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Vitamin Supplements – By Prescription Only…

And massage therapy, and colonics, and chiropractic, and herbal and homeopathic remedies like Sambucol, if the FDA gets its way.

Wanna have to secure an appointment with, and pay your copayment to, your MD just to get a prescription for echinacea and vitamin C and zinc lozenges next time you feel a cold coming on? Or when you really need a good massage to de-stress?

Is there any reason why it’s your physician’s business if you do – other than the business of medico-pharmaceutical greed? Is there any reason why some backwards-thinking physician – who doesn’t believe there’s any worth to reflexology or homeopathic remedies or whatnot – should have the right to keep you from using them, if you think they’ll help you?

Think the FDA is doing this in the interests of public safety? Think again. Iatrogenic deaths – deaths caused directly by standard medical practices, practitioners, and facilitiesnumber as many as one million human beings per year in the U.S. alone.

When was the last time you heard of a million people in this country dying in one year at the hands of massage therapists or Reiki practitioners, or from taking St. John’s Wort?

F*cking .gov control freaks are now trying to regulate things that have been freely available to the lowliest for centuries…millennia, even. The Dead Sea Scrolls (in the E.B. Szekely translations) contain references to Jesus the Essene teaching followers how to do enemas.

It’s frankly almost beyond my imagination that these idiots think they can get away with such a sweeping prohibition. But they do think it. They managed it with ephedra. And if they don’t manage to kill all complementary and alternative modalities (CAMs), they might well make a big dent just from the compromises that are usually made in these cases.

Grow and roll your own, folks, and please, support your local soon-to-be “witches.” If you’re interested in taking the petition route, you can go here to learn more and to e-sign the protest, which is actually quite well written and supportive of a free market in healing choices:

The Natural Solutions Foundation favors a market approach to these issues and urges the FDA to reduce regulation to those minimum levels that will encourage the continued rapid development of CAM approaches. Especially when dealing with Dietary Supplements and Traditional Remedies, we are dealing with foods which, as foods, are presumed to be safe. There is no need for the high level of regulation that is required for the dangerous and invasive drugs and techniques of so-called “standard” medicine. Even with this stringent level of oversight, drugs are a major cause of death in every developed country while CAM remedies are an insignificant-to-absent cause of death world-wide. Rather, this is a situation where the public is best served by a policy of Laissez-Faire: allow CAM to develop freely in the public interest.

Throughout the world today people are looking to traditional methodologies and leading-edge CAM techniques because they offer alternatives to toxic, expensive drugs with their dangerous side effects, un-manageable and unreasonable costs and other invasive technologies of modern medicine. This search for alternatives is protected by the fundamental right of individuals to communicate and learn; to heal and be healed. This has been settled law for over a hundred years.

“The state has not restricted the cure of the body to the practice of medicine and surgery — allopathy, as it is termed, — nor required that, before anyone can be treated for any bodily ill, the physician must have acquired a competent knowledge of allopathy and be licensed by those skilled therein. To do that would be to limit progress by establishing allopathy as the state system of healing, and forbidding all others. This would be as foreign to our system as a state church for the cure of souls. All the state has done has been to enact that, when one wished to practice medicine or surgery, he must, as a protection to the public [not to the doctor], be examined and licensed by those skilled in surgery and medicine. To restrict all healing to that one kind — to allopathy, excluding homeopathy, osteopathy, and all other treatments — might be a protection to doctors in surgery and medicine; but that is not the object of the act, and might make it unconstitutional, because creating a monopoly.” North Carolina’s Supreme Court in State v MacKnight, 42 S.E. 580, 1902 at p 582.

Costs, safety and, most of all, liberty, require that the distinction be made and maintained by the FDA between “treatment” and “therapy” if the US Constitution and public are to be served.

(NOTE: There’s an April 30, 2007 deadline for the FDA’s “public comment period.” It feels like writing my Congressthing – knowing they don’t give a rat’s ass what I think – but I signed it anyway.)

P.S.: I know I said I’d follow up on the last post in my next one – but this took precedence. My apologies. I’m at work on the follow-up post right now and will post it as soon as I’ve finished.


April 21, 2007 at 3:41 pm 6 comments

Who’s subsidizing government?

Many of you know that I recently ended my ten-month stint as a weekly guest editor at Strike the Root. A few have asked me why I did so. And, if you know what I mean, I didn’t want to go making up reasons that put the blame on others. So I tried to answer from a simple, individual perspective, that I didn’t feel that the work was giving me what I wanted and needed for the time I spent on it.

Frankly, though, I grew somewhat disillusioned with STR. I was so excited when I found that site at first! Here was a place on the net that quoted Thoreau at his fiery best and was dedicated to showing freedom seekers how they too could strike at the root of the evil called government.

Well, over time, I came to realize two things – that it wasn’t necessarily so, and that even if it were, that wasn’t perhaps a good thing either.

What we focus energy on, grows and abides, whether a love relationship or a cancer. Libertarians like to phrase it more along these lines: whatever government subsidizes, it gets more of. But what we’re overlooking when we think that way is that by granting government such an important place in our daily thinking, our moment-to-moment life, we’re feeding that damned beast. We’re giving it power that we don’t believe it deserves.

We’re subsidizing and legitimizing government’s power with our own thought energy. (more…)

April 8, 2007 at 7:37 pm 13 comments

Thought Police Demand DNS Master Key

Story here at Daily Kos (thanks to Strike the Root for the link). The gist:

Slashdot and Cryptome report that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is demanding the master key for the DNS root zone – a demand that has other nations alarmed. With the master key, DHS would have control over the Internet, as Slashdot describes, quoting an “anonymous reader”:

“The key will play an important role in the new DNSSec security extension, because it will make spoofing IP-addresses impossible. By forcing the IANA [Internet Assigned Numbers Authority] to hand out a copy of the master key, the US government will be the only institution that is able to spoof IP addresses and be able to break into computers connected to the Internet without much effort.”

The issue arose at Friday’s meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Lisbon, Portugal.

So if I understand this correctly (and that’s something of a longshot, given my technical ability level), they would be able to delete, edit, twist, “reform,” or otherwise hack the content of any website, any blog, anywhere.

Interesting that DHS is openly demanding the DNS master key. I imagine they’ll spin it to the bamboozled as a.) an effort to stop email phishing to spoofed website urls, and of course b.) another necessity in the war on turrah, it’s for the children, and the rest of the usual bullshite.

But if they can’t get their bloody paws on the key through open means, how much ya wanna bet they’re already working to snag it through spook methods? One way or another, we might never know when (or possibly whether) they manage it.

Ah, dear young Internet, we hardly knew ye.  Claire, it must be getting to be time pretty soon now…

April 4, 2007 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

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