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Editorial Issue 10

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 10 - February 1996

Complementary Medicine appears to be making significant progress - growing popularity with the public, increased albeit sometimes begrudging acceptance by the medical profession, a higher research profile and improving professionalism of practitioners of the various therapeutic disciplines.

Yet, treading the path of complementary medicine has always been and is still highly risky on many levels, because the effective practice of therapies which are generally not highly profit-making and sometimes not fully researched or understood, enables practitioners of complementary medicine to become the target of articulate and powerful critics. There have been and will doubtless continue to be harmful attacks in the media of virtually every therapy, and the continued threat is ever present to withdraw herbs, nutritional supplements, essential oils and even homoeopathic medicines, subject to bureaucratic, political or big business pressures.

A proposed strategy to avoid these undesirable scenarios is to continue to make the practice of complementary medicine as normal and as integral a therapeutic activity as ordinary medical practice - no whizz bang magic tricks, no magical cures for previously incurable diseases just helping people to get better using the gentle and non-toxic approaches of natural medicines. Practitioners and clinicians working in their practices, alongside and in partnership with GPs; researchers continuing to publish the results of their clinical results in peer-reviewed and scholarly journals, satisfied people who have successfully got well from long-standing and debilitating conditions, having first tried standard orthodox treatments to no avail. For precisely just such a project, I refer readers to the Lewisham Evaluation Report of Complementary Therapy in the NHS, reviewed on page 32 of this issue.

In a market-driven and thrill-seeking society, these suggestions may appear boring - normal and ordinary complementary practitioners helping people get well. However, having suffered the slings of sensationalist hype too often, a golden period of peaceful consolidation may be just what the doctor ordered for complementary medicine.


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About Sandra Goodman PhD

Sandra Goodman PhD, Co-founder and Editor of Positive Health, trained as a Molecular Biology scientist in Agricultural Biotechnology in Canada and the US, focusing upon health issues since the 1980s in the UK. Author of 4 books, including Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art, Vitamin C – The Master Nutrient, Germanium: The Health and Life Enhancer and numerous articles, Dr Goodman was the lead author of the Consensus Document Nutritional and LifeStyle Guidelines for People with Cancer and compiled the Cancer and Nutrition Database for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre in 1993. Dr Goodman is passionate about making available to all people, particularly those with cancer, clinical expertise in Nutrition and Complementary Therapies. Dr Goodman was recently featured as Doctor of the Fortnight in ThinkWellness360.

Dr Goodman and long-term partner Mike Howell seek individuals with vision, resources, and organization to continue and expand the Positive Health PH Online legacy beyond the first 30 years, with facilities for training, to fund alternative cancer research, and promote holistic organizations internationally. Read about Dr Goodman and purchase Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art.  She may be contacted privately for Research, Lectures and Editorial services via:   and

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