A Message from Our Founder
As the political scene in the United States is currently entrenched in passionate debate regarding universal health care, I have been asked many times for my opinion and/or PCOSA's position on this topic. PCOSA has not taken a position on the specific items within the current proposed legislation, mainly because it is a monumental challenge for any of us to read through the documents and digest their contents, let alone agree upon a position. But I did want to take a moment to make the following comments with regard to PCOSA's long-held principles that are to be used to weigh our position on any health care legislation.
1. The individual is the owner of her (or his) own health care, and must be free to make all decisions regarding her/his care, assuming that the individual is deemed to be mentally competent to do so. Health care professionals are employed by the individual as trusted advisors, to assist in making the best decisions possible, but do not in fact make the decisions.
2. Good nutrition is the fundamental element that underlies all health care. Medical or surgical treatment of conditions arising from poor nutrition must be accompanied by correction of the source of the problem. Treating an illness superficially without removing the cause of the illness is a futile endeavor.
3. Function of the reproductive system, both female and male, is an element of human health that should be cared for with at least equal status to other organ systems within the human body. Reproductive health is not to be dismissed as "non-essential."