Five things I’ve learned about dieting at Christmas

The most common advice we get about dieting at Christmas can be summed up in two words: don’t bother. It…

22 Dec 2016

The secret of a successful diet: a regular flow of treats

Everybody says diets don’t work. They would work if you actually stuck to them, but you won’t stick to them,…

23 Feb 2016

Ignore the cynics. A New Year’s resolution can change your life

The New Year’s resolution: to some a declaration of positive change, ushering in a new and better life, to others…

12 Jan 2016

As a GP I know my terrible illness is just a cold. That doesn’t make it easier

I am a GP. I know a fair bit about colds. I have uttered the famous words ‘This seems to…

7 Oct 2015

Has Cameron actually considered the realities of his seven-day GP access scheme?

David Cameron’s seven-day opening scheme for GPs sounds like an excellent idea for patients, but I’m not convinced it is.…

30 Sep 2014

Calling doctors fat won’t make anyone thinner

Obesity. Everyone’s talking about it. It’s bad. Gives you diabetes, heart disease, and it makes you fat. And if you’re a…

8 Sep 2014

Paracetamol might not ease back pain – but doctors should prescribe it anyway

Upon seeing the headline ‘Paracetamol does not help lower back pain’, I found myself emitting a small (well – actually…

28 Jul 2014