Charter of Health Freedom Petition Signatures Arrive from Victoria Health Show

Fibonacci spiral memes are part of internet play. We could not resist producing our own! Nature’s popular display of the formula found in mathematics are in sunflowers, pine cones, branching trees, field daisy petals and the nautilus shell. The Victoria Health Show petitions, collected by volunteer Shannon Lee Rae at the end of January, finally arrived. They were in such perfect order we had to fan them out to make the most of the moment. We recounted for accuracy. She reported right. Although not quite a Fibonacci number, her collection of 272 new signatures built the petition’s strength. NHPPA’s gratitude to her, is of course, infinite. With each individual signature, the petition continues its growth and adds to itself more value, without “changing the shape” of our ultimate goal. Enacting the Charter of Health Freedom. We invite you to be part of the pattern!

Petitions in English, French and Chinese!

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Look Out, Bone Broth; Mushroom Broth Might Be Even More Magical, Modern Farmer

Here’s one for NHPPA’s foodie contingent. More than likely, a significant number of you. Nature’s own “natural health product” powered up in a medicinal liquid. In this February 5, 2019 article (2 minute read + recipe) by Modern Farmer, “Look Out, Bone Broth; Mushroom Broth Might Be Even More Magical,” the newcomer to the bone broth trend is garnering notice and for all the right reasons. From gut-healing to anti-aging, the powers of bone broth are hard to resist, but vegans can now reap the same benefits. Beneficial vitamins and minerals, electrolytes and collagen of bone broth can be found in this vegan counterpart along with the remarkable medicinal properties of mushrooms. “… holistic nutritionists say they offer other potential health benefits, including reducing cholesterol, protecting the liver and having antihypertensive, antioxidant, antidiabetic and antiviral properties,” explains the article. This nutrient-dense, plant-based alternative is tasty and simple enough to sway the staunchest of bone broth enthusiasts.

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MedEffect e-Notice from Health Canada | Opioids in Children’s Cough & Cold Products

On February 18, 2019 Health Canada released a MedEffect Notice advising that children under the age of 18 should not be consuming cough and cold products containing opioids. The products in question contain codeine, hydrocodone, and normethadone. A safety review of these products has found that people who use opioids during childhood have an increased likelihood of problematic substance use later in life.

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Recognition & Declaration | Shawn Buckley Explains

Shawn Buckley

RECOGNITION & DECLARATION In this second 2:28 minute video of a 21-part series, Shawn Buckley explains Section 2 of the Charter of Health Freedom, “Recognition and Declaration of Health Rights and Freedoms”. This section identifies the fundamental freedoms that currently exist – and more importantly, should remain protected – under Canadian law. We cannot continue allowing our rights to be eroded. We have freedom of choice in health care. We have sovereignty over our own bodies. The rights to make personal health decisions are rights we have free from government interference. The Charter of Health Freedom takes the rights that Canadian courts and our common law tradition say that we already have, and codifies them so there will be no misunderstanding, by Health Canada or any other government department, that these are fundamental health rights that Canadians have.

As the author of this standalone Act, Shawn Buckley makes clear the key features of each section. He breaks down the proposed legislation into language that everyone can understand. We are already anticipating the third clip where Shawn will discuss the guiding Principles of the Act in more detail. We’d love to know why it’s important to you to protect your fundamental freedoms.

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Never Give Up!

She signs off all of her emails with “Never Give Up”. And we don’t want to! Betsy V. recently encouraged the team with her email. She is one of our longtime supporters. For almost the entire time NHPPA has been working! She set up a regular monthly donation to spur the fight for health freedom. She’s a practitioner of many modalities and supports her clients with supplements that are now under threat. Because of Betsy’s commitment to give what she can, NHPPA’s small but efficient team is increasingly motivated to make a meaningful change in the natural health landscape. There are only words of gratitude right back to her!

NHPPA relies on donations from stakeholders and the public. We have ramped up our work but are in significant need of financial support to continue for the rest of the year. We need 500 Canadians like Betsy who can commit a $25 monthly contribution. But no regular donation is too small! We need people who care about the future of the natural health industry and want to see us maintain the momentum.

$25 a month for one year from 500 people would allow us make 2019 the strongest advocacy year ever. We need to take more action and enact more change at the federal level. We are unable to work for you, without you. Consider partnering with us and start your contributions today.

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What is the Preamble? Shawn Buckley Explains


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In this first 50-second video of a 21-part series, Shawn Buckley explains the “Whereas” page of Charter of Health Freedom. It is an introductory statement that highlights the reasons we want to see the Charter enacted as law and sets the stage for why we need what follows. Your body is your body. You are competent enough to make your own educated health decisions. There is no space for government interference. The Charter of Health Freedom secures these truths and protects Canadians from Health Canada’s ever-growing level of oversight and control. The Charter protects your right to choose how to treat injury or illness in your own body. Unless we can move forward with a solution, the following generations will not appreciate what we lost – control over our own bodies.

As the author of this standalone Act, Shawn Buckley makes clear the key features of each section. He breaks down the proposed legislation into language that everyone can understand. We are already anticipating next week’s clip where Shawn will discuss Rights and Freedoms in more detail. We’d love to know how you exercise your right to treat your own health.

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Didn’t We Win in 2008 with Bill C-51?, Common Ground

We do not take pleasure in accurately predicting the future. NHPPA’s position stems from a knowledge base that relies on facts and acuity to analyze government actions. In this March 11, 2019 article (4 minute read) by Shawn Buckley, published in Common Ground, “Didn’t We Win in 2008 with Bill C-51?,” the words chosen to describe our bureaucratic opponents are not excessive. Nor is the forecast of what the future looks like for Canada’s natural health industry and all those who define themselves with it. “We are at a crossroad. What we collectively decide to do, or not do, will define whether we are factory farm animals or sovereign beings. If we allow this self-care framework to proceed, we will never recover our right to use natural remedies in a meaningful way. We will never get back to that place where truthful health information was not censored. This is a special moment for you to decide who you are.”

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The Seedy World of Plant Poaching, The Walrus

Can one of Canada’s most valuable endangered plants survive another plundering? In this February 19, 2019 article (3 minute read) by The Walrus, “The Seedy World of Plant Poaching,” a light is finally shed onto the illegal trade of Wild American ginseng. It is one of the most well-known herbs in natural medicine coveted for its array of health benefits, from lowering blood sugar levels to reducing stress. Though their plight may not be as newsworthy as that of endangered animals, this rare root is being harvested by poachers, smuggled across borders and illegally sold online. “If we lose those wild populations, maybe we’ll lose something bigger than just a plant… maybe we will lose a drug that can save lives,” says Jean-François Dubois a federal wildlife-enforcement officer. The wild plant population has been in decline for years, but pressure from excessive harvesting and poaching to feed demand in Asia is causing numbers to plummet. A growing environmental consciousness for ethically collected ginseng may be the only option left to save the dwindling root. Visit Canadian Wildlife Federation to learn more about supporting Canada’s endangered plant species like Wild American ginseng and many more!

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Traditional Chinese Medicine, Support with New Charter of Health Freedom Chinese Petition

Traditional medicine, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), does not receive the respect it deserves from federal or provincial governments in Canada. NHPPA is a big fan. TCM uses techniques like acupuncture, cupping or moxibustion as well as Chinese herbal medicines and nutrition that are deeply connected to the phenomena of nature and energy. It is a philosophy that evolved over thousands of years. TCM’s methodology boasts significant efficacy. All without requiring public funding. Rather than acknowledging the ancient wisdom, profound skill and benefit to public health, TCM has been met with ill-advised barriers constructed by regulators. TCM practitioners are already forced to contend with misguided over-regulation. They are facing another major threat to their professional capacity and their patients will suffer for it.

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Call for Volunteers at Toronto Health Shows 2019

Are you a fierce freedom fighter? Do you live in or around Toronto? If so, we need your help! NHPPA is looking for volunteers for the Total Health Show, April 12-14, and the Whole Life Expo, November 8-10, in downtown Toronto. You can do your part in protecting our health freedom while meeting with like-minded members of the public, industry experts and natural health advocates. It is paramount we engage a wide audience of individuals who do not yet realize the threat currently facing Natural Health Products in Canada. Let’s have Toronto continue the momentum built by our amazing volunteers in Western Canada. NHPPA’s presence at health shows with invested attendees is valuable, but we can’t do it without dedicated volunteers. We’d love to hear from you today!

Volunteer details for each show: http://nhppa.org/volunteer

 

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