Dear Friend of CFI Michigan,
On September 12, 2019, the Michigan House Committee on Health Policy will vote on legislation (HB 4710) that permits the licensure of acupuncturists to practice a veritable grab bag of pseudoscientific treatments. This bill is virtually identical to legislation that politicians tried to ram through the legislature last year. It’s up to us to stop this bill in its tracks.
Make no mistake: This legislation would allow unqualified actors to deceive vulnerable patients into paying for a host of sham treatments that carry health risks while providing absolutely no medical benefit. In a phony list of “East Asian Medicine Techniques,” the bill dramatically expands the types of disproven treatments that “acupuncturists” can foist on their patients. This wish list for quackery includes homeopathy, a scientifically discredited form of treatment that originated in eighteenth century Germany. In 2016, partly due to CFI’s advocacy, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned homeopathy marketers that they may be found to be illegally misleading consumers unless they state clearly on homeopathy product labels that “1) there is no scientific evidence that the product works; and 2) the product’s claims are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700s that are not accepted by most modern medical experts.” (It’s also why CFI is suing CVS and Wal-Mart for marketing this bunk alongside science-based medicine).
The wish list also includes moxibustion, cupping, and the administration of “herbal medicines” that do not meet Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety and efficacy. Providing for the licensure of this ill-defined set of practices will undeservedly confer the legitimacy of the State of Michigan to a pseudomedicine industry that is systematically misleading and ineffective.
We need you to contact your state representative today and tell them to reject this harmful legislation when it comes up for a vote! For the sake of patient health and safety, we can’t let this bill become law in Michigan.
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Director of Government Affairs
Center for Inquiry
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