What happens when a treatment has a 5% mortality rate and no one's making anything better? I recently finished reading Prof. Peter Kennedy's book 'The Fatal Sleep'. It tells the story of Human African Trypanosomiasis (African Sleeping Sickness). HAT is one of the WHO's neglected tropical diseases. The disease is complex, but in the late … Continue reading Are drugs the silver lining of colonialism?
Dutch company, The Gift Label, have produced a range of soap and lotions, with labels on featuring phrases such as 'You Look Damn Good'. Is this just cute marketing, or could there be something more to it?I don't know if you remember Dove's great viral marketing campaign, about beauty patches? Women were given patches to … Continue reading Everyday placebos
15 unexpected and interesting facts about the placebo effect
In 2016, Michael Murphy did an amazing TED Talk on Architecture for Healing. He discusses architecture as a means for physical healing, for preventing further disease and for healing nations. His inspiring talk, left me wishing to hear more. One of the key places Michael Murphy talks about is the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda. … Continue reading Michael Murphy on architecture for healing
Centuries ago, people knew that architecture affected health. But we seem to have neglected this in more recent history, as less precedence is given to health and psychology and more is given to finance and eco-friendly, groundbreaking design. I'm not saying that these are bad things to consider, but with an ageing population and increasing … Continue reading What architects can learn from psychoneuroimmunology
On this International Day of the Girl, I'm reminded of one of the founding principles of Yekize: we believe that no one should be held back in life, because of access to medicine. Put simply, how many Frida Kahlo's, Amelia Earhart's, Marie Curie's, Ada Lovelace's, Mary Cassat's and Heddy Lamarr's are lost because they lack … Continue reading Change a life, change the world
To put people into boxes is human. We commonly categorise people by nationality, ethnicity, age, hair colour, class, educational level, job etc. These categories, bring people together, but they also divide. So why don't we take ourselves out of these boxes, and instead, take a look at what makes us human and how we can … Continue reading Unbox and find a shared purpose