Shawn’s explanation of the corporate takeover of Canada’s Natural Health Products Industry is both alarming and informative. All those concerned with democracy and freedom of choice need to hear this message, and learn what to do about this atrocity.



2011 – is this the year we finally let Health Canada restrict our access to natural health products, or the year we stand up together and say ‘No’.

Government policies are restricting personal freedom to choose, more than ever before. The restrictions are most overt, to date, with regard to our access to natural health products (NHPs) and ordinary consumer products, but our very personal sovereignty is under attack. Our ability to make choices in how we live, and nourish ourselves and our children, is subject to ever more regulation; much of which is fundamentally unconstitutional. If we are to value our freedom to make sustainable living choices, preserve a healthy environment for our children and retain the right to choose how to manage our health in ways which do no harm, we must begin where the regulations do…with natural health products.

The current regulatory climate is not only in direct contravention of the will of the Canadian people, who called overwhelmingly for increased access to NHPs during consultations in 1999. Since the then Health Minister accepted recommendations for increased access to NHPs, the current situation, in which Health Canada criminalizes safe and effective products, is in direct opposition to the will of Parliament.

Shawn Buckley will describe how the Natural Health Product Regulations permit Health Canada to raid legitimate business, pull products we’ve taken for granted off store shelves, and drive small and medium companies out of business*. Hear the latest information about the criminalization and seizure of natural health products and the life and death implications of removing NHPs. Come and sign a nationwide petition, contribute to a legal challenge and find out how to plug into the initiatives that can lead the NHP industry back to health.

With regret, Shawn will also report on the December 2010 passing of Bill C-36, Canada’s Consumer Product Protection Act, into law.

* With coming enforcement in 2011, private industry businesses can obtain NHPPA’s Emergency Kit for Health Canada Raids – a guide that includes actions retailers, distributors and manufacturers can take to save their businesses.


Shawn Buckley, LLB (Kamloops, BC)

Shawn Buckley is a constitutional and criminal lawyer with expertise in the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. He is president of Canada’s Natural Health Products Protection Association (NHPPA), a non-profit organization devoted to protecting Canadians’ access to natural health products. In 2010, the NHPPA launched its Three Part Action Plan to focus attention on Canadians’ constitutional rights. This plan includes the Charter of Health Freedom ( The NHPPA is solely supported by concerned natural health products manufacturers, retailers and public advocates.

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