Health

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

How does naturopathy work? A bit like a flying vacuum-cleaner to Mars

Every so often you read a piece about alternative medicine that asks: how does it work? How does homeopathy work,…

10 Nov 2014

Old, vulnerable and hungry – the shocking view from inside the NHS

I am leaving London soon, coming to the end of my time as a voluntary hospital visitor working from a…

6 Nov 2014

Keep your hair on! Seven tips for doing so, past Movember

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6 Nov 2014

Overpaid, underworked, ineffectual – the myth of the NHS doctor

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5 Nov 2014

The idiot diet – nonsense vs common sense in ‘Paleo’ nutrition

Looking for real power? Get a jump-start on the future of global fuel at The Spectator’s energy conference on 1 December. Tickets are still…

4 Nov 2014

Sex-specific abortion is gruesome – but not explicitly illegal in Britain

Imagine that you became pregnant. Imagine that you were entirely dependent upon your husband. Imagine that you became the victim…

3 Nov 2014

Want babies? Get a job, lose the Lycra – and other fertility tips

Did you know that one in six couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving? That’s roughly 3.5 million not very…

3 Nov 2014

Herbal medicine – not just for new-age hippies anymore

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December.…

31 Oct 2014

Lies, damn lies and health statistics – smoking is more deadly than serving in Afghanistan

Basically nothing is as bad for you as smoking. Short of fairly obvious things like blunt-force trauma or falling out…

30 Oct 2014

How do you solve a problem like the NHS? The Spectator asks the experts

So ingrained is the NHS as part of British life that it’s hard to imagine it disappearing. But it can’t…

30 Oct 2014

Calorie-counting six sweets at a time

Anyone who is trying vaguely to control their weight and still eats tasty, nasty processed foods — me, for instance…

27 Oct 2014

Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December.…

24 Oct 2014

How to cure bad breath (and continue eating smelly foods)

Have you ever tried that good old test for halitosis – licking your wrist, letting it dry, then having a…

24 Oct 2014

Call them crazy – the foolhardy new incentives for dementia diagnoses

Remember this time last year, when Jeremy Hunt decried the ‘national shame’ of neglected old people suffering from undiagnosed dementia?…

22 Oct 2014

Ed Miliband’s windfall tax on tobacco to fund the NHS is economically illiterate

The ‘windfall tax’, a concept introduced in the UK by the Blair government, is by definition a one-off seizure of…

20 Oct 2014

Sod the diet and lose weight anyway – here’s how

Who enjoys all that calorie counting? If you hate diets but love the idea of losing a bit of weight,…

20 Oct 2014

Winter is coming – the other terror stalking Iraqi Kurds

The heroic Kurdish resistance in Kobane rightly commands headlines. A larger disaster, however, looms in Iraqi Kurdistan where – absent…

19 Oct 2014

Keep calm and address Ebola: a brief history of pandemics at The Spectator

Ebola clinics in many parts of West Africa are full, so more and more people are being told to stay…

18 Oct 2014

Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck…

18 Oct 2014

Meet the bloated, useless General Medical Council

There was a time, not long ago, when British GPs provided the best home doctor service in the world. Patients…

17 Oct 2014

How to fix the NHS: a doctor’s prescription

I’m a doctor, and I don’t care about the NHS. In this country, that’s an almost heretical statement — but…

17 Oct 2014

The limits of ‘superfood’ – debunking broccoli

Over in my day job, I recently wrote a piece about ‘superfoods’ and the myths that a particular kind of…

17 Oct 2014