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Save the Supplements That You Love

Posted by Dr. Paul Zickler

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October 11, 2016 at 8:20 AM

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Your supplements are in danger!

 When you browse your local health food store, you find a variety of safe and effective supplements, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, herbal products and traditional medicines. These products are licensed by Health Canada before being legally sold to you.

Nearly 77% of all Canadians use natural health products for their well-being and these products are currently evaluated on the proposed claim, overall risk, and condition it is used to treat. Currently, evidence can be provided from a variety of traditional and modern studies.

The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is Canada’s largest trade association dedicated to health and organic products. The CHFA is seeking your support in fighting a proposal put forth to alter the way natural health products are regulated. The proposal suggests that the evaluation of supplements should be based on one consumer survey and only six weeks of consultation. Some natural health products that are supported by thousands of years of use may not receive approval.

What does this mean for you? Labels may include less information because there may be increased restrictions on information placed in labels. Commonly known and accepted ingredients like ginseng or maca may not pass the restrictive tests of one consumer survey and six weeks of consultation, thereby disregarding the thousands of years of use that prove its beneficial effects. Inevitably, some products will become unavailable, and costs to the consumer will likely increase because more research will be required to bring products to market.

The current system works and this new proposal tries to fix a system that doesn’t need fixing.

Please visit chfa.ca right now to send a message to your Member of Parliament, letting them know these proposed changes are unacceptable. The goal is to send 100 000 letters to MPs across Canada to show that this issue matters. It will only take you one minute and will make a big difference in helping to ensure you continue to have access to the natural health products you know and love.

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Topics: Nutrition, Body

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