Thursday, 27 January 2011

Medical Research mostly flawed

Dr John Ioannidis, who Natural News describe as the foremost expert in assessing the credibility of medical research, has stated that up to 90% of published medical information is either misleading, exaggerated, or quite often just wrong!

Well you only need to look at the fact that generations of pharmaceutical drugs to know that medical science has been, and continues to get it wrong. The evidence base for conventional medicine is just about non-existent! His paper shows that that

               "... both theoretically and empirically that 80% of non-randomized studies (the most common type), 25% of the "gold-standard" randomized trials, and nearly 10 percent of the "platinum-standard" large randomized trials were incorrectly executed.

He found that even 49 of the most highly regarded and cited research papers published in the past 13 years, 41% had later been disproved, and 24% hadn't been retested! Even studies that had overturned the original findings were ignored, with scientists more likely to refer to the original, inaccurate study.

What did be think the reason for this has been?

               "Economics appears to be an underlying cause of the research inaccuracies. A successful scientific career depends upon your research being funded and published. This intellectual conflict of interest motivates scientists to pursue and produce results that will be funded. Scientific journals are naturally biased towards publishing new, exciting research; they rely upon a vetted peer review process that is frequently commandeered by scientists in pursuit of career advancement. Worst of all are drug studies, funded by pharmaceutical companies and commonly corrupted by a much stronger financial conflict of interest.

The Natural News article cites several drugs that have been marketed under these circumstances, including Vioxx, Zelnorm, and Baycol, all removed from the market for safety concerns, and anti-depressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil which are now known to be no more effective than placebos.

So much for 'evidence based medicine'. There is increasing confirmation coming to light that conventional medicine is a sham, and money-making concern that has little or nothing to do with our health.

Original article

Electro-Convulsive Therapy - and 'Evidence Based Medicine'

"Don't use homeopathy, there is no evidence" the homeopathy denialists tell us. Well, not only is this nonsense - there is plenty of evidence, empirical (patients getting better) and even RCTs. But the implication of this criticism is that conventional medical treatments are based on good evidence.

Electro-convulsive therapy has been used by conventional medicine to 'treat' mental health patients since the 1950's, and apparently still goes on. What evidence is there for this treatment, that must have been practiced now for over 60 years. None whatsoever

          "Despite ongoing controversy, there has never been a large-scale, prospective study of the cognitive effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)" Dr Harold Sackeim, et al, 2007

This is a quotation from an article by the Alliance of Human Research Protection, who have reported on the first trials, which were conducted by Dr Sackeim, and reported in Neuropsychopharmacology (32:244-254. 2007), 'Cognitive Effects of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Community Setting'. It states that:
 This study provides the first evidence in a large, prospective sample that the adverse cognitive effects can persist for an extended period, and that they characterize routine treatment with ECT in community settings.
The study confirmed that ECT can induce long-term memory loss, and other cognitive problems, especially in women (the majority of people subjected to this treatment are women).

So, no evidence for it being effective; but plenty of evidence that it can cause harm. It seems that this is the norm for ConMed.

The full Alliance for Human Research Protection article on this barbaric treatment can be found at



Gardasil (and Cervarix) - the most dangerous vaccine ever?

To gain this title, a vaccine has to be fairly destructive; but this is what it has been called in this Natural News article, which you should read to be aware of the dangerous of this vaccination.
http://www.naturalnews.com/031098_Gardasil_risks.html

          In the face of increasing reports of adverse events and death rates that are 400% higher than other vaccines, Merck continues to maintain that its controversial Gardasil vaccine is safe and continues to push for wider use. One group Merck would especially like to gain approval for is older women (currently, the vaccine is not approved for women over 27 years old). Despite Merck's claims to the contrary, studies have actually shown that Gardasil and its sister vaccine Cervarix (from GlaxoSmithKline) provide no protection for women already exposed to the HPV virus and in fact present highly elevated risks for already exposed women as well as for expectant mothers.

It is not long ago that all our young girls were 'offered' this vaccine. Parents were told it was safe. My grand-daughter did not have the vaccination, and was told off by her teacher! We know that the drug companies will continue to defend their drugs and vaccines, until the evidence is overwhelming, and they are forced to act. But why does the government, the Department of Health, the NHS, and our GPs fail to tell us? Why do our mainstream media say nothing about this?


One state in the USA is now acting, well, almost!
http://www.naturalnews.com/031124_HPV_vaccines_Virginia.html

Let's hope the financial resources of the drug companies are not instrumental in changing their mind!

Homeopathy and Mental Health

People suffering from mental health conditions should consider using homeopathy. The rise and rise of mental health problems has been astronomical in recent decades, and represents one of that long list of chronic illness that has increased alongside pharmaceutical drug taking. If anyone doubts that statement, they only have to look at the known (and accepted) adverse reactions to most pharmaceutical drugs, where 'depression' routinely occurs.

The use of homeopathy has been highlighted in two new articles appearing in the e-magazine Hpathy.

The first discusses the amazing prevalence of Mental Health issues, particularly in the USA and the UK, but throughout the developed world. A real epidemic. And it goes on to outline the research that has gone into how homeopathy helps with two conditions, ADHD, and Drug Abuse.
http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/exploring-the-role-of-homeopathy-in-reducing-the-global-mental-health-burden/

The second article deals with some of the most frequently used homeopathy remedies, and some of their main indications. This article was written by Robert Medhurst, who has considerable experience working with people with mental health problems.
http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/is-there-a-role-for-homoeopathy-in-depression/

Again, what we see here is a medical condition which is in large measure caused by convention medicine; and which can be treated successfully with homeopathy.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The Failure of the NHS

Why has the NHS failed? Why does it spend over £100 billion annually, and still struggle to meet the level of patient demand in the UK? Why is chronic disease (almost any chronic disease you wish to mention) at record, epidemic levels? Why is there constant managerial and structural changes to the NHS?

These questions have never been answered with any clarity or certainty. Do we need to spend more? Do we need to change the management structure again?

No! We need to stop spending money on a medical system that has failed, has always been a failure, and which will continue to fail. For those who want to look more deeply into this, go to the following website.

The Failure of Conventional Medicine

False Foundations of Science

Given the dangers and lack of effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs, their 'evidence base', their 'science' is about the only thing they have going for them. But this is also a myth, albeit of popularly believed myth. Medical science is not 'science'; it is bought science, cheque-book science. You cannot trust it because those who pay for it determines its conclusions!

This is well, and simply explained in a new article in Natural News

False Foundations of Science: Can Vaccine Studies Be Trusted?
in which Neil Z. Miller explains that "many 'scientific' studies are literally nonsense. He quotes the Journal of the American Medical Association [2005;294(2):218–28] that showed that a third of "highly cited original clinical research studies" were eventually contradicted by subsequent studies.


He explains that drug and vaccine studies are normally funded by the manufacturers, and they expect the outcomes to validate the safety of a drug or vaccine they want to promote. In most cases, the drug companies will have spend many £s millions on developing the drug.

          "Sometimes study conclusions contradict core data in the study. It is not uncommon to read the abstract or summary of a major paper touting a vaccine's apparent safety or benefits, only to find that upon examining the actual paper, including important details, the vaccine is shown to be dangerous and may have poor efficacy as well. For example, a landmark study published in Pediatrics [2003;112:1039-48] found that cumulative exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines "resulted in a significant positive association with tics" and "increased risks of language delay."


Miller goes into some of the tricks used to give the public the wrong information - misinformation. This is, of course, the evidence that homeopathy denialists say is the 'evidence base' for ConMed. It is a sham.


* Evidence of harm can be downplayed, and no-one picks this up
* Important information can be missing from a study, including information on the efficacy of the vaccine or drug. Sometimes, evidence of harm is not mentioned.
* Drug companies commission studies in order to prove that fears about a vaccine or drug are unfounded.
* On ploy is to "design studies comparing vaccinated people to other vaccinated people" when the "honest studies would compare them to an unvaccinated population"
* Many studies excludes groups, like older people and children, or those with pre-existing conditions, but are then used with these groups.

          "Although some studies are mere propaganda, part of a larger disinformation campaign designed to promote a vaccine agenda, other studies link vaccines to debilitating and fatal diseases. For example, the British Medical Journal [1999;319:1133.] and Autoimmunity [2002;35(4):247-53] published data correlating the haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine to rising rates of type 1 diabetes. The hepatitis B vaccine has been linked to autoimmune and neurological disorders. Guillain-Barre syndrome - a serious paralytic disease - is a well-known adverse reaction to the flu vaccine. These are just a few of the many scientifically documented correlations between vaccines and incapacitating ailments that I will discuss in upcoming articles".



As patients, we should not trust a medical system that can do such things. Conventional medicine does not have an 'evidence-base' worth dying for! It is time that governments, the NHS, GPs, and above all, the mainstream media began to raise these questions.

Autism and Homeopathy

Many families are now using homeopathy for children diagnosed with Autism, and particularly a new form of treatment known as CEASE. And from these accounts, it appears to be working for their children. Please take a look at the following websites, for the accounts of some of the parents using the technique.

The parents of Dante says "... I decided to blog ... to objectively show any changes in a child that has multiple & profound autistic features.  I figure that if Dante is able to improve, the CEASE therapy should benefit quite a bit of children with autism-- Dante being the most "involved" case I know of!

This mother says "my homeopath is treating around 12 to 15 ASD kids. Some of them are recovering fast she said. One of the boy did recover 70 to 80%, my son is a slow responder, I don't know what is stopping him to recover fast. I have been reading this blog and this boy recently moved to mainstream School, it took a while to reach this point. The blog she is referring to is:

Here, Caleb's mother says: "As of yesterday's IEP, Caleb is back to our home school full time! He has come so far in such a short time! Per his ASD room teacher, "The gap between Caleb and the other autistic students is so wide now that it's no longer appropriate to have him here." Music to my ears........... :)


http://ilovequeenanneslace.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/cease-therapy-day-20/ 
Here, the parents of Lizzy talk about how they are working with CEASE, and how it is not always easy. "Everyone in the house contributes to the cause. We all share ideas and observations. We have meetings about what needs or could be done to improve the way things are going. It is not just about Lizzy, it is about all of us. People often ask me how do you do all of this stuff? I don’t.  We do! This has been a great learning experience for all of us. Yes, it can be painful and difficult. When is growth not painful or difficult. We all can relate to this, no matter what the age.


CEASE therapy works by detoxifying the body; and many of these toxins are ConMed drugs and vaccines. So this treatment not only provides a way forward in the treatment of this awful disease, and the role that homeopathy can play. But it points to the cause of the disease.

This is something that the parents of all autistic children should look into. If you want to find a homeopath who is trained in CEASE techniques, go to the following website.

http://www.cease-autism.com/3842/autism.aspx

Monday, 24 January 2011

Pharmaceutical Drugs. The news that the mainstream media won't tell you!

The mainstream media does not tell you the truth. Certainly not the whole truth. There are a plethora of new stories, week after week, that do not hit the headlines; or even get a mention. These are just some that have come to light recently.

1. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/01/18/pfizer-accused-of-massive-corruption-in-killing-african-children.asp


U.S. diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks show that drugmaker Pfizer hired investigators to find evidence of corruption against Nigeria's attorney general, in an effort to convince him to drop legal action against the company.


Drug company whistle-blower Cheryl Eckard talks about her experience trying to fix problems at GlaxoSmithKline.  Her discoveries about the dangerous practices of the company made her a key figure in a federal lawsuit.
3. http://gaia-health.com/articles351/000385-multaq-fda-approved-killing-people.shtml       Multaq, A Fraudulently Approved Heart Drug, Is Killing People.  Another drug is killing people. There's no reason for surprise, though. The testing process showed what was wrong. The dangers were predictable.

Pfizer and others named in St. Clair County suit over Dilantin. Residents of St. Clair County, New York and Louisiana joined to file a suit against the makers of drugs used to treat epilepsy, saying it caused them or their deceased relatives to develop a severe and potentially deadly skin disease.



The media has its advertising revenues to protect, and advertising drugs and related chemicals is a big part of that revenue. It would appear that drug companies can be found to be involved in corrupt practices, selling drugs that cause disease and death, and much else - and yet it is of little concern or interest to the mainstream media, certainly in the UK.

Anyone who is taking ConMed drugs, and does not know about this kind of news, which unfortunately applies to most people taking Big Pharma drugs in the UK, should research for themselves what is happening in the world of ConMed health. Sadly, the information is usually only available on the internet. These incidents are not one-off, isolated incidents; they are not errors or mistakes.

The drug industry has an established culture of selling drugs that pays little regard to human health, and often has disastrous consequences to our health.

"I have a dream"

Thanks to Dana Ullman for this clever and apt adaptation of Martin Luther-King's speech.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/homeopathic-medicine-_b_806192.html


I have a dream that Hippocrates's wisdom of "First, do no harm" will be operationalized by the inclusion of natural and homeopathic medicines in primary care.
I have a dream that augmenting the body-mind's own immune and defense system will be a primary goal of medical treatment.
I have a dream that health care professionals will strive for "integrative health care," that is, the use of various natural therapies and conventional medicines, in efforts to create safer and more effective health care results.
I have a dream that people will understand that no disease is "local" or isolated from the whole person and that all disease is part of a syndrome that can and must be understood in this more complex context.
I have a dream that people will really respect the wisdom of the body-mind and realize that our symptoms are our organism's best effort to respond to stress or infection.
I have a dream that people will become aware of the real problems that result from using conventional drugs that suppress symptoms, thereby disrupting the body's defensive efforts and pushing the disease deeper into the organism.
I have a dream that people will appreciate the multi-factorial nature to most disease processes and that people will no longer be fooled by oversimplified single-causational factors to disease.
I have a dream that a diverse body of scientists and health care professionals will develop guidelines that will help assess "overall quality of life" improvements -- not just symptomatic differences, as a means to determine if treatments really work.
I have a dream that a diverse body of scientists and health care professionals will soon explore the dimensions of and potential for ancient and futuristic concepts of "energy medicine", not only for medical applications but for varied technologies that will help create a healthier, sustainable planet.
I have a dream that biggest critics of natural medicine will apologize for continuing a history of antagonism that should never have started in the first place.
I have a dream that homeopathy and natural medicine's history of success in treating many infectious epidemic diseases will help us reduce antibiotic use and provide a safer tool for treating people with infections.
I have a dream that the homeopathic principle of similars, which has long been utilized in vaccination and allergy treatments, will be appreciated for its power in augmenting immuno-competence.
Let health and freedom ring from the home to the clinic to the hospital.
Let health and freedom ring from the pharmacy to the health food store.
Let health and freedom ring from doctors, from patients, and from insurance companies.
Let health and freedom ring from drug companies, drug regulators, and health policy experts.
Let health and freedom ring from the media and from the internet.
I have a dream today.
Any other dreamers out there?
Homeopathy is inspiring, to anyone who opens their minds to its wonderful healing abilities.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Luc Montagnier - Nobel Science winner on Homeopathy

Now for something about a real scientist! Virologist, and Nobel Science winner (2008), Luc Montagnier says that DNA molecules can 'teleport'; and the question is, is this how science is eventually going to explain how homeopathy works?

Let's be clear. Homeopathy is an effective and safe medical therapy. It does not need an explanation for why it works so well for over 200 years. But science does need to be able to explain it. After all, this is what science, real science, is all about - explaining what is happening in the world to us!

And homeopaths, so much under attack from so-called 'scientists' or homeopathy denialists, would certainly like to know why, what we do, works!

So this is how his work has been described:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/216767/dna_molecules_can_teleport_nobel_winner_says.html

"According to a team headed by Luc Montagnier, previously known for his work on HIV and AIDS, two test tubes, one of which contained a tiny piece of bacterial DNA, the other pure water, were surrounded by a weak electromagnetic field of 7Hz.

Eighteen hours later, after DNA amplification using a polymerase chain reaction, as if by magic the DNA was detectable in the test tube containing pure water.
Oddly, the original DNA sample had to be diluted many times over for the experiment to work, which might explain why the phenomenon has not been detected before, assuming that this is what has happened.
The phenomenon might be very loosely described as 'teleportation' except that the bases project or imprint themselves across space rather than simply moving from one place to another.
To be on the safe side, Montagnier then compared the results with controls in which the time limit was lowered, no electromagnetic field was present or was present but at lower frequencies, and in which both tubes contained pure water. On every one of these, he drew a blank.
The quantum effect - the imprinting of the DNA on the water - is not in itself the most contentious element of the experiment, so much as the relatively long timescales over which it appears to manifest itself. Quantum phenomena are assumed to show their faces in imperceptible fractions of a second and not seconds minutes and hours, and usually at very low temperatures approaching absolute zero.
Revealing a process through which biology might display the underlying 'quantumness' of nature at room temperature would be startling.
His work is clearly at its early stages. He recognises that what he has discovered will have to be replicated. But he is optimistic, and he says he knows that his work might be an explanation for homeopathy. This is what he said in a recent interview.
"I was skeptical myself in the beginning. But these are facts. The findings are reproducible and we are waiting for confirmation from other labs".
Asked if he thought there was 'something in' homeopathy, he said this:
"I can't say that homeopathy is right in everything. What I can say is that the high dilutions are right. High dilutions are something, not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules. We find that with DNA we cannot work in the high dilutions used in homeopathy..... but even at 10:18 you can calculate that there is not a single molecule of DNA left. And yet we detect a signal.
I understand that 'homeopathy denialists' are planning to start a campaign soon which says 'there is nothing in homeopathy'. Now we know that a Noble Prize winning scientist disagrees with them!

The downfall of science and the rise of intellectual tyranny

If science is seen to support and underlay Big Pharma (and their noxious, toxic drugs), it is 'science' and its reputation that has the most to lose.

http://www.naturalnews.com/031073_science_tyranny.html

The very reputation of so-called "science" has been irreparably damaged by the invocation of the term "science" by GMO lackeys, pesticide pushers, mercury advocates and fluoride poisoners who all claim to have science on their side. It seems that every toxin, contamination and chemical disaster that now infects our planet has been evangelized in the name of "science."

Where "science" used to be highly regarded in the 1950's, today the term is largely exploited by pharmaceutical companies
, biotech giants and chemical companies to push their own for-profit agendas. Actual science has little to do with the schemes now being pushed under the veil of science.

To make matters even worse for the sciences, many so-called "science bloggers
" have been revealed to have financial ties to the very same companies whose profits are shored up by their activities (http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/08/...).

Rather than defending any sort of scientific truth, science bloggers have become the internet 
whores of Big Pharma, Monsanto, pesticide manufacturers, chemical companies and toxic mercury factories. There's hardly a dangerous chemical in widespread use today that the science bloggers haven't venomously defended as safe and effective. Many are just blatantly paid off by corporate entities to run around the internet pushing GMOs, chemicals and vaccines.

The Natural News article goes on - and I wish that I could claim credit for this article. As many readers of this blog will know, this blog has been littered with so-called 'science' bloggers since it began. Homeopaths call them homeopathy deniers - because they don't want you to know how effective homeopathy is. The Black Duck, Stephanie, Jerome - all of them - speaking as though what they are saying is 'scientific'. It is not. They speak for these industries, and are probably paid by them through their PR companies. They talk about 'evidence based medicine' which in truth has become the 2nd or 3rd biggest killer in the western, industrialised world.

Please read the whole Natural News article, it is certainly worth the effort. If real science is to be saved we all need to know what this article is telling us.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Autism and Vaccines - yet more evidence

The truth about vaccines and autism is gradually emerging. We can expect the medical authorities (and the denialists who write into this blog to deny it, but the truth will emerge in the end - as it has done with so many pharmaceutical drug treatments in recent decades.

Banned, withdrawn,restricted drugs

The most recent evidence emerges in the Natural News feature.

http://www.naturalnews.com/031056_autism_vaccines.html

"A January 10Mail Online(UK) article entitled "Scientists fear MMR link to autism." reported a Wake Forest University (USA) medical study that found measles virus in 70 out of 82 autistic children tested. None of them were wild measles strains. They were all vaccine strains, common to MMR shots".

Of course, the conventional medical establishment will deny this further evidence. It would be difficult for them to accept this now, after denying it for so long, and treating Andrew Wakefield so disgracefully. But there is other evidence, perhaps more important for people who still wonder about giving the children MMR and other vaccines.

We have known for many years now that the Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, is completely free of autism. It was like an oasis in the midst of a desert. And they do not vaccinate their children. So you removed the cause of Autism, and you remove the disease.

Now, there is another community that says there is no autism within it.

               "Now if you still have doubts that the media and health officials are honest or know what they are talking about, take a trip to Homefirst Health Services in metropolitan Chicago where thousands of children are being cared for. The doctors there have two things in common with thousands of Amish children in rural Lancaster: They have never been vaccinated. And they don’t have autism.

               "We have a fairly large practice. We have about 30,000 or 35,000 children that we’ve taken care of over the years, and I don’t think we have a single case of autism in children delivered by us who never received vaccines,” said Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, Homefirst’s medical director who founded the practice in 1973. Homefirst doctors have delivered more than 15,000 babies at home and most of them have never been vaccinated.

               "We do have enough of a sample,” Eisenstein said. “The numbers are too large to not see it. We would absolutely know. We’re all family doctors. If I have a child with autism come in, there’s no communication. It’s frightening. You can’t touch them. It’s not something that anyone would miss.” The few autistic children Homefirst sees were vaccinated before their families became patients.

Or perhaps go to

http://homefirst.com/info-1/current-health-news.html

and listen to Dr Mayer Eisenstein talking about why there is no autism in the area his health centre covers.

There is no reason why the NHS should not set up a similar project, leaving children in certain areas unvaccinated, and comparing the rates of autism within the population. They won't of course. But in a sense, that population already exists with that growing number of parents who are refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated.

All parents should join that growing band.


The flu jab

Thinking of having the flu jab?


Don't!


Just read this instead!


http://www.naturalnews.com/029641_vaccines_junk_science.html


It exposes the myth of 'evidence-based' medicine. And RCTs too.


And this too!


http://www.naturalnews.com/031043_flu_vaccines_quackery.html

Asthma and Homeopathy

This case was told to me by a colleague. It shows the kind of success homeopathy can have treating all kinds of illness that ConMed is not able to cope with.


"I treated a 5 year old boy who had bronchiolitis since the he was 6-8 weeks old. He had many courses of anti biotics and spent most winters in hospital. He also had all the childhood vaccinations.

I only saw him for one appointment over two winters ago and prescribed what I learnt from Hillery Dorrian (a well-known, well respected homeopathy and teacher) on a eczema workshop - protocol for clearing where lots of medication have been used used.

After have the homeopathic remedies, he went through the whole of the following winter with no major asthma attacks and no visits to the hospital - and again last winter. 



His mother (who is a friend of my colleague) keeps promising to bring him back for further treatment but he amazingly seems to have improved so much on this treatment alone".


The homeopathic treatment was to clear the adverse reactions (DIEs) of ConMed drugs and vaccines.....

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Ear Infections and Homeopathy

New evidence that homeopathic treatment for ear infections is superior to both conventional antibiotic treatment and placebo.

http://www.naturalnews.com/031014_ear_infections_homeopathics.html

This finding comes from a recent Meta Analysis of studies published in JAMA. It compares treatment with antibiotics, with no treatment, and homeopathic treatment. Interestingly, even 'no treatment' proved to be better than antibiotics!

Scientists who published a study in 1997 in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics found that the homeopathic treatment group recovered an average of a day faster than the antibiotic-using group.

In another study published in 2001 in the British Homeopathic Journal compared homeopathic treatment to placebo treatment in 230 children with acute ear infections. After 12 hours, 72% of the children recovered 2.4 times faster than those children who received placebo.

The three remedies often used in homeopathy for ear infections, Belladonna, Pulsatilla and Hepar Sulph are mentioned in the article, and whilst using these remedies is safe, ear infections can be complex, and if the best indicated of these remedies do not work, consulting with a registered homeopath is advisable.

Why do GPs prescribe dangerous treatments?

Are GPs as much to blame as the NHS and the Big Pharma companies for putting our health at risk by prescribing dangerous drugs and vaccines? Most people seem to trust their GPs. I stopped doing so several years ago when a GP, and a hospital registrar, both told me that Beta Blockers were 'well tolerated' (they aren't)!

Well, look at this piece from Child Health Safety.
http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/gmc-fraud-for-bonuses/

It describes why GPs may be keen to push drugs and vaccines on their patients - there are financial incentives for them to do so. And not only that, the GMC (the GPs statutory body, established to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards of practice) apparently advised GPs to remove unvaccinated children from their list in order to reach their 'targets', and thus, receive their incentive payments.

I have no doubt that the GMC, and most GPs, support vaccination, and that they do so despite all the evidence in front of them of the widespread tragedy caused to some people. But the picture of GPs recommending vaccination to their patients in order to reach their targets, and for the GMC to recommend their GPs de-register people who did not want to be vaccinated, takes this situation a long way from being 'ethical' medical practice.

It means that just as the Big Pharma companies pursue profits by selling dangerous drugs, GPs are prepared to pass them on to you, with the full support of their governing body.

So next time your GP tells you something, work out why he is telling you. Is it in the best interests of your health? Or does he/she have a financial motive?

Read the article, and make up your own mind.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Mental Health and Pharmaceutical Drugs

Pharmaceutical treatment for mental illness has been, and continues to be a disaster. The BBC 4 programme 'Mental. A history of the madhouse' relayed on 11th January 2011 outlines how mental health treatment has 'developed' from the 1940's to 1990's. So how did ConMed, or 'scientific' or 'evidence-based medicine' set about the task.

* Electro-convulsive Therapy (ECT), or passing an electric current through the brain to cause a seizure. Was there any evidence for it? Did it work? Was it humane? Answer to all three questions - No.

* Insulin Therapy, or giving insulin injections until the patient went into coma. Any evidence for it? Did it work? Was it humane? No. The treatment led to several deaths, and was described as 'a harmful medical failure'.

* Lobotomy. This produced some of the most dreadful images in the programme. Was there any evidence for it? Did it work? Was it humane? Again, no, it was none of those things. There were, apparently, 15,000 operations, and the comment was made in the film - "they did not  know what they were doing - it was a disaster".

* New drugs, Chlorpromazine (Lagactil), Lithium; considered to be 'miracle' drugs at the time, that would 'solve the riddle of mental illness'; but 'worked' solely by drugging, sedating or tranquillising the patient, and used for containment rather than treatment. There was contemporary footage of people who suffered from this sedation, as well as personal testimony about the impact on the drugs of their lives at the time.

This is a dreadful history, and the programme showed visually just how hopeless and bad conventional medical treatment has been over the years. The only positive development outlined by the programme was the work of a group of psychiatrists in the 1960's and 1970's, led by RD Laing, who realised that mental health had something to do with the society we live in, and how some struggled to cope with the circumstances in which they were living. They realised it had little to do with the chemistry of the brain. Sadly, that strand of psychiatry did not prevail. They did not want to use drugs, so presumably they did not receive the support of the conventional medical establishment, monopolised as it is by Big Pharma interests.

No doubt, some conventional medical apologists would want to argue that drug treatment for mental health has improved, and indeed, there is a new generation of drugs now in use. However, they too have similar effects on those people given them (often, now, legally enforced).

All pharmaceutical drugs seek to interfere with natural brain chemistry, and for this reason, their side effects or DIEs (disease-inducing effects) are quite horrendous.

What this BBC film demonstrates, so well and so visually, is how hopeless conventional medicine has been over the years dealing with mental health issues. It has been the same for most physical illnesses too. From the days of leeches, blood-letting, right up to the present, and the disasters of today's toxic drugs, conventional medicine has few answers for our mental health.

Homeopathy can be more successful, and of course it is always safer. As a homeopathy student, I came across Catherine R Coulter's books, Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines; and Philip M Bailey's book, Homeopathic Psychology. Both outlined the personality profiles of some of homeopathy's major remedies, and those books are how always at my side. The homeopathic Materia Medica is full of remedies that have a beneficial impact on depression, and other mental health issues. And the Homeopathic Repertories describe those 'mental health' issues sometimes in great detail.

And linking the symptoms of the patient, with the symptoms of a remedy, can lead to some remarkable outcomes.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Benzodiazepine Drugs - a life tragedy

This is a response I have received from a colleague of mine, Kevin, who was moved to send in the tragic story about his father. It demonstrates that despite all their claims, ConMed and its awful drugs have so little to contribute to human health.

"I couldn’t avoid replying to your posting on the Benzodiazepines- the mother’s little helpers that were so often seen as a panacea back in the seventies. My father was a former far eastern prisoner of war. Patriotic by nature, he didn’t wait to be called up, but took the King’s shilling and was posted to Singapore as part of the island’s defence force. On Singapore’s fall, my father became a prisoner of war of the Japanese and worked on the construction of the Burma Railway memorialised in the film, ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’.

My father didn’t speak much about the war. I know that when he arrived back in Liverpool he weighed around five stone. I know also that although he did receive medical attention for the malaria that continued to trouble him for the rest of his life, like most of his surviving comrades, little attention was given to the emotional scars they suffered.

As I see the welfare state rapidly being dismantled only to be replaced by a more ancient and some narrow minded parsimonious system of swim or sink, I remember that many of the reforms that occurred in the late forties were put in place to provide for the service- men and women who had sacrificed so much for this country.

I have always known that it is not just those such as my father who sacrificed much, but many of their families also. Indeed, some still pay the price of our nation’s former colonial engagements. Our family had many of the aspects of the prison camp that housed my father for those long years of his captivity.

Looking back with the hindsight of a sixty year old, I can see that he had major difficulties throughout my childhood. As I left my teens and entered young adulthood, my father found he could no longer cope with his job. He went to his GP who along with the long sicknote, doled out one of the Benzodiazepines that were so prevalent back then in the seventies. Sadly, to these my father added large amounts of home brewed beer.

My dad had always been unpredictable and often resorted to violence.  This trait continued, but contrary to what he had been told would happen his occasional aggression alternated with long bouts of depression. I remember writing to his GP warning him of his condition and stating my fears for his wellbeing. One Friday while my mother was at work, he took to their bed and swallowed a large quantity of his capsules, together with a bottle of Sherry. By the time my mother returned home, he was dead.

I remember writing to the local branch of the Far Eastern Prisoner if War Association to inform them of my father’s suicide. Not long afterwards, that former officer who replied so beautifully to my letter went up onto the moors and blew his brains out.

I came to learn that very few of those who gave so much to this country in our country’s war in the east lived to a respectable age. Like my father who was 59, many, many Far Eastern POWs committed suicide.

It is deplorable that the NHS had little that was effective in helping these men mitigate their sufferings; it is all the more so because the drugs that were so routinely trotted out to the likes of my father in the seventies usually contributed to the desperate deterioration that so often followed their prescribing. I suppose our family’s experience of drug prescribing bred a deep suspicion of conventional drugs in me. It is more than likely that my dad’s passing helped me avoid the same fate when I became terminally ill with cancer in January 1999.

Very few from the second world war survive now, but those increasing numbers of mostly young men who end their own lives before reaching the age of thirty are testament to the fact that whatever ails modern society is mirrored in all those new patents for psychotropic drugs. Despite the growing profits of their manufacturers, no-one seems able to reverse the trend. This is a tragic testament to our drug companies’ ineffectiveness.

It is good to receive life stories such as this, that demonstrate how hopeless ConMed is, and well as how dangerous.

Benzodiazepine Drugs (Valium, Ativan)

Benzodiazepine drugs have a disastrous history, even though there was a time when Valium was known as a 'wonder drug'.

"The history of benzodiazepines ... is the story of how drug companies gave birth to the scandal through their influence with doctors, the policing of alternative views of the drugs, the controlling of government through ties with the regulator bodies and advisers, and their use of power and money to ensure that legal actions became mired in procedure and ultimately failed, allow the harm to continue unchecked".


So writes Colin Downes-Grainger in his book "Prescription for Injury. The politics of Pharmaceutical Manufacture, Regulation and Prescription". Colin himself is a victim of Benzodiazepine drugs, and his book outlines his struggle to bring their harmful (disease inducing) effects (DIEs) into the open.

Colin was unable to publish the book professionally, and I bought a copy from him directly. It is worth reading for anyone who still believes that the drug companies, or the ConMed-NHS establishment, gives a damn about your health.

However, I now notice that his book is now available on the internet, and that it can be downloaded, free of charge. But can I recommend that you do send a small donation to him.

http://www.benzo.org.uk/pfi.htm

The book demonstrates very clearly the long-term dangers of ConMed drugs, still affecting people decades after they took them, in good faith. It also shows how the medical establishment knows about the dangerousness of drugs, but does nothing to protect patients.

Even now, it would seem, the doctors we trust are still quite willing to prescribe these same, dangerous drugs to patients, long, long after they have been shown to be worthless, and best avoided.

For anyone who has suffered, and is suffering from these drugs, homeopathy can sometimes 'antidote' the harmful DIEs of ConMed drugs, and I would recommend consulting a homeopath about this possibility (see www.a-r-h.org to find a homeopath local to you).

Violence and Drugs

We live in a more violent society - perhaps. Yet we have yet to fully realise that Big Pharma drugs are implicated in many of the worst violent events. Nearly all school shootings in the USA have been done by children who have been taking modern antidepressant drugs.

http://gaia-health.com/articles351/000379-9-top-10-drugs-violence-antidepressant.shtml

The more you examine the Big Pharma industry, the medical profession, and conventional medicine generally, you come to realise that they really don't know what they are doing. They pontificate. They think themselves clever. The call themselves scientists. They proclaim that conventional medicine is 'evidence based medicine'. But it can be seen by what they do, regularly, they have absolutely no idea what damage their drugs are going to cause - until it is too late for many patients.

The article referred to above states that in a Public Library of Science investigation the top 10 drugs implicated are 8 to 18 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs, and that most of these are anti-depressants.


"Of the ten drugs, nine have strong action on the brain and are given for mental and emotional problems. The one exception is mephloquine, an antimalarial. Of the remaining nine, one is the amphetamine group, one is for smoking cessation, one is an ADHD drug, one is a benzodiazepine, and five are SSRI or SNRI antidepressants".

The havoc being caused by pharmaceutical drugs appears to know no bounds. If you want to look at a list of drugs that are now known to cause violence, go to

http://gaia-health.com/articles351/000379-table.shtml

Vaccines are not safe - and they know it

'Vaccines are safe' they tell us - but they are not. And those who say they are safe know quite well that they are not. But what they know is NOT what WE are being told - by government, by the Department of Health, by the NHS, and perhaps worst of all, by our GPs.

Nor are we being told my the mainstream media.

There was an international meeting in Jamaica (3-7th January 2011) to discuss (and I quote)

              'current vaccine science and policy safety concerns'. The meeting was held 'in response to acknowledged significant increases in immune and inflammatory diseases in children and adults, ranging from asthma and neurodevelopment disorders to the emergence of previously rare but serious autoimmune health conditions during the past three decades'.

http://www.vaccinesafetyconference.com/

So here we have evidence that vaccines cause side effects, or DIEs (disease inducing effects), and that the health authorities are aware of it. The report of the meeting continues:

               "The concern of delegates paralleled those of 89% of recently polled parents in the US, who place vaccine safety as their number one medical research priority, while health consumers in other developed countries are also questioning vaccine science and policy"

It it not time that we were told the truth about vaccine safety?

For more information about DIEs go to
Conventional medicine and creation of illness

Warfarin and heart patients - find something safer!

Researchers at the University of Cincinanati say that heart patients should not be taking the drug Warfarin. It is taken to prevent stroke, but the new research suggests that most patients are getting no benefit, and could be at risk of excessive bleeding.

It is good that this has been discovered. After all, Warfarin has been given to rats as a poison for a long time, and it kills them by causing - excessive bleeding!

The researchers say that a safer drug should be found. But they don't say what drug, or whether there is a safer one! Anyone who looks at the life-history of all pharmaceutical drugs will probably conclude there isn't one!

People with atrial fibrillation and who have had a stroke might be better looking for a safer health therapy, like homeopathy!


(Source: Circulation, 2010; doi: 10.1161/circoutcomes.110.958108)


Thanks to WDDTY for the storyhttp://www.wddty.com/most-heart-patients-shouldn-t-be-taking-warfarin.html

Child Flu Vaccination contains Mercury



HAVE THE NHS, OR YOUR GP, EVER BOTHERED TO TELL YOU?

If given a fair choice, most consumers would choose alternative medicine over conventional health care

As a long-term supporter of the principle of the NHS in the UK, this article is certainly food for thought.

http://www.naturalnews.com/030923_alternative_medicine_consumer_choice.html

There is little doubt that the NHS provides health care from general taxation, and then offers only one type of medicine - drug-based ConMed, dominated by Big Pharma. The NHS has become a monopoly supplier, dominated by people with a vested interested in this dangerous form of medicine.

Those who regularly attack homeopathy clearly want to stop patients having choice within the NHS; they certainly want to stop the tiny amount spent on homeopathy by the NHS, regardless of patient choice.

And many politicians and NHS officials now want to enforce medication, for instance, through their arguments about the importance of vaccination, and 'herd immunity'.

Patient choice within the NHS is going to become an important issue over the coming months, particularly important in terms of those people who want to choose a safe form of therapy rather than the dangerous and useless drugs offered to them at the moment.

It will be fought hard by homeopathy denialists, who know that where patients have a choice, and good information about all types of treatment, they will choose the safest, and more effective option. And that is, without doubt, homeopathy.

Children and Drugs

It has been estimated that 25% of children in the USA are now taking Big Pharma drugs.

http://www.naturalnews.com/030879_children_drugs.html

One of the main questions raised in this article is whether these drugs have ever been tested on children. The answer is that very few - most are tested on adults who have more resistance to DIEs - disease inducing effects.

Conventional medicine is not evidence-based medicine. Parents need to ask their GPs whether their children really need drugs; if so have they been tested on children.

I would then suggest they should seek a second opinion from a homeopath, or CAM practitioner in order to avoid them having to take them.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Morning Sickness and Homeopathy

Morning sickness can be annoying, and many women are reluctant to take pharmaceutical drugs to deal with it. This is quite understandable. And the history of the dangerousness of conventional medicine well known, through the Thalidomide debacle, and more recently, the withdrawal in the USA of Bendectin, which was commonly prescribed for morning sickness. It was found to cause serious harm, including birth defects.
Yet you can still buy Bendectin in the UK. 
It is known here as Diclectin, and is still being prescribed.

Drug companies seem to care little about the damage they can cause to patients, even to pregnant women and their babies. They will sell dangerous drugs anywhere.

Yet homeopathy can deal safely and effectively with this condition. Homeopathic remedies are gentle and safe; they can be very effective. These are some remedies you might want to try (the information is taken from http://www.naturalnews.com/030917_morning_sickness_homeopathy.html

Colchicum: worse after smelling food, especially cooking food. Vomiting even at the thought of food. Nausea worse from even the slightest movement.

Ipecacuanha: Constant, persistent nausea. Even vomiting doesn't relieve the nausea and it is worse when lying down.

Nux Vomica: Nausea is worse in the morning and from eating. The stomach is very sensitive to pressure. Nux Vomica can be taken alternately with Ipecacuanha.

Lacticum Acidum: Nausea is better after eating and worse from the smell of tobacco smoke. Appetite is  not affected, may even have increased appetite.

Sepia: Nausea is worse in the morning. Sensitive to odours, and craving for sour foods. She may be depressed, and and may regret the pregnancy.

Symphoricarpus: This remedy often works for morning sickness when other remedies fail.  The nausea is worse after any motion with aversion to all food.

So find a local homeopathy, and treat the condition safely.



Pharmaceutical drugs "offer limited benefits"

Reuters have reported that the EU drug regulator has been critical on new pharmaceutical drugs. Perhaps he is looking for early retirement - daring to biteg the hand of the Big Pharma companies that feed him!

A Reuters report, 15th December 2010, quotes Thomas Lonngren, head of the European Medicines Agency, saying that there was a 'mismatch between profit considerations and public health' - something I have been saying on this blog for a long time! We must always remember that the primary object of drug companies is profit, and not public health.

He also said that the drugs industry was going through 'a period of upheaval' as the patents on 'blockbuster drugs' were expiring, shrinking the industry's revenue base. This, of course, is one of the main pre-occupations of drug regulators - to get new drugs to patients as fast as possible so that drug companies get on return on their investment as soon as possible. However, he failed to mention the cost of litigation by patients who have been harmed by the dangerous drugs he has been responsible for passing during his ten years in office.

He was also calling for more research on new drugs, and more new drugs - despite speaking about the rise of 'superbugs', and the growing problem of bacteria that are 'resistant' to antibiotics. This is typical of ConMed, and Big Pharma. They dig large holes, then realise they are dangerous, and can only think of one solution - continuing to dig an even deeper hole!

His conclusion - new medicines offered limited benefit, 
and often helped only a small minority of patients. 

He might have added something about how dangerous there were, too. But, of course, he didn't!

This was a Reuters release in early December 2010. If anyone saw this mentioned in the mainstream media, please let me know. Of course, it is not something they normally publish. I don't think we are supposed to know!

Overall, he painted a grim picture of the drug industry's recent output, saying many new medicines offered limited benefit and often helped a small minority of patients.

Flu? Don't panic, use homeopathy

The world of conventional medicine, and the NHS, is busy scaremongering about 'flu and its dangers. They do it every year. We are being told, regularly in the mainstream media, that 'flu is killing people, and that we all need to get vaccinated. Indeed, this is beginning to be an annual event?

But there is no panic required, as long as you realise the homeopathy is far more effective than ConMed, and as usual, much less dangerous.

Have a look at this article, published in the Huffington Post.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-malerba/homeopathic-remedies-for-the-flu_b_802803.html

It states the fact that in the worst 20th century flu epidemic, in the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak, homeopathy consistently out-performed ConMed - and it helpfully lists a number of the main remedies used in the treatment of influenza, and some of their specific symptoms. These are:

Bryonia, Gelsenium, Arsenicum, Eupatorium, Nux Vom, Rhus Tox, Aconite, Baptisia, Phosphorus, Mercurius and Belladonna.

Any homeopathic first aid kit will have these remedies, and no home should be without a homeopathic first aid kit! Safe treatment is always possible because homeopathy is safe. But if the remedies chosen do not work for you, consult with a registered homeopath.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Is your doctor paid to give you dangerous drugs?

Or, in other words, why isn't your doctor telling you the truth about dangerous, disease-inducing drugs?

Drug companies are now allowed to advertise their drugs in the UK. So getting GPs to prescribe them is good marketing.

The Dr Mercola website has recently published some information about this, appertaining to the USA (where drugs can be advertised directly to the public). They found that $282 million was paid to doctors by drug companies in a single year, and asks whether this is compromising the best interests of patients?

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/17/how-much-is-your-doctor-being-paid-and-manipulated-by-the-drug-companies.aspx

You can be sure it is! But by and large, people trust their GPs. So there are important question we should all ask our doctors.

     Why have you been so willing, so consistently, over decades, been prepared to prescribe us drugs that have ultimately proven to be ineffective, and dangerous?


     Why do you trust drug companies who have proven to act so irresponsibly in marketing drugs to the public when so often they are useless, and cause serious disease?


     How can you assure me the drugs you are prescribing today are not equally useless, or dangerous?

As Dr Mercola says, the chances are "your doctor has fallen prey to pharmaceutical marketing tactics. Most doctors simply do not have the time to research each drug, and rely heavily on information from their pharmaceutical reps and from other 'experts', that is, doctors who are receiving significant fees to talk about drug companies".

Some doctors do recognise the problem, and have even formed a group to counter the propaganda and bribes of the drug companies.