Hidden Weed Killer In Your Bread

by on April 21, 2016

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I hold my hands up and admit it: “I do use Roundup weed killer.”

I had never used weedkiller until I moved into Portslade Hall – Specialist Herbal Supplies’ factory.

This is a lovely three storey building built in 1850 as a grain store. The bottom storey is semi-basement, 15 feet down from the ground floor, and the neighbour’s yard is kept from falling into my basement area with retaining concrete walls.

One day I noticed to my amazement a decent sized root pushing its way out through a crack in the concrete wall – making the crack bigger as it grew.

Hi there, Knot Weed

This was my introduction to  the Japanese Knotweed problem.

These things grow like – well, like a weed! In fact, they can grow 6-12 inches (15-30cm) a day.

After a bit of Googling, I investigated the neighbouring café’s yard and his nettle patch was absolutely covered with the Knotweed, with its characteristic leaves.

The Problem

The problem is not that is poisonous – in fact, you can even eat it.

The problem is, those roots are really strong, and can penetrate virtually anything. Many houses have had their foundations penetrated by Knotweed roots and they eventually fall over!

So that Knotweed had to go.

Google told me the only way to kill it was by using the ubiquitous Roundup. This will kill it off for 3 to 4 years and then you just have to keep an eye open the when it starts coming back, and give it another going over.

You’ll never get rid of it without a ton of trouble – and/or expense.

But in my bread?

So I got used to using weedkiller occasionally – in extreme circumstances.

But I didn’t expect to get Roundup in my bread. [click to continue…]


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Multiple Sclerosis – “MS” – is a degenerative disease characterised by periodic remissions. But, the usual prognosis is that it is going to get progressively worse over time. So it is very encouraging indeed to hear about an MS patient who has improved markedly – through the use of stem cell therapy.

The Progress of Multiple Sclerosis

In Multiple Sclerosis the “myelin sheath” – the coating of the nerve cells – starts to degenerate, reducing the ability of the nerves to transmit messages. There is a huge range of symptoms varying from unusual sensations to a lack of ability to walk.

An additional sad point about MS is that it generally afflicts quite young people – predominantly those between 30-40 years old.

The remissions that characterise MS occur when the body just appears to overcome the symptoms temporarily and the sufferer will have a good spell – which could last weeks or months. Following this, the MS kicks in again.

The existing treatment for MS is very limited.

Stem Cell Treatment

Over the last 20 to 30 years we have seen some amazing results of using stem cells to help the body heal breakdown and trauma. So it was only a matter of time before it was used to help stimulate nerve cell growth.

What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells have the incredible potential to develop into many different cell types. When a stem cell divides it can either remain as a stem cell or become another specialised body cell – such as a muscle cell, a brain cell, or a lung cell. [click to continue…]


How to Not Get Cancer

Thumbnail image for How to Not Get Cancer by Shelley on January 5, 2016

It’s commonly thought that your family history – your DNA – has a major impact on whether or not you get cancer. In fact, the WCRF said that, at the most, only 10% of cancers could be traced back to inherited genes.
Of course, nobody wants to get cancer; and if you do get it the odds really don’t matter – it’s 100% for you.
But it is reassuring to know that we may have more control than we think we do of avoiding the “big C” – or a recurrence, for that matter.

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How to Avoid Getting VERY Sick from Chicken

Thumbnail image for How to Avoid Getting VERY Sick from Chicken by Malc on November 27, 2015

It’s possible to avoid getting very sick from chicken by following a few simple measures.
The bug which will easily make you sick is called campylobacter. It is found in animal faeces. Although it can affect red meat and unclean water, four of out five cases of campylobacter originate in poultry – mainly chicken. The problem is very real: and the chances of you becoming one of the 280,000 victims a year, and suffering stomach pains and diarrhoea for 2-3 days is high.
In fact, campylobacter infection is the commonest cause of food poisoning, by far exceeding cases of e coli or salmonella.

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Here’s the Positive News on Cancer

Thumbnail image for Here’s the Positive News on Cancer by Malc on October 22, 2015

So, sure – you need to watch out for exaggeration, even among those with expertise. (And with egg on their faces 10 years later.)
BUT it will be curable one day.
And in the meantime we are making some incredible headway.
Imagine what it was like back in the early twentieth century when we had:
– Tuberculosis
– Syphilis
– Gonorrhoea
– Blood poisoning
… all of which imposed a death sentence on the sorry victim.
No-one could have foreseen the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928.

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Computers & Phones Keep You Alert as You Age

Thumbnail image for Computers & Phones Keep You Alert as You Age by Malc on September 4, 2015

It is said that the average person needs to remember ten passwords a day – which obviously takes some mental gymnastics.
At least that’s better than using the same password for everything – which means that if a hacker finds out your single password they’ve got an “open sesame” to all your accounts everywhere. One study of over-50s found that their mental agility was equivalent to people eight years younger who were tested six years ago.

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King’s: Best Way to Lose Weight – Don’t Get Fat

Thumbnail image for King’s: Best Way to Lose Weight – Don’t Get Fat by Malc on July 28, 2015

Although, if you are trying to lose weight, this sounds a bit depressing, the point is you could be one of those 3,500 people, if you’re in a situation of obesity. The main thing is to find a method that works for you. There are ways which have clearly been shown to encourage weight loss, and ways which are widely believed to produce weight loss but which actually don’t.

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The Health Dangers of Obesity

Thumbnail image for The Health Dangers of Obesity by Shelley on July 2, 2015

There is a close correlation between being overweight/obese and having high blood pressure.
A major problem with having high blood pressure is it can lead to a stroke. This can happen even to a younger person. For example, the incidence of stroke in men between 40 and 54 increased by 50% between 2000 and 2014.

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Worsening Diabetes in the UK and the World

Thumbnail image for Worsening Diabetes in the UK and the World by Shelley on June 10, 2015

Diabetes type II used to be called “maturity onset diabetes”, because it would almost invariably happen at, or beyond, middle age. However, with the worsening incidence of type II diabetes people are developing it younger and younger. Even some children now have type II diabetes.
In its early or mild forms, this type of diabetes can be controlled by diet. As it is much more likely to happen if you are obese it is also greatly helped – or even eliminated – by losing weight, especially if dietary changes are made as well.
If a person won’t follow this treatment plan then they will certainly need to resort to medication.

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How to Lose Weight

Thumbnail image for How to Lose Weight by Shelley on May 22, 2015

Losing weight is very, very difficult as many people who have tried – sometimes multiple times – will confirm. But being a healthy body weight is essential if you are to maximise your chances of staying healthy. But there are some proven ways we can lose weight. And there are some other commonly accepted ways which actually do not lose weight – although many people think they do.

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