Changing the conversation about health
As coronavirus continues to spread, here’s our advice on defending against it
As coronavirus continues to spread, here’s our advice on defending against it

As coronavirus continues to spread, here’s our advice on defending against it

The current coronavirus (officially called the COVID-19 virus) alarm has focused our attention on the best ways to deal with a new viral infection. The obvious priority is preventing spread, by isolation and increased hygiene. However, we can also look…

English National Opera launches breathing programme – using singing techniques – for patients recovering from Covid-19
English National Opera launches breathing programme – using singing techniques – for patients recovering from Covid-19

English National Opera launches breathing programme – using singing techniques – for patients recovering from Covid-19

What started as a Zoom meeting between four College of Medicine physicians; Dr Michael Dixon, Sir Sam Everington, Professor Ajit Lalvani and Dr Harry Brunjes, has sparked a new, nationwide initiative with the English National Opera.  The topic was COVID-19…

Dr Toh Wong, co-organiser of February’s Integrative Health Convention, on how a life-changing illness changed his approach to health
Dr Toh Wong, co-organiser of February’s Integrative Health Convention, on how a life-changing illness changed his approach to health

Dr Toh Wong, co-organiser of February’s Integrative Health Convention, on how a life-changing illness changed his approach to health

Dr Toh Wong, a GP living and working in Devon, tells the College of Medicine how a Bell’s Palsy diagnosis – and a course in neurolinguistic programming – made him realise that health and healing requires an Integrative Health approach. On February…

A new you in 2022? Government launches NHS-backed Better Health initiative to tackle UK obesity
A new you in 2022? Government launches NHS-backed Better Health initiative to tackle UK obesity

A new you in 2022? Government launches NHS-backed Better Health initiative to tackle UK obesity

People are being encouraged to use the new year to adapt healthier eating and exercise habits by Government health officials. More than 60 per cent of people in the UK are considered overweight, with 28 per cent of adults defined…

Happy New Year! The College of Medicine reflects on the year that was – and looks ahead to an ‘ambitious’ 2022
Happy New Year! The College of Medicine reflects on the year that was – and looks ahead to an ‘ambitious’ 2022

Happy New Year! The College of Medicine reflects on the year that was – and looks ahead to an ‘ambitious’ 2022

The College of Medicine’s Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, has reflected on a ‘positive’ year in his seasonal address to members, saying that despite the challenges the pandemic has continued to bring in 2021, there is hope for an ambitious and…

Mediterranean diet and mindfulness during pregnancy could see babies less likely to be born small, says Spanish study
Mediterranean diet and mindfulness during pregnancy could see babies less likely to be born small, says Spanish study

Mediterranean diet and mindfulness during pregnancy could see babies less likely to be born small, says Spanish study

A new study suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet and meditating when pregnant could help those at risk of having a small baby deliver a child at a healthy weight. The study, carried out by scientists at a hospital in…

“How much does evidence matter when driving health policy?”
“How much does evidence matter when driving health policy?”

“How much does evidence matter when driving health policy?”

Speaking at the European Congress for Integrative Medicine (ECIM) in November 2021, our Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, debated how much evidence should drive health policy in modern healthcare. Here, Dr Dixon expands on that debate… “I am sure that everyone…

The Food Manifesto: The College of Medicine partners with ITN Productions to highlight importance of healthy lifestyle, community and self-care
The Food Manifesto: The College of Medicine partners with ITN Productions to highlight importance of healthy lifestyle, community and self-care

The Food Manifesto: The College of Medicine partners with ITN Productions to highlight importance of healthy lifestyle, community and self-care

The College of Medicine has partnered with ITN Productions Industry News to make The Food Manifesto, a series of short programmes that focus on the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. Speaking to news anchor Belle Donati, The College of…

‘We’re on the verge of breaking the glass ceiling on conventional medical thinking…’ Dr Michael Dixon tells European Congress for Integrative Medicine
‘We’re on the verge of breaking the glass ceiling on conventional medical thinking…’ Dr Michael Dixon tells European Congress for Integrative Medicine

‘We’re on the verge of breaking the glass ceiling on conventional medical thinking…’ Dr Michael Dixon tells European Congress for Integrative Medicine

Dr Michael Dixon, the College of Medicine’s Chair, addressed the European Congress for Integrative Medicine (ECIM) on November 4th 2021, telling those attending that the conference marked ‘a new dawn for integrative medicine and the beginning of a new age…

Dr Michael Dixon: “The loss of continuity of care is the biggest unseen in General Practice at the moment…”
Dr Michael Dixon: “The loss of continuity of care is the biggest unseen in General Practice at the moment…”

Dr Michael Dixon: “The loss of continuity of care is the biggest unseen in General Practice at the moment…”

The effect of patients seeing GPs they’re not familiar with could lead to diseases being left undiagnosed, Dr Michael Dixon has said. Speaking on talk radio programme LBC earlier this month, the College of Medicine’s Chair spoke about the rise…

Plant-based diet could lessen impact of Covid, says new study
Plant-based diet could lessen impact of Covid, says new study

Plant-based diet could lessen impact of Covid, says new study

Those following a plant-based diet could be better placed to fight off the symptoms of Covid, a new study has found. The major research, published in the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health journal, found that following a non-meat diet reduced the…

A lockdown success! How a team of healthcare professionals is transforming mental health support in their region
A lockdown success! How a team of healthcare professionals is transforming mental health support in their region

A lockdown success! How a team of healthcare professionals is transforming mental health support in their region

Two GPs who helped to create a mental health referral team during the height of the first lock-down have shared with the College of Medicine the challenges and successes of its first year in operation. The Andover Primary Care Mental…

The College of Medicine announces booking is live for the fourth International Social Prescribing Network Conference
The College of Medicine announces booking is live for the fourth International Social Prescribing Network Conference

The College of Medicine announces booking is live for the fourth International Social Prescribing Network Conference

The College of Medicine and the Social Prescribing Network are delighted to announce that booking is now live for the fourth International Social Prescribing Network Conference, which takes place on March 10th and 11th 2022. The conference will address the…

New research suggests staying trim in middle age and later life prevents Type 2 diabetes
New research suggests staying trim in middle age and later life prevents Type 2 diabetes

New research suggests staying trim in middle age and later life prevents Type 2 diabetes

A new study into the link between obesity and diabetes has suggested that everyone has a ‘personal fat threshold’ and staying on the right side of it could help stave off a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. The research, carried out…

Overprescribing must stop, says new Government report
Overprescribing must stop, says new Government report

Overprescribing must stop, says new Government report

The College of Medicine’s Chair has welcomed plans by the Government to reduce the overprescribing of medicines. A report published this week announced action to prevent medicines being prescribed unnecessarily, following a new review led by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer…

Employers encouraged to offer yoga and meditation to help improve mental health in the workforce
Employers encouraged to offer yoga and meditation to help improve mental health in the workforce

Employers encouraged to offer yoga and meditation to help improve mental health in the workforce

Public Health England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is urging employers to introduce a raft of new measures to help improve the mental health of their workers. Yoga and meditation sessions, more flexible working hours and…

Campaigners calls for ‘complete ban’ on child-friendly packaging on high-sugar foods
Campaigners calls for ‘complete ban’ on child-friendly packaging on high-sugar foods

Campaigners calls for ‘complete ban’ on child-friendly packaging on high-sugar foods

Campaign group Action for Sugar is urging the Government to place tougher restrictions on medium and high sugar food products that target children. Research into sugar levels in yoghurts that are marketed to children – often via cartoon characters –…

“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being
“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being

“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being

Nour Saleh says she first realised the positive influence of art as a child, noticing ‘the power of it to gather people and unite them’ and how drawing or doodling ‘appeased’ her own emotions, offering moments of calm. Nour, a…

Our community’s voice: How the College of Medicine is helping our members
Our community’s voice: How the College of Medicine is helping our members

Our community’s voice: How the College of Medicine is helping our members

The College of Medicine works to re-define medicine beyond pills and procedures, and our members and wider community are vital to our success. By engaging with our online classes – covering everything from mindfulness to hypnosis and nutrition – our…

‘Visionary’ National Food Strategy report says the poor should be able to access fruit and veg prescriptions to ‘break junk food cycle’
‘Visionary’ National Food Strategy report says the poor should be able to access fruit and veg prescriptions to ‘break junk food cycle’

‘Visionary’ National Food Strategy report says the poor should be able to access fruit and veg prescriptions to ‘break junk food cycle’

The British diet needs to change significantly to help society battle issues such as obesity and climate change, a new report from the National Food Strategy says. The report’s independent lead Henry Dimbleby, who founded the Leon chain of restaurants,…

Young doctor wins Diana Award for campaign to put nutrition on medical curriculum – and thanks College of Medicine for ‘giving me a voice’
Young doctor wins Diana Award for campaign to put nutrition on medical curriculum – and thanks College of Medicine for ‘giving me a voice’

Young doctor wins Diana Award for campaign to put nutrition on medical curriculum – and thanks College of Medicine for ‘giving me a voice’

A newly qualified doctor whose campaign to put diet and nutrition on the medical curriculum has seen her work honoured with a prestigious Diana Award has praised the College of Medicine for helping to inspire her. The awards are given…

Celebrating 73 years of the NHS: ‘Our frontline workers have never been more tested than in the months since the pandemic began’
Celebrating 73 years of the NHS: ‘Our frontline workers have never been more tested than in the months since the pandemic began’

Celebrating 73 years of the NHS: ‘Our frontline workers have never been more tested than in the months since the pandemic began’

Key figures at The College of Medicine have praised NHS, social care and frontline workers as the healthcare organisation celebrates its 73rd birthday. The first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day took place on Monday, July 5th 2021 – exactly…

Healthy diet rich in leafy greens can turn back genetic clock, finds US study
Healthy diet rich in leafy greens can turn back genetic clock, finds US study

Healthy diet rich in leafy greens can turn back genetic clock, finds US study

A new study by US scientists says eating dark, leafy greens such as kale, spinach and swiss chard can spark changes in DNA that can reverse ageing by up to two years. Doctors leading the research said the results of…

Superfied founder tells The College of Medicine how his own health issue pushed him to create the new self-care platform
Superfied founder tells The College of Medicine how his own health issue pushed him to create the new self-care platform

Superfied founder tells The College of Medicine how his own health issue pushed him to create the new self-care platform

After a successful 25-year career in marketing, College of Medicine member Sandy Purewal, 50, (pictured) founded self-care platform Superfied earlier this year. The concept – empowering people to take better care of their own health via better food – was…

How Complementary and Conventional Medicine can work together
How Complementary and Conventional Medicine can work together

How Complementary and Conventional Medicine can work together

People are still not benefiting from Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is ways that they could, write Dr Naveed Akhtar and Dr Toh Wong in the College of Medicine’s manifesto Hope for the Future. “Many more people could be reaping…

“GPs and patients have been horribly betrayed”: Dr Michael Dixon on the neglect of general practice
“GPs and patients have been horribly betrayed”: Dr Michael Dixon on the neglect of general practice

“GPs and patients have been horribly betrayed”: Dr Michael Dixon on the neglect of general practice

The College of Medicine Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, has issued a robust criticism of the lack of investment in general practice, saying GPs and patients have suffered as a result, and that improvements in secondary care “should not have been…