Too many people are looking for a “silver bullet” when it comes to health issues and these are some popular (and unsubstantiated) food myths. Some other widespread beliefs have a sound basis.
1. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day (myth)
This myth is not supported by scientific evidence; originated around the time jogging got to be fashionable and is popular because it is easy to remember.
The Mayo Clinic recommends eight glasses of fluid a day, but the need for water has to be evaluated according to the level of activity and external temperatures. A guideline on the need for fluids [Read more...]
September was definitely a month that needed getting my timing right. Before my six monthly cancer follow-up with the oncologist, I had a series of special blood tests and then an MRI, with dye pumping into my arm while the scanning was happening. These rather intrusive procedures were done in the right sequence, so the reports were ready for my meeting with Dr. Ng. With a sore “mousing” finger, I grabbed a referral from my GP and had an X-Ray done at the same time, so my oncologist could check that out, too. Having had cancer and chemo, you do get a little paranoid from time to time.
On the day, I dressed to the nines in a cream suit and a fabulous pink hat and looked lovely. The scan was clear; the world was bright and when I left the clinic in Subiaco, I set off for the city to explore several of the newly renovated laneways around Murray and King Street s – where little bars are enticing and new experiences await you.
I was excited because I was going to a Social Media event [Read more...]
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Recently I attended a full day introductory seminar for a well known marketer, promoting her skills and services in training small business people on getting free publicity through well written Press/Media Releases. With an offer of two tickets for $97 for the day (your lunch was extra) and a great reputation in her industry, I knew there would be an “up-sell” sometime later in the day.
What was I expecting – at this full day seminar?
You would have to be very naive indeed to expect to get all the “secrets” of her extensive experience without having to pay a reasonable price for her services and expertise and the truth is the workbook provided and the discussions during the day gave value far above the initial entry price. I learned some very important information [Read more...]
The Theory and Practice of 50 Minute Sprints
“It’s a must,” said Matt. “If there is no change in what you do, there will be no change in your results. The key is determining: are you reactive or do you plan the work you have to do?”
The keys he said are “research, enquiry, list and plan. The Planner will always finish first.”
Slow Down To Speed Up
The environment is always perfect for business. Why? Uncertainty is always there. You cannot control the environment – the business environment.
What you can control is how you think about it and [Read more...]
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As I walked out the back door in the early evening a few years ago, a hissing cough drew my attention to the banksia tree by Burt’s cage. It was my old friend, the brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) and she was disturbed to see me.
I looked around and to my delight further down the “sliding pole” that brings every one to the feeding tray I saw another possum. She had a new baby clinging to her back and these three are almost certainly mother and daughter – with a new granddaughter enjoying the balmy night. It’s an occasional tit-bit of apple or banana that they love; to supplement their original food of choice –oats. The oats in the bird seed mix that the pink and grey galahs refuse to eat. As do the magpies, bronze wing pigeons, ravens and almost everyone else who came to “Dewar’s Drop In Feeding Tray”
Only the possums liked the oats. And the mice, which frequented the floor of the large cage on the other side of the big banksia tree, happily eating Burt’s discards.
During the day, Burt flew freely about calling in the other pink and grey galahs, so he could eyeball them through the front of his cage or to talk with them as they sat on top of the small cage that was fitted to his roof like a penthouse.
Now, he sat tucked up in his back corner, beak under wing, warm and safe, while the possums scampered up and down the banksia and the pole that leant against it, jumping to and from the feeding platform.
I clicked my tongue at the mother, who was half way down the pole with her baby and quietly went back into the kitchen. [Read more...]
From: Annette Butchart
Sent: 5 March 1999 4:06
Subject: your last message
I have tried to open the last message you sent but although I have loaded
the software package I still don’t have that particular access as we have
limited acces to the internet – due to unscrupulous staff members doing
naughty things etc!!!!! One month they downloaded a whole load of “trash”
and ran up a bill of $2k needless to say that even we senior staff have to
Anyway, how has your short week been? I always seem to work twice as hard
on a short week to try and catch up!! [Read more...]
Lesley Dewar is an author and publisher of Stories My Nana Tells. She was one of some leading Perth career women to participate in Mentoring sessions for Year 12 Girls from Penrhos College, Perth, on February 12, 2013, in conjunction with Women In Business WA.
This blog was written half way through her chemo treatment for breast cancer, at a time when she was experiencing “chemo wall” from time to time. Before the event, she proclaimed “I am getting my Mojo back!” She was adamant that by not opting out of the event, but writing her notes and giving it her best shot, it reminded her of her achievements and there is still much more to come.
It was several months later (by the end of April 2013) that she could really say she had her Mojo back – but this is a very interesting blog post about a woman who continues to inspire and lead.
These notes are a summary of what was used for the table discussion – which allowed the girls to ask many questions about choosing a career.
- Lesley’s background :
- Well, I now I am 69, fighting triple negative cancer and building a new business called Stories My Nana Tells. I have been married twice, divorced once and I was widowed ten years ago. I have two married sons and my daughter died when she was thirty four. Today is my granddaughters birthday. Jade is 28 today.
- Career pathways and progression since leaving school.
- I was trained as a shorthand / typist and did lots of secretarial work until I married. Once I became a single parent, I had to earn as much as a man – so I specifically demanded equal pay for equal work, [Read more...]
The pond was under shade cloth, but the morning sun struck directly on the water, covered with duckweed and surrounded by ferns. Since last year, the plants have made a veritable jungle around the pond. The soil is rich with earthworms, slugs and beetles; we use no herbicides. Tall tree ferns shade fishbone and maidenhair alike; a chicken and hen fern has become quite spectacular in size. Begonias and native violets added their subtle blooms amid the green foliage and later, in the early evening, nothing will match the sweet, warm perfume of petunias freshly watered. Elephant ears compete with philodendron to be the biggest by the pond; asparagus fern winds its soft tendrils about the butterfly plant.
It was quite an experience to watch the frogs emerge, as the early morning sun cleared the tree tops and lit up the pond. They cared nothing for Ten Sing Tung, who loved to wander among their habitat, curious but only ever looking. They were quite used to him by now and the tinkling bell on his collar let them know where he might be, in their overgrown world.
Eight, ten or even fifteen frogs had already positioned themselves on the veranda rafters in preparation for the day. Deep brown with black spots or bronzed with the green of verdigris of aged copper, [Read more...]