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And that is, of course, the goal — drawing attention to the absurdity of vilifying natural health products. As Canadians, we have a right to choose how we treat our bodies. For those seeking natural options, traditional remedies are safe alternatives to chemical drugs, but Health Canada wants to take away our equal access to them.
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BAN PEANUT BUTTER
Ban Peanut Butter
We know that Canadians, mostly children, die every year from nut allergies by eating things such as peanut butter. Compared to every natural health product on the market, peanut butter is significantly more dangerous. However, peanut butter is not dangerous enough for us to support spending hundreds of millions of dollars to set up a separate directorate to protect us. As wasteful as a Health Canada Peanut Butter Directorate would be, ironically it could save the odd life. Unfortunately, my feat is that the NHP Directorate is actually going to cost lives.
– Shawn Buckley, LLB
Listen to 2008 talk by Shawn Buckley in which he discusses the relative risk of NHPs vs Peanut butter. (At 49:14 of video. Transcript also provided.)
TRUTH OR FICTION?
Health Canada agrees that parsley has positive health benefits, but refused to allow parsley in a natural product because its safety has not been demonstrated by clinical trials.
A recent study shows the risk of mortality from taking vitamin food supplements is actually less than the chance of being struck by lightning. In fact you are 26-28 times more likely to be stuck by lightning that will cause death than being harmed by a natural health product. If Health Canada is sincere about protecting Canadians, it could start by addressing the 10,000 pharma deaths a year in Canada due to drug dosage errors and adverse reactions.
-Alliance for Natural Health Europe
There are no reported deaths from NHPs. Acetaminophen causes roughly 33 deaths a year in Canada. NHPs are banned over theoretical risks. Acetaminophen is left alone.
This is another example of Health Canada protecting:
- Your children
- Pharmaceutical profits