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Presidential Petition for Incorporation of Integrative CAM into U.S. Health Care Policy

Dear President-Elect Barack Obama,

First, please allow us to extend our sincere congratulations that you will soon be our new President. We are proud to be Americans again. We sincerely pledge to support your Presidency in every way that we humanly can.

We share your vision to incorporate alternative energy research and development into the new U.S. energy policy. This is long overdue. Cutting edge, American scientific innovation and newly inspired industrial development can bring solar, wind, biomass conversion, magnetoelectric, water hydrolysis-oxygen-hydrogen and safer nuclear fission and fusion technology into the mainstream. This is the best route to energy independence and to regaining national financial solvency.

We also share your vision for a more equitable, humane and effective health care system that serves the needs of all Americans. The single payer system that is being proposed by Senator Ted Kennedy provides a solid foundation for the health care delivery we all envision and it deserves your serious consideration.

However, the current health care system is dominated by the conventional, allopathic medical paradigm, with its very expensive, cost-ineffective approaches, largely consisting of all too often toxic, synthetic, FDA-approved, pharmaceutical drugs and invasive, surgical interventions.

There are well-known, widespread conflicts of interest within the conventional medical establishment with respect to its financial and political relationships with the multinational pharmaceutical industry and FDA that are at odds with the best interests of the public health and welfare.

Published research reveals that over 150,000 Americans die annually from allopathic pharmaceutical drugs that have been prescribed and used correctly. These iatrogenic (doctor-induced) deaths account for the fifth major cause of mortality in the U.S.

Moreover, there is growing evidence that the war on cancer has been lost with newly diagnosed cancers occurring in epidemic proportions. Allopathic vaccines have also failed to live up to their promise.

In essence, the conventional, allopathic medical paradigm has proven itself incapable of providing the effective, preventative health care that all Americans, especially our children, so desperately need and deserve.

Preventative medicine should serve as the cornerstone of the new, U.S. health care system because its prime directive is to prevent diseases before they occur. In the long term, teaching Americans how to take optimal care of themselves will improve the overall health and well-being of the U.S. population, decrease the need and demand for more advanced, tertiary medical care and save billions of tax payer dollars that can be invested in other Obama administration programs.

Just as you clearly see the value and necessity of integrating alternative energy technology into the U.S. energy policy, it is equally vital that alternative health care modalities be incorporated into the new, U.S. health care system in order to provide all Americans with the best possible, cost-effective, preventative and truly curative medical care.

The Harvard studies conducted by David Eisenberg, M.D., et al., in 1990 and again in 1997, revealed that a very large percentage of Americans are using Integrative CAM modalities. In fact, Americans were willing to spend more money out-of-pocket for CAM care than for all allopathic primary care and hospital care combined. Americans know what works for them and are telling us so with their preferred health care expenditures.

Integrative CAM (Complementary, Alternative Medicine), including Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Environmental Medicine, etc., has a great deal to offer with respect to genuine, high quality, cost-effective, preventative health care. Integrative CAM is entirely consistent with the vision for a more equitable, humane and effective health care system that serves the needs of all Americans.

We, the undersigned medical physicians, collectively have very many years of experience practicing the gentler art and science of integrative medicine, and can speak authoritatively from direct, clinical experience that CAM care definitively improves the overall, long term health and well-being of people in a safe, nontoxic and cost-effective manner. It is the ideal preventive medicine.

Therefore, as medical professionals and U.S. citizens devoted to high quality health care for all Americans, we strongly encourage and beseech you to incorporate Integrative CAM into the new, U.S. health care policy once you take office in January 2009.

To facilitate the incorporation of Integrative CAM into the new, U.S. health care system, you and Secretary of Health Tom Daschle will be in need of a medical advisory council on Integrative CAM composed of experienced, medical professionals with expertise in the various fields of CAM health care.

We would personally be willing to serve on such a proposed, Presidential advisory council on Integrative CAM in order to be of assistance to your new administration in the development and enactment of the new, U.S. health care policy, and can also help make recommendations for other potential advisory council members and affiliations.

Thank you for your kind attention and we will look forward to your expedient response.

Most respectfully yours, we remain,

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