Lobby Formed to Remove Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic Courses from Universities


Mike Barrett
Natural Society
January 30, 2012

Who needs alternative or natural treatments when there is already a fantastic medical system put in place aiming to ‘better’ the world? At least that’s what more than 400 doctors, medical researchers, and scientists who want to shut down all alternative medicine degrees seem to believe.

Alternative Medicine Attacked by Mainstream Medical Establishment

The mainstream medical practitioners in Australia seem to think that alternative medicine has no place, and chose to form a powerful lobby group to pressure universities to get rid of any alternative medicine degrees. The group, comically calling themselves ‘Friends of Science in Medicine’, have even openly denounced alternative medicine as ‘quackery’. They specifically stated that universities offering these alternative degrees are ruining their reputation by giving “undeserved credibility to what in many cases would be better described as quackery” and by “failing to champion evidence-based science and medicine.”

Nearly one in three Australian universities offer some kind of alternative therapy or complementary medicine, whether it be chiropractics, homeopathy, naturopathy, aromatherapy, or Chinese herbal medicine. But a co-founder of Friends of Science in Medicine, who is also a government adviser on consumer health fraud, says that universities like these are offering “degrees in pseudo science”.

“It’s deplorable, but we didn’t realise how much concern there was out there for universities’ reputations until we tapped into it,” Professor Dwyer said. “We’re saying enough is enough. Taxpayers’ money should not be wasted on funding [these courses] … nor should government health insurance rebates be wasted on this nonsense.”

This kind of attack on alternative medicine is not only occurring in Australia. European Union regulations have come into place banning hundreds of traditional herbal remedies. Under the guise of “protecting” consumers from these “dangerous” supplements, the European Union has opened the flood gates to an onslaught of new legislation designed to cut off access to alternative health supplements worldwide, setting the precedent for the government to tell us what we can and cannot put in our own bodies.

Similarly, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States is seeking to outlaw the majority of supplements created after 1994 until they have been heavily proven to be 100% effective and free of any slight side effects. Meanwhile the organization allows for harmful genetically modified ingredients to fill the world’s food supply. While the FDA’s NDI (New Dietary Ingredient) regulations seek to remove your right to freely purchase powerful superfoods, they are simply not concerned over the fact that GMO food consumption has been linked with severe organ disruption and other health concerns.

It is concerning to see such opposition to alternative medicine while the mainstream medical establishment has failed so miserably. Over the past 27 years — the complete time frame that the data has been available —  there have been 0 deaths as a result of vitamins and over 3 million deaths related to prescription drug use. While profit-driven drug companies push their products to ‘treat’ diseases like cancer, cancer rates are higher than ever, with the drugs making cancer worse and killing patients more quickly.

Government agencies are so eager to completely transform the population into drug-ingesting, non-questioning individuals that they have even deemed health-promoting foods like walnuts to be illegal drugs.

Is it possible to thrive without antipsychotics, high-powered painkillers, and statin drugs? More importantly, are natural alternatives really as ‘dangerous’ as mainstream health officials claim? While pharmaceuticals lead to more deaths than traffic fatalities in the U.S., natural and inexpensive supplements like vitamin D slash your risk of cancer, obesity, and the flu. Similarly, turmeric is known to positively affect over 573 diseases. Possessing anti-cancer properties and blocking cancer growth are just one of the many benefits of turmeric.

So should we really trust and listen to the mainstream medical establishment, or is it time to throw the bums out? You are not meant to feel sick, broken down, and rely upon invasive surgeries and damaging pharmaceuticals to sustain your health. It’s time to shift to a new health paradigm, where natural living is paramount.


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