Late on the night of September 23rd,
Clifford Carnicom, founder
and president of Carnicom Institute, set out by train from Spokane,
to attend the 2014 United States Health Freedom Congress in St. Paul
Minnesota. He was
invited by Diane
Miller, JD, Director of Law and Public Policy for the National Health
Coalition (NHFC), and the National Health Freedom Action. These organizations bring
from across the country who are working toward health freedoms and the
which can secure these freedoms for people in the United States. Clifford was honored to be
invited and to
offer a view of his work to people unfamiliar with it.
At the same time, he was eager to learn about
the work of the other members. I
interviewed Clifford upon his return.
KW: Clifford, you seem very eager to
share your experience of the
Health Freedom Congress. What
there? What's it
CEC: I am excited by my experience
there. It was so
encouraging to see that many other
organizations are working along similar lines as Carnicom Institute. We each have our different
focus areas, of
course, but generally we are working to provide a climate in which
access to health care of their choosing, rather than being forced into
accepting health care that does not fit with their values and
probably heard the stories about
people losing their children because they refused a certain course of
prescribed and mandated treatment.
National Health Freedom Coalition is at the forefront of a movement
give people the rights to decide for themselves what kind of healthcare
want without being penalized for their choices.
The NHFC also created the legislation to protect
in what are called Safe Harbor Laws.
safe harbor provides protection so that those providing alternative
will not be penalized for practicing medicine which falls outside the
Clifford. I hear
about people whose
practices have been closed down by the authorities for practicing
without a license, even though these people did have licenses or
in their chosen field of alternative medicine.
CEC: Conventional medical
professionals have, in many cases, been
given powers that far exceed what is reasonable and it was never
intended to be
so. It all depends
on how you define
states have passed health
freedom legislation that was spearheaded by the NHFC.
This legislation is sweeping the nation and
more than two dozen other states are working on similar legislation.
define the scope of licensing, as well as support the freedoms to which
are entitled. People
have a right to
informed consent and a right to choose.
KW: Why did they ask you to come?
CEC: They recognize that CI and
scores of other organizations are
working along the same lines. The
of the organizations which make up the NHFC encompass a broad range of
including vaccines and GMOs. They
gradually increasing the scope of issues they are bringing to the
year they decided it was important to begin learning about
extended the discussion to include the
full range of the research, which includes bioengineering as well.
KW: How did you bring this issue to
the people attending?
CEC: The conference was structured
to allow for discussion in
smaller groups. There
presentations by voting members of the congress, of which I was one. But though I was not one
of the speakers, I
was working and making connections whenever I could... in the hallways,
breaks, and in the small groups. Many
connections and understandings were reached, but not to the depths that
seek in the future. Many
people showed an
interest in our organization and would like to learn what we do. Likewise, I had an equal
understanding the other organizations and what they are working toward. We are all sharing the
here. What they
didn't know when they
invited me was whether CI was working along the same lines. They found out that we
share common goals and
a seriousness about the depth of the issues involved with health
our work is international in scope,
while that of the other organizations is at the national or state level. It became overwhelming to
many of them
because it was outside of their normal turf.
KW: So now what, Clifford?
Where do we go from here?
CEC: I want to forge a collaboration
between CI and the other
organizations that are part of the Coalition, and I want to bring the
into an understanding of all the issues at stake here.
There is CI, there are the members of the
Coalition, and there is the public.
looking toward increased awareness, involvement, and action between all
parties. I want to
openly declare Carnicom Institute’s
advocacy and active support for the National Health Freedom Coalition. Additionally, the public
has a responsibility
to become educated in the shared principles of CI and the Coalition,
such as informed
consent, and to become aware of the work that is being done to benefit
awareness will present the
work of Carnicom Institute in relationship to the larger themes that
the violations of basic human rights and the freedom of choice. What excites me is the
potential for a more
powerful network of public involvement through the collaboration of
Institute and the National Freedom Health Coalition.