POSTSCRIPT: ENSURING MEDICAL FREEDOM
The new paradigm approaches to healing and personal growth shared in the preceding pages, bright and full of promise as they are, will not come into full fruition without opposition. Such is the nature of innovations and discoveries made “outside of the box,” it seems. In the field of medicine, as I know only too well from my years of research, this problem is greatly compounded by the machinations of various parties with deeply vested financial interests in maintaining the status quo, despite the overwhelming evidence that the current medical model is, overall, an abject failure. But, at an annual cost in the United States alone of $1.3 trillion, this failing model is also generating enormous profits for those who would most see it remain unchanged.
In an ideal world, such machinations which place self-interest over service and the greater good, would be handily kept in check by our various governmental agencies. We do not live in an ideal world, however, and the evidence is great that collusion often occurs between what may properly be termed “the medical/industrial complex” and various state and federal regulatory agencies meant to ensure our rights and health care safety.
During the time of our nation’s birth, Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and George Washington’s physician, wrote: “Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship. 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 and have no place in a republic. The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.” Dr. Rush’s recommendation was ignored, and the medical dictatorship against which he warned has in many ways indeed come to pass.
Despite this fact, I am extremely optimistic about our medical future, based in large part on the work that the experts featured in this book, along with their many colleagues, are doing. The new paradigm their work is indicative of is not only emerging, but inevitable. But my optimism is not based on their work alone. It is also due to the groundwork we the lay public have laid, and which the experts themselves gratefully acknowledge, that is now enabling viable healing alternatives and new technologies to find the room they need to complete their emergence. Make no mistake: our desire to heal, backed by the choices we make and the money we spend making them, is where the true power lies, and so, ultimately it is we who will decide how quickly the far more comprehensive model of healing envisioned by the experts in these pages comes to pass. That it will come to pass cannot be doubted. My aim in writing this postscript (which is based on my views alone, and is in no way meant to be attributed to those whom I interviewed in these pages) is to encourage you to join me in doing what we can to make it happen sooner, rather than later. In order to do so most effectively, I recommend the following:
Educate yourself about the possibilities that now exist. More than at any other time in history, a wealth of empowering information now exists which is of benefit to anyone interested in learning how to take greater responsibility for and more control over their health. As a start, read the books and visit the Web sites recommended throughout this book. The more informed you become, the wiser will be your choices.
Contact your elected representatives. To offset the intensive lobbying exerted upon members of the House and Senate by the medical establishment (according to a recent article in the New York Times, between 1999 and 2000, the pharmaceutical industry spent $177 million in lobbying fees, $50 million more than their nearest rival) our elected officials need to be kept informed about what you desire in terms of your health care and medical freedom. One of the most effective means of letting them know your desires is to write to them. A signed, mailed letter is best, but you can also send e-mail. Be sure to include your full name and address to ensure that your letter is read. To find the names and addresses of your local senators and representatives, visit (Senate) http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm
and (House of Representatives) http://www.house.gov/writeup
Support grassroots organizations dedicated to medical freedom. The following organizations are in the vanguard of those seeking to preserve and extend medical freedom. Contact them to learn about the causes they support and the information they provide, and to learn how you can get further involved.
American Holistic Health Association (AHHA)
P.O. Box 17400
Anaheim, California 92817
American Preventive Medical Association (APMA)
9912 Georgetown Pike, Suite D-2
P.O. Box 458
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
Citizens for Health
P.O. Box 2260
Boulder, Colorado 80306
Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine (FAIM)
Health Lobby/Monica Miller
Two Executive Boulevard
Suffern, New York 10601
Institute for Health Freedom
1155 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036
Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
5100 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20016
Together, we can continue to make a powerful difference.
Larry Trivieri, Jr.