Health Canada Wants Canadians Sick, Diseased and Addicted to Pharmaceuticals
If you're a Canadian, Health Canada wants two things from you and your family. First, they don't want you healthy, and second, they want you addicted to pharmaceuticals. Any natural health supplementation you decide to adopt which advances your health and cuts into big pharma's profits is strictly prohibited. If anybody can prove that Health Canada has any other role, we welcome you to state your case. Otherwise, listen to the facts on how Health Canada's corrupt regulations are consistently preventing Canadians from obtaining natural health products.
For the past several years, Health Canada has been quietly removing thousands of entirely safe dietary supplements from the market. These product restrictions are now becoming more aggressive. Health food stores are not able to stock their shelves with as many specialty formulations nor as many brand names as they used to. Soon our product choices may be reduced to about one-third of what they are now. Products unique to health food stores are disappearing, while those available in pharmacies appear untouched. Under the guise of protecting us from harm, Health Canada is actually causing harm by depriving some of us of safe products that we depend on for our health and well-being.
This is not a phenomenal revelation to those who know Health Canada's game which has been profoundly guided by pharmaceutical interests since its inception. This is the same regulatory agency that still issues advisory warnings for Canadians with weakened immune systems to consume pasteurized foods including hot dogs and deli meats.
Health Canada’s destruction of the health food industry relies on the propagation of two falsehoods: (1) that dietary supplements are potentially unsafe, and (2) that Health Canada has the legal right to regulate health products. Health Canada first creates a false fear, then imposes itself as the remedy for that imagined fear.
Health Canada systematically targets natural health products for elimination even if they are innocuous substances, many which have been safely used for centuries, and some probably for millennia. Garlic, echinacea, cayenne, ginkgo, milk thistle, hawthorn, cascara sagrada, eyebright, mullein, tumeric and horehound are but a few examples. The complete list is virtually endless, because Health Canada intends to eliminate every product for which suppliers make "unapproved" health claims -- including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein powders, glandular concentrates, essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. Every dietary supplement is a candidate for elimination, depending on who is selling it and how successful that company is at jumping over Health Canada's hurdles.
Dr. Eldon Dahl, now a Canadian hero for standing up to Health Canada, serves as an excellent example of how Health Canada abuses its authority and uses the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and SWAT teams to raid innocent Naturopathic Doctors who sell vitamins.
Under the guise of protecting the public, Health Canada has implemented an allegedly "compulsory" licensing scheme. They are attempting to restrict from the market any dietary supplement that they have not blessed with an NPN licence. Problem is that only 20,000 product licences have been granted out of the 60,000 products that were on the market when the licensing scheme began. Health Canada is refusing to license entirely safe products, for reasons that defy both logic and science. Many licences have not been granted simply because Health Canada has not bothered to examine the applications.
What Health Canada does not want you to know is that the NPN licensing scheme is unlawful. There is no Act of Parliament (or no statute law) that gives Health Canada the legal authority to regulate health products. The Constitution Act, 1867 gives to the federal government jurisdiction over crime but not over health, which is the exclusive domain of the provinces. Further, the Natural Health Product Regulations have never been sanctioned by Parliament, nor have they ever been reviewed by the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee (SREG).
Dietary supplements are among the safest substances on the planet, safer than foods. In the entire 50+ year history of the health food industry, there have been zero fatalities caused by consuming any of its products. As a comparison, several people die each year from food poisoning, or from anaphylactic shock from eating peanuts.
To justify its stranglehold over dietary supplements, Health Canada distorts the concept of "safety" to suit its purposes. Officials often state that they "have concerns about" or are "not convinced of" a product's safety, and offer such speculation as sufficient grounds for depriving us of that product. This is a nonsensical argument that defies logic, science, and jurisprudence by reversing the burden of proof. It is impossible to prove the absence of anything. We can only document that which in fact exists. If Health Canada believes that a substance is harmful, then they must provide proof that this is so. In the absence of such proof, the substance in question must be presumed safe. This is the same principle of innocent-until-proven-guilty upon which our entire legal system is based.
The "Manifesto for Dietary Supplements" details the many ways in which Health Canada is operating outside the law. As law abiding citizens it is our right and our duty not to comply with unlawful regulations that are destroying our businesses and depriving consumers of safe alternatives to prescription drugs.
Health Canada restricts true health claims for safe dietary supplements. It doesn’t matter what textbooks or research may say, it doesn’t matter how many third party testimonials you can provide, if Health Canada doesn’t like the claim, you can’t make it. This is an act of censorship, in violation of the "freedom of thought, belief, and expression" guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Health Canada takes the following unreasonable (and unlawful) positions: (a) that it bestows upon suppliers the privilege of staying in business, (b) that any product it has not examined must be presumed unfit for sale, and (c) that any claim it does not approve must be presumed to be fraudulent.
Whether Health Canada is acting out of ignorance or malice does not really matter. The resulting devastation is the same. Ironic that Health Canada is committing fraud in the name of preventing fraud.
Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.