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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Natural medicines – the safest way to avoid death

"A report just released by the Acting Chair of the Coroner’s Council has shown natural medicines have the lowest fatality rate of all medical treatments in this country.

Despite extensive research, coroner Dr Wallace Bain found no deaths have occurred in this country due to natural medicines such as vitamins, minerals and herbal products.

Dr Bain, who is also a trained pharmacist and lawyer, undertook the study in light of growing opposition to new legislation that will see New Zealand’s natural health industry come under Australian laws.

The safety of natural products is often sited as a reason for the need for such a move.

The Labour government plans that the Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Authority (ANZTPA) will soon replace the current Medsafe agency as part of a `trans-Tasman harmonisation’ push. Opponents fear this move will decimate New Zealand’s natural health industry as has already occurred in Australia."
Gary Moller comments:
Dr Bain correctly points out in his report that, in contrast, in 1998 (the last year of detailed official statistics available) adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs killed 1524 New Zealanders and deaths associated with medical injury (mistakes by doctors and medical staff) killed 4222 New Zealanders.

These horrific statistics that dwarf even the national road toll of about 4-500 per year and which generates much outrage and receives huge funding.

The question: 'Why is there is such an enthusiastic push by ther NZ and Australian Governments to regulate a group of products when there is absolutely no credible evidence whatsoever of the need for this kind of thing on the grounds of safety?" Is it a conspiracy by big business with political buddies to wipe out alternative and traditional therapies?

It is interesting to note that many of my mail order internet nutritional sales via Myotec are directly to Australians who find that purchasing directly from New Zealand is easier and cheaper than from their own country. This is a good indication of what will happen to the NZ market if we go the Australian Way as our politicians would have us.

Please visit your local MP and write to the Minister of Health, Anette King, and express your opinion on this matter (Therapeutic Goods Bill). No stamp is required when writing to your MP c/o Parliament, Wellington. Please also refer to my earlier article on this important topic.

1 comment:

Wayne said...

when you are paid to pedal a particular line, and your whole career and all yoru energy are tied up in that line of thinking then, it's hard to change the status quo of alopathic medicine, our doctors cant see the forest for teh trees they are so lost in the technical detail and hgh tech gadgest of their profesion they are too arogant to understand how looking after the basics are more powerful than their profession