Current Posts – 22 August 2016

A band of radical clinicians are questioning whether randomised controlled trials are right way to discover how life-style changes can best beat the obesity epidemic. RCTs are scientific medicine’s gold standard but the radicals say they are too cumbersome, slow and unreliable. A fast grassroots research project gathering real life data to update guidelines on the fly is underway. Their first report has just been published.

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If you are diagnosed with cancer, one of the first things you are likely to do is to search the internet for non-standard therapies that seem effective and safe. But it can be a time-consuming and depressing process. What you want is a wise guide who will provide you with unbiased expert information. That guide has now appeared in the form of a book called ‘The Cancer Revolution ‘. If you are starting out it really is all you need.

When newspapers report on research suggesting that some product is more dangerous than we had been told – diesel engines, bottled water, cars with a faulty braking system – sales usually decline rapidly and action is taken by manufacturers. When media covers research suggesting that statin risks have been underestimated and some discontinue them, the official response has been to accuse the researchers of killing people. Is this really right?

Doctors are famously uninterested in tales about the healing benefits of diet or lifestyle change. Comments like: ‘That’s good if it works for you,’ or ‘placebos are very powerful’ are commonly reported. But doctors also famously only have a few hours of nutritional training in medical school. Is this a good way to deal with increasing levels of chronic disease? Absolutely not, concluded a conference last week.




Editor: Jerome Burne |

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