Who are these so-called “Quackbusters”?
Throughout this discourse keep something important in mind. It’s this – we in the Health Freedom Movement outnumber the quackbusters 100,000 to 1. We’ve got more money than they do, and we’ve got better, and more talented people. We also have better lawyers. It is time to use our advantage to destroy them.
STOMACH ACHE #1 – The 1993 JAMA report on Alternative Medicine… had to be a shock to conventional medicine. It showed that the American public was not in the “Marcus Welby,” or the “Ben Casey” mode any more – where the guy in the white coat, with the stethoscope around his neck, was America’s sole source of health advice. The “Ask Your Doctor” program was flat-out dying.
STOMACH ACHE #2 – Then, in 1995, Janet Reno, the then Attorney General, under the direction of the US President, came out with a program identifying “health fraud” as a major problem in the US health care system. She shocked, and frightened, conventional practitioners. “Health Fraud” – was, and is, defined by the Justice Department as “Over billing, false coding, MD kickbacks, etc..” Reno, of course, was right – conventional medicine was, and is, involved in sheer greed and dishonesty. It was, and is, a huge problem.
In response, mainstream medical went into orbit, trying to deflect her attack – to no avail. Janet Reno was teaching “seniors” how to read their medical bills – and turn their doctor into the Feds. The “Meds” were in trouble with the “Feds.” And, still are. And, should be…
So mainstream, rather than fix their own house, had to come up with a plan to counter these two assaults on their dollar intake. They did… and here it is…
HOW THE SCAM WORKS…
In 1996, mainstream launched their counter-attack. It was a four part dis-information Public Relations campaign designed to kill two birds (stomach aches)with one stone. They wanted Janet Reno (and the American public) off their backs, and they wanted to get rid of their upstart competitor Alternative Medicine. So they came up with a simple plan – re-define the term “health fraud” with a massive dis-information campaign. The intent was to re-define the word AWAY from Reno’s definition of “Over billing, false coding, MD kickbacks, etc..” to a different focus – “Alternative Medicine.” They put the plan into effect.
Enter, from stage right – the “quackbusters…”
PART ONE of the plan was what I call the “definition switch.” Janet Reno, in her original plan, had expected cooperation from the State Medical Boards. She expected the Boards to prosecute billing cheaters. She NEVER got that cooperation.
In Chicago in 1996, at the FSMB (Federation of States Medical Boards) annual meeting, a major program was presented. It was, supposedly, on “health fraud,”and how to combat it. Conspicuously, there were no speakers from Janet Reno’s team. If any of Janet Reno’s people thought this was going to help the Federal program – they were wrong.
The Feds that were attending must have been in shock, upon seeing the presentation. Only once in the program was the Fed’s definition of “health fraud”ever mentioned – it was by FTC’s Matt Daynard who made it clear that their (the FTC’s) concerns were MUCH broader than theirs. Other than an apparently confused Daynard, no where in the program was there a discussion of how to prosecute doctors who over-billed, false coded, took kickbacks, etc. All they talked about was “Alternative Medicine,” and how to prosecute it – calling it “health fraud.”
From that moment on – While Feds prosecuted sleazy hospitals, greedy MDs, clinics, ambulance operators, home suppliers, etc., State Medical Boards were to target two categories (a) solo practitioner MDs that recommended supplements, exercise, etc., instead of prescription drugs, and (2) unlicensed competitors to the drug/surgery dollars, i.e.; Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Nutritionists, Health food Stores, Massage Therapists, etc..
And the war began in earnest. For, even then the Health Freedom Movement, although not organized, had muscle. Hundreds of fights across the nation, ensued.
PART TWO of the plan was to affect Federal Agencies – and try to redirect those agency’s efforts away from the Justice Department’s program, and convince them to focus their energies on “Alternative medicine” proponents. They did this with a four-part sub-plan. (a) They invited FTC and FDA lower level employees to their meetings for the express purpose of propagandizing, and kissing-up to them. (b). They created a system of “meetings” where they had access to those Federal employees on a regular basis – for the purpose of propagandizing them (c) They used their contacts within those Federal agencies to gain unwarranted credibility for their own plans, and anti-alternative medicine programs. (d) They got the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to give them official government credibility.
PART THREE of the plan, was a propaganda gambit. It was in two parts (a) create a so-called “information base.” Websites appeared, sounding authoritative, like Stephen Barrett’s sleazy
“quackwatch.com,” and others. The questionable organization, the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), was to provide so-called “expert witnesses” for testimony. The FSMB was to act as a clearinghouse, both for names of people suggested for prosecution (persecution), and for where to find “information” and “expert witnesses.” And more…
“Not in Good Standing,” operates the dubious website “quackwatch.com” out of his basement in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
There are other players, but it would take to long to explain how it works. Again, I recommend James Carter MD’s SUPERB book “Racketeering In Medicine.” as a resource. Page #44 has an outline of the whole quackbuster scam.
THE REAL PROBLEM IS…
What is the REAL problem, exactly? Generally, “we” are the problem. “We”meaning the North American Health Freedom Movement. Specifically, it’s that “we,” in the Health Freedom Movement haven’t completely countered the attack plan put into place a few years ago (1996), by the quackbuster conspirators to destroy “Alternative Medicine.” It’s time we did that. – and we can do it relatively easily.What we have to remember is that, despite the quackbuster’s best efforts,“Alternative Medicine” is gaining, not losing, ground in public acceptance. Americans aren’t buying into the quackbuster “big lie” propaganda program.
Since identifying a problem is half-way to solution – we’re more than half done solving this issue.
SO WHAT ABOUT THE QUACKBUSTER’S BIG PLAN?
We know that several years ago, the plan was put together, and explained at the 1996 meeting of the FSMB, by a group of conspirators, to use the Medical Boards, the FSMB, the Attorney Generals, certain employees of the FTC and the FDA, and top quackbusters for the purpose of stamping out “Alternative Medicine.” Although the whole thing was exposed in magazines like “The Townsend Letter,” the plan was activated. It is on-going now. At that time there was no super-strong (like there is now) “Health Freedom Movement,” per se – so there was no national counter-strategy, and no counter-action.
That was THEN – this is NOW.
Now, of course, we know that when a “top quackbuster” shows up to testify somewhere, someone is waiting with the equivalent of a factual ball-bat – and that quackbuster is publicly exposed for the out-of-a-job loser crackpot they really are. In other words, we’ve negated an important component in their attack plan – their so-called “experts.” We did this to Bobbie Baratz in Wisconsin. Each time he opened his mouth he sank deeper into the quicksand.
Dismantling their “activated plan” is also really a simple exercise. We simply use our size, and intelligence, advantage.
“The Plan of 1996,” such as it is, was in five parts, and it had a basic theme – Destroy Alternative Medicine by “Criminalizing” it. Kind of like depicting Mother Theresa as “the whore of Calcutta.”
Their five part plan goes like this: (1) Set up a central propaganda center. (2) Control who gets prosecuted through the FSMB, and medical boards. (3) Affect Medicare, and Medical Insurance Company payment decisions (4) Use the system to harass, discourage, and destroy Alt Med practitioners, and providers. (5) Demoralize the opposition with the viciousness of the campaign.
“The Plan of 1996” is having a limited success, not because it’s a good plan, but because we don’t do anything about it. Our reaction, to this point, has been to put protective “Health Freedom Laws” in place – and we are having only LIMITED success with that. We need to change strategies slightly.
WHY IT’S SO EASY TO BEAT THESE PEOPLE…The quackbusters, I’ve found, aren’t individually, or in groups, that bright. Read delicensed MD Stephen Barrett’s website “quackwatch.com,” and his resume, and you’ll see what I mean – and he’s their chief propagandist. Everything he says is like he was simply filling out a form someone, with a higher intelligence, gave him. His mouthings are boringly the same, each and every time.
Employees of agencies regulating health care in the United States are no exception. The only thing you can count on when dealing with them is (a) they are definitely bureaucrats, (b) when it comes to knowledge of the subject they are supposed to regulate – never expect them to know anything about what they are regulating, (c) expect pettiness, brutality, and stupidity in their completion of their assignments. If you keep these things in mind (and don’t be shocked by the reality) – you can deal with them – and get things done.
Yes, it’s not right – but it is the way things are.
The quackbusters have been operating in the “public employee” arena for a very long time. So, they know how to manipulate the arena to their own advantage. Even though we, in the Health Freedom Movement, outnumber them 100,000 to 1, they can still control who gets attacked (prosecuted), because they’ve managed to infiltrate, and poison the minds of health agency bureaucrats against “Alternative Medicine.” One of the best examples we’ve recently found is the “Training Manual for Alternative Medicine Prosecutions,” handed out to the gun-toting investigators of the Medical Board of California (MBC).
Investigators of the Medical Board of California (MBC), are only required to have a high school education, are not required to have any medical training, and need only a six-week course at a community college before they’re handed their fifteen-shot Berretta nine millimeter automatic, and their “Training Manual for Alternative Medicine Prosecutions.”
See how it works?
(3) AFFECT MEDICARE, AND MEDICAL INSURANCE COMPANY DECISIONS…
Unfortunately, a large slice of the American population relies on Medicare and Medical Insurance for their health care needs. Those that use this combination solely – remain unhealthy, and then die. For, as we know, Medicare, and Medical Insurance, offerings have to have undergone an “approval process” before they can be paid for. Which translates to the unfortunate fact that if you’re relying on what Medicare will pay for – you’re relying on practices and procedures that are at least FIFTEEN YEARS OUT OF DATE. And, in the case of Medical Insurance – probably TEN YEARS OUT OF DATE. New things simply aren’t paid for in the Medicare and Medical Insurance world.
The “quackbusters” formed an organization called CHIRI (Consumer Health Information Research Institute) for the express purpose of, as James Carter says:
And, so on…