You can be there, as a witness and a participant. You could be part of this piece of history, and your inputs could be captured and broadcast around the world. The first 50 practitioners or members of the public to book a reduce-price, sponsored ticket will also get 12 months free membership to Bite the Sun, the health empowerment community hub that has spun out of ANH-Intl. The memberships will be issued to participants at the event.
Have you got something important to say about the appalling mess that we call mainstream healthcare? At best, it’s a disease management system and the records show it fails dismally at successfully treating and preventing most of the major killer and degenerative diseases, including cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease, to name just a few.
What’s wrong with mainstream healthcare?
The UK National Health Service (NHS) is the fifth largest employer in the world, employing 1.7 million people. It is pipped, in decreasing order of size, only by the US Department of Defense, the Chinese army, Walmart and McDonald’s. The NHS’s sheer scale makes it notoriously inflexible, and it’s much more likely to deliver a one-size-fits all ‘solution’ that, in many cases, will only temporarily treat the symptoms rather than the underlying causes of disease. As a patient, if you don’t conform with accepted ‘norms’, you may be even less likely to get the attention you deserve. Yet the NHS’s objectives, contained in its Constitution, are on the surface admirable. They centre on supposedly shared principles and values to provide “a comprehensive service, available to all irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion [and] belief.”
But what if the service doesn’t work for you? What do you do if you know of a different kind of service that does work? What happens if you can’t access the services you need because, for some reason, you are discriminated against? What happens if you are employed within the system, you see failings all around you but you don’t dare to speak out for fear of losing your job? Or being targeted, ridiculed or discredited? As a doctor within the NHS, if you are achieving outstanding results using a non-standard therapy, can you communicate or publish your findings, or will you face a tribunal which could cost you your right to practice?
Sadly, the answers to all of the above are in the negative. The NHS is not unique in this. Similar challenges face most Western healthcare systems, that are now built on foundations built largely by pharmaceutical medicine and an evidence base built around trials intended for pharmaceuticals that are often not well suited to establishing best practice with complex, chronic diseases that require a multi-modality approach.
These kinds of problems in mainstream healthcare are well known to very large numbers of people, both within and outside the system. Most are not empowered or sufficiently motivated to speak out. But a small handful are. And it is crucial that what they have to say is captured, disseminated widely and used as the platform for fundamental change in the way healthcare is both practiced and evaluated. This is particularly the case if those who speak out also have a very good idea, based on sound scientific, economic and social justice principles, of what needs to be done to resolve today’s healthcare crisis.
Take your place in history - and book now one of 50 limited sponsored seats.
What’s happening on 28th March?
Amongst the exciting contributions and discussions scheduled for the day, each think tank contributor will highlight in 20-minute, top-line TED-talk style format, both the challenges they face, and possible solutions. The goal for everyone is the same: how can you transform healthcare to yield the best outcomes for their patients, their communities and for healthcare professionals? Unmotivated and narrowly-trained doctors, marginalised nutritional therapists and inflexible protocols simply can no longer be an option.
Dr Rangan Chatterjee
With years of experience within the NHS, Dr Rangan Chatterjee will speak about his transition from being an NHS GP to a lifestyle medicine and functional medicine practitioner, at least some of the time. Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé, principal clinical biochemist, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) NHS Trust and chair of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network of the NHS will talk about inequalities for the BME community, both within the NHS and among patients. ?
Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé
These two speakers will join an incredible group of international experts and clinicians, each also delivering their top-line positions in 20-minute format.
Professor Karol Sikora, Dean of Medicine, University of Buckingham. Core subjects: oncology, integrated healthcare
Dr Jonathan Wright, Director, Tahoma Clinic. Core subject: integrative medicine, primary care
Ralph Moss PhD, Principal, Cancer Decisions. Core subject: integrative oncology and cancer prevention
Dr Robert Youngson, Director, Hearts in Healthcare. Core subject: compassion and empathy in healthcare
Dr Vijayendra Murthy, holistic health practitioner, academic and researcher in complementary and alternative medicine. Core subject: the current Evidence Based Medicine approach to best practice.
Mike Ash, Managing Director, Nutri-Link and Nutri-Link Education. Core subjects: integrative medicine, immunonutrition
Smriti Singh, Personal Health Budgets - Regional Lead for London, NHS England. Core subject: personal health budgets
Robert Verkerk PhD, Executive Director, Alliance for Natural Health International. Core subjects: scientific and legal frameworks for sustainable healthcare
Together, these individuals will create a unique think tank that will be tasked with agreeing the basis for radical change in healthcare. What the think tank comes up with will be influenced by what questions are raised during the day. That’s why if you think you have important contributions or issues to raise, relevant to the topic of the event, you should book your place as soon as possible.
Based on the information exchanged and relationships built during the course of this unique day, a White Paper will be created, a documentary will be made and the information will be disseminated by social media and other means to the numerous places within scientific, decision-making, political and community circles where it can have maximum impact.
This is why it is so important that those with very strong convictions or influence in society, are at the Hilton London Metropole on 28th March.
If this rings true for you, book now for one of the 50 remaining spaces available. You will then get 12 months membership with Bite the Sun (worth £25) for free! These memberships will be issued to attendees at the event.
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It’s time for healthcare change - be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
We greatly look forward to seeing some of you in just 10 days time on 28th March at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.
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