Archive for Health

The Brain Pain

One theory for the etiology of unexplained chronic pain is Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS). Most physicians, surgeons and even psychiatrists don’t believe this to be a credible etiology, but some patients have responded well to treatments devised by Dr John E. Sarno.

Well worth checking out TMSHelp if you suspect this could be the cause of your pain.

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Spread the Swine Flu

A bit sick but still fun, so have a GO.

Via: Holyrood Chronicles

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How Smart is Your Right Foot?

Just try this. It is from an orthopaedic surgeon………… This will boggle your mind and you will keep trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but you can’t. It’s pre-programmed in your brain!

1. While sitting where you are at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number ‘6’ in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction!

I told you so!!! And there’s nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you’ve not already done so. Send it to your buddies to frustrate them too.

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UPDATED: Gone to the Rabid Dogs

I’ve been informed that the original news agency report, that was picked up by the main stream press, got some of the facts surround this story a little muddled. This blog post has been modified to reflect the corrections starting to appear from the main stream press. As part of the update, we’d like to point out the originally quoted BBC news article still needs to be modified (as of the 24th May) and instead point you over to the Daily Mail updated story and Guardian article that starts with a correction.

What the f&*k! It would appear we have individuals that brings street dogs from Sri Lanka to the UK. It is bizarre that UK import regulation allows this in the first place when Sri Lanka is a known hotspot for Rabies. Turns out that one of the latest batch of puppies from that very country had Rabies and may have infected three people involved in its care.

One of the individuals involved in this incident also runs a UK charity setup to help animals out in Sri Lanka. It should be made clear that the charity, Animal SOS Sri Lanka, wasn’t involved in this particular case as was reported by the main stream press and picked up by myself and the blogsphere at the time.

Now back to the main points of the blog post that were kicked off by reading the original news reports and remain substantively in their original form regardless of who may or may not have brought the infected animal into the UK….

Woof!

Rabid Dog photo

Some important questions I’d like to see answered of those individual who feel the need to import stray dogs:

1. Don’t we have enough dogs looking for homes already in the UK?

2. Why import more from a country that is known to be a Rabies hotspot?

3. Don’t we put down enough dogs in the UK every day because we can’t rehome them?

4. Are the dogs flown into the UK thereby contributing to global warming?

The saving grace behind this story is the UK’s system to keep Rabies out of Britain appears to work a treat. Kudos to the people who thought up our quarantine controls.

Now it is fingers crossed time for the three workers that they don’t go all foamy mouthed and start snarling at passing cars!

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A Public Health Announcement

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine.. .and those who don’t.

As Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) – bacteria found in faeces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

Remember: Water = Poop, Wine = Health .

Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I’m doing it as a public service

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Smoking Room Mural

Robert sent me this image last night.

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Someone fill in the hole quick!

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A Test for Old Folk

Pinksy posted this little test and I thought it was indeed quite difficult to complete, slipping up once very slightly! Have a go at it yourself…

The following was developed as a mental age assessment by the School of Psychiatry at Harvard University . Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake. The average person over 40 years of age cannot do it!

  1. This is this cat.
  2. This is is cat.
  3. This is how cat.
  4. This is to cat.
  5. This is keep cat.
  6. This is an cat.
  7. This is old cat.
  8. This is fart cat.
  9. This is busy cat.
10. This is for cat
11. This is forty cat.
12. This is seconds cat.

Now go back and read the third word in each line from the top down.

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Government Health Warning

Don’t swallow chewing gum!

People sitting on big balls

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Appendix May Have a Mission After All!

It has been common belief that the appendix had no function and people suffered no ill effect from its removal. Recent thinking has turned this on its head! This Independent Newspaper article explains all.

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Olympic Logo Causes Epileptic Fits

The London Olympic logo saga continues with a video clip being removed from the official website. Seems it is causing epileptic fits! The BBC are reporting that it has affected eight people so far and could potential affect 23,000 sufferers.

It is about time for Sir Seb to dump this logo and get a decent one that everyone can be proud of and hopefully, one that doesn’t hospitalise people!

What a fiasco!!

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Better Healthcare for Our Armed Forces

Whether you believe in or are against the wars currently raging in the Middle East, we should still support the work of our troops. In light of this, it is alarming to observe the scaling down of dedicated healthcare services for our military personnel coming home wounded and mamed. Thankfully, someone has started an e-Petition to put pressure on the government to reconsider their policy.

To quote from the e-Petition:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Bring back dedicated military hospitals and provide adequate facilities (non NHS) for members of the Armed Forces who are injured or disabled in the course of their duties.

Members of our Armed Forces take part in conflicts on the say so of the Government. The reasons for these are numerous; our Armed Forces take up the challenge and carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. It is only right that adequate facilities are provided within the Service environment to aid injured & disabled personnel. The NHS is already stretched, beds are limited and PCTs struggle to make ends meet. Is this really the best environment to treat servicemen/women who have been subjected to injuries that many of us can only imagine? A more sensible approach would be to treat these people in facilities dedicated to their needs and surrounded by their comrades. Spare capacity could be used to assist the NHS. This is a reverse of the current situation and would free up beds and ease the burden in NHS hospitals. Bringing back military hospitals can go some way to providing this service. This is a small price to pay for those people who help to protect our liberty.

Please consider signing this e-Petition.

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I’ll Never Pee Again!

Damn, this must have been really sore! Most guys will wince when you hear the victim’s story.

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We Shall Crush Them!

Found this image over on the blog of the NHS Blog Doctor. Super funny if you remember Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Iraqi Minister of Information.

The NHS Information Minister

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So You Think Your Milk is Safe?

Well be prepared to be enlightened to a potential public health disaster that could turn out to be far worse than Mad Cow Disease!

Read this article then decide for yourself:
Paratuberculosis And Crohn’s Disease: Got Milk?

Well I’m with the people who think this is true.

I’ve always been surprised by the medical professions inability to prescribe drugs and treatments that work for me. The ones they thought would work had no effect or limited effect or worse than that, made me ill in other ways as the side effects kicked in. A few times they’ve said this probably won’t work but we’ll give it a try…. guess what? Yes, they were some of the most effective treatments.

Any insurance underwriters for the dairy and farming industry may wish to reconsider risk in light of the trail of evidence slowly being built up throughout the globe. It is just a shame that some of the many parties who’d normally fund this type of research have vested interests or have been lobbied hard enough to prevent investigations by specialist researchers.

The fact that their may be a pathogen in our dairy and beef products should be enough for the major governments of the world to place massive amounts of funding into investigating causality, working on solutions and cures as appropriate.

Let me know your thoughts…

One for Barnze!