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)

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