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September, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 09

Peak Politics

By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCBTMB

The big election is only two months away. What an entertaining year it has been. A lot is at stake, particularly regarding health care, which can dramatically affect our profession. Is the leadership of our profession prepared to defend our first-door providership status if nationalized health care is enacted or will they sell that down the river to appease the allopaths like they are doing with our scope of practice?

From my perspective, there is very little difference between the two presidential candidates or the two parties for that matter.

When the Republicans took over Congress, they did not do what they promised us to get elected. When the Democrats recently took over Congress, they did not do what they promised us to get elected. All any of them care about is getting elected. However, it's the new blood that has the desire to change things. It's the incumbents that sit the new members down and tell them how it's going to be. Therefore, I am against all incumbents, no matter which party. One term is enough. Make them go back home and live under the laws they passed. I urge you all to vote in the election and to vote the bums out - vote against any incumbent!

Apply this to all elections and you will rapidly see the world become a better place. A ruling class never has the average citizen's or member's best interest in mind, only their own. There are no incumbents running for president, only two senators, so it doesn't matter which one wins. That is why these two have been selected. The winner will be a one-term president (a good deal) and probably the next Herbert Hoover (probably not a good deal for our profession as it's currently positioning itself). You heard it here first.

Welcome Conventioneers

This issue will hit the streets just before the AMTA National Convention in Phoenix is taking place. Some of you might see this issue for the first time while there. Be sure and drop by the Massage Today booth in the exhibit hall and say "Hi." Also, take advantage of your opportunity to let the AMTA officers know your feelings about the issues facing our profession.

From Last Time

My previous column pressed some buttons on both sides of the aisle. Good. I am always trying to get more people thinking and acting. Thanks for the kudos from therapists all over the country. Also thanks for the concerns expressed by leaders from both associations. I will try to be more specific with my generalities in the future.

Special thanks to all of you who contacted your organization to give them your input on the licensing laws they have been passing. Our profession is way too passive, allowing our leaders to do too much to us instead of holding them accountable to do things for us. Stay on them, particularly until they start fighting to expand our scope of practice, our opportunities and our state-to-state portability.

The massage profession is a microcosm of our country as a whole. Very few citizens bother to vote, much less to challenge their elected leaders and hold them accountable. What politicians hope for is seldom what benefits the public. Demand the change you want. Don't vote and hope; vote and demand. Remember, not all change is for the better.

Guarding Who?

CDC officials now admit there have been more than 8,000 "adverse events," including death, paralysis and muscle degeneration, in females injected with Gardasil. Seeing any of this in your practice yet? Gardasil is being promoted as a vaccine against cervical cancer; it's not. It's a vaccine against the types of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) believed to be a causative factor in cervical cancer and genital warts. It's very expensive at around $350. Some government officials want to make it a mandatory vaccine for all girls ages 10-15. This is bioterrorism against women.

Of course, you should be able to have it if you want it. However, no one should be forced to have toxic materials with potentially lethal side effects injected into their body. Better to die at 50 from cancer than at 15 from a vaccine. Cancer is much easier to reverse. I guess some like to play Russian roulette. Our government is much more interested in protecting drug company profits than protecting our health.

No Buzz

Recently Germany's federal agricultural research institute noted, "It can unequivocally be concluded that poisoning of the bees is due to the rub-off of the pesticide ingredient clothianidin from corn seeds."

Chemical company giants Bayer and Monsanto have acquired patents to coat their proprietary corn seeds with these neonicotinoids. "Part of the equation in the U.S. is genetically engineered corn, as more and more corn seeds are being gene spliced with a completely different species - a bacteria," said Walter Haefeker, a member of the German Beekeepers Association Board of Directors. "Bayer and Monsanto recently entered into agreements to manufacture neonicotinic-coated, genetically engineered corn. It's likely this will worsen the bee die-off problem."

Do not believe the propaganda it's cell phones confusing the bees. Organic bees on organic farms are doing relatively fine; cell phones work on organic farms, so it's not the cell phones. The government and chemical companies have to cover up the truth; GMO (genetically modified organism) plants have the potential to destroy our entire food supply in order to protect their cash flow. It is serious, and the U.S. is being a huge bully in forcing countries that don't want this "Frankenfood" technology to accept it. Again, our government is protecting the drug cartel instead of us.

I am not anti-government. I am pro-health and pro-freedom. When government and large corporations collude to protect each other at the public's expense, it's fascism. We lose rights, and they gain power and profits. It happens when the people are sedated and distracted. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. What have you done to protect yours lately?

Enjoy the elections - vote. A discussion of the beloved Canadian health care system comes in November.

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