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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Top to Toe- Female Reproductive System Update -Judith Barrow – Breast Cancer Survivor.

For all those brave survivors and those battling this awful disease…One day you will be a survivor I have no doubt …Much love 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Following on from last week’s posts on the female reproductive system a repeat of a guest post during the original series in 2016. Judith Barrow is a breast cancer survivor and shares her story.

First a look at the statistics

‘Breast cancer is the top cancer in women worldwide and is increasing particularly in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages.‘

521,900: The estimated number of breast cancer deaths in women worldwide in 2012 which is the last complete reporting date.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women; however, when looking just at developed countries, lung cancer was the most common cause of cancer death in 2012, surpassing breast cancer. This change reflects the tobacco epidemic in these women, which occurred later than in men, according to the report.  Also, the incidence of breast cancer is increasing in…

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Who can you trust??



How reliable is the information that you read online? Particularly if it is about your health or the health of a loved one?

It is a veritable minefield out there and so many sites write anything to either sell their product or get your e-mail address so they can sell you their product or so they can flood your inbox with what they think you want to hear and sell you that information.

If you are looking for something and are faced with page after page of information then firstly remember you can PAY to be at the top of a search engine so just because they are top and not on page 105 doesn’t mean that what they are saying is true.

It is very easy to be taken in when you dearly want a “cure” or ” remedy ” but please it is not nice to have your hopes dashed when the product doesn’t work or causes a bad reaction.


If you’re visiting a health website for the first time, these 5 quick questions can help you decide whether the site is a helpful resource.

Who?      Who runs this website? Can you trust them?

What?     What does the site say? Do its claims seem too good to be true?

When?    When was the information posted or reviewed? Is it up-to-date?

Where?   Did the information come from? Is it based on scientific research?

Why?      Does the site exist? Is it selling something?

Don’t rely completely on online resources if you are considering alternative methods of treatment. Talk to your health practitioner they often know of tried and tested alternatives or an alternative that runs alongside conventional treatments.

As I stated in a previous post ” one size doesn’t fit all” What works for your friend’s friend may NOT work for you.

If It is a cure for cancer the Organisations like the Macmillan organisation would be a good starting point for accurate information.

Marie Curie is another well-known organisation

These large organisations have the funds and the knowledge and would likely know or have heard about any conventional cures or natural cures.

Health food so much info on the market ..where to go? Who to talk to? Is what you ARE reading on Social media True or false? As a general rule if the website it leads you too ends in .gov or .edu they are a trusted source although e-mails received ending in edu may not always be. It is definitely a minefield out there.

I promise you that when I am giving you facts about fruit and food then I double-check the information or have used it myself.

I even check an e-mail from my bank before I open it that is how much I distrust anything sent to me or when I read an article I check either on the news or a publication that I know is always up to date. As the date is important as well, just because it has been posted now doesn’t mean that the news is current…always question and look that little bit further….It is your health and your families at risk so trust your gut and do the basic checks.

The internet is a wonderful source of information it is also a dark source of incorrect information.

Please be one of the growing number of consumers who are aware, who are not being taken in by so-called celebrity endorsements of which there are so many. Be one of the ones who makes a decision on your family’s health and the food they eat by being informed and making that decision yourself.

Be happy and confident that you have done your best and made the best information on your own findings and there are some wonderful blogs and websites who give out fully researched information.

And have fun when you are researching …I know I have …I have discovered some wonderful fruits and vegetables with so many medical benefits.


Thank you for reading this I was prompted by two articles I saw online today and had been shared by someone I knew and were blatant untruths and it took me all of 10 seconds to suss them out…..







Happy 40th Birthday Philip.

Philip 2016


This recipe is in memory of a young man taken much to soon  from this earth but whose memory lives on in the many hearts and lives he touched on his travels through life.

What could be more fitting on what would have been your 40th Birthday Philip, a recipe which you loved to cook and a big pot of it to “Boot” so your mum tells me!

Your mum has shared this with us…..These are my friends own unedited words…

To acknowledge what would have been Philip’s 40th birthday, I made his famous Stew and dumplings. It was delicious, but missing that original touch….. our son  Philip. I have had a few people ask me for the recipe, so thought I would share it online. Here goes:-

1.5 kg diced meat (beef, lamb, pork) Yep he made a big pot of stew.
4 rashers of bacon or not if you don’t like bacon.
2 grated zucchini (spelling???)
2 diced carrots
2 tins diced Italian tomatoes (the 400 g or there-a-bouts size)
2 onions sliced
2 cups beef stock
2 stems of rosemary
4 cloves garlic (or to taste)
1 teaspoon oregano
3 cups good Red wine (YES 3. My boy liked his red wine)
2 teaspoons W/shire sauce
2 teaspoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Rice Flour (or as required to thicken)

Cook bacon & brown beef in 1 tsp Olive Oil with 1/2 rosemary & oregano. Place in a container with Red wine and W/shire sauce. Mix periodically if the meat is not completely covered.
Lightly brown onions with garlic and remaining rosemary in 1 teasp. Olive oil. Add meat, tomatoes, stock, carrots and zucchini. Cook covered on a medium heat  until meat is tender.Add rice flour to thicken and cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until stew thickens. Remove from heat. Gently place dumplings on the surface. Cook in oven as per dumpling recipe.

Parsley & Parmesan Dumplings

1 cup SR flour, pinch of salt Pepper to taste (optional)
1 egg slightly beaten 50 gm butter
1/4 cup milk (approx)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup finely chopped parsley (to your taste)
1/4 cup grated parmesan

Sift flour, salt & pepper into bowl & rub in butter. Mix in egg, parsley, cheese and enough milk to make soft, slightly sticky dough.
Divide and roll into balls about golf ball size. (6 – 8 )
When stew is 20 minutes off being cooked, place dumplings on surface of stew and cook uncovered in the oven at 180 deg C for approx. 20 minutes or until dumplings are browned and cooked through.

Eat hearty and make sure you have another bottle of red to drink to the memory of a bloody fine cook and exceptional person. Our Philip !

Thank you for letting me share this Pat…..sending you a big virtual hug on what must be a very hard time for you all…..Much love Carol xxxxxx






A writer is simply a photographer of thoughts….

I love this quote,  it certainly resonates with me.

This warned….may become a rant…I have had a mixed couple of weeks ..some happy times and some very, very sad times…

I am happy because my not so little Soi Dog has settled in well…has his own blog …and although he chews it’s because he wants to get in or out, well maybe not all of it but he is lovely and I wouldn’t do without him……Soi Dogs do a wonderful job and if you can donate or adopt it would make a little dog very happy… I have put this link on so you see what great work they do to save the dogs on the streets……


I am happy because back from my retreat my fingers are flying…All of my short stories are edited and typed up ready for our book to celebrate our retreat and also for the 2nd volume of The Phuket Writers Anthology…which will be out early next year. My cookbook is taking shape and although my novel is a bit on the back burner due to other commitments I have lots of ideas…so all good. So if any of you lovely bloggers want to come along next year it would be great to meet you click on this link to read all about it and the lovely Annie my friend and mentor who is an amazing lady……

I am happy because I have ham brining and there is nothing to beat the taste of homemade ham.

Ham home cured

Christmas is coming and it’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to what we should be making our mincemeat and puds so I think I will do a Christmas recipe one..mmmm now that’s a good idea methinks..talked myself into that one..haha

I am happy because one of us  Lori Jean Grace has published a book on Amazon …  A Michelle Angelique Urban Action Adventure Thriller Series Book #1 (Michelle Angelique Avenging Angel Assassin) Kindle Edition…Just click this link to buy:

Sista’z Revenge is a pacy thriller and Book 1 of a series…….  Love the cover, I have my copy and I can’t wait to read…I know the blood, sweat, and tears which have gone into this …….so this afternoon I will settle down with my glass of chilled vino and read.

Now to the sadness, I am heart-broken for a good friend of mine..who lost her son Phillip to Cancer this morning Friday 13th, he was 1 year and 11 days older than my son.

None of us think our children will go before us..none…I keep reading of all these alternative cures maybe they work, maybe they don’t, maybe they can be used alongside conventional medicine..maybe it will stop being about money…maybe the big pharmaceuticals will lose their stranglehold on the world of medicine…so many maybe’s…

I am sad that human life is worth less in some parts of this beautiful world than a bottle of water.

I am sad for Phillips’s mum and dad who now have the added pain of watching their only daughter fight cancer. Their only two children and both have this disease???

I am sad for those two little boys who have lost a beloved uncle and have a sick mother.

I am sad of being sad and wish with all my heart that God would step in and right some wrongs, that governments, teachers, anyone who can..and doesn’t….does…

I am sad because I have woken up and read about the terrible loss of life in France … Bombs and shootings …so many innocent people…….so many lives lost.

So if I only had two wishes in my life…. it would be for a cure for cancer and other terrible diseases and World Peace……. methinks none of that will come to pass in my lifetime…I hope it does in my children’s and grand children’s……..

maudlin or What????? Next time it will be Christmas Recipes and all bright and jolly…….today  I just can’t muster that feeling of heartbroken for my friend and her family…..


Until next time stay happy and love your neighbour unless of course, the bass is banging out at silly o’clock………….xx