Is being a vegan good for you and the planet?

Where did this fad for veganism come from? ­ Vegetarianism is an age-old rejection of eating meat but still eating milk and eggs. But with veganism we’re talking about the ­rejection of any food of animal origin. And yes, I … Read More

Liquid diets may be the way to cure diabetes

We all know our motivation to lose weight is high when we manage to lose weight quickly, and we can do this when we replace meals with diet drinks, shakes and soups. So could doctors use this high ­motivation in … Read More

Just seeing an X-ray can make us behave

As a smoker in my early 40s, I remember seeing a chest X-ray after I’d had a bout of bronchitis going on to ­pneumonia. It showed quite a nasty picture of lung damage. When I got back to my office … Read More

Why a lack of sleep makes us crave junk food

More and more of us are prey to ‘junk’ sleep – waking in the night and not being able to return to slumber. Could this junk sleep be responsible for, at least in part, the soaring quantities of junk food … Read More

It’s time to ban energy drinks for all under-18s

Caffeine is bad for children and there’s a warning on every can of energy drink that contains 150mg or more of caffeine per litre. Yet children still drink them. Sales of caffeinated energy drinks have grown rapidly since their ­introduction in the … Read More