The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
This is a forward from sci.med.midwifery
In 1996, AMA Executive Vice President P. John Seward, M.D. wrote:
"By working together to preserve the House of Medicine, we of the House of Medicine can assure that health care is in the hands of those who truly care about the well-being of our patients." [Seward PJ. Academic Medicine. (Jul)1996;71(7):759]
In 1997, AMA Vice President Seward wrote:
"June 11, 1997
"I am writing on behalf of the 300,000 physician and medical student member of the American Medical Association (AMA) to express our views regarding the Medicare legislation soon to be marked-up by the Senate Finance Committee....
"Medicaid...[W]e would be opposed to any provision which would allow states to permit nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to serve as primary care case managers. While we recognize the positive contributions made by allied health care professionals to our health care system, we are concerned that health plans looking to cut costs might inappropriately replace primary care physicians with allied health practitioners to the detriment of patient care....
"The AMA looks forward to working with the Finance Committee and Congress to improve this important legislation.
"P. John Seward, MD"
Todd D. Gastaldo, D.C.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I am not currently practicing chiropractic - except
insofar as the practice of chiropractic includes freedom of speech. While
in Oregon doing library research I have voluntarily forfeited my California
chiropractic license so as not to have to pay the annual licensing fee.
(Under California law, any licensed D.C. may voluntarily forfeit his/her
license, and may, at any time, reactivate said license by providing the
Board of Examiners with "twice the annual amount of the renewal fee...[He
or she]...shall not be required to submit to an examination for the reissuance
of the certificate." [Section 12, Act Regulating the Practice of Chiropractic...Issued
by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners...Act Includes Amendments Through
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