Monday Musings…23rd January 2023…Fitness Update…Natural Antibiotics…Echinacea, Toadzilla,Trans Fats and the problem with rice!

Welcome to Monday Musings where my muse pinpoints anything exciting or unusual I have read, seen or experienced during the last week it could be anything that piques my interest…

Natural Antibiotics that work…Echinacea

Pharmaceutical antibiotics are one of the world’s greatest inventions…however, they are often over-prescribed and people get immune to them. They are great for bacterial infections and even for treating some parasites but because of misuse and overuse people build up resistance to them…

Echinacea is known for its antibiotic properties as well as being a popular remedy for colds and flu…Echinacea is available in many forms, including tea, juice, tablet and supplements…As always make sure you consult your doctor before starting to take any supplement.

Archaeologists have found evidence that Native Americans may have used echinacea for more than 400 years to treat infections and wounds, and as a general “cure-all.” using the root, leaves, and flowers of the plant in traditional herb remedies. Its popularity waned with the discovery of synthetic antibiotics. But, there is a growing interest again in the herb because of problems with the effectiveness of specific antibiotics against some bacteria.

Echinacea is effectively used against a variety of infections such as septicemia (infections of the bloodstream), tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, and urinary tract infections…indeed some 18 plus years ago my daughter was advised by her oncologist to take echinacea as he thought it could help to keep her white cell count from going too low he explained that nothing had been proved but many of ladies were taking it and it appeared to be beneficial she took his advice and her white blood count did indeed not drop too low to stop her treatment was it the echinacea we don’t know but her oncologist stressed it would not do any harm to take it … studies are still ongoing…Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that boost immune function…I was impressed with him as he was obviously looking beyond traditional medicines and agreed that traditional medicine and plant medicines could work together hand in hand.

It is important to choose a high-quality echinacea supplement and to use echinacea as early as possible in the course of a cold, with multiple doses per day for the first few days. Talk to your healthcare provider for recommendations…as always there are many unscrupulous people who manufacture supplements that either have none or very little of what you would expect it is always wise to check thoroughly …the old adage of you get what you pay for still applies in many cases…

There are three species of echinacea that are commonly used for medicinal purposes: Echinacea angustifoliaEchinacea pallida, and Echinacea purpurea. Many echinacea preparations contain one, two, or even all three of these species. Different products use different parts of the echinacea plant, which is why the effectiveness of echinacea may differ from one product to another…

Today 23rd January 2023 a Virtual High-Level Event is being held by WHO (World Health Organisation)…The Fourth Progress Report on Global Trans Fat Elimination.

It will be interesting to hear what the outcome…

Rice is my favourite carb...I eat rice every day…but what is the problem with rice that no one is talking about? This is an interesting video…

Fitness update…

Today I went out for a gentle 5km walk I have learnt from my stupidity and trust me I have been cursing the fact that I am 71 years old and cannot jog/run like I used to…I hate getting old however now I have stopped berating myself for pushing myself too far too fast I have accepted I need to show restraint…hmmmm…hence a gentle walk but having never ever suffered from joint pains and back pains I know I must be sensible… it’s taken me long enough to accept the limitations of this body…and keep it twinge free…so gentle walking it is and then under the guidance of one’s son I will be doing gentle jogging… I’m getting lessons in how I should do it and not break into a run…I need to slow down (apparently)and do as I am told…


Awwww R.I. P…Toadzilla

Thank you for joining me today as always I appreciate your visit and your comments I hope to see you on Wednesday when my A-Z of World Cuisine will be back xx

32 thoughts on “Monday Musings…23rd January 2023…Fitness Update…Natural Antibiotics…Echinacea, Toadzilla,Trans Fats and the problem with rice!

  1. acflory

    Ugh, I had no idea growing rice had a down side. Excellent video explaining the problem. I particularly liked the bit about /wasting/ less. Food security has become a ‘thing’, but we still waste far too much food. Composting helps, but not having to put food waste into compost would be better still.

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  2. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    A lovely photo of Bonnie Carol and a wonderful start to the year… very interesting video on the rice production and I am afraid my jogging days are over but I am walking every day on the treadmill now and doing weights. I have a 4k dumbell and I am working on my upper body slowly but surely. ♥

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It is a lovely start to the year, Sally…I think my jogging days are short-lived I can’t believe I was so stupid to push myself so hard…Well Done, Sally and 4k dumbell is good…I am doing wall pilates and am back but on gentle walks at the moment but the knee is improving…Thank goodness…note to self remember how old you are-smile-xx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi Robbie yes it interesting some I knew as many rice farmers here are changing some parts of the process but anything that effects yield is what stops them but by changing it has many positives…

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  3. petespringerauthor

    I’ve tried Echinacea on and off over the years, but I seldom get more than one cold a year, even when I’m not taking it. I still believe the biggest reason I don’t get sick much anymore is that I have far less stress in my life, and I don’t work in a germ factory (school) anymore

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  4. marianbeaman

    I try to use natural antibiotics instead of the ones a medical doctor would prescribe. This morning I felt a cold coming on and took zinc, not an antibiotic, but a good antidote. 😀

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  5. Darlene

    I am a long-time believer in Echinacea and haven’t taken anti-bodies for many years. I used to get cold sores a lot. Whenever I feel one coming I take an Echinacea tablet and the next day it is gone!

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  6. Colleen M. Chesebro

    I have to start a walking plan. My sciatica has been really acting up. I’ve been walking stairs but found out that shortens the ligaments!! It’s cold outside, but I will have to find a way to make it work. I think walking is the best for us as we age. The jolts to our joints from running hurts too much. Hugs to you… keep walking… I will too! 💜

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I am sorry to hear your sciatica is playing up, Colleen I hope you can plan some gentle walks and that it helps…I agree about the walking my knee is still not 100% so I am going to stick with the walking for now I average 5-7km a day I divide it into 3 shorter walks that works for me and I like the fresh air 🙂 xx

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      1. Colleen M. Chesebro

        Thanks, Carol. It’s really cold and snowy right now. I’ve been saving up to purchase a treadmill. I love the walking and feel so much better when I can get out. But for the winter, I have to make a different plan. I’ve found some gentle stretches on Youtube: Once I can do these with no pain I’ll move on to some other stretches. I miss walking outside. 💜

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