Alternative Medicine

Alternative MedicineDoctors for Life would like to re-affirm our commitment to promoting holistic health to all the people of South Africa in a scientifically sound and morally accountable way. Representing over one thousand five hundred health practitioners, we stand for the practice of medicine that is based on evidence and the highest ethics. We are of the opinion that any form of medicine that is not based on empirical evidence is potentially (and ultimately) harmful to patients in need. As was stated during our presentation before the parliamentary committee on Traditional Health Practitioners (in February 1998), we are of the opinion, based on research and many testimonies of fellow South Africans, that:

1. Traditional medical practices have, over time, not improved the survival of children or mothers in birth or patients.
2. Most of the medicines used by traditional practitioners have not been validated scientifically.
3. Many people suffer because of the serious complications (side-effects) that arise due to the use of traditional medicines.
4. As stated by the World Health Organization (WHO), most traditional health practitioners make use of “intangible forces” (“spirits”) in their practice of healing.
5. Traditional healers (at least African traditional healers) are priests of the religious system of African Traditional Religion (ATR), and function as such. To grant them the status of health professionals without doing the same to office bearers of other religions would be discriminatory against other religions.
6. Occult powers are used in most (the WHO says in all) of the therapeutic acts of traditional healers.
7. Traditional healers make their diagnosis (and therapeutic combinations) with the aid of “spirits” and under the control of the “spirits”.
8. Most traditional healers are “called” by the “spirits” to become healers.
9. The licensing of traditional healers will have a negative impact on the economy of South Africa, with regards to giving people time off work for long periods, as often required by the “ancestral spirits”.
10. African traditional healing often is progressive by nature: according to reports, traditional healers often resort to human sacrifice after trying all other herbal prescriptions on patients in vain. “Like any other business, the aim of this trade is to make profits. Because the traditional healer needs more money and does not want to admit failure, he will prescribe something more difficult for the patient; such as looking for a child to sacrifice in order to cure their illness.”

We feel strongly that The Traditional Health Practitioners Bill is a mechanism that:

1. cannot regulate the spirit world,
2. cannot control the communication between “ancestral spirits” and the healers,
3. cannot ensure safety for the public against the detrimental affects of traditional
medicines.

It is irrational to allow the regulation of the use of medicines that have not been scientifically validated. This does not appear responsible, sensible or reasonable. While the Bill proposes that the Council will make rules pertaining to traditional medicines that will “protect the public”, we fail to understand how the public will be protected if the healers are still allowed to use medicines that have not been validated scientifically.
While we recognise the positive intention of the Bill, we fail to see how it will “ensure quality of health care” if traditional health practitioners are still allowed to use medicines that are prescribed by the “spirits” (as happens predominantly with African traditional
healers).

We consider it our medical and scientific responsibility to ask this sober question: “How can we regulate what is not yet proven to be right and reliable therapeutic options?!” Should we not first research what is claimed to be remedies before we regulate it?
In the present format of the Bill we also cannot see (despite the definition) how “unprofessional conduct” will be determined. Will it be unprofessional to use vaginal secretions for making a traditional remedy (as is the practice with some healers)? Will it be unprofessional to use scrapings from the armpits? Or is it only unprofessional to use
medicines that have not been researched and validated yet?

We are convinced that passing this Bill will open “a can of worms” of legal controversies and implications. One example would be the question as to whether traditional healers will be authorized to issue death certificates.

As Doctors for Life International, we are committed to be part of the solution and not part of the problem and would therefore like to request of the government to further investigate the ramifications of passing such a Bill before voting on it.

News

old

LIFEalerts 25 February 2015

Abortion
No news today

Alternative Medicine
No news today

Euthanasia
France – Parliament begins debate on euthanasia
UK – Lloyd-Webber: I wanted to join Dignitas and die
Canada – Assisted-suicide ban lifted in Canada
South Africa – 1 in 5


dagga

Cannabis: Colorado state releases report

“The committee’s work represents one of the first and most comprehensive reviews to assess the strength of credible scientific literature available today regarding marijuana use,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, the executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of


Teddy+bear+child+abuse+paedophile

LIFE alerts 20 January 2015

Abortion
USA – Learn the side effects, negative consequences of abortion

Alternative Medicine
No news today

Euthanasia
USA – “Final Exit” leader stripped of medical license

Scotland – Top pathologist against plans to legalise assisted deaths

Belgium – Euthanasia of


porna_2

Pornography, The Battle for your soul – movie trailer


05

Doctors For Life Newsletter, Issue 8 – Dec. 2014

It is with gratitude towards our heavenly Father that I approach the end of 2014. Much has happened during the past year and we thank the Lord for His faithfulness. Again I want to thank all our sponsors, members and


no_porn

Another Victory for DFL as Judge Denies Leave to Appeal in Porn Case

Judge Bozalek yesterday refused Online Digital Media permission to appeal his judgment handed down in the Western Cape High Court on 3 November 2014, in which he ruled that the license issued to ODM (the company which owns StarSat TV


abortionclinic4

LIFEalerts 03 December 2014

Abortion

USA – Former abortionist appeals for support for traumatized workersChile – Restrictive abortion laws do not kill women

Alternative Medicine

No news today

Euthanasia

USA – Brittany Maynard dies in Oregon after assisted suicideGermany – German Parliament opposes assisted


Twitter Feed

Please subscribe if you would like to receive Doctors For Life Newsletters
We don't send a lot