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Though "holistic" practitioners often recite the phrase "mind-body-spirit" like a mantra, the unpleasantness of examining the reality of an individual's physical, social, and political circumstances may be perceived as too risky and even politically incorrect. It is often easier to avoid examining such issues entirely by delivering general feel-good advice like "just think positive thoughts, love, and light" -- wiping all the nastiness of life away with an etheric feather duster. While the power of prayer, hope, and imagination are not to be underestimated, a Pollyanna-ish view of reality leads to denial and self-deception, and these latter can be quite destructive.
While some may tend to blame such superficial attitudes on the New Age movement of the past few decades, the truth is that the inability to recognize the connections between our health, our physical environment, and political and social trends is a phenomenon that has resulted from over a century of intentional policies in public education. During the 20th century, technology and industry depended for their success upon increasing specialization and compartmentalization of job functions. Public education in industrialized nations evolved during this period to service industry's need for workers who could perform narrow sets of tasks repeatably and reliably. A broad, liberal education was considered by the elite administrators and captains of industry to be unnecessary and even undesirable for the mass of workers who would be manning the assembly lines. Indeed, such education was intended to be reserved for the elite 1% of society whose role would include coordinating the machinations of the lesser cogs and gears in the system -- the other 99% of the population. [a0]
Few aspects of human life during the 20th century were left untouched by the trend toward specialization and compartmentalization. When contemporary herbalists wistfully talk of a "holistic" philosophy of health care, it becomes evident that the abstract ideal frequently does not match the reality of clinical practice, and it is unreasonable to expect that we will suddenly regain a holistic philosophy simply by wishing it so.
It has been facetiously observed that a person who is expert in using a hammer tends to view all problems as being like nails of various shapes and sizes. If someone with a health problem consults a surgeon, surgical solutions will rise to the top of the list. Likewise, if one consults an herbalist, it is obvious that various types of herbal "hammers" will be considered. Why should we expect otherwise? However, is it too much to ask that the professional we consult should first consider the human possibilities, and only then consider solutions of an herbal nature (even if this might reduce product sales)?
My dictionary defines holistic as follows:
Medicine characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.
The next sections of this article explore the specific topics of depleted uranium use in warfare, vaccinations, AIDS, and the depopulation agenda as examples of inter-related global health problems that affect hundreds of millions of people and that should be included in the curriculum of any professional training program in alternative health. (Much of the material has been extracted from course notes used at RMHI in its Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences curriculum.)
The health implications of depleted uranium (DU) use are so devastating that many people cannot comprehend the implications. Public consciousness of this matter is slowly expanding, and within the next decade I predict that international health experts will concede that this is the most urgent health crisis in many regions of the world, especially the Middle East. If World War III breaks out, as many commentators fear, the likelihood of radioactive contamination from nuclear weapons and from DU ammunition will expand to affect most of the northern hemisphere.
The use of depleted uranium in military ammunition has created hellholes of suffering in every country in which these have been used: Bosnia and Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and recently, Lebanon. Uranium oxide dust has been detected over large regions of the Middle East and even in Europe. Horrific birth defects are now afflicting children in the Middle East and the children of military personnel who served in the Middle East.
DU is a waste product of the nuclear power industry of which the most radioactive isotopes have been removed for use in nuclear power or nuclear bombs. However, DU, consisting primarily of U-238, is, nevertheless, still significantly radioactive, being 60% less radioactive than pure uranium in its natural form. It is also a chemically toxic heavy metal, as are mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic. It is favored by the military for use in so-called "conventional" heavy artillery shells, because it has a high density and can penetrate heavy armor, and it explodes and burns on impact, transforming into a fine uranium oxide dust. This dust, when inhaled, settles in the alveoli of the lungs where some of it spreads to other body tissues.
Dramatic increases in cancer rates and horrific birth defects have been documented in all countries in which DU has been used: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia. In 2006, its use has been documented in Lebanon, and similar health consequences are likely to manifest there within a few years. American servicemen exposed to DU weapons have experienced similar toxic effects as Iraqi citizens, and an increasing number of commentators believe that "Gulf War Syndrome", while likely aggravated by a complex combination of factors, including vaccinations, drugs taken prophylactically to protect against chemical warfare agents, and poor diet (Aspartame in diet sodas, quickly degrading in the desert heat), is primarily a condition related to DU exposure.
There has been much debate whether the use of DU in warfare is a violation of the Geneva Conventions. A growing number of international legal scholars and health professionals believe that this provides the basis for prosecution of Bush administration officials for war crimes, though a clear consensus on this issue is lacking. One reason for lack of a consensus is perhaps that American and European citizens remain largely ignorant of this matter, and without public pressure, bureaucrats find it easier to accept the current state of ambiguity.
Techniques for detoxification of heavy metals from the body may also be useful for toxicity from DU contamination, but there are several unique aspects of contamination by inhalation of DU dust that present special problems.
Before delving into academic papers and getting lost in the details, following is an article that includes several graphic photos of severe, fatal birth defects that portray the tragedy being inflicted on large regions of the world.
Now, hopefully, you will be motivated to understand what this is all about. Following are several key references on the health effects of depleted uranium. These articles provide introductory overviews to the major concerns and points of controversy.
- Depleted Uranium: The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War. By Leuren Moret / World Affairs -- The Journal of International Issues, 2004 July 01.
Comments: Moret summarizes the explosive political controversy of DU: "Because of mysterious illnesses and post-war birth defects reported among Gulf War veterans and civilians in southern Iraq, and radiation related illnesses in UN Peacekeepers serving in Yugoslavia, growing concerns about radiation effects and environmental damage has stirred up international outrage about the use of radioactive weapons by the US after 1991." She discusses the immediate and long-term health effects for the regions of the world in which these weapons have been used, and their political implications. Some of the health effects discussed include serious birth defects (children born without eyes, ears, had missing organs, fused fingers, thyroid or other malfunctions), and alarming increases in cancers of all types.
- Depleted Uranium: Uses and Hazards; by Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
Comments: According to Rokke, the claim by U.S. and NATO officials that no adverse health effects have been observed in employees of the Veterans Affairs Depleted Uranium Medical project is a lie that is contradicated by medical records from personal primary care physicians. "It is... indisputable that United States Department of Defense officials were and are still aware of the unique and unacceptable hazards associated with using depleted uranium munitions."
- Testimony of Leuren Moret for the
International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan; Dec. 13-14, 2003, Tokyo, Japan; by Leuren Moret
- Occupational Hazards of War: Depleted Uranium: All the questions about DU and Gulf War Syndrome are not yet answered; by Rosalie Bertell; International Journal of Health Services, vol.36, no.3, pp.503-520, c2006, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
Comments: informative article on the phyiological consequences of uranium and heavy metal toxicity.
- Undiagnosed Illnesses and Radioactive Warfare; Asaf Durakoviae, Uranium Medical Research Center, Washington D.C., USA; Croatian Medical Journal, editorial 44(5):520-532, c2003.
Comments: informative article on the phyiological consequences of uranium toxicity.
Misc. articles about DU:
- Learn About Depleted Uranium From
The US Army's Expert on Depleted Uranium (DU):
Nuclear Holocaust and The Politics of Radiation; Dr. Doug Rokke Speaking in Los Altos, CA, 2003 Apr 21
- Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens Requiring Immediate Action By President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, and Prime Minister Olmert; by Dr. Doug Rokke, PhD., former Director, U.S. Army Depleted Uranium project
- Israelis Rain Down Deadly DU On Lebanese Civilians; Esteemed expert and whistleblower highlights US sale of GBU 28 weapons; by Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | 2006 Jul 28
- Depleted Uranium In India, Spreading Worldwide;
by Karl W B Schwarz
- Depleted Uranium - A Killer Disaster; by Travis Dunn
- The Queen's Death Star: Depleted Uranium Measured in British Atmosphere from Battlefields in the Middle East; by Leuren Moret. Also at ***.
- Depleted Uranium -- Far Worse Than 9/11: Depleted Uranium Dust -- Public Health Disaster For The People Of Iraq and Afghanistan; by Doug Westerman. Also at ***.
- Pandemic Diabetes And Depleted Uranium; by Leuren Moret
Quote: "The global pandemic of diabetes which is increasing each year, began with the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The resulting global atmospheric pollution has resulted in a diabetes pandemic caused by hundreds of thousands of pounds of vaporized depleted uranium used in atomic and hydrogen bombs as "tamping", fission products from nuclear power plants, and the illegal use of depleted uranium radioactive poison gas weapons introduced to the battlefield by the US in 1991."
Comments: While diabetes is undoubtedly aggravated by excessive sugar intake, environmental stressors are also known to be factors.
- Diabetes and Depleted Uranium - Italian Embassy Cover up Continues
- Teratogenicity of depleted uranium aerosols: A review from an epidemiological perspective; by Rita Hindin, Doug Brugge, and Bindu Panikkar; Environ Health. 2005; 4:17.
Published online 2005 August 26. doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-4-17.
Comments: informative article on the phyiological consequences of uranium toxicity.
- Depleted Uranium a tool to depopulate the world; by Sepp Hasslberger. Also at ***.
- Depleted Uranium Radioactive Contamination In Iraq: An Overview; by Prof Souad N. Al-Azzawi
- Facts and Fictions About DU. UMRC would like to respond to a few. Uranium Medical Research Center.
- Legacy of Treason: Depleted Uranium and the Poisoning of Humanity; by Alok O'Brien
- Nuclear War Crimes: The effects of depleted uranium; by Angela Morano
Quote: "The European Parliament has called for a moratorium on all DU munitions. San Francisco-based international lawyer Karen Parker has addressed the UN and is quick to point out that DU will continue to indiscriminately affect people and the environment for generations to come. These 'dirty bombs' have been pronounced illegal and criminal and are already outlawed by international standards."
- Is Doomsday Coming For U.S. Forces In Iraq?; Signs of the Times, editorial.
- Uranium bombing in Iraq contaminates Europe; by Bob Nichols, Project Censored Award Winner
- Bibliography: Military Use of Depleted Uranium (DU)
Comments: an extensive collection of links to other articles and resources on DU.
- Depleted Uranium; by World Prout Assembly.
Comments: a collection of links to other articles and resources on DU.
- Depleted Uranium: The Invisible Threat; by J.J. Richardson.
Comments: [on DU contamination in Kosovo]
- Health: Depleted Uranium
Comments: collection of articles on DU.
References on the backgrounds of Douglas Rokke and Leuren Moret. (The material that these two people have exposed threatens the credibility of major government agencies. It can only be expected that their integrity will be subject to attack from all angles.)
- Doug Rokke (brief biography from Wikipedia)
- Leuren Moret (brief biography from Wikipedia)
Comments: This brief biography contains an example of a classic disinformation tactic: "create a strawman and knock it down". (Ignore the main points of your target and exaggerate the weakest aspects of their arguments.) Moret has written voluminous reports on depleted uranium and its health effects, yet the Wikipedia article focuses on a single instance of a purportedly incorrect claim she made about birth defects among the families of Mississippi National Guard troops. (Author's opinion: Wikipedia is a useful source of information, but can be just as biased as other media sources with respect to politically charged issues.)
- Testimony of Leuren Moret for the
International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan; Dec. 13-14, 2003, Tokyo, Japan; by Leuren Moret
Comments: See beginning of article for biographical information. This biographical section includes much information omitted from the Wikipedia entry for Leuren Moret.
References on the properties and uses of depleted uranium, "status-quo" sources. (While these sources avoid the growing evidence for massive health consequences, they are useful as a starting point to see the discrepancy between mainstream media propaganda and the evidence being disclosed by Leuren Moret, a specialist in the health effects of radiation exposure, and Douglas Rokke, a retired Army Reserve officer and expert on on the health and environmental effects of nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare.
- Depleted uranium (from Wikipedia)
Comments: Regarding health effects, this article takes a neutral stance, simply stating the various positions taken by environmental groups, on one hand, and organizations like the International Atomic Energy Agency, Sandia National Laboratories, which dismiss or minimize the concerns of health activists and environmental organizations, claiming that "there is no proven link between DU exposure and increases in human cancers or other significant health or environmental impacts," while admitting that "like other heavy metals, DU is potentially poisonous." One should keep in mind, however, how common government coverup operations have become. Vaccine safety, Aspartame toxicity, fluoridation of water are only a few of the more notorious examples.
- Depleted uranium (FAQ)
Comments: This FAQ page is sponsored by the U.S. military (Office of the Special Assistant
for Gulf War Illnesses), which has a vested interest in underestimating the health effects of DU. How many new conscripts for the all-volunteer military will sign up if they knew the real hazards? The true magnitude of the health hazards would also impact government payments for veterans benefits. Gulf War vets suffering from physical ailments of Gulf War syndrome are frequently diagnosed with "psychiatric disorders", which tends to discredit these victims in the eyes of the public.
- Depleted uranium; World Health Organization.
Comments: The World Health Organization is a mouthpiece for status quo medical opinion, and should be read with this in mind.
In the author's opinion, WHO documents are a good starting point for learning the politically correct stance promoted by the dominant world powers (U.S. and allies) at the moment. WHO concludes: "For the general population, neither civilian nor military use of DU is likely to produce exposures to DU significantly above normal background levels of uranium. Therefore, individual exposure assessments for DU will normally not be required. Exposure assessments based on environmental measurements may, however, be needed for public information and reassurance." Is WHO's real job to "reassure" the public rather than to protect their health?
References on detoxing from heavy metal poisoning. Recovering from the toxicity of uranium poisoning, to the extent that such is possible, requires a coordinated understanding of heavy metal toxicity generally, nutrition, principles of chelation and excretion of heavy metals, knowledge of basic principles of TCM, and a knowledge of both the TCM properties and pharmacological properties of herbs. For an introductory text on this subject, see the following reference:
Questions for discussion:
- How does an herbalist/health-practitioner educate others on the urgency of acknowledging the DU problem, which often requires overcoming the psychological issues -- fear and denial?
- Some of my friends and students have told me that reading about this subject has provoked them to rage and feelings of helplessness. Is this a normal, healthy reaction? Or is it healthier to pretend that it doesn't affect one's own life and continue to ignore the issue?
- How does one deal with the feelings of betrayal (being betrayed by the officials and experts of one's own country - "just trust us - we assure you everything has been safety tested")?
- What are some of the issues arising in counseling victims of DU poisoning (in the U.S., primarily military veterans)? How might these issues be similar to the situation of returning Viet Nam War veterans?
- What are the ethical choices for political action on this matter?
After reading the preceding articles about depleted uranium, we might logically ask whether the use of DU over large areas of the world is part of a larger depopulation agenda. From these articles it is clear that anyone who has bothered to do a literature search for the health effects of DU will realize that its widespread use in military artillery shells will lead to a multi-generation disaster of birth defects, mutations, cancers, and mass death. It is inconceivable that the top-level bureaucrats and administrators of national policy are unaware of these consequences.
Analysis of the overpopulation issue has led some commentators to conclude that genocidal measures have been instituted as unofficial policies by major world governing bodies.
This section will present various perspectives of the history of eugenics, population control, and engineered depopulation. Influential public figures, scientists, philosophers, and politicians have made public statements on this subject. While some aspects of the depopulation agenda remain murky and speculative -- its precise implementation and how it will unfold, the evidence for the existence of an intentional depopulation agenda itself is overwhelming. The public record is clear and available for all to read.
Overview of the population controversy. This introductory section presents several articles that discuss various aspects of the overpopulation question: whether it is a real problem, to what extent, and proposed solutions for overpopulation. These articles will refer to the writings and public statements of the Global 2000 document prepared by the U.S. State Department's Office of Population Affairs, former World Bank President Robert McNamara, Thomas Malthus, Aldous Huxley, Francis Galton, the Club of Rome, Henry Kissinger, Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh), and others. Only a small minority of commentators believe that overpopulation will not be a problem; the vast majority believe that it is undoubtedly a problem, but question the ethics of some of the more drastic solutions. Several of the articles also question whether the need for rational population policies is being used as a Trojan horse for implementing totalitarian policies unrelated to overpopulation.
- The Depopulation Bomb; by Jim Keith (an excerpt from Jim Keith's Casebook on Alternative 3: UFOs, Secret Societies and World Control). (Also available at ***)
- World Depopulation is Top NSA Agenda: Club of Rome; by Lonnie Wolfe. Also at ***. (See links to other articles at end of text.)
- Depopulation of a Planet: Thinning Out The "Useless Eaters", An Unspoken NWO Agenda; by Rick Martin; c1995.
- The Limits to Growth:
The Club of Rome's depopulation agenda exposed by their own documents.
Abstract established by Eduard Pestel. A Report to The Club of Rome (1972),
by Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, William W. Behrens III.
Possible benign solutions to overpopulation: family planning, birth control.
Drastic solutions to overpopulation: biological, nuclear, chemical warfare and variations on these themes (vaccination, poisoning of the food supply, etc.). According to Thomas Malthus, warfare, famine, and disease are the three phenomena that contribute to checking unlimited human population growth. Many have speculated that modern warfare, either overt or covert, includes methods as diverse as introducing infectious or debilitating agents into vaccines and commercial foods, electronically controlling the ionosphere (HAARP) to create natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, disseminating engineered disease pathogens, and spreading radioactive wastes (DU "recycling" in military weapons and in commercial products) into the environment. The following collection of articles give a sampling of opinions of how various toxic technologies have been or might be applied toward furthering the depopulation agenda.
- Book: Angels Don't Play This HAARP: Advances in Tesla Technology; by Nick Begich, Jeane Manning. Earthpulse Press; 1st ed edition (September 1995)
- Genocide and vaccination quotes
- Genocide and Vaccinations in Uganda
- Genocide via vaccination
- Vaccine Dangers and Vested Interests; by Jon Rappoport; Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 13, Number 2 (February - March 2006)
- Early Hepatitis B Vaccines and the Man-Made Origin of HIV/AIDS; by Leonard G. Horowitz
- The CIA and the West Nile Virus - What New Viruses, Vaccines and 'Chemtrails' Have in Common; by Leonard Horowitz.
Quote: "...the 'Russian biological cocktail'...This method of choice of incapacitating and eliminating excess or targeted populations calls for the delivery of combinations of biological and chemical agents-so called 'co-factors'. This makes diagnosis and treatment of these multiple simultaneous exposures/intoxications/infections difficult, if not impossible. Thus waged, biochemical warfare cannot be traced to its source..."
Comments: The 'Russian biological cocktail' deserves more discussion. The possibility of creating a sequence of poisons, all relatively benign or minimally toxic by themselves, but which, when ingested together or in a particular sequence, become deadly or debilitating, means that a knowledge of the effects of interactions between substances is necessary to track down the origins of a given health problem. The Gulf War Syndrome is one example of how this task becomes exceedingly difficult when multiple toxins/poisons are involved: experimental vaccines, prophylactic drugs given for chemical warfare agents, exposure to depleted uranium, breakdown of Aspartame in soft drinks exposed to desert heat are all factors thought to contribute to the syndrome. It is becoming evident that xenoestrogenic pesticides, PBB's, and PCB's may interact in similar ways such that exposure to multiple chemicals may be far more harmful than the simple summation of risks from each chemical individually would predict. Consider the possibility that such harmful interactions might also be descriptive of the effects of chemicals and biological toxins to which people in industrialized nations are exposed: vaccines, food additives like Aspartame, commercial tobacco and its many associated chemical additives, genetically engineered foods and their allergenic proteins, and even common substances like caffeine, which is known to potentiate the effect of many drugs.
The implications of the 'Russian cocktail' are that a terrorist or scientist working for depopulation masterminds might be able to create, by trial and error, a deadly or debilitating sequence of toxins/poisons, whereas a much greater effort is required of scientists who are attempting to discover the responsible toxic agents or sequences after a debilitating health syndrome is recognized as a public health threat. One can imagine a sequence of toxins such that the initiating agents are all common ingredients of consumer products and pharmaceutical drugs, and the debilitating triggering agent may be some chemical sprayed from airplanes or injected into the water supply; only people who have been preexposed to the required sequence of consumer chemicals would be affected. In such a scheme, it is almost preposterous to assume that ordinary low-level terrorists would possess the technical knowledge and resources to pull this off; it is much more plausible that corporate or government researchers involved in creating these chemicals would also be in a position to mastermind such sequences. Moreover, corporations may be tempted to create such sequences to increase demand for health care services and pharmaceutical drugs to control the symptoms of the new debilitating 'Russian cocktail' syndromes -- manufacture both the disease and its remedy. Many authors have commented on how lucrative chronic vaccine side effects are for the medical-pharmaceutical industry; why should this principle be restricted to vaccines?
- The Haig-Kissinger Depopulation Policy; by Lonnie Wolfe (see links to articles on a range of topics related to depopulation and genocide)
Other references on vaccination risks.
Questions for discussion.
- Consider the statement by the Club of Rome (1972): "Club of Rome, 1972: "It is possible to alter these growth trends and to establish a condition of ecological and economic stability that is sustainable far into the future. The state of global equilibrium could be designed so that the basic material needs of each person on Earth are satisfied and each person has an equal opportunity to realize his individual human potential. If the world's people decide to strive for this..., the sooner they begin working to attain it, the greater will be their chances of success." Now, in 2006, does it appear that the world is closer or farther from this goal?
- How might the use of DU in the Middle East indicate that certain factions have decided to implement drastic depopulation measures? Or are there other political reasons why DU was and is being used, unrelated to the depopulation agenda?
- How do your views on the depopulation agenda affect the way you counsel clients regarding their health issues?
- How does help clients focus on the power we have to change the situation and avoid succumbing to fear or apathy? (How does one distinguish between paranoia and rational concern?)
- Which of the various manifestations of depopulation-by-poisoning can an individual easily avoid?
- For the types of depopulation-by-poisoning that are not easily avoidable, are there protective measures that one can take to reduce their impact on health?
- What are the implications of the 'Russian cocktail' idea for how we recognize possible health problems related to diet and consumer chemical products? Which products are more likely to be implicated? (Hint: What are the most common food staples? What are the most common food allergens? What are the most popular consumer drugs?)
- Wouldn't it be easier to simply ignore this entire issue and get on with our lives, because it's distressing, politically incorrect, and dangerous to discuss? According to Gurdjieff, "Today is what it is because yesterday was what it was. And if today is like yesterday, tomorrow will be like today. If you want tomorrow to be different, you must make today different. If today is simply a consequence of yesterday, tomorrow will be a consequence of today in exactly the same way. And if one has studied thoroughly what happened yesterday, the day before yesterday, a week ago, a year, ten years ago, one can say unmistakably what will and what will not happen tomorrow." What does this imply?
The possibility that AIDS is related to bioweapons development for the purpose of depopulation and genocide has been discussed by a number of writers. Others question the hypothesis that AIDS is caused by HIV, revealing that the development and dissemination of what is commonly labeled "AIDS" may be more complex. If AIDS is a tool of depopulation, one cannot expect that its story will be revealed without some effort and without delving into multiple layers of disinformation and false leads. All of the articles below reveal various aspects of these layers.
Questions for discussion.
- The preceding articles present hypotheses that conflict in several important details. One crucial detail is whether HIV is really the causative agent of AIDS, or whether it represents an intermediate stage in the attempted development of a bioweapon. How does this affect the optimal clinical strategy in dealing with AIDS?
- If HIV is not the causative agent and is relatively harmless by itself, then what does this imply for AIDS treatments that target the HIV virus?
- What other microbes/factors are mentioned in the preceding articles as being possible candidates for inducing AIDS?
- How might the manifestation of what is called "AIDS" vary among different geographical areas (U.S. and Europe vs. Africa, for example)?
- If HIV is a "decoy", how is this similar to false-flag intelligence operations and what are the political implications?
Many training and degree programs for health professionals now include classes such as "Medical Ethics", "Social Issues in Patient Care", and the like. Years ago, as a student in such courses, I recall the course topics as being highly abstracted and remote from any of the problems I would later face as a beginning herbalist. The course was taught by an academic from a nearby university, who had little understanding of clinical herbalism. I've heard from friends who've attended medical school that the equivalent courses that they endured were similarly impractical. The primary reason for this is not too difficult to understand: the majority of health professionals in this country are licensed members of professional bodies that depend for their economic leverage and political status upon a certain willingness to acquiesce to the status quo -- to not "rock the boat". One cannot expect to remain on the faculty of medical ethics long, after criticizing the very foundations of the health care industry that supports one's salary. Yet the most thorny problems in medical ethics are frequently the issues that pit one's conscience and beliefs against the professional status quo.
In the United States and many other countries (primarily countries of the British Commonwealth or former members), the herbal profession remains unlicensed, and will probably continue to remain unlicensed for the foreseeable future. As I've discussed at length in previous articles [a1, a2, a3], there are many advantages to this, including greater freedom to challenge corruption, fraud, and psychopathy perpetrated by status quo institutions. Common law tradition, traceable by legal precedent to at least as early as 1543 A.D. England (Herbalist's Charter of Henry the VIII), quite clearly emphasizes the rights of herbalists to practice their art free of interference by the state or by regulatory bodies. Moreover, within the past decade, several U.S. states have passed Health Freedom Acts, guaranteeing the rights of unlicensed health practitioners such as herbalists, and many more are actively considering passing such acts. [b1]
As herbalists, each of us should exercise our freedom of speech to inform our clients and the public of the serious health consequences to hundreds of millions of people regarding the military use of depleted uranium, vaccinations, AIDS, and the depopulation agenda.