Editor’s letter

    31 May 2014

    Welcome to the first edition of Spectator Health, our new quarterly supplement designed especially for people who might never normally consider picking up a health magazine. This is for readers who want to know what they can get away with, rather than what they should be doing to stay fit and healthy. While as a nation we might be living longer, we want to help you live better, too. But it’s not always easy to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing. We are bombarded by doctors and scientists giving us contradictory advice — eat this, don’t do that — so it’s difficult to know what to believe and what to ignore. We aim to cut through the confusion and give you clear, sensible and reliable information from writers and experts that you can trust.

    We want it to be entertaining and informative, at times contrary, but above all useful. Inside you’ll find a mixture of news, features and regular columns on a wide range of health-related topics. Tom Chivers debunks some of those common medical myths, while Theodore Dalrymple gives us his unique take on pressing health issues. Leading nutritionist Ian Marber tells us what to eat, while Maureen Lipman gives her quirky and light-hearted thoughts on health as a layperson and full-time hypochondriac. We also have features on where in the world to get the most common elective procedures done, HRT and foods that have been proven to help prevent diabetes.

    I hope you enjoy this first issue and do let us know if there are any topics you’d like to see covered in the future.