If Madame Curie had listened to the derision piled upon her we would not have X-rays. Her experimentation carried the price of her life because she died from the effects of radiation. She is the most well-known example of scientists who have come up with ideas in medicine that have been doubted, ridiculed and ostracized. However, because of their determination we have an astounding array of investigative procedures.

Today, there are investigations that have been born out of sound scientific and medical hypotheses but are finding it difficult to attract funding because the techniques may be very accurate and inexpensive. This would suggest that they would be popular, but indeed the financial state of play in medicine inhibits study and research into new techniques. I list below some of those that I believe have a future. This is partly because the study and research carried out so far is positive or because I have used them in my practice for anywhere up to 12 years. In one or two cases the investigation has been around for many decades but has been either suppressed or vilified to such an extent that it is only recendy that they have been able to gain some credibility.

I stress that the techniques below are not well established from a scientific or double-blind viewpoint and therefore should not be considered suitable diagnostic techniques if used by themselves. But, in conjunction with other orthodox techniques or when current investigative procedures are inadequate, they may be of benefit.