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June 12, 2022
Have you heard of Natural Products Canada?
I came across NPC awhile back and NOW see they will present at the upcoming CHFA 

Take your business to the next level.
We're excited to announce Natural Products Canada (NPC) and Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) will be hosting their Investor Meeting as part of CHFA NOW Toronto on September 15, 2022.
I was surprised I had not heard of NPC, who claim to be the driving force behind Canada’s Natural Product Innovative Cluster? I do not recall any of the NPC leaders being part of the natural product business the past 50 years however npc may bring good value to independent natural product retailers.
I know suppliers are always looking for innovative new natural products, NPC seems to have taken the leadership role in Canada, so may be good to subscribe to their news feeds so you stay current with the development of new natural products, technologies and services they will provide.
NPC ‘Mission’:
Natural Products Canada (NPC) is the driving force behind Canada’s Natural Product Innovation Cluster–a strategic and diverse community focused on the development and commercialization of naturally-derived products and technologies in health and life sciences, natural resources, agriculture and agri-food, and sustainable bioproducts. As part of its role in the Cluster, NPC offers in-depth advice and a suite of commercialization programs to Canadian early-stage companies and research institutes; provides connections and innovation scouting services to corporations and investors; and leverages an investment fund (NPC Ventures) to help develop and de-risk promising Canadian opportunities.
Had you heard of them before?
Happy Sales,
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Richard A. Passwater, PhD, Pioneer in Natural Products Industry, Dies at 84 “
Richard Albert Passwater of Winterville, NC, Sarasota, FL and Ocean Pines, MD died on April 28, 2022, at the age of 84. During his extensive career, he served as a civilian scientist with the [...]
“when i worked in a health store mid 70’s, Super Nutrition was a top selling book in health stores, which introduced and educated people to the power of natural safe and effective foods and supplements! Dr Passwater was a true pioneer, when I told his son, Richard, how sorry I was, he said, don’t be sad, because his Dad had accomplished and experienced far more than he could dream of! “
Petition for those unable to travel, 
you know who you areyou understand why you are unable to travel, and I suspect, though it is inconvenient, and unlawful,  have no intention to change your mind!”
What the heck -  story of the week!

A new cereal aims to start a conversation — about periods!
– ‘oh my goodness, the food group, boxed cereal, which helped create type 2 diabetes, hyperactivity and a slew of dis eases, with HIGH SUGAR Cereal, will now educate millions of the youth about menstruation, really,?! dp
Cereal manufacturers have sought to educate consumers about topics like the importance of pollinators or the plight of sea turtles through their products and packaging. But a feminine hygiene brand is harnessing the breakfast food as a way to get people learning and talking about menstruation.  
A FUN video on various diets,
Surviving change with better decision making

My brother Rob recently walked 650km from Galway Ireland to Winchester enroute to Spain. He told me that for days he was trying to decide whether or not to continue walking and take the ferry to France or head back home. He wasn’t sure where he was supposed to be. The indecision was taking a toll on him both mentally and emotionally.

As a result of the pandemic, inflation, and changes in the workplace, leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and employees are finding themselves at a point where they never expected to be a couple of years ago. Plans for the future have changed drastically, in some cases. Many people are wondering how they are going to survive. Should they adapt to the current situation or should they change their plans, dreams and goals? As Rob told me, “When you’re heading on a path you haven’t traveled before, it’s important to stop from time to time to figure out where you are and if necessary adjust your course or even your destination”.

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Ashwagandha: An Ancient Herb for Our Time
From the Natural Path Newsletter
by Linda Woolven M.H., R.Ac & Ted Snider
The words were hearing most right now are anxiety and sleepless nights. The word you need to hear right now is ashwagandha, a herb that seems to specialize in anxiety, stress and sleepless nights. 

All kinds of research shows that ashwagandha eases anxiety. Need proof? A systematic review of 5 controlled studies found that ashwagandha significantly improves anxiety (J Altern Complement Med 2014;20:901- 908). All kinds of research shows that it eases stress too (Indian J Psychol Med 2012;34:255-62). It also helps if you’re struggling with both (JANA 2008;11:50-56). Ashwagandha can also help with stress eating and weight gain (J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med 2017;22(1):96-106). 

Resting Your Mind: Sleep & Anxiety 
Emerging research is pointing to ashwagandha as the perfect answer for sleepless nights plagued with anxiety. 

A 10 week double-blind study of 58 people struggling with both anxiety and insomnia gave them 300mg of a highly concentrated extract of ashwagandha root twice a day or a placebo. People on ashwagandha fell asleep significantly faster than people on placebo. Taking ashwagandha also helped people to wake up significantly less often during the night: scores improved from 75.63 to 83.48 versus 75.14 to only 79.68 in the placebo group. Quality of sleep also improved significantly more on the herb: an improvement of 3.92 points versus only 1.67 in the placebo group. Overall, sleep scores improved by 69% on ashwagandha versus only 11% on placebo. More people on ashwagandha were alert when they woke up. Scores on the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale improved significantly in the ashwagandha group. The placebo group improved from a score of 23.42 at the beginning of the study to 21.52; the ashwagandha improved from 23.58 to 18.48 (Cureus 2019; 11(9): e5797). 

A newly published study duplicated these impressive insomnia-anxiety results. Ashwagandha produced significantly greater improvement than placebo on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. People fell asleep significantly faster and had significantly better quality of sleep. They had significantly greater total sleep time and woke up significantly less often once they had fallen asleep. Again, they had significantly better mental alertness. And again, those who took ashwagandha to help with insomnia also received help for anxiety with scores on the Hamilton Anxiety Scale improving significantly (J Ethnopharmacol2021;264,113276). 

Ashwagandha also safely helps the elderly. 39 people between 65 and 80 were given a placebo or 600mg a day of ashwagandha root extract for 12 weeks in a double-blind study. The ashwagandha group had significantly greater improvement in sleep, quality of sleep and mental alertness. There was very significant improvement in quality of life for people who took ashwagandha compared to placebo. On the World Health Organization Quality of Life questionnaire, scores with ashwagandha improved from 140.53 to 161.84. The ashwagandha group had significantly greater improvement on total, physical and psychological domains (Cureus 2020 12(2):e7083). 

Non-restorative sleep is just what it sounds like: even though you seem to be sleeping well, you wake up feeling unrefreshed. In a recent double-blind study, healthy people with high non-restorative sleep measures took a placebo or 120mg of ashwagandha extract for 6 weeks. Sleep quality improved by 72% on ashwagandha but by only a 29% on placebo: a significant benefit. People taking ashwagandha also had significant improvements in sleep efficiency, total sleep time, sleep latency and periods of wakefulness after falling asleep. Ashwagandha led to improved quality of life scores for the physical, psychological and environmental domains (Sleep Medicine 2020;72:28-36).

Long revered as a healing herb, ashwagandha is now emerging as a leading herb for insomnia, including for those anxiety filled sleepless nights.

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The Natural Path is a natural health newsletter specifically designed to help Canadian health food stores increase their sales by educating their customers. The Natural Path contains no advertising and never mentions a brand name.

Contact Ted Snider at or at 416.782.8211.

For comprehensive natural help with your health, make an appointment to see Linda Woolven now. Linda’s clinic is now open for virtual appointments. Linda is a master herbalist, acupuncturist, and solution-focused counsellor with a practice in Toronto. Linda is also an artist whose paintings hang in galleries and private collections across North America. You can see some of her painting here.
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Health Statistics and Study Design for the Rest of Us
by Michael Passwater
OMNS (Apr. 13, 2022) Given the flood of health information in the news, the increase in the number of health and medical journals, and journal publications, blogs, social media posts, websites, and opinions of family and friends, this brief overview is an attempt to help the reader evaluate headlines and discoveries related to human health. Reading newsfeeds today, one can feel surrounded by data in an information desert. 
Click here to see a web copy of this news release

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Parliamentary Luncheon to Explore Game Changing Health Research and Health Innovation
OTTAWA, June 8, 2022 – The Parliamentary Health Research Caucus (PHRC) and Research Canada are proud to host a Game Changers in Health Research and Health Innovation Luncheon, the third in a series of PHRC events under this theme. This invitation-only event will feature three Canadian health researchers and innovators who will share their health research and innovations that promise revolutionary change in human health and health care with Parliamentarians and special guests.

This event, sponsored by Innovative Medicines Canada, the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) and Johnson & Johnson, will showcase game-changing research on a variety of topics, including strategies and interventions that can influence the development and spread of disease, Northern food systems and food security, and the climate effects on global health.

The Game Changers in Health Research and Health Innovation Luncheon will be held during Research Canada’s Annual General Meeting.

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Where: Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario
Social media: #HealthResearchCaucus

Susan Bartels, MD, MPH, DTMH, FRCPC
Queen’s University | Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Jane Heffernan, PhD
York University | Canadian Centre for Disease Modelling

Kelly Skinner, PhD, MPH
University of Waterloo

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus
Chair: Brendan Hanley, MP (Yukon)
Vice-Chairs: Stephen Ellis, MP (Cumberland—Colchester), Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing)
Senate Representative: The Honourable Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia, Senator (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Research Canada
Rosie Goldstein, MD, Chair
Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO

About Research Canada
Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit
Since 2009, Parliamentary Health Research Caucus events on Parliament Hill have helped to educate politicians on the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and innovation, as well as introduce them to the multi-sector partnerships among academic, private sector and health charity stakeholders essential to a robust health research enterprise and innovation system.
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Christie Tomkins
Manager of Policy and Public Affairs

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