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Crisis in Canadian Homeopathy

Part /1/2/

WHAT YOU CAN DO
A. We are asking every homeopath, student, and concerned individual to contact as many Members of Parliament as they can during a Week-long Advocacy Blitz, November 12 - 19, 2005.
. Write one basic letter and personalize individual copies for each recipient
. Mail the letter to every MP on your list (no postage required)
. Then send copies of each letter by mail, fax, or e-mail to the same people
. Phone their Ottawa office (there’s a toll-free number listed under Contact Information below)
. Phone their constituency office and ask to schedule a meeting with your MP as soon as possible in order to voice your concerns


Who to Contact:
. Your own MP and MPs of neighbouring ridings
. All members of the Standing Committee on Health
. Parliamentary leaders

See Contact Information below for addresses, phone & fax numbers, and e-mail addresses.


What to Say?
Basically, we are asking for Parliament to act immediately to establish a Moratorium on all NHP regulations affecting single homeopathic medicines until such time as mutually acceptable alternate structure and regulations can be developed that will give homeopaths access to the full range of homeopathic medicines available around the world and to products from their manufacturer of choice.

See Guidelines for Submitting Your Response (below) for your letter and a sample letter.


B. We are asking every homeopath, student, and interested individual to keep track of who you contact and how.
At the end of the week, send a summary of your contacts to politicalaction@wchs.info. WCHS in turn will then e-mail each contact and remind them:
. of the issues facing Canadian homeopaths and their patients
. that they were contacted by a certain number of people about these issues
. that we hope we can count on their support
. that the contact people and our Society would appreciate an immediate reply


C. We encourage you to inform your patients, friends, and relatives about the implications of the NHP regulation on your ability to choose the best remedy for all your patients, on par with other homeopaths around the world.
If they are willing to contact their Members of Parliament, give them a copy of our Guidelines for Submitting Your Response, sample letter, and Contacts Information.



GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING YOUR RESPONSE
1. Familiarize yourself with the details from information and links on the WCHS Political Action page at
http://www.wchs.info/PoliticalActionNHPRegulations.htm

2. Prepare your comments in a separate document, then copy and paste this version into each letter and e-mail that you prepare. Address each letter/e-mail individually.

3. Establish your credibility by including the following personal information:
. Your name & credentials
. If applicable, a brief description of your training and practice, including the number of years you have committed to homeopathy and the kinds of cases you treat
. What homeopathy means to you personally
. How the NHP regulations affect your homeopathic practice:
1. Limits access to approximately one-third of the total remedies available in other countries
2. Will deny my freedom of choice to obtain remedies from foreign manufacturers due to onerous importation requirements
3. Restricts my ability to provide the best treatment to all of my patients, contrary to the fundamental precept of homeopathy, to restore the sick to health
4. Limits the ability of Canadian homeopaths to expand our knowledge of the homeopathic materia medica by restricting new remedies used for provings
. Your full mailing address and phone number

4. Specifically ask your MP to:
. support an immediate Moratorium
. stop all Natural Health Products regulations that pertain to single homeopathic medicines
. require that mutually acceptable alternate structure and regulations be developed by NHPD and representatives of the homeopathic profession

5. Make sure that your letter looks professional. Check for:
. grammar
. spelling/typos
. consistency of style, font type, and font size

6. Please e-mail a separate copy of your letter to WCHS at homeopathy@wchs.info so that we can keep track of the number that were sent by our members – this has proven to be an important back-up when we co-ordinated similar responses to the Office of Natural Health Products (1999) and Ontario’s Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (2005), some of which appear to have been misplaced and were not accounted for.

7. For greatest effect, send all your letters and e-mails during the week of November 12 to 19th, 2005.


Sample Letter for Homeopaths

Date
Your Name
Your Address

MPs Name
MPs complete address

Re: Natural Health Products Regulations

Dear (MP)

Introduce yourself: e.g., I am a homeopath practicing in __my area___ for ___ years.
Details about your education, your practice, the kinds of cases you treat, and the number of years you have committed to homeopathy.

What homeopathy means to you personally.

Explain the unique nature of homeopathic medicines: e.g., Homeopathy is a distinct system of medicine, a non-toxic and inexpensive method of health care used to treat millions of people around the world. It uses highly diluted natural medicines (remedies) to gently stimulate the body’s own innate healing abilities. These diluted medicines above the lowest potencies contain no chemical properties of the original substance.

Summarize how the NHP regulations will severely limit your ability to practice effectively: e.g.: Homeopathic products have been placed under the umbrella of the Natural Health Products Directorate, which has established regulations that will seriously impede my ability to practice effectively. These regulations limit my ability to obtain hundreds of remedies that are widely used around the world. They will also create a barrier that in January 2006 will make it impossible for me to obtain my medicines from foreign manufacturers of my choice, based on my legitimate preferences for their manufacturing practices.

Explain impact on your patients: e.g., These restrictions on the availability of homeopathic medicines will make it impossible for me to provide my patients with the high level of treatment options available by my counterparts in other countries. Those patients who can afford to will go to other countries for their treatment and those who can’t afford it will face the potential of not receiving the treatment they require.

Clearly state what you need MPs to do: e.g., It is essential that Parliament place an immediate Moratorium on the Natural Health Products regulations that affect single homeopathic medicines until mutually acceptable alternate structure and regulations can be developed by NHPD and representatives of the homeopathic profession.

Ask for their support in changing this situation.

Request an immediate response: e.g., This is a very urgent matter for all homeopaths in Canada and I will appreciate your prompt attention to these concerns.

Sign with your credentials.



Sample Letter for Individuals (Students, Patients, etc)
Include this with copies of Guidelines for Submitting Your Response and Contact Information


Date
Your Name
Your Address

MPs Name
MPs complete address

Re: Natural Health Products Regulations

Dear (MP)

Your reason for writing: e.g., I am concerned about the effects of the Natural Health Products regulations on the availability of homeopathic medicines. In order to treat my family and me effectively, my homeopath needs to have access to the full range of homeopathic remedies that are available in other countries around the world.

Add personal comments about why homeopathic treatment is important to you.

Clearly state what you need MPs to do: e.g., It is essential that Parliament place an immediate Moratorium on the Natural Health Products regulations that affect single homeopathic medicines until mutually acceptable alternate structure and regulations can be developed by NHPD and representatives of the homeopathic profession.


Ask for their support in changing this situation.

Request an immediate response.

Sign your name



CONTACT INFORMATION
1. Toll-free Government Phone Number
Call Information Services at 1-866-599-4999 and ask to be forwarded to the office of any MP or Senator. Speak to your representative’s Political Assistant (not the receptionist) and explain the situation confronting the homeopathy community. Offer to mail them information to help them better understand the unique nature of homeopathic medicines (gentle, non-toxic, and inexpensive). Ask for your MPs support of an immediate Moratorium on all Natural Health Product regulations affecting single homeopathic medicines.


2. Addresses, Phone, and Fax
Send individually addressed letters to your elected representatives (Members of Parliament) by letter, e-mail, or fax. Do not send group e-mails.

REMINDER: NO Postage is required for mailing letters to Members of Parliament!

For maximum effect it is our objective to write or phone ALL of the contacts listed below (Your MPs, Parliamentary Leaders, Standing Committee members)!



2.1 Your Member of Parliament
To find your local Member of Parliament:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/PostalCode.asp?Language=E&source=sm
or
http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/senmemb/house/members/CurrentMemberList.asp?Language=E&Parl=38&Ses=1&Sect=hoccur&Order=PersonOfficialLastName



2.2. Parliamentary Leaders
The Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh, MP
Minister of Health
Health Canada
Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture
Postal Locator: 0906C
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Fax: 613 952-1154
E-mail: Minister_Ministre@hc-sc.gc.ca

The Hon Robert Thibault, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-995-5711
Fax: 613-996-9857
E-mail: Thibault.R@parl.gc.ca

Right Hon Paul Martin
Prime Minister
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-992-4211
Fax: 613-941-6900
E-mail: Martin.P@parl.gc.ca



Hon Jack Layton, MP
Leader, NDP Caucus
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-995-7224
Fax: 613-995-4565
E-mail: Layton.J@parl.gc.ca


Hon Stephen Harper, MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-996-6740
Fax: 613-947-0310
E-mail: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca


In the Burnaby, BC area:
Svend Robinson
Box 54588, Middlegate RPO,
Burnaby, BC V5E 4J6
E-mail svend@svendrobinson.com


2.3. Standing Committee on Health (38th Session)
Mailing Address for all the following is:
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Bonnie Brown, MP
Chair, Standing Committee on Health
Phone: 613-995-4014
Fax: (613) 992-0520
E-mail: Brown.B@parl.gc.ca

Real Menard, MP
Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Health
Phone: 613-947-4576
Fax: 613-947-4579
E-mail: Menard.R@parl.gc.ca

Rob Merrifield, MP
Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Health
Phone: 613-992-1653
Fax: 613-992-3459
Merrifield.R@parl.gc.ca

Colin Carrie, MP
Phone: 613-996-4756
Fax: 613-992-1357
E-mail: Carrie.C@parl.gc.ca

The Hon Brenda Chamberlain, MP
Phone: (613) 996-4758
Fax: 613-996-9922
E-mail: Chamberlain.B@parl.gc.ca

Jean Crowder, MP
Phone: 613-943-2180
Fax: 613-993-5577
E-mail: Crowder.J@parl.gc.ca

Ruby Dhalla, MP
Phone: 613-995-4843
Fax: 613-995-7003
E-mail: Dhalla.R@parlgc.ca

Steven John Fletcher, MP
Conservative Health Critic
Phone: 613-995-5609
Fax: 613-992-3199
E-mail: Fletcher.S@parlgc.ca

Marcel Gagnon, MP
Phone: 613-995-4895
Fax: 613-996-6883
E-mail: Gagnon.M@parl.gc.ca

James D. Lunney, MP
Phone: 613-992-5243
Fax: 613-992-9112
E-mail: Lunney.J@parl.gc.ca

Michael John Savage, MP
Phone: 613-995-9378
Fax: 613-995-9379
E-mail: Savage.M@parl.gc.ca


Don’t miss this opportunity to join forces with other homeopaths across the country to make a significant impact on the awareness of federal politicians about homeopathy and the negative effects of the Natural Health Products regulations.

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