Yoga Trends, 2017: Present and Future

Health and fitness trends evolve. Technology and imperatives in business force change. Consumers in health want fresh ideas and products. From Tae Boe to Thighmasters. From Bowflex to Bodyblade and belt massagers. Yoga is no different. Yoga is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. About 37 million Americans practiced yoga at the beginning ofContinue reading “Yoga Trends, 2017: Present and Future”

Born to Run: For Mindfulness and More

Have a Fitbit? Do you pound the pavement? Hit the road? Do you do it for body? Or mind? Likely both! * * In January 2017, psychotherapist William Pullen published a new book, Run For Your Life. It’s an interesting read. Here’s a description of the work: “Anyone who has ever gone for a run,Continue reading “Born to Run: For Mindfulness and More”

Donald Trump’s FDA and the ‘United States of Oxy’

How will the pharmaceutical industry be impacted under the Trump administration? Who’s the new FDA Commissioner? How will e-cigarettes be effected? How will the opioid crisis be impacted? Trump’s FDA and “the United States of Oxy” By Lucas Richert The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be headed for a major overhaul under theContinue reading “Donald Trump’s FDA and the ‘United States of Oxy’”

Perpetuating the myths

Originally posted on The Renaissance Mathematicus:
Since the re-emergence of science in Europe in the High Middle Ages down to the present the relationship between science and religion has been a very complex and multifaceted one that cannot be reduced to a simple formula or a handful of clichés. Many of the practitioners, who produced…

Mad To Be Normal

Mad To Be Normal at the glorious Glasgow Film Theatre. The film stars David Tennant in the lead role and is directed by Robert Mullan. I was lucky to sit on a panel afterward to offer some historical gems. It was a great conversation with Matthew Smith, Luke Fowler, Richard Warden, and the other attendees…Continue reading “Mad To Be Normal”

‘Street Portraits’ by Morgan Scott

I’m delighted that professional photographer Morgan Scott shares his images and ideas. Most of the time he works in London as a Business Development Manager for Bijou Commerce. But photography, as he puts it, has been a long-standing ‘passion.’ His exciting portfolio can be found here: http://morganportraits.com/portfolio ** Street Portraits by Morgan Scott In a multiculturalContinue reading “‘Street Portraits’ by Morgan Scott”

Abusing the Body in Higher Ed.

This can’t be ignored. Sexual harassment, misconduct and gender violence by university staff are at epidemic levels in the UK, a Guardian investigation suggests. The body is being abused in higher education, and we need to think about this much more closely and much more critically. According to David Batty, Sally Weale and Caroline Bannock,Continue reading “Abusing the Body in Higher Ed.”

Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement

It’s my pleasure to promote the publication of an important Policy Brief on Cannabis by Kathleen Thompson. Over the past few years she has helped drive conversations about the consumption and control of marijuana. Her recent Policy Brief ought to be read by anyone and everyone! Here’s an extract. LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS: THE POLICY CHALLENGESContinue reading “Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement”

Beyond Vape Fear

Richard Roope, of the RCGP, has recently released a report on e-cigarettes. Essentially, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the official channel for General Practice of Medicine in the UK, has given their informed recommendations to health professionals regarding smoking cessation and the use of e-cigarette. The recommendations: 1. GPs provide advice on the relative risksContinue reading “Beyond Vape Fear”

Helping the Body (Politic) by Reforming Donations

Reforming Political Donations: Or How to Slow the Money Train In Australia, the former prime minister Tony Abbott recently outlined a sweeping plan for reform of the country’s political donations system that would ban payments from unions, companies and overseas donors. “Obviously,” he said, “we don’t want influence buying, we don’t want subversion of ourContinue reading “Helping the Body (Politic) by Reforming Donations”