Private Membership Association (PMA)

What is it?

A Private Membership Association (“PMA”)​is men and women collectively asserting and standing upon their rights to determine what devices, products, procedures, or services will be used by them to maintain the health of their own body, mind or spirit. Freedom.

My Miraculous Body is an Affiliate of Loving Life Health in Vancouver, WA. Lezlie Smith is the Trustee of the Private Membership Association. She is a Retired Nurse Practitioner and Therapeutic Nutritional Counselor. Gary Harrison is a knowledgeable Trainer and Technical expert .

“Our American Constitution is the basis for what we do at Loving Life Health PMA. The Supreme Court has acknowledged that certain implicit rights, such as association, privacy, and presumed innocence, share constitutional protection in common with explicit guarantees such as free speech. The Supreme Court has described the right to associate as inseparable from the right of free speech.

The right to associate is not limited to social or political activities. This right can be utilized for business or personal activities. Members of a private membership association have the right to private contract under the due process, liberty clause of the 5th and 14th Amendments, and states may not pass laws that impair the obligation of this contract. In conclusion, under the 1st, 5th and 14th amendments we are granted due process. In a private membership association, the members have all the rights and privileges of the association unless they present a clear and present danger of substantive evil.

The preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America:

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”.

The Preamble to the Constitution is an introductory, succinct statement of the principles at work in the full text.  It is referred to in countless speeches, judicial opinions, and in a song from Schoolhouse Rock.  Courts will not interpret the Preamble to confer any rights or powers not granted specifically in the Constitution.

Our Constitution is the entire basis for what we do at Loving Life Health PMA.  Since 1803 and a famous Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison, the Constitution as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, is the Supreme Law of the Land.

Legal Background

While not explicitly defined in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has acknowledged that certain implicit rights, such as association, privacy, and presumed innocence, share constitutional protection in common with explicit guarantees such as free speech. Specifically, the Supreme Court has described the right to associate as inseparable from the right to free speech.

The right of association under the Constitution was heavily litigated in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and association members’ rights were consistently upheld by the Court.  In fact, the right of association became a cornerstone of the civil rights movement.

In general, members of an association do not fall under the jurisdiction of local, state, and federal governments and corresponding laws and regulations.  The exception to this general rule is when the activities of the private membership association “present a clear and present danger of substantive evil”.

It is important to note that the right to associate is not limited to social or political activities.  According to the Supreme Court, this right can be utilized for business activities (e.g. sale of alcohol).  Members of a private membership association have the right to private contract under the due process liberty clause of the 5th and 14th Amendments, and states may not pass laws that impair the obligation of a contract.

In Thomas v. Collins, 323 U.S. (an important Supreme Court case) it was determined: “Great secular causes, with small ones, are guarded. The grievances for redress of which the right of partition was insured, and with it, the right of assembly, are not solely religious or political ones. And the rights of free speech and a free press are not confined to any field of human interest”.

Under the First and Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and equivalent provisions of your State Constitution, you have the right to associate with fellow members and offer benefits and services that are outside of the jurisdiction, venue, and authority of State and/or Federal agencies. What could come under scrutiny, and in some cases be considered a criminal act outside the association can be perfectly legal within the protection of a private association.

Most Common Benefits of Operating Under a Private Membership Association

  • Operate a health (or another type of business) association outside the jurisdiction and authority of federal and state government and agencies involving association activities.

  • Maintain the greater privacy of financial and business affairs of your health association activities.

  • Greater security of being able to continue operation in a world of changing laws and politics.

  • Increased profits due to unrestricted and beneficial structuring and strategies not available to regulated health association.

  • Instead of conducting business under a legal loophole, operate under a legal exemption decided by the supreme law of the land, i.e., the Supreme Court decisions interpreting the U.S. Constitution.  (n.14)

If you are a doctor, medical technician, nurse, other healthcare practitioner, dentist; or if you are in the field of finance, a non-attorney trying to assist others with their legal needs, or any field of human interest, our Private Membership Association will allow you to practice with the added protection of our Constitutional Rights.

Over the past several decades and due to favorable rulings, opinions, and interpretations by the Supreme Court, the law of the land has highlighted our constitutional rights to conduct business in a PMA, or private membership association.  When operating under a constitutional PMA, we are operating in the private domain versus the public domain.

In the public domain, you must operate under the jurisdiction of the regulatory agencies designed to protect the public.  In the private domain of a private membership association PMA, you can operate outside the jurisdiction of those same agencies, as long as there is not a clear and present danger of substantive evil.

We are not experts on the constitution but we are students.  Together with our parent association, PMA Solutions &  ProAdvocate Group, we hold over 40 years of legal research and case law that reinforces our right to operate in the private domain, with private members of our association.

Freedom of Association

People often ask how the “right to associate” can be interpreted as allowing a private association to operate outside the jurisdiction of public watchdog authorities.  The right to associate and conduct business or economic activity, in any field of human interest, means that we can form associations to talk about healing, financial, political, legal, dentistry, or any other field of interest as we choose.

When we associate with other members of our private association, we can discuss the particular field of interest such as for example, holistic medicine, and we can allow the trustee to demonstrate his/her skills and proficiency in utilizing their knowledge to help the other members of the association improve their health.  No one has a right to stop the private members and no one has the right to discover who are the members.  And, the trustee can charge special assessment fees for providing certain services/benefits to the members.

We are often asked what gives the trustee the right to charge for member services; the answer is simple.  It’s not against the law to set up a business and charge for products and services rendered in the public domain.  Therefore, why would it be against the law in the private domain?  It’s simply not against the law to conduct economic activity/business inside a PMA.

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