Government unveils roadmap for making UK a “science superpower”BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2684 (Published 06 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2684
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Dear Editor, I completely concur with Professor Cobbold. We worked together for a short time over 30 years ago along with Professor JD Birchall OBE FRS on how aluminium disrupts the inositol phosphate system. His reference to vitamin D3 is equally applicable to human exposure to aluminium. Governments have chosen to ignore human's burgeoning body burden of aluminium and its certain health effects (not least in relation to vitamin D metabolism). No one has time to learn from published science anymore never mind history.
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In the passenger footwell of my classic motor is a tattered, dog-eared roadmap dated 2000. It gets me safely from A to B, the information remains valid today almost everywhere. Past roadmaps for science have contributed new information in a host of fields since 2000, and we look forward to that continuing. BUT as well as embracing the new we must extract maximum public benefit from past science, and there's where we fail, time and again.
The example I hold up for scrutiny is the explosive rise in research, since 2000, into a hormone that is essential to our health, and in which almost all of us are deficient. The hormone acts as a super-promoter of several hundred genes, is implicated in diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, neurodegeneration, many cancers, auto-immunity etc. It is essential in promoting effective innate and adaptive immunity and longevity. Yet the benefits to health accruing from the past 20 years of sophisticated animal/cell/molecular/genetic research are not being realised. The utility of five thousand research papers per year is being blocked. The active form of this hormone was chemically defined 50 years ago and it was used to treat TB 90 years ago. All this valuable, hard-earned knowledge is being wasted. We have known for ten years what the physiological serum level should be, and the maximum physiological rate of its synthesis, yet this knowledge fails to inform medicine. Decades of research is being wasted, the public denied the benefits of the knowledge they paid for in cash and are paying for with their ill-health.
A very small number of UK medics have followed the science of this hormone and are now speaking out with determination, as deficiency is highly likely to exacerbate COVID-19. Step forward Dr Grimes:
It is blatantly obvious that the troika of NICE/SACN/PHE have uttterly failed to embrace almost 100 years of research into D3. They advise serum levels and supplement doses that defy physiological knowledge. Even more disturbing is reading an (anonymous) parroting of the troika's advice by the Royal Society
The question that we must ask is: why?
There is little doubt that were the UK population replete with physiological D3 we would suffer considerably less disease and the NHS less stress and costs. It is impossible now to ignore the question: who loses if we had healthy D3 levels? Drug companies are the obvious target. Long-established D3 researchers in USA have raised the question: http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v14n22.shtml
The Wellcome-Gates COVID-19 Accelerator initiative expressly prohibits funding for hormones and vitamins. The university that employs the chair of SACN D3 panel has invested in a drug trials unit. Or is it simply inertia of medical authorities compounded by their ignorance of D3 science? Neither explanation puts government oversight in a good light. Or is government deliberately supporting the actions to rubbish D3 ?
Whatever direction the new roadmap takes, the science discovered and recorded in the older dog-eared roadmaps must be exploited fully. D3 is a glaring example of failure to accomplish that. We are paying with our health, and as COVID shows, our wealth too.
I can think of no better way of demonstrating the quality of D3 science than this talk by the late Sir Michael Berridge FRS concerning a role for D3 in protecting short-term memories in Alzheimer's disease: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP_gWYMTXdQ&feature=emb_rel_end "...the government has this insight provided for them yet they do nothing about it "..
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“ Greener, healthier, more resilient” UK?
A country which is being turned in to a concrete jungle?
And HS 2.
The Prime Minister wearing a workman’s helmet?
Have we not seen that lots of people can work from home? They do not need to travel from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham to London,
And why do you build , build, build? Is this to enable more beer to be sold?
Resilience.... the youth need to be given hope, vision.
Not a vision of bricks, concrete and .....the pub.
( I do take a drink, occasionally)
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