News Briefs: Help Wanted at Naka Herbs; Melatonin for Covid-19; Petition to Protect Integrative Medicine

Help Wanted at Naka Herbs & Vitamins

NOW HIRING! Inside/Outside Account Manager (GTA – Ontario) – Naka Herbs & Vitamins (also known as TriStar Naturals) is a leading national Natural Health Products Distributor/Manufacturer. We have an exciting career opportunity for an experienced Inside/Outside Account Manager.

The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for sales procurement for existing and new accounts within the specified region. Inside work is done exclusively from head office.

Responsibilities will include:

• Maintain and grow client accounts

• Identify and develop new business

• Achieve and surpass sales goals and objectives

• Conduct in-store product demonstrations

• Optimization of in-store merchandising

• Provide retailer product education/training

• Maintenance of comprehensive customer records

• Initiation and conceptual organization of regional co-operative advertising campaigns


  1. 2 – 3 years in inside and/or outside sales experience
  2. Fundamental proficiency with MS Word and Excel
  3. Advanced written and oral communication skills4. Proven track record and a dynamic person.Competitive compensation, generous bonus and benefits will be offered to the suitable candidate.

Our head office is located in northwest Toronto (Hwy 27 & Belfield Rd area).

For more information, visit:

Please forward résumés in confidence to: – JOB REF-V0321

Melatonin in the Lungs Prevents Infection by Novel Coronavirus

Melatonin synthesized in the lungs acts as a barrier against SARS-CoV-2, preventing expression of genes that encode proteins in cells such as resident macro-phages in the nose and pulmonary alveoli, and epithelial cells lining the alveoli, all of which are entry points for the virus. The hormone, therefore, prevents infection of cells by the virus and inhibits the immune response so that the virus remains in the respiratory tract for a few days, eventually leaving to find another host.

The discovery by researchers at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil helps understand why some people are not infected or do not manifest symptoms of COVID-19 even when reliably diagnosed as carriers of the virus by RT-PCR. As well, it offers the prospect of nasal administration of melatonin, in drops or as a spray, to prevent disease from developing in pre-symptomatic patients.

Clinical trials will be needed to prove the therapeutic efficacy of melatonin against the virus, the researchers stressed in an article published in the journal Melatonin Research.

The study was supported by FAPESP, The São Paulo Research Foundation.

“We showed that melatonin produced in the lung acts as a barrier against SARS-CoV-2, preventing the virus from entering the epithelium, activating the immune system and triggering the production of ant”bodies,” Regina Pekel-mann Markus, a professor at USP’s Institute of Biosciences (IB) and principal investigator for the project, told Agência FAPESP.

“This action mechanism by pulmonary melatonin must also involve other respiratory viruses such as influenza,” she added.

This report is excerpted from a press release published in EurekAlert at

(Ed. note: To see a panel discussion on how melatonin is being used to treat coronavirus infections and aid patient recoveries, go to:

Access to Integrative and Complementary Medicine Under Threat in Ontario – A Call to Action

Your access to Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM) therapies – also known as “Integrative Medicine” – in Ontario is being put at risk by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).  If urgent action is not taken, critical services offered by physicians will no longer be available to you.

CAM includes a holistic approach to health, often combining tools from both conventional medicine with natural remedies and therapies. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Natural supplements
  • Off-label use of prescription drugs
  • Nutritional IV Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Bioidentical Hormones

The CPSO has proposed a new CAM policy that will severely limit the availability of CAM therapies and the practice of integrative medicine offered by medical doctors in Ontario. If the CPSO’s new policy is passed in its proposed form, Ontario will have the most restrictive CAM regulatory framework of all the provinces and territories in Canada. It will be harder for physicians to integrate CAM treatments into their practices without the fear of being disciplined by the CPSO.  Doctors who currently practice integrative medicine will be forced to change their practice or leave Ontario. The result: you will be denied access to treatment options that you may need and want.

We call upon the CPSO to forgo the proposed revisions that will make it harder for Integrative Medicine physicians to use CAM treatments, including by:

  • Removing the increased evidentiary requirements for CAM treatments, such that physicians will continue to be able to use CAM treatments that are ‘informed’ by evidence that includes clinical observations and patient outcomes, to allow more room for patient preferences and values in the medical therapy decision-making process.
  • Removing derogatory language in the policy which suggests that physicians who offer CAM therapies are more likely to exploit patients.
  • Permitting physicians to offer patients modalities of treatment that they have the knowledge, skill, and judgement to use and which are within their clinical scope of competence. Patients have the right to access information on or recommendations for any relevant health treatments, not just those limited to a physician’s “conventional scope of practice”.
  • Removing language that imposes overly burdensome documentation requirements on physicians using CAM treatments so that physicians can spend more time talking to patients than documenting.
  • Correcting statements in the policy which sensationalize the risks of harm from CAM therapies. Patients demand the right to a clear and unbiased discussion with their physician about the benefits and risks of both CAM and conventional medical therapies.

We call upon the CPSO to add concerned patients and integrative medicine physicians to its CAM policy working group to help create a more balanced policy.

To sign the petition, go to:

Or visit: Ontario Patients for Integrative Medicine

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