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Smorgasbord Health Column – Major Organs and systems of the body – The Female Reproductive System Part One – Sally Cronin

I am always happy to share Sally’s posts on the health of our body…Her knowledge is second to none her subject always carefully researched…Told in a no-nonsense manner she doesn’t pull her punches she tells it exactly how it is…In her words...Some doctors believe that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. However, I believe that understanding our bodies, how it works, how we can help prevent health problems and knowing the language that doctors speak, makes a difference. Taking responsibility for our bodies health is the first step to staying well…

I fully endorse that sentiment we should know how our bodies work and what we can do to ensure we keep them as healthy as we can…After all, we only have one body and in the main, it is up to us to ensure we keep it healthy…So come on ladies and girls it is our turn today to learn what we can .#recommended read…

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I repeat this series in particular every year, in the hopes that those who are new to the blog will find it interesting and useful. I worked with couples who were planning on getting pregnant and it was important that both understood how each other’s reproductive systems worked. Also that the health of the father to be was as important as the mother’s. On more than one occasion the mother to be would be taking care of herself and getting fit, whilst the father to be was still going down the pub, smoking and eating takeaways..

As they say it takes two….

Also that it is a good idea to get both into shape at least six months before trying for a baby and if you know someone who is planning on getting pregnant you might pass this series along.

In recent weeks I have covered most of the major…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Major Organs and systems of the body – The digestive system, the Immune System and a Chicken Sandwich.

Sally is fast becoming a Saturday regular over on my blog…Her posts fit so nicely into what my eating philosophies are….We definitely are what we eat and many of our complaints quite simply can be eliminated or reduced by tweaking our diet …Far too many people are eating a white food diet…Put plainly too much sugar or added sugars…Eating healthily is fun…It is fun finding and trying different foods…Be more adventurous…If you read this post you will realise just how fantastic and if looked after the mechanisms of our bodies actually are…Treasure it and look after it …We only have one…# Recommended read….

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The immune system- The Digestive process.

There is an old saying ‘You are what you eat‘ which came originally from the French Anthelme Brillat-Savarin author wrote, in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826: “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” (Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.) A time when gout was a huge problem for those who indulged in rich foods….thanks to

I thought I would take this concept a little further by demonstrating the actions that take place following the consumption of food… and since most of us who eat meat, will indulge in a chicken sandwich regularly, I have selected this to be the test subject.

I wanted to describe the passage of a very common and tasty snack that many of us enjoy. Usually with only one thing in…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Major Organs and Sysems of the Body – The Immune System and Your role in its efficiency

For many of you the colder, damper weather is looming as is the threat of colds and flu…A good post to read to ensure you have the tools to avoid the dreaded flu/colds..Stay well xxx

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Last week I began a series onThe Immune System and how it works.

This week I would like to show you how your role it your immune system’s efficiency is critical and possibly life saving.

I spent most of the first 40 years of my life in ignorance when it came to my body. I had studied biology at school and apart from a scary film on childbirth (meant to be the ultimate contraceptive), I knew more about the insides of a frog.

As a family we ate well… But it was not related to our health in any way. Certainly as I stuffed food in one end I gave little thought as to what happened to it on its journey to the other end. I was more concerned that my sugar craving was satisfied and I was then a happy bunny.

It took the short and very sharp…

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Love this series and I have learnt so much about the workings of this old bod…I think that we should as it enables us to ask the right questions if we do need to visit our GP…

Definitely, an essential read if you want to keep your self in the best of health…Here’s to continued “Good Health


via Smorgasbord Health Column – Major Organs and Systems of the Body – The Digestive System – Part Five – Pancreas, Gallbladder and Intestines – Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Health Column – Major Organs and Systems of the Body – The Digestive System Part Four -Liver Diseases

As one of our major organs and vital to our good health…It is important that we help our liver achieve that and don’t clog it up and impede the good work it does to keep us healthy…This post contains all the info you need about liver disease and how we can help ourselves..#recommended read

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Last time I looked at the structure and basic function of the liver and in this post I want to cover some of the conditions that can effect this major organ.

Because the liver is such a complex organ there are over 100 diseases that can affect its health.

We tend to associate liver damage with conditions resulting from drinking to much, such as alcoholic hepatitis or the viral infections, Hepatitis A and the more dangerous serum Hepatitis B.

Hep A is transmitted from contaminated food and water, and Hep B from sexual contact, infected needles or contaminated blood products. Some diseases of the liver are hereditary and are usually diagnosed in a baby or young toddler. These include Alagille syndrome, Alpha 1-Antitrypsin deficiency, autoimmune hepatitis, the result of an abnormal immune system at birth, Galactosemia, Wilson’s disease – the abnormal storage of copper – and Haemochromatosis – the abnormal…

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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair and a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…Enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

The first post is Sally’s roundup from Smorgasbord Magazine…I just couldn’t keep up with Sally she is just a wonder woman..Her output every week is phenomenal and this week it seems to have even more content if that is possible so I hope you are comfy and have a nice drink…Enjoy!

Monday the start of the week and our weather is very variable at the moment..Tropical showers and sunshine…Time for the latest news from on what is going on around the world with the enviroment and recycling…This week my grandson was on a school trip and they each had to plant 200 trees I am still waiting for the pictures…As plastic is a huge problem here it was lovely to hear that the schools are encouraging the pupils to care about the environment by planting trees…

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Tuesdays are my healthy eating posts where we talk about diets and health including cravings, wacky diets and recipes…Last week it was snack bars which are very popular with many and making your own ensures that you know the ingredients and of course they work out much cheaper…I also discussed added sugars, the hidden sugars in our foods…This coming week I have a great success story for you from one of my blog followers…Pete Springer…He is going to reveal his weight loss journey…


Wednesdays are where I get self-indulgent where I reminisce and where I talk about anything which takes my fancy or piques my interest…It could be music, history absolutely anything…

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Once a fortnight I am over at Sally’s for my Cookery Column…Last week it should have been Burgers but as is the case with many well-laid plans of mice and men…I couldn’t get Burger Buns for love nor money and the images I wanted to use had corrupted so I needed to take more…So as is often the case when meal planning chicken dishes become the order of the day…and a deconstructed crumble…

Kahlua, salted caramel in hot chocolate...I just had to share that recipe and some others…


I much prefer the food here in Northern Thailand it is cooked as it always has been and not cooked to suit the western palate…Proper authentic Thai food and I love it…In this post, I have introduced you to the food of Issan and given you recipes where I have made the dishes at home in my kitchen they were taught to me by my daughter in law and are authentic recipes …Hot and spicy…Delicious…

Khao Krapow Moo Kai Dao

Thursday also saw me guest posting over at Campbells World where I was made very welcome both by Patty and King Cambell…Thank you, both for your kindness and the warm welcome…Saangchai my rescue dog and King Campbell seem like they could become very good friends…

saangchai chewing bone at the blue house

Fridays are when I give you recipes that I have cooked in my kitchen and this week it was burgers…Not my favourite food but the menfolk and the kids here love them so I like to treat them now and again and also I know it is BBQ time for many of you so I made some new recipes and very tasty they were…

beef patty

Liver… not only does it make for a tasty meal but it is one of the main, important organs in our bodies and we need to ensure we keep our liver as healthy as possible…Sally is the lady with all the answers and this post is well worth the read… it will either endorse that you are doing and eating the correct foods or it may provide you will the information to ensure the good health of your liver… # recommended.

Phew, that was a bit longer than last weeks catch up but I do hope you have enjoyed it…Have a lovely Sunday and I hope the sun shines for you wherever you may be…xx


About Carol:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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