But what kind of science objects to teaching subjects that people want to study? Surely, if a scientist is sure of research’s validity, there would be no concern about teaching topics that they don’t consider to be scientific.
That, though, appears not to be the case. The book burners of today now call for banning of certain topics in universities. They’re trying to ban natural medicine.
An Australian group of doctors and modern medical researchers call themselves Friends of Science in Medicine. They have set themselves up as the arbiters of what may or may not be taught, and what modes of treatment insurance companies may cover. To this end, they are calling for the end of alternative medicine training in universities.
Their attacks include any and all alternatives: traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, chiropractic, naturopathic, and aromatherapy. What all of these therapies have in common is that they’re a threat to the chosen modality of the FOSM: often deadly conventional medicine based on Big Pharma’s toxic drugs and invasive treatments.
If they were truly confident in their field, it’s hard to believe that they’d have the slightest concern about the teaching of alternatives. Instead, they’re using jackbooted methods in an attempt to destroy the competition.
Sadly, it’s necessary to defend freedom of health choice against these attackers. Rachel McDonald has started a petition called Protect University Courses in CAM. She’s looking for signatures on a petition to send a letter asking the Vice-Chancellors of Australian Universities to maintain their support for complementary and alternative healthcare training. The petition’s text reads:
University education currently provides one important source of training for Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners. These courses are renowned for their ability to create research literate practitioners who are able to provide high quality evidence-based therapies to the public and therefore work effectively in the health field. They also encourage students with an interest in research to continue along that path, adding a unique viewpoint to the scientific community and enhancing the development of the knowledge base.
In addition, University education adds to the ability of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to continue its vital role in contributing to the improvement of local and global health outcomes in an integrated manner.
While we highly respect the scientific abilities of the leading members of Friends of Science in Medicine and their right to contribute to healthy debate, we feel they are misinformed about the nature of university studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. As such, we are concerned at their request to disband these courses. We ask that the Vice-Chancellors make a public statement pledging to protect the high quality and science based courses in Complementary and Alternative Medicine that they currently offer.
As she points out in her supporting statement, the universities not only provide alternative practitioners, they also provide the training needed for them to do evidence-based research in different health modalities. Clearly, the goal of FOSM is to destroy any potential for any health care system other than their own to survive.
The petition asks that Australia’s university vice chancellors issue a statement supporting CAM courses. Thus far, they’ve received statements from academics supporting them, but the vice chancellors have remained silent.
Please, sign the Protect University Courses in CAM petition!
If FOSM manages to shut down alternative medicine training in universities, it would leave the public no options but their toxic treatments. They have a near-monopoly now. Don’t let them make it absolute!
Tagged alternative medicine, big pharma, book burning, conventional medicine, fosm, friends of science in medicine, Homeopathy, modern medicine, natural medicine, pharmaceutical drugs, pharmaceuticals, protect university courses in cam, traditional chinese medicine