"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

The NHS is a much-loved institution and politicians from every party always support it. There is a constant debate about how much extra money the health service needs and political parties vie with each other to appear to be the most generous towards the cost of our healthcare needs. The questions about the NHS seem to be endless. How much extra money should we spend? How many doctors and nurses do we need? How many hospitals do we need? How should services be organised? Should we have Family Health Authorities, or Primary Care Trusts or Local Commissioning Bodies? How should GPs be paid? Which services should they offer and which services should pharmacists and dentists be paid for? These questions are debated repeatedly and changes are implemented over and over again. But, however they organise it, the budget for the health service goes up every year: it never goes down. It seems clear to me that nobody is asking the right question. All these questions are important but ultimately futile unless you can answer the most important question of them all, which is, “Why are so many people ill?”

A variety of lifestyle choices affect our health: smoking, drinking, a lack of sleep and little exercise can all have a negative impact. However, I believe that what we eat has the greatest power to make us well, or to make us ill.

The authorities tell us to count calories but that makes us think of food only in terms of energy. We should be considering our food in terms of nutrition and how different foods affect our hormones and metabolism. (Read a section from the book about calories here.)

The NHS costs £340 million every day because so many people are ill. Many of them became ill because they followed dietary advice which is completely wrong. Where did that advice come from? It came from the NHS in the form of the National Dietaery Guidelines, which are now presented as the Eatwell Guide.

On this website, we will show you how to improve your health by ignoring the out-dated fallacies, which the Eatwell Guide still clings to.