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My Objection to the Therapeutic Products Bill

A guest post by Ernest Gibbs


Gary: Ernest worked for me in sales many years ago, and our friendship has continued ever since. I liked so much what Ernest presented to the Select Committee considering the Therapeutic Products Bill that I asked for his permission to reproduce it on my blog. He agreed, so here it is!



Entrepreneur with a lifelong passion for health & fitness. In the construction industry, specialising in roof coatings and working on Mach 2 of a prefabricated loadbearing self-supporting building panel to form the floor, walls and roof to challenge the concept of SIPs - Structural Insulated Panels - and provide a solution to the housing problem. Networker on the cutting edge of the nutritional supplement business.

My Objection to the Therapeutic Products Bill

Therapeutic Products are medicines, medical devices, natural health products, and pharmaceutical ingredients. The bill seeks to provide for the regulation of therapeutic products in a way that is comprehensive and balances the risks and benefits of the products.

So goes the preamble to the reasoning behind this Bill. But secretly, everyone knows its intent is to obstruct, impede, restrict and even destroy the ability for the average New Zealander to have free access and choice to Natural Health Products and the trained practitioners associated with them, like naturopaths, herbalists and homeopaths, including the ancient healing traditions of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is said, at least 50% of the population avail themselves to this wide range of alternative choices to the Allopathic Medicine of Big Medicine and Big Pharma, rolling along and picking up the casualties after the detritus of Big Food. Let’s call it what it is: a power play of global proportions by Big Corp in partnership with Globalist Government, signed up to the playbook of the World Economic Forum and the United Nations, with its World Health Organisation and Agenda 2030 to infiltrate, surveille and control every part of our lives, right down to our choices of maintaining health & wellness. This is all in plain sight if we do the research and understand the globalist overreach these unelected officials wield to influence the New Zealand Government that ultimately overregulate, sabotage and destroy the way of life socially, culturally and economically of huge numbers of Kiwi’s in Aotearoa New Zealand, from the home, to school, to industry, towns and cities, and down to the farm, parks and reserves.

We need a level playing field between the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Natural Health Industry, primarily for consumer choice. Power to the People, not to the biases of a global pharmaceutical behemoth and its players for profit.

Personally, I object to the Therapeutics Goods Bill for the following reasons. I believe it is my inalienable God-given right to have sovereignty over my own body and personal choices to maintain my health and wellness, by doing my own research that is widely available in books and on the www of the internet, using my common sense and gaining mastery over myself, my habits and appetites to live an intentional healthy way of life.

I’ve been joking for more than thirty years, “….By the time I see the doctor it’ll be too late.” Back those more than thirty years ago, I decided to take back my personal power and my own responsibility for my health and wellness. I’m sixty-eight in May this year and have been assessed to be in the top one percent of men in my age bracket – 60 to 70 – for health and fitness. I’m not on any medication, preferring to eat all organic foods, exercise regularly and take nutritional supplements, guided and advised by my functional medicine practitioner, who starts with assessing one’s level of cellular health with a Hair Tissue Mineral analysis.

It is my understanding, having studied these alternative modalities and pathways to good health and wellness that the root cause of virtually all disorder, dysfunction and disease is a deficiency, excess or imbalance of minerals and/or toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, food additives and a raft of many other chemicals and poisons from environmental, household and occupational exposure. This is the starting point of a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis – HTMA – to show up any deficiency, excess or imbalance of minerals and/or toxins, and when analysed and interpreted by a skilled practitioner: be given a regime of mineral and nutritional therapies, diet recommendations of foods to eat or avoid, along with any lifestyle interventions or advice.

This approach to health fly’s in the face of Allopathic Medicine, which fundamental tenet is ‘pathology is its own cause,’ and so after diagnosis, medical intervention fails to determine as a priority the root cause of the disease or disorder, so the patient can be advised of certain lifestyle interventions as part of treatment, such as being more circumspect with what one puts in one’s mouth to eat, which for example, lack of education or attention to, is the root cause of type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome. The focus becomes more on the masking and alleviating the symptoms rather than drilling down on the root cause. This is lead with the treatment of drugs, if not removing or repairing the diseased organ or body part by surgery for acute cases, in either case usually setting up a course of lifelong dependence on drugs and a social culture of never ending pharmaceutical prescriptions. Please note: I’m in the Pasifika/Kiwi European demographic, who along with those of Māori, Asian and African descent, have a predisposition to developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, which is the number one risk factor of heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The Government should be investing more of its health budget into education and a handful of nutritional supplements, and wean off the support of the reflex action of lifelong diabetes medication. My younger brother, who has been taking medication for type 2 diabetes for over 30 years, half of that time being insulin injections, has come off all medication through the lifestyle interventions of losing weight, exercise and diet. There are more and more like him, who have taken responsibility for their health rather than be part of a System that maintains their sickness with drugs and give little hope of wellness, which never even enters the conversation.

I call it a Medical System rather than a Health System, because how can one say with all good conscience that we have a Health System. The culture and practises of Big Medicine and Big Pharma have created a Sickness System where there is no real drive or intention to cure disease much less educate; but sign up those unlucky enough to befall the System to a lifetime of medication, without getting fully well and healthy again. We need a Health System that invests in the education of the prevention of disease and or how to reverse its root causes, and not just be the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.

The enactment of this Bill will severely impede my health practitioner’s ability to administer such alternative therapies, along