Editorial Issue 51 Print Email

I get really furious when so-called experts pronounce utter nonsense in an authoritative way to their captive audience on radio or television. So, imagine my reaction while listening to a recent Radio 4 call-in programme about sports injuries. A caller phoned in about an injury, said that they had heard about using certain nutritional supplements to speed the healing process, but their doctor had said that taking supplements was a complete waste of time and money. The sports therapist expert prefaced his next remark with "I am not an expert in nutrition" and then said words to the effect of "but I would completely agree with your doctor. Eating a balanced diet is all that you need. Nutritional supplements are no better than waving a magic wand at your injuries."

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Editorial Issue 50 Print Email

Given the ongoing somewhat ferocious scrutiny regarding the safety of the many diverse therapies within Complementary Medicine – Aromatherapy, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine – to name a few, one would think that patients were dropping like flies, succumbing to the "dangers" of natural medicine.

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Editorial Issue 49 Print Email

While there is no shortage of acceptable practitioners around, when I have a health problem to sort out, I have always found it difficult to locate that really superb therapist who hits on the "correct" approach for my particular problem at that point in time. For, despite the huge amounts of discussion currently going on within the medical and complementary communities regarding evidence based treatments, standards and training, the really crucial thing that matters is whether you, the patient, get relief from your suffering and are restored to health.

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Editorial Issue 48 Print Email

I sometimes fantasise (as I know many of us do) about what it would be like to live in another era, say before electricity, the car, radio, television, or the telephone. In fact, to many centenarians alive today, the miracle of seeing something happening live on television around the world, or even picking up the telephone and speaking to someone on another continent, must seem as fantastic as flying through outer space appears to us.

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Editorial Issue 47 Print Email

The Government has appointed a Cancer Supremo to try to prevent 100,000 cancer deaths over the next 10 years. On the news bulletins have been reports of more money, more Consultants, more student doctors available for cancer training, more operations, more drugs, more tests – you get the picture!

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