My favorite smartphone word game app now tells me it can improve my memory and potentially prevent my dementia. This is a remarkable advance and a larger incentive to keep playing than just giving me points and emoticons. If only it were true. Unfortunately, mental ill health is quite complex and chronic, and the treatments […]

In the Western world, the festive season is in full swing and our focus remains on food and drink – most of which is not produced locally. Despite our best intentions, our plates around this time of year are crammed with highly refined cheap foods distributed by a small number of producers. Ten food processors […]

Every year around this time lettuce gets bad press. Since 1995 there have been 35 outbreaks of E coli infections related to leafy greens. Last year it was cos lettuce. This year it’s romaine. The problem isn’t with the humble leaf, after all, it is nearly all water,  It’s the water that’s the problem. The […]

You can measure almost every health metric on your wrist these days. And many Americans do.  One in six consumers in the United States now uses a smartwatch or fitness band. Footsteps, heart beats, and even ECG monitors are now integrated into wearables. If you are looking to wearables to help you relieve stress or achieve […]

Ecological doctors, like environmentalists generally, are conflicted about population growth. On one hand, in a crowded world, creating genuinely sustainable societies can be supported by medical practices that support limitations on population growth, such as first-class sex education, adequate contraception and access to termination of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Conversely, clinicians with fundamental religious beliefs […]

It’s national breast cancer awareness month and a picture of a woman who has covered her mastectomy scars with an intricate and quite beautiful tattoo keeps on surfacing and being removed from Facebook pages. It is a beautiful work of art, suitable for exhibiting in any art gallery, but is it a health risk?  Is […]

There are still not enough women in high level leadership positions in healthcare to cement change which improves the health inequalities for women. Two contradictions hold back many women who try. These are encompassed in what I call reticence. The qualities of nurturing and maintaining harmony keep women feeling comfortable in the thinking of middle […]