Who are these so-called
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
Americans have known,
or suspected, for some time, that there has been an organized assault by
a group, against companies, and practitioners, offering alternatives to
the drugs/surgery paradigm. That group
calls itself the "quackbusters," and they are a scam.
I'm about to tell you WHY that assault was
formally assembled, HOW THE SCAM works, and WHO the players are, and WHAT
they're up to right now. In my
next newsletter I'll tell you WHY,
right now, Wisconsin is the important battleground.
If you know who
they are, and how they operate, you can beat them.
North America has been going towards what are
called "alternatives," in health and medicine, in a big
way. More than half of the US health dollar is currently being spent on
this phenomena. With new billing codes (ABC Codes) going into effect,
allowing insurance and Medicare to pay for "alternative" therapies,
that percentage will, no doubt, increase dramatically.
In California, the fifth largest stand-alone
economy in the world, where I live, the health
freedom movement is much larger than anywhere else. Here, we'd
rather be healthy than medicated. We've analyzed the politics of the
problem, and successfully turned the political environment to our way of
thinking. We simply do not put up with "quackbuster" crap,
here.. Why should we?
And, neither should you...
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.
WHY IT WAS FORMALLY ASSEMBLED...
Three things, I believe, seriously alarmed conventional (mainstream)
medicine and spurred them to action in late 1996.
The FIRST thing was reports showing that medical care in this country is so
bad that doctors and hospitals are listed as the third largest cause of
unnecessary death. Americans have been finding out that the average MD
these days, beyond the emergency room, has little
to offer beyond the
"magic bullet," meaning the new drug pushed this week by the drug
The bottom line in conventional
medical care is a shock, and Americans are expressing their displeasure
with the situation with
their changes in health buying patterns - which leads to the Second
The SECOND thing was a 1993 report in the New England Journal of Medicine (JAMA)
that showed the huge financial impact of "Alternative Medicine" on
the US health care dollar.
The THIRD was the Clinton Administration's identification of "health
fraud" as a major cause of health care's rising costs - and the
announcement of Attorney General Janet Reno's plans to deal with that issue
THE EFFECTS ON MAINSTREAM...
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.
report suggested that more visits were being made to unconventional
practitioners in 1990 then to conventional - 488 million unconventional
visits to 388 million to primary care physicians. 13.7 billion dollars
was spent on unconventional practices as opposed to 12.8 billion for
hospitalization. Alternative Medicine, which excels outside of
the Emergency Room was, offering
real health solutions.
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.
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 www.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."
duped into giving the quackbusters unwarranted credibility. Type in the
key words "health fraud" on a government website, and up pops the
National Council Against Health Fraud's website, and quackwatch.com.
The second part (b) , and equally important was to demonize, and criminalize,
all aspects of "alternatives" through false suggestions, or claims,
against them. For instance; The claim that herbals are
"untested" and not "standardized" is simply a ploy to make
herbals look bad. Herbals do not need to be "tested,"
nor "standardized." . Herbals are more like wine - since
they are a natural product, dependant upon natural factors like weather, no
two batches are going to be the same. Herbals, being part of
nature (part of earth's life cycle) have been field tested since the beginning
of time. The "testing" process we the people put in place is
for new "drugs," not herbals - those things, unlike herbals, that
have NEVER been introduced into the human body before. Generally
speaking, drugs are HUGELY DANGEROUS - hence the warnings of side effects.
PART FOUR of the plan was to create a relationship with Medicare,
and the health Insurance Industry, to supposedly, advise them of
"health fraud." It incorporated, in a sub-plan parts One, Two,
and Three, above.
WHO THE PLAYERS ARE...
I believe the primary player in this scam is the Board, management, and staff
of the FSMB (Federation of States Medical Boards). Their
website basically says "We don't know what alternative medicine is -
so we'll call it health fraud." It is they, I believe,
who control the daily operation of the plot. As you read this, at
exactly this moment, some, or all of the FSMB people, are probably on the
phone, the FAX, or the internet, organizing the persecution of some
unsuspecting leading-edge healer in North America. Ten minutes from now,
they will begin another. Then another, then another, then
The National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) is another player. It
wants to appear to be an important wheel in health care. The reality is
different. It was rudely EVICTED from Loma Linda University a few years
ago, and after bouncing around from place to place, has now found a home in a
hair removal salon in Massachusetts, where the NCAHF president, Robert S.
Baratz MD, DDS, PhD is the "Medical Director." Hair removal?
One other player, recently fading from the scene, muscled out by Bobbie Baratz,
is Stephen Barrett MD, who the Pennsylvania licensing board officially
classifies as "Not in Good Standing," operates the dubious website
www.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
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
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're doing this to Bobbie Baratz in Wisconsin. Each time he opens his
mouth he sinks 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
The quackbusters, I've found, aren't individually, or in groups, that
bright. Read delicensed MD Stephen Barrett's website
www.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.
Keep in mind that Barrett, although claiming to
be a retired Psychiatrist, was never able to become "Board
Certified." He failed his test. Also, Barrett gave up his
MD license in 1993. I suspect he just couldn't keep up with new
things. His employment record shows he NEVER was able to hold a
full-time job - and his claim to "Psychiatric fame" was his
part-time (4 to 8 hours a week) employment at a Pennsylvania Mental Hospital
- from 1978 through 1993. From 1976 through 1978 he COULD NOT GET a
Barrett, with his lack of basic intelligence, is getting hammered when he
shows up in a courtroom situation - and tries to inflict his weird opinions
on a Judge. And Barrett has legal problems all over the country.
Basically, I see Barrett as a loser, who couldn't make it in the medical
profession. And, Barrett is TYPICAL quackbuster leadership.
Bobbie Baratz, the current president of the NCAHF, is laughable. He's,
almost literally, hiding under the bed, avoiding depositions asking about
his so-called "expertise." I believe he's desperate for the
"testifying" money. Baratz, who's former position at a
Boston area medical center, was terminated (and Baratz doesn't want to talk
about it), after a physical altercation with a 72 year old woman, now
operates a hair removal business. Some "expert." He
also operates the NCAHF out of that same hair
Polevoy, in Canada, is a sissy. He likes to frighten women. I
think he pees his pants when confronted by the male of the species.
I'm eager to hear his version of the story about why he isn't practicing as
a PEDIATRICIAN any more.
I see no reason to be impressed with the visible quackbuster operation...
I'm of the opinion that the original "plan" was written by someone
we haven't met yet.
SO WHY DID THEY HAVE ANY SUCCESS, AT ALL?
Because they organized, and activated, a plan... and we, in the Health
Freedom Movement, didn't react with our own plan.
HOW DOES THEIR PLAN WORK?
(1) SET UP A CENTRAL PROPAGANDA CENTER - They simply set up a series
of websites, and telephone numbers, that all of their soldiers, government
employees, and members of the public, could refer to for information about
"alternative medicine." They set up a "chat room"
to send victims to "for further information." Unsuspecting
readers have no idea that what they're reading is all lies and
(2) CONTROL WHO GETS PROSECUTED through the FSMB, and medical boards.
- Whoever designed the original plan, understood the science of social
manipulation. They understood how to use bureaucrats to their own
Generally speaking, public employees are not the brightest stars in the sky
- they are bureaucrats. The 1970's book "The Peter
Principle" was written about them. Dr. Laurence J. Peter was the
one who said "In a bureaucracy, everyone rises to their level of
incompetence." How true.
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.
formed an organization called CHIRI (Consumer Health Information Research
Institute) for the express purpose of, as James Carter says "The
CHIRI has for its constituency the health insurance industry. It
purports to serve that industry in an advisory capacity, by approving or
disapproving a particular treatment provided by a health-care provider.
It plans to serve as a health-insurance consultant regarding the legitimacy
of certain disabilities and health practitioners. An example of an
"illegal" disability would be chronic fatigue syndrome.
CHIRI is also said to have a computerized list of more than 40,000 American
physicians and other medical practitioners who are suspected of using
"questionable medical practices."
(4) USE THE SYSTEM TO HARASS, DISCOURAGE, AND DESTROY LEADING-EDGE
PRACTITIONERS AND PROVIDERS...
Taking plan sections One, Two, and Three above into consideration, you can
see what effect the combination has on leading-edge health care. The
"system" is designed to protect the status quo.
(5) DEMORALIZE THE OPPOSITION BY THE VICIOUSNESS OF THE CAMPAIGN.
This section is self-explanatory. One of the tactics used is to attack
health providers who have little, or no, financial resources as brutally as
possible, as publicly as possible, so that other providers see what happens
when they tell the drug salesmen to go away.
WHAT ARE THE
QUACKBUSTERS UP TO RIGHT NOW....
under the bed? There's
their Wisconsin campaign - typically vicious, full of hatred and falsehoods,
led by little Bobbie Baratz, who isn't doing very well... We have there,
an opportunity to do the "quackbusters" serious damage. I'll
tell you about it in the next newsletter.
Tim Bolen - Consumer AdvocateThis "Millions of Health
Freedom Fighters - Newsletter" is about the battle between
"Health and Medicine" on Planet Earth. Tim Bolen is an op/ed writer
with extensive knowledge of the activities of a subversive organization
calling itself the "quackbusters," and that organization's
attempts to suppress, and discredit, any, and all health modalities that
compete with the allopathic (MD) paradigm for consumer health dollars.
The focus of the newsletter is on the ongoing activities, battles, politics,
and the victories won by members of the "Health Freedom Movement"
against the "quackbusters" It details "who the
quackbusters are, what they are, where they are operating, when they appear,
and how they operate - and how easy it is to beat them..."
For background information on the "Battle between Health and
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