With major health care reform on the horizon, all eyes are on the best ways to fix a system that is highly dysfunctional. Since corporate and government values are clearly not aligned with the interests of ordinary Americans, it is now more important than ever for individuals to take greater personal responsibility for the decisions that affect our health and the health of our families.
We, at Citizens for Health (CFH), believe that sound health is the vital foundation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and is itself a fundamental human right. We agree with the World Health Organization’s definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity;” and think “spiritual” should also be added to the list.
We believe that citizen-consumer access to natural health choices — choices other than therapeutic drugs, surgery and radiation — offer significant opportunities to maintain sound health. Both distinct from and integrated into current practices, natural health therapies can reduce costs and virtually eliminate dangerous, expensive side effects. In short, natural health choices support healthy citizens and a healthy economy. As Winston Churchill famously said, “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have”.
From organic foods free of pesticides and GMO’s to the removal of toxic chemicals from children’s toys; from continued access to dietary supplements to home birth, acupuncture and naturopathy; we want more value placed on holistic healing modalities that offer American families options in how to prevent and treat illness.
We are also seeking to inspire dialogue about aspects of the dominant culture that pose threats to our well-being, such as over-vaccinating our children, eating meat from cloned animals, using mercury dental fillings, and fluoridation of our water supplies with hydrofluosilicic acid.
The CFH Mission has many diverse constituents. Our fundamental intention is to bring these constituents together, increase our numbers, and make our collective voices louder than ever — politically, economically and culturally. In summary, we intend to create a seat at the table in national health care policy debate for the natural health constituencies. With more than half of all Americans using natural medicine, our movement is gaining momentum.
Let’s not be limited in our thinking about how to stay healthy as individuals, as a society, and as a planet.
The natural health freedom movement exists because of people like you. Thank you.
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