Category Archives: Sally at Smorgasbord Health 2018

Smorgasbord Health Column – Health in the News – The hormone mimic in plastic and inside food cans.

This is a good informative article and very worrying .. Something is always done too late when people are proven to be dying from the effects of chemicals and I think it is a great idea that we speak by our actions and buy liquids in glass bottles where we can …

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Plastic water bottles, food containers and the insides of many of our canned goods, have been in the news for a long time. Since the 1960’s when we moved away from glass for containers we have been ingesting leached substances from the new and modern alternative. Plastic was heralded as the clean, disposable and convenient way to package and store our food. Most of us are likely to come out of the supermarket with at least bottled water sold to us in handy packs of 6, 12 or 24. Plenty for all the family.

This latest study, although not huge does raise a very interesting issue. Whilst we may have had limited exposure to plastics as children in the 50s and 60s, the generations born in the 80s have certainly borne the brunt of the plastic epidemic. Milk, juices, fruit cordials, tomato sause all came in glass containers and I…

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Music, Food and Spring Bulbs with Guests and Humour.

Another great week over at Sally’s place such talent…

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Many thanks for dropping in today to catch up on posts that you might have missed during the week. I am in full on ‘Going on a break’ mode, busily scheduling the Blog Sitting posts contributed by some of your favourite writers. The Blog Sitting begins on February 15th through to Tuesday 20th and I am sure that you will be right royally entertained.. I know I was when I read the posts.

Because I will be working my fingers to the bone…. aahh.. I am going to get you in the mood my sharing some of the Blog Sitting posts from this time last year. They are too good not to be shared and allows me to work out what I can pack in my carry on!

When I went to book my ticket it turned out that a checked bag was going to cost me £40 each way…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Ajaico… A Colombian Chicken Soup.

My second post on my food column hosted by the one and only Sally on Smorgasbord…..I hope you enjoy and if you do please share…Have a lovely day x

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Ajaico… A Colombian Chicken Soup.

Thank you very much for your lovely responses to my first post on my food column..It has been much harder to think of what to write about this week but I have shelved the exotic fruits until your weather warms up somewhat and am bringing to you another soup this time from Columbia.

The recipe was given to me by a good friend when I was in Phuket and it is a lovely Chicken and Potato soup which originated many moons ago in Columbia and it is now a well-known national dish. When the gales are blowing and it is a snowy, blustery winters night when the wind chill goes right down to your toes and even your wee freezes then this is just what you need.

She told me that her grandmother used to keep a pot simmering on her stove ready for when…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Introduction and Egg Drop Soup.

My very first Food Column over on Smorgasbord which is hosted by the wonderful Sally Cronin… I do hope you enjoy my first post 🙂 Enjoy!

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I am so pleased that Carol Taylor has joined the blog in a new capacity as the food columnist. I will leave Carol to introduce the topics that she is going to be sharing each week and also a delicious recipe for

Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Introduction and Egg Drop Soup.

Hello, I am beyond excited to be asked by Sally to host a cookery column in her new magazine…Thank you Sally x

Many of you know me by now but for this first post on the cookery column I thought I would set up my stall and tell you a little more about myself.

My passion for cooking and writing is all consuming, I love to cook, find new recipes, unusual foods and living here in Thailand I am discovering foods I haven’t seen before, tasted or even heard of.

The world of blogging has also opened up…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Painkillers – Prescribed and Over the Counter – Side Effects and Addiction.

A very timely and thought-provoking post by Sally which is also scary as the problem is so big and appears to be out of control…

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Over the last twenty years, the USA has been on a downward spiral with regard to opioid addiction.

In 2002, 5,000 people died from overdosing with prescription opioids such as extra strength Oxycontin – Pure Oxycodone  ( a semi-synthetic opioid loosely related to morphine and originally based on elements of the opium poppy) and from others such as Percocet, Percodan which are usually oxycodone mixed with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Other opioid drugs include Fentanyl, Hydrocodone and codeine in various strengths and mixed with NSAIDs or paracetamol.

In 2015 these deaths caused by opioid overdose had increased to 52,000 per annum.

The UK has also seen an increase in addiction. However some of those who are afflicted go unreported, such as when associated with the very elderly. I have personal experience of this with the prescription of Tramadol in excessive doses, and also Oramorph which is a liquid opioid, to my…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – What is the Aussie Flu and preventing infection.

Flu can be nasty and Sally has covered all the bases in this one post from how to prevent Flu, what to do if you succumb to it and some lovely soup recipes to help you fight it and we all love a warming soup to sip when we don’t feel great…

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I have posted on influenza in the past and I will do a brief summary later in the post on the precautions that you can take to help prevent contracting the virus.

What is the Aussie Flu?

Winter in Australia is during our own summer. Usually with modern travel the virus will appear in the UK and the rest of Europe at the start of our own flu season. The flu strain that has mutated in Australia has resulted in the worst flu season there for many years and the vaccines had little impact on the outbreak. There were a reported 170,000 cases of the flu, but that is only recorded and does not include the thousands who would have not visited a doctor or hospital.

Already numbers in the UK and Irish flu season are higher than last year and there have been some fatalities within the vulnerable groups…

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Smorgasbord Health 2018 – The Dynamics of Change – Part One – Our Physical Being.

Some great advice from Sally here and some I should definitely follow…

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Before we get into the new health series for 2018 the I will be re-posting the series on the Dynamics of Change. Each year sees minor shifts in the way we are physically but there is also can be changes in our mental and emotional perspective.  In the next few posts I will be exploring those changes.

When we are younger and the world is our oyster we tend to feel that anything is possible. We have dreams and ambitions and with support and some luck we are often able to achieve at least some of them. However life has a way of intruding into our well laid plans and you find that some of those dreams have fallen by the wayside as we fulfill our role in our families and society.

When there is a problem with our computers which are also, like us, complicated, programmed and prone to…

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