The approaches we use in life threatening illness do not have as good an evidence base as do conventional approaches. The treatments we offer are by comparison, safer than conventional treatment modalities, but it is important to realise that significantly less research has been done with the approaches we offer than with conventional approaches. This is why our treatment programmes are offered an an ‘informed consent’ basis only. Therefore, it is important not to have false hopes as to what we might be able to achieve. We do not claim that any of our treatments, investigative procedures, or blood tests are cures.
We have an academic approach to our work and have written several papers of a research nature to do with life threatening illnesses.
We have formed a group of doctors in the UK who have an interest in treating life threatening illness using the complementary integrated approach, at which we invite appropriate speakers to come and talk to us. Amongst these speakers are doctors, particularly those who have a broadminded approach to the treatment of life threatening illness. These kinds of doctors are increasing in numbers. We are also prepared to teach (by arrangement), individual doctors who have a special interest in the approaches we are using. We encourage research into the approaches used at The Dove Clinic for Integrated Medicine, and have a research charity called The Dove Healing Trust, which is set up to fund this kind of work. The reason for this is that conventional funding for these kind of studies tends not to be forthcoming.
The problem with life threatening illnesses is that they are complex illnesses and operate as systems rather than as linear processes in which cause A gives a result B. The science of genetic disorders giving rise to life threatening illnesses, is just such a complex process. This means therefore, that we would need a systems view of assessing these treatments in order to truly establish their value. This sort of research methodology does not exist currently; a research problem also for the majority of complementary medicine, which has a poor evidence base but an increasing number of patients – interestingly enough, doctors are major users! We are happy to answer questions from prospective patients: use the new customers form or call our reception team on 01962 718000. We can recommend accommodation for patients when they stay locally for their treatment programmes.