|The Truth About Public Safety|
First, Do No Harm
There has never been a death in Canada caused by a natural health product.
There are multiple deaths every year caused by common foods such as peanuts and shellfish, by smoking or by adverse drug reactions. In comparison natural health products are extremely safe. When you think about the health benefits of NHPs, including that many of us rely upon them for our very lives, it is clear that the real danger in regulating them is to “over-regulate” them off of the market.
Follow The Money
NHPs have the best safety record of all classes of medicaments.
Current proposed regulations for NHPs directly harms the economic welfare of the large number of Canadians whose livelihood is invested in this growing business sector.
There are a lot of jobs at stake. Growers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, health professionals and researchers all will suffer if these new regulations take effect. The regulatory chill that has been directed towards natural health will confine Canada’s ability to participate in this high-growth international industry. Members of Parliament must support the development of a healthy NHP industry that is rich in entrepreneurial vitality instead of allowing regulation to strangle it.
The greatest crisis facing Canadians in our health care system is the growing tension between constantly rising costs and declining outcomes. When Canadians use NHPs they ease the burden on the health care system. This deserves to be recognized by our federal government.
NHPs are clinically effective; their preventative properties benefit consumers and this reduces the demand on high priced taxpayer-funded conventional medicine. They are largely used by people who have actively taken control of their health. The net effect of this is a sustainable health care system.
It should be the case that the widest possible use of NHPs is formally promoted.
As A Matter Of Fact
Every year in Canada people die from eating peanuts.
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It Doesn’t Work?
The fact that most NHP licences are being refused on the efficacy ground is staggering.
Especially when, after some digging, it was found that only a couple of dozen NHPs have been refused due to safety concerns. In a January 2009 in an Alive Magazine interview with NHPD Director General, Michelle Boudreau it was clear that roughly 10,000 applications have failed. An NHP consultant (article below written in 2008) points out that only a few dozen of these have failed because of any safety concern.
In a 2011 report for MPs, industry stakeholder John Biggs investigated these claims even further. He wrote:
This means that almost every single failure is due to paperwork and/or efficacy issues. How is the government justifying Health Canada’s ability to take away our freedom to choose over a “safety” issue?”
Different things work for different people. Efficacy is about “intended effect” or "beneficial change" with drugs and NHPs. Efficacy is as much the responsibility of the individual as it is the NHP or drug.
Efficacy issues with NHPs have not cost anyone their life.
How Will The Industry Respond?
Article: if the NHP Regulations are not really meant to protect you, then who are they for?
Whenever a government imposes strict regulations that will restrict consumer choice and raise the price of the products that remain, a justification must be given to consumers so that they will support the new regulations. Almost without exception the justification is safety. The average consumer has become so accustomed to accepting restrictions in the name of safety, that seldom is there any resistance to new regulations.
There is no light regulatory touch. We do not have a risk-based system. Products are not allowed to be on the market without claims. The Inspectorate still abuses their power with seizure and, with Bill C-51, they will gain even greater power. Products are “not being approved”, not because they are dangerous or contaminated. They are being banned because there are insufficient clinical trials published on their ingredients.
Our industry must stop hoping beyond hope that the NHPD will somehow change their tune and start licensing more products, out of kindness or consideration. As a directorate, their business is to “process” submissions. And, the fastest way of doing this, is by refusing them, not licensing them. The NHPD’s self-preservation depends on their banning most products on the market. So, the real question is, how will this industry respond? Will we roll over and play dead, or stand up and fight?
Article: Give This Man A Cape
Shawn Buckley climbs the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery to the sound of ardent applause, whoops, and whistles. With his dark good looks (think Christian Bale or George Clooney), he could be mistaken for a celebrity who’s hit town to hold court with his fans. And in a way, he is…
Article original posting: http://www.shared-vision.com/20080929/give-this-man-a-cape
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The question is this: How then can we subject these two completely different forms of medicine to the same regulations? We can’t. We need to respect the fact that they are not the same and as such should be regulated separately.
Imagine if we had two un-identical twins. Two sons. At the age of 16 they both want to use the car and drive. We let both use the car but after some time we learn that one son was prone to fender benders followed by a crash. This would appear to be irresponsible. The other has a good driving record, is responsible and is free of incident. Now given the fact that one son might be a danger to others on the road, we would imagine we would want to put some restrictions on him, say no driving at night, only being allowed to use the car for an hour a day or restricting him until his driving style changed.
It wouldn’t make sense – or be fair – to subject the road-savvy son to these same restrictions.
NHPs should be presumed safe until proven dangerous and should not be restricted in the name of safety. By adhering to Good Manufacturing Principles (GMP) with rules and regulations guided by the Charter of Health Freedom, we know a safe and fair system can be created for those with “a clean driving record”.
In On The Action
Help build the new and independent law to expressly govern Natural Health Products.
Each and every one of us who believes in their rights and freedoms needs to speak out. Not just speaking out amongst ourselves. But speaking out in public. We can address any concerns or questions the public, industry, researchers or complimentary and allopathic professionals may have.
Fear and assumption will suffocate our cause. Be courageous, active and positive. Help make this desired fundamental change by stopping any domestic or global threats to our natural health industry.
If we feel we are worthy of freedom, let’s come together with Parliament to create true and lasting health reform in Canada.