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Arts Therapies and Practitioner-based Research

In September I took part in an art therapy symposium called Art Heals led by Boston-based Professor of Art Therapy, Shaun McNiff and hosted by the London Art Therapy Centre. It was one of the most vital, moving and edifying meetings I’ve attended in over three decades as a medical doctor. There were 120 participants, [...]

By | 2018-11-19T19:44:16+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Arts Therapies and Practitioner-based Research

Backs, ‘Bad’ Backs and Bad Medicine

Three years ago I posted a few words on 'bad backs'. Taking issue with the lay diagnosis of a 'bad back', I made the case for building up core strength by carefully and relentlessly exercising key muscles such as the abdominal obliques, rectus abdominis, psoas, transverse abdominis and the pelvic floor muscles. It's more work than [...]

By | 2016-09-12T17:03:36+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alternatives to Evidence Based Medicine

Medical scientists and particular the disciples of Scientism are fond of asserting that the only real Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) is the randomised clinical trial where a medicine is compared with a control (placebo). I've long been of the position that RCTs have their limitations, particularly because they exclude the effects of the consultation itself, [...]

By | 2016-07-20T11:44:58+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Current Affairs|0 Comments

Sceptics, skeptics, Homeopathy and ‘soft targets’

An article in the latest edition of that very non-treehugging journal Scientfic American by a self-confessed skeptic (spelled with a 'k' because he's American and with an 's' very deliberately in lower case for reasons he makes clear), John Horgan, shows how self-styled 'sceptics' specifically attack 'soft targets' such as homeopathy (which he mentions specifically) while [...]

By | 2016-05-18T14:36:33+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Current Affairs, Homeopathy|0 Comments

Democracy defeats Scientism – at last!

Good news for supporters of liberty, democracy and complementary medicine has emerged from Switzerland. The interior ministry of the land of bankers, superior chocolate and timepieces has announced that 'Homeopathy, holistic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine will acquire the same status as conventional medicine by May 2017 when it comes to health insurance.' [...]

By | 2016-04-06T12:02:21+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Depressed? Blame you ‘Inner Neandertal’…. not

Readers of this blog  know that I am no fan of the word 'depression' but it came up in an amazing story in Science this week. The article is about how we may be inheriting genetic diseases going back  50 000 years to one of our earliest ancestors, Neandertal Man! Depression is listed as one possibly hereditary [...]

By | 2016-02-13T13:11:26+00:00 February 13th, 2016|Health, Life!|0 Comments

Anti-Depressives: Some rather depressing news

I've never liked the word 'depression'. The Victorians referred more accurately to chronic sadness as 'melancholia'. Psychiatry has struggled for decades to find a chemical solution by which to 'treat the brain' in order to alleviate this awful problem.  Success has been hard to come by and both the psychoanalytic school of thought and the anti-psychiatry [...]

By | 2016-02-04T16:21:44+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Current Affairs, Health, Psychotherapy|0 Comments

Nice one NICE !

An exceptional review by NICE concludes that ‘healthy women with straightforward pregnancies are safer giving birth at home or in a midwife-led unit than in a hospital under the supervision of an obstetrician.’ This triggers a huge debate in the US.

By | 2015-06-07T13:54:37+00:00 June 7th, 2015|Current Affairs|0 Comments