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Flipping the Switch on Genes Affecting Disease

Shannon Harvey

When my doctor first told me that he thought I had Lupus, he couldn’t offer me a cure or a cause. By way of explanation for why my immune system had turned on my normal healthy tissue, he said that the disease was probably genetic. The implication was that I got dealt an unlucky hand and there wasn’t anything more I could do.   I’ve spoken to many other people who have been told the same thing when they were given a chronic illness diagnosis. In fact genetic inheritability is often quoted in statistics to explain disease. For instance if... Read full article »


A Letter to Skeptics of Mind Body Medicine

Shannon Harvey

Dear Skeptic,   On my recent holiday in the US, I met a father of three young kids who has a chronic illness which conventional medicine says is likely to slowly progress until he is disabled. He has Multiple Sclerosis. I asked him if he was familiar with the work of Professor George Jelinek who has developed a program showing that it is possible to recover from MS. What astonished me was that he had heard of the program, but that he dismissed it as if it was quackery.   If you haven’t seen my film, The Connection you may... Read full article »

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