Spectator Health

No, scientists haven’t discovered that ME ‘is not actually a chronic illness’

2 November 2015 17:02

Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome actually an illness? My Spectator colleague Rod Liddle believes that the game is up on this…

Can’t the BMA just admit it doesn’t want pregnant women to have fun?

26 June 2015 17:32

Earlier this month, a review published by the Cochrane Library criticised the idea of ‘eating for two’ while pregnant, suggesting that…

The government has found new momentum for NHS reform

15 June 2015 8:00

The PM’s first policy speech in this Parliament was devoted to the NHS and marked a big shift in tone…

We really are screwed if we believe that social media can curse us

11 June 2015 17:27

More bad news for Malaysia, I’m afraid, where a group of tourists have apparently managed to trigger an earthquake simply…

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…

Why is the West so obsessed with the developing world’s knickers?

9 June 2015 14:05

Forget the selfie or the belfie; the latest craze to hit the internet is the ‘tampfie’. Twitter users are raiding their…

Roll of shame: MPs who back homeopathy fan David Tredinnick for chair of Commons Health Committee

8 June 2015 9:57

David Tredinnick is an Old Etonian Tory MP whom I met when he was a mature student at Oxford. He…

Labour, Prince Charles and homeopathic quacks: Andy Burnham has some explaining to do

5 June 2015 13:13

Obfuscation is an important tool in the kit of any snake oil salesman, which helps to explain why the Royal…

Big Tobacco and the smugglers: do you believe this conspiracy theory?

3 June 2015 19:04

In an information sheet on its website, the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association draws a link between the illegal cigarette trade and prostitution,…

Health podcast special: does technology spell the end of the waiting room?

3 June 2015 14:30

Technology has the huge potential to transform the healthcare system. In this View from 22 podcast special, The Spectator’s Sebastian Payne discusses…

The anti-smoking pressure group whose wackiest ideas always become law

1 June 2015 19:30

Every few years, Action on Smoking and Health draws up a wish list of all the policies it would introduce…

The BBC swallows more fanatical nonsense from Action on Sugar

31 May 2015 15:15

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

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

27 May 2015 23:19

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

Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

27 May 2015 14:48

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

Why are ordinary British women blowing their savings on gruesome facelifts?

26 May 2015 15:29

A ‘jobless mother of four’ from Cumbria has jetted off to Budapest for another round of cosmetic surgery. Andrea Dalzell has…

The white-knuckle terror of being driven by a dopehead

25 May 2015 16:36

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

A sugar tax is simply a tax on the poor

22 May 2015 16:41

Why is it that whenever anyone proposes a tax on the wealthy all hell breaks loose, but when someone proposes…

A tax on sugar won’t work, as the shipwreck of the Danish ‘fat tax’ shows

22 May 2015 15:10

Bad ideas die hard in the world of ‘public health’, especially when the government can make money out of them.…

Cameron’s seven-day GP service is a mad promise straight out of ‘Yes, Prime Minister’

21 May 2015 19:42

I love the series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister for many reasons, among them the timeless, elegant dialogue that can…

Ten years on, the public health puritans who predicted 24-hour drinking look like idiots

20 May 2015 12:29

One of the many old temperance beliefs that linger on in the field of ‘public health’ is known as availability…

Dying Without Dignity: a report on end-of-life care that shames the NHS

20 May 2015 7:18

The name says it all. ‘Dying Without Dignity’ is the parliamentary health ombudsman’s report into over 300 complaints of the neglect of…

Jonny Wilkinson

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

19 May 2015 20:34

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

Women drivers could force a draconian drink-driving limit on us. Why not set a higher limit for men?

19 May 2015 12:15

Drink-driving is back. Which isn’t to say it’s on the rise – quite the contrary –but it’s high on the agenda…

What should Jeremy Hunt do next to the NHS?

19 May 2015 11:19

The Tories barely talked about the NHS during the election campaign. It was an area of Labour strength, and one…

Horrible diseases are being ‘edited out’ of the human body

18 May 2015 22:15

Some exciting news about the future of medicine was announced today. Unfortunately, you really need a degree in biochemistry –…