Have you enjoyed the benefits of a relaxing Massage, a Chiropractic treatment, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine or Kinesiology? As impossible as it may seem right now, these services, and many other Natural Therapies including Vitamin Supplements, may not be available in the future.
How could this be so? Proposed regulatory change and campaigns, influenced by Big Pharma, have been quietly undermining and threatening Complementary Medicine and Natural Therapies for some time now. By the time the general public becomes aware of it, it may be too late and your choices (as consumers and practitioners) for Complementary Medicine and Natural Therapies could see your choices (as consumers and practitioners) restricted.
What can we do about it? Health Australia Party is supporting a Petition to protect the future of Natural Medicine. Dr. Isaac Golden also has a video which discusses the two current petitions in circulation created for the purposes of protecting Natural Therapies/Medicine and why it is imperative to support both to stop this Big Pharma industry manipulation. If you are a practitioner, a patient or someone who uses Vitamin C, Fish Oils or other supplements, please watch the video below.
If you feel, as we do, that it is important for these services, and many other Natural Therapies, to be available in the future so that people have a choice, please read on and find more information in the video and at the Your Health Your Choice and Health Australia Party.
An invitation to you to support the campaign to have the right to choose: We at Holistic Health Melbourne join with the AIK Ltd (Australian Institute of Kinesiologists) and many other Natural Therapy organisations, practitioners and clients, to extend an invitation to you to sign the petition, and to share this information with your friends and professional networks.
If you would like to print the petition and gather signatures, you can access the petition at http://www.naturalmedicinepetition.com/
You can sign the online petitionat www.yourhealthyourchoice.com.au.
The Petition closes on 18 October
Background: The Department of Health has published an interim report 'Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation' that claims that “complementary' medicines” (such as vitamin and mineral supplements) can pose a risk to consumers, which in turn could affect the access to “complementary medicines”. The NHMRC's conclusion, that there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective, could mean that homeopathic products could be completely taken off pharmacy shelves.
Further, the Government conducted a review of the effectiveness of natural therapies (18 in-scope therapies), the “Review of the Australian Government Rebate on Natural Therapies for Private Health Insurance”. Since “clear evidence has not been found” to support the clinical effectiveness of natural therapies this could lead to the restriction of health fund rebates for Natural Therapies.
To protect people's choice in complementary healthcare the Australian Homoeopathic Association (AHA) is managing Australia's largest consumer campaign "YOUR HEALTH YOUR CHOICE", inviting everyone to sign the petition to call for a Senate Inquiry into bias against complementary medicine and investigate the NHMRC Review.