Rethink Health - July  2012

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Reflecting on Reflecting

I have reached the age when I get invited to reunions. Golden jubilees. My secondary school entry was the first, and a long time ago. Last month it was the rather special youth group I belonged to around 18, which had a considerable impact on my growing up.

The occasion was a visit by one of the group, who is just retired as Vice President of the relevant national governing body. She and I were an item for quite some time, until university took us down separate paths. Both of us have since been married twice, and both are parents of twins. Pamela was quite looking forward to meeting her!

About a dozen of us had survived and were available for lunch, some old films and a long reflective chat. That was just the beginning: my own reflections lasted well into the following week.

I found myself wondering whether things might, or even should, have worked out differently. I decided not. In health you pick your moves one by one, according to insight, and usually with confidence. You trust where it will take you. I could not find a step that I would wish now to alter, even though many of them were mistaken. They all  led eventually to a better place.

Pamela and I have a habit of reflecting, daily, over the morning's first cup of coffee. If it means we have to get up as a silly hour, we still do it. We have learned to value to few minutes spent chewing over possibilities, and weighing up recent happenings.

It started one holiday in France, when it came to us that we had to change our basis of work. I was in single handed practice and we had a menagerie of animals: the workload had gradually become very high. It took that separation from the day-to-day for us to realise where we were, and where we needed to go next. That is what holidays are for, I guess, but up to then we hadn't had many!

An autumn cruise up the Norwegian coast was another step-changing event, as an eventual result of which we bought a boat and moved to Newark.

If your summer break is about to start, enjoy every moment, and be open to the next stage to which it may lead you!

The Website is Up!

I am delighted to say that Pamela's recent spell of Norland Nanny duty in Houston deprived me of any excuse not to finish writing this site, and I am within 3 chapters of doing so. I think it's ready for you to see, if you wish. Go to and have a look at progress.

We are a very long way from finished!! Under the sun icon you will find Hazel's searchable library, written in 2006 and still amazing. And you will find the latest version of "Common Sense About Health" over which I have been toiling for some years now.

The graphics are a work in progress that should eventually become a sophisticated, dreamy space journey with several heavenly bodies to visit. There are virtually no illustrations yet, and these are important particularly to the first few chapters of the book - it's very dry, just as words, and needs something  inspiring and visionary to help readers get the point. I will begin the illustrations once the last three chapters are written. These, for the record, are about Metabolism and Thyroid; Progesterone; and Miscellaneous Natural Remedies not included earlier. 

Feel free to request additional topics, if you can't find them. And feel free to suggest general improvements. 

After The Pill

The EU proposed recently that sewage treatment plants should be upgraded across the Union to remove pill hormones. This will cost £30 billion in the UK alone. Normal sewage treatment leaves levels of hormones and halocarbons untouched. They are then discharged into rivers, to be drawn again downstream for mains water treatment, still with these contaminants. Low in the Rhine and Thames Valleys, mains water can contain several cycles of pill hormones, water re-used again and again.

This, and other exposures, leads to a general dominance of oestrogen (woman-hormone) effect on marine species, feminising them, and on people. The MRC admitted decades ago that oestrogen dominance was reducing the sperm count in males, though the drug industry now claims there is no evidence of effects on people. It would be foolish to discount a slight general feminising effect, and a nudge towards cancer in reproductive glands including the prostate.

I have for a long time recommended that water companies relax their mains water standards somewhat, and instead provide householders with a reverse osmosis system for purifying this water to drinking standard at one tap in each dwelling and workplace. That would cost about £6 billion, quite a saving, apart from economies on water treatment technology.

Meanwhile, for under £200 and a little DIY you can instal one for yourself. It's one of the best investments you will ever make. Look up for a suitable deal.  That's where we got ours from, and we have no complaints.