ON JULY 22, 2015 NHPPA FOUND THIS FACEBOOK PAGE POST, “THE FIFTH ESTATE WANTS TO TALK TO CANADIANS WHO HAVE HAD A SERIOUS ADVERSE REACTION TO A NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCT.”
The ask elicited comments from activists we recognized. This piece has been circulating throughout the natural health community and it’s worth the read if you’ve missed it! Independent Canadian health journalist/advocate and NHPPA supporter, Dee Nicholson, wrote to CBC producer Lisa Ellenwood:
I have noted with interest your call for those who have experienced “adverse events” from taking Natural Health Products (NHPs), and also the massive response posted on the 5th Estate FB page by those who have been helped by them, not harmed. I know you have been told, but I reiterate: there has never been a death in Canada from natural health product use.
However, whether or not natural health products are, in actuality, dangerous, is a question raised not by consumers, and not by practitioners, but by the pharmaceutical industry, which has its tentacles deep within the body of Health Canada. There is, if you investigate, a revolving door of employees being passed from Health Canada to Pharma and back again. This same revolving door also exists within the FDA, making the decision-making process within those agencies completely biased from the get-go; the conflicts of interest are both blatant and egregious.
Read the full letter here: http://nhppa.org/?page_id=10563