Thanks for your kind thoughts and words about Michael.
I was thinking about how to honor Mr. Moore, and it occurred to me that a fine way to honor him and his life would be to call our state representatives, who are currently meeting in Santa Fe... and tell them that we want them to support the "Unlicensed Alternative Health Care Protection Bill", also known by its number HB664
. This bill is currently in the Legislative session will be heard on Tuesday in committee. Therefore, it would be best to call on Monday... (tomorrow), and let them (whomever you have contacts with).. know that you support this legislation, which will enable alternative health care practices (traditional and indigenous healing practices) to be free from legal interference. Tell them that this bill would allow these healing traditions to be more accessible to the public. The importance of this will become apparent if you think about how many people are losing their jobs (and their health care benefits). What are those folks supposed to do for treating diseases? Enabling the natural medicine systems to take up the slack and act as a health net for our local communities seems like a pretty smart thing to do.
Tell them too, how this bill will also help preserve some of the most important cultural information by allowing it to be transmitted to the next generation of future practitioners.
Next, I will share a letter from Dr. Wynn Werner, director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque. Please read what he says and then make a few calls of support for this bill. You can read the language of the bill in the links below.
Thanks ahead of time for your support and your calls to state Reps and Senators..
"Friends of the New Mexico Health Freedom Bill
As you probably know, a group of people (many of you) have been involved
since 2006 in getting a Health Freedom bill passed in New Mexico. Similar
bills have been passed in other states, most notably Minnesota and
California. You probably also know that a bill was introduced in the Senate
in the New Mexico 2007 legislative session and that even though it passed
both committees it was assigned to it ultimately died on the Senate agenda
and was never brought up for a vote. The NM Medical Board and NM Medical
Society was against this bill and we supposed that was one of the reasons
the bill died. We have also been repeatedly told that new bills almost never
get passed the first or second time they are introduced.
There is a new version of this bill that was introduced in the House last
week in this year's 2009 New Mexico legislative session: HB664
. This bill
was introduced by Representative Ken Martinez. This bill is a result of
several people working closely with several agencies in Santa Fe over the
past year and actually has the support of the NM Medical Board. The bill has
wide legislative support and seems to have no strong opposition at this
point. It took a lot of work to get this far and there have been a great
many revisions to the bill to get the support it has. It is basically
somewhere in between the CA and MN bills. More revisions can still happen
anywhere along the way, in committee or on the House and Senate floor.
You can and should go look at the bill on the NM legislative website or the
NMCAAMP website at http://www.nmcaamp.org
Along with the bill are various links to background material. Because of all
the changes and uncertainties as to whether we would be able to get this
far, this is the first list served email to go out in a long time, although
many individual conversations and emails have taken place in the past 6
At this point there is no cohesive group meeting regularly, no town meetings
and no real identified leadership, just a few individuals working loosely
together towards a common goal -- to get a New Mexico "Health Freedom Bill"
NOW would be a really good time to call and email your representatives and
tell them you support the bill. Especially those on the committees the bill
will be before. The information on how to contact them is on the NMCAAMP
website. There are a lot of "politics" impacting whether to introduce a bill
in the House or Senate first or both at the same time and not all agree on
what is best. It would be great if we had been more organized, but it has
been a busy year for everyone and a difficult year for some. If anyone has
any questions, I will try my best to answer them or point you in the right
Albuquerque, NM 87112
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