Editorial Issue 31 Print Email

Complementary Medicine hasn't even achieved relegation status, because it hasn't yet officially joined the healthcare system league. While healthcare priorities entail high-tech, high-cost procedures geared especially toward younger people, complementary medicine, not having gone away after being spat at for several decades, is now being kept busy, chasing its tail, by the medical establishment, and will probably be spending the next 5–10 years defining standards, and determining who will be the kingpins within each therapy.

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Editorial Issue 30 Print Email

It has become an accepted fact that the causes of many cancers and other diseases are determined to a significant extent by environmental and dietary factors, including smoking, drinking, exposure to carcinogenic and mutagenic chemicals and materials. Research and clinical evidence over the past fifty years have provided us with an abundance of proof, particularly regarding environmental causes of diseases: smoking – lung cancer and heart disease; asbestos – lung cancer; nuclear radiation – leukaemia; alcohol – liver cirrhosis; smog and environmental pollution – asthma.

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Editorial Issue 39 Print Email

Nothing infuriates me more than hearing some "expert" pontificating about the lack of research or lack of proof regarding the therapeutic efficacy of complementary medicine. These days, the radio and television are full of programmes devoted to complementary medicine, and usually, towards the end of the programme or interview, which has usually discussed some very promising results regarding the particular treatment being discussed, the standard undermining statement is uttered "but of course there is no rigorous scientific proof" of these therapies.

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Editorial Issue 38 Print Email

When I was growing up, there were constant remarks from my parents and other "grown-ups" that as you got older you also became wiser and more experienced. I never had much truck for these cynical platitudes when I was young and full of idealistic world visions of honest people dedicated to the development of a better, safer and more healthy future.

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Editorial Issue 37 Print Email

During my lifetime, and particularly during the past 15 years, I have been at the receiving end of frankly outrageous diagnoses from a variety of practitioners, some of them fairly high profile and well-respected within their discipline. There was the hypnotic regression by a homoeopath for a sore throat and loss of my voice, which produced the astonishing assertion that my mother had been my lover in a past life and had tried to strangle me as a baby in this lifetime! For the same complaint there was another hypnotherapist who regressed me back into past lives and said that I had been burned at the stake during the 14th century for being a homoeopath! Then there was the inordinate attention paid to some white marks on my nails by a medical physician as evidence of a nutritional deficiency, whereas in truth I had merely got some white paint on my nails!

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