WAKE UP, CANADA! FIGHT FOR FREEDOM IN HEALTH CARE: HELP DEFEND DOCTORS CHARGED

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Wake Up, Canada! Fight For Freedom in Health Care: Help Defend Doctors Charged

Last December I spent 10 days at the very comfortable Opal International Health Centre on Lac Simon in Chenéville Quebec at the invitation of Dr Ira Schubert. It was like going to a resort.

I was there with six other people, all of us on the Breuss juice fast. We walked in the Quebec woods along the lake shore, we talked, we read and some of us did needlework. In the evening we carried flasks of especially prescribed herbal tea to our charmingly furnished rooms.

Our candlelit meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) were enjoyed around an elegant walnut dining table in the main room, served by the good doctor herself. The only difference was that these "meals" were a small glass of lactic acid fermented vegetable juice, herbal tea (as much as we wanted) and at noon, a bowl of onion broth á la Breuss! (Somehow meal time conversation always gravitated towards food: favorite recipes, food we loved and yearned for and gourmet meals we planned to make -- later!)

Some of the group were there with serious health problems. They were going for the entire 42-day fast that Rudolf Breuss prescribes in his book, The Breuss Cancer Cure. Others, like myself, were doing a shorter therapeutic fast. Every day each of us had a session with Dr Schubert. It was non-threatening, very gracious and professional.

But the College de Medicine de Quebec does not approve. And what the College does not approve it assumes the authority to outlaw.

Last June representatives from the College invaded the clinic. They charged the doctor with practicing illegally and removed her certificate, some of her equipment and patient files as "evidence." She was subsequently fined $70,000. The amount was based on an assessment of her offenses in regard to three "spies", posing as patients, whom the College had sent to the clinic. Dr Schubert is still awaiting trial. (See alive editorial # 157)

Dr Josef Krop is a medical doctor in Mississauga, Ontario. He practices environmental medicine, an important field of medical practice that is only now emerging in Canada. Krop treats the chemically sensitive patient with techniques that are commonly used in the USA, Europe, Australia and China (and have been sanctioned in Nova Scotia) but are still unapproved here. These techniques include hair analysis, vitamin and mineral supplements, intravenous therapies, acupuncture and the use of electrodermal equipment.

Krop was charged by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons almost two years ago with "medical incompetence and professional misconduct." There were no complaints brought against him by patients. His "misconduct" was in using his own medical judgment and training in treating chemically ill patients, rather than in what is "permissible" by the College (which is usually to say that the condition does not exist). His case is still under investigation. (More in the last few issues of alive) In the meantime Krop's legal fees (not to mention the time taken away from his medical practice) have already cost him over $100,000!

This treatment of legitimate physicians and total disregard for you, the consumer/patient, must stop. Canadians have a right to make decisions about the type of sickness care they want. The so-called Health Protection Branch is not protecting us from incompetent practice. Rather, it is protecting the vested interests of autocractic medical colleges, medical societies and biomedical and pharmaceutical manu-facturers who will do anything to maintain their monopoly of the Canadian health care system.

What are you going to do about it? You, the consumer/patient, must become activist in fighting for your patient rights and the right of doctors to practice according to their consciences. Under the present dictatorial system the federal government is dictating the type of health or sickness care you are allowed. If you choose a so-called "unapproved" remedy or therapy you are penalized financially. It will not be covered by your medical insurance. Doctors who administer these remedies are "disciplined." When found guilty (which they will be if they do not promise to cease and desist) they lose their licenses to practice.

Our much-needed alternative and environmental physicians are leaving Canada for the United States where the climate is not so oppressive. Among those who stay many are afraid to use such medical modalities as ozone therapy, chelation, homeopathy, diet and herbal supplements, electro therapy, darkfield microscopy and others. You are forced to pay out of your own pocket if you want such treatment, only available to a few who can afford it.

Please help support the doctors in their fight against injustice with your donation to the Krop Defense Fund and/or the Schubert Defense Fund, c/o alive Magazine 7436 Fraser Park Drive, Burnaby BC V5J 5B9. We will give recognition in alive to manufacturers, distributors and retailers within the health food industry for their donations (see page 70).

And bombard the offices of your provincial and federal ministers of health and the Health Protection Branch.

ACanadian Health Reform Products Ltd.

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so-called Health Protection Branch is not protecting us from incompetent practice. Rather, it is protecting the vested interests of autocractic medical colleges, medical societies and biomedical and pharmaceutical manu-facturers who will do anything to maintain their monopoly of the Canadian health care system..thanks for posting this news....thanks for sharing your views.......
Daniel Manson