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Heart disease is our number one killer, so my message to all middle aged people living in the western world is this. Find it before it finds you! Having analysed food for nutrients with evidence for their beneficial and adverse effects, I wrote 'Eat to your Heart's Content' and 'HeartSense' as a less technical, paperback version. Both books answer the questions:

  1. How do I choose foods that are good for my heart and circulation? There is more to it than fats in food.
  2. How can I detect heart disease early? (Most people think that blood cholesterol provides the best early detection test for heart disease - they are wrong). Learn which tests are best.
  3. How can I survive our major silent killer - artery furring or atherosclerosis? What causes it, and how should it be treated. The role of smoking, alcohol, exercise, sleep and stress is discussed.

Here are just a few of my conclusions:

  1. Detecting artery 'furring' (atherosclerosis) should be part of every screening examination, and is essential for anyone thought to have coronary artery disease.
  2. Sunflower oil is better for you than olive oil.
  3. Exercise will half your chance of heart disease.
  4. Smoking doubles your chance of heart disease.

Forget the ever-changing hearsay about food and lifestyle issues - learn the facts.

My latest book is listed below and is about winning weight loss battles. I have published one book about the state of the NHS and two books about food and the heart. The important question to ask is this. Which foods are good for the heart and arteries, and which are bad? Two other books about medical practice are now in print.



I have two books in preparation (Sep 2023). One is being edited, the other I am still writing.

The Doctor's Apprentice - at edit stage

‘The Doctor's Apprentice' is about the art and science of medicine for doctors, medical students, carers and all medical professionals.

The art of medicine is being eroded in favour of the science of medicine. There is a reason for this. The results of science can easily be used by the legions of corporate executives who run the NHS. Since the art of medicine cannot be measured, it cannot be controlled.

The focus of the book is how best to manage every medical case as if they were a VIP. The contents list can be seen here. You can read the start of the Introduction thereafter.

Essential Cardiology - in writing

I am writing a book for medical students: Essential Cardiology. It is difficult for medical students to become proficient in cardiology. They need experience to examine patients meaningfully, to read ECGs, and then interpret what these mean. Many students qualify with no more than a basic understanding. My book is full of tips and tricks to help them understand the specialty.

The NHS.  Our Sick Sacred Cow - September 2023

This is an exposé of a medical profession in the UK. Why is it dysfunctional, and why is the NHS failing to provide effective medical care for UK citizens and become unfit for purpose?

One reason is that traditional medical culture in the UK has been eroded and replaced by the corporate culture of executives with MBAs. It is they who now direct what nurses and doctors are allowed to do for patients.

Fifty years ago, when the NHS was rightly revered, it was doctors and nurses who dictated to bureaucrats what they needed to serve patients.

Please click on the image to download my e-book straight to your inbox for only £5.99.

Latest Book ‘Who Loses Wins’ - Winning Weight Loss Battles

How to Become Heart-Smart

November 2023

A User’s Guide to Heart Health and Heart Disease Prevention.

Have you ever witnessed the devastating impact of heart disease or a stroke on a loved one?

If your Mum or Dad have heart disease, you have a 4:1 chance yourself of getting the same.

Learn how to detect heart disease really early, and how to protect yourself and your family.

Please click on the image to download my e-book straight to your inbox for only £4.99.

WHO LOSES WINS (March 2024)


A ‘Fit Mentality’ versus a ‘Fat Mentality’

The calories we eat, and the calories we use while exercising, are the focus of every book on dieting and slimming, but typically, one key topic is missing - mentality. What drives some of us to become overweight and to fail repeatedly to lose weight, and what drives others to be slim, fit and athletic. Without suppressing our 'Fat Mentality', every weight-loss strategy is bound to last only a short time.

Psychologically, we all have a 'Fat Mentality' and 'Fit Mentality'. These two components of our eating and exercise mindset co-exist, and are forever in opposition. The 'Fat Mentality' promotes our inactivity, self-indulgence and weight gain; our 'Fit Mentality' drives our desire for activity and the disciplined control of everything we do. Because they direct what we eat, and what exercise we choose to do, they will affect our body weight.

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