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Did you know that since 2004 - when Labour passed the law, that the General Medical Council can now employ out-of-hours medics from Europe (as ordinary surgery ones here get paid so much they don't want to work week-ends or evenings, so the GMC gets several thousand Eastern European GP’s (through agencies), but they are prohibited by EU law to put them through an English competence test! (Needless to say the French take no notice of this crazy piece of legislation and do test them).

Have you ever realised what nonsense EU law is! It does not bode well for the future if that is the quality of their law. There has been at least one fatality caused by a German GP who prescribed ten times the amount of a common drug, which not unnaturally killed the patient...
Thanks to Open Europe


  •  Half a head of cabbage (+-1k) - very finely shredded
  •  1 1/2 cups (+-300g) celery leaves - finely chopped
  •  1/2 large onion or one small onion (+-80g)

- very finely chopped (Part of the secret is shredding all the veggies very finely. The results are well worth the effort.)

Place this into large bowl. Next prepare the dressing:

  •  50ml good quality vinegar
  •  200ml sunflower oil (you can use olive oil but it does change the taste a little)
  •  15ml (1 tablespoon) fine white sugar or honey
  •  10ml fine white salt (more or less to taste if desired)
  •  5ml fine white pepper this is also part of the integral taste of the salad: using ground black pepper alters the taste try it another time as a variation!
  •  2 1/2 ml mustard powder

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a 500ml bottle with a tightly fitting lid. Vigorously shake the bottle until mixture is completely blended and has the consistency of warm honey.

Pour this over the cabbage salad. Toss and allow the mixture to stand for at least 10 minutes in the fridge.

Now serve and eat!

What I like about this recipe is that it also contains celery leaves. Celery can help suppress your appetite, helping you slim. It also has a calming effect on the central nervous system.

Some early studies on animals link celery to low blood pressure. This is because it contains 'pthalides', compounds which can help relax your artery muscles.

These compounds also reduce your levels of stress hormone, which help keep your blood vessels relaxed and open.

And it's the leaves that have the highest concentration of the good stuff, so the Honeymoon Cabbage Salad is a perfect way to eat your leaves!


- MAY PUT YOUR HEALTH AT RISK

A recent study showed that between two thirds and three quarters of the trials published in the major journals – Annals of Internal Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Lancet, and New England Journal of Medicine – are funded by the pharmaceutical industry. 1

Drug company ads made up 72% of all advertisements in the top five medical journals in 2006 and 2007.

Plus, journals with the most pharmaceutical ads were significantly more likely to publish articles concluding that dietary supplements were unsafe, than the journals with fewer pharma ads. 2

Studies concluded pharmaceutical advertising biased these medical journals against non-drug therapies.

1.      Egger M, Bartlett C, Juni P (2001) “Are randomised controlled trials in the BMJ different?” BMJ 323: 1253.

2.      Fugh-Berman A, Alladin K, Chow J (2006) “Advertising in Medical Journals: Should Current Practices Change?” PLoS Med 3(6): e130. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0030130

What Doctors Are Reading May Put Your Health at Risk  Al Sears MD July 1st 2010

Thanks to Dr Al Sears.

From a paper given to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration of the USA (NOAA), in the USA, by Professor Michael Crawford.

The above implies that next phase of our relationship with the fresh water, estuarine and coastal resources require clean water and coasts as an absolute first priority (which is referred to) and with a second priority being the development of marine agriculture (of the seabed – as opposed to aquaculture).

The present fishery systems are mere extenuations of hunting and gathering which is a Neanderthal or Stone Age mentality. 10,000 years ago the recognition that land resources were becoming limited led to the domestication of animals and plants. Nothing needed to be done about the rivers, lakes and oceans as they were so rich. That was true until very recent times when pollution and lethal hunting and gathering methods have virtually destroyed the massive wealth of nutritious food achieved by carbon fixing (see below).

In your country the Indians around Lake Tahoe never made boats because to catch fish all they had to do was to wade in the water. In my country the bar men in the East end of London around the 1900 period would take their buckets to the Thames and collect oysters to put on the bar free for people who bought beer. In Maryland they harvested 616,000 tons of oysters in 1889 but that was down to 12,000 by 2002. This meant that 270,000 tons of CO2 was sequestered (fixed in shells, dumped on the land, out of circulation) in 1889 and 7,000 tons in 2002 i.e. a difference of 263,000 tons CO2. And this is just one estuary. Almost all others have been destroyed by pollution the last century.

FAO has it that the capture fishery system plateaued some 20 years ago. Marine agriculture as I demonstrated in Hawaii is happening in Japan and Indonesia. It is the only solution. This should be a major part of the NOAA future strategy. Not just to analyse and document but to make progress in this new dimension. To take action to use the marine system to protect both the planet and human health and mentality. The brain evolved in the sea 500 million years ago using DHA and still depends on it today.

Forget not that populations are rising to 9 Billion in 2050. The Wellcome Trust in its 10 year strategic plan refers to the crisis in global nutrition and incidentally also to the brain. 70+% of the planet is covered in water. Of the 30% land much is inhospitable desert, rocky mountains and ice or snow bound waste lands or even rain forests which need to be preserved at all costs. The East Asian countries got the message from the 2009 Manila conference and its declaration. 

We in the EU have plans to develop marine agriculture. The US with its similar high incidence of major depression, mental ill health and heart disease could help find a solution to help in both global warming and human health and mentality. Brain and heart disorders have in common a dependence on the right or wrong kind of fats. However, the brain is better protected and as I predicted in 1972 there would be a time lag between the rise in death from heart disease and the rise in brain disorders, which has now happened. Mental health and brain function is critical. If brain disorders continue to rise this century as heart disease did last then the outlook for economic progress, social cohesion and mental ill health is sinister.

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