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The Mail believes that Holford is an “holistic doctor”: Updated Twice

Despite what the Daily Mail tells you, Patrick Holford is neither a doctor nor a qualified nutritionist

Despite what the Daily Mail tells you, Patrick Holford is neither a doctor nor a qualified nutritionist

The People’s Medical Journal has now taken to conferring its own medical degrees and an early recipient is Patrick Holford. In an article on addiction to painkillers bought over-the-counter, the Daily Mail reports that

Unhappy with her GP’s suggestion of more, potentially addictive, medication to help ease her dependency, Chris followed a diet and vitamin regime prescribed by holistic doctor Patrick Holford to wean herself off the tablets. [Back-Up URL version in case the Daily Mail alters the text.]

As readers will probably know, Holford is not a doctor, not even a holistic one. But, to be fair, the Daily Mail’s conferment of a medical degree has about as much standing as his own honorary qualification in nutrition awarded to him by the institution he founded. (What a thrilling and unexpected tribute that must have been.) Continue reading

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Sue Arnold Praises Patrick Holford’s How to Quit, in the Guardian

There are times, Virginia, when it’s all I can do, just to keep from breaking down. It’s not April 1 yet, somehow, Sue Arnold has put up a review of Patrick Holford and David Miller’s How to Quit in the Guardian. Gullibility exudes from every syllable, so one shrugs when Arnold reveals that she followed some EST and personal awareness courses that have left her “permanently scarred”. Sadly, she seems to have learned nothing from this encounter with people who are well-intentioned but lack an evidence-base for their enthusiasms. Continue reading

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Holford: “The reason people fail to quit an addictive substance is because they feel lousy when they do.”

We think it’s a bit more complicated than that. Continue reading

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