“Calls for Ibuprofen Sale Restrictions after Study Finds Cardiac Arrest Risk” The Guardian Mar 17/17

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The Guardian’s [UK] March 15, 2017 article, “Calls for ibuprofen sale restrictions after study finds cardiac arrest risk”, by Matthew Weaver draws attention to a recent study from Denmark which revealed a 31% increased risk of cardiac arrest from the use of ibuprofen and an even greater risk from the use of other over-the-counter NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as Diclofenac.

Advil and other NSAIDs claim to safely and effectively alleviate pain and reduce fever. They also come with a lengthy product monograph warning of the many risks involved with taking the products. In fact, in April of 2015, Health Canada released a Safety Alert warning consumers of the risk of heart attack and stroke at dosages over 1200mg per day drawing further attention to the inherent risks of using ibuprofen.

In contrast, statistics show that that Natural Health Product (NHP) pain relievers have an impeccable safety record. Health Canada continues with their war-like approach to regulating NHPs, treating them as potentially life threatening substances which should be regulated in the same way as drugs. At the same time, it conveniently ignores the repeated annual deaths caused by over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

“The current message being sent to the public about NSAIDs is wrong. If you can buy these drugs in a convenience store then you probably think: ‘They must be safe for me.’ “, Prof Gunnar Gislason of the University of Copenhagen states. The article goes on to state that, “The study, published in the British Medical Journal, used data for almost 10 million NSAIDs users from the UK, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany, who started treatment between 2000 and 2010. Overall, 92,163 hospital admissions for heart failure were identified among the group.”

Read the full article here

Read Shawn Buckley’s October 2016 Discussion Paper on how Natural Health Products may soon be regulated in Canada

See Ron Law’s analysis from Health Canada’s 2004 statistics showing drugs far exceeded NHPs in risks to health

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“What An Udder Waste” National Post March 13/17


UPDATE FROM THE GLENCOLTON FARMS TEAM

The trial of the five people charged in relation to the raid on Glencolton Farms on October 2, 2015, continues Monday March 13, Tuesday March 14 and Friday March 20 of this week and into next week on Monday March 20 at the Walkerton [Ontario] Courthouse, 207 Cayley Street. So far the court has only heard from the first witness of the crown, Glenn Jarvie. Michael Schmidt is still cross examining him and will continue to do so for a good part of Monday. There are several more crown witnesses to testify and be cross examined. Then the defense will bring in their witnesses and the crown will have a chance to cross examine them as well. Supporters of food freedom, or anyone interested in the case, are welcome to come to Walkerton to observe the trial in progress.

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“How To Survive Western Medicine” Vitality Magazine March 2017 Article Mar 11/17

NUTRIENT HIJACKING DRUGS.

This is an informative and eye-opening article from the March 2017 issue of Vitality Magazine, “How to Survive Western Medicine”, by Dr. Zoltan Rona in which he discusses nutrient depletion brought on by commonly prescribed pharmaceutical medications. If you visit your family doctor for any particular health concern, chances are you will leave his or her office with a prescription designed to treat the symptoms and either a recommendation for a follow up visit or instructions to “come back and see me if symptoms do not improve”. What you won’t be given is detailed information on side effects of your prescription or the nutrients that your medication may rob from your body. From acne creams to thyroid hormones, nutrient depletion occurs with just about every pharmaceutical prescription and this can have devastating health consequences, especially for those who are taking medications for an indefinite or long-term period of time.

“Most doctors who prescribe medication fail to warn their patients of the potential for nutrient depletion, and neglect to recommend taking the specific nutrients that the drugs are stealing from the body”, as Dr. Rona points out. Dr. Rona also states that “conventional doctors are quick to warn their patients against using nutritional supplements that could interfere with their prescriptions”.

As stated by Dr. Rona at the beginning of the article, the use of prescribed drugs can be life-saving or highly beneficial on a short-term basis but problems can arise when prescriptions are used on a long-term basis. Nutritional supplementation through Natural Health Products becomes an important step in the prevention of drug-induced illnesses. Future changes to how Natural Health Products are regulated will reduce the consumer access to the products that can help replace the nutrient depletion caused by prescription medications.

Recommended further reading:

Dr. Rona discusses the protection of pharmaceutical medications while seizing Natural Health Products in Vitality Magazine – March 2013.

Shawn Buckley’s October 2016 Discussion Paper on how Natural Health Products may soon be regulated in Canada.

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Ontario Action Alert! Support Glencolton Farms & Attend Trial Mar 9-10 at Walkerton Courthouse Mar 8/17


Ontario Action Alert! Show your support in solidarity for Glencolton Farms families in their Food Freedom fight. They need as many as possible to attend the courthouse in Walkerton starting on Thursday, March 9 & 10, 2017 at 9:30 am (it has been delayed from the original start date of March 6). Four men are facing charges of obstruction for their actions during a raid on their property October 2, 2015. As is the case in all of Glencolton’s cases, it will be nothing but dramatic. A show of public interest at the courthouse makes a difference.

Michael Schmidt and four others were charged weeks after the raid (one man’s charges were dropped) by the West Grey Police for their actions during the raid which involved multiple government agencies, including the Ministry of Natural Resources (Agricultural Investigation Unit), Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

All done in the interest of protecting their property and the right to consume food of their choice, produced on their own property, these are criminal charges that could result in fines and jail time.

More information about the raw milk farm Co-op owners who stopped authorities, the charges and the trial can be found here.

Our Farms, Our Foods Coop is a 200 member cooperative formed for the purpose of boarding personal cows with a responsible dairyman. The group is just one of the many interested stakeholders in changing Canadian policy on raw milk.

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Discussion Paper Released: Shawn Buckley’s Review of Health Canada’s Proposed NHP Regulation Changes Oct 24/16

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SHAWN BUCKLEY’S OPINION ON THE SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 DISCUSSION PAPER ON THE REGULATION OF SELF-CARE PRODUCTS IN CANADA.

He clearly defines the timing of meaningful action, the significant threat posed by the proposed changes to the current regulations, the unfair consultation process and what the changes may really mean to the Natural Health Product industry, natural health practitioners and consumers. Find out why the Charter of Health Freedom becomes even more relevant today than when first drafted.

Read the complete Discussion Paper here

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Charter of Health Freedom Petition Count Update Feb 11/17

THE LATEST NUMBER OF CANADIANS SUPPORTING THE CHARTER OF HEALTH FREEDOM BY SIGNING ITS PETITION IN A SHOW OF SOLIDARITY STANDS AT 95,581. 

Even though NHPPA was not able to run any campaigns in 2016 due to limited funding, the advance in petition signatures was courtesy of a number of dedicated Health Food Stores and Natural Health Practitioners across the country. They kept the numbers progressing! An additional 452 original signatures have been added to the count. The petition is now only 486 signatures short of becoming the second largest federal petition in Canadian history. e-Petitions may have come to pass but the Charter of Health Freedom petition must remain, pen to paper.  Understand why in an updated Paper vs e-Petitions update. After 8 years, the timing could not be more relevant. NHPPA has some renewed support from a very small group of uncompromising and active Canadian manufacturers, who have always understood what was at stake. We may be able to run a final national push for signatures while seeking a Liberal MP to take the Charter and the petition to Ottawa.

About the Charter of Health Freedom

Direct link to download the Charter of Health Freedom petition

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The Huffington Post article: “How ‘Psychobiotics’ Use Gut Bacteria to Treat Mental Illness” Feb 2/17

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In this November 2016 article, “How ‘Psychobiotics’ Use Gut Bacteria to Treat Mental Illness” by Carolyn Gregoire in The Huffington Post, you’ll read about a recently published paper in the journal Trends in Neuroscience. The paper discusses how Oxford psychiatrists are encouraging the use of a new term “psychobiotics” to include “any intervention that has an effect on mental health by way of changes in the gut microbiome.”

While natural medicine practitioners have been using probiotics for prevention and treatment of disease for decades, the spotlight is now turning to its function with mental health issues. Alternative health practitioners, such as Dr. David Pulmetter, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, Deepak Chopra and Sayer Ji, are focusing more attention on protocols involving a healthy microbiome. For centuries, traditional diets included fermented foods – clearly they were onto something long before science began to prove it.

“The larger question here, in medical, scientific, and legal terms, is that psychobiotics are not currently classified as a treatment,” as Dr. Philip Burnet, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford and one of the study’s authors points out. Burnet said “At most they are a dietary supplement. The answer to how and whether they should be regulated will emerge as we learn more about the effects of these substances on the central nervous system.”

Will future regulation reduce your access to probiotics and other things that affect the microbiome which are currently commercially available, such as fermented foods and probiotic supplements? As Burnet points out, “We have suggested than any intervention that has a psychological effect through changes in the gut microbiome, is potentially a psychobiotic.” and “This may include diet and exercise, both of which affect the bacterial communities in the gut, and both influence mood and cognition.”

The article goes on to say “Regulation would allow people to access psychobiotic treatments with proper guidelines for use and dosage, based on their particular needs.”

Read the full article here

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ANH article: “Muteness on B Vitamins and Lifestyle after Pharma’s Alzheimer Flop” Jan 5/17

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Mainstream media continues their unbalanced reporting. It is without surprise, that rather than present alternative, evidence-based nutrient solutions to disease which could provide real answers, insights and education in a comprehensive way, they narrow their focus to pharmaceutical drugs. Several non-pharma studies have been published with respect to protocols in Alzheimer’s prevention for people who seek to explore what is possible in food and nutrient-based solutions.

A recent ANH blog post from November 2016, “Muteness on B Vitamins and Lifestyle after Pharma’s Alzhiemer Flop”, said “it’s both astonishing, yet entirely predictable given historical precedents, that both the media and health authorities are remaining mute on the only known effective treatment for early-stage Alzheimer’s. The goal is to perpetuate the myth that there are no effective treatments available. The reason for this muteness is that the only known treatment, that could reduce the Alzheimer’s disease burden by around one half, doesn’t involve a drug at all, at least in the ordinary meaning of the term. Instead, it involves high doses of cheap, unpatented B vitamins that despite an extraordinary history of safety, are being targeted as unlicensed drugs in countries like Germany, France, Sweden and Denmark. That’s because they work, have clear pharmacological effects and fall foul of the EU definition of a medicine.”

Read the full article here

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Shawn Buckley’s article: “Freedom of Choice Threatened – Again.” Dec 10/16

vitality-article-decjan-2017-checkmate-website-post-500-x-500Published last week. Shawn Buckley’s latest article in the December/January issue of Vitality, “Freedom of Choice Threatened – Again. Health Canada moves to put Natural Remedies in Checkmate”

“Currently Health Canada is signalling that they want to change how natural remedies are regulated. These changes may signal the endgame for any practitioner or company that is more committed to good health outcomes than the over-regulation of natural remedies.”

“Anyone who is concerned about giving a government regulatory body absolute power over what remedies are available should be concerned about the proposed changes. When new regulations and/or amendments to the Food and Drugs Act are introduced, we are all going to have to be ready for action. This is the most threatening proposal since the infamous Bill C-51.”

Read the full article here

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Fox Jones on the Dismissed Sheep-Napping Case Nov 30/16

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LEFT TO RIGHT: MONTANA JONES, MURDOCH SHROPSHIRE, MICHAEL SCHMIDT, KAREN SELICK, GENEVIÈVE ELIANY, ROBERT PINNELL AND SHAWN BUCKLEY.

Fox Jones on the dismissed sheep-napping case: “Montana Jones & Michael Schmidt were granted a stay of proceedings today, in response to an 11(b) delay argument filed by the defence. It’s a bittersweet victory for the two, accused of sheep-napping by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), who alleged Jones’ flock of rare, heritage Shropshire sheep were infected with scrapie, despite not being able to prove it. The CFIA has since destroyed dozens of her healthy sheep, and held the Jones’ property, Wholearth Farmstudio, under quarantine for over 7 years.

The case was set to go to trial in April, after 4 years in court, when defence lawyers Shawn Buckley and Geneviève Eliany (Buckley Eliany) successfully filled and argued for the 11(b) delay last week. Hon. Justice Laura Bird ruled today that numerous delays caused by the Crown and CFIA have far exceeded the allowable 30-month period that constitutes the right to a speedy trail. Jones and Schmidt’s legal fees were largely and generously covered by the Canadian Constitution Foundation. There is no mention yet of any compensation to any of the small farmers for disrupting their livelihoods or destruction of property, while thousands of international supporters have kindly contributed to a community crowdfund to help support Jones and her farm for the past three and half years.”

Shepherd wins legal fight after her flock of sheep was hidden from government kill order [National Post]

Sheep-napping case dismissed today, due to excessive delay getting to trial [The Bovine] (there is a search field that one can use on this site to look up “sheep” and find the whole back story)

The entire ruling as read by Justice Bird, November 28, 2016

Infected sheep may have come from U.S., not Ontario farm where officials slaughtered flock, court hears [National Post article from 02/17/15 pulled because of a publication ban instigated by the Crown]

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Montana Jones and Murdoch.

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15259294_1458338050862471_2307583413952618081_o Gathering for media and court spectators after the decision to dismiss the criminal charges in the sheep-napping case. Left to right: Robert Pinnell, Elwood Quinn, Montana Jones, Murdoch Shropshire, Michael Schmidt, Geneviève Eliany, Karen Selick and Shawn Buckley.

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