I have to admit, I found this story jaw dropping.
The federal NDP health critic, Don Davies, is opposed to plans geared to rein in the wild, wild, west of natural health products and supplements that prey on desperate Canadians.
The proposed regulations are meant to require, gasp, that natural health products have evidence to prove they’re both safe and effective before they’re allowed to be sold.
In the CBC story, Davies even parroted the common line that it’s too expensive for supplement makers to conduct studies to prove their products work. That statement contrasts poorly with the other one he gave in the same article where he reports the natural health industry enjoys $12 billion in Canadian revenue and $2 billion in exports.
But even were it true, that there’s a presumably want-to-be federal Health Minister arguing we shouldn’t require proof of safety and efficacy for products being sold to Canadians in the name of treating their medical conditions, for anyone who cares even an iota about science, should be a non-starter.
And it gets worse.
Davies, in trying to push his post-science world view, was encouraging people to sign a petition developed by the Health Action Network Society (HANS), a Vancouver charity with a history of spreading anti-vaccination claims, but they themselves noted that they were not working with him directly.
Shame, shame, shame, indeed.
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