Please let me know your thoughts or reactions to any of the material you find on my website. Feel free to post your questions or ideas on the issues and topics related to bioethics and alternative medicine.

11 Responses to Comments

  1. Sinead Ryan says:

    Donal, I’m writing a feature for the Irish Independent on the issue of sperm donors and the ethics surrounding anonymity/legal ramifications in Ireland, esp in light of Civil P’ship BIll. Can you contribute? I’m on a deadline, so you might let me know today (Tuesday 28th). email if possible.

  2. Mary Pat Szutenbach says:

    Dr. O’Mathúna,

    I recently read your Article “The Place of Dignity in Everyday Ethics” in the January to March issue of the Journal of Christian Nursing. I fully intend to incorporate your article in my courses with beginning nursing nursing students prior to their first clinical experiences.

    Recently I provided a presentation on bullying among nurses here in Denver, Colorado through our local NCF chapter, and will use your article in our follow-up journal club meeting next month. Your discussion of Mann’s four general areas where dignity is violated will help to generate further discussion among the participants about ways to stop bullying between colleagues.

    In your article you used many of the same scripture as I did in my presentation. I would love to carry on a dialogue with you to discuss the many areas where your work and mine compliment each others.

    Mary Pat Szutenbach, PhD, RN, CNS
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  3. I really appreciate your devotion and work. I am a regular visitor of your blog and I want to thank you for your herbs section.

  4. siobhan kelly says:

    where can i buy sam-e in ireland

    • Dónal says:

      Hello Siobhan
      I don’t keep track of sales or make comments on purchasing. I want to stay independent of such aspects.
      All the best

  5. Dear Dónal O’Mathúna
    I stopped by to look over your materiel on Peppermint and would Say we both stand in agreement on the use and choice of alternative medicine. As being a distiller and collecting data for the last 25 years in mint. i would offer our challenges lies with the oil’s and herbs of today are not like oil and herbs of our past. In 2010 France exported twice the amount of lavender then was produced?
    The chemistry and adulteration process have far surpassed of what people should be concerned about what can be done with synthetic blending with natural oils. This is great information and would encourage good reading for all.
    Keep up the excellent work !!
    You have my very best

    Peppermint Jim

  6. Sinead says:

    Hi Dónal,
    I am a bit stumped as to why we cannot buy milk thistle as a tincture or gingko bilboa in Ireland? Do you know why? I know we haven’t been able to purchase gingko but milk thistle has recently been taken off of our shelve.

    • Dónal says:

      Hello Sinead

      There are two issues here. Gingko is a prescription-only medicine in Ireland, so you would have to get it that way. The second thing is that in April 2011 new EU guidelines were brought into force. This requires manufacturers to either register a herbal remedy as what is called a Traditional Herbal Medicine or market it as a food supplement. Manufacturers have had since 2004 to get ready for this, but many waited until recently to address it. The outcome is that products like milk thistle that are not registered have to get registered. Stock that was in shops in April 2011 was allowed to be sold, but that stock is probably gone by now. So, you’ll have to wait until a manufacturer gets a milk thistle product registered. While this transition period is unfortunate, I believe in the long run this will help to ensure that only high-quality products are available, unlike the past when this was a lot more difficult to ensure.

      Hope this helps.


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    Excellent site you have got here.. It’s hard to find high quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  8. S. says:


    You are a prolific writer! I hope you continue in the areas of ethics and technology. This area is exploding and we need voices of thoughtful reason (wisdom) in how to keep ourselves from harm. I am hoping we can be more proactive as opposed to reactive thus your article regarding what it means to be human is so important and foundational. Please let us know what your current topics are. I will be reading your nano ethics book.

    Thank you,


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