Among the dozens of emails I get each day, this one struck a
warning note that is particularly pertinent to the readers and
advertisers in Community ConneXion.
The e-mail refers to bill HB 591 currently before
the state legislature in Florida. Its effect is to provide a broad
interpretation of licensing laws that would legally charge as
a 3rd degree Felony the unlicensed practice of any forms of natural
healing and naturopathy.
The practice of "naturopathy" is currently
defined in Florida Statutes as, "... the use and practice
of psychological, mechanical, and material health services to
aid in purifying, cleansing, and normalizing human tissues for
the preservation or restoration of health, according to the fundamental
principles of anatomy, physiology, and applied psychology, as
may be required.Ē The Bill has broad powers of interpretation
and allows the state to consider any natural practice they deem
naturopathic in nature to come within its parameters.
In parallel, legislation is being proposed in
seven more states by the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association),
to make hands on healing a practice of massage. Five states have
passed this ruling in the past several months. Only two states
have rejected it - primarily as a result of pressure from the
public and concerned citizens of many states, not just the state
in which the action was taking place.
While these bills may seem innocuous enough on
the surface, it is the thin end of the wedge. Ostensibly intended
to prevent charlatans and poorly trained practitioners from harming
or victimizing a gullible public, their real effect will be to
censor and bring all forms of non-allopathic healing, including
alternative and complementary, under government control. Anyone
with any understanding of the dealings of the FDA does not need
neon lights to realize the implications of this.
The insidious aspect of all this is that the
powers that be are getting us to do this to ourselves. The AMTA
initiative is a case in point. By using the carrot of exclusive
legitimacy and control, the government is playing off one group
of practitioners against another so that we are creating sticks
for our own backs. The result will be the criminality of any mode
of healing that is not approved and licensed. This will include
many therapies that are truly effective and donít have debilitating
side effects, but donít enrich the corporations.
It is imperative that we understand the mechanics
of what is happening and realize that securing the status of one
or another professional organization will be at the expense of
our freedom of choice and lay the foundations for the criminalization
of many of the therapies and services you read about here today.
To learn more about practical steps you can take,
you may wish to call the Coalition for Natural Health at 1- 800-586-4264.
They are a non-profit watchdog group based in Washington, D.C.
that fights for our right to retain our constitutional privileges.