public health

Can the binge-drinking killjoys please chill out? We’re trying to get drunk

6 August 2015 13:06

Nothing better sums up the out-of-touchness of public-health prigs than the debate about so-called binge drinking. To these teetotal, ciggie-dodging suits,…

Vapers deserve to be angry – they are under attack

10 June 2015 18:09

There is a perception – on Twitter at least – that vapers are angry and abusive. Ben Goldacre recently described…

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

10 November 2014 9:25

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

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

6 November 2014 10:40

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

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

6 November 2014 10:24

Some men are growing facial hair for Movember but lots of people are just trying not to go bald. Male…

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

30 October 2014 12:51

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

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

30 October 2014 12:14

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

Calorie-counting six sweets at a time

27 October 2014 13:13

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

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

24 October 2014 16:20

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

The NHS Wales disaster vindicates Tony Blair, not David Cameron

24 October 2014 11:09

As someone who believes that a Labour government would be a calamity for Britain, I ought not to mind the…

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

24 October 2014 10:31

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

NHS ambulance trouble is more complex than miserly Tories and NHS privatisation

23 October 2014 16:52

English NHS ambulance services are spending twice as much on private ambulances than they were in 2012, according to Labour, while…

Call them crazy – the foolhardy new incentives for dementia diagnoses

22 October 2014 16:00

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

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

20 October 2014 10:33

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

Winter is coming – the other terror stalking Iraqi Kurds

19 October 2014 11:51

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

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

18 October 2014 21:40

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

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

18 October 2014 13:22

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

Five ways to fight the flu – or why you should curl up with hot fruit cordial

16 October 2014 14:37

No one likes getting the flu and for some people, in particular the sick and elderly, the virus can prove…

Calling doctors fat won’t make anyone thinner

8 September 2014 14:44

Obesity. Everyone’s talking about it. It’s bad. Gives you diabetes, heart disease, and it makes you fat. And if you’re a…

Let Them Eat Gruel: The Government-Health-Security Complex Invades Your Kitchen - Spectator Blogs

5 January 2013 14:11

Addressing the American people for the final time as President, Dwight Eisenhower warned that: This conjunction of an immense military…