By Eldon Dahl
According to the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), 70% of Canadians take and use ultra-safe and effective natural health products (NHPs) and are confident in the current licensing of Natural Products Numbers (NPNs); it’s the envy of most other countries and this is about to change.
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It is true, Canada is the envy of the world and for many reasons; today I am addressing just two: ethnic diversity and health care.
You have heard the statement “if it is not broken, don’t try to fix it”; this is one such example.
For example, take the cough syrup Benylin with codeine and the Chinese herbal cough medicine Pei Pa Koa, with licorice, honey, dandelion and kumquat; they are hardly the same, and for good reason. One is associated with a list of warnings and health risks, and the other is completely natural and ultra-safe.
On September 15, 2016, I was in Toronto at the Canadian Health Food Association’s (CHFA) Members Only Regulations Meeting, where Health Canada revealed their plans. Health Canada means to confuse the public regarding the ultra-safe category NPNs by putting them in the same category as over the counter drugs. This action will change how 70% of Canadians choose for health care of all ethnic origins — be it of Chinese, traditional, herbal, Ayurveda, native Indian, or homeopathic medicine.
Canada is known for racial tolerance and ethnic diversity. Our population works because we are inclusive of others’ cultures on most levels, including health care. Secondly, we are known for our health care, including over the counter (OTC) drugs and natural health products (NHPs) with the licensing designation of natural product number (NPN). These are fully registered and supported by Health Canada based on clinical evidence. In Canada, we have OTCs and NPNs sitting side by side on store shelves — why? Because we allow the freedom of choice regarding the method of health care we choose for ourselves and our families.