Dr Stephen Bourne outlines his approach

Integrative medicine (see below) includes homeopathy, Bach Flowers, nutrition, herbalism, food intolerance testing  and environmental medicine. Dental mercury poisoning is a common and overlooked cause of chronic ill health.


At this clinic, bio-electro resonance medical technology (vegatesting) is used to identify the causes of poor health and to help select non-toxic treatment. 


A printout of the causes of health deterioration and of the selected treatment is provided.

Causes of chronic ill health

These include prolonged exposure to any type of stress (physical, chemical and emotional). Some illustrative case histories are included in the section on integrative medicine below. 

People who attend here 

Most have long-standing health problems that have not been helped by complementary or conventional medical treatment, e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis and chronic dermatitis. Some people feel a bit run down or seek a health check-up.

The clinic

The clinic is located in Finchley, North London.

Email enquiries

Please send your enquiry to If you would like Dr Bourne to phone you, please include your phone number and best times to call.

Telephone enquiries (07717833702 or 020 8632 0119).

Telephone enquiries are welcome, but please have a look through this website first.

Making an appointment

A consultation takes about two hours. Appointments can be  made by phone (020 8632 0119 and 07717 833702) or by email ( If you would like to make an appointment by email, please suggest a few dates and times. 

Morning appointments generally start between 10.00 and 10.30 am and afternoon appointments between 2.00 and 4.00 pm. Normally, not more than two patients are seen in a day.

If you come by train, Dr. Bourne may be able to meet you by car at Finchley Central Station (on the Barnet Branch of the Northern line) by prior arrangement and take you to the clinic about half a mile away. Please phone Dr Bourne (07717833702) from East Finchley Station and get off at the next stop -Finchley Central Station. At the top of the exit stairs, turn right towards the Regents Park Road exit (where there are nearby shops) and wait for Dr Bourne to pick you up in a white Skoda Octavia or a silver Smart car. 


Initial consultation: £150. Follow-up: £100. (Weekends: £250/£150).

The cost of medication is not included.

Credit and debit cards

The clinic is not equipped to accept credit cards or debit cards.

Before you come

  •  If you are already taking supplements, please do not take them on the day you come, and bring samples with you for vegatesting purposes.

  • Please have an extra glass of water so that you are not dehydrated.

  • Ladies, if possible, please do not wear tights so as to allow access to your left foot during vegatesting.

 During vegatesting

  • Please do not wear a watch with a battery in it or have mobile phone in your pocket. 

For additional information, please click on the headers at the top or on the underlined links below:


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More: TestimonialsFrequently Asked QuestionsContact Information

Under 'Common conditions' (in the header above), there is information on the following topics.

Alternatives to gluten free, anxiety and depression, autoimmune disease, legal cannabis, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic infection, coeliac disease, Crohn's disease, dental mercury poisoning, dermatitis, electromagnetic radiation, endometriosis,  high blood pressure, house dust mite sensitivity, hydration alkalising and health, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome.

Vegatesting is explained in the section on vegatesting in the header above.


Word Press articles on the following topics can be found at the bottom of this page.

1. Lyme Disease.

2. Integrative medicine.

3. Dental mercury.

4. The problem with conventional medicine.

5. Electromagnetic radiation.



Integrative medicine entails a broadly-based understanding of the causes of the disease process, a knowledge of naturopathic and conventional medicine, bio regulatory testing skills and an open-mind. 

It supersedes naturopathic medicine and is based on the following principles.

  1. The naturopathic dictums, ‘first do no harm’ (L. primum non nocere) and  ‘identity and treat the cause’ (L. tolle causam) apply.

  2. Take a detailed medical history with a view to making a provisional causal diagnosis (anamnesis).

  3. Practice a combined approach using several systems of non-suppressive medicine.

  4. Ideally, use a bio regulatory approach (kinesiology or electro acupuncture) to assist with causal diagnosis and treatment selection.

  5. ​Explain your approach to your patients and teach your students.


“All professions are conspiracies against the laity”

(George Bernard Shaw - The Doctor’s Dilemma)


Integrative medicine encompasses homeopathy, nutritional, herbal and environmental medicine. Bio regulatory diagnostic medical technologies such as vegatesting and clinical kinesiology are generally used to assist with causal diagnosis and with treatment selection. Unlike other systems of medicine, integrative medicine endeavours to identify and treat the causes of poor health as well as to  relieve symptoms. It is particularly indicated for chronic conditions that have not been helped by conventional or complementary medicine. 

It is difficult a difficult system for health practitioners to master because medicine is mostly taught as specialist subjects such as conventional medicine and complementary medicine.


Conventional medicine is liable to attempt symptom suppression, with pharmaceutical drugs that are disadvantaged by side effects. It is not particularly effective for chronic medical conditions.

Complementary medicine includes classical homoeopathy, modern (complex) homeopathy, osteopathy, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Reiki, Ayurvedic medicine,  nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, Bach flowers, counselling, healing,  food intolerance testing and reflexology.

​Limitations of specialisation

Conventional and complementary practitioners are liable to focus on symptom relief rather than on identifying and treating the causes of the disease process.  If these are overlooked, well meant attempts at symptom suppression are likely to be of limited benefit.

For example, a patient with dental mercury poisoning may present with irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, dermatitis, migraine, Parkinson's syndrome or depression and consult a conventional or complementary medical practitioner in an appropriate specialty. If the practitioner attempts symptom suppression, without first identifying and treating the mercury poisoning, treatment will be of limited benefit.

Limitations of controlled clinical trials

Integrative medicine is unsuitable for evaluation with controlled clinical trials because similar symptoms can  have different aetiologies (underlying causes) that require different treatment approaches. For example, the causes of irritable bowel syndrome include dental mercury poisoning, bacterial dysbiosis (inflammatory intestinal bacteria), leaky gut syndrome with associated food intolerances, intestinal candidiasis (fungal infection) with multiple allergies, intestinal micro parasitic infection (e.g. giardia lamblia) and an impaired immune system. Because the underlying causes of irritable bowel syndrome and other chronic medical conditions are multiple and diverse, there are no standard treatment regimens for chronic illnesses that can be validated with controlled clinical trials of single treatment interventions. With irritable bowel syndrome, conventional attempts at symptom relief with bulk laxatives, antispasmodics  and antidepressants are of limited clinical benefit. 

Similarly, clinical trials of antihypertensive (blood pressure lowering) drugs are unscientific because hypertension also has multiple aetiologies. It  is part of a physiological coping response to stress, which can be emotional (anxiety), chemical (dental mercury poisoning, environmental chemical toxicity, excessive caffeine consumption), or physical (electromagnetic radiation, physical exhaustion). The side effects of antihypertensive drugs can  include fatigue and depression that impair the quality of life of both the patient and his/her close relatives.


It would be scientific to identify and treat the actual stress factors that are causing the hypertension (1). Dr. Bourne, while in general practice in 1981, had an N.H.S. patient with malignant hypertension, who was eventually successfully treated by a doctor, who used vegatest technology to treat him for dental mercury poisoning.

Research and integrative medicine

In 1985, the group of British doctors (Julian Kenyon, David Dowson and George Lewith), who practiced integrative medicine (vegatesting) at the Centre for The Study of Complementary Medicine in Southampton, authorized a survey of their practice success rate to be carried out by senior medical students, and the findings were published in a letter to the British Medical Journal (2).


In the letter, it was pointed out that only about 20% of techniques employed by conventional doctors have been properly evaluated.


The survey found that the majority of patients attending the clinic had long-term health problems, and that between 60-70% of them experienced significant health improvements after attending the clinic for only up to eight weeks. The patients had previously not been helped by conventional medical treatment over periods of up to ten years.


Critics of integrative medicine attribute clinical improvement to a placebo effect. However, they are liable to be poorly informed about the scientific advantages of identifying and treating the causes of poor health over symptom suppression. They also overlook the probability that any placebo effect of short-term integrative treatment is offset by that of long-term conventional treatment.


(1) Can lifestyle changes reverse coronary heart disease? The Lifestyle Heart Trial. D. Ornish et al. The Lancet. Volume 336, Issue 8708, 21 July 1990, Pages 129-133.

(2) Judith Moore et al. Why do people seek alternative therapies? British Medical Journal. Volume 290. 5 January 1985.


A child with autism was found to have mercury poisoning from his mother’s mercury dental fillings that had crossed the her placenta during pregnancy. His autism improved with treatment for mercury poisoning.

A schoolboy had been ill on and off for five for years with bizarre skin rashes and had recently become too ill to attend school. He had not been helped by several hospital consultant physicians. With vegatesting, he was found to have a chronic bacterial infection (Lyme disease), which responded well to integrative treatment.

About twenty years ago, a child, who had been diagnosed conventionally with coeliac disease, was put on a gluten free diet for life by a hospital consultant. With vegatesting, she was found to have an  intestinal microparasite infection (giardia lamblia) that responded to naturopathic  treatment.  She quickly became able to eat an unrestricted diet and she is currently a healthy (non medicalised) young woman.

A child, with epilepsy behaved like a little zombie because of heavy sedation prescribed by conventional paediatricians. He was found to be sleeping at night in a zone exposed to harmful earth radiation. His condition was completely cured by relocating his bed away from the affected area.​

In 2010, Dr. Bourne was diagnosed  at a local hospital with skin cancer on his left ear (see photo). Following a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis, he was put on the waiting list for surgical treatment to excise the affected part. The cancer cleared up in a few weeks with self-administered naturopathic treatment and surgical treatment was avoided. At the time of writing this about eight years later, his left ear is still intact.

During 1981, a man in his fifties, with malignant hypertension (very high blood pressure), had become very ill as a result of side effects of conventional treatment. With vegatesting, he was found to have dental mercury poisoning and his blood pressure quickly improved with appropriate treatment. He is currently aged 86 and in reasonable health.









Dr Bourne has a very informed and holistic approach to medical diagnosis. Myself being a Dentist, Stephen has referred patients to me for dental treatment, when he has identified a dental issue implicated in the patient's medical condition. The patients of his whom I have seen, have spoken highly of his approach and report they are very happy with the results of his therapy. On the strength of his reputation, I myself have consulted Dr Bourne for my own health needs, and was very impressed with his recommendations.​

(Dental practitioner)

Feb 2018

My 9 year old son was easily angered and had very low self esteem. He hated himself and the world. The vega testing was painless and just involved touching a spot on the side of one of my son's toes with a blunt instrument. It sounds strange,  but honestly it is amazing!. Dr Bourne prescribed drops that contained homeopathy and Bach flowers. I've been adding them to my son's drinks for a few weeks and the difference in his personality is incredible. He is now so calm and doing really well at school. He goes to bed with no dramas and has become very sweet with his younger brother and happy to do his homework. Highly recommend a visit to Dr Bourne.

Jan 2018

“Overall, I have been very happy with Dr Bourne and his advice on integrated medicine. He is very thorough, takes his time and explains everything very well. He is obviously very knowledgeable. We would be very happy to recommend his treatment and services to anyone in a similar situation.”

Tina (June 2017)

Her son had been unwell with bizarre skin rashes on and off for five years. When he first came to this clinic, he was too ill to attend school. He had already been taken to five consultant hospital physicians, who did help him. With vegatesting, he was found to have  Lyme disease (a tick transmitted bacterial infection). 

"Unlike many other GP’s and doctors I’ve seen, Dr Bourne takes the time to work out what is really going on. He is an extremely knowledgeable and welcoming doctor, taking time to explain and educate the patient. Highly recommend his work!"


- Sarah, London (October 2015)


"I have had four consultations with Dr. Bourne. He used vegatesting to assess my general health and to help me with a longstanding digestive problem. This diagnostic method confirmed the presence of an intestinal parasite and revealed two other problems, which might not otherwise have been found. The diagnostic process is carried out with great care and precision in a reassuring and healing environment. I feel better after treatment, which included dietary advice and herbal and homoeopathic remedies.

I am very pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of this non-invasive holistic therapy. I shall return to Dr. Bourne to monitor my progress or if any other problems occur".


- Ros (April 2016) 

Vegatest Health Screening


A session lasts about two hours and provides information on:

1. The health index (level of toxicity).
2. The causes of ill health.
3. Stressed body organs.
4. Allergies and food sensitivities.
5. Nutritional deficiencies.
6. The indicated naturopathic medications.


A printout of the screening results is provided.

  Some case histories involving a causal approach

A child with autism was found to have mercury poisoning from his mother’s mercury dental fillings that had crossed the mother’s placenta during her pregnancy.

A schoolboy, who had been ill for years, and who had not been helped by conventional medicine, was found with vegatesting to have a chronic bacterial infection (Lyme disease), which responded to integrative treatment.

A child, who had been wrongly diagnosed conventionally with coeliac disease, was put on a gluten free diet for life by a hospital consultant. With vegatesting, she was found to have an intestinal micro parasite infection that responded to treatment selected with vegatesting.  She quickly became able to eat an unrestricted diet and to lead a normal life. Years later, she remains a healthy young lady  on an unrestricted diet.

A child, who had been heavily sedated for epilepsy, was found to be exposed to harmful earth radiation and was cured simply by relocating his bed to a safe area.

About thirty-five years ago, a man, with malignant hypertension (very high blood pressure), had become very ill due to the side effects of conventional treatment. With vegatesting, he was found to have treatable dental mercury poisoning. His blood pressure quickly improved with treatment for dental mercury poisoning. He is currently aged 86 and in reasonable health.

  Common Conditions

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  Causes of health deterioration



  • Heavy metal poisoning (e.g. dental mercury, cadmium from diesel fumes)

  • Environmental toxicity (industrial and urban pollution)

  • Poor hydration

  • Interference fields (harmful electromagnetic radiation)

  • An acidic biological terrain

  • Intestinal dysbiosis (bacterial, fungal and micro parasitical)

  • Chronic viral infection (e.g. Epstein Barr virus in glandular fever)

  • Chronic bacterial infection (e.g. Borrelia Burgdorferi in Lyme Disease)

  • Chronic fungal infection (in systemic candidiasis)

  • Chronic micro parasite infection (Giardiasis in irritable bowel syndrome)

  • A compromised immune system

  • Allergy and sensitivity (including food intolerance)

  • Nutritional deficiencies

  • Psychological stress 

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