I have been interested in promoting fairer economic systems and
ways of government since university, but it took a brain tumour
in 1984 and two years convalescence to make the opportunity and
space needed in my life to turn words into action. Raising awareness
of the many factors
affecting our health became a consuming interest.
I became a Green Party activist
in 1985, eventually serving on the Party's Executive for eight
years between 1987 and 1999. Over the same period, I directed
the national medical charity Action for M.E. for three years
and worked as course development manager for the Yoga for Health
Foundation for three years. Whilst working at the Foundation
I qualified as a yoga teacher.
In 2001 I moved Green
Health Watch Magazine
from Bristol to Forres (near Inverness, in Scotland) in order
to be closer to my daughter, Amber, and am now her principal carer.
I continue to work with Jenny (in Bristol) by telephone and email.
Developing Green Health Watch Magazine, looking after Amber and
developing my songwriting, musical and performance skills are
now my main occupations.
My focus on human health in an environmental context comes from
my belief that much of the destruction and pollution of nature
wouldn’t happen if every human life was valued. Classist
and racist attitudes, in particular, make it easier for businesses
and Governments to decide that some human lives are worth less
than others and for the rest of us to go along with it. I believe
that, if we took better care of our health and each other as
a species, the biodiversity of our planet would automatically
My interest in all aspects of
health led me to train and qualify as an acupuncturist, and
has developed further since contracting M.E., as I research
the possible underlying causes of such a mystifying disease.
At present I live and work in Bristol where I am also exploring
the potential of Qi Gong (an ancient Chinese energy practice)
as a self-healing method.
I am also interested in the
potential of local community as an antidote to our increasingly
'multinational' lifestyles and am the chairperson of a new housing
co-op. I am involved in group work that looks at power dynamics
between people, and belong to a counselling network which works
with people to heal from the hurts of oppression.
Nick researched, wrote and published the first edition of
Health Watch Magazine
from his home in Glastonbury
in March 1995. At that time it was called Health Facts
and Fiction, a simple black and white photocopied
document. The magazine was well received and editor and researcher
Jenny Spinner came on board for the second and all subsequent
From the second edition through
to edition 17, the magazine was called Environment
& Health News, graduating from photocopied document
to printed journal, then relaunched as
Green Health Watch Magazine
2000 (edition 18). From edition 27, the magazine has sported a
full-colour cover to give it a higher profile in shops and other
Health Watch Magazine is
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formats (PDF and plain email text).
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