Volunteer Praise for Victoria Women’s Expo Mar 2019

NHPPA broke new ground at the Victoria Women’s Expo this past weekend March 2/3, 2019. Having a booth at a show that wasn’t focused on alternative health, was a first. New volunteers Jennifer Shelley and Eileen Nielsen dialed up their discussion strategies when faced with the majority of visitors having no idea they are at risk of losing rights over their own bodies. They had their work cut out for them. Advocating for the Charter of Health Freedom petition kept them motivated. Their efforts resulted in another 190 signatures for the petition! Eileen reported back to NHPPA, “We have a lot of work to do!” Two full days of high-energy public advocacy takes stamina. Midway through Sunday, Jennifer called in back-up with volunteer Robyn Grant to close out the show. Thank you all for giving your time! Volunteers’ work strengthens our outreach and reverberates the energy of freedom.

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Anti-Vaccine Group Launches Billboard Campaign in Toronto, The Globe and Mail

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Anyone in Toronto see these? It was an unprecedented action for the veteran Canadian advocacy group. Amidst the latest wave of strong criticism against the anti-vaccine movement, they offered a valid counterpoint on “risk” in a mainstream ad space. In this February 26, 2019 article (2 minute read) from The Globe and Mail, “Anti-Vaccine Group Launches Billboard Campaign in Toronto,” we learn that Vaccine Choice Canada increased visibility about vaccine safety as a result of growing public concern. Their mandate is to empower families to make educated, voluntary and informed decisions about immunizations. “Unfortunately, the mainstream media can’t tell the difference between “anti-vaccine” and “vaccine risk aware,” says vice president Ted Kuntz. The messages in circulation were meant to raise questions and spur discussion about mandatory vaccinations. However, the ads have since been removed on grounds of being “dangerous” to the public. Despite the backlash, vaccine safety messaging is reaching a wider audience, thanks to both social media and organizations like Vaccine Choice Canada.

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FDA to Strengthen Dietary Supplement Oversight, Reevaluate Existing Regulation and DSHEA Law, Nutritional Outlook

Beware of spin and fear selling. United States’ FDA messaging on natural health products (NHPs) is a tune we’ve heard before. In this February 11, 2019 Nutritional Outlook article (6 minute read) by Sebastian Krawiec, “FDA to strengthen dietary supplement oversight, reevaluate existing regulation and DSHEA law,” Canadians are shown we are not alone in the battle to “modernize” regulations. While this article seemingly highlights the shiny side of regulations, it fails to acknowledge the risks associated with strict government control in making personal health decisions. The fight to keep American NHPs accessible to the public illustrates a common threat to health freedom throughout North America, and in fact, the world. This is not news for the industry but may be for members of the public. Here at home, NHPPA continues to raise awareness and build momentum against proposed Health Canada regulations, so it is more critical than ever to stay informed about international legislation that can act as a precedent in Canada.

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Volunteer Ready-To-Wear and Represent Apparel for the Victoria Women’s Expo Mar 2 & 3, 2019

Sure, they’re not superhero capes… but in this case, a T-shirt is the next best thing! This weekend a volunteer dynamic duo will be at the Victoria Women’s Expo, educating the public and collecting more Charter of Health Freedom petition signatures. As the regulatory landscape heats up, the Charter becomes the clearest solution. Our dedicated staff and volunteers have attended several shows across three provinces in the last few months, with a focus on getting pens in hand and signatures on paper. The support from out West, and the successes at each show, are unprecedented. We would love to hear from active supporters to continue the momentum across the country. After this weekend’s show closes, we’ll have an update on the status of the Charter of Health Freedom petition. Until then, if you’re in or around Victoria, please visit our NHPPA volunteers and show them some deserved gratitude!

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Discussion Paper Release: Origin of the Self-Care Framework, Health Canada’s “Evidence” Documents

Shawn Buckley’s opinion paper concerning the “evidence” provided by Health Canada to support the proposed Self-Care Framework to group Natural Health Products (NHPs) and non-prescription chemical drugs under a single set of regulations is now available.

The purpose of the paper is to reveal the names of the people responsible for the change and to show the documents they relied upon to bring about this change.

We are asking you to educate yourself by downloading and reading this Discussion Paper (January 2019) and supporting documents.

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Holistic Nutritionists | Cannabis & Clinical Practice

Navigating the new Cannabis Act regulations, and where cannabis and cannabinoid products fit into natural health professionals’ practices, can leave you feeling strung out. Shawn Buckley’s ability to make complex regulatory environments understandable allowed the first group of dedicated wellness practitioners to better understand what is coming down the pipe from Health Canada.

NHPPA’s first Natural Health Partners Action Education Zoom Call was held on Tuesday February 5th, 2019 exclusively for Holistic Nutritionists.

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See the Microscopic Wonders of Herbs, National Geographic



Plants never cease to amaze. For all our familiarity with herbs and spices, we have yet to understand the origins of the seasonings we use so frequently. Many of us for medicinal purposes! In this January 24, 2019 article (5 minute read) by National Geographic, “See the Microscopic Wonders of Herbs,” photographer-scientist Martin Oeggerli offers us a glimpse into the world of ordinary kitchen compounds to tell the tale of their evolutionary history. Oeggerli uses microscopes to reveal the intricacies behind the distinct flavours we associate with the culinary plants. The attributes that give them their unmistakable taste are in fact an arsenal against predators and harsh environments. “In each herb, then, we find a ghost of the species against which the herb protected itself.” Chemical compounds along with colour, shape, texture and flavour impact a plant’s life as much as it does ours. What protects them, protects us. We agree with Oeggerli, “In our cabinets, so much else deserves inspection… The world is full of things we have yet to examine carefully.”

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Post-production Complete. Ready for Launch.

It’s finally in the can. NHPPA has a talented team, from varied professions, working in cities across our great country. For the last two weeks, although there are more than a few projects on our docket, we were heads-down devoted to completing a highly valuable educational tool. Shawn Buckley and our videographer, David Delouchrey, recorded a series of 21 short primers that explain The Charter of Health Freedom in terms everyone can understand. The series takes you into the proposed legislation that gives Natural Health Products and Practices their own Act. Each segment makes clear what it means for you. We did a set in 2009 but have revisited the features in 2019 with the confidence, that even 10 years later, it is still the best solution.

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11 Wellness Trends To Watch In 2019, MindBodyGreen


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This article will take you down a rabbit hole. But not in a strange and surreal way. In a lead-you-to-some-interesting-truths way. It reports on trends and the wellness industry is no exception. This December 3, 2018 feature (30 minute read, if you’re lucky) by MindBodyGreen, “11 Wellness Trends To Watch In 2019”, shares a mix of products, modalities and sustainability movements. All are gaining momentum. “We’re predicting that wellness will only continue to become more accessible and earth-friendly this year.” The underlying theme they predict, “is the blending of old and new. More and more ancient practices that have withstood the test of time will enter mainstream consciousness.”

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