Monday, April 28, 2008

Pioneer of Natural Healthcare Across Europe Awarded by Human Rights Organisation

Dr Robert Verkerk awarded for protecting natural healthcare across Europe

Dr Robert Verkerk (left) receives his
CCHR UK Human Rights Award
from Mr Bill Trueman

EAST GRINSTEAD: On Saturday 19 April, Dorking-based Dr Robert Verkerk was awarded for his work to protect natural healthcare across Europe.

The Award, presented at the 39th Anniversary of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights United Kingdom (CCHR), recognised Dr Verkerk for his work to expose the multinational pharmaceutical interests and giant food companies to limit the public's access to herbs, vitamins and other therapies.

In the presence of Ambassadors and High Commissioners representing their countries from around the world, as well as the Mayor of East Grinstead, fraud expert Mr Bill Trueman made the presentation to Dr Verkerk at Saint Hill Castle in East Grinstead, for taking the lead in challenging fundamental rights to take vitamins and minerals, and for having brought a landmark legal challenge to the EU Food Supplements Directive.

Featured in a new documentary called 'We Become Silent' and narrated by Dame Judi Dench, a supporter of the Alliance for Natural Health, Dr Verkerk highlights the grave dangers posed by European and global regulation to medical freedom of choice.

In accepting the award, Dr Verkerk said, "In recent years, conventional psychiatrists, drug companies and regulatory agencies around the world have launched full scale assaults on natural treatments that has seen them relegated to the fringes of mainstream medicine.

"The Alliance for Natural Health, which I founded over 6 years ago, has been at the forefront of resisting these pressures on natural medicine, working to protect and promote natural health using the tools of ‘good science’ and ‘good law’.

"We have taken a case to the European Court of Justice, exposed the flawed science and disproportionate law being promulgated by European regulators and have helped to protect some of the leading pioneers and innovators in the natural health field.”

CCHR also recognised Linda Hurcombe, a mother, teacher and a campaigner against the use of psychiatric drugs. She lost her nineteen-year-old daughter Caitlin in April 1998 after she started taking Prozac.

She saw an advertisement for the drug on television while on holiday in the United States. After returning to the UK, Caitlin decided she wanted Prozac and sixty-three days after starting, she committed suicide by hanging.

Linda also referred to her most recent efforts to fight the move to lift a ban in Europe on advertising prescription drugs. Since Caitlin’s death, Linda has fought any move to allow pharmaceutical advertising direct-to-the-consumer in Europe.

Like Dr Verkerk, she is aware of the potential dangers of European directives that could have serious consequences on the health and well being of consumers in Britain.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is an international psychiatric watchdog group co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

For more information, please contact:

Brian Daniels
P.O. Box 188
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4RB

Tel: 01342 313 926 / 07980 934 984
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