Obama Health Care Community Discussion
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screening (mammograms use radiation which is carcinogenic) - what
shots (most contain mercury, a neurotoxin, and are of questionable
value) - how about homeopathic remedies or Vitamin C?
screening (leads to increased use of statin drugs and does not
address the root causes of heart disease - inflammation, infection)
- how about dealing with diet and carbohydrate issues first?
The Obama-Biden Transition Team has invited people across
the country to hold community discussions on health care reform to give
input to the administration. The invitation went out last week, and we
have until December 31st to hold these discussions.
your calendars for Sunday, December 28th at 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Many thanks
Institute for the Healing Arts in Tempe who
graciously provided us with a meeting room. This is your opportunity to
express your thoughts about complementary and alternative medicine. The
new administration is shaping policies related to health care, and for
the first time we can ever remember, wide-ranging input is being
solicited on a grass roots level.
The "Participant Guide for Health Care Community
Discussions" says in part, "Our nation's investment in
prevention and public health is inadequate, leading to rapid spread of
chronic diseases, many of which could be prevented entirely or managed."
Some of the "Examples of Recommended Preventative
Screenings" in the Participant Guide caught our attention:
You may wish to say something about autism, autoimmune
diseases, the health impacts of the body burden of chemicals, cancer
treatments, fibromyalgia, genetically modified foods, the Farm
Bill's impact on food, widespread use of pesticides, vaccinations, the
role of insurance in medicine... whatever is on your mind, whatever is
important to you.
The moderator of this
community discussion is Martha Grout, MD, MD(H). She has two decades in
emergency medicine and a decade in homeopathic medicine. Her clinic is
the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine in Scottsdale, specializing in
the testing and treatments for chronic illness. The "Moderator
Guide" says, "If you are serving as the moderator, your role
is to listen, facilitate discussion that elicits the views of all
attendees, and help the participants draft a submission to the Transition
Health Policy Team. In addition, please identify the most compelling
personal stories that illustrate the need for health care reform in our
You can read the "Moderator Guide" and the "Participant
Guide for Health Care Community Discussions" in full at www.ArizonaAdvancedMedicine.com. Look for the "Health Care Community Discussion"
click at the top of the home page.
If you will be out of town, put down your thoughts in writing ahead of
time, and we will submit your letter along with the submissions gathered
at the meeting. Be concise, use your spell checker, and have someone
proofread it for you. Use Microsoft Word. Email it prior to December 28th
to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include it in the electronic submission. Put "Heath Care
Discussion" in the subject line so I don't lose it in the spam. All
submissions from these community discussions must be made electronically;
nothing is being accepted by mail.
This is a unique opportunity. Please come and speak up as health care
policy is being shaped for the next decade. And if you know of others who
would like to know about this meeting, please share this invitation with
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1100 E. Apache Blvd
Tempe, Arizona 85281
December 28, 2008
Many thanks to
Patti Milligan of Sprouts for providing us with clean water.
Many thanks to KC Miller of SWIHA for providing the room
and sound system.
And thanks to all of you in advance for taking time to
Martha M. Grout, MD, MD(H)
Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine