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Posted: 29/11/2014 at 22:37

Evening all. Just back from town, saw Cinderella by the Northern Ballet at the Lyceum. Slightly different to the story I know, but very good.

Slipped in a cheeky little curry before, so all in all, a good evening.

Bottle of red anyone?


Posted: 29/11/2014 at 09:54

Dove, Calcium is very sensible, especially in women of a certain age [ not relevant here as you are all 27 ], in that Oestrogen is essential for Calcium to be absorbed, so that as Oestrogen levels fall, so does Calcium.

Vitamin D is very interesting. Dietary Vit. D is not enough for healthy levels, sunlight is essential for part of the process. With the modern obsession of covering up in the sun, people in less sunny places are now starting to develop Rickets. 


Posted: 29/11/2014 at 09:23

Morning all.

I have written here before on some of the more " alternative " therapies, acupuncture has been of enormous personal benefit.

The issue of vitamins, supplements is however a very different matter, with a huge amount of unsubstantiated claims being made. This would be fine, if it was not for the vast amount of money that people were being conned out of.

If you take Vitamin C for example. It is a water soluble vitamin, and large number of trials have shown, that if taken in doses over 100mg. a day, the extra will all just appear in the urine. 100mg, is far less than the amount ingested in an average diet.

Selenium is more interesting, as it does have an effect on the immune system, and diets in the UK are quite low, compared with Canada and the US. The main source being wheat, and for some reason our wheat has less than their wheat.

For several years we used to supplement the nutrition of patients on ICU for this reason. However a recent well conducted clinical trial found that, there was an increase in the numbers of people developing tumours in the Selenium supplemented group.

I could bore for England on this subject, but think I should probably stop now. I think we should all be aware of the effect " Big Pharma " has on all of this. 

Once again. SORRY.

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 22:20

Spot on GemmaJF.

Once again. SORRY.

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 20:46

" Back off, I'm a scientist " quote from which movie?


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 20:41

I am desperate to comment on the vitamins / zinc / selenium, but I am not going to!


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 08:08

Morning all.

Carnage at the SM. Arrived at 7.00 as normal, car park heaving, and I am thinking what? Bloody Black Friday , that's what. At least they opened another till for them.

Have a good day everyone.

DD, I wish I was wise. Usually it is only after the event.


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 17:37

There was a philosopher in the Middle Ages called Buridan,  after who the concept of Buridans Ass was developed. It was a donkey equally hungry and thirsty, who was placed half way between a bale of hay and a bucket of water. It died of hunger and thirst.

It is supposed to show, that sometimes when we are spoilt for choice, we find it impossible to make any decision


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 14:44

Love the persuasive argument I could put to OH for buying a new greenhouse.

Don't be too shocked, but I dragged myself to the gym, must be at least the 2nd. time I have been in the last 6 months. Should seriously consider cancelling my membership, I could buy a lot of plants with the money I saved. 

Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 12:15

Love your story Dove, it must have been quite an adventure.

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