Archive for the ‘Medical’ Category

Scientific research to order

February 19, 2007

Some types of Cocoa is good for blood supply to the brain and, as a result it may help to ward off the onset of problems such as memory loss and dementia. On the face of it, this is very good news for everyone and we should all dash down to our favourite shop and buy tins of coca and products with cocoa amongst their ingredients. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

However, perhaps we ought to take a closer look at the research first. Who has funded this research? None other than Mars Inc. For those of you who do not know what this company does, it may surprise you to find that they produce sweets and animal foods, amongst other products. Nothing surprising in that you might think. However, we you look closer at these products, particularly the sweets, such as M&M’s,” it might not surprise you to learn that most of these contain the type of cocoa that the scientists are sounding their trumpets about.

Far be it from me to doubt the works of scientists, but might I be forgiven for thinking that this is a case of science being made to fit the product of the financial backer? Perish the thought.

the Brit 

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Democrats move toward socialized health care!

February 15, 2007

Hi Brit,

I hope the American people are happy, because putting Democrats in charge of Congress is already starting to pay unexpected dividends.  While the subject of socialized medicine was carefully avoided during the recent campaigns, here it comes: Mental health bill moves forward in Congress.  Of course, this sounds innocent enough, just another attempt to force Big Business to be fair to the little guy, in this case forcing health insurance providers to cover mental health treatments.  However, underneath the feel good surface lurks a sneaky plan to drive health care costs high enough that the average person can’t afford it, forcing the kind and good hearted Government to take over and protect the innocent, but not too bright, general public.  Placing Big Brother firmly in charge of another 15% of the US economy, is just a bonus.  What’s that old saying, “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it?”  So get that elective surgery now, because, after Big Government takes the reigns, the wait time for that nip and tuck or those fake boobs is going to be measured in years.  Oh, and pick up a good thick book, because the wait time at your doctor’s office is going to make a trip to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) seem like the service at McDonald’s.

the Grit

Cancer and the spirit of a child

February 2, 2007

Just the mention of the word cancer brings feelings of dread, hopelessness and pain to anyone. Imagine you are five years old and you hear the word relating to you, not once but three times. It such a situation one would understand if even the strongest sufferer gave up completely, let alone a child.chloe.jpg

However, Chloe Harrison never did give up hope; she never gave up fighting. Struck first with stomach cancer, a successful operation removed this. Chloe thought that it was all over, but it was not. A short time later it was found that she had cancer in her lungs. Another round of operations got rid of those, apparently successfully. Not the case. Chloe was soon to be told that the cancer had returned to both her stomach and lungs. More operations were undertaken. Now, finally, Chloe has been given the all clear.

Yes there were tear through this terrible time; yes there was despair, loneliness and sadness. But Chloe never gave up. She fought the big C all the way. Her determination, suffering and fighting spirit has brought her through this terrible time. Just by looking into the eyes of this beautiful child one can see the scars of the journey, but also the spirit and determination that has brought her back to full health.

The spirit of this special child contains a lesson for us all. Never to give up hope; to believe in the power of oneself and to be thankful for what we have and are. Children are our future and what a special example Chloe is of that.

I think we should all take time out from the pressure of everyday life to send a message of love to Chloe on the comments section below this story. We send to Chloe and her family our very best wishes and admiration. Chloe, may you live a long and happy life. You deserve it.

the Brit

New product idea.

January 29, 2007

Hi Brit,

I’ve got an idea for a new product that could be a best seller in Britain, lead underwear.  Why would you need that, you’re probably asking?  Read this, X-ray cameras on lampposts plan, and I expect you’ll know.  I’m assuming that the English tradition of modesty is not dead, so, considering these cameras can see through your clothes, my unique unmentionables will fly off the shelves.  As an added benefit, the extra weight of the extra heavy garments will give the wearer a good workout during their regular daily activities.

the Grit

New York paying for sex

January 27, 2007

Hi Brit,

This one is too funny to pass up, but kind of touchy to handle without going too far, so to speak.  New York Plans Official City Condom to Encourage Use  OK, I’m sure we’re all thinking the same jokes, so let’s enjoy a good laugh at New York’s expense, over their four cent official condoms, while we keep it clean, at least, in writing.  Well, I know it’s a short post, but that should just about wrap this one up.

the Grit

Diet and exercise

January 27, 2007

Hi Grit

What surprises me in this world is waste. Whilst glancing through the news last night I came across an article about diet and exercise. Nothing unusual about that you might think and on the surface that is true. However, this report is in respect of a scientific study conducted into the effects of diet and exercise, both in terms of weight loss and longevity. Their findings?

1) A controlled diet helps weight loss. 

2) Exercise helps weight loss and physically makes us healthier.

3) Diet and Exercise can have an equal impact upon weight loss.

4) Diet and exercise can improve human longevity.

Have we not had thousands of researches and studies that confirm these findings in the past? What new information has this study produced that we did not already know? The report says that its findings may challenge the way that the diet and fitness industry view diet and exercise. With all respect I think that is rubbish. These findings have been known for years by people as individuals as well as the industry.

Of course, like all similar researches, there is an area where they cannot produce positive results and that is longevity. Apparently, although I am not sure how, they have proven that worms and dogs live longer on a controlled diet and exercise regime, but have yet to positively prove its longevity value to humans. My first point here is how the heck do you control the exercise and diet of a worm? In laboratory conditions you are taking it out of its environment and, of course, there is the added problem of getting a worm to co-operate by using dumb-bells, a running machine or to go out for regular ten minute walks. This is apart from the fact that they are not physically capable of engaging in such routines. Secondly, there is the issue of the value of comparing the habits and activity of a worm with a human being. My final point is this. Yes I accept that humans live longer as a result of improvements in medicine and other advances; yes it is known that a person who eats properly and exercises potentially lives longer than one who doesn’t; but where is the scientific study in that? Surely it is a simple case of common sense?

Which all brings me back to the core of my first sentence, waste! To me this is another example of government or business pouring hundreds of thousands of pounds (or dollars), into another fruitless exercise, the results of which adds no value to the subject matter whatsoever. The time energy and products used in the course of this research has all be wasted, not to mention the potential cruelty to animals by subjecting them to experiments that they neither asked for nor agreed to.

Surely there is a more constructive way of utilising the brains of these people?

the Brit

A mystery solved!

January 25, 2007

Hi Brit,

I’ve been talking about the mysterious qualities of Barack Obama, the liberal Messiah, for a while now.  Mostly, I was wondering about what he really stands for, which seemed to be classified information, until now: Obama Calls for Universal Health Care.  Add that to this, keeping in mind that a picture is worth a thousand words,

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and Obama’s true nature shines through.  No wonder the High and Mighty in Hollywood are fighting with one another to be the first to throw money at his feet!  Barack is a liberal’s liberal.  A man with more feelings than brains.  Someone who knows he has a destiny to be part of the elite, deciding what’s best for us common people, even though, you can bet, it’s not what’s best for Him and his Rich cronies.  With this revelation, it’s easy to see why Hillary has been cast aside.  Just like Hillary, Obama is liberal to the core and a minority.  Unlike Hillary, he doesn’t come across to the general public as an evil bitch.

the Grit

It seems that I must buy a helmet.

January 25, 2007

Hi Brit,

For some time now, what with the diminishing amount of hair my head will grow, I have been searching for the appropriate hat.  This story, Spot in Brain May Control Smoking Urge, seems to have limited my choice to a helmet.  Oh, sure, the liberals will say they won’t mandate brain surgery to rid the world of the Evil Urge To Smoke, but, considering that they have no problem with slaughtering infants in the womb, bending freedom of speech to their whim, or condemning millions of people to lingering death (DDT – malaria, look it up,) I trust you will forgive me if I take precautions.

the Grit

Sick in San Francisco

January 25, 2007

Hi Brit,

It looks like San Francisco didn’t send all its liberals to Washington.  Apparently they kept enough to pass a new law, Paid Sick and Take-Care-of-Your-Neighbor Days to Be Mandatory in San Francisco.  How appropriate that Nanny Pelosi’s home town is taking a giant step forward in the race to achieve a total socialist Nanny State.  I’m surprised that they didn’t go ahead and require the employer to deliver a bowl of chicken soup and a bottle of aspirin the the “sick” employee, on foot, to reduce carbon emissions.  Ah, how I long for the days when the mountain range and desert that perpetrates me from the liberal bastion that is California offered some protection from their insanity.

the Grit

End of the world – the robots are coming

January 22, 2007

Hi Grit

I think the EU and UK health services must know more about the coming end of the world than they are telling us. Scientists, many from various parts of the UK are well on the way to developing robot nurses, which they anticipate will be in action on the wards within three years, two years before the end of the world.

These robots will be able to dispense drugs (presumably whether you want them or not), lead visitors to patients (even if you don’t want to see them), mop up spillages (keep your whiskey hidden!) and remotely monitor the patient, for example take temperature (not that it will rise as there will no longer be a pretty nurse to look at).

I assume these robots will, initially at least, take instruction from medical staff. In which case, we must make sure that they watch what they say. The term “I think that patient is dead funny” could lead to robotic euthanasia, or “he was legless when he came in” unwanted amputation.

Is the fact that these tin beings are being introduced two years before 2012 significant I wonder?

the Brit

Factoids

January 19, 2007

I thought I would update you all with a little offbeat news.

1) Pigeon’s cigarette fetish blamed for fire. It appears that a fire that burned the roof off a US office block, was started by pigeons. Their penchant for picking up smouldering cigarette ends from the street, and returning to their nests with them resulted in a slow burn that wasn’t noticed until it was too late.

Could someone supply the pigeons with harmless nest warmers or nicotine patches?

2) Don’t stress the Romanian medics. One man, whose surgeon became stressed whilst performing corrective testicle surgery, lost his penis, which was cut off and chopped into pieces. The doctor claimed “he became stressed” when the operation went wrong. He was ordered to pay £30,000 compensation.

Gives a new meaning to the term, putting your (love) life in a doctors hands, don’t you think?

3) Careful what you call someone in Spain. A columbian woman who wanted to acquire citizenship in Spain has been told that she can only do so if she changes her name. Her name is “Darling.” Apparently, Spanish laws will not allow people to be called a name that might become the subject of ridicule.

Guess that is why, during my time in Spain, I never heard one male refer to his partner as “darling.”

the brit

Smoking Nazis on the move!

January 16, 2007

Hi Brit,

And you thought you were alone in this!  Smoking foes bring the fight to apartment buildings  What, I must ask, is the point of having a bowling alley that is smoke free?  For that matter, why, when the initial report showing that second hand smoke was dangers was proved to be a pack of lies, haven’t all these laws been stricken down by the courts?  Fortunately, our home is set back a ways from the road, so this may not be a personal issue for me.  However, there are several movements under way, again by the smoking Nazis, to keep me from smoking in my truck.  When that gets here, violence may well be the result! 

My favorite view of this came from Andrew Dice Clay, a comedian, on an episode of Dharma and Greg.  He was to be a speaker at some event and wandered in smoking a cigarette.  One of the society women coughed gently, then asked, “Don’t you know that second hand smoke is more dangerous than smoking?”  To which he replies after flicking the ash from his cig, “Then I guess I made the right choice.”

Death to the smoking Nazis!  Up the Revolution!

the Grit

California seduces one more to the dark side.

January 10, 2007

Hi Brit,

In my continuing quest to figure out what character flaw or genetic defect turns people into liberals, I’ve been thrown a curve ball.  Sure I know Arnold runs with a bad crowd, including Teddy Kennedy, a known rich and famous elitist drunken sexist liberal murderer, but, I had high hopes for Schwarzenegger.  Hell, if anybody should understand the value of hard work and self determination it should be him, right?  Unfortunately, it seems he’s been blinded by the dark side of political power, Schwarzenegger: Calif. is ‘nation-state’ leading world.  Apparently we do need to toughen up that citizenship test, especially the parts concerning the Constitution and the Civil War.

the Grit

Arnold terminates California health care

January 9, 2007

Hi Brit,

Does it ever seem to you that power drives people crazy?  I often feel that way, and here’s a good example of it: Gov. seeks sweeping health system reforms.  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is registered as a Republican, although he doesn’t seem to have read the party platform, wants everyone in California to have health insurance, while at the same time bringing down health care costs.  To do this, he wants to tax businesses, doctors, and hospitals.  Right off the top, it seems obvious that taxing doctors and hospitals isn’t going to lower health care costs, assuming, of course, that one wants doctors and hospitals to stay in California.  Which, may well be at the heart of Arnold’s plan.  After all, if no health care is available, health care costs drop to zero, and the Government gets to keep the tax on business to waste on other projects.  Perhaps the Governator is taking the right approach after all.  Somehow though, I expect to pay for part of this somewhere down the line.

the Grit

Polonium-210, not a condiment!

January 7, 2007

Hi Brit,

I saw this story, Polonium-210 found in restaurant, and thought I’d drop you a note to make sure you know Polonium-210 is not a condiment.  So, if you notice a bottle of it in with the ketchup, mustard, and salsa leave it alone.  It’s not some new kind of hot sauce, at least not in the traditional sense.

the Grit

Liquor helps your ticker

January 3, 2007

Hi Brit,

I just found this bit of good news, Drink lowers blood pressure risks.  And here I thought there wasn’t an up side to having high blood pressure 🙂  Of course, I’ve already sipped enough Scotch to be protected until some time in the next decade.

the Grit

The £’s are following fast

January 2, 2007

Hey Grit

Waste-wise we are right behind you. The National Health Service is now costing over £100 billion a year, or £4,500 per household (£9,000). I don’t know about you, but I reckon this is enough to make me feel sick.

Oh and they are talking about wiping out last year’s deficits and letting them start again. Lord save us from politicians.

the Brit

At last, an explanation!

January 2, 2007

Hi Brit,

I stumbled across this bit of news, Parasite turns women into ‘sex kittens’, and I must say that it explains a lot!  Now, all that I need to clear a few things up is some research into who owns cats and doesn’t cook their meat properly.  Although, as I recall, eating meat “tartar” (raw) is considered a treat by the rich and famous …  Next time you run into a celebrity, instead of asking for an autograph, inquire as to how they like their steak.

the Grit

No more flu, could make us blue?

December 29, 2006

Hi Brit,

I just found this, The vaccine to prevent every strain of flu, which, at first glance, sounds like good news.  However, it could make life very difficult for millions of American workers.  You may not know this, but we have a great tradition of calling in sick when we’re really feeling fine, just to get an extra day off.  Mostly, the imaginary illness is a minor bought of the flu.  If this excuse is taken away, the workplace as we know it may vanish, with disastrous consequences for our economy.  Of course, since the world’s economy rides on ours, the collapse could trigger a global depression, resulting in war, famine, and, ultimately, millions of deaths.  So I ask you, isn’t an occasional day sick in bed a small price to pay to preserve the world as we know it?

the Grit

The US does care

December 12, 2006

Hi Brit,

Despite all the bad press we get, the US does some good things.  For instance:

Reducing Malaria in Africa Focus of U.S. Summit

Of course, there are probably some environmental groups getting ready to wage legal war to protect the poor, misunderstood mosquitoes.  Maybe we can keep a few mosquito nets here for use on their lawyers.

Here’s another one:

 United States Helping To Build Flu-Fighting Capacity Overseas

Between the two programs that’s $2 billion just to keep other people from getting sick.  Or, we could hand it over to the UN  to fix up their club house.

What the heck, one more:

Pakistan Makes Impressive Recovery from 2005 Earthquake

There’s another $1.5 billion (or more) we’re spending on people who, I’ve been told, hate the US with a passion. 

the Grit