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Which? uncovers dangerous health advice from nutritional therapists

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Nutritional therapists are providing expensive dietary advice that could seriously harm patients’ health*, finds Which?

The consumer champion sent undercover investigators posing as patients with a range of health problems** to 15 consultations with nutritional therapists charging £50 to £80 per visit. They found shocking examples of dangerous advice which could have put patients with real health problems at risk. Six of the visits were rated as ‘dangerous fails’, a further eight were rated as ‘fails’, and only one was deemed a ‘borderline pass’.

One researcher, posing as a breast cancer sufferer, was told by her therapist to delay radiotherapy treatment recommended by her oncologist saying they could rid the body of cancer through diet. The nutritional therapist advised her to follow a no-sugar diet for three to six months saying ‘cancer feeds off sugar. By cutting out sugar we have a better chance of the cancer going away’. Which?'s expert panel, including a GP, considered this highly irresponsible and incorrect advice.

Another researcher was told by a therapist that if the course of treatment they prescribed for his severe tiredness started to make him feel unwell, it showed the ‘treatment was working’ and he shouldn’t contact his GP as they ‘wouldn’t understand what was happening’.

Several of the therapists used non-evidence-based testing to ‘diagnose’ a host of symptoms. One researcher who said she had been struggling to conceive for a year was told after having her iris examined that she had ‘a bit of bowel toxicity’ and a ‘leathery bowel’. According to the expert panel, these are both meaningless terms.

Which? also found that some therapists were recommending unnecessary supplements costing up to £70 a month. More worryingly, some of these could have bad side effects, such as stomach pain and diarrhoea, due to the high doses prescribed.

Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, says:

“We found some shocking examples of irresponsible advice given by nutritional therapists. Our research shows that not only were they a waste of money, but some of their recommendations could seriously harm people’s health.

“This is largely a self-regulated industry where anyone can set up and practice as a nutritional therapist, meaning there is no real protection for consumers. While the majority of the therapists Which? visited were registered with the industry body, BANT***, our findings show that it is failing to police these practitioners effectively.

“Which? wants the government to take action to stop nutritional therapists putting people’s health at risk.”

Which? is taking its findings to the government and demanding proper regulation in this sector. Which? advises anyone worried about their health to visit their GP who can refer them to a specialist where necessary. People looking for tailored dietary advice should visit a registered dietician.

 

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Find the cheapest fuel in your area

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This is great a new website where you can check where the cheapest petrol and diesel can be found. The price difference can be substantial depending where you refuel. website by the Ministry of Industry offers complete search engine where you can find cheaper places to fill your car, by municipalities or by provinces. The portal allows you to query the price of gasoline on a mapping system that includes the various stations. Industry has also developed an application so you can check prices through any mobile device with Internet connection. I ran a check on diesel  in the Xativa area and found there is 10 cents difference per litre if I fill up in CARCAIXENT. The numbers speak for themselves. Take a look http://geoportal.mityc.es/hidrocarburos/eess/

 

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New TDT Channel – Discovery MAX

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New TDT Channel – Discovery MAX

TDT provides a large number of Spanish digital channels via a TV aerial. It is the Spanish equivalent of the UKs “Freeview” service. There are no UK TV channels available on TDT. However, on many of the imported programmes from the UK and USA, the dubbed Spanish audio can be changed into the programmes original English audio.

   

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A wonderful Lady

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Sandra Broad,69 has always been a very keen fundraiser in the Uk. She hand-embroiders dresses which she gives away or auctions to help very ill children. These dresses can take her up to three weeks to make but it really is a labour of love.

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Happy New Year

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Welcome to this Months online edition of The Trader. We hope you find all that you need online until the next printed edition. Please continue to send in your Event and club reports to the usual email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  For latest news please go to our regular site www.inlandtraderonline.com For OUR MONTHLY ONLINE EDITION select your prefered Edition from the menu on the right Happy New year to all Trader readers please continue to send all your local reports and future events and we will get them online. 

   

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