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BEN was three years old, exhausted, pale, thin and depressed. He was predicted to live with severe allergies, eczema, asthma, intermittent ear surgery, and on steroids – with all their side-effects – for at least a decade. Despite the conventional drugs the doctors, specialists and paediatricians poured down him, all they could do was ease Ben s symptoms and manage his condition.

What Melanie Gow has since discovered is that relying only on prescription drugs is like using only a toaster to cook with; you will never eat roast chicken.

Modern medicine s strengths have to be balanced with the understanding that sometimes other things work too. What Mel, a school-run mum, learnt was that the answer is not with the allopath (conventional doctor) and nor is it with the homeopath, or osteopath, or naturopath.

They are all options; genuine, effective, valuable ones when used appropriately. They are all routes you can choose to take towards an integrated approach to wellbeing. Fourteen days after Melanie had found a remedy for Ben, his doctor said: I don t know what you have done but this child is well.

Foreword by Prof Keith Scott-Mumby; Preface by Dr Mosaraf Ali;

prologue, We ought to be introduced;


1. Much ado about Ben; 2. Nobody asks a fly to spin webs; 3. Think for yourself; 4. Painting by numbers; 5. A question of BRANDing; 6. Be guided by observation; 7. Perverted evoulution; 8. Walking the tightrobe; 9. That’s no way to treat malady; 10. A paradox or plausible; 11. The last toll of the bell; 12. Treat people, not disease; 13. Ask now and shoot later; 14. Prevention is better than cure; 15. Where do you keep bananas?; 16. Mind depends on matter; 17. A smile can buy you immunity; 18. Just before I go; 19. Do most good; Reference and citation list; List of useful contacts; Recommended reading; Water works.