Professor Patrick Holford of Teesside University and Head of Science and Education at Biocare is a multi-talented chap: international bowel-whisperer and supplement entrepreneur alongside Patrick Holford the tap-dancer as he delivers a very partial account both of the training of nutritionists and the status of his own nutritional qualifications in a bravura performance on RTE’s The Late Late Show together with his entertaining denunciations of others as inaccurate.
Nonetheless, it seems as if Holford has been concealing some of his talents behind the bushel. At the time of the announcement of his post as Visiting Professor, there was some discussion as to which criteria Holford had fulfilled for that post. There was some speculation it was under 2.1 b – the provision for artistic creation.
the application of knowledge in a systematic and original manner, designed to enhance wealth creation and/or the quality of life (e.g. through technology transfer, policy advisory work, artistic creation…). [my emphasis]
Holford Watch is delighted to reveal some of the Holford juvenilia that would help him to substantiate a case for artistic creation.
Nature always provides a solution,
To help us with our evolution.
It seems obvious to me,
We need vitamin C,
To combat excessive pollution.
[pg 92: The Whole Health Manual, 1981]
We shall overlook the overuse of commas which bedeck those 4 lines as if someone had up-ended a salt-cellar over them. Poignant and pithy, eh? Although, what is all this about Nature providing a solution but somehow falling down on providing sufficient nutrients in the average diet? Or, somewhere, is there a supplement tree that has not been brought to our attention?
Virginia Woolf and John Keats had juvenilia, so does Holford albeit, we are still waiting for the mature work that is the outcome of all those youthful struggles. We’ve all been there – young, gifted yet hack.
Holford, P. (1983) The Whole Health Manual, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: Thorsons.