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Exercise as good as medicine in bringing blood pressure down

2018-12-19T09:14:01+00:00

Chris Smyth Health Editor The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes:  “At an estimated cost of £163M per annum to the UK taxpayer for blood pressure medication, having an alternative to a pill, that is equally effective at reducing blood pressure and without the potential side effects that comes with many medications, and helping patients to [...]

Exercise as good as medicine in bringing blood pressure down2018-12-19T09:14:01+00:00

Pouring Billions into treating mental illness doesn’t add up

2018-12-17T15:54:54+00:00

Matthew Paris, whose family has been affected by depression and suicide, argues it’s wrong to spend so much on talking therapies and medication when there is little evidence they work The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes: “The recent news suggesting that GP’s are trying an average of 12 types of antidepressants on some patients before [...]

Pouring Billions into treating mental illness doesn’t add up2018-12-17T15:54:54+00:00

Children cutting out sugar ‘suffer like drug addicts’

2018-12-17T11:42:59+00:00

Kat Lay Health correspondent The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes: The important conclusion from this research is that “High sugar intake activates similar neural circuitry and reward systems as substances of abuse. Adolescence is a particularly susceptible period for addiction, when still- developing brains are highly sensitive to substances and when risk-taking is more likely”. [...]

Children cutting out sugar ‘suffer like drug addicts’2018-12-17T11:42:59+00:00

We’re hardwired to resist changing our minds

2018-12-14T15:17:09+00:00

Jenni Russell The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes: Whilst this article is about Brexit, I found the subject interesting on a clinical/patient management level: why is it that so many people are reluctant to follow your advice, at least initially? It is because it often requires changing our mindsets/beliefs and reframing what we think is [...]

We’re hardwired to resist changing our minds2018-12-14T15:17:09+00:00

‘Low Gluten’ Benefits Linked to Dietary Fibers, Not Gluten

2018-12-05T22:33:17+00:00

Medscape Janis C. Kelly Gerry Gajadharsingh writes:  I am not a fan of the gluten free fad, here is good research below to suggest why people may be helped by a low gluten diet, which suggests it is not to do with the gluten! There is a massive market for gluten free foods which [...]

‘Low Gluten’ Benefits Linked to Dietary Fibers, Not Gluten2018-12-05T22:33:17+00:00

English are fatter than ever before

2018-12-05T22:22:29+00:00

Kat Lay The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes:  The stats get worse, obviously public health advice is not working or obese people don’t care, perhaps both. The obese patients that I tend to see have previously tried their best to “eat healthily” and to “exercise”. It is evident that this is more complicated than just [...]

English are fatter than ever before2018-12-05T22:22:29+00:00

Allergic children learn to tolerate peanuts in trial

2018-12-05T14:03:43+00:00

Tom Whipple Science Editor The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes: At last some common sense. There are too many people avoiding various food groups, either through formally diagnosed or perceived allergies/intolerances. All food is foreign to the gut and provokes a degree of endotoxaemia (localised inflammation in the gut), a good functioning immune system should [...]

Allergic children learn to tolerate peanuts in trial2018-12-05T14:03:43+00:00

Low-Carbohydrate Diets May Increase Energy Expenditure

2018-11-29T15:35:58+00:00

Medscape Miriam E. Tucker Gerry Gajadharsingh writes:  Good to see some more research backing up the principles of Metabolic Balance. The most important one being that all calories are not metabolically alike. People still look at me strangely when I inform them that I’m not that interested in calorie counting for weight loss. This [...]

Low-Carbohydrate Diets May Increase Energy Expenditure2018-11-29T15:35:58+00:00

Rheumatologists Cautioned to Avoid Overtreatment

2018-11-18T15:45:00+00:00

Medscape Janis C. Kelly Gerry Gajadharsingh writes:  “I need to declare an interest. About 20 years ago I had been working very hard, had been married the year before and my wife and I had just had our first daughter. As a self-employed person, we don’t generally do sick, you simply can’t afford to. [...]

Rheumatologists Cautioned to Avoid Overtreatment2018-11-18T15:45:00+00:00

Scans needed to save ‘ticking time bomb’ heart patients

2018-09-10T13:26:17+00:00

The Times Chris Smyth, Health Editor Gerry Gajadharsingh writes:  “Coronary CT scans have been used in the private sector for at least 15 years. Giving an indication of the “hard” plaque that has formed in the coronary arteries and a calcium score gauging the “hardening” of the coronary arteries. The article does not say [...]

Scans needed to save ‘ticking time bomb’ heart patients2018-09-10T13:26:17+00:00