Monthly Archives: April 2007

Am I being insensitive to the man who treats me like a princess?

I am a 30 year old woman living in Luton, England and I would like to
explain my current relationship situation so that you can advise me as
to which way I should proceed. My boyfriend David recently moved in
with me and we have a very good relationship where he is treating me
like a Princess. He is very affectionate, demonstrative and completely
dedicated to me. He is a professional chef so he prepares gourmet
meals for me every day.

Although he suffers occasionally from a bad
back, he cleans and maintains our flat spotlessly and when I try to
help, he simply will not let me. My job was so stressful that I was
getting very ill and thanks to him I have been able to quit it. We are
about to move to Glasgow just so that I can take a four year specialty
degree university course and he will support me throughout it. He gets
up at 4:30 am to go to work, tiptoes out and lets me sleep in however
long I want. He has a high sex drive and I have a pretty low sex
drive, but this has never been a problem. Last week my ex boyfriend
came over from Plymouth to stay with us for a couple of days and we
went to see a rock concert together, while David worked late and he
was fine with that too. Tonight my Mum is coming over for Mother’s Day
and David will be sleeping on the floor in his office since my parents
don’t know that we are together yet. He never complains about any of
this and is always supportive and loving. The problem is that since he
is used to owning restaurants, he has a habit of asking me if his
meals are ok and if I like them when he serves them to me, like they
do in restaurants. He has done this every single time we’ve eaten
together and does it a few times during each meal. Even when I tell
him his meals are divine and delicious, and even after I have asked
him on many occasions to stop asking. Last night I had a splitting
headache and was very stressed about various things, and again he
asked if the meal was to my satisfaction. This really bothered me, and
last night I snapped at him. A few minutes later I found him crying on
the floor in the bathroom and we had an argument about it that lasted
until 3 am. We have been together for about 6 months, and this was
only our second argument. Therefore, here is my question. Is he being
oversensitive or am I being insensitive? Thanks in advance for your

Forgive me for not responding directly to the nature of your post, but after
reading it, I think you have a bigger problem than you realize.

In your boyfriend I see a man who has some issues that are eventually going
to cause problems in your relationship. Here is a man who is so DESPERATE
to please you and make you happy that he is willing to inconvenience himself
to an extreme degree just so you will approve and like him. IMHO this is
not a healthy situation.

It seems that this man feels that, unless he agrees to EVERYTHING, and does
EVERYTHING in the relationship and lets everybody he knows take advantage of
him that he is not going to be liked. He seems like a man who cannot stand
up for himself lest he ruffle somebody’s feathers and not be liked. It
seems to be at the point of neurosis.

Although, some women might like a relationship where the man is a complete
milquetoast and where she can walk all over him at will, some women might
NOT. If you intend to make a long term relationship with this man you need
to take a look at whether you will be happy with a man who has no spine.

My recommendation would be to have him get some professional counseling to
determine why his self image is so low that he feels he must bribe people
with his “niceness” in order to be liked and accepted.

Just my take on the post, mind you. I could be way off base. But that is
the first impression I got when reading it.

fitness & good general health – major difference to asthma?

My boyfriend has severe asthma and I would like to ask a question from your
personal experiences & knowledge rather than medical ‘facts’ – does having
good general health and fitness levels make a dramatic difference to asthma?

My boyfriend never exercises and his diet, though improved recently, is by
no means healthy, (high in saturated fat and simple, refined carbs, low in
fruit/veg.) Would this vastly effect his asthma and would regularly airing
pillows, mattresses etc in the sun, pulling up carpet etc make a significant
difference also?

fitness and good health are always worth aiming for…in my
personal experience it’s hard to tell if there is any direct
effect since I tend to be least healthy when my asthma is worse
(it’s when I get least exercise)…I would have thought that it
can make a huge difference in the event of a serious attack

diet is also important indirectly…it’s important in terms of
being able to deal with colds and flu etc…and you can’t be
healthy without a decent diet…I was lucky, I shared a kitchen
with a student from Hong Kong when I was at College…so my first
real experience of cooking for myself was being taught how to
make a very healthy meal in a matter of a couple of minutes

keeping bedding clean and aired helps directly…as does
replacing carpets with tiles or laminates…replacing curtains
with blinds helped me too…generally, dust is not my friend, and
anything that helps avoid it with a minimum of effort is a Good

A diet high in saturated fat is not always a problem. Genetics plays an
importaint part in that. He should have his cholesterol checked befor
determining if it is a problem for him. I had mine check a few years ago
whin my cholesterol intake was at its highest and my levels were at 128/65
so I dont personaly worry about that. (course, I’ve had problems with having
a hyper metabolism and have herd that low cholesterol is farly normal under
that situation)

Eating more fruit would help as fruits contain anti oxidents that help the
immune system. Being in general good health (which can only happen if ones
diet is balanced) reduces the risk of infections. Lung infections are
generaly very bad whin it comes to asthma.

Airing out bedding ect is a good thing
The Lung Association recomends that all bedding including pillows get washed
in hot water and dried eather on the line in the sun or in a hot dryer (like
your going to put pillows on the line, it take all day to dry pillows in the
dryer) as oftain as once a week.

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Health – supplements — Are They Worth It?

Few areas of health generate more controversy than nutritional supplements.
More than half of all Americans take them-and at least 25 percent take them
daily. That means millions of people are spending billions of dollars in the
belief that supplements will improve their health. Are they getting their money’s


It depends on whom you ask.

You don’t even have to ask the manufacturers and salespeople-they’ll take every
opportunity to tell you that supplements are excellent, even essential. Their
claimsare impressive, and when they appear in print or on a TV or computer screen,
theytake on the voice of authority. Unfortunately, it’s a voice that’s affected by
financialinterest. And since Congress removed supplements from the FDA’s jurisdiction in
1994, salespeople have been able to hype their products without the need to
substantiate their claims.

If you ask a person who takes supplements, you may get an enthusiastic
endorsement. But even though your friends and relatives aren’t motivated by
profit,they’re not a reliable source of information. That’s because testimonials and
anecdotes, however sincere and well intentioned, don’t convey scientific facts.

If you can’t rely on package labels and friends, your next resource is obvious:
your doctor. Keep in mind, however, that the scientific information on most
supplements is scant at best. In addition, physicians have traditionally believed that a
good diet will provide all the vitamins and minerals you need to prevent any deficiency.
That is a valid opinion, but it overlooks emerging information that suggests some
supplements may have benefits above and beyond preventing deficiencies.


Don’t take supplements to feel or function better; vitamins, minerals and herbs
do not increase energy, improve sexual performance, reduce stress, prevent
infections, promote sleep, or sharpen the mind. If you take supplements, use
them carefully, choosing among those that have a real chance of reducing your
long-term risk of heart disease or other ailments.

Don’t take mega doses. Vitamins and minerals are essential for health in small
doses, but they can be toxic in high doses. Don’t assume that because a product
is “all-natural” it’s safe. Remember that supplements are not subject to the
standards of safety, efficacy, purity and quality that apply to medication.

Don’t waste your money on expensive brands or designer supplements. Natural
vitamins are no better than synthetic vitamins; choose the least costly
preparation from a reputable supplier. Select products that are fully
labeled-with content, dosage and expiration date. Supplements that conform to
the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia are desirable.

Remember that food is the best source of vitamins, minerals and other
nutrients. In particular, vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products supply
dietary fiber and many other important vitamins and nutrients. Excessive
cooking and processing can remove vitamins from fresh and whole foods.

Above all, never take supplements as substitutes for good nutrition and sound
health habits. Nature is smarter than the finest chemist; vitamins, minerals,
herbs and extracts may not retain the beneficial properties of real food.

Source: Harvard Men’s Health Watch, Vol. 4, No. 7, pp. 1-5
This Harvard Special Report is brought to you in collaboration with Harvard
Health Publications, the consumer education division of Harvard Medical School.
For information on Harvard Men’s Health Watch and subscriptions to other
Harvard medical consumer newsletters and publications, visit their web site at

This is a yes and no question. Science has definately shown that supplements
are helping and fewer people are now having doctor visits. In addition, we are
living longer. Unfortunately, this doesn’t address the new strains of virus
and bacteria that our out there.

The negative side to supplements is that taking the wrong supplement will
depress or short out the thyroid and adrenals. Doing this will yield acid and
toxicity which
are the perfect environments for all disease and illness. Moreover, I have
read where taking the wrong supplement for extended periods of time will
actually rot out organs.

I personally will not take anything unless my clinical kinesiologist tests it
on me. These doctors can muscle test products against your body for weakness
or strength. I have found over the past six years that almost every store
bought product tests out bad on me. I searched feverishly for a natural green
food product and even those tested out bad. My conclusion is that you should
only take supplements for a specific amount of time to correct a specific
problem.. When I have a thyroid problem, my holistic doctor gives me something
for a few weeks and them I am off of it. I get everything that I need from raw
and live foods, essential oils, and distilled water.

Vitamin Health Advice

Vitamins are an important part of a health diet. Unlike carbohydrates,
proteins, and fats, vitamins do not directly provide building blocks or
energy for your body; vitamins function as assistants to your body in
creating and breakdown down building blocks and storing and releasing

Vitamins come in two basic types: water-soluble and fat-soluble (see
the table on the website below)

Quick-Guide to Vitamins by Shoppe.MD Online Pharmacy

If your diet generally follows the USDA Food Guide Pyramid, you will
get the recommended daily allowances of vitamins (the amount people
generally need). But there are many reasons why these guidelines might
not get us the vitamins we need.

* Day-to-day living: In the rush of daily life, it may be hard to eat a
consistently balanced diet. Sometimes we skip meals or buy them from
sources (like fast-food restaurants) where we do not have easy access
to information about nutritional value.

* Pregnancy: If you are pregnant (or breastfeeding), you may need to
significantly change your vitamin intake. Folic acid is crucial to the
brain and nervous system development of, but at the same time an excess
of other vitamins (including vitamin A) can cause serious fetal injury.

* Seniority: Seniors often have difficulties eating or digesting
certain foods, including those that can provide vitamins

* Diets: Being on low-calorie diets or diets that restrict certain
types of food can significantly impact getting enough of all kinds of

So for many of us, vitamin supplements will be helpful in getting and
staying healthy. But like anything else we do for our health, it’s as
important to know the risks as the benefits.

* The “Too Much of a Good Thing” Trap: Vitamins in the proper doses
are good for you. But many vitamins are toxic in large quantities, so
taking more than enough may be a bad idea. Excess vitamin A can lead to
nausea, vomiting, and peeling skin, and over the long-term can lead to
significant damage to bones, brain and nerves. It can also be very
dangerous for a developing fetus. Vitamin E can cause a rise in LDL
(“bad”) cholesterol, and like all fat-soluble vitamins, is stored
in the liver, so if you take a little bit extra every day, the impact
can show up over time. Even vitamin D, the bone-building vitamin, can
actually encourage bone loss if taken in excess.

* Vitamins are not food: Vitamins are sometimes called
“micronutrients.” Small doses can keep us healthy. However, they
are not a substitute for the food that your body needs to make energy
and rebuild damaged tissue. Diets that severely restrict or eliminate
proteins, fats, or carbohydrates can impair functioning, and vitamins
cannot make up for that.

* Fetuses and children are not grown-ups: Children have special
vitamins for a reason – their bodies need different things than adults
do. Treat children’s supplements like any other medication; they may
taste like candy, but letting your child take more than the recommended
dose can have significant consequences. To keep a fetus growing
steadily and correctly, a vitamin discussion should be part of your
regular prenatal care.

MAN Magazine- Cancelleing this one too!

Well, maybe it’s the current trends and I’m too old to catch on, but
the issue I just received of MAN Magazine contains (3) ARF and (1) park flier

I guess after nearly 8 years of subscribing I’ll not be renewing my
subscription next year. That’s not the kind of stuff that holds my
I hope someone else picks up the slack.

I still have RCM, R/C Report, MA, and the IMAA rag delivered.

It’s a shame. What do you guys think?

I agree with you 100%. I have a bunch of back issues from 1979 to
present. Take a look at one of the mags from the 80’s and compare it to
today. Of course, the technology and products look dated, but look how much
good information there was. And after that recent bloody pheromone ad, that
was the last straw. MAN Magazine sits on the shelves from now on. If I feel
I must read an article, I will read it for free at Chapters, or go to the local
library. I certainly will not buy it, until things change. Maybe we’re just
getting to be modelling “Old Farts” – I don’t know.

Never took MAN Magazine on a subscription ’cause they always had more kit reviews
and non of the electronic projects of RCM.
After 20 years I’ve just cancelled RCM and should have done it 5 years
ago , content is 65% advertisment 15% american club scene and contests,
10% ARF review, 10% kit review, 5% real modeling.
With the current dollar rate that’s a load of money for less than 5%
interesting content.
I’ll stick with the German and French magasines which come each month
with a free plan and plenty of real modelling ( how to make your own CNC
router or foam core cutter, that’s what I call real) .
Probably is the trend : fast food, ready made model airplanes, quick
affaires, short term profits ….. but please die slowly so that the doc
can make easy money on keeping you mechanicaly alive as long as
profitable :-).

Hmm, I cancelled my sub to MAN Magazine over a year ago. They even had someone call
to ask why. Simple;

I get all the tips and tricks I could ever use from the guys at the field,
at various websites, OLD modeling mags, and here. I’ve had no use for ARFs
yet, and don’t see it happening anytime soon. Just don’t have any faith in a
laboror’s glue joint that I can’t inspect and redo. I have the most
difficult time visualizing a guy taking pride in a model that was built by
unskilled labor in a sweat shop, and calling it his own. Electrics intrigue
me, but I’m having way too much fun with nitrometh to be distracted.

To each their own. The “popular” mags are going for the dough, whatever. I
like to build and the magazines are offering less and less for the buck
where building is concerned. And I’ve found that I don’t miss them that
much. I’m not in this hobby to be with the popular group, but to enjoy
myself doing what turns me on. Same reason that a lot of guys give a sh!t
who’s running the AMA; This is a hobby, we didn’t get into this to play
politics, but to enjoy ourselves. History is full of folks who want nothing
but to have some kind of control over the rest of us. This hobby is just
another example of that. I think that ALL these AMA politicos are pathetic,
but that’s for me to think…

Is Gordan still publishing RC Report? Hell, I’ve got a bunch of way back
issues, but thought he’d quit…

What you should know about herbal products and supplements?

Are herbal health products and supplements safe because they’re

What do you mean by “safe?” The other day, water killed a radio
contestant when she diluted her potassium levels to the point she had
heart failure. Does that mean water is dangerous? If you were on top
of a really high mountain, you might die for lack of oxygen, but you
could just as easily die of too much oxygen if someone didn’t remove
the respirator when trying to save you. Do you want to cut back on
your oxygen? A better question is whether you can compare the odds of
getting well (or dying) using a particular treatment. For instance,
how does Kava, a natural sedative, compare with a prescription drug?

What types of herbal products and supplements are available?

All types, from combination formulas to individual herbs for specific
applications. My favorites are Rhodiola, Kava, and sleep formulas that
contain several herbal soporifics. You can find a good overview of the
subject at

Do any health problems increase the danger of taking herbal products
and supplements?

Sure, your existing health can be a factor in how you respond to
anything you ingest. When you have the flu, do you eat a candy bar?
Why not? While the body is incredibly good at fighting off the ill
effects of junk food, it’s more vulnerable when you are already ill.
But why would a vitamin, mineral or other essential nutrient, which
provide the body with good health in the first place, cause you a
problem? Some people, those with certain genetic traits like
hemochromatosis (about 1 in 300), are at risk of getting too much iron,
so they need to avoid taking iron-containing supplements. Regarding
minerals, some forms are less effective, like magnesium oxide, which
works ok as a laxative, however magnesium aspartate or glycinate are
better at supporting overall health. Herbals are more tricky. Many
are contraindicated for pregnant women, and some are more likely to
cause an allergic response (like Valerian, which can cause a skin rash
with prolonged use.) This raises another important point. Don’t think
of herbs and essential nutrients as being equivalent in any way. Herbs
do contain various vitamins and minerals, but they also contain
hundreds of phytochemicals found naturally in the plant, and you might
be allergic to one or more of them. This is not typical, but it
happens. It would almost never be life-threatening. For instance,
death by bee sting is more likely than being killed by a dietary

99% of our health needs can be addressed with nothing more than basic
nutrition, hopefully a food-based supplement that doesn’t contain
synthetic vitamins. If you do choose to use an herbal product, make it
a short-term thing. Herbs are not magic

What are possible side effects of herbal products and supplements?

See the website mentioned above. Side effects are rare.

Can herbal health products or supplements change the way prescription
or OTC drugs work?

It’s really the other way around. Drugs interfere with nutrient
uptake. Drug side effects are a disease pathology of their own.
Consult a naturopath about ways to correct any disease process
associated with the long-term use of medication.

Can herbal health products and supplements cause other problems?

People sometimes consume more supplements than they need. Most people
(those already in good health) need only a multi-vitamin, extra vitamin
C, extra vitamin E, and extra vitamin B.

Drugs vs. Vitamins-Health Coverage

It’s a thought I’ve always had but never actually said it out
loud until the past few months. Isn’t it a shame that we can
all pretty much get medical coverage to fill prescription
drugs that we need, but not to fill vitamins or even herbs that
we need. Health Insurance companies will pay for us to fill
our bodies with the heavy chemical drugs, but they won’t pay
for us to fill our bodies with any healthy vitamins/herbs.

They don’t seem to care if somebody is getting better off of
a natural remedy, but they’ll pay for the unnatural remedy,
the one that often gives you dangerous side effects in the
long run, or the one that may make you sicker in the long run
which will cause you to need to spend the insurances money
again and get another drug to counter-act the first one, and
so on. I for one would like to heal my body the natural way,
from the earth, not with man-made chemicals, but I just cannot
afford to go the health route. (although I do know some health
remedies have dangerous side effects too.)

Well, that was just my two cents worth. I was just thinking
out loud to yall. (And since it’s hard to tell what one’s
demeanor is just by reading their words on the screen, I’ll
tell you what mine is: calm, small gentle smile, quiet, prudent
thinker….I’ll let you know when I’m screaming, ok?)

Such a system would be nice. But, for the most part in the USA, we do
not have a health care system but rather a health crisis intervention
system. We do not promote wellness and prevention, rather we respond
to the ills that have developed from lifestyles known to result in poor
health. There is much more money to be made in treating an illness
than there is in its prevention.

It’s not a conspiracy issue here as much as it is that people tend to
take their health for granted. The poor health habits we kept as a teen
do not hit us until we reach 40+. And then it hits pretty hard. We
are then forced to realize that “Hey! maybe I’m not invincible after all.”

Nothing like an illness that drops you to make you realize what a
blessing you had when you were healthy. Sadly, it seems that this is
something that a person must learn first hand. I am certain everyone
on this list has a bit more wisdom concerning health issues now.
Do you think that a healthy person would heed your warning?

One in three people can expect to get cancer. You would think that
this statistic would deter people from smoking. It’s on the rise in
teens. The odds of winning the lottery are much worse and many people
play that, anticipating winning. One in three, 30 percent. You see
people that keep more healthy lifestyles than your own, being stricken
with this disease and for some reason we think ourselves immune.

A major medical emergency will wipe you out financially. There are
probably more than a few on this list that have spent tens of thousands
of dollars in just getting a correct diagnosis of their illness. Fear
of financial ruin sells insurance. This fear creates financial gain
in the insurance industry.

I see the day approaching where this practice is going to bite the
insurance companies. When we have a nation of sickly people requiring
medical care, the financial demands placed on the insurance companies
will break them. Then you have a sick nation without means of medical
care. And how will future generations deal with this problem? Well,
I think the kevorkian technique will become very popular. Today, it
is gaining more acceptance. This is kind of frightening.

How will the insurance companies protect themselves financially
from this health care catastrophe which they in part are responsible
for? They will raise rates and limit coverage. And we see that
happening already within the industry.

It has been my experience that health care, wellness, and prevention
do not sell well. I have encountered relatively few people outside the
medical profession, and people dealing with a major illness, that know
anything about how their body works. They don’t care how it works, they
just want to know what pill they have to take to feel better.

I know a woman that thought two 32oz. soda’s daily provided her body
with all the fluid requirements that her body needed. She rarely ever
drank anything else. She broke her ankle. The bones would not mend.
After a year they had to operate to put pins in the bones. Do you think
there is a connection here? I think so. Do you think she changed her
habit of drinking sodas? Not a chance.

I have recommended people to investigate learning more about microwater.
No one bothers to even read the articles. I guess 5 pages is just too
much text.

As it concerns health care, you can pay now, or you can pay later. But
eventually, everyone pays.

AA makes a man of you

….but only if youre a woman.

the following is a straight-up abstract from a psychological paper on AA.
skip over the jargon, and it’s quite entertaining.


TI: The efficacy of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in the treatment
of alcoholism. AU: Lindeman,-Roberta-S. IN: Churchill County School District,
Fallon, NV, US JN: Journal-of-Psychoactive-Drugs; 1993 Oct-Dec Vol 25(4)
337-340 IS: 02791072 LA: English PY: 1993 AB: Examined differences in
Androgyny scores on the Bem Sex-Role Inventory among 99 women in treatment
for alcoholism and 106 women in recovery and attending Alcoholics Anonymous

Data suggest that certain steps in the AA program contribute to a
significant difference in the Bem Standard Score Difference means and/or Bem
Class. AA steps 4, 5, 8, 9, and 12 were identified by ANOVA as related to
androgyny. Androgyny has been associated with good mental health and could
accordingly be an indicator of progress in the process of recovery.

As I understand androgony,everyone has it. It describes the feminine and
masculine personality traits in all people. Healthy androgony is a menu of
these traits which enhances socialization goals of each person in their setting.

Very fascinating, my experience passing on AA steps 4-12 includes
discussion of these concepts. What makes a real man? What IS a real man or woman?
Perhaps AA delves into adrogony when it states in the Big Book, “We can laugh at
those who think spirituality the way of weakness.Paradoxically, it is the way
of strength”.

Even NON-diety-dependents might embrace seeking wisdom from
others rather than acting beyond limits of one’s education and
experience !

Culinary herbs for health

I want to discuss the efficacy of herbs in giving/maintaining good health. I
want to share something that is only my empirical research, carried out upon
myself for the past 25 years.

I eat a little bit of fresh culinary herbs every day. Thyme, mint, rosemary (my
favorite!), Italian parsley, oregano, sweet marjoram, whatever suits the dish or
salad I’m preparing. Scientific research, backed by the USDA and other
governments has certified that there are antimicrobial and antifungal and
antiviral properties in many of these culinary herbs.

I have not had a cold or flu in those 25 years. People around me can be dropping
like flies, I carry on. I truly believe that the slow buildup of the essential
oils in my bloodstream and organs contributes to my great immune system.

I *never* drink herbal teas such as echinacea or red raspberry. On ocasion, I
have taken the capsules, but really find them unnecessary. I have seriously
studied herbalism this entire time, and have 50 or more research books.

Our ancestors evolved selecting and incorporating the wonderful members of the
Labiatiae family and other essential-oil-rich herbs (some cultures regard
members of the Amaryllidaceae family such as garlic, leeks, chives and onions as
herbs, and they are in the Herbs and Spices Golden Guide book, listed as such)
into their diet, and I believe that their own empirical observations over time
provided/proved the wonderful prophylactic properties of these herbs.

So, yes, I am the Herblady, and I lecture on the use of herbs in landscaping,
harvest and usage , and I contribute my knowledge of “medicinal” herbs here and
in lectures, but I believe good health can be maintained with *fresh* culinary
herbs. Anybody else have a similar observations?

I use herbs in most of the cooking I do, I throw them in the bath, I use
them for craft work; I rarely get a cold and when I do they don’t seem to be
as bad or last as long. When I was a kid I spent most of the winter with a
cold, flu or even bronchitis. I first noticed it when I started learning
aromatherapy when I was sixteen; I used oils every day for something, even
if only for perfume, and went for many years without a single cold. I don’t
suffer from seasonal allergies any more either. I do have a couple of more
serious health issues which are not safe to try and treat myself (notably a
heart condition which requires some fairly serious medication) but as far as
respiratory conditions, headaches, etc. go I’m convinced my frequent use of
herbs for pleasure and culinary reasons is the reason I don’t suffer
anywhere near as much as other people do.