“Citronella bug spray makes comeback after public pressure” Feb 20/15

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SOPHIA HARRIS, BUSINESS REPORTER FOR CBC, EMAILED NHPPA TO SHARE HER LATEST PIECE.

“Citronella-based bug sprays are getting a second chance. After a long battle with Health Canada, massive media coverage, and public outcry, the government agency has decided to review its plan to ban the product. The sudden shift has exasperated not only manufacturers, but also scientists. They wonder why Health Canada shunned their original recommendation that citronella oil was generally safe. The natural products manufacturer Druide is back in the citronella bug spray business, a business it says it should never have been forced out of.”

Read the full story here: http://tiny.cc/uwfdux

 

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“Big Pharma benefits; the public suffers” Feb 19/15

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NEW ARTICLE BY DR. ZOLTAN RONA IN ALIVE MAGAZINE

“Big Pharma benefits; the public suffers” highlights the detrimental effects of Health Canada’s Natural Health Product (NHP) regulations on the industry in Canada and for Canadians who rely on NHPs for their health. He reminds us that “Many NHPs are denied NPNs by Health Canada for what I believe to be nebulous reasons.” Other damaging effects he points out are higher prices, restricted selection, sales going south of the border, drug-like warning labels…

Read the full article here: http://tiny.cc/gfq9tx

Visit Dr. Rona’s website: http://highlevelwellness.ca/dr-rona/

 

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Health, Nutrient or Therapeutic Claims on Food Labels Feb 11/15

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MISLEADING HEALTH CLAIMS ON FOOD PACKAGING REGULATED BY CANADIAN AND AMERICAN AGENCIES ARE RESTRICTIVE AND PROBABLY RIGHTLY SO. 

But what happens when the products claim is arguably true? We learned that Dr. Bonner’s brand of coconut oil was sent a warning letter from the FDA last year telling them to remove wording on their label that referred to MCT’s positive effect on cholesterol, “Clinical research confirms that the saturated medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) in Virgin Coconut Oil, such as lauric acid, actually improve blood cholesterol by increasing the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol.” This health claim is backed by scientific evidence, as summarized in an article in Nutrition Review (link below) that references published scientific studies. 

The problem with this kind of information on food labels, as the FDA puts it, is that someone might think that the product could be used for treating a specific health issue, as if it is a drug. The FDA’s letter goes on to say: “Your product is not recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses and, therefore, the product is a “new drug”…New drugs may not be legally introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce without prior approval from the FDA… Furthermore, your [product] is offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use this drug safely for its intended use. Thus, this drug is misbranded…” 

Where do rules for public protection in regulation end and censorship of truthful claims begin? Why are there glaring double standards?

Packaging examples where claims made, seem to fit the definition of a natural health product: http://nhppa.org/?page_id=9718

Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada guidelines for food and natural health product health claims are hard to navigate what is, or is not, allowable. Review links to see what the industry must work through: http://tiny.cc/0vtwtx http://tiny.cc/gxtwtx

In 2014, food law and criminal lawyer Genevieve Eliany looked into the marketing practice of Health Washing: http://tiny.cc/n0twtx

Warning letter from the FDA to David Bonner: http://tiny.cc/e1twtx

Nutrition Review summary on MCTs: http://tiny.cc/c2twtx  

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First 2015 NHPPA Member of Parliament Visit Jan 28/15

Josh Gitalis Shark Square Jan 2015ONE OF NHPPA’S MOST ACTIVE NUTRITIONIST MEMBERS DID IT AGAIN.

Josh Gitalis has participated in almost every campaign that we’ve run for over 7 years. His clinic’s Facebook page does not spare any time getting to the point: http://tiny.cc/ju06sx Thank you, Josh! 

Earlier this month, Josh attended a prearranged a meeting with his NDP Member of Parliament, Andrew Cash. He called NHPPA to get an outline of what he should discuss and how to present the issues through our material. He prepared a comprehensive package and schooled one of our nation’s elected officials in Toronto. Josh let us know that Mr. Cash was “very receptive” and that “he and his team were astounded by the number of people who signed the [Charter of Health Freedom] petition. They didn’t know about it. They were going to contact Vancouver MP Libby Davies, NDP’s Health Critic, to see what she knew about it. They suggested that NHPPA set up media events, to get the word out!” 

Find what you need on our Visiting Your MP webpage: http://nhppa.org/?page_id=3058. If you’d like updates or support please email us at info@nhppa.org to help you prepare!

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“The Taxation of Supplements” Jan 7/15

Why Are Health-Conscious

PUSH FOR A POSITIVE POLICY CHANGE

In this article author Shawn Buckley asks “Why is our federal government using taxation to encourage us to use prescription drugs and to discourage us from taking natural supplements?”

He provides a clear and straightforward analysis of the policies that show a distinct bias for allopathic medicine and are punitive towards natural health care options, such as natural practitioners and supplements. If we really had freedom of choice, shouldn’t this be a level playing field?

Have you ever wondered why prescription drugs are not subject to taxes yet natural health product supplements are? Why is the cost of a medical doctor visit covered by our healthcare system yet Canadians who choose a more preventative and natural approach to healthcare must pay out-of-pocket for natural practitioners? Shawn points out that our Canadian federal government’s financial and taxation policies discriminate against anything that is not under the allopathic umbrella.

Shawn outlines at least four reasons why the policies are flawed and not in the best interest of Canadians’ health and our pocketbooks.

Read the full article here and see how you can take action and push for positive policy change.

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During The Height of Reports, Dr. Dave Janda Interviews a Questioning Dr. Shiv Chopra About Ebola Dec 12/14

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 WHEN ASKED IF HE WOULD TAKE THIS NEW EBOLA VACCINE HE REPLIED: “NO WAY!” 

At the height of the Ebola media fever, Dr. Shiv Chopra provided some interesting perspectives, background and concerning questions on Ebola and vaccines. He was interviewed by medical doctor and radio show host Dr. Dave Janda. Dr. Chopra is a legendary PhD microbiologist, vaccine researcher and specialist, former senior scientific advisor on vaccines for Health Canada and celebrated whistleblower, having published a book about Health Canada, ‘Corrupt to the Core’.

The interview provides excellent perspectives on Ebola: history of the disease and former smaller outbreaks, the recent spread and mortality rates, medical practices to control this infectious disease and gaps in the processes of the most recent outbreak. Dr. Chopra also sheds light on the development of a vaccine by Glaxo which is not a typical vaccine, but rather “a weak flu causing virus attached with two genes of the Ebola virus – the most dangerous to even think of – making this a genetically engineered new organism.” He questions the actions of the stakeholders who stand to benefit from this Ebola outbreak and why Canada has even been working on Ebola and other obscure infectious diseases since the mid-1990′s. 

Listen to the podcast interview herehttp://tinyurl.com/kvkgus9

Issues on Health and Food Safety: http://shivchopra.com/

Interesting short piece on Ebola media in the US and comments on reporting style: http://tiny.cc/6vprqx

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FDA Revised its Position on the Use of Aspirin Nov 19/14

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BAYER IS NO STRANGER TO MAKING HEALTH CLAIMS (AD CIRCA 1899).

Recently, the FDA revised its position on the use of Aspirin as a preventative protocol in response to Bayer US wanting to change their Aspirin label to say that “it can help prevent heart attacks in healthy individuals”. An article by Dr. Mercola does a good job of summarizing the health risks and research studies on Aspirin. It shows that there were no preventative benefits of daily aspirin use, and in fact the side effects and risks are far greater than originally thought. While it doesn’t appear that Health Canada has made the same determination (at least not yet) the influence of the FDA on the worldwide community is powerful. 

Read Dr. Mercola’s article here: http://tinyurl.com/ofdm8ae 

Other pharmaceutical blood thinners, such as Warfarin and Pradaxa, each have long lists of side effects and health risks, yet are still on the market in Canada and widely used. Sadly, one of those health risks is death, as told in this CTV news story in April 2014, where Pradaxa had be linked to 281 deaths in Canada alone. 

Read more here: http://nhppa.org/?p=8802 

One very promising natural health product used to thin blood and prevent dangerous blood clots, Nattokinase, has been used for about 1,000 years without negative side effects or having caused a single death. Research on this enzyme has shown successful results for patients with cardiovascular health issues and benefits for some other chronic health issues as well. This newsletter discusses a variety of clinical uses and research on Nattokinase. 

Read the newsletter here: http://tinyurl.com/nzonmby 

Unfortunately Health Canada does not believe there is enough evidence to support the safe use of Nattokinase for patients in Canada and has banned it making the sale of it illegal in Canada. On Health Canada’s website page “Notice to Stakeholders of Nattokinase” they state that, “Blood thinners are used for the prevention of primary and secondary heart attacks and strokes. Since blood thinners carry the risk of internal bleeding, the health benefits from blood thinners must outweigh the risk of internal bleeding. Understanding the benefits versus the risks requires that there be sufficient supporting evidence.” If this same statement (and resulting removal of product) were applied to pharmaceutical blood thinners, would they still be on the market? If there were safer and effective alternatives available, wouldn’t you be interested having access to them?

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“The Health-Washed Line Between Foods and Natural Health Products” Oct 8/14

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HEALTH-WASHING FROM BAD TO WORSE FOR NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS. 

Genevieve Eliany, LLB and NHPPA contributor, explores the blurred lines we see between product categories. Foods and drinks can hold NPNs, especially as large junk food manufacturers reformulate products with a healthy veneer, while natural health products are limited in labelling and claims. Testimonials and truthful claims are usually forbidden. Will the growing number of junk foods with NPNs devalue the very legitimization the NNHPD claims to be seeking? Is there room for truthful freedom of expression?

Read the published article here: 
http://issuu.com/healthactionnetworksociety/docs/health-action-fall2014-issuu

About Natural and Non-prescription Health Product Regulation in Canada: http://tiny.cc/h2afnx

 

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Pre-Market Approval of Dietary Supplements: The Canadian Story Sep 17/14

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WHAT IF THE FDA ADOPTED HEALTH CANADA’S REGULATORY MODEL FOR NHPS? 

The Alliance for Natural Health (USA) recently published an article by NHPPA’s Shawn Buckley, where he gives a clear picture of the main differences between Health Canada and the FDA’s current regulatory systems for Natural Health Products (NHPs). You’ll be enlightened (and perhaps enraged) about the negative ripple effects caused by Health Canada’s regulations that we don’t usually talk about. 

Read the full article article published: http://tiny.cc/cwmcmx

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Is an Ounce of Prevention Worth More than a $49 Billion ‘Cure’? – Time for Government to Wake Up Sep 17/14

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THANK YOU FOR THE KUDOS, VITALITY MAGAZINE! (TORONTO, ON) 

Editor-in-chief Julia Woodford gave NHPPA online optics after her brilliant rant on healthcare budgets, food, drugs and a not to be missed quote by Dr. Zoltan Rona on Health Canada’s latest bans.

Read the full article commentary: http://tiny.cc/fxlcmx

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