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 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 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 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 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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