Local people talk about two kinds of winds where I live in North Africa. 'Levante' which comes from the East and 'Poniente' from the West. Our city is on a strip of land perched between a mountain and the Mediterranean Sea. The Eastern wind brings with it low cloud and...

Let's make this really clear from the start. We're all afraid of needles! It's perfectly natural.

On the face of it, there is something instinctively wrong with shoving thin pieces of metal into our skin and it doesn't take a genius to work out the following:

Needles + s...

The seasons have a very important place in health in Oriental medicine. And the change from season to season also means changes inside our bodies as well. 

In oriental medicine there are actually five seasons: spring, summer, late summer, autumn and winter. Each one of...

There’s an advert on TV in Spain for sliced bread. In it the celebrity squeezes one end of the loaf and then proclaims that it stays fresh from beginning to end. Sounds great I hear you say. No more mouldy slices after a few days – what convenience!

Well yes convenient...

Every year we recognise that we have gotten older and notch another birthday. After a few birthdays, we look back and we realise that we are physically different to how we were before. At some point during those years our bodies changed internally. Maybe we feel older,...

It is very common to compartmentalize the body. Sometimes I have patients in my clinic who have multiple problems and who tell me something like the following:


I’d like you to do something about my back ache - don’t worry about the high blood pressure, the sore shoulde...

The temperatures of the food we eat can have a major impact on our health and well-being. Our obsession with calories and fats etc has meant that one of the most fundamental ideas about our diet is largely unknown.

"Would you like your milk hot or cold?"

Of course, waite...

I used to live above a pharmacy in the centre of town and when I went out I passed by the pharmacy door. It was always busy. Sometimes there was a queue that went out of the door into the street, especially on a Sunday when the other chemists were shut. Many people wer...

Did you know that being inactive is the fourth leading cause of premature deaths around the world, and the problem is getting worse?

In the late 1990s we each walked around 402 km, however by 2008 that had dropped to 273 km. At the same time the number of journeys we...

There's no two ways about this, diabetes has grown into an epidemic.

1 in every 4 adults in the USA presents with diabetes. The situation in Spain where I live is that 13.8% of Spanish adults have diabetes type 2, the equivalent of more than 5.3 millon people. Of thes...

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