“Sleeping with Seroquel: Drug Safety Expert Urges Doctors to Stop Prescribing Antipsychotic for Insomnia”, The National Post

An article is making social media rounds again because off-label use of this drug remains a pressing issue in Canada, the US and other European countries. Natural health products (NHPs) are frequently attacked for “a lack of scientific evidence”, while both prescription and over-the-counter chemical drugs are often prescribed off-label without the same level of scrutiny. Seroquel is an antipsychotic drug intended for the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia but is widely recommended for patients with insomnia. The June 14, 2017 article (3 minute read) by Sharon Kirkly for the National Post, “Sleeping with Seroquel: Drug Safety Expert Urges Doctors to Stop Prescribing Antipsychotic for Insomnia” (3 minute read) outlines the reason for concern with this off-label drug use.

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Health Canada Consumer Survey on NHPs

Due to the format and bias that does not ask for positive feedback about Natural Health Products (NHPs), it appears to us that this specific survey is written to generate a case for Adverse Reaction Reporting and additional Label Requirements. Health Canada is seeking input from Canadians who use NHPs through The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP-Canada), an adverse drug reaction reporting agency. The survey questions Canadians use of NHPs and their negative experiences.

Complete this survey (no more than 10 minutes), submit and share with your network.

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“A made-in-Canada” solution to the coronavirus outbreak?”, Macleans

Sharing from Dr. Zoltan Rona, MD—Canadian physician, author, natural health educator and long time friend of NHPPA. “Quercetin is NOT a drug. Looks like Big Pharma is claiming a drug derived from quercetin (found in apples, garlic, onions and other plants) will be effective for coronavirus. FYI quercetin, despite what the reporter is saying here, is NOT a drug and is a natural health product available from any health food store without a prescription. Before you all run out there and buy multiple quercetin bottles, do realize that this concept of being an effective coronavirus cure is pure speculation. It is however one excellent example of how Big Pharma rips off nature to make $ billions in profits.

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Charter of Health Freedom Petition Update Feb 14/20

Well, that took longer than expected! NHPPA updates the Charter of Health Freedom petition count two or three times a year. The momentum intensified so much at the end of 2019, that we were stunned by the incoming envelopes from across the country. THIS will be the count to beat. We have added 5,574 hard-won signatures to the petition! Today, NHPPA records a remarkable 111,524 signatures in favour of the Charter of Health Freedom being enacted into law. To our knowledge, with 111,524 signatures The Charter of Health Freedom petition is the third largest single Federal paper petition, pending delivery, in the last 70 years! Keep the signatures coming! Learn more about this petition update, how it compares with other Federal petitions and how a petition can (and has) changed laws.

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Thank You Barbara!

Harnessed power. Sustained passion. Consistent effort. This is how change happens. Barbara owns a little health food store on Quadra Island in BC, so she would be deeply affected by Health Canada’s proposed changes to the Self-Care Framework. Thankfully, she knows the importance of taking action to protect our right to access natural health products. She recognized the strength she holds to make a difference and remained committed in her efforts until she had collected enough signatures to fill one page of the Charter of Health Freedom petition. Thank you, Barbara!

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Our Drug Laws Need Reform. Go Social.

Go social. In 2019 you’ve seen us go on—and on—about Shawn Buckley’s appearance on Brett Hawes’ Holistic Health Masterclass podcast. Well, we aren’t letting up yet. We want to make sure you don’t miss these important talking points that can help you structure your communication to the MPs and other government officials responsible for your health. While we favour traditional letter writing when contacting your MP, social media has its place. One voice can send the message. Many voices give the message gravity. It illuminates the distrust Canadians have for those making policy decisions about our right to treat our bodies naturally.

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Thank You Victoria!

“Not only do I use natural health products, but it’s my job to recommend them to people. I feel my livelihood is being threatened, so I’m glad to contribute to the cause.”

Victoria, your letter is on point. You FEEL your livelihood being threatened, because it IS being threatened – along with your right to health freedom. Thank you for being aware and engaged as both a member of the Canadian public and a natural health product retail employee. We appreciate you standing up and taking action by collecting signatures in favour of the Charter of Health Freedom petition. Your voice and the voice of those in your network have joined over 100,000 other Canadians who believe in freedom of choice in healthcare. As you said, “this is important work” – so thank you for being part of the solution.

Print your own copy of the Charter of Health Freedom petition and start collecting signatures.

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January 2020 Charter of Health Freedom Petition Count

Envelopes mailed in. Each one opened with gratitude. Every enclosed petition page reviewed for integrity. The count is on! We anticipate that your involvement during our 2019 postcard campaign could lead us to the single largest petition count since NHPPA began collecting signatures supporting the Charter of Health Freedom in 2008! THAT is not a small thing. We still need a Member of Parliament, whose party sits in power, to be the lead in bringing the petition and the Charter of Health Freedom to the house. But today, we focus on the success of a collective movement that will show solidarity for natural health products in numbers!

Start collecting petition signatures today.

Store and clinic support kits.

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