Editorial Issue 149 Print Email
It is indeed shocking these days to witness the spectacle of breathtaking spin and mendacity emanating from leaders of nations – Zimbabwe, Sudan, Burma, China, even the USA and the UK,  spinning their version of  events, political, religious and humanitarian disasters, in front of international organizations and televised around the world.
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Editorial Issue 148 Print Email
Recently, the negative media coverage regarding the so-called worthlessness or even fraudulence of Complementary Medicine has been growing into an almost deafening crescendo. A week hardly goes by without books, journals, magazines and newspaper articles being published or reviewed stating that complementary treatments are a waste of money, and that many practitioners are snake oil salesmen. In fact, several of the authors of these books and articles are the very individuals who hold responsible positions within the world of complementary medicine.
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Editorial Issue 145 Print Email
When I look at the Research Updates in this issue of Positive Health (PH) (please see pages 30-33), I see the tremendous progress made in the quality and nature of research investigations over the past 15 years since the launch of PH in 1994. Today there are vital and well-informed studies critiquing the methodology of researching Complementary Medicine compared with ‘conventional’ drug-based medical trials (see Fonnebo et al, page 30). Also, more than 75% of medical students at Georgetown University School of Medicine feel that “complementary and alternative medicine should be included in the curriculum”.
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Editorial Issue 142 Print Email
The notion that the individual, i.e. you or I, can make a difference to the world, has become familiar, yet sacred within the spiritual as well as the broader mainstream world. This is what we are taught as children, within our families and schools, this is what the media inculcates to us through  numerous charity appeals: cancer patients raising money, families raising money for crusades against miscarriages of justice, or closure of hospitals, or aid to developing impoverished countries. The strength of the individual is the foundation of charities, NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and organizations too numerous to list.
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Editorial Issue 147 Print Email
In all the years since Positive Health (PH) has been established, one key area which has never ceased to astonish me has been the vastly differing areas of perception regarding diverse complementary disciplines among the enormously varied community of health professionals.
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Editorial Issue 144 Print Email
I was shocked when Martin Walker met me in Bristol in 1992 to discuss the Germanium debacle with me. During the mid to late 1980s, I had been researching organic germanium’s immune-enhancing properties with the objective of funding a pilot clinical trial to test organic germanium’s potential therapeutic efficacy for HIV/AIDs. I had published a number of research papers in peer-reviewed journals, submitted grant proposals to funding bodies including The Welcome Trust and had written a book published by Thorsons in 1988 entitled Germanium the Health and Life Enhancer.[1]
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Editorial Issue 141 Print Email
Continuing on from my Economics and Budget discourse from the previous month (Issue 140, Oct ‘07), I have been further exercising my brain about the arbitrary nature of our current economic paradigm and how this compares to the mechanistic/ wholistic dichotomy in healthcare.
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Editorial Issue 146 Print Email
At a time that we face a crisis in nutritional health and malnourishment in much of the population due to inadequate nutrition for hospital patients, junk foot diet habits and diminishing soil fertility, there is a concerted effort internationally from EU Directives, CODEX, and medical research scientists to severely restrict the availability and potency of nutritional supplements.
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Editorial Issue 143 Print Email
I am reminded again and again that the terms which we all use frequently to delineate ourselves from orthodox medicine, are wholly inadequate. These include the alphabet soup comprised of Alternative Medicine, Complementary Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Holistic Medicine, Natural Medicine. Even my current favourite Integrated Medicine is also in danger of becoming a hackneyed cliché. These terms are all correct, yet when put into the semantic mix, have become a bit of a nightmare.
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Editorial Issue 140 Print Email
The extent to which all endeavours have now been reduced to an Accountant-like bottom line mentality is breathtaking and despicable.

As I am certain everyone is aware, the funding of healthcare and potentially life-saving treatment is based upon analysis by NICE, a postcode lottery of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) or other bureaucratic considerations. I recently listened to a Radio Five Live program in which a man with terminal kidney cancer was being denied funding from his PCT for a drug which could prolong his life, possibly for weeks or months, on the basis of excessive cost (£3,000 per month).
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