Health

How I joined the gym cult

Something strange is happening to me. Instead of starting this piece, I have spent ten minutes exercising on my kitchen…

22 Nov 2014
Gym won’t fix it: 3 per cent of people become less fit through exercising

Relax, it may never happen

You could have the sculpted physique of David Gandy or Madonna if only you exercised enough, couldn’t you? (Or something…

22 Nov 2014

Yuletide perils

The jolly celebrations which we enjoy each mid-winter are derived from the Roman festival of Saturnalia — a time of…

BRCA yourself

Since the announcement by Angelina Jolie of her preventative breast cancer surgery last year, newspapers have been awash with further…

22 Nov 2014
Best lay off the herring and yeast extract, dear. Picture: Getty Images

You don’t need to be posh to get gout…

Diagnosing gout in a patient this week — much to his disgust — I was tempted to remind him that…

22 Nov 2014

Super-local dining

Do you remember noni juice? No? Let me help you out. Noni, an exotic fruit, was proclaimed a superfood about…

22 Nov 2014

Editor’s letter

Welcome to the latest issue of Spectator Health. For our cover story we have the brilliant Professor Allyson Pollock writing…

22 Nov 2014

Cancer isn’t calling

I should preface this piece with a warning: I may be wrong. Perhaps, some day, greybeards will speak in dire…

22 Nov 2014

Percentage error

Medicine is a science, but not an exact one. Despite its inexactitude, however, its progress has been startling, and no…

22 Nov 2014
Grayshott Spa Surrey

The road to wellville

In recent years the trend for detox programmes has flourished, with hotels and medi-spas quick to cash in on the…

22 Nov 2014

The table’s groaning, and so are you

  Mouth  Problem Toothache/cracked crowns/chipped teeth  What’s happening? Our teeth are under stress at Christmas, says Dr Nigel Carter, chief…

22 Nov 2014
Famous, successful, depressed: Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Robin Williams and Buzz Aldrin

Little boys blue

The death of Robin Williams highlighted the role depression, anxiety and severe illnesses (such as Parkinson’s in his case) can…

John Hurt in Ethiopia with the children and staff members of Project Harar

These kids can be mocked, bullied, even stoned, kept away from school, sent into the wilds

Prepare yourself for what you are about to see, I tell myself, waiting for the night flight to Ethiopia —…

22 Nov 2014

School rugby is mauling children

It’s every parent’s nightmare. I remember as if it were yesterday, that autumn afternoon 11 years ago when my son’s…

Check up

  You’re still switched on while you sleep For years it has been thought that the brain is relatively inactive…

22 Nov 2014

Look deeper

They help us navigate the world, see what’s around us and experience the joy that smiles bring. Our eyes are…

22 Nov 2014

Consultant Q&A

Q I have a real problem with floaters in my eyes. They appear to have got worse in recent years.…

Sight, space and liberty

‘My old chemistry master used to say, “You can’t buy eyes at Harrods any more, so look after yours,”’ says…

22 Nov 2014

Focus on cataracts

Cataracts are the principal cause of blindness, and occur when the crystalline lens that brings light into focus on the…

22 Nov 2014

Seven good reasons why you should avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics

Thanks to Fleming’s discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics put an end to a world where people died from the…

21 Nov 2014

The Daily Mail is wrong — homeopathy can’t cure Ebola

Normally this blog is about relatively silly things, I’m happy to admit. Is red wine good for you? (No.) Are…

20 Nov 2014

Should old people start wearing stilettos?

It must, I sometimes think, be exhausting, if you actually take health advice from newspapers; diligently eating eggs one week…

19 Nov 2014

Criminalising mothers: the beginning of the slippery slope

The recent case reported in the press of a 17 year old mother who deliberately binge drank alcohol during her…

18 Nov 2014

Rest in peace: seven ways to stop snoring this Christmas

Did you know that snoring was bad for your heart? It’s thought to cause changes in the carotid artery and…

17 Nov 2014

Seven big fat myths about fitness

When it comes to exercise and health, there’s a lot of dodgy advice out there (including plenty from friends and…

11 Nov 2014

Reckless criticised by Medway NHS for Ukip election leaflet

Mark Reckless is in trouble for reckless campaigning. One of his promotional leaflets (pdf), noting his plans for the NHS…

10 Nov 2014