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Analysis of the Reports of the White House Commission on
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP)

In March 2000, President Clinton announced the creation of a White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP) to provide a report to the President on "legislative and administrative recommendations for assuring that public policy maximizes the benefits to Americans of complementary and alternative medicine." Nearly all of the Commissioners are philosophically aligned and economically involved with the so-called "CAM" movement. Few knowledgeable critics were appointed.

The Commission worked for two years and submitted its final report to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson in March 2002. The report, which represents the views of 17 of the 19 Commissioners, recommends across-the-board "integration" of "CAM" into government health agencies and the nation's medical, medical education, research, and insurance systems -- a situation that would promote unscientific practices and waste countless millions of taxpayer dollars. The other two Commissioners warned Secretary Thompson that the report was biased and that the process of preparing it was corrupt.

The 1910 Flexner Report set the standards for medical education. The WHCCAMP report does the exact opposite by outlining the agenda for establishing quackery. This page links to information about the final report, an earlier draft, and the backgrounds of Commissioners who produced them.

Key Points

Most sections of the report begin with a false premise. As you study this information, please keep these points in mind:

Analysis of the Final Report

NCAHF's Responses to the WHCCAMP Final Report

Information about WHCCAMP Chair James S. Gordon, MD

Background Reports

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This page was revised on June 14, 2002.