Massive Multinational Assault
on Alternative Medicines
deliberately denied access to more than one thousand
products ranging from vitamin pills to multi-mineral supplements
Joe Vialls, 2 May 2003
to this ...
to this ...
less than seven days!
" The ever-compliant media immediately started circulating rumors
about “that dangerous Travacalm”, and hinted at mixing machines not being
cleaned properly between blending batches of different products. One former
employee was produced on television, to state that he was only allowed one
hour to clean his mixing machine between batches instead of three hours, and
that was that. The media fix was in, despite a total lack of
Under cover of the fake “SARS Crisis” currently saturating the western
media, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration has suddenly moved to
outlaw and remove from store shelves about 80% of all vitamin and other
related alternative products. Although less than a week ago customers
were happily buying everything from vitamin A to G, and enthusiastically
chewing every conceivable mineral and trace element, these same customers
today face empty shelves in more than 5,000 health food stores across the
and European readers who may be wondering “What has this Australian stuff
got to do with me?” are urged to read on a little further. Australia
is well known as a gullible and thus attractive proving ground for
multinational scams, meaning that what happens in Oz this week, might well
serve as a foretaste of what is yet to come in America and Europe next week,
or next month, or even next year.
extraordinary situation facing Australians today, started at the beginning of
this week, when the Therapeutic Goods Administration [TGA] suddenly decided to
cancel the manufacturing license of Pan Pharmaceuticals, a large Australian
company which not only manufactures its own line of medicines, but also
provides a manufacturing service for 80% of all alternative goods providers
across Australia. Basically then, by shutting down Pan Pharmaceuticals without
just cause, the TGA ensured that alternative health goods purveyors and
customers would be critically disadvantaged across the entire nation.
[or even think] that the TGA action was deliberately designed to shut down
natural health products in favor of the huge pharmaceutical multinationals and
their coal-tar synthetic drugs, at first seems ill advised, perhaps even
absurd. But unfortunately for the TGA, we can and will prove in a proper
step-by-step investigation, that the shutdown process was premeditated and
the Therapeutic Goods Administration are Australia’s medical goods
“thought police”, endowed by government with incredible powers.
There are documented examples of these people shutting down retail health food
businesses for daring to suggest that cheap apricot kernels might retard [not
“cure”] cancer, while at the same time other members of the TGA were busy
endorsing the massive use of highly-addictive and extremely profitable
amphetamines on Australian children, with alleged but unproven “learning
needs a convincing trigger to start the desired chain of events. In the case
of Pan Pharmaceuticals the trigger was an in-house medicine called “Travacalm”,
designed as its name suggests to combat motion sickness in its various
manifestations. The TGA allegedly received complaints in late 2002 about this
medicine, including claims of minor “hallucinations”. In an apparent
response to these uncorroborated claims, on 21 January 2003 Travacalm Original
tablets AUST R 78192 were recalled, with the official reason given as
“The product is being recalled following a number of reports of excess side
effects related to the active ingredient.”
far, and the TGA certainly seemed to be acting responsibly, but it was not.
You see, there are actually three versions of Travacalm, but only the
“Original” version was recalled. Travacalm Original is unique in its
active ingredient dimenhydrinate, which is not contained in Travacalm H.O [hyoscine
hydrobromide], or in Travacalm Natural, which contains only zingiber
officinale [natural ginger].
So by banning Travacalm Original but not the other two Travacalm
products, the TGA revealed to us all that it was really only banning
the single ingredient dimenhydrinate, the active antihistamine not
present in either the H.O. or Natural versions of Travacalm.
There is nothing unique or secret about the side effects of
dimenhydrinate, which have been known for many years. Users can be
subject to headache, blurred vision, palpitations, loss of
coordination, dry mouth, low blood pressure causing dizziness and
weakness, and ringing in the ears. What are less widely known,
are the disturbing hallucinogenic side effects of dimenhydrinate
experienced by many experimental users with access to the Internet. A
good description is posted at http://www.angelfire.com/ca7/legalize/drugs/dimenhydrinate/
takes about an hour for the full effects of this drug to be reached,
maybe even more. You know when it hits you though. The most screwed up
thing is a complete loss of balance. Walking around without falling on
your ass is quite the challenge. Small hallucinations are possible
(your pen sprouts legs and begins a journey across your desk). And
auditory hallucinations (hearing s…) come into the picture at higher
“Short-term memory is shot to f…. As soon as you finish a thought,
you forget what it was you were thinking about. To the casual
observer, you would look quite weird. Slack-jawed, red faced, dilated
pupils, possibly a hunched posture, maybe even drooling. The feeling
is like floating on a cloud during a hurricane (or something to that
Obviously then, all medications including dimenhydrinate are
potentially very dangerous and capable of producing hallucinations,
which leads us to question why it was that on 21 January 2003, the
Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration recalled only Pan
Pharmaceutical’s Travacalm Original, while leaving other medicines
with higher levels of dimenhydrinate on the open market.
These other dimenhydrinate medicines include [but are not limited to]
Calm X, Dimetabs, Dinate, Dommanate, Dramamine, Dramanate, Dramocen,
Dramoject, Dymenate, Hydrate, Marmine, Nico-Vert, Tega-Vert, Triptone,
and Vertab. All without exception should also have been ordered off
the shelves, but were not.
Predictably perhaps, all of the other dimenhydrinate medicines are
manufactured by pharmaceutical multinationals “friendly” to
members of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and unconfirmed
rumors still persist about certain senior TGA bureaucrats being
discreetly provided with free “medical seminars” in Fiji or Bali,
complete with all essential extras including unlimited alcohol and
Regardless of the fine detail of exactly how this situation was
engineered, by February 2003 Australian Pan Pharmaceuticals had
been artificially “dirtied”, and was ripe for the picking. The
scene had been set for the biggest recall of natural health products
in Australia - perhaps in the world. The scam itself started on
Monday 28 April, and a mere four days later on Thursday 1 May, the TGA
had identified and ordered 1,363 complete product lines to be stripped
from store shelves acros Australia. Does anyone out there really
believe that a bunch of lazy bureaucrats managed all that in four
days, without considerable forward planning?
So by Thursday 1 May, one thousand three hundred and sixty-three complete
product lines had been officially recalled, meaning hundreds of millions of
alternative health pills and capsules had to be stripped from the shelves,
leaving Australian consumers understandably anxious. To claim that this
TGA action “undermined public confidence in alternative health”, would be
seriously understating the case.
the Therapeutic Goods Administration provided no details of why this was
happening, though the ever-compliant media immediately started circulating
rumors about “that dangerous Travacalm”, and hinted at mixing machines not
being cleaned properly between blending batches of different products. One
former employee was produced on television, to state that he was only allowed
one hour to clean his mixing machine between batches instead of three hours,
and that was that. The media fix was in, despite a total lack of evidence.
thousands of Australians were suddenly deprived of the ability to buy their
chosen alternative health products, and “doubt” had also been deliberately
cast over the safety of the alternative health products already in their
homes. Many Australians started to grumble that the alternative health
manufacturers were no better than the hated drug companies: all of them
obviously out to make a quick buck without the slightest regard for public
safety. Lines of demarcation became blurred, and customers started to mill
around like lost sheep.
evidence to hand indicates that the undermining of public confidence, and the
resulting confusion, were the prime object of the exercise, because there is
no proof that any of these 1,363 product lines pose the slightest risk
to human health. Ironically perhaps, in its headlong rush to shepherd
Australians back towards out-of-fashion medical doctors and their wide range
of synthetic coal-tar based drugs, the Therapeutic Goods Administration
reinforced the reality of perfect safety with official statements.
foot firmly in its mouth, the TGA publicly announced three times in less than
a week, “there are no problems with prescription drugs obtained from
your doctor”, and “prescription drugs are not affected”. This was
unquestionably reassuring news for potential patients being herded back
towards the medical profession, and even greater news for the pharmaceutical
multinationals, who up to this point in history have been losing A$2,000
million per year in Australia alone to alternative health products.
Unfortunately there was a fatal flaw in these glib and very convenient TGA
statements. Though Pan Pharmaceuticals is best known for its own alternative
health products, and as a contract manufacturer for 80% of all other
alternative health products across Australia, it is also a significant
producer of a wide range of in-house and contract “prescription drugs”.
Those prescription drugs manufactured by Pan are still in your doctor’s
surgery, and they are still on the shelves at the pharmacy, despite the
startling fact that all were produced in the same allegedly “unclean”
mixing machines as the 1,363 banned alternative health products.
the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration recalled a Pan dimenhydrinate
product in January 2003 but failed to recall its fifteen multinational
equivalents at the same time. The TGA also failed to issue a public warning
about the possible hallucinogenic side effects of dimenhydrinate. In late
April the Therapeutic Goods Administration started a whispering campaign
against Pan Pharmaceuticals, with the intent of severely undermining public
confidence in alternative health products. This latter claim has now been
proved by the selective TGA recall of all 1,363 Pan Pharmaceutical alternative
health products, but without the recall of a single Pan Pharmaceutical
difficult to forecast the long-term outcome of this deliberate campaign,
because no one yet knows what the multinational pharmaceutical corporations
will instruct the Australian TGA to do next. Certainly the massed media
campaign has already severely undermined Australian public confidence in
alternative health products, and for a few weeks or months it will be very
difficult [in some cases impossible], to even purchase fresh stocks of
vitamins, minerals and so on. In turn, this forced lack of trade will send
thousands of small alternative health retails outlets into bankruptcy.
techniques, the multinational pharmaceuticals seek to “break the alternative
consumer habit” if possible, and to an extent they will be successful. The
“hard core” alternative crowd will not respond of course, and if necessary
will import their own products, but it is not the “hard core” that the
multinationals seek to undermine.
“middle” Australia [and America and Europe] that the multinationals are
targeting. Millions of intelligent folk who used to go to medical doctors all
the time, until they started to pick up the warning signs of the
horrific side-effects of prescription medicines. These are the people who must
be weaned off healthy products, and brought back under direct medical control.
Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration scam will certainly help to do
this, and if only 50% effective, should still return roughly one billion
dollars per annum to multinational pharmaceutical investors. Not a bad return
for the price of a few hookers in Fiji and Bali.