Many of you may already be aware of the story released by The Times newspaper in the UK today that has already received significant coverage.  Thirteen British doctors and scientists, headed by Professor Michael Baum, have published an open letter in The Times urging the UK National Health Service to stop using complementary and alternative therapies and to pay only for medicine "based on solid evidence".  You can find the full story at,,2-2191985,00.html.

Given the fact that Prince Charles gave a speech on complementary medicine and the need for an integrative approach to healthcare at the World Health Assembly in Geneva earlier today, it is difficult, if not impossible, to believe that the publication of the letter in The Times has not been deliberately timed to coincide with this.

Through our Medical Director, Dr Damien Downing, who is also President of the British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM), the ANH is facilitating a group of academics from various UK universities, spearheaded by the BSEM, who are coming together to respond to the letter published in The Times this morning.

Dr Robert Verkerk will be interviewed on Sky News (channel 501) at 9.30 pm (GMT) tonight, Tuesday 23rd May, on this issue.  We appreciate that the nature of news makes this very short notice, but hope that some of you may be able to catch the broadcast.

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