Chairman's Comments

Comments on Nutrition and its interaction with us and our offspring, from Simon House, the new Chairman of the McCarrison Society 

Amnesty Mother's Day Campaign

Dear Amnesty ‘Demand Dignity Campaign team’,

We strongly support you in this vital initiative. To further strengthen this case, the McCarrison Society for Nutrition and Health presents a wealth of evidence showing conclusively that the health of the childbearing mother has profound effects on the lifetime health of her child.

I draw your attention to the words of our President, of May 1st at

With kind regards,

Simon House – Chair, McCarrison Society for Nutrition and Health.

Study suggests decline in UK fish stocks more severe than thought

Caroline Davies writes in The Guardian, Tuesday May 4 2010

The UK's modern fishing fleet must work 17 times harder for the same catch as their sail-powered Victorian counterparts, a study has claimed, suggesting the decline in fish stocks is more profound than previously thought. Records of fish landings dating back to the 1880s showed UK trawlers - then fishing closer to port - landed twice as much fish in 1889 as today, despite advances enabling crews to fish further, faster and deeper.

This Mother's Day, do right by all mothers.

Urge Secretary Sebelius' department to create an Office of Maternal Health now!

This Thursday, May 6th, a team of Amnesty representatives is meeting face-to-face with a senior Health and Human Services (HHS) official. Our goal is to press for the creation of an Office of Maternal Health within HHS. Our motivation is to break down the barriers to care for pregnant women in the United States. . . .

We, as the McCarrison Society, should be pressing the point with Amnesty International that the child-bearing woman's health is absolutely vital to her child's life and health for a lifetime.


Gene management

Scientists reveal gene-swapping technique to thwart inherited diseases

  •, Wednesday April 14 2010
  • Sarah Boseley, health editor
Scientists today offered new hope for women at risk of passing on certain inherited diseases to their children, in the form of a pioneering technique to move healthy genetic material from fertilised eggs into donated ones. Researchers from Newcastle University say their breakthrough will help women whose children are at risk of a range of mitochondrial diseases. These disorde . . . 
Comment: Here is another genetic technique that is hoped to prevent disease, gene-swapping particularly for mitochondrial disorders. Others include: a closer look at IVF risks, egg-screening, drugs to switch genes on/off. Such approaches will be offered in parallel with improved nutritional and emotional nurturing. The more we can express our findings in epigenetic terms the more scientifically convincing can be the McCarrison approach in place of, or appropriately alongside, high technology. SHH