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ANH fights so that Americans can choose from a full menu of healthcare options because we have a right to take care of our bodies however we choose. Health autonomy means we should be able to choose the remedies and the practitioners that best fit our needs. Too often, this choice is restricted by those who favor a single approach, like pharmaceutical drugs. Health autonomy also means we have the right to say “no” to medical treatments we do not want.

We should all have the freedom to refuse medical procedures like vaccination, but many states, and even Congress, attempt to pass bills restricting this basic freedom by eliminating exemptions to vaccines or mandating certain vaccines. We advocate to block bills that would mandate vaccination and support bills that protect your freedom of choice to make your own decisions for you and your family’s health.

Evidence shows that autoimmune patients are at greater risk of serious adverse events from COVID vaccination. At the same time, there is increasing societal pressure to get vaccinated as privileges are conferred to those who choose to get the COVID vaccines. We believe the public should be fully informed of the risks of medical procedures and that autoimmune patients should not be discriminated against for refusing a procedure that is riskier for them.

The FDA is threatening to ban personalized compounded bioidentical hormones, like estriol, that millions of American women rely on. As the largest natural health non-profit engaging on this issue, we’re educating Congress on the threat to these vital medications and fighting the FDA tooth and nail to protect access to compounded bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

The FDA is threatening the very future of homeopathy, having declared all currently marketed homeopathic medicines to be illegal. ANH is working at all levels— grassroots, legislative, and legal to ensure consumers can access homeopathic medicines to support their health.

ANH works at the state level to advocate for legislation to permit the licensing of naturopathic doctors (ND). Licensure allows NDs to communicate their level of training and education to consumers. Importantly, ANH-supported ND licensure programs do not prohibit other health professionals, such as “traditional” naturopaths who have not had the same training as NDs, from continuing to practice. Consumers should be able to decide for themselves what type of practitioner best fits their needs.

ANH works at the state level supporting bills to make sure that consumers can access the nutrition professionals that best suit their needs. Too often, particular trade associations, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), try to exclude other professionals from practicing. In effect this often means that practitioners who don’t ascribe to a narrow set of conventional practices are unable to compete. ANH advocates for free and open markets where consumers can choose which credentials and level of education they prefer.

Health Autonomy News

Legal Jeopardy for Homeopathy
06/30/2022
As the FDA dangles the axe over homeopathy at the federal level, states are (and have been) getting...
Statins Increase Diabetes Risk by 38%
06/30/2022
By Joseph Mercola, DO According to a 2020 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Se...
Supplement Bans Courtesy of Junk Science
06/28/2022
In banning higher dose vitamins, regulators ignore benefits and exaggerate risks. Action Alert! ...
Censors Remove Control Group Report from Preprint Server
06/28/2022
From ANH-International Last week we announced we’d analyzed a sample of the survey dat...
COVID Vax Approved for Babies
06/24/2022
The march toward a yearly COVID shot for young children continues. The FDA has amended the emerg...
Liposomal Vitamins: Should We Believe the Hype?
06/24/2022
Do liposomal vitamins deliver on their promises? We weigh the evidence. Liposomal vitamins have ...