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Editorial Issue 180

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 180 - March 2011

I don't know if it is a sign of my advancing age, or simply my increased maturity and grasp of more nuanced meanings, but everything in the universe - finance, politics, international, science, healthcare - has become seriously more complicated during the past few decades.

As possibly the ultimate idealist and perhaps naïve individual, I have progressed through my various careers with fairly straightforward visions and goals:

Goal to Achieve
Become a Doctor Stop suffering and Pain
Become an Agricultural Scientist Alleviate World Hunger
Research Organic Germanium Combat HIV/AIDS
Research Vitamin C Discover Metabolites against HIV/AIDS
Create Cancer & Nutrition Database for Bristol Cancer Help Centre Credibility for nutritional approaches to cancer
Publish Positive Health PH Online Create more awareness about natural health approaches









However, as we have all progressed through the past five or more decades, polarized outcomes such as right or wrong, left or right, liberal or conservative, rich or poor, honest or crooked / hypocritical, have given way to the more complex world which we now inhabit. Hence events such as the current Arab democratic uprisings, expenses scandal, Wikileaks exposes, have become writ large on today's world stage and are seen through multiple prisms, depending upon your 'camp', religion, political or even health persuasion. Events which occurred twenty or thirty or sixty years ago, viewed with the help of released classified papers reveal the duplicity or even mendacity of the principles of their day.

How does this apply to health, complementary medicine and Positive Health PH Online? When this publication was launched 17 years ago, the almost universal consensus was that there was no research published about complementary and alternative medicine, and that the only treatment approaches to cancer were surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The launch of Positive Health PH Online with authoritative features and published research updates, was intended to dispel the myth that no research had been published in these areas and to build a significant body of knowledge demonstrating the clinical efficacy of many complementary therapeutic approaches.

Now, almost two decades later, we have finally unveiled our tenth or perhaps twelfth website, of which we are very proud, with some 2600 articles and 2800 research updates. Surely this is a veritable gold nugget of solid information about the myriads of disciplines under the umbrella of complementary and alternative medicine?

This March 2011 Issue 180 features approaches to Alzheimer's, Statins, Linseed Oil, Hypnotherapy for Psoriasis, the function of Transverse Abdominis in lower back stability, Sound as a Medical Therapy and articles about Self-Esteem, Reiki Healing, the Half-Lived Life and All the Time in the World. The Research updates include Acupuncture, Ageing, Cancer, Headaches, Heart Disease, Herbal Medicine, Immune Function, Nutritional Status, Parkinson's Disease, Psoriasis and Weight Management.  Letters to the Editor discuss the Statutory Regulation of Herbal Medicine practitioners.

So why is it that much of the media still appear to be in the time warp of 20 years ago, that many 'orthodox' medical practitioners are rabidly opposed to therapies especially homeopathy, and are totally convinced that there isn't an iota of evidence for its efficacy. There has been a serious body of research published regarding the clinical efficacy of homeopathy, even articles now demonstrating the molecular basis of how homeopathy does work.

This is where I return to the earlier thread, about the multiple prisms through which different people view the same events, the same research, etc. The medical doctors who are convinced that homeopathy is fraudulent and cannot work, genuinely hold this view because they contend that homeopathy cannot possibly work because there isn't a single molecule of the original undiluted substance in the remedy.

This makes sense from that point of view; however this rational view isn't a sufficient basis to completely set aside and dismiss the experiences of many tens of thousands (or more) of individuals and animals who have had clinical relief with homeopathy, or the research which points to clinical efficacy.

Where am I on this continuum? As a fully qualified scientist with impeccable rationalist credentials, and not a qualified homeopath, I too can't understand how taking homeopathic remedies could possibly work. However, as an individual with no particular 'belief' in homeopathy who has experienced quite dramatic improvements upon taking various remedies, and having read of other individuals who have recovered from medically proven intractable conditions such as multiple sclerosis with homeopathy, I cannot dismiss homeopathy as impossible or fraudulent.

It is a bit like belief in God, or not. None of us can prove unequivocally that there is an afterlife, or that there is a God, or the converse. Hence, we can keep an open mind and not be dismissive of others' beliefs.


  1. Mike Maskery said..

    My concern is that our free will is gradually being eroded. The belief of some is that, if you are powerful enough, it is right that you impose your own beliefs on others. There is also some self interest here, in that alternative medicine, in whatever form, is on the increase. Keep up the good work,
    regards Mike

  2. Sandra Goodman PhD said..

    This is true, as evidenced by countless lobbying groups, demonstrations. In addition to power and money, it is also the case of who shouts loudest gets things changed for that particular interest group.

    But even before the issue of our freedoms is having access to a broad plurality of information, data and opinion. Powerful interest groups work hard and spend money on ensuring that their voices get heard and that opposing views are disparaged, ridiculed or marginalized.

    Nobody can take away your own opinion, but first you have to be able to formulate it, even in the presence of opposing views.

    It still appears that there is a mountain to climb. I now see how we must take the long view. Look at how hard the cancer battle has been - the entire 20th century. And still the mainstream views prevail.

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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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