Retailer & Consumer MP Letter Writing Action Steps to Oppose New Self-Care Products Regulations | Jul 14/17

Citizens for Choice in Health Care (CCHC) is a non-profit association based in Alberta whose primary goal is to advocate for the integration of complementary therapies as an accepted part of traditional medical practice. NHPPA endorses their work. On April 29, 2017, CCHC published a provocative article that sheds light on the hidden agenda for proposed “modernization” of Health Canada’s regulations on natural health products.

As a follow up, CCHC has launched an initiative for natural health product retailers across the country to have their customers take action. The campaign asks Canadians to write to their local MP and demand that they prevent the enactment of Health Canada’s proposed new NHP regulations. NHPPA encourages retailers and consumers to participate. Many of Canada’s MPs are newly elected and are not aware of Health Canada’s history to restrict access to NHPs and limit Canadians’ freedom of choice. These actions target how we identify ourselves and undermine our pursuit to live according to natural health principles. CCHC’s campaign is critical to making your voice heard by making all MPs aware of the unconstitutional nature of Health Canada’s plans.

Take part in this national initiative

It is likely that Health Canada’s new NHP regulations will come into law simply by being published twice in the Canada Gazette as an amendment to the Food and Drug Regulations. This means that there will be no parliamentary process. We are asking all NHP advocates to help monitor the Canada Gazette by using search terms such as “natural health products”, “self-care” or “Food and Drug Regulations”

Learn more about the threat Health Canada’s proposed new regulations pose by reading Shawn Buckley’s October 2016 Discussion Paper on the Regulations of Self-Care Products in Canada

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“Why Big Pharma’s Days are Numbered” Alliance for Natural Health International Article Jul 7/17

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In this June 27, 2017 article (6 minute read), “Why Big Pharma’s Days are Numbered“, Robert Verkerk PhD of Alliance for Natural Health International cleverly demonstrates how different industries have parallel offerings that serve many types of consumers who are demanding solutions-based products that meet their needs; are more sustainable than ever and how health care systems run by governments are running interference.

Verkerk states, “Why should healthcare be different? Lip service is currently being paid to sustainable healthcare, but so far, it’s either about throwing good money after bad into a broken system or lessening the healthcare system’s negative impact on the environment.”

In Canada, our current healthcare system allows citizens to choose how they wish to manage their health concerns. But it does so in a restrictive way, discrediting treatments that do not fall within the, arguably dangerous, pharmaceutical convention. Consider models where manufacturers innovate based on the needs and wants of consumers. Why shouldn’t we also benefit from the evolution of business economics for innovation in natural wellness solutions?

Deloitte, one of the world’s most respected consulting firms, agrees with the need for integration. In its Global Health Care Outlook report for 2017 it states, “Today’s health challenges are complex and interrelated so care delivery models that use a multi-pronged, collaborative, and technology-enabled approach are more likely to yield positive results.”

Read Deloitte’s full report

Learn how the Charter of Health Freedom is the solution which allows for full freedom of choice in health care for Canadians.

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CBC’s Article Continues to Discredit NHP Industry | Shawn Buckley Responds Jun 30/17

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On June 26, 2017 CBC News published an article called “Medical Journal takes aim at natural remedies”. Shawn Buckley has responded to the piece that, once again, draws negative attention to natural health products (NHPs) and misinforms the public.

“You do not have to read the article to know it is inflammatory. Indeed, even the title is instructive. “Medical Journal takes aim” tells us a “Medical Journal” has sided against natural remedies. In reality there was a short editorial (yes, editorial) by a medical doctor who clearly does not like NHPs. This was not a medical journal taking sides. It was the CBC making an editorial sound newsworthy. With all that is going on in the world, the first question is: why would the CBC find this editorial newsworthy? I do not have an answer, but I can say that I have become quite alarmed by a steady mainstream media campaign to promote a change to the way natural health products are regulated. The stories mirror Health Canada’s current campaign to push for changing how NHPs are regulated (without Health Canada actually revealing the specific changes). Some parts of the CBC’s story are misleading.”

Read Shawn’s full rebuttal

References are made to Health Canada’s historic attempts to limit access to NHPs. Discussion papers written on the subject:

Bill C-51 An Act to Amend the Food and Drugs Act (June 2008)

Bill C-52 Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (May 2008)

Bill C-17 An Act to Amend the Food and Drugs Act (December 2013)

Health Canada’s September 2016 “Consultation Paper” on the Regulation of Self-Care Products in Canada (October 2016)

Protect your right to sovereignty over your own body

Learn more about the Charter of Health Freedom with helpful video explanations by Shawn Buckley on each section: http://bit.ly/2syoRkD

Be a part of a national movement and sign the Charter of Health Freedom petition. Download a copy of the Charter petition http://bit.ly/2kfk2JO and start collecting signatures. Completed petitions can be mailed directly to:

Natural Health Products Protection Association
5070 Fountain Street, North
Breslau, ON N0B 1M0

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Charter of Health Freedom Petition Count Update & Upcoming Practitioner Petition Drive Jun 23/17

On April 27, 2017 all 95,581 original Charter of Health Freedom (COHF) petition signatures arrived at NHPPA headquarters in Breslau, Ontario having previously been stored in a secure location in Kamloops, BC. Over the course of three days, the individual petition pages were meticulously reviewed, accounted for and carefully put into secure storage pending delivery to the House of Commons. 815 brand new signatures were found.

Find out where they came from and the significant milestone reached

In December 2015, e-Petitions became an acceptable method to bring a petition to the Canadian Parliament. The COHF petition began in 2008 as a paper petition and must remain a paper petition.

Here’s why

Products that practitioners have been using to safely and effectively to treat their patient’s health concerns are, again, at risk. If the restrictive nature of the current regulations hasn’t been applied to you yet, it absolutely will, in one way or another. We are asking all practitioner wonder women and men to get their cape and tights on! NHPPA is launching a practitioner’s petition drive to make an amazonian effort for petition signatures. Help us reach our goal of 125,000 signatures through practitioners and their networks.

Learn more about why it’s important

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Opportunity for Action | Attend Health Canada’s Continued Consultations on “Self-Care Products” Jun 6/17

Sign up and show up for Health Canada’s (HC) next round of public consultation meetings. They continue this Friday June 9, 2017. From what HC shared previously, topics will include: Market Entry, Labelling, Vigilance, Compliance, Cost Recovery, Advertising. We do not know whether or not they will have made “adjustments” to their proposal from what they heard in their April/May sessions. The modernized regulations of Self-Care products include cosmetics, natural health products, non-prescription drugs. For background on why we are rallying support to take action, see the links provided below. Registration is now open in select cities across the country for in-person events and limited webinars. NHPPA wants, and needs, you to attend so that when HC releases more information, or the final document, you will already be informed and empowered to take the right actions.

Spaces fill up quickly so register today

Relevant links:

Health Canada’s original September 2016 Consultation document setting out the proposed new classification system that incited nationwide industry concern.

Health Canada’s March 2017 Executive Summary of the responses received from the initial 2016 online questionnaire, giving HC their apparent justification to develop the current proposal.

Shawn Buckley’s discussion paper on Health Canada’s original September 2016 “Consultation” document.

Read NHPPA’s May 30, 2017 Facebook post, “Manufacturing Consent”, sharing insight into what Health Canada is not telling you about their proposed NHP regulations as well as an audio recording (with PowerPoint slides) of the initial public forum meeting held in Saskatoon on April 4, 2017.

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“Psychiatric Drugs Killing More Users than Heroin, Cocaine, say Health Experts” Vancouver Sun Jun 2/17

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“The interesting thing about this is that it’s a prescription drug and people think they’re safe,” Ahamad said. “But as it turns out, we’re probably prescribing these drugs in a way that’s leading to harm.” Original article published May 17, 2016, updated May 30, 2017.

Read the full article here

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Industry Perspectives, Health Canada “Self-Care” Consultation Recording + Slides May 30/17

This provocative April 29, 2017 article published by Citizens for Choice in Health Care (CCHC), “What Health Canada Won’t Tell You About their NHP Proposals…But You Should Tell Your MP”, sheds light on the hidden agenda for proposed new “modernization” of Health Canada’s regulations on natural health products and encourages Canadians to speak up and raise their concerns with their local MP.

It is no secret that when it comes to access to NHPs, Health Canada is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Portraying itself as a public protector citing safety as its justification, it instead seems to guard the interests and profits of big pharma and and does not work to fairly represent alternative medicines.

The CCHC piece does not camouflage its position and states, “make no mistake, the sole purpose of these consultations is to manufacture consent from stakeholders, the public and politicians for what HC is actually attempting, which is to provide a mechanism for pharmaceutical companies to monopolize NHPs for serious chronic diseases, as drugs derived from natural constituents appear, protected by use-patents”. It goes on to state that “the current HC proposals boil down to a purely bureaucratic and corporate agenda that has absolutely nothing to do with the benefit of Canadians.” The column ends with a call to take action.

Read the full article and learn how to effectively voice your concerns to your MP

Richard DeSylva RH, DNM from The Herb Works attended one of the Health Canada consultation meetings held in Toronto, early in May. Read his summary of notable take-away points.

NHPPA team members attended the consultations, both in person and via webinar. Listen to the complete recording of the first meeting in Saskatoon.

Find all of the accompanying slides

The recording is 2 hours and 23 minutes in length, the actual presentation with question and answer period runs for the first 1 hour and 30 minutes. The balance of the recording is of the participants going through a workbook exercise.

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March Against Monsanto | May 20, 2017 Worldwide Keep GMOs Out of Your Genes May 12/17

Hundreds of thousands of the concerned citizens will hit the streets May 20, 2017 for the 6th international March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign.

Most NHPPA supporters are as active with the GMO issue, and other worthy missions, as they are with their actions to help protect access to Natural Health Products.  This is a reminder and invitation to join in solidarity.

Worldwide events take place in hundreds of cities on six continents. March Against Monsanto is a global call to action aimed at raising public awareness about the increasingly toxic food supply, calling into question long-term health risks of genetically modified foods and demanding that GMO products be labeled so that consumers can make informed decisions.

Full Global Event List, in an Excel file to help you find the Facebook page of the march happening in a city near you.

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Meeting with NDP Health Critic Don Davies | Shawn Buckley’s Summary May 9/17

On April 1, 2017, Don Davies, MP for Vancouver Kingsway and NDP Health Critic, held a public forum on the regulation of natural health products. Shawn Buckley was there to meet with Mr. Davies and to hear the public input. Given the April scheduling of the first round of Health Canada’s public consultation meetings on the proposed new regulations for Self-Care Products, the timing could not have been better. Shawn also had a private discussion with Mr. Davies to share NHPPA’s perspective on several of the issues surrounding the regulation of natural health products.

In Shawn’s summary on the outcome of the public forum, he writes “We are at a time where it is essential to be prepared to bring political pressure when the proposed changes are released”. He further states, “As with Bill C-51, we anticipate a fight that will be crucial on the issue of you being able to access effective supplements in the future. We will need to be ready.”

Shawn goes on to remind us of the Trojan Horse, “In speaking with Mr. Davies, and with others at the forum, I was left with the impression that some feel that the proposed changes will come in the form of changes to the Food and Drugs Act Regulations. If this is how the changes are brought in, it would fulfill a warning the NHPPA flagged in a discussion paper on Bill C-17.”

Read what that warning was and a summary of the full meeting

Shawn Buckley’s recent article from Common Ground magazine

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NHPPA’s Censorship Compendium in Support of our 2017 Actions Campaigns | Apr 28/17


A new surge of science censorship has begun south of the Canadian border. Avi Selk titled his February 1, 2017 Washington Post piece, “Canadian scientists were followed, threatened and censored. They warn that Trump could do the same.” The piece illustrates the similarities between the Harper and Trump administration, silencing scientists and media. Even with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s, seeming restoration of scientists’ rights to speak to the public, the corrupt nature of censorship in natural medicine directly jeopardizes people’s rights–and lives.

LEARN HOW TO RECOGNIZE WHERE CENSORSHIP LIVES.

Purchase NHPPA’S Censorship Compendium (Edition 1) and join our efforts to educate and inform the Canadian public!

As a fundraising initiative for the Total Health Show 2015, NHPPA sourced natural health thought leaders and advocates to create our compendium. It is a collection of original articles about censorship as it relates to our healthcare system, regulations, food safety and how information is withheld by the authorities who claim to protect us. All of the printed copies made available at the show sold out! To launch our 2017 fundraising efforts, we are once again making the compendium available for a limited time.

For just $10, please purchase NHPPA’s compendium and support our upcoming government pressure and public education campaigns.

Buy the Censorship Compendium (Edition 1)

You will be enlightened by industry experts who share perspectives and insights that will incite and inspire you. The content is at times, not surprising, and at others, shocking and disturbing. In all cases the information in this compendium is an absolute necessity for understanding how censorship is affecting your health, by restricting what knowledge you can access, where and how it is delivered to you, and who you can trust.

Thank you in advance for your support!

While NHPPA has a very small number of industry supporters who understand the importance of our work, we need a greater and constant level of funding to create action campaigns. One of which is to educate and inform our current government. Many of the MPs elected are brand new to office and have never heard of the NHPPA’s work or are aware of the significant issues Canadians and the NHP professional community face because of the regulatory framework and censored, life-saving information. If you like and appreciate what we stand for and support the Charter of Health Freedom, we ask that you to contribute to NHPPA’s fundraising efforts by purchasing the Censorship Compendium (Edition 1). Your donation of just $10 will provide you with access to a printable booklet in a downloadable PDF link.

Further reading: Media censorship in Canada continues as the country slips out of the top 20 in 2017’s World Press Freedom Index.

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