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Monday, 25 January 2010


New Stories

We have new melanoma stories from Caroline, Tessa and Rory. Stories from other melanoma patients are most welcome.


Wednesday, 13 January 2010


Sunbed ban- more to MM than tanorexia

A ban on under-18s using sunbeds moves closer in the UK, with government support, as reported in the media. This is a good idea, backed by CRUK.

It would however be nice if they could do a bit more to make the public aware that whilst it may be true that UV causes non-melanoma skin cancers, the evidence that it causes melanoma at all is not that conclusive, and the evidence that it causes all melanoma is entirely absent.

Being told your cancer if a lifestyle choice is bad enough when if was probably caused by some "choice" like smoking, but when it is clear that a lot of melanoma is NOT caused by UV exposure, melanoma patients can get the message that they deserve to get cancer.

I've never been on a sunbed or deliberately sunbathed in my life, just like many MM patients.

Saturday, 9 January 2010


An Oasis of Healing

After hearing about the legal threats made by "An Oasis of Healing", seemingly on behalf of its founder Thomas Lodi, a fellow blogger thought it would be worthwhile to look into what "An Oasis of Healing" get up to, and it makes interesting reading. Have a look.

And then there's this.

It appears that threatening me has just spread criticism of your boss from my humble site to those with a far higher readership and Google rankings, and made you famous as a person who writes threatening letters to cancer patients for a living. I believe this is known as the Streisand effect.

That's quality marketing, Shayla!

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Friday, 8 January 2010



I received the following threat of legal action today:

I am contacting you regarding a blog you have posted that contains information about Dr Lodi that has never been verified.
We are requesting that you remove this blog immediately because you are slandering his name without any proof of your accusations.
I realize that you have your blog linked to an article posted in the Arizona Republic but if you look further into the charges that were brought against Dr Lodi you will see that they were never substantiated.
Please let me know when this blog has been removed.
If you do not remove the blog we will be forced to take legal action against your association.
Thank you in advance for your corporation in this matter.
Shayla McCallum
Director of Marketing
An Oasis of Healing
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I have asked them to confirm which allegation they are objecting to, it is all true to the best of my knowledge, though I am always willing to learn.
I am told by Shayla that they object to my saying that homoeopaths are not real doctors, and that Mr. Lodi got his homoeopathic medical licence back, the allegations of cocaine addiction never being substantiated.
Well, in the UK, homoeopaths are not necessarily doctors of any kind, and I'd be happy to see the evidence which shows Lodi got his licence back. In the meantime, I have removed the bits Shayla objected to. Even without those bits, it's hardly a ringing endorsement.
Shalya also asked me not to use her name, as she was just doing her job in threatening me with legal action. That's some job you have, Shayla!-threatening cancer patients with legal action, and marketing questionable medical treatments to the desperate and dying. Your parents must be very proud.

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