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WHEREAS, the scientific method (or scientific process) is defined as the empirical process of discovery, testing, and demonstration necessary for scientific investigation, generally involving the observation of phenomena, the formulation of a hypothesis, experimentation to prove or disprove the hypothesis, and a conclusion that validates or modifies the hypothesis.
(Paraphrase from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition)
WHEREAS, a physician (or licensed medical practitioner) is defined as one who practices the art of healing disease and of preserving health; a prescriber of remedies for sickness and disease; specifically, a person licensed by some competent authority, such as a medical college, to treat diseases and prescribe remedies for them
(Paraphrase from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English)
WHEREAS, physicians (or licensed medical practitioners) employ the scientific process in their medical decision-making, which involves using all their formal medical training, experience, and continuous medical education (CME) to integrate information and extrapolate evidence-based hypotheses about what treatments, therapies, and medications may or may-not be beneficial or harmful in treating a given condition, with consideration of a patient’s past and current history. Standards of care serve as guidelines, which may be modified and individualized.
WHEREAS, the physician (or licensed medical practitioner) – patient relationship is built upon trust and a dynamic decision-making process between the patient and their healthcare provider, which results in the development of a diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan, in the privacy of an exam room, and without the involvement or interference of outside entities.
WHEREAS, during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic, there has been unprecedented interference from healthcare agencies, governmental entities, media platforms & personalities, hospital systems, and boards of medicine & pharmacy, by way of either strongly recommending against physicians (or licensed medical practitioners) prescribing FDA approved medications off-label, or even discouraging educating patients about natural immunity and alternative forms of treatment and prophylaxis if not part of the official government or healthcare agency narrative.
WHEREAS, third party inference in the scientific medical decision-making process disrupts the doctor-patient relationship and creates barriers to the scientific process and medical care.
WHEREAS, allowing or overlooking third party interference or prohibitions against off-label prescribing and deviations from the official sanctioned narrative in one area threatens to create a slippery slope in all areas of medical decision making, essentially turning physicians (licensed medical practitioners) into automated healthcare delivery providers, rather than dynamic independently minded scientifically trained medical decision makers.
RESOLVED, that medical associations make a strong statement supporting physician’s and all licensed medical practitioner’s right, prerogative, and even mandate to employ the scientific process in making decisions about what treatments, therapies, and medications may or may-not be beneficial or harmful in treating a given condition, even if this means deviating from standard protocol by withholding treatments or prescribing off label, as long as a process of shared decision making, informed consent, and documentation of medical justification is employed.