Two Important Events…

As my readers know there has been an effort to form alliances between the North American Health Freedom movement and the Autism world.   It is succeeding…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen 

Both the Long Beach Health Freedom Expo and AutismOne worked well together.  And now we are heading for the third, and fourth, collaborations – both in Chicago. Continue reading Two Important Events…

How is the Autism/Health Freedom Alliance Going?

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen 

 

In early March of this year a trial coalition was formed between the North American Health Freedom Movement and the Autism Parents.  The first combined group meeting occurred at the Long Beach Health Freedom Expo, March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2012, and it was a huge, high energy success.

More, the meetings between leaders of both groups continued all weekend, starting with a “Meet and Greet” on Friday night. Continue reading How is the Autism/Health Freedom Alliance Going?

Part Two – The Forming Alliance  – Health Freedom Movement Joining with Autism Parents…

The first meeting was a huge success…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen

The Health Freedom Expo in Long Beach, California (March 2, 3rd, and 4th, 2012),  the first official meeting between the North American Health Freedom Movement and the Autism Parents, was way, way bigger than I thought it would be….

People that know me soon figure out that I’m on the telephone constantly.  Bluetooth in my car makes driving just another office for me.  Telephone conversations with key people are very important, for it is the network that makes things happen.

Since I know the key people in the Health Freedom Movement, I know, beforehand, what they will say, for instance, in a speech at the Health Freedom Expo.  We already talked about it at length, of course, on the phone.  So, I don’t need to be there to hear it again.

With that said, no one in the Movement would be surprised that I would show up at the Expo three hours after it started with my phone in my ear.  I had, of course, stopped at LAX to pick up attorney Bob Reeves (from Kentucky).

When I walked into the convention center front door, right there, in the center’s prime location, was the Registration Booth for the Health Freedom Expo – and the line of people there to get their weekend tickets was massive.

Massive – and Friday is generally the “slow day.”

Oh my…

I turned around and looked down the main hallway, where the lectures were, and there were people milling as far as I could see, all the way down to the far doors, a very long ways away.

I saw Julie Whitman Kline over at one end of the eight station Registration Booth, and went over to Julie and asked “Ummm, how is the attendance?”  She pointed to the line, and further down the hallway, and smiled, saying “Very good, very good..”

I was stunned.  Yes, getting the Health Freedom Movement together with the Autism parents was a good idea, but hey, the first time you do something, or try something new, no one expects instant success.  It just doesn’t happen.

But this time it did.  That Registration line continued like that ALL DAY, and all day on Saturday.  At 1:00PM on Sunday I walked by the booth again and there were at least a dozen people buying tickets – and the last lecture was at 5:00PM.

Oh my…

I went down the escalator to the Exhibit Hall, which hadn’t opened until Eleven AM, and it too had people milling everywhere.

Oh my, again…

Last year I wrote about the high energy at the event.  The air tingled.  This year it tingled more, and it didn’t stop for a minute.  George Noory’s panel discussion was in a room that only, generally, holds 500 people – but there was another two to three hundred lining the walls.  It was the same for Kevin Trudeau.  And remember, we were running five tracks simultaneously (five speakers in five different rooms at the same time), along with an Exhibit Hall.

Julie had the good sense to deal with the food problem.  I mean, who wants to eat “convention food” at at a health expo, right?   So at the last row of booths there were two food booths, one Indian food, and the other Japanese food.  There was always a line, but there was ample table space.

My days at Expos like this are spent buttonholing people I haven’t seen in a while, and this first day, Friday, I was on a mission to get the Health Freedom leadership into a previously unannounced meeting with the Autism Parents leadership at 6:30 PM next door at the Hyatt Regency.  It was a meet and greet, putting a face on people whose names you have heard before so that they too can buttonhole each other throughout the coming weekend event.

When you see the sheer size of this kind of event you can imagine how hard it was to find everybody, for they too have schedules.  But at 6:30 PM on that Friday night, for the first time, officially, the North American Health Freedom Movement met the Autism Parents one on one.  I was the host, so to speak, and I wouldn’t let groups of people who already knew each other conglomerate.  I literally dragged people from one batch to the other.

And, it worked.  From then on, all weekend, I’d pass people grouping in hallways, at lunch tables, for quick meetings, exchanging business cards quickly so they could move onto the next thing.

As expected, there were a few instances where some speakers were under-attended due to the last-minute, so-to-speak, arrangements, but that was not the norm.

For the regular attendee there was so much going on here at this event that they could not possibly see everything – they would have to choose.  Look at this speaker schedule just for Friday (the slower day).  It was a power house.  You could have even caught me, Tim Bolen, at 2:00 PM on a panel called “Malfeasance in the Media,” along with Age of Autism’s Dan Olmstead. Andrew Wakefield, and Dr. David Lewis.

On Saturday the energy went up, as I predicted, even higher.  Check this schedule.  One conflict, unavoidable with the sheer size of the event, was at 5:00PM when Kevin Trudeau spoke in Room 101 and Mark and David Geier were in 103C.

On Sunday, the schedule was equally packed with stars.  I  moderated a panel on “Vaccine Politics,”  which included powerful, and knowledgeable people.

The Side Note…

I met a lot of wonderful people from the Autism World this weekend.  And, of course, I got to reconnect with long time friends in the Health Freedom Movement.  Generally speaking I took Monday off to rest and think about everything that happened.  So this morning I was primed and ready to go – back on the telephone.

This conference came together as a joint effort between two groups that, frankly, blend quite well.  The problem we will now face is that in May and June, just three weeks apart, the groups that came together in Long Beach are going to have two separate conferences, each planned a year in advance, and leadership for both groups is planning on attending both.

We need, of course, to make sure both conferences are incredibly successful.  Autism One is scheduled for May 25 – 29, 2011, The Westin Hotel, Lombard, Illinois.  Autism One’s opening statement says:

“We are thrilled to bring you the, “Autism Recovery on a Budget: Empowering Parents,” conference registration for FREE.

Recovery depends on education, not on how thick your wallet is. But first you need to know how to help your child. You need to know the most effective treatments and therapies. You need to know when certain interventions are appropriate and when they are not. You need to know hope is real.

It’s time to open not only our hearts, but our home. And so it is with open arms we invite you to come and share with the AutismOne family what we have learned collectively over the past decade. It’s time to embrace every family affected.

Currently constructed autism costs too much. One of the biggest obstacles to recovering children has always been the cost of educating parents. We believe answers need to be free.

Each year we learn how to do more with less and each year the conference is a reflection of the ever-growing body of accumulated knowledge.

Each year we learn more about how to prevent autism or minimize its effect. Each year we learn more about dealing with autism in adolescence and adulthood. Each year we learn more about the underlying biomedical issues at work.

This year we will have the chance to share with you what we have learned whether you are a woman thinking about having a child or a parent with a child aging out of the school system or a mom facing autism for the first time.

Read their websiteThere’s more.  Do they mean what they say?  Yup.  I met them this weekend, and they mean exactly what they say.

The next Health Freedom Expo is scheduled for June 15-17, 2012 at the beautiful Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, a Chicago suburb. You’ll be hearing much more, from me, about this.

What we did…
My goal, with this was, as I said “to get the leadership of the Health Freedom Movement and the Autism Parents into the same building to meet each other, officially, for the first time.  To talk about commonalities.  And strategies.  Become friends.  Plan a war.”

It worked.  It is the beginning.

Stay tuned…

Tim Bolen – Consumer Advocate

 

 

The Forming Alliance  – Health Freedom Movement Joining with Autism Parents…  The World has Gone Crazy – It is time to fix it…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen 

 

The social situation of Autism is a microcosm of what is going on in our current world.  There was a time, not that long ago, when America stood for good things on Planet Earth.  Now, of course, we are not there.  Our government has been usurped, as Michael Moore says, “by the 1%.”  And that 1% has no moral code whatsoever.  To them life, except for their own, is of no importance.  Wants and needs of a population are of no concern to them.  It is all about power and control.  And making money.

On the flip side, anyone with a brain can see the revolution in the streets.  The message of the Occupy and the Tea Party movements, although appearing to be from different parts of our society, is too close to call them separate movements.  Revolution is building. Continue reading The Forming Alliance  – Health Freedom Movement Joining with Autism Parents…  The World has Gone Crazy – It is time to fix it…

In Texas…

Texas is a major battle ground in the health wars.  Always has been. 

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

April 7th, 2011

What is different now is that the pace has been stepped up. “Defense” is last year’s strategy – it got part of the job done.

Now there is a shift – a big one, and it is rolling along quite nicely.  Before I tell you what’s happening, who is doing it, and where it is going, I’m going to give you a little history by showing you  a summary of an earlier campaign. Continue reading In Texas…

“Free Speech about Science Act of 2011” – ANH Takes Lead…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Sometimes we all forget how very large the North American Health Freedom Movement actually is.  Sometimes, because of its sheer size it becomes unwieldy. But, for certain, there are those that, every day, see something that needs doing – and simply do it first, reminding us all what we need to do next. Continue reading “Free Speech about Science Act of 2011” – ANH Takes Lead…

Long Beach Health Freedom 2011 Expo Huge Success…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

About 500 attendees for the George Noory panel

Last weekend I was at the Long Beach Health Freedom Expo.  The place was packed for three days.  Any quackbuster attending had to be completely intimidated.  For when I say that the “health freedom movement outnumbers them 100,000 to 1,” here, they got a practical application of what I’m talking about. Continue reading Long Beach Health Freedom 2011 Expo Huge Success…

I’m Speaking (Sigh) at the Long Beach Health Freedom Expo…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

Blame Clinton Ray Miller.

So, I get this email from Julie Whitman Kline, head person at the Health Freedom Expo, which says, in essence “How about 1:00 PM Friday in 306B?  I need a Lecture Description, a fresh bio, and a current photo…”

Julie is a lot like her Dad, Wendell.  Kind of assertive in a good way.  Pretty too – so nobody says “no.” Continue reading I’m Speaking (Sigh) at the Long Beach Health Freedom Expo…

Health Canada Under Massive Attack by Natural Products Maker…

There is an important Court proceeding coming up this Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 in a Federal Appeals Court in Calgary, Canada.

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Health Canada has already circulated two Memorandums that indicate that it knows they are going to lose this battle – and that loss will radically change the way they have to operate.  I’ll show you those memos, near the bottom of this article. Continue reading Health Canada Under Massive Attack by Natural Products Maker…

The 2011 Long Beach Health Freedom Expo…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

Friday, March 18th, 2011 The Health Freedom Expo series is in its seventh year.  It seems like just yesterday that I went to the first one over by the LA Airport.  Wendell Whitman, who I dearly miss, was wandering around by the sign-up booth worrying that not enough people would come.

Did they come?  Oh yes.  The following year the event was moved to the much larger Long Beach Convention Center.  This year, it has moved to an even larger facility yet, still at the Long Beach Convention Center – March 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2011. Continue reading The 2011 Long Beach Health Freedom Expo…

ObamaCare –  The US Health Freedom Movement is Responsible for the Best Changes – But There is Still Much Work to be Done…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen 

 

It is common knowledge that few, if any, Americans believe what US network TV tells them about health care.  Most people don’t believe what the big newspapers tell them either.  Americans think that our media is controlled – and it is.  So, Americans, even those involved in conventional, status quo, health care seek real information elsewhere. And, where do they go?  The answer to that question is readily obvious.  They get information about what is really happening from those of us in the North American Health Freedom Movement; websites, newsletters, radio shows, TV shows, conferences, public speaking engagements, legislative efforts, etc.  Continue reading ObamaCare –  The US Health Freedom Movement is Responsible for the Best Changes – But There is Still Much Work to be Done…

Doctor’s Data Laboratory Files Federal Lawsuit Against Barrett, Quackwatch, NCAHF, Consumer Health Digest..

Stephen Barrett, who has no income of his own, he claims, had to go to his wife Judith the other day, I think, and say“Honey, I need an increase in my allowance this month.  I’m getting sued in Fed Court in Chicago now, and I’m going to need $250,000 this month as a retainer, and another $100,000 per month to pay for my Defense, for the next year, or so.”

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen  

On Friday June 18th, 2010 Doctor’s Data Laboratory filed an eleven count lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Stephen J. Barrett, MD, the National Council Against Health Fraud Inc (NCAHF), Consumer Health Digest, and Quackwatch, Inc.

 

Continue reading Doctor’s Data Laboratory Files Federal Lawsuit Against Barrett, Quackwatch, NCAHF, Consumer Health Digest..

Victory Bells to RING at Health Freedom Expo Long Beach…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen 

 

The North American Health Freedom Movement (NAHFM) is charging through health care issues like General Dwight David Eisenhower smashed through Europe after D-Day on June 6th, 1944.

All over the United States, and Canada, health freedom assault armies are ripping the existing health systems to rags, and demanding REAL health care NOW.  Ten US Senators, last week, sent a letter to President George W. Bush, demanding change RIGHT NOW – and Bush responded pretty much by saying “sounds good to me – let’s do it.” Continue reading Victory Bells to RING at Health Freedom Expo Long Beach…

US HealthCare System Implodes – “Health Freedom” is Here…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

The US healthcare system  is falling in on itself, and it is about time.  Change is in the air, and it won’t take long.  Rated 72nd in quality worldwide – but number one in cost, it has become the number one killer of Americans.

American industry, quietly, over the last few years, took the Bush Administration by the throat, so-to-speak, and demanded, and got, legislation moving consumer health choices out of the hands of the mega-greedy health insurance industry and into the hands of those same consumers. Continue reading US HealthCare System Implodes – “Health Freedom” is Here…

“Health Freedom Wins” Increase Worldwide…

Opinion by Health Freedom Advocate Tim Bolen

 

“Health Freedom” is winning everywhere.  Everywhere, that is, where strategy and tactical teams have taken the time to organize, make a plan, execute the plan, etc.  Winning against “Big Pharma,” and their sleazy minions, is becoming embarrassingly easy.

“Big Pharma” is losing.  The New York Times reports: Continue reading “Health Freedom Wins” Increase Worldwide…

Canadian “Health Freedom” Wins a BIG ONE…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

The Canadian “Health Freedom” movement spells the word “AGGRESSIVE” in all capital letters.  A few years ago concerned citizens from all across Canada gathered together and decided, like Californians, that they wanted “the best health care they could get – and they wanted it RIGHT NOW…”

What they do not want is a “Big Pharma” controlled “drugs, drugs, and more drugs” based health care system. Continue reading Canadian “Health Freedom” Wins a BIG ONE…

Health Freedom Protection Act (HR 4282) Introduced Into US Congress…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) was originally designed to serve the needs of the American public.

Of course, these days, it does no such thing – it is owned, outright, by “Big Pharma,” the very industry it is supposed to regulate. Continue reading Health Freedom Protection Act (HR 4282) Introduced Into US Congress…

California Medical Board Hears FINAL “Enforcement Monitor” Report – and Changes Direction…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

This story is about the biggest victory in the history of health freedom battles EVER. 

It was a banner day, last Thursday, November 3rd, 2005, in California, for the powerful North American Health Freedom Movement.  Years of hard work, organizing, button-holing of legislators and the governor’s office, educating the media, making alliances where we never had before – paid off.  In spades…

The once powerful quackbuster” influence in California health care politics was broken, years ago now, and, as of last Thursday, the apparatus it set up to control health care in California has been dismantled.  Health care quality has, once again, been brought under the control of the citizens of California.  And, things are about to change radically.

Very radically.  For the California Medical Board is the first State to officially shift its focus – and will now target, en masse, and with new muscle, and new funding, those responsible for “organized medicine” being the number one killer of Americans.

The report Death by Medicine,” released earlier this year shows that “It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States“:

The number one cause of unnecessary death in the United States, called Iatrogenic deaths  (783,986) is shown in the table below, re-printed by permission of the authors:

Condition Deaths Cost Author
Hospital ADR 106,000 $12 billion Lazarou1 Suh49
Medical error 98,000   $2 billion  IOM
Bedsores 115,000 $55 billion Xakellis7 Barczak8
Infection 88,000 $5 billion Weinstein9 MMWR10
Malnutrition 108,800 ——–  Nurses Coalition11
Outpatient ADR 199,000 $77 billion Starfield12 Weingart112
Unnecessary Procedures 37,136  $122 billion HCUP3,13
Surgery-Related  32,000 $9 billion AHRQ85
TOTAL 783,936 $282 billion

The number two cause of unnecessary death in the United States is Heart Disease. Statistics show “The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697.”

The number three cause of unnecessary death in the United States is Cancer.  Statistics show “the annual cancer death rate, 553,251.”

The total number of known unnecessary deaths, per year, directly due to the American Medical System is 2,036,884.

For years the staff of the California med board, like most other State health regulatory agencies, focused their attacks on “good” doctors – those that stepped out of the drugs, drugs, and more drugs paradigm to find newer and better solutions for their patient problems – and conspicuously ignored the activities of the “bad “doctors – those that were responsible, of late, for making “organized medicine” that number one killer of Americans.

It was, and is, commonly believed that California med board enforcement teams made decisions to spend limited enforcement dollars prosecuting doctors not on the seriousness of their actions, but on their potential to NOT be able to afford a defense.

In other words – they went for the “easy hit.” 

The California based Union of American Physicians & Dentists (UAPD) once told me that about 55% of all California MDs were “solo practitioners,” working in small, individual offices – but that 95% of the prosecutions by the med board were filed against those same “solo” practitioners.

Why?  four reasons, I think. 

(1) Because doctors working for hospitals, HMOs, etc., had the protection of HUGE legal defense budgets, and the services of lawyers that could wipe the floor with anything the med board could face them with.

(2)  Hospitals will not report MD problems to the Medical Board – hiding from the board their activities – to protect their defective doctors.

(3)  State investigators and prosecutors had been focused on prosecuting “good” doctors through alleged “training” (propaganda) provided, I think, by the Federation of State Medical Board (FSMB), and other “quackbuster influenced, or controlled, groups.

(4)  Investigators and prosecutors are, simply, poorly trained in the issues, and functionally incapable, of even understanding the complex issues of health care enforcement.

As you have read from one of my earlier newsletters – The American Medical System is Broken…”

So, what actually happened? 

Thursday, the California Medical Board heard the FINAL report of the “Enforcement Monitor,” thrust on them, at our request, by the California legislature.  The Board, and the board staff, have already adopted, and put in place, fifty (50) of the sixty-five (65) recommendations in the FINAL report.  Within that report is a significant change in focus – and the setting up of the apparatus, including the legislation, and the additional funding necessary, to go after “bad” doctors  – with a vengeance.

California, to its credit, has become the first State to proactively address the horrifying fact that “organized medicine” is the number one killer of Americans – and do something about it.

I applaud the members of the California Legislature and the Medical Board for this LANDMARK action.

The report, frankly a model for every State, addresses seven basic issues of enforcement – in detail.  The report, upwards of two hundred (200) pages outlines how an enforcement agency actually works, and makes recommendations on how to improve it.  Download a copy of this startling report for yourself, by clicking here. 

So, what do we do with this? 

This report will be officially presented by delegates of the California Medical Board to the Federation of States Medical Board (FSMB) in April of 2006 – and  I have no doubt that the  New York ad agency that controls the “quackbuster operation will conduct a campaign to stop this process from going nationwide.

However, the powerful North American Health Freedom Movement has groups in every State.  I urge all of you to consider formally presenting California’s actions, and report, to each State’s Medical Board – and very nicely, but insistently, demand that they do exactly the same thing – and if they don’t – go immediately to the State Capitol, and sit down with the Chairman of the Senate and the House of Representative’s Health Committee – and lay the cards on the table…

In summary – we started out to simply get the staff off the backs of cutting edge MDs, and other practitioners in California – and we changed the practice of California medicine forever.  Take a look at the numbers in the graph above – won’t it be nice to reduce those numbers to near zero?

Yes, this is  the biggest victory in the history of health freedom battles EVER.  For years we’ve been fending off attacks from the very people that were massively killing Americans – we’ve turned the tables.

In California we have more to do.  “Victory” just makes us work harder.

Stay tuned…

Tim Bolen – Consumer Advocate

“Health Freedom” Counter Attacks – Big Time…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

The world-wide war between “health” and “medicine,” “conventional” and “alternative,” rages across continents.  “Big Pharma,” in an almost uncontrolled panic in the US, is shoveling so much cash, by the truck and trainload, at US television networks, trying to buy their way back to Americans, it’s laughable.

If you thought North American television was buried in “drug ads” last year, this year is far worse.  Sheer panic has hit the drug world.  New York ad agencies are in a heyday. Continue reading “Health Freedom” Counter Attacks – Big Time…

The Coming “US Health Movement v. Big Pharma” Codex War…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

This morning I received an e-mail from my attorney friend, and fellow health activist, Ralph Fucetola, The Vitamin Lawyer, telling me about the victory in Europe against the “European Food Directive”.  It was held, by the Court, to be invalid.  Here’s what Ralph said: Continue reading The Coming “US Health Movement v. Big Pharma” Codex War…