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November is Vitamin D Awareness Month

Make sure your Vitamin D score is between 100-150 nmol/L • With Canadian vitamin D levels dropping year after year, the Vitamin D Society is kicking off its 8th Annual Vitamin D Awareness Month with Vitamin D Day on November 2nd to help spread the message across the country. The Society is using the month to bring vitamin D deficiency to light for Canadians...

Issues that demand connection and action

Issues that demand connection and action

Nov 3, 2016

Connecting the dots by Bruce Mason • Corporate media may be denying or ignoring their existence, but the world is awash in unprecedented, existential crises: from Syria to Standing Rock, global climate tipping points, to so-called trade deals that enable greedy elites to prevent action, from international anti-nuclear arms initiatives, to the ugly, unwelcome...

Why we need a Natural Health Products Act!

Why we need a Natural Health Products Act!

Nov 3, 2016

by Citizens for Choice in Healthcare • Open letter to Prime Minister, Right Honourable Justin Trudeau; Minister of Health, Honourable Jane Philpott; and Deputy Minister of Health, Simon Kennedy I object to Health Canada’s (HC’s) proposals to classify Natural Health Products (NHPs) with prescription drugs! It is no secret in Ottawa that the pharmaceutical...

Speaking of the environment and climate change

Speaking of the environment and climate change

Nov 3, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina   • A decade ago, climate change and global warming seemed somewhat theoretical to some of us, but evidence is now showing up in our everyday lives. In many parts of the world, these changes are being linked with the rising frequency and severity of extreme weather events: floods, storms and droughts. Warmer temperatures...

Food security – It’s important for humans and other animals

Food security – It’s important for humans and other animals

Nov 2, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki   • As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the hearty soups and dishes that will warm our bellies. Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy such thoughts. About four million Canadians – including more than a million children – lack...

The looming epidemic of overdiagnosis

The looming epidemic of overdiagnosis

Nov 2, 2016

Where are the leaders in eliminating waste in health system spending? DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels   • Lately, I’ve got overdiagnosis on my mind. Currently, we’re living through a perceived doctor shortage in BC, a crisis affecting as many as 600,000 British Columbians. In 2010, the governing BC Liberals promised that, within five years, everyone in...

Leave our prostates alone

Leave our prostates alone

Oct 6, 2016

Healthcare must engage in a wider discussion about preventive medicine DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels   • “Preventive medicine displays all three elements of arrogance…Aggressively assertive…Presumptuous…Overbearing.” Dr. David Sackett wrote those words over a decade ago in a neat little column in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. He was, in...

The carnitine controversy

The carnitine controversy

Oct 6, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina   • Carnitine is an amino acid, important for our body’s transportation of fatty acids to the area in the cells where the fatty acids can be burned for energy production. For this reason, carnitine has been marketed as a fat-burning support. A very small number of people – about one in 40,000 – have a genetic condition...

When pain is invisble

When pain is invisble

Oct 6, 2016

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • I have worked with many clients who suffer from chronic physical pain, as well as those who have post traumatic stress. For these people, physical or emotional pain can be constant, and from the outside they may look perfectly normal. A person wearing a cast or recovering from surgery is treated with compassion and...

Natural health products are not drugs

Natural health products are not drugs

Oct 6, 2016

Tell Health Canada to leave our NHPs alone   by Helen Long • Health Canada has recently launched the Consulting Canadians on the Regulation of Self-Care Products in Canada document. Previously referred to as the Consumer Health Product Framework, this document has changed dramatically since its original inception, and proposes that, in the future, many...