Erin Brockovich Comments on Canada Food Inspection Agency Glyphosate Residue Testing Report

On April 13, 2017, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released a report (4 minute read), “Safeguarding with Science – Glyphosate Testing in 2015-2016”, providing the results of their two-year analysis of 3188 foods for glyphosate residue based on their approved Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs). According to CFIA’s data, 29.7% of the food tested contained glyphosate residue, 1.3% of which contained residues above the acceptable MRLs. Infant foods and infant cereals contained 30.7% and 31.7% glyphosate residue respectively.

Is glyphosate residue in our food supply safe as long as it remains below the MRLs? In her September 11, 2017 Facebook post (2 minute read), American environmental activist, Erin Brockovich, shares the results of CFIA’s study and states “I have read many studies and reports on glyphosate and have never seen a single study that shows that there is actually a safe amount of glyphosate to ingest, so the MRLs used in the study are truly a moot point. It is far more significant that almost a third of the food supply tested in the study contained glyphosate. That’s alarming and unacceptable.“

Read Erin Brockovich’s full Facebook post

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“Ontario to Force Pharmaceutical Companies to Disclose Payments to Doctors”, Globe and Mail

This September 27, 2017 article (5 minute read) by Kelly Grant of the Globe and Mail, Ontario to force pharmaceutical companies to disclose payments to doctors, reports on a new piece of proposed legislation for Ontario. The law, a first in Canada, will require mandatory disclosure of payments made to a number of regulated health professions by pharmaceutical companies. This legislation is similar to the US Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a law which requires Big Pharma payments to doctors of $10 or more to be published in an online searchable database.

Grant writes, “Joel Lexchin, a Toronto emergency-room doctor and York University researcher who recently published a book on the relationship between Big Pharma and Canadian doctors, said that when it comes to the “medical culture,” Canada and the United States are very similar.” It makes sense for there to be similar requirements for disclosure here so Canadians know how the medical profession is influenced.

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“Health Canada ‘Gutting’ Law to Detect Dangerous Medicines, with Possible Deadly Consequences, Advocates Warn”, Global News

This August 18, 2017 Global News article (6 minute read), “Health Canada ‘gutting’ law to detect dangerous medicines, with possible deadly consequences, advocates warn”, by Amy Minsky, reveals the slow implementation and eventual disagreeable revision of Vanessa’s Law, a Bill that was passed in November 2014. The law was spearheaded by then-Conservative MP Terence Young, after his 15 year old daughter, Vanessa, died of a heart attack in 2000 after taking a prescribed medication.

Vanessa’s Law was passed to help protect Canadians from harm and death due caused by prescription medications. The law required that all major incidents be reported in order to either flag the issues or recall certain drugs entirely. After holding a series of consultations with industry stakeholders, Health Canada has determined that it is too much trouble to report all adverse drug reactions and that it would be a huge burden on the healthcare system to do so. It appears that Health Canada will now only require the reporting of “serious unexpected incidents” occurring from acute care hospitals and not from clinics, long-term care facilities or other prescribing offices as the original law called for. And rightly so.

In a recent interview Terence Young makes a valid point, “I don’t think they (Health Canada) understand that their primary duty is to protect patients,” he said. “To me, it looks like their primary duty is to keep all the stakeholders happy. But who’s looking after the patients?”

There is a disturbing lack of disclosure in Canada when it comes to harm caused by prescription medications. Minsky reports, “It is widely known, however, that adverse drug reactions are wildly under-reported. A 2015 article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, specifically addressing Vanessa’s Law, stated that less than five per cent of adverse drug reactions in Canada are reported.” Given these new developments it doesn’t appear that things are going to change for the better.

It makes little sense that Health Canada is working to put stricter regulations on NHPs when the real threat to the health and safety of Canadians comes from prescription drugs.

Read the full Global News report and watch the 3 News videos (7 minute watch)

Vanessa’s Law

Health Canada’s proposed changes on the “improving” of Vanessa’s Law

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Request for Reconnaissance | Monitor the Canada Gazette for Notice of New NHP Regulations Sep 18/17

REQUEST FOR RECONNAISSANCE

NHPPA spoke directly to a senior policy advisor at Health Canada on August 18, 2017. We asked about the public consultation meetings and where the proposed “modernization” of self-care products regulations were at. What we learned may or may not be absolute. Things, as in many cases previous, change. Either way it’s a tenuous time for the industry.

Remember that there are two very possible ways that we will see Health Canada bring the proposed new regulations into force. They could do it through a new bill, introduced to the House of Commons, ready for full parliamentary review or simply by publishing them in the Canada Gazette with no time for any real debate or discussion.

Here’s the recon:

We need you to read and participate in the micro-campaign to Monitor the Canada Gazette starting today.

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“The First Follower: Lessons from a Dancing Guy”, Derek Sivers Sep 15/17

Being a follower has negative connotations. Terms like “sheeple” are often used. This video “First Follower: Leadership Lessons from a Dancing Guy” (3 minute watch), published February 11, 2010 by American entrepreneur Derek Sivers flips the standard pejorative. He illustrates a natural emergence and NHPPA shares his views. It’s the followers who are the ones who create a collective voice and are critical to any movement that wants to gain momentum and make positive change inthe world. The tendency to “flock” can be a positive, neutral or negative phenomenon. The context matters. In this particular narrative the herd is elevated!

“The first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. …The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.”

It’s not easy to get behind a “lone nut” at the onset of a new movement. It’s difficult to discern if you trust the platform, the action and its potential result. Stepping outside of what is the societal norm can be intimidating. “It takes guts to be a first follower. You stand out and you brave ridicule yourself”. Friends, family or colleagues may not always understand or support you. But becoming that first, or any of the subsequent followers, brings with it massive potential.

NHPPA wants to thank their “followers”, many of whom have emerged to become lone nuts themselves. To us, you are active and engaged “partners” and one of the most significant reasons we have had success over the past nine years. You will be equally significant when we start launching campaigns where we will, again, ask you to dance with us, when others may not. Writing letters, visiting your MP, collecting signatures for the Charter petition, sharing our work through social media channels, talking about the issues and being resolute in pursuing natural health is music to our ears.

“The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow”.

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“Whistleblower scientist not entitled to get his job back, court rules”, CBC News Sep 6/17

Sharing from Shiv Chopra’s personal page September 7, 2017 after his appeal was denied in court yesterday, “A shameful judgement. Three women judges. Not one asked the cause of my insubordination to senior management. Not one asked why I refused to pass unsafe drugs going into the nation’s food supply. They implicitly blamed me for speaking out about it in public which, indeed, was my duty under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Who can blame me for publishing CORRUPT TO THE CORE? I may be old but not yet gone from saying. O Canada, We stand on guard for thee.”

Dr. Chopra also shared with us that he knows, “the case will die, but the issue won’t.”

Read two media pieces written immediately after the decision:

CBC News article, “Whistleblower scientist not entitled to get his job back, court rules”

Ottawa Citizen article, “After a 13-year battle, former Health Canada scientist won’t get his job back”

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Federal Court Hearing September 6, 2017 | Final Decision in Dr. Shiv Chopra’s Dismissal Appeal Sep 5/17

3 hours. 3 judges. 1 decision. Tomorrow, on September 6, 2017, Dr. Shiv Chopra will make his final court appearance seeking reinstatement of his job as a regulator with the Bureau of Veterinary Drugs at Health Canada. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Federal Court of Appeal (Docket A-404-16), Thomas D’Arcy McGee Building, 90 Sparks Street, 10th Floor, Ottawa. We encourage all supporters of Dr. Chopra who are in the Ottawa area to attend the hearing and show support!

The attached news release by Canadian Council for Food Sovereignty & Health (CCFSH), Backgrounder re: Shiv Chopra’s dismissal appeal, dated August 23, 2017 (10 minute read), details the circumstances that gave rise to the suspension and eventual termination of Dr. Chopra and two of his colleagues. They were fired for insubordination as a result of their publicly speaking out about alleged corruption within Health Canada that led to the compromise of safety of the Canadian food supply.

The news release states, “What is at stake for Dr. Chopra is his reinstatement and vindication; and that it was not only his right to blow the whistle on government wrong-doing but that it was his duty.” Unfortunately, his employer doesn’t agree, “Health Canada’s “biased mandate serving the interests of industry instead of the public interest” continues under the current Liberal government.”

There is no mandatory retirement age for Health Canada employees. Dr. Chopra is 83 years old and still wants his job back. At the very least, he is seeking payment of 13 years worth of lost wages for doing the right thing.

Find out more about issues of food safety in Canada on Dr. Chopra’s website

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“Fast-Tracking Mandatory Vaccinations While Government and Media Muzzle Scientists”, World Mercury Project Sept 1/17

The new age of social and medical experiment. This August 29, 2017 World Mercury Project article, “Fast-Tracking Mandatory Vaccinations While Government and Media Muzzle Scientists”, written by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (11 minute read), exposes the laws in France and Italy requiring mandatory vaccination in direct contravention of the Nuremberg Code (1947).

NHPPA advocates for the work of Canada’s Heather Fraser, author of “The Peanut Allergy Epidemic”, with a foreword by, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who comments on the article:

“As parents back away from vaccination due to increasing evidence of devastating injuries – autism and life threatening allergies – the Italian government has responded with legislation to force parents to consume these one-size-fits all vaccines.”

“In Ontario, our government too is edging towards such a response. As of September 1, 2017 the Ontario government will withhold vaccination exemptions from mothers until they have attended the government’s “vaccination education session.” If the mother refuses, she will be fined $1000, and her child suspended from school. Do you think such education will contain information on all risks (be careful, the law stipulates you to be informed only of ‘material risks’ and the doctor/vaccinator decides what those are)?”

“And now more evidence of vaccine dangers is brought to our attention by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in his latest article. Inorganic “debris” including “minute particles of lead or stainless steel”, chromium, tungsten and a variety of other metallic particles have been found in certain vaccines, according to the International Journal of Vaccines (2017). The consequences of this contamination for our children include “immediate and deferred autoimmune problems.” ”

The 10 Principles of the Nuremburg Code (1947)

The Peanut Allergy Epidemic

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