Remembering Shiv Chopra

“Personally, I have lost one of my heroes. I first had the honour of meeting Shiv when we were both on a panel at a health show. As the years went by, I had the pleasure of getting to know him better. The more I got to know Shiv, the more I respected him. I was always struck by the depth of his integrity. Lately, there have been too few who are willing to sacrifice to stand up for what they believe is right. Shiv was one of the few.” – Shawn Buckley

On February 24, 2018, Dr. Shiv Chopra was remembered in a celebration of life event hosted by the Canadian Council on Food Safety and Health in Ottawa. NHPPA’s Executive Director has a copy of Shiv’s book “Corrupt to the Core” in which Shiv inscribed, “We Shall Succeed”. It is appropriate to reflect on these words. He set the example for us by standing up for what was right. Let’s honour the author by following in his footsteps. We miss you, Shiv.

 

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“Does the Herbal Supplement Kratom Really Contain Opioids?”, LiveScience

In this February 7, 2018 article (4 minute read), “Does the Herbal Supplement Kratom Really Contain Opioids?”, published by LiveScience, we learn about recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) research showing that many of the natural compounds found in Kratom bind to opioid receptors in the brain, which then classify the plant as a restricted substance. Last summer, NHPPA received a letter from a Kratom advocate. It shared a number of considered thoughts including a reference to an upswing in fear-based media coverage in both Canada and the US surrounding the use of Kratom products, and a report that retailers who offered Kratom were being intimidated into forfeiting sales of the supplement through unannounced visits by Health Canada. In the letter, NHPPA was asked if we had a stance on the use of Kratom as a natural health supplement. 

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Canada’s Greenest Employers (2017)

Commitment to social and environmental responsibility is increasingly central to an organization’s development. Canada’s Greenest Employers runs a yearly competition to recognize leaders in creating a culture, of not only environmental awareness, but impact in social, cultural, financial and educational programs. Many focus on the physical work space, training and skills development, hiring strategies, diversity and an area resonate with our work–immersive wellness initiatives and the promotion of natural health product and practices. Every 2017 winner has their own webpage with the full rationale behind their selection. Worth a look. You’ll be motivated and inspired to raise the bar! Make a list of “green” questions so that local, independent spaces thriving in communities across Canada, deserve a chance to attract your dollars with values that match your own.

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