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  • Beyond your genes

    When it comes to cancer, modern medicine is in firm denial. For all the triumphalism over the latest claims that approximately 50 per cent of people survive cancer for at least 10 years, the bald fact remains that cancer incidence rates in Great Britain have risen by 23 per cent in men and by 43 per cent in women since the mid-1970s, cancer deaths account for more than one in four deaths and more than 430 people a year,or one person every four minutes, dies from cancer. Does that sound like a war that’s being won? 


    At least that’s the dismal batting average for the typical oncologist. Dr Patrick Kingsley, now retired, had a different track record. Most of the thousands of patients he’s treated for cancers of all varieties reversed their cancers and survived.


    He’s not making this up. As I discovered, patients travelled to his little village of Osgathorpe in Leicestershire from all over the world; taxi drivers in the village called him ‘the miracle worker’. All his patient records, with their full histories and progress under his approach, are still there for all to see. 


    The only mystery is why no one among the medical orthodoxy is curious to find out more about his unique arsenal against cancer.


    What distinguishes Dr Kingsley’s approach from the orthodoxy is his understanding that cancer doesn’t just start with your genes, but almost always has one of six hidden causes—from nutritional or hormonal imbalance to infection. This month, he reveals how you can become your own cancer detective by using certain tests and treatments ignored by most doctors (page 32 of July’s issue of WDDTY Magazine). 


    And speaking of ignoring a cancer success story, doctors also don’t want to know what Sue Olifent did when diagnosed with the deadliest of all forms of cancer: a two-inch tumour on her liver. Read how the life-threatening tumour was reduced to simple scar tissue by just a radical change of diet (page 56 of July’s issue of WDDTY Magazine).


    It’s beach weather—and if you’ve struggled for years with your weight, new evidence shows that your yo-yo diet syndrome may have less to do with calories and more to do with imbalances of your ‘fat’ hormones. Find out which superfoods can help restore that balance so the pounds easily fall off (page 24). Besides those fat hormones, inflammation in the body can wreak havoc with your other hormones as well, leading to hard-to-shift weight gain. Nutritionist Julie Daniluk reveals which meals can heal inflammation and get you slim besides (page 62 of July’s issue of WDDTY Magazine).


    Much of inflammation in the body has to do with processed foods, including the so-called ‘low-fat’ food industry. Recently, medicine has suddenly woken up to what WDDTY  has been saying for 25 years: fats aren’t the cause of heart disease; it’s actually sugar. Read publisher Bryan Hubbard’s account of how they got it all wrong about fats and your heart, and have done for more than 30 years (page 18).


    With the fine weather (at least at the time of writing), you’re no doubt playing summer sports, but before you pick up a racket or golf club, read this month’s article by fitness expert Paul Chek. There’s more to a great golf and tennis game than good form and expensive equipment. You’ve also got to work on developing flexibility and stability—which will hold you in good stead for the rest of your activities too (page 42 of July’s issue of WDDTY Magazine).


    Most dogs and cats these days suffer from any one of a plethora of modern pet afflictions, and in the experience of natural vet Nick Thompson, there’s mostly one cause of these conditions:  a processed-food diet. Here’s why you should let them eat raw (page 49).


    If your life’s made hell by persistent itchy eczema, try our promising alternatives (page 54). This month we’ve also sourced some natural remedies for blepharitis (page 46 of July’s issue of WDDTY Magazine).


    Men are usually the strong, silent type when it comes to discussing any problems with their water works, so Dr Harald Gaier offers a number of natural medicines to help calm the worst symptoms (page 68).


    It’s salad days right now, and raw-food chef Markéta Bola urges you to get creative with leaves and greens besides iceberg (page 52 of July’s issue of WDDTY Magazine). And for all those summer bugbears like dry skin and nightmare frizz, managing editor Joanna Evans has sourced a batch of natural saviours. She’s also managed to find natural flight-friendly hair and skincare essentials—all under 100 mL. As it turns out, there is a cure for the summertime blues…

  • Catching it early

    It’s all over the newspapers.  Deaths from breast cancer have almost been halved, and the bow belongs to screening with routine mammography.

    So persuasive is the catch-it-early argument that governments  have spent millions putting into effect mass screening programmes, with women the primary targets for wholesale breast and cervical cancer campaigns.

    In the latest invitation that comes through your door offering you a breast screening test, the National Health Service claims that regular mammography saves 1,300 lives a year by detecting breast cancer early and that it’s been responsible for uncovering some of the breast cancers diagnosed.  But as co-editor Bryan Hubbard discovered this month, virtually every claim made about routine mammogram screening is untrue.

    Three new studies (one of which took a fresh look at the science upon which the UK’s screening programme was launched) have uncovered the fact that: 1) regular screening by mammography is not responsible for the decline in breast cancer; and 2) mammograms don’t save lives because 3) any benefit is outweighed 10 to 1 by the number of false positives detected by the technology. For every one woman whose cancer is detected, 10 will be subjected to chemotherapy, surgery or radiotherapy for a cancer that was never there. In some instances, for every one cancer found, 100 women will be told they have cancer.

    These scientists join a large body of researchers such as the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, led by Dr Peter Gøtzsche, who claim that mammograms cause more harm than good, particularly as there are other, safer and more accurate ways to diagnose breast cancer (page 18 of June’s issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    Speaking of cancer, we are thrilled to publish the first of an exclusive two-part extract from Dr Patrick Kingsley’s new book The New Medicine. Over his 40-year career as a physician, Dr Kingsley treated more than 5,000 patients with end-stage cancer—many consigned by modern medicine as beyond hope—most of whom survived. Now retired, Dr Kingsley can speak freely about his unorthodox approach and his highly successful anti-cancer diet, plus other do-it-yourself tips for things you can carry out in conjunction with your medical treatment (page 32 of June’s issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    If you’ve been suffering from Candida overgrowth, an irritable bowel or parasites that just don’t seem to go away, look no further than the fillings in your mouth. A new study confirms the work of scientists at the University of Georgia, the first to isolate evidence that amalgam fillings may be responsible for many intractable gut problems like Candida. Here’s how to determine if the metal in your mouth is giving you a problem gut and some ideas for what you can do about it (page 24 of the magazine).

    And speaking of unwanted guests in your gut, read how Alan Hunter, who’d been plagued by parasites for years, finally discovered a simple dietary plan that raised his temperature and made his body permanently hostile to these bothersome bugs (page 56). In case you’d like to follow his lead, check out our raw-food chef Markéta Bola’s recipes for a weekly one-day fast (page 44).

    And for anyone with a sweet tooth, we’ve sought out the best grab-’n’-go sweet snacks that are entirely free of refined sugar (page 74 of June’s issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    Find out how Jessica Ortner cured her own weight problems with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or tapping, and how it can overcome the cravings, stress and self-doubt lurking behind most weight problems (page 61).

    ‘Functional’ is the new buzzword in the exercise world, a fancy term that simply means training for the moves you use in everyday life. International movement expert Paul Chek sorts out which exercises give you maximum range of motion and why you should eschew exercise machines (page 40 of the magazine).

    And if doing anything strenuous brings on an exercise-induced attack of asthma, check out our Natural Doctor’s casebook for some alternative ways to end the wheeze (page 46).

    For June, we’ve put together a batch of natural ways to mend the heart—human or otherwise. Learn which foods will lower blood pressure naturally (page 52), which homeopathic treatments work best for atrial fibrillation (page 68 of the magazine) and which alternatives to heart drugs can best treat dogs with mitral valve disease (page 49).

    Finally, if you’re stuck for a present for Father’s Day, we’ve sourced a super-natural selection of grooming products for men. These hair and skincare must-haves are a healthy way to say thanks, Dad.

  • Farsighted

    Failing eyesight has become so closely associated with old age that medicine has applied a number of adjectives synonymous with ‘geriatric’ to conditions like ‘age-related macular degeneration’ and ‘senile cataracts’, and it’s just taken for granted that your eyes are going to wear out even faster than the rest of you.


    As Dame Judi Dench once commented about her AMD, which has now made it difficult for her to read scripts: “I’ve got what my ma had, which you get when you get old.”


    We gently beg to differ. New and largely buried research from Tufts University reveals that all the supposed conditions that rob the sight of millions of people in the West—from AMD and cataracts to diabetic retinopathy—largely have a single cause: a diet high in processed sugar. And far from being an inevitable part of old age, these conditions are close relations of the other major causes of  Western degenerative illness, from heart disease to Alzheimer’s, and like them can be largely prevented—or even reversed—by making certain lifestyle changes. 


    Our cover story this month (page 24 of May’s issue of WDDTY) details the aspects of your lifestyle that will prematurely rob you of your vision and those special natural supplements shown to reverse the major eye diseases.


    And speaking of miracle supplements, you can get exposed to the best and brightest of them just outside your front door. The sun is still our best source of vitamin D, which isn’t so much a vitamin as a major steroid hormone, regulating some 30 tissues in the body. What’s more, new evidence shows that vitamin D is a powerful cancer fighter and that vitamin D supplements can even slash the risk of women from dying of breast cancer (page 18 of May’s issue of WDDTY).


    If you’re wondering how your doctor keeps up with all the latest in modern medicine, look no further than the drugs salesman. The drugs industry spends some $27 billion (about 88 per cent of its total marketing spend) on ‘educating’ doctors, including face-to-face visits, gifts (a new PC, perhaps?), a bucketload of samples to hand out and even a trip to the Seychelles. Don’t forget the wife and kids (page 22 of May’s issue of WDDTY).


    But the most powerful drug of all may be your thoughts. As Dr Joe Dispenza discovered, what we think and feel has a profound effect on either activating or silencing our genes and the healing molecules within our bodies. Even when you know you’re taking a sugar pill, the expectation of healing can make it work (page 32).


    As promised, this month we offer part two of our special on osteoporosis from fitness specialist Paul Chek, who reveals the best exercises for rebuilding your bones from head to toe (page 38 of May’s issue).


    If you’ve recently suffered from the pollution coming up from the Sahara, help is at hand in the form of the best natural treatments for hay fever—from pineapple-derived enzymes and plant pigments to Ayurvedic herbs and green tea (page 44).  And if you’re at risk of stroke and keen to avoid taking ‘just-in-case’ aspirin, check out the recommendations of our natural doctor’s casebook, which offers a plethora of ways to tip the odds in your favour (page 46).


    You’ve seen the ads from British Gas, now read the fine print from electrosmog expert Guy Hudson on the risks of smart meters—the latest source of invisible radiation (page 53). And if you’ve got angina, our medical detective Dr Harald Gaier offers a batch of proven alternatives (page 68 of May’s issue of WDDTY).


    Our raw-food chef Markéta Bola will fix you up with some delicious morning smoothies, plus some new information about why juicing is even better than eating your five—ahem, seven—a day (page 56). And publisher Bryan Hubbard uncovers another daily habit that’s good for your health—namely, taking off your shoes (page 62).


    Read the astonishing story of Jessica Willard, who survived a disastrous fall and a coma, and claims a little-known therapy called the Bowen technique had a good deal to do with it (page 58).


    It’s time to get ready for summer skin, and managing editor Joanna Evans has just the thing for it: a selection of our favourite face masks, all without the usual chemical nasties (page 72 of May’s issue of WDDTY).


    And we didn’t limit ourselves to grown-ups. We’ve also sourced a batch of the kindest skincare buys for baby, some good for healing eczema, cradle cap and nappy rash—enough to keep all of you in the pink (page 74 of May’s issue of WDDTY).

  • Inventing the problem

    Economist John Kenneth Galbraith was one of the first to identify ‘revised-sequence’ markets which, unlike the ordinary consumer-driven variety, are driven by a corporation, which controls the consumer’s attitudes and values and so creates product demand. Or, to put it more simply, they invent the problem to sell the solution.


    As American political activist Ralph Nader once remarked, “In any industry, the sellers become very acute in appealing to those features of a human personality that are easiest to exploit. Everyone knows what they are. It’s easiest to exploit a person’s sense of fear . . .”


    Drug companies are past masters at this, particularly when it comes to women after the menopause. Through advertising and information drip-fed to the charities they support, Big Pharma has managed to convince every woman over 45 that with middle age and the end of her childbearing comes the inevitable collapse of her bones. Allow menopause to unfold without medical intervention and you face becoming a humpbacked old dowager in your declining years—with a potentially deadly hip fracture to boot. 


    Consequently, most doctors and many practitioners in a number of disciplines believe that women can only look forward to healthy old age and strong bones by constantly monitoring bone loss with X-rays and taking some sort of medicine—hormones or drugs like bisphosphonates—to stave off the inevitable.


    In our cover story this month, a special two-part report on osteoporosis, we explode the major myths on which most of these medical recommendations are based: that bone loss is an inevitable aspect of ageing, that low bone mass equals low bone strength and that osteoporosis is irreversible (page 25 of April issue of WDDTY Magazine). Far from being a normal part of the ageing process, osteoporosis is a lifestyle disorder, the end result of your body’s desperate attempt to maintain its biochemical balance.


    We also tell the story of Shelly Lefkoe, who managed to reverse her full-blown osteoporosis without drugs or hormones, and offer a four-point diet, supplement and exercise plan, similar to the plan she followed, to help you maintain or rebuild your bones (page 32 of April issue of WDDTY Magazine).


    And speaking of received wisdom, most doctors will tell you and your daughters that the contraceptive pill is perfectly safe, but we beg to differ after having an up-to-date look at the evidence of side effects. Follow the five good reasons we’ve discovered to ditch the Pill, and find out about the many other—and safer—ways to prevent pregnancy (page 43 of April issue of WDDTY Magazine).).


    Twenty years ago Nobel laureate Dr Linus Pauling announced that vitamin C could kill cancer, and although he was vilified for this view, science is finally catching up with him. New research in ovarian cancer patients shows that large intravenous doses can kill cancer cells while also leaving healthy tissue alone. And when Pauling’s original studies were revisited, researchers discovered that he indeed was on to something—as we discovered with Bryan’s mother when she had cancer (page 18).


    Besides vitamin C and cancer, medicine also maintains there’s no such thing as electrosensitivity, but one doctor disagrees—after figuring out that her own puzzling symptoms were due to Wi-Fi and her household electrosmog (page 53 of the magazine). 


    With everything you’ve heard about aerobic fitness, there are a number of misconceptions over exactly which activities achieve cardiovascular fitness, says Paul Chek; in fact, many stalwarts at the gym have actually conditioned their bodies to not  burn fat. Find out the best moves that are good for your heart and all the rest of you too (page 38 of the magazine).


    If your pet’s not 100 per cent, one little-known but tried-and-tested therapy is acupuncture, says natural vet Paul Boland, who recommends the needles to sort out a common skin condition plaguing a reader’s dog (page 50).


    And speaking of alternative therapies, the latest research on autism offers more evidence that it’s indeed a condition that starts in the gut—as the discredited gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield first proposed. And one ‘mind-over-matter’ healing therapy has had an amazing effect on 18 children who were treated in a controlled study (page 58 of the magazine). 


    For Easter we’ve sourced a cracking selection of healthy ‘good eggs’—from dark-chocolate to gluten-, dairy- and even cocoa-free varieties. And if you’re feeling energetic, our raw-food chef Markéta offers a recipe for do-it-yourself eggs (page 56) that are not only fun for your kiddies, but good for their hearts too. Nothing says lovin’ like something not  from the oven, in this case…

  • Back-door solutions

    The statistics speak for themselves. At some point, 85 per cent of us will suffer from back pain and yet medicine is still at a loss for how to treat this medical epidemic. Despite all manner of sophisticated gadgetry and high-tech surgery, including lumbar surgery, spinal fusion and surgery for slipped discs, surgical success only happens in some 1 per cent of cases.

    As Gordon Waddell, orthopaedic surgeon at Glasgow’s Nuffield Hospital who helped draft the Royal College of General Practitioners’ guidelines for treating back pain, once wrote: “Our failure is in the 99 per cent of patients with simple backache, for whom, despite new investigations and all our treatments, the problem has become progressively worse.”

    One reason for medicine’s persistent failure in treating back pain is that it looks upon it as a disease in itself rather than as a symptom of another medical condition. Co-editor Bryan Hubbard has unearthed evidence showing that back pain is often caused by hidden infections, heart disease, bladder issues or even stress, and dealing with those primary causes usually resolves the pain in your back. But even if your back pain isn’t caused by these four hidden factors, we offer a recipe of the best supplements and treatments with solid evidence to help keep you flexible and pain-free for good (page 24 of March issue of WDDTY).

    Medicine keeps changing its mind about what exactly constitutes safe blood pressure levels and when they become hypertension, and determining high blood pressure has long been more a matter of fashion than good science. Lately, a group of leading cardiologists uncharacteristically raised the bar on the line between safe and unsafe, so that anyone aged 60 or over with blood pressure up to 150 mmHg is now considered healthy (the previous bar was 140 mmHg). That’s a handy decision as the evidence is coming in that beta-blockers, the mainstay of treatment for hypertension, can be a killer (page 18 of March issue of WDDTY). 

    Besides hypertension, another medical myth concerns the dangers of home births, and the need to have your baby in hospital in case of emergency, but the facts show that, all things considered, when it comes to giving birth, there’s no place like home (page 22 of the magazine).

    And while we’re on the subject of received medical wisdom, indefatigable science author and broadcaster Tony Edwards, who has written a new book—The Good News About Booze—explodes a number of myths about alcohol, including the entrenched view that booze makes you fat (page 32 of March issue of WDDTY).

    You know all about the benefits of eating your dark leafy greens, but new evidence shows that how you store them plays a huge role in whether the vegetables you buy still pack a nutritional punch. Our raw-food chef Markéta Bola offers tips on how to retain nutrient levels and also gives us greens to help us detox (page 53 of the magazine).

    And speaking of healthy practices, if you’ve got to do one exercise to improve your mobility and your daily life, let it be the squat, says our resident exercise expert Paul Chek (page 40). And for those of you with cats, if your pet has taken to excess grooming, here’s a simple regime to sort out its hair and skin issues (page 50 of March issue of WDDTY). 

    Find out how Susan Lake brought her mum Lorrie back from dementia, and how a woman who couldn’t even recognize her daughter was singing complicated arias by the end of her treatment (page 58 of the magazine). If you’ve had a bad smear test, discover the many alternatives to recovering cervical health, and also holistic ways to keep your gums in the pink (page 44).

    Wi-Fi is fantastically convenient and has given us instant access to the internet, but is it safe? A growing body of research suggests otherwise, so this month, our electrosmog doc Guy Hudson offers simple ways to stay plugged in without being constantly bombarded by those invisible rays
    (page 56 of March issue of WDDTY).

    Medical detective Harald Gaier offers a handy guide to which drugs given to the elderly interact with other medications, along with 12 simple steps to avoid drug toxicity (page 64 of the magazine). 

    If you’re still recovering from the Christmas splurge and January sales, in our Healthy Shopping section managing editor Joanna Evans has sourced the best budget buys and found a load of non-toxic goodies for under a tenner (page 70). And if you could do with a good night’s sleep, check out our selection of natural ways to beat insomnia, all likely to gently lure you off to the land of Nod.

  • The third diabetes

    Governments of the West have finally woken up to the fact that we have an epidemic of dementia on our hands. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is growing so quickly (the worldwide incidence is set to treble to 135 million in 35 years), and the death rates are so high (it’s the sixth leading cause of death) that last December, ministers from the G8 leading nations met in London to pledge to coordinate efforts to research a cure.

    Although the pharmaceutical industry is never slow to investigate new revenue streams, it’s hit such a stalemate with dementia—none of the five drugs on the market have any evidence of doing any real good at all—that it has stopped looking for a magic bullet. 

    As our cover story this month makes clear, research to date has ignored the elephant in the room. New and largely ignored evidence shows that insulin resistance from a high-sugar diet may be responsible for the toxic plaques that develop in the brain, eventually robbing it of neurons. What happens in the brain with Alzheimer’s is essentially what happens to the rest of the body with diabetes. In fact, some researchers are going as far as to call Alzheimer’s ‘type 3 diabetes’. 

    In addition to revelations laying the cause of diabetes at the feet of the processed-food industry, we also offer evidence about those natural herbs and nutriceuticals with solid clinical and laboratory evidence for reversing neural damage that has already begun (page 30 of February issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    One of our most comforting thoughts is that modern medicine is a lofty and reputable science, arrived at by exhaustive testing and review. But according to the British Medical Journal Evidence Centre, that faith is misplaced. Less than a third of the 3,000 treatments and drugs assessed by the BMJ’s centre’s investigators have any evidence whatsoever that they cure or alleviate symptoms. Use our handy guide to separate out ‘the Good’—the medicines that might work for particular conditions—from ‘the Bad’ (the medicines likely to do harm) and ‘the Ugly’ (those treatments that have never actually been evaluated; page 25 of February issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    One practice worth questioning is taking aspirin as a ‘just-in-case’ remedy. New evidence shows that the benefits—prevention against heart attack—are outweighed by the risks of gastrointestinal bleeding and stroke, and that good old aspirin could be killing 100,000 people worldwide every year and putting another 500,000 in hospital (page 18 of February magazine). But if you want to live a long and healthy life, there is one practice guaranteed to tip the odds more than any other. A special diet? Wrong. A particular exercise regime? Wrong again. 

    The single thing you can do that dwarfs every other intervention, including stopping smoking, is maintaining close social ties and staying connected. Our prescription for a healthy 2014: talk to two friends before bedtime (page 22 of February issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    And speaking of risk factors, the evidence is mounting about the risks of constant mobile-phone use, with numerous countries now acknowledging the dangers. 
    But our electrosmog doctor Guy Hudson is on hand with a complete programme for using your cell phone safely (page 57 of the magazine).

    February is one of the cruellest months when it comes to your skin, so in our Healthy Shopping section, we’ve highlighted a host of natural creams and balms to sort out all the harsh and drying effects of wintry weather (page 72). And for those with particular skin conditions, our Medical Detective Harald Gaier offers a handy list of those products containing medicinal plants that can heal without the toxins of ordinary products (page 68 of February issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    Read how Donna Schwenk sorted out her high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and her family’s other health problems with an ancient natural probiotic called ‘kefir’ (and try out some of her scrumptious recipes for breakfast and dessert). And if you have a cat with kidney problems, check out natural vet Paul Bolan’s programme to keep your pet healthy until the end (page 50).

    If you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this month with your significant other, our raw-food chef Markéta Bola has come up with a Valentine’s feast of natural aphrodisiacs to help get both of you in the mood (page 53 of the magazine). 

    We’ve also sourced a batch of natural and organic Valentine’s Day gift ideas from some of our favourite alternative retailers (page 74). So whether you say it with flowers, chocolates, or even organic champagne, here’s to a purer kind of love. 

  • Beyond three score and 10

    A few years ago, we asked a bold question: what are the key ingredients to a long and healthy life? Specifically, what 100 conditions might best maximize your chances of living to 100?

    From our research over the years we knew that the key to healthy longevity isn’t a matter of a few resolutions on January 1 to follow some new weight-loss diet or kick off that exercise plan, or even target a particular condition.

    A piecemeal solution is not the recipe for a long life, for full, robust health is holistic—a combination of a healthy mind, body, spirit, environment and community. The good life also requires a healthy scepticism toward some of the advice meted out by modern medicine.

    We began poring through much of the material we’d written about diet, exercise, and spiritual and mental health over the years, and those practices that in our

    view were most likely to contribute to the health of your children. We then studied the most important information we’d shared about cleaning up the toxic soup that constitutes the average modern home and workplace,

    and sifted through disclosures about those practices in medicine that are the most potentially dangerous or useless, according to the latest evidence.

    Next we looked to which practices most contribute to a robust spiritual life. As growing research shows, the greatest medical pill of all may be connection—to one’s family, community and even a higher spiritual power.

    We then distilled all this evidence into a handy list of the 100 best practices that in WDDTY’s opinion are most likely to maximize your chances of living past the usual three score and 10. This year’s list represents a fully updated version of our top 100 recommendations. Incorporating some of these ‘apples’ into your life every day may well help to keep the doctor away (page 24 of January issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    One of the most potentially dangerous of your body’s many activities is inflammation, which, if left unchecked, can play a key role in diverse illnesses, from heart disease to depression. But foods can improve or worsen the situation because they augment bodily processes that either promote inflammation or help put out the fire.

    In her new book Meals That Heal Inflammation, noted American nutritionist Julie Daniluk has created a unique diet plan to help quell long-term inflammation in your body through scrumptious recipes—all made with anti- inflammatory ingredients (page 67 of January issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    And speaking of foods, our raw-food chef Markéta Bola weighs in with enticing New Year’s recipes, all made from four of the healthiest raw foods (page 61).

    One key to healthy old age is a supple spine, but no body part is subject to greater punishment in this computer age. Make it your New Year’s resolution to follow exercise expert Paul Chek’s simple programme, designed to end back pain in seven easy steps (page 38 in the magazine). And speaking of getting moving, astonishing new research shows that regular exercise works better than taking drugs for many major conditions (page 18 in the magazine).

    For those of you threatened with osteoporosis, read how one woman reversed her osteopenia and developed stronger bones by changing her diet and exercise programme (page 64). Plus, check out all the alternative possibilities for treating polycystic ovarian syndrome

    Robust health is holistic—a mix of healthy mind, body, spirit, environment and community, plus cultivation of a healthy scepticism of advice meted out by modern medicine without drugs (page 45) and, for those of you with eye problems of any variety, see medical detective Dr Harald Gaier’s list of the best alternative treatments to stave off the ‘old age’ diseases of cataracts and glaucoma (page 42 in the magazine).

    Natural vet Paul Boland offers sage advice about alternative ways to prevent or treat your dog’s bad tum (page 54), and electrosmog expert Guy Hudson details the best way to fend off the radiation in your kitchen (page 57 in the magazine). Anat Baniel, our resident expert in children with learning challenges, argues that the most support ive state for any parent is to bean ‘inner cheerleader’, quietly delighting in the tiniest of developmental forward steps (page 48).

    Read how Anna Baudrain discovered that her puzzling neurological condition was down to lead poisoning (page 76). And for those you inclined to an annual heavy-metal detox, follow our eight-point plan (page 80 in the magazine).

    Besides your body, you can also detox your handbag by getting rid of the toxic stuff in your makeup bag. In our Healthy Shopping section we offer our shortlist of the safest cosmetics to replace those everyday brands.

    Here’s to a health full NewYear, and may you enjoy many, many more of them!

  • Light in the darkness

    Increasingly, those at the very centre of Establishment medicine are joining the ranks of whistleblowers like What Doctors Don’t Tell You in shining a light on the dirty secrets of mainstream medicine.

    One of the largest spotlights at the moment is Peter Gøtzsche, the head of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, the Scandinavian arm of the independent research centre known as the Cochrane Collaboration, which promotes ‘evidence-based’ medicine.

    Gøtzsche is also acknowledged as one of the world’s leading interpreters of medical research. His latest book, entitled Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare (Radcliffe Publishing, 2013), details how the drugs industry uses virtually every tactic used by the mob to sell its products, from extortion, fraud, bribery and embezzlement to obstruction of justice.

    In our News Focus this month, we present his findings and suggestions for a full overhaul of the entire system used for evaluating drugs (page 18 of December issue of WDDTY).
    One of Gøtzsche’s most extraordinary disclosures concerns his research into non-steroidal anti-inflammatories while medical director at Astra-Syntex. After studying his company’s products and carrying out his own investigations on 244 such studies, he discovered that the drug companies were manipulating evidence for their own products to produce favourable results.  

    In the process he made an even bigger bombshell discovery: anti-inflammatory drugs don’t reduce inflammation. That was just public relations spin made up by marketing men to give their products the edge over simple painkillers like paracetamol, he concludes.

    Gøtzsche’s light on this dirtiest of medical secrets has prompted this month’s cover story together with perhaps the greatest light ever to be shone on osteoarthritis, a condition that afflicts one-quarter of us aged over 40. Research from Stanford University makes the extraordinary suggestion that most osteoarthritis does not result from old age and wear and tear, as doctors have always maintained, but from inflammation (page 34 of December issue of WDDTY).

    This and other new evidence may soon kick away the central platform of medicine’s approach to osteoarthritis, which is that joint destruction is largely caused by physical loading and wear and so can only be treated by painkillers and, eventually, joint-replacement surgery.

    This is not news to doctors using an integrative approach, who attempt to isolate the cause of the inflammation and so arrest the damage. We offer a checklist of what they’ve found to be the most common sources of inflammation in the diet and environment, and the top natural anti-inflammatories shown to successfully put out the fire.

    We’re in the middle of the cold and flu season, but you may want to think twice before heading to the chemist for an over-the-counter medicine. In this issue, we also shine a light on new evidence showing not only that few of them actually work, but that they’re especially dangerous for children, particularly the very young. If you’d prefer to go natural, here are the alternatives shown to work—cutting colds by up to four days (page 46 of December issue of WDDTY).

    And speaking of making light from darkness, read former ad man Chris Woollams’ heart-wrenching story of how he came to start the cancer charity, CANCERactive, after his daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer (page 62 of the magazine).

    One of the most powerful healers of all may be nothing more substantive than the thoughts inside your head. Doctors have long recognized the power of the mind–body connection and this month, we explore all the ways thoughts and emotions can make us ill, change our bodies and help us heal (page 25 of the magazine).
    ’Tis the season to get some rest after all that pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, and our electrosmog expert Guy Hudson shows you the best ways to get sweet dreams unplugged, free of electropollution (page 58 of the magazine).

    And if you’ve still got Christmas presents to buy, check out our Healthy Shopping section, bursting with non-toxic gift ideas for all the family (page 71 of the magazine).
    From all of us to all of you, please accept our heartfelt holiday thank you for supporting us this year. May you have a healthy holiday season and may WDDTY continue to light your way in 2014.

  • The inconvenient truth

     A small group of people tried to prevent you from reading this issue of What Doctors Don’t Tell You. They pressurized shops to stop selling our magazine and they were prepared to go to almost any lengths to achieve their aims, including the stage-managing of an ‘independent’ news article in a major newspaper that contained malicious falsehoods about us and our work. 

     Why? Perhaps because we’d announced the next issue as a ‘cancer special’ that would include interesting new research about homeopathy. 

    Although not given any opportunity for right of reply, we have published the facts about those allegations on our websites and Facebook pages, our supporters have offered overwhelming support, and the story has gone wildly viral across the internet as something of a cause célèbre.

    But aside from the issues of censorship and press freedom, this subject has great personal meaning to us. About 20 years ago, we had our own experience of looking for answers to cancer when Edie, Bryan’s mother, then 78, was suddenly diagnosed with end-stage breast cancer. She’d privately nursed the cancer for several years without telling anyone, let alone seeing a medical professional.

    When we finally learned of it and insisted she see her GP, he was shocked when examining her—her breast looked, as he put it, “like raw meat”. So advanced was the cancer that it was too late to try chemotherapy or any other intervention other than powerful painkillers. Edie had three months to live at the very outside, the GP said to us privately. “And if I were you, I’d get her affairs in order.”

     To be honest, we were frightened and far from certain we had any answers. Fortunately, because of our work, we were able to contact WDDTY columnist Dr Patrick Kingsley, a medical pioneer in Leicestershire who has helped people with a variety of conditions, including cancer. We didn’t know how successful he’d be with a case of terminal cancer, but we were encouraged to hear that he ran a local cancer group consisting of many other no-hopers who were apparently outliving the odds.

     His therapy included high-dose intravenous vitamin C and hydrogen peroxide administered twice a week, and a modified healthy diet free of foods like dairy, wheat and sugar, plus a vitamin supplement programme tailored to the purse and tastes of someone reared on standard British fare.

     We took Edie for treatment twice a week and, within a month, her breast started to heal. Several months later, Edie’s GP, the one who’d delivered the death sentence on her in the first place, came to examine her and was astonished to see her walking around at all.

     He took several tests and was rendered speechless. The cancer which had ravaged her breast, which he’d been so sure was beyond hope or treatment, had completely disappeared. Edie lived on for many more years until her husband died and she, divested of any further purpose, died six months after him.


    Worthy alternatives

     What’s the point of the story? It is emphatically not that we believe that everyone with cancer should take vitamin C. A good number of people have had their cancer successfully treated with one of the three standard treatments on offer: chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. These do sometimes work, especially if the cancer is caught early enough. 

     Neither are we suggesting that people follow any particular course, whether conventional, complementary or alternative. Our job in these pages is not prescriptive but investigative—to dig out the best research we can about the ‘other side of the story’ on both conventional and alternative healthcare to allow our intelligent readers to make their own informed choices and decisions.

     The point about Edie’s story is that there are non-conventional therapies out there that work. Although the proof of their efficacy may still be ‘clinical’ or ‘anecdotal’—meaning they haven’t been thoroughly tested in a rigorous double-blind trial—that doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy of further investigation. And some alternative therapies are supported by a good deal of published evidence of success.

     Many thousands of people have personal experience of such anecdotes of complete recovery by taking a treatment path other than the conventional alone. Journalist and author Laura Bond’s mother Gemma—whose story is featured in this issue (page 26 of November issue of WDDTY)—refused to undergo any conventional treatment for her ovarian cancer. Instead, she tried a smorgasbord of alternatives, from vitamin C and enemas to hyperthermia and ozone therapy, and she’s alive and well today and completely clear of her cancer. Laura has researched the kind of personality traits that make for a cancer survivor (page 27 of Nov issue) and also the roles of ozone therapy (page 29) and eliminating dairy products (page 34) in successful cancer treatment.

     Even homeopathy—that most unlikely alternative therapy which sceptics argue is just so much water and wishful thinking—has shown such considerable promise in its use in India and in US laboratory studies that America’s National Cancer Institute wants to carry out further trials of its own (page 68).

     Are we saying homeopathy can cure cancer? No. We’re saying that it’s worthy of further investigation. In fact, investigating alternatives is now an imperative. 

     For despite all the grandstanding, the pink ribbons and the attempts to cloak cancer treatment in the weighty mantle of science, the fact remains that the vast majority of modern medicine’s arsenal against cancer doesn’t work. As responsible journalists it’s also our duty not to censor, which includes not censoring that the overall success rate of conventional cancer treatments is just 12 per cent. From the orthodox perspective, the War on Cancer is decisively being lost.

     Advertising mogul Lord Maurice Saatchi arrived at a similar view to ours after watching his wife die from her chemotherapy as much as from her cancer. He is trying to gain support for a bill that would allow oncologists to try different approaches.

    Right now they are struck off for straying from the conventional cutting–irradiating–poisoning treatment.

     The Cancer Act has a similar stranglehold over the marketing of cancer therapies. No one can talk about or publish any product or service that features cancer therapy of any description without falling foul of trading standards.


    Read all about it

     And so we come to the suppression of WDDTY. Although we have been in print since 1989, we only got everyone’s attention last year when we appeared on the newsstands.

    As soon as our first issue was published in September 2012, the ‘charity’ Sense About Science, the self-proclaimed ‘guardian’ of all things ‘scientific’—partly sponsored by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the official trade body for the UK’s drug companies, among other Big Pharma organizations—tried to have us removed from the shelves. Their spokesperson Simon Singh contacted our distributors, urging them to stop supplying our magazine. 

    Singh then contacted all our outlets (like WH Smith and supermarkets) and tried to persuade them to stop carrying us. When they refused, Singh and a small cluster of his Sense About Science associates began a mass email campaign, bombarding every supermarket and retail group with emails and a hate campaign of trolls on our Facebook pages. When we alerted our supporters to this, thousands of them sent emails of their own—one of the largest waves of support the supermarkets said they’d ever seen.Singh’s campaign didn’t end there. He then relentlessly pestered the Advertising Standards Association with complaints about our advertisers in attempts to scare them away. 

    This skirmish recently flared up again when we announced that this November issue would be a cancer special. The Times newspaper ran an article on 1 October, alleging that a group of “experts”, including “scientists, doctors and patients” were “condemning” shops for carrying our magazine and wanted us banned because of a ‘health scare’. The only “experts” quoted were Singh, and two other Sense About Science members.

    The article also said we’d claimed that vitamin C “cures” HIV, that homeopathy could treat cancer, that we’d wrongly implied the cervical cancer vaccine has killed “hundreds” of girls and that we’d told parents in our latest (October 2013) issue not to immunize their children with the MMR vaccine.

    The Times didn’t bother to get hold of us to see if anything they’d written was in fact fair and accurate. 

    It’s also apparent from the information reported in The Times article that not one journalist or broadcaster had read much of what we’d written, particularly on the homeopathy story, and for a very good reason: the article and issue containing it has not yet been published. All we’d published were two sentences announcing our intention to publish a story with some promising research in this current issue.

    Despite The Times article’s gross inaccuracies and misrepresentations, it was suddenly open season on WDDTY, with other media simply parroting the story. The Wright Stuff show on Channel 5 quickly followed suit with a TV debate, flashing up a photo of Lynne, while the BBC’s Five Live had a radio debate on our magazine. By Thursday, when the Press Gazette got onto it, the headlines had escalated that our health advice “could prove fatal”  (a headline now withdrawn).

    In all the furore, not one newspaper, radio show or TV station bothered to get hold of us, not even to solicit a comment—which is basic journalism when you intend to run a story on someone, particularly one so negative. (The Press Gazette has since changed its story, as has the BBC.)


    Scientific fundamentalism

    So why have we upset Sense About Science so much? There is, of course, the most obvious reason: our information threatens the revenues of some of its benefactors, most notably the pharmaceutical industry.

    But, fundamentally, Singh and his cohorts believe we are ‘anti-science’ and pedalling unproven alternatives that could harm instead of heal.

    It’s important here to make a distinction between science—the open-minded pursuit of truth without fear or favour—and scientism, a solidified set of beliefs around which academics, industries and professions are framed.

    The resistance we’ve experienced has more to do with the latter, and it is this that Sense About Science seeks to protect. This seems clear from the way the scientism of medicine greets any discovery, breakthrough or possibility that questions or threatens the current medical paradigm—by dismissing such ideas out of hand as ‘quackery’, even when they are the work of eminent scientists at prestigious institutions such as Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge. These are the studies we report on, as anyone who reads our magazine well knows.

    Medicine and indeed most of science is becoming ever more fundamentalist, with grant money paid only to those who confirm the orthodox point of view. That’s why chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery have remained the only treatments of choice for cancer for so many decades.

    For years, medical fundamentalism has only embraced the pharmaceutical model. Drug companies sponsor medical schools, pay for what is often manipulated research and reward doctors willing to prescribe their products with gifts and trips abroad to exotic locations. Medicine has largely become a drug-delivery system.

    Drugs constitute a one-size-fits-all model, whereas every human being is unique. Drugs that work on me may not work on you and vice versa; drugs can’t be made smart enough to, say, slot tab A into slot B because humans are holistic. As new evidence in biology is beginning to show, the systems of the body interact as a complex, dynamic and highly individualistic whole.

    Biochemical individuality creates mayhem with drug trials, which are designed to look for common results in everyone—one reason their results are so often manipulated, massaged or even made up.  The Scientific-Ethical Committee for Copenhagen and Frederiksberg Municipalities, which carried out a review between 1994 and 1995 (published in PLoS Med 4(1): e19), estimated that as much as 75 per cent of a sampling of industry-sponsored studies—and possibly up to 91 per cent—were ghostwritten manuscripts to achieve the ‘right ‘result for their corporate sponsors.

    Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, wrote a foreword to a newly published book entitled Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare by Peter Gøtzsche, head of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark (Radcliffe Publishing Ltd). 

    In the book, Smith says that Gøtzsche produces detailed evidence to support his case that Big Pharma is guilty of all the offenses of organized crime, from extortion and fraud, to bribery, embezzlement, and political corruption.

    When it isn’t possible to put a positive spin on the data, the research is often buried so it never sees the light of day, as happened with the painkiller Vioxx, held responsible for the deaths of 60,000 people before it was taken off the market.

    All of this begs the question: Which is the more dangerous modality, the current order of treatment or the alternatives we report on?


    Keep asking questions

    Many conventional doctors are especially vituperative in their dismissal of important work by innovators, while uncritically embracing many surgical or drug-based solutions that are little more than modern-day snake oil. This has bred a climate in which healers are polarized into ‘alternative’ or ‘orthodox’ camps rather than being in one common group in favour of anything with a solid basis in either experimental or clinical practice. 

     Medicine should be a gift to us all rather than a money-making scheme for the pharmaceutical industry, as it now largely is. With that in mind, we suggest that the following be implemented:

     • An independent funding body should be created to finance all medical trials, whether of drugs, other forms of therapy or alternatives

     • Doctors should be required to spend one year of their five-year training learning about nutrition, alternative modalities and new


     • Drug-company influence should be entirely excluded from medicine, from training colleges and from trips abroad

     • Doctors should be rewarded for adopting non-drug therapies, thus saving the nation at least one small part of the £160 billion spent every year on drugs by the NHS.

     But most of all, we need to open up the entire field of cancer—our understanding of what it is, what causes it and how it could be treated—while taking on board new understandings of the body and the impact upon it of the environment, stress and emotions. As a researcher once commented when asked whether research into alternative healing should continue, “We can’t find the answers if we don’t keep asking the questions.”

     The Times never acknowledged our complaints, but took the unprecedented step of writing to our supporters to say our version of events was wrong.  The author himself engaged in a long debate with our supporters on our Facebook pages, and eventually made the extraordinary suggestion that we shouldn’t have run some of our material, or should have run it with a disclaimer. In other words, the role of a reporter is to support the status quo.

     We believe the role of the press is something different—that of watchdog over the status quo, whose role is not to censor bad news. “Those who control or suppress access to such information say they do it to protect an ‘ignorant’ public. Don’t be fooled.  People who hide information disrespect the public and act against its interest in taking responsible personal action. Don’t trust the censors,” says James S. Turner, Board Chair of  Citizens for Health, a health advocacy organization.


     And that’s how we will continue to publish this title—unafraid to ask the unpopular questions and to publish the inconvenient truths.

  • White mischief

    If we were asked to name the deadliest weapon dispersed during the 20th century, we wouldn’t choose the A-bomb or the efficient gas chambers of Auschwitz or drone warfare, or even sophisticated microbiological weaponry. And we wouldn’t have to think very long about it, either.


    There’s no contest. It has to be processed sugar, by a couple of million country miles.


    Refined sugar is essentially the modern world’s Genghis Khan, responsible for more deaths than all other sophisticated weaponry combined. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, eye disease, liver disease, virtually the whole of degenerative disease in modern times beats a path back to the white stuff which, over the years, has become the centrepiece of a silent war waged on all of us by the processed food industry.


    But as our Special Report reveals (see page 24 on the October issue of WDDTY magazine), there’s a new threat in food even more deadly than ‘white gold’ per se, which has been brought about ostensibly to make sugar cheaper and last longer on shelves and in products, particularly in liquid products like soft drinks.


    Today, the sweetener used in the majority of processed foods is a Frankenstein mix called ‘high-fructose corn syrup’ (HFCS), the resultant sludge of a three-stage processing of corn syrup and fruit sugar that, in many instances, makes use of mercury via the caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) required in its manufacture. This, the most toxic metal known to man, then finds its way into those foodstuffs and also in our air and water supply. Just three HFCS plants in the UK, for instance, are responsible for a third of all mercury emissions in the air and almost half of all levels found in the British water supply.


    Spot tests on HFCS products reveal that about a third of samples of processed foods contain high amounts of mercury, and that consumers of soft drinks and other processed foods could be ingesting, on average, some 28 mcg of mercury—six times the levels that government agencies consider safe—with teenagers swallowing twice that amount.


    While we’re on the subject of food, the other big bane of modern times is the state of our digestion. Faulty digestion and problems labelled ‘irritable bowel’ may well be the most underrated condition of all because it’s only an early signpost to the fact that you’re just not processing your body’s fuel as efficiently as you could, which then leads to all manner of puzzling illnesses. But in most cases, IBS isn’t one condition but several—a faulty gut membrane, a bad bacterial balance, unwelcome guests like parasites or even food allergies. Follow our seven-point checklist (page 34 on the magazine) and you’ll be able to diagnose, treat and finally beat your bad gut.


    We may be highly critical of the tools of modern medicine, but doctors are now starting to agree with us. Read about Dr Jayne Donegan, a GP who became a vaccine sceptic after performing her own trawl through the scientific literature (page 18 on the magazine). And even Carole Kelly, once voted ‘GP of the Year’ by the Royal College of General Practitioners, has left general practice behind to devote herself to alternative medicine after a nutritional approach helped her overcome her food allergies (page 76).


    Besides food, we also examine drink this month—especially how much is good for your health—in the midst of so much conflicting evidence (page 22).


    By now your children are settled back at school, but for those who are struggling with the new tougher guidelines, our Children’s Corner columnist, movement expert Anat Baniel, shows how tiny variations in movement can cause big advances in learning, especially in children with special needs (page 53 on the magazine).


    For men only: read what we have to say about vasectomy before going ahead with the snip (page 60). And for women, if you suffer from cellulite, our Medical Detective tells you how to shed it (page 80 on the magazine).


    Autumn is not just a good time to take stock of your own health, but also that of your pets. Our resident natural vet Paul Boland offers a full MOT for your dogs and cats to help them avoid unnecessary medication (page 56). 


    As face oils are replacing moisturizers and handwashes replacing bars of soap as the new must-haves, check out our favourites in our Healthy Shopping section (page 83 on the magazine).


    Raw-food chef Markéta Bola offers a master class in sensual spices (page 63) and our Food as Medicine columnist Annemarie Colbin argues that the best way to deal with a fever is to warm it up rather than trying to cool it down (page 66).


    And find out about resonant frequency, and how it may well be the best drug of all (page 68 on the magazine).


  • Moving the goalposts

    We’re living longer, but we’re not necessarily better off for it, at least not according to modern medicine. Several months ago, the UK’s International Longevity Centre released a statement announcing that less than a third of us will reach the typical retirement age of 65 years in a healthy state. 

    In the US, where one of every five Americans (or 72 million) will be 65 or older by 2030, and the 85-pluses are the fastest growing segment of the US population, Americans are older than ever before, but not necessarily healthier. Some 14 million people over age 65 have reported some sort of disability, mostly linked to chronic conditions like heart disease, which translates into one in five who are impaired with major illness.

    At least, that’s the story doctors tell us, but their statistics rely entirely on how ‘health’ and ‘illness’ get defined. As editor Bryan Hubbard discovered in our Special Report this month, the goalposts in many areas of medicine have been moved of late and definitions of disease in all major categories have become far tougher. Millions of people—a full third of all those under medical care—who would have been considered healthy a generation ago are now categorized as ill and in need of one or more drugs, tests or surgical procedures.

    To cite just one example, in the US alone, 42 million additional Americans were determined to be at risk of high cholesterol and in need of statin drugs when medical boards decided to lower the level of cholesterol considered harmful from 240 mg/dL to 200 mg/dL. As 200 mg/dL is the average level of cholesterol among the population, all these millions of otherwise healthy people have been diagnosed as ill literally overnight at the stroke of a pen.

    If you’re taking medicine, there’s a reasonable likelihood that you could be one of the 30 per cent caught in the medical net by new (and largely arbitrary) definitions, so check out our Special Report to find out if you or a loved one are the victim of over-medicalization (page 24).

    And speaking of ageing, there are plenty of natural ways to do it gracefully; you don’t have to resort to Botox to keep your skin wrinkle-free. Check out our Natural Doctor’s Casebook to find a load of tips for keeping your skin young (page 44 of September issue of WDDTY Magazine), and if you like your skincare free of the usual nasties, we’ve done your homework for you with five wrinkle-fighters that are clear of chemicals (page 84 of September issue of WDDTY Magazine). Besides young skin, another key to the fountain of youth is keeping your bones healthy, and our Food as Medicine columnist Dr Annemarie Colbin offers the definitive word on which foods will keep your bones strong (page 66 of September issue of WDDTY Magazine).


    Staying healthy and young is a balancing act—literally, according to our exercise expert Paul Chek, who shows you four essential exercises to help improve balance, which will enhance your sports and exercise regime (page 40).

    ’Tis the season to return to school, and if you have a school-age child or grandchild, he or she will be facing a tougher new curriculum with the government’s new programme coming into force. But you can boost your child’s brain power and IQ—whatever his age—by following seven simple steps and avoiding five kiddy brain killers (page 34). For those of you whose children suffer from ADHD, our movement expert Anat Baniel offers an amazing, and amazingly simple, method for getting your hyper child to instantly slow down (page 51).

    For dog lovers, autumn often means the season to head to the vet to deal with all the pests your pooch has accumulated throughout the summer months, but our natural vet Paul Boland shows you how to get rid of all manner of worms without resorting to dangerous drugs (page 56).

    And for the men folk, the most dreaded words you’ll ever hear are ‘you’ve got prostate cancer’, a pronouncement made to 40,000 men in Britain and 230,000 American men every year. Invariably your doctor will get you in line for a radical prostatectomy, but before you agree to go under the knife, read our feature first, as it tells you who can avoid surgery and what to do instead (page 59).

    Check out our new section, ‘Your complete guide to good nutrition’, to determine whether you’re suffering from a nutritional deficiency and in need of more vitamins (page 90), and consult our feature on dirty electricity to find out if you need to clean yours up (page 18).

    And don’t forget to take the best natural remedy of all—a close connection (page 68). As one scientist discovered, if you join just one social group this year, whether a book club or church group, you halve your chances of dying. No remedy, conventional or alternative, can quite make that claim.


  • In our own backyards

    Recently, European scientists finally isolated the reason for the sudden, puzzling disappearance of entire colonies of bees. Although parasitic mites, deadly viruses and bacterial disease have been variously blamed for the phenomenon, study after study has now fingered the pesticides sprayed on garden plants and food crops, which affect the ability of bees to navigate and ultimately damages their DNA.

    Although the EU has now banned the pesticide thought to be most responsible, this discovery begs the obvious question: if these chemicals are killing off the bees, what in God’s name are they doing to us?  

    Despite mounting evidence that chemicals of all varieties are making many people ill (disorders like ‘sick building syndrome’ or ‘multiple chemical sensitivity’ come to mind), it’s difficult to demonstrate a clear cause and effect between a particular chemical and actual physical damage. There is no way to determine, for instance, if a single chemical is disrupting hormones by, say, simply examining its molecular makeup. You have to subject it to a battery of tests that, by the way, have yet to be devised. There’s also the sheer number of tests you’d have to carry out—on at least 80,000 chemicals, one by one.

    An even greater problem concerns the effect of these substances in tandem. We now know that the combined effect of low levels of two or three pesticides found in most ordinary modern environments magnifies by up to 1,600 times the effect of any insecticide on its own.

    The Environmental Research Foundation publishes Rachel’s Environment & Health Weekly, named after Silent Spring author Rachel Carson and, in one issue (13 June 1996), the editors pondered the size of the task. “To test just the commonest 1,000 toxic chemicals in unique combinations of three would require at least 166 million different experiments (and this disregards the need to study varying doses),” they wrote.

    “Even if each experiment took just one hour to  complete and 100 laboratories worked round the clock seven days a week, testing all possible unique three-way combinations of 1,000 chemicals would still take over 180 years to complete.”

    Then there’s the unimaginable effect of each chemical magnified 1,600 times multiplied by the 1,600-fold magnified effect of the 80,000 others. Or, to put it another way, as People Against Cancer’s founder Frank Wiewel once did, “There just aren’t enough zeros out there.”

    That staggering notion requires all of us to shout a little louder at chemical giants like Monsanto, particularly as they and the pharmaceutical industry increasingly control the information you’re likely to get (see page 18 of August issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    If you don’t think there’s such a thing as consumer power against these giants, read our cover story this month (page 24) about how one scientist from Argentina went public with overwhelming evidence that Monsanto’s Roundup, considered the Darth Vader of pesticides, caused an epidemic of health effects. And then how a housewife in one small town mobilized her neighbourhood and ultimately won a court order banning the use of Roundup near their homes. 

    Besides kicking up a fuss, you can clean up your own back yard by checking out our list of safe ways to rid your garden of common pests (page 28 of August issue of WDDTY Magazine). And if you can’t sit out there when the pollen count’s high, find out about Dr Harald Gaier’s secret homeopathic weapon to banish hay fever and other allergies forever (page 67 of August issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    If you’re venturing outside your garden to foreign and warmer shores this month, don’t leave before you’ve read the second of our two-part series on travel vaccines (page 32 of the magazine). And have a look at the sunscreens we’ve managed to source, all free of of the usual nasties (page 72 of the magazine).

    For those driving to their destinations with the family pet, our resident vet Paul Boland offers ways to keep your dog or cat calm during travel without sedatives (page 50 of the magazine).

    And speaking of natural, you never need to consider breast implants if you follow exercise specialist Paul Chek’s programme for boosting your bust naturally (page 38 of the magazine).

    Read how Sotheby’s chairman Henry Wyndham said ‘going, going, gone’ to his crippling back pain through the Bowen technique (page 56 of the magazine), and find out which alternatives work best for cystitis and chronic fatigue syndrome (page 44 of the magazine).

    If music is the food of love, it’s also the stuff of healing—everything from stroke to ADHD and dementia. But only certain kinds of music are life-enhancing, so take our simple muscle test to find your own pet sounds (page 60 of the magazine)

  • Beyond the blueprint

    The whole of modern medicine rests upon the belief that, to a great extent, your future health is out of your control. Biologists and doctors in the main believe that the functioning and health of any organism are largely due to DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), the coiled double helix of genetic coding within the nucleus engine room that holds the blueprints for the body’s proteins and   amino acids.

    According to this idea, the central dogma of biology, the body gets created through an entirely self-sufficient process within its own boundaries: personality, physical characteristics, indeed the sum total of what defines us is crafted from the unique blueprint of DNA contained inside. Although we allow for the effects of emotional stress on our personal psychic development and of diet on certain aspects of our health, we assume that the raw clay of ourselves takes permanent shape and then sets and hardens largely from a process that moves outward from the gene through our cells to our organs. 

    The course of our lives, good or bad, is not thought to alter either our own genetic blueprint or the one we pass onto our children, other than through random mutations occurring over hundreds of generations.

    Besides possessing the total power to control every aspect of our lives, our genes are supposedly the harbingers of a preprogrammed future. We are only as healthy as the genetic hand we’ve been dealt.

    Or, to put it another way, genes are destiny.

    In this issue, we take issue with this central dogma by examining the recent case of actress Angelina Jolie. Jolie, as you no doubt have heard, chose to have a double ‘just-in-case’ mastectomy because her doctors told her that her ‘faulty’ genes gave her an 87 per cent chance of contracting breast cancer. 

    As WDDTY  has discovered, Jolie’s cancer risk was far less than the doctors told her. In fact, scientists have begun to show that genes, far from being a blueprint, are simply a potential path that we may follow or not, depending on our life circumstances, and that certain environmental triggers like hormone replacement therapy are more likely to cause cancer than mutant genes (page 18 on July’s issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    Research shows that one of the most vital influences is the life we’ve chosen for ourselves: the friends we have, the partners we choose, the jobs we work at—the sum total of how we live our lives. As American doctor Lissa Rankin discovered, many of her ‘health-nut’ patients remained ill no matter how well they ate or exercised because they were unfulfilled in their work and relationships. In her view, the most important medicine of all is “living the dream” you set for yourself and learning how to reduce the stress response (page 58 on July’s issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    And no doubt the food we eat is a vital part of preventative medicine although, as Bryan Hubbard argues, today’s food isn’t what it once was, which is why we need supplements more than ever (page 25 on the magazine).

    Consult our special symptom checker to see if any health issues you have are related to deficiencies of vital vitamins and minerals (page 26 on the magazine). Dr Harald Gaier, our medical detective, offers dozens of examples of illnesses prevented by eating your seven-a-day (as researchers now recommend), including all manner of cancers. And do check out our at-a-glance guide to which produce is least and most likely to be contaminated with pesticides (page 22 on the magazine).

    And speaking of food, doctors told Alisa Vitti that her ovarian cysts were incurable and she’d have to live on pills, but she found her own healing path—through diet (page 62 on the magazine).

    Pauline Carleton had a similar battle with medics who denied that her son’s sleeping sickness was caused by   a vaccine (page 82 on the magazine).

    For all of you racing off to a holiday in the sun, this month we offer WDDTY’s safe summer travel special. First port of call: before you automatically line up to get your travel vaccines, read about which ones have a spotty record of safety or effectiveness (page 32 on the magazine) and what you can do to protect yourself instead.

    In our Healthy Shopping section, we offer the best bug sprays without nasty chemicals like DEET (page 74 on the magazine), and to keep your hair de-frizzed naturally, we’ve included the best natural hair oils (page 72 on the magazine). Despite what the doctor tells you, the sun is vital for your health and sun creams are possibly carcinogenic, so have a look at our 5 steps to safer sunning (page 45 on the magazine). And since it’s swimsuit time, whatever your age Paul Chek will turn your rear view into  something enviable (page 43 on the magazine).

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  • A Long Shot

    Last January, after sustaining an injury to one knee during a particularly heated hockey match, our 16-year-old daughter Anya, a sports scholar, was handed the diagnosis most dreaded by athletes of any age: complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee. The ACL, one of the crisscross ligaments attaching the knee cap to leg bones, is pivotal to any movement of the knee, and a complete tear such as Anya sustained can spell a death sentence for any future sports. 


    The standard treatment is surgical reconstruction, which entails taking tissue from a tendon or hamstring, attaching this onto a bit of borrowed bone, refashioning something resembling an ACL ligament, and screwing the lot onto the thigh and shin bones. After the operation, the patient is on crutches for weeks and then undergoes some nine months of rehabilitation before getting back to normal play.


    Both the orthopaedic surgeon and physio cautioned us that there was no other course open to us; just leaving well alone, for instance, would spell an almost certain end to her sports career, and lead to pain and arthritis in later life. ACLs, they argued, don’t just heal by themselves.


    It didn’t take long to discover that the received wisdom of medicine, as is so often the case, is wrong: ACLs apparently do heal by themselves. In one study where victims of ACL ruptures were examined, 14 months later virtually all had normal knee ligaments.


    We also discovered something called ‘prolotherapy’, which is little regarded by the mainstream but has been used in various circles for more than 50 years. More formally called ‘sclerosant therapy’, the treatment involves injecting an irritant like dextrose and phenol into damaged tendons or ligaments to ‘shock’ the body into high gear, so provoking a healing response that lays down new collagen and essentially rebuilds the injured connective soft tissue.


    Although it’s been used for years to treat lax (floppy) tendons and ligaments and minor tears, a few musculoskeletal and sports-injury specialists have successfully used prolotherapy on cases of total ACL and Achilles tendon ruptures. After seeking advice from specialists on both sides of the Atlantic, we located an experienced British consultant for Anya, who has just completed the final set of injections.


    Her knee is healing so nicely (and is now as stable as the other one) that we decided to put American health writer Alison Levy on the case, who describes how this little-known non-invasive therapy is transforming back pain issues as well (page 68 on June issue of WDDTY Magazine).


    And speaking of received wisdom, with truth and reason in such short supply over the recent measles outbreak, we’ve decided to revisit the subject and reveal the facts that the media and government aren’t telling you (page 24 on June issue of WDDTY Magazine). Another government cover-up concerns the UK’s blood banks and the fact that they are highly contaminated with the deadly vCJD from blood donated by silent carriers of this human version of mad cow disease (page 18 on June issue of WDDTY Magazine). 


    We’ve also taken issue with the latest UK and US ‘official’ dietary recommendations about the amount of protein, carbs and fats that make up the ideal diet (page 34 on June issue of WDDTY Magazine), and offered up all the reasons why you need a higher fat and protein alternative. Our Medical Detective Dr Harald Gaier sorts out one reader’s health issues with seven good reasons to steer clear of wheat (page 84 on June issue of WDDTY Magazine).


    The most important move common to any sport—whether it’s golf, tennis or Zumba—is knowing how to twist your body, but it’s also the movement pattern never included in any exercise regimes, according to WDDTY’s resident exercise specialist Paul Chek. Follow his few simple exercises and you can get set to do the twist (page 42 on June issue of WDDTY Magazine). 


    Our Food as Medicine columnist Annemarie Colbin shows you which foods can sort out your particular hair and nail problems, including patchy balding (page 52 on June issue of WDDTY Magazine).Anat Baniel shows how small but novel movements retrain your brain to overcome limitations in your back and neck (page 66), while Kathy Glenn describes how the Alexander Technique saved her from a lifetime of painkillers after she’d damaged her back (page 78).


    Check out the alternative treatments for insomnia and fibromyalgia (page 47) and, from our resident Alternative Pet Vet, discover the connection between your cat’s cystitis and changes in its routine (page 56). And if you or another family member is scheduled for bypass surgery, be sure to read this article first (page 58).


    In our new Healthy Shopping section, you’ll find a host of safer products for home and personal care, including sugar-free energy bars and skin cleansers that are truly squeaky clean (page 87).

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  • Back to the future

    When Lynne’s mother was 24, her dentist unwisely extracted a tooth while she had the flu. Within days her neck had ballooned with a streptococcal infection and she was rushed to hospital. Lynne’s father, then her fiancé, wept helplessly at her bedside while priests filed past him after administering

    last rites. And then the wonder drug arrived. As a last resort, Lynne’s mother was given penicillin—still in experimental use then. Within a day or two the swelling that had almost obscured her face simply melted away. Lynne’s ordinarily doubting father rushed off to church and humbly knelt before the altar, convinced that he had witnessed a miracle.

    In those days, antibiotics were being tested to combat deadly bacterial infections. As a result of the work of Alexander Fleming and others, penicillin began to be used gingerly during the Second World War against such life-threatening illnesses as septicaemia, meningitis and pneumonia. There is perhaps no other family of drugs that has so revolutionized—indeed defined—modern medicine.

    Just 60 years on and the scenario of Lynne’s parents is upon us once again. Two months ago, Dame Sally Davies, the UK’s new Chief Medical Officer, made the front pages with her ‘state of the nation’s health’ report by announcing the arrival of a superbug that is resistant to every antibiotic. After decades of overuse, this century’s wonder drug has now become increasingly powerless against clever and constantly mutating bacteria, she warned, and unless medicine finds a new antibiotic quickly, we face the equivalent of microbial Armageddon.


    As this month’s special cover story (page 26 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine) investigates, a highly effective weapon against the deadliest of superbugs—the bacteriophage—already exists and has been at medicine’s disposal for some 80 years, but has largely been ignored by the drugs industry. In fact, Big Pharma has generally abandoned antibiotic research as ‘unprofitable’ despite the superbug crisis, preferring, as always, to follow the money.

    Rather than waiting for another wonder drug, you can fight off the worst of superbugs yourself with a host of powerful natural antidotes—many of which sit in your kitchen cupboard (page 34 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    Speaking of medical mayhem, WDDTY’s editorial panellist Dr John Mansfield casts a critical eye at the so-called ‘heart-healthy’ low-fat diets and current government nutritional guidelines recommending carbohydrates as our dietary staple. Low-fat and high-carb, he argues, have simply made us fat (page 36 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine), and there are other diets with better evidence of success in helping you shed the pounds.

    Today’s woman may be equal, but she’s not built the same as a man, so she shouldn’t exercise like one, says our exercise guru Paul Chek. This month’s just-for-women exercise regime is guaranteed to get you fit and hit the spots most other exercise programmes don’t reach (page 46 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine). 

    You’ve no doubt heard about the connection between mind and body, and one type of energy psychology called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) shows that pain often has an emotional component—tackle the emotion, says EFT specialist Nick Ortner, and you get rid of the pain (page 74 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    The mind doesn’t just have an effect on health but on movement too, and in our new holistic back feature called ‘Back to Health’, international movement specialist Anat Baniel shows you that it’s with variety of movement, not stretching, that your clever brain learns how to let go of tight back muscles (page 66 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    Find out how medical detective Harald Gaier helped one reader solve his gut issues when the problem wasn’t Candida (page 84 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine), and read Arielle Essex’s extraordinary story about how her brain tumour disappeared once she’d changed her thoughts about her life (page 54 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine). 

    Natural vet Paul Bolan offers simple alternatives for one of the great curses of many canine breeds—doggie hives (page 64 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine)—while raw-food chef Markéta shows you how tiny powerhouses like nuts and seeds can pack a huge nutritional wallop (page 72 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

    In this month’s WDDTY we launch an entirely new section called ‘Healthy Shopping’ (page 87 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine), which sources a range of home and beauty products that are better for your health. In honour of our belated spring, we’ve managed to find the best chemical-free fragrances (page 90 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine) and, for all you DIY decorators, non-toxic house paints (page 88 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine). 

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