Keep your access to kids’ homeopathic cough, cold & flu medicines: CALL TO ACTION! 

[Feb. 19 Positivinum 3CH Special No choice is not informed choiceEdition] A change in Health Canada’s (HC) labeling requirements for children’s homeopathic cough, cold and flu medicines could cause all Canadian families with children 12 and younger to lose access to these products as soon as July 31.
Manufacturers and importers have been told to remove all indications for use (recommended use) for cough, cold and flu for under-13’s — even though they’ve been permitted by Health Canada since 1997. That means the product labels will not be allowed to say what the medicine is for. No “for colds”, “for coughs” or “for flu,” and no “for children 12 and under”. Even brand names that refer to cough, cold or flu will have to change.

HC’s stated reason: to give parents “informed choice.” But taking the crucial information off the packaging is inconsistent with that goal. How will parents continue to find the products they use and trust, or make informed choices on what to use to provide relief to our kids? Without medicines formulated for children, we’ll be left with undesirable options: estimating the dose based on adult products, making more visits to health care providers to seek advice for minor conditions… or leaving our kids untreated.

The Canadian Homeopathic Pharmaceutical Association (CHPA), the national industry association representing manufacturers and importers/ distributors of homeopathic medicines, is urging HC to instead take a course of action that will provide parents with more information on homeopathic pediatric product labels rather than less. You can read CHPA’s complete position statement here.

If we let this go unchallenged, the precedent is set for limiting access to other homeopathic medicines and in fact ALL NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS. HC is showing signs of going in that direction.


So how can we get HC to reconsider? 

By speaking up — to the politicians. We live in a democracy. Canada’s enlightened natural health product regulations were created by a Liberal government, and we’ve got one again.

If we swamp our new Minister of Health and our MPs with messages from consumers, aka voters — they’ll get the message.


Girl w cold

“What’s my mommy going to give me?”

Here’s what to do 

  • Write a letter!  Passionate, polite, clear and to the point
  • Make a video!  30 seconds max, 15 is even better – you can say a lot in that time. Or you could even record an MP3.

Tell them what we want them to know!

  • Make it personal: how many children do you have using the products, what are their ages, how often do you give them the products, do they like them?
  • Efficacy: how well have you and your kids found the products work?
  • Safety: ever had problems with them?
  • How important are they to you and your kids?
  • Informed choice: how do you think this regulatory change will affect your right as a parent to informed choice in health care for your kids?
  • Government openness: Prime Minister Trudeau and his government have made a commitment to openness and public consultation. How does this fit with that?

The core message: I choose to use these products, I understand what each one is for and I trust them.

And if you happened to vote Liberal, now might be a good time to mention it.

Think of Health Canada as a friend you’re working with in a team to provide the best health care to Canadians — but with whom you have a current disagreement on how.  Be clear, logical, passionate.  Be creative.  Have some fun!


Where and how to send

Please email your letter, video or sound file to the Minister of Health, your Member of Parliament and to us at 3CH.

Why to us as well? Because this message is going to go way beyond 3CH’s members and subscribers.  We want to track how well this campaign is doing, how effective our emails, social media, etc. are, and which messaging encourages the most people to contact Ottawa. It’s very important, so please include us! 

The “TO” line should look like this:

Jane.Philpott@canada.ca; info@homeocentre.ca; [insert your MP’s email here]

To get your MP’s email address, click here and enter your postal code.
Proper address to the Minister: The Hon. Jane Philpott, MD, MP, Minister of Health, Government of Canada.



Just one more thing: PLEASE SHARE THIS ACTION to anyone and everyone you feel might share our concern… friends, family, fellow parents, co-workers, business associates, clients, people in your parents’ group, members of your church or social club, bloggers, etc. etc.  Plus Facebook, Twitter and other social media, of course.  Make it go viral!

Note: this is just the start of our campaign.  There will be more.

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Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy



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Homeopathy is:

  • Canada’s best-kept health care secret…  but maybe not for long.
  • a system of medicine with a distinct, rational approach to diagnosing and treating illn3CH - Homeopathyess, and an excellent two-century clinical record against acute, chronic and epidemic diseases
  • effective according to hundreds of high-quality basic science, pre-clinical and clinical studies, including randomized controlled trials
  • one of the safest forms of medicine, using carefully-selected, non-toxic, individualized doses
  • the fastest growing form of health care in the world, used by hundreds of millions, and part of the public health care systems of nations in Europe, South America, Central America and Asia, due to citizen demand
  • the fastest-growing form of health care in Canada, and in the process of becoming a regulated health profession in Ontario, due to citizen demand
  • holistic, taking into account all levels of a person: physical, emotional, mental
  • extremely cost-effective – more than any other form of medicine, conventional or alternative, according to a study commissioned by the government of Switzerland

Homeopathy is not:

  • a generic term for all forms of alternative, natural or holistic medicine
  • witchcraft, magic, hoo-doo or faith-healing: it uses straightforward logical techniques that anyone can learn
  • anti-science, unscientific or not scientifically-founded
  • dangerous
  • impossible to combine with conventional medicine
  • the placebo effect

Who are we?

3CH - My Health My Choice

The Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy is Canada’s grassroots, consumer-oriented organization dedicated to ensuring patient access to homeopathy from coast to coast. We promote awareness, educate the public, advocate with government and insurers, provide accurate information to media, help professionals network and promote research. We are 100% member-funded and receive no government support.  We advocate for Canadians’ freedom of choice in health care and for safe and cost-effective health care.

If you or your family has benefited from homeopathy, we invite you to join with us to help bring those benefits to others.

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