Friday, July 25, 2014


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Welcome to our new e-newsletter
Dear Members, Associates and Friends,

Since you last heard from us, there have been a number of changes to the BSEM. Firstly, we have a new website, thanks to the tireless efforts of Dr Franziska Meuschel, who has done a great job in designing and implementing a format we hope will be more user-friendly and informative. Do have a look at the results of Phase 1 and keep checking back for new events, announcements and other CPD opportunities. Phase 2 of the website will be underway soon.

Secondly, we ran a very successful conference in March, which was sold out – possibly a first for the BSEM! We have more events planned as you will see when you read on.

Thirdly, having listened to the comments from the 2012 EGM, we are now affiliated with a number of like-minded organisations and plan to stage some joint events in the future.

We hope you will enjoy our new newsletter even though it is rather light on articles…in fact, it is only thanks to Margaret Moss that we have any articles at all. Our slightly depleted Committee is busy formulating the training programme and planning the next BSEM events, so we are asking if you would be willing to help with the newsletter. We need someone to take on the light role of editor, and others to write occasional or regular articles on relevant topics of their choice (news, conference reports, summaries of interesting papers, rebuttals of newspaper headlines, case studies, etc).

The newsletter is a very important part of what the BSEM provides, and we are hoping maybe some of our retired or semi-retired members can get involved in its production. If you feel you might be able to help in any capacity please email   Dr Franziska Meuschel.
Electromagnetic Radiation and Health:
Evidence, Diagnosis And Management
Our Spring Update on 7 March was fully booked and a great succes. The conference provided, for the first time in the UK, a comprehensive overview of the issues around electrosensitivity and the chronic effects of electromagnetic radiation, presented by leading scientists, doctors and other experts in the field. It covered discussion of the science (from cancer to electrical hypersensitivity symptoms), as well as how to measure electromagnetic and radio-frequency microwave fields and how to reduce exposure. It included nutritional and other therapeutic interventions that can improve the life of patients suffering from electrosensitivity. 

You can read more about the conference here. For anyone who missed it, the presentation slides and three DVD's containing all the lectures are now available in a conference pack. To order your copy, please call our Administrator Daksha Rajput on 07864 637723 or send us an email.
Next BSEM Events: 3./4. October 2014
Autumn Update Day & Resilience Training Workshop
Please keep Friday 3 October 2014 free for the BSEM Autumn Update Day, which will be held at the Hallam Street Conference Centre, London W1.

Further details of the programme will be available on our website in the near future but provisional topics include:
• A report on the film on mammography 'The Promise', by Dr Sarah Myhill, who is also in the film.

• A review of alternative methods of screening for breast cancer by Dr. Nyjon Elles..

• Dr. Damien Downing with an update on vitamin D and a report from a recent lipids conference.

• Drs John Moran, Shamim Daya and Theodora Mantzourani will talk about  bio-identical hormones followed by a panel discussion.

• An update on nutrients for bone health by Rachel Nicoll.

Tickets cost £120.00 to include lunch and refreshments. Book before 21th August to enjoy our early-bird price of just £95.00. To secure your ticket please email our administrator Daksha or call 07864 637723.
The next day we will be running a workshop on Heart Rate Variability and Resilience Training in the morning, presented by Dr. Peter Gruenewald. Time and venue will be confirmed on our website - see BSEM Events 2014.

We have recently been approached again by Martyn Hooper of the Pernicious Anaemia Society. They have around 7,000 members and growing, many of whom are seeking injected B12 supplementation. Can you help?

Martyn wants to add as many BSEM doctors as possible to his list of doctors willing to prescribe B12/Methylcobalamin.

I have said to him what I say to most such patients when they contact me: "We are not a dispensing service that will just sell them this or any other medicine. Vitamin B12 is a prescription-only medicine and requires a prescription from a doctor, which means the patient needs a proper consultation first. No consultation, no injection."

If they come via the PA Society they will have completed their questionnaire etc, and it is therefore likely that we would agree B12 is an appropriate treatment. But in such a consultation we would also be ethically obliged to inform them if we thought there were other health problems that needed addressing, and we might have to make prescribing B12 conditional on their addressing these other problems.

I am guessing, but I expect that you would all take much the same view on these issues, and have told Martyn so. If you are willing to see patients on this basis, and for the PA Society to include you on their list, please email Daksha.

Thank you very much,
Damien Downing

PS – A company called Oxford Biosciences offers Methylcobalamin powder for direct sale. They don't say anything about injecting it but the website does say: “Each vial contains 20mg pharmaceutical grade methylcobalamin in dry form. Please note: we do not provide saline.” I can't see why you would need saline other than to inject, and I think some people may be doing so. Although I have not investigated the matter or approached the company, I would advise against using, supporting or endorsing this unless you are absolutely clear that it is legal and acceptable, in which case please tell us and we will publish the facts.
Specialist Commentary
Margaret Moss has provided detailed comments on Castro M, King TS et al. Effect of Vitamin D3 on Asthma Treatment Failures in Adults With Symptomatic Asthma and Lower Vitamin D Levels, The VIDA Randomised Clinical Trial. JAMA online 18.5.14. Read Margaret’s comments in full here. You can also read the full report here.

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