References

Introduction

 

5 The other books in this series are:

Walker, Martin J., Dirty Medicine: Science, big business and the assault on natural

health care. Slingshot Publications. London, 1993. 2nd edition, 1994.

Walker, Martin J., Skewed: Psychiatric hegemony and the manufacture of mental illness

in multiple sensitivity, Gulf War syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and

chronic fatigue syndrome. Slingshot Publications. London, 2003.

Walker, Martin J., Brave New World of Zero Risk: Covert strategies in British science

policy. Slingshot Publications, 2006. Available as an e-book from:

http://www.slingshotpublications.com

6 Ibid, Brave New World of Zero Risk.

 

7 It was always difficult to give a name to the ‘Health Fraud’ movement, as they called

themselves, or as part of it was, the ‘anti-quackery’ movement. Now that these groups

are all part of the industrial science and technology lobby, I have chosen to call them

collectively The Lobby, as they constitute in their various forms the biggest lobby,

organised against the recognition of all kinds of environmental health hazards in Britain.

8 Op. cit., Skewed. Also, Williams, Margaret, Denigration by Design: A review, with

references, of the role of Dr Simon Wessely in the perception of Myalgic

Encephalomyelitis (ME), Vol. 1. 1987 – 1996 & Vol. II. 1996 – 1999. Published privately,

for information contact, the Environmental Issues Forum, C/o, 176, Perth

Road, Ilford, Essex IG2 6DZ. Also, the archive of the One Click Group:

http://www.theoneclickgroup.co.uk

 

9 See my reports of the GMC ‘fitness to practice’ hearings against Dr Andrew

Wakefield, Professor Simon Murch and Professor Walker-Smith on:

http://www.cryshame.com

10 Op. cit., Dirty Medicine.

11 See the Report of the Royal College of Physicians: Allergy: Conventional and

alterative concepts, 1992. This report was completely taken over by the Campaign

Against Health Fraud and written for the RCP by non-doctor Caroline Richmond, the

founder of CAHF. (Cont.)

 

11 (Cont.) For a critique of the report, see: Davies S, and Downing D., Allergy:

Conventional and alternative concepts, a critique of the Royal College of Physicians.

Journal of Nutritional Medicine. 1992; 3:331-49.

12 Allergy the Unmet Need: A blueprint for better patient care. Royal College of

Physicians. London 2003.

13 Allergy the Unmet Need reported that allergy affected 1 in 3 of the UK population.

The UK ranked highest in the world for asthma symptoms, with a prevalence 20-fold

higher than that of Indonesia and also near the top of the world ranking for allergic

rhinitis and eczema.

 

 

Chapter 1 – The Campaign Against Patrick Holford

 

1 Bob Dylan, Buckets of Rain from Blood on the Tracks. Sony Music Entertainment

Inc. 1975.

2 Patrick Holford and Jerome Burne. Food Is Better Medicine Than Drugs; Your prescription

for drug free health. Piatkus, London 2006.

3 As used here, ‘quackbusters’ refers to all the groups and individuals that campaign,

write, are in any way active, in Britain, America or Europe, or ssociated in any way

with the US and UK campaigns against ‘health fraud’, the international skeptics

movement or CSICOP.

 

4 Op. cit., Dirty Medicine.

5 He was later to severe his links with them, suggesting that their organisation lent

itself to accusations of conspiracy and dirty tricks.

6 Op. cit., Dirty Medicine.

7 You will see later in this essay, Goldacre describes himself proudly as a ‘geek’ – ‘a

person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest’, while he describes Holford

as some kind of Johnny come lately on the make. The truth, as always with quackbusters,

is completely different: Goldacre’s geekiness is self-congratulatory and it is

difficult to see what his devotion is focused on. Holford, on the other hand, cured himself

of acne using nutrition while he was at University and has devoted his entire adult

life to the pursuit of nutritional health.

 

8 This has now ceased to exist and should not be confused with the Wellcome Trust,

the biggest medical research funder in Britain outside the MRC.

9 One of the best books written about the politics of medical conflicts is: Evellen

Richards. Vitamin C and Cancer: Medicine or politics. Macmillan, 1991.

10 Duncan Campbell. The Rise of the New Age Pill Pushers, Sunday Correspondent.

3 December, 1989.

 

11 This society is now called the British Society for Environmental Medicine: allergy,

enviroment, nutrition. It can found at http://www.ecomed.org.uk

12 Campbell also alleged this of two doctors who practiced Ayurvedic medicine.

They were both later struck off the medical register by the GMC. See Dirty Medicine.

 

13 AIDS can be cured. Journal of Optimum Nutrition, Spring, 1989.

14 A vigorous campaign mounted on the basis of this article, and other utterly tendentious

evidence, got the Medicines Control Agency and the DH to ban the sale of

Germanium in retail outlets in Britain in 1989.

 

15 At this time Marks was receiving funding from the Wellcome Foundation on Aidsrelated

research.

16 At the height of Campbell’s campaign against me before the publication of Dirty

Medicine, Campbell rang me 12 times over one weekend, being hectoring and abusive.

 

17 Campbell, Duncan. The rise of the New Age pill pushers. Sunday Correspondent,

3 December 1989.

18 Ibid.

19 Ibid.

 

20 Ibid.

21 Ibid.

 

22 Ibid.

 

23 Transcript of tape recording of the launch of the Campaign for Health Through

Food.

 

24 Ibid.

25 In fact, none of the money raised by the Campaign For Health Through Food was

used to fund Patrick Holford’s libel action.

26 Victor Herbert, in his extensive writings, portrayed the health-food industry as a

form of organised crime, and characterised its leading figures as ‘the quackery mafia’.

27 Extracted from: Martin J Walker. Dirty Medicine: Science, big business and the

assault on natural health care. Slingshot Publications. London 1993.

 

28 This was despite the fact that he publicly stated that I was paid by the pharmaceutical

companies, that I told lies, wrote untruths and on one occasion described me

as part of shady and criminal conspiracy.

29 Campbell, Duncan. Medicine needs its MI5. BMJ 1997;315:1677-1680 (20

December). This article argued that the GMC needed more competent and deeply

penetrating investigators to report doctors who were unfit to practice. Unfortunately,

Campbell was not here referring to cases of those such as Harold Shipman, where a

medical doctor had murdered his patients, but to mainly alternative practitioners

whose therapeutic practices questioned pharmaceutical company control of general

practitioners and Hospital medicine.

 

30 See: www.cryshame.com

 

31 Sainsbury left the Government, and the DTI, almost silently in 2006 just before

Blair left power. He was undoubtedly one of the main beneficiaries of Blair’s cash for

honours scam and one of the main architects of New Labour. Despite Brown’s well

kept pledge to shut down the DTI, Sainsbury is still in with New Labour; in 2007 he

donated over £1M to help Brown keep the governing party afloat.

32 Yes, I know, unbelievable, isn’t it? See this author’s Brave New World of Zero

Risk, the writing of George Monbiot and the GMWatch web site.

 

 

Chapter 2 – The Return Of A Bad Bug

 

1 Bob Dylan. A Simple Twist of Fate from Blood on the Tracks. Sony Music

Entertainment Inc. 1975.

2 For its early history see Dirty Medicine.

 

3 The early manifestation of this link-up with industry, Lobbygate, blazed a trial into

the public consciousness within months of Blair coming to power, it’s exposure didn’t,

however, appear to change the basic practices of New Labour in which an intimate

clinch with industry was an essential aspect. See Greg Palast, The Best

Democracy Money can Buy. Constable and Robinson Ltd. London 2003.

4 Ibid, Palast.

5 Op. cit. Brave New World of Zero Risk. Available on www.Zero-risk.org.

 

51 The Independent: The Independent can reveal that Lord Sainsbury held a confidential

discussion with three Monsanto executives in his private office at the

Department of Trade and Industry on 14 December, three weeks after he attended the

first meeting of the Cabinet’s new Ministerial Group on Biotechnology and Genetic

Modification – known as the Misc 6 committee. His meeting with Monsanto, attended

by civil servants, raises fresh concerns about the extent of his role in dealing with

GM issues within government and the potential conflict with his private business

interests. The day after the Monsanto meeting, Lord Sainsbury chaired a governmentsponsored

biotechnology seminar with consumer associations, environmentalists

such as Friends of the Earth, and one of the Monsanto officials he had met the day

before. (Steve Connor, Sainsbury in talks with Monsanto. The Independent March 8,

1999).

 

7 Then in relation to medicine, rather late in the day in my book, Brave New World

of Zero Risk.

8 Consider the title of the document Guidelines on science and health communication,

and the problem comes immediately into sight. In the body of the Guidelines, it

becomes clear that what the title should read is, Guidelines to enforce a corporate scientific

construct on health communications.

 

9 It is clear from this that the Campaign Against Health Fraud was, from the beginning,

a lobby organisation working on behalf of the pharmaceutical and other corporate

interests.

 

 

Chapter 3 – The Placement

 

1 Bob Dylan. Idiot Wind. From Blood on the Tracks. Sony Entertainment Inc. 1975.

2 When describing members of, or organisations devoted to the ideology of the

Skeptic movement, I have used the word that they use spelt with a ‘k’. When I have

used the word sceptic to describe a person or a view not associated with the Skeptic

movement I have used the proper spelling.

 

3 Some of the early participants in the Campaign Against Health Fraud, like Caroline

Richmond, obviously had a great deal of help being pulled out of their hum drum lives

to fight for industrial science on the front line. One of the most spectacular cases of

the DTI moving and embedding a science agent in a PR campaign is the case of

Rebecca Bowden (Appendix Eight) whose story is told in Brave New World of Zero

Risk.

 

4 http://www.badscience.net.

5 At the kindest, this is defined as: ‘an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological

field or activity,’ or ‘The definition most common among geeks themselves is:

“one who is primarily motivated by passion,” indicating somebody whose reasoning

and decision making is always first and foremost based on his personal passions

rather than things like financial reward or social acceptance. Geeks do not see the typical

“geeky” interests as interesting, but as objects of passionate devotion. The idea

that the pursuit of personal passions should be the fundamental driving force to all

decisions could be considered the most basic shared tenet among geeks of all varieties.

Geeks consider such pursuits to be their own defining characteristic.’ At its

worst, however, the appellation could mean a circus geek — performers at carnivals

who swallow various live animals, live insects, and so forth. Sometimes this (cont.)

 

5 (Cont.) would extend to biting the heads off of snakes, chickens, or other living animals.

We leave it to you to decide what Ben means by being a Geek; one alternative

is definitely ruled out, that of being ‘A person with a devotion to something in a way

that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity,

depth, or subject of their interest.’ Goldacre is never outside the mainstream but

always embedded deep within it.

6 ‘Numerous’ is here used to mean 4, which says something about Goldacre’s

approach to the science of mathematics.

 

7 Le Fanu was one of the original members of the Campaign Against Health Fraud.

He has, however, grown considerably in his stature and independence as a journalistic

commentator since resigning from them. Dr James Le Fanu writes a column in the

Daily and Sunday Telegraph.

 

8 From the Compass web site: ‘Compass is the democratic left pressure group, whose

goal is to debate and develop the ideas for a more equal and democratic world, then

campaign and organise to help ensure they become reality. We have over 2,000 members

across the UK. The organisation was launched in 2003 with the publication of

our founding statement A Vision for the Democratic Left. It was the first stage in a

process to develop a more coherent and radical programme for a progressive left government’.

 

9 For an account of this ongoing hearing go to http://www.cryshame.com.

10 In 1996, the McLibel case that had by then run for 292 days, overtook the previous

longest trial of any kind, the Tichborne personation case. The McLibel trial went

on the last for two and a half years.

 

11 Wolpert and Souhami are both long time Skeptics. Dr Southami was involved in

the cancer strand of the original Campaign Against Health Fraud.

12 Roger C. Hole is the corrupt mayor of Liberty City up until his assassination in

Liberty City Stories. Grand Theft Auto. Liberty City Stories was the first GTA game

released for the PlayStation Portable. Set in Liberty City in 1998. R.C. Hole’s full

name, when pronounced with two of his first names in initials, sounds like ‘arsehole.’

(From Grand Theft Wiki, a site all about GTA that anybody can edit).

 

13 They say: SKEPTICS IN THE PUB takes place Upstairs in the Florence

Nightingale pub, 199 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1, U.K. Junction with

York Road, on the roundabout. Near Waterloo station. Guest ales and food available.

Non-skeptics welcome. You can turn up at any time during the night. The talk will be

followed by informal discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere.

14 They say: The Skeptic, ‘the UK’s only regular magazine to take a skeptical look

at pseudoscience and claims of the paranormal. Founded in 1987 by Wendy

Grossman, the magazine is now co-edited by Professor Chris French from the

Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths College, London, and Victoria

Hamilton. It is a non-profit magazine published four times a year, available only by

subscription. An invaluable resource for journalists, teachers, psychologists … ’

 

15 Lord Dick Taverne set up Sense About Science in the same year he attended the

annual Bilderberg meeting. Other British personalities involved in organising the

Conference or simply attending that year were Lord John Sainsbury of Preston

Candover, brother of David; Martin J. Taylor, one of Blair’s closest advisers, on

finance and the Public services. Taylor has attended many meetings of the Bilderberg

Group and served as Secretary General for several years. Taylor was a member of the

Parliamentary select Committee for Science and Technology for five years, where he

would have worked with Taverne, a leading member of the Science and Technology

Committee in the Lords. Taylor is part of a group called ‘New Europe’, which

includes Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover and a number of other British

Bilderberg attendees. Just ask yourself, can a skeptic really be sceptical if he attends

Bilderberg meetings? (Author’s italics).

16 24 January 2006. Beware The Ambassadors of Science.

 

17 See the GM Watch site: Pallab Ghosh – a GM WATCH profile, http://www.

gmwatch.org/profile1.asp?PrId=203

18 Glaxo Smith Klein were the pharmaceutical company responsible for importing

and distributing MMR and were defendants in the claim made by parents of children

damaged by this vaccine.

 

19 Her publicity says: The Baroness Greenfield is the first female director of the

Royal Institution and a passionate populariser of science. She presented BBC2’s Brain

Story as part of her mission to explain the brain ‘in a way that makes sense to everybody.’

She is a neurologist by training and is Professor at Oxford where her research

focuses on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. She set up the research drug company

Synaptica, to patent a novel use for a chemical in the brain.

Interestingly she elected to say ‘I’m not a maverick’ – (Like Dr Andrew Wakefield)

in one of her recent interviews.

20 For information about ACSH and CSICOP, see Dirty Medicine.

21 See: HRT Licensed to Kill and maim: The unheard voices of women damaged by

hormone replacement therapy. Slingshot Publications. 2006.

22 See AJIM, Secret Ties, Hardell et al. 2006, for background on Dolls under-thetable

money from Monsanto.

23 Ferriman was heavily involved in journalistic attacks on independent nutritionists,

Stephen Davies and colleagues in late eighties and early nineties.

 

24 Op. cit. Dirty Medicine.

25 Michael Baum has been a hard working and committed member of HealthWatch

from its inception. His latest campaign is against the London Homeopathic Hospital.

26 Ernest is a quackbuster, a revered friend of both HealthWatch and CSICOP.

27 Again there is the suggestion that he has published more than one paper in a peer

reviewed journal.

28 The DTI ceased to exist by that name after Brown became leader of New Labour.

 

29 This information was uncovered by John Stone (see under the Wi-Fi heading

below).

30 In December 2007, a Cornish Coroner ordered the police to carry out an investigation

into the apparent cover-up of the Lower Moore water contaminated disaster. If

the investigation gets under way, that police will certainly want to seek the professional

opinion of professor Wessely, who in the past has argued that apart from (cont.)

 

30 (Cont.) the tonnage of chemical cocktail that was inadvertently tipped into the

water supply, the incident was most probably caused by hysteria.

31 Professor Simon Wessely MA, BM BCh, MSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPsych, F Med

Sci. Director, King’s Centre for Military Health Research, Institute of Psychiatry,

King’s College London. Simon Wessely is Professor of Epidemiological and Liaison

Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and Honorary

Consultant Psychiatrist at King’s and Maudsley Hospitals.

See below, Wessely’s involvement in spinning mast EMF at the Health Protection

Agency. Also Appendix 13 for a summary of his career and SKEWED for a more

extensive one.

32 OP. cit. SKEWED, for more about Wessely’s conflicts of interest.

 

33 The information in the following two paragraphs was uncovered by John Stone.

34 http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/ProvProgLi08.pdf.

35 http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/search/results/default.aspx?cx=0029783635880156865

98%3Asvk4drrzqg0&cof=FORID%3A11&q=Ben+Goldacre&sa=Search#239.

 

36 For a full account of the RCP involvement in Lobbying for industry and New

Labour, see this author’s book Brave New World of Zero Risk and the GM Watch web

site. The RCP were led in the 1980s and 1990s by Fred Furedi, the main risk academic

whose theories were used to pour scorn on the feelings and experiential decisions of

the public when they assessed the risk of such things as vaccination or serious illness

from environmental factors.

37 In July 2000, Judy Larkin took part in ‘Interrogating the Precautionary Principle’,

an Institute of Ideas event at the Royal Institution. This was billed as: ‘eminent scientists,

social scientists and writers will question the premises of the precautionary

principle’. The event was ‘convened’ by Susan Greenfield of the RI, and Tony Gilland

and Helene Guldberg of the LM Network.

38 George Monbiot. Invasion of the Entryists, the Guardian, December 9 2003.

 

39 See Reputation, perceptions and the ‘vanishing workforce’: a report on a study of

young attitudes to oil & gas, nuclear industries, February 2005, by Andrew Griffin,

managing director, Regester Larkin Ltd. This study and the report resulted from a

contract with Cogent SSC, the Sector Skills Council for the Chemical, Nuclear Oil &

Gas, Petroleum and Polymer industries, which was funded by the DTI.

40 An organisation that highly favours ex-RCP members and organisations and

which has worked with the Royal Society on a number of its science propaganda exercises.

 

41 See: Walker, Martin. The Ghost Lobby.

 

42 Horrobin DF. Beyond conflict of interest. Non-financial conflicts of interest are

more serious than financial conflicts. Br Med J 1999; 318: 466.

Dr. David Horrobin, a brilliant and hard working English ‘alternative’ nutritional scientist,

died on April 1st 2003. The editor of the BMJ gave his obituary to Caroline

Richmond, a friend and colleague of Professor Wessely and a long-standing detractor

of alternative medicine, its researchers and practitioners. The obituary in the 19th

April 2003 BMJ sparked off a considerable debate on conflict of interests, after

Richmond did an awful hatchet job, stating for example, that Horrobin might prove

to be ‘the greatest snake oil salesman of his age.’ It is ironic that Horrobin should have

written such an evidently honest letter to the BMJ about conflict of interest and his

life should have been summed up in the same journal by a woman who set up the

Campaign Against Health Fraud, an organisation which is only transparent in one

thing, the obfuscation of its motives and arguments.

 

43 Op. cit. SKEWED.

44 In 2006, I wrote to Sarah Boseley on the Guardian, pointing out that an article that

she had written about some research which showed the benefits of HRT and that she

had trumpeted in an flattering few paragraphs, actually described research funded by

Wyeth, the major manufacturer of HRT. Her answer to me was that she didn’t have

time to look into people’s conflict of interests. Which just about says it all for the

British press: ‘Why should we worry if a few thousand more women die of breast cancer,

having been led to think that HRT is only beneficial, by their favourite newspaper

paper or magazine?’

 

45 Legal aid was withdrawn from parents who were claiming against the manufacturers

of MMR some six months before their case came to court. The case had been

nine years or so in its development,.

46 Hear the Silence. Channel 5, 15 December. 9 pm.

 

47 The Guardian was generally scathing about the drama: the review that appeared

on December 8 2003, by Mark Lawson, was headed ‘Saint Mum, Saint Doctor and

the evil MMR.’

48 But this wasn’t the real story, nor was it even Goldacre’s story, it was The Lobby’s

story. Michael Fitzpatrick put their case succinctly in the opening paragraph of his

Spiked article: This paragraph containes the seminal lie of The Lobby’s case, that the

results of Wakefield’s research caused distress to parents of children with autism.

Wakefield’s case has never even been an anti-vaccination case, he has only ever said

that there appears to be a link between the measles virus delivered with two other viral

strains in MMR, gastrointestinal problems and disintegrative disorder. (Cont.)

 

48 (Cont.) The majority of parents of children with this autism spectrum disorder

sought the help of Dr Wakefield because no other doctors had anything positive to

offer in terms of diagnosis or treatment and it was the parents and not Dr Wakefield

that identify the onset of the illness with their child’s MMR vaccination.

Fitzpatrick’s account: Hear the Silence is a scientifically dishonest and emotionally

manipulative film which can only compound the distress already experienced by families

affected by autism as a result of the anti-MMR campaign. This campaign has

made parents feel guilty that, by giving their children the MMR vaccine, they may

have contributed to the development of autism – a notion for which there is, after more

than five years, still not a shred of scientific evidence. It has also dragged more than

1000 families into a prolonged process of litigation (now halted by the Legal Services

Commission), which could only lead to disappointment and disillusionment.

(http://www.spiked-online.com/Articles/00000006DFFD.htm).

 

49 Drinking at the same trough? Here is Fitzpatricks list of ‘gullible’ journalists

duped by the anti-MMR campaign (he says: not an exhaustive list): Heather Mills,

Private Eye; Lorraine Fraser, Daily Telegraph; Melanie Phillips, Daily Mail; Justine

Picardie, Daily Telegraph; Beezy Marsh, Daily Mail; Robert Sandall, The Sunday

Times; Camilla Cavendish, The Times; Nigella Lawson, The Times; Allison Pearson,

Evening Standard; Libby Purves, The Times; Suzanne Moore, Mail on Sunday; Lynda

Lee-Potter, Daily Mail; Quentin Letts, Daily Mail; Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday;

Lucy Johnston, The Sunday Express.

Reminds me of that old Lancashire joke: Mike and Ben are sitting in a pub talking

and Mike says, ‘I sometimes think that apart from me and thee, everyone in the world

is a bit queer, and sometimes I have my doubts about thee.’ How many journalists

Goldacre or Fitzpatrick would have to put on their list before they realized that they

constituted the minority?

 

50 This is becoming a stock response to dissenting views in medical science. It was

levelled at Professor Peter Duesberg, one of America’s most renowned virologists,

that in dissenting from the view of scientific orthodoxy that HIV was a sexually transmitted

virus and the sole cause of Aids related illnesses, Duesberg was responsible for

the deaths of thousands of young people.

51 http://www.melaniephillips.com/articles/archives/001476.html. The way in which

The Lobby has gone about trying to discredit Melanie Phillips is interesting. Relying

on old ideological loyalties, they have assumed that if the drew public attention to her

‘right wing’ politics, everyone would rally to their side in the conflict over MMR and

Dr Wakefield. In a ‘post political’ world where ideological ‘lines’ have disintegrated

and issues are assessed individually, few people are, however, willing to blindly agree

on the basis of past political records.

 

52 Correspondence between John Stone and Roger Alton, Observer editor. in July 23.

2007.

53 Ibid.

 

54 Ben Goldacre. Never Mind the Facts. The Guardian, December 11, 2003.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,,1103958,00.html.

55 The Lobby blatantly lied about the Cochrane Review, claiming the papers results

were an endorsement of their arguments, despite the fact that they were no such thing.

56 Stone quoting from the Cochrane review of 2005.

 

57 Heikki Peltola, Annamari Patja, Pauli Leinikki, Martti Valle, Irja Davidkin, Mikho

Paunio. No evidence for measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine-associated inflammatory

bowel disease or autism in a 14-year prospective study. Research Letter appeared

in The Lancet Vol 351 – May 2, 1998. pg 1327-8.

http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/mmrandibd.htm.

58 Correspondence to Roger Alton.

59 Carol Stott, Ph.D.; Mark Blaxill; Andrew J. Wakefield, M.B., FRCS. MMR and

Autism in Perspective: the Denmark Story. (Cont.)

 

59 (Cont.) 89 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 9 Number 3

Fall 2004. http://www.jpands.org/vol9no3/stott.pdf.

60 Correspondence to Roger Alton.

 

61 The Gathering Brainstorm. Mark Anslow. The Ecologist. December 2007.

62 Op. cit. Brave New World of Zero Risk.

63 Op. cit. Dirty Medicine.

 

64 Chilvers, Clair et al.Survival of patients with breast cancer attending the Bristol

Cancer Help Centre. Lancet 1990;ii:606 – 10.

65 Op. cit. The Ecologist.

66 Prof. Elaine Fox, Director of the Affective Science Laboratory at the University

of Essex, and Visiting Scientist at the MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit,

Cambridge; cognitive and neural correlates of anxiety disorders; emotion; attention.

Associate editor of Emotion.

The results of the Essex study into electro magnetic hypersensitivity suggest that the

many health problems attributed to mobile phone transmitters – including nausea,

headache and flu-like symptoms – are probably caused by something else, says Elaine

Fox, a psychologist at the University of Essex in Colchester, who led the research.

She suggests that the problems may well be psychological.

67 Rubin GJ, Cleare AJ, Wessely S. Psychological factors associated with selfreported

sensitivity to mobile phones. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2007; epublication

ahead of print DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2007.05.006. Das-Munshi J,

Rubin GJ, Wessely S. Multiple chemical sensitivites: Review. (Cont.)

 

67 (Cont.) Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery 2007;

15:274-280. Rubin GJ, Hahn G, Everitt B, Cleare AJ, Wessely S. Are some people

sensitive to mobile phone signals? A within-participants, double-blind, randomised

provocation study. British Medical Journal 2006; 332:886-889. Rubin G, Das Munshi

J, Wessely S. A systematic review of treatments for electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 2006; 75:12-18. Rubin GJ, Das Munshi J,

Wessely S. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: A systematic review of provocation

studies. Psychosomatic Medicine 2005; 67:224-232.

 

68 Robert Cribb and Tyler Hamilton Staff reporters, Toronto Star, Is her cellphone

Safe? Toronto Star. 12.7.05.

69 Recent studies (1995-2000) on the biological effects of radiofrequency and cell

phone radiation.

 

70 In May 1999 two leading EMF (electromagnetic field) and health experts,

Professor Ross Adey and Dr Henry Lai, revealed that multi-national companies had

tried to influence the results of their research. -Professor Adey, a biologist, said he had

had his funding withdrawn by Motorola before completing his research which showed

that mobile phone emissions affected the number of brain tumours in animals. -Dr Lai

who has been studying the biological effects of electromagnetic fields for well over

twenty years was asked three times to change his findings on how such fields caused

DNA breaks in rats. -Dr Jerry Phillips’ experiments, being conducted as good science

should, in order to check Dr Lai’s experiments, led to his contract with Motorola being

terminated when he published his results. -Dr George Carlo, who was actually a

mobile phone industry spokesman, and in charge of their research, bitterly criticised

the industry for failing to act on his findings and for not taking safety seriously.

(http://www.electrosensitivity.org.uk/ danger%20what%20danger.htm).

 

71 The report of The Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (The Stewart

Report), published May 2000.

72 Op. cit. SKEWED.

 

73 Op cit. Walker, The Ghost Lobby.

 

74 Other members of the R,RSAG are, Ms Lis Birrane, HPA, Ms Deborah Cohen,

BBC, Professor William Gelletly, University of Surrey, Mr Edward McConnell, The

Marlborough School, Professor Jim McQuaid, Royal Academy of Engineering, Dr

Michael Murphy, University of Oxford, Professor Nick Pidgeon, University of East

Anglia, Professor Lynda Warren, University of Wales Aberystwyth, Dr Hilary Walker,

Department of Health.

 

75 See Williams, Margaret, Denigration by Design? A review with references, (cont.)

 

75.. (Cont.) of the role of Dr Simon Wessely in the perception of Myalgic

Encephalomyelitis (ME). 1987 – 1996. Published privately.

Also: Williams, Margaret, A review with references, of the role of Dr (now Professor)

Simon Wessely in the perception of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Up-date 1996 –

1999.

76 Bad science:Through the tube darkly. Ben Goldacre. The Guardian, Saturday May

26 2007.

 

77 ElectroSensitivity-UK http://www.electrosensitivity.org.uk/thisweek.htm.

 

78 The same thing happened with research money granted to the Medical Research

Council to undertake research into ME following the Chief Medical Officer’s

Working Group on ME. Instead of the money going to projects which were to test the

biological bases of the illness, all the funding was given to followers of Professor

Simon Wessely, to test psychological propositions that people who thought they had

ME suffered from ‘false illness beliefs’.

79 http://www.safewireless.org/SWIMemberContent/DrCarlosBlog/tabid/239/ctl/

ArticleView/mid/696/articleId/407/The-Radiation-Blob-Indeed.aspx.

80 Carlo, George and Schram, Martin. Cell Phones: Invizible hazards in the wireless

age. Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York 2001.

 

81 Op. cit. See Dirty Medicine for information on Michael Baum and his early role

in the Campaign Against Health Fraud.

 

82 Op. cit. Dirty Medicine.

 

83 Chief scientist attacks health reporting by Today and Daily Mail · Rejection of GM

crops costs billions, adviser says: Falling MMR uptake could cost lives of 100 children.

James Randerson, science correspondent. The Guardian, Thursday December 6

2007.

 

84 The struggle in North America between alternative medicine and the emerging

medical profession, is recorded in detail by the real writer Harris L. Coulter in his lifetime

work, Divided Legacy (Science and Ethics in American Medicine 1800-1914 –

the battle between homeopaths and the AMA).Volume III of Divided Legacy gives a

definitive account of attempts by the AMA to force homeopaths out of the medical

profession and criminalise their practice. This is perhaps the ultimate text about

quackbusters that spares no detail in describing how the AMA organised their classic

turf war.

 

85 ‘In conclusion, I must repeat to you what I have told every one with whom I have

conversed, that, although an allopath by education, principle, and practice, yet, were

it the will of providence to afflict me with cholera, and to deprive me of the power of

prescribing for myself, I would rather be in the hands of a homoeopathic than an allopathic

adviser.’

From a letter written by Dr Macloughlin, the Medical Inspector of Stepney, Poplar, St

Andrews, St Giles, and St George’s, Bloomsbury, who undertook to watch the practice

at the London Homoeopathic Hospital during the epidemic of 1854. Quoted from

British Journal of Homoeopathy, vol. xiii. P. 681in, Cholera, Diarrhoea and

Dysentery._Part I. – Asiatic Cholera. Chapter I. – What is cholera ?_Hahnemann and

microbes in Cholera, Diarrhoea and Dysentry: Homoeopathic Prevention and cure

John Henry Clarke, M. D.

 

86 Quoted in J. Rutherfurd Russell, MD, The History and heroes of the Art of

Medicine. John Murray, London 1861.

87 Ibid.

88 Ibid.

 

 

Chapter 4 – Returning To Holford

 

1 Bob Dylan. Idiot Wind from Blood on the Tracks. Sony Entertainment Inc. 1975.

 

2 These were followed in the autumn of 2007, by a whole set of posters, showing different

pharmaceutical medicines such as antibiotics, which said the posters, should be

used with care to only treat certain conditions. It was difficult to tell what these

posters were getting at, as it is anyway only doctors who can recommend or prescribe

antibiotics. In November 2007, the Ministry of Health and Consumers produced

another series of posters and magazine and newspaper advertisements, exhorting

madrileños that they should eat more fresh fruit and vegetables – one picture on this

poster showed a young man looking longingly at a greengrocers shop and a young

woman eating an apple. The slogan proclaimed the dangers of heart disease and the

best prevention, consumption of fresh fruit and veg. So who’s confusing who?

3 From the Daily Mail: Supermarkets are being prosecuted for telling shoppers that

fruit and vegetables are good for them. – Tesco is being taken to court for running a

promotion in partnership with a leading charity encouraging people to eat healthily in

a bid to prevent cancer. Asda faces a similar prosecution. Tesco, in association with

Cancer Research UK, printed labels on millions of pre-packed fruit and vegetables

advising: “Eat at least 5 different portions of fruit and veg a day to help prevent cancer.”

– Asda’s prosecution surrounds marketing material stating: “Mangoes are a great

source of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which are good for healthy eyes and skin.

Their anti-oxidant properties help to fight cancer.’ (Cont.)

 

3 (Cont.) Trading standards officers claim the supermarkets are in breach of the 1939

Cancer Act, which was brought in to stop people selling quack cures, and the 1996

Food Labeling regulations. Tesco, which is being prosecuted by Shropshire County

Council, has been forced to water down the health message on its labels. However,

the council will continue with the prosecution next month at West Mercia Magistrates

Court. The store’s marketing director, Tim Mason, said: “It is crazy that we are being

prosecuted for promoting a responsible health message.” Asda, which is being prosecuted

by Swindon council, said: “We are disappointed that the local authority is continuing

to pursue the matter, given that we have sought to follow one of the

Government’s policy objectives.”

A spokesman for Swindon council said: ‘Our view is that there is a clear breach of

both the Cancer Act and Food Labeling regulations. You cannot make health claims

suggesting a product will prevent cancer.’ The stores could be fined £1,000 for each

breach of the Cancer Act and £5,000 for each offence under the Food Labeling regulations.

The Government claimed in a 2000 NHS Plan that ‘increasing fruit and vegetable

consumption is the second most effective strategy to reduce the risk of cancer’.

(Mail Online – 11:04am, 17th May 2004).

 

4 Jeanette Ewin. Fine Wines and Fish Oil: The life of Hugh Macdonald Sinclair.

Oxford University Press. Oxford 2001.

5 Op. cit. Dirty Medicine.

 

6 Bicknell, Franklin. Chemicals in Your Food and in Farm Produce. Emerson Books,

Inc. New York 1979. (This is a US edition, there is a British edition.)

Bicknell, Franklin. The English Complaint or Your Fatigue and its Cure. William

Heinemann. London, 1952.

 

7 Although this is a charge often levelled at contemporary nutritionists who advocate

vitamin supplements, it can be seen at its most absurd by looking at the food industry’s

trend of adding random quantities of synthetic vitamins to denatured processed

foods. Such products have come to be called ‘nutraceuticals’.

 

8 Griggs, Barbara. The Food Factor. London: Viking, 1986.

 

9 Somogyl, John. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. February

1976.

Goulart, Frances S. Nutritional Self-defence: Protecting Yourself from Yourself.

Lenham, Maryland: Madison Books, 1990.

 

10 P. J. Lisa: Are You a Target for Elimination? An inside look at the AMA conspiracy

against chiropractic and the wholistic healing arts (1984); The Great Medical

Monopoly Wars (1986). James P. Carter: Racketeering in Medicine: The suppression

of alternatives (1992). Christopher Bird: The Persecution and trial of Gaston

Naessans (1991). Sylvie Simon: La Dictature Médico-scientifique – The Medical and

Scientific Dictatorship (1997); Vaccination, l’Overdose – Vaccines, Already at

Overdose (1999); Exercice Illegal de la guerison – Healing, An Illegal Practice, Ed.

Marco Pietteur (2002). Guylaine Lanctot: The Medical Mafia: How to get out of it

alive and take back our health and wealth (1995). Martin J Walker: Dirty Medicine:

Science, big business and the assault on natural health care (1993); Loic le Ribault’s

Resistance: The creation of a treatment for arthritis and the persecution of its author,

France‘s foremost forensic scientist (1998); SKEWED: Psychiatric hegemony and the

manufacture of mental illness in multiple chemical sensitivity, Gulf war syndrome,

myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome (2003).

 

11 Walker, Martin J. The Unquiet Voice of ‘Silent Spring’: The legacy of Rachel

Carson. The Ecologist. Vol. 29, No 5, August/September 1999.

12 In fact, Silent Spring had some 600 references from contemporary scientific literature,

while her critics usually failed to produce references for their critical writings.

John Maddox unbalanced view of Silent Spring, written six years after he became the

editor of the science mag Nature, contained the following sentence: ‘In reality DDT

is no more poisonous to people than aspirin …’

 

13 Professor John Garrow, MD, PhD (St Andrews), FRCP(Ed), FRCP(Lond) has

been the chairman of HealthWatch 1991-1993, 1997-1999, 2003-2005. He was editor

of European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1988-1999. Formerly Professor of Human

Nutrition, University of London, Honorary consultant physician St Bartholomew’s

Hospital, St Mark’s Hospital, Royal London Hospital and Northwick Park Hospital.

Was the head of Nutrition Research Unit MRC Clinical Research Centre, Harrow, and

member of Department of Health Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy

(COMA); Chair of Joint Advisory Committee on Nutrition Education and Chair of

Association for the Study of Obesity.

14 They say: Professor Arnold Bender, a founding member of the committee of

HealthWatch. He left academic life in 1947, initially to lead a research team at

Crookes Laboratories Ltd where he and the late Derek Miller developed what is now

the almost universally accepted method of assessing protein quality and nutritional

value. In 1953 he moved to become Head of Research at Bovril Ltd, and then in 1961

to become Head of Research and Development at Farley’s Infant Foods. In this post

he claimed to be possibly the only nutritionist to have formulated and brought to market

a commercially successful and nutritionally sound infant weaning food. In 1964

he returned to academic life, initially as a senior lecturer in the Department of

Nutrition at Queen Elizabeth College; he was appointed to a personal chair in (cont.)

 

14 (Cont.) 1971, and to the established Chair of Nutrition and Dietetics and Head of

Department in 1978. He retired from academic life in 1983, but remained active in

scientific and professional affairs, and scholarship and writing until a few weeks

before his death. He was the author of some 150 research publications and major academic

reviews, and 14 books, many of which have become major reference works and

standard textbooks at school and university level. In addition he wrote prolifically for

the non-specialist audience, both articles in magazines and journals, and also such

books as Health or Hoax: The Truth About Health Foods and Diets.

15 Marks has recently excelled himself academically with a true-crime book titled

Insulin Murders, which he wrote with HealthWatch founder Caroline Richmond. Very

much a family affair, the book is introduced by Nick Ross the chair of HealthWatch.

For more information about Vincent Marks, see Dirty Medicine.

16 Marks, Vincent. Is British Food Bad For You? London: health and Welfare Unit,

Institute of Economic Affairs, London 1991.

17 They say: Stephen Barrett, M.D., a retired psychiatrist who resides in North

Carolina, has achieved national renown as an author, editor, and consumer advocate.

In addition to heading Quackwatch, he is vice-president of the National Council

Against Health Fraud, a scientific advisor to the American Council on Science and

Health, and a Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of

the Paranormal (CSICOP). In 1984, he received an FDA Commissioner’s Special

Citation Award for Public Service in fighting nutrition quackery. In 1986, he was

awarded honorary membership in the American Dietetic Association.

 

18 You can follow this ongoing battle by going to:

http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/bolen.html and www.quackpotwatch.org/

 

19 ‘Prevention of brain disorder associated with low birth weight in City and

Hackney’. London: Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, 5 Sep 1991.

20 Mathews, Robert. ‘Putting bounce back into baby.’ Daily Telegraph, 2 Sep 1991.

 

21 Interview with the author.

22 Ibid.

 

23 Barnes, Belinda and Bradley, Susan. Planning for a Healthy Baby. London:

Ebury, 1990.

24 Price, Weston. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. New York: Hoeber, 1939.

25 Williams, Roger. Nutrition against Disease. Toronto: Bantam, 1971.

26 Shute, Wilfred. The Complete Updated Vitamin E Book. New Haven, CT: Keats,

1975.

27 Pauling, Linus. How to Live Longer and Feel Better. New York: Freeman, 1986.

Pauling, Linus. Vitamin C, the Common Cold and Flu. New York: Berkeley, 1970.

28 Pfeiffer, Carl C., Nutrition and mental illness: an orthomolecular approach to balancing

body chemistry. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1987.

29 Davies, Adelle. Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit. London: Unwin, 1979.

30 Interview with the author.

 

71 Oberleas, D., Caldwell, D. F. ‘Trace minerals in pregnancy.’ Int’l J Envir Stud

1981; 17: 85-98.

72 Horrobin, David. (ed) Clinical Use of Essential Fatty Acids. Montreal: Eden Press

1982.

73 Hurley, Lucille. Developmental Nutrition. Engelwood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall

1980.

 

74 Grant, Ellen. The Bitter Pill. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1985.

 

75 Interview with the author.

76 Foresight Index Number Decoder. Godalming: Foresight, 1986.

77 Jervis, Norman, Jervis, Ruth. The Foresight Wholefood Cookbook. London:

Aurum Press, 1986.

78 Barnes, Belinda, Colquhoun, Irene. The Hyperactive Child. Wellingborough:

Thorsons, 1984.

 

79 Barnes, Belinda and Bradley, Susan. Op. cit.

 

80 The Broadcasting Complaints Commission adjudication on the complaint from

Foresight, Sep 1991.

81 Today Linda Lazarides is a practicing nutritional therapist with her own website,

Health-Diets.Net. She founded the British Association for Nutritional Therapy, and

has authored many publications on self-health, nutrition, diet and weight control.

 

82 Marsden, K. The Food Combining Diet. 1994.

83 The Newsletter of HealthWatch.

 

84 Food and Drink Programme which questioned commissions, Duncan Campbell.

85 Article on international vitamin study in The Independent on Sunday, Duncan

Campbell.

 

86 Goldacre, Ben. “Dr Gillian McKeith (PhD) continued”, The Guardian, September

30, 2004.

Goldacre, Ben. “Brought to book: the poo lady’s PhD”, The Guardian, February 3,

2007.

Goldacre, Ben. “Tell us the truth about nutritionists”, British Medical Journal, vol

334, no. 7588, February 10, 2007, p. 292.

Goldacre, Ben. “A Menace to Science”, The Guardian, February 12, 2007. Accessed

March 7, 2007.

87 It is a common strategy of HealthWatch and other quackbusters to drag in as many

regulatory bodies, such as the Advertising Standards Authority, as possible into their

campaigns against individuals. See Dirty Medicine on these strategies.

 

88 Catherine Collins about herself: Catherine Collins is a Registered Dietician (RD)

who has worked full time in the NHS since graduation in 1983, currently specialising

in the fields of intensive care nutrition and rheumatology within a tertiary care hospital.

As an active spokesperson for The British Dietetic Association she is frequently

quoted in the written and broadcast media as an objective and impartial expert on

nutrition and dietary matters. She was previously dietitian for the ‘Behind the Label’

column in The Times, scrutinising the validity of nutritional claims made by food

manufacturers and retailers.

Catherine is an external lecturer on nutrition for Kingston/ St Georges, King’s College

and London universities, and an editorial board member for the BDA dietetic reference

book, the Manual of Dietetic Practice. She has presented clinical research at several

national and international conferences, and has published widely on nutrition

related issues in specialist health journals.

 

89 Doctors warn against food fad dangers. Nutrition experts ‘massively concerned’

over unqualified and unregulated diet gurus. Sophie Goodchild and Jonathan Owen.

The Independent on Sunday, 07 January 2007.

 

90 Abbott is a pharmaceutical company, they say about themselves: We are a global,

broad-based health care company devoted to discovering new medicines, new technologies

and new ways to manage health. Our products span the continuum of care,

from nutritional products and laboratory diagnostics through medical devices and

pharmaceutical therapies. Our comprehensive line of products encircles life itself –

addressing important health needs from infancy to the golden years.

91 Nestlé in a self-congratulatory mood: September 2007 -We are pleased to inform

you that Nestlé has completed the acquisition of the Gerber Products Company

announced in April 2007. We will now start the integration of Gerber into the Infant

Nutrition business unit of Nestlé Nutrition. July 2007 -We are pleased to inform you

that Nestlé has received the regulatory approvals required to complete the acquisition

of the Novartis Medical Nutrition business. We will now start the process of

integrating the Novartis Medical Nutrition business into the HealthCare Nutrition

business unit of Nestlé Nutrition. The Nestlé boycott: The Nestlé boycott is a boycott

launched on July 4, 1977 in the United States against the Swiss based Nestlé

corporation. It soon spread rapidly outside the United States, particularly in Europe.

It was prompted by concern about the company’s marketing of breast milk substitutes

(infant formula), particularly in less economically developed countries (LEDCs),

which campaigners claim contributes to the unnecessary death and suffering of

babies, largely among the poor. Among the campaigners, Professor Derek Jelliffe and

his wife Patrice, who had contributed to establish the World Alliance for

Breastfeeding Action (WABA), were particularly instrumental in helping to

coordinate the boycott and giving it ample visibility throughout the world.

 

91 (Cont.) Current Status of the boycott: The boycott is now coordinated by the

International Nestlé Boycott Committee, the secretariat for which is the UK group

Baby Milk Action. Company practices are monitored by the International Baby Food

Action Network (IBFAN), which consists of more than 200 groups in over 100 countries.

In parallel with the boycott, campaigners work for implementation of the Code

and Resolutions in legislation and claim that 60 countries have now introduced laws

implementing most or all of the provisions. Many European universities, colleges and

schools have banned the sale of Nestlé products from their shops and vending

machines. In the United Kingdom, hundreds of businesses, faith groups, health

groups, consumer groups, local authorities, trade unions, education groups, politicians,

and celebrities support the boycott. But not the BDA (http://en.wikipedia.org/

wiki/Nestlé_boycott).

92 Just taken over by Nestlé, see above.

93 Slimming World is the most advanced slimming organisation in the UK. It was

founded in 1969 by Margaret Miles-Bramwell, who remains the driving force behind

the company to this day.With the experience of a lifetime’s weight problem (sic), it is

her enthusiasm and unique vision that has made the Company so successful. In over

36 years, over 5 million slimmers have attended our groups and lost a total of 60 million

pounds (sterling? Surely can’t be!!!!!) There are now over 5,500 groups held

weekly on a nationwide basis via a network of 2,500 Slimming World trained

Consultants. (Cont.)

 

93 (Cont.) In 1997, Slimming World became the first slimming organisation to qualify

for the Investors in People Award. The award was renewed in 2006. SMILES,

Slimming World’s very own charity, was born in 1997. SMILES stands for SLIMMERS

MAKING IT a LITTLE EASIER for SOMEONE, and each year the SMILES

committee chooses a special charity to benefit from our Consultants’ and members’

amazing generosity. No fad diets here then (added words in italics, by the author.)

94 Doctors warn against food fad dangers – a clarification. Published: 18 March

2007, The Independent on Sunday.

 

95 Influential nutritional research is often funded by industry, study finds. BMJ 13

January 2007. Volume 334. P62.

 

96 http://counterknowledge.com/

 

97 It isn’t only Patrick Holford who has questioned the efficacy and the dangers of

AZT. Before Glaxo Smith Klein began a second round of marketing in Africa to try

and bring in more profit from the drug, it had been generally discredited by the majority

of medical therapists working in England. Some of those doctors who had been

most outspoken in its support originally were the most critical of its use and lack of

benefits.

 

98 Dr. Rath’s biography: Dr. Rath was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1955. After

graduating from medical school he worked as a physician and researcher at the

University Clinic of Hamburg, Germany, and the German Heart Center in Berlin. His

research focused on the causes of arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. In 1987,

Dr. Rath discovered the connection between vitamin C deficiency and a new risk factor

for heart disease – lipoprotein(a). After publication of these research findings in the

American Heart Association journal “Arteriosclerosis,” Dr. Rath accepted an invitation

to join two-time Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. In 1990 he went to the (cont.)

 

98 (Cont.) United States to become the first Director of Cardiovascular Research at

the Linus Pauling Institute in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Rath worked together with the

late Nobel Laureate in various areas of nutritional research. The two scientists became

close personal friends who shared common humanistic values, including their determination

for peace and justice. In 1994, shortly before his death, Linus Pauling stated:

“There is no doubt in my mind that I was thinking about Dr. Rath as my successor.”

Today Dr. Rath heads a research and development institute in Nutritional and

Cellular Medicine. His institute is conducting basic research and clinical studies to

scientifically document the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting a multitude of

diseases. Dr. Rath is the founder of the scientific concept of Cellular Medicine, the

systematic introduction into clinical medicine of the biochemical knowledge of the

role of micronutrients as biocatalysts in a multitude of metabolic reactions at the cellular

level. Applying this scientific knowledge in the fight against diseases, he and his

research team have identified a number of common health conditions as being primarily

caused by chronic deficiencies of micronutrients. Dr. Rath, has authored a

number of peer-reviewed papers that have appeared in different Medical Journals and

he has written a number of popular books. He is a member, amongst other organisations

of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Heart Association. His

popular science books “Why Animals Don’t get Heart Attacks – but People Do” and

“Cancer” have sold several million copies in ten languages. (Cont.)

 

98 (Cont.) Goldacre libellously on Rath: ‘Matthias Rath is the multimillionaire vitamin

salesman who aggressively sells his message to Aids victims in South Africa that

Rath vitamin pills are better than medication. He has contributed in large part to a

madness that has let perhaps hundreds of thousands of people die unnecessarily.’

The idea that anyone (apart that is from successive British government leaders), let

alone Dr Rath, has contributed to the madness that has led to hundreds of thousands

of people dying unnecessarily (some must have died necessarily then?) in Southern

Africa is so incredible, intellectually untenable, illegitimate and libellous that one

wonders how Goldacre has the front to write it.

In April of 2007, Rath won an action against the BMJ which forced them to pay

£500,000 towards his research and issue a singular apology.

99 January 6th, 2005 Guardian Bad Science Column – Vitamin deficiency (on AIDS).

May 20th, 2006 Guardian Bad Science Column – Nothing to declare (allergies/

EMR). January 6th, 2007 Guardian Bad Science Column – Doctoring the records

(qualifications). January 20th Guardian Bad Science Column – Working papers (on

AIDS). February 17th, 2007 Guardian Bad Science Column – Enough Patrick

Holford (on AIDS). Saturday May 19th, 2007 Guardian Bad Science Column.

100 Ben Goldacre. Thursday January 20, 2005. The Guardian.

101 Goldacre on Jariwalla in 2007: ‘Who is Holford’s saviour, Jariwalla? According

to the Rath Foundation website, he is a “senior researcher” at the “Dr Rath Research

Institute in California”. Nice friends, Patrick.’ (emphasis added) Ben Goldacre.

Saturday February 17, 2007. The Guardian.

 

102 Nature hosted the pathetic and childish attack on the late Jaques Benveniste carried

out by the children’s party entertainer James Randy, Nature’s editor at the time,

John Maddox, and a little known US regulatory scientist, Walter Stewart. Nature was

also the magazine which refused publication of papers and articles from Professor

Peter Duesberg, one of the world’s leading virologists, because what he had to say

was in conflict with the marketing of AZT and the unproven science of HIV and

AIDS-related illnesses.

103 You might think on reading this that he is referring to pharmaceuticals but he is

really referring, in a derogatory manner, to herbal treatments and other alternatives.

 

104 Science degrees without the science. David Colquhoun, Nature Vol. 446/22

March 2007.

105 See Holford’s reply to Colquhoun in Appendix Ten.

 

106 The Mighty David Colquhoun. June 9th, 2007, Ben Goldacre in Bad Science, the

Guardian.

 

107 Op. cit. Dirty Medicine.

108 Op. cit.

109 Op. cit. Dirty Medicine. Pages 341, 342.

 

110 See Walker, Martin J. SKEWED, Slingshot Publications. London.

111 With the possible exception of Paul Humm and his Campaign for Research into

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (RiME).

 

 

Chapter 5 – Conclusions

 

1 See: Hardell, L, Walker, M.J., Walhjalt, B., Friedman, Lee S., Richter, E.D. Secret

Ties to Industry and Conflicting Interests in Cancer Research. American Journal of

Industrial Medicine. 2006.

 

2 Walker, Martin J. Biotechnology, Ethics and Vested interests: The European convention

on bioethics and human rights, in Biology, Biologists and Bioethics:

Concerns for scientists, politicians and consumers. (ed) Stefano Dumontet and Horst

Grimme. Foxwell & Davies Italia S.r.l. Italy. 2004.

 

3 On July 8 2007, just before the beginning of the GMC fitness to practice hearing

held against Dr Andrew Wakefield, the Observer published an article by Denis

Campbell, ‘I told the truth all along, says doctor at heart of autism row’. The article

contained a relatively objective interview with Dr Wakefield accompanied by a story

of his case. The journalist involved was hauled over the coals during the next (cont.)

 

3 (Cont.) week and the ensuing months saw a bitter row develop between the

Observer and its sister paper the Guardian. In October the editor of the Observer

Roger Alton announced his resignation and the editorship was handed to the paper’s

deputy editor John Mulholland.

4 Yellow journalism is a pejorative reference to journalism that features scandalmongering,

sensationalism, or other unethical or unprofessional practices by news

media organisations or journalists. It has been loosely defined as “not quite libel”.

Ref: Wikipedia.

 

5 Journal of the American Medical Association, vol 284, July 26, 2000. (Cont.)

 

5 (Cont.) Dr Barbara Starfield of the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public

Health suggests that 250,000 deaths a year are caused by orthodox medicine and its

doctors. By far the highest death rate category are those deaths caused by non-error,

adverse reaction to drugs, estimated to be 106,000 a year.

Death by Medicine, Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD;

Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD. Life Extension magazine. August, 2006.

This paper suggested that medical mistakes and adverse drug reactions together created

the prime cause of death in North America.

The findings of Professor Munir Pirmohamed’s study in Liverpool suggested that the

equivalent of up to seven 800-bed hospitals may be occupied at any one time by

patients with adverse drug reactions (ADR), and that ADRs upon admission may be

responsible for up to 5,700 hospital deaths a year.

See also Lazarou J, Pomeranz BH, Corey PN. ‘Incidence of adverse drug reactions in

hospitalized patients: a meta-analysis of prospective studies’. JAMA. 1998 Apr 15;

279(15):1200-5.

 

 

Apendices

 

Appendix 1 – Some Notes On Skepticism

 

1 Some notes on Skepticism from the suppressed science site. http://www.suppressedscience.

net/skepticism.html. This site is completely anonymous and yet contains

some of the best and most erudite information about the suppression of science available.

2 Op. cit. Dirty Medicine.

 

 

Appendix 3 – The Skeptic Connection

 

1 http://www.phy.syr.edu/courses/modules/PSEUDO/pseudo_main.html

http://www.phy.syr.edu/courses/modules/PSEUDO/pseudo_main.html

 

 

Appendix 6 – The Other Medicine

 

1 BMJ 2003;327:1411 (13 December), doi:10.1136/bmj.327.7428.1411.

2 Michael Fitzpatrick, general practitioner: London fitz@easynet.co.uk.

Despite the rules of the BMJ about declaring conflict of interests, Fitzpatrick and

Taverne are usually allowed to get away with failing to mention the corporate funding

for their various lobby organisations.

 

 

Appendix 8 – Another Placement

 

1 The Royal Society Annual Review 1998-99.

 

2 The present Chairman of the NERC is Rob Margetts CBE FREng FIChemE currently

Chairman of Legal & General Group plc and Chairman (Europe) of Huntsman

Corporation. He is also non-executive Director of Anglo American plc. On 18 January

2002 he became Chairman of the BOC Group plc. He is a Governor and Fellow of

Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal

Academy of Engineering and Institution of Chemical Engineers. He is a member of

the Council for Science & Technology and of the Advisory Committee for Business

& Environment. He has also been a member of the Foresight Steering Group.

3 Les Firbank, leader of the UK farm-scale evaluations of genetically modified crops.

Tony Gilland, science and society director, Institute of Ideas. Robin Grove-White,

professor of environment and society, Lancaster University. Gregory Conko, Gregory

Conko is director of food safety policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Dr

Channapatna S Prakash is professor of plant molecular genetics at Tuskegee University.

Alan Gray, director of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Dorset, England. John

Conroy, TV producer and journalist. Agricultural Biotechnology Council, knowledge

and resource service of the UK agricultural biotechnology industry.

 

4 http://www.gmwatch.org/profile1.asp?PrId=124.

5 Fifth Annual Report of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment

(ACRE). 1 April 1997 to 31 December 1998.

 

6 GM Watch.

 

 

Appendix 10 – Nutrition Attacks Without Science

 

1 S. Harakeh S, R. Jariwalla, L. Pauling ‘Suppression of human immunodeficiency

virus replication by ascorbate in chronically and acutely infected cells’ Proc Natl

Acad Sci (18):7245-9 (1990).

2 S. Harakeh, R. Jariwalla ‘Ascorbate effect on cytokine stimulation of HIV production.’

Nutrition, 11(5 Suppl):684-7 (1995).

 

3 F. Muller et al ‘Virological and immunological effects of antioxidant treatment in

patients with HIV infection’ Eur J Clin Invest 30: 905-14 (2000)

4 W. Fawzi et al ‘Randomised trial of effects of vitamin supplements on pregnancy

outcomes and T cell counts in HIV-1-infected women in Tanzania.’ Lancet,

351(9114):1477-8.

 

 

Appendix 12 – Professor Simon Wessley

 

1 Op. cit. Walker, The Ghost Lobby.

 

2 Other members of the R,RSAG are, Ms Lis Birrane, HPA, Ms Deborah Cohen,

BBC, Professor William Gelletly, University of Surrey, Mr Edward McConnell, The

Marlborough School, Professor Jim McQuaid, Royal Academy of Engineering, Dr

Michael Murphy, University of Oxford, Professor Nick Pidgeon, University of East

Anglia, Professor Lynda Warren, University of Wales Aberystwyth, Dr Hilary Walker,

Department of Health.

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