Under siege: Canada’s Natural Health Products industry

Health rights and freedoms are disappearing. On February 4, 2013, Canadians will lose their right to purchase many herbs and vitamins. Possibly for good. It will be the law. UPLAR (Natural Health Products Unprocessed Product Licence Applications Regulations) was passed in 2010 in Canada. It comes due February 4, 2013. It gives Health Canada (Canada’s FDA) legal authority to pull ‘unlicensed’ herbs and vitamins off the shelves with jail time and monetary fines against the sellers. The problem is 80 percent of all herbs and vitamins have not received licensing. Tens of thousands of products are still awaiting the process, are in process or haven’t yet received responses. Health Canada doesn’t care.

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My food, my medicine, my choice

by Adam Sealey

• Do you believe your government has your best interests at heart when it comes to the health of you and your family? From my personal experience and that of many others, it’s clear our government is in a deep conflict of interest and has never been more corrupt and contradictory in its actions than it is today. It’s time we stand up as citizens and demand two things of our government.

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GM sweet corn kills bugs

GM Sweetcorn kills bugs

but is it tasty on the BBQ?

by Lucy Sharratt

Generally, if our food kills living organisms, it is viewed as a negative. For Monsanto, however, this feature is a great new selling point. New genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) sweet corn designed to kill insect pests is now being harvested across Canada. Of course, without labelling, we need to conduct our own investigations to learn where GM sweet corn is being sold.

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The Law of Least Effort

Deepak Chopra

by Deepak Chopra

• If you observe nature at work, you will see that the least effort is expended. Grass doesn’t try to grow, it just grows. Fish don’t try to swim, they just swim. Flowers don’t try to bloom, they bloom. Birds don’t try to fly, they fly. This is their intrinsic nature. The Earth doesn’t try to spin on its own axis; it is the nature of the Earth to spin with dizzying speed and to hurtle through space. It is the nature of babies to be in bliss. It is the nature of the Sun to shine. It is the nature of the stars to glitter and sparkle. And it is human nature to make our dreams manifest into physical form, easily and effortlessly.

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Health and the environment

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki

• Preventing illness is the best way to get healthcare costs down. So why aren’t governments doing more to protect the environment? We’ve long known environmental factors contribute to disease, especially contamination of air, water and soil. Scientists are now learning the connection is stronger than we realized.

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VIFF docs expose the dark side of corporate America

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead

In Bitter Seeds, Micha X. Peled reveals an appalling statistic: a farmer in India commits suicide every half-hour. The documentary, showing at the Vancouver International Film Festival (September 27-October 12), puts a human face on this ongoing tragedy with its intimate portrait of a poor farming community in India’s interior. Most of India’s cotton farmers now use seeds manufactured with Monsanto’s proprietary Bollgard technology. “BT means big buds,” say the sales people, waving their pamphlets. But, for farmers, it also means the risk of a large financial outlay, punitive interest rates on loans, low yields and dependence on Monsanto seeds, which are genetically modified to terminate at the end of each year.

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