Healthcare Choice Is A Natural Right

“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” — attributed to Thomas Jefferson

by Ben Taylor

( Healthcare choice is a Natural Right secured by Common Law and the 9th Amendment to the Constitution. How to best care for our health, whether by means of nutrition (supplements and diet) or with mainstream “medicine” is something that government has no authority to infringe upon. Such Rights are secured by Organic and Common Law for every individual American. The healthcare war that is being waged today between the government, their puppet masters in the “pharma-industrial complex” and the People is not new to western culture. The use of courts by an elite organized group to enforce their monopolistic claims upon others has been going on at least since the 1500s. Groups proclaiming themselves as “better educated and more enlightened” have been at work for centuries trying to steal the Right of healthcare choice from the People by buying influence with ‘government’.

Any individual or company who is forced to defend themselves in court against these “monopolies” backed by the force of government must understand that their best defense is the truth. We can seldom successfully fight and beat them playing their “game” in their “ball park”. That “rigged crap game” is simply a “legal fiction” system of mandates and enforcement that presumes all activities of the People, whether it’s the Right to travel, to bear arms, and now choosing the manner of our healthcare. All these Rights are presumed by fabricated “prima facie” evidence to be simply privileges granted by government and therefore “regulable” by statutes and codes. This pseudo-system of “law” is the mechanism by which our Rights have been and are being stolen by government.

This personal choice in healthcare may be the most important Right of all. The Herbalist Charter of 1543 is from English Common Law which by reference was invoked and accepted into the Common Law of the American States at the founding of this Nation. This makes it an official part of the American “Organic Law/Supreme Law of the Land” which the currently corrupted government does its best to make us forget, …but it is still in full force and effect as it has never been repealed.

Common Law was institutionalized in England in 1154 by King Henry II. It has been the basis of the legal systems of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, and The United States ever since. Not-with-standing the recent attempts to change the definition of “Common Law” to a broader and meaningless term wrapped in more recent “case opinion”, this Law is based on the premise that a crime has not been committed unless one has deprived another of life, liberty, or rights. 

Healthcare choice is obviously a natural Right and is even protected under old English Common Law and documented by King Henry VIII’s Herbalist Charter of 1542. Surgeons and “licensed” physicians were trying to create a medical monopoly by constantly going to court to prevent herbalists and alternative practitioners from practicing healing. Fortunately, Henry VIII, came to the rescue and implemented “The Herbalist’s Charter” which secured the individual right to practice natural and herbal healing. Too bad he didn’t take time to implement natural healing for himself; he may have lived longer rather than dying from disease and obesity caused by over indulgence in food and alcohol. To read the Herbalist Charter, go to

To bring this forward to our day, at the foundation of the United States, the Herbalist’s Charter was adopted along with the whole body of English Common Law and having never been repealed is still a part of the American “Law of the Land”, securing protection to natural healing and alternative practitioners, “at all Time from henceforth…”.

Even though I’m referencing this Herbalist Charter regarding healthcare, Rights are in no way dependant on any document in order to be valid and everlasting. Natural Rights were not created by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or any other pieces of paper. As pointed out by the 9th Amendment, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” These Rights as The Declaration of Independence states were given by God,  “…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”


There is nothing more fundamental to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” than the care of our health. We must do everything necessary to keep it out of the hands of government and its mainstream medicine and big medicine company manipulators. Let them pass their legal fiction statutes until it runs out their ears and nostrils, but any so-called law, statute, regulation, or code that is contrary to the Organic and Common Laws of this country are to be considered “void ab initio” (void from the beginning) and must be ignored at the least and actively resisted at best. Know your Rights and their foundation or you will not know what is being pillaged from you by this criminal syndicate and protection racket we call “government”.

 The text of the Charter reads:

Herbalist’s Charter of Henry the VIII, 1543 A.D.

“An Act that Persons, Being No Common Surgeons, May Administer Outward Medicines”

“Where in the Parliament holden at Westminster in the third Year of the King’s most gracious Reign, amongst other Things, for the avoiding of Sorceries, Witchcrafts and other Inconveniences, it was enacted, that no Person within the City of London, nor within Seven Miles of the same, should take upon him to exercise and occupy as Physician or Surgeon, except he be first examined, approved, and admitted by the Bishop of London and other, under and upon certain Pains and Penalties in the same Act mentioned;

“Sithence the making of which said Act, the Company and Fellowship of Surgeons of London, minding only their own Lucres and nothing the Profit or ease of the Diseased or Patient, have sued, troubled and vexed divers honest Persons, as well as Men and Women, whom God hath endued with the Knowledge of the Nature, Kind and Operation of certain Herbs, Roots and Waters, and the using and ministering of them to such as been pained with customable Diseases, as Women’s Breasts beings sore, a Pin and the Web in the Eye, Uncomis of Hands, Burnings, Scaldings, Sore Mouths, the Stone, Strangury, Saucelim and Morphew, and such other like Diseases; and yet the said Persons have not taken anything for their Pains or Cunning, but have ministered the same to poor People only for Neighborhood and God’s sake, and of Pity and Charity:

“And it is now well known that the Surgeons admitted will do no Cure to any Person but where they shall be rewarded with a greater Sum or Reward that the Cure extendeth unto; for in the case they would minister the Cunning unto sore People unrewarded, there should not so many rot and perish to death for Lack or Help of Surgery as daily do; but the greatest part of Surgeons admitted been much more to be blamed than those Persons that they troubled, for although the most Part of the Persons of the said Craft of Surgeons have small Cunning yet they will take great sums of Money, and do little therefore, and by Reason thereof they do oftentimes impair and hurt their Patients, rather than do them good.

“In consideration whereof, and for the Ease, Comfort, Succour, Help, Relief and Health of the King’s poor Subjects, Inhabitants of this Realm, now pained or diseased:

“Be it ordained, established and enacted, by Authority of this present Parliament, That at all Time from henceforth it shall be lawful to every Person being the King’s subject, having Knowledge and Experience of the Nature of Herbs, Roots and Waters, or of the Operation of the same, by Speculation or Practice, within any part of the Realm of England, or within any other the King’s Dominions, to practice, use and minister in and to any outward Sore, Uncome Wound, Aposelmations, outward Swelling or Disease, any Herb or Herbs, Ointments, Baths, Pultess, and Emplaisters, according to their Cunning, Experience and Knowledge in any of the Diseases, Sorea and Maladies beforesaid, and all other like to the same, or Drinks for the Stone, Strangury or Agues, without suit, vexation, trouble, penalty or loss of their goods;

“The foresaid Statute in the foresaid Third Year of the King’s most gracious Reign, or any other Act, Ordinance or Statues the contrary heretofore made in anywise, not withstanding.”

This Charter is even referenced on PubMedCentral, a governmental website at,

Read also this article by Tony Isaacs:

Naturopathic Rights were Included in the Founding of America

by Tony Isaacs

(The Best Years in Life) The FDA, AMA and other powers in mainstream medicine would have us believe that it is their legal and moral duty to protect us from nature and naturopathy and determine which medicines and treatments we are allowed to have.  Just the opposite is true: it is both immoral and against the founding principles and laws of our nation – and the principles and laws that predate the founding of our nation and governed our country at the time of it’s founding.

When the American Colonies declared their independence as Sovereign States, in July, 1776, they each adopted the Laws of England as the Common Law of the State.  With the exception of Louisiana, which was a French colony and adopted Napoleanic Law as it’s common law, every state in the United States has followed suit.  What is important to note is that unless the laws in English Common law have been specifically modified or overturned, they still are considered to be law – and indeed it is not uncommon at all to see higher courts consult English Common Laws and it’s principles to decide cases.

And thus it was that a charter which addressed the evils of restrictions on herbs, herbalist and those who were allowed to practice medicine and healing was made in 1543 during the reign of Henry the VIII and was used by the original 13 States of America to determine the rights of Naturopathy and our freedom of access to natural alternative medicine and treatments.

It is amazing to note that many of the issues confronting alternative practitioners today are the same issues which the Act of Parliament addressed back in the sixteenth century.  Then, as now, so-called “licensed” physicians and surgeons were going to Court to ban the activities of the alternative practitioners of their day, the herbalists. Parliament ordered an end to this misuse of the Courts to enforce licensure, protecting the nutritionists from “suit, vexation, trouble, penalty, or loss of their goods…”

This ancient Act of Parliament applied to England and the King’s “other dominions” including, of course, the American Colonies, and later, the States. This Act has never been repealed, and thus remains part of our Common Law to this day, offering protection to alternative practitioners, “at all Time from henceforth…” as a perpetual Charter of Rights.

When one looks back at history, clearly our forefathers intended for us to have medical freedom.  Early Americans ran away from intolerance hoping to find religious and political freedom.  When this country was founded, it was assumed that the people had the right to choose whatever form of health care they preferred, the same as it was assumed that the people had all kinds of freedom over their lives and property.  Besides the desire to keep our Constitution as brief as possible, medical freedom was not specifically spelled out in our because our our freedoms were assumed and because our laws were underpinned by British Common Law such as the above Herbalist Charter.

However, at least one notable founding father foresaw the need to specifically include provisions for medical freedom in the Constitution.  Dr Benjamin Rush, considered one of the three most important founding fathers, stated: “The Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for medical freedom. To restrict the art of healing to one class will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic.

“Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship and force people who wish doctors and treatment of their own choice to submit to only what the dictating outfit offers.”

How could our forefathers have known that Dr Rush’s words ringing through the convention halls would prophesize the exact state of affairs over two hundred years later?

“The FDA ‘protects’ the big medicine companies and are subsequently rewarded, and using the government’s police powers they attack those who threaten the big medicine companies. People think that the FDA is protecting them.

It isn’t.

What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it is doing are as different as night and day.”

Dr. Herbert Ley
Former U.S. FDA Commissioner

To take a look at the history of how mainstream medicine has been corrupted to serve greed and turn healing illness into managing illness for profit, see:

Modern Medicine: How Healing Illness became Managing Illness

It isn’t pretty and it isn’t what is taught in medical schools or told in the mainstream media, but it is hard to argue with history and facts.


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