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Evidence-based medicine in crisis? BMJ Article. 1 year 11 months ago #1

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Hi Jodie,

While there are some good points in this article it does not provide me with any hope that the problems can be solved, at least in the short term. It just strengthens my conviction that we should take ever more responsibility for dealing with our own health issues. In areas where the medical establishment has failed us, we potentially have a wealth of evidence to share with others from our experiences in those areas where we have found answers to our own health problems. This, after all, is where the rubber truly hits the road.

Due to various hidden agendas and vested interests we can no longer trust the medical establishment in all things nor the establishment sponsored advice we are given for healthy living. My own personal experience has convinced me that fear of litigation against the establishment is a major hindrance in revealing much vital medical evidence.

In order to gain a better understanding, I highly recommend reading 'Trick and Treat' by Barry Groves which is full of substantial well documented and referenced evidence aimed toward healthy living and recovery from major dietary imposed health issues. The book contains many references to important health related evidence that is totally ignored or even refuted by the establishment.
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Interesting, I'll have a look at the book. We have to try and bring the establishment with us somehow tho, we can't avoid the medics altogether. At the moment I would love to be able to do my own dentistry, but I can't !
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Hi Jodie,

I fully agree that we need to do what little we can to bring the establishment with us. I have generally made a point of interacting with medics even though their hands are often tied by the limitations placed upon them by the establishment and have consequently not been able to help me.

Early on in my journey toward recovery my local GP actually gave credence to the course I was following and stated that 'the medical establishment had not yet written the book'. On a later occasion I travelled to London to take part in a demo outside the offices of the General Medical Council where the well known and highly respected Dr Sarah Myhill was called before the council basically for working outside of the box in her treatment of CFS and other specialities and also for information posted on her website that did not line up with establishment norms. The council was bombarded with 4000 letters and emails from patients and medical academics in support of Dr Myhilll but they considered these to be irrelevant. Dr Myhill had severe restrictions placed on her right to practice but has fought back to , as far as I know, recover most of her rights to practise as a GP. Here is yet another instance where a lot of compelling ' on the ground' medical evidence was ignored.

We all have a part to play in drawing attention to the predicament we find ourselves in with no available qualified help for dealing with our own particular health problems. Not easy when you are suffering from a debilitating illness! In my opinion the problem lies fair and squarely with the establishment and not with individual doctors.

With regard to dentistry, after I discovered that I had been suffering a lifetime of chronic mercury poisoning I had my amalgams replaced by two caring and conscientious dentists conversant with the very special procedures required for safely dealing with the highly toxic mercury contained in the amalgam. Some time afterwards they were both suspended by the Dental Council for following the procedure and eventually reinstated on condition that they would would no longer follow it. WHY??
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Hi PDZ, yup that's pretty much the state of things, we just have to keep fighting & pushing and keeping up the pressure, tho as you say if you are sick & weak you can feel it's too difficult.. and that's exactly when you have to fight the hardest cos that's often when u get the worst treatment.. I try & get myself as prep'd as poss when I feel well, keep careful notes & copies of all tests & histories & research as much as poss while I can.

I didn't know that about Sarah Myhill - wow.

I'm wondering when u had your mercury fillngs removed? I had all my mine removed about 10 years ago.. a nutritionist did a test which showed 3x too much mercury in my system & the fillings were leaking badly.  I got a 2nd opinion from a professor / practising specialist at UCL as to whether I should do it cos it seemed a bit 'out there' - but he said go ahead, ppl with chronic illness often do much better w/out mercury amalgams & the old fillings do usually leak mercury.   This guy sat on a Government advisory panel for NHS dentistry ! he knew mercury fillings were not good for general health and obv didn't mind saying so to his patients.. he offered to take them out too but i had them removed by a holistic dentist. He's still practising at Eastman Institute & privately so I guess no one had a go at him :) it was big leap forward, almost immediately I lost a lot of the weakness I had at that point. That said, I am now having terrible probs with composites , can't tolerate any supplied locally. And just had a nasty reaction to CEREC crown tho I'm usually ok with ceramic. NHS not helping at all so far & its costing a massive amount of cash every time privately .. and even private dentists look at you as if you're nuts .. try & get hold of a spec sheet listing what's in "composite no.1" - no one knows anything - its as if you've asked for a slice of the moon.
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Hi Jodie,
re dentistry
You will find the attached test report of interest. This was ordered by the dentists who replaced my amalgams prior to the procedure. The test indicated my potential sensitivity levels to the various dental composites. While the original dentists complied I have not been able to get any dentists to subsequently. It just does not seem to register with them and in any event they don't seem to know much about the materials they are using.
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