Update: Health Canada’s Self-Care Framework, A Signal To Act


Years ago, after Health Canada first proposed the Self-Care Framework, Shawn Buckley’s analyses began helping Canadians understand its far-reaching anticipated impacts on both cost and availability of natural health products (NHPs). In short, the Self-Care Framework is a set of planned changes to the regulation of NHPs in Canada, intended to harmonize natural health products (NHPs), non-prescription chemical drugs and cosmetics under a single set of regulations. In a brief summary, recently compiled by Mr. Buckley, he abridges the revised time line Health Canada published for the full implementation of the Self-Care Framework. NHPPA urges everyone who values the accessibility of NHPs and freedom of choice in healthcare to educate yourselves on the upcoming changes and prepare to take action to contest them!


A Message: Time To Show Resilience

“Censorship is not consistent with a liberal democracy. Censorship does not help citizens make informed choices. Censorship makes some of us suspicious of our institutions, which may or may not be warranted. Censorship can make us suspicious of each other”, Shawn Buckley writes in a concise and convincing discussion paper written April 12, 2021. In the paper, he distills his observations from the unprecedented year that 2020 was – with themes ranging from censorship and government to fear and resilience. If you are following NHPPA, it is safe to assume that freedom of choice is an important value you hold. We believe that extends to freedom of thought. Although we are currently being bombarded with a seemingly unending stream of alarmist media stories and government policies, Mr. Buckley urges us to focus on our own resilience and “refrain from being part of a mob.”


Shawn Buckley April 2021 Deleted Interview with ThatChannel — Six Quotes Are All That Remain

Canada’s current drug approval process is an expensive fraud. And yet, Health Canada plans to move forward with applying this approval process to natural health products. On April 10, 2021, ThatChannel’s Hugh Reilly and Ivy Reiss interviewed Shawn Buckley regarding the history of Health Canada’s drug approval process, the persecution of natural health products and traditional medicines, and upcoming changes to the Self-Care Framework. The three discuss, with undeniable acumen, the actual function of Health Canada – which may not be what you think!

During a candid moment, while speaking about his experience in legal proceedings with Health Canada, Shawn says, “In my opinion, I would say that our drug laws are not there for good health outcomes, they’re there to protect intellectual property rights… which means they’re there to protect money.”

This is a video interview that we wanted to share with those who are motivated to understand what changes are coming to the Self-Care Framework this year, and how they threaten access to natural health products.

The trouble is—this video interview no longer exists.


Shawn Buckley March 2021 TrueHope Cast Interview with Host Simon Brazier

Almost two years since Shawn Buckley’s last interview. Seems like a good time for a refresher on health, censorship, law and truth. On March 13, 2021, Shawn joined long-time freedom fighter, Simon Brazier of TrueHope Cast for a podcast discussion (1 hour listen), on “The Insidious Side of Health Canada”. Simon investigates, with compelling discernment, the true nature of Health Canada and resultant impact on Canadians’ health, rights, and freedom. Shawn shares new changes in our system of law, amplified since the global pandemic began.

While discussing the censorship of health claims on natural health products (NHPs) allowed by Health Canada, and the restrictions on the sharing evidence related to the study of NHPs, Shawn says, “There’s product after product after product out there, that could make a life and death difference for you or somebody else throughout your life… and you will never know. Because it is illegal for you to be told.”


Absent Without Official Leave

Our silence was not by choice.

We were on a forced hiatus.

It was an incredible disappointment to our team to have to press pause on our work at a critical time, especially on the heels of a successful national campaign at the end of 2019. It was not the pandemic, but rather the hypoxemic lack of funding, that ended our ability to work. A few dedicated funders far exceeded the contributions of the public, or all other stakeholders combined, to prop up the freedoms of all Canadians. That small group of serious contributors, who understood what it took to keep us together, could not sustain their support. We are hard pressed to bring any messaging to you even now.


“Censorship Law and COVID-19”, Vitality Magazine

“Censorship and a free society cannot co-exist.” A simple, yet profound, sentence that nearly says it all. Once again, Shawn Buckley, shares his invaluable insights to help us, the Canadian public, protect our rights and freedoms. “Censorship is the government deciding what information you can have access to. Censorship never ends well.” In this Summer 2020 issue of Vitality Magazine, Shawn Buckley’s article (5 minute read), “Censorship Law and COVID-19”, outlines our government’s intention to begin censoring the information Canadians have access to.


Shortlisted. 16 Links To Our Favourite Evidence-Based Resources You’ll Want To Read

If you’re a long-time NHPPA supporter, we have confidence that you value the power of natural health products (NHPs). As a community, we share a collective knowledge that allows us to move through and manage health challenges by adopting healing practices that include potent NHPs for prevention and treatment of acute and chronic conditions. Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, the prevailing NHP conversation centred around the commanding micronutrient and antioxidant, Vitamin C. Vitamin C continues to be one of the most researched molecules, no doubt proving its health-supportive and life-saving properties during this worldwide crisis.


Discussion Paper Release: Censorship Law and COVID-19

“Censorship and a free society cannot co-exist. It is as simple as that.” Shawn Buckley continues in this short and decisive opinion, “The problem with censorship laws, is that it is the government that gets to decide what “truth” you will be allowed to access.” We are, as individuals and a collective, moving through an unprecedented global crisis. A crisis with many degrees, facts and players—depending on who you ask. In response, we are seeing freedoms restricted in ways they have never been before. Are we, as Canadians, not capable of making good decisions? The Trudeau Government has announced that censorship laws are coming to prevent “misinformation”, and Members of Parliament have signalled their broad support of the measures. Get through this must-read piece while you still can. Then act in resistance, as an act of self-preservation.


Thank You Laurie and Audrey!

We feel these words in our bones. Canada and its population are known for many things around the globe. Hockey, maple syrup, bitterly cold winters, milk in a bag and apologizing. Laurie and Audrey shared a note, attached to a recent petition, with the “I’m sorry” feeling. Canadians, as a collective, unless part of advocacy groups, are often uncomfortable with taking political action. It is not the most exciting thing to do with one’s time but it is a necessity! Two NHPPA supporters experienced our contented nature while collecting Charter of Health Freedom petition signatures in 2019. We had hoped 2020 would carry on our success from last year, so to Laurie and Audrey: The team at NHPPA appreciates your passion and recognizes that you are a critical part of the movement regardless of signature numbers. You are contributing to the protection of our Charter rights in a meaningful way. Thank you.