I came across this article by Carl Watner of the “Voluntaryist,” on medical “quackery,” or alleged “quackery,” and it reminded me of my own medical ordeal during the 2000s with the bad doctors, their bad advice and prescription drugs and bad side effects and the basic dishonesty and outright corruption of at least one of the doctors (I wrote about that here). Even in the 21st Century, with my being totally reliant on my nutritional medicine for my condition and with no prescription drugs, I am the one who would be referred to as the “quack,” not the bad and corrupt and dishonest doctors. That seems to be the way things are now, sadly.
The Watner article talks about how alternatives to treating diseases such as cancer get suppressed by the government and by establishment medical elites such as the AMA. He looks at the “collusion between governments (at various levels) in the United States and the medical associations that began forming around the mid-1800s, and eventually became de facto monopolies,” the “great diversity of heterodox medical traditions that once existed, some of which are still with us…their punishments at the hands of Official Medicine” and the “ethical and legal parameters, which might serve to guide health seekers and practitioners in a voluntaryist world.”
FYI, this other page on the “Voluntaryist” website states:
Voluntaryism is the doctrine that relations among people should be by mutual consent, or not at all. It represents a means, an end, and an insight. Voluntaryism does not argue for the specific form that voluntary arrangements will take; only that force be abandoned so that individuals in society may flourish. As it is the means which determine the end, the goal of an all voluntary society must be sought voluntarily.
People cannot be coerced into freedom. Hence, the use of the free market, education, persuasion, and non-violent resistance as the primary ways to change people’s ideas about the State. The voluntaryist insight, that all tyranny and government are grounded upon popular acceptance, explains why voluntary means are sufficient to attain that end.
Hmmm. I like that and agree with those principles. Everything should be voluntary, and not coerced or forced.
While Watner doesn’t mention vaccines in the article linked at the top here, I see how such a philosophy can apply to the vaccine issue that’s been in the news recently. People should have the freedom of informed consent and the freedom to refuse vaccines or any kind of physically intrusive “treatment” or medication. No one should have anything forced on them, especially when there are many documented cases of vaccine injuries and vaccine-related deaths (and even if there aren’t any documented cases, quite frankly).