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Jann J. Bellamy is a Florida attorney and lives in Tallahassee. She is a former law clerk to a federal judge, Florida Assistant Attorney General and long-time partner in a Tallahassee law firm, where she practiced mainly in the civil litigation area.
Jann became interested in so-called “complementary and alternative” medicine (CAM) when the Florida Legislature tried to establish a chiropractic school within Florida State University in 2005. She joined others in leading opposition to the school, and this “done deal,” which was strongly opposed by the University faculty, was undone by the university system Board of Governors. During this process, Jann became intrigued that scientifically implausible and unproven healthcare claims could be presented as fact to the public, even to the point of being codified into law, and she left the active practice of law in 2006 to form a non-profit to educate Floridians about “alternative” healthcare claims.
Since then, Jann has been a relentless educator and activist. She is one of the founders and Board members of the Society for Science-Based Medicine, dedicated to providing accurate information about CAM and advocating for state and federal laws that incorporate a science-based standard for all health care practitioners. She is also a founding member of the Institute for Science in Medicine. She runs Oppose Naturopathic Licensing!, which tracks attempts by naturopaths to become state licensed health care providers and provides information on why naturopaths should not be licensed. Finally, she gives talks on CAM to medical students, hospital medical staff, the Center for Inquiry-Tallahassee chapter, and more. She has written for Health News Florida, and has blogged regularly for SBM since 2010.