Discussion

Can we trust health advice?

On 9 February 2016, an expert panel of speakers, chaired by Andrew Neil, discussed 'Can we trust health advice?'  at The Spectator's annual health debate.

Every day we face many decisions about how to maintain a healthy life. What foods should we eat? How often should we exercise? How much alcohol is it safe to consume? Who should we turn to for health and wellbeing advice and can we really trust what health professionals and the government tell us?

The 200 members of the audience listened to both sides of the debate from the speakers:

Dr Ellie Cannon, resident GP for The Mail on Sunday and author of Keep Calm: The New Mum’s Manual
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, GP and author of The Tyranny of Health
Dr Richard Harding, member of the 1995 Inter-Departmental Working Group on Sensible Drinking
Dr Christian Jessen, broadcaster, writer and medic
Dr Max Pemberton, editor of Spectator Health
• Chris Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics, Institute of Economic Affairs

 

Speakers

Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil

Chair

Chairman of The Spectator Magazine Group

Dr Ellie Cannon

Dr Ellie Cannon

Resident GP for The Mail on Sunday

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick

GP and author of The Tyranny of Health

Dr Richard Harding

Dr Richard Harding

Member of the 1995 Inter-Departmental Working Group on Sensible Drinking

Dr Christian Jessen

Dr Christian Jessen

Broadcaster, writer and medic

Dr Max Pemberton

Dr Max Pemberton

Psychiatrist and Editor of Spectator Health

Chris Snowdon

Chris Snowdon

Head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs

Venue

IET London, Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL