NaturalNews) The neurodegenerative effects of fluoride are well documented in the scientific literature, and yet this toxic byproduct of industrial manufacturing continues to get dumped into the water supplies of almost every major city in the U.S. without consent. And while it may take a little more time before a critical mass of folks finally wakes up and puts a stop to this mass poisoning of the public, there is a way you and your family can better avoid the toxic effects of fluoride today through proper nutrition.

Publishing their findings in a recent issue of Pharmacognosy Magazine, a research team out of India observed that regular consumption of turmeric, a spice commonly used in Indian and Asian cuisine, helps to protect the mammalian brain against fluoride poisoning. Having previously uncovered the pathways through which fluoride induces harmful neurodegenerative changes in the brain, the team from Mohanlal Sukhadia University found that turmeric both neutralizes existing fluoride and protects against additional fluoride.

Testing the effects of turmeric in mice, the researchers observed that curcumin, the most well-known nutritive compound in turmeric, produces powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity that protects against multiple forms of cell damage, including singlet oxygen, hydroxyl radical and superoxide radical damage. Curcumin also helps spur the production of glutathione, the body's "master antioxidant" that studies have shown plays a primary role in guarding against oxidative stress.

Supplementing with turmeric can completely reverse damage caused by fluoride

Knowing that fluoride induces both neurotoxic and neurodegenerative effects on brain tissue, particularly that of the hippocampus and cerebral cortex, the team tested the effects of fluoride alone, fluoride in combination with turmeric, turmeric alone and a control on mice that were randomly divided into each of these four groups. All the mice consumed their respective regimens for 30 days before undergoing analysis.

At the end of the study period, it was observed that mice in the fluoride group, which were given 120 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in water without curcumin, experienced significant increases in malondialdehyde (MDA) activity -- MDA is a recognized marker of oxidative stress. Mice consuming the same amount of fluoride along with 30 milligrams per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg), however, experienced a marked reduction in MDA, revealing the toxicity-mediating power of turmeric.

"[Fluoride] may cross the blood brain barrier, accumulate in mice hippocampal neuron cell bodies and initiates cascade of reactions which increases the oxidative stress that causes an increase in MDA content of brain tissue, which is an end product of LPO [lipid peroxidation]," wrote the authors.

"On the other hand, a distinctive decrease in MDA level was observed after [curcumin] treatment, compared to group treated with [fluoride]... [because] this phytochemical is capable of quenching oxygen free radicals such as superoxide anions and hydroxyl radicals, which are important for the initiation of LPO."

Fluoride is an 'excitotoxin' like MSG that causes brain neurons to die

Concerning the general toxicity of fluoride, the team is convinced, based on more than a decade of extensive research, that the chemical very clearly collects and accumulates in brain tissue. Similar to the way that monosodium glutamate (MSG) over-excites brain neurons and essentially kills them, fluoride likewise produces an excitotoxic effect that can have lasting health consequences.

"Fluoride (F) is probably the first inorganic ion which drew attention of the scientific world for its toxic effects and now the F toxicity through drinking water is well-recognized as a global problem," explains the study. "Health effect reports on F exposure also include various cancers, adverse reproductive activities, cardiovascular, and neurological diseases."

You can view the curcumin/fluoride study in its entirety here:

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The thyroid gland controls the metabolism. In fact, it controls the metabolism of every cell and organ. Thus, the ability of the cells to function as well as to detoxify poisons is tied directly to normal thyroid function. To be in optimal health it is crucial to maintain normal, perhaps superior, thyroid function.


However, taking drug-based thyroid medication has side effects. The simple answer is to boost thyroid function naturally by feeding it the crucial elements it requires. This is precisely what Thyroset achieves. It is a combination of crude northern Pacific kelp, rich in natural iodine, sea minerals, and chlorides, which is what the thyroid gland requires. Plus, Thyroset contains tyrosine, the key amino acid needed to make thyroid hormone. With Thyroset you get the iodine, sea minerals, and tyrosine, and the thyroid gland does the rest, that is it uses the natural compounds to produce its own thyroid hormone.


With age and stress, thyroid function declines. Pregnancy greatly strains this gland, as does chemical exposure. The fact is the majority of symptoms suffered after repeated pregnancies are due to a weakness in the thyroid gland. When the gland is weakened, overall health suffers. This results in a wide range of symptoms, including:

   * fatigue                                                                        * sluggish digestion

* constipation                                                                * exhaustion

* cellulite                                                                       * weak muscles

* inability to lose weight                                                * slurred or slow speech

* weak heart                                                                  * depression

* infertility                                                                     * anxiety

* high cholesterol                                                           * hair loss

* high triglycerides                                                         * hoarseness

* hardening of the arteries                                              * menstrual difficulties

* swelling in the throat                                                   * hot flashes

* skin disorderss, especially eczema and  


* inability to wake up

* ovarian problems                                                         * yeast infections

* cold hands/feet                                                            * sluggish circulation


The key is to support thyroid function safely. This is why Thyroset is so useful. Crude kelp is a superior source of natural iodine, which is direly needed by the thyroid gland. The kelp in Thyroset is free of heavy metal contaminants, which is a major problem with commercially harvested kelp. This kelp comes from the far northern Pacific coasts of  Alaska and is proven by assay to be free of toxic contaminants. 


How to Use Thyroset

As a natural thyroid-supporting supplement take 2 to 4 capsules daily – lunchtime is best. For more aggressive thyroid support take 4 capsules twice daily with or without meals. Take more if necessary; this is completely non-toxic. Safe for children. 


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The Adrenals  are 2 round glands which sit above the kidneys, located just under the bottom of the ribs, about 3-4 inches apart.


These small but perfectly formed glands play the most important role in our relationship to, our experience of and our coping mechanisms when it comes to stress.

They produce a number of hormones essential to life, the central nervous system and in particular the fight/flight/freeze response.


The hormones produced by the adrenals include: adrenaline, nor-adrenaline, cortisol, estrogens, testosterone, progesterone, and DHEA.


These hormones regulate many of the bodies activities, and most relevant here, adrenaline and cortisol which, as a branch of the sympathetic autonomic nervous system, is activated in our response to any threat: stress.


Physiologically what occurs during this activation to stressful stimuli, is an increased production of glucose or sugar in the blood which raises the blood pressure and produces an increase of energy to the extremities of the body, the muscles, which primes the system ready to run away or fight back.


Symptoms of Low Adrenals are:


Extreme Tiredness/Exhaustion


Difficulty sleeping or sleep too much

Poor circulation

Poor digestion

Low blood pressure

Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemic)

Apathy / Depression

Low self asteem

Low stamina

Low sex drive

Muscle weakness

Joint aches & pains

Tendency to constipation

Low immune response to fight infection

Extreme thirst and / or urination

And more

The main causes for Adrenal Fatigue can be:


Excessive Stress: High levels of any number of recurring stressors can have a depleting effect on our adrenal glands. Physical stress from chemical toxicity and pollutants, especially when coupled with poor nutrition, has a physically depleting effect on the adrenals. As well as mental, emotional or spiritual stress which may come from family, relationships or work related issues. Excessive stimulation, especially for children, working too hard and fast-paced, fear-based, high-stress lifestyles are also common causes. Other stressors, especially living in cities, can be noise, mobile phones, electromagnetic pollution, microwaves, televisions, and computers which all give off strong electrical fields and disrupt our own natural electromagnetic field.

Nutritional Deficiencies:  Another common cause is poor nutrition. The body requires far greater levels of adequate nutrition when under high levels of stress. A diet high in carbohydrates and low in protein can have a very depleting effect on already over worked adrenal glands. Most diets are deficient in foods which nourish the adrenals. These include B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, C & E, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium and other trace minerals. The growing of foods, preparation and transportation all add to the level of nutrition our foods hold. Most soil is depleted of essential trace minerals and further processing and refinement of foods leaves our food at an all time low, nutritionally.

Stimulants: Stimulants are sited as one of the main causes to damage adrenal glands. Coffee, sugar and alcohol are among the most common stimulants which literally “whip” the adrenals of their vital hormonal activity. Legal and recreational drugs or stimulants also play a part in forcing our adrenals to over-perform at inappropriate times both day and night. Other over-stimulating behaviours such as anger, rage, arguing, worrying, loud music, and even movies with high levels of suspense or fear can affect over-worked adrenals negatively. In fact, any “thrilling” activity from over exerting exercise to sex addiction, which creates a temporary “high”, can force the adrenals to over-produce and secret hormones when they should be resting. Over time this weakens the adrenal glands and leads to fatigue and eventually burnout.

Stimulant use can also be as a result of adrenal burn-out: Stimulants often look very appealing to those who are in a state of adrenal burnout already. These stimulants act to lift a person in a state of burnout for a short amount of time, allowing them to feel better temporarily. This is what adds to addictive behaviours and why often it can be so difficult to break these habits. It is safe to say that most people with an addiction to anything including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, sex, anger and legal or recreational drugs has some level of adrenal insufficiency.

Other causes can be:

Toxic or Chemical Overload

Chronic Infections

An unhealthy response to stress

If you think you are suffering from any or all of the above, then you might like to know what you can do to improve on this depleted state.

The first and best step in to start with a detoxification process.

A simple yang based diet (70 - 80% cooked veg, 15% protein, 7-8% complex carbs, 5% good fats. 0% simple carbs – fruits, fruit juices, sugar, 0% wheat products, 0% refined/fast food)

6 or 7 mineral supplements. You may consider hair mineral analysis.

Lots of rest

Regular relaxation and meditation daily.

Shifts in your mental attitude: forgiveness, letting go, positive attitude, gratitude, spirituality and prayer all speed up the healing greatly.


Here at Breathe Detox Retreats UK, we can help. It is important to detox and let go of old patterns and habitual behaviours. We encourage you to add a regular relaxation and meditation technique to your daily practice as well as having more detailed information about lifestyle do’s and don’ts.

Call us today on 0845 548 0034, to find your path back on the road to health and optimum wellness.

Love Yourself to Life!



Most people have no idea that eating the wrong foods can cause arthritis pain flare-ups. 

That's why I've prepared this article to walk you through the 5 Worst Foods to eat if you suffer from arthritis. 

In just a few minutes from now, you'll know how to steer clear of the 5 biggest “food landmines” that can sabotage your health and make your arthritis pain worse. 

What you're about to discover will probably be quite surprising. But more importantly, it will show you how to take control of your arthritis instead of having it take control of you.

And that's not all. In addition to walking you through the “5 Worst Foods,” we're also going to cover other items you need to know like:

  • The unique “shift” your body makes during your mid-twenties that could be the culprit behind your arthritis pain. (Probably less than1 in a 10,000 people know this.)
  • The secret discovered by a little known New York doctor that will give you a HUGE advantage in your fight against arthritis. He discovered the switch you can “flip” inside your body to help make it start acting like it did when you were 25!
  • The real reason that traditional “painkillers” don't help your pain.
  • I'll reveal the “trouble making” vegetable that can actually make your arthritis pain worse! If you've always thought that greens are good for you, you'll definitely want to read this.
  • What special type of “super food” can actually counteract the damage of arthritis itself! (It's amazing to understand how this works.)


So let's get started...
  Click To See The 5 Worst Arthritis Foods > > >

As someone who suffers from Irlen syndrome, I know that many children are being misdiagnosed with learning difficulties and dyslexia, when in fact, they are suffering from a condition that affects the way they perceive visual information and light.

In a bid to inform parents about this condition, I have decided to tell my story and explain how a pair of specially tinted Irlen glasses transformed my life, forever.

Many people know me as an Internet journalist, an author and an activist, writing on the subject of vaccination. However, as a child, I struggled not only to read and write, but also with everyday life.

At school, I was identified as having special needs and, as a result, was taught in a small group. However, I knew that I did not have learning difficulties and that I could read and write perfectly well. I did not understand why I was being treated differently than my peers. I knew that the only problem from which I suffered was trying to read words as they appeared to move around the page, which I found extremely difficult. 

I became angry with my teachers for treating me as a child with special needs and for labelling me as different, when I knew there was nothing wrong.

Over the years, I noticed that I had other problems besides reading. The colour white blinded me and made me suffer from severe headaches. Daylight and artificial lighting made me feel dizzy and disoriented because they were too bright and hurt my eyes. I would squint, shield my eyes with my hands and blink a lot to protect them from the light.

At home, I preferred soft lighting, dimming the lights and changing the colour of the bulbs to feel calm.

I had difficulties with depth perception and spatial awareness and have always found simple jigsaw puzzles to be impossible. I found patterns on flooring difficult to see and could not identify where there was a step. As a consequence, I fell easily and was identified as being clumsy. I often bumped into things and knocked things over and when I was out, I would walk diagonally instead of in a straight line, often bumping into people.

I suffered from huge panic attacks because everything was too noisy for me and if someone were talking to me, I could not filter out the other noises around me and therefore, I was bombarded with unwanted sound from everywhere.

The best way to describe how Irlen Syndrome feels is having the sensation of living inside a bubble and everything you see and hear outside of the bubble is distorted.

Irlen Syndrome Explained

It was not until I met child psychologist Lisa Blakemore-Brown, who came into my life to assess my two sons for autism, that my problem was identified.

She noticed that I had difficulties and believed that I was suffering from Irlen syndrome. She explained that many children were being falsely diagnosed as suffering from dyslexia, when in fact they were suffering from something entirely different.

She urged me to go and get tested for the condition, telling me that she had seen for herself how specially tinted lenses had transformed children’s lives and pointed me to the website [1]

Reading through the information on the website, I was shocked to discover, that, like me, many people suffered from similar issues on a daily basis. I found pages and pages full of information; one page was full of endorsements, recommending the work of Helen Irlen, the founder of the Irlen Institute.

One of the endorsements was written by Ms. Blakemore-Brown. She wrote:

“Many children experience visual distortions which grossly affect their functioning. What is quite remarkable is how a non-invasive intervention (Irlen Method) can remove distortions in an instant for many people.”

In fact, many professionals specializing in the field of dyslexia have used the methods recommended by Ms. Irlen with huge success.

One such professional is Dale Jordan, Ph.D., the author of the book Overcoming Dyslexia in Children, Adolescents, and Adults and Attention Deficit Disorder. He wrote:

All of us who have labored to help dyslexics conquer reading disability have groped our way, trying to find techniques to reduce the perceptual handicap seen for more than 80 years in the dyslexic population. Helen Irlen’s color procedure has given us a dramatic solution to this age-old problem. Seeing is believing! This method is an answer to a prayer for the dyslexic population.”

What is Irlen Syndrome?

Irlen Syndrome is a condition that affects the way that a person processes visual information and light and was first identified by psychologist Helen Irlen in 1983.

According to the short film shown at the end of this article, today, the Irlen spectral filters and the colored overlays are being used in over 47 different countries worldwide and they have been found to help millions of children, as well as adults. This non-invasive technology is the only method that is scientifically proven to correct the processing problems associated with reading, learning and attention difficulties.

The Irlen Institute describes Irlen syndrome as the following:

“Irlen® Syndrome causes eye problems for many people because it alters the way they see things. These eye problems are based on their visual perception. The eyes are not the main source of the problem. The problems are caused by the way in which the brain interprets the visual information that is being sent through the eyes. Having Irlen Syndrome prevents many people from reading effectively and efficiently. Individuals with Irlen Syndrome perceive reading material and/or their environment differently. They must constantly make adaptations or compensate for their eye problems. Individuals are often unaware of the extra energy and effort they are putting into reading and perception.” [2]

Imagine living in a world in which everything is too loud, where everyday colors in the world around you are so bright and confusing, that you feel completely overwhelmed. This is what it feels like to have Irlen Syndrome.

However, there is an answer. With the use of colored overlays and Irlen glasses, a person’s life can be totally transformed.

Colored Overlays Changing the World of Reading

Firstly, it is advisable for anyone who has been diagnosed with dyslexia, or is having any of the problems that I have identified, to be fully assessed for Irlen Syndrome by a qualified Irlen screener.

An Irlen screener will carry out a series of tests to identify whether or not a person is suffering from the condition. The screener searches for telltale signs of the syndrome. For example, they will examine whether or not the client displays excessive blinking, rubbing of the eyes, reading avoidance or complains that the room is too bright. They will also listen to the client reading to assess how fluently they read.

The screener asks their client how they feel about certain colors and if there is any color that makes them feel uncomfortable in any way.  If they are testing a child, they will speak to the parent about whether or not the child has poor attention, finds concentration difficult and whether or not they are clumsy and fall over a lot, more than a typical child.

The screener will then ask the client if they enjoy reading. If the client says no, the screener will then ask them why not and score them on their answers. The client will then be asked to read out loud and to describe what they are seeing when they read. A person suffering from Irlen syndrome will often describe seeing rivers running through the words on the page, the words blurring in and out of focus, moving around the page or falling off the edge of the page as they read.

The screener will then lay a series of colored overlays on a page of writing (age appropriate) and will ask the client if there is any difference in what they are seeing. A person with Irlen syndrome often finds that one of the colored overlays, placed over the page, will help to correct what they are seeing, making the words easier to read.

It is important to note, at this point, that this method is unlikely to make any difference to a truly dyslexic person.

At the end of the first session, the screener will send the client home with the appropriate overlay and arrange another appointment.

The overlays have been so successful that many schools are now adopting these methods and using the overlays at school. This is because the overlays have been found to help a wide range of children with reading difficulties.

Irlen Filters Can Change a Child’s Life Forever

The second session looks at other ways for the screeners to help their clients. The Irlen Institute states:

 The second testing session is only for individuals who show moderate to significant improvement with colored overlays. In this session, we target the precise wave lengths of light causing your problems by using a limitless number of color filter combinations. Your precision color is worn as glasses or contact lenses. The color worn as glasses will not be the same as your plastic overlay color. If your problems are related to math computation, copying, depth perception, light sensitivity, and headaches, colored glasses are your best treatment option because they correct problems with the printed page and also the environment.”

 They continue by stating:

Importantly, wearing the wrong color can actually cause or worsen your problems. The testing to identify your correct colored glasses can only be conducted by Certified Irlen Diagnosticians/Clinics.

Colored lenses provided by optometrists and vision specialists to treat reading problems are NOT the same as the Irlen Method. These professionals do not have the right colors, or diagnostic process for color selection. Inaccurate colour selection can result in headaches, eye strain, and fragmented brain processing resulting in more distortions and reading problems. [3]

An Irlen diagnostician has a briefcase containing hundreds of different colored lenses which they will test in many different combinations until they discover a color or combination of colors that considerably helps their client.

When the colored lenses are placed in front of the eyes or the transparent colored overlays are placed directly over the page, they normalize the brain's ability to process visual information.

For furtherinformation,please see this short film that is below this blog post.

There are no known causes of Irlen Syndrome; however, many professionals  have contributed the syndrome to head injuries, specific medical conditions and, in some cases, adverse reactions to vaccinations.

In her book Reweaving the Autistic Tapestry, Lisa Blakemore-Brown wrote:

"The way in which the unique person tapestry is constructed and unified into the wider social tapestry is still a beguiling mystery. Behaviors and interactions which can weave together into interwoven developmental disorders include autism, ADHD, language spectrum disorders including the dystonias and dyspraxias, Tourettes syndrome, Irlen syndrome and other behavioral presentations as well as some of the shared difficulties experienced by children with specific medical conditions including central nervous system disorders such as hydrocephalus. Clusters of behaviors can interweave together but if they are understood only as purely separate disorders without understanding the threads, the interweave and other factors which also impact, interventions may be of little use." [4]

I would recommend that anyone who wishes to further explore Irlen Syndrome read the Irlen website or read Ms. Blakemore-Brown’s book.


As a person suffering from the condition, I know just how effective this treatment can be and what a positive difference it can make to a person's life. Since wearing my Irlen glasses, I have gained far more confidence and I feel as if I can see for the first time without pain and discomfort.

When I first tried on my glasses, it was like bathing my eyes in a bath of warm water. The intense glare and pain that I had become accustomed to suddenly disappeared and for the first time I could see what was really there and not what I thought was there. My eyes felt calm, relaxed and rested.

As a result of the Irlen treatment, I have been able to go to university and, for the first time in my life, study for the career that I had always wanted. I have since graduated and qualified to become a journalist, enabling me to have a career that I believed was totally impossible for me to achieve.

I can confidently go into shops as the lights no longer blind me. I can walk up and down stairs without holding on to the railing and I no longer bump into people and knock things over. These may be little things to others, but to me they mean the world.

I have far more confidence in myself. I am no longer shy and do not find talking to people difficult as I once did. Since being diagnosed and receiving treatment, I have spoken at conferences worldwide and been a guest on many radio shows.

I am not saying that things are perfect; they are not. I still have difficulties with the color white, noise, columns of figures and reading for long periods. However, compared to what my life was like before diagnosis and treatment, my life since then has changed completely.

I would urge any parent who believes that their child is having difficulties to have their child tested for the condition. It could change their lives forever, as it did mine.

I would like to thank Lisa Blakemore-Brown for noticing my difficulties and teaching me about Irlen Syndrome, my wonderful diagnostician, Sonia Dimont. for all her patience and kindness over the years and finally, Helen Irlen, for all of her amazing work.





For further info please check the video below this blog post

The Decline Of The Bees

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A Queen Bee creating a buzz in the hive!

 Sarah Orrechia, founder of Unbeelievable Health, the celeb loved immune support products featuring Bee Propolis, is on a quest to help save the bees.
Sarah wrote an article entitled More Than Honey, which you can read by clicking on this link.

She was also named Director of the Month in Director magazine and this article gives real insight into the woman behind the brand.

The products were also featured in the Daily Mail named the Celeb It Vit, as favoured by Gwyneth PaltrowEmma Forbes and Victoria Pendleton.
And it's not just these ladies who have picked up on the Bee Trend - 

About the Decline of the Bees 

The decline of the bees is a serious worldwide problem. As goodness from the hive is the heart of our brand, we are trying to raise awareness about bees and the issues they are facing. In the UK alone, honeybee colonies have fallen by 50% in the last 20 years. Bees work incredibly hard for us and experts have warned that by 2018 it’s possible that bees could disappear almost entirely from Britain. The decline of the bees may well be the next ‘global warming’.

Aside from plants and trees bees pollinate: one third of our food; much of what cows and other animals eat.
Bees are responsible for coffee, chocolate, cotton and many other things we all depend on for our daily existence
Bees and wild pollinators are responsible for pollinating a whopping 84% of EU crops

The decline of the bees is a serious matter that could have dramatic long-term effects on our worldwide food supply, the Earth’s ecosystem, the world’s landscape and the global economy. Honeybees have been inexplicably abandoning their hives en masse:

2011/12 - 25% of beehives lost in the USA
2011/12 - 16% loss of honeybees in the UK

(some bee species are now extinct and others are at just 4% of their previous numbers.)

The decline of the bees has numerous suggested causes including  varroa mites, malnutrition and even the theory that radiation waves from mobile phones may be interfering with the bees sense of direction making them unable to find their hives. However, most research has shown the main culprits behind the decline of the bees are pesticide use and lack of flowers, wildflowers and hedgerows which bees depend upon to survive.

 These factors, combined with an increase in mono-crops and modern beekeeping practices (for example, moving bees en masse to pollinate farms far away from their habitat), ends up compromising their immune systems and makes bees vulnerable to disease. 

Many of you have probably heard the quote (often attributed to Einstein) “If  bees disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live”. Not sure if this is true but we would sure be in trouble. The decline of the bees is a major issue we should all be worried about. Help save the bees!

What Can I Do To Help?

* Write About and Buy Bee Products

There’s a lot you can do to help with the decline of the bees, starting with the most delicious option: eat more honey! Creating a demand for honey and other bee products such as propolis, royal jelly,  bee pollen etc will keep the demand for bee-related products strong. More people will then be likely to take up beekeeping, which will help sustain bee colonies. 

* Sign the Friends of the Earth UK Petition to David Cameron:  Save bees!

* Make Your Garden Bee-Friendly- plant more flowers

UC Berkeley has published Urban Bee Gardens, a fantastic guide to turning your garden into a bee paradise.  It includes a comprehensive list of the best plants and flowers to attract bees, as well as information about the different species of bees, garden behaviour, stinging: facts v. fears and more. 

* Spread The Word

A lot of people don’t know about the decline of the bees, and the more people who do know, the better.  Tell your friends and family about the decline of the bees,  post info on your blog or your Facebook or twitter page.  Write your MP to let him or her know that the decline of the bees is an important issue for you.  All hope is not lost for the bees.  There’s really a lot we can do to help.

* Help the Decline of the Bees- Adopt a Beehive

We’re very happy to report that we recently adopted a beehive, and you can read about it here: The Unbeelievable Hive. If you’d like to join the growing number of adoptive bee parents, check out the British Beekeepers Association’s Adopt A Beehive page.  The money raised by this programme will fund research into honeybee health and education programmes for beekeepers. 

* Support BEES for Development

* Start Your Own Colony 

The British Beekeepers Association estimates that over 90% of the UK’s honeybee population is cared for by 17,000 amateur beekeepers.  There’s a load of information out there on how to go about it, but we recommend getting started by searching for a seminar in your area or picking up one of the many how-to guides like A Practical Manual of Beekeeping.

to check out the fab range of Unbeelievable health products please click here:

Nordic Oil

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Nordic Oil was founded in 2010 by James Slade who was frustrated by the low quality of many Omega 3 supplements found on the high street. With an extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and experience as a chiropractor, James was in a good position to develop and launch Nordic Oil as the premium supplement brand that it is today.

The oil is produced from carefully selected fish sources from the deep, clear waters, including sardines, anchovies, and mackerel, species that are characterized by especially low levels of environmental impurities. Nordic Oil is produced at the state-of-the-art production facilities in Northern Europe.

The Nordic Oil range includes two primary products; High Grade Omega 3 Oil and High Grade Omega 3 Capsules. Both are of a premium quality, as they are sourced from the purest ingredients and are refined, filtered and distilled to ensure the seal of excellence.

Nordic Oil is an official partner of four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington MBE, triathletes Dan Halksworth, Tamsin Lewis, Eimear Mullan, Ritchie Nicholls and Ultra Runner Mimi Anderson.


By Dr. Mercola

There are now many studies clearly documenting that if you eat processed foods, you're being exposed to toxic herbicides. These toxic chemicals have been found in everything from breast milk to umbilical cords and placentas.

This of course means that children are now born with a chemical burden unknown to previous generations. What are some of the relatively unknown consequences of this exposure?

In this interview, Dr. August Dunning, chief science officer and co-owner of Eco Organics, helps answer this important question. His company specializes in mineral products for hydroponics and home gardens. More specifically, Dr. Dunning's expertise is in ionic mineral extraction from ocean water for use in sustainable agriculture.

While contraindicated for citrus, these mineral extracts can do "miracles" for most flowering plants, fruits, and vegetables. Dunning recounts one of his earliest experiences with his partner Pam McKenzie, which led to the formation of Eco Organics:

"We tried some of these ocean minerals on some roses in the backyard of her house in Bakersfield, California. At 105-degree heat, these almost-dead roses came back in full bloom in 21 days. We saw the power of mineralization in foods and decided to put a little company together."

Eventually, his interest in organic gardening led him to evaluate glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's broad spectrum herbicide Roundup. He recently completed a five-year study on how the decrease in food-borne minerals match up with the agricultural processes used.

Glyphosate Use Has Rapidly Increased Disease Rates

Earlier in February this year, he gave a presentation at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) in Abu Dhabi, in which he discussed the importance of minerals in food, and how the continual depletion of minerals in food matches the progressive implementation of agricultural practices like mechanization, nitrogen-heavy fertilizers, and pesticide use. As each new strategy was implemented, soil mineralization deteriorated.

"But then something really weird happened," he says. "We see this exponential increase in disease since 1988 or early '90s, which was when genetically modified (GM) food was introduced.

GM food is a patented food because it can be used with their patented herbicide, glyphosate and Roundup... That seems to have a very detrimental effect on what exists on the ground...

In commercially grown food, the mineral depletion has caused a vulnerability to the biological systems in human beings. When you start introducing these very strong chelators and endocrine disruptors, which are what glyphosate and polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA) are, you see this huge burst in illnesses and disease rates.

I mean, it's exponentially off the chart. It's not just the mineral problems so much; it's this introduction of... in my opinion, toxic endocrine element into the food supply."

How Chemical Farming Destroys Food Quality

The following chart shows the rapidly decreasing amounts of minerals in food, initially coinciding with the introduction of mechanized farming in 1925. This began depleting minerals faster than the microorganisms in the soil could replenish the ionic minerals needed for the following year's growth, in order to maintain stable levels in the food.

In 1946, the introduction of ammonium nitrate fertilizer stimulated greater yields, but also changed the sub surface chemistry of the soil structure to lock up calcium, burn out the Humus, and cause acidic conditions to occur. This altered the subsurface decomposition chemistry to where gasses like formaldehyde and alcohol started attracting pests.

Unfortunately, instead of replenishing the mineral content to fix the pH and re-establish microorganism/mineral balance (which is the natural way to combat pests), toxic chemistry was introduced in the 1950s. These pesticides effectively killed the pests and fungi. But they also killed microorganisms, along with nature's ability to provide ionic elements needed for proper plant growth and nutrition.

As explained by Dr. Dunning, by the mid-1990s, when genetically engineered (GE) seeds and glyphosate were introduced, any minerals left were hyper-chelated and made unavailable to plants except the patented GE plants. The United States alone applies 200 million pounds of glyphosate to croplands each year. Worldwide, more than one billion pounds of glyphosate are used each year.

So, how bad is the situation, really? The sad reality is, it's quite bad. For example, Dr. Dunning's work shows that in order to receive the same amount of iron you used to get from one apple in 1950, by 1998 you had to eat 26 apples! The reason food doesn't taste as good as it used to is also related to the deterioration of mineral content. The minerals actually form the compounds that give the fruit or vegetable its flavor.

Fewer Minerals = Greater Disease Rates

As demineralization increases, disease rates rise, as indicated in the following chart. Dr. Dunning also scoured the archives of the CDC, NIH, American Heart Association, and other agencies, tracking the incidence of disease over the same periods, and came up with the second chart below. As you can see, a very clear pattern emerges when all this information is combined.

"An interesting thing just came out on the news recently about this new swine virus, where this virus is wiping out all these pigs, but not the pigs that were fed organic food, non-GMO corn," Dr. Dunning says"If that's the case, then it would seem logical to try and investigate the idea that the GM food, which is damaging the endocrine system that protects the animals from toxins and virus attack, is actually destroying that ability. The swine aren't dying from just the virus; they're dying from the lack of protection against viral attacks due to this GM-contaminated food."

Roundup Is Even Worse Than You Thought

Polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA) is an adjuvant surfactant in Roundup. It's derived from animal fat, and according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA), it's an inert ingredient that is safe for use. However, inert does not automatically mean harmless, and this is a critical distinction to make.

"What they really aren't telling you is that it's inert in that it doesn't kill bugs, but that doesn't mean that it's not toxicologically harmful. It's inert as a bug killer, but might not be inert as a human killer," Dr. Dunning says.

POEA has actually been shown to be cytotoxic (toxic to cells) at doses far lower than glyphosate itselfIt also amplifies the toxic effects of glyphosate. Dr. Dunning also notes POEA causes hemolysis—a condition where the membrane of your red blood cells burst. This removes the hemoglobin, which decreases oxygen transport in your body. If your blood isn't transporting oxygen to your brain for example, it may contribute to a wide variety of neurological problems.

"Glyphosate has several different formulations, but most of it has this additive—POEA—which is a surfactant. In other words, glyphosate tends to be hydrophilic. It doesn't want to go through the leaf surface, so they have surfactants that get dried into the leaf," Dr. Dunning explains. "Because it dries into the leaf, it doesn't wash off. It gets into the system of the plant...

POEA [also] has extremely strong detrimental effects itself. It destroys the cytochrome P450 enzyme in the liver, which is designed to detoxify toxins. When that enzyme system is damaged, these toxins are way more effective. It also destroys the ability of glutathione to be used.

Moreover, there's an interesting phenylalanine issue. Phenylalanine is needed for tyrosine, which also gets your epinephrine and norepinephrine made. If you decrease your phenylalanine [production], you don't get that cascade of chemicals. It also destroys tryptophan. Tryptophan is needed for serotonin and melatonin, so you can sleep at night. We're seeing a lot of sleep disorders in the population. Well, if you're destroying your tryptophan and your serotonin and melatonin cascade, you're going to see sleep disorders.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has studies that show that these chemicals mimic adrenaline, which is also a big part of that because norepinephrine makes your adrenaline. We're seeing these illnesses occur in humans that are very similar to endocrine-disrupting systems. We're seeing the introduction of chemicals in food that do exactly that, and no one wants to really address this issue."

How to Improve Soil Health, Naturally

Dr. Dunning has come up with a really novel biological way to address deteriorating soil health. And he's compared the results between his methods and conventional chemical-based agriculture.

In terms of food quality, his method, which involves adding naturally-occurring ocean minerals back into the soil in which the sodium has been removed, results in food with higher mineral content. This typically results in a 10-15 percent jump in the food's mineral content, compared to foods grown in untreated soils.

"We also found that when you grow organically, you get better mineral content even if you don't mineralize, because you don't have these constricting chemicals in the soil," he notes.

"What's nice about our stuff is you can mix it with water and just pour it in because it's only ionic minerals; there are no plant hormones, additives, or anything. The plant will use what it needs, because it's ionic. It only takes little, teeny, microliter sizes of the minerals to produce millions of available ions... Within a week or two, you'll see this huge greening and this growth effect."

As for application, you can use it as a soil treatment to get the roots going. The plant will develop a very large root mass, very early, which will make the plant grow very strong, very quickly. When you want to really infuse your plant with minerals, you can use it as a foliar spray.

Do You Have Earthworms?

Other important ingredients for a successful garden are carbon and earthworms, which are intrinsic allies.

"They're top tiller of the soil, you know," Dr. Dunning says. "By the time it gets out of the rear end of the worm, those minerals are ionic. The reason worm castings work is they're ionic minerals. In the carbon sink, it is great. The biochar is fantastic... You need carbon because cellulose is sugar. Plants are cellulosic materials. You need the carbon to make the sugars. You need the carbon sink and all those materials to lock the minerals, because these are anions and cations.

They're positive and negatively charged ions. When they go in the soil, they're going to grab onto something of its opposite force and dwell there... Microorganisms are producing the electrolytes, which then chelate out these ionic elements to make it available for the roots in the soil. It's a beautiful, beautiful system going on in the soil, [and] the worms are the key here. If you've got good worms, generally speaking you've got good soil."

Compost Tea and BioChar

Compost tea is another phenomenal way to increase the soil's worth. But compost tea without the right soil structure will not work all that well, because there's not enough to support the life. If the microbes don't have a "home" where they can thrive and multiply, they will soon die. Biochar, as it turns out, is an ideal home base for microorganisms, which helps explain some of its benefits to plant growth.

Biochar is created by slowly burning biomass like wood chips, corn stalks, coconut shells, or any similar organic material, in a low-oxygen environment, such as a kiln. When burned this way, about 70 percent of the carbon in the organic material is not released into the atmosphere as CO2; rather it traps the carbon and forms a type of charcoal that has a reef-like structure, which serves as a magnificent microbial home. This is completely different than wood ash, in which nearly all the carbon is released as CO2 and only minerals are left.

The introduction of Biochar into soil is not like applying fertilizer; rather it's the beginning of a process—most of the benefit is achieved through the activity of the microbes and fungi that take up residence in the treated soil. They colonize its massive surface area and integrate into the char and the surrounding soil, dramatically increasing the soil's ability to nurture plant growth. As explained in a recent Ecologist1 article, research shows Biochar can more than double a plant's yield! Besides providing excellent living quarters for soil microorganisms, Biochar also has a number of other benefits, including:

  1. Serving as a magnificent home for soil microbes, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa, that are ultimately responsible for extracting the nutrients from the soil and feeding them to the plant
  2. Improving overall soil quality and fertility. Biochar serves as a magnet for nutrients and time releases them back to the plants when they need it
  3. Raising the soil's water retention ability and helps regulate the moisture in the soil much like a humidistat
  4. Returning much of the depleted carbon to the soil (carbon sequestration), where it can remain for hundreds or even thousands of years
  5. Potentially helping to "filter" toxic chemicals in the soil, much like carbon-based water filtration systems can filter toxins out of your water

More Information

The conclusion I've reached after being trained as a physician and then transitioning into focusing primarily on natural health, is that once you really apply the disciplines of health and seek to take it to the highest levels, the inevitable conclusion is that you've got to get back to having a direct connection to the soil. It's essential to understand the relationship between the soil in which your food is grown, and your health.

In the end, you cannot optimize your health without good food. It's just impossible. And this is why learning what we need to do to reverse the massive destruction of our global crop soils is absolutely imperative—both on a personal and global scale. To learn more about Dr. Dunning's ionic mineral products—which include two lines: EcoVie and My Grow Minerals—please see Acres USA is another great resource where you can find a lot of information about the minerals needed for optimal soil health.


Vote with Your Pocketbook, Every Day


The food companies on the left of this graphic spent tens of millions of dollars in the last two labeling campaigns—in California and Washington State–to prevent you from knowing what’s in your food. You can even the score by switching to the brands on the right; all of whom stood behind the I-522 Right to Know campaign. Voting with your pocketbook, at every meal, matters. It makes a huge difference. By boycotting GMA member Traitor Brands, you can help level the playing field, and help take back control of our food supply.

I-522 poster

I encourage you to continue educating yourself about genetically engineered foods, and to share what you’ve learned with family and friends. Remember, unless a food is certified organic, you can assume it contains GMO ingredients if it contains sugar from sugar beets, soy, or corn, or any of their derivatives.


Note from Anna

If you'd like to take a mineral supplement that is plant derived check out For under £30 a month you can give yourself and your family 75 essential minerals. They come in wafers, which can be added to water, or capsules and even in a pure powder and liquid. 

One feature you'll be seeing more often from Healing Gourmet is what we call our Best Brands. These are the companies whose products we personally consume - brands you can trust for purity and quality.

Usually, these will be food products - ones you can easily find at your local grocery store, health food store, or online. And in each review, we'll tell you why we like it and the nutritional benefits you can expect.

In some cases, Healing Gourmet's Best Brands will be products you already use or companies you're familiar with. But in every case we hope to bring new insight as to why these products are the best. And we also hope to introduce you to new companies and healthy foods that you might not know about.

  • Today, we feature a company that produces the most potent form of Vitamin C on the planet (a FOOD - not a supplement)
  • We'll discuss why Vitamin C is so important to your health - and why you should AVOID the "vitamin C" in most supplements and fortified foods
  • Finally, we'll give you our easy-to-make recipe for a truly healthy, immune boosting, super elixir that is 100 times better than those "Emergen-C" packets you see in the store.

So, let's begin...

You're probably already familiar with the immune-boosting and anti-viral benefits of vitamin C and its effects against colds and flu. But that's just a taste of what this water-soluble vitamin can do...

Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage to DNA. This is why it shows great promise in the prevention and treatment of cancer and heart disease.

It's also been shown to help prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries and brain - making it a powerful weapon against heart disease, dementia and Alzheimer's. It protects the nervous system and the eyes and can reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent - making it critical in the prevention of every degenerative disease.

Of course, vitamin C is not a single, magic-bullet solution to every health concern. But you would be hard pressed to find a health problem that it won't benefit. And it should be an important part of your overall nutritional strategy.

But as you might imagine, not all vitamin C is created equal...

Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamin C

Scientists and health experts have known about the benefits of vitamin C for many decades. In fact, it was as early as the 1700s when we discovered that lemon juice could prevent scurvy in sailors.

As public awareness of the benefits of vitamin C grew, food manufacturers understood that the claim "high in vitamin C" could help increase sales of certain products.

But there was a problem...

When exposed to heat, the natural, full-spectrum form of vitamin C breaks down and becomes useless. So food scientists began to fortify all manner of products with a synthetic version, known as ascorbic acid.

When you drink a glass of heat-pasteurized commercial orange juice in the morning (which we don't recommend, because of all the sugar), you aren't really consuming vitamin C. You are consuming a synthetic imposter that was added to replace the real thing that was destroyed by processing.

To date, there are only a few studies, which suggest that this ingredient can be overtly harmful and there is some debate as to their methods, so we won't go into the details.

However, one of these studies, published in Science, showed that synthetic vitamin C may contribute to the formation of genotoxins (which can lead to cancer). Another, published in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that the compound can interfere with antioxidant enzymes. And another showed a correlation with thickening of the arteries.

What we do know for sure is that ascorbic acid doesn't grow on trees. Eighty percent of the world's supply is produced in laboratories or manufacturing plants in China from corn syrup - which is almost certainly GMO.

We also know that ascorbic acid is anti-bacterial. In fact, some food manufacturers add it to their products as a preservative. Unfortunately, however, the synthetic compound can't differentiate between "good" and "bad" bacteria in the gut - and destroys them both.

But the real issue is that the synthetic version isn't really vitamin C and can't hold a candle to the benefits conferred by the real thing.

You see, in nature, vitamins are not isolated compounds - they are complexes. That's why alpha tocopherol is not vitamin E... and retinoic acid is not vitamin A.  True vitamins  - from whole foods - consist of enzymes, coenzymes, trace mineral activators and antioxidants that work synergistically.


If you were to compare vitamin C to an egg, ascorbic acid would be the shell - with nothing inside.Unfortunately, the FDA allows this synthetic imitation to be labeled as "vitamin C."

So, what is the best way to get the tremendous health-promoting benefits of vitamin C?

Mother Nature's Superior Source of Vitamin C

There are numerous fruits, vegetables and berries that contain a reasonable amount of vitamin C. But there is one food, native to the lush river-side climates of the Peruvian rainforest, that contains a greater density of this super-vitamin than any other food on the planet - the Camu Camu Berry.

What food usually comes to mind when you think of vitamin C?

Most people would say an orange. But the typical commercially-produced orange will contain about 1,000 ppm of vitamin C. The average camu berry, on the other hand, has a concentration of about 50,000 ppm!

On a gram-for-gram basis, camu camu provides about 50 times more vitamin C than an orange... and 200 times more than banana. Antioxidant-rich camu berries are also a rich source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta carotene, amino acids and an assortment of phytochemicals.

So, how can you enjoy the benefits of this super-fruit without booking a flight to Peru?

Navitas Naturals: Your Source for Raw Organic Camu Powder

Navitas Naturals is a family-owned California company that specializes in organic superfoods from around the world. They use a slow drying and low-heat milling process to produce organic camu powder with no fillers, preservatives, sweeteners or additives of any kind.

And just one teaspoon gives you nearly 1,200% of the RDA of vitamin C!

You can find Navitas Naturals Camu Powder at most health food stores, as well as online at Amazon, Vitacost and through the company's own website. We highly recommend this product as a superior source of vitamin C.

Homemade Emergen-C Recipe

The recipe below is a perfect vitamin C booster any time you want to increase your intake of this age-defying, disease fighting nutrient complex. And it comes in especially handy when you feel a cold or flu coming on.

Each easy-to-mix serving provides 1,180% of the RDA for vitamin C!

If you want a hot drink, let the liquid cool down before adding the mixture. Heat reduces camu's potency.


  • ¼ cup camu camu powder
  • 2 Tbsp. inulin powder (a prebiotic fiber from artichokes)
  • ½ tsp. stevia extract (to taste)


  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour into a mason jar. Seal and keep refrigerated until ready to use.

For Vitamin C Lemonade: Add 2 tsp. of homemade vitamin C powder to a glass with 1-2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (organic bottled lemon juice is OK as well). Stir to dissolve. Add cold filtered water and enjoy.   

For Cranberry "C-Monster": Add 2 tsp. of homemade vitamin C powder to a glass with 2 Tbsp. organic unsweetened cranberry juice. Stir to dissolve. Add cold filtered water and enjoy.   



For more valuable insights on nutrition, disease prevention and effortless fat loss, check out Healing Gourmet's health transformation program, The Food Cure... 


If you go out and buy a car which the dealer knows has serious undisclosed faults, a crime has been committed.

It is an accepted fact even in the drug industry that most drugs do not work in most people.  So if you go out and buy a drug which for most people does not work and which has serious undisclosed faults which could kill or injure [eg. VIOXX] no one in the drug industry goes to gaol.

This CHS post is about safety: your safety, your children’s safety and your family’s safety.

This is also in part about how drug companies withhold data on drug trials which show their drugs do not work and are dangerous.

This post is also about Dr Ben Goldacre’s role in giving the appearance of holding the drug industry to account over drug trial data whilst the end result seems to be Dr Ben Goldacre is helping the drug industry make it look like progress is made whilst in fact manipulating drug safety issues so that we have the same old same old.  In recent times Dr Goldacre along with Dr Fiona Godlee, British Medical Journal Editor, have been campaigning to get drug companies to sign up to the AllTrials campaign. 

Dr Ben Goldacre founded the AllTrials campaign.  Why did he found the AllTrials campaign? What was in it for him?  Who suggested it?  Who funded it? Who supported it? And why have we ended up with what Dr Healy describes as a disaster for us all and a victory for the drug industry, all successfully fronted by Dr Ben Goldacre:

Everyone is in a spin.  AllTrials are asking for more donations to continue their successful campaign.

As someone who has been working the GSK system, I can say with confidence that this is a disaster.

Dr David Healy has published HERE a remarkably astute analysis of how GlaxoSmithKline has succeeded in manipulating the AllTrials campaign and giving the appearance of transparency in making drug trial data available:

…….  soon after being fined $3 Billion, GSK trumpeted their endorsement of transparency by signing up to the AllTrials campaign and declaring their intention to put in place a method to allow researchers access to clinical trial data that would go beyond the wildest dreams of researchers.  See April Fool in Harlow, and GSK’s Journey.

Healy notes regarding Dr Ben Goldacre:

When GSK signed up to AllTrials Ben Goldacre rolled over and purred.  The BMJ featured Andrew Witty on their front cover as the candidate of hope.  ………….

In contrast, on this blog, 1boringoldman and on RxISK a small group have warned consistently that this was not good news.  That what would be put in place was a mechanism that gave the appearances of transparency but in fact would lock academics into agreeing with GSK and other companies as to what the outcomes of their trials have been.

No one wanted to rain on the AllTrials parade – it never seems like a good idea to fracture a coalition. RxISK put the AllTrials logo on its front page.

Not content with a few academic ghost authors, GSK’s maneuver has put industry well on the way to making Academia a ghost, a glove puppet manipulated by company marketing departments.

Meanwhile Iain Chalmers co-wrote an editorial with GSK endorsing the GSK approach (The Attitude of Chicks to Trojans and Horses) and the British Government produced a document on clinical trial data access that could have been written in GSK central.

Seasoned observers of Dr Goldacre’s progress and career may feel they have good reason to be sceptical of Dr Goldacre’s actions and motives.  Sun Tsu counselled that to know what the enemy thinks observe what they do, not what they say.

Dr Goldacre in his books and other writing gives the appearance of being critical of the drug industry.  But he only ever seems to write about issues and events that have been known about for a very long time.  Of course, if enough people start making the same observation then perhaps Dr Ben Goldacre may change his approach and write the occasional exposé. Until then, it is a fairly safe bet that Dr Ben Goldacre will carry on as he has always done and never write anything critical about the drug industry which has not already been well covered elsewhere.

In short, Goldacre has ensured he and his camp followers have the fig-leaf to claim he is critical of the drug industry whilst the reality is no damage is done as it has already been done by many others before.

The fact that Dr Goldacre, from absolutely nowhere, suddenly emerged to found the AllTrials campaign is frankly bizarre.  Why him and why then and now?

Dr Ben Goldacre also owns and operates an online “BadScience” forum.  Members of the forum are encouraged to attack practitioners of herbal and complementary and alternative medicine on blogs, in comment fora and to public authorities claiming they treatments are not scientifically proven.  Dr Goldacre wrote in his advice to his forum members: “The time for talking has passed. I draw the line at kidnapping, incidentally.

Now there are good reasons to conclude one too many of these people are bullies.  But there is one supervening reason.  Other reasons include that some members of the BadScience forum block discussion and that somefor sport in their spare time disrupt other fora on the internet and attack, bully, abuse and harass ordinary people and parents of very sick children wanting to share information. Groups like Dr Ben Goldacre’s BadScience forum are organised for just such a purpose on the internet.

A bully picks on others who are weaker than them and Dr Ben Goldacre and one too many of his followers seem to be no exception to this. A bully makes sure, right or wrong, he is always on the stronger side.  Dr Ben Goldacre’s main approach is to attack what he claims is “Bad Science“.  He has for years written as a columnist in a UK national newspaper, The Guardian, a “Bad Science” column.  His website is called “BadScience” and his forum is called “BadScience“.

It is of course also a mystery how it could be that a medical doctor with no degree level scientific training and qualifications was appointed to write a column about science.  And at the time Dr Ben Goldacre was a psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry.  Psychiatry is the least successful branch of medicine in history with treatments lacking any scientific foundations like cutting nerves in a patient’s brain and applying 400 volts to a patient’s brain with what is called electro-convulsive “therapy” [ECT].  Do that to your laptop and the results will not fail to disappoint.

So here is the problem and harm Dr Ben Goldacre poses to everyone by his actions.  The drug industry has had the same approach for over a century.  Medicines from herbs, vitamins and many other other natural products like cod liver oil are known for be safe and effective.  The modern pharmaceutical industry has its foundations and origin in supplying just such products.  But now they are inexpensive and not patented, but still effective and so are a threat to the drug industry’s profitability.

The main reason why Complementary and Alternative Medicine is not “scientifically proven” is because no one has been funding the research to prove remedies already known to be safe and effective for hundreds and even thousands of years.  Dr Ben Goldacre knows this.  So like all bullies he takes the stronger side to bully those in a weaker position.

Now let us put some numbers to this so you can see just exactly what kind of bully Dr Ben Goldacre is.  The U.S. National Institutes of Health [NIH] spends annually on medical research about US$27 billion, on pharmaceutically-oriented Western medicine.  The amount it spends on alternative medicine is a tiny tiny fraction of approximately US$130 million and it did not start supporting CAM research until 1992.

So how can Goldacre claim most of CAM has no scientific basis?  That is easy.  No one has paid to do the science on it whereas they spend billions of dollars on research the drug industry benefits from.  For CAM research to catch up would require the US NIH to devote its entire annual budget just to CAM research and do so for several decades.

Yet Dr Ben Goldacre is reported to have said:

one of the central themes of my book [Bad Science] is that there are no real differences between the $600 billion pharmaceutical industry and the $50 billion food supplement pill industry“.

Clearly that is not true when one looks at the amount just the US government spends via the NIH on pharmaceutically-oriented Western medical research.

One of the other problems with Dr Ben Goldacre is that he targets easy targets where criticism might be justified say where an individual makes claims about a product which are not supportable.  That kind of thing is easy.  But the impression given to the entire world by the actions of Dr Ben Goldacre is that all of these treatments are useless and peddled by charlatans when that is not true.

And you must also ask yourself, how can it be then that Dr Ben Goldacre is not campaigning for say half of the US NIH budget to be spent establishing the sound scientific credentials for CAM?  Surely, Dr Goldacre cannot be ignorant of the fact that herbal and CAM treatments and remedies have in many cases long histories of safe and effective use? 

And so why does Dr Ben Goldacre spend so much of his time bullying others when he would be doing a much greater service campaigning for research to prove CAM treatments as safe and effective.  Instead he spends his time trying to eradicate safe and effective CAM treatments and deny them to everyone to the benefit of the drug industry.

Why would he do that if we all can benefit from the wider availability of proven safe effective inexpensive natural treatments?  What is in it for him to harm everyone else’s interests in that way?

And why is he so hell-bent on pursuing the drug industry’s agenda of wiping out herbal medicine and CAM treatments instead of campaigning to establish they are safe and effective?

To know what the enemy thinks observe what they do, not what they say.

And we recommend to all CHS readers to go to Dr David Healy’s blog andread what Dr Healy has to say about Dr Ben Goldacre’s AllTrials campaign and how badly it has ended for all of the rest of us.

This is what Dr Healy has to say about what Dr Ben Goldacre’s AllTrials campaign has achieved:

The key thing that companies are trying to hide are the data on adverse events.  To get to grips with the adverse events in a clinical trial is a bit like playing the children’s game Memory – where you have a bunch of cards with faces turned face down and you get to pick up two and then have to remember where in the mixture those two were when you later turn up a possible match.

Patterns of Deception

In the same way, picking up adverse events is about recognizing patterns – patterns of events, and patterns of deception.

To do this you have to be able to spread maybe a hundred documents out over a big area and dip back into them if something in one document reminds you of something in another.  The new GSMA-ESK remote access system simply won’t allow this.

Not only will it not allow this but it is about to make things far far worse than they are at present.

At the moment when it comes to studies like Study 329, GSK have been stuck by a Court order with putting the Company’s Study Reports up on the web where they can be downloaded and pored over – all 5,500 pages of them for Study 329.  They have refused to do the same for the 77,000 pages of raw data from Study 329, making it available to a small group of us through a remote desktop system.

For all other trials – future and past – investigators won’t even be able to get the Company Study Reports in usable form.  They too will only be accessed remotely.

For anyone who wants to look at the efficacy of a drug this might just about work for outcomes that involve rating scale scores or lipid levels.   The efficacy of drugs is pretty well all that most Cochrane groups, Iain Chalmers and Ben Goldacre are interested in.  The Cochrane exceptions have been Tom Jefferson, Peter Doshi and the Tamiflu group.

But this system is a bust when it comes to adverse events and it won’t work if the efficacy outcomes are in any way complex.





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