Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How did she break her arm?

Well, you will find out by reading this amusing true story. We tend to be amused by somebody else’s misfortunes or accident. The Germans have a word for it’ it is called “Schadenfreude,”  meaning: delight in another person's misfortune. However, here we have double trouble; this is not a tragic story and you should get a chuckle from it, which we need from time to time to brighten our day, in this case at the expense of another person’s misfortune.

Even if you aren't a skier, you'll be able to appreciate the humour of the slopes as written by a New Orleans newspaper. - Werner

A friend just got back from a holiday skiing trip to Utah with the kind of story that warms the cockles of anybody's heart. Conditions were perfect...12 below, no feeling in the toes, basic numbness all over........the "Tell me when we're having fun" kind of day.
One of the women in the group complained to her husband that she was in dire need of a rest room. He told her not to worry, that he was sure there was relief waiting at the top of the lift in the form of a powder room for female skiers in distress. He was wrong, of course and the pain did not go away.
If you've ever had nature hit its panic button in you, then you know that a temperature of 12 below doesn't help matters.
With time running out, the woman weighed her options. Her husband, picking up on the intensity of the pain, suggested that since she was wearing an all-white ski outfit, she should go off in the woods and no one would even notice. He assured her, "The white will provide more than adequate camouflage." So she headed for the tree line, began lowering her ski pants and proceeded to do her thing.
If you've ever parked on the side of a slope, then you know there is a right way and wrong way to set your skis so you don't move. Yup, you got it!!! She had them positioned the wrong way.
Steep slopes are not forgiving...even during the most embarrassing moments. Without warning, the woman found herself skiing backward, out-of-control, racing through the trees.......somehow missing all of them and onto another slope. Her derriere and the reverse side were still bare, her pants down around her knees, and she was picking up speed all the while. She continued backwards, totally out-of-control, creating an unusual vista for the other skiers. The woman skied back under the lift and finally collided violently with a pylon.
The bad news was that she broke her arm and was unable to pull up her ski pants. At long last her husband arrived, putting an end to her "nudie show," and then summoned the ski patrol. They transported her to a hospital.
While in the emergency room, a man with an obviously broken leg was put in the bed next to hers. "So, how did you break your leg?" she asked, making small talk. "It was the stupidest thing you ever saw," he said. "I was riding up this ski lift and suddenly, I couldn't believe my eyes! There was this crazy woman skiing backward, out-of-control, down the mountain, with her bare bottom hanging out of her pants. I leaned over to get a better look and fell out of the lift."
"So, how did you break your arm?? He asked
My thought for today. – Werner
Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.  ~Arnold Glasow

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Dispensing with Fluoride.

The following article comes from a highly respectable research based group of real professionals. This interesting article was written by a person who grew up in a town where the water was fluoridated, yet he had a mouthful of amalgam fillings. Wouldn’t this give a message to our Australian politicians, who are hell-bent on disposing China’s toxic waste product from the fertiliser and aluminium industries through our drinking water systems without any benefits? Yet interestingly; China will not allow fluoridating their drinking water.

Here is a good video explaining "The Fluoride Deception" for the uninformed. Click here.

A Chemist declares fluoride to be 'one of the greatest public health threats of modern times.'  Click here to see what he says. – Werner

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Dispensing with Fluoride.
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, May 7, 2012
Editorial by Andrew W. Saul

(OMNS May 7, 2012) As a child, there was nothing I liked about going to the dental dispensary, with the possible exception of the large tropical fish aquarium in the waiting room. This was a distraction to what was coming: three hours in a vast hall containing a double line of black dental chairs and a matching double line of white-clad dental students. And that, as a six-year-old, is where I first met fluoride on a regular basis. After a free cleaning and checkup (the reason my cost-conscious parents had me go there, and the reason it literally took three hours to complete), fluoride was applied to my teeth with a swab. I remember both the smell (acrid) and the taste (astringent). I actually looked forward to the fluoride treatment, simply because it was the last thing they did to me before I was allowed to leave.
Did it work? Probably not. In addition to my regular topical fluoride treatments, I lived in a city with fluoridated water and was raised on fluoridated toothpaste. And I had a mouthful of amalgam by high-school graduation.

Controversy? What Controversy?
In the late 1970s, as a young parent, I became aware of the National Fluoridation News, published in the still largely unknown town of Gravette, Arkansas (pop 2,200). For a very small donation, I received a boxful of back issues by return mail. In addition to this generosity, what surprised me about the NFNews was the high caliber of its content. Most of the non-editorial articles were well referenced and the work of well qualified scientists. This was something of a poser, for as a college biology major, I had been thoroughly schooled in the two Noble Truths of Fluoridation: 1) that fluoride in drinking water would reduce tooth decay by 60-65% and 2) that anyone who disagreed with this view was a fool. Yes, I had seen the movie Dr. Strangelove, and yes, I knew how to read an ADA endorsement on a toothpaste label.

Not long after this, my penchant for reading toothpaste labels paid off. There it was, printed right on the back of the tube: "Children should only use a 'pea-sized' portion of fluoride toothpaste when they brush." I had two toddlers, and this caught my interest. Looking into it, I learned that small children swallow a considerable quantity of toothpaste when they brush, perhaps most of it.

Anyone who has watched television at all could not have failed to see toothpaste ads. They always showed the brush loaded, with decorative overhang tips flared out on each end. When "AIM" brand toothpaste first came out, I distinctly remember toothpaste being displayed in two or even three layers on the brush. The number of children that used the product so generously, and swallowed half of it, will likely remain unknown. As for me, I immediately switched my family to toothpaste with no fluoride in it. As for toothpaste labels, they rather quickly were re-written. 

They now read:
"If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately."

But all children swallow more than is used for brushing. The only question is, how much? The US Centers for Disease Control states:
"Fluoride toothpaste contributes to the risk for enamel fluorosis because the swallowing reflex of children aged less than 6 years is not always well controlled, particularly among children aged less than 3 years. Children are also known to swallow toothpaste deliberately when they like its taste. A child-sized toothbrush covered with a full strip of toothpaste holds approximately 0.75-1.0 g of toothpaste, and each gram of fluoride toothpaste, as formulated in the United States, contains approximately 1.0 mg of fluoride. Children aged less than 6 years swallow a mean of 0.3 g of toothpaste per brushing and can inadvertently swallow as much as 0.8 g." [1, emphasis added]

For children age 6 and under, that is an average swallow of a third of the toothpaste they use, and a possibility of inadvertently swallowing 80% or more. There is about a milligram of fluoride in a single "serving" of toothpaste. I am calling it a "serving" because fluoride in toothpaste is regulated as if it were a food, not a drug. How is this true? Adding even less than one milligram of fluoride to a single serving of children's vitamins instantly makes them a prescription drug. It is truly odd that fluoride toothpaste remains an over-the-counter product.

Into the Schools.
When my children were in grade school, the local dental college (the people who brought us the dispensary I went to as a young boy) interested our school district in a research project. Our town's public water was under local control and un-fluoridated, unlike the city nearby. So the idea was to administer fluoride rinses to schoolchildren, during the school day, and then count caries. We were asked to sign a permission letter, which emphasized likely benefits and glossed over any hazards. Remembering what youngsters did with sweet toothpaste, I made a guess that they'd swallow a saccharin-laced rinse about as well. We chose to not sign. But I did check the box to receive results of the study. It ultimately came in the form of a letter, saying that the results were disappointingly inconclusive: no evidence that fluoride rinses helped our unfluoridated-water-drinking community. I am unaware that the study was published.

That is not especially surprising. Shutting out access to balanced scientific discussion of fluoridation is alive and well. . . and taxpayer supported. Negative fluoride studies and reviews are hardly abundant on PubMed/Medline. One does not need to be a conspiracy theorist to observe that the US National Library of Medicine refuses to index the journal Fluoride. [2] Censorship is conspicuously aberrant behavior for any public library.

No Discussion.
About 15 years ago, our town's public water supply was annexed by the nearby metropolis. Aside from a rate increase, the only other, barely detectable change to our bill was a one-time typed legend at the bottom of it that fluoride has now been added to the water. There had been no vote, and there had not even been any discussion. Communities coast-to-coast know that this is not at all uncommon. Four glasses of fluoridated tap water contain about as much fluoride as a prescription dose does. Not only is fluoridated water nonprescription, it is even more certain to be swallowed than toothpaste. Being over 6 years of age means better control over swallowing reflexes, thus limiting ingestion of fluoride from toothpaste. There is no such accommodation for drinking water.

Evidence-based medicine requires evidence before medicating. Fluoridation of water is not evidence-based. It has not been tested in well-controlled studies. Fluoridation of public water is a default medication, since you have to deliberately avoid it if you do not want to take it. A person's daily intake of fluoride simply from drinking an average quantity of fluoridated tap water, fluoridated bottled water, and beverages produced or prepared with fluoridated water can easily exceed the threshold for what your druggist would rightly demand a prescription for. Fluoride in toothpaste and mouth rinses also is medication. It may be intended as topical, but the reality is different. No matter how it may be applied in their mouths, young children are going to swallow it. Indeed, most of the public and the dental profession already have.

To see the references click here and go to the bottom of the article.

Here is very easy to read document and you do not need a science degree to understand that this is probably the most damming report on fluoride ever be produced. It has significant implications for every politician, every health officer and every dentist in all English speaking countries that support the compulsory fluoridation of public water supplies. To read it click here.

Fluoride free Ottawa Canada. Click here.

My quote for today. Werner

"Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century, if not of all time."--Robert Carton, Ph.D. former US EPA scientist.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The eggplant an “eggcellent” health food.

The eggplant is a member of the nightshade family; it's related to the potato and tomato. Though commonly thought of as a vegetable, eggplant is actually a fruit, specifically a berry. Whatever you want to call it – it is good and healthy. Following is the text taken from an interesting PowerPoint presentation about the eggplant’s nutrients for good health.

This is followed by some interesting eggplant recipes from my friend, Barbara, and our granddaughter Renee. Perhaps you would like to share your eggplant recipes on this forum. - Werner

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Do you know that eggplant and cholesterol are closely related?
There are 3 kinds of Eggplant, namely green, white and purple; all have the same capabilities.

Eggplant contains vitamins A, B1, B2, C and fat proteins.  Scientific experiments indicate eggplant is rich in Vitamin P.  To learn more about vitamin “P” click here.

Each kg of eggplant contains up to 7200 mg of vitamin P.
  Within the popular health food category, it is described as outstanding.
Vitamin P can enhance the adhesion between human cells, lower cholesterol, and maintain the tenacity of microvascular (blood capillary). 

For the elderly, eating eggplant can inhibit vascular sclerosis; at the same time lower high blood pressure and has the special features of microtubule breakdown prevention.
In the American medical profession “The 12 Laws of lowering cholesterol", eggplant ranked the FIRST.

In fact, eggplant not only can lower cholesterol & high blood pressure, soften blood vessels but also contain anti-cancer ingredients.  It is known in modern science that eggplant contain “Solanine“.  “Solanine" can inhibit the proliferation of tumour in the digestive system.  Experts recommend cancer patient to eat eggplant as a regular food.

Eggplant, in the diet category, has more value than above-stated; it also can control hemoptysis, age spots, bad hyperlipidemia and also has certain effectiveness on gout patients.

The best way to eat eggplant is - preferably not fried.  Rinse the eggplant, cut it into slices, and put it into the rice bowl and steam.  On serving, stir it with chopped ginger & spring onion, garlic, sesame oil; add a little vinegar and soy sauce. 
It is a colourful, delicious & flavour cuisine and, also is a healthy food for the elderly!
Read more about eggplant. Click here.
For an interesting video click here.

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Here is what Barbara writes.  I quote: I'm impressed with all the benefits of eating eggplant.  It is also a very attractive looking vegetable.  

I cook this vegetable in a number of ways - Ratatouille is one dish I cook frequently, which contains, zucchini, eggplant, capsicum, fresh tomato, basil, parsley diced onion & crushed garlic  It is all cooked in one pot and with very little olive oil just enough to brown all the vegetables initially.  There is no water added as it is gently simmered until tender and the lovely juices of the vegetables along with the fresh herbs give it a glorious flavour.  It is a delicious dish in its own right or as an accompaniment to any meat dish.
Moussaka, is another eggplant dish I cook.  I slice the eggplant length ways, lightly brush with olive oil and place the slices on a oven paper lined baking tray and bake until a light golden brown.  In meantime I have cooked a bolognaise sauce and also a B├ęchamel sauce (white sauce with freshly grated parmesan cheese etc,) then I lightly grease a baking tray with olive oil, place a layer of eggplant.  Then bolognaise then more eggplant (just like lasagne is made) and top it off with B├ęchamel then sprinkle some cinnamon pdr on top and bake at 180degrees (fan-forced) oven for approximately 20 minutes until the top is a soft golden brown.  It's delicious! There are so many delicious ways to cook this attractive vegetable....I also stuff them.  And I make a delicious pickle with the small banana shaped ones. Unquote. 

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And here is what our granddaughter, Renee does with eggplant.

She dices eggplants and then fries them in a bit of olive oil with some onion, adds kale and steams that for a while.  Then stirs it into cooked pasta with a jar of basil pesto; adds some grated  cheese on top. Yummy!
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My thought for today. – Werner
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. - La Rochefoucauld
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