NHPPA Not Attending Total Health Show 2017 | 2016 Show Lecture + Censorship Compendium Apr 21/17


This show has always been a significant event for us since 2008, specifically, for public outreach. Each year, an ever increasing number of public and practitioners learn about the original and ongoing issues. They finally understand the gravity of how the regulations have affected consumers and industry stakeholders over the last 13 years. It is a lot to wrap your head around, and believe, especially when one hears it from industry organizations and stakeholders that are deep down the rabbit hole.

If you are not a monthly supporter, please consider contributing to our efforts so that we do not have to reject invitations for Shawn Buckley and the NHPPA team to participate in critical public events and run campaigns in 2017. We hope, that with your help, we can attend the Whole Life Expo in November to make up for this significant absence. Please donate to see us there.

In case you missed it, NHPPA’s efforts at the 2016 Total Health Show were another success! We were privileged to have Michael Schmidt step in at the last minute to take Shawn’s place for the two scheduled lectures. As you may have read in our Facebook posts last year, Shawn was unable to attend as he was in Alberta defending David and Collet Stephan.
Watch the recording of the bizarre story about Michael’s 20 year fight for food freedom, the real story behind the sheep napping saga, and how you can be prosecuted for being the subject of unlawful surveillance.

Michael Schmidt’s exclusive lecture for NHPPA

A complete descriptive photo gallery of the NHPPA team at work in April 2016

New and popular downloadable handout material NHPPA produced for booth visitors

The full Raw Milk Food Freedom MPP Action Kit 2016

The Censorship Compendium [Edition 1] is back on our site as this year’s first fundraising effort. NHPPA developed a unique compendium, including original writings by health freedom experts, regarding censorship in medical, political, scientific arenas as well as educational institutions. The content is at times not surprising, and at others shocking and disturbing. In all cases the information in this compendium is an absolute necessity for understanding how censorship is affecting your health, by restricting what knowledge you can access, where and how it is delivered to you, and who you can trust.

For just $10, purchase NHPPA’s featured Censorship Compendium and support our 2017 campaigns and attendance at shows!


Public Consultation Webinar Added by Health Canada for the Proposed Self-Care Regulations Apr 21/17


On April 14 (see post on our wall) we notified our supporters, by Facebook and e-mail, about a series of public consultation meetings Health Canada was hosting in select cities regarding the proposed regulation of self-care products, under which Natural Health Products are captured. All of the responses we received from active members indicated that most of the live and English online consultation meetings had been “sold out”. We encouraged them to email Health Canada at selfcareproducts-produitsautosoins@hc-sc.gc.ca and ask that the English webinar be opened up to allow for more attendees (or at the very least, make a replay of the webinar available). We are pleased to hear that Health Canada acknowledged the public and industry request and added a second English webinar on May 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm EDT. If you attempted to register for the original webinar and received the “sold out” notification, try now!

Register for the May 1 English webinar

Read NHPPA’s original April 14 Facebook post regarding the consultations


Opportunity for Action | Attend Health Canada’s Latest Consultations on “Self-Care Products” Apr 14/17


Calling on active NHP advocates to attend and give input at Health Canada’s public consultations being held in select cities across Canada. These meetings are related to the proposed Self-Care Products regulations in which NHPs are captured. One of NHPPA’s staff attended the first meeting of this “second round” of consultations in Saskatoon on April 4, 2017.

The first half of Health Canada’s presentation is an overview of the consultation process to date with attention drawn to “what was heard” from the public, industry, researchers and other stakeholders in 2016. You will hear a full review of the updated framework based on these responses, including compliance and enforcement. The second half is a workbook Q&A.

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Federal Legislation On Legalizing Marijuana Unveiled. Apr 14/17

Does your stance on freedom to choose, regardless of whether it’s for medical or recreational purposes, include marijuana? Learn about what our government is proposing to become law in 2018 in this Global News piece from April 13, 2017, “Federal legislation on legalizing marijuana unveiled“.


“Your Natural Health Products Under Illegal Attack” published in Common Ground Apr 14/17

Our good friends over at Common Ground (BC) recently featured Shawn Buckley’s article, “Your natural health products under illegal attack” which was originally published in the December 2016 issue of Vitality Magazine (ON). As Health Canada edges closer to imposing their proposed changes to how NHPs are regulated, we are grateful for the timely republishing of Shawn’s article, and their continued support of NHPPA’s mission to protect freedom of choice when it comes to the health decisions of all Canadians.


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Dr. Guy Hatchard: Why are natural health products under threat from regulation? Apr 7/17

In this September 22, 2016 interview with Lisa Er of Green Planet FM radio, Dr. Guy Hatchard describes how NHP’s are under threat from regulation in New Zealand and, in a related video link, discusses how there is a global effort to harmonize the regulations that govern our natural health products, threatening our access to safe and effective natural treatments.

Until recently Canada chaired the International Coalition of Medicine Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA), and is one of the 22 countries who has signed onto this organization which was created in 2011. It is not surprising that we are seeing new Health Canada proposals for the regulation of NHPs once again, as it appears to be part and parcel of the harmonization agenda of ICMRA.

Dr. Hatchard states in the video link, “Regulatory-style laws hand control of natural medicine regulation to ICMRA rather than national governments. This subverts national sovereignty, undermines indigenous knowledge, and takes the right to choose natural medical treatment away from people everywhere”. He goes on to state that “The new regulations have nothing to do with improving public health” and “The lives of individuals currently using NHP’s to maintain their health will be put at risk as the retail sale of safe remedies is restricted or banned”.

Exactly how are the proposed changes going to impact the natural health industry in Canada? One need not look further for the answer to this question when one sees who is driving these regulations with Health Canada, and who sits on the Board of Directors at the Consumer Health Products Canada, a national association which represents the manufacturers, marketers and distributors of over-the-counter drugs and NHP’s. In his article recently republished in Common Ground magazine, “Your natural health products under legal attack”, Shawn Buckley states “My dealings with HC over the years have strengthened my belief that Health Canada is not there to protect us”.

Listen to Dr. Hatchard’s interview, read the full article and view the video.

Read Shawn Buckley’s recent article from Common Ground magazine, “Your natural health products under illegal attack”.

Find out who sits on the Board of Directors at Consumer Health Products Canada.


Double Standards and Cover Ups. Apr 2/17

In this March 21, 2017 CBC article, “Mississauga girl loses two limbs after infection doctors thought was influenza”, learn how 11-year-old Nupur Mate almost lost her life to a deadly bacterial infection. Even after her parents sought emergency medical attention at their local hospital on three separate occasions.

Nupur Mate’s life has been permanently altered because of multiple mistakes made by hospital staff, enduring a double amputation and now suffering kidney damage so severe that she remains on dialysis, indefinitely. Yet there is no investigation underway nor any disciplinary action being taken against the doctors and hospital staff who failed her. Simply a statement that Nupur’s case is extremely rare – an anomaly – and that the doctors and staff couldn’t have known.

If highly trained medical doctors and hospital staff could improperly diagnose Nupur several times without repercussion, how is it that David and Collet Stephan, parents with no medical training, are considered criminals even when in court they clearly demonstrated due diligence at every stage prior to Ezekiel being failed by an inadequately equipped emergency vehicle.

There isn’t just a double standard being applied here. There is a determined effort to cover up the vast number of medical mistakes that result in otherwise preventable deaths each and every year. The public are being deceived about the potential risks that they may face when subjecting themselves to an inherently flawed medical system and are unaware that, if something goes wrong, the tables may very well be turned onto the parents or guardians in an effort to deflect responsibility.

We will have an update from the Stephan’s March 9, 2017 Court Appeal as soon as Shawn Buckley or David Stephan can share the decision.

Medical errors, both mild and fatal, are not isolated. Where is the public outrage?

More related reading:

David Stephan’s Facebook post about the recent personal attacks he’s endured

CBC News Toronto article “More parents of children with ‘rare’ strep A complications want answers”, toddler almost dies from the exact same misdiagnosis.

CTV News article, “Three-year-old BC girl dies shortly after being sent home by hospital”, toddler dies of pneumonia after misdiagnosis.

A disturbing National Post article, “Inside Canada’s secret world of medical error: ‘there is a lot of lying, there’s a lot of cover-up’”, about how medical error cover ups are a serious nation-wide problem.



Have You Ever Wondered Why Labels on Supplements are So Vague? Mar 24/17

This November 27, 2016 article by Dr. Bonnie Kaplan and Dr. Julia Rucklidge, “Have You Ever Wondered Why Labels on Supplements are So Vague?”, published by Mad In America shines light on the worldwide trend by governments and Big Pharma to intentionally suppress information making it harder for consumers to make educated decisions on how they wish to treat their health conditions.

Although this article focuses on the changes to regulations being implemented in New Zealand, the similarities to the proposed changes to regulations by Health Canada couldn’t be more evident. Around the world, governments and pharmaceutical companies are using a number of strategies including information suppression, fear mongering and even the removal of Natural Health Products (NHPs) as a way to deceive the public, create confusion and a perception that NHPs are unsafe and ineffective.

“It isn’t the manufacturers who are vague, it is the regulation of medicines that prevents clear labelling that reflects scientific evidence because only medicines can claim a therapeutic benefit and some conditions aren’t allowed to have health claims associated with them”, Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Rucklidge state. In Canada, the phrase “a source of antioxidants for the maintenance of good health” is often the only health claim that can be made on NHPs due to the current regulations and may very well be the only claim permitted under the proposed new regulations. “At what point did our society essentially hand over the rights to make a therapeutic claim to the drug companies and limit access to using products that impact positively on health? Here is an opportunity to set the record straight and acknowledge through legislation that there are verifiable health and therapeutic benefits from taking nutrients without having to regulate them like medicines. If the data substantiate it, then allow the claim to be made, not only in New Zealand, but across the world.”

Recommended related reading:

Shawn Buckley’s October 2016 Discussion Paper on how Natural Health Products may soon be regulated in Canada

Rick DeSylva’s article, “Health Canada and the Drug-ification of Natural Health Products


“Calls for Ibuprofen Sale Restrictions after Study Finds Cardiac Arrest Risk” The Guardian Mar 17/17

The Guardian’s [UK] March 15, 2017 article, “Calls for ibuprofen sale restrictions after study finds cardiac arrest risk”, by Matthew Weaver draws attention to a recent study from Denmark which revealed a 31% increased risk of cardiac arrest from the use of ibuprofen and an even greater risk from the use of other over-the-counter NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as Diclofenac.

Advil and other NSAIDs claim to safely and effectively alleviate pain and reduce fever. They also come with a lengthy product monograph warning of the many risks involved with taking the products. In fact, in April of 2015, Health Canada released a Safety Alert warning consumers of the risk of heart attack and stroke at dosages over 1200mg per day drawing further attention to the inherent risks of using ibuprofen.

In contrast, statistics show that that Natural Health Product (NHP) pain relievers have an impeccable safety record. Health Canada continues with their war-like approach to regulating NHPs, treating them as potentially life threatening substances which should be regulated in the same way as drugs. At the same time, it conveniently ignores the repeated annual deaths caused by over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

“The current message being sent to the public about NSAIDs is wrong. If you can buy these drugs in a convenience store then you probably think: ‘They must be safe for me.’ “, Prof Gunnar Gislason of the University of Copenhagen states. The article goes on to state that, “The study, published in the British Medical Journal, used data for almost 10 million NSAIDs users from the UK, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany, who started treatment between 2000 and 2010. Overall, 92,163 hospital admissions for heart failure were identified among the group.”

Read the full article here

Read Shawn Buckley’s October 2016 Discussion Paper on how Natural Health Products may soon be regulated in Canada

See Ron Law’s analysis from Health Canada’s 2004 statistics showing drugs far exceeded NHPs in risks to health