An Important Letter to My Patients – CALL TO ACTION

Complementary and Alternative Medicine at risk in Ontario

Important Letter to My Patients
From: Dr. Fred Hui chelation.ctr.barrie@gmail.com

Dear Patients,

I am writing to you concerning my ability to continue providing the type of integrative healthcare I currently provide to you – and have been providing for the past 41 years.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has recently announced its intention to make drastic changes to its ‘Complementary and Alternative Medicine’ (CAM) policy. If adopted, the new policy will restrict physicians in Ontario from providing the CAM treatments you are currently receiving from me. It will be extremely difficult (even impossible) for CAM physicians, like myself, to practice without the fear of being unjustly disciplined by the CPSO. As a patient, you should have the right to access the care you need and want – whether it is a conventional treatment or an integrative / CAM treatment. The new policy robs you of this autonomy.

 Under the revised policy, Ontario physicians will be effectively prohibited from using natural approaches to treat patients because they are not considered “evidence-based” therapies. The new policy specifies that physicians must only provide treatments that are supported by scientific evidence, such as randomized controlled trials and case-control studies. The issue is that natural substances and other non-patentable treatments will rarely obtain the financial backing to allow for costly, large-scale randomized, controlled trials to be conducted. Simply stated: if there is no patent to obtain, there is no incentive to finance the required ‘evidence’.

 There are a number of other changes in the revised policy that create a hostile and unreasonably burdensome environment for CAM physicians. One example is the CPSO’s proposed removal of the current policy’s reference to section 5.1 of the Ontario Medicine Act, which protects physicians who provide treatments outside of conventional medicine.This provision states, “physicians shall not be found guilty of professional misconduct or incompetence solely on the basis that they practice a therapy that is non-traditional or that departs from the prevailing medical practice.

I am encouraging you to take action to ensure your access to CAM treatments is not cut off. The CPSO has invited input on the proposed changes before March 15, 2021. It is anticipated that the revised policy will be adopted by the CPSO in May/June 2021.

Specifically, I encourage you to read the attached ‘Instruction Guide’ on how to make your voice heard. I encourage you to comment on the CPSO’s CAM Policy Feedback online forum and exercise your patient’s right to receive integrative care by writing to Christine Elliott, Ontario’s Minister of Health, & Dr. Nancy Whitmore, the Registrar of the CPSO, to express your concerns. Proposed template letters to the Minister and the CPSO are attached to this email.

Our collective voice will be louder and better heard if we join together.

Lastly, I would like to reassure you that you will not experience any different level of service from me if you choose not to take any actions. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss any aspects of this communication.

Thank you in advance.

Sincerely,
Dr. Hui

HOW YOU CAN MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

The following are some instructions on what you can do to ensure your voice is heard. It is critical that we work together to protect all patients’ rights to access integrative medicine. By coordinating our efforts, our collective voice will be louder and more powerful. Thank you in advance!

  1. Post a Comment to the CPSO’s CAM Policy Discussion Forum: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has set up a website for consultation on the new Complementary / Alternative Medicine (CAM Policy)

• Specifically, there is an Online Discussion Forum where both physicians and members of the public can post their comments on the new CAM policy. Please take the time to write your feedback to the CPSO, whether it be your thoughts on the draft policy, the points expressed in the letters provided to you, or your own personal stories about how integrative medicine has made a difference in your life. The CPSO is supposed to take these comments into consideration and will be keeping this forum open until March 15, 2021. You can post anonymously, and there is no maximum number of posts per person.

Direct Link to the Discussion Forum: http://policyconsult.cpso.on.ca/?page_id=13091

• Link to the CAM Policy Website site up by the CPSO: http://policyconsult.cpso.on.ca/?page_id=13083

2. Send & Email a Letter to the Minister of Health, Christine Elliott

• A Template Letter to the Minister of Health has been provided. All you have to do is date, sign, and include your name and address in the template.

• Alternatively, we encourage you to write your own personal letter to the Minister.

• Address information for Christine Elliott is set out below:

Hon. Christine Elliott,
MPP Minister of Health
10th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street,
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 2C4
Christine.elliott@pc.ola.org

• In your letter, please note that you are C.C’ing your MPP, the CPSO, and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. By noting who you are also sending the letter to, the reader will be more likely to give it the attention it deserves.

3. Send a Letter to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)

• You can mail a copy of your letter to Dr. Nancy Whitmore, Registrar of the CPSO

Dr. Nancy Whitmore
Registrar & CEO College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
80 College Street Toronto, ON
M5G 2E2

4. Send & Email a copy of Your Minister of Health Letter to your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP)

• All MPP Contact Information is listed here: https://www.ola.org/en/members/current/contactinformation

• If you do not know your MPP’s name or your riding/electoral district, you can enter your Postal Code on the Elections Ontario website to find your electoral district and MPP https://www.elections.on.ca/en/voting-in-ontario/electoral-districts.html

5. Send a copy of your Minister of Health Letter to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

• The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is a non-profit organization that stands up to power to keep government and those in authority accountable to the people they represent. It actively stands up to power by fighting against rights violations, and stands for freedom, equity and a better future for all people in Canada.

Addressed to:

Mr. Michael Bryant Executive Director and General Counsel Canadian Civil Liberties Association
900 – 90 Eglinton Ave. E.,
Toronto ON M4P 2Y3

6. And very importantly – Please spread the word!!!

Whether it be through phone calls, emails, social media, we encourage you to inform others about the CPSO’s proposed CAM policy changes!

Feel free to circulate this package of information to anyone who might care about protecting their autonomy to choose between different methods of treatment. Strength in numbers cannot be underestimated when petitioning government for change.

Template letter to Minister of Health

Hon. Christine Elliott, MPP
Ministry of Health
777 Bay St., 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3                                                    

                                                                                               Date_______________

Dear Minister Elliott,

I am writing to you with an urgent request to protect my access to healthcare.

I am a patient who has experienced life-changing benefits from Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). I have recently learned that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has proposed revisions to its existing CAM policy which will make it extremely difficult for Integrative Medicine physicians to practice without the fear of being unjustly disciplined by the CPSO. The changes will rob patients of their right to obtain the care that they need and want. It will also stifle innovation in the Ontario healthcare system. 

While I recognize that the CPSO is a self-regulating body, it is ultimately accountable to the Ministry of Health. This is why I am writing to you. The CPSO has invited input on the draft policy before March 15, 2021, and I am asking you to assert your input.

There are significant issues with the new draft of the policy that discriminates against physicians using CAM. The policy was drafted by a committee, none of which were physicians who actually practice CAM. To highlight a few of the issues: 

  1. Increased Evidentiary Requirements for Physicians using CAM: The new CAM policy will require physicians to only provide treatments that are supported by evidence and scientific reasoning. This language replaces the more lenient term of “informed by” in the previous policy – which is the same language used in policies in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador. The new policy explicitly outlines a hierarchy of evidence, with randomized control trials being at the top and case-control studies, case reports, and editorials/expert opinions deemed to be of lower quality evidence. Shared clinical experience and positive patient outcomes is not an acceptable form of evidence. 

There is one troubling issue with the above requirement: Many natural treatments will never be substantiated by the level of evidence that the new policy requires because they are not patentable. Natural substances/non patentable treatments will rarely obtain the financial backing to allow for costly large-scale clinical trials. No patent, no profit, no proof. CAM physicians often apply therapies that are outside the box to help medically challenging patients, and thus often rely on collective experience and previous patient outcomes to approach such patients. 

  1. Unreasonably burdensome documentation requirements: The new policy requires CAM physicians to document the evidence-based rationale and risk benefit analysis for every single treatment they provide. It is not logistically sustainable in a busy practice and conventional physicians are spared from these requirements. This would act as yet another deterrent to physicians from using CAM and is another example of the discriminatory nature of the policy. 
  1. Omission of Section 5.1 of the Ontario Medicine Act: This provision states that “physicians shall not be found guilty of professional misconduct or incompetence solely on the basis that they practice a therapy that is non-traditional or that departs from the prevailing medical practice.” This Section is included in the current policy yet is  entirely omitted from the new policy. This sets a deeply concerning tone for the entire policy. 

It would be ideal if conventional medicine had answers for all ailments. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The new policy prevents a conscientious physician from trying his or her best to “problem solve” using all methods available. 

If the new policy is adopted, physicians will be prevented from using natural and innovative treatments that have helped thousands of people like me. Irrespective of their safe and effective benefits to patients, natural treatments will always be considered “unproven” and therefore, disallowed. Physicians will inevitably be forced to prescribe only pharmaceutical drugs. 

We should be encouraging (not prohibiting!) physicians to explore all safe and effective options for patients. If physicians are forbidden from thinking and acting ‘outside of the box’ for the benefit of their patients, this will silence innovation in the Ontario medical system. We will also risk losing empathetic, innovative physicians to other provinces. 

Minister Elliott, I am not asking you to unreasonably intervene with the CPSO’s autonomy. I am simply asking you to uphold an existing Ontario law: Section 5.1 of the Medicine Act.The CPSO’s proposed revision, which would discipline physicians who use treatments that depart from prevailing medicine, is a clear contravention of Section 5.1. 

There is also clear case law stating that the majority in a profession ought not to be allowed to stifle the creativity and innovation of the minority (Brett et al. v. Board of Directors of Physiotherapy). The CPSO’s proposed revision is allowing the majority (i.e., conventional practitioners) to stifle the creativity and innovation of the minority (i.e., physicians using complementary and alternative medicine treatments). 

Minister Elliot, we need a powerful voice like yours. Please represent my concerns to the CPSO before it is too late. Please urge them to reconsider their draft policy to make it more favourable for CAM physicians (specifically, eliminating increased evidentiary requirements, including the Section 5.1 reference, and including a CAM physician in the policy revision committee) and in turn, for patients like me. 

Sincerely

_____________________________

        Name.        _______________________

        Address:______________________

                 _______________________

        c.c.: MPP______________________

                CPSO

                Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

“It is the duty of the Minister to ensure that the health professions are regulated and coordinated in the public interest, that appropriate standards of practice are developed and maintained and that individuals have access to services provided by health professions of their choice and that they are treated with sensitivity and respect in their dealings with health professionals, the College and the Board.” (s.3 of R.H.P.A.)

Template letter to CPSO

Dr. Nancy Whitmore

Registrar & CEO

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

80 College Street

Toronto, ON M5G 2E2                                                        

                                                                                               Date_______________

Dear Dr. Whitmore,

I am writing to you with an urgent request to reconsider the proposed changes to the CPSO’s policy on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

I am a patient who has experienced life-changing benefits from Complementary and Alternative Medicine. I have recently learned that the CPSO has proposed revisions to its existing CAM policy which will make it extremely difficult for Integrative Medicine physicians to practice without the fear of being disciplined by the CPSO. The changes will rob patients of their right to obtain the care that they need and want. It will also stifle innovation in the Ontario healthcare system. 

There are significant issues with the new draft of the policy that discriminates against physicians using CAM. I understand the policy was drafted by a working group, none of which were physicians who actually practice CAM. To highlight a few of the issues: 

  1. Increased Evidentiary Requirements for Physicians using CAM: The new CAM policy will require physicians to only provide treatments that are supported by evidence and scientific reasoning. This language replaces the more lenient term of “informed by” in the previous policy – which is the same language used in policies in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador. The new policy explicitly outlines a hierarchy of evidence, with randomized control trials being at the top and case-control studies, case reports, and editorials/expert opinions deemed to be of lower quality evidence. Shared clinical experience and positive patient outcomes is not an acceptable form of evidence. 

There is one troubling issue with the above requirement: Many natural treatments will never be substantiated by the level of evidence that the new policy requires because they are not patentable. Natural substances/non patentable treatments will rarely obtain the financial backing to allow for costly large-scale clinical trials. No patent, no profit, no proof. CAM physicians often apply therapies that are outside the box to help medically challenging patients, and thus often rely on collective experience and previous patient outcomes to approach such patients. 

  1. Unreasonably burdensome documentation requirements: The new policy requires CAM physicians to document the evidence-based rationale and risk benefit analysis for every single treatment they provide. It is not logistically sustainable in a busy practice and conventional physicians are spared from these requirements. This would act as yet another deterrent to physicians from using CAM and is another example of the discriminatory nature of the policy. 
  1. Omission of Section 5.1 of the Ontario Medicine Act: This provision states that “physicians shall not be found guilty of professional misconduct or incompetence solely on the basis that they practice a therapy that is non-traditional or that departs from the prevailing medical practice.” This Section is included in the current policy yet is  entirely omitted from the new policy. This sets a deeply concerning tone for the entire policy. 

It would be ideal if conventional medicine had answers for all ailments. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The new policy prevents a conscientious physician from trying his or her best to “problem solve” using all methods available. 

If the new policy is adopted, physicians will be prevented from using natural and innovative treatments that have helped thousands of people like me. Irrespective of their safe and effective benefits to patients, natural treatments will always be considered “unproven” and therefore, disallowed. Physicians will inevitably be forced to prescribe only pharmaceutical drugs. 

We should be encouraging (not prohibiting!) physicians to explore all safe and effective options for patients. If physicians are forbidden from thinking and acting ‘outside of the box’ for the benefit of their patients, this will silence innovation in the Ontario medical system.

Dr. Whitmore, I am not asking you to unreasonably intervene with the CAM Policy Working Group’s autonomy. I am simply asking you to uphold an existing Ontario law: Section 5.1 of the Medicine Act.The CPSO’s proposed revision, which would discipline physicians who use treatments that depart from prevailing medicine, is a clear contravention of Section 5.1. 

There is also clear case law stating that the majority in a profession ought not to be allowed to stifle the creativity and innovation of the minority (Brett et al. v. Board of Directors of Physiotherapy). The CPSO’s proposed revision is allowing the majority (i.e., conventional practitioners) to stifle the creativity and innovation of the minority (i.e., physicians using complementary and alternative medicine treatments). 

Sincerely

_____________________________

        Name.        _______________________

        Address:______________________

                 _______________________

        c.c.: Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health

       MPP______________________

                Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

The people in Australia spoke up – so can we

On 16 February 2021, the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) formally announced that it has abandoned plans it flagged in 2019 to restrict medical practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments.

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Health professionals and the public strongly disagreed, and under the significant weight of 13,000 submissions, the MBA has withdrawn its proposed changes.

Over 12,000 of these submissions were sent by the public via the Your Health Your Choice platform, which flooded the Medical Board with peoples’ positive experiences with integrative medicine on a scale that the Medical Board could not ignore. 

Click here to read more. 

A critical juncture – we must speak up

It may also be worth mentioning the origin of allopathic medicine, and how it became the dominant paradigm in American medicine through funding and powerful influence by the Rockefellers who saw infinite wealth in Louis Pasteur’s germ theory of disease, and an open door to drugs and vaccines.  

The Origins of Integrative Medicine—The First True Integrators: The Roots https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6380988/

The Flexner Report of 1910
Flexner’s Report subsequently led to shutting down the majority of CAM-oriented colleges and programs (e.g., medical schools, homoeopathic colleges, and some psychiatric institutions) before and after WWI. https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/information-based-medicine-antidote-over-medicated-medical-system

Louis Pasteur’s rival was Antoine Bechamp. Bechamp’s terrain theory was to treat the patient so he/she could heal from within, instead of treating the disease.

Bechamp was ignored, and man’s inherent body wisdom hidden, because there was no infinite revenue stream in drugless healing.
http://www.laleva.org/eng/2004/05/louis_pasteur_vs_antoine_bchamp_and_the_germ_theory_of_disease_causation_-_1.html

For the sake of our own body, mind, spirit/soul, and of loved ones, we really need to win this one. https://ourgreaterdestiny.org/2021/02/erasure-of-the-one-true-creator/

If you know alternative health care providers please send them the information and ask them to send it to their patients with a request to respond. We need a critical mass of people to speak up. Otherwise, silence is implied consent.

Act before the Ides of March with intent to lay to rest the germ theory and other falsehoods

It is no accident the Ides of March was chosen as the deadline to respond. The Romans considered the Ides of March as a deadline for settling debts. Let’s settle a debt owed to Antoine Bechamp by speaking up for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to complement inner healing. Thank you.

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