The information provided in this blog is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. The opinions expressed are for informational purposes only. This entire discussion is purely philosophical and is no way intended as medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
This disclaimer is necessary because it is illegal in America to give medical advice unless you are a licensed physician, which I am not. Doing so can be considered “practicing medicine without a license,” a criminal offense. Physicians are likewise discouraged from promoting unapproved alternative therapies and/or speaking out against any aspect of mainstream medical protocol or policy.
The law is so strict that in my work as a Spiritual Advisor contracting with a Famous Psychic Company Seen on TV, we are not allowed to discuss "health" at all. Clients often call with questions about their health, particularly when standard medical treatment has failed and/or made them worse. Being a certified Holistic Wellness Counselor as well as having worked in mainstream medicine for 22 years with advanced studies in pharmacology, in many cases I probably could help a client improve their health, but Advisors are forbidden to do so. Even the very popular inquiry, "Am I pregnant?" is considered a medical question and therefore cannot legally be answered by a "psychic." Personally, my response would be: "This is not really a psychic question. Go to the store and get a pregnancy test. Such and such brand offers the earliest detection." That, however, could be construed as offering medical advice since I am recommending a lab test to diagnose a condition, despite the fact that the pregnancy test is freely available over the counter without a prescription and it would be perfectly legal for your mom, sister or friend to suggest it.
Why is it legal for a friend or relative who lacks any medical education whatsoever to give medical advice, while it is illegal for a professional "Advisor" who happens to have an extensive medical background? The key word here is "professional." Your layperson friends or relatives can give all kinds of potentially bad medical advice, an extremely common practice, because they are doing it for free. But if I were to offer good advice, even if is exactly the same recommendation that a doctor would make, it is illegal since I am being paid for my services. This is because the purpose of licensing in general, while ostensibly to "protect the public," also serves the important function of protecting practitioners from competition.
The prevention of competition also plays a role in restraining the ability of licensed physicians to provide a wider range of alternative treatments. They are limited to the established "standard of care" even when it is not working, largely due to the influence of the pharmaceutical lobby on legislation which regulates healthcare. A licensed healthcare professional cannot perform or recommend medical treatment outside of the approved mainstream therapies without being accused of "medical malpractice" and facing penalties including loss of license or possibly prison, even if such treatment improves or cures the patient's condition. For example, I know of a mainstream physician whose training also included extensive studies abroad, especially in Germany, where she was able to study therapies that are not part of the "standard of care" in the U.S., such as Issels immunotherapy. She successfully applied the latter treatment to a patient with stage IV ovarian cancer who came to her after all chemotherapy had failed, and the patient's disease went into remission. When the patient returned to her regular doctor with the great news, the doctor was first astonished and then, upon learning about the alternative therapy, reported the physician who had cured her. That physician nearly lost her license for the crime of saving the life of a terminal cancer patient using unapproved methods. In the end she was able to keep her license, but could no longer accept insurance, thereby severely limiting her medical practice.
In this blog I will question some of the sacred cows of mainstream medicine including specific treatments and their potential toxicities, as well as the philosophical premises underlying the allopathic approach in general, and holistic alternatives that have worked for me. I will describe how my experiences as a patient, and more importantly, my 22 years working in the medical field, caused me to lose my once absolute faith in allopathy upon discovering that what much of what I had been taught was "evidence based" turned out instead to be "market driven." Dissenting views must be silenced because the evidence cannot be allowed to speak for itself. The fact that this Disclaimer is necessary illustrates the extent to which the Medical-Industrial Complex, or as Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn called it, the Church of Modern Medicine, controls the discourse.