The Anonymous Widower

River Lea and the Beatles

The television except for QI tonight is/was total crap.  I suspect that when people get home from work on Christmas Eve they are/or get so legless that they don’t notice.  That’s why the good television starts at ten, as those that are sober then, probably need something to stimulate their brain with all their friends/families around them.

I’m alone tonight, so I really do notice when the television is crap.

Whilst preparing two fish pies; one for tonight with sprouts and the other for the freezer, I delved into the Sky Box to see what I had recorded.  I started by watching Gryf Rhys-Jones on the River Lea and followed this with Help, the Beatles film.

Both brought back memories of adolescence.  Many a day I fished in the Lea and I was lucky enough to see the Beatles live.  Should that last bit be old enough?

These memories all date from before I met my late wife in early 1967.  But it just seems a few years ago.

A couple of times recently, I’ve walked the Lea.  It is one of London’s treasures and Gryf brought a lot out in his program; the New River, Abbey Mills and Crossness pumping stations, the Royal Gunpowder Mills and all the greenhouses in the Lea Valley.

Help is in some ways dated and very much in the sixties.  But the music is still as fresh as ever.

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , | Leave a comment

Keeping Your Brain Healthy

Look at any list of symptoms for coeliac disease and you’ll find a lot of them are concerned with brain or mental problems.

  • Mild Depression
  • Feelings of Inadequacy
  • Gait Ataxia/Apraxia
  • Lightheadness and Fainting
  • Migraine or Persistent Headaches
  • Mood Swings
  • Sleep Disturbance

I used to suffer from most of these except for sleep disturbance.

Once I went on a gluten-free diet all of these symptoms cleared up.  Now I know that I am a special case in that I’m a coeliac, but once the B12 levels were back up to normal, all of the symptoms disappeared.  Research at Oxford University has indicated that higher B12 levels may help brain health.

It would be interesting to repeat their experiments with coeliacs. When a hospital diagnoses a coeliac, they should immediately undergo the tests before starting a gluten-free diet.  And then they should be tested at intervals after starting the diet.  My body actually reacted quite quickly in that my dandruff cleared up after about two weeks.

Now I know several people who have MS.  One has sent me a link to an article about a new treatment for the disease called The Liberation Treatment. Here are the first couple of paragraphs.

Amid the centuries-old castles of the ancient city of Ferrara is a doctor who has come upon an entirely new idea about how to treat multiple sclerosis, one that may profoundly change the lives of patients.

Dr. Paolo Zamboni, a former vascular surgeon and professor at the University of Ferrara in northern Italy, began asking questions about the debilitating condition a decade ago, when his wife Elena, now 51, was diagnosed with MS.

He found that in some patients, the blood flow to the head was restricted and by improving this using standard surgical procedures, their health improved.  Here’s a couple of paragraphs from the article.

One of those patients was Buffalo resident Kevin Lipp. Lipp had MS for over a decade, and as part of the study, discovered he had five blocked veins in his neck. After undergoing the Liberation Treatment 10 months ago, he says he hasn’t had a single new MS attack.

Zamboni emphasizes that the Liberation Treatment does not make people in wheelchairs walk again. Rather, it seems to stop the development of further MS attacks, and in some cases, improves movement and decreases the debilitating fatigue that are the hallmarks of MS.

It may not cure MS, but it is all very interesting.

I tend to look on the body, as an engineer would look on a machine or a car.  Machines don’t work well if they don’t have all of the things they need like fuel, electric power, oil, water and all the other necessities.

Is the body any different to my car in that respect?

And now today, it has been reported that those who develop Alzheimer’s are less likely to get cancer.

This would appear to push things in another direction, as research at Nottingham University has shown that coeliacs are less likely to get breast cancer. Diagnosed coeliacs have on the whole healthy brains because they eat well, so this research might show the opposite.

We need to do a lot more research to find all of these links.

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 2 Comments

An Unusual Car Number Plate

I was in Cambridge yesterday and I saw one of the world’s worst cars, a Bentley something, with the number plate HAS 2 NOB.  It is in fact HA5, but then the banker who owned it had made the plate illegal with unapproved spacing.

The main reason I call the Bentley one of the world’s worst cars, is that it only does about seventeen miles to the gallon.  For lots of reasons, such as climate change and saving fossil fuels for future generations, cars that cannot do more than forty miles to the gallon should not be manufactured.

Now if you think this is jealousy, you couldn’t be further from the truth.  If I wanted a Bentley, I could definitely afford one, but I certainly wouldn’t be seen dead in one!

I’ll stick to my Lotus, which incidentally weighs only forty percent of the Bentley.  Just as in people, being obese is not a good thing.

I think it would be interesting to see how which car to lap Nurburgring fastest in the hands of the owner.

December 24, 2009 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment