We all know that salt in our diet contributes to stroke and coronary artery disease. What I didn’t realize until very recently was just how important it is. But a BBC Radio 4 interview with Graham MacGregor yesterday quickly fixed my misunderstanding. Continue reading
Regular readers of my blog may recall that I have suffered from the condition known as CFS (ME) for the past 19 years. CFS leaves me without enough energy to get me through each day, and in its worst form makes me unable to get out of bed – for weeks, or months at a time.
On the news this morning, I heard about the launch of a large-scale trial for teenagers in the UK, to treat CFS online. It’s estimated that around 2% of UK teenagers suffer from CFS/ME, causing them to miss school, and the condition is currently untreated. A programme in the Netherlands claims success at treating patients, and is being rolled out here in Britain, initially for around a thousand children. Continue reading
Each one of us is blessed with 24 hours in every day. But what we do with those 24 hours varies enormously. Continue reading
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Tagged Blogging, Creativity, Democracy, Economic growth, Equality, Feminism, Freedom, Happiness, Health, Human rights, Philosophy, Politics, Poverty, Technology, Wealth, Work
Last time on the blog, I talked about healthy eating, but if you found my food pyramids a little abstract, I can help by illustrating the principles with some actual meals. Here are a few meals that I’ve eaten this week.
And just in case anyone is wondering, I do enjoy my food. Although my diet is quite strict, I find all of these meals to be absolutely delicious. Continue reading
We should all eat a healthy diet. Except, what is a healthy diet? Pick up a magazine or browse the local bookshop and you’ll be bombarded with possible answers to that question. Here’s my take on the subject, gleaned from reading accounts of the latest medical and scientific studies, rather than popular fads. Continue reading
A couple of times on this blog, people have asked me to detail what I eat. Creepy, I know. But I’m used to that. So here, in a series of blog posts, I’m going to describe exactly what I eat and why. Continue reading
We are moving from a world in which resources are scarce towards a world of abundance. Many things that were once scarce are already abundant in developed countries and will soon be abundant everywhere, if trends continue.
There’s a strong counter-narrative telling us the opposite – that the world’s resources are almost used up, that population levels are unsustainable and that we must cut back now or face disaster. But Malthus said the same two hundred years ago, and so have countless others. Each has been proved wrong. Continue reading
I was sent a free copy of this book by the author, and asked to write an honest review. As the author noted in his email to me, ‘I think we have quite a few interests in common. ‘That’s very true, so I thought my review might also be of interest to my blog readers.
The book is the story of why the author (DJ MacLennan), has chosen to have his brain cryogenically frozen when he dies – or as he puts it – when current medicine can do no more to save him from death. It’s a personal story, and a scientific and philosophical investigation of what it means to live and die. Here’s my review of the book. Continue reading
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Tagged Belief, Books, Computers, Death, Health, Longevity, Philosophy, Science, Technology
In our schools, we teach children to play sports. Invariably, this means team sports. In Britain these might be soccer, rugby or cricket. In the US, perhaps football or baseball. These are precisely the wrong sports to teach our children. Continue reading
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Tagged Health, Yoga
I’m more than a little interested in the subject of healthy eating. In fact, I’m morbidly and pathologically obsessed by diet, exercise and longevity. As a result, I’ve learned a thing or two about eating. Continue reading