This is the signature of a member here and I believe that it would be good to discuss it. I would like to point out that far too often "alternative medicine" is in itself not safe at best nor often effective discouraging people from using something that might work. In terminal cases the standard rules should be lifted and replaced by others, my own father died of something extremely rare and extremely fatal. He was given an experimental treatment by a team of doctors at a VA hospital that included Soviet and Chinese doctors brought in for the case. In 1968, at the height of the cold war American, Soviet and Chinese doctors worked to save the life of a patient in a US VA hospital. He died but the autopsy revealed why and the treatment is now used frequently. The problem is that if unfettered access to alternative medicines the charlatans and thieves will spring up to pray on these sick people. Remember laetrile? How many people pinned their hopes on apricots when they would have had far better results using authorized treatments? Or did you hear about the guy who gave his child the saliva of a rabid dog to treat a behavior disorder? My father's case used unconventional methods to say the least but it was done under extreme scrutiny. I would definitely agree to codifying the rules to when alternative medicines or treatments could be used and who can administer them but I am very much against just opening the door.