On Tuesday I was asked on Good Morning Britain to take part in a discussion on why Britain was suffering an obesity crisis? Read more… Cardiologist Tells Piers Morgan Exercise Is Useless For Obesity
A few weeks ago on the recommendation of the BMJ, I was interviewed on BBC World Service Business Daily giving my view on how commercial corruption of medicine resulting in over prescription of medications to millions across the globe, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths due to side effects was at the root of our healthcare crisis.
Read more… Our Patients Are Guinea Pigs And They Don’t Even Know It
Headlines earlier this week suggested that if NICE (the health watchdog) 2014 guidelines on the prescription of statins were followed this would mean the overwhelming majority of men over 60 and women over 75 should be prescribed cholesterol lowering statin drugs. What many of the journalists failed or forgot mention was that the General Practitioners Committee and the Royal College of General Practitioners rejected this guidance in 2014 which would have meant that GPs were financially incentivised to prescribed statins to those as low risk of heart disease based upon poor evidence of benefit.
Corporate greed of the food and pharmaceutical industries are the two most important root causes of our current healthcare crisis. Until the medical establishment and politicians are bold enough to address their excesses and manipulations head on we will continue to have a sicker, unhappier and less economically productive society.
Today’s BBC News headlines confirmed what many of us already knew to be true, that it’s not possible to be fat and fit. Essentially if you’re obese but still have no risk factors for heart disease, just being significantly overweight in itself is harmful to health in the long term.
Yesterday myself and a number of prominent doctors, nutritionists, sports scientists and health campaigners wrote a letter to the medical schools council, the general medical council and the secretary of state for health calling for mandatory training for medical students and practicing doctors in evidence based lifestyle interventions to prevent and treat chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
I recently saw a lady in her early 60’s who was terrified because her GP had told her that her cholesterol was high. “congratulations” I said, “that will probably help you live longer.” By the end of the consultation she left the room smiling.
A few weeks ago with a number of international researchers I co-authored a paper published in BMJ Open that concluded that not only was there no association with so called bad cholesterol and cardiovascular disease in the over 60’s but a trend to reduced reduction in deaths from all causes the higher the cholesterol. One explanation of our findings is that LDL cholesterol is involved in immune system protection against potentially fatal gastrointestinal and respiratory infections and possibly even cancer.
Read more… Good Health Doesn’t Come Out of a Medicine Bottle
Nuts, olive oil and vegetables are the best heart medicine ( too many prescriptions cause massive waste and harm the public).
It may be hard to believe, but poor diet now contributes to more disease and death than physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol combined (according to The Lancet). We have been guzzling sugar, refined carbohydrates and industrial vegetable oils as never before, with devastating consequences for public health. The combined costs of type 2 diabetes and obesity to the NHS and UK economy exceed £20 billion.