“Is Cannabis Bad For Me?”: References for My Article on the Huffington Post

The following references relate to my recent post on the Huffington Post, where I discussed the trends in legalisation, the safety and the therapeutic benefits of the herb. 1. Gordon et al, 2013. Medical consequences of marijuana use: a review of current literature. Curr Psychiatry Rep. Dec;15(12):419 2. Hampson et al, 1998. Cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol […]

Health Propaganda: When They Lie About Your Food, Do You Swallow It?

As a society alive with healthy skepticism, we often look back at historical events and are amazed at just how accepting various populations were of such blatant propaganda. Such propaganda has existed since methods of communication began, was refined into it’s modern form by the Creel Commission in 1916, and has since been a standard […]

Water ‘Does Not Prevent Dehydration’, Claim EU

Following the publication of a decision paper by the European Food Standards Agency, it turns out that vitamins, herbs and sunlight and water have got something in common. The link is that, according to the regulators that influence our access to healthcare, all of them have no benefits in the body. If you have lived […]

Death by Doctor: The Sixth Leading Cause of Death

Recent reports suggest that 247 people die in America every day due to preventable infections picked up in hospital, with doctors and their staff implicated as the causes. A team of researchers from the Joint Commision, the leading hospital accrediting agency in America, found that doctors and nurses washed their hands an average 50 percent […]

NICE, New Drugs and Selective Fury in the Press

If you read particular mainstream newspapers, you could be forgiven for thinking that 90% of British residents are asylum seekers and that you are playing Russian roulette with your life if you leave the house after 7pm. You may also be forgiven for thinking that NICE are a bunch of grumpy old men, hell-bent on […]

Swine Flu – Winners and Losers

What do you get if you cross pharmaceutical executives chasing sales, a government eager to change the never-ending stream of negative headlines, and a normal antigenic shift of an influenza virus? A Swine Flu Pandemic. By the time you read this, the public’s stamina for Swine Flu Panic will be faltering, the junior schools across […]