A Blog About Health In Times Of Austerity

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What we have seen (‘freedom day’* special) Optimistic? Perranporth Beach – quiet evening  For some ‘freedom day’ was freedom to get pinged (like half the UK) Freedom to drink beer Or not ‘Freedom day’ Jaws meme via Twitter What we... More…
Quarantine diary

Quarantine diary

Ahead of the annual pilgrimage to our country of birth, my family and I have to undertake a new set of rituals.  The country formerly known as Great Britain has (belatedly) introduced a set of requirements to keep the COVID-19... More…
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  Anti-COVID propaganda sticker on sign outside primary school. Text reads “According to the government, the vaccine doesn’t prevent transmission of the virus, but vaccine passports will. Ever get the feeling you’re being played?” We’re confused – hands free hand sanitiser that... More…
Time and again? Temporality & public health

Time and again? Temporality & public health

One thing that has struck me during the days and months since 23rd March 2020 has been how time has simultaneously slowed down and sped up. Or, more specifically, the passage of time has both sped up and slowed down.... More…
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What we have seen Someone is now worried! Another ‘scamdemic’ warning targeting dogs! Empty shops of the High Street, post-COVID Green transport Apparently… glad someone tried to remove it! What we are watching/listening to  Vaccine: The Human Story – A... More…
Why policy makers and scientists are always wrong about obesity

Why policy makers and scientists are always wrong about obesity

A recent article that we wrote raises a number of important questions about obesity. Why do policy attempts to control obesity fail? Why do scientists ask the wrong questions about obesity? Why does searching for single causes of the so-called... More…
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What we have seen   Sticker seen in Liverpool Liverpool graffiti ‘Free art. That’s peace.’ Public art outside vaccination centre (Sweden) Get tested because you care about others! Lots to read while entering the UK, and none of it at all... More…
Food first – a new approach to food trauma

Food first – a new approach to food trauma

We help to run a Food Support charity on the South Coast of England. When we were applying for funding, our fundraiser asked us to give him an estimate of local food insecurity in our town, Worthing. Estimations of food... More…
Scandi noir or Nordic utopia? State mental health care in Scandinavia

Scandi noir or Nordic utopia? State mental health care in Scandinavia

In the UK, we tend to be horrified at the lack of state mental health provision in the US: My biggest hang-up isn’t even the orange nightmare you’ve somehow let into the White House—it’s the fact you seem totally fine... More…
After the Pandemic: what’s next?

After the Pandemic: what’s next?

What happens next, once the COVID-19 pandemic is over? All pandemics subside at some point.  Either the virus mutates into a less harmful form, or mass vaccination raises overall immunity and so on.  They do come to an end.  But... More…
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What we have seen Seen in a men’s pub toilet.  An intriguing admonition to “use responsibly”.  Also claims that it contains ‘human pheromones’ – isn’t that just sweat? Are they selling sachets of sweat to men for £2? Colchester Stadium... More…
Long COVID - New money for old rope or learning from the past?

Long COVID

We may not yet understand much about the causes and implications of the collection of symptoms occurring post COVID-19 infection that has been labelled Long COVID. But we already understand far more than we think we do about the experiences... More…