Current Posts – 26 May 2015

A deep and fiercely contested fault line runs down the middle of cancer treatment – SAM (standard authorized model) Vs. CAM (complementary and alternative medicine). Sophie Sabbage has been writing wisely and movingly about both the grim realities and the sweet moments of being a cancer patient. Here she makes plea for the warring sides in this running battle to abandon their polemic and build bridges to support their patients.

Doctors take on prevention is a bit like St Augustine’s take on sex, (he was a 4th century father of the Christian Church), who famously used to pray: “Lord, make me chaste—but not yet.” So while they all agree that prevention is a jolly good idea, when it comes to actually taking it as seriously as drugs and properly funding research, policies and education, the “not yet” option pops up. We can’t afford their self-indulgence any more. Read more…

‘Health and safety gone mad’ is a tabloid stock response to absurd rulings such as demanding a pensioner wear protective clothing while gardening or forbidding the audience at a Tom Jones impersonator concert to throw knickers at the stage. But one of the richest seams can be found in health advice handed out in doctors’ surgeries. Often it’s more mad than sensible as the campaigning GP Dr Malcolm Kendrick reveals.

Anyone who works seriously with vitamins and mineral supplements knows how effective they can be when used carefully on people who are deficient. Nutritionists also have to put up with a constant drip of articles claiming that vitamins are both ineffective and can kill you. What’s most infuriating about them is evidence they offer in defence of their claims is so poor. This post shows just how weak the evidence is in the latest attack.



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