BELLEVILLE, ON, Oct. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - As with Bills C-51, C-52, C-6, and C-36, the Harper Government's attempt to rocket docket the passage of Bill C-17, means that We, the People, get flawed laws. Harper's draft of Bill C-17 fails to deal with decades of well-documented Health Canada Abuse towards Traditional Natural Remedies/Dietary Food Supplements. Friends of Freedom International [FOFI] o/b Freedom of Choice in Health Care Inc. has been a leading advocate in the Canadian Health Freedom Movement for Informed Freedom of Choice in Health Care since its founding in 1995 [See www.fofi.ca].
Once again, our Canadian Health Freedom Movement's most qualified expert witnesses, such as Dr. David Rowlands, MBA, PHD, and Trueman Tuck, Paralegal Counsel/Litigator, cofounder & Registered Lobbyist are being ignored. Bill C-17 is flawed and needs to be changed to stop decades of Health Canada Abuse towards Traditional Natural Remedies/Dietary Food Supplements. Denial of access by the Harper Government to these natural and effective remedies has lead to unnecessary deaths when people have no choice but to turn to the lethal Pharmaceutical Drugs/Medicines. As pointed out by MP Terrence Young, prescription drugs kill 20,000 Canadians each year.
Trueman Tuck, Managing Director of FOFI states "As co-author of the award-winning book, Death by Modern Medicine, I strongly support the intent of Bill C-17. The equivalent of seven jumbo jets full of passengers a day is being killed by Pharmaceutical Drugs/Medicines in North America currently. If amended as FOFI is suggesting, Bill C-17 would be a more powerful step forward to address these atrocities" that both Health Canada and the pharmaceutical industry is currently failing to address.
Bill C-17 fails to amend the 100-year-old outdated Food and Drugs Act by excluding Traditional Natural Remedies/Dietary Food Supplements from the definition of "Pharmaceutical Drug" and fails to redefine "Food" to include the similar definition of "Traditional Natural Remedies/Dietary Food Supplement" as used in the Dietary Supplements Health Education Act, 1994 that 10 years ago resolved this issue in the USA.
Since 2004, Health Canada has regulated de minimis risk Traditional Natural Remedies/Dietary Food Supplements in the similar manner as toxic pharmaceutical Drugs/Medicines. Passing Bill C-17 [Vanessa's Law], without our organization's longstanding three amendments, will continue to cause unnecessary additional deaths. Over 14,000 beneficial dietary food supplements have been banned in Canada since the January 1, 2004 implementation of the pharmaceutical Drug sub-class called "Natural Health Products" [details are available on request].
Tuck goes on to state:"Our Three simple amendments to C-17 will prevent Health Canada from continuing to ban safe products that compete effectively with lethal pharmaceutical Drugs/Medicines. The amendments involve: (1) redefining "Drug" in the Food and Drugs Act [FDA] to exclude "Food" (2) redefining "Food" in the FDA to include "Traditional Natural Remedies/Dietary Supplements," (3) creating an Early Administrative Dispute Resolution Process to resolve conflicts arising from differing opinions between Health Canada staff and the regulated entities regarding legal and public interest obligations.
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SOURCE: Friends of Freedom International
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