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Margaret McCartney: The unacceptable cost of non-NHS screening

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 20 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3959

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Some non-NHS screening tests at the cutting edge of medical science Re: Margaret McCartney: The unacceptable cost of non-NHS screening

The NHS does not rule the world or even the UK. While there is no justification for spurious and unhelpful screening tests, the NHS does not provide many important tests for common conditions or the harmful effects of hormone use. 1-4 So far few of the revealing tests I have used since 1962 are routinely available except from some private laboratories or specialist university departments.

For example, Acumen laboratory was set up by Dr John McLaren-Howard to offer tests that are not available elsewhere although supported by significant numbers of medical and scientific publications and which would otherwise remain in the research domain. The most important areas of investigation concern ATP metabolism (energy provision) 5-7 and DNA adducts (exogenous or endogenous chemical effects of DNA) such as those containing nickel which are potentially carcinogenic.

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2 Glover V, Merton S, Grant ECG et al. Transitory decrease in platelet monoamine oxidase activity during migraine attacks. Lancet 1977;1:391
3 Capel ID, Grant ECG, Dorrell HM, Pinnock MH, Clifford Rose F, Williams DC. Disturbed liver function in migraine patients. Headache 1979;19:270-272
4 Grant ECG, Howard JM, Davies S, Chasty H, Hornsby B, Galbraith J. Zinc deficiency in children with dyslexia: concentrations of zinc and other minerals in sweat and .hair. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988 February 27; 296(6622): 607–609.
5 Sarah Myhill, Norman E. Booth, John McLaren-Howard. Chronic fatigue syndrome and mitochondrial dysfunction Int J Clin Exp Med. 2009; 2(1): 1–16.
6 Norman E Booth, Sarah Myhill, John McLaren-Howard. Mitochondrial dysfunction and the pathophysiology of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).Int J Clin Exp Med. 2012; 5(3): 208–220.
7 Sarah Myhill, Norman E Booth, John McLaren-Howard. Targeting mitochondrial dysfunction in the treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) - a clinical audit. Int J Clin Exp Med. 2013; 6(1): 1–15.

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 July 2016
Ellen C G Grant
Physician and medical gynaecologist
Kingston-upon-Thames. KT2 7JU. UK