Thursday, July 17/2003
on Natural Health Products Escalates
next from Health Canada's Keystone Cops?"
NANAIMO - Dr. James Lunney,
MP for Nanaimo-Alberni, reacted with outrage
to Tuesdays RCMP/ Health Canada raid on a Natural Health Products company
in Raymond, Alberta.
Canada's latest attack on the freedom of Canadians
to make their own health choices is intolerable. They have resorted to
extreme, unwarranted measures to prevent promising, low risk products
from reaching Canadians who require them. This bureaucratic interference
is out of control; it is contrary to science and to the public interest."
July 15, about twenty armed officers and Health Canada officials raided the offices of Truehope
Nutritional Support, charging the company has been selling a nutritional
supplement to the mentally ill without government approval. The RCMP demanded
that employees immediately stop working and back away from their computers.
They proceeded to downloaded company information from hard drives while
confiscating stacks of documents.
supplement in question, Empowerplus, a combination of 36 vitamins, minerals
and anti-oxidants, has a successful track record in treating symptoms
of mental illness. Health Canada states that, under Canadian law, making
health claims classifies a supplement as a drug and therefore requires
solid, scientific proof of effectiveness before it can be legally sold.
without any scientific evidence of safety or effectiveness, Health Canada has approved a plan to distribute
marijuana through Medical Doctors. This week Minister Anne McLellan
stated that if medical marijuana proved not to work she'll shut down the
program. Yet, Health Canada has already moved to shut down the
$544,000 study of Empowerplus being conducted at the University of Calgary, despite early evidence of effectiveness.
What's wrong with this picture?
the Health Committee report in 1999 and the Transition Team Report in
2000, Canadians were led to believe that the antiquated clauses in the
Food and Drug Act that forbid health claims for natural health products
would be addressed to acknowledge the scientific evidence that many diseases
and disorders can be mitigated through judicious use of natural health
products. Lunney has sponsored a Private Members
Bill (C-420) which is currently before the House; it would place natural
health products under a food directorate rather than an adversarial drug
draconian measures against a promising vitamin and mineral compound betray
the public trust. It¹s time to reign in Health Canada¹s Keystone Cops and give Canadians
freedom of choice in personal health care,² concluded Lunney.
For further information please contact:
Dr. James Lunney
-(613) 992-5243 or (250) 390-7550
678, Confederation Bldg
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Fax : 613-992-9112
Island Hwy. North
B.C. V9V 1P6