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September Blog 2011

An epidemic of chronic disease An epidemic of chronic disease threatens to compromise the health of our population and the effectiveness and economics of our healthcare system. Alarming projections suggest that future generations may have shorter, less healthy lives if current trends continue unchecked.1Because of its focus on acute care, the current medical model fails…

July/August 2011

The New World As some of you know, earlier this summer Kerstin and I took a month off to go and visit the many family and friends we have in the United States.  We had a wonderful journey travelling, mostly by train, across large swaths of the country and reconnected with many people we love.…

June Blog 2011

This month I am very happy to introduce some of you to Andy Roscoe as guess Blogger. To other of you, Andy will be no stranger as he has been a long standing member of the Helix House team. He has some important points to make about the way in which we are allowing the…

May Blog 2011

Nutritionism Do you care more about the virtue of what you eat than the pleasure you receive from eating it?… Does your diet socially isolate you? With these two questions you may be able to start to diagnose a new eating disorder according to former sufferer Dr. Steve Bratman…Orthorexia nervosa .  If your answers to…

April Blog 2011

Dear Friends, We live in interesting times. No sooner has the new elbowed out the old…. then we look back with regret at the unintended consequences and try to salvage some of that loss in our otherwise headlong surge towards the new. Perhaps, just as the twentieth century was an unprecedented explosion of technological change…

March Blog 2011

“Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative”. – Maurice Chevalier Getting Ready for a Greyer World A recent headline in the New York Times reports ‘As the population ages, firms see new markets’. Being a classic baby boomer myself I have mixed feelings about such approaches. On the one hand of course…

February Blog 2011

Have you noticed that any time the BBC news reports anything to do with Flu, even if there is no real need to do so, the two graphics they turn to are the big blobby virus AND a picture of a hypodermic needle. The unspoken connection (nudge) being that the only sensible alternative to a…

January Blog 2011

Happy New Year! I thought we might start the year off with the fashionable topic of nudging. Not the nudge, nudge wink, wink variety so exquisitely (and painfully!) displayed all those years ago by Erik Idle of Monty Python fame, but rather the way in which the government wants to change the way we think…

December Blog 2010

Serious and imminent threat to Health Freedom of Choice I do know how time consuming zooming off to this or that e-mail campaign can be. Before you know it your work plan for the day is totally off and you wonder what you did with your day. However, in my opinion the film will be…

November Blog 2010

Losing sleep speeds up the ageing process In a recent US study, researchers found that just one week of sleep deprivation altered subjects’ hormone levels and their capacity to metabolise carbohydrates. During sleep deprivation, the blood sugar levels of the men who participated in the study took 40 per cent longer to drop following a…

October Blog 2010

Yes, that is about what is holding you up, and of course they are all controlled by the nervous system and attach on to 200 bones and, along with plenty of fancy feedback mechanisms, this makes up what we, in osteopathy, call ‘The Primary Machinery of Life’. All that great stuff that gets your from…

August Blog 2010

A very big thank you to all of you who have sponsored us so far, in aid of the Sunflower Trust, to do this wonderful walk. At the time of writing we are 70% towards our target. If you wanted to help, but had just not got around to it yet, It is not too late…

July Blog 2010

There is never a perfect time to be young – luckily, children are enormously adaptable.  But while it is undoubtedly a much richer society today than the austere post-war world that I was born into, it is also a much more complex and in some ways, more demanding one. For years, it was no time…

Take the 100th birthday test

Last year, I was privileged to travel to Stockholm to attend a relative’s hundredth birthday. It can happen, but just imagine when you are near the end of your life, and perhaps you are lucky enough to be thrown a party, what would you like the speeches to say about you? That you worked really…

July Blog 2010

I learnt a new word today. Thinking and talking with friends and patients recently about having a vision for their life I remembered the metonymy, oft quoted from President Bush senior: “Oh, the vision thing.” As I tried to remember more, I turned to Wikipedia, where I was reminded that: It was purportedly the former…