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Editorial Issue 240

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 240 - August 2017

As scientific and research evidence mounts across a multitude of disciplines, it is increasingly becoming clearer that certain fundamental tenets / paradigms underlying treatment approaches to a variety of health conditions are flawed. Periodically, individual cases such as Charlie Gard who suffered from mitochondrial disease and died following withdrawal of his life-support systems explode into the public domain.

As recently noted by Martin Walker commenting about the article Mitochondrial “Collateral Damage” Thanks to Big Pharma | Global Research by Dr Gary G. Kohls

“Here is another article, to go with the one below about mitochondrial disease. This one is particularly interesting because it mentions the idea that 'inherited' mitochondrial disease has been most frequently alluded to by pharmaceutical corporations and their researchers, when, the author suggests only 10/15% of cases come under this heading while the rest 80/90% of cases have an environmental trigger.
“Many of us are very familiar with this form of disguised propaganda - when the medical profession lies about the true causes of things. I've seen it with ME and Lyme disease and it is still a constant variable in questions about chemical sensitivity and for example organophosphate pesticides. When there were deaths from vaccination during the early days of MMR, and of course cases of autism, all the infected agencies of the pharmaceutical companies, slowed down, made secret and confused their causes.
“The control forced on patients by the medical profession, is at the very heart of their propaganda to protect their most profitable products.”

Dr Kohls states in the above article Mitochondrial “Collateral Damage” Thanks to Big Pharma | Global Research by Dr Gary G. Kohls

“Several years ago I attended a conference that was sponsored by the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF), an organization which seems to be a combination patient advocacy group and a funding organization for mitochondrial researchers. The conference centered entirely upon the rare congenital/inherited forms of mitochondrial disorders that are first diagnosed in infancy and which comprise about 10 – 15 % of cases of known mitochondrial disorders.
“Nothing was said by the presenters about the 85 – 90 % of acquired forms of mitochondrial disorders, which could, of course, be preventable if knowledge of the root causes were transmitted to us physicians and patients. During the Q & A, a mitochondrial research scientist in the audience got up and talked about a colleague of his that had written an academic paper that identified 72 commonly-prescribed drugs that were mitochondrial poisons… The author had not been able to get her paper published, and I have found no evidence that it was ever published. No comments were forthcoming from the UMDF expert that was leading the conference, and the discussion went back to the rare hereditary forms of the disease….
“So this Duty to Warn column is about the multitude of common iatrogenic (drug- or doctor-caused) diseases that can be caused by the commonly prescribed drugs and/or commonly injected vaccine ingredients that are making many of us highly drugged, malnourished, environmentally-toxic and also thoroughly vaccinated…
“I include excerpts from just three examples from a multitude of peer-reviewed medical journal articles that have been trying to tell us clinicians (and our most aware patients) that there are many common, preventable disorders that the powers-that-be want us to believe are either the fault of the patient-victim (“shame-on-you”) or are simply inherited from our guilty parents (and thus neither preventable nor curable).
“Many of these disorders [listed in the article] are actually caused by prescription drugs, vaccines and/or other toxic chemicals that are poisoning the mitochondria in our brains, nerves, muscles and other organs. Thus we are being afflicted by preventable, iatrogenic- or industry-caused diseases…”

Included in the long list of disorders are Diabetes, Cancer, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular disease, Fatigue, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and myofascial pain. The flawed paradigms of genetic mutation currently undertaken with regard to cancer has been discussed, particularly in the review of Tripping Over the Truth: The Return of the Metabolic Theory of Cancer by Travis Christofferson. Here are brief introductions to two new titles, which I’m currently reading and intend to review in Positive Health PH Online.

In the Foreword by Kelly Turner PhD in The Metabolic Approach to Cancer

“…If modern medicine has learned anything about cancer in the last fifty years, it’s that cancer is not a simple disease. In fact, it’s not even a single disease but rather a collection of over one hundred difference diseases – each with mitochondrial dysfunction at its center…
“The metabolic theory of cancer – which was first introduced by Otto Warbug in the 1920s and for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize – claims that damage to a cell’s mitochondria is what causes a cell to behave cancerously…”

The Metabolic Approach To Cancer - Integrating Deep Nutrition, the Ketogenic Diet, and Nontoxic Bio-Individualized Therapies by Dr Nasha Winters and Jess Higgins Kelley. Published by Chelsea Green Publishing. 2017.

In the Foreword by Thomas N. Seyfried PhD in Keto for Cancer

“…The cancer field is now stagnating under the weight of traditional therapies (radiation and chemotherapy) that result in unacceptable toxicity and impairment in quality of life, often with little improvement in survival. Even the new immunotherapy drugs are proving to be unacceptably toxic, marginally effective, and inordinately expensive…
“Cancer mutations are “red herrings” that divert attention away from the real problem, which is a reliance on fermentation for growth and survival. It is no wonder that cancer therapies based on the gene theory have had so little success in managing the disease. Damage to cellular respiration, thus causing a reliance on fermentation, can arise from any number of provocative agents including carcinogens, radiation, tissue inflammation, viral infections, focal hypoxia, rare inherited mutations or simply age. Fermentation metabolism also makes tumor cells resistant to radiation and chemotherapies by strengthening their inherent antioxidant defences…”

Keto for Cancer - Ketogenic Metabolic Therapy as a Targeted Nutritional Strategy by Miriam Kalamian. Published by Chelsea Green Publishing. 2017.

Recent published research -  Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12-year-old U.S. children by Mawson et al.[1]

“…compared 261 unvaccinated children with 405 partially or fully vaccinated children, and assessed their overall health based on their mothers' reports of vaccinations and physician-diagnosed illnesses. What it found about increases in immune-mediated diseases like allergies and neurodevelopmental diseases including autism…” is illustrated in the following graphic: Click the image below to connect and play it as a video.

Health of Vaccinated versus Unvaccinated Children

Source: Children's Medical Safety Research Institute

I heartily recommend Positive Health PH Online Issue 240 for your reading and education in many fields including CFS-ME, Infrared Saunas, Screen Influence on Sleep Patterns, Parasites, Toxicity, Integrated Medicine, Breakfast, Bodywork, Massage and Activity / Exercise.


1. Anthony R Mawson Brian D Ray, Azad R Bhuiyan and Binu Jacob. Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12-year-old U.S. children. J Transl Sci. doi: 10.15761/JTS.1000186. 2017.


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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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