Monthly Archives: May 2014

Tomatoes – are they latest “anti-cancer ” fad ?

Beware claims of

‘eat this to conquer cancer’ 

Every day, yet another health guru comes out with a statement that eating XXXX will conquer cancer – usually there is a PR campaign behind the claim, and it’s made by a paid-for firm promoting whatever fruit or vegetable they

Small tomatoes in Korea

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publicise.  This is big business – no-one would have ever heard of various unknown berries, if the growers hadn’t been promoted via an expensive PR campaign;  but the end result was massively-increased sales. So whenever I read about some miracle food, I would reach for a huge pinch of salt – what it’s useful for!

Hence I have been sceptical over the latest claim – this time for tomatoes. Having eaten tons of them from childhood on, and nevertheless got cancer, they didn’t protect me. However, evidence now comes from Harvard that, whilst not

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Tricks to making yourself look good

Making yourself look good

I have been bouncing around my local streets – which is a bit scary as I walk like a drunk due to Neuropathy – but neighbours are forgiving, particularly when they

1957 Vintage Beauty Ad, Woodbury Dry Skin Cream

see the broad grin on my face.

Why?  Because beauticians have been telling me I have nice skin – and when a nurse asked me for the dreaded Date of Birth – and then looked at me. raising her eyebrows and looked sceptical, I realised that my face was looking quite good. Continue reading

NHS thinks we are stupid

Fuss about patients going to A & E –

NHS says we should be seeing GP

BUT Patients Association says most patients are ‘right to go to A&E’

The Fraser Centre, Milngavie (Glasgow) where t...

Ninian Reid

saying “New research published by the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) has revealed that just 15% of attendees at Emergency Departments could have been seen by a GP in the community without the need for Emergency Department assessment”.

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Aussies provide good after-cancer care

NICE approves Australian products

– Cancer survivors take advantage

flexitol_prescription_hand_balm_75g_carton_tube_right_0Flexitol Heel Balm and Hand Balm is medically approved treatments for dry, cracked feet and splitting nails and hands. These were recently reclassified as a medical device by the NHS BSA pricing prescription division, and are part of a range of skincare products developed to help patients ‘Down Under’.

This means YOU can get these on

prescription – FREE!

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Oil helps sun-dried Hair

New ‘magic oil’ helps cancer-straw hair

Dontcha just loooove those pompous Consultants we have to put up with!!!

Flowering (sweet) almond tree

almond blossom Wikipedia

One gave me the invaluable tip to use Conditioner on my hair – didn’t like to tell him that ordinary commercial products are useless in the fight against what drugs does to our hair.

What works

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Healthy Summer Soup

 Don’t leave Watercress on the

 side of your plate

English: Watercress beds Watercress beds on Ew...

Watercress beds on Ewelme brook  Wikipedia

 

 

 

Watercress grows in clear running water;  photo shows beds at Ewelwe, in Oxfordshire, where it has grown since the time of Chaucerat least – his grand-daughter lived here and apparently he visited often.

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New Zealand cancer patients benefit from tailored skincare

So why don’t we get similar help?

English: Fern flag of New Zealand Amongst countries whose cancer specialists help their patients, comes New Zealand. Like other countries, patients there can confidently buy – or be prescribed – skincare that tailored towards their needs, which really help with side effects of cancer drugs. So why is it that we can’t get same in UK?  We may think NHS is envy of world – but is it? Continue reading

People Power Triumphs!

Online Petitions DO work

38 Degrees, the campaigning organisation, has just announced – computer “Some very, very good news. We did it! The government has accepted our amendment to the hospital closure clause in the House of Lords.   Without our amendment the hospital closure clause would have given the government new powers Continue reading

Why don’t UK cancer treatments learn from abroad?

World Health Organisation constantly places

UK at bottom of treatment tables

Why?  Asking NHS big-wigs just gets a shrug of the shoulders.

United Nations World Health Organisation logo

UN World Health Organisation Wikipedia .

But waking up with bleeding blisters all over my body, three days after starting Tamoxifen, acted as a wake-up call.

I went to France to find out why the French live longer than we do after a cancer diagnosis (average 4.6 years) and if they were any better at giving helpful treatment.

I had been told by a top Oncologist “it’s your age” that caused the bloody blisters – and felt sure that was wrong.

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Well done, Scotland – pity NHS England won’t copy

Live in England?

English: NHS logo

Tried using 111 telephone service?

This service replaces NHS Direct.  Which was working perfectly well, using health professionals to answer calls.  Whenever I called I found staff were excellent. Continue reading