The Noose Tightens: Health Canada’s Powers are Dramatically Expanded by the Wookey Decision Sep 6/16

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MANY OF US ARE AWARE THAT HEALTH CANADA’S POWERS HAVE BEEN GRADUALLY EXPANDING THROUGH LEGISLATIVE CHANGES.  

For example, many of the broad powers that created concern years ago with Bill C-51 are now law in the Food and Drugs Act.  The only saving grace is that they do not yet apply to natural health products because of the public backlash that readers like you created during the Bill C-51 fight. Eventually I predict the broad powers we were all concerned about will apply to natural products. A story or stories about harm caused by natural products will circulate in the media and calls for imposing the broad powers on natural products will be made. Armed with the public cry for protection, the government will dutifully comply and expand the powers to cover natural health products. At that point anyone involved in natural health could be completely and totally destroyed financially and jailed for long periods for not complying with Health Canada demands (regardless of how unfounded they may be and regardless of whether complying will cause harm or death to others).

Less noticed is the expansion of Health Canada’s powers by Court decisions. What occurs is, after decades of Health Canada interpreting the Food and Drugs Act one way, it changes its interpretation to expand its powers. Eventually someone challenges them in Court to say that the “new interpretation” is wrong. When this happens, the Court is faced with having to choose which Health Canada interpretation to accept, the original one often followed for many decades, or the new one. Unfortunately, in a couple of key decisions, the Court has sided with Health Canada’s new interpretations.

Read the complete piece by Shawn Buckley

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In Looking for ‘Zebra,’ Doctors are Stumped by Toddler’s Painful Legs, Rash and Bleeding Gums Sep 5/16

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“WE WERE ALL REALLY, REALLY SHOCKED,” RECALLED HAFEZ, 32, LEAD AUTHOR OF A REPORT ABOUT THE CASE IN A RECENT EDITION OF THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE.

“No one involved had even seen this before.” From emergency room to a large children’s hospital where a medical team labelled the boy as a “zebra”–slang for a diagnosis that is surprising and usually exotic—-this roll out of medical diagnostics and treatment is not an exception. It was not a look at the whole context of illness. “Had [a dietary] history been obtained earlier on,” Hafez said, “we could have spared him this exhaustive workup,” which included painful and expensive tests. This piece [July 25, 2016 Washington Post] is as fascinating as it is frightening. Natural health practitioners and integrative medical doctors who look at “root cause” will find this story validating.

Read the complete Washington Post article by Sandra G Boodman here

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Opioid Overuse is Creating ‘Lost Generation,’ Expert says Aug 25/16

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BENEDIKT FISCHER, A SENIOR SCIENTIST AT THE CENTRE FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH IN TORONTO, TOLD THE CONFERENCE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE DYING FROM OPIOIDS AREN’T GETTING THE DRUGS ON THE STREET, BUT THROUGH PRESCRIPTIONS. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

“The people who are dying are not street users; they are being introduced to these drugs medically.”

Opioids overuse is the “worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history,” a leading expert on workers’ compensation told Canadian physicians Wednesday, urging them to take tough and immediate action to address the problem. Dr. Gary Franklin, medical director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, said two people an hour are dying of opioids misuse in the United States, and, proportionally, the problem is likely as bad, if not worse, in Canada.

Read the complete Globe and Mail article by André Picard here

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Sponsored Federal Petition to the Minister of Health Regarding Raw Milk Aug 10/16

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THIS PETITION IS NOT ABOUT A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION IN FOOD IDEOLOGIES BUT ABOUT THE OVERARCHING PRINCIPLE OF YOUR FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. 

It also isn’t about having raw milk sold retail but about direct farmer-to-consumer relationships. It speaks against systems where individuals are not able to access food or products that they want, or more importantly, need. That’s why it matters to you. Raw milk is a controversial topic. More so, is the ever-escalating pervasive control that has had us lose access to natural health products and the way we choose to produce food.

The specifics here are about updating old milk laws to allow private raw milk cooperatives to exist. Right now, Glencolton Farms, run by Michael Schmidt on behalf of its farm cooperative owners, are facing a complete shut down of operations–after almost 30 years of providing raw milk to local families. This shut down extends to any farm producing raw milk and those families who attempt to access raw milk in Ontario.

This petition is a demonstration of the public’s will to assert that government should not stand in the way of informed consent by the individual to choose what they want to consume.

That’s why it’s important to sign.

Your e-signing asks for responsible small-scale certified herd share programs, or like private arrangements, to legally sell raw milk and milk products to their membership/cooperative. As of today, this independent farmer-to-consumer relationship is still criminalized.

This petition closes tomorrow at 12:00 EDT

Everything you want to know on the subject can be found on:

Support Michael Schmidt Facebook Group
The Bovine 

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Stephans Appeal Conviction in Death of Their Son Ezekiel Jul 14/16

David Stephan and his wife Collet Stephan arrive at court on March 10, 2016, in Lethbridge, Alberta. The Stephans are on trial for failing to provide the necessities of life to their 19-month-old son, Ezekiel, who died in March 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS / David Rossiter

The Lethbridge couple found guilty in the death of their 19-month-old son have appealed their convictions.

Calgary defence counsel Karen Molle on Friday filed notices of appeal on behalf of both David and Collet Stephan, who were found guilty last month of failing to provide the necessaries of life to the toddler.

Read the full article here

Read also a July 7, 2016 post from Prayers for Ezekiel Facebook page: Final Judgement, Unedited Copy and Comparative Analysis

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800 Reasons Turmeric Threatens Big Pharma Jul 13/16

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NO SINGLE HERB THREATENS THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY’S GLOBAL MONOPOLY AS MUCH AS TURMERIC. HERE’S WHY…

Turmeric has received a lot of attention in the past few years.

The reason has everything to do with the power of social media to undercut traditional pharmaceutical industry controlled media channels, along with the reality that the available published literature that has accumulated on turmeric’s health benefits is astoundingly vast. The open access database MEDLINE, for instance, now contains over 10,000 study abstracts on turmeric and/or its components, such as the polyphenol known as curcumin. Our intention at GreenMedInfo.com is to save you time looking through these thousands of studies by putting all the relevant ones to natural and integrative medicine in one spot. In the case of the burgeoning volume of turmeric and curcumin literature, that spot is our Turmeric Research dashboard.

This piece is written by Sayer Ji. Sayer is a widely recognized researcher, author, and lecturer, an advisory board member of the National Health Federation, and the founder of the world’s most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource of its kind: Greenmedinfo.com

Read the full article here

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David and Collet Stephan Sentencing Jun 27/16

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No links to media that offer the truth. Virtually everything was an example of yellow journalism at its finest.

NHPPA is sharing a post from a Facebok page called, “Prayers for Ezekiel” on the day of sentencing, June 25, 2016. Visit, “Meet the Stephans” where you can learn more. David shares his personal message to everyone, and a remarkable thank you to Shawn Buckley. He writes, “I would love to begin by expressing my gratitude for our lawyer, Shawn Buckley. He has invested a great deal of time into serving Collet Stephan and I and ultimately helped to uncover so much hidden truth in regard to the passing of our son, Ezekiel. He is an upstanding human being that has been so gracious in the way that he has worked with us and has literally discounted hundreds of thousands of dollars off of our billing.”

There may be an opportunity for NHPPA to post something directly from Shawn in the future.

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LifeStock: Fundraiser for Defending Montana Jones, Michael Schmidt + Robert Pinnell Jun 22/16

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Lifestock is a celebration of agricultural diversity! Food, Music and special guests! Hear talks by and meet Shawn Buckley, Michael Schmidt, Montana Jones, Jodi Koberinski and famous farmer, activist, author Joel Salatin at Lifestock Food & Farm Festival on July 10, 2016 from 10 am – 10 pm in Hastings, Ontario. Find out more and be there!

A fundraiser for legal fees for Montana Jones and Michael Schmidt’s upcoming criminal trial after the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) killed Montana’s rare heritage healthy sheep.

[Edit: Because of critical defense files that Shawn was working on in Calgary at the time, he was not able to attend]

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Video + Article: FDA Approves AspireAssist, Device that Pumps Food out of Stomach for Weight Loss May 19/16

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If you’re in the middle of eating lunch, you should probably stop reading this story. Health officials in the U.S. approved a quirky new weight loss device called AspireAssist that vacuums food right out of the stomach before meals are digested.

It’s incredibly controversial: while it’s meant to help those grappling with obesity, critics have called it “assisted bulimia.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the device, called AspireAssist, on Tuesday. Surgeons insert a tube in the stomach via a small incision in the abdomen. Then, a “skin-port” about the size of a poker chip is installed – that’s where users attach an external tube to flush food after mealtime.

Watch the video and read the full article here

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Merck’s Former Doctor Predicts Gardasil To Become The Greatest Medical Scandal Of All Time Jun 13/16

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“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine” – (source) Marica Angell. She is a physician and author, along with being the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine – regarded as one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world.

Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Merck & Co.’s Gardasil vaccine in 2006, it has been surrounded by tremendous amounts of information, controversy and misinformation. This controversy has garnered much attention as people become more aware of the importance of paying attention to what goes into their bodies. It’s imperative that one examines a large body of evidence before believing what is seen on TV or stated on a radio advertisement, and people are slowly starting to wake up to this fact.

Read Arjun Walia’s article from Collective Evolution from January 15, 2015

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