IS THIS THE END OF YOUR HEALTH FOOD STORE? The Ontario Health Professions Legislation Revi

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IS THIS THE END OF YOUR HEALTH FOOD STORE? The Ontario Health Professions Legislation Review Committee, set up by the Ontario government has recently published its recommendations. Should these recommendations become law many of the alternative forms of health care we now benefit from may become a thing of the past and we will see a further entrenchment of a conventional medical establishment that is largely preoccupied with furthering drug and surgical intervention. Included on the government's "hit list" are Herbalists, Herb Growers and sellers, Acupuncturists, Iridologists, and Doctors of Naturopathy who will become liable to fines of $25,000.00 and jail terms of six months. Many health care products which are currently available will also disappear or be doled out by doctor's prescription only. This list includes vitamins, chinese and western herbs, homeopathic remedies, bach flower remedies, tissue salts and aromatic oils to name a few. Given our present health care crisis it seems laughable that the government is so hell bent on quashing a group who collectively are deeply concerned with PREVENTION and sincere care for the individual. I would like to point out that these recommendations run contrary to guidelines set by the World Health Organization which advocates a system where primary contact with the patient is made through a practitioner of "traditional" medicine. "Traditional" medicine being defined by the W.H.O. as "the sum total of all the knowledge and practises, whether explicable or not, used in diagnosis, prevention, and elimination of physical, mental or social imbalance, and relying exclusively on practical experience and observation handed down from generation to generation, whether verbally or in writing." Subsequent to the growing awareness of the vast resources inherent in traditional health care systems, traditional medicine has come to be seen as a major aid to achieving the World Health Organization's goal of health for all by the year 2000 rather than a hinderance to the use and spread of modern conventional medicine. Why then, is the government of Ontario choosing to ignore these recommendations, when Canada is a member of the World Health Organization? WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT THIS EROSION OF YOUR RIGHTS? Write to the Premier of Ontario and to the Ontario Minister of Health NOW. Ask them WHY the Ontario government is supporting legislation that is so blatantly an erosion of your constitutional rights. They are obliged to reply to your letter. Ask them SPECIFICALLY why their government is choosing to ignore the recommendations of the World Health Organisation. Their addresses are: The Honourable David Peterson Premier of Ontario Room 223 Legislative Building Queens Park Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A2 The Honourable Elinor Caplan Minister of Health Legislative Building Queens Park, Toronto Ontario M7A 1A2 The ability of the individual in a democracy to choose their preferred form of health care is a RIGHT and not a privilege. Do you wish to lose this right forever? ACT NOW! This act will become law in a matter of weeks. For more information write or phone: The Canadian Society for Herbal Research P.O. Box 82, Stn.A Willowdale, Ontario. M2N 5S7 (416) 730-8077 or (416) 221-1662


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