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Smorgasbord Health Column – Down in the Dumps? Perhaps some Pseudoscience might be the key! – Biorhythms by Sally Cronin Posted on August 3, 2021 by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

There are quite a few therapies and theories that are magnets for those who believe they are pseudoscience. And sure enough, there is quite a bit of quackery out there in one form or another.

I have quite an open mind when it comes to alternative therapies and part of the equation is the power of the mind which manifests itself in the ‘placebo effect’.

This is an improvement in a patient’s condition when their expectations are of a positive outcome from the treatment despite there being no real health benefit. For example, dummy pills are given in a trial to treat a serious disease, that miraculously results in an improvement or even a cure for some patients.

Here Sally looks at the Biorhythm theory…intrigued…I was… pop over and take a look.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/08/03/smorgasbord-health-column-down-in-the-dumps-perhaps-some-pseudoscience-might-be-the-key-biorhythms-by-sally-cronin/

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July 25th-31st July 2021…#Plastic Free July, Music, Tokyo, Cherry Blossom and Aime… …

Plastic Free July, ARE you the Change, Music, Culinary A-Z, Thai Dips, Tsukiji Fish Market, #Aime and The Bullet Fruit Tree.

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

August 1st…yes it really is…some August trivia…August 1889 it is said to have rained Ants in Strasburg, Germany…however it is now known that rainfall radar can be hoodwinked by swarms of flying ants?…

What else does the 1st of August bring…?

Lughnassadh, the Celtic first harvest festival…Lughnasadh is the festival that marks the beginning of the harvest. It is held halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox, around 1st August…The 1st of August is traditionally known as Lammas Day.

August 1960 Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twist’ was released.  The best exercise music ever! Our favourite music track ever… my hubby is the king of the twist…

Happy memories and he still doesn’t do a bad rendition without any encouragement when he hears this song…

August the 9th  also marks International Day of the World’s Indigenous People’s…This year’s theme is ” Leaving no one behind Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.”

You may ask WHY do we celebrate International Days…International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool.

Enough about what’s to come in August lets have a look at last week…

We all love a good news story so here they are…I know I bang the drum about Plastic this is the good news …There are of course always good news stories and we have to remember that…

This fierce-looking Tasmanian Devil a very apt name is one of them…I also love it when my readers tell us of their good news like this one from BeetleypeteCorona Beer has come up with a great idea. No need for plastic rings to secure cans in six-packs, and no shopping bag required, just screw them together and carry them out like a pole!
Tesco is now using brown and black plastic meat trays that are recyclable, unlike the previous clear plastic ones.

Plastic Free July 2021…The Good News Stories…

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet A-Z…Where the middle letter is K…

Nothing is as it seems here…this new series is the brainchild of Chel Owens who writes at A wife, My Verse, and Every Little Thingmy followers are so good to me they think up all sorts of permutations of the Alphabet for me to blog about…not sure if they want me to call it quits or what they will come up with next…Chel like Pete was, however, will be called on to make her contribution every two weeks…they don’t get off scot-free…so I hope you have started brainstorming Chel…haha x…although I will extend Chel a period of grace as she is on break and she is gonna be a Mumma again..boy numero 6…Hope you are keeping well Chel x

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter K…

Sometimes a post just strikes a chord and this was one of them from the lovely Pete Springer…

Pete said: Every Olympics, there are human interest stories that capture my attention. I don’t follow women’s gymnastics, but I always enjoy the spirit of competition. One Olympic athlete we may hear more about in the days to come is American gymnast Sunisa “Suni” Lee.

I hope you can watch the videos they are heartwarming…I couldn’t here in Thailand but I did find some on youtube that I could watch.

Suni Lee—Heart of a Champion

I love it when I come across little hacks that work…Don’t you?

Sally over at Smorgasbord Health has treated us to some cracking Health Hacks…who hates getting brain freeze I know I do when I am drinking an ice-cold smoothie…or toothache..nothing worse ..Head over to Sallys and have a read you will be amazed I know I was…#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Some Health Hacks for everyday niggles such as Pins and Needles by Sally Cronin

This week in my kitchen dips for fruit...Fruit is everywhere you go here all nicely cut up and presented with a dip of your choice..of course, I eat fruit whole but some fruits I prefer to buy ready cut it’s easier and the dips are delicious…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/07/29/this-week-in-my-kitchen-thai-dips-for-fruit/

Tropical Friday…we do get some strangely named fruits here…The Bullet Tree Fruit…

The Bullet Wood fruit whose other names include Spanish Cherry, Tanjong Fruit, Indian Medlar and Caqui Fruit…scientific name Manilkara kauki is grown here in Thailand its really another backyard fruit and is generally found on small market stalls where the produce that they sell is from their land and it is generally in small quantities.

Its botanical name is Mimusops elengi L…it has been used by traditional medicine practitioners for centuries and is mentioned in the Ayurvedic Scriptures.

Tropical Friday…The Bullet Wood Fruit…

Saturday Snippets: Today’s word is Tokyo…

The place where ancient and very modern(quirky) meet…The safest city in the world and the one I would most love to visit.

Saturday Snippets 31st July 2021…Tokyo

That’s all for this week thank you so much for joining me…I hope  you all have a fabulous weekend xx

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – The Kidneys and Urinary Tract – Urinary Tract infections by Sally Cronin

 

For anyone who has ever suffered from Urinary Tract infections or who does on a regular basis…Sally’s post helps us to understand the why’s and the how’s…what we can do to help ourselves and just in case you missed last weeks post on the function of the kidneys and kidney stones I have added the link here.

#Recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/07/29/smorgasbord-health-column-family-health-the-kidneys-and-urinary-tract-urinary-tract-infections-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Health Column – Some Health Hacks for everyday niggles such as Pins and Needles by Sally Cronin

Toothache and brain freeze…some great health hacks…head over to Smorgasord to read more …simple but effective and the Party Trick…all I will say is at your risk…haha..#recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/07/26/some-health-hacks-for-everyday-niggles-such-as-pins-and-needles-by-sally-cronin/

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July18th-24th July 2021…#Plastic Free July, Music, Gingerbread Fruit Tree …

Plastic Free July, Be the Change, Music, Environment A-Z, Whitstable Bay Oysters and Gingerbread Fruit Tree.

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

July…for my English family and readers it is wall to wall sunshine…enjoy while it lasts…tomorrow 25th of July is St. James Day he is the Patron Saint of Pilgrims and St. Christophers Day who is the patron Saint of Travellers also Whitstable Bay Oyster Festival from 27th-30th July…next weeks Saturday Snippets will be on the 31st and then the following day we will be in August…

Whitstable Bay Oysters…Some History…

Whitstable Bay Oysters go back in history to the Romans who it is said absolutely loved this defined the history of the town oysters where nearly the entire population was involved in the oyster business.

The Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company whose company history began when The Company of Free Fishers and Dredgers of Whitstable was formed in 1793, becoming the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company in 1895. This company still owns the beds on which our oysters are now produced. The plaque commemorating the firm’s establishment can be seen on the Royal Native Oyster Stores Building, which now houses the renowned Whitstable Oyster Company Fishery restaurant.

The first post last week was…Plastic Free July 2021…Takeaway Food Containers…

Did you know?

The yearly production of plastic stands at more than 380 million tonnes globally. To put that into perspective, we’re talking about the same weight as 2,700,000 blue whales!

Of that huge amount, only 16% is recycled to make new plastics. Some 40% is sent to landfill, 25% is incinerated, and the other 16% is, to be frank about it, dumped…

Plastic Free July 2021…Takeaway Food Containers…

Chicken Pox and Shingles...As children begin school for the first time or return after the long summer break, there is likely to be an outbreak of one of the common childhood infections including chickenpox.

A very contagious childhood disease that can be dangerous for babies and someone like me…generally at my age it manifests as shingles which I haven’t had but I know first-hand some who have and it is not nice…painful and debilitating…Please head over to Smorgasbord as Sally has some good advice on how we can boost our immune systems..and what common sense actions we can take to avoid getting contaminated.#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – Chicken Pox and Shingles- The lurking opportunists by Sally Cronin

Wednesday…I was back on my soapbox again with my A-Z of the Environment…

It was the letter L…Landfill, Latex and Lead…I don’t need to tell you how incensed I was to discover that not only is Lead STILL found in leading baby food brands but also Cadium and Mercury…If you buy baby food or know someone who does please think about those precious little brains as very little lead ingested has a detrimental effect…Please alert them.

The Environmental A-Z…the letter L…

This took me nicely into Thursdays post…How easy it is to make your own baby food at home…no special ingredients required you can even use some of your home-cooked food if it is suitable and puree it for the baby just be aware of salt and sugar levels…

In my Kitchen…Starting at the beginning…Feeding Baby…

Tropical Friday’s…The Gingerbread Fruit Tree…

Yes, there really is a fruit that tastes like Gingerbread…kids love it…it makes a lovely refreshing cold drink and has numerous health benefits…

It is the fruit of the Doum Palm which grows in hot arid climates where not much else grows…

Tropical Friday…The Gingerbread Fruit Tree…Doum Palm …

Saturday Snippets…Potluck…

Potluck…Some of you grew up with potluck parties or family gatherings..others of us if we asked what was for dinner were given the answer Potluck…someone mentioned the dishes could be awesome or best avoided…HOWEVER…I have extended an invitation to one and all to join me once a month for a virtual potluck where you can showcase your blog and a recipe…even if you can only cook one dish you are welcome …send me an acceptance in comments or on my contact me page…They will be themed which included all diets, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and carnivores…something for everyone…I will provide the main course unless anyone else has a dying need to do so in the form of a recipe they love…I am easy and the plus side is there is no washing up and dirty plates…

Saturday Snippets… 24th July 2021…Potluck and an Invitation…

Thank you so much for dropping by I always look forward to your visits and comments…Hope to see you here next week xx

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – Chicken Pox and Shingles- The lurking opportunists by Sally Cronin

As children begin school for the first time or return after the long summer break, there is likely to be an outbreak of one of the common childhood infections including chickenpox.

However, it isn’t just children who get infected …my father had shingles like Sally around one of his eyes and he was in a lot of pain and discomfort as well as extreme itchiness…Not pleasant to contract…Please head over to Sally’s as she has many solutions both to reduce itching, prevent infection and build up your immune system everything you need to help prevent an outbreak of shingles in particular  #recommened read.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/07/15/smorgasbord-health-column-family-health-chicken-pox-and-shingles-the-lurking-opportunists-by-sally-cronin/