Statins …. over-prescription?

Maybe…. and in my case no cardiovascular disease, reasonably okay healthwise for born 1958, yet at no request of mine steered to take statins when in my opinion unrequired. The only factor mentioned in our conversation at the GP clinic to prompt being prescribed statins was borderline cholesterol, which is something i’m working on with diet anyway.  We’ve now got blood pressure down and the weekly or more cause of panic attacks namely my wife has now left this planet. By panic attack i mean rigid steel bar right up my central core, horrible pain, steel tube in throat, along into jaws, temples, iron band around my head and my usual exhortation to shut the f up. No-one could ever tell me what this was whist she was alive, two years after her death a Pharmacist admits ‘panic attack’. At worst case it also generated a v intense burning at the base of my spine. Luckily no pain down left arm. And I got out of marriage alive.

Apart from asking what i did for a living there was utterly no enquiry as to my frame of mind, daily chores / activity, outlook on life – nothing. Nor diet and what i would term pleasure or happiness or hobbies and enthusiasms. Tweaking any of these things would be as good as a daily statin.

I took then for a month and stopped (this was a year ago) with no intentions etc  …. the fatigue was horrible, a problem I already raise when at the Docs. My own answer is to find one own ‘natural high’ to without drugs get happy, live life from what suits one-self, generate ones own happiness. I’m lucky i have my own little one–man business and i have incredible freedoms.

What did alarm me is that statins can prompt Parkinsons and / or diabetes. I mentioned the latter and all i got from the glib, slimey ‘Pharmacist’ at the GP Clinic was that “we can control that with diet” … and for the former its the last bloody thing I need as i live alone. Even when she took my BP couldn’t even tell me the answer, without my prodding as to …..

Seems to me we need some ‘joined up thinking’.

 

Postscript, my wifes death was totally avoidable, with hindsight the Docs were blind to the obvious. Paramedics insisting here in this house she slows her breathing when in fact with undiagnosed blood clots on the lungs needed to breathe rapidly. When ordered to breathe slower in my arms she responded “I can’t I can’t” …. ten days morning and night this fast breathing and mentioned five times to the professionals over this ten day period … NOT ONE REALISED this obvious sign. Forty years ago my dad dieing of cancer was undiagnosed until his last few weeks (a fortnight). I’ve seen other things too, other people whose deaths i think were as much the result of Paramedic incompetence as anything else, Mr s in the next town whom i gardened for, he too suffered when kept out in the cold by the Paramedics, they had no knowledge of him having a ‘weak chest’ yet his voice would be (and gasping) an instant giveaway.  Its baffling the lack of accumulated expertise, the fog and bullshit of procedure, protocols, as if automatons rigidly adhering to a checklist whilst the patient dies. Forgetting what they witnessed yesterday and every day previous.

To my mind the problem with the NHS is attitude.

 

Geoffrey Cox …

Funny how this echoes with the ‘just before’ finale / vote and as with James Comey some unheard of pillock comes along and drops an absolute bombshell, which again, has resulted in a disastrous outcome.

There is business to be done, uncertainty, this endless debate is reaching a brick wall, at this stage with Europe there is still the major part of negotiation to be entered. I’d rather in some airy fairy glowing goodly fantasy world filled with fairies and glow-worms and kindly elves be a separate country … BUT … EU membership brings advantages ie trade, employment. You can wave goodbye to any significant UK motor manufacturing, to financial services, to God knows what else. We’ve become Romania in one fell swoop ie marginal, struggling, trying hard to sell anything we make.

Surely as in both cases we need as little turbulence as is possible in the last day or two before crucial votes, already all the arguments  have been ‘done to death’ and now individuals need to search their consciences and think hard (I hope) on the right way forward. A Geoffrey Cox we do not need.

Aha … not in this case. As in the Comey bombshell we have some utterly unwanted unforseen misjudged interjection that does nothing but muddy  and de-rail cogent thought.

I think a 4% swing did not justify Brexit in the first place and most certainly the likes of Nigel Farage (even though his easy arguments were so convincing) needs to be signalled his presence has caused nothing but harm, he needs to crawl away and make himself unseen permanently. Easy arguaments are ‘easy’ but we have to earn our way in this world, the likes of Nissan Sunderland seem unlikely to follow us into the margins beyond Europe. These are huge enterprises of manufacture and distribution, you cannot play with them as ‘toys’.

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/03/geoffrey-cox-clashes-with-channel-4s-jon-snow/

I can’t believe …  he’s two years younger than i am …. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Cox_(British_politician)

postscript … Corbyn looks particularly bad in all this, his months of obstructive silences and non-cooperation and then point-scoring eruptions to harp and criticise have not helped, adds nothing constructive, merely delays. This current problem is bigger than he realises and bringing back the old Labour disruptive practices is sorely out of date. Makes one wonder if he’d rather be in Russia. As bbc r4 interviewees this morning commented his performance last night at the big vote have been ‘pure politics’. I feel so sorry for Theresa May.

I also think the 4% swing is insufficient to have instigated this dreadful situation, we are cutting our own throats, I cannot see how overseas motor manufacturers would ever think of Britain again as an investment opportunity, unless of course our currency were to seriously devalue, which in fact it probably will.  The UK public were given insufficient data to work on, I mean not endless soundites but greater depth and ‘what-ifs’. Its funny how people attach themselves to ‘a camp’ a viewpoint and fight tooth and nail to defend that position. Fluidity of thinking seems not to be readily available. Maybe its how we are presented our news, how people / viewers attach themselves to particular news outlets or tv channels. We are not as clever as we think we are.

Asking as we did the UK public to make such a vote was incredibly naive by the politicians, we didn’t really know what we were voting for which i think renders the Brexit decision fundamentally (with hindsight) INVALID.

 

 

Thom tells it like it is !

Useful ten minutes from Thom Hartmann, shorter vids are better vids, thanks Thom.

Heres the comment i made, makes sense ….

to quote myself ….

I’ve a benchmark pinned to my kitchen wall, it will be somewhere between three to four degrees C by end of 2026, if i’m wrong and it doesn’t reach that temperature then I’ll donate £1k GBP to the poor and needy (but i cannot see how it can be avoided by say 2030). From what I’ve read the interconnectedness of feedback loops is quite staggering and how very insightful independant scientist James Lovelock was in his book ‘Gaia’ to open this to the layman. I fear Greenland is going to de-ice a lot quicker than the ‘2100’ figure that is bandied about. Air travel, beef consumption and the need for multi-car households are all going to have to be crow-barred from the hands of the affluent west. I fear many will want to continue ‘as is’ until they are gasping for breath, in a confused state and eating basic rations merely to survive. And the rich? ….. maybe its time the rich were taxed a little more significantly. It annoys me at present at the silence from better reporting of the Pacific seabird die-off three and four years ago and near universal omission to mention the role diatoms play both as the base of the marine food chain, symbiosis with the now departed bryozoans and producing DMS and conversion of CO2 to O. As you rightly say IPCC is a most emasculated and lamentable in some respects charade, i realise its better than nothing but do we continually have to be making excuses? They didn’t even include Prof Peter Wadhams re Arctic ice !! The worlds expert.

unquote.

And i forgot to say the IPCC do not even factor in the impending release of methane in its three forms ie geological, microbial and thawing hydrates.

 

chemtrails over the Wirral …

Just got this from the Liverpool Echo via an article of the peculier, wierd unfathomable practice of ‘dogging’ … that is DOGGING if anyone is hard of seeing.

ie connecting body parts with strangers who have had partners beyond count, as shallow as bubblegum, as stupid as russian roulette and probably little concern for hygiene.

Other partners most likely that same evening.

It also strikes me, as with the general portrayal of sex, no-one seems to wash their hands beforehand, if one is going to ….. etc etc. I personally would never think of getting down to some fun without the courtesy of cleansing my digits beforehand. There has to be more than just a ‘rut’, that is what unthinking animals do … animals of the field (or the car park).

Anyway, look at the pic, chemtrails galore coming in over the Irish Sea.

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/angry-dad-put-fish-chips-15931890

chemtrails wirral... https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/angry-dad-put-fish-chips-15931890
chemtrails wirral… https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/angry-dad-put-fish-chips-15931890

Postscript … so using the suffix of geographical location we search for ‘chemtrails in the Wirral’ and find …

 

 

Greenland ice melt …

Possibly I’ve overlooked this link, its inevitable climate change fatigue kicks in and we must remember to live our lives and not be over-consumed with the web keyboards and screens, incredible thieves of time.  I also wonder at how google manipulates and quite how and why we are steered to particular content, but never mind that for now.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/21/health/greenland-ice-melt-study-intl/index.html

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/06/world/greenland-ice-sheet-melting-unprecedented-rate-climate-change-wxc/index.html

I think we all know as children that ice disappears far quicker than we can realise, next morning waking up and Bingo its all gone. Its laughable when we read of headlines or targets utilising  ‘two degrees by the end of the century’  … lets say its more likely four degrees (or more) by 2025 ie six years from now …  in my opinion I cannot see how this can be avoided.

Greenland we read will add 23 feet to global water levels, that is one heck of a lot of cities rendered inoperable, likewise nuclear power plants. With it come tsunamis, el Nino due to increased freshwater and associated rainfall and associated high winds. Its a horrible set of interconnected feedback loops, we read that such increased pressure on tectonic plates will cause plate movements. Right now the circulations of water and air is drawing cold out of the Arctic and pumping warmth into it. This looks bad for  the remaining ice sheet (albedo / reflecting the suns rays)  for thawing methane hydrate etc etc. Remember my illustration of the usable space we have on this planet, it corresponds to a one thou thick (0.001 in) cigarette paper licked onto a childs eight inch football. This illustration of mine also displays how our usable planetary space is so vulnerable to a changed set of circumstances or influencing factors.

I think at the moment with accelerated changes information is a little slow to seep through, theres a time-lag, scientists have always a need to be certain of their observations. Therefore what is actually happening ie jet stream, methane hydrates, ice melt is probably worse than we realise, or putting it less alarmist the data is moving too fast ahead of us.

Its baffling how in all this we still have the ‘counter-information movement’ that on google page one is adamant to correct any thoughts of climate change and that good ‘ol fossil fuels are our friends!  I praise Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in having the guts to get the message out that every single person is responsible for their carbon footprint, the energy and resources in day to day life ie to drastically reduce air travel, the need to minimise beef consumption.  Even here at my own place the washing machine broke a month ago and I’m quite capable of washing by hand. I am lucky, theres next to no dirt or grime on my clothes so therefore an hours soak in washing powder gets ’em as clean as any machine wash. So far i quite like this non-electric approach but of course deep winter will make it a quite onerous task and I do not have a houseful of kids and a husband to keep well presented.

James Lovelock in the text for his book  ‘Gaia’ long before it became common knowledge among ordinary people stresses the interconnectedness of natures many feedback loops, how earth is one heck of a developed and refined self regulating machine. Very much an independant Scientist and all the better for it.

In the link below the academic writing as Sam Carana is ahead of most of us (at least as to what we admit publicly) in his thinking. The apparent slowness, obfuscation and plain simple ignorance of trump and his backers and suchlike journalists and so-called news sites is staggeringly stupid, near beyond belief if other than it is real and happening.  http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2019/02/a-rise-of-18c-or-324f-by-2026.html

At random google p.1 …

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-is-coming-for-your-hamburgers

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/07/green-new-deal-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-plan

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/14/politics/green-new-deal-proposal-breakdown/index.html

postscript …. 7th March 2019 bbc r4 news at 6pm we get a tailend at near the end of the prog re Greenland ice melt and how nowadays there is far more rain (pouring onto the ice massif). Uh-oh, i reckon my 4 deg C  by 2025 could well occur…. i would hardly think there could be much of the Greenland ice sheet remaining?

Climate change – Antarctica …

Not very often I can sit still to watch something beginning to end  …

 

 

At 07:30 above we see most of Italy and the UK severely modified ie submerged merely with the loss of the western Antarctic ice mass.

At 15:00 … increased precipitation is predicted from the additional freshwater from melt which will accellerate further the melting rate, a continuous compounding of the problem. I quote … as freshwater evaporates faster than salt water there will be a lot more rain and fresh snow.

At 21:00 all life down in the Antarctic seems to depend on krill which to my mind immediately focuses on the necessity of diatoms. Yet again we do not specifically hear or see of them, yet diatoms are ‘the crux of the matter’.  Diatoms are an utter fascination of mine, whether its Alfred Nobel and his dynamite, 70% of the worlds oil and gas,  the symbiosis with or the collapse of coral reef ie the Bryozoans, Pacific seabird collapse … I believe all are diatom based. My wife always said i cannot have an encounter without getting diatoms into the conversation somewhere. Remember silica is also the base for silicon wafers /chips and so often i cannot find a specific acknowledgement of this connection. Ooops and the heat insulation on the Challenger / Shuttle …. all diatoms !

Without diatoms we are absolutely screwed. And the irony of what has lead to their demise is quite horrible ie the burning of fossil fuels which are mostly the end remains of diatoms. Realise also that the huge Pacific seabird dieoff has not been fully explained nor reported as sufficiently as it should have been.

At 43:30 land animals are blinded because of the hole in the ozone layer, the size of North America. Yet theres no mention of the work of James Lovelock in actually discovering and measuring the level of CFCs in the atmosphere. James Lovelock also discovered DMS as emitted by diatoms and diatoms are if my memory is correct responsible for 20% of the planets conversion of CO2 to O.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lovelock

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatom

n.b. I am merely an interested layman, please be sure to fact-check.

Microwave radiation … cellphones.

I agree with this article from Karl Muller, a highly educated, experienced and practical scientist; that a couple of watts of microwave held next to the head is an absolute NO-NO….
I’m lucky, I do not have to use such a device. I bought one two decades ago to pick up / develop work with a new factory I was supplying but that soon fizzled out, fickle engineer that was clueless, couldn’t spot a good man when he saw one. Never mind, thank goodness I do not have to cope with intrusive unwanted phone calls.
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