Welcome to Shandwell - Strategic Health and Wellbeing


I’m John Picken and thank you for visiting the Shandwell website.

Shandwell’s purpose is to help make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the working age population. 

The demographics of this population are changing as is the understanding that physical and mental health are intrinsically linked.  To address these changes and associated risks effectively, there needs to be much greater emphasis on education, prevention and early intervention.

I hope you find what you read here interesting and useful. If you have any comments or ideas, I’d be very pleased to hear from you.

John Picken

Surprising Guesswork

Last week I met up with two longstanding friends. Both well educated and in high profile jobs. When the conversation turned to my interest in

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Menopause Brain

I found this interview with Dr Nicola Gates compelling and insightful. It covers the following: – How women’s hormones change and signal the bookend to

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Mandated Covid Vaccinations

I feel sick to the stomach every time I read about previously healthy individuals, at no statistically meaningful risk from Covid, being seriously injured or

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