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Thursday, 27 February 2020

NHS Crisis (2019-2020). It gets worse each winter. But the real cause is never identified

The NHS winter crisis happens every year. I wrote about it first in 2011, and the subject has become a regular annual blog. The 2019-2020 season is nothing new, except that it has had two distinguishing features.
  • The General Election of December 2019 saw all the main political parties falling over each other to promise NHS more and more £billions because the NHS was on its knees.
  • The Coronavirus epidemic has drawn attention away from just how bad patient care has been during this winter.
My argument remains. It does not matter how much money is thrown at the NHS, it will always continue in crisis because it is monopolised by pharmaceutical medicine; and it is a medical system that is not making us better, it is making us sicker.
I will not repeat my argument here, or the evidence to support it here. If anyone wants to do so, and to trace this sorry story I suggest that you put in a search above - "NHS Crisis" - and that will bring up all my blogs written over the last decade on these crises.
It is BBC News that has come up with statistics supporting this year's sorry story, one which never changes, regardless of how much additional money is ploughed into the NHS. "Sickest NHS Patients 'face hours on trolleys'." They based their analysis on NHS England data.
               "Many of the most seriously ill patients are waiting for hours on trolleys and in corridors as the NHS struggles to find them beds, BBC research shows. Nearly a quarter of patients admitted on to wards during December and January in England faced delays of more than four hours before a bed could be found. It has created a backlog outside hospitals with patients brought in by ambulance facing long waits too."
The BBC stated that 199,000 patients had four-hour 'trolley waits' in hospital corridors after being seen in A&E (no mention about how long that wait was) and before a bed could be found, and that this was more than twice the numbers seen 4 years ago. In some hospitals 50% of patients had waited more than four hours.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is quoted saying the situation was unacceptable, that treating patients in this way was undignified, and put them at risk.
NHS England, speaking in their defence, said that extra money was being invested which would help hospitals recruit staff and cut waiting times. 
Indeed, there is always 'extra money' but a BBC graph demonstrates just how the problem has escalated since I first wrote about the NHS crisis in 2011. Then there was about 20,000 patients waiting in trolleys for over 4 hours. So in 8 years this number has grown ten-fold.
And, as usual, year by year, there is no analysis about why the crisis is happening; just concern this year the coronavirus epidemic was likely to make the situation a lot worse. Even the usual, routine excuses - under-funding, an ageing population - et al - are not to be found in the BBC article, although they will no doubt be trotted out again, when necessary.
So I repeat. The NHS crisis has nothing to do with funding, or an ageing population. As I have argued, at length, elsewhere, this is a medical failure. It is one of the clearest signs that pharmaceutical medicine, which dominates the NHS, is failing, not only in its inability to make sick people better, but actually making them sicker. The queues never get shorter - they get longer.
So no doubt I will return with another crisis bulletin for the winter of 2020-2021, with exactly the same message! 

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Are Doctors Confused? Demoralised? The constant stream of 'little corrections to guidance' ? Does anyone know what doctors should be doing?

There are many questions that need to be asked of Pharmaceutical Medicine, and in particular what our doctors should, or should not be doing when treating their patients.
  • Why does Pharmaceutical Medicine continually make little changes to their guidance to doctors?
  • Is the new guidance better than the old guidance?
  • How long will the new guidance last?
  • Are these just slight adjustments, to get everything right?
  • Or does no-one really know what they are doing?
Just in the last few days the following 'little changes' have been announced by the medical magazine, MIMS. What I would like you to do, when reading each headline, is to remember this - the previous guidance given to doctors was wrong? And I would like you to question, after reading each one, is - what harm has the previous guidance caused to patients?

Macrolide prescribing in pregnancy linked to risk of birth defects. Researchers have called for caution when prescribing macrolides in pregnancy, after finding a small increased risk of birth defects in children whose mothers received the antibiotics during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Macrolide antibiotics that have been used for many years, and they are known to have many serious side effects. Read about the side effects of one of them here. You will not find anything about birth defects though. This new guidance means that doctors have been prescribing these drugs without any knowledge that they cause birth defects.

Early emollient use does not prevent eczema in children, studies show. Daily application of emollients in infancy is not effective in preventing the development of eczema, two new studies have shown.

Parents have been use emollient moisturisers for children who suffer from eczema for decades, and now doctors have been told that they are ineffective, useless.

NICE overturns advice to increase steroid dose in children with asthma. NICE has withdrawn its recommendation to quadruple the dose of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in children when their asthma control deteriorates.

This new advice shows just how confused the conventional medical system is about the safety and/or the value of its treatment. This is the second change in advice over a short period of time. The first change, in 2017, told doctors to increase the dose. Now that has been overturned; they should not increase the dose! So where to next? Does anyone know?

These are just three recent changes in what is an an ongoing, continual and constant stream of changes in the conventional medical advice given to our doctors. 

Is it any wonder that doctors are confused? This is clearly not a medical system that knows what it is doing.

 

Friday, 21 February 2020

The Quality of Medical Science. What does this BMJ campaign tell us?

The next time a doctor tell you that a pharmaceutical drug or vaccines is safe, ask them to read the British Medical Journal's (BMJ) campaign "to produce better evidence".

And the next time you are told the conventional medicine is 'evidence based', and supported by medical science, tell them about the BMJ's opinion on the quality of that science.

What follows are passages taken direcctly from the BMJ website.  It concerns the BMJ's campaign to produce "better medical evidence" for such claims. What the campaign proves, without any doubt, is that the conventional medical establishment are aware of the situation that has led to so much patient harm over the last 70 years, and demonstrates that the BMJ, at least, are trying to do something about it.

     "The BMJ believes that the design, conduct, and reporting of healthcare research should better serve the needs of patients and the public: better evidence leads to better healthcare. To produce better evidence the BMJ aims to:

     • Expand the role of patients, health professionals, and policy makers in research and healthcare
     • Increase the systematic use of existing evidence for better decision making
     • Make research evidence relevant, replicable, and accessible for healthcare professionals, patients,

  and the public
     • Take a stand on financial interests by reducing questionable research practices, bias, and conflicts 

of interests.
What are the problems with current research evidence?
Patients are being let down by serious flaws in the creation, dissemination, and implementation of 
medical research. Too many research studies are poorly designed or executed. Too much of the 
resulting research evidence is withheld or disseminated only piecemeal. As the volume of clinical 
research has grown the quality of evidence has often worsened, which has compromised medicine’s 
ability to provide affordable, effective, high value care for patients. There are many problems. 
In our editorial launching the manifesto we describe the following:
     • Results from half of all trials are never published, and positive results are twice as likely to be 
published as negative ones.
     • 85% of research spending currently goes to waste.
     • Over four fifths (86%) of a sample of Cochrane reviews did not include data on the main 
harm outcome.
     • A systematic review of 39 studies found no robust studies evaluating shared decision making 
strategies.
     • The drug industry has been fined for criminal behaviour and civil infringements, but little 
happens to prevent such problems occurring again.
     • Despite repeated calls to prohibit or limit conflicts of interests among authors and sponsors of 
clinical guidelines, the problem persists.
     • A third of scientists report questionable research practices, including data mining for statistically 
significant effects, selective reporting of outcomes, switching outcomes, publication bias, protocol 
deviations, and concealing conflicts of interest.
     • More than one in 10 authors and reviewers has first-hand knowledge of inappropriate adjustment, 
alteration, or fabrication of data. More than one in 20 admits having lied in authorship statements.
These flaws have been known about for many years. I wrote about them in my E-Book, 
"The Failure of Conventional Medicine".  Ben Goldacre wrote about them in his book, "Bad Pharma". 

So it remains to be seen if the BMJ campaign will make any difference on this long-standing problem.

Patient Choice. What if a Visit to the Doctor went like this?

When we are sick today, a visit to the doctor always ends in the same way. The doctor listens to our problems. We are asked questions by the doctor. We undertake some tests suggested by the doctor. The doctor diagnoses what is wrong, and writes a prescription for pharmaceutical drugs.

That is how our dominant, monopolistic, pharmaceutical-led medical system works today. We are sick. And we get pharmaceutical medical treatment - whether we like it or not! There is no health freedom.

So what would happen if our health services were operated on the principle of Health Freedom? What if Patient Choice held sway within conventional medicine. What if the concept of "no decision about me without me" was put into operation. What would a visit to the doctor be like then?

Probably much the same, at least to begin with.
  • The doctor will listen to our problems. 
  • ask us questions. 
  • perhaps undertake some tests. 
  • then the doctor will diagnose what is wrong. 
But then the doctor will provide us with information about the choices we have - we would be asked about our treatment preferences.

So let's suppose we have some sort of pain, perhaps lower back pain, or fibromyalgia, or rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis.
  • The doctor will probably do what (s)he does now - offer us painkilling drugs; but now we will be shown the Patient Information Leaflet, which includes information about known drug side effects, and (s)he will explain how painkillers only dampen pain for a short time, a palliative response to the pain that will not be effective in treating our illness.
  • Patient Choice. The doctor will then reach for several leaflets outlining other forms of treatment, perhaps dietary and nutritional advice, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractor, naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, Alexander technique, and many others.
  • Informed Choice. We would then be asked to read the leaflets. The leaflets would be written by health professionals who are qualified in their particular therapy. On this basis we would decide which treatment we would prefer to use.
  • No decision about me without me. Alongside the doctor we would then make our decision. We would have the option of working directly with the doctor with pharmaceutical medicine. Or we would ask for, and the doctor would refer us on to a naturopath, a homeopath, an acupuncturist, et al., for a course of treatment of our choice for a defined periods of time.
  • Patient Outcome Assessment. At the end of an agreed period of treatment we would return to the doctor, tell him how we are, and in particular whether our pain was worse, the same, or improved. 
  • On the basis of this, alongside the doctor, we would fill in a form to assess the outcome of the treatment.
  • The form would then be submitted for analysis, along with millions of others, to assess the outcome of the treatment for the patient. 
  • Comparative outcomes of the different treatment therapies for similar conditions would then be calculated.
  • Treatment outcomes would then become part of the information provided to us at every stage of our treatment.
  • Further Treatment. The outcome of the discussion would be a decision about further treatment, whether to continue with the treatment for another period, or to try another kind of medical therapy. And the process would begin again.
We have freedom of choice in most other spheres of life
- so why not in medicine too?


Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Beta Blockers. In 2006 my doctor told me they were safe. Now we are told that deaths linked to them is up 33%

I have a particular loathing for Beta Blocker drugs. In 2006 my doctor told me the drugs were safe, 'well-tolerated'. I refused to take them, even though, at the time, I was having regular heart palpitations.

Now (13th February 2020) MIMS has announced that a new report (on Propanolol) has found that the toxicity of this 'commonly prescribed' beta blocker "needs better recognition across the NHS to prevent deaths from overdoses", and that these 'over-doses' had increased by 33% between 2012 and 2017. Further, the report states that "patients with migraine ... may be at an increased risk". I was experiencing migraines at the time.

So was I lucky to have refused them? Well, not lucky. I was seeking homeopathic treatment, and had no intention of taking any pharmaceutical drug. And I also looked into the known side effects of beta blockers at the time, so refused them on the basis of good information - information my doctor did not tell me about, and attempted to gloss over.

Having read the MIMS article I looked up the known side effects of Propanolol again at Drugs.com. In the 14 years since I was offered Beta Blockers, the 'known' side effects have risen, and got more serious. Even so, doctors continue to prescribe them, at the same time, no doubt, reassuring patients that they are "safe, and well tolerated"!

Anyone who is currently taking Beta Blocker drugs should look at this Drugs.com webpage. If you did not know about these serious side effects your decision to take them was not an 'informed' decision. Your doctor probably told you the same as mine told me - "Beta Blockers are safe, well tolerated"! Quite clearly they are not - quite clearly they are dangerous drugs. I have listed some of the known side effects below.

But don't stop taking them 'abruptly' as now, there is even a boxed warning about 'discontinuing' the drug abruptly - it can cause angina - and myocardial infarction.

This is the kind of fix that patients get into once they put their trust in conventional medicine, and begin taking pharmaceutical drugs.

Back in 2006 it took me 11 months of fighting the NHS to get my homeopathic treatment. The outcome was that I have not had another heart palpitation for 12 years. And the same remedy also stopped my migraines. And all this without having to suffer from the side effects of Beta Blocker drugs. So, in this sense, I am very lucky indeed.

Beta Blockers - some of the known side effects (taken from Drug.com)
  • Abdominal or stomach pain and tenderness
  • black, tarry stools
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • blood in the urine
  • bloody nose
  • bloody stools
  • blurred or loss of vision
  • body aches or pain
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • confusion about identity, place, and time
  • congestion
  • constipation
  • cough
  • cracks in the skin
  • crying
  • decreased awareness or responsiveness
  • decreased urine output
  • depersonalization
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dilated neck veins
  • disturbed color perception
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • double vision
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • dysphoria
  • euphoria
  • extreme fatigue
  • fast, pounding, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • fever and chills
  • general feeling of discomfort, illness, or weakness
  • hair loss
  • halos around lights
  • headaches
  • heavier menstrual periods
  • hoarseness
  • irregular breathing
  • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • loss of heat from the body
  • mental depression
  • mimicry of speech or movements
  • muscle or joint pain
  • mutism
  • nausea
  • negativism
  • night blindness
  • noisy breathing
  • overbright appearance of lights
  • paleness or cold feeling in the fingertips and toes
  • paranoia
  • peculiar postures or movements, mannerisms, or grimacing
  • pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • quick to react or overreact emotionally
  • rapidly changing moods
  • rectal bleeding
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • red, swollen skin
  • reddening of the skin, especially around the ears
  • runny nose
  • scaly skin
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • severe sleepiness
  • short-term memory loss
  • skin irritation or rash, including rash that looks like psoriasis
  • skin rash, hives, or itching
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • sweating
  • swelling of the eyes, face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • swollen glands
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • tightness in the chest
  • tingling or pain in fingers or toes when exposed to cold
  • tunnel vision
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • voice changes
  • vomiting
  • weight gain
 A safe, well-tolerated drug?

Monday, 17 February 2020

Health Freedom and Patient Choice. The fightback begins in USA - at last?

Jon Rappoport is reporting (14 February 2020) that the fightback against mandatory drugs is starting in the USA, that those in favour of health freedom and patient choice are beginning to get their voice heard. Vaccine revolution in one State of the union) indicates that the state is South Dakota, who are proposing new state legislation. He provides these quotations from the legislation.

               "No pubic or non-public post secondary education institutions may mandate any immunizations for school entry. A public or private post secondary education institution may request any student to submit medical records. No educational institution may use coercive means to require immunization"

                "The bill would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for 'any education institution, medical provider, or person to compel another to submit to immunization' according to the bill text."

               "No child entering public or non-public school, or a public or non-public early childhood program in this state, may be required to receive any immunization or medical procedure for enrollment or entry. The Department of Health may recommend any immunization for school entry but may not require them. No school may use any coercive means to require immunization."

And perhaps most important of all, the underlying principle of the bill.

               “Every person has the inalienable right to bodily integrity, free from any threat or compulsion that the person accepts any medical intervention, including immunization. No person may be discriminated against for refusal to accept an unwanted medical intervention, including immunization.”

Health freedom is an inalienable right. Dr Benjamin Rush, a signatory of the USA's Declaration of Independence, and a committed believer in, and supporter of human rights, made this prediction about health freedom in 1776.

          "Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution the time will come when medicine will organize itself into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to doctors and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic."

When most of the other 49 states are falling over each other to legislate for mandatory drugging, South Dakota are bucking the trend. It is good to know that they, at least, are standing up for the 250 year principles of the founding fathers.

In 2010, the US drug regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) felt able to make this damnable statement.


Well, they would say that, wouldn't they! Drug regulators around the world are controlled by the pharmaceutical industry, they have become part of the conventional medical establishment. And for the last 10 years the seemingly all-powerful drug cartel has been leading the worldwide move towards mandating vaccination, forcing them on people who want nothing to do with them.

God Bless South Dakota



Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19). Conventional medicine is in a gigantic panic. So is enough being done to contain it? When it has nothing to offer, but refuses to embrace homeopathy?

Pharmaceutical medicine admits that it has no effective treatment for the coronavirus (now called Covid-19). Consequently it is in a state of panic; and the process of panicking is successfully getting all of us to panic.

Thus we are witnessing the spectacle of people wearing masks, and goggles, and white spacesuits; of huge cities being closed down; passengers stranded on cruise ships, and people placed in quarantine for 14 days. And, of course, 1000's of people now dying of this strain of influenza.

I have just answered a question that was posed on the Quora website, which asked whether China was doing enough to contain the spread of the epidemic.

My answer was a very emphatic 'NO'.

The reason is simple. China, and most other countries, with the one exception of India, are doing what they always do - relying entirely on pharmaceutical medicine, which admits quite openly that it has nothing, either preventative or in terms of treatment, that is effective for this outbreak.

Most people, when they hear this, believe this means that there is no treatment for coronavirus. This is not true.

The homeopathic community most certainly does have treatments that are likely to work in preventing and treating the epidemic. 

The situation is a repeat of the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918, when homeopathy proved that it had remedies that could prevented, and treated flu once patients contracted it.

What this new Covid-19 epidemic is going to do is to prove, once again, that homeopathy is more effective than conventional medicine in the treatment of influenza; and that pharmaceutical medicine has not advanced in its ability to treat flu over the last 100+ years.

For more on the Spanish Flu go to this link.

The homeopathic community is currently looking at the symptoms of the Covid-19 coronavirus strain of influenza, with the view to recommending the best remedy for patients who contracts the disease. For anyone who wants to view the discussion that is happening, this link is probably the best one. It demonstrates how homeopathy seeks to match the symptoms of a disease with a remedy that is known to treat similar symptoms, and it has come up with a number of homeopathic remedies.

Coronavirus homeopathic care - Homeopathy - IQ Homeopathy

So whilst pharmaceutical medicine has no treatment for coronavirus, homeopathy most certainly does. Anyone who is worried about coronavirus should key into this discussion. It's certainly a good time to find out more about homeopathy - to combat the current panic with the knowledge that a few simple, and common homeopathic remedies will help if you come into contact with the virus.

India is one country, as far as I am aware the only country, that is doing more than any other country. The Indian health ministry is currently recommending a remedy they feel best matches the current flu outbreak. It is Arsenicum Album, and what they are recommending is outlined here.

India Advises Homeopathic Remedies for Coronavirus - IQ Homeopathy

I have looked at the symptom picture of Arsenicum alongside the symptoms of the new coronavirus and they do seem to match. This means that there is a strong possibility that it will be effective.

So my argument is straightforward. If any country is not looking at homeopathy when responding to this epidemic, and failing to utilise the expertise of homeopathy in the treatment of flu, it is most certainly NOT “doing all it can”. 

Not only is China (and the UK, USA, and most of Europe) refusing to consider homeopathy, it is actually criticising us for suggesting that we have remedies that will help control the spread of the epidemic, and the number of people dying from it. This stance might be understandable if they had effective treatment to offer patients - but it hasn’t.

Even if the conventional medical establishment is sceptical about homeopathy I do not know how they can justify allowing people to die rather than utilising something, anything (even homeopathy which they hate) to try to save lives.

The fact that they can't, or won't, demonstrates the power of the pharmaceutical lobby. Conventional medicine is failing across the board, its failure with Covid-19 just the latest demonstration of this. It wants to avoid any possible comparison with other medical therapies, not least homeopathy. If such a comparison is made, as in was with the Spanish Flu epidemic, it will once again demonstrate that pharmaceutical medicine is both dangerous, ineffective, and also extremely expensive. By contrast, using Arsenicum Album (or any of the other remedies mentioned) will prove to be safe, effective, and extremely inexpensive.

So the conventional medical establishment has effectively put itself into a self-imposed quarantine! It is avoiding any possible contact with other medical therapies to avoid the realisation that it is failing, sick, and dying. Yet this self-imposed quarantine will ensure that many people who contract the disease will have contracted it unnecessarily. And those who die will lose their lives without being offered effective treatment.

More concerning still - the conventional medical establishment is quite prepared to allow this to happen, entirely for its own selfish reasons. It is desperate to survive!