June 2008 Archives

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Pose a question to one of our health-care professionals.

Every two weeks we'll feature a column from one of our health-care experts:

  • Registered dietitian Andrea Holwegner.
  • Associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine Brett Taylor.
  • Registered psychologist Melanie Barwick, specializing in children's mental health.
  • Certified athletic therapist Russell Gunner.
  • Naturopathic doctor Lorne Swetlikoff.

They're also here to answer your questions and deal with the issues you want dealt with.

This site is intended for informational purposes only — it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have specific questions about specific symptoms, treatments or nutritional issues see your medical professional.

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Regulating natural health products

Unsubstantiated health claims, misrepresentation of content, and shady manufacturing and importation practices, do not enhance the health of Canadians and can pose a health risk, says naturopathic doctor Lorne Swetlikoff. Regulating natural products to make sure they're safe makes sense. But, he says, a closer look at Bill C-51 raises concerns like reduced public access to certain natural medicines that naturopathic doctors recommend and that Canadians depend on.

Do you see the proposed legislation as a threat to your access to natural health products — or a welcome effort to make sure Canadians have access to safe products?

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