Give a Gift to Support Your Freedom to Practice as a Herbalist

Dear Green Friend,

Did you know that even in this age of ‘modern medical wonders’ it is still illegal to practice herbalism in most of the states in America?  We are one of the few countries in the world where it’s illegal to practice one of the world’s oldest (and safest) healing arts. With the health care crisis the way it is, it is more important than ever for herbalists to be able to share this ancient healing knowledge and to be able to practice without fear of persecution.

The National Health Freedom Coalition (NHFC) is an organization that has been working tirelessly for the past 18 years to raise public awareness about health freedom issues and the right for personal choice when it comes to medical care.  More importantly, the NHFC works to educate about effective solutions, such as safe harbor exemption bills that protect herbalists and holistic health care providers from being persecuted under conventional medical practice laws.  Safe harbor exemption laws are sane, safe and sound, and while protecting unlicensed practitioners of traditional healing arts they also protect the public from unsound practices.

NHFC is working hand in hand with their sister advocacy organization, National Health Freedom Action (NHFA), who actually lobbies to make these legislative changes.  I am honored to serve on the board of directors for NHFA  because I believe so passionately in this work ~ the right of the American people to have freedom of choice when it comes to their health care and the right for herbalists and other holistic health care providers to practice traditional healing arts free from fear of persecution.  Even Hippocrates, long considered the Father of Modern Medicine, could have been arrested in America today for practicing his healing profession; Hippocrates was an herbalist!

The exciting news is that we are making progress; there are currently eleven states with some form of safe harbor exemption law in place. Maine’s law just passed this spring.  Massachusetts and Wisconsin have introduced good bills and with the help of the NHFA is moving forward.  There are momentum ~ and its growing! We need to work together to get this accomplished in all 50 states!  In our lifetime ~ it can be done!!

The NHFC & NHFA are small organizations doing a big job and they need the support of everyone who believes in health freedom rights and the right for herbalists to be able to practice their traditional healing arts.   We work on a small budget accomplishing huge tasks, but we need your support.  On Giving Tuesday I encourage each of you to “Give Back” for freedom of choice in health care. Support the work of the National Health Freedom Coalition and National Health Freedom Action.  Your contribution helps us protect your personal health freedom rights and our right to practice as herbalists and other traditional healing arts.

With enduring green gratitude,

Rosemary Gladstar 

If you’re as passionate as we are about health freedom, then we hope you’ll consider supporting the National Health Freedom Coalition on this #GivingTuesday!

In case you’re wondering about the importance of your gift, here’s how the National Health Freedom Coalition will make the MOST of your generous contribution:

• Ensure holistic practitioners are able to freely practice without fear of being prosecuted

• Require food producers and manufacturers to disclose harmful substances or genetic modification (GMOs)

• Promote parental choice on children’s health care, including vaccinations

A good bargain puts a smile on your face.

But giving back?

Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an underground dictatorship…. To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a republic. The Constitution should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom” ~ Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence