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by afew Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 11:19:23 AM EST

What goes around...


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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 11:19:44 AM EST
Your OT draw was quicker than mine.
by Nomad on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 11:23:19 AM EST
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Sorry!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 11:54:13 AM EST
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A jeez, I thought I'd try to aid my recovery by doing a small amount of exercise. All I succeeded in doing was exhaust myself (I did bugger all) and apparently divert necessary healing energy into frivolity.

I now feel like I've gone backwards and am not feeling clever.

Will no-one deliver me from this turbulent virus ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 02:05:05 PM EST
Stop doing that.

This bug is a bugger and you can't hurry the healing.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 03:00:23 PM EST
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tell me about it

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 03:23:00 PM EST
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I succumbed as well.  As I understand it, there are two stages to it, the initial not being so bad?

I am drinking a lot of turmeric tea -  a very good antiviral.  

by stevesim on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 03:57:36 PM EST
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Specific for strep throat.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 04:08:59 PM EST
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Strep throat is a bacteria.

However, there is scientific evidence of some antiviral effect:

In the 2009 issue of the scientific journal "Emerging Infectious Diseases", researcher David Fedson discusses the uses of natural and ethnobotanical products in the treatment of the influenza virus. Fedson suggests turmeric and curcumin as viable candidates for treating influenza, as they are known to interfere with the replication process of other viruses and microbes. According to Kerry Bone, author of "The Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs", turmeric is a traditional Thai remedy used for treating for the common cold.

Read more: Antiviral Properties of Turmeric | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_7330160_antiviral-properties-turmeric.html#ixzz2Jy1sESiZ

by stevesim on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 04:14:17 PM EST
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As I recall, a BBC report some years ago said (paraphrased):

"Strep throat is almost unknown in India. Various factors were considered and turmeric was isolated as a possible contributor. Subsequent research identified a particular component of turmeric as an anti-bacterial specific for strep throat."

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 12:14:29 PM EST
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that stuff is good.

i just bought a kilo of the dried root chunks and am grinding them fresh to add to dishes.

goes with so many foods... blended with tifu, it makes a great, sun coloured dip, or sandwich spread.

no flu for years, immunity boosting is the shiznit.


"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 04:17:26 PM EST
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I buy fresh roots (imported from Spain), and grate them over salads or hot dishes, or chop them into vegetable soups. Huge flavour and colour.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 04:22:57 PM EST
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Don't see it fresh here, but I put the powdered form in empty capsules and try to take it regularly.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 04:56:33 PM EST
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and of course this whets my appetite for some Indian food.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 05:07:58 PM EST
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Cooking tonight!

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 12:18:30 PM EST
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use it diluted in oil with black pepper to increase uptake by the body.

Turmeric has been shown to increase neural growth factor in the body, which can help against Alzheimer's.

It is thought to have some anti-carcegenic properties as well.  Probably because it is a very good anti-inflammatory.

Basically, all spices have some very good properties for human health but turmeric is especially good.

by stevesim on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 04:23:01 PM EST
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thanks for the tip, but since adolescence i find black pepper a liver irritant.

love all the red, green and yellow ones though, cayenne is a valuable infection-fighter in its own right too.

isn't turmeric a cousin to ginger?


"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 05:31:45 PM EST
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The usual course around here is to come down with it and it's not too bad.  Then it settles in the lungs and turns into a Royal PITA for two to three to four weeks and then you start to get over it.  At that point you can relapse or contract the other flu virus running around.  

I got my first bout in November, got better, went through a second bout in late December and got over that mid-January.  Feeling about 90%, now.

Whole thing has been a Learning Experience®.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 06:03:50 PM EST
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This is the sort of thing which drives me to fury. Newcastle council demonstrate that all elective services will be unaffordable by 2018 under the current govt settlement. That is children's services, libraries, arts, everything will be gone. Not gutted, gone.

Equally it is the unfairness. Newcastle reliably votes labour, whilst more leafy southern Conservative areas are doing very nicely thank you.

Areas which are already deprived are being abandoned

Guardian - John Harris - There is cold fear and resentment, but little sense of hope

Having taken serious financial blows since 2010 and set its budget on a year-by-year basis, Newcastle city council has just finished its public consultation on cuts of around £100m spread over three years to 2016 - and they make for terrifying reading. By then, it says it will have to cut about a third of its budget and shed 1,300 jobs.

There is an undercurrent of local noise about the aspects of the cuts pinned to cost inflation, and allegations that Labour council leader Nick Forbes is proposing such drastic moves in order to pick a fight with Westminster. If that is the case, you have to believe not only that he thinks laying waste to the city is a good career move, but that beneath an Alan Milburn-ish exterior lies a secret clone of Derek Hatton. The truth is much more prosaic, and all about a grim pincer movement afflicting councils across the country: in Newcastle, about £50m cut from money the council receives from central government, coupled with rising demand for the basic services it is statutorily required to provide.

Last week, while the Treasury reportedly plotted further cuts to local government, the National Audit Office issued a report ominously titled Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities. With some understatement, it acknowledged "evidence that local authorities are reducing services", and pointed out that they "may find it harder over the rest of the spending review period to absorb funding reductions". But only some of them: to quote those well-known lefty provocateurs the Audit Commission, "councils in the most deprived areas have seen substantially greater reductions in government funding as a share of revenue expenditure than councils in less deprived areas." In other words, Hackney, Hastings, Newham, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle take a big hit, but Elmsbridge, Winchester and Richmond-upon-Thames have got off very lightly indeed.

But this is the statistic which leaped from the page and made my blood boil

We might note that what Newcastle is losing over three years, we have been spending in Afghanistan every 8.3 days. Funny, isn't it, how the prime minister can apparently find money for his adventure in Mali, but still insist that places nearer home are all but crushed in the cause of fiscal exactitude?


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 03:58:58 PM EST
Link to video on Facebook: Security cameras show Tel-Aviv municipality workers painting a handicapped parking space around and under a parked car - and then towing away the illegally parked car.....
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 06:53:23 AM EST
Happens in UK from time to time as well

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 08:51:08 AM EST
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Why am I not surprised?
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 01:41:08 PM EST
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