Diet & Fitness

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.…

How to cure bad breath (and continue eating smelly foods)

Have you ever tried that good old test for halitosis – licking your wrist, letting it dry, then having a…

Ed Miliband’s windfall tax on tobacco to fund the NHS is economically illiterate

The ‘windfall tax’, a concept introduced in the UK by the Blair government, is by definition a one-off seizure of…

Sod the diet and lose weight anyway – here’s how

Who enjoys all that calorie counting? If you hate diets but love the idea of losing a bit of weight,…

Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck…

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…

Five ways to fight the flu – or why you should curl up with hot fruit cordial

No one likes getting the flu and for some people, in particular the sick and elderly, the virus can prove…

The horrid, helpful egg-freezing scheme at Facebook and Apple

Was the chief operating officer of Facebook, one Sheryl Sandberg, involved, do you reckon, in the company’s exciting invitation to…

Stop ‘Stoptober’: seven health benefits associated with smoking

James Delingpole’s latest Spectator column laments the pernicious portmanteau afflicting this fine month: Stoptober. Geddit? That’s ‘-ober’, as in the second half…

Seven foods that will help lower high blood pressure

Consuming certain foods and drinks may help reduce one of the main risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Who…

To statin or not to statin: a new test could help decide

In the context of the ongoing and increasingly sterile debate about the pros and cons of statins to lower cholesterol,…

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…

Stepping out

I seem to have developed a propensity for falling over. Sometimes it is dramatic, as it was on stage the…

Not waving but choking

If anyone ever dares you to take part in an eating competition, I’d recommend you spit in their eye. Because…

Love your lungs

The lungs breathe life into the body. Every breath you take, as the Police sang, draws air into the lungs.…

Q&A

Q Why are there different types of inhalers? What do they do and does it really matter which one I keep…

The aspirin headache

For millions of people, a low dose of aspirin has become a morning routine along with brushing their teeth and…

Back in the saddle

Time was when people routinely stayed for decades in marriages that were devoid of fun or frolics. How very different…