Whatever you do, don’t ‘Google’ it – that’s exactly the advice I was given after being diagnosed with a serious illness two years ago, and which I immediately ignored, as do you.
I deeply regret it immediately: The Internet is filled with some scary personal stories, as well as often well-intentioned, but often confusing, misguided, and frankly inaccurate, information.
Of course there are also some great charity websites that offer incredible support and advice.
But they don’t necessarily keep up with the latest thinking, at least when it comes to diet and lifestyle. This is because they have to wait for definitive research.
This is no criticism – evidence-based medicine is the cornerstone of best care, and this is what we are proud to report in the Good Health section.
Yet sometimes patients can’t wait for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to decide whether to allow a new treatment to be available on the NHS.
And sometimes patients have exhausted their options – or not knowing that there are actually other options. And that’s where good health comes in.
For a vast range of common problems, from type 2 diabetes and heart disease to chronic pain, depression and other mental health conditions, as well as obscure and sometimes only recently identified, our award-winning journalists speak directly to leading experts. Passed insights into the cutting edge
For a vast range of common problems, from type 2 diabetes and heart disease to chronic pain, depression and other mental health conditions, as well as obscure and sometimes only recently identified, our award-winning journalists speak directly to leading experts. Passed insights into the cutting edge.
You can’t get this type of access on Google.
There isn’t always a simple answer, and there is often debate and controversy about the ‘correct’ approach or diagnosis.
But what matters is that you, the reader, have the information to help you make an informed decision – even if it is simply to ask your healthcare provider ‘what about this new treatment? I’ve read can help.
One of the strengths of Good Health is its focus on new thinking about diet and lifestyle, not only as prevention but as treatment – an idea that is increasingly being adopted by mainstream medicine.
For example, as Mail columnist Dr. Michael Mosley points out on this page, type 2 diabetes was long thought to be a progressive disease, essentially meaning a lifetime of increasing medication – yet, of stroke and heart disease. The risk remains high.
But as we reported back in 2015, researchers were already seeing that losing weight and, in particular, switching to a low-carb diet could change that.
At the time it was contrary to standard advice for people with type 2 to eat starchy carbs like pasta, but studies have shown it can help reverse type 2 diabetes, and GPs across the country were offering low-carb. are diets for patients in their practice.
This isn’t the only approach – a groundbreaking study led by Professor Roy Taylor at Newcastle University showed that a rapid low-calorie weight loss plan can reverse type 2; The scheme is now being tested in the NHS.
Whatever the topic, at the heart of good health have been people who have generously told their stories, often in very intimate detail, of helping others.
Their stories have helped illustrate the often difficult biology and science involved in medicine (the medical jargon our journalists and editors have to sort out can be mind-bogglingly blunt).
She has also helped women break the taboos surrounding postpartum incontinence, for example, and the tragedy of suicide.
And more importantly, they have helped change things for the better in our campaigns.
We all owe a lot to the pharmaceutical companies for life-saving drugs as well as our incredible, wonderful NHS – and I speak as a beneficiary of both – but mistakes have been made, patients are harmed and Worse than that.
As a result of these campaigns, the guidelines and policy have been changed.
But it is only thanks to those who are coming forward with their stories that we have been able to shed light on these issues, with the Granthshala acting as a force for good.
But one of the most satisfying things about editing Good Health – as I have for 15 years – is hearing from doctors about you, readers, coming in on those “bits of good health.”
We treat this as the ultimate badge of honour, and hope you keep waving your piece of paper – or screen grab – for many years to come!
I’m proud Good Health has its neck out… Dr. Michael Mosley has charted some of the success stories he covered
By Dr. Michael Mosley for the Granthshala
Good health for 30 years and I – sometimes together! – Covered some of the most extraordinary years in medicine, including, perhaps, the greatest health story of our lifetime, the COVID-19 pandemic.
From ever-shrinking surgery tools and minimally invasive procedures, scanning machines that work in 3D, and a pandemic virus vaccine developed in less than a year, it’s been an amazing period of successes big and small.
As the health section celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is a good time to look back at how medicine and our health have changed.
These are some of the most significant changes of the past three decades, and my personal take on the kind of medical advances we may see in the future.
Perhaps one of the most important developments lies in our understanding – and appreciation – of the gut. The gut is not one of the most attractive organs and for a long time, its problems were part of the joke, or simply taboo.
But along with its microscopic inhabitants (mainly bacteria), it has a huge impact on our health: Research into gut health has exploded in recent times and, with it, it has been realized that gut treatment is a comprehensive Can play a role…