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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, how does acupuncture work, etc. There was a piece in… Continue reading

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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 chaplaincy in a London teaching hospital. I have been roaming… Continue reading

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If the Prime Minister and Mayor of London took on the Movember challenge. (Photo: Getty)

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 pattern baldness affects half of men over the age of… Continue reading

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A British soldier (left) takes a smoke break on base in Sangin valley in Afghanistan's Helmand province, May 2007 (Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

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 of buildings, anyway. That is a fact worth keeping in… Continue reading

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Nurses of Whipps Cross Hospital, in London, singing Christmas carols to a patient in December 1952 (Photo: Monty Fresco/Getty Images)

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 go on as it is: its budget is being squeezed… Continue reading

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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 — gets used to playing the game of ‘guess how… Continue reading

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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. Tickets are still available, sign up here. I don’t want this… Continue reading

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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 recent fuss about NHS Wales. Yes, it is a disaster… Continue reading

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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 good whiff – and been shocked at the result? The… Continue reading

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An ambulance man in Hampshire on January 6, 2010.  (Photo: AFP/Getty)

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 response-times have lengthened and ambulance staff appear increasingly disgruntled. So… Continue reading

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On left, David Cameron, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt on the right, in December 2013 (Photo: WPA Pool/Getty)

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? The health secretary lamented that fewer than half of dementia… Continue reading

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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, these quick fixes might just help you shift a few… Continue reading

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Iraqi boys playing in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah on January 10, 2013 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

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 urgent action by the UN and Iraq – thousands of… Continue reading

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Gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, in Guékédou, Guinea in April 2014. (Photo: Seyllou, AFP/Getty)

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 at home and take Paracetamol and fluids if they become… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Visits The Univerity College London Hospital

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 by how it has been rising up voters’ list of… Continue reading

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A 1892 advert for the amazing Carbolic Smoke Ball, which supposedly cured all manner of ailments  (Image: Hulton Archive)

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 deadly. So it’s worth taking a few simple steps in… Continue reading

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Dr. Michael Fleming, a former President of the American Academy of Family Physicians, speaking with a patient in 2004 – a year he planned to ‘set an example’ by losing more than two stone. Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images

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 newspaper, the chief executive of NHS England will tell you… Continue reading

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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 establishment and a large arms industry is new in the… Continue reading

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