Canada’s C-51 Law To Outlaw 60% of Natural Health Products

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Global Research, April 30, 2008

Don’t Let Big Pharma Do This To Canada

A new law being pushed in Canada by Big Pharma seeks to outlaw up to 60 percent of natural health products currently sold in Canada, even while criminalizing parents who give herbs or supplements to their children. The law, known as C-51, was introduced by the Canadian Minister of Health on April 8th, 2008, and it proposes sweeping changes to Canada’s Food and Drugs Act that could have devastating consequences on the health products industry.

Among the changes proposed by the bill are radical alterations to key terminology, including replacing the word “drug” with “therapeutic product” throughout the Act, thereby giving the Canadian government broad-reaching powers to regulate the sale of all herbs, vitamins, supplements and other items. With this single language change, anything that is “therapeutic” automatically falls under the Food and Drug Act. This would include bottled water, blueberries, dandelion greens and essentially all plant-derived substances.

The Act also changes the definition of the word “sell” to include anyone who gives such therapeutic products to someone else. So a mother giving an herb to her child, under the proposed new language, could be arrested for engaging in the sale of unregulated, unapproved “therapeutic substances.” Learn about more of these freedom-squashing changes to the law at the website:

New enforcement powers allow Canadian government to seize your home or business

At the same time that C-51 is outlawing herbs, supplements and vitamins, it would grant alarming new “enforcement” powers to the thugs enforcement agents who claim to be “protecting” the public from dangerous unapproved “therapeutic agents” like, say, dandelion greens. As explained on the http://www.Educate-Yourself.orgwebsite ((…), the C-51 law would allow the Canadian government’s thugsenforcement agents to:

• Raid your home or business without a warrant
• Seize your bank accounts
• Levy fines up to $5 million and a jail terms up to 2 years for merely selling an herb
• Confiscate your property, then charge you storage fees for the expense involved in storing all the products they stole from you

C-51 would even criminalize the simple drying of herbs in your kitchen to be used in an herbal product, by the way. That would now be categorized as a “controlled activity,” and anyone caught engaging in such “controlled activities” would be arrested, fined and potentially jailed. Other “controlled activities” include labeling bottles, harvesting plants on a farm, collecting herbs from your back yard, or even testing herbal products on yourself! (Yes, virtually every activity involving herbs or supplements would be criminalized…)

There’s more, too. C-51 is the Canadian government’s “final solution” for the health products industry. It’s a desperate effort to destroy this industry that’s threatening the profits and viability of conventional medicine.

Natural medicine works so well—and is becoming so widely used—that both the Canadian and American governments have decided to “nuke” the industries by passing new laws that effectively criminalize anyone selling such products. They simply cannot tolerate allowing consumers to have continued access to natural products. To do so will ultimately spell the destruction of Big Pharma and the outdated, corrupt and criminally-operated pharmaceutical industry that these criminally-operated governments are trying to protect.

Join the rally to protest C-51

On May 9th, 2008, Canadian citizens will be gathering at the Calgary Federal Court to protest C-51 and help protect their access to natural health products. Call 1-888-878-3467 to learn more, or visit the action page of Health Canada Exposed at:

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3 thoughts on “Canada’s C-51 Law To Outlaw 60% of Natural Health Products

  1. It’s kind of a tricky issue.

    On the one hand, because there’s no regulation of these natural products they can claim whatever they want to, and people may be taken advantage of and buy things that are unneeded or even dangerous (just because something is natural, obviously, doesn’t mean it can’t be harmful or even deadly). I know that in my area we had a lot of problems, particularly, with “natural” diet products that weren’t safe, but didn’t have any warning label because they were out of Food and Drug’s jurisdiction (I live in the US, BTW). So, if this is really to protect people, I can see where they’re coming from.

    On the other hand – everything you said 🙂 And things like warrantless searches are always a cause for concern. And in general, I’m supportive of using herbs and the like as supplements (and in some cases, particularly for spiritual healing and to generally keep up one’s overall health, even replacement of) pharmaceuticals – so I wouldn’t like to see things go just so Big Pharma can make a few extra bucks.

    It all depends on how it’s carried out, I guess.

  2. This is scarry, but since so many natural products are not what they say they are I can see the debate of this issue. I live in the US and I know how hard it is to even talk about the true benefits of natural suppliments. What a sad dilemma we are in.

  3. Who is protecting the people from BIG GOVERNMENT and the Pharmaceutical Industry?

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