Osteoporosis Screening – The Fast Track to Dubious Drugs, Common Ground

Create a problem to sell a solution. This July 12, 2018 article (7 minute read) by Canadian drug policy researcher Alan Cassels published in Common Ground, “Osteoporosis Screening – The Fast Track to Dubious Drugs”, reveals the truth about bone mineral density testing.

Tests for osteoporosis are sold by the same drug companies who profit from the sale of the drugs designed to “treat” this disease.

“BMD testing is often inaccurate, can’t predict with any validity who will go on to break a bone and applies a label that leads to inappropriate drug therapy. Further, the test directs funds away from measures that could actually significantly reduce the rate of hip fractures, such as promoting weight bearing exercise, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol and the intake of sleeping pills and increasing access to Vitamin D and calcium.”

PR firms have worked to widen the definition of osteoporosis and have marketed the diagnosis to conjure fear and vulnerability in a target market for the drugs. No mind is paid to the side effects or natural alternatives.

“This class of drug can cause throat or chest pain, difficulty swallowing and heartburn. About 10 percent of patients have some kind of irritation of the esophagus. The more serious stuff includes abnormal heart rhythm, wrenching bone, joint and muscle pain, bone loss in the jaw (osteonecrosis) as well as an increased risk of thighbone fractures.”

Canadians often feel pressured to take the drugs prescribed to them because they come with the stamp of approval from Health Canada. But this stamp of approval doesn’t always mean that the drug is safe or effective in treating a chronic health issue. Canadians are also made to believe that natural medicines are only safe and effective when they have received a natural product number (NPN). The landscape has become more difficult with manufactured demand for stricter regulation, that is to say this “stamp of approval”. The trend to demand stricter regulation of NHPs is meant to undermine the value and efficacy of natural health product options.

The Charter of Health Freedom protects Canadians and their ability to choose how to prevent, support, and treat their own health matters.

Read more about how Canadians are facing their biggest threat to health freedom ever.

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Total Health Show May 2018 | NHPPA New & Popular Booth Handouts & Materials

“What do you have that explains things in a simple way?” “Can I help share what’s going on?” “How do I take action?” Our spring/summer focus has been on educating the public, practitioners, retailers and manufacturers on the threats facing Canada’s natural health products and practices. Our attendance at the Total Health Show in May 2018 saw the introduction of a number of resources. Among them, we created five ‘one-pager’ handouts for the purpose of allowing you, our supporters, to share NHPPA’s message with simplicity and confidence:

“Are Natural Health Products Under Attack?”
“Renegotiating the Terms of Our Surrender”
“The Right to Treat Your Health Naturally Is Under Threat”
“Charter of Health Freedom Petition Update”
“8 Action Steps”

These easy-to-read pieces help clear the murky waters of legal and government content and can be an entry point that enable Canadians to share excerpts with friends, family, colleagues and their MPs. They take some of the vague particulars in Health Canada’s proposed regulation changes, plus the legal platforms in Shawn Buckley’s most recent discussion paper, and pare it down as a gateway to the issues.

Find the new handouts and materials

A link to NHPPA’s website is on all pieces so readers can obtain the more complex content as needed.

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MedEffect e-Notice from Health Canada | Human Carcinogen in Blood Pressure Medications

On July 10, 2018 Health Canada released a MedEffect Notice advising of a recall of certain medications containing Valsartan. Valsartan is an ingredient found in a class of medications known as Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists and is used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and to increase the chances of living longer after a heart attack. Side effects of using Valsartan include chest pain, dizziness, vomiting, blurred vision, palpitations, joint pain and more. A number of products containing Valsartan have been found to be contaminated with a known human carcinogen called N-nitrosodimethylamine (“NDMA”). NDMA is toxic to the liver and other organs and is also used create cancer in rats used for cancer research. The Valsartan in question was sourced from Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in China.

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Shawn Buckley’s 2018 Total Health Show Lecture

Check out Shawn Buckley’s latest video recording (55 minute watch) released as part of our 2018 public and industry education phase. 60 days ago today, at Toronto’s Total Health Show, Shawn gave his new lecture called “Censorship, Science and Belief”.

He shares compelling insight into the detrimental outcome of Health Canada’s proposed self-care regulatory framework for natural health products. Safe and effective natural remedies in Canada are currently facing their most significant threat to date. After 23 years of dealing with Health Canada Shawn tells us, “never have I felt more threatened.”

Be able to personally speak to the facts and develop a full understanding through our new and popular educational material:

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Total Health Show May 2018 | NHPPA Show Report and Photo Gallery

Total Health Show Photo GalleryNHPPA is keen to continue our public outreach and educational efforts across our country by duplicating our work in three or more cities across Canada in 2018. This May, at the Total Health Show in Toronto, we reconvened with many prominent freedom fighting allies and produced new materials that brought into question the intentions of Health Canada’s most recent proposed NHP Regulations. The Show Report and Photo Gallery highlights our influential activist friends, links to new handouts that can be shared and the work we do at the shows to make an impact.

Go to Show Report and Photo Gallery

We would welcome your suggestions for similar shows to the East or West of our headquarters in Ontario. What consumer shows would you like to see Shawn Buckley and NHPPA attend this year? Email us at info@nhppa.org with your recommendations.

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Charter of Health Freedom Petition Update

Incremental changes still have an impact! NHPPA’s attendance at the May 2018 Total Health Show added another 350 original signatures to the petition count making it 96,847. The petition remains the second largest federal paper petition in Canada in the last 25 years. To respond to four frequently asked questions regarding the petition:

No. The paper petition cannot, and will not, be transferred into an online e-Petition.

No. The paper petition cannot be merged with a newly created e-Petition.

No. The paper petition cannot be put online through change.orgsumofus.org or avaaz.org.

Yes. The paper petition is still powerful, valid and current.

NHPPA’s efforts to continue collecting signatures will make a significant difference as we seek the MP who will introduce the Charter of Health Freedom to House of Commons.

See our April 2018 Paper vs e-Petition Update (pre-Total Health Show).

Find out more about the Charter of Health Freedom and how it is designed to protect your rights and freedoms.

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Will Social Prescribing Be the Next Wellness Phenomenon?, Psychology Today

Whole thinking. This July 17, 2017 article (5 minute read) by Christopher Bergland published in Psychology Today, ‘Will Social Prescribing be the Next Wellness Phenomenon’, tells us of a new, more holistic approach, that British doctors are taking to help patients with chronic illness. The program involves partnering a primary care patient with a link worker who assists them with formulating a personalized social program involving community activities based on their individual needs. The link workers then meet with the patients regularly to ensure they stay compliant. Studies have shown that the program is helping patients lead healthier lives with less feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression.

“Hopefully, the latest findings on the benefits of social prescribing will inspire policymakers to support more programs that offer comprehensive non-medical prescriptions. Social prescribing has the potential to reduce skyrocketing healthcare costs and improve the psychological, physical, and financial well-being of people from all walks of life.”

It is encouraging to see a public health program designed with the purpose of improving the lives of a country’s citizens rather than serving and protecting the interests of an industry. NHPPA approves!

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NHPPA Is Hiring!

Passionate about protection? NHPPA is adding to our existing team to launch a series of planned 2018/2019 campaigns. It’s intense, exciting and meaningful work that can define Canada’s future for natural health. And we want you! As you’ve probably noticed, over the last few months, a significant emphasis has been put on our education phase. It was, and still is, the primary focus before we run nation wide actions. We hope that Shawn Buckley’s lectures, interviews, discussion papers, articles and rebuttals have galvanized your resolve to be part of the solution.

Read the full details of these exciting job opportunities

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