PARTI QUEBECOIS PROGRAM
ENDORSES ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

From The Cancer Chronicles #23
© Sept. 1994 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

The Parti Québécois (PQ), one of the two main political parties in the Canadian province of Québéc, has a good chance of winning the upcoming election next month. It is therefore highly signiÞcant that the PQ has become the Þrst major political party in North America to endorse access to alternative medicine as a major plank in its party program.

According to the program, "Des Idées Pour Mon Pays" (Ideas for My Country), the healing professions in general are in trouble. One solution, they believe, is to expand the role of alternative treatments.

The program suggests that the restrictive Article 31 of the Medical Law, hated by alternative practitioners, would be amended so as to redeÞne what constitutes a medical act. In addition, an independent body would be established, "composed of representatives of alternative therapists, the public and the government." The purpose of this body would be to enroll alternative therapists (les therapeutes) in a register that would be available to the general public; to "certify" therapists in the non-toxic medical disciplines; to spread information about therapies and therapists; to establish norms for the certiÞcation of such therapists; to recognize alternative professional associations; to accredit schools; etc.

Since alternative treatments now are not automatically covered by the national health insurance, the PQ raises the possibility that it might create a parallel alternative medicine health service. It also envisions rewarding people who use alternative measures, i.e. "those who have had the wisdom of adopting an attitude of prevention and maintaining themselves in a state of health."

It also calls for "serious research on the efÞcacy of alternative treatments and their integration into the health care system." Finally, it gives to all the citizens of Québéc, "the freedom to use the therapy of their choice and to consult the healer who suits them."

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Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.



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