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Editorial Issue 209

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 209 - October 2013

This is PH Online Issue 209 - yes 209 issues, 19+ - approaching 20 years - of Positive Health - the publication spanning the complete spectrum of mind [including spiritual] - body subjects, embracing an equally full spectrum of viewpoints.

I recall an episode from having meningitis as a seven-year old child which virtually short-circuited my ability to respond to a simple question…

I had been admitted to hospital in Montreal with high fever and being sensitive to light - classic symptoms of meningitis. Lying in my hospital room late at night, I recall a man - a priest? - enter the room and ask me whether I was Protestant or Catholic. I will never forget my inability to reply one way or another. Because I am Jewish, I wasn’t either Protestant or Catholic, but given only these two choices, I felt confused and replied that I didn’t know or that I wasn’t either of these. At the time, I hadn’t thought to say that I was Jewish. This seminal event - the restriction of choice, the failure to say that there may be other options - has remained with me throughout my life.

This happens all the time throughout medicine, particularly but not exclusively to cancer patients, when treatment options are discussed with patients. Following a cancer diagnosis, for example, the patient is typically prescribed a combination of surgery / chemotherapy / radiotherapy, depending upon their cancer type, grade and stage. So, typically, if the patient doesn’t specifically ask about other treatment options, they will be embarked on that regimen suggested. If they do enquire regarding other treatment options - nutrition, oxygen therapy, intravenous infusions, herbal or some other type of alternative treatment, the physician will state that they don’t have sufficient research evidence regarding these treatments and furthermore don’t have an understanding of alternative approaches. The Catch-22 factor in this is that by virtue of the Cancer Act of 1939, is that it is also illegal for physicians to treat cancer with other than surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. So not surprisingly, those methods are used to treat cancer, research is accumulated mainly on the results of those treatments alone, and comparatively little research is published using other alterative cancer techniques.

www.positivehealth.com/article/editorial/editorial-issue-208

This was the situation for Lord Maurice Saatchi, whose beloved wife Josephine Hart died in 2011 from inoperative and terminal ovarian cancer following chemotherapy and radiation treatments which he described as "medieval, "degrading and ineffective” in interviews and articles recently published in the mainstream media and cited in the Editorial of Positive Health PH Online Issue 206: www.positivehealth.com/article/editorial/editorial-issue-206

Lord Saatchi has currently introduced the Medical Innovation Bill in the House of Lords to change the law to enable physicians treating cancer patients to use other techniques when indicated.

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/11/lord-saatchi-cancer_n_3905717.html

www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/whats-on/2013/maurice-saatchi-s-medical-innovation-bill/

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/21/health-dangers-cancer-treatments-lord-saatchi_n_3310806.html

PH Online Issue 209 publishes two authoritative editorial features regarding ‘alternative’ treatment approaches to cancer: Mistletoe Therapy and Hyperthermia for Cancer by Dr Maurice Orange

www.positivehealth.com/article/cancer/mistletoe-therapy-and-hyperthermia-for-cancer-turning-up-the-heat

and Deuterium Depletion in Cancer Treatment and Prevention by Dr Krisztina Krempels et al:

www.positivehealth.com/article/cancer/deuterium-depletion-in-cancer-treatment-and-prevention-practical-application-advice

There has been of late a plethora of features widely across the print and online media regarding cancer treatments using methods other than chemotherapy and radiotherapy; such articles include the recent My Choice: How do you Battle Cancer by Ruby Warrington in Sunday Times Style Magazine 22 Sept 2013. This feature details the story of Amelia Powers,  aged 40 diagnosed with brain cancer with a prognosis of 18 months, who, after one treatment round of chemotherapy, eschewed further chemotherapy and who has been using a protocol including medicinal marijuana with nutritional advice including to avoid / minimize sugar and dairy.

Another cancer patient - Laura Bond, of Mum’s Not Having Chemo book and website has been  researching and applying every treatment available. Two years on from her diagnosis of ovarian and uterine cancer, she is healthy and apparently cancer free.

www.mumsnothavingchemo.com/

www.dr-gonzalez.com/index.htm

In PH Online Issue 209, we publish an obituary and honour the life and accomplishments of Pat Pilkington, co-founder, with Penny Brohn of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre (BCHC), now re-named Penny Brohn Cancer Care.

www.positivehealth.com/article/letters-to-the-editor/letters-to-the-editor-issue-209

Pat Pilkington played a seminal role in the genesis of Positive Health which is recounted in the PH Online and drsgoodman.com blogs:

http://blog.positivehealth.com/blog/

www.drsgoodman.com/blog-goodman

A considerable component of the alternative treatment approaches adopted and implemented by  BCHC and Penny Brohn have included techniques for Meditation / Stress Control / Confidence / Healing, which are all demonstrably involved in health enhancement. This issue publishes a number of meditation / stress / healing -related articles which look at different aspects of how the role of Meditation / Stress Control / Confidence / Healing-Tai Chi can exert a positive effect upon our health and life:

www.positivehealth.com/article/personal-growth/human-beings-in-the-mirror-of-the-universe

www.positivehealth.com/article/meditation/self-healing-buddha-s-smiling-meditation

www.positivehealth.com/article/meditation/role-of-meditation-in-stress-control

www.positivehealth.com/article/health-and-life-coaching/the-confidence-muscle

www.positivehealth.com/article/chi-energy-martial-arts/tai-chi-happiness-and-chi-healing-interview-by-aisling-king-with-master-choy

Meditation, grounded in time through millennia in various ancient cultures and traditions, is now being subjected to greater scientific examination;  a selection of Meditation research studies can be found on PH Online:

www.positivehealth.com/researches/meditation

www.positivehealth.com/searches/type:researches/q:meditation

www.positivehealth.com/research/gross-and-colleagues

www.positivehealth.com/research/jacobs-and-colleagues-3

Several authoritative articles are published regarding the clinical application and efficacy of herbal medicine:

www.positivehealth.com/article/herbal-medicine/the-benefits-of-california-poppy-eschscholzia-californica

www.positivehealth.com/article/herbal-medicine/herbs-and-general-inflammation-co-infestation

www.positivehealth.com/article/herbal-medicine/health-benefits-of-golden-root-rhodiola-rosea

Excellent features describe the clinical application of:

Nutrition to Addison’s Disease and Hypoglycaemia

www.positivehealth.com/article/medical-conditions/a-case-study-of-tuberculosis-addison-s-disease-and-hypoglycaemia

Hypnotherapy for children to help overcome a wide range of behavioural problems

www.positivehealth.com/article/hypnosis/hypnotherapy-with-children

Bodywork – including Osteopathy and Chiropractic

www.positivehealth.com/article/craniosacral-therapy/osteopathy-it-s-only-a-model

www.positivehealth.com/article/chiropractic/special-handling-benefits-of-chiropractic-manipulation

The ethos of Positive Health PH Online is to cover the broad terrain of health approaches, not to exclude variant views. This may present readers with conflicting opinions regarding the application of treatments; however understanding the true diversity of treatment options is ultimately knowledge and personal power in each of our own personal journeys toward health and life.

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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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