Defending Herbal Medicines from Health Canada and the World Disease Agenda


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In this episode…

I interview my friend Yarrow Willard.  Yarrow is a co-founder of Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary based out of Courtenay, BC

He’s also a co-founder of the Vancouver Island Herb Gathering, now the largest herb gathering in Canada.

In the interview we start and end by talking about a very important issue for everyone who wants to be able to buy herbs in Canada.  In Sept. 2016 Health Canada proposed some changes to the regulations that cover which herbs are available on store shelves.

It may not seem like a terribly radical topic, but this legislation is the sign of things to come.  The Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical industry is trying to limit our personal and collective health sovereignty.

The interview also bounces around a little.  We hit topics like the Dangers of high concentration single constituents extractions,  personal connection to the land, colonialism, and the global disease industry.

I hope you enjoy it…”

A bit about Yarrow Willard…

yarrow willard headshotYarrow Willard is a Clinical/Master Herbalist and co-visionary of the Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary. Raised by herbalist parents, he has been immersed in the world of plant medicine since before he was born and is continually updating his knowledge with the growing edge science of re-claiming wellness. Yarrow shares health empowering practices and teachings through advanced nutrition and cultivating a deeper connection with the natural world.

Check out these links to connect with wonderful people and cool projects…

Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary

Vancouver Island Herb Gathering

Canadian Health Food Association website

Terry Willard’s video about the proposed changes to Health Canada NHP regulations

and here’s the example of how the nutriceutical industry wants to do to herbal medicines… (click to enlarge)

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And if you want to read the white papers, here’s the link.

A bit about the host, garliq…

garliq with violetHi there, my name is garliq.   I’m a radical, activist and organizer who is passionate about social and environmental justice.  My heart aches to see an end to the violence and devastation rampant in the world today.  I dream of a world that is beautiful, healthy, vibrant and just, where humans live in harmony (not dominance) with Nature and one another.

Check out past episodes…

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4 Responses to Defending Herbal Medicines from Health Canada and the World Disease Agenda

  1. John Roberts March 31, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    I am happy to have found your site and the wisdom shared. I am grateful to learn more and able to share as needed in the world. There is a brilliant future with such knowledge we can take to heart and put into action. Thank You crazy Gentle men. Hugs

    • garliq March 31, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

      thanks John. glad you’re liking the podcast and the site. I know we share a vision of a happy, healthy world 🙂


  2. Marnie April 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    Usually what happens is they ban the herbs and then the Pharmaceutical Industry comes out with new medicines with artificial (and patent-able) duplicates of the banned herbs that they can then sell and make money from.

    • garliq April 4, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

      are you saying they prioritize profit before people? indeed they do.

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