Food or drug? Nov 19/13

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According to the FDA, a food should be classed as a drug if it’s making scientific health claims on it’s packaging. This has happened to manufacturers of pomegranate juice, green tea and notably, walnuts. Diamond Nuts made several health claims on their packaging that were backed by peer reviewed scientific research. They were then told by the FDA that they were illegally marketing their walnuts as they didn’t have an approved new drug application. Apparently, only drugs can make people healthier. Surely, Hippocrates didn’t intend to support the position of regulators when he said, “Let food be thy medicine.”

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CLICK HERE to read the letter the FDA sent to Diamond Nuts.
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Shawn & Genevieve’s New Article in Alive Magazine: Why Can’t We Claim Natural Health Products? Nov 19/13

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WHY CAN’T WE CLAIM NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS? ASSESSING THE REGULATION AND TAXATION OF NHPs, BY SHAWN BUCKLEY AND GENEVIEVE ELIANY

Pam was in a financial crisis. While her son was taking prescription drugs, her medical plan covered the cost. When her son reacted to the drugs and the doctor began using natural health products (NHPs), the cost was not covered. Nor could she claim a tax credit.

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Pam’s problem is a reality for many. Our tax laws favour prescription drugs and make it difficult for low-income Canadians to access natural remedies. With the significant changes that we have witnessed in the regulation of NHPs, it may be time to rethink our tax policy.

READ MORE at Alive Magazine

 

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Shawn Buckley’s Comment on Vega’s Response to Health Canada’s Recall Request Nov 5/13

VEGAVega is not recalling two of their products despite Health Canada deeming them a “potentially serious risk” to Canadians. Here’s what Shawn Buckley has to say about their stand:

“I have read Health Canada’s advisory on the Vega products and have watched Vega’s Public Response to Health Canada’s Advisory. Assuming that the information Vega has put in their public response is true (and I have no reason to doubt its veracity) I have to say that I respect Vega for being reasonable. On many occasions I have had to give legal advice to companies facing recall demands by Health Canada. I have learned through experience to never assume that there is an actual health risk. The first thing I have the company do is independent testing which leads to an independent risk analysis. If the product is therapeutic in that there could be a health risk to removing the product, then I usually get medical advice on the risk of removing the product so that a balanced risk analysis can be done. For example, when last year Health Canada was demanding all suppliers of Nattokinase to recall, an independent risk analysis concluded that a recall could lead to harm.

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