Category Archives: Health Canada


Meet Making Lemonade – Certified Holistic Nutritionist & Online Wellness Entrepreneur

We all have physical, emotional and mental challenges to overcome. To do this, we find the courage and brave the journey against these obstacles, in search for optimal health and preventing dis-ease. ‘Taking charge of your own health’ and ‘you can prevent’- mantras that have sustained us, as well as motivated us, to do our very best. But we know the difficulties that can arise along the way. We know the hardships that one can face and feel and that is why we believe you shouldn’t have to tackle good health alone. That is why our CanPrev ambassador team was created!

CanPrev Ambassadors

Here at CanPrev, we are all about our community because without a platform to connect with individuals – we cannot learn, grow, educate, motivate or inspire. That’s where our ambassadors come in. These individuals are dedicated to living life to the fullest! They are continually learning and growing, sharing their knowledge and experience, in hopes to motivate another and let inspiration by default, move more and more individuals forward. For anyone who has thought about giving up on achieving better health – look to these individuals for inspiration in order to improve the quality of your life. In the upcoming blog posts,we will be introducing some of our ambassadors and sharing their incredible stories with you. Their collective goal is always to offer inspiration and to be a catalyst in spreading CanPrev’s healthy lifestyle vibe across the nation!

Meet Making Lemonade

In today’s blog, we introduce one of our west coast ambassadors, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and Fitness Trainer – Krista Goncalves aka Making Lemonade!

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We first met Krista a few years ago! She had been taking several of our products that assisted her with tackling some of her hormonal issues. Through a holistic diet and supplement protocol, she was able to regain her health and find hormonal balance.

‘Making Lemonade’ the name of her online business, launched when Krista started to experience her own severe hormonal imbalances, in her late 30’s. A starting point in Krista’s career was helping other women who also suffered silently with hormonal issues, like hypothyroidism and estrogen dominance.

Through adversity, Krista has figured out what it means to live a “healthy lifestyle ”. She felt it only natural, given her experience and love for turning ‘lemons into lemonade’, to allow her growing passion to spill over into her professional life. Finding success as an online health and wellness blogger, Krista has been able to help individuals, around the globe, find better health.

After dedicating 5 years to supporting women in their health journeys, Krista has recently transitioned into supporting women in other ways. She saw a distinct lack of digital business resources, for people like herself who were wanting to take their health business online. She now offers coaching for health and wellness entrepreneurs (Nutritionists, Dieticians, and Naturopaths) — helping them develop their own successful online businesses.

Krista very much enjoys practicing holistic health with her family and her husband Randy, a clinical pharmacist, who is also an avid runner and has been training hard for the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) trail race series coming up. He’s been using Joint-Pro NEM as part of his training regime to keep his normally troublesome knee and hip joints pain-free, before and after long runs!

Krista’s shares with us her favourite CanPrev product, Adrenal-Pro! Without it, she says she would be one stressed out work-from-home Mom!

When you find something that works, you really do want to shout it from the rooftops! This product provides the perfect balance of B-vitamins, thyroid-supporting tyrosine and stress-moderating adaptogens like Ashwagandha and Rhodiola.” – Quote from Krista

To connect with Krista:

Website: MakingLemonade.ca 
Facebook: @makinglemonadehealth
Twitter & Instagram: @lemonadehealth  

Stay tuned for our upcoming ambassador blog post, corporate happy hour junkie – turns Instagram yogi guru!

Check out other CanPrev Ambassadors!

Three easy steps you can take to help save our supplements

The deadline to submit your feedback directly to Health Canada about the recently proposed changes to the Natural Health Products Regulations is Monday, October 24.

Please click here to participate in this consultation now! You can use this document as a guide to help you complete the consultation.

These changes will have a significant impact on the way natural health products are regulated and marketed in Canada and will greatly impact you as a consumer.

You can make your voice heard and share your views on the future of natural health products in Canada in a few ways:

  1. To read Health Canada’s consultation paper in full and provide your feedback, head over here. Consultation process closes October 24. Visit the Canadian Health Food Association to learn more about its #SaveOurSupplements campaign. It also provides a quick link for you to share your concerns with your local member of Parliament.We encourage you to get involved in this debate to ensure the continued and extraordinary access to safe, effective, and high-quality natural health products that we enjoy here in Canada. If you care about natural health products (NHPs) and about having control of your own health, we urge you to complete this survey BEFORE the deadline of Oct. 24.
  2. To save you time, we have formatted a letter that you can send to your MP to voice your opposition to Health Canada’s proposed new regulations to Natural Health Products.
  3. Use this handy tool to quickly locate your MP and their email address by plugging in your postal code.

Please share this with everyone you know, so we can continue to enjoy safe, high-quality, affordable natural health products.

What Health Canada’s proposed natural health products regulations mean for you

What is this all about?

Health Canada released a surprising consultation paper in early September that calls for a dramatic overhaul in the way it has been regulating what it calls self-care products, including natural health products (NHPs), cosmetics and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

We say surprising, because the way in which NHPs have been regulated for the last 12 years ensures that consumers have access to well-made, safe, and effective products, while respecting freedom of choice and philosophical and cultural diversity.

In fact, Canada’s current system of regulation for NHPs continues to serve as a gold standard throughout the world.

As it stands now, the NHPs that you find on the shelves at your local retailer have been licensed by Health Canada. This means that a manufacturer has provided documentation that shows the product is safe and effective, along with evidence supporting any claims being made.

For instance, a wide range of documentation is currently accepted, such as proof of historical use and published scientific evidence. In addition, product labels now include detailed information to help people make safe and informed choices.

Health Canada has repeatedly stated publicly that it regulates NHPs this way because “Canadians want a range of treatment choices available to them for conditions they can manage themselves” and “Health Canada supports these choices in its licensing decisions by applying standards of evidence appropriate to the product type.”

Tell me more about the proposed changes

In a nutshell, Health Canada proposes to bring self-care products under one new set of rules and regulate each category according to potential health risks they pose.

For example, under the proposed new regime, vitamins, minerals, supplements, and homeopathic remedies would be classified as “low risk,” along with other products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and cosmetics.

Moderate-risk products would include oral pain relievers such as ibuprofen, laxatives, and cough and cold remedies.

Products that are switching from prescription to non-prescription status, contain new medicinal ingredients and products related to cardiovascular health would be considered higher risk.

What this would mean for a newly classified low-risk NHP is that Health Canada would no longer review or license it, or review any claims it makes. The manufacturer, in fact, would be prohibited from making claims about the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, mitigation of a disease or condition. Claims other than that, such as “maintains healthy bones” or “helps metabolize fat” would be accompanied by a disclaimer indicating that Health Canada has not reviewed the product for effectiveness.

So, what does it all mean?

Health Canada’s proposal represents a marked departure from the way it has regulated NHPs for the last 12 years. The erosion of consumer confidence in NHPs may be an unfortunate outcome of the proposed new changes.

The health agency’s proposed new regulation regime for NHPs is likely to result in much less choice for consumers at a time when health concerns are rising and health awareness is growing.

Health Canada would do well to consider increasing its support of NHPs in an effort to reduce rising health care costs, particularly when NHPs have a long history of traditional use, as well as being safe and effective.

The government’s complete reversal on accepting as evidence a wide range of documentation to support NHP claims means health-aware consumers will be that much less informed by product labels. People make better-informed choices about their health when they have access to adequate and accurate information.

What’s more, the cost of NHPs could be driven up as manufacturers may face increased regulatory fees, additional labelling and advertising amendments, and perhaps even product reformulations.

How to get involved

You can make your voice heard and share your views on the future of natural health products in Canada in a few ways:

To read Health Canada’s consultation paper in full and provide your feedback, head over here. Consultation process closes October 24. Visit the Canadian Health Food Association to learn more about its #SaveOurSupplements campaign. It also provides a quick link for you to share your concerns with your local member of Parliament.

We encourage you to get involved in this debate to ensure the continued and extraordinary access to safe, effective, and high-quality natural health products that we enjoy here in Canada.