What is the Alliance for Natural Health International?
Our mission is this:
Promoting and protecting our right to sustainable natural health around the world – by working with nature, not against it.
The Alliance for Natural Health International is an internationally active non-governmental organisation promoting natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare worldwide. Our catch cry is ‘love nature, live naturally’.
ANH-Intl campaigns across a wide range of fields, including for freedom of choice in healthcare, healthy eating & lifestyles, and the use of micronutrients and herbal products in the management of our health and resilience. We operate campaigns that include drawing attention to misinformed, Big Food influenced government healthy eating advice, to the uncertain science and risks of genetically modified foods, to the need for informed choice on vaccination and that aim to end mass fluoridation of drinking water supplies. We accomplish our mission through a unique application of ‘good science’ and ‘good law’.
The organisation was founded in 2002 by Dr Robert Verkerk, an internationally acclaimed expert in agricultural and health sustainability. Our international office is based in Dorking, UK, while our US base operates out of Atlanta, Georgia.
Click here to review all of the ANH’s current campaigns.
Key achievements to date include:
- Raised public awareness of the significance of legislative threats to the long-term sustainability of natural healthcare
- Development of a ‘blueprint’ for health system sustainability – to be launched November 2018
- Made significant amendments to EU legislation through collaboration with Members of the European Parliament
- Brought the landmark legal challenge to the EU Food Supplements Directive in the High Court London and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (2004-5)
- Promoted rational science as the basis on which safety of nutrients should be assessed at a global level through the Codex Alimentarius Commission
- Deconstructed flawed approaches to risk assessment and management, which are being used by regulators in an attempt to ban higher, beneficial dosages of natural products
- Demonstrated clear connections in the disproportionate regulatory management of a wide range of issues ranging from food supplementation, genetically modified (GM) foods, water quality (including fluoridation) and vaccination.
- Created a united front of common interests across Europe, the North America, Asia and other parts of the world.
We welcome you to our website. Please explore the many areas accessible via hyperlinks from our homepage, including our informative news archive and newsfeed. And most importantly – please get involved and support us in whatever way you can.
We are solely donation funded, so all donations are very greatly appreciated.
We look forward to working with you to create a more natural future – in health, naturally.
Robert Verkerk BSc MSc PhD FACN
Executive & Scientific Director
For over three decades, Rob Verkerk has developed an intimate relationship with the tightropes that span between science and law, between academia and industry, between government and the people—and not least— between humanity’s internal and external environments. He has Masters and Doctorate degrees from Imperial College London, where he also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for 7 years.
In 2002, Rob founded the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) and has acted as its executive and scientific director since this time. He has directed legal actions to protect the right to natural health and campaigned against drinking water fluoridation and genetically modified crops. He has also been instrumental in exposing the limitations of classical risk analysis as applied by government authorities to foods and natural health products and he is a recognised pioneer in the development of novel, scientifically rational risk/benefit analysis approaches.
Dr Verkerk has authored some 60 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings and contributes regularly to magazines and other popular media. He is an accomplished and inspirational speaker and communicator on a wide range of issues relating to sustainability in healthcare, agriculture, food quality and related fields.
Meleni Aldridge BSc Nut Med Dip CPNI Cert LTFHE mBANT mIFM mACN CNHC
Meleni Aldridge has been immersed in the field of natural and integrative medicine for over 25 years. She is a practicing clinical psychoneuroimmunologist, functional medicine practitioner and certified Metabolic Balance coach. For 11 years she lectured at St Mary’s University College, Middlesex on the Sport Rehabilitation programme. During this time she was also instrumental in furthering student personal development initiatives, putting to good use the communications and organisational skills she gained in the banking and insurance sectors in her previous career.
In July 2005, she joined the Alliance for Natural Health International. In her role as executive coordinator, she works closely with Dr Robert Verkerk, executive and scientific director, positively shaping the scientific and regulatory environment required to facilitate the future development of natural and sustainable healthcare.
During the last eleven years Meleni has been instrumental in furthering the ANH’s communications with the global integrative medicine community, as well as industry stakeholders and has been actively involved in consultations with the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority, the US Food and Drug Administration, the UK Food Standards Agency, as well as the Food and Drug Administration and World Health Organization of the United Nations. She regularly contributes to articles, columns and press releases in the field of sustainable healthcare and regulatory challenges and maintains close collaboration with ANH-USA, based in Washington.
Paul Harris MBA
Chair, Financial/Admin Director
With more than 3 decades of experience directing manufacturing and service companies, Paul joined ANH in 2005 as Financial & Administrative Director. His wealth of experience across all functions of business makes him ideally suited to his new role as Chairman of ANH-Intl.
Gretchen DuBeau joined the Alliance for Natural Health-USA (formerly the American Association for Health Freedom) as Executive Director in 2008.
A lifelong environmentalist and devotee to natural health and healing, Gretchen has found the perfect culmination of her interests in the Alliance for Natural Health International where she directs US policy. She is an attorney and practiced environmental law and policy for five years before joining ANH to work on natural and sustainable health issues.
Gretchen is completing her Masters Degree in Transformative Leadership & Social Change and serves as Executive Director for Praktikos Institute.
Melissa Smith Dip ION mBANT CNHC
Outreach & Communication Officer
Melissa Smith is The Outreach & Communication Officer at ANH International. As a qualified Nutritional Therapist she is passionate about empowering individuals to take control of their own health using natural approaches to health care where possible.
Melissa has had a wide & varied career to date and now brings this wealth of experience to ANH International to inform practitioners about the work that ANH is doing as well as supporting them in promoting natural approaches to healthcare.
Charlie Jones BA
A staunch art enthusiast, Charlie holds a passion for anything creative and curious from poetry to digital manipulation. While studying for a degree in Journalism with English Literature at Portsmouth University, he contributed to various blogging and publication platforms, as well as regularly using self-taught software skills to produce a range of illustration and experimental artwork for distribution online. In joining the Alliance for Natural Health International, Charlie’s new roles lie in creating a range of informative graphics, editing video, researching and reporting the current state of healthcare especially as it relates to natural modalities, and bringing a fresh perspective to the team’s public outreach across the board.