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Angels Watching Over Me

It Is Time For An Inquiry ..
I take no pleasure in being right, but as the scale of this scandal has become clear to me, I have learned to look out for the words ‘antidepressant’ or ‘being treated for depression’ in almost any case of suicide and violent, bizarre behaviour.

And I generally find it. The science behind these pills is extremely dubious.
Their risks are only just beginning to emerge. It is time for an inquiry.
( Peter Hitchens )

Cannabis Makes You Stupid – Official ..
I know this already, from the feeble arguments and moronic insults that I get from the dope lobby when I argue for harsher, more effective laws against this dangerous, unpredictable poison.
But now you and your children don’t need to take my word for it.
Science has at last caught up with the blazingly obvious.
Smoking cannabis in your teens permanently reduces your IQ – official.
A highly reputable study traced a sample of more than 1,000 people from birth for 38 years. They controlled for all the other variables.. Marijuana was the consistent factor in the lives of those whose IQ shrank and stayed shrunk for ever.
The more they smoked, the worse it was.
But when a reputable, thorough and respected scientific survey shows a measurable danger to the brain from a drug that is widely used by the elite classes and their children, nothing happens. Worse, our society continues to weaken the already feeble laws against it, with police officers instructed to issue meaningless ‘cannabis warnings’ to those caught with it.
( Peter Hitchens )

Low Magnesium Levels In Soft Water May Cause Heart Disease ..
The case for adding magnesium to soft-water supplies extends much further than preventing alcoholic liver disease.
A series of studies in the Sixties in South Africa and England proved conclusively that the low magnesium levels in soft water doubled the risk of heart disease.
It may be of interest that magnesium injections have a dramatic therapeutic effect on heart attacks, angina, heart failure and non-haemorrhagic strokes.
( Dr S E Browne )

Angels Watching Over Me ..
It’s easy to be cynical and say we pay our taxes for a health service, but I’ve been in the hands of amazing people.
If there’s better treatment, I would love to see it.
These people are real heroes.
I’ve had angels watching over me, but it’s not all there just for me – these people save lives every day of the week, they make the difference between life and death.
Do we treat them well enough?
From personal experience, probably not.
Do we take them for granted? Absolutely.
The NHS is an amazing organisation.
( Steve Perryman )

Labour Should Be Screaming From The Rooftops ..
Whiston was one of the 149 hospitals Labour either built or gave the go-ahead to during its 13 years in power. It trebled spending on an NHS which had been allowed to fester at the bottom of successive Tory government priorities for two decades. What a testament to Labour’s founding principles that massive reinvestment programme was.
With Jeremy Hunt now Health Secretary, a man who has called for the NHS to be carved-up and hived off to profit-making businessmen, Labour should be screaming its record from the rooftops, and warning how easily it can be laid to waste.
( Brian Reade )

Mental Well-Being Increases As We Get Older ..
It’s obvious that people’s physical quality of life deteriorates as they age but what is interesting is that their mental well-being doesn’t – it increases. We suggest that this could be due to better coping abilities, an interpretation supported by previous research showing older people tend to have internal mechanisms to deal better with hardship or negative circumstances than those who are younger. It could also be due to a lowering of expectations from life, with older people less likely to put pressure on themselves in the personal and professional spheres.
( Dr Saverio, joint study leader, University of Warwick )

Hearing Loss Happens To Everyone As A Natural Part Of Ageing ..
Forty-two percent of Britons aged 50 and above experience hearing loss to some degree, with this figure rising to nearly three-quarters for the over-70s.
One person in seven in the UK has problems with hearing and struggles for up to 15 years before seeking help.
It affects the hair cells in the inner ear, which transmit signals to the brain via nerves.
Everyone is born with 16,000 of these but they die as we age, and by 65 we have lost about 40 per cent. The deafness is caused by the degeneration of the microscopic hairs in the ear, which pick up sound waves, along with the cells in the inner ear. The effects of the condition can be exacerbated by long-term exposure to loud noises.

Taking Painkillers Increases The Risk Of Hearing Loss ..
Women who regularly take Ibuprofen and Paracetamol are more likely to go deaf, say researchers. The non-prescription painkillers are widely available at supermarkets and are taken by millions every day to ease headaches and inflammation. But a study of more than 62,000 women found taking the drugs just twice a week increases the risk of hearing loss by up to 13 per cent.
Using Ibuprofen six times a week makes women up to 24% more likely to develop some degree of hearing problem compared with those who do not use the medication. Those using paracetamol up to five times a week increase the risk of hearing loss by 21 per cent. The same effect was not seen for women who regularly take aspirin. Researchers who carried out the US study say they do not yet know why there is a link, or whether the damage caused is permanent.
The same team carried out similar research two years ago and found that men were also at risk of hearing loss from taking the drugs.
( Jo Macfarlane )

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