A big health decision for a future king


Friday 26th July 2013 

  • A royal dilemma for some new parents

  • Discover great news for natural remedies

  • Have you got the taste for my new book?

This week we have a new royal baby, a brand new prince (by George!) and a big story that the NHS wonít be offering a vaccine against the disease that every parent fears Ė bacterial meningitis.

This horrendous condition affects over a thousand children each year in the UK and can lead to loss of life, loss of limbs or a range of cognitive problems.

Researchers have developed a new vaccine that has shown to be effective against the bacteria, but the company marketing it have priced it beyond the budget of the NHS.

Such of the scandals of the pharmaceutical industry, and the impact they have on our lives.

But I wonder if everyone makes the same decisions?

Having a new baby royal might make for some interesting reading over the next few months as he grows and develops, and especially around the kind of choices his parents make about vaccination.

For instance will he be getting the combined mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) jab that has been the subject of so much controversy?
The combined vaccine replaced three separate ones several years ago, and was suspected of being a causative factor in the increasing presentation of autistic children Ė you may remember the furore caused by a report published by Dr Andrew Wakefield.

He stated that the combined drugs led to a major change in gut flora which in turn caused significant developmental changes for the child Ė and the medical profession turned on him.

He was vilified and became the subject of dogs abuse...

...but, a recent paper published by Arizona State University(1) actually proved he had a point.

They found that a sample of twenty autistic children were low in gut bacteria levels, and specifically in three really important ones.

Now they are looking into whether the vaccine does change the gut flora, and if this link is proven Dr Wakefield might be due a very big apology.

Welcome to the world of parenting William and Kate, these are the sort of stories which will now dominate your conversations, and you too will come to realise that the medical profession arenít always to be trusted.

Because of vested interests and the huge wads of money at stake much of what we are told by the media and even our GPís is suspect.

All of this will need to be sifted through and analysed before the Prince of Cambridge is treated to any medical intervention...

...I wonder whether they will allow any of his grandfathers more natural views to prevail?

Prince Charles has long been a supporter of alternative and complementary therapies, and natural remedies so there is hope that a bit of sense might be used.

Great news for natural remedies

Since I began writing the Good Life Letter in 2005 we have been subjected to a barrage of legislation aimed at stopping providers of natural remedies telling the public what they can do.

The European Food Standards Agency (EFSA), the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) are quick to leap onto any poor unsuspecting soul who transgresses their draconian rules.

Even I wasnít immune from their savagery when they raided our offices just because I happened to mention that the NHS were using honey to help in wound healing. Read the full story here

Basically, their view is that unless something has been put through extensive and expensive trails that absolutely prove benefits (most of which are blindingly obvious, or have been categorically proven over many ages of usage) then they canít be mentioned.

So if a small producer wants to say that their honey can be used to help old ladies with ulcerated legs because they know that their local hospital are using Manuka honey patches for the same purpose then they run the risk of a dawn raid and huge fines.

Itís pathetic!

But, hidden away in a new paper from the pen pushers in Brussels comes salvation for natural remedies.

The newly introduced EU Register on Nutrition & Health Claims contains a whole raft of natural remedies for a range of common problems, such as;

Krill Oil containing two vital natural acids (EPA & DHA) is able to protect joint function and can actually be a vital asset to help control conditions like arthritis and gout.

Magnesium supplementation is proven to reduce muscle fatigue, and when combined with calcium will also help improve bone health in conditions such as osteopenia.

Vitamin D promotes a healthy immune system so make the most of the sunshine to boost your levels naturally or choose a suitable supplement to keep the nasties at bay.

Iíll wager that these stories donít make headlines in the papers like a new wonder pill would though.

Funny how inexpensive and natural remedies tend to be kept very low key Ė almost as if someone would prefer you not to know!

A big day on Sunday

My latest attempt to promote food as a natural remedy will hit the streets on Sunday with the full launch of my new book Everyday Superfoods.

Keep a look out in your inbox for a great offer to get your hands on the complete Seasonal Food Diet Ė it really will provide you with unrivalled facts and information about getting the full benefits form the food you eat.

I might just send one round to Prince George!

Yours, as always


(1) Kang, D. W., Park, J. G., Ilhan, Z. E., Wallstrom, G., LaBaer, J., Adams, J. B., & Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2013). Reduced Incidence of Prevotella and Other Fermenters in Intestinal Microflora of Autistic Children. PloS one, 8(7), e68322.




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