The real benefits of STEP

Having spent a couple of years reading and retweeting numerous homages to exercise, and detailing its immense benefits to patients, I finally had to confess to myself that while I agreed with, approved of, applauded and condoned exercise in all forms, I didn’t actually do much myself.  Just because I stand watching kids play football…

Just what is “magical thinking”?

  I’ve been hearing the phrase “magical thinking” for a few years now, ever since I began to take an interest in what skeptics were saying about alternative medicine.   It’s generally a derogatory term, the ‘magical’ bit seeming to be the antithesis of sensible science, which uses “critical” thinking.(1)  And then just recently, I…

The Placebo Response: Time to come out of the shadows

While I have been gaily writing blogs on any passing topic that piques my interest, I am all too well aware that I can only do this because I stand on the shoulders of all those osteopaths (and other manual therapists)  who spend considerable time and intellectual effort doing the sterling groundwork necessary to create…

How to avoid complaints (part 3)

For me the worst thing about a complaint would be the feeling that someone was aggrieved or felt injured or upset by something I’d done, but going through the Fitness to Practise process would come a close second, and some osteopaths are truly hollowed out by the experience.  It is something to avoid as much…

Do we really need the GOsC?

OK.  Now I’ve got your attention, I can confess.  This is not going to be an entertaining post-Handoll diatribe against the GOsC, but my slightly nerdy effort to alert to you to the fact that the GOsC’s days could be numbered, and you, yes you!, can help decide the future of how we are regulated.…

The Lightning Process – it works!

It’s not often that I have just met one of the key players in a medical media story, but this was the interesting situation I found myself in a couple of weeks ago when the SMILE Trial into the efficacy of a treatment for teenagers with non-severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome hit the news.   Only a couple…

LCOM: a place where doctors go to become osteopaths.

There’s a charming building in the heart of that quietly fashionable part of London called Marylebone, where you can find medical doctors training to become osteopaths. The college is called the London College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is run by the Osteopathic Trusts, which was founded by American osteopaths in 1931 to train doctors in…