How you can support natural medicine at the 2016 Senate election

Dear Clients,

Natural Pain Solutions normally doesn’t take a political stance, however in this election we are.  This is because there is a particular party, the Health Australia Party (HAP), that wants to represent the interests of natural medicine (among other things) in the Senate. Or, to be specific, the HAP supports integrative medicine, where patients can receive the best of all forms of treatment according to their needs and wishes.

There’s been a lot of ruckus caused over the Australian Medical Association’s claim that the HAP is anti-vaccination, and the media and ‘astro-turfers’ have subsequently stirred up a storm.  Little air time was given to the excellent response from Dr Isaac Golden of the HAP.   (For those who don’t want to read the whole thing, the HAP supports both safe and effective immunisation and objective, unbiased science.)

At Natural Pain Solutions we strongly believe that people should be free to choose natural or medical treatment without coercion or misinformation.  In recent years we’ve noticed a marked increase in the amount of misinformation and scare tactics concerning natural therapies in the media.  There is a concerted attempt on a number of fronts to marginalise natural therapies, and many practitioners are worried that this is part of a long term strategy to restrict our ability practice natural medicine and the public’s ability to use it.  Given that almost 69% of the Australian population uses Complementary and Alternative Medicine[i], smear campaigns designed to besmirch natural medicine are NOT in the interests of the vast majority of Australians.

The AMA’s president, Professor Brad Frankum, stated of the HAP that “Despite their name, they are not experts, doctors, or particularly qualified to be advocating for people’s health.”[ii]  This is just one example of the blatant misinformation being circulated and not questioned by the media.  In fact, the HAP is made up of some of the most eminent, highly respected natural therapists in Australia, many of whom are doctors and professors. Its president, Professor Kerry Bone, is an experienced research and industrial chemist, who graduated with first class honours from Melbourne University and won the Masson Memorial Prize as Australia’s top chemistry student.  The Victorian candidates are Dr Isaac Golden and Kathryn Breakwell. It is worth noting that Dr Golden is a world authority on homoeoprophylaxis – the use of homoeopathic medicines for specific infectious disease prevention – and was the first person to be awarded a PhD from a mainstream Australian University for research on a homoeopathic topic.[iii]

One of our wonderful and longest-serving employees, Janet Saxton, sent out an email recently that perfectly expresses why supporting the HAP makes sense.  It resonates strongly with Scott and me, and she has kindly given us permission to reproduce it below.

However you vote at the coming Senate election, please do take the time to check out the HAP policies at https://www.healthaustraliaparty.com.au/.  Think about whether you would like a voice for freedom of health choice in the Senate.  And remember …

“A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein

Best wishes,
Fiona Hankinson
Practice Manager

 

LETTER FROM JANET:

Dear Friends,

With three days to go, I’m writing to you tonight about the Health Australia Party, which is standing for representation in the Senate.

Health Australia Party website
Health Australia Party Facebook Page
How to Vote Card for the Health Australia Party (note that in this election your preferences are your own to choose – the example they have given on the How to Vote card is only their suggestion).

Some of you will already know about the party and some won’t;  some of you will be very interested or sympathetic and some won’t.  This email is to let interested people know that at this election you are able to choose whether you want to vote for a Senate representative who will stand for health freedom and health choice for people – which includes protecting natural therapies and individual or consumer rights – as well as the health of our economy, environment, democracy and society.

The first of their five fundamental goals is this:

Build a health-creation system, not a disease-management system.  Use the best of proven natural and pharmaceutical medicine.  Expose and remove the influence of multinational pharmaceutical companies.  Targeted spending using evidence from unbiased real-world clinical studies.

Over many decades, I have benefited enormously from the very best of modern medicine, and the very best of naturopathy, chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture and naturally based medicines or supplements.  Therefore that goal speaks very loudly to me.

Natural therapies and therapists are under attack on many fronts.  You only have to look at the similarly named Facebook page to get a taste, not to mention most media and the internet at large.

Some of you may stop dead at claims that the Health Australia Party is opposed to immunisation.  It is not.  It is opposed to freedom of choice being taken away and, as far as I know, the toxic (and possibly unnecessary) substances that are included in vaccines – and it stands for FAR MORE than that one single issue.

Since the 1970s I have been part of the Natural Health world in NSW and Victoria – as a writer/editor, administrator or recipient of so-called ‘alternative’ services.  For the last seven years, I’ve been working part-time for a highly skilled naturopath, Chinese Medicine practitioner, acupuncturist and herbalist in Melbourne.  Over those five decades, I’ve met many practitioners in Natural Health clinics and retreats, all of whom, including my current boss, have undertaken rigorous and continuing training;  all of whom, collectively, have helped thousands of people achieve minor to major and sometimes almost miraculous improvements in their health without pharmaceutical drugs.

And all of them promote the adoption of a healthy lifestyle (health creation).  They therefore educate their clients accordingly, as well as providing services and natural products that very rarely have negative side-effects.  (Compare that to the stats on medical and pharmaceutical iatrogenesis.)  Their knowledge is sometimes way ahead of conventional medicine.  I avidly watch medical and scientific documentaries on television, some of which pronounce ‘new discoveries’.  I’ve often sat there gob-smacked, thinking, well, that’s fantastic but hang on a minute … ‘we’ knew that last century!!

Apparently the number of people seeking a drug-free approach to health is increasing and that is very threatening to some aspects of the disease management industry.  I say:  Why can’t we all just get along?  I am very lucky that my GP respects my views even if she doesn’t agree with me – but sometimes she does.  As the HAP indicates, there is a place and a need for the best of all health services.

More importantly, in a democracy, why can’t people have easy and equitable access to, and benefit from, what they want?

The HAP may not be 100% in accord with all of your beliefs, opinions and principles … but what party is?  Have a look and decide if some of their goals align with some of yours and primarily if you want a voice for health freedom in your parliament – and, as always, make your own choice.

I could go on forever, especially if I did more research myself, but that’s enough.  If you’ve got this far, thank you for reading my long email.

Warm regards,

Janet

 

 

[i] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17718647
[ii] http://www.amansw.com.au/ama-nsw-president-health-australia-party-misses-the-point/
[iii] https://www.healthaustraliaparty.com.au/index.php/candidates/

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