“Overthrowing the temple”

New book in English of the well known British journalist Martin Walker about Loïc Le Ribault.

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Overthrowing the Temple

Martin J. Walker


Loic le Ribault became interested in sand while attending university in Paris. He developed the science of exoscopy and became Europe's leading specialist in the properties of silica including a tenure as a forensic pathologist for the French National Police. (La Surete' Nacionale) Loic partnered with another silica research pioneer, Dr. Norbert Duffault, in the 1970s to investigate the health providing applications of silica. These led to the discovery that silica is critical in treating conditions of the skin and bone which only now in the 2010 era do we realize is critical. Loic was able to synthesize an organic silica to treat arthritis, skin damage and weak calcium absorption. The revolutionary aspects of this discovery twice led to Loic being imprisoned by the French authorities as professional jealousies and political pressure was levied against him to forestall the benefits organic silica would place on existing pharmaceutical companies. Martin Walker got to know Loic quite well provides us with a solid view of the discovery and reaction of the use of organic silica and the result furor created by special interest to protect their multi-billion (euro) dollar industry. Martin had previously written of this subject in the 1998 title Loic Le Ribault's Resistance: The creation of a treatment for arthritis and the persecution of its author; France's foremost forensic scientist; and now takes the story further to Loic passing in 2007. The story is updated to include Loic's own writings on the subject and the inside story on bringing Organic Silica to the public's attention.


In Overthrowing the Temple, Walker recaps Le Ribault's story and reflects on a life dedicated to helping others. He also reprints some of Loic's short stories and writings about his ordeals in recent years. This is a touching tribute to a scientist ahead of his time and a courageous man who fought state-sponsored perecution. Abstract of lengthier review. --Nexus Vol19. No.1 December 2011-January 2012

About the Author

Martin Walker has been an activist campaigner, a political poster artist and a writer mainly in London, England, for most of his adult life. His twelve books and large number of posters reflect his involvement in campaigns since the early seventies. Before 1993, he was mainly involved in campaigns over wrongful arrest and imprisonment but in 1990 he began investigating pharmaceutical funded corporate lobby groups which since the mid 1980s have been working to end freedom of choice in medical treatments. For five years between 2005 and 2010 he worked with the parents of children damaged by the MMR vaccine who supported Dr Andrew Wakefield in his trumped-up three year trial before the UK General Medical Council. He is personally interested in dissent in science and the matter of how people leave orthodoxy to enter the world of alternatives especially in health. For five years in the 1990s he was an advisor to the BBC Judge John Deed drama series written and produced by Gordon Newman. His book Dirty Medicine: Science Big Business and the assault on natural health care, is considered ground-breaking by many who have followed the growth and development of the pro-pharmaceutical anti-alternative health lobbies. His latest book Dirty Medicine: The Handbook was published in May 2011. Information about all his books and essays can be found on his site at slingshotpublications. His posters can be seen in the Victria and Albert Museum in London.

Book Information


    • Paperback: 176 pages
    • Publisher: Slingshot Publishers; First edition (February 1, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 095640930X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0956409300
    • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces




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