Homeopathy legal challenge fails

Breaking news! The recent legal action brought about by the British Homeopathic Association, following the NHS’s decision to blacklist homeopathy, has been unsuccessful in using the courts to protect the service of their treatment. Despite the judge finding sufficient grounds for said judicial review, the case was dismissed regardless. Margaret Wyllie, BHA Chair, said, “the case highlighted how health bosses were unfairly manipulating the consultation process and making decisions about healthcare services without genuine patient engagement.” This comes at a time when the NHS is reaching crisis capacity and should be looking to all therapies that can reduce both cost and burden on severely limited resources – not to mention empowering patients to take control of their own health.

Reducing the need for chemotherapy

Toxic and damaging, the side effects from chemotherapy are notoriously devastating. Although commonly used in the treatment of most cancers, including breast cancer, it can actually increase the risk of metastasis, the growth and development of secondary tumours. However, a game changing new trial is set to radically alter treatment options for breast cancer sufferers. Twenty-one gene breast cancer assays, such as oncotype DX, are commonly used to predict the need for chemotherapy in patients diagnosed with early-stage oestrogen receptor positive (ER+) invasive breast cancer. In the past, women with a low score were not offered chemotherapy, whilst women with a mid- to high score were thought to benefit from its treatment. However, the trial found that in women aged 50 to 75 years with a score between 11 and 25 there was no significant difference in outcomes between those treated with chemotherapy and hormone therapy versus hormone therapy only. Hopefully these new findings pave the way for greater choice in the treatment of breast cancer, thereby reducing the risk of unnecessary damage from chemotherapy if it’s not 100% necessary.

Obesity cannot be healthy!

The term ‘healthy obesity’ is subject to increasing use. Designed initially to describe obese individuals who are not thought to be at risk of disease, but now used to defend being overweight and obese as a ‘new normal’. However, a recent study confirms that, even if metabolic function appears to be being maintained, obesity remains a high-risk for disease over the long-term. With obesity set to take over from smoking as the primary risk factor for developing cancer in the next 20 to 30 years, it is more important than ever for governments to take a fully integrated approach to health. One that’s based in preventative medicine to avert the current crisis from becoming the next evolutionary ‘bottleneck’ for human health.

Bayer/Monsanto merger set to proceed

The proposed unholy alliance between Bayer and Monsanto has crawled under yet another regulatory hurdle after being approved by the American Justice Department last week. The decision comes despite mounting concerns voiced by stakeholders in both Germany and the US, along with shareholders, in regard to the risks associated with the merger. The approval is dependent on the disposal of assets to German company BASF by Bayer – something that had already been agreed and formed part of the European Commission’s approval of the merger. Bayer has said it, “Plans to complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June, 7, following the receipt of all required approvals from regulatory authorities.” Subsequently, the Monsanto name will be dropped, allowing Bayer to disguise its activities, particularly in view of the lack of regulation of new GMO techniques that have little or no legislation. Scepticism remains over Bayer’s continued claims of sustainability and responsibility in agriculture. The future remains unclear, but the combined might of the two companies is unlikely to prove beneficial to either the environment, farmers or ourselves.

Is this the future of food?

As global populations continue to boom and land becomes ever more scarce for agricultural use, countries are being forced to explore a variety of alternative food production methods to meet growing demands. In Singapore, talks are taking place around a proposal to build a self-sustaining food city in the sea for farming fish and hydroponically grown vegetables. Whilst, in Korea, engineers are developing technology to 3D print food using carbohydrate and protein powders to create ‘phoods’. More and more countries are adopting westernised ways of eating, resulting in huge impacts on the environment as farming practices try to squeeze more and more out of less and less. Is this really good practice for the future of sustainability, or rather setting the scene to embolden a spiralling chronic disease crisis as we move away from our traditional diets and lifestyles?

Comments

  1. Homeopathy legal challenge fails – what a travesty – I am over 70 and don’t appreciate conventional medicine pharma which I have not used it since my early 40s when my asthma worsened and I was on a nebuliser – the future was grim – but I found homeopathy which dealt with my problem extremely quickly and my asthma disappeared – and ever since, any health problem, I am off to the homeopath. I also take high quality nutritionals to help my body work property – and the proof is in the pudding ! My mother was diagnosed with cancer in her 50s and died some 10 years later – I was not going to go down that path,

    1. Hi Jane, great to hear how well homeopathy works for you. Just because something can’t be proven ‘scientifically’ it doesn’t mean it isn’t of benefit to patients. Given the current problems, healthcare authorities should particularly be looking at those therapies that are low cost and empower patients to take responsibility for their own health.

      Warm Regards
      Melissa

  2. Future of food. These ideas/ tech solutions are merely addressing symptoms. The underlying cause is over population. A committment to global population reduction over a generation or two by promoting family planning, promoting women’s control of their own lives and using taxation to discourage large families is the only way ahead but population control seems to be a taboo subject. Everywhere there are social stresses caused by too many people attempting to procure increasingly limited resources – these stresses will only lessen if human numbers reduce. Tinkering at the symptoms is not the answer. Four ‘C’s – consideration, compassion, co-operation and, above all, contraception. Not a popular subject but it will have to be taken on board at some point., by politicians.

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