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?