Discussion Paper Released: Shawn Buckley’s Review of Health Canada’s Proposed NHP Regulation Changes Oct 24/16

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SHAWN BUCKLEY’S OPINION ON THE SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 DISCUSSION PAPER ON THE REGULATION OF SELF-CARE PRODUCTS IN CANADA.

He clearly defines the timing of meaningful action, the significant threat posed by the proposed changes to the current regulations, the unfair consultation process and what the changes may really mean to the Natural Health Product industry, natural health practitioners and consumers. Find out why the Charter of Health Freedom becomes even more relevant today than when first drafted.

Read the complete Discussion Paper here

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Charter of Health Freedom Petition Count Update Feb 11/17

THE LATEST NUMBER OF CANADIANS SUPPORTING THE CHARTER OF HEALTH FREEDOM BY SIGNING ITS PETITION IN A SHOW OF SOLIDARITY STANDS AT 95,581. 

Even though NHPPA was not able to run any campaigns in 2016 due to limited funding, the advance in petition signatures was courtesy of a number of dedicated Health Food Stores and Natural Health Practitioners across the country. They kept the numbers progressing! An additional 452 original signatures have been added to the count. The petition is now only 486 signatures short of becoming the second largest federal petition in Canadian history. e-Petitions may have come to pass but the Charter of Health Freedom petition must remain, pen to paper.  Understand why in an updated Paper vs e-Petitions update. After 8 years, the timing could not be more relevant. NHPPA has some renewed support from a very small group of uncompromising and active Canadian manufacturers, who have always understood what was at stake. We may be able to run a final national push for signatures while seeking a Liberal MP to take the Charter and the petition to Ottawa.

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The Huffington Post article: “How ‘Psychobiotics’ Use Gut Bacteria to Treat Mental Illness” Feb 2/17

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In this November 2016 article, “How ‘Psychobiotics’ Use Gut Bacteria to Treat Mental Illness” by Carolyn Gregoire in The Huffington Post, you’ll read about a recently published paper in the journal Trends in Neuroscience. The paper discusses how Oxford psychiatrists are encouraging the use of a new term “psychobiotics” to include “any intervention that has an effect on mental health by way of changes in the gut microbiome.”

While natural medicine practitioners have been using probiotics for prevention and treatment of disease for decades, the spotlight is now turning to its function with mental health issues. Alternative health practitioners, such as Dr. David Pulmetter, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, Deepak Chopra and Sayer Ji, are focusing more attention on protocols involving a healthy microbiome. For centuries, traditional diets included fermented foods – clearly they were onto something long before science began to prove it.

“The larger question here, in medical, scientific, and legal terms, is that psychobiotics are not currently classified as a treatment,” as Dr. Philip Burnet, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford and one of the study’s authors points out. Burnet said “At most they are a dietary supplement. The answer to how and whether they should be regulated will emerge as we learn more about the effects of these substances on the central nervous system.”

Will future regulation reduce your access to probiotics and other things that affect the microbiome which are currently commercially available, such as fermented foods and probiotic supplements? As Burnet points out, “We have suggested than any intervention that has a psychological effect through changes in the gut microbiome, is potentially a psychobiotic.” and “This may include diet and exercise, both of which affect the bacterial communities in the gut, and both influence mood and cognition.”

The article goes on to say “Regulation would allow people to access psychobiotic treatments with proper guidelines for use and dosage, based on their particular needs.”

Read the full article here

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