Ancient Humans Were Vegetarian

When Humans Were Pure Vegetarians ..
It must have felt unnatural at first, to eat animal flesh.. After all, we’re not so far removed from animals ourselves.. Perhaps it even felt cannibalistic.. There might not have been that much intellectual distinction between humans and other animals.. When humans were pure vegetarians, they were living in harmony with the earth and with the other creatures co-habiting the planet with them.. Their closest animal relatives, apes, were vegetarians.. Eating the products of the earth, like plants, grains and fruits that they could gather and eat would have seemed the natural order of things.. But necessity is the mother of invention.. Prehistoric men who lived in frozen geographies, or who lived in an area that became devastated by fire, would have eaten anything to survive.. Just like the soccer players whose plane crashed in the mountains of Chile, and were forced to eat the flesh of other players who died in the crash, earliest man at some point had to make the choice for survival, and that could have been consuming meat for the first time and changing human history – and health – forever.. Imagine having eaten raw foods and vegetables for eons, and all of a sudden, incorporating meat products into your system.. You may have heard friends who were vegetarians tell stories of trying to eat meat and becoming violently ill afterwards.. Biologists will tell you we’re really not designed to eat meat, but we adapted to it.. However, in the timeline of human history, eating meat is a relatively recent evolutionary development.
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Early humans had diets very much like other great apes, which is to say a largely plant-based diet, drawing on foods we can pick with our hands.. Research suggests that meat-eating probably began by scavenging, eating the leftovers that carnivores had left behind.. However, our bodies have never adapted to it.. To this day, meat-eaters have a higher incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other problems.
( Dr Neal Barnard )

Genesis 1:29 .. In this verse God gives food to mankind consisting of the seed-bearing herbs and the fruit of trees.. By comparison with Genesis 9:3, the writer believed that, until after the Flood, mankind subsisted upon a purely vegetable diet.. It may be asked how, if this were the case, man had the opportunity of exercising his dominion over fish, birds, and beasts.. If he did not wish to eat them, neither would he wish to kill them.. The truth seems to be that, according to the P version of Hebrew tradition, the first generations of mankind were intended to live without bloodshed or violence in an ideal condition, like that predicted by Isaiah (Genesis 11:6-9), “they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain”.. The prophet’s words, “a little child shall lead them”, imply a dominion over the animal world which does not rest upon force.
( Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges )

Being vegetarian is okay, and in fact we have the Hadith in Islam that encourages us to eat less meat.
( Mohammad Al-Shirazi, Islamic author and scholar )

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
( Hippocrates )

Every herb bearing seed and tree bearing fruit is granted to man for his sustenance.. With our habits it may seem a matter of course that each should at once appropriate what he needs of things at his hand.. But in the beginning of existence it could not be so.. Of two things proceeding from the same creative hand neither has any original or inherent right to interfere in any way whatever with the other.. The absolute right to each lies in the Creator alone.. The one, it is true, may need the other to support its life, as fruit is needful to man.. And therefore the just Creator cannot make one creature dependent for subsistence on another without granting to it the use of that other.. But this is a matter between Creator and creature, not by any means between creature and creature.. Hence, it was necessary to the rightful adjustment of things, whenever a rational creature was ushered into the world, that the Creator should give an express permission to that creature to partake of the fruits of the earth.
( Albert Barnes, 1798-1870, American theologian )

It is necessary to correct the error that vegetarianism has made us weak in mind, or passive or inert in action.. I do not regard flesh-food as necessary at any stage.
( Mahatma Gandhi )

I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet when there are so many substitutes.. After all, man can live without meat.
( The Dalai Lama )

Oh, my fellow men, do not defile your bodies with sinful foods.. We have corn, we have apples bending down the branches with their weight, and grapes swelling on the vines.. There are sweet-flavoured herbs, and vegetables which can be cooked and softened over the fire, nor are you denied milk or thyme-scented honey.. The earth affords a lavish supply of riches, of innocent foods, and offers you banquets that involve no bloodshed or slaughter.. Only beasts satisfy their hunger with flesh, and not even all of those, because horses, cattle, and sheep live on grass.
( Pythagorus, c.570-c.495 )

He who, seeking his own happiness, punishes or kills beings who also long for happiness, will not find happiness after death.
( Buddhist Dhammapada )

The Cause For Almost All Life-Threatening Diseases ..
When humans began eating the flesh of animals, humans became diseased, their lives shortened.. There is no doubt that eating our animal friends, who have the same right to a life as we do, is responsible for almost all the life-threatening diseases that humans now suffer from.. It is not natural, nor moral, nor meant to be.
( Florence Emily Hookins, 1896-1962 )

We are all God’s creatures.. That we pray to God for mercy and justice while we continue to eat the flesh of animals that are slaughtered on our account is not consistent.
( Isaac Bashevis Singer )

Genesis 1:29 .. It is evident from this grant of food to man, in the present verse, and from that to the brute animals in the next, that the use of flesh in the beginning was allowed to neither, and, consequently, that the now carnivorous animals then fed upon grass, etc., as the tame ones amongst us do at present.. The ancients mention this as one characteristic of the golden age:  “Not so the golden age, who fed on fruit, nor durst with bloody meals their hands pollute.”
( Thomas Coke, 1747-1814, Methodist Bishop )

‘I have given you every herb for food’ – It seems from this, says Dr Priestley, an eminent philosopher, that man was originally intended to live upon vegetables only, and as no change was made in the structure of men’s bodies after the flood, it is not probable that any change was made in the articles of their food.. It may also be inferred from this passage that no animal whatever was originally designed to prey on others, for nothing is here said to be given to any beast of the earth besides green herbs.. Before sin entered into the world, there could be, at least, no violent deaths, if any death at all.
( Adam Clarke, 1760-1832, British Methodist theologian and biblical scholar )

I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species.. We err in copying the lower animal world if we are superior to it.
( Mahatma Gandhi )

The Hebrew meaning of the word ‘meat’ is bread or food.
The word ‘meat’ comes from the Old English word mete, which referred to food in general.

In the golden age, spontaneous fruits were the food of happy mortals.
( Antoine Augustin Calmet, 1672-1757, French Benedictine monk )

How to provide good and plentiful food is a most important question of the day.. It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarous habit.
That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory, but a well-demonstrated fact.
There is no doubt that some plant food, such as oatmeal, is more economical than meat, and superior to it in regard to both mechanical and mental performance.
Such food, moreover, taxes our digestive organs decidedly less, and, in making us more contented and sociable, produces an amount of good difficult to estimate.
In view of these facts every effort should be made to stop the wanton and cruel slaughter of animals, which must be destructive to our morals.
( Nikola Tesla, 1900 )

Let him not destroy, or cause to be destroyed, any life at all, nor sanction the acts of those who do so.. Let him refrain from even hurting any creature, both those that are strong and those that tremble in the world.
( Suita-Nipata, Buddhist )

But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.
( Plutarch, c.45-c.120 )

Vegans Have A Lower Death Rate Than Meat-Eaters ..
Vegans have substantially lower death rates than meat-eaters, a major study has found.. The study has been published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal and reignites debate around increasingly popular vegan diets amid conflicting medical advice and evidence over their impact of proponents’ health.. The research was undertaken by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, who monitored health and diet records of more than 130,000 people over the course of thirty years.
They found every 3% increase in calories from plant protein was found to reduce risk of death by 10%.. The figure rises to 12% for risk of dying from heart disease.. By contrast, raising the share of animal protein in one’s diet by 10% led to a 2% higher risk of death from all causes.. This increased to an 8% higher chance of dying from heart disease.. Substituting eggs for plant protein led to a 19% reduction in death risk and eliminating unprocessed red meat saw a drop of 12%.
Lead scientist Dr Mingyang Song said, “Overall, our findings support the importance of the sources of dietary protein for long-term health outcomes.. While previous studies have primarily focused on the overall amount of protein intake – which is important – from a broad dietary perspective, the particular foods people consume to get protein are equally important.. Our findings suggest people should consider eating more plant proteins than animal proteins, and when they do choose among sources of animal protein, fish and chicken are probably better choices.”
The number of people in Britain who follow a vegan diet has increased 360% over the course of the last decade.
( Siobhan Fenton, Independent, 02.08.2016 )

The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life.
( Albert Einstein )

One In Ten Die In Agony In Hospital

New Treatment For Kidney Stones ..
A citrus fruit extract has been found to dissolve kidney stones, leading to hopes of new treatments.. Tests on hydroxycitrate, known as HCA, showed very promising results.. Images recorded the calcium oxalate crystals which form kidney stones actually shrinking when exposed to HCA.. Dr Jeffrey Rimmer, of the University of Houston in Texas, said : “HCA shows promise as a potential therapy.”
( Daily Mirror, 09.08.2016 )

Sense Of Touch Skin For Prosthetic Limbs ..
Pioneering British scientists are developing electronic skin which could give amputees prosthetic limbs the sense of touch.. Researchers claim the new technology, which may be available in five years time, will also bring major changes to manufacturing and communications.. The skin would even allow an object to be felt by someone who is physically miles away – similar to the technology in blockbuster sic-fi film Avatar.
Dr Ravinder Dahiya, of Glasgow University, said that as well as the potential to modify prosthetic hands with the skin, there were other possibilities for medicine.. A key component of the skin is graphene, the world’s thinnest material.. It is only one millionth of the thickness of a human hair, but 200 times stronger than steel and conducts heat and electricity better than copper.. The team managed to find a low-cost way of developing sheets of the material.. They also use nanowire technology, extremely thin wires used to make sensors.
( An extract from an article by Pamela Paterson, 23.05.2016 )

More People In The UK Not Eating Meat ..
Half a million people in the UK are now on a vegan diet, the total has more than trebled in ten years.. A survey by the Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine found 42% of those avoiding meat, fish and dairy were aged 15-34.. Only 14% were over 65 .. There are also 1.7 million vegetarians.
( Daily Mirror, 18.05.2016 )

Don’t Give Ibuprofen To Kids With Chickenpox ..
A mother is alerting parents to the danger of giving ibuprofen to children with chickenpox after her young son ended up with septicaemia.. The mother claimed a number of doctors prescribed children’s ibuprofen to her son.. But he deteriorated and was hospitalised with septicaemia.. It was only at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool that she was told the drug reacts with chickenpox.. The NHS advises paracetamol as a painkiller for chickenpox.
( An extract from an article by Emma Gill, 09.04.2016 )

Aspirin Can Help Prevent Cancer ..
A daily dose of aspirin can help prevent cancer and even stop existing tumours spreading, a major study has found.. The findings reveal compelling evidence that the painkiller can improve the odds of surviving the disease by up to 20% .. Professor Peter Elwood, of the Cardiff University Medical School, led a systematic review of more than 50,000 cancer patients across almost 50 studies going back decades.. He said, “Our review, based on available evidence, suggests low-dose aspirin taken by patients with bowel, breast or prostate cancer, in addition to other treatments, is associated with a reduction in deaths of about 15% to 20%, together with a reduction in the spread of the cancer.”
( An extract from an article by Andrew Gregory, 21.04.2016 )

Drug Link To Kidney Damage ..
Drugs used by millions of British people to treat heartburn may increase the risk of kidney damage, scientists claim.. Patients are being advised to take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) only when medically necessary and to limit the duration of use.. Over five years PPI users had a 28% increased risk of kidney disease and a 96% greater risk of kidney failure, found researchers at the VA St Louis Health Care System in St Louis, US .. The findings are reported in the journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
( Daily Mirror, 15.04.2016 )

Alcohol And Processed Meat Cause Stomach Cancer ..
Beers, bacon and obesity have been linked for the first time to stomach cancer.. There is strong evidence that drinking three or more alcoholic drinks a day, eating processed meat and being overweight increased the risk, a World Cancer Research Fund report has found.. Dr Rachel Thompson, from the Fund, said : “These findings give us a clearer picture.. Hopefully they will help people make informed decisions about their lifestyles choices.” .. The disease kills 5,000 people a year in the UK.
( Andrew Gregory, 21.04.2016 )

Appalling Treatment Of Dying Folk In NHS Hospitals ..
One in eight dying patients are starved of food and water in their final days of NHS care.. And one in ten die in agony without pain relief, a poll of bereaved relatives found.. A third of those polled said their hospital did not work well together with GP and other community care services.. One in ten rated the overall end-of-life care as ‘poor’.. The most deprived areas got the worst services, the Office for National Statistics survey found.
( An extract from an article by Jack Blanchard, 23.04.2016 )

Aspirin Cuts Risk Of Stroke ..
Taking an aspirin daily straight after suffering a mini-stroke can slash the risk of a major one by up to 80%, a study suggests.. Over-60s are at highest risk of mini-strokes, or transient ischemic attacks.. And one in 20 people hit by them have a major attack within two days, rising to one in 12 within a week.. Professor Peter Rothwell of Oxford University said : “Our findings confirm the effectiveness of urgent treatment and show aspirin is the most important component.”
( Daily Mirror, 19.05.2016 )

The Longest A&E Waits On Record ..
The NHS is on its knees with A&E and cancer delays now the longest on record.. Official figures revealed 224,000 people spent at least four hours waiting to be seen in A&E in February.. Casualty wards are expected to treat 95% of patients within four hours.. But the figure fell to 87.8% – the lowest since records began in 2004.. Nearly 200 patients were left on trolleys for half a day.
( An extract from an article by Nick McDermott, 15.04.2016 )

Foster Children Suffer From Government Cuts ..
Children in care are finding it harder to access ongoing support from social workers because of Government budget cuts, foster carers have warned.. A survey by The Fostering Network of more than 760 carers across the UK revealed more than two-thirds felt cuts had impacted foster children’s’ access to social workers.. Three in five carers also felt support from their supervising social worker had been affected.
( Community Care, April 2016 )

Declared ‘Fit For Work’ And Died Soon After ..
At least 2,600 sick and disabled people died shortly after being declared ‘fit for work’ by a Government contractor.. Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that around 100 people per month died shortly after being ruled well enough to take a job.. Over a period of two years, 2,380 people died within 14 days of being taken off Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) because they were declared ‘fit to work’ by a controversial assessment process.
( MailOnLine, August 2015 )

A Wonder Drug For Asthma ..
A ‘wonder drug’ that dramatically reduces the severity of asthma attacks has been developed by British scientists..The pill, which is taken twice daily, has been hailed a real ‘game changer’, with the potential to revolutionise treatment of the disease, which affects 5.4 million Britons.. Within three months, asthma became five times less severe in participants taking the medication.. Professor Chris Brightling, of the University of Leicester, said, “This new drug could be a game changer for treatment of asthma”.. Fevipiprant is aimed at severe sufferers and is currently being evaluated in clinical trials.. Three people die every day because of asthma attacks and research shows that two thirds of these deaths are preventable, according to Asthma UK.. The study took place at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
( Mark Waghorn, 06.08.2016 )

The Most Noble Idea Ever

Breast Cancer ..
Experts have found a protein which could stop breast cancer spreading.

They discovered it can block cancer cells when it is active in the body.
But the cells are able to switch off protein EPHA2, which lets them then move through blood vessels into other organs.
The Institute of Cancer Research said, “The next step is to figure out how to keep the protein switched on, stopping breast cancer spreading.”

( Sun, 10.02.2016 )

Compensation Paid By The NHS ..
The NHS believes it will need £28.3billion to cover damages for botched care over the next few years.. The vast estimate, which has risen 70% in five years, comes as the NHS is trying to make savings of £30billion.. It includes £12.3billion for outstanding claims and £16billion for claims expected over the next five years and beyond.

( Andrew Gregory and Winnie Agbonlahor, 23.01.2016 )

Dementia And Alzheimers ..
GPs diagnosed nearly 20% more patients with dementia after being promised a government bonus.. The scheme, which paid £55 for each new case spotted, ran for six months between October 2014 and April 2015.
It was meant to improve detection of the brain-wasting illness amid fears cases were being missed.
Dementia cases rose from 643 people per 100,000 population in April 2014 to 755 by December 2015.. GPs got the cash for six months of that period.. The scheme was scrapped by NHS England in April 2015.Alzheimer’s drugs prescription in England leapt from just over 500,000 in 2004 to three million in 2014.
( Pat Hagan, 20.01.2016 )

Tasteless Fruit From Abroad ..
Having spotted blueberries from Chile, blackberries from Mexico and strawberries from Peru while scanning the supermarket for fruit, I wasn’t at all surprised to hear that more than half of our food is flown in from abroad.. Why ?

The only fruit we should be eating now is what’s in season here.. A succulent apple, maybe some rosy rhubarb or a juicy pear.. That’s about it at this time of year.
But who wants soggy, tasteless strawberries that go off in a day because they’re sprayed, frozen, gassed and flown thousands of miles before leaking their juices all over the supermarket fruit and veg section ?

( Fiona Phillips, 09.01.2016 )

Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Take Paracetamol ..
Pregnant women who take paracetamol may increase the risk of their baby having asthma, say experts.. A study involving 114,500 children found 5.7% had the disease at the age of three and 5.1% at seven.. Researchers say they found a consistent link between children who had developed asthma aged three and mums who told them they had taken paracetamol during pregnancy.. The risk appeared to be greater if an expectant mother had used paracetamol for more than one complaint.
The researchers, in Bristol and Norway, say they established the asthma was linked to the drug rather than any medical condition the mother may have been suffering when she took it.. Previous studies have suggested a link between paracetamol use by pregnant mums and asthma.

( Sophie Goodchild, 10.02.2016 )

The Most Noble Idea Ever ..
The National Health Service owes its existence to the most noble idea that this country ever had – To care for the sick, the weak and the vulnerable in their time of need.
If the NHS is not there to care, then it is a meaningless shell, a cash cow for private medicine.. And makes a mockery of the idealism that brought it into being.
The NHS does not exist to stuff the pockets of Conservative Party donors, or to enrich doctors, or to big up private health care.

Children Placed In Adult Mental Institutions ..
Children as young as five with mental health issues are being placed in adult institutions far from home.. An adult mental health ward is no place for a child.. It is an act of utter, disgraceful neglect and cruelty.. Adult psychiatric wards and their facilities and staffing levels are often basic by fiscal necessity.. They are populated by people with mental health problems who may be verbally abusive, physically threatening or simply distressing to be with.

We Didn’t Vaccinate Away Cholera Or Tuberculosis ..
We did not vaccinate away cholera.. We didn’t vaccinate away tuberculosis.
There were sanitariums in the 20s and 30s, even the 40s, for tuberculosis.
We didn’t vaccinate that away so there’s a lot of things that people think of that we vaccinated away but we never did in this country.. It was all actually changes and improvements in public health and in sanitation, water and nutrition.
( Dr Toni Bark )

A Moderate Amount Of Alcohol May Beat Alzheimer’s ..
Two pints of beer a day could slash Alzheimer’s deaths, a study claims.
Experts found a moderate alcohol intake cut the risk of dying early in newly diagnosed patients by 77% .. Two small glasses of wine or four single whiskies could have the same effect.. They tracked the amount 321 adults in the early stages of the incurable disease drank over three years in Denmark.. The one in 20 who had a couple of beers or wine every day showed life-enhancing benefits.. The one in ten who abstained and heavy drinkers were more likely to die earlier.. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark believe alcohol may protect brain cells from the disease.
( Nick McDermott, 11.12.2015 )

Hospitals Rationing Hearing Aids ..
Hospitals in the UK are rationing hearing aids in a wave of cruel NHS cuts.
Many trusts now offer just one hearing aid even if both ears need help.
It means many patients may have to go private to get the care they need.
Dr Roger Wicks, from the charity Action on Hearing Loss, said, “Hearing aids have been free on the NHS since its creation in 1948.. It’s driven by the need to cut costs and has nothing to do with people’s health needs”.. Peter Sydserff, president of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, said, “It is a classic short-term decision, and it is cruel.. Imagine going for an eye test and being asked, ‘Which eye would you like a lens for ?’”
( Danny Buckland, 25.10.2015 )

A Blood Test May Predict The Onset Of Arthritis ..
A blood test could soon predict who will get arthritis up to 16 years before it fully develops.. It would allow hundreds of thousands of patients to get vital early treatment.. It works by detecting a protein released into the blood when rheumatoid arthritis starts developing.. A team at Oxford University’s Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology studied 2,000 patients and found it was present an average of seven years before arthritis set in.. In some cases the figure was as high as 16 years.. Rheumatoid arthritis is triggered when the immune system malfunctions and affects the joints.. Stephen Simpson, of Arthritis UK, said, “This has great potential to help patients get the right treatment early to keep this painful and debilitating condition under control.”
( Nick McDermott, 11.12.2015 )

If there is a ‘health food’ section in the grocery store..
What does that make the rest of the food sold there ?
( Dr Mark Hyman )

Medicine is not health care.. Food is health care.
Medicine is sick care.

Bananas Help To Combat Flu ..
Bananas could help fight flu and combat killer diseases such as hepatitis C and Aids, researchers have claimed.. Scientists believe they can create a drug from a protein found in the fruit.. BanLec locks on to sugars on the outside of cells, stopping deadly viruses from getting in.. Its powers were revealed five years ago when researchers developed an anti-viral drug.. But the treatment caused side-effects such as swelling.. They have now made the drug safer.. And trials have found it stops flu in mice.. Experts hope the drug can be put in a nasal spray, but it could be ten years before it is available.. US-based researcher Dr David Markovitz said, “What we’ve done is exciting.. Better treatments are desperately needed.”
( Katie Hodge, 23.10.2015 )

All nutrients come from the sun or the soil.
( Michael Greger )

With the proper diet, no doctor is necessary.
With the improper diet, no doctor can help.
( Dr Gabriel Cousons )

Health Secretary Putting Patients At Risk ..
Transplant patients are refusing to have life-saving surgery at weekends because Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said they are more likely to die..
A top doctor specialising in liver operations criticised the Health Secretary over his repeated claims that under-staffing at hospitals over the weekend is causing 11,000 excess deaths every year.. The figure, disputed by the British Medical Association, is key to the Government’s case for a seven-day NHS, which sparked a pay row with junior doctors.. Dr Palak Trivedi has revealed several patients at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital have already refused weekend transplants over fears for their health.. Two declined operations despite being matched with a donor, meaning they risked missing their only chance of survival.. Dr Trivedi said, “Mr Hunt says he wants to save lives but he is putting patients at risk by repeating questionable data.. I pray that none of the patients who refuse weekend transplants ends up dying.. The reality, Mr Hunt, in case you didn’t know, is that liver transplantation is a seven days a week, 365 days a year operation.. There is always a consultant in theatre and there is the same level of case in recovery.. Expert input is the same weekday or weekend, in theatre, on the ward and in intensive care.”
( Dan Warburton and Martyn Halle, 13.12.2015 )

A Sick Campaign By The Health Secretary ..
If the worst happens this weekend and you or a family member fall seriously ill, you can be confident you will almost certainly get excellent treatment.. Yet Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has created a climate of terror by warning that patients are more likely to die if they go to hospital at weekends.. His misuse of statistics has been discredited by the British Medical Association and many doctors, yet the mud has stuck.
Mr Hunt has run this disgraceful, unprincipled campaign against doctors and nurses as part of his mission to undermine the NHS.. We are used to politicians using scare tactics, but doing so to terrify sick people is plumbing new depths.
As anyone who has had to use a hospital at weekends knows, medical staff already work devotedly for seven days a week.
( Sunday Mirror, 13.12.2015 )

Do Not Ask Me To Remember

Do Not Ask Me To Remember ..
Do not ask me to remember
Don’t try to make me understand.
Let me rest and know you’re with me.
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.
I’m confused beyond your concept.
I am sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost.

Do not lose your patience with me.
Do not scold or curse or cry.
I can’t help the way I’m acting,
Can’t be different though I try.
Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone.
Please don’t fail to stand beside me,
Love me till my life is done.
( Owen Darnell )

Dementia Poem ..
I’m in this home.. They put me here.

Don’t know the date, I don’t know the year,
I sit, I think, I reminisce.
Of the days gone by, total joy and bliss.
But confusion sets in, and I start to panic,
Medication wears off, it makes me erratic,
Where am I ? .. I don’t know this place.
Someone is speaking, I see their face.
This one that speaks, I may recognise.
Something familiar, something about those eyes.
I think he’s not all there, I think he may be mad,
Why does he hold my hand ?.. Why does he call me Dad ?
They will not leave, they will not go.
So, I sit in silence, signs of life I will not show.
Still, they hold my hand and they speak to me.
They just wont let go, who can they be ?
My mind is addled I’m all confused,
My mind feels broken and it feels bruised.
I wish my wife was still around,
She’d ease my pain, she was so profound.
I listen as they all mill about,
I hear them whisper and I want to shout.
What do they want ?.. Why don’t they leave ?
I think they are liars, and I disbelieve.
I remember times of long ago,
But not recent times, as my mind has slowed.
Endless summers and times of joy
When I was small, just a little boy.
I remember well, my wedding day.
A happy memory that’s here to stay.
But, it all goes fuzzy and all goes grey
And, I can’t remember even yesterday.
They think me mad, they think me senile.
They are the ones that are in denial.
This mental illness is no joke,
I used to be normal, now I’m just smoke.
The onset came and it took hold,
It ate my mind and it has left me cold.
Deep inside I try and fight,
I push at it with all my might.
Some days are good and some quite bad,
But either way, when my end comes I’ll not be sad.
My brain has gone, now left this place.
I have passed on, the next world I shall embrace.
( John Steward )

Euthanised Without Consent

The Family Doctor 1939 ..
The routine was as follows.. Immediately you became unwell with a temperature, sore throat or spots you would be confined to your bed.. First thing the following morning after the dreaded symptoms your mother would contact the Doctor’s Surgery and be immediately reassured that the Doctor would call in on his rounds before midday..
The Doctor would arrive, thermometer stuck into your mouth, neck glands felt, mouth opened and spots examined.. He would then tell your mother what ailment you had incurred and reassured her that medicine would be delivered before nightfall that evening and also that he would call in sometime in the following two days to check progress.. There was no NHS then, so the Doctor would quickly write out an ‘Account Rendered’ which was normally for two guineas.. By no later than 5pm a boy on a bicycle would deliver the prescribed medicine from a basket that would contain at least another twenty medications.. True to his word the Doctor would also make his second call two days later to confirm your return to school.

In 1939 the Doctor would have been 65 to 70 years of age, and so born in 1869-1874 and attended his medical training in the 1890s, served in World War One and should have retired by 1939 but continued throughout World War Two which was a familiar situation throughout the country.. These doctors who should have retired but soldiered on to fill the gaps left by the younger doctors at war.
Nowadays, I have to wait ten days to see my own doctor and make my own way to his surgery, pick up a prescription, take to a pharmacy and then have to call back the following day to collect the medication.. Such is progress.
( Story taken from an article by Joe Branson, Dorset, UK )

Thousands Die After UK Government Cut Benefits ..
Nearly 10,000 people have died after being denied full sickness benefits – with almost one in four of them dead within two weeks of being ordered to get a job, the Government admitted.. The Department for Work and Pensions revealed that 2,380 people died between December 2011 and February 2014 after failing controversial government tests and being found ‘fit to work’.. A further 7,200 people claiming Employment and Support Allowance died after being forced into the ‘work-related activity group’, which means they get reduced benefits and are told to get a job.
( Nick Sommerlad, 28.08.2015 )

Just A Pinch Of Salt Can Make You Fat ..
It’s well known that eating too much salt can increase the risk of heart disease – but it may also contribute to obesity.. A study of 458 children and 785 adults showed an increase of just one gram a day made volunteers around a quarter more likely to become obese.. It is believed to be related to salt having an effect on the body’s metabolism of fat.
( Metro, 02.09.2015 )

Dodgy Dentists ..
The number of dentists being investigated for ‘fitness to practise’ has almost doubled in four years.. Figures from the General Dental Council show 3,099 cases over the past year.. One dentist was jailed for 18 months for defrauding the NHS of nearly £48,000.. Another was struck off after a string of failings relating to 18 of her patients..
And Daniel Stocks, 37, was banned from the industry for filming staff in the toilet..
The rising toll is placing pressure on the GDC, which was promised reforms by the Government which would save taxpayers around £1.8million a year..
Chris Dean, a lawyer at The Dental Law Partnership, said, “There are major concerns about the standard of some dentists.. The Government needs to act now.”

( Lee Sorrell and Nick Dorman, 13.09.2015 )

Patients Euthanised Without Consent ..
A recent study by the Journal of Medical Ethics revealed a disturbing practice being carried out in Belgian hospitals.. Namely, the deliberate euthanasia of patients without their voluntary consent.. Raphael Cohen-Almagor, professor of philosophy and ethics at the UK’s Hull University and author of the report, discovered that lethal drugs were being used to ‘shorten life and without explicit request’.. These cases of deliberate euthanasia accounted for 1.7% of all deaths in Belgium during 2013.. The practice typically involved patients who were comatose, suffering from dementia or “because discussion would have been harmful to the patient’s best interest”.. A very contentious judgment, indeed.. This highly questionable and unethical practice is all the more curious since a 2002 Belgian law called the Euthanasia Act prohibits administering life-ending drugs except in cases where the patient has given explicit, voluntary consent.

Professor Cohen-Almagor wrote.. “At the heart of this legislation is the free will of the patient who asks for euthanasia.. It is worrying that some physicians take upon themselves the responsibility to deliberately shorten patients’ lives without a clear indication from the patients that this is what they would want.”.. The law clearly states that a request for euthanasia from a patient must be “voluntary, well-considered, and repeated and, not the result of any external pressure.”
A paper published in 2014 by the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine Council explores the use of drugs “with the direct intention of shortening the dying process of terminal palliative care in patients with no prospect of a meaningful recovery.”.. The paper also advises that the withdrawal of care and the increased dosage of lethal sedatives “must not be interpreted as killing.”.. Which begs the question.. How is euthanasia without consent any different than murder ?.. An even more shocking revelation is that in many of these cases even the families of the patients are not being consulted, with doctors viewing the practice as a “medical decision” that only they should have the power to make.. The cases in which euthanasia without consent has been carried out are rarely reported, which is also a violation of the Euthanasia Act.
( Daniel Barker, Natural News, 16.07.2015 )

Coffee And Alcohol Can Beat Dementia ..
Boozing in moderation and drinking coffee could cut the risk of developing dementia.
Up to three alcoholic drinks daily kept Alzheimer’s at bay, according to Chinese experts who led a review of 300 studies.. Vitamins C and E, statins and folic acid were also linked to a reduced risk of the illness, which mainly affects over-65s.
Diabetes, depression and high blood pressure were said to increase the chances, along with lifestyle factors like lack of education and weight problems.
Separate research shows fewer people are developing dementia due to healthier lifestyles.. In Britain, the number of 65-year-olds with Alzheimer’s has fallen by 22% since 1990 – despite past fears of an epidemic.
( Andrew Gregory, 21.08.2015 )

Diabetes Link To Antibiotics ..
Taking too many antibiotics could raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
A study found those who took them five times in the last 15 years were 53% more likely to get the disease than those who took them once.. Dr Kristian Mikkelsen, behind the study by a Danish hospital, said antibiotics can affect people’s metabolism.
( Daily Mirror, 28.08.2015 )

Expectant Mums’ Whooping Cough Alert ..
Expectant mums have been urged to get a whooping cough jab to protect their unborn babies after a rise in cases of the potential killer.. A jab cuts the risk by 91% but only 56% of mums-to-be had one in 2014-15.. There were 1,744 cases of whooping cough in the UK in the first half of 2015 – up 332 on the same period for last year.
( Daily Mirror, 04.09.2015 )

Aspirin May Be A Cancer Lifesaver ..
Cancer patients could boost their chances of beating the disease by popping an aspirin.. The simple painkiller blocks a cancer molecule that lets tumours dodge immunotherapy treatment.. The find by British scientists gives new hope to the 330,000 diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK.. Immunotherapy ‘wakes up’ the immune system so it can fight tumours.. Giving mice aspirin alongside it slowed the growth of bowel and skin cancer in the study by the Francis Crick Institute in London.
( Andrew Gregory, 04.09.2015 )