Friday, February 19, 2010

Truehope loses court battle with Health Canada

The battle that Truehope started way back in 2003 has had what we would consider to be a happy ending. The Federal government defended itself by presenting evidence that convinced the court that what Tony Stephan, David Hardy and their entourage tried to do was actually wrong. Their lawyer Shawn Buckley presented the usual case with submissions from Dr. Bonnie Kaplan and the rest of their supporters. But, in the end they failed to impress the judge with their arguments. We don't know what the legal costs have added up to, but they must be significant. Shawn Buckley has filed an appeal. 

Links to the actual court case:

  • TrueHope Nutritional Support Limited v. Canada (Attorney General), 2010 FC 63 (CanLII) - .html
  • TrueHope Nutritional Support Limited v. Canada (Attorney General), 2010 FC 63 (CanLII) - .pdf
  • Court index and docket - recorded entries from May 2003 to January 2010
    The case was won because Health Canada's lawyer proved to the judge that Truehope had violated the Foods and Drug Act when they advertised and imported unapproved products to be sold by them in Canada. The website solicits participation in a clinical trial research and seeks to attract parents of children with mental illness with statements such as “finding true hope in despair”. The product is being promoted for the study and treatment of serious disorders such as anxiety and panic disorder, bipolar affective disorder, fibromyalgia, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, clinical depression, Tourett’s Syndrome, etc. which are not amenable to self diagnosis or self-monitoring.

    E.M.Power has not received a DIN or NOC for any of the indications for which it is being sold and advertised and is not properly labelled. Consequently, the false, misleading, and deceptive selling/advertising of this unapproved and improperly labelled drug product is in violation of sections 9(1), 9(2), C.01.003, C.01.004.01, and C.01.005.

    No mention has been made on the Truehope web site and don't expect Shawn Buckley or his NHPPA to admit a defeat of this magnitude.

    Shawn Buckley videos on health freedom, government seizures, and Bill C-6:

    I also expect that the folks at "It's Everyone's Business" won't mentioned it either.
  • We've made a blind girl see again!!!!!

    Truehope's Empowerplus and other miracles

    This report is from someone who attended a meeting hosted in Ohio by John Keim. They recorded their observations and opinion. I would judge them to be fair comments about the presenters and the products discussed. It is our job to report what others have to say in an objective manner. You be the judge if you believe this report or not.

  • Minutes of meeting in Shiloh, Ohio - September 16, 2009 - .pdf file
    David Hardy and Anthony Stephan presentation hosted by John Keim - September 16, 2009.


    Subject: How to get off medications and experience good health by using Truehope products

    Attendance: 150 people from Canada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Virginia.

    Presenters: John Keim who organized the meeting in Shiloh, Anthony Stephan and David Hardy who founded Truehope in Alberta, Canada.

    Testimonials were numerous, including the usual stories from Tony about his wife's suicide just two weeks after she went on Prozac. Both Tony and Dave tended to bring in the name of God whenever they felt it necessary. My guess is that the room was full of Amish or Mennonites that needed to hear it in order to lend evangelical credibility to their spiel.

    The testimonials were liberally spread around with miraculous claims about a six year old children who was cured of blindness, to an older woman who was saved from hospitalization because her husband forced her to take the nutrients they were promoting.

    Then there were the very unsubstantiated claims made by researchers done in five universities, including Ohio State University. No mention was made about the research studies that have been halted over the years by regulators in two countries.

    It would appear that "everyone" needs to be supplemented with their stuff. Unsubstantiated claims were made that their product showed a huge difference when compared to placebo.

    Once again the 150 people in the audience heard that this product can grow back brain cells, and because the Creator is a lot smarter than scientists, 90% of poor health would disappear if only people took supplements. I assume that meant THEIR supplements.

    Does it help everyone? YES IT WILL....”It's a God given answer!”

    Not only that – it's a scientific fact that 50 genetic illnesses can be cured with this program. The drug companies don't want you to know that this stuff works.

    The cost of one bottle of 225 pills is $74.95 and was quoted in U.S. Dollars. And by the way you have to take 15 pills a day. It's not about the money, it's about helping people and just in case you didn't know, you have to take it for the rest of you life.

    Anthony Stephan and David Hardy target Old Order Amish and Mennonites even though they are Mormon. Who is responsible for this?

  • Truehope meetings promoted in Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Ohio. This ad at the end of January in a Amish / Mennonite newspaper in Pennsylvania. Why are Stephan and Hardy doing this?

  • Promoting Empowerplus in NY, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, and Missouri hosted by Old Order Mennonites / Amish from April 28, 2010 to May 17, 2010. We believe that this is also part of a tour by Anthony Stephan and David Hardy in Ontario.