Mar 2, 2006
There are so many, many good petitions related to health, it was hard picking just ten! I narrowed it down to the ten that I believe to be the most important based on several factors--the ones which affect the most of us in direct relation to health; our right to have the choice to take care of our health the way WE see fit; to not be poisoned against our will; and to be told the truth about matters regarding our health.
Please take the time to sign these, and then visit the Petition Site to sign some of the many good ones I did not include! (There are some disability ones that are really good, and that cosmetics one, and the ones about tobacco and kids...please take a moment to decide what's important to you!)
Here are the ten that I chose. I believe these are extremely important for everyone living on earth!
Constitutional Protection of Medical Diversity
Health consumers demand a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing freedom to choose among health systems freely; and diverse health professionals to practice freely with the same licensing and insurance benefits as allopathic doctors and hospitals; without government or organized medical opposition.
Put Your Health Choices Back in Your Hands
It's your health, and when you're a patient the treatment you receive should be your decision. The Access to Medical Treatment Act (AMTA) currently being considered by Congress gives back the authority to patients and their doctors to use medical treatments and devices that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
AMTA will make alternative medical treatments more accessible to the public, and give many patients who face life-threatening afflictions another viable option in their health care choices.
The LAST thing we need is LESS testing of dangerous chemicals: The US fails to require any testing for more than 95% of the chemicals currently in commerce. Why fight AGAINST testing chemicals for dangerous health risks?
It does not make sense, but "the Bush administration is siding with the U.S. chemical industry to wage an unusually aggressive campaign against European proposals that would require testing tens of thousands of chemicals for potential health and environmental hazards..." (Wall Street Journal, 9/9/03). Just last week, the administration stepped up their efforts - U.S. diplomats in the EU were instructed to lobby against these tests (Financial Times, 3/28/04).
Tell your Representative to keep our food safe!
A large and growing number of scientists and physicians throughout the world are voicing serious concerns over the development of genetically engineered foods and the irreversible genetic pollution of our natural food supply.
We are being asked to strongly urge the passage of legislation and policies to mandate: an immediate minimum 5-year moratorium on the release of all genetically engineered organisms; the establishment of rigorous pre-market safety testing protocols and the continued viability of an uncontaminated food source for America; and full disclosure through the clear and accurate labeling.
UPDATE, 3/1/06: Your emails are working! The House has just delayed the vote on H.R. 4167 - originally scheduled for March 2nd - to allow for debate on the bill and any amendments. Keep up the pressure - it's working!
Congress will vote next week on a bill that would gut state food safety and labeling laws, endangering the food you eat. H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," lowers the bar on food safety by overturning state food safety laws that are not "identical" to federal law. Hundreds of state laws and regulations are at risk, including those governing the safety of milk and shellfish.
Industry-sponsored H.R. 4167 is gaining momentum and must be stopped! Act now! Protect yourself and others from unsafe food by writing your Representative and urging them to vote NO on H.R. 4167.
We deserve to know the full truth about the drugs being marketed and prescribed to us!
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) often has access to drug safety risks, but does not make them public -- keeping researchers, doctors and patients in the dark.
It's time to stop the blame game and protect consumers. Clinical trials should be made public so important safety information is available to everyone and drug advertisements are clear about potential harmful side effects.
Here's a shocking fact: more Americans die each year from hospital-acquired infections than from auto accidents and homicides combined. An estimated 90,000 people die every year from hospital-acquired infections, yet hospitals still don't have to disclose their rates of infection. Hospitals don't even have to report their infection rates to the regulators who are responsible for making sure they meet basic standards.
A few states are taking action against this deadly health care problem by giving consumers information about how well their local hospitals control infections. But in most states, hospital infection rates are still secret. It's time to make hospitals a safe place.
Factory farming industry members are trying to usurp the "organic" label and use it on chickens that they raise in extremely inhumane, factory farming conditions.
As the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB ) Livestock Committee meets to establish national standards for organic poultry, giant corporations are intensively lobbying the Board to allow their industrialized factories to be certified as "organic!" If allowed, it will only strengthen an industry that does immeasurable harm to animals and the environment.
Prevent the Misuse of Antibiotics
The misuse of antibiotics is leading to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are causing increasing numbers of serious, difficult-to-treat illnesses in humans.
The Preservation of Antibiotics for Human Treatment Act (S. 2508) will phase out the routine feeding of medically important antibiotics to healthy livestock and poultry. The poultry and livestock industries have been major culprits in the overuse of antibiotics.
The American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the World Health Organization and other leading health organizations are on record opposing both the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.
Increasing evidence suggests that toxic chemicals and pollutants are contributing to the high rates of breast cancer in the United States. Exposures to these toxins when we are young may lead to the development of breast cancer when we are older. Yet, the government allows the spraying of potentially carcinogenic pesticides to be sprayed on our children's schools!
The School Environment Protection Act (SEPA) provides basic levels of protection for children and school staff from the use of pesticides in public school buildings and on school grounds.
Please join environmental, public health, education and children's advocates in voicing your support of the Schools Environment Protection Act.
Mar 2, 2006 4:29pm
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