The Other Side of the Glass

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Alternative Health Care -- Senate Vote TODAY

Has anyone else noticed that "Alternative" health care is not really the alternative? It's usually grounded in the old and ancient ways with new scientific developments and confirmations. Even "energy medicine" is rooted in the ancient knowing. Shouldn't radiating, cutting, synthetic drugs actually be called the alternative? Osteopathic medicine teaches that the body is made to survive, repair, and thrive -- that it know how to do so. Progress in science and medicine have taken us far from that -- we are being lead to believe that everything must be treated by cutting or drugging or scanning or lasering ... THAT is the ALTERNATIVE to have we were made and how humans have survived for eons. Just wondering ....

I was walking in the woods with a friend yesterday and she commented that she'd probably die if she were just dropped in the woods and let to fend for herself. She wouldn't know what was poison. I thought about it a second. How did the ancients know? They HAD to trust their instincts and their body knowing. They HAD to depend upon the inner knowing and guidance. Many trials and errors must have taken place (early "research") to know what was edible and what worked for what ailment or need. The key tool had to be instinct, trust, and intuition and it came from need to survive.

Now, medicine is trying to futher take away our ability to prevent and cure disease without them cutting, drugging, and filling their coffers.

On April 30 -- TODAY ---Senate Bill 1082
will put an end to the practice of just about every form of alternative health care that is not supervised by a doctor.

Senate bill S.1082, the FDA Revitalization Act of 2007, would implement the FDA's plans to reclassify vitamins, supplements, herbs and even vegetable juices as FDA-regulated drugs.

  • Massage oils and massage rocks will be classified as "medical devices" and require FDA approval.
  • So will "Manipulative and Body-Based Practices" including "chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, massage therapy, Tui Na, Reflexology, rolfing, Brown technique, Trager bodywork, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais method, and a host of others."
  • See the FDA's guidance document, published on the FDA's web site at

    S.1082 is scheduled to go to the Senate floor for a vote on Monday, April 30, and is expected to be rushed to the Floor of the House shortly thereafter.

    Aromatherapy, auricular therapy, biofeedback, color therapy, homeopathy, hypnotism, naturopathy, neurotherapy, nutritional consulting, reflexology, sound therapy and wellness consulting are among the alternative health modalities being redefined as "Alternative Medicine.” This subtle change of vocabulary from "alternative health care" to "alternative medicine" makes all of these industries subject to control by the FDA as medicine. Only medical doctors would be allowed to provide, prescribe and supervise the delivery of these services. Anybody else who provided any of these services would be practicing medicine without a license and subject to incarceration and fines.

    THIS IS THE ONLY PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE PUBLIC CAN MAKE AN IMPACT because it has already gone so far! They really tried to sneak this quietly past the public, and nearly succeeded. Once it passes in the Senate, it will go to the House, so be sure to contact both your senators and your representative. [Note: The CSTA/NA is not taking a stand on this legislation, but providing you, as members of the association who will be affected by this bill, information on it.]
If you really want to make a difference, writing a physical letter in your own words is by far more effective than sending emails, but you could do both. You could also phone them.

Capital Switchboard 202-225-3121 or800-828-0498, 800-459-1887, 800-614-2803 to ask for your senators’ and representative’s offices in D.C.

If you wish to oppose this dangerous bill with just one Mouse Click, allowing you to INSTANTLY send a form letter to your Senators and Congressmen, go to either of these sites

If you want to save your health, your jobs, your businesses and your ethical principles, you MUST ACT NOW. The time on this issue has run out. We cannot emphasize enough that if you oppose this legislation, you must write and call your Congressmen and Senators now, before S.1082 gets to the Senate for a vote, and before it can be taken even further.

This bill was launched last week by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) with major support from Michael Enzi (R-WY). On April 18, 2007, S.1082 was approved by the HELP Committee (which Kennedy and Enzi control) and now moves to the floor of the Senate.

Senator Grassley (R-IA) is the one Senator who has expressed grave reservations about this bill. This move by the FDA is designed to once-and-for-all destroy the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) that the American population was able to put into law to make supplements legal.

There is MUCH MORE skullduggery connected to bill S.1082 than appears on the surface. It is part and parcel of the Trilateral Cooperation Charter with Canada/Mexico, that was illegally created between our 3 countries without Congressional knowledge or sanction, in an FDA attempt to bring in international standards set by CODEX* (which wants health matters under the auspices of Big Pharma and itself) by first harmonizing our food-based dietary supplement regulations with Canada's and Mexico's far harsher regulatory regimes. (For more info, see )

This insidious proposal is designed to redefine every complementary and alternative health care modality and product as "medicine." This has direct implications on the services and products provided by every alternative health care professional. There is no facet of complementary and alternative health care that is not affected. Essential oils, herbs, herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, minerals, nutritional supplements, plant enzymes and vitamins are redefined in this proposal as "medicine." Very simply, medicine is under the jurisdiction of the FDA and, by law, only licensed medical doctors may prescribe "medicines."

Anybody else who advises, advocates, counsels, distributes, markets, recommends or suggests anybody use "medicine" is practicing medicine without a license. This is a felony in the USA punishable by fines and incarceration.Aromatherapy, auricular therapy, biofeedback, color therapy, homeopathy, hypnotism, naturopathy, neurotherapy, nutritional consulting, reflexology, sound therapy and wellness consulting are among the alternative health modalities being redefined as "Alternative Medicine.."

This subtle change of vocabulary from "alternative health care" to "alternative medicine" makes all of these industries subject to control by the FDA as medicine. Only medical doctors would be allowed to provide, prescribe and supervise the delivery of these services. Anybody else who provided any of these services would be practicing medicine without a license and subject to incarceration and fines.

[The above text is compiled from emails sent out by the International Myomassethics Foundation and the Natural Therapies Certification Board]


Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products and their Regulation by the Food and Drug Administration NCCAM classifies CAM therapies into four categories or "domains." These are:
  • Biologically-based practices;
  • Energy therapies;
  • Manipulative and body-based methods; and
  • Mind-body medicine.

What Is "Energy Medicine?"

NCCAM considers energy medicine to involve energy fields of two types:

  • Veritable energy fields, which can be measured and use either mechanical vibrations (such as sound) or electromagnetic forces, including visible light, magnetism, monochromatic radiation (such as laser light), and other light rays; and
  • Putative energy fields (or biofields) that have defied measurement to date by reproducible methods. According to NCCAM, therapies involving putative energy fields "are based on the concept that human beings are infused with a subtle form of energy" and therapists "claim that they work with this subtle energy, see it with their own eyes, and use it to effect changes in the physical body and influence health."9

In a sense, "conventional" medicine already uses various forms of "energy" medicine. For example, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device uses electromagnetic waves to create images of internal body organs and tissues. As another example, an ultrasound machine uses sound waves to create images of body organs, tissues, and fetuses.

Given their intended uses, we regulate these products as medical devices under the Act.
CAM products that use veritable energy fields in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or animals or to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or animals may be medical devices under the Act.10 Additionally, if the product is electronic and emits radiation, it may be subject to additional requirements to ensure that there is no unnecessary exposure of people to radiation.

CAM products that use putative energy fields in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or animals may be medical devices under the Act. For example, we regulate acupuncture needles as "class II" medical devices.11

What Are "Manipulative and Body-Based Practices?"

According to NCCAM:
Under the umbrella of manipulative and body-based practices is a heterogeneous group of CAM interventions and therapies. These include chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, massage therapy, Tui Na, reflexology, rolfing, Brown technique, Trager bodywork, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais method, and a host of others..

Manipulative and body-based practices focus primarily on the structures and systems of the body, including the bones and joints, the soft tissues, and the circulatory and lymphatic systems..12

To the extent that manipulative and body-based practices involve practitioners physically manipulating a patient's body, without using tools or machines, we do not believe that such practices are subject to regulation under the Act or the PHS Act. If, however, the manipulative and body-based practices involve the use of equipment (such as massage devices) or the application of a product (such as a lotion, cream, or oil) to the skin or other parts of the body, those products may be subject to regulation under the Act, depending on the nature of the product and its intended use..

What Is "Mind-Body Medicine?"

NCCAM describes mind-body medicine as focusing on "the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health."13 It states that mind-body medicine "typically focuses on intervention strategies that are thought to promote health, such as relaxation, hypnosis, visual imagery, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, tai chi, qi gong, cognitive-behavioral therapies, group support, autogenic training, and spirituality."14

In general, CAM practices in this domain would not be subject to our jurisdiction under the Act or the PHS Act. As with the manipulative and body-based practices domain, however, any equipment or other products used as part of the practice of mind-body medicine may be subject to FDA regulation, depending on the nature of the product and its intended use. For example, biofeedback machines intended to help a patient learn to affect body functions, such as muscle activity, are regulated as class II devices.15

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Drug corporation lobbying is completely devoid of any kind of conscience, and it is dangerous in the extreme. However, ultimately, the people have the power--spending power, that is. And it is the only thing corporations understand. Don't buy mainstream medicine when alternatives are available. It's our only defense.

Boyd Martin
Energy Medicine for the 21st Century

"Soft is the heart of a child. Do not harden it."

A public awareness reminder that things that happen behind the scenes, out of our sight, aren't always as rosy as we might think them to be. Perhaps its a restaurant cook who accidentally drops your burger on the floor before placing it on the bun and serving it to you. Here it's an overworked apathetic (pathetic) nurse giving my newborn daughter her first bath. Please comment and rate this video, so as to insure that it is viewed as widely as possible, perhaps to prevent other such abuse. -- The mother who posted this YouTube. How NOT to wash a baby on YouTube Are you going to try to tell me that "babies don't remember?" There is no difference to this baby's experience and the imprinting of her nervous system/brain and one that is held and cleaned by the mother or father either at the hospital or at home? By the way, this is probably NOT the baby's first bath. The nurse is ungloved. Medical staff protocol is that they can't handle a baby ungloved until is has been bathed (scrubbed if you've seen it) because the baby is a BIO-HAZARD -- for them. Never mind that the bio-hazard IS the baby's first line of defense against hospital germs.

Missouri Senator Louden Speaks

Finally, A Birth Film for Fathers

Part One of the "The Other Side of the Glass: Finally, A Birth Film for and about Men" was released June, 2013.

Through presentation of the current research and stories of fathers, the routine use of interventions are questioned. How we protect and support the physiological need of the human newborn attachment sequence is the foundation for creating safe birth wherever birth happens.

Based on knowing that babies are sentient beings and the experience of birth is remembered in the body, mind, and soul, fathers are asked to research for themselves what is best for their partner and baby and to prepare to protect their baby.

The film is designed for midwives, doulas, and couples, particularly fathers to work with their caregivers. Doctors and nurses in the medical environment are asked to "be kind" to the laboring, birthing baby, and newborn. They are called to be accountable for doing what science has been so clear about for decades. The mother-baby relationship is core for life. Doctors and nurses and hospital caregivers and administrators are asked to create protocols that protect the mother-baby relationship.

Men are asked to join together to address the vagaries of the medical system that harm their partner, baby and self in the process of the most defining moments of their lives. Men are asked to begin to challenge the system BEFORE they even conceive babies as there is no way to be assured of being able to protect his loved ones once they are in the medical machine, the war zone, on the conveyor belt -- some of the ways that men describe their journey into fatherhood in the medicine culture.

Donors can email to get a digital copy.
Buy the film at

The film focuses on the male baby, his journey from the womb to the world and reveals healing and integrating the mother, father, and baby's wounded birth experience. The film is about the restoring of our families, society, and world through birthing loved, protected, and nurtured males (and females, of course). It's about empowering males to support the females to birth humanity safely, lovingly, and consciously.

Finally, a birth film for fathers.

What People Are Saying About the FIlm

Well, I finally had a chance to check out the trailer and .. wow! It's nice that they're acknowledging the father has more than just cursory rights (of course mom's rights are rarely acknowledged either) and it's great that they're bringing out the impact of the experience on the newborn, but I'm really impressed that they're not shying away from the political side.

They are rightly calling what happens in every American maternity unit, every day, by its rightful name - abuse. Abuse of the newborn, abuse of the parents and their rights, abuse of the supposedly sacrosanct ethical principal of patient autonomy and the medico-legal doctrine of informed consent, which has been long ago discarded in all but name. I love it!

In the immortal words of the "shrub", "bring it on!" This film needs to be shown and if I can help facilitate or promote it, let me know.

Father in Asheville, NC

OMG'ess, I just saw the trailer and am in tears. This is so needed. I watch over and over and over as fathers get swallowed in the fear of hospitals birth practice. I need a tool like this to help fathers see how very vital it is for them to protect their partner and baby. I am torn apart every time I see a father stand back and chew his knuckle while his wife is essentially assaulted or his baby is left to lie there screaming.
Please send me more info!!!!
Carrie Hankins
CD(DONA), CCCE, Aspiring Midwife

Thanks for sharing this. It was very touching to me. I thought of my brother-in-law standing on the other side of the glass when my sister had to have a C-section with her first child because the doctor was missing his golf date. I'll never forget his pacing back and forth and my realizing that he was already a father, even though he hadn't been allowed to be with his son yet.

Margaret, Columbia, MO

In case you don't find me here

Soon, I'll be back to heavy-duty editing and it will be quiet here again. I keep thinking this blog is winding down, and then it revives. It is so important to me.

I wish I'd kept a blog of my journey with this film this past 10 months. It's been amazing.

I have a new blog address for the film, and will keep a journal of simple reporting of the journey for the rest of the film.

I'll be heading east this week to meet with a group of men. I plan to post pictures and clips on the film blog.

I'll keep up here when I can -- when I learn something juicy, outrageous, or inspiring related to making birth safer for the birthing baby.

Review of the film

Most of us were born surrounded by people who had no clue about how aware and feeling we were. This trailer triggers a lot of emotions for people if they have not considered the baby's needs and were not considered as a baby. Most of us born in the US were not. The final film will include detailed and profound information about the science-based, cutting-edge therapies for healing birth trauma.

The full film will have the interviews of a wider spectrum of professionals and fathers, and will include a third birth, at home, where the caregivers do a necessary intervention, suctioning, while being conscious of the baby.

The final version will feature OBs, RNs, CNMs, LM, CPM, Doulas, childbirth educators, pre and perinatal psychologists and trauma healing therapists, physiologists, neurologists, speech therapists and lots and lots of fathers -- will hopefully be done in early 2009.

The final version will include the science needed to advocated for delayed cord clamping, and the science that shows when a baby needs to be suctioned and addresses other interventions. Experts in conscious parenting will teach how to be present with a sentient newborn in a conscious, gentle way -- especially when administering life-saving techniques.

The goal is to keep the baby in the mother's arms so that the baby gets all of his or her placental blood and to avoid unnecessary, violating, and abusive touch and interactions. When we do that, whether at home or hospital, with doctor or midwife, the birth is safe for the father. The "trick" for birthing men and women is how to make it happen in the hospital.

Birth Trauma Healing

Ani DeFranco Speaks About Her Homebirth

"Self-Evident" by Ani DeFranco

Patrick Houser at

Colin speaks out about interventions at birth