Medicine And The Media

An evening of unproved treatment

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:385
  1. Douglas Carnall

    Two documentaries, both broadcast on the same evening, explored two very different approaches to conceptualising and coping with disease. Horizon followed two teams of scientists competing to be the first successfully to reinstall a normal gene in place of the faulty gene of cystic fibrosis, while Cutting Edge brought us Cari Loder, who attributed her remission from her disabling multiple sclerosis to a cocktail of antidepressants, amino acid supplements, and B12 injections.

    Shored up in her belief in her treatment by the four occasions on which, having omitted the morning dose of one of the ingredients, she had been unable to climb the stairs, Ms Loder published her findings in Laboratory News. Her phone has not stopped ringing since. Those who rang were initially entered in a trial of the treatment, the success of which …

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