Offenses and Punishments | Shawn Buckley Explains

OFFENSES AND PUNISHMENTS In this seventeenth 1:40 minute video of a 21-part series, Shawn Buckley explains Sections 20, 21 and 22 of the Charter of Health Freedom, “Offenses and Punishments”.  These sections outline the consequences a manufacturer, retailer or practitioner might face if they are found in violation of the Charter. While it is critical to have a judicial structure of punishment in a regulatory environment, these sections ensure the discipline is not so severe that it prevents the public from accessing a product. The proposed sanctions in the Food and Drug Act fine offenders up to $5,000,000 per day, which functionally bankrupts most purveyors of natural health products. The Charter exists to respect and promote health freedom and good health outcomes. Taking a product off the market because of a regulatory offense may not render the best health outcomes, so these sections of the Charter of Health Freedom give the Courts the ability to consider the chain of cause and effect throughout the Canadian wellness landscape.

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. Stay tuned for the next clip as we enter the final stretch of this series where Shawn will discuss the role of the Crown and government employee liability in more detail.

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Direction Determines Destination

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If you’re moving one way, you’re not moving in another. The writing of papers, creation of posts and new national calls to action were put on hold the last few weeks in favour of direct, individual support. NHPPA’s recent work ignited a flurry of freedom fighter activity from across the country. Our calls for action were answered. Daily contact to clinics, practitioners and stores pulled rank! The most overwhelming correspondence came from the public. We’re still in it today and working to keep up with demands. If we haven’t gotten back to you yet, we will. Please know that every call, email, letter and online message to reach us is important. As are those who allow us to do this work. Our funders deserve kudos. They have allowed us three years to make an impact and build a position that has now turned into significant constituent and NHP stakeholder power. We did our job! Current funds will carry us until the end of the summer, after which the effort to continue may be in your hands.

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Thank You from Audrey!

“How dare they?” she asks. I think we can all agree. Thank you, Audrey, for remaining engaged in the matter of protecting Canadians’ health freedom and donating to NHPPA. The incisive note, reminds us yet again, why we fight as hard as we do. Yes, there are incredible Canadians like Audrey who stay well educated, offer motivating words and invest not only time and energy but also much needed funds. It is what allows us to continue creating nationwide conversations and push back. Do not think for a moment we have not had some impact. As individuals, in the context of activists and advocates, we cannot become complacent and believe that others, like Audrey, will do the work for us. As her note aptly indicates, “we live in a democracy”. The most fundamental aspect of a functioning democracy is active constituents. That’s us, the public. Are you informed on the issues that restrict your freedoms? Have you made your opinions known to your Member of Parliament? Do you contribute financially to organizations like NHPPA that work tirelessly on your behalf? Audrey did her part. We ask you to engage in ways you can, consistently, and donate!

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“Health Canada Allows More Religious Groups to Import Ayahuasca”, Global News

Did any of you catch this? A May 8, 2019 article (3 minute read) by Global News, “Health Canada Allows More Religious Groups to Import Ayahuasca,” restrictions are loosened to allow a total of five religious groups to import ayahuasca for spiritual purposes. In an important win for traditional practice, this exemption promotes free expression of a religious sacrament without government interference. While it took fifteen years for the first exemption to pass, recent groups have encountered a simpler process, opening a door for more research and education into the therapeutic benefits and effects of ayahuasca.

A master herbalist we spoke to recently was clear that ayahuasca is a powerful herb, the effects of which are not to be taken lightly. These religious groups must seriously consider contraindications between ayahuasca and other foods, herbs, drugs and pre-existing health conditions. But since ayahuasca is unapproved in Canada, there are no strict guidelines around its use, which may leave some individuals vulnerable to harm.

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“How I Recovered From the Devastating Effects of Lyme Disease”, Vitality Magazine

She’s back and she’s on target. Helke Ferrie opens her latest illustrative piece with, “There is nothing like personal experience to unleash my focused rage at a medical system that allows such avoidable suffering.” NHPPA will tell you that there is also nothing like her unparalleled knowledge and powerful voice to give you accurate, extensive and exhaustive detail on a subject. She wants you to walk away with the answers you’ve been looking for. Helke was stricken with debilitating Lyme disease, which is woefully misunderstood in Canada.

In this June/July 2019 issue of Vitality Magazine, the article (7 minute read), “How I Recovered From the Devastating Effects of Lyme Disease,” presents Helke’s compelling and explicit personal story. In the wake of her own illness, she has examined decades of research, thousands of studies and compiled, what she refers to as, top scientific and clinical quality evidence.

Helke’s story would have a very different ending had she not been able to access traditional healing modalities, natural health products and low-risk medical devices – yet another example of why we, as Canadians, cannot allow the Self-Care Framework to be implemented by Health Canada.

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Regulations Cannot Restrict Health Freedom | Shawn Buckley Explains

REGULATIONS CANNOT RESTRICT OF HEALTH FREEDOM In this sixteenth 1:47 minute video of a 21-part series, Shawn Buckley explains Sections 18 and 19 of the Charter of Health Freedom, “Restriction of Health Freedom.” Section 18 gives the Minister of Wellness the power to make regulations, a necessary function in a regulatory environment. Section 19 introduces a new statement which protects products from being strictly removed from the market for noncompliance. It offers a more reasoned approach to consequences for noncompliance to ensure that Canadians do not lose products they depend on as a result of rigid regulations. Examples are given with wild-harvested herbs. Regulations could prevent a manufacturer from sourcing the most potent wild herbs in favour of controlled greenhouse-grown herbs. Section 19 of the Charter of Health Freedom ensures that wild-crafted herbs, that comply with regulations, are not removed from the market.

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. Keep an eye out for the next clip where Shawn will discuss Offenses and Punishments in more detail.

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Column Space for NHPPA in the Cowichan Valley Voice

Proactive volunteer, Jennifer Shelley, acts again but her medium changed. This time she worked to secure some column space in the June 2019 Issue 127 of Cowichan Valley Voice magazine. The piece (2 minute read), “Health Canada’s Proposed Regulations Aim to Remove Our Access to Natural Health Products,” is an excerpted version of an article, initially published in Vitality Magazine in March 2019. The original article written by Shawn Buckley, clearly covers the ways in which Health Canada’s proposed new regulations will negatively impact both the natural health industry and Canadians’ health freedoms. The urgent push back that NHPPA initiated over two years ago continues only with your support. Jennifer certainly leads by example!

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Another Event for a Volunteer Who Always Fosters Success at the Cowichan Healing Arts Expo 2019

NHPPA volunteer, Jennifer Shelley, was hard at work at British Columbia’s recent Cowichan Healing Arts Expo from May 31-June 2! Jennifer is a homeopath in Duncan, BC. She always surprises us with her proactive approach to finding spaces and events in her region to educate the public about the Charter of Health Freedom and the current Health Canada regulation changes threatening our access to natural health products. Another 50 signatures will be added to our count and 150 Do You Want My Vote?postcards are on the way to the riding’s MP.

“I feel the power of connection with like-minded people is the way we can achieve the greatest results in life. I am so grateful for the NHPPA and all the work they are doing to connect people on this very important issue. I really enjoyed the conversations that I had and the ability to raise awareness. For many of us this is not just politics but our way of life, business and how we educate our children.”

Jennifer, thank you for all you do as a practitioner and the much-needed consistent effort to protect the health freedom of all Canadians!

Find places to be! Your time to educate and ask for action is a significant part of a positive outcome. Jennifer will call and tell us what she needs and we send it! She sometimes just accesses the materials for a petition station at a store, clinic or events near her. Please consider doing the same. We are here and can support you, too.

CITIZENS’ PETITION STATION | STORE & CLINIC POSTERS & PETITION KIT

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MedEffect e-Notice from Health Canada | Safety Warning Regarding Arthritis Drug

On May 21, 2019 Health Canada released a MedEffect Notice advising of a risk of serious drug-induced liver injury, at times resulting in acute liver failure and requiring a transplant for patients using ACTEMRA. It is an intravenous and subcutaneous drug prescribed for treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Giant Cell Arteritis, Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Medical practitioners are being advised to discontinue use in patients with hepatic impairment and to test liver enzymes before and during treatment.

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