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26-09-2014 10:16
Doomwatch is the best show around

31-05-2014 09:13
Missed you this week.. Happy Birthday Alex for Sunday. you misunderstood my text last week as I meanth a local broadcast audience. ie Local Bar or suchlike

04-11-2013 00:50
Fantastic first show Alex and great to hear Patrick Henningsen again

03-04-2013 21:37
Good guest this week. When is someone going to knock on the Royals' door???

20-03-2013 21:40
pass the parcel lol

Doomwatch 31 - Dr Graham Downing - Functional Medicine

Doomwatch 31 - Dr Graham Downing - Functional Medicine

Friday 27 June 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm UK on Peterborough FM - You are invited to join host alex:g, Text Jockey Lexy Manning, and Voice of the Visuals Tom Mutiny for the 31st edition of DOOMWATCH - our guest will be Dr Graham Downing DEBFM DEBMM DABCI(cand) MSc BSc(Hons) FFHprt2(Advanced Medicine) who will be discussing the world of Functional Medicine, and how DNA can be controlled for health benefits.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of action by ATVOD, the 'Authority' for Television On Demand services in the UK, DOOMWATCH will not now be simultaneously broadcast in sound and vision on YouTube, nor will previous editions be available via this distribution method. 

You will, however, still be able to watch the show in sound and vision LIVE by visiting www.ukcolumn.org/live.

Due to several requests, Doctor Graham Downing is available for personal consultations.  PLEASE CLICK HERE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK ONE WITH HIM.



The campaign against What Doctors Don't Tell You magazine

A concerted letter-writing campaign by a handful of very vociferous self-styled 'skeptics' has managed to convince Tesco that customers are complaining about What Doctors Don't Tell You, and the store chain has just agreed to withdraw the magazine from the shelves. These were not legitimate complaints. They were the result of several calls to action by a few sceptical websites to a small band of very devoted and fairly fanatical followers.

This is part of an 20-month concerted campaign by Simon Singh, Sense About Science and a variety of rag-tag organizations like the Nightingale Collaboration to ban or crush WDDTY. Singh and co have called Comag, our distributors, multiple times, orchestrated letter writing campaigns to all the store chains that carry the magazine, harassed dozens of our advertisers by reporting them the ASA, sent their foot soldiers to hide our magazines on the shelves of stores and attempted to destroy our Google ranking.  One of our websites was even mysteriously hacked into. They don't engage in open or legitimate dialogue, only innuendo and bully-boy tactics on our social network sites.

Simon Singh is busy these days tweeting his supporters to write Tesco to thank them for not stocking the magazine. And all this because they don't want you to have a choice about the information you have about your health care.

They believe that you should only have access to one sort of health information - the information that ridicules alternative medicine of all persuasions and embraces conventional medicine as currently practiced.  They believe that they have the right to dictate to you the forms of health care you have access to. They claim to be in favour of free speech in science, but only the information they deem acceptable for you to read. The skeptics have a loyal following, but there are tens of thousands more who support WDDTY and our work. Tesco will reconsider if they hear from customers who want to buy WDDTY in their stores.

If you buy WDDTY at Tesco, you believe in free speech, and freedom of choice in health care, or you believe that Tesco should continue to stock WDDTY, please write to customer service and tell them exactly why: customer.service@tesco.co.uk


Four major screw ups with your sun exposure and how to correct them

(NaturalNews) The sun is a major healing force and is responsible for sustaining life on this planet. However, in recent years it is more recognised for its damaging effects than how it can positively affect someone's health. This is due to an improper relationship with the sun, however, with some slight adjustments that healing power can be recaptured.

Acclimation and exposure: There is a tendency to overdo it when exposing the body to the suns rays, and the result is often a skin damaging sunburn. When acclimating to the sun, start in the spring and create a protective tan with phased in exposure. Melanin, the tanned skin pigment that is produced in the spring, prevents sunburn in the summer. It is a biological mechanism for photo-protection designed exclusively to maintain human's healthy relationship with the sun.

Melanin in the skin transforms 99.9% of absorbed UV radiation into heat that is easily dissipated, which effectively avoids radiation damage that contributes to cell damage. The best time of day to tan is early morning to solar noon. Expose at least your arms and legs, and do it without sunblock for at least 15 to 45 minutes. Use the heat and colour of the skin as a guide to get out and cover up.

Misuse of sunscreen: Not only do synthetic sunscreens effectively block the healing benefits of the sun, they also become absorbed and baked into the skin, creating a whole host of potential health problems. Synthetic sunscreen creates a false sense of security by disabling the skin' early detection system, the sunburn, that gives fair warning of imminent danger. This results in overexposure to UV radiation, which effectively ruins the healing benefits and creates other health problems.

Sunscreens block UVB rays, which are the rays required for proper vitamin D production. The interaction of the sun’s rays with skin activates the production of vitamin D, which scientists are just beginning to discover how much the body sorely needs. Consider only non-toxic sunscreens or botanical oils when sun exposure becomes too long and skin protection is necessary.

Sunglasses overkill: Sunglasses have now become mostly a fashion statement and the health consequences are concerning. The eyes need sunlight too, as it is the most direct path of communication to the brain and people’s health and mood depend on it. When a full spectrum of light rays is received by the retina, it is coded in the brain and sets in motion production of hormones and neurochemicals that keep people happy and healthy.

The lens at the back of the eye, which stimulates the body's master clock in the hypothalamus and pineal gland, absorbs the blue part of the sunlight spectrum. This in turn creates the production and release of melatonin, the circadian rhythm hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. It is also a powerful immune booster and anti-aging antioxidant that protects DNA and delays neuro-degeneration. Wearing sunglasses or being indoors blocks blue light reception and reduces the immune system benefits and nightly dose of melatonin. For these reasons, use sunglasses more sparingly and in more intense sunlight situations.

Improper food choices: The antioxidant content of food that is eaten on a consistent basis also has a determining effect on the chances of sunburn. The sun’s rays damage the skin through free radicals, which are responsible for premature ageing and some cancers. Countering these free radicals with antioxidants is important in preventing damage such as sunburn and any related diseases it may promote. A high antioxidant diet of sun grown produce, herbs and supplements is the best form of internal sunscreen, and should be highly considered as part of a beneficial relationship with the sun.



'Sugar tax' call to tackle obesity

Action on Sugar has developed a 7-point plan to curb childhood obesity following a request for its views from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The measures include bringing in a sugar tax, limiting the availability of ultra-processed foods and sweetened soft drinks, and banning "junk food sports sponsorships". Dr Aseem Malhotra, cardiologist and science director of Action on Sugar, said: "It is really quite shameful that the food industry continues to spend billions in junk food advertising targeting children, the most vulnerable members of society. They even manage to associate sugary products with sport. Physical activity has a multitude of benefits but a child doing an hour of PE every day would be putting all to waste if they ended up gorging on a burger and chips and a packet of crisps washed down with a sugary drink. One has to run half a marathon to burn off those calories. It's time to bust the myth of physical activity and obesity and dissociate junk food and sport."

The seven measures called for are:

  • Reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020 by reformulating food
  • Cease all forms of targeted marketing of ultra-processed, unhealthy foods and drinks to children
  • Disassociate physical activity with obesity via banning junk food sports sponsorships
  • Reduce fat in ultra-processed foods, particularly saturated fat - 15% reduction by 2020
  • Limit the availability of ultra-processed foods and sweetened soft drinks as well as reducing portion size
  • Incentivise healthier food and discourage drinking of soft drinks by introducing a sugar tax
  • Remove responsibility for nutrition from the Department of Health and return it back to an independent agency

A Department of Health spokesman said: "We know some people eat too many calories including sugar. Childhood obesity is at its lowest since 1998 but more should be done.



Public health minister Jane Ellison has acknowledged that the Government no longer has "day-to-day control" of the NHS

The Conservative minister said as a result of the sweeping reforms under former health secretary Andrew Lansley "we pretty much gave away control" of the NHS. But Labour accused ministers of "washing their hands of responsibility for our NHS".

In comments recorded at a private meeting of the Tory Reform Group, Ms Ellison is heard praising Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Mr Lansley's successor, for doing a "brilliant job" and "turning the narrative around". In the recording, leaked to The Observer, she said: "I don't know how much any of you realise that with the Lansley act we pretty much gave away control of the NHS, which means that the thing that most people talk about in terms of health, the NHS, we have some important strategic mechanisms but we don't really have day-to-day control." At the meeting on 8th June, she said that "from a political point of view, it is a bit like being on a high wire without a net at times, it can be quite exciting".

The Department of Health said that the reforms had given greater powers to doctors and nurses and insisted that ministers "can and do grip the system" when it needs it.



Medical cannabis helps heal chronic disease

From the 1850s to 1942, cannabis was listed in the United States Pharmacopeia, an official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the counter medicines, as a treatment for tetanus, cholera, rabies, dysentery, alcoholism, opiate addiction, convulsive disorders, insanity, excessive menstrual bleeding and many other health problems.

Unfortunately, during that same time period, prohibition gained in popularity, along with a growing "faith" in federal government. By 1937, the United States passed its first federal law against cannabis, despite objections by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Today, we see a growing trend of acceptance of marijuana for its medicinal purposes. Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, reversed his 2009 opinion against marijuana -- when he said, "We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that."

So, why does the federal government want to eliminate its usage? Simply put, as many health experts agree, it's all about control and money. Here are just a few of the many health benefits associated with medical cannabis:

  • It can stop HIV from spreading throughout the body.
  • It slows the progression of Alzheimer's.
  • It slows the spread of cancer cells.
  • It is an active pain reliever.
  • It can prevent or help with opiate addiction.
  • It combats depression, anxiety and ADHD.
  • It can treat epilepsy and Tourette's.
  • It can help with other neurological damage, such as concussions and strokes.
  • It can prevent blindness from glaucoma.
  • It is connected to lower insulin levels in diabetics.

Contrary to popular belief, many patients can experience health benefits from cannabis without "getting high." Obviously, when dealing with health issues, it's best to work with a qualified health professional with professional experience in the safe use of marijuana.



7 Simple Ways to Unclog Your Arteries Naturally

Statistically, atherosclerosis (the progressive clogging of the arteries) is the number one killer on the planet.  A complex process, involving autoimmunity, infection, dietary incompatibilities, and many known and unknown factors, it is – despite conventional medical opinion – entirely preventable, and in some cases reversible.

Here is the peer-reviewed, published research proving the fact:

B Vitamins: A doubled-blind, randomized study, published in 2005, in the journal Atherosclerosis found that a simple intervention using 2.5 mg folic acid, 25 mg Vitamin B6, and 0.5mg Vitamin B12 for 1 year, resulted in significant reductions in arterial thickness (as measured by intima media thickeness). Even niacin or folic acid alone has been shown to have this effect in patients. [Note: Always opt for natural sources of the B-group vitamins, including probiotic supplementation, or a whole food extract, versus synthetic or semi-synthetic vitamins which, sadly, predominate on the market today].

Garlic:  Found to regress plaque build-up in the arteries, among many other potentially life-saving health benefits.

Pomegranate: this super healing fruit has been found to regress plaque buildup in the arteries, as well as being demonstrated to provide dozens of validated health benefits, including replacing the function of the mammalian ovary!

Fermented Cabbage: Kimchi, a Korean recipe, which includes fermented cabbage, hot pepper, and various other ingredients, including fermented fish, appears to stall the atherosclerotic process in the animal model. Additionally, strains of good bacteria in kimchi have been found capable of degrading toxic chemicals that can additional bodily harm.

L-Arginine: This amino acid is capable of preventing arterial thickening, up to 24% reduction,  in the animal model. We have done an extensive literature review on arginine supplementation and have found that in over 30 studies demonstrating this fact addition to 150 known health benefits, it is capable of addressing the underlying dysfunction associated with cardiovascular disease: endothelial dysfunction.

Turmeric (curcumin): the primary polyphenol in the Indian spice turmeric known as curcumin has been found to be an excellent cardioprotective, with over 30 studies demonstrating this fact. One study found that curcumin prevented damage to the arteries associated with blockage (neointima formation).

Sesame Seed: probably one of the most underappreciated super foods on the planet, sesame seed, which we have shown is as effective as Tylenol for arthritic pain, may be an excellent cardioprotective substance, ideally suited for preventing the progression of atherosclerosis. One animal study found it was capable of preventing atherosclerosis lesion formation.

This is a small sample of evidence-based natural interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention and/or regression. We have a much larger set of studies on over 200 natural substances capable of reducing the risk of heart attack and related heart disease related conditions.

Remember, heart disease is not a natural process, which we must accept as inevitable based on family history of an outdated gene-based model of human disease risk. Our daily decisions, especially regarding what we decide we are going to eat or do not eat, are first and foremost. We can use food as medicine, sloughing off the pharmaceutical industry meme that we need statins to stave off the 'inevitable.' Take back control of your health with nutrition, and realize that food is the only medicine that will both nourish us and heal our bodies in a way that will produce lasting health.



Black Sesame Seed Reduces High Blood Pressure

Research from Thailand's Mahidol University has found that black sesame seed can significantly reduce blood pressure among men and women. The research tested 30 men and women with an average age of 50 years old. They were considered 'pre-hypertensive' as their blood pressure levels were high but not yet high enough to be prescribed medication. The patients' blood pressures were taken before and after the four week study. During the four weeks, the patients did not take any medications or dietary supplements.

The volunteers were divided into two groups. One group was given six placebo capsules per day, and the other group was given six capsules of 420 milligrams of black sesame seed meal. Each person in the sesame seed group was given a total of 2,520 milligrams (2.5 grams) per day. The research found the sesame seed meal significantly decreased the blood pressure among the treated group. Their average systolic blood pressure after the four weeks was 121 mmHg, while the average blood pressure of the placebo group was 129 mmHg.



The health foods doctors say don't work


Dr Aseem Malhotra, lead cardiologist of the National Obesity Forum, says: “I don’t go near Benecol or any other margarine-type products that claim to lower cholesterol and I advise my patients to stay clear of them, too. First, they are expensive; second, these products are artificial, packed with unnatural products that really can’t do you any good; and third,

I don’t believe there is any demonstrable health benefit. They may have a very marginal effect on cholesterol, but — and this is critical — this hasn’t been established as having any clinical benefit in reducing the risk of a heart attack. In short, the whole saturated fat argument has been ridiculously overhyped.

“A review of studies in the American  Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2010, which analysed almost 350,000 people for up to 23 years, revealed no consistent evidence  linking saturated fat and cardiovascular disease. In fact, I’ve started advising my patients to have butter, though clearly in moderation. Really strong data is increasingly showing that the saturated fat from natural dairy products may even be beneficial in reducing heart attacks.

“It’s thought this is because it contains essential vitamins, such as A and D, as well as essential nutrients such as calcium and phosphorus, which studies suggest can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.”


Shamina Asif, council member of the College of Optometrists, says: “Everyone thinks that carrots help with eye health, but, in fact, they are of no more use to our eyes than any other vegetable. The myth started in World War II when the Government famously responded to a temporary wartime oversupply of carrots by suggesting that the RAF’s exceptional night-flying and target success was due to eating high carotene content carrots. The ruse worked: consumption increased sharply because people thought carrots might help them see in the blackout, thus taking the pressure off other more scarce food supplies.

“It’s actually leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, that people should eat for their eyes. These contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD) — the most common cause of blindness in the UK.”


Helen Bond, state registered dietitian, says: “While smoothies are undoubtedly better than fizzy drinks and can help you on your way to one or even two of your five-a-day, the health benefits of some are questionable.

“Many of those purchased in shops and supermarkets are very high in calories, with added whole-milk yogurt, syrups, sugar, even peanut butter and chocolate. Natural sugars from fruit in smoothies can add hundreds of extra calories to your daily intake.

“Juicing also involves the removal of fibre. This not only removes some of the nutrients that would be found in a whole fruit or vegetable, but you are also less likely to feel fuller for longer. Furthermore, if sipped over a long period of time, the fruit juice in smoothies, which is quite acidic, can damage dental enamel”


Dr Christine Haseler, GP adviser to the charity Arthritis Care, says: “Many people with osteoarthritis swear by cod liver oil. But there is no overriding evidence that it will do you any good whatsoever. Our advice is to focus instead on what we do know works — exercise. Research shows it is actually the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement. It’s also a great way to prevent osteoarthritis in the first place. So ditch the cod liver oil and get moving.

“If you have osteoarthritis you need to do activities with a wide range of motion, such as yoga, as well as endurance or aerobic exercises, such as walking, swimming or cycling, to strengthen your heart and lungs. Strengthening exercises, such as fast walking or using light weights, will help with muscle strength which, in turn, protects joints.”


Victoria Taylor, senior heart health dietician at the British Heart Foundation, says: “Foods that look ‘healthy’ are often actually packed with calories. The main ingredients in the ‘yogurt’ in yogurt-covered raisins and nuts are sugar and fat. In fact, there is no yogurt in them. It is a yogurt-flavoured coating consisting mostly of sugar, oil, dry milk and yogurt powder. You’d be better off having a low-fat yogurt with natural raisins or fresh fruit — less sugar and very little fat.”


Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, says: “There has been a lot of hype about the power of berries in helping to stave off dementia. Yes, some research has found a handful of berries might help slow age-related mental decline, and, of course, eating lots of fruit is a good thing generally. But what is completely untrue is this idea that if you eat daily bowls of strawberries and blueberries, you’ll be safe. The studies focused on the fact that some berries are rich in flavonoid chemicals with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. But the chemistry is far more complicated than that.

“The biggest study — which found nurses who ate a serving of blue-berries or strawberries each week had slower cognitive decline — is flawed for other reasons, notably that the people were asked how many berries they ate, and self-reporting is never that accurate. Finally, association is very different from causation, so just because you eat berries and don’t have dementia doesn’t mean one leads to the other.”


Sammy Margo, physiotherapist and spokesperson for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, says: “I’ve lost count of the number of people who think orange juice is good for chest and respiratory problems.

“They believe it’s a good way to get much-needed vitamin C to unblock their lungs. Not only is that a load of rubbish, but we know from working with cystic fibrosis patients that it can actually make matters worse. Orange juice (I mean processed rather than freshly squeezed) is mucus-forming, making the secretions thicker and stickier. For physiotherapists trying to clear people’s respiratory systems, this is a nightmare — like trying to get tomato ketchup out of a bottle. For good watery mucus, people need to hydrate. But not with orange juice.



Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients

(NaturalNews) Companies are beginning to hear the chants of consumers, calling out for traditional, unadulterated food ingredients. The call for cleaner food now includes ice cream. Major ice cream manufacturer, Ben & Jerry's, has announced a major shift in how they produce their flavours. They are shifting all their ice cream flavours away from containing genetically modified ingredients (corn, soy, and sugar beets) and have already made headway with 14 of their most popular varieties. The company's switch to non-GMO ingredients is an answer to growing demand but is also part of a much bigger battle. They are joining Vermont to require labelling of genetically modified organisms throughout the state. The company is even changing the name of one of its most popular ice cream flavours to raise money for the Food Fight Fund set up by Vermont. Ben & Jerry's new flavour of the month for July is "Food Fight! Fudge Brownie." They also plan to donate $1 from every ice cream purchase at their Burlington and Waterbury locations. Co-founder Jerry Greenfield put it plainly, "This is a pretty simple issue. Vermonters want the right to know what's in their food, and apparently a bunch of out-of-state companies don't want to tell us." In the end, the company plans to replace 110 ingredients. One of those toppings being pitched is the Heath bar used in the popular "Coffee Heath Bar Crunch" ice cream product. Of course, not all customers want to see their favourite ice cream flavours go by the wayside, and the company has received backlash.

Ben & Jerry's move to non-GMO ingredients is a shocking one, considering that the company is owned by Unilever, the corporate conglomerate that spent $450,000 two years ago to fight the California GMO labelling initiative. Ben & Jerry's took a lot of flack a couple years ago from the growing non-GMO movement. Apparently, they are now listening to health-conscious consumers, even in the face of opposition from their parent company. In fact, Unilever, along with Monsanto, Kraft Food and the Grocery Manufacturers Association are challenging the labelling laws that are popping up in states like Vermont. This puts Ben & Jerry's in conflict with their parent company.


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