CBC’s Report on the Cochrane Collaboration Analysis of Tamiflu Clinical Trials Apr 18/14

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NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD HAVE SPENT BILLIONS STOCKPILING ANTIVIRAL DRUGS. CANADA ALONE SPENT ALMOST $200 MILLION.

These decisions were made without access to approximately half of the clinical data available to the manufacturers.

In a report titled Tamiflu’s effectiveness questioned CBC’s The National covers an independent analysis of reports on antiviral drugs which have not been released until now. The report states, “Two antiviral drugs have mediocre effects on relieving flu symptoms, according to a review by independent experts.”

The Cochrane Collaboration is an internationally renowned human health care and policy research body. The group has been fighting for the right to access all data since 2009, when nations around the world began stockpiling the drug in anticipation of a ‘bird flu’ pandemic.

We now know that prior to April 2013, fewer than half of the clinical studies on these two drugs had been published. At the time Roche, the makers of  Tamiflu gave the Cochrane group access to one part of just 10 Tamiflu trials. There are 74 in total.

READ MORE on the CBC’s report and international analysis

 

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Charter of Health Freedom Petition Update, Total Health Show Report and Photo Gallery Apr 16/14

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CHARTER OF HEALTH FREEDOM PETITION UPDATE

The Charter petition topped 93,000 signatures by lunchtime on Saturday April 5—the second day of the Total Health show. By the end of the weekend, we had reached 93,236.

We need only 2829 more signatures to become equal to the largest Federal petition to be delivered to Parliament, in one single submission, since April 27, 1999. We consulted Ottawa’s Clerk of Petitions for figures on the largest Canadian Federal petitions. Parliament’s searchable archives go back 25 years. It is possible then, that when we reach our next milestone, of over 100,000 signatures, the Charter of Health Freedom will be on record, as second only to the Bill of Rights in public support!

TOTAL HEALTH SHOW REPORT AND PHOTO GALLERY

We’ve just received Shawn’s lecture video from the April 4-6 weekend and are prepping it to upload to YouTube.

In the meantime we have compiled a photo gallery and show report for you.

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GlaxoSmithKline faces bribery allegations in Poland Apr 15/14

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FORMER GSK SALES REPRESENTATIVE TELLS BBC’S PANORAMA THAT DOCTORS WERE PAID TO BOOST PRESCRIPTIONS.

The UK-based drug company, which has faced claims of corruption in China and Iraq, has been accused over its alleged behaviour in Poland.

READ THE STORY HERE.

Last year, a July 2013 CBC headline read:

GlaxoSmithKline pledges reform after China bribery scandal.

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Charter to 308 MPs Campaign Step 2 Launch at Total Health 2014 Apr 10/14

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NEW CAMPAIGN AND NEW MATERIALS FOR 2014

NHPPA launched several new tools for you to use at last weekend’s Total Health Show. Our visitors were excited to collect the first copies of our new 2014 articles and packages.

LAUNCHED: STEP 2 OF THE CHARTER TO 308 MPS CAMPAIGN:
THE REBUTTALS

Last summer every federal MP received at least one print copy of the Charter of Health Freedom. Many of you went above and beyond, sending packages to neighbouring ridings, visiting your MP and engaging in protracted conversations.

The responses you received were disappointing. We have placed the MP letters you forwarded to us on our website for all to see.

Shawn analyzed the replies, party by party and point by point, to produce a rebuttal document for every MP to read.

He observes:

“It was interesting in an Orwellian sort of way, to analyze the MP responses to the Charter of Health Freedom (the “Charter”). What jumped out at me immediately, was that none of the responses mentioned or spoke of the Charter. One would think that when the Charter is dropped off, along with a summary of the Charter and a letter demanding action, that some mention of the MP’s thoughts on the Charter would be made.”

This document, including questions to ask all MPs, as well as specific questions directed at the MPs who sent replies, was available at the show for your comments and feedback. It accompanied a full information pack to continue, deepen (and frequently correct) the conversation with MPs.

We are now processing the reactions from those of you who chatted with us about the package.

Everyone across the country will have access to the campaign launched at Toronto’s Total Health Show, within the next week.

READ MORE about the campaign materials, CETA and Bill C-17

   

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New Article in Vitality Magazine: Illegal Remedies Exploring the Federal Prejudice Against NHPs Apr 9/14

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SHAWN BUCKLEY’S ARTICLE IN APRIL’S EDITION OF VITALITY MAGAZINE IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Shawn’s keynote topics for 2014 include CETA, Bill C-17 and our diminishing access to impartial courts.

“The store shelves are full, but are things truly rosy? If you depend on a product that is no longer available, or if you depend on a product that was more effective before Health Canada required a formulation change, then things are not rosy. If you are poor and can no longer afford NHPs which have gone up in price due to the additional costs the Regulations have caused, then no. Indeed, for the poor the Regulations have made natural remedies beyond reach.”

Read the full article at Vitality Magazine

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93,000 Petition Signatures Reached at Total Health Show 2014 |Apr 6/14

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THE CHARTER OF HEALTH FREEDOM REACHES A RECORD NUMBER OF SIGNATURES IN SUPPORT OF A NEW LAW FOR NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS.

Antonio Mendonça, Producer of the Total Health Show just Tweeted: @NHPPA reaches 93000 record signatures on Federal Petition @totalhealthshow now Canada’s largest in 15 years!!! http://twitpic.com/e0hkp7

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Antonio Tweets again: Need 3000 more signatures @totalhealthshow to be 2nd only to Canada’s Bill of Rights petition of 1949 http://twitpic.com/e0hlhd

CANADA’S LARGEST FEDERAL PETITIONS

  • At 85,421 signatures, the largest single petition to be presented to the House of Commons in the last 2 years was for the extension of medical benefits through the Employment Insurance Program (June 21 2011)
  • At 92,572 signatures, the largest petition in the last 7 years was a series of petitions against cruelty to animals (February 19 2007)
  • At 96,065 signatures, the largest petition in the last 15 years was a series of related petitions against Child Pornography (April 27 1999)
  • At 625,510 signatures, the largest petition in Canadian history was a submitted to Diefenbaker to support the creation on Canada’s Bill of Rights (Feb 9 1949)

 

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Emergency Kit for Health Canada Raids Mar 31/14

 

AFTER DELAYS AND DEADLINES COMING AND GOING FULL ENFORCEMENT OF THE NHP REGULATIONS IS UNDER WAY.

An NHPPA supporter, who is an industry insider states, “We should expect 12 to 18 months of illogical and inappropriate enforcement activity while industry and government sort out an appropriate level and process of enforcement.”

If you don’t yet have a copy of NHPPA’s Emergency Kit for Health Canada Raids written by Shawn Buckley, download your free copy today.

You cannot afford to wait until it’s too late to find out how to help protect your business.

Know your rights.

Read more about the Emergency Kit and download your free copy

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Tools for Change: Five Things I Wish I Knew When I First Became Politically Active Mar 26/14

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“Campaigns don’t win through the execution of one tactic, but through the implementation of many tactics that usually follow a certain order.  Social change rarely happens through one tactic alone but it can happen when you launch a political campaign.”

The NHPPA regularly hears questions such as, “Why is it taking so long to change things?” and we came across an excellent article by Jessica Bell of Tools for Change which explains just how political change can happen.

The piece is a wide-ranging treasure chest of advice for activists with some fascinating infographics. If you ever get frustrated with the pace of progress, or the lack of engagement when you are trying to educate your networks, this piece is one to go back to time and again.

It explains why political campaigns work best in stages, tactic by tactic, why it pays to keep tight focus on a single aim and how people’s engagement with your issues tends to move incrementally.

Tools for Change run workshops in the Toronto area for groups and individuals who want to be more effective at what they do. They cover such topics as direct action, coalition building, group decision-making and more.

This is a website to watch!

READ Five Things I Wish I Knew When I First Became Politically Active
by Jessica Bell

Here is another great source of information on how to plan and execute an effective campaign. In The Art of Campaigning, veteran activist Des Wilson describes the principles of campaign planning; research, writing, target setting and preparation.

“Do it well. What you produce is your credibility.”

READ The Art of Campaigning
by Des Wilson

One more piece of inspiration…

In a thoughtful, encouraging and beautiful “Letter to a Young Activist in Troubled Times” Clarissa Pinkola Estes PhD reminds us that “we were made for these times” and that “we are the leaders we have been waiting for.”

READ Letter to a Young Activist in Troubled Times
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes PhD

 

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Shawn Buckley’s Total Health 2014 Keynote Lecture: CETA, Natural Health Products & Bill C-17 Mar 19/14

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Much has happened, and is changing, since last year, both here in Canada and internationally. Shawn has taken some time to put together yet another new Total Health Show presentation for his keynote lecture of 2014. Shawn will be speaking in Room 205 at Toronto’s Convention Centre on Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  He will be available before and after each talk for questions at NHPPA’s Booth #209.

The political and legislative landscape alters constantly. These are the issues we must have front and centre as we educate our networks and our elected representatives this year:

CETA, NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS & BILL C-17

Moving Out of the Eye of the Hurricane and into the Storm

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The introduction of Bill C-17, which is a partial resurrection of the infamous Bill C-51 is a matter that everyone interested in protecting their access to natural health products needs to educate themselves on.  We are also facing enforcement of the NHP Regulations in 2014 in a way we have not seen before.  Learn about this and also get updated on the status of the secret Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (“CETA”). Although the Government has touted that a comprehensive agreement has been reached, the details remain secret. One of the primary concerns is that Canada will adopt restrictive European Union regulations governing natural health products.“ 

As ever, we will be placing a video of the presentation on our website as soon as it is available, so that you can stay up-to-date from coast to coast.

GETTING TO THE SHOW

Thank you to those to responded to our ask for the funds to attend Total Health Show without impacting our other work. It’s vital this year that we stay on target to complete the campaigns which will bring the Charter of Health Freedom to parliament. At the same time, it is getting more and more expensive for us to attend these shows. We are still short some of the vital funding which goes into the presentation, promotion, travel, booth set up/staff and largely the educational material you rely on us to get out to the public from year to year.

Please consider a one-off contribution to help us, help you.

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Should Disease Prevention Be Tax Deductible? Mar 14/14

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A LOOK AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMNENT’S BIAS AGAINST NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS

Dr. Zoltan Rona MD MSc asks this question in a hard hitting and wide-ranging article in Vitality Magazine this month. The piece outlines the ways in which natural products and pharmaceuticals are treated differently by the tax system. Dr Rona explains that his patients who use NHPs are hit in two ways by the tax system, not only are they most usually ineligible for exemption on a tax return, they also incur HST.

This is clearly becoming a hot topic with consumers, since Shawn Buckley and Genevieve Eliany wrote of similar frustration among their clients in last month’s Alive Magazine.

Dr Rona’s article goes on to demonstrate that the current NHP regulations have taken tax exempt status away from some products, and points out that the hyper-regulation we are now seeing has driven prices up as well, forcing many Canadians to shop over the border. He concludes with an update on the current class action lawsuit and advises readers to complain to their MP.He suggests that you find out where your MP stands on the issues and make the current government bias against natural health products an election issue.

This article is an excellent addition to any information you are planning to send to your MP during our upcoming Step 2 of the Charter to 308 MPs campaign. If you send Dr Rona’s article to your MP, as he suggests, be sure to add that your constituency office has already received a print copy of the Charter of Health Freedom and that it is a ready-made solution to the problem of over-regulation.

Read Should Disease Prevention Be Tax Deductible? by Dr Rona in Vitality Magazine

Read Why Can’t We Claim Natural Health Products? by Shawn Buckley and Genevieve Eliany in Alive Magazine

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