Last One. Healing Is Bad For Big Pharma.

Last one. Today we’re sharing the sixth and final quote from Shawn Buckley’s conversation on Brett Hawes’ podcast that was filled with soundbyte-worthy content. With the world’s focus being seized by an unexpected reality, it’s easy for our minds to be consumed by just that one thing. But, it’s critical we don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. The crisis we are experiencing collectively will end, and we must to ensure that our representatives in office know that we demand continued access to natural health products and practices in this health emergency and after.

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“The Expansion of Homeopathy and How Quebec is Joining The Political Movement”, IHR Health

A Quebec pro-homeopathy conference seeks to protect effective remedies. This December 21, 2019 article (4 minute read), “The Expansion of Homeopathy and How Quebec is Joining The Political Movement” takes a balanced approach to reviewing the event. As noted in the article, “Homeopathic remedies have been around for 200 years and are used, according to the World Health Organization, by some 200 million people.”

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“Sleeping with Seroquel: Drug Safety Expert Urges Doctors to Stop Prescribing Antipsychotic for Insomnia”, The National Post

An article is making social media rounds again because off-label use of this drug remains a pressing issue in Canada, the US and other European countries. Natural health products (NHPs) are frequently attacked for “a lack of scientific evidence”, while both prescription and over-the-counter chemical drugs are often prescribed off-label without the same level of scrutiny. Seroquel is an antipsychotic drug intended for the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia but is widely recommended for patients with insomnia. The June 14, 2017 article (3 minute read) by Sharon Kirkly for the National Post, “Sleeping with Seroquel: Drug Safety Expert Urges Doctors to Stop Prescribing Antipsychotic for Insomnia” (3 minute read) outlines the reason for concern with this off-label drug use.

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Health Canada Consumer Survey on NHPs

Due to the format and bias that does not ask for positive feedback about Natural Health Products (NHPs), it appears to us that this specific survey is written to generate a case for Adverse Reaction Reporting and additional Label Requirements. Health Canada is seeking input from Canadians who use NHPs through The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP-Canada), an adverse drug reaction reporting agency. The survey questions Canadians use of NHPs and their negative experiences.

Complete this survey (no more than 10 minutes), submit and share with your network.

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“A made-in-Canada” solution to the coronavirus outbreak?”, Macleans

Sharing from Dr. Zoltan Rona, MD—Canadian physician, author, natural health educator and long time friend of NHPPA. “Quercetin is NOT a drug. Looks like Big Pharma is claiming a drug derived from quercetin (found in apples, garlic, onions and other plants) will be effective for coronavirus. FYI quercetin, despite what the reporter is saying here, is NOT a drug and is a natural health product available from any health food store without a prescription. Before you all run out there and buy multiple quercetin bottles, do realize that this concept of being an effective coronavirus cure is pure speculation. It is however one excellent example of how Big Pharma rips off nature to make $ billions in profits.

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Charter of Health Freedom Petition Update Feb 14/20

Well, that took longer than expected! NHPPA updates the Charter of Health Freedom petition count two or three times a year. The momentum intensified so much at the end of 2019, that we were stunned by the incoming envelopes from across the country. THIS will be the count to beat. We have added 5,574 hard-won signatures to the petition! Today, NHPPA records a remarkable 111,524 signatures in favour of the Charter of Health Freedom being enacted into law. To our knowledge, with 111,524 signatures The Charter of Health Freedom petition is the third largest single Federal paper petition, pending delivery, in the last 70 years! Keep the signatures coming! Learn more about this petition update, how it compares with other Federal petitions and how a petition can (and has) changed laws.

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Thank You Barbara!

Harnessed power. Sustained passion. Consistent effort. This is how change happens. Barbara owns a little health food store on Quadra Island in BC, so she would be deeply affected by Health Canada’s proposed changes to the Self-Care Framework. Thankfully, she knows the importance of taking action to protect our right to access natural health products. She recognized the strength she holds to make a difference and remained committed in her efforts until she had collected enough signatures to fill one page of the Charter of Health Freedom petition. Thank you, Barbara!

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Our Drug Laws Need Reform. Go Social.

Go social. In 2019 you’ve seen us go on—and on—about Shawn Buckley’s appearance on Brett Hawes’ Holistic Health Masterclass podcast. Well, we aren’t letting up yet. We want to make sure you don’t miss these important talking points that can help you structure your communication to the MPs and other government officials responsible for your health. While we favour traditional letter writing when contacting your MP, social media has its place. One voice can send the message. Many voices give the message gravity. It illuminates the distrust Canadians have for those making policy decisions about our right to treat our bodies naturally.

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