Why Are Healthier Options Still Considered “Alternative”
My Quest To Debunk Limited Health Care Choices
I was asked by a client who works with nutritional products, massage & other healthy options, if I could write a letter to a government agency official who had told her she could not provide information to people about anything “alternative” without a license. Honestly, I was appalled. While everyone, including me, believes you should seek the most professional care possible, it is also common knowledge that much of what is taken as set-in-stone by many Americans as per the best choices for a healthy lifestyle is either information since debunked, assessments that are incomplete, or data that is now obsolete.
As someone who is extremely proactive about my own health, I can safely say that if I had not sought & implemented alternative options, I would be far less calm & productive, less mobile, with more chronic pain,& suffering multiple side effects that would eventually taint any chance of continued health.
Why are so many of these options, now backed by mainstream research & recognized centers for health…still considered alternative?
Here’s the letter I crafted for the client, who realized that I was indeed, very passionate in my rhetoric! I don’t know if she’ll use the letter in its entirety, but I definitely think it is valuable for continuing the dialogue on obvious glitches in the information on healthcare available, & the dearth of recognition & acknowledgment of how valuable other options can be. * I have removed the names to protect both the official & my client.
I am in receipt of a collection of letters concerning the dissemination & discussion of various topics of information that you have stated are in violation of Maryland’s Health Code MD Code, Health Occupations, § 5–101 (h). For our review purposes here, I have copied the entire passage link.
What is primordial here initially are several points:
-Free speech, free press & the right to assembly are guaranteed by our First Amendment; allowing all of us to meet, review, exchange, discuss & disseminate information on nearly any subject.
-When a speaker merely presents information to an audience, includes a clear liability assessment, & does not accept fees for the information provided, there is no violation of any state or federal statutes. Correlating information from cited & recognized sources that people can r