Why I Joined The Pastoral Medical Association

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I became acquainted with the Pastoral Medical Association (PMA) several years ago as a energy healer when I found out that there was a movement to remove the the licenses and Doctorates of Natural Path Doctors in Colorado.  I had also heard of several professional Emotional Freedom  Practitioners and Holistic Practitioners who were taken to Court by the State Licensing Board of Colorado for practicing healing without a licensed.

It seemed the State Licensing Board of Colorado, probably spur on by the pharmaceutical companies was making a test case against all alternative practitioners.  Seeing this as a trend I applied for membership and was granted a Diplomat Status and passed all requirements to  become a licensed professional member of the PMA.

The PMA is is is a self governing international, ecclesiastical (spiritually based) assembly of health care practitioners. The main distinction of a Ecclesiastic organization is  separation of church and state.  This status gives the PMA their own right to govern themselves without government interference.   The PMA was also set up to take a stand against the infringement of Government and dictates of State Licensing Boards and to empower and protect all healers right to practice with freedom from fear of persecution from the state. The PMA  is a rapidly growing institute made up of all levels of Mental Health and Health Care Workers which includes: Medical Doctors, Chiropractors and Alternative Health Practitioners who wish to practice with greater  security and ease without  fear of legal harassment and intervention from any Court or Agency.

“Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.

They come to us not knowing that truth.

We are at our best when we give this doctor inside

each person the chance to do his job.”

  Dr. Albert Schweitzer, M.D.

There were impressive findings reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 1998 Vol. 280, No. 18 .) that there is a increasing number of people turning away from traditional  health care treatment with  47.3 % increase in total visits to alternative health practitioners. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine also reports that more than 42% of Americans now use alternative medicine practitioners to address their physical, mental and emotional health and wellness concerns.

They also showed that people turned to alternative medicine consultants mostly because natural health care more closely mirrors their own values, beliefs, and philosophical orientations toward life.

In a Health Psychology Update – Vol 13 issue 3 July 2004.  The psychology of complementary and alternative medicine. Adrian Furnham reported that the success of alternative health care was varied but essentially boils down to more and more people are dismayed with traditional health care systems and they are looking to become a more active participant rather than a passive recipient.

These active participants also believe in a mind body connection and believe that interventions at the psychological, social and spiritual level are  relevant and important as well as they want to learn how to take better care of themselves with relevant  information and skills.

It’s understandable that the FDA and The Pharmaceutical companies would be alarmed at these findings.  They would perhaps begrudgingly allow people to be in charge of their spiritual well being but be very dubious and threaten by individuals becoming more conscious and empowered to take charge of their physical, mental and emotional well being.

Individuals actually being taught to understand and  learn from their illnesses.  Imagine people learning self help skills to work with their body rather than against it.  You can see the traditional Health Care Establishment shaking heads and hear their dismay and crying out already ” How preposterous!” “What will they think of next?”  “If People don’t see their body as a separate mysterious entity that has to be handed over to outside authority to be diagnosed, labeled and treated by someone with expert training or be giving drugs and surgury to attack and destroy the aligning thing that’s bothering them, what will the pharmaceutical and traditional mental health establishment do?  The whole health care financial profit making establishment may be in trouble and come to an end.  Why, the pharmaceutical company will have to sell something besides drugs which have 10 or more side effects creating other problems along with  prescription drugs being the leading cause of death.

It’s Time for People around the Globe to t

ake their Health into their own hands

Timothy J. Ryan, Ph.D.D.Div.

More and more people are learning to listen to their own inner wisdom and seeking to work in partnership with their Complimentary Health Care Practitioner regarding physical, mental, and emotional health issues.   It’s no surprise that the Traditional Health Care Establishment and pharmaceutical companies are alarmed at the revolutionary paradigm shift taking place as people wake up to understanding there mind body connection.  It’s no wonder the pharmaceutical companies are constantly sending their lobbyist to Washington D.C. to pressure the State legislatures to do away with these crack pots.  It is a well known fact that the Pharmaceutical Companies pay big sums of money to keep the FDA in line and even place their own CEOs as Directors of the FDA.

“Some day the medical profession will wake up

and realize that unresolved emotional issues are the

main cause of 85% of all illnesses.

When they do, EFT will be one of their primary

healing tools …. as it is for me.”

– Eric Robins, MD – 

Did you know the FDA has such a strangle hold on M.D.s that a medical doctor can go to jail if he or she offers anything other than chemotherapy as a prescribed  treatment for cancer even though Chemo has such a poor record of success and can actually cause cancer. There are also other proven techniques that cure cancer without horrific side effects.

  see http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/burzynski-the-movie-cancer-is-serious-business/

Recently I read there is an attempt to legislate and put vitamins under the control of the FDA.  see http://www.naturalnews.com/028257_Senator_McCain_dietary_supplements.html This would effectively remove vitamins from the consumer market.  The law proposed by Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona is stated to protect the public and give the public choice however the Bill clearly takes away consumers’ existing rights to choose supplements and gives arbitrary authority to the FDA which is not about “giving consumers choice”.   It is long known that the FDA is even more hostile toward the herbal vitamin industry  even though vitamins  have been proven safe for the public which can not be said for the drug companies.

In recent years I’ve noticed that confidentiality and privacy of records have  also become an increasing concern for the helping profession. It appears that the size of insurance companies and health care agencies has become so great and that transfer of data between different parties has become an increasing problem because of the shear size of record keeping.

Rostolsky told HealthITSecurity.com. “Breaches are a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’  … “That being said, breaches happen. Even to entities that are very proactively compliant. Making smart HR decisions will also be essential to data breach prevention, especially in relation to insider breaches, Rostolsky maintained.  He continue sayiing  “I’ve seen a lot of hacking incidents in healthcare, more so now, and that’s concerning,” he said. “It’s going to be difficult to always get in front of that..”  http://healthitsecurity.com/news/lawyers-break-down-2016-hipaa-audits-connected-devices

Violations became so bad that a supplemental act was passed in 2009 called The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act which supports the enforcement of HIPAA requirements by raising the penalties of health organizations that violate HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The HITECH Act was formed in response to health technology development and increased use, storage and transmittal of electronic health information.

This is an ongoing problem with HIPAA.  (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) so much so that it is impossible to give them all the required clinical data for insurance  forms that are continually passed around from one department to the next and insure that is kept from being compromised.

At face value, HIPPA allows for the release of records in response to a subpoena  without a clients consent or even their knowledge.  Insurance companies actually require therapist to give information regarding diagnosis, pathological symptoms and how many times patient has self destructive tendencies etc. HIPPA claims that it takes privacy very seriously and all information is legally protected and all patient information is confidential.  http://www.zurinstitute.com/subpoena.html –

There are also provisions to have your attorney file a motion to quash the subpoena on protection of client-therapist privilege and the clients privacy however the court will ultimately rule on the motion, settling the question of whether the therapist must testify in person or on camera or turn over records.  http://www.zurinstitute.com/subpoena.html – top

It continually amazes me, however, how often mental health clinicians are forced to turn over their notes when legal issues arises. Mental health professionals even after talking to their attorneys will respond to general subpoenas since they appear to be court orders, which must be followed, or risk a contempt of court citation. However, although subpoenas for records, deposition or trial testimony are “court orders” or “writs of court” which should be complied with;  It should be noted that in most states,  it is considered illegal to turn over notes in that there are usually provisions that take precedence, however that doesn’t stop it from happening. http://www.zurinstitute.com/subpoena.html – top   

Client notes can be subpoenaed and if that doesn’t work the clinician is subpoenaed to testify anytime by the Court deems it is necessary especially when the clients are forced into signing a release.  When this often happens in custody battles, there is little a mental health therapist can do when ordered to testify.  The Clinician along with his notes are disposed and any all information is submitted as evidence, as records or documents, before a court or other deliberative body is mandatory or be in contempt of Court and face jail time.

Signing the PMA Member Share Network Agreement Avoids all HIPPA  And Subpoena Problems

As mentioned earlier Ecclesiastic (spiritual) organizations because of their separation of church and state status have their own government bylaws.   Another benefit of the Pastoral Medical Association as a governing body is that it also has clients sign a “Member Share Network Agreement”  (MSA) When signing the MSA,  the client voluntarily opts out of the HIPPA Doctor Patient Relationship, and avoids any problems resulting in the state and court having no jurisdictions over PMA, the therapist or its membership.   Neither the therapist nor the government can exercise “power over” the ecclesiastic government body.  The second amendment guarantees the government shall have no power over the church.

There is no reporting to be done since there is no insurance carrier. The Therapist operates on a member to member relationship, one member helping another “power with” rather than a “power over”  There is no  Dr. Patient and Holy Spirit not the doctor is the authority over the patient. The court does not have jurisdiction over you, the client or the case notes.

The other benefit is that there is complete and absolute confidentiality.   There is no reporting to be done.  Consequently there can be no data breaches.  The state and court system have nothing to do and can not get access to any data held in confidence.  The therapist and client signed an agreement to become equals and there is only collaboration among the two.

In this way, the sessions become a working partnership, member to member, free from any outside reporting requirements or legislative interference and control.  The PMA Member Share Agreement guarantees under the constitution’s second amendment and articles of the PMA in that all records and information between one members of an ecclesiastic body helping another is the sole property of the PMA and held in the strictest of confidence.   Your client notes can never be subpoenaed for any reason by anyone.  This provision keeps your notes absolutely privileged and safe from any person, agency or court.

“The doctor of the future

 will give no medicine but will

 interest his patients in the care of human frame,

 in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

 –Thomas Alva Edison

In view of the above I ask everyone to check out the PMA web site.

On the site, you will find interesting information and when you register there are other benefits as well.

 There is no charge for registering for Member Share  Network Agreement and you can opt out at any time.

For my own protection and yours please see Legal Disclaimer and once you decide to see me  register for The PMA Member Share Network agreement.  You can opt out anytime.   Register for THE FREE PMA MEMBER SHARE NETWORK

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