The role of Holistic Vision International has always been one of helping families and individuals find balance in healthcare. We promote the use of holistic teams, and as such hope to offer more than just one perspective on any health-related issue.
Director Emily Isaacson has strived to remain neutral on the issue of immunizations that affects many parents today. Even when asked for her counsel, she has reaffirmed that immunizations are a personal decision that you alone can make, and would refuse to influence her patients.
It is with this neutrality that she chose today to address the Canadian Medical Association's move to involve the school system in administrating student vaccination rates.
Open Letter to the Canadian Medical Association
from Holistic Vision International
August 27, 2015
Dear Cindy Forbes, MD, President,
Canadian Medical Association,
1867 Alta Vista Dr.
Ottawa Ont. K1G 5W8;
Holistic Vision International is an amnesty for
holistic healthcare patients, and our goal is to bring international
communication and advocacy to a global community, for the purpose of successful
nutrition and natural medicine practices worldwide.
As a human rights organization that supports the
global practices of natural medicine, we cannot support the recent motion of
the Canadian Medical Association to employ the school system to reinforce only
orthodox or Western medicine practices.
We believe that the right to choose natural
medicine is a human right, defended by our amnesty.
The right to choose a naturopath as a primary
care physician is a human right, along with its medicine, treatment, and
The Canadian Medical Association’s desire to
force compliance with immunization by asking schools demand proof of
immunization from students violates basic human rights in the following manner:
It doesn’t ask that parents be educated on making
this choice, and respond in an educated way to the best of their awareness.
It doesn’t give parents a clear yes or no choice
in the matter.
It assumes people are just hesitant to subject
their child to routine vaccinations and can be convinced otherwise.
It assumes health authorities may pressure
parents into immunizations or force children to stay at home regardless of
It assumes orthodox medicine may force compliance
of individuals using the school system. As such, it promotes discrimination
against those who choose natural medicine as a philosophy, holistic lifestyle
practices, and naturopaths as primary care physicians.
It negates the idea that there is a trend among
consumers toward a more holistic framework, holistic teams in healthcare, and
the use of holistic medicine.
It encourages doctors to work against the
judgement of other health care professionals who may have advised the consumer
or patient in their best interest. There are sensitive children who do not wish
to be exposed to these communicable diseases, and sensitive children who do not
wish to be immunized. Both sides inflame the issue, making it an emotional one
for many parents.
We ask that you would reconsider your approach to
providing healthcare services, and the pressure you have put on doctors to
force their patient to comply. Although your motives are in the interest of
saving lives, we now know that even life saved must be in accordance with the
patient’s desire to be well and achieve personal wellness. We understand that a
person’s wellness is influenced by their family members, health care providers,
counsellors, education and life experience.
As such, the Canadian Medical Association cannot
use the school system in Canada to force orthodoxy. This approach is no longer
permissible. We can only encourage wellness, we can only educate, but we must
do so in a way that is inclusive of peoples from all medicine backgrounds. As such, cannot omit that our knowledge of
conflict resolution and mediation come from an inclusive standpoint, inviting
As a representative of HVI and the many people
who trust that they have the liberty to make healthcare choices, I am asking
that you invite all health care professionals into dialogue. I believe this is
involved in helping people make important health choices for their future and
that of their children.
Sincerely and in good faith,
Emily Isaacson, executive director
Holistic Vision International
P.O. Box 3366