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.
This law shuts down the natural health care market in Canada. Ask yourself who benefits if the alternative health care industry is shut down? Whose medications are left on the shelves?
It’s time to take action. Contact http://naturalhealthfreedomcanada.com/ and find out what you can do about it.
Health Canada’s shrewd takeover of the natural health industry
Thank you Common Ground and Nick Mancuso [What is Health Canada Up To? by Nick Mancuso, August 2012] for taking up the challenge and writing and printing the truth behind Health Canada’s shrewd takeover of the natural health industry.
Under the guise of looking out for the ‘safety’ of Canadians, Health Canada has, in fact, shut down the freedom to choose for Canadian citizens by having exclusive power over product approval. The natural health products industry has risen above scepticism with legitimate research into some of the most innovative products worldwide, maintained growth through economic turmoil and provided answers and help when the medical model with its prescription drugs and/or surgery has failed the Canadian public.
Suppliers in this country are at their wits end trying to comply with the regulations and fees imposed by the government; products are required to be reformulated (often lacking key ingredients) and labels are changing at an alarming rate to accommodate the various claims and subsequent cautions that must be shown on the product. Has anybody died as a result of a natural health product? No. Never. There has never been a death attributed to a natural health product in this country. Statistically, you are more likely to have an anaphylactic reaction to nuts, shellfish and prescription drugs. Natural health products do not belong in the drug category and ought not be regulated nor treated as such.
As a retailer trying to offer the absolute best products for my customers, I must make this plea to all suppliers, fellow retailers and consumers: Please help us to unite in this awareness. The reality is we have been complying with this process for over seven years now and there is no logic to the manner in which Health Canada is accepting or rejecting natural product numbers (NPNs). The greatest farce is that ‘over the counter’ pharmaceuticals like Crest toothpaste, Tums, Rolaids, Nicorette gum and Covergirl makeup all carry an NPN. How ridiculous is that? Can these products even compare to the quality, ingredients, purity and wholesomeness of anything that is natural? How did we let this happen to our precious industry when we have worked so hard to prove our products are effective and safe for all people and most importantly, the sick?
The next threat to our livelihood is that the rules of this unfair game will continue to change based on random criteria. Currently, digestive enzymes and probiotics, the essences of life, are being scrutinized as to whether their NPNs ought to be revoked. How are we to stop this atrocity once it is happening because of unfounded reasons?
As I watch the flood of cautions now listed on the various products that traditionally have caused no harm, it saddens me that, despite my noblest efforts to explain the new requirements, I also watch the customer reading them and putting the bottle or box back on the shelf.
As wholistic people, we can and must come together and rise above the prevailing domination Health Canada has over our ability to manufacture, sell and ultimately choose natural health products. Please share your success story with supplements, reveal your hardships dealing with Health Canada and communicate what this issue means to you. By supporting your local health food store and their exclusive products, you may save the products that protect you and keep your body free of disease.
Know that there are changing rules and product seizures taking place that are unfounded and unlawful. Let your government know that you want to preserve your freedom to choose. Follow this magazine and Nick Mancuso’s PowerHealthRadio.com for up to date coverage of these issues as they unfold.
– Lucy Miller, owner, The Healthy Hut (Cochrane) Ltd., www.thehealthyhut.ca
Editors note: By forcing health products to have “warnings” on them, it normalizes the real warnings on some other products that can be dangerous, such as alcohol and tobacco and thus dilutes the importance of the message, playing into the hands of big corporations such as Big Pharma.
Health store owners afraid to speak out
As a stakeholder in the natural health industry, I am very disappointed with all the health food store owners who will not support their own industry by warning their customers that thousands of excellent natural products are under serious threat of being banned for sale by Health Canada.
One would think we suppliers would be heroes in their eyes for all the Health Canada land mines we have had to avoid just to keep some of these products on their shelves. Not so.
As an example, I am no longer welcome at one major health food store chain in Manitoba – for the capital crime of encouraging their customers, during a demo, to write the Health Minister and their MP to ask why their favourite natural health supplement was no longer available. I was told by the owners they do not want to become politically involved and that their health food store was not a venue to discuss this.
What, then, is the “proper venue”? Do consumers not have the right to know? Will the time to discuss this be after all the pharmaceutical corporations buy up the natural health industry bit by bit, denaturing the products, and the real health foods go the way of the dodo bird?
– Rose Stevens, Holistic Practitioner, Manitoba
Stop the clock from ticking
Delay the Feb 4, 2013 deadline for UPLAR
Health Canada having the final say on the food or medicine we choose is a step backwards for society, I believe.
I hear from health food store staff, owners and their customers they have no idea what is going on, which is very unfortunate. Unless people take action quickly to stop Health Canada in its tracks, I believe it will be a giant step backward for people in Canada. I know most of you reading this have no idea what is going on, and for those of you who do, you have received a very mixed message.
Without understanding the details, you will no longer have any say in your choice of medicine or food. What about your personal right to choose what goes in your body?
Will Canadians be healthier or safer if the only products available to them are ones that Health Canada has deemed acceptable? No offence, but this scares the crap out of me. (Ed. Note: It is not the health food industry that lobbies Health Canada the most. It is Big Pharma.)
It is as if we have only one company to buy from: ‘Health Canada Inc.’ Already, it has either ‘forced’ manufacturers of proven helpful products to change their products or removed them from shelves in Canada.
What to do? Other than freak out and get mad?
All I can think of is bury Health Canada, your local MP and Stephen Harper with letters. This old-fashioned method does get attention. Along with this, make a personal visit to your MP to make him/her aware of how you feel.
We apparently have one recourse as citizens: write letters in overwhelming numbers to government offices to delay the February 2013 Natural Health Products Unprocessed Product Licence Applications Regulations (UPLAR) deadline. We must speak to our MPs and make it very clear government has no role in deciding what we eat or use as medicine.
It may not end with this, but a delay is what is needed now. They are a persistent lot, I will give them that.
If they want regulations, the only one I see necessary to ensure public safety is manufacturing regulations. In Canada, we have one of the highest standards of manufacturing of natural health products in the world. As a consumer, I want to ensure the product is under acceptable levels of contamination and I want to see the list of ingredients in case I have a religious, health, personal or cultural preference. Period.
At press time, Health Canada is still deciding whether or not to enforce, in February of 2013, its regulations that would allow only products with an approved NPN # to be sold across Canada.
If so, as of February 2013:
Health Canada will control your personal choices about the food and medicine you put in your body.
Health Canada will demand every natural health product have an approved NPN licence to be sold in retail stores in Canada.
Health Canada will use enforcement to ensure retailers do not sell unapproved products. Selling an unapproved product could result in a $5-million fine or two years in jail.
Health Canada will be the only source for product approval. Health Canada alone will determine whether a product is safe or effective. No matter whether a product has been sold safely for decades or is easily available cross border or online, Health Canada can remove it from health food store shelves.
Canadian retailers will still be able to sell proven unsafe products like cigarettes, alcohol, peanuts, shellfish, junk food, artificial flavours, dyes and high sugar drinks without any concern over enforcement for selling these unsafe, unhealthy products.
Canadian doctors will still be prescribing proven harmful pharmaceutical drugs sold through Canadian pharmacies without any concern over enforcement even though those drugs do kill people.
Health Canada will control the food you eat and the medicine you use.
I believe Thomas Jefferson said it best: “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson (1762-1821), Third president of the USA, author of the Declaration of Independence.
I find it very unfortunate so few Canadians know this is happening. Will we be the people that have unwittingly allowed Health Canada to take control of our food and medicine?
Mark February 4th, 2013 on your calendar and take control of your own health. To find out more about your eroding health freedom choices, visit http://www.powerhealthradio.com/natural_health_canada.html
– Deane Parkes, president of Preferred Nutrition, www.pno.ca
It’s time for a revolution in natural medicine
Will you take a stand?
It is an illusion that dietary supplements, herbs, homeopathic medicines are dangerous. The fact is they prevent illness, build up our immune systems and save lives. If you believe in these micronutrients and you know they work, why would you not stand up and protect them for our children?
We are very caring people, mostly women who work on the front lines in health stores across North America. We care deeply about our customers and patients.
Many of us make a meagre wage, but we give 100 percent to each person who comes through the door. This is the most rewarding work to help someone heal and recover to achieve a better quality of life. We should all be proud as an industry. None of us have ever hurt, maimed or killed any of our clients, unlike artificial drugs that have done so to millions of our loved ones.
Yet we stand by helplessly as our livelihoods and the products that keep Canadians healthy are being taken away. I feel our industry is going to have to go through a revolution and our goal must be to wake every Canadian up.
Most consumers are completely unaware of the travesty going on via a complete mass media blackout so we must educate them and empower the industry to realize we have solutions.
My dear friend and colleague Dr. Eldon Dahl ND has only served the people, by providing safe high potency, natural dietary supplements to other NDs across Canada, yet he may be serving two years in jail. Can you all sit by and let this happen? You know if we do not stop this injustice, you could be next. Trust me, this has been going on in the US for many years. Innocent people like you and I are in jail in the US for developing and selling proven, safe herbal or micro nutrients. If we allow *UPLAR to pass, we can say goodbye to our freedom about our health choices.
I believe in this industry. I believe in the dedicated people working with Natural Health Freedom Canada. These are some of the most courageous, fearless, strong and driven leaders, especially NHFC executive director Marilyn Nelson, who is one of the most altruistic intelligent and compassionate women I have ever known.
Natural Health Freedom Canada has the solutions and has been working for years to finally be at this place, to do the best work we have ever done to protect our rights and freedoms.
As a mother, healer and health freedom advocate, I beg you all to please stand with us, join our cause, your cause and support our legal injunction. Please value what we have put on the line for you all.
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– Candace Hill-Trevena, co-founder of Natural Health Freedom Canada. www.naturalhealthfreedomcanada.com
*Natural Health Products Unprocessed Product Licence Applications Regulations.