Actor and playwright Kate Mulvany was just three years old when her parents were told to pick out a coffin for their daughter because she had terminal cancer — and it was all because of a chemical weapon used in the Vietnam War.
helped work to get it banned. A part of my work I'd forgotten I'd done. Nice to get to my age and know I knew a lot of people who worked together to strive to leave the planet a little better. Mums and dads, grandparents, single adults, teenagers and even children working as an educated team can achieve a lot. We fail and allow these things to happen when we do leave it all to the governments we elect and then just sit back and accept what happens. I'm happy that people polos stopped both the Vietnam war and the use of this chemical.
Journalist Reg Upfield.
"Why not use marijuana for medical purposes?"
Impaired thinking, lung and heart affects, harm to infant in pregnancy, interference with digestive process, risk of serious mental illness. Marijuana use has also been linked to other mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts among teens. This is a drug to be medically dispensed, where medically required.
I too have studied Marijuana, Medical cannabis, and I come from a health science degree trained background. I can get quite annoyed when any drug advice is spread by social media, without citing respected research, so I'll make no health claims for the drug. The fact that this is a drug means that we should accept advice from someone trained to understand our anatomy and physiology, as well as the chemical substance we are considering using, prior to considering taking something.
Having said that, the young, the rebellious and experimental, and certainly the gullible, and those who fall for every snake oil seller telling them this stuff cures that condition, without supplying the accredited study information, will take this drug in whatever form, regardless of what I say. This is a useful, if well-controlled drug, in the same way, that opium and heroin have uses.
That does not mean that all should, or could, safely use it. It would appear that, as with those other drugs, for sufferers of medical conditions that require symptom management that cannot be achieved in by lifestyle management or safer ways, there is enormous potential benefit for the elderly and terminally ill. One needs to choose to use this drug with extreme caution to manage medical conditions for the young in our society, because the risks may outweigh any benefit.
The greatest risk with this drug is its potential to adversely alter the way the brain works in the most vulnerable, and most likely to experiment with this drug, teenagers. The brain change may be sudden, and irreversible. Well, young people risk brain damage every time they binge drink and I'll just be seen as an old wowser telling them not to exceed a safe limit, on all occasions. Do even mature women these days understand what a safe limit is?
We are a drug abusing society. I'm a rarity in that I treasure my brain function too much to be convinced by social media, or social events, to do drugs, and I'm not gullible enough to experiment with drugs. Yes, if my unwell, seventy-six-year old husband, who I care for, due to his declining health ever suffered. I'd consider any drug, that might assist. For now, he isn't suffering, so, I weigh up any drugs offered to him, and to me, to manage symptoms, and make decisions based on all the pros and cons, from reputable research, before I accept those treatments.
Do remember that those, "Scientists say," testimonials about cancer cures and the like that are spread around social media could easily be three-year eleven science students, those unqualified, "Doctors or researchers say"-without the full name of an accredited study reports are garbage. Medical cannabis will be a drug that should be prescribed and dispensed by trained professionals, and not something dispensed over social media, Certainly, you can create it yourself, but you can create ICE and other drugs too, but should we?
As for disease cure—all vegetables and fruit can cure, and people have consumed an excess of single fruit or vegetable substances said to cure terminal illness until thy have died of the substance they over consumed. Be careful claiming cures. Better to just eat a healthy diet that consider one substance is a cure for a disease and be careful with those substances that have powerful medicinal properties for all drugs—yes, all drugs, have side effects to be carefully considered.
The main reason for pharmaceutical dispensing of drugs is accuracy of dose—not something the more grower can achieve. If you are terminally ill, I don't care if you want to dose yourself. I'd sure care if you offered it to my grandson.
There are dangers when people trivialise drug use. Legalising a small amount of Marijuana, medical cannabis, for home use, in the same way that we allow for a limited amount of home brew alcohol seems reasonable, if people understand that there are always serious health risks, including some accidental brain damage ad deaths, not magic cures involved. It is a drug. There isn't any argument about that.
Isn't it wise then, given that the drug will have an effect on our mind and body, that just as alcoholic beverages are regulated, to ensure accuracy of dose, that marijuana, medical cannabis, remains that, kept for medical use where a qualified person decides that the benefits will outweigh the risks, and who has accurate research information on what it can and cannot do?
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Further independent sourced reading
Drug companies have cancelled every trial of osteoporosis drugs within two years, because it was too dangerous for the trial participants to continue. That does that tell you?
A leading magazine in the area of NATURAL HEALTH.
With such unprecedented changes upon us, we hope that the articles in our latest issue of The Art of Healing give you some relief. Our Winter issue has lots of suggestions on how to keep well during these very trying times, including how to support your immunity with Traditional Chinese Medicine; how to treat infection with iodine; and ways to help people with Alzheimer’s manage their pain.
There are lots more News and Research articles from around the world, including how letting go and thinking about our perspective might enable us to embrace new opportunities.
The article on how much strength we can gain from stillness through transcendental meditation is really not-to-be-missed. And it is quite timely that we also have a Q&A with David Bronner in this issue, CEO of the Dr Bronner’s liquid soap brand.
We also have another feature piece on Wellness Travel, and how it can decrease overtourism, and some definite Do Not Do when foraging for wild mushrooms.
Has anyone here had the intravenous bone repairing injections? I was advised to start having them soon but the potential side effects sound terrible.
I did the research and I refuse to have the treatment. I have doctors who insist I take it. Do not take any osteoporosis medication if you have hyperparathyroidism because the substance will be deposited in your soft tissues and not your bone. Even aside from that I will not take a drug that reduces my risk of a hip fracture by 2% and increases my risk of cancer by 10%.
The world health organisation warns about the risk of taking that drug.
So more walking and strength training and healthier vegetarian meals to build bones. There are no side effects.
Everyone has to make their own decisions in regards to what medications to take. Don't be influenced by the fact that I will not take them.
There are two ways the drug industry treat osteoporosis One way is to stop the bones shedding the old worn out osteocosts. That keeps the osteoclasts in place in the bone, so the bone looks' to be dense on scans. But, it is just choked up with old worn out cells that nature would have cast off - that is not healthy bone and it increases the risk of sarcoma - bone cancer - the most painful cancer.
The second treatment is to add something to the bones instead of calcium, to make them appear to be denser, to build the thickness of the osteoblasts. The body can mistake many things as calcium, strontium 90, a byproduct of the nuclear testing is one of those things and is the reason leukemia is on the increase. So these foreign substances are put into your bones. Do your research. Yes, the bones 'look' to be 80 - 90 % stronger, but, do the statistics show that they break less? The statistics I read in August, the latest figures, said 2% less, cancer rates 10% higher, and a
NO WAY will I put artificial substance in my bones that has more negs than positives. If you take osteoporosis drugs, your bones are not rebuilt with calcium or normal bone when you take those drugs. Dense bone in a bone scan ins not stronger bone if that dense substance is more brittle and prone to break that real bone.
Do a lot of research on these drugs before deciding would be my advice.
WHO has instructed the drug company that makes that injection treatment for osteoporosis that in must place a warning notice beside the benefits of taking their drug, that their drug causes cancer.
‘True Natural Health' promotes lifestyle for the prevention of illness and premature ageing, recognising that prevention is far better than cure. The magazine explains how best to achieve genuine long-term health, using drug-free self-help methods as far as is practicable, so as to achieve greater enjoyment of life and peace of mind. The publisher, the Natural Health Society of Australia is not-for-profit and was established in 1960.
I personally will not take anything than stops my body shedding old worn out osteoclasts, as that is just asking them to become diseased and cancerous. The body sheds them for a reason.
I will not take any drug that puts a foreign substance into my bones, in place of natural material, because that too has never got past the two-year mark for being safe, in trial subjects. It does not matter what the drug is.
The drug treated bones will satisfy your doctor by appearing on scans to be stronger. Long term evidence has suggested that some treatments have made bones more brittle and break more often - those were on drugs that initially reported an 11% less risk of breakage. Now, they claim 2% less hip fracture.
If the drug industry was not so mighty and powerful they would be prosecuted for putting out such a dangerous treatment. I'm sorry. I do not have one good word to say about any drug osteoporosis treatment, and neither does the World Health Organization (WHO) the international watch dog on what drug companies are doing to build their fortunes. The drugs should have been scrapped when they provide too dangerous to continue the trials beyond 2 years.
I had best say no more. This is between you and your doctor. I will not take cholesterol lowering drug, Statins either. I have never been a 'yes' compliant patient.
Grilled Barramundi and Sweet Potato MashThis is for two seniors You can increase the quantity for higher calorie needs.
This meal is an ideal one for a couple to prepare together. Nothing like a bit of togetherness in the kitchen after a swim in the thermal pool.
Reg and I love visiting hot springs, and we are a couple of hundred kilometres away from the Innot Hot Springs a natural mineral springs located between Ravenshoe and Mt Garnet on the Kennedy Highway to the hot springs of Nettle Creek. There is a sandy creek bed that bubbles with hot water and many locals and visitors come here to sit in the shallows of the creek and enjoy the healthy properties of the hot springs.
Next door is the spas and pools of the Hot Springs Village. There are seven pools to enjoy all at different temperatures. The water of the springs gets up to 75 degrees Celsius
I am not sure if we will get to Innot this trip though we most likely will be visiting a favourite hot spa area, Moree on our way home and taking in the hot artesian waters there
Our favourite hot springs is Bitter Springs where you can swim among flowering waterlilies. That is my idea of paradise. The Bitter Springs is a long flowing stream, and you can get excellent exercise by swimming upstream against the current. This is part of why I love those particular springs so much; it is a great workout in a naturally beautiful setting.
Simplifying meal preparation for travel or home.
Tonight's meal is left over roast pork from the freezer, a few almonds for extra protein, as it wasn't a main meal size serve of meat. Mixture of fresh home-grown vegetables and frozen, a dash of dry sherry, pepper and parsley-easy, Delicious and nutritious portion controlled dinner.
Corn cooked in its husk and served with soft cheese.
This list is of what is in my pantry cupboard now. The list is taken from the Michelle Bridges 12wbt program I am doing. The photos are of our caravan pantry.
Back when I ran as a part of my fitness training, it caused some concern in sleapy seaside villages in far north Queensland. I had anxious strangers turning up at our caravan last night inquiring about the perceived emergency.
People knew that my husband had gone fishing and they saw me running along the road doing one of my sprints (after I had already run several kilometres on the sand, which they had not seen), and they assumption in this lay back town was that the only reason an old plump lady would be running would be that her husband had been taken by a crocodile.
It isn’t the first time I have been greeted by blank stares when I said, ‘there was nothing wrong, I just run’.
Anzac biscuits are more than just a tasty morsel- they represent those who have sacrificed a lot for our country.
Spend time with your family and make these over the weekend – or better yet, get the kids to help make them!
2. Place golden syrup, oil and 60ml (1/4 cup) water in a medium saucepan. Heat, stirring, over a medium heat until all ingredients are well combined. Stir in bi carb of soda (mixture will bubble and foam), remove from heat.
3. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stir until well combined. With slightly wet hands, roll tablespoons of the mixture and place 3cm apart on prepared tray. Flatten slightly with a fork dipped in flour.
4. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and set aside to cool completely on the tray. Store in an airtight container.
Stock and bouillon
If you’ve done your homework, you’ve noticed that almost all soup recipes call for stock.
That’s another thing you never have to buy again. I discovered years ago that making stock is even easier than making soup. And you can make it from things most people put in the garbage! Honestly.
You know all those potato, cucumber, pumpkin and zucchini peels, pear and apple cores, onion skins, cauliflower and broccoli stalks, leek tops, plus the outer leaves of lettuce, cabbage, and the green tops of the celery that collect in your kitchen?
Instead of sending them straight to the compost, or worm farm, keep some of them in a plastic bag in the freezer.
Once you have enough to half-fill your biggest pot, it’s time to make stock.
Add some bones and a teaspoon full of vinegar to draw the minerals out of those bones, and you have the makings of highly nutritious stock. You can freeze it into single servings and use it in stews and casseroles as well as soup.
I am not adding salt, MSG and sugar to my otherwise healthy cooking.
Podravka Vegeta real gourmet stock.
Main ingredient salt. :(
Dehydrated vegetables and parsley—I will use fresh from my garden.
Monosodium Glutamate—NO thank you!
Disodium Insinuate—more salt
I make healthy stock from the scrap vegetables and bones some people throw away, I freeze and use that stock when needed.
Is an alkalizing vegetable drink, a great addition to a diet to assist with healthy bone formation and maintenance. I include this broth into my own healthy eating plan anytime I am troubled by arthritis pain for any length of time, I have always gained relief, just by returning to a more alkalizing type of diet. This in turn is very beneficial as part of my bone health action plan
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme are all antibacterial and antiviral! ...But you still need to alkalize for bone health.
To 1 1/2 quarts of water add:
2 large potatoes, chopped or sliced to approx. 1/2 inch slices
1 cup carrots, shredded or sliced
1 cup celery, chopped or shredded, leaves and all
Some Beet tops, turnip tops, parsley, onion or whatever you have from the garden (or whatever is in season at the store)
Add some fresh herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme & garlic
I also add a few red pepper seeds
You could add gravy beef if you want the flavour of beef tea or some Vegemite if you crave the salty flavour.
Cover and cook slowly for about 1/2 hour using only stainless steel, glass or earthenware utensils. Strain the broth off and cool. Serve warm or cold. If not used immediately, keep in refrigerator and warm up before serving. Give the cooked vegetables to your chickens or put them on your compost pile.
Makes about 3 servings.
This is a standard beverage for all the health spas and healing clinics in Sweden a big mug of potassium broth--a cleansing, alkalizing and mineral-rich drink.
Taken from How To Get Well by Paavo Airola, Ph.D.
This is what is taught in medical school about the effect of low-calorie dieting on metabolism. This is why 'diets FAIL, why most dieters regain the weight they lose. This is why weight management is about long-term, healthy, living, lifestyle, NOT going on a diet.
When you do not eat for a day or any other prolonged period, your body produces the energy it needs to live and move by "eating" your muscles instead. Muscle weighs more than fat, so when you step on the scale, you will see that you have lost weight.
When you are not consuming adequate nutrition, minerals, and vitamins, your body leaches these from your lean tissue body mass, effectively reducing even your bode density. 'Osteoporosis, the thinning of the bones, is often called, 'the slimmers disease,' for a good reason. The human body needs calcium and minerals for the function of it are vital organs including the heart and if insufficient nutrition is consumed the body will draw nourishment from the bones to protect the vital organs. When calories are reduced the quality of those calories is more important than ever before.
Consider, that muscle takes the most energy for your body to maintain. A person with a lot of muscle mass burns more calories per day than a similarly built person who has less muscle, even if both are just sitting on the couch watching TV.
So, when someone stops fasting, he or she will have lost weight because they have lost muscle mass. However, his or her body will now burn fewer calories per day than it did before they started fasting. If that person were to start eating again as they did before the fast, he or she would now gain weight, whereas, before the fast, they broke even and neither gained or lost.
It is quite possible that the same is true for when you eat an extremely low amount of calories per day. Your body needs energy to keep moving and living. It is not getting that energy from food, so it burns up some muscle because muscle a) provides more nutrients than fat, and b) requires more energy to maintain, energy that your body no longer has.
The belief that your body goes into starvation mode, is a simplistic way of explaining the lowering effect on your metabolism of low-calorie diets. Your body does not think "oh, no food, better lower my metabolism for a while." Your body is a machine really; it does not think much of anything at all. Eating too little, however, does lower your metabolism because your body is eating up its muscle mass. This is not a temporary change, though, as the words "starvation mode" may lead you to believe. The lowering of your metabolic rate will be permanent until you exercise to build back the muscle you have lost.