should have died years ago when I suffered with rapid cycling bipolar
affective disorder. It's a disease that is prominent in my family.
My grandfather committed suicide when I was five. My mother killed
herself when I was 21. I was institutionalized for periods of time.
I was drugged heavily for three years, with no relief of my symptoms.
Two years after my mother¹s death, I found the nutritional program
now known as Truehope. The program is based on a supplement that
is manufactured and distributed in the United States. I started
using the supplement and within two months was off of a debilitating
five-drug cocktail and well on my way to complete health. I have
imported the Truehope combination of vitamins and minerals for seven
and a half years, and in those years have enjoyed a full restoration
of health. I have given birth to two beautiful daughters and I am
now pregnant with another child. My thoughts and moods are exceptionally
balanced and I am able to work and play and live a normal family
life in a happy and intact marriage.
University of Calgary received some funding from the Alberta government
for the purpose of completing a study about the supplement I use.
Health Canada blocked the study and demanded that all of the study
participants go back on their drugs. I worried when I heard that,
but since I was importing the supplement for personal use under
NAFTA, I felt that my access to the supplement would not be restricted.
On April 24,2003, UPS shipments began being held at the Canadian
border. When Truehope Participants called to complain we were told
that the vitamins and minerals were drugs and that we could not
take them anymore. The press was told that we could still access
the supplement by driving across the border to get it. Out of desperation
one of my friends drove ten hours on June 7 to pick up some of the
supplement. She was turned back on her way into Canada. Then when
she cried and made a scene at the crossing, she was allowed to bring
it in, but told by the guards not to tell anyone. False hope, embarrassment
and a stone wall against information has been the pattern of treatment
for Empowerplus users since Health Canada has decided to protect
tried everything to get the attention of Anne McLellan and the Ministry
of Health. In May, Health Canada stopped taking our calls and started
sending us to a mental health support line. When I tried to plead
my case with the support staff I was told my only option was to
go back to the hospital when I ran out of the supplement. The mental
health support line told me that Health Canada was looking out for
my best interest, that the supplement was dangerous; yet, they could
not tell me what the danger was. My life was on the line, and they
couldn't even say why I couldn't have the supplement. It¹s
just vitamins and minerals. Safer than cigarettes and alcohol, safer
than marijuana, peanuts, and Tylenol. Safer than any pharmaceutical
on the market.
had been well and productive and healthy for seven and a half years,
yet now, for no identifiable reason, I was being forced back into
the treatment that never worked for me, and certainly didn¹t work
for my dead mother and grandfather. Where¹s the danger? I have eaten
it every day for seven and a half years, and my health only
improved. The side effects of my previous prescription drugs damaged
my liver, numbed my mind, ruined my eyes and caused the onset of
an autoimmune disease that left me as a young woman, fat, and in
a wheel chair. I can run now, I can bear children I don¹t even wear
glasses anymore and I gave up my handicapped parking sticker long
ago. Why was I being forced to go back? I hadn't broken any law.
This was a death sentence in a country where capitol punishment
does not exist.
invited eight other women to join me in seeking answers. We
went to Ottawa and stood on Parliament Hill with our umbrellas.
In the end, the Prime Minister ignored us, and Anne McLellan pretended
not to know we were there, but the pressure from her peers who took
the time to visit with us and hear our pleas for help opened the
border and bought us some time. Now we are working to change the
law, supporting Dr. Lunney's private members bill C-420, in the
hope that Truth and Logic and Choice will prevail in law over the
interests of a pharmaceutical lobby on Parliament Hill.