Health Truths The BBC Won’t Tell You

Vernon Coleman

1. A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine tracked the fracture rates in 6,712 teenagers. The results showed that the children who drink most milk had more bone fractures than the children who consumed less. Milk doesn’t build strong bones.

2. People who constantly use Facebook or Twitter are probably damaging their brains. Internet Addiction Disorder causes structural changes in the brain which are similar to those which result from drug abuse. Individuals who use Facebook and Twitter to report their daily thoughts and who expect to be `followed’ slavishly by others are losing their sense of reality and, ironically, their own identity. The brains of children who use these sites on a regular basis are damaged. Facebook and Twitter users regard themselves as celebrities who deserve to be admired and plan their lives around the needs of these sites.

3. Doctors are allowed to prescribe authorised drugs or treatments for anything they like. So, for example, a therapy approved for use on the eyes can be used on the feet.

4. Airports are introducing scanners which allow staff to view travellers naked. Travellers who are `scanned’ at airports may be increasing their risk of developing cancer. No one knows just how dangerous X -ray scanners may be. Individuals who refuse to be scanned (and ask to be frisked instead) are invariably refused permission to board their planes. And yet the tests which have been done show that airport scanners are absurdly inaccurate. They produce false results, are ineffective and may fail to detect explosives. Airport staff working with these scanners may also be liable to develop cancer.

5. Infective organisms (including those which cause flu and tuberculosis) may help protect against cancer by boosting the body’s immune system. Infections which stimulate the immune system may reduce tumour growth and alleviate the symptoms of a wide range of diseases.

6. There is a strong argument that women who are genetically susceptible to breast cancer do not need to have their breasts removed. Possession of the gene which predisposes to cancer does not mean that a woman will develop cancer – it means that she is more likely to develop cancer. But lifestyle changes can also cut that risk dramatically. Celebrity Angelina Jolie, who apparently has a genetic susceptibility to breast cancer, recently had bilateral mastectomies to cut her risk of developing breast cancer. But it is known that the risk of developing cancer of the breast can be cut dramatically by giving up meat and eating a low fat diet. In my view women who are contemplating breast removal surgery should consider dietary change as a safer alternative. Cutting off breasts to avoid breast cancer seems to me to be as crazy as cutting out the heart to avoid heart disease.

7. Alzheimer’s disease is another known consequence of a high fat diet. Saturated fats, such as those found in meat and dairy products, seem to encourage the development of beta-amyloid plaques within the brain. Individuals who eat large amounts of saturated fat have three times the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Excess copper, iron and aluminium are also likely causes of Alzheimer’s. Avoid uncoated aluminium cooking pans and watch out for food supplements and processed foods which contain these elements.

8. Food bugs are commoner than ever and gastroenteritis is commoner than ever. One reason is the lack of hygiene in kitchens where food is prepared. Sandwiches and salads are often handled by cooks who have not washed their hands properly. Would you let a stranger put their fingers into your mouth? The answer is to avoid food which is not served piping hot. Recycling bins are the other major reason for the rise in the incidence of stomach bugs. Dustmen who handle plastic, food recycling bins transfer bugs from one bin to another. The EU’s recycling demands are a major cause of illness. To avoid this problem those who use these bins should always wear disposable gloves (thereby, inevitably, adding to the use of plastic).

9. There has still been no debate about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. We sent out over 300 press copies of my book Anyone who tells you vaccines are safe and effective is lying. Here’s the proof. To date no one has reviewed or featured the book. When LBC radio station in London contacted me recently I offered to take part in a live debate about vaccination with any opposing (pro-vaccination) experts they could find. The offer was rejected and I was told that the `top brass’ were `afraid of the consequences’. Meanwhile, politicians, doctors and journalists continue to promote vaccination.

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2013