AMA Threatens Outspoken Holistic Doctors*
By Allison Reed
If it was not already clear that natural medicine was in the cross-hairs of organized medicine, it certainly is now. Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) began crafting its ‘ethical guidelines for physicians in the media’ to ‘defend the integrity of the profession.’ The new guidelines will target unorthodox medical information that the AMA deems dubious and unsubstantiated and create disciplinary guidelines for doctors who make public claims that do not align with the ‘best available science’.
On the surface, these ethical guidelines may sound like a responsible way of discouraging doctors from making vague or erroneous statements and claims. A closer look, however, finds that the AMA is actually attempting to censor the free speech of doctors in media who draw attention to holistic medicine rather than the traditional Western treatments and medicines typically promoted by the pharmaceutical industry and conventional medicine.
The AMA continues to monopolize Western medicine and silence opponents
The American Medical Association is a powerful organization that uses the brunt of its influence to manipulate healthcare in America. In fact, the AMA spent nearly $20 million on lobbying in 2014 alone. Its roots go deep into American medicine, and it has a powerful influence over the way state licensing boards oversee and discipline physicians in the U.S.
The new ethical guidelines will make recommendations for how state boards might discipline doctors who are public figures or make statements in the media that do not align with the AMA’s stance on medical treatment. Those who helped craft the guidelines call doctors who support natural medicine ‘quacks’, and specifically name Dr. Oz as one of the physicians making bogus claims based on pseudoscience.
Interestingly, a look at the Doctor Oz website or one of his televised shows tends to reveal the opposite is true. Dr. Oz tends to recommend healthy lifestyles and natural remedies. He also encourages his viewers to eat whole foods and avoid processed foods and sugar to achieve better health. Yet organized medicine managed to call him before a senate committee to answer for ‘flowery speech’ and ‘unscientific claims’ he has made on his talk show.
Watch out: The health of Americans is at stake
Censorship is the easiest way for big pharma and organized medicine to maintain their monopoly on Western medicine. These new ethical guidelines will restrict American access to valuable natural health information and funnel people into the offices of traditional healthcare providers who will support traditional medical science rather than holistic medicine. Organized medicine would like nothing more than to continue lining their pockets with the profits generated by Americans who are dependent on medications rather than taking charge of their own health and wellness.
What will happen to doctors who stand by their beliefs rather than cave to the AMA? Will a physician be stripped of his license for deviating from the CDC’s mandated vaccine schedule? Will doctors be fined for recommending any course of alternative medicine that is not considered acceptable to those in power?
It is important to remember that the AMA is not a licensing or regulatory body – the states are. We must remind our lawmakers that freedom of speech is a fundamental right and demand that they not accept the AMA’s ethical guidelines, which themselves are unethical for the American people.