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The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is a small group of "conservative" quacks, cranks and fundamentalist zealots which likes to rail against such timeless evils as abortion, vaccination and the idea of universal health care coverage.[1]

Its website offers this ridiculous claim:

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a non-partisan professional association of physicians in all types of practices and specialties across the country. Since 1943, AAPS has been dedicated to the highest ethical standards of the Oath of Hippocrates and to preserving the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and the practice of private medicine. Our motto, "omnia pro aegroto" means "all for the patient."[2]

It is listed as a quack organization by Quackwatch[3] and is sufficiently batshit insane to have retained Andrew Schlafly as its general counsel.

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[edit] Office

Its physical address, 1601 N Tucson Blvd #9, Tucson AZ 85716, a suite in a medical center, is shared with the equally weird Doctors for Disaster Preparedness, the American Health Legal Foundation[4], the AAPS Educational Foundation (contact: Dr Jane Orient), Physicians for Civil Defense (contact: Dr Jane Orient)[5], the Southwestern Institute of Science (contact: Dr Jane Orient)[6] and the Southern Arizona Association for Play Therapy[7] (o_0). Must be one crowded office.

[edit] Activities

Many of these activities appear to violate their "Patient's Bill of Rights", which, among other things, states:

(the right) to refuse third-party interference in their medical care, and to be confident that their actions in seeking or declining medical care will not result in third-party-imposed penalties for patients or physicians
  • AAPS files lawsuit against FDA to overturn approval of "Plan B" morning after pill for over the counter use by women over 18.[8]
  • Fight against "Sham Peer Review": The AAPS recognizes "sham peer review" as an abusive use of such entities as hospital by-laws and disciplinary committees to exclude physicians for other-than legitimate or the explicitly-stated reasons.[9]
  • Defense of a physician convicted of improper narcotic prescribing while operating a clinic to treat patients with chronic pain.[10]
  • Fighting mandatory vaccination.[11]
  • Fighting against mandated mental health parity,[12] which is advocated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Medical Association,[13] the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.[14]
  • Promoting contracting between physicians and patients without government or insurance company involvement.
  • Fighting socialized and single-payer healthcare.[15]
  • Fighting to debunk "Shaken baby syndrome", and to link it to vaccines rather than abuse.[16]
  • Advocating for so-called "freedom of conscience" to allow pharmacists to refuse to fill lawful prescriptions.[17] This would appear to interfere with a patient's right "to refuse third party interference in their health care".
  • Fighting abortion, not simply through moral objection, but also by attempting to link abortion to unrelated health problems,[18] including breast cancer.[19]
  • Advocating against the sale of organs for transplant.[20]
  • Advocating against organ donation in cases where brain death is unclear.[21]
  • Advocating against withdrawal of care, as in the Terri Schiavo case,[22] including misrepresenting the results of autopsy in the case.[23]

[edit] Publications

The AAPS publishes the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (JPANDS), until 2003 called the Medical Sentinel. The journal is not considered a valid, peer-reviewed journal for inclusion in major scientific databases, and has been listed by Quackwatch as "Fundamentally Flawed"[24]. An article in the "journal"[25] was used in 2008 to justify a petition against global warming.[26]

[edit] Members

[edit] Conflicts

According to their literature:

AAPS members believe this patient-physician relationship must be protected from all forms of third-party intervention.

  • The organization, a third party to the Schiavo case, interfered in the relationship between the patient's advocate and physicians, even helping to bring the power of the federal government to bear on a single medical case.
  • AAPS advocates for so-called "freedom of conscience" where patients are denied legal drugs, treatments, and information based on the morals of the provider rather than the patient.
  • AAPS views patient advance directives designed for dignity at the end-of-life as a financial plot to kill patients in order to save money.[34]

[edit] Quackery

The society's "journal" JPANDS has published an article on the supposed link between breast cancer and abortion.[35] It has been roundly debunked.[36][37][38] Near the end of the 2008 Presidential Election the "journal" published a claim that Barack Obama uses neuro-linguistic programming to exercise mind control over people at his rallies.[39]

On their website, former AAPS president Dr. Lawrence Huntoon describes peer review boards which review complaints against doctors as "an insidious and spreading evil which threatens to destroy not only the integrity of the medical profession but quality care for all patients."[40]

[edit] External links

[edit] Footnotes

  1. Ay caramba!
  2. Website
  3. Questionable Organizations: An Overview, Stephen Barrett, M.D.
  4. http://www.charityblossom.org/nonprofit/american-health-legal-foundation-tuscon-az-85716-362991388
  5. http://www.charityblossom.org/nonprofit/physicians-for-civil-defense-tucson-az-85716-jane-m-orient-860691180
  6. http://www.charityblossom.org/nonprofit/southwestern-institute-of-science-ltd-tucson-az-85716-jane-orient-pres-860884230
  7. http://www.charityblossom.org/nonprofit/southern-arizona-association-for-play-therapy-tucson-az-85716-michael-allen-cisw-860966810
  8. "AAPS, CWA, FRC and SDW vs. Food and Drug Administration". AAPS Online. April 12, 2007. http://www.aapsonline.org/judicial/planb.php.
  9. Carroll, John. "AAPS Raises Alarm over Sham Peer Review". Louisiana Medical News. April 2007. http://www.louisianamedicalnews.com/news.php?viewStory=934.
  10. "United States of American v. Ronald A. McIver - Petition for Rehearing En Banc". http://www.aapsonline.org/painman/mciver.pdf.
  11. "'Hands Off Our Kids' Coalition Wins in Texas! - Watch Fox News Channel 'The Big Story' with John Gibson - Tonight at 5 pm EDT". AAPS Online Alerts. March 14, 2007. http://www.aapsonline.org/alerts/03-14-07.php.
  12. "Hearing on Mental Health Parity - Statement of Michael D. Ostrolenk, MA, MFT". March 26, 2007. http://www.aapsonline.org/testimony/mhparity.pdf.
  13. "Promoting Parity for the Treatment of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders". American Medical Association. http://134.147.247.42/han/JAMA/https/ssl3.ama-assn.org/apps/ecomm/PolicyFinderForm.pl?site=www.ama-assn.org&uri=/ama1/pub/upload/mm/PolicyFinder/policyfiles/DIR/D-345.992.HTM
  14. "Help Support Mental Health Parity". American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2007. http://www.aacap.org/cs/legislative_action_110th_congress/help_support_mental_health_parity.
  15. "THE PINNACLE OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE". AAPS News. AAPS Online. April 2007. http://www.aapsonline.org/newsletters/apr07.php.
  16. "Shaken Baby Syndrome". AAPS Online. http://www.aapsonline.org/sbs.htm.
  17. "Medical Ethics - Abortion - Freedom of Conscience". AAPS Online. http://www.aapsonline.org/ethics/foc.php.
  18. "Studies denying abortion-breast cancer link debunked". News of the Day... In Perspective. AAPS Online. December 13, 2005. http://www.aapsonline.org/nod/newsofday236.php.
  19. "Legal Implications of a Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer". Schlafly, Andrew L., Esq. 2005. http://www.jpands.org/vol10no1/aschlafly.pdf.
  20. "Transplant tourism to China". News of the Day... In Perspective. AAPS Online. April 24, 2007. http://www.aapsonline.org/nod/newsofday417.php.
  21. "Donation after cardiac death expanding rapidly". News of the Day... In Perspective. AAPS Online. March 19, 2007. http://www.aapsonline.org/nod/newsofday402.php.
  22. "Terri Schindler Schiavo Case". AAPS Online. http://www.aapsonline.org/ethics/terris.htm.
  23. "Schiavo autopsy results misrepresented". News of the Day... In Perspective. AAPS Online. June 21, 2005. http://www.aapsonline.org/nod/newsofday186.htm.
  24. Barrett, Stephen, M.D. "Nonrecommended Periodicals". Quackwatch. September 15, 2008. http://www.quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/nonrecperiodicals.html.
  25. Robinson, Arthur B., Noah E. Robinson, and Willie Soon. "Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide". http://www.oism.org/pproject/GWReview_OISM150.pdf.
  26. "Global Warming Petition". Petition Project. Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. 1998. http://www.oism.org/pproject/s33p1845.htm.
  27. Webglimpse Search Results for "Bayblock". Quackwatch. http://www.quackwatch.com/search/webglimpse.cgi?ID=1&query=blaylock. Named in three different articles on medical quackery.
  28. "Did I come late to the game?" White Coat Underground. October 2, 2007. http://whitecoatunderground.com/?p=272.
  29. Remembering Ari Fleischer's reign of terror. - By Christopher Hitchens - Slate Magazine http://www.slate.com/id/2149377/
  30. Webglimpse Search Results for "Mercola". Quackwatch. http://www.quackwatch.com/search/webglimpse.cgi?ID=1&query=mercola. Named in six different articles on medical quackery.
  31. Rep. Paul Broun, MD speaks to Doctors about Healthcare Reform (AAPS YouTube)
  32. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-paul-broun-evolution-hell-20121007,0,4628858.story
  33. E-book only
  34. "Dependency and Death". AAPS News. AAPS Online. June 2005. http://www.aapsonline.org/newsletters/june05.htm.
  35. Carroll, Patrick S., M.A. "Breast Cancer Epidemic: Modeling and Forecasts Based on Abortion and Other Risk Factors". 2007. http://www.jpands.org/vol12no3/carroll.pdf.
  36. "Induced abortion does not increase breast cancer risk". Fact sheet N°240. World Health Organization. June 2000. http://web.archive.org/web/20110513112736/http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs240/en/index.html
  37. "Tag-Teaming with Orac: Bad, Bad Breast Cancer Math in JPANDS". Good Math, Bad Math. ScienceBlogs. October 25, 2007. http://scienceblogs.com/goodmath/2007/10/tagteaming_with_orac_bad_bad_b.php.
  38. "Abortion and breast cancer: The Chicago Tribune feeds the myth". Respectful Insolence. ScienceBlogs. October 25, 2007. http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2007/10/abortion_and_breast_cancer_the_chicago_t.php.
  39. "Oratory—or hypnotic induction?" News of the Day... In Perspective. AAPS Online. October 25, 2007. http://www.aapsonline.org/newsoftheday/0089.
  40. Courier Journal: Rand Paul part of AAPS doctors' group airing unusual views (September 24, 2010)
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