Thursday, 14 June 2018

Cannabis as a Medical Treatment. The case of Billy Caldwell

Charlotte Caldwell is a mum from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Her 12 year old son, Billy, has very severe epilepsy, some days experiencing over 100 seizures. I will return to his condition at the end of the blog.

In a BBC Radio 5 Live interview Ms Caldwell said that conventional medicine had given Billy every imaginable drug, but none of them did anything for Billy's epilepsy. In 2017, she found cannabis oil. According to the Independent newspaper it was issued through a clinical trial in Toronto, Canada. It was prescribed by her family doctor, and cannabis oil reduced both the duration and intensity of Billy's fits, and has been doing so ever since.

A success story perhaps?

Not quite. Nothing is that easy with conventional medicine! For several months cannabis oil was prescribed by the family doctor, but then he was told by the Home Office to stop. Ms Caldwell brought cannabis oil from Canada, but this was confiscated at Heathrow airport earlier this week. She accused the Home Office as having "signed my son's death warrant". Later, the Home Office rejected her plea to legalise cannabis oil for her epileptic son, despite having what she described as a friendly meeting with a Home Office minister.

Apparently Billy was the first person in the UK to be prescribed cannabis oil, but in May (2018) his GP was told he could no longer do so by the Home Office. In doing so, Ms Caldwell felt that her son's death warrant had effectively been signed. It is, perhaps, easy to understand why she feels so strongly about the situation. She said that it was an “outrage” that UK parents should have to flee their own country to access life-saving treatment and urged the public not to confuse this issue up with the legalisation of recreational cannabis.

A Home Office spokeswoman came out with the usual bland and meaningless platitudes. They were "sympathetic to the rare situation that Billy and his family are faced with" but the Home Office stood by its position. It is unlawful to possess Schedule 1 drugs. The oil does not have a UK license. So it is illegal. Billy cannot have it.

So what is to be learnt from this situation. The issue of whether Cannabis should be proscribed, and  whether a proscribed drug that has medicinal benefits can be prescribed, will feature in most discussions on the situation. I will contribute little to this particular discussion, except that it would appear that conventional medicine is happy to prescribe dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines to children, regardless of their ineffectiveness, and their harmful side effects.

But Cannabis, which probably has less side effects that the anti-epileptic drugs he took earlier, cannot be prescribed. This certainly protects the pharmaceutical industry (who do not profit from Cannabis production), but it does not protect Billy, and other epileptic children whose epilepsy cannot be control with conventional medical treatment (of which more below).

What will almost certainly not be discussed is that Billy is yet another young child who has an illness for which conventional medicine has no effective treatment, and who parents look outside the UK for an answer. When an answer is found the conventional medical establishment objects, in this case fully supported by the Home Office. It would seem that the law, and professional medical ethics, is applied to such cases, and every time the needs of the patient, his/her health, and his family, is discounted.

This is conventional medical arrogance at it very worst. Charlie Gard, Alfie Dingley and Alfie Evans know all about this arrogance. Doctor's know best. They know about the drugs we can take, and those we cannot take. They know that our children need to be vaccinated, and if parents don''t agree they should be forced. Mandatory medicine is on the horizon. Doctors want us to accept what we are given, regardless of whether their drugs and vaccines are ineffective, or dangerous, or both, to our health.

So conventional medicine has decided. Billy can be given anti-epileptic drugs, despite the fact that they do not work, and despite the fact that they are know to have dangerous side effects. But Cannabis oil is not to be allowed. This also comes with side effect, according to Ms Caldwell. Are they as bad as anti-epileptic drugs? Who knows.

I would advise Ms Caldwell to consult with a homeopath in Northern Ireland, and seek treatment for Billy that is free of side effects, and which can be very effective. 

Yet there is another important question that will certainly never be discussed.

Why does Billy have severe epilepsy in the first place?
Indeed, why do so many young children have severe epilepsy today?

Epilepsy is caused by a large number of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. including Amphetamines, Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, Antibiotics, Painkillers, Asthma drugs, and many more. But when young children are involved it is always important to look at vaccines, and the side effects doctors know they can cause.

               The DPT Vaccine, given to children just a few months old, has spasms, seizure, coma and epilepsy as  'side effects'.

               The MMR Vaccine, given to children after they are over a year old, has febrile convulsions and seizures in their list of 'side effects'.

So I ask my usual question. It is one thing (unfortunately quite a common thing) for the conventional medical establishment to be unable to treat a condition, and even to refuse to offer a treatment they do not wish to use.

But it is quite another for the conventional medical establishment to CAUSE a condition, not to admit it, to have no effective treatment for the condition they created, and then to deny a patient a treatment they have found for themselves, especially when it appears to be working.

This is arrogance bordering on criminality!

Friday, 8 June 2018

BATTEN DISEASE. Why are there so many 'new' and 'rare' diseases? Why are the causes always 'unknown'? Why is treatment for them so expensive?

The parents of Samuel Coles have started a new petition via The reason is that he has Batten disease. This is how his mother describes the situation.

               "He’s five years old and obsessed with cars. Two months ago, we were given the devastating news that Samuel had been diagnosed with CLN2 Batten disease. It’s a rare disease that affects children. We’ve been told without treatment in the next few months our baby will lose his ability to walk and to talk as well as to eat. Eventually he’ll lose his vision and will develop childhood dementia before he is six. We’ve been told that Sam’s life expectancy is just six to twelve years old."

This must be a terrible situation for any parent. So I looked up Batten disease to see exactly what it was. What I discovered was not 'rare' or particularly 'new'. It seemed to describe what was happening to a large number of young children in recent decades. This is what the Batten Disease Family Association say.

What are Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses (NCLs)?
Commonly referred to as Batten disease, the Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses (NCLs) denote several different genetic life-limiting neurodegenerative diseases that share similar features. Although the disease was initially recognised in 1903 by Dr Frederik Batten, it wasn’t until 1995 that the first genes causing NCL were identified. Since then over 400 mutations in 13 different genes have been described that cause the various forms of NCL disease.

Wikipedia describes a long list of these diseases. Infantile neuronal ceroid (INCL); Late infantile NCL (LINCL); Juvenile NCL (JNCL), Adult NCL; Finnish variant of late infantile NCL (fLINCL); Variant of the late infantile NCL; Turkish variant of late infantile NCL: CLN7 or MFSD8; Northern epilepsy: CLN8; Late infantile NCL: CLN10 or CTSD and Infantile osteopetrosis. It says of all of them.

               "Batten disease is a fatal disease of the nervous system that typically begins in childhood. Onset of symptoms is usually between 5 and 10 years of age. Often it is autosomal recessive. It is the most common form of a group of disorders called the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs)."

The problem I have with this is that we are now hearing it too often, different conditions, with complicated, highly technical explanations. It is time that conventional medicine began to ask some important questions.
  1. Why are there so many of these 'new' and 'rare' diseases, previously unheard of?
  2. Why are they described as 'genetic' when they are 'new' - where have these 'faulty genes' suddenly appeared from, and why have they suddenly become 'faulty'?
  3. Why are all the diseases primarily concerned with the nervous system, and the brain in particular?
  4. Why do they all appear to strike down previously fit and healthy children?
  5. Why is the cause of these diseases usually described as 'unknown'?
  6. Why, when talking about the cause of the disease, do doctors present a description of what is happening, and not a explanation for WHY it is happening, that is, why is it that a normal child does not continue developing normally?
Samuel' parents continue

              "There is a hope for us. A treatment called Cerliponase Alfa has been developed that’s been shown to slow down the progression of this cruel disease. Unfortunately, NICE is currently recommending that the drug is not funded by the NHS. That’s why my partner and I are backing this petition calling on NICE and NHS England to find a way to make this drug available to Samuel and other children like him. Will you join me?"

So another question is about the treatment that is usually available for these 'new' and 'rare' condition, which offer so much hope to distressed parents. Why are they usually unavailable? Why are they invariably so expensive?

Let me try to assist in answering some of these questions!
  • What happens to most normal, healthy, fit babies? They are routinely given the DPT vaccination.
  • What happens to most normal, healthy, fit children? They are routinely given the MMR vaccination.
These vaccinations are injected into the bloodstream, and they invariably contain poisons, usually heavy metals like mercury (thimerosol) and aluminium. Is this too much for some babies? Are some children unable to cope with these poisons?

What are the affects of mercury and aluminium poisoning? The MedicineNet. com website says this about mercury poisoning.

              "For fetuses, infants, and children, the primary health effect of methylmercury is impaired neurological development."

The website talks about the sources of mercury, from rocks, from fish, from the air - but never from mercury that is injected directly into our bloodstream! A curious omission? A careless omission? Please read the rest of the article, it explains some of the effects of mercury poisoning "mercury exposure at high levels can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system of people of all ages" and in particular note the rather close likeness to some of Samuel's symptoms.

What are the effects of aluminium poisoning? Allow homeopathy to help in doing so. Homeopathy works by treating 'like' with 'like', that is, a substance that is know to cause a symptom can cure that symptom. These are a few of symptoms that the remedy alumina (made from aluminium) treats.
  • Vagueness
  • Seems closed, self protective
  • Slowness, slow comprehension, dullness
  • Answers slowly and vague. Seems not involved, speaks monotonously
  • Restricted imagination, irresolution, incomprehension
  • Sensation of being hurried, cannot stand being hurried
  • Cannot do two things at the same time
  • Aversion to conversation, cannot comprehend what everybody is talking about
  • Confusion of identity. "Who am I?"
  • Everything seems unreal
  • Anxiety in the morning on waking
I am not familiar with Batten disease, but these symptoms appear to be similar (or like) those described in Samuel's parents petition. They certainly seem similar to Autism - a relatively 'new' disease, but certainly no longer a 'rare' disease - a disease that strikes at children who, for the first few months of their lives, were normal, healthy and fit. So let's try to answer those questions again. 
  • Why are there so many of these 'new' and 'rare' diseases, previously unheard of? Our children today are routinely vaccinated, and they now receive more vaccinations than ever before, all of which contain one of these poisons.
  • Why are they described as 'genetic' when they are 'new' - where have these 'faulty genes' suddenly appeared from, and why have they suddenly become 'faulty'? Conventional medicine appears to like the 'gene' explanation, 'genetics' has become the most favoured explanation of the cause of a variety of diseases.
  • Why are all the diseases primarily concerned with the nervous system, and the brain in particular? The diseases are the direct result of injecting poison into the bloodstream of young babies and children.
  • Why do they all appear to strike down previously fit and healthy children? Children are not vaccinated until they are several months old. Their development is normal up to the point  they have one too many vaccinations, when they can no longer cope with the poison in their bloodstream.
  • Why is the cause of these diseases usually described as 'unknown'? Conventional medicine is either unable, unwilling, or just too embarrassed to admit that they are causing these 'new' and 'rare' diseases.
  • Why, when talking about the cause of the disease, do doctors present a description of what is happening, and not a explanation for WHY it is happening, that is, why is it that a normal child does not continue developing normally? These are descriptions of the result of poisoning, with mercury, aluminium, or some other poisons, routinely used as an ingredient of vaccines. It is the vaccine poisons that start the abnormal processes that conventional medicine use to describe the disease.
The availability of treatment is typical of the conventional medical establishment, and its reliance on dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. First, they vaccinate, and profit from doing so. Second, the vaccination causes illness, and more treatments are presented to treat these iatrogenic illnesses - and they profit from these treatments too.

Conventional medicine is a merry-go-round,. Following each new treatment one illness leads to another, and each subsequent treatment makes us that much sicker. Soon we have multiple illnesses. But there is a treatment for everything, although a cure for very little.

I have every every sympathy for Samuel and his parents. They face a dreadful situation. Perhaps they should seek homeopathic assistance, it might offer more effective, and certainly safer treatment.

But more than anything I despair of the hold the conventional medicine has on most people, the confidence and trust placed in doctors, on conventional medical treatment, on pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. We believe their propaganda. Medical science is winning the war against disease. Vaccines are entirely safe. Pharmaceutical drugs have side effects, but the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

Ploughing more money into the NHS, asking for more of the same medicine, invites further increases in the already epidemic levels of chronic disease, and more 'new' and 'rare' diseases, the causes of which will remain 'unknown', and the treatment of which will be even more expensive, although no more effective.

Friday, 1 June 2018

'The doctor who gave up drugs', and are 'too many pills are making us sick'?

The wall of silence about the harm that is being caused by pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines is gradually being undermined. The BBC has recently broadcast two hour-long programmes entitled 'The Doctor who gave up Drugs' in which Dr Chris van Tulleken explains why there are better alternatives for children than to taking drugs. This was his second series, the first being broadcast in 2016, both series a rather meek and mild attempt to point out the limited effectiveness of the drugs, and (to a more limited extent) the harm they can cause, and evaluating alternative treatments that are both safer and more effective.

Then there is a new book, James Le Fanu, a doctor and journalist, entitled "Too Many Pills: how too much medicine is endangering our health and what we can do about it", which has been described as an 'eye-opening account of the over-medicalisation of our lives'.

Yet is is quite obvious that the drug-fest continues, regardless. The number of prescriptions issued has increased by 300% over the last fifteen years. The use of painkillers have increased by 25% over the last 5 years, even though they have limited effectiveness, and do not deal with the cause of the pain. Antidepressant drugs, increasingly prescribed for young people, has increased by 50% over the last 7 years, despite van Tulleken pointing out that there is limited evidence of their effectiveness. The over-use of antibiotics will soon mean that they become completely ineffective, and there are concerns about whether conventional medicine will be able to survive without them.

So millions of patients are now taking a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs for a great variety of illnesses (and non-illnesses like blood pressure, cholesterol, et al). Le Fanu examines how the medicalisation of health now poses a major threat to our health and wellbeing. What he says, according to reviews, is in keeping with what this blog has been saying for the last decade, that the drug fest of the last 70 years is responsible for generating epidemics of drug induced chronic disease. It is, in other words, making us sick.

Yet both of these doctors are out-of-kilter with the wider medical establishment. Pharmaceutical drugs may be harmful, and this may be increasingly recognised, but most patients still find themselves pressured into taking drugs, often when they do not need them, and suffering from their adverse effects, and needing more drugs to deal with them. It is not unusual for patients now to be on 6, 8, 10, 12 and more drugs, and taking these drugs for many years without any noticeable improvement in any of their drug-induced conditions.

Watching the van Tulleken programmes it is clear that this doctor is aware of the problem of drug side effects, but not that these 'side effects' are really serious illnesses and diseases. For instance, he states that too many families are using too much Calpol (a liquid paracetamol drug for children). Yet van Tulleken then admits that he had to give his new baby some Calpol - on the evening that he had received his first vaccination. He said that he had never heard his baby cry like he did that evening, and he had a very high temperature, so he was forced to use it.

As a doctor, either he did not know, or perhaps the BBC did not allow him to say, that these two symptoms are well known, and officially recognised 'side effects' of the DPT vaccination.

I have not read the Le Fanu book, yet, but I do wonder just how much more insightful he will be. He is a doctor, so a member of the conventional medical establishment. He writes for mainstream media, the Telegraph, so he will probably not be allowed to be too critical. 
  • Too many drugs? Yes, saying this is just about permissible. 
  • Drugs are causing serious harm to patients? Probably not.

But Le Fanu does give us this story. In 2007, an Israeli doctor discontinued 320 drugs that were being prescribed for 100 frail nursing-home residents. In the following year, the number of deaths halved and emergency hospital admissions fell by two thirds. The doctor concluded that polypharmacy, the use of multiple drugs, was a disease “with potentially more complications than the illnesses these different drugs are prescribed for”.

I had done something similar in the late 1980's within a residential unit that I was managing at the time. Reducing the drugs round by 50% had no appreciable on the health of the residents, so the inevitable question was - why are they taking these drugs?

The dangers of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines are well known, even within the conventional medical establishment. Yet patients continue to be over-medicated, and increasingly so.

  • Why have these two doctors said something controversial when what they both say is really uncontroversial?
  • Why don't the multitude of doctors who are giving out harmful drugs to their patients know what is well known?
Answers on a postcard please! Or is it just that have doctors have allowed themselves to become little more than drug salesmen and women?

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

WARNING. 80% of older hospital patients discharged with the wrong drugs

The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (reference 2018; doi: 10.1111/bcp.13607; and doi: 10.1111/bcp.13613) has published a study by the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland that has found that around 4 out of 5 older patients are being discharged from hospital with 'inappropriate' medication, such as the wrong drug. Not unsurprisingly they say that it is causing a life-changing reactions, and even death.

This has been reported in the magazine "What Doctors Don't Tell You", which should become a must-read magazine for anyone who wishes to maintain good health. They say that these prescribing errors are often responsible for the death of an elderly patient, and for those who are not killed suffer serious reactions requiring at least a further three hospital admissions before they recover.

  • Around half of older patients die after they were given a wrong drug or weren't given the drug they needed, say researchers at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland.
  • They analysed the records of 259 patients—with an average age of 77—who had been discharged from hospital. They were given a total of 2,411 medications, which means many had nine or more prescriptions, and 59% were given 'inappropriate medications', such as a wrong drug, and nearly 70 per cent weren't given the drug they were supposed to have.
  • Over the following 40 months, around half had died, and the rest had been readmitted to hospital at least twice.
WDDTY states that this shocking problem is far worse than any other research had suggested, and refers to another study in which researchers found that 1 in 3 older people suffered a serious reaction to a drug after being discharged from hospital.

The new study involved 1,280 people, and the researchers said that the cost to the UK's NHS is £396m a year, with 90% of that figure being related to hospital readmissions.

More research is now reporting a similar pattern, with GP's being urged to be 'vigilant' as a new study from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School revealed that between September 2013 and November 2015, one in six older adults "suffers preventable medication-related harm following hospital discharge". It found that within 8 weeks of discharge, 75% of patients who experienced drug-related harm needed more healthcare. The researchers estimated that such harm costs the NHS £396m every year, with more than 90% of this attributed to hospital readmission. This was reported in the doctor's e-magazine Pulse, and published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

The discussion in the Pulse article focused on improving the follow-up and discharge procedures from hospital. The mainstream British media has been silent. No-where has there been discussion that the NHS is operating a dangerous form of medicine which almost inevitably harms patients. The Pulse article does say that the research finding follows a think tank report found that emergency re-admissions within 30 days of leaving hospital had risen by a fifth in the last seven years. Nowhere was there any recognition that conventional medicine, dominated by pharmaceutical drugs, was causing these costs, and that these were contributing to the NHS's funding crisis.


Thursday, 10 May 2018

THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PATIENTS. Is it even an important issue for conventional medicine?

The German car company, BMW, has recalled 312,000 cars because of safety concerns. The cars may be affected by an electrical fault which can cause the engine to cut out completely whilst on the road. Alex Neill, of the magazine Which? has said the recall raised “serious questions about the adequacy of the car recall system in this country” as the issue had been raised a year earlier but only 36,000 were recalled.

               “Drivers will be asking why it took so long for BMW to fully recall these potentially dangerous cars in the UK, several years later than recalls around the same fault in a number of other countries.”

It is good to know that in this sphere, as in most other spheres of life, our concern about health and safety is considered to be sufficiently important to ensure that if there is any suspicion of danger that action is required to be taken.

Yet there is one area of our life, health care and treatment, where 'health and safety' concerns are NOT considered to be so important.

Antibiotic Drugs. These drugs, so long considered a miracle drug, and used routinely with millions of patients, are now implicated in causing all kinds of conditions emanating from the gut, including obesity, diarrhoea, iIrritable bowl disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, non-hodgkin's lymphoma, liver damage, diabetes, asthma, eczema, heart disease, breast cancer, mental disorders, and much else.

Statin Drugs. These frequently prescribed drugs have been implicated in causing death, liver dysfunction, kidney failure, diabetes, cataracts, muscle weakness and dementia. Yet they have never been withdrawn or banned, and they are prescribed to, and taken by millions of patients every day.

Painkillers. These commonplace drugs are known to cause the hospitalisation of millions every year, they can cause hearing loss, cardiovascular problems and heart failure, gastrointestinal disease, miscarriage, allergic reactions, and much more. Even doctors are reluctant to prescribe them now, in all the many form painkilling drugs now take, but they continue to be sold openly and cheaply 'over-the-counter' in any pharmacy and supermarket.

Benzodiazepine Drugs. The long-term dangers of these drugs has been known for decades but they still continue to be prescribed by doctors. The side effects include sleep disturbances, rebound insomnia, elevated anxiety, panic attacks, vision problems, tremors, seizures, psychosis and hallucination - yet nothing has ever done about them.

What all these pharmaceutical drugs have in common is that, despite their known dangers to patients, nothing is ever done to protect us from them. There is plentiful evidence of harm, but no action ever follows. The same can be said of antidepressant drugs, beta blocker drugs, steroids, and virtually any other kind of pharmaceutical drug and vaccine that is still sold to the public.

So whilst BMW might be facing justifiable criticism, the pharmaceutical drugs industry does not. Whilst motorists might feel they are being protected by health and safety laws and procedures, patients cannot feel they are being protected by medical science, or the drug regulation agencies. When it concerns our health, apparently, our health and safety does not appear to be important!

The precautionary principle is just not applied to conventional medicine, and to pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines in particular. Many pharmaceuticals are eventually withdrawn or banned but not until they have been harming patients, often for many decades.

  • When there are suspicions that a drug is causing harm we are told that there is no proof (usually because no-one has ever bothered to investigate and find the necessary proof).
  • When studies begin to prove that a drug is causing harm the research is either ignored, or it is said that the link is not 'causal', or that anyway "the benefits outweigh the advantages".
  • Only when there is irrefutable proof of a link between a drug and patient harm are prescribing restrictions imposed on doctors.
  • Only when this irrefutable proof continues, when patients become reluctant to take the drug, and so it becomes less profitable for the drug companies, is the drug withdrawn or banned.
So let's apply this to BMW drivers. Your car might be dangerous to drive, but there is no 'definite proof' that there is a fault with the car. When several other BMW drivers have the same fault the risk is considered slight, or restricted just to a handful of cars, and in any case the benefits of driving a BMW outweighs the disadvantages. When a BMW catches fire, and people are killed (one man has apparently died in the USA) there may be some minor restrictions imposed, for instance on when, where and how the car is driven, but it is still considered acceptable the BMW drivers take the known risks involved. Only when there are LOTS of cars affected, only when LOTS of BMW drivers complain, only when LOTS MORE people are harmed and killed, only when there is a danger that BMW drivers might refuse to buy another BMW car, is any action taken.

This is not acceptable, is it? So why should it be acceptable for patients taking pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines?

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Keeping Healthy Naturally with Safe and Effective Medicine. My 'eureka' moment

Readers of this blog often ask me how I became interested in safe medicine, and why I have dismissed conventional medicine as too dangerous to use. Read about my 'Eureka' moment!

When I developed painful gastric ulcers, now over 40 years ago, I went to my GP. It was the normal, the routine thing to do. We all do it, still. It is what is expected of us. I was in pain, and the first drug I was given did not work at all, beyond some momentary relief. Then I saw a young doctor who gave me a new 'miracle' pharmaceutical drug which he said offered the prospect of a 'wonder' cure. Indeed, the drug did work. In fact it worked 3 times! Each time the ulcers calmed down for a few weeks, but the pain returned again within just a few weeks.

I was offered another course, indeed, it was suggested that I might have to take them on a long-term (life-time) basis. Fortunately, it was then that I discovered that this new 'miracle' drug caused serious 'adverse reactions' - to the heart. So for the first time I began to question what I was doing. All I knew, at the time, was that I did not want to swop a bad stomach for a bad heart!

My choice seemed to be between taking this 'wonder' drug, and risking its side effects, or putting up with pain which, at times, was quite unbearable. My doctor, and the NHS, gave me no advice about any other medical therapies. There was, they said (as they always say), no alternative!

So when I was in a lot of pain someone suggested that I consulted a local homeopath I told her that I did not believe in such things! I was that ignorant! But the pain just got worse, and as I was unwilling to take the drug I eventually went to see him. He questioned me for about an hour, then gave me a remedy. I took it, within a few days I felt better. Within 3 months I was pain-free. And I have remained pain free now for over 30 years, with no need to take a remedy! My stomach was cured, and remains so. And more importantly my heart is good too, I have suffered no side effects from either the remedy, or the drug!

The conventional medical establishment routinely dismiss such an experience as 'anecdotal',  or 'unscientific'. Yet homeopathy has performed these cures for millions of people, safely and effectively, and throughout the world, for the last 220 years, most of whom have found homeopath to be both effective and safe in treating illness. Still, conventional doctors tell us that there is 'no evidence' that homeopathy works! It is nothing more than a placebo effect! Only pharmaceutical drugs have an 'evidence base'.

So for me, and for many others over the years, this event becomes a 'Eureka' moment - initially for two reasons.

1. Conventional medicine does not tell patients the truth
First, I realised that my doctors was not telling me the truth, or at least, not the whole truth. The NHS, and the conventional doctors who treated me, did not tell me about the side effects of their new 'wonder' drug. They allowed me to take it without informing me about the damage it might do to my heart.

Nor did they tell me the whole truth. They did not offer me alternative treatment. They did not provide me with information about alternative treatments, linked to diet and lifestyle changes. They did not mention that there were therapies, such as homeopathy, that might treat my ulcers. And they certainly did not offer me access to homeopathic treatment, or any other form of traditional therapy. I had an ulcer. They gave me a drug. I took the drug. I discovered the side effects of the drug alone. Conventional medicine had told me nothing!

From that day I could no longer accept what doctors, and the conventional medical establishment, have told me. I have always felt the need to ask questions about the safety and effectiveness of the medicine we are routinely offered.

2. Making sense of ill-health
Second, I began to study homeopathy, informally at first. It was fascinating. Suddenly I began to make sense of the world of health and disease in a way I had never done before. Disease was not something that struck people down, indiscriminately, for no reason. I had gastric ulcers because of my stress-full lifestyle, because of what I was eating, how I was eating it, and because I never took the time to allow my body to relax and recover from the stress I was putting it through.

What my homeopath said made sense. The remedy would help, the ulcers would probably heal, but in the longer-term it was important that I should help myself by changing my lifestyle.

I began to understand the concept of 'susceptibility' and 'pre-disposition' to disease. It explained much, for instance, that whilst medieval plagues killed many thousands of people, not everyone died, many survived. They were not susceptible. Yet sickness and disease was increasing to epidemic proportions all around me. Not everyone was affected, but it was not a question of good or bad luck, people became ill for a reason, just as other people remained well.

It was an amazing moment. The clarity of this new understanding, and the new insights it gave me into health, was empowering. I began to see through the 'battleground' that conventional medicine had created with its toxic drugs and vaccines, their war against the body, and the bacteria and viruses that normally live peacefully alongside us. I began to question the desperate attacks on childhood diseases, the invasive vaccinations, the aggressive drugs that 'fought' this, and 'destroyed' that.

Conventional medicine seemed to believe that it could 'balance' the human body better with its drugs and vaccines than our own internal self-healing mechanisms! What arrogance was this? Did the doctors really know best? Did their drugs and vaccines really provide us with the miraculous answer to disease? So my personal experience helped me recognise the arrogance of the conventional medical establishment.

Through homeopathy I was able to understand the body's relationship with the world in which it lived, microbes and all! I could see how, in contrast to  conventional medicine, homeopathy sought to enhance the body's ability to maintain and regain good health by living peaceably alongside them. It taught me to trust the amazing ability of the human body to protect itself from harm, and to heal itself from whatever dis-ease it suffered.

I began to understand how the medical warfare that conventional medicine engaged in with the human body, to get it to comply with the 'norms' they had of it, was not only doomed to failure - it was both unnecessary and positively harmful to our health. So not only did I reject pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines, I began to understand why they were so obviously wrong, harmful, so self-evidently counter-productive to health. I began to examine what was happening to the health of people within my family, amongst my friends and work colleagues, and I did so not through the eyes of conventional medicine, but through my new understanding. Those who were taking drugs, or being vaccinated, seem to be sicker than those who did not take them.

For instance,when I managed a group of residential homes, I saw older people taking a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs, and not getting better, but progressively more sick. Worse, older residents on some pharmaceutical drugs seemed to lose their interest and involvement in life, in the world around them. So many of them lost not only their physical health, but their mind too. They became forgetful, confused, then demented. And then they died.

Of course, doctors put all this down to old age. Conventional medicine always does when it fails to treat disease successfully. But I was convinced that the pharmaceutical drugs they were taking were playing an important part in their decline and death.

So my world changed. What had seemed normal and acceptable was no longer so. What I had been told was effective was clearly not effective. What I thought was safe was not safe. It was happening all around me. Sick people, given pharmaceutical drugs to make them better, became sicker. And my alternative ideas on health, and ill-health, seemed to fit and explain much better than conventional medicine what was happening to our health. I was beginning to make sense of the world.

So, in a nutshell, this experience is the basis of this blog. We need to ask questions of our doctors (and our homeopaths) and see who seems to be interpreting the world, and what is happening to our health, more accurately. And who had treatments that actually worked!

MEDICAL ERRORS. Are they bankrupting the UK's National Health Service? Or are we wrong to blame the doctors?

                "Victims of NHS blunders should receive smaller compensation payouts or the “staggering” costs of Britain’s negligence bills will bankrupt the health service, the Justice Secretary has been told. Health service leaders have written to the Government, calling for cuts to payments for patients who suffer devastating injuries as a result of medical errors."

Sometimes I read a news bulletin on health and I cannot believe what I am reading! So I have to re-read it in order to decide whether I have got it right first time. The Daily Telegraph recently published a series of articles on 'medical blunders' and the cost to the NHS in Britain. (If you live outside Britain, continue reading - this applies to any health service anywhere in the world which is dominated by conventional medicine).

So why is it being suggested that victims of medical blunders receive less compensation when they suffer 'devastating injuries'? It is, according to this Telegraph article (1st February 2018), because it is bankrupting the NHS.

               "The controversial demand follows years of rising negligence payments, with current liability now at £65bn - a rise from £29 billion in 2014/15."

This is an extraordinary figure. The total cost of the NHS each year is currently in the region of £110 to £120 billion, so these compensation charges now represents 50% of the NHS's annual budget, and this is all money that has to be taken out of the health budget, and so is not available for spending on patient treatment and care. So what is the solution being offered?

  1. The NHS is calling for a change in the way compensation bills are calculated under the existing law.
  2. This will mean that patients who have sustained 'devastating injuries' will receive less money.
On the following day the Telegraph published an article by Peter Walsh, "Cutting compensation for those maimed by the NHS would be 'hideously unfair' " which stated that the previous article "is a stark reminder of how desperate our NHS is for more investment". Stark indeed, perhaps even desperate, with such a prodigious rise over the last 3 years.

               "It is ignorant and uncaring to suggest that people who have been harmed or have lost loved ones as a result of NHS negligence should forfeit the compensation they need."

               "We also need to remember that avoidable harm, in fact negligent harm has been caused to these patients and the sum awarded to them is based on an assessment of their actual needs as approved by the courts. It is not some kind of windfall."

Yet even this misses the real point. Conventional medicine causes harm because it is, it always has been, and it always will be AN INHERENTLY DANGEROUS FORM OF MEDICAL TREATMENT. 
  • Pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines, on which conventional medicine is totally dependent, are dangerous, even when they are properly prescribed.
  • They are also largely ineffective, and this leads to the need for other inherently dangerous interventions, such as surgery (most surgery would be unnecessary if the drug).
Walsh goes on to outline the reasons for the NHS approaching bankruptcy, and he comes out with the usual culprits - an ageing population - cuts to social care budgets - staff shortages - and lifestyle factors.

Not a single word about the fact that it is the conventional medical system that has produced this level of patient harm and injury.

This is typical of the failure of the mainstream media to do their job -  to investigate and identify where the problems actually exist in health provision. And whilst journalists are content merely to parrot conventional medical mantras (that older people and patient life styles are to blame) there is no chance that the real reason underlying our health problem will ever be identified.

It is also typical of the pharmaceutical industry, the underlying cause of most, if not all the mayhem being caused to patients within the British NHS. They want to be protected from any blame, and the cost of putting right the damage they have cause to patients. 
  • In the USA the pharmaceutical industry is protected from prosecution for vaccine damage by the Federal Government.
  • In Britain, the pharmaceutical industry is protected from paying compensation to its victims by the NHS, via the central government.
It is the failure of conventional medicine that we are witnessing here, but which national governments and the ineffectual mainstream media are refusing to recognise. 

We now need to recognise that pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines are not only (i) ineffective and (ii) dangerous for patients, they are also (iii) extraordinarily expensive.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Homeopathy, and other traditional medical therapies, is just bad business. They make patients better, so they are no longer a source of income!

               "Drug companies are avoiding developing drugs that work well especially if they provide one-off cures because they will lose on-going revenue."

               "Biotech companies innovating in the field of healthcare are struggling to get investment if their products are too effective (even with sky-high pricing) and provide an actual cure for disease."

These are two of the amazing conclusions reached by Milton Packer MD, Distinguished Scholar in Cardiovascular Science at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. This Alliance for Natural Health article says that he is "a top-level cardiologist and clinical researcher". As such he is a member of the Conventional Medical Establishment, someone who does not usually speak negatively about the pharmaceutical industry. Apparently, it is Packer who has drawn up and tested the heart failure protocols used throughout the Western world, and he is "a firm advocate of ARNi drugs for heart failure".

During the years I practiced homeopathy I often said that, as a business, alternative medicine was its own worst enemy! Patients would consult with me about their illness, I would treat them, and some 70-80% would get significantly or entirely better. As they left, I would write up the case notes, and smile....
"There goes another customer!"

But this is what healers do, and have always done. They see their task as making people better, and the satisfaction of the job is that patients DO get better, and they CAN get on with their lives - without need of further medical attention. It is, though, bad for business!

The pharmaceutical industry realised this a long time ago, and this is what Milton Packer is saying. They are not interested in developing 'wonder' cures, 'miracle' drugs - this is just the propaganda needed to sell more drugs, more vaccines. They know that the best business strategy is to keep patients sick, and not make them better!

               "..... it is estimated that about one out of every four Americans over the age of 55 are currently being prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, in spite of the evidence that these drugs do not prolong lifespans, and have very serious side effects. Studies have confirmed that dementia, especially early onset dementia, is often caused by too many pharmaceutical drugs."

The article goes on to outline the long list of drugs known to cause dementia (also outlined here), the strategy of expanding prescribing guidelines to get more healthy people on drugs like Statins, and drugs to lower blood pressure, and the side effects (that is, illness) they cause as a result. The outcome of taking drugs are serious and inevitable.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines all have serious health side effects, most of which need treating with other drugs, which have side effects, which need treating - and so on.
  • It is the ineffectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines that is causing the continual crisis in the UK's NHS, and other national health services. Patients just do not get better.
  • It is the adverse drug reactions, which I call DIE's (or Disease-Inducing-Effects), that have caused the epidemic levels of chronic disease, of all kinds, that we have been experiencing for decades.
Apparently Goldman Sachs have also recognised this problem, and as a result they are reluctant to invest in trendy new 'gene therapy' research. They think it might be too successful, and they have asked the question
"Is curing patients a sustainable business model?" 

The conclusion is clear. Conventional medicine is an illness service, not a health service. The NHS, which is dominated by the pharmaceutical industry, is in constant crisis because it is failing to make patients better, its treatments are actually making them sicker - because this is a better business model!

If the NHS, and other health services, were dominated by homeopathy rather than by conventional, drug-based medicine, there would be no ongoing NHS crisis, there would not be patients with long-term, incuarable sickness, or patients who need to take drugs for a lifetime, and disease would not be increasing so rapidly, year on year.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

EPILEPSY. Another drug is banned - after being 'widely prescribed' for over 50 years.

Conventional medicine does not protect patients from the harm caused by its pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines.

Valporoate has just been banned by the UK's drug regulator, the MHRA (April 2018). Doctors have been instructed not to prescribe this epilepsy drug to any women of childbearing age, "unless they are on a pregnancy prevention programme". Doctors have also 'advised' not to prescribe the drug, also known as Epilim, or Episenta, or Depakote, for the treatment of migraine and bipolar disorder. So is this evidence that conventional medicine is protecting patients?

Hardly. The drug was discovered in 1882, and its 'anticonvulsant properties' in 1962. The pharmaceutical industry quickly obtained approval from French drug regulators in 1967 and Valproate quickly became the most widely prescribed epilepsy drug throughout the world.

So it has taken conventional medicine over 50 years to discover that Vaproate was a dangerous drug, and to take action to protect patients.

This tardiness is not untypical of conventional medicine, and their failure to protect patients. I have listed many pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines that have been banned or withdrawn over the last 100 years and more. The same process is repeated, time and time again. A drug is found, it is quickly approved by drug regulators (whose main task is not to approve drugs but to protect patients from harm), used thereafter for many years, often many decades, and only accepted as 'dangerous' when this can no longer be denied. So is it possible that the conventional medical establishment did not realise that valproate was dangerous.

Hardly. The (appropriately entitled) health magazine, What Doctor's Don't Tell You (WDDTY) reported as long ago as April 2005 that pregnant women taking Valproate for their epilepsy were doubling the risk of their unborn child developing cognitive impairments.

Since then the evidence against Valproate has been building, but largely censored by the mainstream media (who have still, at the time of writing, to my knowledge, not reported the ban), and ignored by conventional medicine. So our doctors have continued to prescribe it regardless of the harm it has caused to patients. 

Doctors have been warned about the drug throughout the last 50 years - consistently. For example, on 13th October 2014 the GP magazine, Pulse, published an article "GP's advised not to prescribe valproate medicine to pregnant women"
  • There is little doubt that this dangerous drug has continued to be prescribed despite its dangers being well known within the conventional medical establishment.
  • Nor can there be any doubt that over 50 years, many pregnant women have taken this drug, on the advice of their doctor, and many are now caring for children who were damaged by the drug.
So is it just pregnant women who are in danger from this drug? Hardly. Have a look at the website (now apparently owned by the pharmaceutical industry). They have posted these warnings about Valproate.
  • This medicine may cause very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems. This most often happens within the first 6 months of using valproate injection...... 
  • Children under 2 years are at greater risk of deadly liver problems.....
  • There is a greater risk of liver failure and death in patients who have a genetic liver problem caused by a mitochondrial disorder.....
  • This medicine may cause very bad birth defects if you take it while you are pregnant. It can also cause the child to have a lower IQ....
  • If you are able to get pregnant, you must use birth control that you can trust while you take valproate injection......
  • This medicine may cause very bad and sometimes deadly pancreas problems (pancreatitis). This may happen soon after use as well as many years after use.....
Then click on the linked 'side effects' page to see the full horror story of Valproate, and remember that this is a drug that conventional medicine has been quite happy to use for the last 50 years, and only now, only in the UK, has it been banned. This happens so frequently that no-one should consider any pharmaceutical drug or vaccine to be safe, regardless of what their doctors say.

If anyone, at this moment, is taking a pharmaceutical drug, be warned. The conventional medical establishment is not there for our safety, it is there to sell drugs - quite regardless of the harm they may cause us. The drug(s) YOU are taking, at THIS moment, may be the next drug that has to be banned!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

New and Rare Childhood Diseases. Where do they come from? Alfie Evans, Alfie Dingley, Charlie Gard?

Anyone listening to the news at the moment will know about the plight of Alfie Evans. Indeed, children with rare and deadly childhood diseases seem to be regularly featured in the mainstream media these days. I have written about two of them before, Charlie Gard in July 2017, and Alfie Dingley in February 2018. In these cases, and many others that we do not hear about, the situation appears to be similar, if not the same.
  • The disease is new, rare, deadly, and often without diagnosis.
  • The cause of the disease is unknown to conventional medicine.
  • There is no (conventional) treatment for the disease.
Usually, the discussion around each case is about life support and treatment, keeping the child alive, questioning whether the child might get better treatment outside the UK, and parents going through the courts, taking on the medical establishment in order to decide on such issues. The crucial and most important question, however, is never asked, as it rarely is within conventional medicine or the mainstream media.

What is causing these new, rare and deadly diseases, and why is there no treatment?

Without asking this basic question it is likely that dimmest cases, involving different parents with as yet unborn babies, or as yet healthy young infants, will continue to happen. The latter is an important statement. Most of these children are born normally, and developed normally for many months before being 'struck down' with the disease. Moreover, the symptoms of these 'new, rare and deadly' childhood diseases are often similar, if not identical. They involve seizures, epilepsy, neurological damage and organ failure. So what are these rare childhood diseases, and how many of them are there?

Orphanet describes itself as "the portal for rare diseases and orphan drugs", and in answering the question about how many rare diseases there are it says:

               'There are thousands of rare diseases. To date, six to seven thousand rare diseases have been discovered and new diseases are regularly described in medical literature. The number of rare diseases also depends on the degree of specificity used when classifying the different entities/disorders."

In answer to the question - what is the origin or cause of these rare diseases Orphanet says that some are genetic, some are 'rare forms' of infectious disease, such as auto-immune diseases and rare cancers, and that "to date, the cause remains unknown for many rare diseases." It says that most are serious, often chronic and progressive diseases, that signs may be observed at birth, but are more usually observed during infancy or childhood, and occasionally in adulthood.

The International Children's Palliative Care Network outlines just 10 of the 1,000's of these rare childhood diseases. This is how they they are described. In reading these short descriptions note the following about the causes, symptoms and treatments mentioned:
  • most do not begin until infancy or later.
  • many are nearo-degenerative conditions or organ failure.
  • usually no cause is mentioned, or the cause given is not a cause but a description of what is happening, or the cause is 'inherited'' (How can there be an 'inherited' cause when these are 'new diseases, and parents, and previous generations of the family have not had the disease).
  • There is never any treatment or cure.
Batten Disease
This affects boys and girls. Symptoms ... usually start between the ages of 5 and 10 years, and include loss of vision or seizures. Over time there is a loss of muscle control and some wasting of brain tissue. Progressive sight loss and dementia occur. There is no treatment available to cure or slow the progression of Batten disease and it is always fatal, with death usually in the late teens or early twenties.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
DMD affects the use of voluntary muscles in the body and is inherited, primarily affecting boys of all ethnic backgrounds. Normal development occurs initially but between the ages of 2 and 6 the affected child may have difficulty walking, running or climbing and struggle to lift their head due to a weak neck. Eventually the heart and breathing muscles are affected which leads to difficulty breathing, fatigue and heart problems due to an enlarged heart. Even with the best medical treatment young men with DMD seldom live beyond their early thirties.

CANDLE (Chronic Atypical Neutrophilic Dermatosis with Lipodystrophy and 
Elevated Temperature) Syndrome
This is a very rare autoinflammatory disease. It is an inherited, genetic condition. Patients have recurring fevers, beginning in infancy, which happen almost daily. They also present with delayed development, skin rashes and unique facial features such as thicker lips, swollen eyelids. Children develop swelling around the eye sockets, clubbing of fingers and toes and gradual enlargement of the liver. There is no effective therapeutic treatment for CANDLE syndrome and life expectancy is compromised with death often resulting from organ inflammation. Quality of life is also severely affected.

Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease or chILD
This is a broad term for a group of rare lung diseases that can affect babies, children and teens. The disease harms the lungs by damaging the tissues that surround the alveoli and bronchial tubes and sometimes the air sacs and airways. Lung function is decreased, blood oxygen levels reduced and the breathing process is disturbed. The disease has only been researched in the last decade and it is not
known how many children have each type of chILD. Severity differs according to the type of
the disease but can lead to early death. There is no cure.

Ehlers-Danlos syndromes
These are a group of genetic disorders which share common features including easy bruising, joint hypermobility, skin that stretches easily and weakness of tissues. Symptoms vary in severity according to the form of the disorder and treatment according to the particular manifestations present in the patient. Symptoms may also affect the autonomic nervous system used for breathing and urination.

Ellis Van Creveld syndrome
This is an inherited disorder due to an error on Chromosome 4 and is usually diagnosed at birth. Symptoms include short stature, short forearms and legs, extra fingers and toes, narrow chest with short ribs and malformed pelvis. 50–60% have a heart defect. Respiratory infections are common and about half those born with this syndrome die in early infancy.

Gaucher disease
Types 1, 2 and 3 is an inherited storage disorder where fatty substances build up to toxic levels in the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow and sometimes in the brain. It is genetically inherited and affects both boys and girls. Symptoms of Gaucher Type 2 begin in infancy, usually by 3 months and these children seldom live past 3 years of age.

Krabbe Disease
This has 4 subtypes, each beginning at different ages. Type 1 is the most common and begins between 3–6 months. It affects the nerve cells and causes nerve cell damage, leading to loss of use of muscles, increasing muscle tone, arching of the back and damage to vision and hearing. There is no cure or way to stop the disease once it is in full swing and babies with the Type 1 infantile form usually die by 13 months.

This is a rare and aggressive childhood cancer of unknown cause. It usually affects children under the age of five, and can occur before a child is born, often spreading to other parts of the body before any symptoms become apparent. Long-term survival for children with advanced disease older than 18 months of age is poor and most of the survivors have long-term effects from the treatment.

Pompe disease
This is caused by a deficiency or lack of an enzyme, leading to the build-up of glycogen and has an infantile and late onset form. The former usually appears in the first few months of life where babies have trouble holding up their heads. The heart muscles become diseased and the heart becomes enlarged and weak. Babies with the infantile form usually die before their first birthday due to heart failure and respiratory weakness.

I have read many more descriptions of these rare childhood diseases, and the symptoms seem to be similar. Indeed, many reflect the known 'side effects' of the DPT and MMR vaccines.
Most other vaccines have similar side effects. This is because the problem with all vaccines is the mercury, the aluminium, and the other toxic metals that are part of the ingredients.

So is the cause of these new, rare and deadly diseases really unknown? Or is the cause of these diseases known but the conventional medical establishment do not wish to admit culpability. If this is so we can expect to hear about many more Alfie Dingley's, Alfie Evans', and Charlie Gard's in future. Whenever  conventional medicine says that the cause of an illness or disease is "not known", or when they provide a description as a cause, or when they dismiss it as 'genetic', I smell a cover-up.

I cannot prove the link, and it is unlikely that the pharmaceutical companies will ever fund research into a possible link (or if they do they will ensure that the 'scientific' findings are favourable). Conventional medicine still pretends that it does not know the cause of Autism, even though all the evidence points towards the link with vaccines (except for a few 'studies' funded by the drug companies).

So beware, any parent who wishes to use the 'precautionary' principle with their children health. They would be well advised to stay clear of childhood, and indeed vaccination at any age. If these 'rare' and 'deadly' diseases are caused by vaccines, they are certainly worse than diphtheria  whooping cough, measles, mumps, and rubella - and any other traditional childhood illness, all of which are more safely and effectively treated with homeopathy.

Four Months of Critical Information is Missing from Alfie Evans’ Timeline
I am not alone in harbouring my suspicions about the origins of these cases, and the links with the vaccines conventional medicine insists on giving all our young children. This Vaccine Truth article looks at the known medical history of Alfie Evans, from documents submitted to the courts. The most important fact is that Alfie was healthy when he was born,  His death, less than two years later, needs therefore to be satisfactorily explained, but the public records leave important gaps. What Vaccine Truth have done in this article is to fill in the gaps by adding what usually happens to children - the normal vaccine schedule. PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT ARTICLE, which goes into the detail. But the essential timeline is this.

  • 9 May 2016. Alfie was born. Tt was said that “Alfie was a happy smiling baby who seemed to be perfectly well.”
  • By 15 July 2016 the first evidence of an issue emerged. Alfie had a 'divergent squint'.
Between these two dates children usually receive thew Pediacel or Infanrix IPV Hib, Preventer 13, Bexsero, Rotarix vaccine. Did Alfie have them? If so, why did the medical authorities not report it to the court? If he did not, on the basis of this accusation, will they now confirm it (and I will withdraw this blog).
  • 15  September 2016 Alfie had his 4 month development check by which time "it was clear that M already had some concerns about her son's general development.
Between the last two dates, Alfie would have been scheduled to have two more vaccinations (which were once called the DPT vaccine). Again, this was not mentioned in the court documents. Did he have them, and if so, why did the medical authorities not report it? If he did not, on the basis of this accusation, will they now confirm it (and again, I will pledge to withdraw this blog).

Killing a child with a vaccine that has been known for decades to damage and kill young children is one thing. To cover it up is another.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Our Doctors and the consequences of the over-Prescription of Pharmaceutical Drugs. Will they ever tell us how many people conventional medicine kills?

How honest can our doctors be about the harm caused by the pharmaceutical drugs and  vaccines? It must be difficult for them to prescribe a drug for one condition, and then tell the patient they have acquired another disease, often a more serious disease, as a result of the 'side effects' of the drug. Even more difficult to tell the family that the drug has caused the patients death. I have no sympathy for them. Their 5 year training, plus their years of clinical experience, must have taught them that this is a possible consequence of conventional medicine.

So patients like you and me are prescribed drugs, and we get sicker. This blog has been making this point, consistently, for the past 9 years. It explains why doctors don't tell us, but it begs the question - how much longer are patients going to accept pharmaceutical drugs, and how long can doctors continue to refuse to tell us what too often is the outcome of conventional medicine?

I-News has recently informed us that the European Parliament in Brussels that some of Britain’s "top health experts" are concerned that the overprescription of pharmaceutical drugs is reaching epidemic levels, and that they believe this epidemic is causing excess deaths. They have asked for a thorough 'Chilcot style' inquiry over the tens of thousands of annual deaths they think these drugs cause.

               "They claim that millions of people are being prescribed medications for no good reason at all. Some of the focus drugs were statins, blood pressure medications, and type-2 diabetes drugs. They assert that these drugs do more harm than good, essentially pointing out that harm done via side-effects outweighs any benefits. And this, they say, is leading to a massive spike in deaths that could ultimately be avoided if there were more responsible prescribing."

Does that sound alarming? Does that sound like news that every single one of us needs to know? Might we not expect that this is something that should hit the headlines of our national media? That governments, the NHS, the Drug Regulators around the world, would want to tell us?

Yet what we get is silence! A deafening silence. It seems that we are not supposed to know, that our task is to continue taking the pills, regardless of the consequences. Conventional medicine does not work on the basis of either 'informed consent' or the 'precautionary principle'. Doctors tell us what we need, what is good for us, and we are expected to comply.

The I-News article goes on to mention a Cambridge University study that found that 50% of people over 65 years of age take a minimum of 5 drugs a day, up 12% from two decades ago. This study, at least, was reported by the Times, and I have blogged on the situation facing older people here, "It's us old people who are ruining the NHS".

               "When it comes to what’s killing people, heart disease and cancer are still topping the charts. However, overprescription of drugs has now moved into the 3 slot. In the UK, it is estimated that overprescribing of drugs is killing 125k to 150k people annually. That’s an insanely high number of people. While big pharma has been fined in the billions for all types of nefarious activity, they’ve hardly been called out as a supreme cause of what they claim to cure. Pharmaceutical companies easily pay fines and consistently operate under the guise that their misdeeds are by far overshadowed by all their good deeds. The thing is, 150,000 deaths a year in a country as small as the UK is now throwing salt in that play."

I-News then quotes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist and member of the Academy of Royal Colleges as saying that being an honest doctor doesn’t mesh with the new world of pharmaceutical prescribing, calling the current state of affairs an “epidemic of misinformation.”

               “After almost 17 years as a doctor, I have slowly and reluctantly come to the conclusion that honest doctors can no longer practice honest medicine. Poor quality research, influenced by vested interests has resulted in an epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients leading to poor clinical outcomes and the unwitting practice of unethical medicine due to the lack of transparency in the prescription of medications, which are now estimated to be the third most common cause of death after heart disease and cancer.”

Doctors are one of the most trusted professionals throughout the world. Yet they are clearly not telling us the truth. Indeed, it is only by not telling the truth about pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines that they can maintain their position - as the most trusted professional in the world!

Anyone for homeopathy, and alternative medicine?

Monday, 23 April 2018

What has gone wrong with conventional medicine? How can the continuous NHS Crisis be explained?

What has gone wrong with the NHS! 
Why are we getting sicker individually, and as a nation? 
Why are we suffering from increased levels of chronic disease? 
And why do we face a continual resource and funding crisis?

Regular readers of my blog will know my answer to this question. The NHS is dominated by conventional medicine, itself dominated by the pharmaceutical industry, its drugs and vaccines, which are not only ineffective, but cause more sickness and disease through their side effects, adverse drug reactions. In other words, conventional medical treatment is actually causing chronic disease at epidemic levels.

However, throughout the world the conventional medical establishment goes out of its way to deny this. Actually they do not have to 'deny' anything because their is a deafening silence from doctors, governments, and our 'free' press about this possibility. Everyone comes up with other reasons, inadequate reasons that do not, and cannot explain medical failure. The failure of the medical system that dominates health care is never spoken!

The NHS was established in 1948, its aim to provide the best healthcare for everyone in Britain. The same can be said for many other national health systems set up in other countries, most of them dominated by conventional medicine in much the same way.

Everywhere, not just Britain, the excuses for the bankruptingly high costs of medical treatment, the minimal effectiveness of the treatment provided, and the failure to cope with the ever-increased healthcare demands, is the same. Recently I found these eight explanations for the ongoing failure of the NHS in Britain, although I regret to say that I have lost the original source. None of them, singly or taken together, are adequate to explain what is going wrong with our drug-dominated health services.

  • People’s expectations of the service has changed. Growth in demand for healthcare services and treatments overall as people’s expectations of the healthcare services changes

The implication of this explanation is that patient expectations have risen. Yet the expectations in 1948 were high. It was thought then that if people were provided with "the best healthcare available" the cost of the service would actually reduce over time. High expectations indeed! 

So is this an adequate explanation? If it is the fault lies with conventional medical establishment, at least in part. Barely a week goes by without some declaration being made about a new 'wonder' drug, a new 'miracle' cure, a treatment that will 'transform' our experience of one disease or another. Yet all that has happened over the 70 history of the NHS is that almost every chronic disease you wish to mention has grown to unprecedented, epidemic levels!

And the treatments offered have become ever more extreme. Conventional treatment, based on pharmaceutical drugs, cannot deal effectively with joint pain, the drugs used are toxic, so instead of treating a condition, the limb itself ultimately has to be replaced. Limb replacements operations are wonderful technical achievements, but they are necessary only because of medical failure. Similarly, conventional medicine cannot deal with progressive organ failure, so ultimately we now rely on surgeons to get rid of our diseased organs, and replace them with another. Again, brilliant technical achievements, each and every one, but based on medical failure.

So yes, expectations have risen. There are many more examples. Patients are offered, and then demand more of these kind of treatments, at enormous cost to the NHS. But is it good health care, based on an effective medical system?

  • The population of the UK has grown by 5.7 million since 2004.

In 1948, the population of the UK was just over 50 million. In 2004 it was just over 59 million. In 2016 it was about 63.5 million. So, does a 30% rise in population over 70 years explain the exponential growth in NHS expenditure? This growth, averaging about 4% annually, can be seen in this Nuffield Trust webpage, both in terms of expenditure, and proportion of national income. Yet despite large annual increased spending on the NHS, it continually fails to cope with the increased levels of sickness and disease it faces.

  • An ageing population is placing additional demands on services.

This reason is regularly cited by conventional medical spokespersons to explain the reason for NHS failures. I have blogged before about the NHS trying to place the blame for its constant state of crisis on older people. Increased levels of sickness are not confined to older people. And diseases that were once associated with old age, like cancer and dementia, are now affecting much younger people, including children.

  • As the population of the UK has grown,  demand for GP services has increased. Often resulting in long waiting times for patients to see their GP, despite GP numbers increasing by 33% since 2004.

This is a description of the crisis, not an explanation for the crisis!

  • Lack of patient engagement.

I am not sure why this should be an explanation for the continual crisis in NHS funding and performance. I suspect that conventional medicine gains the level of patient engagement that it asks for. Certainly, most alternative medical therapies ask for much more because treatment is considered to be a joint enterprise. Conventional doctors routinely rely on medical testing to diagnose and treat illness, tests that do not require patient engagement.

  • More and more people have become reliant on prescription drugs for a 'quick fix'.

This is certainly true, not least because for decades the conventional medical establishment has implied that good health emanates from a bottle of pills, 'wonder' drugs, and 'miracle' cures.

  • Too many people are relying on the NHS for self-treatable conditions. We no longer believe or understand that often simple changes to diet and lifestyle can have a positive impact on our health and help us take control of our own health.

Good health has always been largely in our own hands, and this is recognised by all alternative medical therapies. It has been the arrogance of conventional medicine alone that has taught people to believe that doctors can cure ill-health. Now, when most of the pills are not working, and/or they are known to be harmful to our health, this understanding is returning - and the medical establishment wants to blame patients!

  • Rising levels of complex chronic diseases and conditions that require long-term management of chronic disease

The rising levels of chronic disease and conditions is the main symptom of conventional medical failure. At least this reason recognises that there has been a significant rise in chronic disease throughout the years of conventional medicine's domination of health care services. 

The tragedy of presenting this as one of the reasons for the continuous failure of the NHS is its failure to recognise that the rise of chronic disease has been caused by conventional medicine, and in particular by the pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines, it has championed. By denying this association the conventional medical establishment abandons any hope, and chance of putting the situation right.

Making these lame excuses for medical failure prevents the conventional medical establishment from investigating and understanding the real reason for medical failure. 

So conventional medicine can, and will never learn! 

Ultimately, conventional medicine is doomed to failure, its only option to continue making demands for more resources, more money, more of everything - for more of the same treatments that have been making us sicker for over 70 years.

It's us OLD PEOPLE who are ruining the NHS! We should all be ashamed of ourselves for being so sick!

The NHS is in crisis. It always needs more resources. And when asked why it cannot manage, why every part of the NHS is failing to cope with patient demand, we are told that it is because of an ageing population. So, all you old people, it is YOU who are to blame! Or are we?

Old People Get Cancer
Yes, I can remember the time when cancer was considered to be a disease of old age. But no longer. Young children now get cancers of all kinds and descriptions. So do adults. It has been reported, for example, that 'young onset' colon cancer has quadrupled in the last 20 years, and in this Natural News article the prediction for the future is worse.

               "These numbers are only expected to get worse; calculations in a 2014 study show colon cancer cases rising by a frightening 90 percent among those aged 20 to 34 by 2030."

Old People get Dementia
Dementia, in all its guises, has been increasing rapidly for generations, and this is another major reason for conventional medicine demanding more and more resources. Yet it is also recognised that this disease is also affecting younger people now, to the extent that it has been described as 'the silent epidemic'. Alzheimers Research UK states that ever-increasing numbers of people, in their 40's, 50's and 60's, who are now contracting 'early onset' dementia.

               "Although often thought of as a disease of older people, around 4% of people with Alzheimer’s are under 65."

The term 'early onset', even 'young onset',  is now widely used within the conventional medical establishment! I did a quick web search and came up quickly with Menopause, Osteoarthritis, Scoliosis, Parkinson's, Intra-Uterine Growth, neonatal group B streptococcal disease, and many more. All these 'early onset' diseases were once thought to affect older people,  but now affect younger people. And each one costs the NHS money and resources. Yet there is rarely, if ever, an adequate explanation for these 'early onset' diseases that were once associated with old age.

Something else must be happening. For instance, do pharmaceutical drugs cause ALL these 'early onset' diseases? Do they cause Osteoporosis? Do they cause Parkinson's? Is it the hugely increased consumption of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines that is causing increased levels of illness in older people, and now in much younger people?

Conventional Medicine and the medical treatment of older people
So what is the NHS, and conventional medicine around the world, doing to treat older people? Well, we are all getting a lot more pharmaceutical drugs. A Cambridge University study has found that almost half of over-65s in England are taking at least five different drugs every day. This was reported in the Telegraph in November 2017. The study found that this figure had risen from 12% only 20 years ago, whilst the proportion of older people taking no drugs had dropped from about 20% in the late 1990s to just 7% now. 

So why aren't we benefitting from these drugs? If doctors prescribe them to us when we are sick, why aren't we getting better. Isn't that what we take drugs for?

               "Researchers expressed concern at the increasing dependence on prescription and over-the-counter medicines - known as 'polypharmacy'. Studies show polypharmacy can increase the dangers of interactions between different drugs and the risk of frailty in older patients. It's feared many patients are left on medications long-term without thorough or regular GP reviews."

The article went on to express concerns that many of these drugs were (i) unnecessary, (ii) that the dangers of harmful drug interactions was increased, and (iii) there was the increased risk of death. It added that a Spanish study in 2015 had found that older people who were taking six medicines or more daily were nearly three times more likely to die prematurely than those on no drugs at all!

Yet for the NHS, and its continuous financial crisis, it is not 'death' that is the problem!

The crisis arises from the serious illnesses and diseases caused by pharmaceutical drugs, the ones that actually DON'T kill us. It seems that we regularly take 5, or 6, or more drugs, plus an annual flu vaccination. They fail to make us better. But we suffer from their side affects, the adverse drug reactions, and the serious diseases they cause.

The drugs make us sicker, more dependent, less able to live independent lives. So we become a constant drain on NHS resources. 

And the more they care for us with pharmaceutical drugs, the more care we need, and the more resources the NHS needs so they can give us even more care and even more drugs, which make us even sicker, and even more dependent. No wonder old people are a drain on NHS resources.

And the problem is that we just won't die! Moreover, the old people who 'need' medical care, more pharmaceutical drugs, are getting younger, and younger, and younger. Is it any wonder that the NHS needs more resources?

But excuse me if I opt out of this race for more conventional medical care. Allow me to progress through my old age without drugs and vaccines.

Instead, let me stay healthy by saying "No, thanks" to the pharmaceutical industry. They wanted to give me drugs for gastric ulcers, then for migraines, then for heart palpitations. Instead, I used homeopathy, and I no longer suffer from any of these conditions.

Older age has much to recommend it - as long as you stay away from conventional medicine!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The Failure of Conventional Medicine. An invitation to read an e-book that explains in detail why conventional medicine is failing, causing so much harm to our health, and yet most people remain entirely unaware

I wrote the first edition of this e-book, 'The Failure of Conventional Medicine' over 10 years ago. This new, revamped and updated version is now available. Go to the link now, and take time to read the full, alarming story.

Over the years this blog has dealt with many aspects of this alarming medical failure, but inevitably it does so in snippets, in small bite-size pieces that alone can never cover the full picture. So the Failure of Conventional Medicine

  • defines what 'conventional medicine' is - a form of medical treatment dominated by pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines.
  • provides a brief history of conventional medicine, and why during the 20th century it came to dominate medical practice to the extent that it does now.
  • describes the core of the failure of conventional medicine - that rather than working alongside the body, and its brilliant self-healing mechanism, it declares war on it.
  • outlines how we can witness the failure: the dangerous banned drugs, how they have created illness through their side effects, the epidemic levels of chronic disease, and the continual crises through which modern medicine passes.
  • looks at how the failure of conventional medicine has been kept from us, why it is that we continue to spend £billions on it every year, and still want more of it - that profits of an industry that bought political influence, subverted medical science and drug regulation, and silenced the mainstream media.
  • examines how the modern drug culture has developed, and how this, supported by corruption and fraud, has led to the domination of conventional medicine within national health services around the world.
Sometime in the future, probably the not-too-distant future, the failure of conventional medicine will become clear and obvious, and future generations will wonder how we ever got into the position we now find ourself. 
  • Patients are being made sick in their millions, and are being killed in their thousands, by a form of medicine we take in the belief that it will make us better. 
  • So we spend £billions every year to enable this to happen, so we get sicker, so more money is required, and successive governments are happy to provide it - because we want it and we vote for it! 
  • We are even prepared to work and run and cycle and swim to provide more money for health charities in order to support a medical system that makes us ill.
  • Generally, and as individuals, we are sicker now than we have ever been. After a century of conventional medicine illness and disease of all kinds has never been more rife.
Why? It's a long story, and the book is a long read, but a necessary one if we are not to be overwhelmed with ever-increasing levels of sickness and disease. Start here, take your time, take it all in. Let me know if you think I am wrong. It could be the key to a more healthy future for you and your family.