Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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I have a theory about why men don’t go to the doctor, even when their body is sending them every possible signal that now – right now, please – would be a really good time to seek medical advice. It isn’t primarily because they’re scared to confront the truth. It’s because after millennia of hunter-gatherer conditioning, their ancestors are shouting at them through their DNA to tough it out. Either you shrug off that mauling...

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Visit any of the shisha cafes in the cities of the Gulf states and it isn’t hard to see why smoking tobacco through a water pipe is becoming increasingly popular among the young people of the region,  locals and expats alike. After all, what’s not to like about kicking back in a trendy waterside cafe with friends, watching the sun go down over the Gulf and listening to cool sounds as you pass the hose and...

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Very little is known about the Christian community that settled on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi in the 7th century, co-existing for a century or more with their Muslim neighbors even as Islam spread across the entire Arabian peninsula. But following the opening to the public in June of the archaeological site of the community’s church and monastery it is clear that in this, the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, the...

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The sun’s rays are all our bodies need to generate the vitamin D that is so essential to our health and, as anyone currently bracing for yet another long hot summer in the region knows all too well, there is no shortage of those in the Gulf. So why is it that the Middle East and North Africa region consistently has some of the highest rates of vitamin D deficiency in the world and, as a...