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Posted by oliver

Without doubt, one of the trickiest subjects facing everybody wanting to know what is good and what is bad in health terms, relates to the impartiality of what is being offered, and the control exerted by corporations, by those who referee research, and importantly by those who publish. Or, should I say, those who choose not to publish, thereby denying us valuable information.

As an example, there is a current concerted push to get all men over 50 to be tested for cardiovascular disease risk, and then offered statins. The makers of the drugs must be rubbing their hands with glee. Could they have been behind the announcement? What chance that you and I will ever know? At least we're now seeing the medical profession questioning the wisdom of this move.

A group of doctors, including ex-RCGP chair Professor Clare Gerada, has called for NICE to rethink its plan to lower the primary prevention threshold for statins, warning that it could cause a ‘damaging split’ within the GP profession. n

Not before time, says me. Remember, these are the doctors who spent six years qualifying, in which time they get just one day discussing nutrition. What an earth is the National "Health" Service doing if it sees this as sufficient? On the basis of this, should it be re-branded the National Ill-Health Dis-service? Making this point is in no way seeking to defame or discredit the thousands who work within the NHS and deliver a fantastic service for lots of people in many different areas. They are most definitely not all involved in dispensing drugs!

You can be absolutely sure that I won't be taking them if offered. I've read quite enough to know that there is no gain to be had for me, and on balance for most people.

The need for the NHS to focus much more on diet has been the subtext (which is rarely actually said) surrounding recent headlines and stories about the surge in diabetes, often referred to as a surge in "diabesity". With rates of diabetes likely to have trebled within 15 years, you'd think that the medical profession would be looking for something other than just a drug solution. Diabetes isn't all about just giving somebody insulin. I have two brothers who suffer, one a long-term diabetic who is now seeing some serious side effects, including loss of sight.

So, we need to see a massive improvement in the diet of everybody. Meanwhile, rather than wait for government or some other quasi-governmental body to come out with some advice, which will inevitably be piecemeal, probably too late, and probably very bland for fear of upsetting corporations in both food and pharmaceutical sectors, it's time for us to take action. We need to do that before we are suffering with illness, if possible. Surely it's the same logic as you would use with something like your motor car? Suppose you spend £20,000 buying a car. Do you then consider what fuel grade you use, what oil, a service regime, etc? Of course you do! It's a valuable investment!

However, so is your body. Many of us only appreciate that after we've got to the point when we're suffering with X or Y condition. In reality it's the most precision "machine" that you will ever have the privilege to be associated with. We are highly complex organisms, with a multitude of functions occurring every second of the day. Hundreds of thousands of messages are flying around our nervous system every second.

All of this can only happen if the mechanisms have been given the right nutrition to enable them to function properly. Anything which compromises their function will compromise our health.

I hope all this has been a helpful little aide memoir as you head into the weekend. Unless you're in the north of Scotland it looks like you're going to have a very nice one. The land is at its most productive phase, and I hope you are too.

Wishing you a juicy time ahead!

Oliver