Kentish Towner article

The Kentish Towner free paper has very kindly run an article featuring some advice from me. Unfortunately my advice has become somewhat mangled in the editing process. I do appreciate the opportunity to be interviewed, however it’s important to me that my words are accurately reported. Consequently, here’s the version that I cleared, which they Read More…

Homeopathy and the NHS

There’s a lot of discussion about whether homeopathy should be available from the NHS. The critics say it doesn’t do anything beyond placebo. Supporters of homeopathy say that there is a beneficial effect above and beyond placebo. They can’t both be right, so what’s going on? There are also those who say “so what if Read More…

Do antioxidants reduce the benefits of high impact interval training?

High impact interval training (HIIT) has become increasingly popular. Consisting of a short series of high intensity sprints, rather than a longer but lower intensity workout, HIIT supposedly delivers impressive benefits in a conveniently short time. A recent study indicates that antioxidants could prevent the benefits of HIIT exercise. Intense exercise produces molecules called free-radicals Read More…

Processed meat causes cancer

There’s been a huge amount of discussion about this, so let’s set the record straight: Eating processed meat definitely increases your risk of certain cancers by a small amount. Eating red meat may increase your risk of certain cancers by a small amount. Cancer is such a scare-story that news outlets have been glossing over Read More…

Pain, posture, and itching

Researchers have recently identified specific cells in the spinal cord that help reduce pain and itching. Intriguingly, these same cells may be involved in control of posture and gait (walking patterns). The spinal cord is a complex thing! Here’s a diagram from an old text book: So where are these cells that may be so Read More…