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Natural Health Products are not Drugs !

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When you walk into your local CHFA Member health food store, you can find all kinds of safe, effective and high-quality natural health products (NHPs) that you and 77 per cent of Canadians use for the maintenance of good health.
These NHPs could include vitamin C to reduce the duration and severity of the common cold. Or a probiotic to keep your immune system primed and ready to combat those winter bugs. Or vitamin D, since there are few natural dietary sources and because supplementing with vitamin D is almost universally recommended, particularly for those in greatest need like infants and the elderly.
Whatever NHPs you choose, it is important to know Canada is a global leader in the regulation of these products, which can include vitamins, minerals, probiotics, herbal products, homeopathic remedies and traditional medicines.

You can be confident that the Canadian regulations that already exist for these products are among the best in the world. These regulations are based on 53 recommendations made by the Standing Committee on Health (SCOH) in 1998. The SCOH met with hundreds of witnesses, including consumer groups, Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, International regulators, and received numerous submissions over a half a year of consultation.

Based on the robust consultation process, an appropriate framework was created for the regulations of NHPs. This work resulted in the passage of the Natural Health Products Regulations (NHP Regulations), which came into effect in 2004. Along with the regulation came the establishment of the then Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD), now the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD), a branch of Health Canada dedicated to the review and oversight of NHPs.
The Canadian approach to regulation is often referred to as a “pre-approval” system, which means that all NHPs must be approved by Health Canada before they are allowed to be legally sold to Canadians. Other countries have alternative methods for regulating products similar to NHPs. For example, the United States calls these products Dietary Supplements and they are regulated as food products, where oversight is done through “post-market reporting.” This means that Dietary Supplements can be marketed and sold in the U.S. without pre-approval and manufacturers are expected to report any adverse effects.
Currently, when you buy an NHP at your local CHFA Member health food store, you can feel confident knowing that the company selling that product has provided evidence to support any health claims made.

The level of evidence that is required to be submitted for NHPs seeking approval in Canada depends on the claim being made and the overall risk of the product, and the condition it is being used for. A product such as a multivitamin that makes a claim, “helps with the maintenance of good health,” will have to provide different evidence than an omega-3 that makes the claim, “helps to reduce serum triglycerides and support brain function.” This evidence could include clinical trial data or references to published studies, journals, pharmacopoeias and traditional resources.

No NHP can be approved for sale in Canada without providing evidence to support the claims being made. Each product that is authorized for sale in Canada is included in an online database that provides details on what is in the product and what claims have been approved.

Health Canada is now proposing a framework that would significantly alter the existing NHP Regulations and instead wants to regulate some NHPs using the same rules as drugs based on a small consumer survey and six weeks of consultation.

This proposal is truly trying to fix a system that is not broken and will be a step backward instead of forward. Our current regulations take into account the unique properties and low-risk nature of these products, ensuring that you have access to NHPs that are safe, effective and of high quality, while respecting freedom of choice, and the philosophical and cultural diversity of our country.

Changing the way NHPs are regulated will have a huge impact on the products you will find on your store shelves. Providing the evidence required for drugs is vastly expensive, which is why the prices for drugs are significantly higher compared to NHPs. Requiring the same level of evidence as a drug, which is necessary for products developed in a laboratory, is not reasonable for NHPs when considering they are derived from nature, in many cases have been used for thousands of years, and are extremely low-risk.
To help ensure you continue to have access to the NHPs you know and love, we need your help. Please visit right now to send a message to your Member of Parliament, letting them know these changes are not acceptable. It will only take you one minute and will make a big difference in helping us ensure you continue to have access to your favourite safe and effective natural health products.

Oasis Naturals.
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“ What your Grandparents used to call Food “

3 Week fat losss revealed!

Slim waist with a tape measure around it

Losing weight in a short space of time has always been thought of as a near impossible task. For years, doctors and dieticians have told the public that it takes months and sometimes even years of hard work to see any progress with weight loss, or to sculpt the perfect body. But that is simply not true at all.

The human body is highly adaptable and able to change in extremely short periods of time. Think about it. If people can quickly gain mass amounts of fat from weeks of unhealthy eating, shouldn’t they be able to lose a lot weight rapidly from weeks of healthy eating?

Natural Relief from Fibromyalgia.

Studies Show Nutrients Can Relieve Pain and Restore Energy !

Fibromyalgia now affects almost five percent of the population.
Its main symptoms include chronic musculoskeletal pain, sleep disorders and general fatigue.
Though misunderstood and misdiagnosed in the past, fibromyalgia is now recognized as a serious -but treatable- disorder.

Recent studies into the causes and symptoms of fibromyalgia suggests a few crucial natural substances can help those who struggle with often debilitating condition.


Fibromyalgia patients suffer chronic generalized pain as well as specific tender areas. According to studies, a Magnesium deficiency in muscles may contribute to the pain associated with fibromyalgia. This is supported by the fact that fibromyalgia patients are commonly found to be deficient in magnesium. Even in healthy individuals, low magnesium levels may lead to muscle spasms.

One study showed that increased levels of magnesium dramatically reduced the number and severity of painful areas. Other studies suggest that Malic Acid works together with magnesium to restore the damaged muscle proteins that cause pain sensations. Some doctors report reduced muscle pain in as little as 48 hours with the combination of magnesium and malic Acid.


Magnesium and Malic Acid are also among the most essential ingredients for the body`s production of energy in the form of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the basic energy “currency” used by the muscles. If magnesium and malic acid levels are low, energy will also be low.

Siberian Ginseng is another well studied natural remedy. It has been used successfully for hundreds of years to increase energy, promote wellbeing and reduce stress. According to James Balch, MD, ginseng saves glucose stores by utilizing fatty acids as an energy source. One study showed that ginseng can also help in repair of muscle tissue.


BROMELAIN, a digestive enzyme from pineapple, may have a triple role for fibromyalgia patients. First. it aids in the digestion of food and hence the much needed nutrients and trace minerals. Second, studies have shown that bromelain has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Lastly, bromelain may even help “digest” or break down thickened muscle tissue layers thereby help relieve pain.

Like the enzyme bromelain, Citrus Bioflavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties that may help relieve some of the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Bioflavonoids are also important for the strength  and repair of muscle tissue.

In addition to supplying these nutrients, health professionals suggest maintaining regular exercise and avoiding caffeine, sugar and alcohol.



This information is not intended as medical advice. Consult a physician before starting any health program.Now Magnesium Citrate


Minimize or Eliminate Wheat from Your Diet !

Genetically Modified Organism in our Foods.
“If anything can cause anything, How do you what is causing what ?
Over the past 50 years wheat has undergone hybridization that has created newly modified molecules that are foreign to the human digestive system compared to the ancient wheat that humans ate for thousands of years, and even compared to the wheat that our grandparents ate 50+ years ago.

Anti- Nutrients and Mineral Blockers in Wheat:

Another reason that wheat is bad for you is that it contains “anti-nutrients”, naturally occurring compounds in the wheat plant that causes side effects in your digestive system if you eat too much wheat.

The main anti nutrient is Phytates, which blocks the absorption of Zinc, Iron, Manganese and Calcium. Another Mineral blocker found in wheat is called Lectins. Lectins are another constituent of wheat that causes Intestinal distress.

The Foe of Youth :

Wheat causes blood sugar disruption, glycation of your cells, increases aging because of the oxidation of simply carbs from flour, weight gain and increases your risk of metabolic syndrome which may lead to diabetes.

The process of making flour from wheat not only destroys the 25 vitamin and minerals from wheat, eliminate the fibre and lowers the glycemic index in our food.

Major Organs and Detoxification Systems.

probiotic ABS Shot. Our site has some of the highest quality, cutting edge detoxification products and supplements that can prevent and enable the body to recover from debilitating illnesses. Cleanse the Major Organs and Detoxification Systems of the Body with our 6 part program. Medicardium will help cleanse the body of heavy metals and calcification build up in the circulatory system and organs. Xeneplex will go deep into the cells and draw out toxins such as chemicals, thallades, plastics, old drugs, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, benzene’s, etc.. Glytamins will dissolve stones, promote healthy bile flow and repair the liver. Endosterol will help men with prostate problems and women with breast health, weight loss being a side benefit. Lymplex is designed to cleanse the important lymphatic system and lastly Ellagica will help fight off bacteria, fungus, molds,viruses, & candida. A subtle but powerful way to promote long term health with our unique and effective distribution method that helps the body absorb 50 to 80% more than oral supplements.


What is Matcha ?

Do-Matcha Logo  Matcha is the oldest variety of shade grown Japanese green tea ground into a fine powder, and has been part of Zen Buddhist culture for many centuries.
Unlike regular teas where the most nutritious tea leaves are thrown away along with the tea bag, Matcha green tea is mixed with water and consumed entirely. Thus, by virtue of “eating ” the tea leaves rather than just drinking the water from it, one consumes 10-15 times the nutrients found in regular green teas.
The anti-oxidant activity of DoMatcha is higher than that of blueberries, 100 times more potent than Vitamin C, and 25 times more active than Vitamin E. It contains over 70 times the anti-oxidants of fresh orange juice, and 9 times the beta-carotene of spinach.
DoMatcha also contains a good helping of fiber, as well as all the essential vitamins and minerals for optimal health. The effects of drinking this tea are immediately noticeable due to its ultra-fine consistency which accelerates entry into the body.

Certified Organic.

RishiTeaLine-Emerald green Your Favorite Tea now in Luminous Emerald Green Keepsake Tins !
Rishi Tea, the leading importer of certified organic teas and botanicals from the most unique, remote, high-mountain growing regions across the world, has upgraded the packaging for its core loose leaf retail line to reflect the quality of the ingredients within.
Rishi loose leaf teas are now showcased in luminous emerald green keepsake tins, adorned with colour-coded tea category labels with fresh, distinctive designs.
Rishi has made it easy for tea explorers to discover new teas and quickly locate classic favorites.
The new line highlights trending tea flavour profiles, with a wide range of organic green teas, naturally caffeine-free herbals, and classic black teas.
Discover also Rishi`s new line of organic pyramid sachet tea bags. They feature the same whole teas and herbs as in their core loose leaf line. These high quality, direct trade ingredients provide for the fullest flavors and most aromatic, vivid infusions possible from a tea bag. Rishi`s environmentally friendly filter mesh material is made from plant-based resources, making it biodegradable through commercial composting services. Plus, this neutral, non-GMO material does not hinder the pure taste of Rishi`s organic teas and herbs.

Warm and Cozy Tea Moments- Libre.

Libretea GLass As the temperatures cools we begin to look for ways to keep healthy, warm and cozy.
Explore the healthful world of teas you can love all day and all season long- green teas and white teas are full of great antioxidants to treat winter colds, and black teas are touted as “heart smart”. Add raw honey, cinnamon, cardamom, or cloves to create your own flavorful beverage, and add steamed coconut milk to make your tea creamy and vegan.
Often as we approach winter we are looking for healthy herbal remedies as antidotes or preventative measure against winter colds. Libre`s removable filter keeps the bits in the glass away from your lips so you can relax and warm up while sipping your favourite concoction. The 100% BPA-Free Libre tea glass, offered also now in a new pink colour, are a natural cool weather companion- they keep drinks hot, yet are easy to hold as well as durable, and have a fresh taste every time due to their easy wash glass interior- it`s the only to go mug you`ll need at the soccer field, yoga class, on a fall hike, the morning dog walk, or curled up on the couch.
Enjoy your cosy season with your Libre tea glass- keep your healthy habits inspired for your busy ‘on the go’ lifestyle.

South Of France- All-Natural Soaps.

Moisturizing Formulas with Experiential Fragrances.

South Of France Natural Body Care, a leader in the all-natural soap category, is continuing the excitement of its fall 2013 restage and the exponential growth of its aloe vera infused hand wash, with the launch of its new Foaming Hand Wash this fall.
Infused with hydrating organic agave nectar and moisturizing coconut oil, the 236ml Foaming Hand Wash will be available in four of our bestselling 12 experiential scents- Lemon Verbena, Orange Blossom Honey, as well as Blooming Jasmine and Almond Gourmande ( previously only available in the 170g bars). The SRP will match the 170g bar and the 236ml hand wash.
Both the bar and hand wash formulas are certified by the coalition for consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC)`s Leaping Bunny Program. All products are FREE OF gluten (certified by the Celiac Sprue Association), sodium lauryl/laureth, EDTA, paraben and phthalates.
All South of France packaging is recyclable. The carton is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The bottles are BPA-free.
Our rich, moisturizing formulas turn an everyday cleansing routine into an affordable indulgence with experiential fragrances that reinforce our goal of transporting every customer, with every use, to a new location in the South of France. South of France Liquid Soap FamilyWhere will we take YOU today ?

Royal Lioness Waist Trainer.

RoyalLioness Waist TrainerRoyal Lioness Waist Cinchers Perfect for those sexy, summer vibes! Get your perfect, curvy beach bod with this radiant orange waist trainer!