HEALTH CANADA NEWS RELEASE – Changes to Classification Mean no Perscription Needed for 10 Natural Health Products

Secretary of Health Colin Carrie announced last week changes to the classification of 10 naturally sourced products which previously were only available by prescription, now make them eligible for inclusion as natural health products. 

“Our government recognizes that Canadians want to be able to choose from a wide range of safe and effective health products, and manufacturers want to meet that need.”  “With this change – the number and variety of available natural health products will continue to grow – and consumers can continue to have confidence in the authorized products they choose.”

~ Parliamentary Secretary of Health Colin Carrie.

More than 50,000 natural health products are already authorized for sale in Canada. Now  the following ten will no longer be restricted to prescription products only and will become eligible, under certain conditions, for authorization under the Natural Health Products Regulations.

Oil of apiol – found in parsley, in addition to being a source of certain vitamins and minerals, has been used in the treatment of prostate, liver and spleen diseases, as well as anemia, arthritis, and microbial infections. It has also been found useful as a diuretic and laxative.

Centella asiatica – from asia, also known as Kotu Kola, an herb used for many ailments including but not limited to an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, diuretic, and also can aid in the treatment of anxiety.

Deanol and its salts – Deanol is used for treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and a movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia. It is also used for improving memory and mood; boosting thinking skills and intelligence; oxygen efficiency, athletic performance, and muscle reflexes. It is also used for preventing aging or liver spots, improving red blood cell function, and extending life span.
Deanol is applied to the skin for reducing signs of aging, particularly loose or sagging skin.

Theobromine and its salts – found in cocoa beans, it is a stimulant similar to caffeine that helps open the brochule passage ways for asthma

Dopamine and its salts –  is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional responses.  Dopamine deficiency results in Parkinson’s Disease, and people with low dopamine activity may be more prone to addiction.

Gold and its salts – Eases pain of Arthritis and other inflammatory Diseases

Uracil and its salts – is used for the treatment of cancer

Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) – is a widely used chemical solvent. It is rapidly absorbed when applied to the skin and has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation. However, there are concerns of adverse effects including damage to the nerves. DMSO is used as a prescription drug to treat inflammation and pain of the bladder and as an antidote for chemotherapy drugs that leak and are trapped inside the body. DMSO has not been shown to be an effective treatment for cancer in humans.

Levocarnitine –  is used to prevent and treat a lack of carnitine. It is used to prevent and treat this condition in patients with kidney disease on dialysis. It is given to people whose body cannot properly use carnitine from their diet. Lack of carnitine can lead to liver, heart, and muscle problems.

L-Tryptophan – (the same stuff that makes you drowsy after eating that Thanksgiving Turkey) Helps induce sleep, relaxation, headache and pain relief, and aids dieting.

There you go it’s finally legal to eat turkey lol. 

Have a Great Day!!




About Donna

I came from a financial background including banking, insurance and real estate. I am an advocate for people taking there health into their own hands. That includes mental, physical and spiritual health. I am also a mother and grandmother (babcia) to a delightful, rambunctious, curious, beautiful, precious....(I can go on for ever) little boy.. who melts my heart every day.
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