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"The NHS is at a crossroads and needs to change and improve as it moves forward."

That was the message from NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens today as a Five Year Forward View for the NHS was launched.
While there is new stress in this plan on the importance of the prevention of illness, the McCarrison Society reaffirms the late Sir Robert McCarrison's belief that the most important factor in restoring health is healthy nutrition, and the Society was formed to honour him. Good Nutrition can help the prevention of mental ill-health, obesity, diabetes and many non-communicable illnesses.
 
The Conference  Hidden Hunger, Monday 10 November 2014 co-organised by the McCarrison Society, will be reinforcing this assertion and includes a contribution from Frank Field MP, Early Foundations, The First 1001 Days.
 
Education on the link between good food and good health is vital for Governments, Health Professionals and the Public.  We urge the inclusion of nutrition as a mandatory subject in medical departments and encourage the teaching of nutrition in schools, according to the principles developed by Sir Robert McCarrison. See our Aims

Conferences and Public Meetings

Monday 10 November 2014 The Wimpole Lecture Theatre at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE Organised by the Food & Health Forum and the McCarrison Society   AGENDA - venue and Registration Food & Health Forum, RSM - Direct Line: (+44) (0) 20 7290 2984 Direct Fax: (+44) (0) 20 7290 2989 Web: https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/events-listing/2014-2015/sections/food-health-forum/fhf01-hidden-hunger.aspx View rates, bottom…
The Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling I am writing to all members of the Scottish Group to give you details of our final Public Meeting.Aou will have learned from our August newsletter, our founder, Dr Walter (Watty) Yellowlees, died at the end of May. We have decided to hold our final meeting in his memory. Watty was a great proponent of the benefits to health of wholemeal bread. He persuaded his local baker to produce a wholemeal loaf which he promoted to his patients.…

Chair\'s Comments

Wednesday, 13 February 2013, 2:06
Category: Chair's Comments
Launched in Kingston, Jamaica in late 2012, Mind Gardens is a non-profit initiative started by Snoop Lion with the goal of establishing sustainable, organic community gardens that will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to school aged children in the community. Bringing these communities the proper tools and resources to cultivate their own nutritional alternatives not only makes for healthy bodies, but also healthy minds. With two gardens already underway, we need your help to spread the…
Monday, 11 February 2013, 5:54
Category: Chair's Comments
51013 signatures so far... Received from: Hannah Lownsbrough  [38degrees.org.uk/] Dear Simon, 1.2 million. That’s the estimated number of children living in poverty in England today, who are missing out on free school meals. We could have a chance to fix this injustice - and make sure these little ones, the very poorest and most vulnerable in our society, get at least one decent meal a day. [1] The introduction of the new benefits system - universal credit - means the…
Wednesday, 1 February 2012, 5:08
Category: Chair's Comments
  Conclusions - This study has indicated an association between epigenetic status and socio-economic status (SES). This relationship has direct implications for population health and is reflected in further associations between global DNA methylation content and emerging biomarkers of CVD.   Key words - DNA methylation, epigenetics, socio-economic status.   Abstract - http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/01/08/ije.dyr215.short 
Friday, 27 January 2012, 7:54
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  Introduction  . .  some genes from babies conceived by means of IVF show a gene expression pattern that is different from naturally conceived children (Katari et al., 2009). . .  this mechanism could put children conceived by means of assisted reproduction treatment (ART) at a greater risk of diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, later in life. Epigenetic deregulation already received increasing attention as a possible common cause of adverse ART outcomes, since the incidence of…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011, 7:19
Category: Chair's Comments
And so we come round again to autism. . .It seems that a combination of genetic, environmental, neurological, and inflammatory factors contribute to the development of autism. Today I would like to focus specifically on the inflammation and other evidence of nutritional contributing factors.    The best evidence of the actual inflammatory damage comes from the work of some neurologists and pathologists at Johns Hopkins. . . They found that the most striking differences between…

President\'s Comments

Thursday, 8 August 2013, 12:16
Category: President's Comments
Eating More Seafood for Good Health (6:19) These links were reproduced from the website of  Seafood Services Australia, a not for profit company supported by the Australian seafood industry and the Australian Government through funding from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Martin Bowerman interviews Professor Michael Crawford, PhD CBiol, FIBiol, FRCPath, founder and Director of The Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, and now at Imperial College London,…
Tuesday, 9 October 2012, 10:11
Category: President's Comments
THE POPULATION CRISIS: Global population was 1 billion in 1804. It took 123 years to reach 2 billion in 1927 and another 33 years to reach 3 billion in 1960s. By 2000 it reached 6 billion and it then took only 11 years to add another billion. Although increased wealth is usually associated with reduction in population growth, change will do little in the next 20 years. The population growth is exponential and the next 20 years is built on the previous accumulation of people. The already…
Sunday, 4 December 2011, 11:05
Category: President's Comments
Out break of food poisoning from chicken liver --  the campylobacter infection rate among chickens reared in the UK was 76%.   That is intensive rearing of chickens for you!!!   Michael  
Friday, 2 December 2011, 4:10
Category: President's Comments
Our e-book has been published and available for online purchase/subscription. Professor Michael A Crawford “Was Man More Aquatic in the Past? Fifty Years After Alister Hardy Waterside Hypothesis of Human Evolution Please visit the link http://www.benthamscience.com/ebooks/9781608052448/index.htm Leigh Broadhurst and I have a chapter in the book which of course makes the case for DHA fish and sea food specifically for enlargement of the brain. Another way of looking at it is sea…
Sunday, 13 November 2011, 6:58
Category: President's Comments
Waste from Cargill's massive meat processing facility at High River, Alberta, will be used to fuel a waste-to-energy plant that will boost the proportion of renewable energy used by the site to around 80 per cent. my comment. (posted on the Cargil blog. Some years ago we published an interesting calculation. Modern intensive beef production results in a 50% lean and 30% fat per carcass. In terms of energy that means and equivalent of 40 for protein and 270 for fat. That is 6.75…

Latest

Monday, 27 May 2013, 1:13
Category: Latest
McCarrison Meeting, Dunkeld, Perthsire 18 May 2013 – Michael Crawford, Bob Lister, and Simon House were warmly received and splendidly entertained by the Scottish group, chaired by Cedric de Voil. Presentations Speakers and Subjects Maisie Steven is a retired dietician, for many years a member of the McCarrison Society, experienced virtually every aspect of nutrition and dietetics: hospital, college, community and research. Her “The Good Scots Diet” was published in 1985 and…
Friday, 17 May 2013, 8:53
Category: Latest
Sheila Dillon asks if food and nutrition should have a bigger role in treating cancer. Is the medical profession too reluctant to see food as an essential component in improving the well-being of cancer patients.[listen at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sdw1p, 22 minutes 35s in]. There is a short clip at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0195c67 Previewing the programme on Friday 17th May 2013 [listen at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sdw1p, 22 minutes 35s in, or a short clip at…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 3:26
Category: Latest
It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Co. are at it again. These profit-hungry biotech companies have found a way to gain exclusive control over the seeds of life – the source of our food. They’re trying to patent away varieties of our everyday vegetables and fruits like cucumber, broccoli and melons, virtually forcing growers to pay them for seed and risk being sued if they don’t. To sign the petition at Avaaz (2,003,879 have signed at 15th May 2013) go to:
Thursday, 9 May 2013, 7:05
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Be(a)ware! They are not what you think they are. For nigh on 40 years we have been conned into believing that consuming polyunsaturated seed oils was better for our health than traditional saturated fats.  In that same time the rates of both heart disease and cancer have soared.  UNNATURAL‘NEW’ SEED OILS     When Surgeon Captain T.L. Cleave wrote his ground breaking book, The Saccharine Disease way back in 1974, he warned against these ‘new’ oils, as they were thought…
Sunday, 5 May 2013, 12:00
Category: Latest
It is with regret that we announce that Rosemary Fost passed away peacefully on 11th March 2013. Rosemary was a Committee Member of the McCarrison Society as well as a Trustee and former Chair of the Pioneer Health Foundation where, in recent years, she had started and ran the Mary Langman Prize Competition.       From the Pioneer Health Foundation: "Rosemary Fost enthused about the Peckham Experiment when doing a BPhil at Oxford by a doctor cousin sent to ‘observe’. She later joined the…
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