the-sword-of-damoclesThe number of people prone to severe, sometimes fatal, allergic reactions has accelerated dramatically over the last two years, according to the latest official figures. These show the number of people prone to severe, sometimes fatal, allergic reactions has accelerated. There has also been an unprecedented increase in prescriptions issued to combat the condition.
An analysis of the Department of Health’s prescription tables, published last week, reveals the number of emergency adrenaline injectors issued by doctors to combat severe allergy rose by 54 per cent between 2003 and 2005.

The tables show that last year a record 153,820 injectors were issued, compared with 99,325 in 2003 and just 25,200 in 1995 – a rise of 610 per cent over the decade. The most common triggers for a severe reaction – known in the medical world as anaphylaxis – are allergies to nuts, especially peanuts, fish, dairy products, latex, insect stings and, more recently, kiwi fruit. Around 20 children die each year from the condition. Studies suggest that there has been a sevenfold increase in hospital admissions over the last decade.

‘These figures show there has been a significant increase in severe allergic conditions,’ said David Reading, director of The Anaphylaxis Campaign. ‘But even though there is more awareness of the problem in GPs’ surgeries, there is no consistency. Some people get adrenaline, some people don’t.

‘No one knows for sure what is causing it. Parents with children who suffer from the problem feel they have a sword of Damocles hanging over them. All you can do at the moment is treat the symptoms with adrenaline or avoid the triggers. It is vital we have better labelling of food in shops and restaurants.’

The injectors are given to patients only if doctors believe they are absolutely necessary. It is unlikely they are being issued because diagnosis is improving, or because doctors are more eager to supply them, suggesting the rise of anaphylaxis is a credible and disturbing problem.

Anaphylactic shock occurs when the body’s immune system reacts to the presence of a substance it wrongly perceives as a threat. The reaction triggers the sudden release of chemical substances from cells in the blood and tissues where they are stored. During anaphylaxis, blood vessels leak, bronchial tissues swell and blood pressure drops, causing choking and collapse. Adrenaline injections constrict blood vessels and smooth muscles in the lungs to improve breathing, stimulate the heartbeat and stop swelling around the face and lips.

Rob Travers, product manager with the pharmaceutical company ALK-Abell, which manufactures most of the adrenaline injectors sold in the UK, said there were several theories for what lay behind the increase in anaphylaxis.

‘Some experts think it has a lot to do with the Western lifestyle, which is probably far too clean,’ he said. ‘The part of our immune system that would have once been challenged is no longer being challenged.’ Other possible causes could include pollution or vaccines, but experts stressed more research needed to be done.

Of particular concern is the sharp rise in the number of young children who are suffering. Last year 46,953 injectors were issued to children under the age of seven, compared with just 7,590 10 years ago.

Originally posted 2013-02-18 18:03:42.

send-in-the-clownsIn The Tiimes last October, they reported on the plight of tranquiliser addicts. Yesterday, the 16th January, the headline appeared “GP’s warned to steer clear of the tranquiliser trap”. Almost 18 million prescriptions are written every year for Benzodiazepines and for Z drugs, a group of tranquilisers known to have similar long-term effects as Valium.
They reported that despite explicit guidelines from NICE – the healthcare regulator, that Benzodiazepines should be used for no more than 4 weeks. It is however, believed that as many as 1million men and women use the medication regularly.

A spokesman for All Party Parliamentary group on Involuntary Tranquiliser Addiction said “The Department of Health is still providing no treatment for this illness which it created. Leaving “Benzo” addicts to rely on services designed for users of illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

In the business section, Deputy Business Editor Andrew Clark reported on AstraZeneca who employ 7,500 people in Britain. AstraZeneca’s global workforce has fallen 10,000 to 57,200 over the past 4 years and new drugs for arthritis, depression and infant lung disease have failed in clinical trials. Apparently, government ministers are concerned about the company’s plight. David Willetts, the Science Minister, recently intervened to try and encourage the NHS Trust to adopt “Brilique” a new AstraZeneca drug for heart attack sufferers. AstraZeneca’s plight in common with all pharmaceutical companies, is that they are now being scrutinised more independently revealing previously hidden side effects and exaggerated benefits, meaning fewer drugs make it to market due to failing trials.

The problem for governments is that Big Pharma as a major employer and tax provider, is too big to fail. Also of course, the medical profession relies totally on their products, it is rare for a doctor to suggest anything other than a drug of some type or another, despite not fully understanding the possible risks from side effects due to the under-reporting of ADR (adverse drug reactions) hidden in the majority of drug trials. If alternative healthcare was also free at the time of use, the pressure on Doctors would in all likelihood rapidly diminish, allergies in particular and several other supposed untreatable diseases would become far less of a problem, potentially saving the NHS millions of pounds each year. Not of course a popular idea with Big Pharma!

In reference to the title of this blog, the joke is on us.

Originally posted 2013-01-27 18:13:20.

yellow-card-issuesAs you may know, medical practitioners have an obligation to report all adverse drug reactions using what is known in the health industry as Yellow Card reporting. Without this feedback it is near impossible for Health Agencies to form an accurate opinion regarding drug safety.
Sadly, this procedure is often neglected by a large number of clinics. I asked a practice nurse I treated for her latex allergy how many yellow cards they sent out per month? “We don’t do those” she replied. Obviously this leads to some people experiencing side effects only to be told that there is no connection between the side effects and the drug in question.

A man in his 60’s who I was helping with his back pain told me he would be unable to see me again for 2-3 weeks as he was to have the flu jab and this always laid him out for a few weeks after. I could not help but ask him why , if it made him so ill, did he agree to have it? He said because of his diabetes he was unable to refuse any treatment recommended because if he did, then he feared he would be removed from the GP’s patient list. He did, however, report each year to his Doctor following his illness after having the flu jab. He was always told there is no connection.

Crazy business and not much to do with health care, but there are a number of cases far worse than this regarding vaccinations during pregnancy. Pregnant mothers have been recommended to have a double dose of the flu jab and told it was risk free. This has led to an increase in foetal deaths by 4,250%. To see the full disclosure go to

Originally posted 2012-11-27 18:27:26.

whats-up-docDon’t they trust you? Why are we as patients being instructed not to ask our Doctor for antibiotics as they may not be necessary? Surely our Doctor or Doctors will know whether or not a specific drug is appropriate and prescribe accordingly? Of course it could suggest a lack of faith in our Doctors ability to say “no” when faced with a demanding patient and if that is the case then it’s Doctors that need counseling, not their patients.
I would imagine that Doctors must feel aggrieved at the lack of trust being demonstrated in their ability to prescribe appropriately no matter how difficult the situation. In any case, there soon wont be much point in asking for antibiotics, as they become increasingly ineffective, with no replacement drugs likely in the immediate future.

Make with the carrots, Doc at least they support the immune system.

Originally posted 2012-11-20 18:29:14.

how-safe-are-prescription-drugsVery safe, partially safe, or downright recklessly dangerous?
Being the type of person not averse to taking the occasional painkiller or the odd course of antibiotics for my recurring dental problems, I would, like most people, wish to believe that prescribed medication is very safe. After all the Pharmaceutical Industry invests countless millions every year on research and development, very reassuring, or is it?

Lets consider some recent events which give cause for concern: In 2007 Bristol-Myers were fined 375m for illegally offering gifts to doctors for promoting drugs for illnesses for which they were not approved. In 2008 Merck Co paid $418m to the US government, relating to it’s drugs Vioxx and Zocor. In 2009 Pfizer paid $1.5bn for improperly marketing their arthritis drug Bextra. Glaxo paid a record fine of $1.9bn for encouraging doctors to prescribe drugs such as Seroxat an antidepressant for patients where it was contra-indicated.

Roche the Swiss pharmaceutical Co withheld information that over 15000 Americans died from taking its drugs. They also covered up 65,000 other cases of suspected side effects, due to drugs such as Herceptin, prescribed for breast cancer patients and Lucentis for loss of sight due to ageing. A few weeks ago Abbotts Laboratories were fined over a $1bn for wrongly marketing an anti-psychotic drug called Depakote.

All of these fines totalling many billions of dollars relate to drugs usually taken orally, but what of other treatments like vaccinations?

Like me, you may have wondered just how BSE in our beef herds, crossed over and became vCJD in humans, causing devastating brain destruction. If vCJD was caused by eating beef then how did vegetarian non meat eaters also become infected and why did it infect a fairly narrow age group, with an average at death of 28 years? The majority of cases have occurred in the UK, the first person to display symptoms became ill in 1994. There have also been a few cases in other countries, which are thought to have been caused by exposure to BSE while residing in the UK.

The narrow age range and the anomaly where non meat eaters in this same group became infected, suggests the possibility of a causal factor other than consuming beef products. People of all ages consumed vast quantities of beef during the period of likely infection, but only youngsters contracted vCJD. BSE has only been found in the brain and spinal nerve tissue of cattle and not in the skeletal muscles which provide the Sunday roast, burgers, steaks etc. Although bovine brain and spinal cord are not eaten they are used, particularly in the production of vaccines.

This bovine tissue is used in the manufacture of the polio vaccine, a process known as attenuation, where the infecting virus is cultured to produce a vaccine which mimics the disease, creating antibodies to provide protection without actually causing the disease itself. But what if this tissue is infected with BSE?

The company contracted to provide 11 million doses of the polio vaccine was Medever, who were unlikely to be aware of BSE in the herds. Could it be that vCJD occurred due to this type of transmission? Is that why Medeva sold their vaccination arm to another pharmaceutical Co Celtech who in turn sold on this possible poison chalice to yet another company, both prior to the publication of the Sir Peter Phillips report into the likely cause of vCJD?

Could they have been tipped off?

Just my musings of course, but it would explain why vCJD occurred in that particular age group and why non meat eaters also became victim to this terrible disease.

Originally posted 2012-08-13 18:52:47.

Two widespread industrial chemicals can cause infertility in fish down to at least the fourth generation: The plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and a key ingredient in human birth control pills, according to a study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and published in the journal Scientific Reports.

“We were looking at things that can be important in reproduction and survival, the fertilization rate and the survival of embryos,” researcher Donald Tillit said.

Prior studies have shown that certain pollutants can induce changes that are passed on to offspring.

“What we know now is it can occur in fish,” Tillit said. “Now we know that fish exposed can pass the effects to offspring several generations down.”

Grandchildren, great-grandchildren affected

The study was conducted in the laboratory, where researchers exposed developing fish embryos to BPA or to 17a-ethinylestradiol (EE2, a major ingredient in oral contraceptives). Both chemicals have been confirmed as endocrine disruptors that can cause developmental disorders.

The fish were observed and allowed to reproduce, and their offspring were also observed for three generations. Other than the original generation, none of the fish were exposed to the chemicals.

No reproductive abnormalities were observed in the exposed fish, or in their offspring. The third generation of exposed fish (the “grandchildren”), however, exhibited a 30 decrease in fertility compared with fish whose ancestors had never been exposed. The next generation (“great-grandchildren”) had a 20 percent drop in fertility.

“If those trends continued, the potential for declines in overall population numbers might be expected in future generations,” researcher Ramji Bhandari said. “These adverse outcomes, if shown in natural populations, could have negative impacts on fish inhabiting contaminated aquatic environments.”

“This study shows that even though endocrine disruptors may not affect the life of the exposed fish, it may negatively affect future generations.”

The multigenerational effects observed likely belong to the field of epigenetics, which studies the way that changes in gene expression (rather than the DNA itself) can be passed on to future generations. Studies have shown that everything from BPA and pesticides to changes in the maternal diet can cause epigenetic changes down to four or more generations.

Endocrine disruptors widespread

The chemicals studied are both widespread in the environment, and like other pollutants they tend to concentrate in aquatic environments.

BPA is a chemical used to make plastics hard and transparent, and also to make resins that line food and beverage cans – both of which can cause it to leach into human food and from there into the water supply. BPA is also used in a variety of common non-food consumer and industrial products, including electronics and even the paper used to print receipts.

In recent years, concerns over the health effects of BPA have led to a proliferation of “BPA-free” products. Unfortunately, studies suggest that these substitutes have the same health effects as BPA.

EE2 is a major ingredient in birth control pills, and about 68 percent of all EE2 in such pills has been shown to pass out of the body unchanged in urine or excrement.

Even though EE2 passes into the environment in such large quantities, a 2010 USGS study showed that the amount of estrogen released into drinking water by birth control pills is utterly dwarfed by the amount released from other sources, such as livestock operations and soy and dairy foods. This just goes to show the massive scale on which human are flooding the environment with out-of-place hormones.

This flood of hormones may be one reason for the recently observed phenomenon of male fish in U.S. rivers changing into females. This is also being studied by the USGS.

(Natural News Science)


Originally posted 2016-01-26 11:35:42.

curcuminI have two cases at the moment that are most topical as there is in the news this week an article where senior medical people ask for the capping of costs for IVF treatment. Whatever one thinks, and Nature appears to be ignored in this discussion, the creation of a child other than by natural means is clearly a huge lot of trouble not to mention the cost to the State. So, is there possibly a way round this, and avoiding noxious chemicals? There just might be, for some.


I have a friend, who does not believe in natural remedies, who has produced twin boys after three attempts at IVF. I also have a client who was troubled with serious menstrual pains. She had uterine fibroids that she asked me if I could help with. I immediately suggested Home Cures Serrapeptase Strong ™ and Home Cures Curcumin99™. She has recently emailed me to say she is so delighted, she is pregnant and deliriously happy after trying for years to have a baby.

serrapeptaseThe first lady did not take any Serrapeptase or Curcumin, despite entreaties; the second has had a good result. However, one thing is clear from this;  that infertility is not always insurmountable. Yes it is on the increase, lifestyle taking a massive part of the blame. No, it is not always the end of the story before the IVF route. And natural remedies are known to be better than any chemicals. Here are extracts from Lady N° 2’s emails of her route to happiness.

In November 2014 I stopped « The Pill » because of the risks of the possible cancerous and other unwanted side effects…. I rather think that it is possibly the pill that was the cause of my pains and almost certainly my fibroids.

In July 2015 I saw a Consultant for my painful periods and it was found that I had small , 8mm, fibroids, considered too small to do anything about with conventional medication. As I said I had stopped contraception in November 2014, … and then, thanks to an article on the internet, in September this year I contacted you. Then in October I got pregnant. I am so happy !

If you would like to Use Serrapeptase and Curcumin to help you get Pregnant you can buy Serrapeptase ™ or buy Curcumin 99™ they are available from Home Cures Natural Remedies.

John Osborne, a Naturopath of many years experience, works with the leading authorities in the world on the natural ways to cure serious illness. John is readily contactable via his web site, where he is happy to advise on all forms of natural treatment for bodily sickness. (John is not a doctor so is not able to offer any diagnosis.)

Originally posted 2015-10-30 11:19:27.