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- Overall, we rate the Alliance for Natural Health International as a Strong Conspiracy and Pseudoscience organization based on the promotion of anti-vaccine propaganda and not aligning with the consensus of science on some issues, such as GMOs.
Bias Rating: CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: United Kingdom
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
The Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) is a UK-based non-profit organization. The organization aims to promote natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare worldwide. Dr. Robert Verkerk, a sustainability scientist, founded the organization. Initially, the organization aimed to challenge EU laws restricting access to natural vitamins and minerals in food supplements for Europeans. Now, ANH-Intl works in seven areas—food, health, lifestyle, sustainability, natural products, informed choice, and regulatory—to optimize public health through natural and lifestyle means.
ANH-Intl advocates for evidence-based nutrient safety assessment via the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which sets international food standards.
Funded by / Ownership
According to the history section, ANH-Intl is entirely funded by donations. Dr. Verkerk is the founder of ANH-Intl and scientific director of ANH Consultancy Ltd, a consultancy arm linked to ANH-Intl. The information in his bio does not explicitly state whether he is the sole owner or if there are other stakeholders involved.
Analysis / Bias
In review, ANH-Intl lobbies governments, files lawsuits, and comments on proposed rulings on behalf of consumers, medical practitioners, and companies in the natural health industry. The website also provides news and information related to holistic medicine and the health industry, with articles that are negative toward the FDA, such as this Blatant pseudoscience relieves FDA headache for aspirin manufacturers.
ANH is opposed to GMOs and utilizes loaded emotional headlines to validate its position: Will Europeans continue to resist the global GMO crop agenda? ANH also promotes anti-vaccination propaganda and conspiracy theories such as this: Autism and the aluminum link. At this time, the consensus of science indicates there is not a link between Autism and Vaccines. Finally, during the Coronavirus pandemic, they frequently promoted misinformation such as this What’s driving turbo cancers and autoimmune flare-ups? This article suggests that COVID-19 vaccines are driving up “Turbo Cancers,” which is inaccurate according to fact-checker Health Feedback.
Failed Fact Checks
- ‘turbo’ cancers and autoimmune flare-ups, will likely increase significantly compared with those who choose to avoid further C-XX vaccination. – Inaccurate
- “All these vaccines are causing harm to our kids”; “The fully unvaccinated kids are always healthier”; “vaccines are causing chronic disease in America” – Inaccurate
Overall, we rate the Alliance for Natural Health International as a Strong Conspiracy and Pseudoscience organization based on the promotion of anti-vaccine propaganda and not aligning with the consensus of science on some issues, such as GMOs. (M. Huitsing 08/26/2023)
Last Updated on August 26, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check