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Ginkgo ‘no benefit’ for dementia” says the headline on the NHS site. Complete with those difficult to argue with links to other news sites like Channel 4 News.
But here is the flaw …
“A study ….”.
This whole “Ginkgo is a waste of time” thing is based on a single study. So what about all the other studies that showed that it has benefits ?
What about this one that finds Ginkgo beneficial ?
Le Bars PL, Katz MM, Berman N, Itil TM, Freedman AM, Schatzberg AF.
New York Institute for Medical Research, 1997 Oct 22-29.
What about these that also find Ginkgo beneficial ?
Mazza M, Capuano A, Bria P, Mazza S.
Department of Psychiatry, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. 2006 Sep.
Mix JA, Crews WD Jr.
Department of Health Sciences, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502, USA. 2002 Aug.
The next study found that there were no differences in function compared with a placebo. It did find that Ginkgo is safe. How many modern “medications” can claim that with their multiple problems ?
Carlson JJ, Farquhar JW, DiNucci E, Ausserer L, Zehnder J, Miller D, Berra K, Hagerty L, Haskell WL.
Sport and Cardiovascular Nutrition Program, Department of Radiology, Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA. 2007 Mar.
“The ginkgo biloba product seems safe and did not alter platelet function …”
This further study uses a proper comparative method of many studies ….
Birks J, Grimley Evans J.
University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, CDCIG Room 5802, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK, OX3 9DU. 2007 Apr 18.
Why was this approach not mentioned in the news items that I started this blog entry with ? Is it just sloppy ? A deliberate attempt at misleading the public ? Is it even a case of criminal malpractice that leads to patient deaths and unnecessary suffering ? I think it’s about time we knew. Why would a single study be used to come to that conclusion ? The comparative study actually concludes the following …
“The evidence that Ginkgo has predictable and clinically significant benefit for people with dementia or cognitive impairment is inconsistent and unconvincing.”
Which may seem very final, but notice the “predictable”. Read further up the extract and it shows that there were actually benefits shown for Ginkgo, it’s just not in a “predictable” fashion. This is what is covered in Dr Tracy’s book “Prozac: Panacea or Pandoro” where she says that Ginkgo has been shown to work in the most serious of cases (p. 351). It has specific applications in specific circumstances.
But we’re also dealing with a “clash of worlds” here. The “medical profession” tends to look for a “cure” involving one agent in one way (and one study ?), whereas traditional healing practices heal someone using multiple treatments, physical, spiritual, and lifestyle. Diet is addressed as well as the nature of the person being treated, so Ginkgo may well fit into a whole “fuzzy logic” approach where no single study will prove anything particularly significant.
Another thing that is in the way is the desire to understand why a treatment works, and yet it’s possible to study the safety of a treatment without knowing how it works. Even the studies above that found Gingko to be “not beneficial” admitted that it was safe.
Have we moved from actually helping patients and healing people to showing off how clever we are ? Look at AIDS, Cancer and many other research areas. Highly complex, very impressive endeavours. But where is the patient ? To me it has descended into an intellectual masturbation exercise where the patient has been forgotten. Normal codes of social behaviour have been thrown out so some people can show off how intelligent they are.
In my experience a lot of all this has to do with mindset.
The approach that can justify using expensive, highly dangerous drugs is often a “1D” (One Dee) mentality. Atomised. Things are only ever considered “one at a time” and logic progresses in a linear fashion.
These are the people who flunked on understanding Quantum Physics. Science can no longer remain valid without a consideration of this important aspect of Science which explains the interference that occurs between the “objective” viewpoint of the Scientist and what he or she is perceiving.
Discovered in the early part of last century isn’t it about time that society started taking it on board ? In my opinion it’s one of the major reasons that the “medical profession” remain so blind and keep going up blind alleys in their desire to heal people. Yes, I do think the desire is there.
Why on Earth has the Quantum model not been taken into account in the medical area ? “Science proves this”…. “Science proves that” they say. “It has been clinically proven” … they say. Actually they are being UN-Scientific. They are behind the times. Old fashioned, and stuck in their ways.
My statement above about some of this possibility being “criminal malpractice” may seem extreme, but I don’t say this lightly. These “Scientists” are literally a hundred years behind in their reading material. A lot like a mechanic only being familiar with Model-T Ford technology … now … in the next century !
Come on people.
Addenum: After writing my blog entry “The Spirit of Resistance 2: China – Calling the Kettle Black ?” I noticed that Mike Adam’s comments to his cartoon that I used in the entry includes this …
“15. There is no such thing as bioenergy, intuition, mind-body medicine, quantum physics or therapeutic touch. The entire universe operates only on the physical and chemical levels. There is nothing beyond those two levels yet to be discovered or explored.”
Extraordinary. I am obviously NOT alone in my conclusions here. Incredible as it may seem it seems like many people really are living in a “Clockwork Universe”. Am I naive, or innocent that I didn’t know this ? I doubt it. What’s wrong with “assuming good faith” as Wikipedia might say ? Assuming that people in positions with incredible authority and responsibility just won’t stand for sloppy thinking ? Who ARE these people ? In the Space Age. The Age of Cyberspace, we still have this people stuck somewhere in the Middle Ages. It almost defies belief, but it is an important insight in my opinion, otherwise it just does not make sense why seemingly normal people would stand around in the face of horrific suffering.
It also means those people have a massive weakness, as Mike Adams points out. They do not “match up” as he put’s it, with reality. So why are’nt we running rings around these people ? Why hasn’t someone exposed the Pharma companies for what they are through entrapment or some other ruse or trick ? This is not Lost. We’re not all trapped on some distant Island. It’s like Mickey Mouse has been put in charge of the North African front in World War Two.
A simple search of a medical database exposed the lies about Ginkgo being “useless” (see above). I think it’s unacceptable that these people are allowed to get away with these lies when it’s SO simple to expose them. The Pharma companies are supposed to be “powerful”. But how much power is really there ? Isn’t it more the case that they have BARELY been challenged. Their “power” is an illusion. They are Paper Tigers.