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The practice and science of natural medicine

 Integrative Health &
Applied Nutrition
magazine (IHCAN)

Since 2002, Integrative Healthcare & Applied Nutrition magazine (formerly known as CAM magazine) has kept professional practitioners in-the-loop every month with its mix of news, views and fully referenced features.
IHCAN magazine February 2024 cover

Editor’s note
March 2024

Just grit your teeth and carry on

Britain’s dental care system is in a mess. The public eats WAY too much sugar, and the links between poor oral health and chronic disease are now well-established. But millions of Brits can’t get to see a dentist. But never fear, the Government is on it: they’re adding fluoride to our drinking water in a move dubbed “the biggest fluoridation expansion since the 1980s”.

We’ve got fluoride available in toothpaste and bags of fluoride in our tea, so I’ve never understood why we need to mass-medicate our drinking water.  Much of Europe has rejected fluoridation, with good reason. A study from Denmark, which has the healthiest teeth on the continent, last year confirmed an association between fluoride transferred from the mother during her pregnancy to the foetus and damage to foetal brain development.

The University of Southern Denmark reported: “This association has previously been supported by a multitude of studies, but a new study led by Prof Philippe Grandjean, MD, now documents the linkage in a joint study of more than 1500 mother-child pairs from cohorts in North America, now also including births in Denmark”.

Grandjean says that fluoride is beneficial when it is in contact with the enamel surface of the teeth, but that ingestion of the fluoride does not add any benefit. “Pregnant women who ingest fluoride will pass it on to the foetus without obtaining any benefit at all. In contrast, the fluoride can reach the highly vulnerable foetal brain and should therefore be minimised or fully avoided”.

Public “health”

But wait…this is such a great public health idea! (Sarcasm).

So many people in

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the UK can’t get in to see a GP (wait times are up to four weeks in some places), that pharmacists have had to be empowered to diagnose and treat some common ailments. So why not take the fluoride example to its logical conclusion? Let’s have statins added to our water supply. Yes, do shudder: they’re thinking about it. The idea’s been floated in British medical journals since at least 2004.

And an anti-hypertensive, maybe? Oh and how about something for diabetes?

Meanwhile, medics elsewhere have revealed that rheumatoid arthritis can be prevented! I got excited when I saw the news from King’s College London. Maybe they’d discovered fish oil supplements and eating real food. But no. It’s a once-a-week INJECTION of the drug abatacept. Which is an immune suppressant. It turns down T-cell activity with the aim of blocking auto-immune activity.

Once a week injections. And they’re proud of it. Prof Andrew Cope said it was “the largest rheumatoid arthritis prevention trial to date” and the first to show a treatment “effective in preventing the onset of disease in people at risk”. Yes, this is pharma-driven orthodox medicine’s idea of preventive medicine.

He added: “There are currently no drugs available that prevent this potentially crippling disease”. Implication: only drugs can prevent disease. (By the way, Bristol-Myers Squibb, who manufacture the drug under the brand name Orencia, funded the study.)

Drugs as prevention: Big Pharma’s marketing success

The idea that health is delivered at the point of a needle continues to be a sales and marketing triumph for the pharmaceutical industry. The scam they’re running is the idea that humans are frail, vulnerable creatures inevitably prone to all sorts of diseases and mechanical breakdowns without life-long interventionist medical care. And once you get past 60, well you’re bound to need parts replaced, too: hips, knees, you name it. Doctors seem to be brainwashed into accepting these lies from day one of medical school. Never mind the robustness and vigour inherited from millions of years of evolution that we KNOW can be conserved by a modicum of effort to personalise diet and exercise.

In Britain right now, the NHS has children scheduled to be given 31 vaccinations by the age of 15.

This is NOT healthcare. This is out of control.

SIMON MARTIN, EDITOR
Keep up with Simon on Twitter@simoncamedit

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We don’t put a big emphasis on being “evidence based” in the conventional sense, mainly because the bulk of the evidence used in meta analyses and systematic reviews and to produce “guidelines” is not to be trusted. As Prof Richard David Feinman puts it, the meta-analysis is the “most dangerous” activity plaguing modern medical literature. And RCTs are of no use in assessing complex conditions that we address with multiple interventions – such as Dr Dale Bredesen’s Alzheimer’s protocol. Likewise, we highly value the hard-won clinical experience of multiple practitioners accumulated over the years and handed down over generations of evolving natural medicine practice. That said, we do put a lot of effort into referencing our features. References are online to save space, available within our members area.

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We don’t put a big emphasis on being “evidence based” in the conventional sense, mainly because the bulk of the evidence used in meta analyses and systematic reviews and to produce “guidelines” is not to be trusted. As Prof Richard David Feinman puts it, the meta-analysis is the “most dangerous” activity plaguing modern medical literature. And RCTs are of no use in assessing complex conditions that we address with multiple interventions – such as Dr Dale Bredesen’s Alzheimer’s protocol. Likewise, we highly value the hard-won clinical experience of multiple practitioners accumulated over the years and handed down over generations of evolving natural medicine practice. That said, we do put a lot of effort into referencing our features. References are online to save space, available within our members area.

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