Column Space for NHPPA in the Cowichan Valley Voice

Proactive volunteer, Jennifer Shelley, acts again but her medium changed. This time she worked to secure some column space in the June 2019 Issue 127 of Cowichan Valley Voice magazine. The piece (2 minute read), “Health Canada’s Proposed Regulations Aim to Remove Our Access to Natural Health Products,” is an excerpted version of an article, initially published in Vitality Magazine in March 2019. The original article written by Shawn Buckley, clearly covers the ways in which Health Canada’s proposed new regulations will negatively impact both the natural health industry and Canadians’ health freedoms. The urgent push back that NHPPA initiated over two years ago continues only with your support. Jennifer certainly leads by example!

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Another Event for a Volunteer Who Always Fosters Success at the Cowichan Healing Arts Expo 2019

NHPPA volunteer, Jennifer Shelley, was hard at work at British Columbia’s recent Cowichan Healing Arts Expo from May 31-June 2! Jennifer is a homeopath in Duncan, BC. She always surprises us with her proactive approach to finding spaces and events in her region to educate the public about the Charter of Health Freedom and the current Health Canada regulation changes threatening our access to natural health products. Another 50 signatures will be added to our count and 150 Do You Want My Vote?postcards are on the way to the riding’s MP.

“I feel the power of connection with like-minded people is the way we can achieve the greatest results in life. I am so grateful for the NHPPA and all the work they are doing to connect people on this very important issue. I really enjoyed the conversations that I had and the ability to raise awareness. For many of us this is not just politics but our way of life, business and how we educate our children.”

Jennifer, thank you for all you do as a practitioner and the much-needed consistent effort to protect the health freedom of all Canadians!

Find places to be! Your time to educate and ask for action is a significant part of a positive outcome. Jennifer will call and tell us what she needs and we send it! She sometimes just accesses the materials for a petition station at a store, clinic or events near her. Please consider doing the same. We are here and can support you, too.

CITIZENS’ PETITION STATION | STORE & CLINIC POSTERS & PETITION KIT

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MedEffect e-Notice from Health Canada | Safety Warning Regarding Arthritis Drug

On May 21, 2019 Health Canada released a MedEffect Notice advising of a risk of serious drug-induced liver injury, at times resulting in acute liver failure and requiring a transplant for patients using ACTEMRA. It is an intravenous and subcutaneous drug prescribed for treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Giant Cell Arteritis, Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Medical practitioners are being advised to discontinue use in patients with hepatic impairment and to test liver enzymes before and during treatment.

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Assistance for Administrative Examinations | Shawn Buckley Explains

ASSISTANCE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE EXAMINATIONS In this fifteenth 1:33 minute video of a 21-part series, Shawn Buckley explains Section 17 of the Charter of Health Freedom, “Assistance for Administrative Examinations.” This section sets the requirement for manufacturers to cooperate with the examinations, showing records and allowing access where necessary. This is imperative for an effective regulatory environment. Yet, this section of the Charter of Health Freedom presents a major difference as compared to the Food and Drug Act: specifically educating those being regulated about their rights. The Charter explicitly discloses that this subsection does not apply if an inspector is looking for evidence to convict you based on their opinion that you have committed an offense. It is critical to expect cooperation from manufacturers so that there is no grey area when it comes to access for inspectors, but this section also protects the Constitutional rights of the regulated parties.

As the author of this standalone Act, Shawn Buckley makes clear the key features of each section. He breaks down the proposed legislation into language that everyone can understand. Stay tuned for the next clip in which Shawn will discuss how regulations will be determined under the Charter of Health Freedom.

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May 2019 Charter of Health Freedom Petition Count

Indeed, there is strength in numbers. To rally together for an ideal. NHPPA is thrilled to see our solidarity surge! We have received envelopes postmarked from all corners of the country that contain signed Charter of Health Freedom petitions. The NHPPA team will be pulling focus this week to officially update our petition count, which at our last update in July 2018, was already sitting at 96,847. Our goal remains the same. Get the Charter of Health Freedom enacted as law. With every petition signature we receive our influence is strengthened. If you haven’t yet, start collecting petition signatures today!

CITIZENS’ PETITION STATION | STORE & CLINIC POSTERS & PETITION KIT

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How the Self Care Framework Will Impact Retailers and Consumers, Health & Wellness Retailer

New regulations force retailers to raise prices on natural health products. In this Spring 2019 commentary (3 minute read) by Health & Wellness Retailer, “How the Self Care Framework Will Impact Retailers and Consumers,” Shawn Buckley paints a picture of how Health Canada’s proposed new legislation threatens the wellness industry at the community level. The new regulations will dictate the products retailers can carry, the way they can talk about them, and the amount they will have to charge for them. Without the guidance of a practitioner guiding them toward useful, available and affordable natural remedies, customers will be pushed out of focus. Retailers, use your presence as a community hub to educate about the changes. Demand action from those who rely on access to the products in your store.

NHPPA’S STORE & CLINIC SUPPORT ACTION KIT

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Examinations and Sampling | Shawn Buckley Explains

EXAMINATIONS AND SAMPLING In this fourteenth 1:04 minute video of a 21-part series, Shawn Buckley explains Sections 15 and 16 of the Charter of Health Freedom, “Examination and Sampling.” These sections dictate the powers the Minister of Wellness would have to ensure individual natural health products and manufacturers are in compliance with the regulations outlined in the Charter. The Charter would give the Minister of Wellness jurisdiction over the regulation and safety of natural health products and other low-risk treatment modalities. As such, representatives from the Ministry of Wellness would be permitted to take samples, test products and see production facilities to confirm rules are being followed. These sections of the Charter of Health Freedom equip the Ministry of Wellness with inspection capabilities that nearly match those laid out in the Food and Drug Act. To regulate products effectively, the regulatory body must be able to obtain relevant information.

As the author of this standalone Act, Shawn Buckley makes clear the key features of each section. He breaks down the proposed legislation into language that everyone can understand. Next, we will see Shawn discuss Section 17, Assistance for Administrative Examinations.

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MP Postcard Action Campaign | #doyouwantmyvote

Thousands are being sent to MPs. How do we know? We have stores and clinics across the country flooding our inbox to request bundles of hundreds. They’ve reported back that customers and clients are filling them out and sending. Direct, intentional, sustained action is the only recourse we have to push back against the Self-Care Framework being implemented by Health Canada. Get a postcard at participating health food stores across the country or print one yourself!

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Christopher Walken to Star in Upcoming Movie on Farmer Who Battled Monsanto, AltHealth Works

We know where NHPPA will be on opening night! Currently in production in Winnipeg, Canada, the upcoming film ‘Percy’ is scheduled to be released some time in 2019, with Oscar winner Christopher Walken set to play the role of Schmeiser. Brilliant!

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