Germany and Luxembourg Uphold the Status Quo of Homeopathic Medicines, ECHAMP

NHPPA joins ECHAMP (European Coalition on Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products) to celebrate Germany’s ongoing commitment to health freedom. German health minister Jens Spahn announced that due to its relatively low cost and high demand, homeopathic medicines will continue to be reimbursed by insurance companies. While homeopathic remedies are not publicly funded in Germany, they are reimbursed by 70% of health insurance companies. This decision echoes those recently made by the health minister in Luxembourg, another country that recognizes the validity and power of homeopathic medicines.

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MedEffect e-Notice from Health Canada | Pregabalin & Gabapentin Associated with Risk of Opioid Overdose

On September 17, 2019 Health Canada released a MedEffect Notice advising of a risk associated with the combination of gabapentin or pregabalin drugs with opioids. The notice links the use of these drugs in combination to opioid overdose and other serious side effects like respiratory depression (slowed breathing), increased sedation (sleepiness), dizziness, fainting, and death.

Gabapentin is commonly known as Neurontin and is prescribed to treat epilepsy, while the related drug pregabalin is commonly known as Lyrica and is prescribed to treat nerve pain.

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Our Shortest Pep Talk on Record

There’s more than one reason to cheer NHPPA’s president Shawn Buckley on. These three words of encouragement showed up in one of the latest petition count submissions. NHPPA’s mission is filled with pushback and detractors, so notes that accompany filled petition pages highlight your magnanimous and collaborative character! We’ll dig deeper and climb higher for, and because of, you.

PRINT YOUR PETITION, FILL IT OUT, SEND IT IN.

(Personal Note Optional!)

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“Novartis Halts Distribution of Zantac Drug Amid Probe into Impurities”, CBC

We can’t imagine that your reaction was any different than ours. Widely used Zantac, marketed as an over-the-counter heartburn medication, is under a distribution halt in Canada. The September 18, 2019 article by Thomson Reuters for CBC, “Novartis Halts Distribution of Zantac Drug Amid Probe into Impurities” (3 minute read) outlines the reason for the halt. Ranitidine, the active ingredient in Zantac, has been found to be contaminated with NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine), a probable human carcinogen. 

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See the Collaboration that Reached MPs Nationwide Manufacturers, Stores, Clinics & Public in United Action

NHPPA’s “Do You Want My Vote?” MP postcard campaign launched April 2019. The momentum continues into the fall. With the support of key natural health product (NHP) manufacturers, over 320,000 were shipped across the country.

Check out the photo gallery! Recognize any environments? More postcards are printed and at the ready to ship to any objector of Health Canada’s policies. If you are a member of the public, find one at a health food store or clinic near you! Educate your MP in an indisputably blatant manner. Sustain the pressure as MPs shift their focus to winning constituents’ votes.

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Eleven Hours. Thousands of Signatures.

After the count. We take your signatures seriously and we caffeinate accordingly. NHPPA’s meticulous petition count process involves checking, double-checking, cross-referencing and then triple-checking the data collected. It is NHPPA’s role to safeguard the signatures collected in support of the Charter of Health Freedom petition until they make the trip to the House of Commons in Ottawa. In an 11-hour count-a-thon, the latest numbers are in (official post in the works) and they illustrate an undeniable acceleration since our July 2019 update.

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The Don’ts of Petition Signing

Too much of a good thing? In this case, no. The (enthusiastic) submission pictured here had the NHPPA team scouring the finest details of Canadian petition requirements. This is the first time we’ve received signatures on the back of a petition page and had to know if they’d count. Surprisingly, they do, although we prefer to receive petition pages with signatures limited to the formatted lines on the front!

We know you’re eager to have your voice counted. Please keep these requirements in mind as you sign the petition or collect signatures:

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Quebec Retailer Shines!

During our last Charter of Health Freedom petition count update in July 2019 a total of 3,390 of the 101,407 signatures were submitted from Quebec. We need even more representation of French Canadians preserved as petition signatures. Our team was elevated to open an envelope with 210 signatures from a natural health product retailer in Brossard, Quebec! Since the last count only 11 of the hundreds of envelopes received contained 100 or more signatures, and of those, only 3 contained over 200 signatures. So this is a rarity!

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David and Collet Stephan Not Guilty Verdict

NHPPA’s Shawn Buckley joined David and Collet Stephan in a collective sigh of relief yesterday afternoon when the court passed down a “not guilty” verdict and the couple was finally acquitted in the death of their son Ezekiel. While we wait for Shawn to comment on the outcome of this burdensome seven-year fight, we celebrate the Stephan’s unwavering commitment to medical choice and parental rights. David and Collet, along with their legal team and family, have fought through unimaginable grief to move the needle for health freedom in Canada.

While David stamped the CTV clip below with his approval, we recommend listening to the words from his Facebook Live address as well: “Enough truth has come out to set us free but there is still more truth that we will be seeking as time goes on.” Canadians’ right to treat their body naturally is bolstered by this verdict and it is up to us to lean into and build the momentum all the way to Parliament Hill. Because as David says, “There will be other families.”

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