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Subject: CAM Therapies Make Newsweek Cover------- Explains a lot about the push to turn supplements into "drugs" Drug companies don't care what they sell, as long as they can control it and have a monopoly---- so they attacked "CAM" products as quackery...... til they decided to try to steal them from us.......
From: John Hammell firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 00:28:41 -0500
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Watch out as supplements go "mainstream"........ this article did not make ME happy at ALL. As the Cartel grapples with the thorny "problem" of supplements competing with their drugs, they will only continue to A) Ban them and B) Try to steal them from us and turn them into "drugs" which of course they are not, while banning high potency products and as many types of supplements as they possibly can, all under the pretext of "protecting" us from "dangerous products". (Uh huh, sure, Uh huh) Beware especially of supplement industry WHORES who embrace this hurdle raising at consumer expense- look at whats happening in the EU and what happened in Canada and Australia as a prime example....
Beware of those who want to coopt these products and start demanding controlled clinical trials for safety and efficacy- all they want to do is raise the hurdles so only THEY can sell them, and all they want to do is line their pockets at our expense. Especially beware of those who claim to be "for health freedom" while in actuality they're only out for their own personal gain. The health freedom movement is pock marked with such traitors. These people just stick their fingers in the air to see which way the money is flowing, and whatever way that is, they so align themselves. By their fruits you will know them. Watch what they DO, not what they SAY they do....politics.... is the manipulation of perceptions.... many crimes have been perpetrated against consumers in the name of "health freedom." What happened in Canada with the so called "third category" is a prime example of this sort of screwing, but many fail to grasp that they were in fact screwed by the little shell game that took place....
Ah yes.... politics IS the manipulation of PERCEPTIONS
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Posted on: 11/25/2002
NEW YORK--The mainstream Newsweek has done something no popular magazine has done in recent memory--featured a positive, if not glowing, cover story on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In the Dec. 2 story, which hit newsstands Nov. 25, Senior Editor Geoffrey Cowley wrote that CAM encompasses a number of practices ranging from the credible (acupuncture) to the absurd (coffee enemas).
Be that as it may, he wrote that more Americans visit nonconventional healers (approximately 600 million visits per year) than M.D.s. "So after dismissing CAM therapies as quackery for the better part of a century, the medical establishment now finds itself racing to evaluate them," Cowley wrote. "[CAM's] larger mission is to spawn a new kind of medicine--an integrative medicine that employs the rigor of modern science without being constrained by it. If the dream is realized, the terms `complementary' and `alternative' will become meaningless, proponents say."
CAM use has been on the rise since 1990, when results from a Harvard study showed 34 percent of U.S. adults reported using at least one unconventional therapy. Between then and 1997, the number rose to 59 percent.
The article notes the credence behind CAM therapies has grown proportionally with the rise of government-sponsored research--from $2 million a year to $100 million--and the creation of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in 1998. Studies currently underway include the $16 million study comparing the effects of five regimens on arthritis: glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, a combination of the two, the prescription arthritis drug Celebrex or a placebo.
The article also reported there is a hope that traditional and conventional practices can one day merge, and that insurance plans--from Medicare to the smallest private health plan--will cover CAM therapies.
"It's good to find a major consumer news magazine give recognition to the growing importance of CAM practices to the American public," said David Seckman, executive director of the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA), a supporter of increased funding to NCCAM. "We agree with [Cowley's] assertion that there's no substitute for knowledge ... and how alterative medicine and Western medicine can work well together."
In stories that accompanied the feature, Anne Underwood discussed the basics of Chinese medicine, David Noonan spoke of CAM therapies for children and Claudia Kalb reported on natural alternatives for depression.