Last night, a group of around 50 passionate leaders from the fields of natural health and alternative and complementary medicine, filed into the Thatcher Room at Portcullis House, Westminster. In a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Integrated Healthcare, chaired by David Tredinnick, MP for Bosworth, a plan was hatched that aims to bring a sea of change to healthcare in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

ANH International’s executive & scientific director, Rob Verkerk PhD, led the charge with an insightful presentation, focusing on the massive positives – while being mindful of potential pitfalls – that arise as Britain begins to navigate the uncertain waters of Brexit.

It was these issues that the assembled had come to ponder. Would Brexit bring new opportunities for better integration of health care services? Would cutting the knot with the EU improve or reduce patient choice – or make alternative approaches to healthcare less or more accessible to the British public? How much of the recent challenges faced in natural health have been linked to the EU – and how much is down to bean-counting zealots working in isolation within government bureaucracies? Ultimately, the parliamentary group was intent on exploring whether or not Brexit would finally put choice back into the hands of citizens, and once and for all shun the shackles of restrictive and absurd EU regulations on natural, traditional and homeopathic medicines.  It was clear by the end of Dr Verkerk’s presentation and the discussion that followed that action must be taken – without delay.

With those in attendance ranging from representatives of professional organisations such as the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH) and the Chinese Medical Institute and Register (CMIR), it was empowering to experience a unified front. It was agreed that David Tredinnick, Dr Verkerk and a select group of experts would appeal directly to the Rt Hon David Davis MP – Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Secretary) – to take on board key recommendations. A position paper would be drawn up by Dr Verkerk and the working group to define the issues and opportunities clearly.

With an engaged public and grassroots pushing the agenda hard to ensure it has a full array of healthcare choices available to it, there would be a real opportunity for British citizens to achieve a much higher quality of life while also taking massive pressure off the overtaxed, creaking system that is the NHS. As David Tredinnick commented, this is a ‘critical time’, and a ‘major moment in British history’ – a true testament that, whatever the result, there had not been a time in living memory where sweeping reforms that would directly benefit people rather than just businesses should be brought to bear!

While the meeting was widely acknowledged as a great success, there was also recognition that most of the real work was still to come.  Exiting the room, past the ever-watchful eyes of Margaret Thatcher’s portrait, one conclusion sat steadily in the minds of all who had been present: a solution appeared closer than ever before, and this time pharmaceuticals as we know them would be unlikely to get the upper hand.

Click below for a full PDF copy of Dr Verkerk’s presentation at APPGIH:


And here to view the official ANH International Press Release following the event:




  1. Dear Alliance,
    I think your work is wonderful, its about time we were allowed to make our own decisions about our health and take some responsibility for our own bodies. I recently broke my shoulder and tore all the tendons and ligaments in my arm, the consultant told me, I will not heal and I will have to have a pin in my shoulder. I told him I will heal, I wont have a pin and I will come back and show you !! I took 3 homeopathic remedies, went swimming and had acupuncture. I did not use painkillers or meds, I did not have a pin and I have returned to full use and strength in my arm, I am 60. I also took a list of what I had done to the consultant and gave it to him.So go Alliance…. I am proof there are alternatives somehow it is up to us few to get the masses to listen. I also applaud your work Rob on cancer please please keep going. Regards Paula

    1. Hi Paula,

      Thank you for sharing your experience and well done on using natural therapies to get well. Keep up the good work and keep following what we do. We’re as passionate as you about getting people to take control of their own health.

      Warm Regards


  2. I had severe asthma some 40 years ago and was on a nebuliser despite taking the variety of drugs prescribed. I felt near to death and in desperation went to a homeopath, who dealt with the situation surprisingly quickly. Nutrition is essential to health and I have taken top quality supplements alongside.
    Since I have relied on homeopathy and have not visited a doctor except recently for my over 70 check up – no problems at all. Many who have followed my path are eternally grateful. I have outlived all my maternal family and am feeling healthy, energetic and am fit… no aches, pains, upsets.
    The health service must be encouraged to look beyond drugs and as it seems to be ignorant of alternative to conventional treatments, it needs to take advice from those highly qualified in their alternative fields. It seems there is no such thing as a pharmaceutical drug without side effects.

    1. Absolutely agreed, Jane. Thank you for sharing your story, and for supporting our common shared goal

      – Charlie

  3. Well done ANH! I am sorry I could not attend the meeting.

    Brexit options.•
    ‘New definitions for medicinal products and foods to reduce uncertainty around borderlines between medicines and other categories of products’. The aim is good. Perhaps we could set the goal of creating a situation in which there is no food/supplement/medicine borderlines.

  4. As an alternative practitioner in the field of energy work and epigenetics, I am very passionate about the benefits of a properly integrated health system and would welcome finding out more and being involved.

  5. In so many more areas than health, Brexit, if and when it is allowed to happen, presents outstanding opportunities for real and meaningful change. However, in order for those opportunities to be fully realised, it is up to each and every one of us, the awakened few, to educate, inform and enlighten the masses to what is possible

    It will be through grassroots actions of the people, rather than any actions taken by any politician, regardless of which political party they align with, that the strangle hold of “big pharma”, the big 4 accountancy firms and other large, multi national corporations will ever be broken

  6. Hi
    Perhaps the most important considerations are to ensure trade deals, especially with the good old US of A, should do no harm. I’m thinking of ensuring that banned growth hormones here in the EU, but allowed in the US in their meat, should be as firmly denied access, as now. GMO foods that have been shown to contain the most amount of chemical contamination, usually Glyphosate , are banned from entering by any route, particularly America and Mexico. That high dose supplements are not banned, vitamin C, for example, as all research shows that for virtually every such supplement are fundamentally safe, completely contrary to almost all pharmaceutical drugs, and their combinations. Banning patenting of drugs should be considered, and classifying natural substances as patentable should also be banned. A classical example would be the entirely safe natural progesterone, versus patented hormones that do manifest harmful side effects.

  7. I am a qualified yoga instructor and a nutritional therapist – I very much welcome the proposals of turning healthcare into holistic and patient-centred, allowing borders between conventional and alternative medicine enter into full collaboration.
    Good work and thanks for the inspiring discussions.

  8. A brilliant analysis. We have reached a tipping point in funding of NHS and social care and Brexit offers us an opportunity to revolutionise healthcare and encourage an integrative approach and therapeutic partnership between patient and practioner.

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