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November 2009: EU to fund research - The Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health

The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health welcomes news that the EU is to put €1.5 million into complementary medicine research over the next three years.

Professor George Lewith, who heads the CAM research unit at Southampton University, is one of the project’s co-ordinators and a Foundation Fellow. He said: 'More than 100 million people in Europe and the UK are regular users of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 'Yet compared with conventional medicine, there is a lack of research, very little funding and not enough scientific co-operation.'


September 2009: Herbs 'can be natural pesticides' - BBC

Common herbs and spices show promise as an environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional pesticides, scientists have told a major US conference.

Some spice-based commercial products now being used by farmers have already shown success in protecting organic strawberry, spinach, and tomato crops against destructive aphids and mites. An additional advantage is that insects are less likely to evolve resistance and these products are also safer for farm workers, who are at high risk for pesticide exposure, as well children using household pesticides. This comes at a point when the Prime Minister will be advised that common pesticides are killing bees - who may be facing disastrous decline.


August 2009: Regulating more complementary therapies - The Prince's Foundation

As a long standing campaigner for the regulation of complementary therapies, The Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health is delighted that the government has announced a new consultation on regulation of practitioners of complementary therapies.

In line with previous consultations and surveys, we are confident there will be overwhelming support in favour of regulation. Dr Michael Dixon, the Foundation’s medical director, said: 'There is good evidence for herbal medicine, acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the treatment of some conditions but, as in all healthcare, these therapies require properly trained practitioners.


August 2009: Vets revolt against annual vaccinations - Canine Health Concern

Last month, 33 veterinarians and medical doctors from around the world signed a letter to the press. They were calling for an end to annual vaccination. When they sign such a letter, they risk censure from their professional organisations, which could end their careers. Other vets told us they wanted to sign the letter, but feared for their businesses, or they feared ‘upsetting’ their veterinary colleagues. The last time a group of vets got together to sign a similar letter, which appeared in Veterinary Times, they were threatened with being struck off. To see the letter, click here

Although it was sent to national newspapers, TV and radio, no-one published it.


July 2009: Older people on 'drugs cocktail' - BBC

Nearly half of over 65s are taking five or more drugs, and without regular reviews this may be both dangerous and costly to the NHS, pharmacists say.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society says not only are lots of older people taking a "cocktail" of drugs, many are not taking them as prescribed. Over 60% of 500 polled believed they may be suffering side-effects from the drugs. Many of these drugs are on repeat prescriptions, the society notes, and could have been prescribed for conditions the patient no longer has.


June 2009: Organic Animal Welfare - Soil Association

The welfare of animals is central to Soil Association organic principles.

In most intensive agricultural systems, faster growing breeds that produce more milk or meat tend to be used. As a result the welfare of some breeds has been seriously compromised. This can put animals under excessive stress, weaken their natural immune systems and increase reliance on antibiotics and vaccines.

Organic farming is a holistic method of agriculture. Through a positive management approach to health and welfare, farmers aim to prevent disease from occurring on the farm. If disease does occur then organic farmers are encouraged to use natural and complementary therapies. If these are not appropriate then medicines, including antibiotics, may be used.

Read more at the Soil Association


May 2009: Back pain? NHS Chiropractic soon! - Daily Mail

Anyone with lower back pain for more than six weeks should be offered acupuncture, chiropractic and exercise on the NHS, the health service rationing body National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said. It has backed widespread use of 'alternative' therapies for the first time.

Dr Michael Dixon, medical director of The Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health, said: "This is integrated healthcare in action. Now all patients will be able to access proven complementary treatments as well as orthodox medicine. That means real patient choice. Hopefully better outcomes in primary care will obviate the need for more costly technological interventions which can then be saved for those who need them." [our italics]


May 2009: €1million Research Grant: Traditional Chinese Medicine - Medical News Today

King's College London successfully led a consortium bid for 995,100 euros of EU funding for a ground-breaking research project that will play an important role in the unification of Western and Chinese approaches to medicine.


April 2009: 'Peddling Bad Science' - The Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health

Aggressive campaigning against complementary therapies by scientists who should know better, does patients a grave disservice.

That will be the message from Professor George Lewith, Professor of Health Research at Southampton University, speaking at a debate on complementary medicine at Guy’s Hospital medical school on 28th April 2009. He will say:

'We hear bigotry rather than science. More science fiction than science fact. This misleads doctors and their patients, and can harm the therapeutic relationship.'


March 2009: Acupuncture is Scientifically Sound - The Independent

The UK medical establishment is adopting acupuncture – the British Medical Journal group is taking over publication of the journal Acupuncture In Medicine. Its editor declared this is all thanks to scientific proof that it works.

However, the limited portion of acupuncture that doctors use may be amenable to scientific research, but there is clearly more on offer from the thousands of years of Chinese experience.


March 2009: Patients call for NHS complementary therapy - Complementary Therapy Assn.

A year-long pilot scheme in Northern Ireland has found that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can offer significant health improvements to NHS patients.

After receiving CAM treatments on referral from their GP, 81% of patients reported an improvement in their physical health and 79% in their mental health. The majority of patients, 84%, directly linked improvements in their health and wellbeing to the CAM treatment they had received and 94% said they would recommend it to others with a similar condition.


February 2009: Pet Health Care Goes Holistic - Washington Post

"Like many older dogs, Buster the beagle suffers from a few health problems. At 15, the dog has chronic sinusitis that causes breathing trouble and can turn into pneumonia, and torn ligaments lead to pain that can affect his mobility, said owner Chris Shoulet.

"After being told by several veterinarians that the dog should be euthanized, the Bethesda resident turned to holistic medicine to cure Buster's ills. According to Shoulet, holistic treatments, including acupuncture, have worked wonders for her furry friend.


January 2009: Mass Homeopathy Treatment Success - NaturalNews

An incredible 2.5 million people were treated in Cuba with a homeopathic vaccine against Leptospirosis. The outbreak of Leptospirosis is an annual occurrence following flooding in the region due to hurricanes.

The results were that "within 2 weeks after Aug 2007, the rising lines literally dropped off the chart to ZERO - ten infections only!"

"Near-zero infections, zero deaths from leptospirosis after Aug 2007."

"And in 2008, no deaths, infections less than 10 a month," said an amazed attendee of the conference as the charts were being revealed on the stage.



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