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BENJAMIN RUSH, signer of the Declaration of Independence and America's first Surgeon General, wrote:
The Constitution of this republic should make special provisions for Medical Freedom.
To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic. They are fragments of monarchy and have no place in a republic.
Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an underground dictatorship.
In 1776, Doctor Benjamin Rush, America's first Surgeon General and the only medical doctor to assist in the drafting of the American Constitution, tried and failed to have medical freedom included in the Constitution.
Dr. Rush wanted every American citizen to have the right to choose and the right to practice the form of medicine that the citizen deemed most beneficial to personal health. This would also allow the physician the right to practice all forms of medicine. Dr. Rush feared that medicine would in time organize into an "undercover dictatorship" that would suppress medical competition.
In 1839 -- 63 years later -- the American Medical Association (AMA) was formed.
Any doctor today getting caught following the Father of Medicine -- Hippocrates' examples of preventive medicine and of letting the patients decide -- is currently in danger of having his or her license revoked.
This is done in the name of public protection. Tragically, the real protection is for the staggeringly high profits of the drug companies, insurance companies, and the cancer industry.
If people let the government decide
what foods they eat and what medicines they take,
their bodies will soon be in
as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny.
-- Thomas Jefferson
Are you taking pills you don't need? Here are some reasons why ~ There are 200 US medical education and communication companies (MECCs) who ghostwrite medical journal articles for pharma for $20,000 to $40,000 per article.
Dangerous Prescription ~ This highly recommended documentary exposes the level of malicious influence pharmaceutical companies can use to manipulate FDA drug approvals and pressure FDA's Office of Drug Safety.
HIPAA Basics: Medical Privacy in the Electronic Age ~ If you expect HIPAA to restore your confidence that sensitive medical data is a matter between you and your doctor, you will be disappointed. HIPAA sets the standard for privacy in the electronic age where health industry, government, and public interests often prevail over the patient's desire for confidentiality. Read How private is my medical information?
Minors' Health Consent Laws ~ The legal ability of minors to consent to a range of sensitive health care services — including sexual and reproductive health care, mental health services and alcohol and drug abuse treatment — has expanded dramatically over the past 30 years. With regard to sexual and reproductive health care, many states explicitly permit all or some minors to obtain contraceptive, prenatal and STD services without parental involvement. In sharp contrast, the majority of states require parental involvement in a minor’s abortion. In most cases, state consent laws apply to all minors age 12 and older.
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program ~ In 1988, Congress enacted the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) as a no-fault alternative to the tort system for resolving claims resulting from adverse reactions to mandated childhood vaccines.
Staying Together: Preventing Custody Relinquishment for Children's Access to Mental Health Services (pdf) ~ Many children in the United States are uninsured or underinsured for mental health care, and those who do have coverage often can't access the care they need. When private or public insurance plans will not pay, many parents face a painful dilemma: to get the mental health treatment their child needs, they must turn their son or daughter over to the child welfare or juvenile justice system. More often than not, the child is then put in institutional care far from home. Studies confirm that the practice of requiring custody relinquishment occurs in at least half of the states.
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