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    Random thoughts, some science, and the latest research.

    How much sleep are you getting? On Thursday 9th November, the Undergraduate Lifestyle Medicine Society (ULMS) hosted a talk on the Importance of Sleep in Health and Disease by Dr Read More

    Lifestyle factors of exercise, nutrition and sleep are vital for optimising health. In the illustration shown, ideally we should be in the green zone representing a balance between these lifestyle factors. Slipping into the peripheral red zone represents an imbalance…

    Diets. We’ve all tried one, and we probably all know someone who is on one. Paleo, Keto, Low-carb, 5:2 fasting, Blood-sugar, No-Sugar, Atkins, The Cambridge Plan, Slimming World…this list could easily fill a page.

    One hundred and ten years. According to Dr Kelly Starrett, that’s how long the human musculoskeletal system is designed to last. Why, then, does this system fail for so many people so much earlier? KStarr, as he is affectionately known, attempts to answer this question in his book Deskbound.

    I have just been to the Public Health Collaboration annual conference in Manchester. Unfortunately I was only able to make it to the second day of what was a weekend packed with inspirational speakers promoting the key message of improving health through a “Real Food” approach to eating.

    Such trips allow time to wander and people watch. When travelling on public transport or sitting in public places almost everyone I observed was head down and staring at small screens with wires extending into their ears. The unintended consequences include bumping into things, tripping over uneven pavements…

    Humans are without a doubt the most consciously powerful species on Earth. We have found methods to manipulate our lifespan and rapidly expand our population, we have domesticated animals for our own benefit, and we are a dominant influence on the world’s ecology.

    This link says it all. Let’s work at the environmental and cultural elements which will bring us healthy longevity. Incidentally, a local charity in East Lothian wants to get actively Read More

    Major depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a significant contributor to suicide and heart disease. Therefore it is imperative that we strive to find new Read More

    I recently came across the interesting concept of sustainable healthcare. The NHS is the largest single emitter of greenhouse gases in the public sector, and contributes 25% of all public Read More


    23 June 2018 • Edinburgh