Rima Laibow to deliver lecture in Mangalore

Special Correspondent

MANGALORE: The Codex alimentarius (Food Code in Latin) propagated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is in news with experts divided over its efficacy. A medical scientist of U.S. Rima E. Laibow, who is opposed to the Codex alimentarius, is arriving in India on the invitation of a member of the "Whole persons healing" organisation, according to B.M. Hegde, a renowned doctor.

Dr. Laibow will arrive in Mangalore on July 9 to address a select group before meeting President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Speaking to The Hindu, Dr. Hegde said Codex alimentarius was being projected as "safe food" habits. It was codifying everything that went into the alimentary canal of human beings, he said.

He said the Codex alimentarius Commission was being supported in its work by the maxim that people had the right to expect their food to be safe, of good quality and suitable for consumption. Food-borne illnesses were at best unpleasant; at worst they could be fatal. But there were other consequences.

Outbreaks of food-borne illness could damage trade and tourism and lead to loss of earnings, unemployment and litigation.

Poor-quality food could destroy the commercial credibility of suppliers, was the way that protagonists of Codex Alimentarius think.

Dr. Laibow, a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, had practiced drug-free, natural medicine for 35 years by seeking the underlying cause of every illness and ailment and treating that root cause. She was heading the anti- Codex Alimentarius movement, he said.

She believed in using nutrients and other natural options to find, define and treat problems that underlay degenerative, chronic diseases and poor aging, he added.

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