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Complementary Alternative Medicine - CAM
Complementary Medicine - CM

A blueprint ... to create a "Natural Medicine Advisory Board"

Suggestions for uniting, streamlining and advancements of Holistic Natural Medicine.

Existing Associations could work together and form an umbrella body for > Dispelling the Myth about Natural Therapy and promoting the Benefits! 

Our Vision: Improving Australia’s health through excellence in preventative health and lifestyle improvement with Natural Therapy Health Care Modalities

Holistic Medicine, Prevention and Wellbeing needs to be embraced by all, to make a real difference to our "Disease and Drug Maintenance" driven Health Care System.

Naturopathy, as well as the other 16 Natural Therapies the NHMRC has rejected, and possibly other modalities, will need to come to the forefront and have a precise outline of their Scope of Practice, to set themselves apart from the medical system, and from un-related attacks, and clearly state their supportive, and active preventative role within the sector of "Improving Health and Lifestyle. - ( examples of Scope of practice for 17 Natural Therapy Modalities )

The concept of Active Prevention can be focused upon, as part of the different care we facilitate. info on Active Prevention)

by ... Dieter Luske


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Blueprint - Natural Medicine Advisory Board (NMAB)

Before Natural Medicine Modalities can be accepted into the the Australian Conventional Health System, it needs to overcome its long standing self-imposed problems of division and alienation between the varied Associations, interest groups, related bodies as well as individuals.

The uncoordinated efforts and disputes within the Natural Therapy sector can be overcome by concentrating on an "Overall Goal and Purpose", as well as a defined scope of practice.

The "NMAB" could be a national peak body for all practitioners and for associations in the Natural Therapy - Complementary Alternative Medicine field in Australia. The mission is to represent the profession to communities and government, and to develop the evidence-base relating to the art and practice of the various modalities and professions like Naturopathy.

The "NMAB" would promote the development, research and practice of All Modalities, BUT also respects and supports the diversity of approaches within the profession.

The possible Overall Goal and Purpose

  • The Goal could be to protect, advance and achieve recognition for Natural Therapies in General.

  • The Purpose is to demonstrate our vital role within society that *Natural Therapy has to offer.

  • Unified Code of Ethics - Code of Conduct - Scope of Practice - based on the Code for "unregistered practitioners".

  • Public safety is guaranteed under the Code for "unregistered practitioners", as well as the Association's accreditation standards.

NOTE: The "REJECTION" of most Natural Therapy Modalities by the NHMRC is due to:

  1. Biased research against Natural Therapy, based on Medical System Standards. -
    The Natural Therapy System can Only be validated by it's own standards.
    One can not compare the 2 systems!
    The medical system
    uses prescription drugs and surgical intervention, which absolutely have to have full evidence and need double blind testing.
    The natural system uses natural means and ingestible's.

  2. Misunderstandings or bias by the NHMRC of key Natural Therapies and Naturopathic principles.

  3. Un-focused, uncoordinated responses, and insufficient explanations by Natural Therapy Associations and related bodies.

Suggestions:

  1. Each Associations needs to have a spokes person, meeting on a regular basis with other representatives, to dovetail their messages to a possible new formed Natural Medicine Advisory Board..

  2. That New Body could be called the "Natural Medicine Advisory Board - NMAB" (or anything appropriate) and would act as a mediator between the different Associations, as well as "Representative" communicating to the Media, and lobbying the Government.

What the Natural Medicine Advisory Board (NMAB) is NOT!

  • The NMAB is NOT an Association.

  • The NMAB is NOT Against anyone, and specifically NOT against an Association or group or regulatory body or political party.

  • The NMAB specifically will NOT be Against Stat. Registration - Co-Regulation or any other regulation.

The NMAB is "FOR" the advancement of Natural Therapies. That is the overriding concept of 'Uniting' Natural Therapies in all it's different forms.

  • TO UNITE, the NMAB will seek to find a mutual, common ground approach, goals and outcomes that can be accepted by all, while giving space to individual bodies for their own specific purpose. ( registration included)

  • NMAB will outline ideas and recommendation open for discussions, and it will invite everyone to take part, esp Associations, and specific interest groups, including Facebook Groups.

  • THE NMAB will have Zero power itself, it will be designed strictly for coordination and as Media outlet for our profession, and to lobby the government on behalf of our combined united profession. ( It's a numbers game)

  • NMAB would also 'attempt' to negotiate between the different factions of interests.

  • The NMAB believes different interest issue can be resolved with re-solutions and adding choice to the mix in order not to leave anyone out, but allow different factions to pursue their own interest, while still being united under the Overall Goal and Purpose.

NOTE:

Our 'friends', the "FoSM - Friends of Science in Medicine", and their new president, Professor Ken Harvey AM, are proud to have successfully advocated the removal of private health insurance taxpayer-funded rebates from natural therapies that lacked evidence of efficacy.

We believe, FoSM has "misrepresented" facts, they have used Medical System Standards and applied them to Natural Therapies, which is a deliberate attempt to work against the Natural Therapy System.

Inadvertently FoSM is 'teaching us', of "What NOT to do", and what we can do instead.

FoSM main complaints:

  1. Treatment Claims

  2. Diagnosing Diseases, and misdiagnosing

  3. Marketing of "unnecessary supplements" and non-evidence treatments.

  4. Claiming that there is NO evidence that naturopathic consultations improve health.

  5. Claiming that Naturopaths do NOT ADD anything to the health system, which is not provided already by the medical system.

All these "complaints", are easily explained by Natural Medicine Principles, and by an effective "implemented" Code of Ethics - Conduct and Scope of Practice.

Attempts by some groups to compete against those complaints, which are based on the Medical System Standards are doomed to fail and have failed.

BUT demonstrating that Natural Therapy is working within it's own system is possible!

In addition, certain Treatments and Medicines can be demonstrated to be effective for specific condition ..... even so, we as s Naturopaths "are treating the Individual, NOT the Disease".

Terminology: Different systems may use the same or similar terminology, BUT the meaning of it will have changed.

A Natural Medicine Treatment is NOT a Medical Treatment, and should NOT be compared as such.

Task 1: Establishing a "Natural Medicine Advisory Board" - "NMAB".

  1. Asking for dedicated volunteers to join to create a Natural Medicine Advisory Board - (this may not be the final Name)

  2. Focus: Supporting Natural Therapies, and co-ordination of various associations and related bodies, as spokes body for our profession and possibly as an "independent body of complaints" against Natural Therapies..

  3. The new formed Board will create or strengthen our Code of Ethics and communicate with Association in uniting under ONE CODE FOR ALL, with room to add specifics for specific modalities.

Task 2: Create a "Code of Ethics - Code of Conduct - Scope of Practice"

Draw up guidelines for the various Natural Therapy Modalities, what to practice and what not. This is seen as the most important task, as most complaints are directed about "treatment claims" - "wrong diagnosis", and "selling supplements for profit", rather than on "patients needs"..

If a strict guideline can be established, and "accredited practitioners" honour those guidelines, many of the complaints would be inconsequential.

Further more, if complaints are made, they would be against someone not following the "Code of Ethics" or generally non-practitioners.

We as a body for Natural Therapy would complain about the same violation made a practitioner ( we would educate - and advice) and therefore will make a "Skeptic" complaint obsolete.

We do have Natural Therapy Association's "Codes of Professional Ethics", however they could be streamlined and extended into "One Code for all", based on the Code of Ethics for "unregistered health practitioners".

Please recognise that we are already under that code, everything we add will make that code even stronger.

Existing Association Codes: (not a comprehensive list)

ANTA's Code - ANPA's Code - Aronah's Code - ATMS's Code of Conduct - NHAA's Code - AAMT's Code - AHA's Code - CMA's Code ..

.... and many more .. probably 60 to 70 associations .. one can see the need for streamlining ...

Natural Therapy Scope of Practice Guidelines Suggestions to be added to the standard Code:

NOTE: Natural Therapy is NOT a treatment modality or profession in itself. It is merely used as a descriptive term to encompass the large range of modalities, from Alexander Technique to Yoga.

  1. Accredited Natural Therapy practitioners do not treat a disease, and they do not claim to heal or make therapeutic claims.
    Instead, they support a body in its inert capability to heal itself.

  2. Accredited Natural Therapy practitioners do not diagnose for the purpose of "naming a disease".

  3. Accredited Natural Therapy practitioners do not sell supplements for the purpose of making a profit.
    Instead, supplements, and other therapeutic agents are subscribed on the basis of patients needs.
    Reasoning behind the prescription for specific supplements are made accountable on a patient file.

  4. Accredited Natural Therapy practitioners do support and treat "Individuals", not a disease name.
    Treatments and Health supports are tailored holistically to the individual person, not the disease.

Preliminary Code of Ethics/Conduct - Naturopathic Code of Conduct

... and please let us not forget:

  1. Practitioners must display a copy of each of the following documents at all premises where the health practitioner carries on his or her practice:
    (a) this code of conduct,
    (b) a document that gives information about the way in which clients may make a complaint to the Health Care Complaints Commission, being a document in a form approved by the Director General

  2. Copies of those documents must be displayed in a position and manner that makes them easily visible to clients entering the relevant premises.

  3. Advertising and Marketing Guidelines - CMA has a well laid out guideline already: Found on Linkedin under the Title:
    Do you know what you can and cannot say in advertising material related to your business and it's services?

Task 3: Policing - *"Self-Regulation"

We need our own surveillance and policing system .. we need to clean up our own act .. before anyone else can complain"

"Policing" our own industry against violation of guidelines and scope of practice - including supplements marketing.

Volunteers checking clinic and product web-sites for violation, and make recommendations for changes.

Advisory Note: Practitioner and their web-sites that comply to the regulation will get a "Certificate of Ethical Practice".

NOTE*: Self Regulation in above sense stands for "voluntarily" adopting suggested Codes.

Task 4 - Communication - Create unified submissions

Communication needs to be established to relevant government bodies to overcome biased representation against our industry, and also need to be send to political parties to lobby for better representation of Complementary Alternative Medicine.

Communication needs to be collected from each Association's spokes person, combined, streamlined and and presented to a lobbyist or media outlet.

Advisory Note: Documents need to be established, and posted on practitioners web-sites and clinic walls, to show the public that this Clinic or Practitioner belongs to a united Natural Medicine Therapy System - and carries a "Certificate of Ethical Practice". - ( In addition to Association's Accreditation)

Task 5 - Investigations and Responses regarding bias against Natural Therapies

Following up on false claims, corruptions, bullying, conflict of interest cases, unfounded attacks on Natural Practitioners or Natural Therapy Modalities.

Question: Are Government Bodies like the NHMRC biased against Complementary Alternative Medicine?

NHMRC. - Nationals Health and Medical Research Council

NHMRC statement of concern:

The NHMRC has been concerned with reports of non-evidence based treatments, including Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM), being used to treat conditions that are chronic, serious, or could become serious, in place of evidence-based treatments.

This point needs urgent addressing. It shows bias influence about Natural Therapies.

NOTE: However, that statement makes it clear which points need to be discussed and clarified about Natural Therapies.

SOLUTION: By having unified "Codes of Ethics, Conduct and Scope of Practice", clearly outlining what Natural Therapists do, and specifically "Don't DO", their concerns are addressed and eliminated.

In areas where concerns persists, esp. against specific practitioners or modalities, a policing body instigated by a Natural Medicine Advisory Board, needs to investigate those cases and state loud a nd clearly, that Natural Therapies - Complementary Alternative Medicine - CAM bodies are strictly against any form of fraudulent or misguided treatment or claims.

Particular Concerns which need to be addressed within the Scope of Practice:

  1. Natural Therapists do not diagnose for the purpose of "naming a disease". Natural Therapists such as Naturopaths, focus on the pathological drivers of the disease instead, to establish support of health by educating and possibly prescribing (therapeutic agents) nutrition or nutritional and herbal substances.
    All therapeutic agents used by Natural Therapist are evidence based.
    Natural Therapists
    learn pathology & disease process, nutritional & body chemistry etc, to understand how disease impacts on the body & how to support the system and reverse that process as far as possible.

  2. Natural Therapist do not treat a disease, and they do not claim to heal or make therapeutic claims.
    Instead, they support a body in its inert capability to heal itself.

  3. Natural Therapist do uphold the WHO statement of:
    "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

  4. The Natural System works on prevention and improving Health, aiming for the "complete physical, mental and social well-being".

  5. Learning from the Skeptics:
    They claim; that there is NO evidence that Naturopaths offer a service, which is not already offered within the Conventional Medical Health System.
    NOTE: This needs to be effectively addressed, in my opinion that could be the deciding factor of moving forward, to clearly outline our scope of practice and further more, show evidence that we indeed provide service NOT already provided by the Conventional Medical Health System, and further more, that the Medical Health System is NOT providing services to achieve "complete physical, mental and social well-being".

... compiled by: Dieter Luske

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