in 2016. Homeopathy, chiropractic and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities continue to face a bashing, being kept on the margins of healthcare at best, despite 360,000 healthcare professionals practising one or more CAM modalities in Europe.

This has been an exceptionally busy year for our small and dedicated team here at ANH-Intl and our campaign highlights for 2016 are shown in Infographic 2.

Infographic 2: Campaign highlights for 2016

For those who want to see some of our main stories this year chronologically, you can dip into our month-by-month timeline that follows:


‘The Matrix’ – why we need to take combined, not isolated, nutrients

An undeniable fact: autism prevalence set to end society as we know it

HPV vaccine ‘cover-up’ allegations

Let’s break the mental health taboo in 2016

Smart meter risks in 2016: global rollout continues

Stand and let your mitochondria be counted!

The do’s and don’ts of cooking with olive and other oils

Unlocking clues to cancer: alterations in cell metabolism and microenvironment

Will complementary therapies be sidelined for the terminally ill in the UK?


Big Pharma’s new foothold in Africa: benefit or threat?

Can the Low Carb High Fat bubble be burst?

Do antioxidants help or hinder our response to exercise?

Drinking water supplies worldwide in perilous state

Germany: #BanDrugsNotFoods

Pharma domination in figures

Ten things you should know BEFORE taking statins

Time for joined up thinking in mental health?


“VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe”: new film to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival

Binge-drinking and alcohol dependence reaches new high

EU ‘in’ or ‘out’: potential impacts on natural health in the UK

European Parliament roadblock on glyphosate herbicide renewal in EU

Monsanto contaminates babies, beer — and the world

Omega 7: a key healthy saturated fat and lipid regulator

Tampon safety – what are the real risks?

The EU health claims regime

Tribeca censorship of Vaxxed – and how to beat it!

UK College of Medicine addresses Food. The Forgotten Medicine


‘Toxicity is the new normal’ says natural medicine expert Pizzorno

De Niro speaks out on Tribeca and Vaxxed

Don’t let EFSA limit your vitamin D intake

Get yourself ready for your 2016 challenge!

New campaign to stop calling breastfeeding ‘natural’

NOPE’s 20th birthday!

Nuhealth2 – Fix the healthcare system 101

Vaccination – don’t shoot the messengers!


ANH-Intl survey initial findings: self-care vs doctor-dictated healthcare

EFSA closes its doors on sunshine vitamin views

Health professionals from around the world unite in San Diego

Just a spoonful of sugar…

Modifying your lifestyle to restore balance

Our health predicament: How do we know what works and what doesn’t?

SURVEY: Who’s in the driving seat of your health?


‘The Cancer Revolution’ — the revolutionary new patients’ guide

#FunctionalForum: expression of a healthcare revolution

Brexit and natural health – what next?

Could you be over- or under-dosing with vitamins or minerals?

Does Cannabis have its place in medicine?

Enhance metabolic flexibility and burn more fat

EU citizens: Take action on cancer causing herbicide now!

Glucosamine ruling puts spotlight on UK MHRA post EU referendum

Meet Dr Rupy Aujla from The Doctor’s Kitchen

Risks of multiple concurrent vaccinations are real

UK Royal Society whitewash on GM crops


‘Stop the clock’ – unlocking the mysteries of anti-ageing

Eating to light up your body’s energy systems

New Film Release! ‘The Big Fat Fix’

Should British women only take NHS vitamins if they want a healthy start?

Taking responsibility for our own health

The EU Distorted Dozen

Will EFSA remove any road blocks for nutrients in supplements?


ANH-Intl Feature: Dr Alison Grimston in the spotlight – PART ONE

ANH-Intl Feature: Dr Alison Grimston in the spotlight – PART TWO

Bad Sportsmanship: loosening the grip of unhealthy Olympic brand sponsors

Breast cancer and synthetic HRT: another nail in the coffin

European Court shuts ‘loophole’ that saves lives and prevents disease

Fighting for a daughter’s life

Microbes – our partners in health

Teens mental health crisis

To be vegan or vegetarian, or not to be

We’ll Beat Cancer Sooner…or Later!


CAMexpo 2016

HPV vaccine propaganda

Meet the new ANH-Intl team members!

Revised Food4Health guidelines to be launched at CAMexpo

Statin propaganda

Update: Fighting for a daughter’s life


4-way plate shootout: 2016 update

Interview with the creator of TreatOut

Irish debate: Animals – do we need them in our diets?

Is the food industry bankrupting our NHS?

Mayhem or Mayfest? The Brexit opportunity for natural health

Nasal flu vaccine: for British kids and not Americans?

The UK Sugar Summit


‘Charging down the wrong path’ – Is cancer a metabolic, epigenetic disease?

Australia’s tussle with natural health

Big Food’s deliberately lost opportunity on obesity

Brexit: the Government’s or the People’s version?

EU Natural Health Absurdities

EXCLUSIVE: Australian doctor blows the whistle on Big Pharma & Big Food

Five things you may not know about vaccines

Guest Feature: Electrosmog — damaging our health by stealth

Guy Fawkes and Brexit

Has the cancer establishment been ‘tripping over the truth’?

When is a probiotic not a probiotic?


Fear of fat: the witch hunt against science-based nutrition

Has the EU shelved HARMonisation of vitamin levels?

Health revolutionaries convene at Westminster

Muteness on B vitamins and lifestyle after pharma’s Alzheimer flop

Taking the spice out of German Christmas


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