Letters to the Editor – February 2015Vitality Magazine February 17, 2015
Politician Introduces Bill Requiring Warning Labels on Cell Phones
On January 19, 2015 in Ottawa, Oakville MP Terence Young announced multi-party support for his Private Member’s Bill C-648, requiring manufacturers of all wireless devices to place health warning labels on their packaging.
Terence Young is known for championing a new Law, enacted in 2014, requiring pharmaceutical companies to better label serious side effects from their pills. The law, known as Vanessa’s Law, was passed after Young’s teenaged daughter, Vanessa, died of a heart attack from a medication she was taking.
On the heels of that improvement in safety warnings on pharmaceuticals, Young has now shifted his focus to warning labels on cell phones and other wireless devices as they are determined to be a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization (2011 Class 2b), in the same category as lead and DDT.
“This is not a partisan Bill; it is one that affects every party,” said Young. “Members across Canada are hearing from constituents that they don’t want our amazing 21st century communications to cause a 21st century health crisis. It’s time to label the packages with the same warnings the manufacturers already put in fine print.”
To watch MP Young read Bill C-648 into the House of Commons click on this link: www.c4st.org/pmb
Thank you as always for your continued support and actions.
Founder of Citizens for Safe Technology
Senior Requests Tax Exemption Status for Natural Supplements
(Open letter to Dr. Kellie Leitch, CRG Gov’t Caucus Services)
Dear Dr. Leitch,
I would like to draw your attention to a very unfair situation which applies to people who, for various reasons, have chosen the naturopathic way instead of conventional medical care – at least in part. A special hardship for these people is that, not only do they have to pay for needed supplements and medicines out of their own pockets, but they can’t even claim these expenses on their tax returns; only ‘drugs’ are allowed there.
For example: my husband, age 82, developed a dangerous inflammation inside the arteries several years ago. His naturopathic doctor at that time suspected this and sent him for blood work, which confirmed his diagnosis. The naturopathic prescription was a powerful herbal remedy called Aronia which cleared up his condition, and it never returned.
To make sure it stays that way, we buy a maintenance supply of Aronia capsules at the Family Health Clinic in Alliston, always in a 10-box pack to save money. It lasts for five months and costs $300 plus taxes.
Please, Dr. Leitch, “recognize a lifetime of hard work” and make the suggestion in Ottawa that seniors relying primarily on safe remedies and other supplements because of their often frail condition should be able to claim these life-savers on their tax returns. On the other hand, what’s good for seniors is good for people of all ages as well. A large number of Canadians are no longer in agreement with the pharmaceutical industry, and are looking at other options.
I sincerely hope that our Prime Minister is not under such pressure from said industry that he has to bow to its will, and thus forfeit his ability to do what is best for a healthy nation.
H. Ruthard, Lisle, Ontario
(Editor’s note: To learn more about the medicinal properties of the Aronia berry, check out the feature posted on our website at: https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/aronia-popular-superberry-is-high-in-antioxidants/
An Open Letter to the Feds Re: Health Hazards of Wind Turbines
The Multi-municipal Wind Turbine Working Group is comprised of elected municipal councillors and appointed citizens from parts of Southern Ontario where approximately 30% of industrial wind turbines are concentrated. Over the past several years, we have received a growing number of delegations from constituents whose health has been adversely affected by proximity to the wind turbines. It is not easy to listen to people who continue to suffer from ringing and pressure in the ears, pounding vibrations in the head and chest, nausea, dizziness, and the ongoing inability to sleep. Their stories are especially disturbing because we know these people; we know they are not lying; and it is our responsibility under the Municipal Act to protect their health.
We are dismayed that the recently released Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study has ignored the distress of real people by hiding behind meaningless “estimated” noise projections and predictive modeling, rather than first making professional clinical observations based on the histories of actual sufferers.
The Health Canada study summary contains no reference to the growing body of research that contradicts the main theme of the summary. Our Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hazel Lynn, has found 18 peer-reviewed studies that “provide reasonable evidence . . that an association exists between wind turbines and distress in humans”. The Brown County (Wisconsin) Board of Health has declared its wind turbines a “public health nuisance” and a “human health hazard for all people . . . who are exposed to Infrasound / Low Frequency Noise and other emissions potentially harmful to human health”.
The key findings have been released without data for verification, and without peer review. Epidemiologists have pointed out that the study lacks scientific credibility. Gaps, biases, and errors in methodology make it unreliable.
Does Health Canada no longer advocate the precautionary principle, which calls for rigorous caution when the safety of any group is even remotely threatened, acknowledging that a lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to protect them?
It is our belief that the premature marketing of the key findings constitutes a disservice to the people of Canada, an insult to those who continue to suffer the adverse effects of the turbines, and has resulted in loss of both respect and credibility for Health Canada. We await your explanation as to how Health Canada came to its conclusion that there are no health problems, when obviously there are.
Mark Davis, Chair, Multi-municipal Wind Turbine Working Group, Deputy Mayor,
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