colon-cleansing

by Graham Simpson M.D. The concept of “cleaning one’s colon” has been around for a long long time. In fact, the earliest reports of the practice can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Today, several thousand years later, it’s a treatment that is very regularly carried out all around the world. Yet the fact that […]

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foods-for-fitness

by Graham Simpson M.D. As anyone familiar with my philosophies will know, if there is one thing I like to stress when it comes to health and fitness, it is this: all the workouts in the world won’t help you if your diet is no good. Essentially, when it comes to our health, the negatives […]

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understanding-fats1

by Graham Simpson M.D. The difference between fat and getting fat It really does all start with the word itself: “Fat.” We have been taught to link the fats in our food to us getting fat. Or we have just made what seems like an obvious assumption. And to be fair, we have and continue […]

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fatigue-foods

by Graham Simpson M.D. We all know the feeling: you head out for lunch fresh and spry, only to return to your desk and struggle to keep your eyes open for the next few hours. While many think this is just part of the daily cycle – hey, those long stretches at work are not […]

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lifestyle-and-mental-health

by Graham Simpson Mental health issues have for a long time now been a silent scourge on the global population. So much so that it has led many experts in the field to label the problem an epidemic. And indeed it is no small issue. In the United Kingdom, for example, statistics show that one […]

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male-menopause

by Graham Simpson M.D. I’m sure most of us are somewhat familiar with the concept of menopause. It’s essentially a transitional period women go through – usually at some point between the ages of 40 and 58 (the most common range is in fact 48-55 years, and the average age of US women at the […]

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skin-wp

by Graham Simpson M.D. Skin is the unsung hero of the body. And in the UAE, it has a lot to contend with: Sun, humidity, dust, air conditioning, the list goes on. Even though skin is the largest of our organs, many people are still in the dark as to just how many vital functions […]

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fructose

by Graham Simpson, M.D. By now, I am sure you do not need me to tell you that sugar is bad for your health. This particular piece of information has been relatively common knowledge for many years, not to mention the subject of several public health campaigns in almost every corner of the globe. What […]

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blog-muscles

by Graham Simpson, M.D. Got muscle? No, I’m not talking Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson level of muscle. I’m talking about enough muscle mass to trigger all kinds of health benefits. Because when it comes to painting the picture of perfect health, we all know body fat is the enemy. But what if we are close […]

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Sugar-and-disease

by Graham Simpson, M.D. As regular readers will know, sugar is somewhat of a theme for me when it comes to promoting a healthy diet – and at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, it is sugar that I will be discussing once again today. There is a very good reason for my […]

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Genetics-and-ageing

by Graham Simpson, M.D. How and why we age has long fascinated scientists, and there have been countless studies carried out on everything from worms to us humans in order to try and better understand what causes our bodies to deteriorate over time. In fact, so much research has been carried out in this area over […]

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Foods-with-medicinal-benefits

by Graham Simpson, M.D. The pharmaceutical market is booming, with total global revenues now exceeding $1 trillion annually. Now sure, that’s a really big number, but I doubt that figure is much of a surprise to you. We know what a powerhouse this industry is, and it’s pretty clear just how reliant most people are […]

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Benefits-of-a-raw-food-diet

by Graham Simpson, M.D. For this week’s article I wanted to tackle a topic around which there is a lot of confusion, yet at the heart of it all is a rather simple concept of healthy eating that we’d all do well to better understand. Here we are talking about the raw food diet, which […]

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Healthy Gut

by Graham Simpson, M.D. Often referred to by medical professionals as “the body’s second brain”, the gut – and how healthy it is – can have a huge bearing on our overall health and wellbeing. And to be clear upfront here, far from just having an impact on digestive issues, the balance of the bacteria […]

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The-pill-popping-pandemic-main-300x300

by Graham Simpson, M.D. If we look at the sheer size of the pharmaceutical industry we can almost get a sense that something is just not right here. The numbers are simply too big, and they are also rising too fast. Let’s take a gander at a couple of figures that will help put things […]

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Air-Pollution

by Graham Simpson, M.D. The quality of the air we breathe is something that many of us probably only give passing thought to from time to time – if even at all. Yet none of us can ignore the news. It seems every day brings stories of broken temperature records, pictures of “this or that most polluted city […]

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Detoxing-benefits1

by Graham Simpson, M.D. Detox: the term is everywhere. But what exactly does it mean? When we cut through the buzz and the fad hipster diets – quinoa and paprika smoothie anyone? – detoxing actually sounds like a fairly sensible concept. The act of removing toxic substances from our bodies can only be a good […]

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What-good-cardio-fitness-looks-like

by Graham Simpson, M.D. Are you cardio fitness fit? Also known as cardiovascular or CV fitness, cardio fitness refers to our body’s ability to take in, transport, and utilise oxygen through our bloodstream while exercising. And while it is, of course, hugely important for professional athletes, what about the rest of us? How does being cardio […]

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Silent-Inflammation2

by Graham Simpson, M.D. Imagine being sick for years – decades – without feeling a thing. Your blood vessels are constantly being worn down, putting you at risk for a heart attack, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, diabetes, and countless other serious conditions. By the time you find out the extent of the damage, it can […]

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Sex_Makes_You_Healthier

By Graham Simpson M.D. Let’s talk about sex, or rather, who’s having the most. When we look worldwide, that particular honour goes to the Greeks – where a reported 87% of married couples have sex at least once a week. According the recent poll by Durex, the couples of Greece are closely followed by the […]

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Medicinal-foods

By Graham Simpson M.D. Of course we have all heard the term “super-food.” Nutritionists the world over having been using it for some time to describe how certain foods have exceptional nutritional value – usually those delivering unusually significant health benefits. But behind all the hype, what exactly is it that makes these foods so […]

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Soda-and-your-body1

By Graham Simpson M.D. While there may be nothing good about the effect sugar has on our bodies, understanding exactly what it does once inside us is simply fascinating. So that’s what we’re going to take a look at in this article: The exact process – a play-by-play – to get a deeper understanding of […]

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The-thyroid-problem

By Graham Simpson M.D. How much do we really know about the thyroid? I’m sure most of you reading this will be aware that you have one, the majority will know it is often linked to problems with weight control, while others could, I’m sure, locate it at the front of the neck. But the […]

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Meditation-rewires-the-brain

By Graham Simpson M.D. Ok, I know what you’re thinking. I can already see the eyes rolling – here comes another hippy preaching about the benefits of meditation. Well let me put your mind at ease: I am not looking for converts here, I’m more interested in drilling down into what actually happens within the […]

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Alzheimers-protection

By Graham Simpson M.D. Many of you reading this will have witnessed the devastating impact of dementia first hand through an elderly relative or loved one. Dementia now affects almost 50 million people worldwide, with close to eight million new cases being confirmed each year. The vast majority of these, around 60 to 70%, are […]

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Plastics_with_food

By Graham Simpson M.D. Plastic is way too common nowadays for our liking. Just look around. Chances are you’re in contact with some right now. Once seen as a cutting-edge, revolutionary new material, plastic is now so ubiquitous that it’s hard to imagine a time without it – particularly when it comes to the packaging […]

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The-Alzheimers-problem

By Graham Simpson M.D. We’ve all been there. Frantically searching for our ‘lost’ keys, while friends affectionately referred to you as having a ‘senior moment’, but the realities of a deteriorating memory can develop into a very real issue. Alzheimer’s is a well-known, but little understood disease. The most common cause of dementia, it is […]

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Laughter_Best_Medicine

By Graham Simpson M.D. Is laughter the best medicine? Well, I suppose that depends on your affliction! But one thing is for sure, it’s certainly very good for you. Aside from the general sense of warmth and well-being that we all feel after a good chuckle, there are plenty of other ways the body benefits […]

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Older_Than_You_Look

By Graham Simpson M.D. There is no shame wanting to look good. I mean, who doesn’t want to look as young as possible for as long as possible? A recent US survey showed that it is a common concern across the world, with over two thirds of men concerned about looking, and feeling, older than […]

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Sugar_Cause_Cancer

By Graham Simpson M.D. We have covered the dangers of sugar in our diet on this site many times, and know the stats can be alarming when it comes to sugar and health. At the last count, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) held sugar responsible for over 35 million deaths per year globally. […]

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Why_We_Get_Headaches

By Graham Simpson M.D. Headaches are one of the most common health complaints in the world, with approximately one in six Americans suffering chronic episodes each and every year. For some they may be a passing nuisance, but for others they have a serious impact on their lives – making it difficult to concentrate, work […]

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Testosterone_Affect_Looks

By Graham Simpson M.D. You’ve probably heard of how the hormone testosterone affects everything from mood, concentration and energy levels, through to bone growth, libido and water retention. It should come as no surprise then that it also has a huge impact on the way we look. But what exactly is testosterone – where does […]

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Food_Affects_Mood

By Graham Simpson M.D. Eating right helps us stay fit and healthy and has even been to shown to ward off serious illness like heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. But what about its effects on our mental health? Not necessarily just brain function and sharpness – both of which have been proven to improve with […]

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Single-day-of-healthy-eating

By Graham Simpson M.D. Despite our best intentions, it is very hard to eat healthy nowadays. Let’s be honest, the unhealthy choice is more often than not the more enjoyable one. Given the option of a nice big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs drenched in a sauce that is often loaded with sugar and eaten […]

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Food_Ages_Us

By Graham Simpson M.D. Food – once eaten solely as a means of survival – is now deeply ingrained in every aspect of our lives. We eat food for pleasure, for comfort, for reward; in order to socialise; to help us unwind and relax; and so often simply because we are bored. Now there is […]

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Chronic_Fatigue_Syndrome

By Graham Simpson M.D. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the subject of much debate between healthcare professionals the world over. The complexity of the condition makes it difficult to pinpoint an exact cause, and as the illness is often categorised by different criteria, even diagnosis can prove problematic. Because of this, estimates for the number of sufferers […]

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Sleep-and-be-well

By Graham Simpson M.D. Just like every other animal on the planet, we humans require sleep – along with food, water and oxygen – to survive. And believe me, sleep is just as important as the other elements on that list. We spend on average one-third of our lives asleep, and the quality of that […]

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Unbenannt

By Graham Simpson M.D. Surprisingly – or should it be unsurprisingly – this is a question I am asked a lot. And in fact it’s an important question, because there are, after all, billions of cases of the common cold around the world each year. In the USA alone, adults average around two to three colds […]

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Low-fat-foods

By Graham Simpson M.D. Let me start by making clear that my choice of words in the title of this article was very deliberate: deception. We’re not talking about differing opinions here. There can be no medical science that supports the argument for stripping healthy fats out of food (and demonizing those fats in the process), […]

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Feeding-our-children-properly

By Graham Simpson M.D. I was prompted to address this topic after coming across an article last month about the diet of American football star and four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. I wasn’t surprised that he and his wife (world famous model Gisele Bündchen) follow a strict Paleo-type diet. They are […]

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Do-I-need-to-work-out

By Graham Simpson M.D. I’m sure many of you will have read the title of this article and thought, “What sort of question is that coming from a doctor? Of course we need to work out.” And you’re right to think that. There are some very obvious reasons for committing to a regular physical fitness […]

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What-is-aging

By Graham Simpson M.D. Unless you’ve got a case of the Benjamin Buttons, you’re going to grow older. In fact, in my 35 years of practicing medicine, I’ve never met anyone who has figured a way around this one. But what exactly is aging? I’m sure most of us look to our year of birth […]

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