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Lynne McTaggart Stands Up to the Attack on Alternative Medicine


Many Intent readers know and admire Lynne McTaggart, the internationally known author of several bestselling books, including The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond, and What Doctors Don’t Tell You.

What many may not know, without reading the British tabloids last week, is that the Rupert Murdoch-owned Times UK published an article featuring representatives from an organization which called for the banning of McTaggart’s magazine, What Doctors Don’t Tell You, (WDDTY). Members of this organization phoned British magazine stockers and agents demanding they remove WDDTY from their shelves.

In today’s world, with irate people, charges and counter-charges, many things we once took for granted come under attack. But a health magazine? Health information? Why?

The Times charged that a story in McTaggart’s 25-year old print and on-line WDDTY health news magazine, claims that homeopathy cures cancer. But that homeopathy story has never seen print. It will be published next month. Instead of waiting to see what the story actually said, based on a two-sentence teaser announcement, the Times slammed McTaggart’s magazine.

“You have no idea yet what we’re going to write about, so how can you say we’re going to write that homeopathy ‘cures’ cancer?” asked McTaggart, who delves into the attack on WDDTY.

Within days of the Times’ story, McTaggart recounts that the coverage exploded in other television and other media outlets with headlines blaring, “Warning that claims in alternative health mag could prove fatal.”

This sensationalized attack on alternative and integrative medicine—and those who practice it, use it, and seek information about it ran roughshod over time-honored traditions of honest reporting.

“Not one of the newspapers, radio shows or television stations bothered to contact us, even to solicit a comment – which is Journalism 101 when you intend to run a story on someone, pro or con. It’s also apparent from the information published in The Times and in all the media following that not one journalist or broadcaster has read one single word we’ve written,” says McTaggart.

In the rush to a deadline, perhaps the pile-on of reporters misinterpreted headlines and photos. It’s also likely that encouraged by a pharma-funded group called Sense Against Science, they willfully ignored the science that WDDTY presents.

On the WDDTY Facebook page, McTaggart, points out that the “vitamin C article never claimed that vitamin C cures AIDS. It simply quoted a study by Dr. Robert Cathcart showing a favourable response when he used it against HIV.”

This is not the first attempt to censor health information or WDDTY by the well-funded British organization, Sense Against Science, which according to its website is funded by the British Pharmaceutical Society, along with a who’s who of UK pharmaceutical and medical societies.

McTaggart further explores Singh’s background and aims in a recent blog.

Nevertheless, the public has a right to a full range of health information, not only the information, treatment approach, philosophy and science offered by one health brand or industry.

“The real story here is that the Times is allowing themselves to be the patsy of an industry backed organization by attacking a magazine that is responsibly and critically examining that industry. The job of the media, the Fourth Estate is to be the guardians of the public interest…The Times seems to be suggesting that their role is to ‘protect’ the public by censoring information that departs from standard medical line,” adds McTaggart,

Critiques of both integrative medicine and what McTaggart has called “frontier science,” are nothing new, but the virulence of the new breed of paid spokespeople, may be. Through her books, and through WDDT’s health reportage, McTaggart is one of many reporters popularizing a more expanded reach for science. By covering her work in The Lost Symbol, author Dan Brown has helped this new trend in science to reach way beyond the choir. But some vested interests feel threatened.

“Those who control or suppress access to such information say they do it to protect an ‘ignorant’ public. Don’t be fooled.  People who hide information disrespect the public and act against its interest in taking responsible personal action. Don’t trust the censors,” says James S. Turner, Board Chair of  Citizens for Health, a membership based health advocacy organization

In the current media climate, in which publishers, foundations and think tanks have ties to and funding from a range of industries, people can all too readily get confused by the ensuing misinformation, particularly when a sponsored think tank’s PR agenda gets picked up by news organizations.

In this controversy, what’s at stake is safeguarding the people’s right to make their own health care decisions and access a full range of approaches that promote and maintain health, prevent disease, and address symptoms or illness, when they arise. To do that, the public clearly needs a broad and inclusive range of health information.

McTaggart assesses the implications of the Times’ coverage within the current media climate, and asks: Are we going to allow ever increasing suppression of alternative forms of health and healing when establishment, drug-based medicine is so woefully inadequate by any standard (only 12 per cent of is proven, says the British Medical Association); corrupt (three-quarters of all drug research is PR dressed up as research); and damaging (correctly prescribed drugs are one of the leading causes of death in the West, vying with deaths from heart disease or cancer)?

McTaggart hopes that “this will become a rallying call to stand united against the larger issue and begin demanding our right to choose our own system of health care.”


Subscriptions to both online and internationally available print versions of What Doctors Don’t Tell You are available  here.

People can sign up for Citizens for Health’s Freedom of the Health Press Project to safeguard rights to get all health information.

Fall Book Review 2009

This is a blog post from my web site at http://www.themelindachannel.com


I sometimes enjoy knowing what other people are reading so I thought I would share what I’ve been reading. Over the past two months, I’ve read Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, Tatiana Hardie’s The Rose Labyrinth, and I’m just getting back into The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart. Here’s a brief review of each one…

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

I loved this book as I’m a die hard Da Vinci Code fan. The Da Vinci Code was the book that opened me up to the idea of the divine feminine and started me down this spiritual path so I owe Dan Brown a big thanks. The Lost Symbol does not disappoint in bringing up more spiritual material. In fact, I found it to be even more spiritually profound than any other mainstream bestseller. I was surprised by the amount of interesting mystical viewpoints. I think I understand why it took Mr. Brown a bit longer to write this as he needed to undergo some spiritual development himself to even write about these concepts so hats off to him. I hope you will enjoy the excitement, suspense, and provocative spiritual questions that Dan spins into a great read.

Here’s a few quotes:

"We have scientifically proven that the power of human thought grows exponentially with the number of minds that share that thought."

"What I’m saying is this…two heads are better than one…and yet two heads are not twice better, they are many, many times better. Multiple minds working in unison magnify a thought’s effect…exponentially. This is the inherent power of prayer groups, healing circles, singing in unison, and worshipping en masse. The idea of universal consciousness is no ethereal New Age concept. It’s a hard-core scientific reality…and harnessing it has the potential to transform our world. This is the underlying discovery of Noetic Science."

If you wish to read more about Noetic Science, check out the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Yeoshua (Jesus, my spirit guide) has mentioned this concept to me many times. The power of our thoughts is incredible and he is helping me to understand this. He has also shared with me the idea of how powerful it is when two or more are gathered in his name. ;>)

The Rose Labyrinth by Tatiana Hardie

The Rose Labyrinth by Tatiana Hardie

I was pleasantly surprised by this book which I picked up at Costco. My intuition said I liked it and my intuition was right again. I loved this book. It was of great interest to me because it had the Chartres Cathedral in it (which I desperately want to go to), takes place in England, and explores the historical figure of John Dee who was a spiritual/astrological advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. It is also a mystery which I love and deals with finding ancient archaeological items. This was an excellent read if any you are interested in any of these subjects.

There is mention of Jesus in it as well which I found interesting. I did not complete the puzzles that are associated with it. The book comes with the set of documents around which the story revolves but I wasn’t as interested in that part. You may like that though. It does add an extra dimension.

Also, there are many myths about Mary Magdalene going to France after Jesus was persecuted. Some have pointed to Chartres Cathedral as a symbol of their union or at least as a piece of history that can give us clues to their true relationship. So, of course, this book was of interest to me with Chartres Cathedral in it.

The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart

The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart

I picked up this book a year or two ago and began reading it. It fell by the wayside, I am sad to admit but I’ve picked it up again because my interest was renewed by The Lost Symbol. Dan Brown mentions this book by name as looking into the issue of "Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and Your World" (the tagline for The Intention Experiment).

This idea of using our thoughts to change our lives has been a part of my life since I was a kid. I was raised in the Church of Religious Science (now called the United Center for Spiritual Living) founded by Ernest Holmes (author of Science of Mind) who was a vocal proponent of the idea that we can change our lives by changing our thoughts. But this book by McTaggart takes this idea to the next level by providing scientific research that backs up this idea. I am only beginning to tackle this book so I cannot provide a full review just yet. I am enticed to be sure.

Plus, I love the idea that the author has taken the book a step further by offering you a chance as the reader to participate in an intention experiment on the web site. Check out the web site to see how you can participate.

I love this quote from the book:

"The Intention Experiment rests on an outlandish premise; thought affects physical reality. A sizable body of research exploring the nature of consciousness, carried on for more than thirty years in prestigious scientific institutions around the world, shows that thoughts are capable of affecting everything from the simplest machines to the most complex living beings. This evidence suggests that human thoughts and intentions are an actual physical "something" with the astonishing power to change our world. Every thought we have is a tangible energy with the power to transform. A thought is not only a thing; a thought is a thing that influences other things."


I hope you have enjoyed my first foray into a book review. Please let me know if you like this type of blog post here. Thanks! And please feel free to recommend books for a review in this space. I always love recommendations!

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