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Tom Chivers is a senior writer for BuzzFeed UK

The idiot diet – nonsense vs common sense in ‘Paleo’ nutrition

Looking for real power? Get a jump-start on the future of global fuel at The Spectator’s energy conference on 1 December. Tickets are still…

Lies, damn lies and health statistics – smoking is more deadly than serving in Afghanistan

Basically nothing is as bad for you as smoking. Short of fairly obvious things like blunt-force trauma or falling out…

Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December.…

The limits of ‘superfood’ – debunking broccoli

Over in my day job, I recently wrote a piece about ‘superfoods’ and the myths that a particular kind of…

Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new,…

Winter is coming: do you really need a flu jab?

Winter is coming. You can tell because the days are drawing in, the light has that autumnal greyness, and the…

The Pulse: Could red wine solve the world’s problems? Probably not…

The Pulse is the Spectator’s answer to media nonsense about health. Tom Chivers looks past the headlines and all the…

Why warming up won’t stop the pain

As you get older, you may notice that everything takes a little longer to get better. If you have a…

Use your brain

A while ago I was listening to the Today programme, as we’re all obliged to do. A neuroscientist was on…