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Contents, Issue 98, Spring 2018

Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project
Showing Her Majesty’s worldwide commitment to supporting forests and Nature

Cancer wars: history of medical orthodoxy’s suppression of natural treatments
In Part 1 of a 2-part article, Martin J Walker exposes how the medical industrial complex criminalised effective non-drug cancer therapies

Shi‘i Islam – the way of the prophetic family
Dr Rebecca Masterton describes the origin of Islam and how and why it divided into two primary sects

Connectinglight, vision andconsciousness
American light pioneer, Dr Jacob Liberman explains how to find ‘presence’, extracted from his new book

The Hidden Life of Trees
Fred Hageneder critiques the ideas of Peter Wohlleben’s bestseller on the life of trees and forests

Antibiotics can seriously affect your mental health
Stephen McMurray reveals the range of psychiatric symptoms that antibiotics can trigger

Regular columns

New Global Festivals – Steve Nation
Discerning truth in an interdependent world

Poetry: In Tune with the Spirit
Jay Ramsay presents the work of new contemporary poets

Books
Statin Nation; My Shakespeare: The Authorship Controversy; The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life; Poseidon’s Realm - A voyage around the Aegean; The Heart Explosion; Living in Two Worlds; Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox

Briefings
Medical students demand nutrition education; Grassroot groups get cosmetic firm’s support; 1st International Day of Light; Transformational Sound Therapy; Deadly glioblastoma multiforme doubles in UK in 20 years; Children with Cancer’s September London conference; Meditators more resilient to old age mental decline


Editorial

In this issue
by Simon Best

Her Majesty’s recent launch of her Commonwealth Canopy project underlines her commitment to environmental sustainability and specifically to looking after and supporting forests and forestry, both in the UK and throughout the 53 Commonwealth countries. Her TV interview with Sir David Attenborough clearly showed her profound enjoyment of Nature and her wish to support vibrant and sustainable forests throughout the Commonwealth as part of her legacy. In Britain the National Forest (p3) is at the forefront of this endeavour and its upcoming Timber Festival will launch a bursary for someone to train in the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing that focuses on the many physical and psychological, health-giving benefits of spending significant time in a forest setting.

Ethnobiologist Fred Hageneder explores the extraordinary diversity and unseen world of forests and tress in his critique of the bestseller, The Hidden Life of Trees. He reveals how trees exchange information with each other, their reliance on their community network but also the threat from some modern husbandry practices. He questions whether trees can actually ‘feel’ or whether attributing them with a heightened sensory system is more accurate. But above all, he confirms our fundamental need for the world’s ecosystems to rely on a network of thriving forests all over the planet.

Following our last issue’s focus on new research and theories about cancer, long-term researcher Martin J Walker presents the first of a two-part article on how the powerful financial interests of orthodox medicine and Big Pharma persecuted, suppressed and, in some cases, outlawed pioneers of complementary approaches to treating cancer. He charts the growth of ‘salves’ in both the US and UK and the recent progress of pioneers of non-toxic therapies that have challenged the hege­mony of orthodox oncology.

The threat of antibiotic resistance is well-known to most people but the adverse effects of antibiotics on mental health is only now beginning to be fully appreciated. Stephen McMurray covers the latest evidence of the possible symptoms and the range of damaging effects on the gut microbiome, which can take a long time to fully recover. In some circumstances they can predispose to cancer development, especially colorectal. More positively, scientists are exploring the use of pre- and probiotics to treat anxiety and other symptoms that may have been triggered by microbiome disturbance.

The benefits of light therapy are well appreciated but light pioneer, Dr Jacob Liberman, in an article based on his new book, Luminous Life, explores a much wider realm encompassing consciousness itself. He discusses various aspects of vision and how they relate to experiencing ‘presence’, an illusive state that, he argues, arises naturally when our eyes and mind, triggered by light, focus on the same place at the same time, in response to light’s invitation and guidance. He describes techniques to help you experience ‘presence’.

Finally, in a start to another two-part article, Dr Rebecca Masterton describes the history and development of Shi’a Islam in an attempt to clarify the misunderstanding and misrepresentations surrounding how it evolved and what this Muslim sect, a persecuted minority in many Muslim countries, actually believes. Dr Masterton looks at their relationship to the Prophet Mohammed and will explore their spiritual practices and esoteric beliefs in Part 2.

Apologies are due for the lateness of this issue; after a year of upheaval I now have at last a more permanent base in Frome. Hopefully future issues will return to normal schedule.

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