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Alternative Medicine Could by Finn-ished

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

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From: Rod Remelin
To: Patrick Bellringer
Sent: Sunday, June 14, 2009 1:50 PM
Subject: Alternative medicine could be Finn-ished
Alternative medicine could be Finn-ished
The government of Finland is about to do something that Big Pharma has been dreaming of (and pushing their willing assistants at the FDA to do) for years: place severe restrictions on the practice of alternative medicine. The goal of the restrictions is, apparently, to "guarantee patient safety."
Sound familiar? How many times have I told you that whenever a government starts banning things in the name of the "public good," it means trouble.
The new law in Finland would only allow alternative therapies for diabetes and cancer patients to be administered by medical doctors. What's more, pregnant women and mental health patients could only undergo alternative therapies provided by medical doctors. The fact that few medical doctors actually practice alternative therapies makes this nothing less than a de facto ban on alternative medicine.
This ban is especially threatening because it fails to define what's considered "alternative." Is an organic diet alternative? How about massage therapy? Or even herbal tea? No one knows for sure. But I have a sneaking suspicion that anything Big Pharma can't turn a buck on would qualify.
Don't shrug this off as something that doesn't apply to you. If we're not careful, it won't be long before a similar model could spread not only through Europe, but across the Atlantic to the U.S. as well.
Showing you the errors of the health care system's ways,
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.