Medical journal takes aim at natural remedies

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Posted 04 July 2017

Health Canada can ‘recall a bag of chips but doesn’t have the power to recall a natural health product’

By Michael Smee, CBC News

An editorial in Monday’s Canadian Medical Association Journal is calling on the federal government to crack down on natural health products, which the author argues are poorly tested and can do patients more harm than good, compared to conventional medicines.

“They simply have to show that someone, somewhere once used this as therapy for something,” Dr. Matthew Stanbrook, the journal’s deputy editor, told CBC Toronto.

The editorial urges Health Canada to stop makers of natural health products from claiming that the products are remedies, because they are not as rigorously tested as conventional, over-the-counter drugs.

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