• Government,  Legal

    A Bit of a Whinge about GDPR

    This week has been the worst yet for nuisance/spam phone calls. I am getting about 15 a day, some in clusters a few seconds apart, some that display “number withheld” and/or “international”. A few have numbers that look like legitimate mobile numbers 0797…. that play messages if you pick…

  • Health and Medicine

    Does your doctor always know best?

    In the 18th century scurvy was a big problem for the navy. Nobody knew what caused it but it was a condition that made sailors too ill to work. Various cures were suggested: The Admiralty believed that vinegar was the answer. The Royal College of Physicians disagreed and recommended…

  • Osteopathy

    I had to smile

    A delightful lady now in her eighties has been visiting me for the past fifteen years every month or so for an osteopathic “top up” and she swears it keeps her agile and flexible. She has little sympathy for her friends, often younger, who grumble about their aches and…

  • Book Club,  Business

    Book Review – Endurance by Alfred Lansing

    For the last 5 or so years I have facilitated the book review discussions for the Wealden Business Group in Tenterden. We read about three business books a year and then have a discussion which I facilitate. I normally write a report to go with our discussion. This is my report of our latest book “Endurance”…

  • Knee Pain

    Are you kneeling comfortably

    Knee problems keep surgeons busy. Around 80,000 knee operations are carried out by the NHS in the UK every year and a lot of them are triggered by overuse and repetitive movements. If you hurt your knee playing sport you can probably afford time off for recovery but if…

  • Osteopathy

    Plumbing and Osteopathy

    I was chatting to a patient this morning and we gradually realised how similar our work patterns are. He is a plumber and his clients tend to fall into three discrete groups: emergencies, upgrades and maintenance. His maintenance clients tend to be those with boilers that need a clean…

  • Shoulder Pain

    Take the weight off your shoulders

    I wrote recently “School Lightens the Load” about how schoolchildren in Kansas were relieved from having to lug heavy books around school. An article today in the Daily Mail highlights another vulnerable group of people, young men are carrying their offices on one shoulder, and not surprisingly are developing…

  • Health

    How to deal with a sore throat

    I have researched three methods and they work for me, usually, but not always. Gargle with nasty cheap red wine. You know the wine that you get for free with a five euro lunch in France, it will be high in tannins and other phenolic chemicals that are great…

  • Health

    Acupuncture treatment for anxiety

    We now know which parts of the brain are involved with feelings of anxiety, sadness and pain. The two main parts of the brain that increase their activity when we feel stressed or anxious are the prefrontal cortex and the limbic centres. Recent research carried out in USA has…

  • Acupuncture

    Guardian misses the point of acupuncture

    I am disappointed at this type of sensationalist reporting by the Guardian headline “dozens killed by incorrectly placed acupuncture needles”. Acupuncture must be one of the safest therapies around, think how many mortalities are caused by excessive or inappropriate use of prescription drugs. For starters, I would love to…