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26
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A tale of two cities

I’ve just returned from running a workshop in Dubai, and my experience there made for an interesting study in contrast with everything happening back in my home country of Britain.

As you know, in a stroke of irony that seems to have escaped most of the press, science author Simon Singh, self-styled ‘freedom of speech advocate’ has been busy attempting to ban our new magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You.

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Oct
12
2012
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Dirty Medicine

Here’s a blog I wrote several years ago. I publish it again here, because of all the controversy stirred up by our new magazine, What Doctors Don’t Tell You:

 

Dirty Medicine

After 23 years of reporting on the excesses and dangers of modern medicine for my newsletter (and how our magazine) What Doctors Don’t Tell You, I have become a bit ho-hum when confronted by yet another new revelation about the practices of drug companies.

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Oct
9
2012
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21st Century Voodoo

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For all those who have raised issues about my last blog, ‘The Elephant in the Room,'  the following are the biggest elephants in the room, the dark secret at the heart of medicine that never gets brought up, much less exposed, in any discussion about whether or not there is adequate evidence for the use of alternative medicine.

Medicine is the third leading cause of death in the US. In 2000 the Journal of the American Medical Association, the official organ of the primary organization representing physicians in America, announced that doctor–induced disease is the third leading cause of death in America, responsible for a quarter of a million deaths per year (JAMA, 2000; 274: 29-34). That figure is now far higher now.

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Oct
5
2012
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Elephants in the room

When one of my daughters was small, she was mad about elephants.  At the zoo, the elephant bath was the high point of our visit. Her room was covered in toy versions, even on the duvet. When she sat down to watch a video, nine times out of ten it was Babar. They were sweet little cartoons, with a gently instructive message to them, and this week’s tumultuous events, when attempts were made to ban our new magazine, reminded me of one in particular.

In this episode, one of Babar’s aids rushes in to tell the young elephant king that the rhinoceroses, led by Rataxas, are blockading their kingdom and demanding white feathers.  Babar’s subjects begin rounding up mountain of white feathers from every corner of the kingdom, but as soon as they are delivered, the news comes back:  Rataxas isn’t satisfied. He has no use for white feathers; now he wants fuchsia feathers.

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Sep
28
2012
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Lock up your daughters

Where the US leads, the UK meekly follows, and drugs are no exception. Last month the UK launched a major drive to offer the Gardasil vaccine, first launched in America six years ago, for all 11- to 18-year-old girls to prevent some strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) purported to cause cervical cancer.

The UK government’s official line, as dutifully reported in the press, was that by replacing Cervarix, the HPV vaccine offered since 2008, the UK now had a superior vaccine on offer.

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Sep
21
2012
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Prayer for a peaceful America

Today is both the International Day of Peace, the historic day of our Peace America Intention Experiment.  If you haven’t yet signed up to participate in this live event, being broadcast by Gaiam TV, please do so right now:   www.gaiamtv.com/experiment.  

As soon you as you sign up, you’ll be sent an email by Gaiam that gives you a free live link to the TV show, which will be broadcast for about 20 minutes at 1 pm Eastern DST.

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Sep
14
2012
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Take two cats at bedtime

Every so often, I trip across yet more evidence about the extraordinarily holistic grand design of our world.  Today that astounding little factoid had to do with why exactly cats purr.

Dr. David Williams, the American medical researcher, biochemist and chiropractor, recently wrote about some fascinating research from the Fauna Communications Research Institute in Hillsborough, North Carolina, a group devoted to animal acoustical sounds, who decided to investigate the very fundamental question of exactly why cats purr.

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Aug
31
2012
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You read it here first (and actually only here)

Today, I’m thrilled to tell you, is the first official day that What Doctors Don’t Tell You is on the British newsstands as a 100-page magazine.  Next week it will be on sale in most supermarkets in the UK.  

The launch is this magazine is not a birth so much as a coming of age.  Although this marks the start of our publication as a magazine, this title is in its third decade.  

In 1990, my husband Bryan and I first launched a 12-page newsletter from our top bedroom out of a conviction that patients were being left in the dark about the true safety and effectiveness of most standard treatments in modern medicine.

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Aug
24
2012
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When elephants come to the funeral

I’m back from a restful few weeks in Cyprus, and got this wonderful story from Bill Sweet of Spindrift, which I thought I’d share with all of you.

Lawrence Anthony, the South African conservationist and ‘elephant whisperer’ died last March of a heart attack. Of all the remarkable life events of this outstanding person, the most extraordinary of all was his funeral, because arriving there, with no invitation or warning was a herd of elephants, who’d come to pay tribute to one of their best friends.

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Aug
3
2012
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On being an outsider

Gore Vidal, who died this week, is an unlikely hero of mine.  For all his deliberate offensiveness and wilful antagonism, for all his apparent contradiction, he was one of the most clear-eyed critics America has ever had.

His collection of essays:  United States:  Essays 1952-1992, which won an honorary National Book Award, are unsurpassed in their summing up of America’s shortcomings.  All of Vidal’s ascerbic wit derived from a sense that America had passed its best and that we’d somehow lost the plot in the last half of the last century, ‘the ancient American sense that whatever is wrong with human society can be put right by human action.’

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