World Wide Bans On Natural Health Products

In Canada we are witnessing the total raping of our health freedoms. We now have the consumer product safety act (Bill C-36) as a law. Which does not effect Natural Health Products itself, but it opens the door to allow the Canadian government to adopt foreign laws and foreign trading block's regulations on basically all products (including NHP's), without parliamentary scrutiny.

Health Canada is using unrealistic licensing standards on NHP's. For example, parsley in capsule form was not given it’s NPN because the manufacturer could not provide safety studies. Parsley is a herb that has been used for thousands of years. Think about it! When was the last time your heard of someone dieing from parsley (fresh or in a capsule)? Over 20,000 NHP's since 2004 have been not been licensed, because of absurdity like this!

But at the same time Health Canada is loosening the regulations on pharmaceuticals.

Here is a clip from a recent article I read from the Ottawa Citizen.

"What kind of "modernizations" should we expect to emerge from Health Canada's artfully stage-managed "technical consultations"? First and perhaps most important could be a shift of the burden of proof. The "precautionary principle" would be scrapped if drug companies had their way. So, instead of the drug industry having to prove that its products are (comparatively) safe before they can be licensed, new products would be presumed to be safe unless critics can prove that they are more harmful than beneficial."
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That's right you do not get to choose what you put into your body Canadians! NHP manufactures must prove that herbs that have been in use for hundreds if not thousands of years are safe. But big pharma companies do not have to prove the safety of their synthetic products. Oh no a critic must prove that they are not safe, AFTER they have been given out to who knows how many Canadian people.

This is only the tip of a very large iceberg in Canada. But it is not only happening here.

In America Bill S510 (HR 2751) has passed. All of the provisions, restrictions and requirements of this law, would apply to small farmers and small food producers (think farmer’s market, fruit, veggies, jam, pie, nuts, eggs, and yes herbs). Simply cutting off the herb production of the country.

Many of you have probably heard about the European Union Banning many Chinese and Indian Herbs. The AHN has been standing up against this mandate. Here is what they have to say about it:

"The date—ironically April Fool’s Day 2011—represents one day after the end of the transition phase of the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD). The THMPD exists as a sub-Directive of the Human Medicinal Products Directive, and was originally intended to be a fast-track licensing system for a wide variety of traditional herbal products, including those of non-European origin. These include the super-traditions of Ayurveda, associated with the Indian subcontinent and that of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Both are of more than 4,000 years standing. The directive was originally implemented in 2004, but the lengthy 7-year transition period has lulled many into thinking that the April 2011 date marks the implementation of a new directive. This is not the case."

"What are the facts about THMPD?

* 31st March 2011 marks the end of the 7-year transition phase of the THMPD
* The directive requires that the same type of pharmaceutical standards applied to conventional, synthetic drugs are applied to complex, polyherbal products
* A range of eligibility and technical problems, along with prohibitive costs, have, so far, prevented any products from either the Chinese or Indian traditions from successfully being registered under the scheme"

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This shows that in Canada, America, and in the European Union the attack on NHP's is kicking into gear. Not by flat out banning them. Because it is well known that, an action like that would not be tolerated by the people. So the tactic seems to be the slow and methodical elimination of these products, through licensing regulations.

Testing and proving the safety of NHP's apparently can cost upwards of US $100,000.
For small to medium sized manufacturers this is devastating! But to the large companies it is tolerable. Unfortunately the large companies seem to be the ones complying with big pharma. By using genetically modified ingredients, and other synthetics produced in the pharmaceutical industry.

The small guys in our communities are being "licensed" out of business, because they refuse to comply. They refuse to keel over in the presence of big pharma.

They have looked out for us, and our health for a long time now. It is time that we return the favor! We now need to not comply right along with them! DO NOT buy from the major NHP companies. Instead look for the smaller, and more local products.

It is estimated that over 10,000 Canadians die every year from pharmaceuticals. Do you think the number of deaths caused by NHP's comes anywhere even close to that?

We are the gears of this machine, and we decide when it stops!

23 Response to "World Wide Bans On Natural Health Products"

  1. Anonymous says:
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    Excellent analysis. A few dots to add in here which might flesh out this picture for you.
    We have proof that Health Canada has for 25 years or more fully intended to harmonize our NHP regulatory standards with those of the EU. Now that CETA is finally acknowledged (after 10 years of not talking), can we reasonably expect that the EU Food Safety Directives (AKA Codex's evil twin) would NOT be applied "for the sake of a level trading field"? Hardly.
    Now comes the critical question: How many NHP licenses (NPN's, EN's, and DIN-Hom's) will be revoked because the standards now being applied are not acceptable under the EUFSD? Is this product licensing any guarantee to the manufacturer that he may continue to make and market his "approved" product ad infinitem? We don't think so. To refer to an earlier post, why has the CHFA not told its membership about the tenuous nature of their NHP licenses, for which they paid through the nose? Why are they not fighting tooth and nail to get a guarantee that these products will remain licensed in perpetuity? Could that reason be the immense amount of federal money that has funneled through them, $1.6 million over the past 3 years? Hmmm.
    Time for everyone to start thinking outside the box here, people. This is a well-laid trap. Let's not walk into it with our eyes shut. As the article above states, WE decide when this machine stops. Roy Rogers once said no man on earth could stop a stampede: I say, it only takes a few to start one....
    Bravo to this blog. We need more of this, and now!

    Sharon says:

    Our access to "healthcare" is being controlled by Pharmaceutical giants. This is strictly in the name of Money, not Health! If we were interested in preventative health care measures we would incorporate all modalities of medical treatments. Including Chinese, and Ayurvedic that have been proven for Thousands of years. We are operating our as zombies, believing that Western medicine and synthetic drugs are superior to herbal remedies. Can't we understand as consumers that the "healthcare" system we are being railroaded into believing is the ultimate medicine is a couple of hundred years old and has nothing to do with prevention!! The Pharmeceutical companies are only interested in controlling herbs because they can't control the farmers growing them!! They are proven to be effective are their drugs!!??

    Hank says:

    Well it seems to me that all they understand is violence. Enough said talk is cheap especially when it falls on deaf ears. The NDP who at one time had the common good. They to now are entertaining the free enterprise system. There was not one party that stood in opposition to the implementation of this bill.
    So how is one to suppose to fight back?? Go to court and claim whatever. So the next best thing is to grow it ones self. However could they still come and take it all away? Seems like they are hell bent on doing just that. Seems I read in the past month or so that the people in some parts of Europe have already been stopped from growing their own. If someone has more knowledge of this please post .
    There is an alternative and that is to use the information by DR M Emoto. His research on the power of the thought with water is amazing to say the least.
    http://enwaterment.com/new/03-emoto.html
    Hank

    Anonymous says:

    I continue to read with dismay and disbelief that our governments are selling us out. Bill C-36 is a death trap. More Canadians should know what is really going on here. How do we get this out to the masses? There must be some kind of town hall meeting that we can invite people to, for an information session. I had a friend comment on a post on FB last night. He suggested, fliers to college and university students, with wording to appeal to high school students as well: eg: Big Pharma, Big Oil, Suck! maybe using a syringe with a skull beside it. These pharmaceuticals have patents for 30 years for their invasive killer drugs. We can thank Brian Mulroney for that. Codex is being implemented world wide as we speak, are we going to go to the slaughter silenced like lambs, or are we going to Roar? We are in a position now to effect people. Let's use this time while we still can. Some of us are baby boomers and we need to pass on our knowledge to the younger generations. Light and Peace to us all!

    Christina says:

    Stop the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive

    No matter where you are from you need to sign this petition Today!!

    http://www.gopetition.com/petition/39757/sign.html

    Petition text:
    We call on the European Parliament to stop the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD), Directive 2004/24/EC, which is set to remove access to the vast majority of herbal medicinal products beginning 1 April 2011.

    THMPD abridges the rights of each European citizen to self-determination in managing health. It goes far beyond reasonable controls over dangerous products, and enters the realm of coercion by limiting options for treating health issues.

    The public's access to herbal products that have traditionally been freely available must continue uninterrupted.

    Target: European Union Committee on Petitions


    Please note that the EU requires valid addresses and birthdates. If you do not include your address or birthdate, your signature may not be counted. All information is kept private. Addresses and birthdates are not visible to the public, and you may also choose to keep your name private.

    All signatures are welcome, though ones without all requested information may not be counted and non-EU signatures will not be counted. However, we welcome all signatures as supportive of this cause.

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