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Editorial Issue 134

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 134 - April 2007

Sylvia Baker’s comments about how the Editorial in the March Issue (see letters page 52) had struck a cord in her and her friends have been rolling around in my mind all month.

I could never understand how individuals who had previously lived together in peace could inflict savage violence and murder upon their neighbours… I don’t pretend to have a solution to the schisms ravaging across the world. The illusion that somehow knowledge and education would solve conflicts between people of differing faiths has forever been shattered…

It has never been necessary, in my view, to possess extraordinary spiritual or psychic powers in order for humanity to experience health, happiness and peace. No, esoteric abilities are not required, merely those old fashioned, mundane and grounded qualities of kindness, compassion, empathy and common sense, seemingly in short supply these days.

The idea of not having the only answer to complex problems, of not knowing, appears to be in awfully short supply these days. This is aptly demonstrated by an ongoing nasty spat about vitamin C versus AIDs drugs such as AZT in the Media and online between Dr Ben Goldacre (Bad Science column www.badscience.net/?p=365), and Patrick Holford (www.patrickholford.com/content.asp?id_Content=1751).

Dr Goldacre is scathing of Patrick Holford, because he cites in vitro, cellular, research by Dr Raxit Jariwalla from the Dr Rath Research Institute regarding the potential benefits of Vitamin C in HIV/AIDS. I reported on this same original in vitro research in the early 1990s for my Vitamin C book (Vitamin C: The Master Nutrient. Keats. 1991 – www.drsgoodman.com/vitamin-c-chapter10.php), and spent years attempting to conduct a clinical trial to test the potential efficacy of organic germaniun with HIV/AIDS – www.drsgoodman.com/chapter3.php).

Credible research with Vitamin C and AIDS has been published (see Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, & Toxins by Dr Thomas E Levy MD JD – www.positivehealth.com/ book-view.php?reviewid=91); however the point is that due to considerable pressure from the pharmaceutical industry during the past 20 years, as reported in Dirty Medicine by Martin Walker (www.amazon.co.uk, virtually no progress has been made regarding human clinical AIDS research other than with anti-retroviral drugs, which have considerable side effects. And speaking of which, please take 5 minutes to view former athlete Lee Evan’s video on YouTube regarding HIV tests and side effects of anti-retroviral drugs –  www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi7wo2KTkaQ.

The AIDs crisis is surely not about either Vitamin C or AZT; it requires the broadest possible international cooperation and integrated approach.

Another example of polarized viewpoints are those of BCMA Chairman Terry Cullen in the March Issue 133 (Therapists to be Regulated out of Business – www.positivehealth.com/article-view.php?articleid=2071), and the strident response from Ian Cambray-Smith of The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health in this Issue’s Letters pages (see page 52).

Why does everybody have to profess to having the ultimate answer to the many complex issues befalling the country and the world today? Politicians, whether in the UK, US, India or Pakistan, or the Middle East, consider it obligatory to provide sound bytes to their constituents about whichever policies of the day are under attack This adversarial system applies to our every walk of life – Education, Foreign Affairs, Health and even Complementary Medicine.

Why can’t more individuals state the extreme sides of issues as eloquently as Jerome Burne in Drugs Versus Nutritional Medicine (see page 34)? Herein, the author describes the financial worth of many drugs and their considerable side effects for common conditions, and then discusses other potential approaches to managing these same health problems.

Jerome isn’t exactly what I would consider a neutral onlooker to these issues; however, considering the clout and the might of the pharmaceutical industries compared to the paltry size of most nutritional and herbal businesses, it is perhaps fair to use words against the considerably devious and misleading tactics of the drug companies, who are judge, jury and financiers of the medical research system.

Unless individuals are in a life-and-death critical situation, in which there may only be moments left to live, there are rarely single, correct solutions to health problems, as there are usually several ways in which to accomplish many program tasks. There is the old adage that “there are more ways than one to skin a cat”, which translates into health as a multi-faceted integrated approach to health issues. These approaches may include combinations of diet, nutrition, herbs, lifestyle, bodywork, drugs, bodymind and possibly other modalities, but the desired outcome is improved health. There doesn’t have to be one right way and there doesn’t have to be a wrong way either. These banal observations appear to be simply common sense, yet truisms.

I truly look forward to the day when a bit of common is permitted yet again to be mixed in with the obligatory expert opinions which assail us these days.

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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. She has focused 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.

 

In publishing in Positive Health PH Online authoritative articles and book reviews by leading proponents of numerous alternative cancer treatment approaches, Dr Goodman has demonstrated her passion about the necessity of making available to all people, particularly those with cancer, considerable clinical expertise in areas of Nutrition and Complementary Therapies. She is a member of the Therapy Advisory Panel of the Penny Brohn Cancer Care, Scientific Expert Committee member of the Alliance for Natural Health and a Patron of the Avalon Complementary Medicine Trust in Wells, Somerset. Nutrition and Cancer.

 

Dr Goodman and Mike Howell, her long-term partner, seek individuals with the resources, structural organization and interest to continue and expand the legacy of Positive Health PH Online forward into the 21st century, adding facilities to conduct online seminars, fund raise for alternative cancer research, as well as to promote leading holistic organizations and businesses internationally. Follow her Blog and purchase Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art.  Dr S Goodman may be contacted privately for Research, Lectures and Editorial services via: sandra@drsgoodman.com     www.drsgoodman.com  sandra@positivehealth.com   and www.positivehealth.com

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