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February 2006 (Vol. 16 Issue 11)

MagazineFebruary 2006 (Vol. 16 Issue 11)

This issue

FEATURE When miracles are almost routine

It was headline news when, in mid-November of this year, the British press announced that Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year-old with AIDS, had apparently been cured

FEATURE Happy thoughts

Although medicine likes to pretend that these cases are rare, a scan of the medical literature is instructive


* Black cumin (Nigella sativa)

FEATURE Antipsychotics

In a retrospective study of 22,890 patients, aged 65 or older and taking antipsychotics over a nine-year period, those using conventional medications had a significantly higher risk of death than those using the atypical antipsychotics we've been warned about


It's finally come to everyone's notice that the drug can trigger fatal asthma attacks, a detail that's been frequently raised over the years

FEATURE More on homeopathy, please

In my tiny beginner's homeopathy practise, I've had tremendously positive results for polycystic ovaries (two) and chronic cold sores (one) and, at college last weekend, a lecture included a spectacularly successful treatment for PCOS

FEATURE The cholesterol non-connection

It's likely that cholesterol, produced in our cells, is a natural reparative substance that heals blood vessels damaged by modern 'poisons' such as processed foods

FEATURE Don't let facts spoil the results

An investigation into drug-company influence on research studies they've funded revealed that the researchers were often encouraged to arrive at a 'favourable conclusion' even when the results and small print didn't warrant one

FEATURE The sun in winter

* The more sun as a child, the less your risk of multiple sclerosis (MS)

FEATURE A natural quick fix

* Chitosan, a dietary supplement derived from chitin, a starch found in the (crushed) skeletons of shrimp, crab and other shellfish, is claimed to bind and trap fat, leading to its excretion and weight loss

FEATURE When miracles are almost routine

Wright had a generalized far-advanced malignancy with huge tumor masses the size of oranges, in the neck, underarms, groin, chest and abdomen

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