Health Opinions

Level: Advanced

Topic: Health & Medicine

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Opinions on health

Make a true sentence about health and fitness, for example using one of the words below. 
Does your partner have the same opinions, experiences, etc?

Ask about any words which you don’t understand or couldn’t use, working together to 
come up with an opinion each time.

Funding and doing medical research discussion

Discuss (public, private, academic and charity) medical research and funding of medical 
research as a class. 

Where should (most) funding for medical research come from? Where should (most of) 
that money go?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of public, private, academic and charity 
organisations funding and doing medical research?

Is there any difference in the kinds of research that governments and NGOs should do 
and fund, and research that should be left to the private sector?

Read a description of a medical research non-profit and discuss:
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Would you give money to this organisation?

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Would you be happy for your government, company, etc to give money to this 
organisation?

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What sort of research do you think this organisation should do?

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Topics column 1

Topics column 2

Abortion(s)

Acne/ Teenage spots/ Zits

ADHD/ Hyperactive children

(Medical/ Lifestyle) advice (pamphlets, 

blogs, podcasts, Doctor Google, etc)

(Dietary/ Animal/ Environmental) 

allergies (hay fever, etc)

Alternative therapies (acupuncture, 

homeopathy, moxibustion, herbalism, 

Ayurveda, etc)

Anti-oxidants

Antibacterial soaps/ materials/…

Antibiotics

Arthritis

Baby boomers

(Lower/ Upper) back pain 

Birth control/ Family planning (the pill, 

the coil, condoms, etc)

(High/ Low) blood pressure

Body image problems/ Eating 

disorders (anorexia, bulimia, body 

dysmorphia)

Bugs/ Germs (bacteria, fungi, viruses, 

superbugs such as MRMA, etc)

(Empty/ Kilo-) calories

(Lung/ Stomach/ Bowel/ Breast/ 

Prostrate) cancer/ Carcinogens 

(Complex) carb(ohydrarate)s (starch, 

sugar, etc)

(International) (healthcare/ medical) 

Diet/ Dieting (paleo, Atkins, calorie 

counting, Weight Watchers, etc)

Digestion (constipation, diarrhoea/ the 

runs/ the trots, indigestion, etc) 

(Mental/ Physical) disabilities

Dizziness

(Blood/ Organ) donors/ donation

(IV) drips

(Generic/ Prescription/ Non-

prescription/ Over-the-counter/ Soft/ 

Hard) drugs

Drug companies/ Big pharma

E-cigarettes/ Vaping

Epidemics/ Pandemics

(Light/ Strenuous/ Aerobic) exercise

(Health) fad(s)

(Trans/ Saturated/ Unsaturated) fats

Fertility treatment (surrogate mothers, 

test tube babies, sperm donation, etc)

(High) fever/ Temperature

(Dietary) fibre

First aid (first aid kits, mouth-to-mouth 

resuscitation, etc)

Five a day

Flu/ Influenza

Folk medicine

Hangover (cure)s

Headaches/ Migraines

Health scares

Heart problems

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charities/ NGOs/ NPOs/ organisations 

(MSF, Red Cross, WHO, etc)

(Good/ Bad/ High/ Low) cholesterol

(Common) cold/ Sniffle (cough, sore 

throat, sneezing, blocked up/ runny 

nose, etc)

(Drug/ Medical) costs/ expenses/ fees/ 

prices

DNA (testing)/ Gene therapy/ Stem 

cells 

Dementia (Alzheimer’s, etc)

Detoxing/ Juicing

Drug regulations (FDA, etc)

Hiccups/ Hiccoughs

Hormones (endorphins, oestrogen, 

etc)

Hospices/ Nursing homes

Hypochondriacs/ Hypochondria

Immune system (white blood cells, etc)

Infections

Injections/ Jabs/ Inoculation/ 

Vaccination(s)

(Life/ National/ Private health/ Private 

medical) insurance

Itching/ Itchiness

Keyhole surgery

Lifestyle diseases (diabetes, gout, 

blood pressure, etc)

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Topics column 3

(Optional) opinions

(Medical) marihuana

Masks

Medical technology (X-rays, MRI, endoscopes, laser

surgery, etc)

(Randomised) (double blind) medical trials 

(Male) menopause 

Mental health problems (bi-polar, chronic 

depression, schizophrenia, etc)

Metabolic syndrome

Mind over matter

Nutrition (protein, vitamins, minerals, etc)

Obesity

Outpatient care

(Chronic/ Mild) pain relief/ Painkillers (aspirin, 

paracetamol, ibuprofen, opiates, etc)

(Online) pharmacies/ chemists/ drug stores

Pregnancy/ Childbirth/ Maternal care (ante-natal 

care, caesarean, post-natal care, etc)

Private healthcare (providers/ research/ 

organisations)

Public healthcare (providers/ research/ policy)

Radiation/ Radiotherapy

(Funding for) (medical/ biotech/ biological) research

RSI

Salt/ Sodium

Side effects

Skin problems (rashes, eczema, etc)

Sleeping problems (insomnia, snoring, sleep 

walking, sleeping tablets, sleep apnoea, etc)

Smoking/ Tobacco/ Cigarettes

should(n’t)…

(un)acceptable

addictive

all in the head

ban

con/ fraud/ scam

control

counterproductive

crime

crucial/ essential/ vital

danger/ dangerous

discredited

exaggerated/ overblown

fake/ sham

good value for money

imaginary

(un)important

impossible to (dis)prove

increase

inevitable

legalise

naïve

overestimated

overpriced

overprescribed

over…

(just) the placebo effect

(major/ minor/ trivial) 

problem/ issue

(scientifically) (un/dis)proven

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Spiritual healing (reiki, etc)

Sports injuries (sprains/ strains, etc)

Steroids

Stiff shoulders

Stimulants

Stress (relief)

Surgery/ Operations

(Psycho/ Occupational) therapy

(Chronic) tiredness

Traditional (Chinese) medicine

Treating yourself

Tropical diseases (dengue fever, malaria, etc)

pseudoscience

psychosomatic

quack

(de)regulate(d)

ridiculous

a scandal/ scandalous

scaremongering

superstition

(major) threat

underestimated

under…

understandable

useful

valuable

worth...

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