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

On July 2, at 11:30 pm, the historic Alternative Medical Practice Act was passed by the NYS legislature, at the end of a tumultuous session. Several weeks later, Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law. The votes in the Senate and Assembly were virtually unanimous. The bill will protect unconventional doctors from prosecution and beneÞt patients in search of medical freedom of choice. The main provisions are:
  • It recognizes the role of legitimate non-conventional medical treatments.
  • It places two non-conventional physicians on the state Board of Medical Conduct.
  • It promotes greater participation by these unconventional physicians in handling misconduct cases involving clinical practice.
  • It directs a panel to study whether specialists should be consulted in investigations of professional medical conduct.
  • The passage of this landmark New York State bill was a tremendous victory for the alternative health movement. Credit goes to a broad coalition of forces that has come together over the last Þve years and that turned out in force for the hearings in Albany last Dec. 14 [C.C. #19]. Particular credit goes to the Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine (FAIM) and its dynamic lobbyist, Monica Miller. They overcame opposition from the New York State health department.
  • New York is now the Þfth state since 1990 to enact such legislation, following the lead of Alaska, Washington, North Carolina and Oklahoma. This Albany victory may stimulate similar efforts in many other states, including a key state, California, which currently has stringent anti-alternative medicine laws on the books.

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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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