I have been following the NHPPA.org (Natural Health Products Protection Assosication) and TheCharterofHealthFreedom.com regarding the availability of health products in Canada. There are some fantastic videos available to watch.
I watched the videos with Shawn Buckley (constitutional lawyer and advocate for protection of natural health products). Very powerful and it was the first time that I heard the question “Are You Free?” My first reaction was to say Yes. I live in Canada and we are supposed to be a free country. As I watched and listen to the info that Shawn presented I began to think about Freedom in a different way.
Personally I have been taking vitamins, herbs, minerals, protein powders, for many, many years never really thinking about the fact one day I might not be able to buy them from the health store. Then back in 1993 I got into a network marketing business that was promoting health products. Not only did the products that I came across with this business and others that I have been involved with for the past 17 years keep me off prescription drugs, they have allowed me to help others with their health and to grow into other wellness businesses.
As health products are being eliminated from our country, like the almost 50000 products that have been taken off the shelf so far. What are we going to do?
So am I free? No I am not. I am no longer allowed to decide what products I can take because the products I want are now no longer available in Canada.
Now some that might read this will think so what? I don’t take vitamins so what do I care it is not impacting me. And if it were that simple I would agree. However this is more about my freedom of choice than anything else. Why does the government get to decide how I want to take care of my health?
I am not a burden on the health care system, I don’t take prescription drugs, don’t go to the doctor. I buy my own vitamins, herbs, minerals, protein powders, juices, buy organic food, grass fed beef from small local farmers. I don’t smoke, exercise daily.
Health products, organic food, exercise, meditation have kept me off prescription drugs. Isn’t that a good thing? The Health Care oh sorry I mean the Sickness System that is in place in Canada is already over burdened and can not handle much more. I guess the pharmaceutical companies are not making enough profit and once again we are being manipulated.
To take the question of Freedom further I have to ask am I Free to decide how I make a living? I am passionate about nutrition, wellness and as I stated earlier I have been providing supplements and health products for many years. Now it is becoming difficult and will probably be more difficult in the future?
So are we Free?
Here is an example of what the future holds:
Marigold Compounding and Natural Pharmacyin Courtenay, BC is the first of its kind. It is one of the most progressive pharmacies in North America as far as the scope and the mode of its operation. It is the true integration of pharmacy, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and other modalities at a professional level.
It has been recently caught in the controversy that is affecting the delivery of natural health
care and natural products in Canada.
On June 14, four inspectors from Health
Canada, accompanied by two RCMP officers, and inspectors from the College of Pharmacists of BC raided the pharmacy and seized products without NPN’s (Natural Product Number) and ordered the closure of the store.
The total value of the products taken away by Health
Canada was $146,290.85 (valued at cost)
Here are some of the products that were removed from the shelves:
- All Natural Sunscreens containing zinc oxide in various concentrations
- Buttspackle containing calendula, peru balsam and zinc oxide
- Arthrotopik Cream for inflammation, containing devil’s claw, calendula and arnica
- Jocamu Ointment containing arnica and Rhus tox
- Wild Oregano Oil, pure oil
- Arnica Ointment 10%
- Shatavari Ayurvedic Powder
- Oil of Lavender pure essential oil
- Grapefruit Seed Extract, pure
- Colloidal Silver
- Goldenseal Powder in Manuka 16+ Medicinal Honey
http://marigoldnatural.blogspot.com/2010/06/ire-and-fire-progressive-pharmacy-draws.html to read the full story on the Marilgold Natural Pharmacy blog.
One of the things we can do right now is do the the TheCharterofHealthFreedom.com website and get a petition printed out and have you, your friends, family colleagues sign it and send it off. Then send an email, snail mail or phone call to your local politicians and let them know you are not happy with what is going on and have them take a stand for our FREEDOM now.
So do you feel you are FREE? Let me know. Just a thought, Wendy