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Why should we care about Health Freedom?

Why should we care about Health Freedom?

Health Freedom

Why should we care about Health Freedom?  Shouldn’t we as Americans have the right to choose what doctor we go to?  What type of treatments we get?  What type of health care we use?  When the founding fathers of our country set up the constitution, our rights were supposed to be ‘guaranteed’.  Unfortunately, as anyone listening to the news knows, things are rapidly changing in America and the changes aren’t necessarily good.

Many states have laws that protect the rights of their citizens to choose the type of health care they want.  Others have laws that protect people who want to work in the natural health field in one modality or another.  States like Minnesota and California have laws that protect the consumer as well as the practitioner if they choose to use natural health methods instead of Westernized medicine.

Current Michigan Law

Michigan is not a state with any type of Health Freedom Law.  Currently the law defining the practice of medicine is antiquated.  The definition of “practicing medicine” is so broad that everyone is at risk! Current Michigan law, 333.17001(d) states:
“Practice of medicine’ means the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, cure or relieving of human disease, ailment, defect, complaint, or other physical or mental condition, by attendance, advice, device, diagnostic test, or other means or offering, undertaking, attempting to do, or holding oneself out as able to do, any of these acts.”

In simple terms this law says that anyone who offers any type of health advice is “practicing medicine”.  How many people offer Tylenol or Aspirin to someone who has a headache?  Or gives someone who is thirsty a glass of water?  Now to be honest, giving someone a pill to help with a headache will probably not put you in jail.  But the broad range of the current bill does allow great leeway for those who feel someone in the natural health field is taking away some of their ‘medical’ business. 

If you do not have a license to practice medicine in Michigan, or a special exemption, you could be arrested for giving any kind of help to anyone! While not routinely enforced, this law has been used to prosecute practitioners, even when no harm has been done. Those prosecuted could be subjected to aggressive raids, heavy fines, criminal charges, and possible jail time.

Alternative wellness businesses have been thriving in Michigan for decades, paying sales and income taxes all along. When a business is built by reputation, that reputation must be good for the business to stay alive.

Learn more about health freedom.  There are several national organizations which have informative newsletters you can sign up for free.

Natural News
Citizens for Health
Alliance for Natural Health 
C
enter for Food Safety
N
ational Health Freedom Coalition

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Farewell to a great man

Farewell to a great man

It is a sad time for the health industry as Clinton Ray Miller, known as the Father of Health Freedom, passed away July 24, 2013, in Cedar City, Utah.
He had a huge influence on the massive freedom we enjoy in the health industry. The text below came from Diane Miller, a health freedom lobbyist in Minnesota:
In his own 2003 words, Clinton, the eternal story-teller, describes his entry into the politics of health freedom:
“My life as a health freedom activist started about 50 years ago in Salt Lake City, Utah. I started one of the first health bakeries in the United States. I called it Clinton’s Wheat Shop. My motto was “The Whiter the Bread, the Sooner You’re Dead”. It was printed in bold letters on the back of my truck and on the label of every loaf of bread we sold. We made 100% whole wheat “HEALTH BREAD”. We ground the wheat fresh every day on stone burr mills. It was made without any preservatives”



Clinton began his public freedom work when a Utah health food store asked him if he would debate fluoridation with the Head of the Utah State Dental Health Division. He became a well-spoken and ardent anti-fluoridationist with 8 years of success in Utah.
In 1961 Clinton was invited to represent National Health Federation in Washington DC and moved his family there and became their star lobbyist. Leaders attribute the successful passage of the Proxmire bill after a 17 year battle to Clinton Miller. The bill protected Vitamins from drug dosage regulations and prohibited the FDA from setting upper limits of dosages for Vitamins in the United States. Clinton went on to work tirelessly with people from across the country to help pass the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, establishing that all dietary supplements are to be regulated as nutrients and foods and not drugs. In that effort he became famous for his “Clinton One Page Faxes”. Millions of faxes shut down legislative offices with Clinton’s encouragement and he considered them the torpedo weapon of the health freedom movement.
In 2000, Clinton turned his attention to state health freedom efforts becoming a vibrant Board Member of national Health Freedom Action, and working for Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation immersing himself into the state politics of safe harbor legislation to protect natural health and traditional practitioners from getting prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license. He has been a guiding force in seven states obtaining safe harbor laws. In addition he supported Dr. Wendell Whitman’s vision to launch the Health Freedom EXPOs and was a regular speaker and teacher to thousands of Americans about a broad range of health freedom concerns.

Americans are indebted to Clinton Ray Miller for his tireless work protecting health freedoms. Leaders have promised him that Americans will continue his work in the spirit of freedom and honor. Clinton Miller always reminded leaders that each person, every leader, every legislator, every Congressman, is a good person, and is educable, and claimed that in the situation of debate and conflict “the good guys always win”!

Thank you Clinton Ray Miller for your enthusiastic leadership and your freedom accomplishments for all Americans.
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