Medical research

Therapy to put colour in your cheeks

If you are off-colour you may be feeling blue >  Tonic has always admitted that a face-to-face consultation is better than therapy-by-phone. But needs must in a fast moving society where time is at a premium. A lot can be learnt from a voice, but so much more can be learnt from reading a face. […]

Prepare for spermageddon

When you feel worthless, remember you were once the quickest sperm We don’t want to worry you, but the human race is dying out. Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that male sperm counts had fallen by almost 60% in 40 years. In fact, across the world sperm counts are falling so fast […]

If it sounds good – it is good

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation  >  Silence is indeed golden, but in our helter skelter world it is a commodity in short supply.  Worst of all are those sounds that drive us crazy and there is in fact a scientific reason why we recoil from unpleasant noises. There is an interaction […]

Jury out on fascia therapy

‘Myofascial release cures chronic pain’ – says who?  > Media hype would have you believe that fascia therapy is a cure-all treatment for chronic pain. It is not.  For the uninitiated, fascia* are the webs of fibrous connective tissue so beloved by chiropractors. Myofascial Release (MFR), to give this variant therapy its pseudo-medical name, claims […]

Join the social medicine revolution

Lifestyle medicine will change the way we think about health >  Tonic predicts that social medicine will be the hip therapy phrase in 2018. The concept is hardly new but it is grabbing the media’s attention, not so much as a way of solving our ills, but as a way of reducing the pressure on the […]

Complementary therapy gains respect

Supplementing mainstream healthcare  >  Well-regulated and professional complementary healthcare therapies can offer benefits both to patients and health professionals. This is the view of the CNHC’s chief executive writing in the current edition of the New Statesman. The following is an extract from that report …. ‘This month the Royal Society for Public Health will […]

First deep brain surgery using hypnosis

Hypnosis used to manage pain during brain surgery  > Surgeons have completed the world’s first deep brain surgery using hypnosis instead of an anaesthetic to control the patient’s pain. Doctors carried out the deep brain stimulation procedure to cure the 73-year-old patient’s severe trembling hands. In the six-hour operation, the brain regions which are responsible […]

Cancer – let your faith be bigger than your fear

She believed she could so she did  >  There is nothing new in the idea that that what we think and feel can affect our well-being. To quote Winston Churchill, ‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference’.  This is why mind-body therapies, such as relaxation, meditation and visualisation are being used more […]

You are not a hypochondriac – you really are ill

‘Your sickness is all in your mind’  > Your doctor may think you are a hypochondriac but it is unlikely that you will be given such a blunt diagnosis. The problem is that if there is no obvious physical cause for your symptoms, trying to get a diagnosis or effective treatment can be a nightmare. The […]

Trauma in early life changes your future

Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness  >  Living in troubled times we have become well acquainted with the term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which happens to people who have experienced something extremely frightening, or witnessed something terrible happening. People take time to get over a traumatic event, but with PTSD, suffers are unable to move […]