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Editorial Issue 27

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 27 - April 1998

Can you remember those times in your life when you have suffered a severe disappointment – when the penny finally dropped that someone close to you, or whom you trusted, had betrayed you or behaved in a way which caused devastating consequences?

For me, and for the majority of people I reckon, life has been a process of accumulating a plethora of heart-breaking traumatic events, beginning with childhood sibling fights, profound disagreements with the world view of our parents, battles of conscience during our school years and finally the break-up of our most cherished relationships, friendships and business partnerships. Who has not suffered the stab-in-the-back pain of betrayal from a close friend, marital partner or business colleague? These hurts often take a long time to heal; sometimes, tragically, families are torn asunder for many years, perhaps even a lifetime.

Recently, the renowned husband and wife team of Kiecolt-Glaser, pioneers in the fields of psycho-neuro-immunology, have published ground-breaking research (see page 53) detailing how our endocrine and immune systems react to emotional and relationship conflict and marital satisfaction. They researched how hormones including cortisol, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and norepinephrine are modulated during conflict, particularly in females. Men and women who show poorer immunological responses to immune challenges such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) displayed more negative behaviour during conflict and characterised their marital disagreements as more negative than individuals who showed better immune responses.

It is possible to address these deep hurts by various therapeutic processes such as described by Christine Westwood (Healing Unresolved Trauma Through Meta-Aromatherapy, page 5) and Dr Andrew Tresidder (Flower Essences in General Practice, page 10).

However, at some stage of life, it is necessary, in order to achieve a certain self-equilibrium, to jettison our self-destructive ponderous baggage and lighten up our outlook, or at least accept the realities of our situations. Along the way, it helps to assume self-responsibility for our health to endeavour to optimise our chances of a relatively healthy elderly life. In this regard, please read and re-read Dr David Smallbone's Metamorphosis Begins in the Womb (page 21).

However, it is not easy to forgive fools, injustices and just plain wrong decisions, especially if the serious consequences of these policies could be prevented safely and without harm to anybody. I am referring of course, to the Vitamin B6 fiasco, whereby, any day, we will probably all wake up to find that freely available dosages of Vitamin B6 have been restricted to the miserly limit of 10 mg! B6 doses between 11-49 mg will be for sale only in pharmacies and above 50 mg by prescription only. Vitamin B6 is vital for the proper function of the immune system, mucous membranes, skin, red blood cells, of critical importance to healthy pregnancy, optimum functioning of brain chemistry and amino acid neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, melatonin, epinephrine and norepinephrine.

An updated critique of the Vitamin B6 situation including a letter written to Prime Minister Tony Blair is published on page 54. Please read this and act within your capacity to make your vociferous opposition known to this risible decision. Write to your Member of Parliament, sign the many petitions going around.

Do we really want to become criminals if we merely wish to consume more than 10 mg of Vitamin B6? I feel utterly betrayed by the scientists, the civil servants and the governments by this move which I sincerely feel will be to the detriment of all people's health.

It is one thing when there is no research validating the therapeutic uses and safety of a nutrient. It is quite another when there are some 10,000 scientific papers in the published research!

On a happier note, I am pleased to report that in a recent report in a Newstrade guide, compiled by WH Smith News, Positive Health came 6th in the category of Health and Fitness, based upon sales revenue in newsagents. It is satisfying to see that providing authoritative and detailed information regarding Complementary Medicine is appreciated by our readers.

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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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