Wellbeing

Juice your way to good health

Juice cleanses seem to be all the rage nowadays, with fresh juices popping up everywhere from Pret a Manger to…

22 Jun 2015

Why obesity predictions are propaganda

Two weeks ago I wrote an article for the Spectator in which I argued that obesity predictions are not worth…

22 Jun 2015

How happiness gurus can ruin your life

When David Cameron announced plans to measure nationwide happiness he was mocked. The thought of the government asking how happy you are is ridiculous…

17 Jun 2015

The BBC swallows more fanatical nonsense from Action on Sugar

Action on Sugar, the bastard offspring of Consensus Action on Salt, has noticed that dried fruit contains sugar. As with…

31 May 2015

The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all!…

27 May 2015

Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

Keep an eye on the government’s ban on legal highs. The Conservative ­manifesto pledged to outlaw all the horrible chemicals…

27 May 2015

The white-knuckle terror of being driven by a dopehead

‘Hidden menace of the drivers high on drugs,’ says the headline in today’s Daily Mail, revealing that – according to…

25 May 2015
Jonny Wilkinson

Worried about your weight? Check your waistline, not the bathroom scales

If you’ve glanced at a newspaper in the last few months you’ll have noticed that obesity is public health enemy number…

New gene therapy for heart disease and diabetes: how will hypochondriacs react?

The drugs giant AstraZeneca (AZ) has signed a deal with heart researchers in Canada which pushes forward the project to…

I used to have Asperger’s. Now I’m autistic, according to ‘experts’. I don’t believe it

Autism is being diagnosed all over the place right now. There’s been an explosion in the number of cases, we’re told. This…

12 May 2015

Porn and video games: more hysteria about ‘rewiring brains’

Here we go again. What effect do you think watching porn and video games have on young men? Yup, they…

11 May 2015

Check up

  The hidden perils of dining out   For many, eating out is associated with a treat. According to a…

9 May 2015
Illustration by David Humphries

Junk policy

In 1982 a doctor called John Marks walked into a grey little GP surgery in the Wirral, in the drizzly…

9 May 2015

The bureaucrats’ boom

Is it time to put a halt on professional management ruining our public services?

9 May 2015
Heads up: even among older people the brain can form new pathways

Get your balance back

I don’t remember with any clarity the first time I fell, just a sudden awareness that rather than being perpendicular to…

9 May 2015

Know yourself better

New gadgets — so-called wearables — are mapping our every waking move, helping us to track everything from calories to…

9 May 2015

Acne as an adult? It really isn’t fair

At some time in our lives we all hark back to blissful, carefree teenage years. We conveniently forget the tricky…

9 May 2015
Mr El-Amir in his surgery

Vision of the future

On the wall in Ahmed El-Amir’s consulting room in the Harley Street Eye Clinic is a framed antique poster depicting…

9 May 2015

Five steps to happiness

Like Christmas, Eurovision and tube strikes, it happens too often — a phone call that begins: ‘Hi Patrick. [Name] is…

9 May 2015
Shore thing: leave sunbathing to reptiles or end up looking like one

Sunshine on wrinkles

Nothing concentrates the mind of a 23-year-old medical student more than the failure to buy a drink in a bar.…

9 May 2015

Happiness is…

Happiness has become a serious health issue. If you Google the words ‘happiness and longevity’ you’ll get over a million…

I know I shouldn’t ask this, but is cocaine really that addictive?

Cocaine addiction is a dreadful thing. I’ve seen it so many times: bright, once-pretty people with washed-out grey faces who…

9 Apr 2015

Trans activists are effectively experimenting on children. Could there be anything more cruel?

Can you think of anything more cruel than telling a five-year-old boy who likes Lady Gaga that he might have…

8 Apr 2015

We don’t think of highly gifted people as mentally disabled. Perhaps we should

I’m intrigued by this recent study suggesting that intellectual gifts and learning disabilities, far from lying on opposite ends of a…

4 Apr 2015

Low income damages children’s brains, says study. If so, that’s a tragedy

The link between wealth and attainment is a subject that’s close to my heart, or perhaps more accurately my cerebral…

Muslims, Jews and Christians use identical twins to ‘prove’ homosexuality isn’t genetic

The subject of identical twins has been on my mind ever since I read a magnificently creepy thriller called Ice…

28 Mar 2015