Why we all need to stand up for health freedom NOW – Sarah Best

Since you’re reading this, chances are good that you believe, as I do, that when it comes to healthcare, natural and holistic is best.

Perhaps you are aware of certain statistics that are almost too horrifying to believe, yet sadly true – such as that every year, adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs taken as prescribed kill hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and seriously harm millions more.

Maybe you agree, therefore, that any treatment that is toxic or that may otherwise harm health should only be used as a last resort – and that it is essential we all have access to complementary and alternative (CAM) healthcare.

If you’re with me on all of that, then I’m sure you also agree that it’s vitally important that we are able to freely access information about what what our options are.

But few practitioners, let alone patients, are aware just how draconian UK law now is in this respect.

The shocking reality is this: under UK law, only doctors and other registered medical professionals are able to claim they can treat any condition.

You may already know that that this is the case for serious diseases, such as cancer, but very few realise that this in fact goes so far it encompasses even “stress”. Yes – it is now technically illegal for any non-medical practitioner in the UK to advertise that they can treat stress or to imply to their patients that they can.

Experienced holistic practitioners are receiving letters so threatening and intimidating they are removing essential information from their websites and in some cases even considering closing down their practices out of fear they will be sent to jail.

That said, many other practitioners – and most patients – have no idea things have changed. If you are a practitioner, I encourage you to send your patient list a link to this article so they are informed, as ultimately consumers are the ones who need to stand up and say this is not on.

The law doesn’t only severely limit what practitioners can say about their abilities, but also about any products they recommend to patients. For example, when a patient sees a nutritional therapist it’s helpful for them to go away with a list of the supplements they’ve been prescribed, together with what they’ve been prescribed them for. It is also now illegal. That would be implying that the supplements might have an impact on the condition/s the patient sought treatment for – not allowed.

So if CAM practitioners aren’t able to say they nor any of the supplements they may prescribe will have any impact on any condition, what are they allowed to claim they can do?

Well, if you’re healthy they can help you “optimise” your health.

That’s it.

As soon as you have any form of dysfunction, as far as the powers that be are concerned, CAM practitioners can’t help you. Only a doctor can.

Of course, they can’t actually make you agree with them about that but they can make it very difficult for you to get the information you need in order to choose the best practitioner for you – and that is exactly what they are doing.

Now, please don’t think for a second that I am arguing against regulation nor implying that practitioners should be able to say whatever they want. Far from it.

My point is that the level of censorship of complementary and alternative practitioners has now reached a point where it seriously hampers the ability of those practitioners – including many who are highly qualified and have decades of experience – to communicate with patients and prospective patients.

In my opinion, that makes this a freedom of speech issue for the practitioner, and even more importantly a health freedom one for the consumer. It censors information essential to you, I and anyone else who has chosen to take responsibility for their own health. Personally, I’m outraged, and if, like me, you’ve also been greatly helped by experienced holistic practitioners, you probably are, too.

The argument from the powers that be for this and other restrictions on our ability to care for our own health as we see fit is that this is for our own protection, as the only medicine that is scientifically proven is conventional medicine. Read more