December 15, 2009

  1. HANS Fundraising Update - I Feel Inspired, How About You?
  2. Unlicensed Natural Health Products Get a Break: Enforcement Will Be Pushed to 2011 While Federal Department Develops Compliance Policy
  3. Navel Acupuncture - China's Best Kept Secret


HANS Fundraising Update - I Feel Inspired, How About You?

by Lorna Hancock

As you will remember if you have been part of our recent mailing to members, we want to hear from you by the end of December so the Executive Committee can begin to make decisions and plans for the future of HANS. We need to hear from others about the value of this work...

I am so very pleased that some of you have taken this task seriously, and aren't letting us down, in your responses. Every comment and idea is being written down. Some of them are truly inspired. Every renewal, and additional donation if possible, is cherished.

I just got off the phone with a member who introduced herself and said that she had always wanted to talk to me but never quite got around to it. She has been a monthly contributor since 1986, when her mother introduced her to HANS, and she feels like we're family, even though we've never met. What a treat for me to be able to hear how much HANS has meant to her and her family. To hear how she always felt that HANS deserved a lion's share of the credit for behind the scenes stimulating the status of natural medicine to what it is today. To hear how HANS is an organization that has always been way to modest for its own good, and how this member is going to go to each and every practitioner in her geographical area and insist that they become Professional Members.

Wowsa. That was one charged call, and I feel about three feet off the ground.

You, me, every supporter out there--we simply must give this everything we've got. Now. This month. If we can do that, then next month, we can say ... we're here to stay, and just you watch this organization launch itself into 2010. Olympic strength!

If you have thought about becoming a member and haven't, please don't put this off, and join today.  If you have thought about renewing your membership and still want to, you can do this at  If you have connections to others who value this kind of work, and who might support, please take the time to do this. 

Appreciation to you all!
Lorna Hancock
Founding Member and Volunteer Executive Director
HANS - Health Action Network Society 



Unlicensed Natural Health Products Get a Break: Enforcement Will Be Pushed to 2011 While Federal Department Develops Compliance Policy

by December 2, 2009 Vancouver Sun

Health Canada won't crack down on unlicensed natural health products for sale in Canada for at least another year, despite recent assurances that a new compliance plan would kick in soon.

The news, delivered privately to industry insiders at Health Canada workshops over the last two weeks, comes after Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq assured parliamentarians earlier this fall that the government was on track to clear a product licensing backlog by March 2010 and implement "a compliance strategy for 2010."

Health Canada reaffirmed Tuesday that the department is on target to meet the March deadline. But in workshops officials told industry representatives not to worry about that date.

Health Canada's current policy allows companies to sell unlicensed natural health products, provided they've submitted a product licence application with Health Canada's natural health product directorate and the department is not aware of any health risk associated with the product.

Natural health products include teas, vitamins, mineral supplements, herbal products, exotic substances and several novel foods and drinks.

Overall, of the nearly 42,000 product licence applications received since 2004, Health Canada says the directorate has completed about 73 per cent of the applications.

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Navel Acupuncture - China's Best Kept Secret

by Joseph Ranallo, BA, MA, RAc

There is something new and exciting on the Canadian healing horizon: navel acupuncture.

Although this revolutionary modality has been discovered in the last decade by China's renowned cosmetic surgeon, Professor Yong Qi, its underpinnings and applications date back to principles that precede traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) or, for that matter, any other kind of medicine.

Navel acupuncture inserts very few needles in a body area that has traditionally been forbidden to puncture, the modest belly button. A well-skilled and trained navel acupuncturist can address all health disorders ranging from simple muscle pain to conditions that involve organ dysfunctions and changes in the tissues. It is especially convenient for pain management and relief. Dr. Yong, who believes that there is no condition that cannot be treated, draws his inspiration from the prehistoric classic philosophical text, the I Ching or the Book of Changes, which provides the basis for Chinese Astrology, Feng Shui, Confucianism, Taoism and many other Oriental concepts.

Navel acupuncture is simple to administer, fast working and reliable. Most patients report instant benefits immediately after the first needle is inserted. This system uses very few needles and, hence, minimizes patient discomfort. For many common, nagging conditions, one or two needles suffice. More complex complaints may require a half a dozen or less. Patients usually leave the treatment table feeling noticeably better than when they came into the clinic.

TCM maintains that, throughout our lives, we draw on a variety of internal energy resources. One type is the postnatal energy that we acquire and collect after birth. This type of energy is a bit like a battery that, unless it is reinvigorated, it slowly discharges with use. It is this source that most healing modalities access. Unless we eat properly, exercise regularly, avoid trauma, infections, accidents, and surgeries, resist harmful addictive substances, filter the water we drink and the air we breathe, do our Tai Chi and Qi Gong faithfully, preserve our reproductive powers, and think nothing but positive thoughts, as we age, we can deplete our post natal energy to the point that it is unable to heal us through traditional modalities.

Another type of energy is the prenatal or, the energy that we inherit, generate, and collect before our birth. After birth, the body securely stores this type of energy in the navel area. Until recently, without extraordinary measures, this type of energy has usually not been easy to tap.

Navel acupuncture has changed that. This innovative modality is able to access prenatal energy. In fact, this is exactly how navel acupuncture is different than other forms of acupuncture. It enables us to draw on prenatal energies. Hence, so to speak, it has given us the equivalent of a fully charged spare battery to enhance the body's capacity to heal itself. For this, and other reasons, navel acupuncture tends to generate positive and immediate results.

Navel acupuncture presents other advantages. It is easy to apply. The navel area is very accessible for needling. Because the needles are inserted superficially, they tend to be both safe and generally pain-free. Only the navel and its surrounding area need to be exposed. Hence there is no need for the patient to disrobe and for the practitioner to provide draping. Most of all, navel acupuncture is very reliable. It gets the job done proficiently.

Three years ago, internationally acclaimed Doctor of TCM, Dr. Weidong Yu of Vancouver's Wellsprings Clinic, became the first Canadian to be trained by Dr. Qi. Dr. Yu studied with the Chinese master both in the United States and in China. This past July, Dr. Yu brought Dr. Qi to Vancouver. This was the first time that tnavel acupuncture training was available in Canada. Now there are a handful of Canadian practitioners offering naval acupuncture in BC.

For further information on navel acupuncture, both training and therapy, contact Dr. Weidong Yu (778) 997-3897.

Calendar of Events

Intuitive Eating Series: Break free from worry about food and your body size.
with Ashley McIntosh and Shelley Jensen
Tuesdays, October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st, and January 5th, 7:00-9:00pm

Info Session - Organic Master Gardener Course - Victoria
with n/a
January 5, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Info Session - Growing Food in the City
with n/a
January 11, 2010, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Info Session - Organic Master Gardener Course - Burnaby
with n/a
January 11, 2010, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

1-Day Intensive Organic Turf Management
with Heide Hermary
January 23, 2010, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

AGAPE - Internationally Recognized Specialized Kinesiology Workshop
with Adam Lehman, Applied Physiology's Advanced Instructor and Instructor Trainer -
January 16 - 24, 2010 (20th is day off) and final training takes place March 20 - 28, 2010 (24th is day off)

Info Session - Growing Food in the City - Victoria
with n/a
January 25, 2010, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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