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Pat Thomas

Articles

This archive of investigations, reports and interviews below spans from my work with What Doctors Don’t Tell you through my ‘Ecologist years’ to some of my more recent work (see also my Blogs page) with other publications and from the NYR Natural News website, which I edit and Beyond GM campaign and its associated websites.

It does not include the large body of feature work which I did as a music journalist – work I am equally proud of but which came before the internet made archiving easier!

What Doctors Don’t Tell you re-wrote the book on how journalists should approach health. Instead of rewriting press releases, blindly following the latest fads or relying on rent-a-quote experts, the team immersed itself in the medical journalist that Doctors were – or should have been  – reading. These often tell a very different story to the PR that filters through to the media about modern pharmaceuticals.  I was a contributing editor at WDDTY for nearly a decade and editor of Proof! – the consumer magazine that grew out of the work we did there.

The Ecologist magazine, founded in 1970, was the world’s oldest and most widely read environment magazine. It was a driving force in major environmental campaigns against climate change, toxic chemicals in household products, rainforest destruction, food additives, genetic modification and much more. Its courageous, in-depth journalism provided early-warning signs for all the environmental challenges we face now and was, for decades, hugely influential in setting the environmental and green political agendas in the UK and elsewhere. The New York Review of Magazines called it “A magazine that changes people’s lives”. I was privileged to be its Health Editor and then Editor for several years before it ceased printing in 2009 and have continued to contribute ad hoc to it’s website.

My interest in a less interventionist, more natural approach to health continues to this day. NYR Natural News is the only alternative health website based in the UK. It has a growing UK and international audience of people who want good information on health alternatives and who want to understand the connections between environment and health. It is also an increasingly powerful voice in environment and GM campaigning, exposing the toxic connections between multinational corporations and political policy and their impact on human well-being.



09 Aug 2017

Of burgers, blood and balderdash

It’s one of the most depressing aspects of environmentalism that pressing needs for change inevitably get turned into saleable products. As the need to reduce our meat consumption rises so too do the number of so-called ‘meat substitutes’, products which aim to get us to eat less meat while still pretending that we are eating […]

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27 Jul 2017

The Poison Papers

Yesterday a blow was struck for both press freedom and health freedom too. A project called the Poison Papers makes available to the public decades of newly digitised data on the dangers of industrial chemicals – and the practices of the companies that make them. Most of the documents – which include scientific studies and […]

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19 Jul 2017

Plastic Pollution – Beyond Cosmetic Microbeads

You can hardly open a newspaper these days without seeing reports about the devastating state of our oceans, in particular from plastic pollution. Microplastics contribute up to 30% of the ‘plastic soup’ polluting the world’s oceans. In developed countries they can be a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste. This form of […]

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06 Jul 2017

Gut Feelings

Of all the subjects in health and medicine, the link between what goes on in our guts and what goes on in the rest of our bodies is arguably one of the most exciting. Exciting not only because it suggests a more subtle and complex network inside of us – something we are only beginning […]

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11 May 2017

The (Toxic) Language of Flowers

Most of us associate flowers with beauty and nature. The Victorians even had a language of flowers: bluebells for kindness, peonies meant bashfulness, rosemary was for remembrance, wallflowers represented faithfulness in adversity – and the red rose, true love. But that was yesterday. This is today when the cut flower world is far from romantic […]

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13 Apr 2017

Antibiotics – The Latest Threat to Our Bees

They say what we do to the bees we do to ourselves. Equally, it seems that what we do to ourselves we are more than happy to carelessly inflict on any other living thing, including our bees. If bees are in decline it’s not due to some unexplained phenomena. It’s due to human activity; and […]

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09 Apr 2017

The Pesticide Myth

Why do farmers use pesticides? Many will tell you that it is to reduce crop losses due to a wide variety of pests including weeds, insects and fungi. Reducing crop losses equals more food for the farmer to sell and more for us to eat. In a world of climate change and population explosion this […]

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10 Mar 2017

Eat Healthy…And Help Fight Climate Change

You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and while good dietary choices boost your own health, they also could improve the health care system and even benefit the planet. Healthier people mean not only less disease but also reduced greenhouse gas emissions from health care. As it turns out, some relatively small diet […]

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16 Feb 2017

Europe Rises Up Against Glyphosate

European campaigners have joined together to petition the European Parliament to ban glyphosate. The groups have launched a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) calling for a ban on the toxic herbicide, as well as for reform of the EU pesticide approval process, and mandatory targets to reduce pesticide use in the EU. The ECI is backed […]

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12 Jan 2017

Does Healthy Always Mean Expensive?

This time of year many of us turn our thoughts to healthy eating. I was struck by reports of recent research which suggests that most shoppers operate under an ‘intuition’ that more expensive food is the healthier choice. The soon to be published studies in the Journal of Consumer Research rightly says that while this […]

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