Colbert Links Big Pharma’s Sackler Family to America’s Opioid Crisis, Late Night with Stephen Colbert

They’ll get you on, then get you off. In the Late Night with Stephen Colbert September 14, 2018 episode (4:30 watch), “Colbert Links Big Pharma’s Sackler Family To America’s Opioid Crisis”, Colbert exposes the corrupt profit strategies of the family behind Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Oxycontin.

“The Sacklers and Purdue have faced hundreds of lawsuits including one right now by the State of Colorado which alleges that Purdue Pharma downplayed the risk of addiction associated with opioids, exaggerated the benefits, and advised healthcare professionals that they were violating their Hippocratic Oath and failing their patients unless they treated pain symptoms with opioids.”

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MedEffect e-Notice from Health Canada | Second Human Carcinogen in Blood Pressure Medications

On September 12, 2018 Health Canada released a MedEffect Notice advising of an additional recall of certain medications containing Valsartan sourced from Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in China.

The original MedEffect notice regarding Valsartan, released on July 13, 2018, warned consumers that several products had been found to be contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a known human carcinogen. In August, the recall grew to include additional products suspected of containing NDMA.

Read the original July 2018 MedEffect Notice

Now, Valsartan products have been found to be contaminated with a second probable human carcinogen called N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA). NDEA is formed through chemical reactions from the mechanical processes involved in creating this synthetic product. Toxic to the liver and other organs, Valsartan contamination with NDEA is another example of the pharmaceutical industry’s failings.

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The Doctor Doesn’t Listen to Her. But the Media is Starting To., The Atlantic

The problem is all in her head. The Atlantic’s August 10, 2018 article (9 minute read), “The Doctor Doesn’t Listen to Her. But the Media Is Starting To”, by Ashley Fetters draws attention to a North American healthcare model that forces women to repeatedly advocate for themselves to be heard. In Canada, seeing a general family practitioner is famously costless, but overworked doctors lack the necessary time for patient diagnostic work. Pressured to prescribe by financially influential pharmaceutical companies, they often miss what the sick person is telling them. This trend is exacerbated for women whose reproductive health issues are commonly dismissed.

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What’s In Your Lunch: How a Harmful Weed Killer Finds its Way Into Your Children’s Food, Environmental Defence

On September 9, 2018, Environmental Defence (ED), a Canadian environmental action organization, released a report (6 minute read), “What’s In Your Lunch: How a Harmful Weed Killer Finds its Way Into Your Children’s Food”. The report sets out the findings a study in which ED tested 80 foods commonly consumed by Canadian families for traces of glyphosate, a top-selling weed killer produced by Bayer (formerly Monsanto) which was declared a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015.

The report states, “In 2017, Health Canada decided to continue the registration of glyphosate for another 15 years. This decision has been critiqued by many groups because the evaluation failed to comprehensively consider evidence of risk and relied heavily on outdated and unpublished data provided by the pesticide industry”.

Health Canada, in order to “protect” Canadians from natural health products, is imposing stricter regulations on how they are labelled and the health claims that can be made about them. If natural health products, why not food? Where does the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stand now when back in 2017 they asserted that Canada’s food is well protected from glyphosate dangers?

What do Canadians deserve to make informed decisions about what they eat?

To label or to ban glyphosate. Where do you stand?

Sign the Environmental Defence online petition

Read about the discrepancy between natural health product vs food labelling in Canada

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Traditional Chinese Medicine to Prevent and Treat Cancer, Vitality Magazine

An ancient approach to cancer. This article (8 minute read), “Traditional Chinese Medicine to Prevent and Treat Cancer”, written by Tom Fung, RAC, R.TCMP, featured in the August/September 2018 issue of Vitality Magazine, explains the internal and external causes of cancer from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective.  Prevention and healing using TCM’s long-trusted modalities is also discussed.

Fung writes, “According to TCM theory, you will be healthy if you harmonize yourself with nature. On the other hand, if you fight against nature, you will put your health at risk”.

NHPPA believes there is a place at the Canadian societal table for diversity in health practices. Section 7 of the Charter of Health Freedom was written specifically to protect all traditional medicine practices, approaches, treatments, knowledge and beliefs, including (but not limited to) First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Ayurvedic, Tibetan and TCM.

Read more about the Charter of Health Freedom and how it protects personal and professional rights to health freedom.

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Les produits de santé naturelle menacés une fois de plus, Vitality Magazine

La liberté de la santé est menacée pour tous les canadiens. A French-translated version of Vitality Magazine’s June/July article (7 minute read) “Natural Health Products Under Threat — Once Again” by Shawn Buckley is now available. We are furthering our reach with information about how the proposed regulatory changes for natural treatments will affect you and what steps you can take to stop them. Health Canada does not have the right to tell you what you can put in your body. The Canadian public, manufacturers, retailers and practitioners now face the biggest threat to alternative medicine and practices, ever.

In the article, Shawn states, “although Health Canada uses safety language to support their actions, they are in reality the drug police whose job it is to uphold the law, regardless of the health consequences.”

The translated article ensures we are providing the appropriate tools for our supporters in Quebec, New Brunswick and other French-speaking regions to communicate the consequences of Health Canada’s proposed regulations to your MPs in their preferred language.

National public and industry education continue to be NHPPA’s mission before the action phase of our campaigns. Everyone needs to know what is at risk and be able to speak to it with confidence when communicating with those in places of power.

The Charter of Health Freedom Petition seeks to hold and defend our rights across the country. Sign the petition and share with friends and family. We all have a stake.

Read the Charter of Health Freedom in French

Download the Petition French and Collect Signatures

Read the original article in Vitality Magazine

Get a free digital subscription to Vitality by sending a request to: subscribe@vitalitymagazine.com

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Osteoporosis Screening – The Fast Track to Dubious Drugs, Common Ground

Create a problem to sell a solution. This July 12, 2018 article (7 minute read) by Canadian drug policy researcher Alan Cassels published in Common Ground, “Osteoporosis Screening – The Fast Track to Dubious Drugs”, reveals the truth about bone mineral density testing.

Tests for osteoporosis are sold by the same drug companies who profit from the sale of the drugs designed to “treat” this disease.

“BMD testing is often inaccurate, can’t predict with any validity who will go on to break a bone and applies a label that leads to inappropriate drug therapy. Further, the test directs funds away from measures that could actually significantly reduce the rate of hip fractures, such as promoting weight bearing exercise, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol and the intake of sleeping pills and increasing access to Vitamin D and calcium.”

PR firms have worked to widen the definition of osteoporosis and have marketed the diagnosis to conjure fear and vulnerability in a target market for the drugs. No mind is paid to the side effects or natural alternatives.

“This class of drug can cause throat or chest pain, difficulty swallowing and heartburn. About 10 percent of patients have some kind of irritation of the esophagus. The more serious stuff includes abnormal heart rhythm, wrenching bone, joint and muscle pain, bone loss in the jaw (osteonecrosis) as well as an increased risk of thighbone fractures.”

Canadians often feel pressured to take the drugs prescribed to them because they come with the stamp of approval from Health Canada. But this stamp of approval doesn’t always mean that the drug is safe or effective in treating a chronic health issue. Canadians are also made to believe that natural medicines are only safe and effective when they have received a natural product number (NPN). The landscape has become more difficult with manufactured demand for stricter regulation, that is to say this “stamp of approval”. The trend to demand stricter regulation of NHPs is meant to undermine the value and efficacy of natural health product options.

The Charter of Health Freedom protects Canadians and their ability to choose how to prevent, support, and treat their own health matters.

Read more about how Canadians are facing their biggest threat to health freedom ever.

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Total Health Show May 2018 | NHPPA New & Popular Booth Handouts & Materials

“What do you have that explains things in a simple way?” “Can I help share what’s going on?” “How do I take action?” Our spring/summer focus has been on educating the public, practitioners, retailers and manufacturers on the threats facing Canada’s natural health products and practices. Our attendance at the Total Health Show in May 2018 saw the introduction of a number of resources. Among them, we created five ‘one-pager’ handouts for the purpose of allowing you, our supporters, to share NHPPA’s message with simplicity and confidence:

“Are Natural Health Products Under Attack?”
“Renegotiating the Terms of Our Surrender”
“The Right to Treat Your Health Naturally Is Under Threat”
“Charter of Health Freedom Petition Update”
“8 Action Steps”

These easy-to-read pieces help clear the murky waters of legal and government content and can be an entry point that enable Canadians to share excerpts with friends, family, colleagues and their MPs. They take some of the vague particulars in Health Canada’s proposed regulation changes, plus the legal platforms in Shawn Buckley’s most recent discussion paper, and pare it down as a gateway to the issues.

Find the new handouts and materials

A link to NHPPA’s website is on all pieces so readers can obtain the more complex content as needed.

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