UPDATE: There have been significant changes to the Green Party Drug Group’s site following this post, as discussed here. Lots of links in this post are therefore broken. If you would like to see an earlier version of the site (similar to what I blogged about) you can look on archive.org.
When blogging about the Green Party of England and Wales’ health policy, we were accused of “quoting selectively” and “out of context”. I have therefore been looking over health-related aspects of Green policy more closely: in order to offer a broader view. One thing that stood out was their suggestion of various supplements to counteract some of the negative effects of recreational drug use, despite limited evidence for the supplements’ efficacy.
There are certainly evidence-based arguments in favour of the Green aim
to take the drug trade out of criminal control and [make] available in a legal environment
However, it is important to remember that recreational drug use (legal or illegal) comes with certain risks. An important aspect of a harm reduction approach to drug policy is that it works to accurately assess the risks and harms involved. Recommending pills which have not been shown to be effective, in order to treat some of the side effects of drug use, is not helpful. Continue reading
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford may be Head of Science and Education at Biocare but he is not above blogging some very amusing doublethink[a] about weightloss pills for our enjoyment: Why I’m not a fan of slimming pills. Holford criticises starch blockers, fat blockers, appetite suppressants and slimming pills. He advises his readers to “[a]void them at all costs”. This is fairly unexceptional and would be worth little more than a scratch and a yawn were it not for the justifications that Holford offers for the reader’s merriment and if it were not that he has effectively re-issued a post that we had previously written up and that Holford subsequently withdrew.[b] We had assumed that Holford and his assistants had recognised the parlous blind spot concerning Holford’s own weight-loss products and recommendations but it seems not (which is a little sad as it vividly illustrates that the Holford-formulated Brain Food pack can’t be that effective). Continue reading
Patrick Holford has sent his latest email on weight-loss to our faithful reader, Precious Ramotswe. Mma Ramotswe has written to Holford Watch to ask for our advice.
Dear Holford Watch,
I am a traditionally-built lady, as you know. Most of the time, this is of great advantage to me (e.g., snakes know where I am and I can cast shade for small children), but I am subject to much advice on the topic of weight-loss. Patrick Holford has sent me an email about his eating programme. He exhorts me to “Be proud to be seen in [my] bikini this summer and switch to a low GL diet today”. I have looked through it but there is no mention of cake which makes me a little sad. However, it may be possible to put something together from oats and fruit, although that may make me sadder as it does not resemble cake. Continue reading
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Professor Patrick Holford has a remarkably agile PR team with helpful lacunae in their collective memories. 27.02.2007, Holford’s email subscribers received an email, What’s the alternative to ineffective anti-depressants? Continue reading
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