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Editorial Issue 142

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 142 - December 2007

The notion that the individual, i.e. you or I, can make a difference to the world, has become familiar, yet sacred within the spiritual as well as the broader mainstream world. This is what we are taught as children, within our families and schools, this is what the media inculcates to us through  numerous charity appeals: cancer patients raising money, families raising money for crusades against miscarriages of justice, or closure of hospitals, or aid to developing impoverished countries. The strength of the individual is the foundation of charities, NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and organizations too numerous to list.

In a parallel world to that of the power of the individual exists the influence of the powerful, the wealthy and the mighty – the multinational corporations, governments corrupt, repressive, even democratic, military forces, world organizations and courts, including the UN, EU, World Bank, organizations such as CODEX. In this world of the groups, elites, cabals, the individual may feel powerless, even worthless and disposable.

I have certainly felt the truth of both the above parallel worlds and have dived wholeheartedly into both realities during various stages and campaigns during my life. I have sincerely committed to many spiritual and philosophical tenets of the individual, and practised meditation, affirmations, and participated in numerous personal development and psychotherapeutic courses over long periods.

I have also felt utterly powerless and despondent in the face of injustices, ignorant and horrendous acts of military actions, torture and genocides undertaken throughout the world, by numerous governments and armies that don’t pay attention to my beliefs and wishes. Professionally, I feel that despite the massive amount of research and clinical evidence which has been published internationally and in publications including PH, the medical profession and research establishment ignores much of the evidence pertaining to Integrated Medicine and also to Nutrition and Cancer.

The latest Edition of World Cancer Research Fund, all 537 pages, certainly confirms much about healthy diet that those in the Natural Foods and Complementary Medicine communities have known for decades,  namely that excessive sugar, fat, processed meats, alcohol and tobacco are significant factors in cancer. It has been known for decades that a healthy diet could prevent  30% of cancers. Although I am still wading through this massive tome, I do despair that the media’s draconian presentation of the conclusions, namely that people give up eating meat, don’t drink alcohol or sugary drinks, become and stay thin, are unrealistic for the majority of people in our culture who eat mainly processed foods, and thus the findings will be dismissed as yet another food scare.

Which of the above is the reality of our world? Is it the powerful individual or the mighty organizations?

In my heart I feel that even a single individual can make a huge contribution to many lives; witness individuals including Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Kings, Queens, great artists, playwrights, scientists and architects and their impact upon ancient and modern civilizations. Another part of me, the common-sense, cynical and analytical part, reckons that the powers that be don’t give a damn for the individual. And thus the various parts of me have their own opinions, as they are so entitled.

Recently I have received notification that one excellent, long-standing publication – Green Files – has ceased publication due to the Editor’s retirement and her partner’s illness, and that another long-standing publication – Breathe Magazine – will only produce 3 more issues funded by the Publisher in the hope of increasing the advertising and subscriptions revenue to enable it to continue publishing.

Green Files, a compendium of clippings and extracts from many key publications regarding herbal, nutritional and environmental findings, has made an enormous contribution to my knowledge and pleasure over the years. Its proprietor Brenda Cooke is not going to carry one, but hopes that someone else might wish to take it on. If interested, please contact her on brenda.cooke@tiscali.co.uk

Breathe Magazine
has been published by Robert Moore for more than 23 years. Robert is hoping that increased advertising revenue will enable him to carry on. We have published a Banner Advert in this issue of PH. Interested advertisers can contact him via robert@breathe-mag.co.uk; www.breathe-mag.co.uk

The articles in this issue are testament to the enormous potential of the individual in all areas of endeavour, whether in the emotion, psychotherapeutic, naturopathic, nutritional or bodywork spheres of natural medicine. Without the individual, there is nothing.

So I guess the answer to my internal dialogue is to follow our heart, keep our objectives strong and not to be consumed by the greed and horror of outside forces.

Sadly, Christopher Pilkington, wife of Pat Pilkington, co-founder of  Bristol Cancer Help Centre, now Penny Brohn Cancer Care has died aged 84. Please see the Obituary page 45.

PH is a tiny independent force. Please continue to promote your own services and promote PH – See the advert on page 49.

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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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