The Vision: A healthy nation, with empowered people, making informed health care decisions.
The Mission: To promote access to all health care information, services, treatments and products that the people deem beneficial for their own health and survival; to promote legislative reform of the laws impacting the right to access; and to promote the health of the people of this nation.
The Issue: The tremendous variety of healing arts remain unavailable to many people because restrictive health practice laws prohibit many healing practices and restrict practitioners’ ability to practice and to inform the public about healing therapies. Thus, a wide range of practitioners of healing and health care modalities, including manual therapies, nutrition and lifestyle changes, mind/body practices, energy therapies, and traditional cultural healing methods, could be prosecuted for offering their services.
- In most states, large numbers of practitioners of the healing arts are legally vulnerable to criminal charges of “practicing medicine without a license” because the definition of “practicing medicine” is very broad. In California, for example, the “practice of medicine” is defined as: “Any person who practices or attempts to practice, or who advertises or holds himself or herself out as practicing, any system or mode of treating the sick or afflicted in this state, or who diagnoses, treats, operates for, or prescribes for any ailment, blemish, deformity, disease, disfigurement, disorder, injury, or other physical or mental condition of any person…”. (CA Stat. Sec. 2052). Most states have similar definitions, with the result that many practitioners of the healing arts can be criminally prosecuted, even when no harm is done.
- In most states, physicians, nurses, dentists, psychologists, and other licensed health care providers who wish to use “alternative” healing methods are not free to do so. They face discipline from their licensing boards, or even loss of their licenses, for practicing “outside of the prevailing standard of care” for their profession, even if the practitioner feels that the method is safer and more effective and in their patient’s best interest.
- Restrictive federal laws on drugs and devices impede the free flow of truthful information and access to products and healing methods. These restrictive laws apply even when there is no showing of harm to the public, and when statements made by practitioners and manufacturers are truthful.
National Health Freedom Action is dedicated to helping create new laws and public policy which are based on the true issues of the practitioner/client relationship: truthful disclosure, ethical conduct of practitioners, reasonable standards of actual harm, and available avenues for client complaints. These laws will maintain consumer protection while opening up access to all of the healing arts.
NHFA is working to enable citizen groups in every state to accomplish legislative reform. Excitement is spreading across America to finally make it possible for alternative services to be legally available. Citizen groups, with the help of NHFA, are already building strong, effective grass-roots movements and introducing proactive legislation. NHFA is providing training on how to develop a large database of interested citizens, fundraize, network, educate policy-makers, and finally have a major impact at the legislature that results in tremendous reform.
Legal and public policy staff work with state groups by providing consultations on health freedom legal issues, legal research, and assistance with local state legal practitioners drafting and lobbying new legislation unique to their states’ needs. NHFA helps each group find attorneys and lobbyists from their own state who understand health freedom issues, and provides invaluable consultation to these individuals on the complex issues of increased access to the healing arts.
Finally, state consumer groups are being empowered to become a strong and enduring voice at their state legislatures on a variety of issues of health freedom.
On the Federal level, NHFA is committed to consumer access to not only practitioners, but to truthful information, products and devices that have been historically restricted. NHFA will work with other health freedom groups nationally to achieve public policy change that will protect the individual’s right to choose whatever path they need to on their journey to heal themselves.
NHFA is committed to ending turf battles and opening up the playing field. NHFA advocates for the entire spectrum of practitioners, providers, and resources. NHFA does not represent individual groups which might have competing interests which harm other groups. Rather, NHFA is promoting broad, inclusive reforms that will help all consumers have access to the broadest possible range of healing choices. NHFA is committed to peaceful, respectful, and effective methods of healing and restoring our health care system in America.
National Health Freedom Action is working together with National Health Freedom Coalition. NHFC is an educational non-profit which provides information resources and policy analysis. NHFA is a grass-roots lobbying organization which helps to lobby for health care freedom.
Natural health care can go forward for America when laws change to allow practitioners to legally practice and to allow information and services to be available.