Health Canada’s Stakeholder Email Update on the End of “Self-Care Products” Consultations Jul 28/17

International Self-Care Day. A worldwide campaign with the objective of celebrating the importance of, and encouraging the public to, practice responsible use of safe and effective consumer healthcare products. It was launched in 2012 by the World Self-Medication Industry (WSMI). We’d not heard of this NGO. Their Board of Directors include elected individuals from Bayer, Pfizer, Merck and Johnson & Johnson.

On July 24, 2017 Health Canada’s Director General for the NNHPD, Manon Bombardier, sent an email to everyone who registered for the recent public consultations held on the “modernization” of the regulations on “self-care” products. Ms. Bombardier’s email rode on International Self-Care Day’s message to further promote and draw attention to Health Canada’s ongoing strategy to drastically alter the way self-care products, which include NHPs, may be regulated. She sent a link to a summary of, what was said to be, discussed and heard during the consultation meetings across the country from early April to the end of June.

For NHPPA and its nationwide community of supporters, every day is self-care day. It is not something that we observe once a year. The choices we make to naturally support and enhance our health include a wide range of NHPs and traditional medicines, natural healing devices, whole foods and holistic health practices. They are a foundational part of our lifestyle. They define who we are and are every bit as important to our daily lives as the air we breathe.

What are the ways that you and your family engage in natural health practices every day? How would your life be different if you were no longer able to incorporate your favourite NHPs or holistic habits into your daily routine?


Health Canada’s Final Consultation Recording + Slides on “Self-Care Products” Regulations Jul 27/17

In June 2017, Health Canada held their final series of online and in person consultation meetings on their proposed “modernization” of self-care products regulations. The presentations focused on the finer details of how NHPs will be classified based on risk, acceptable evidence and claims for each classification, product registration, Ministerial abilities, cost recovery, product labeling, advertising, site licensing, enforcement and vigilance. NHPPA team members attended the June 29, 2017 webinar.

Listen to the complete recording of the presentation
(1 hour and 32 minutes in length)

View all of the accompanying slides

For summaries of the feedback received at all consultation meetings, scroll down to the “What We Heard” section of Health Canada’s Consultation on the Regulation of Self-Care Products webpage.


Retailer & Consumer MP Letter Writing Action Steps to Oppose New Self-Care Products Regulations | Jul 14/17

Citizens for Choice in Health Care (CCHC) is a non-profit association based in Alberta whose primary goal is to advocate for the integration of complementary therapies as an accepted part of traditional medical practice. NHPPA endorses their work. On April 29, 2017, CCHC published a provocative article that sheds light on the hidden agenda for proposed “modernization” of Health Canada’s regulations on natural health products.

As a follow up, CCHC has launched an initiative for natural health product retailers across the country to have their customers take action. The campaign asks Canadians to write to their local MP and demand that they prevent the enactment of Health Canada’s proposed new NHP regulations. NHPPA encourages retailers and consumers to participate. Many of Canada’s MPs are newly elected and are not aware of Health Canada’s history to restrict access to NHPs and limit Canadians’ freedom of choice. These actions target how we identify ourselves and undermine our pursuit to live according to natural health principles. CCHC’s campaign is critical to making your voice heard by making all MPs aware of the unconstitutional nature of Health Canada’s plans.

Take part in this national initiative

It is likely that Health Canada’s new NHP regulations will come into law simply by being published twice in the Canada Gazette as an amendment to the Food and Drug Regulations. This means that there will be no parliamentary process. We are asking all NHP advocates to help monitor the Canada Gazette by using search terms such as “natural health products”, “self-care” or “Food and Drug Regulations”

Learn more about the threat Health Canada’s proposed new regulations pose by reading Shawn Buckley’s October 2016 Discussion Paper on the Regulations of Self-Care Products in Canada


“Why Big Pharma’s Days are Numbered” Alliance for Natural Health International Article Jul 7/17

In this June 27, 2017 article (6 minute read), “Why Big Pharma’s Days are Numbered“, Robert Verkerk PhD of Alliance for Natural Health International cleverly demonstrates how different industries have parallel offerings that serve many types of consumers who are demanding solutions-based products that meet their needs; are more sustainable than ever and how health care systems run by governments are running interference.

Verkerk states, “Why should healthcare be different? Lip service is currently being paid to sustainable healthcare, but so far, it’s either about throwing good money after bad into a broken system or lessening the healthcare system’s negative impact on the environment.”

In Canada, our current healthcare system allows citizens to choose how they wish to manage their health concerns. But it does so in a restrictive way, discrediting treatments that do not fall within the, arguably dangerous, pharmaceutical convention. Consider models where manufacturers innovate based on the needs and wants of consumers. Why shouldn’t we also benefit from the evolution of business economics for innovation in natural wellness solutions?

Deloitte, one of the world’s most respected consulting firms, agrees with the need for integration. In its Global Health Care Outlook report for 2017 it states, “Today’s health challenges are complex and interrelated so care delivery models that use a multi-pronged, collaborative, and technology-enabled approach are more likely to yield positive results.”

Read Deloitte’s full report

Learn how the Charter of Health Freedom is the solution which allows for full freedom of choice in health care for Canadians.


CBC’s Article Continues to Discredit NHP Industry | Shawn Buckley Responds Jun 30/17

On June 26, 2017 CBC News published an article called “Medical Journal takes aim at natural remedies”. Shawn Buckley has responded to the piece that, once again, draws negative attention to natural health products (NHPs) and misinforms the public.

“You do not have to read the article to know it is inflammatory. Indeed, even the title is instructive. “Medical Journal takes aim” tells us a “Medical Journal” has sided against natural remedies. In reality there was a short editorial (yes, editorial) by a medical doctor who clearly does not like NHPs. This was not a medical journal taking sides. It was the CBC making an editorial sound newsworthy. With all that is going on in the world, the first question is: why would the CBC find this editorial newsworthy? I do not have an answer, but I can say that I have become quite alarmed by a steady mainstream media campaign to promote a change to the way natural health products are regulated. The stories mirror Health Canada’s current campaign to push for changing how NHPs are regulated (without Health Canada actually revealing the specific changes). Some parts of the CBC’s story are misleading.”

Read Shawn’s full rebuttal

References are made to Health Canada’s historic attempts to limit access to NHPs. Discussion papers written on the subject:

Bill C-51 An Act to Amend the Food and Drugs Act (June 2008)

Bill C-52 Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (May 2008)

Bill C-17 An Act to Amend the Food and Drugs Act (December 2013)

Health Canada’s September 2016 “Consultation Paper” on the Regulation of Self-Care Products in Canada (October 2016)

Protect your right to sovereignty over your own body

Learn more about the Charter of Health Freedom with helpful video explanations by Shawn Buckley on each section:

Be a part of a national movement and sign the Charter of Health Freedom petition. Download a copy of the Charter petition and start collecting signatures. Completed petitions can be mailed directly to:

Natural Health Products Protection Association
5070 Fountain Street, North
Breslau, ON N0B 1M0

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Charter of Health Freedom Petition Count Update & Upcoming Practitioner Petition Drive Jun 23/17

On April 27, 2017 all 95,581 original Charter of Health Freedom (COHF) petition signatures arrived at NHPPA headquarters in Breslau, Ontario having previously been stored in a secure location in Kamloops, BC. Over the course of three days, the individual petition pages were meticulously reviewed, accounted for and carefully put into secure storage pending delivery to the House of Commons. 815 brand new signatures were found.

Find out where they came from and the significant milestone reached

In December 2015, e-Petitions became an acceptable method to bring a petition to the Canadian Parliament. The COHF petition began in 2008 as a paper petition and must remain a paper petition.

Here’s why

Products that practitioners have been using to safely and effectively to treat their patient’s health concerns are, again, at risk. If the restrictive nature of the current regulations hasn’t been applied to you yet, it absolutely will, in one way or another. We are asking all practitioner wonder women and men to get their cape and tights on! NHPPA is launching a practitioner’s petition drive to make an amazonian effort for petition signatures. Help us reach our goal of 125,000 signatures through practitioners and their networks.

Learn more about why it’s important


Opportunity for Action | Attend Health Canada’s Continued Consultations on “Self-Care Products” Jun 6/17

Sign up and show up for Health Canada’s (HC) next round of public consultation meetings. They continue this Friday June 9, 2017. From what HC shared previously, topics will include: Market Entry, Labelling, Vigilance, Compliance, Cost Recovery, Advertising. We do not know whether or not they will have made “adjustments” to their proposal from what they heard in their April/May sessions. The modernized regulations of Self-Care products include cosmetics, natural health products, non-prescription drugs. For background on why we are rallying support to take action, see the links provided below. Registration is now open in select cities across the country for in-person events and limited webinars. NHPPA wants, and needs, you to attend so that when HC releases more information, or the final document, you will already be informed and empowered to take the right actions.

Spaces fill up quickly so register today

Relevant links:

Health Canada’s original September 2016 Consultation document setting out the proposed new classification system that incited nationwide industry concern.

Health Canada’s March 2017 Executive Summary of the responses received from the initial 2016 online questionnaire, giving HC their apparent justification to develop the current proposal.

Shawn Buckley’s discussion paper on Health Canada’s original September 2016 “Consultation” document.

Read NHPPA’s May 30, 2017 Facebook post, “Manufacturing Consent”, sharing insight into what Health Canada is not telling you about their proposed NHP regulations as well as an audio recording (with PowerPoint slides) of the initial public forum meeting held in Saskatoon on April 4, 2017.


“Psychiatric Drugs Killing More Users than Heroin, Cocaine, say Health Experts” Vancouver Sun Jun 2/17

“The interesting thing about this is that it’s a prescription drug and people think they’re safe,” Ahamad said. “But as it turns out, we’re probably prescribing these drugs in a way that’s leading to harm.” Original article published May 17, 2016, updated May 30, 2017.

Read the full article here


Industry Perspectives, Health Canada “Self-Care” Consultation Recording + Slides May 30/17

This provocative April 29, 2017 article published by Citizens for Choice in Health Care (CCHC), “What Health Canada Won’t Tell You About their NHP Proposals…But You Should Tell Your MP”, sheds light on the hidden agenda for proposed new “modernization” of Health Canada’s regulations on natural health products and encourages Canadians to speak up and raise their concerns with their local MP.

It is no secret that when it comes to access to NHPs, Health Canada is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Portraying itself as a public protector citing safety as its justification, it instead seems to guard the interests and profits of big pharma and and does not work to fairly represent alternative medicines.

The CCHC piece does not camouflage its position and states, “make no mistake, the sole purpose of these consultations is to manufacture consent from stakeholders, the public and politicians for what HC is actually attempting, which is to provide a mechanism for pharmaceutical companies to monopolize NHPs for serious chronic diseases, as drugs derived from natural constituents appear, protected by use-patents”. It goes on to state that “the current HC proposals boil down to a purely bureaucratic and corporate agenda that has absolutely nothing to do with the benefit of Canadians.” The column ends with a call to take action.

Read the full article and learn how to effectively voice your concerns to your MP

Richard DeSylva RH, DNM from The Herb Works attended one of the Health Canada consultation meetings held in Toronto, early in May. Read his summary of notable take-away points.

NHPPA team members attended the consultations, both in person and via webinar. Listen to the complete recording of the first meeting in Saskatoon.

Find all of the accompanying slides

The recording is 2 hours and 23 minutes in length, the actual presentation with question and answer period runs for the first 1 hour and 30 minutes. The balance of the recording is of the participants going through a workbook exercise.


March Against Monsanto | May 20, 2017 Worldwide Keep GMOs Out of Your Genes May 12/17

Hundreds of thousands of the concerned citizens will hit the streets May 20, 2017 for the 6th international March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign.

Most NHPPA supporters are as active with the GMO issue, and other worthy missions, as they are with their actions to help protect access to Natural Health Products.  This is a reminder and invitation to join in solidarity.

Worldwide events take place in hundreds of cities on six continents. March Against Monsanto is a global call to action aimed at raising public awareness about the increasingly toxic food supply, calling into question long-term health risks of genetically modified foods and demanding that GMO products be labeled so that consumers can make informed decisions.

Full Global Event List, in an Excel file to help you find the Facebook page of the march happening in a city near you.