From June 2014 if Pakistanis want to visit countries abroad they need a government authorised certificate that they have been vaccinated against polio after new advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon have been singled out as the last threatening reserves of the disease.
A Saudi cleric has warned women who want to participate in a protest drive or are even thinking about driving that doing so without absolute necessity will damage their ovaries:
The holiday season is upon us and since Britain’s Summer is a wipeout once again, more likely than not you’ll be boarding a flight to the sun. We all know that flying long haul can cause deep vein thrombosis and that we should try to stay active. However, I’m guilty of just sitting there ocassionally rolling my ankles and only reluctantly getting up to go to the loo (airplane loos stink and are so gross!). Some clever cookies have adapted various yoga moves to suit the constricted space in a cabin and this not only helps blood circulation but also helps in reducing anxiety related to flying and aiding general well being.
I never thought I’d ever be saying this, but well done Angelina Jolie, you are a superstar.
I thought you were just a beauty with patronising UN ambassador quotes about “African orphans” blah blah but wow!
A guilty pleasure of mine is to watch This Morning while I hit the treadmill some weekday mornings. There is just something about Eamonn Holmes and his chubby squirrel cheeked banter that makes me momentarily forget the increasing searing pain through my thighs as we nudge up to running 5k.
They were doing a dreams analysis slot. How tacky! But! I actually learned something…
We Brits will die before our European neighbours, so claims the latest research. As we all know a healthy diet plays a big part towards our longevity. The Mediterranean diet may well be wonderful but many Mediterranean breakfasts consist solely of black coffee and cigarettes. Very healthy!
I wish it existed, I despair when I read certain ”health news’ stories. The latest pill to be presented to us is called Ateronon which will be prescribed to help cut risk of strokes, heart attacks and even cancer. The magic ingredient… a compound found in tomato skins. Why not just eat a tomato?
Nigella Lawson’s current series on BBC 2 has caused controversy. Notorious for “cheat’s cooking” as she calls it and loved by working women everywhere for its ease and convenience, this current series has gone a step too far or has it????
The Italian inspired series is full of recipes that use unhealthy helpings of butter, cream, chocolate and the list goes on. Nigella recently said in an interview in The Telegraph that she is a great believer in fat; it helps look younger in middle age and is a moisturiser from within.
These vows ring in my head as a commode is delivered to my front room. In all my married years, I never thought that the day would come where I could not look after my husband anymore, but today, I feel as if I am come to the end.
I know it isn’t the end, but it is how I feel.
It’s often said that beauty begins from within and although there are plenty people that oppose this theory it is logical that we are what we eat. Here are some beauty power foods that will help you look your best:
Starting with a 2-in-1 beauty combo, avocado with cottage cheese. The avocado is packed with vitamin Niacin (B3) and other essential oils to help give you a glow.
A really sad story in the news today was research indicating that UK has a child hunger crisis. According to Net Mums and Kids Company, 1 million children live in homes without enough to eat. The forthcoming summer holidays is real problem for these families as children rely on free school dinners as their only meal of the day.
Hungry children is not an epidemic as it is in some developing countries but a 223% increase in the last 12 months due to the economic climate in the UK is frightening. I just cannot believe it.
News out today is that British Pregnancy Advisory Service will be sending out contraception packs called “Just In Case”. In the pack will be the morning after pill and a couple of condoms all sent by post for free for Londoners during the summer months. The reason; apparently our health services are going to be so overwhelmed that they will not be able to service the numerous unsafe promiscuous encounters that may take place during the Olympics.
The slogan: “just because your car has a spare tyre, doesn’t mean you want to get a puncture”.
The British government are proposing to offer IVF on the NHS to women over 40 and those with infectious diseases, such as Hepatitis C and HIV, or who have disabilities and are unable to have sex. There is a strong argument against this in the current climate especially as treatment and drugs for patients suffering from cancer etc… are being withdrawn.
Our dinner table discussion last night was should IVF be available on the NHS for these categories of women over cancer treatment?
I read an article recently of a woman in her twenties who was waiting for surgery on her bunions due to constantly wearing ill-fitting shoes and high heels from a very young age. Bunions are that growth near your big toe that over time pushes your toe to almost a 30 degree angle and will ultimately need to be fixed through, often painful, surgery and lengthy recovery but this used to only affects women over the age of 45.
Spring is in the air, daffodils, cherry blossoms and…cleaning!! I’m a life-long sufferer of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and I thought I would pass on some tips learned from The Huffington Post of items we all probably own but don’t always think of cleaning and which serve to only worsen my condition:
1. Re-usable grocery bags. Why? Because a 2010 study found that more than half of re-usable bags have bacteria on them sometimes even E.coli (shudder).
I love a bargain. Doesn’t everyone? Isn’t that why Groupon is one of the fastest growing voucher sites in the UK? With daily offers for up to 80% off the face value, there is no wonder why the deals get snapped up. But how do their offers fair?
Some good, some not so good and some very poor. Today I had a very poor experience that I would like to share so that others do not waste £100.
A Spa Day disaster…
I was really shocked when I heard about the secret implantation of contraception in teenage girls. To my knowledge, sex under 16 is still illegal and for me this is just condoning underage sexual activity?
I do believe that sex education needs to be progressive, but is handing out contraceptives really the way forward? Maybe….. As a mother of two toddler girls, this is scary. Are my children going to be having sex at 10????
New research has found that cutting carbs for two days a week is more effective in helping weight loss than trying to diet constantly. Apparently you can eat carbs the other days as normal.
This is the two-day diet the women in the research followed:
Last year a report highlighted an increase in rickets in the South Asian population and the need for raising greater awareness of vitamin D or exposing the skin to sunshine, the best way that vitamin D is produced and absorbed into the body. However, the chief medical officer in England has now advised
Drinking alcohol is ingrained into British culture as much as having a cup of tea. We are known for our communities centring on pubs and it isn’t unusual to go for a quick drink before dinner or going home. Even modern Asian households have incorporated this part of British culture into their lives.
Amidst ministers calling for a review of the drinking guidelines to encourage people not drink at least 2 days out of 7, what I find fascinating is how we as a country have slipped into drinking wine like the French. It is on the dinner table and families are used to having a glass or two a night.
What is it about nanads, (husbands sister), that makes them so devious? Some of the stories I am hearing at the moment are beyond childish and insecure to really psychologically disturbed.
A friend of mine has had a torrid relationship with her nanad from the beginning. At first it was bitchy things like ignoring her at family events, or revealing private conversations at inappropriate times.
My two daughters have chicken pox and I was asked if I was going to host a party. At first I thought they were joking, but these events really take place.
Parents throw parties so that other children can catch the virus. The reason is that Chicken Pox is less serious as a child than an adult and the earlier you suffer from this vile infection the better it is.
The paunch is a sign of wealth, health and prosperity in Asian culture. The larger the belly, the richer the man or woman. However, in India today, there is growing concern over obesity and diabetes among the growing middle class as gastric bands are being introduced to help people overcome their weight problems.
That is the question being asked by a family that is suing the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, and a hospital trust in England in a case that could be important for all of us. The Health Secretary is accused of acting unlawfully in not issuing policy or clear instructions regarding Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) after a family member died as a result of a Do Not Resuscitate being forcibly added to her medical record.
Apparently more and more British pensioners are retiring abroad with Spain being the top old folks arm chair of choice. My cousin and I were discussing this over breakfast last Sunday as we lamented that it is highly unlikely that there will be a state pension when we are older even though we are paying for other people to enjoy it – not that either of us could sustain ourselves on the piddly amount given anyway.