Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Why Calcium, Estrogen, and Drugs are not the Answer (to bone health).
It it can be believed, literature can be found that questions the role of dairy foods, calcium supplements and bone mineral density because, people in the affluent West, on good diets, are not doing well when it comes to bone fractures.
It is obvious that many non-Western diets around the world do not include abundant dairy foods yet these people are not necessarily worse off or is it better off. For instance, they benefit from more fruit and vegetables and cereals and other factors that go with alkaline foods.
Alkaline rather than acid food and drink is seen as a key to bone health.
The turnaround goes something like this: acid foods in the conventional diet are related to dairy, meat, fish and eggs and an over-abundance is counterproductive because too much calcium is used up to buffer the acid.
This summary is a simplistic account and more details, debunking and strategies are found in the book by A J Lanou Assistant prof; M Castleman Science writer; Building Bone Vitality McGraw Hill NY 2009.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Time to turn out the lights for Earth Hour.
15 minutes to go.
Braye park overlooks the city in 180 degrees
and a gathering is meeting there to watch the lights go out. Maccas was in on the act according to the place mat.
At the park, earlier on, I commented to a car owner who had parked in the no-parking area but I got my comeupance when I scrapped my car on a post when I was leaving. Darn it..I went to some trouble to calculate the space needed for my exit.
One parking area has been made inaccessible, long term, as it is, maybe done to exclude some uses, but the park will be reclaimed by the people tonight who will enjoy the nice improvements made to the whole area.
Friday, March 26, 2010
The factory is disused and believe is changing hands with cheese makers moving in.
Now, two bridges span the Hunter river at that point and along with an interchage have completely changed the setting.
Beginning in 1903, more recently, this company went on to merged with Dairy Farmers company from around Sydney. The company had other factories in our valley, including Morpeth and Muswellbrook and a network of centres and developed pure-breed herds and pasture improvement and studied all aspects of milk production as well as state of the art milk processing but all that has changed now.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The rail line went past its doors and then to the nearby Co Op milk factory (home of Peerless Ice Cream) where, as well as rail transport, milk cans arrived by conveyor belt from the wharf on the Manning River.
Trucks collected milk twice a day from the dairys before refigeration and bulk handling.
Grass grows over the old rail lines.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
are usually very tasty.
Taree Fisherman's Co Op is a small
informal enterprise tucked away
beside the Manning River. Taree is just up the
the north coast.
Biologically, shrimps and prawns have some different
characteristics. Generally, we use the name prawn no matter what.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
And more of the same coal train to the north pictured here Tuesday.
Chris drew attention to an article in NY Times: Is there an Ecological Unconscious? Thanks to Daniel B Smith the article is very easy to read and he presents an interesting theme with reference to Glenn Albrecht who was dwelling around Newcastle and dwelling on ecology and solastalgia which is the term Albrecht coined to describe our 'homesickness' in the face of local change. Our feelings around environmental concerns have led to ecopsychology and associated therapies to lend us a helping hand and this work is explored in the article. The Herald, Newcastle has featured academic Albrecht's musings if I am not mistaken.
A local environmentalist, John Seed, has had similar concerns for some time now, and amongst his global activities, is a roadshow, which at times. has dealt with issues of despair and empowerment. Joanna Macy was an associate. John Seed, just back from India, has also focused on saving the rainforests and his web site, here, has more details.
(Therapists: Even psychologists discover wholism and contiue their march to 'muscle in' on every conceivable issue, in this case, seeking to keep up with ecologists and sociologists).
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
A spectrum of beliefs are valid yet a fringe minority can 'white-ant' or subvert action to combat climate change.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Pitnacree road from East Maitland came to a dead end before construction of a bridge over the Hunter was commenced.
Pitnacree must have origins in Scotland and is the name of a neolithic barrow unearthed in Perthshire.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Walk for the Williams 14 March - 20 March
What a crazy, romantic plan to walk the length of the Williams River from the source just north of Dungog down to Newcastle. Participate in all or part of the walk and in the gatherings arranged at certain junctions. The full story is at www.notillegradam.com
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Lass O'Gowrie Hotel, Wickham
From the blackboard:
WED- MOJO JUJU & the SNAKE OIL MERCHANTS & JONATHAN FRANCIS & the FORBIDDEN ZONE
THURS - CENTRESECTION & JAMES CATBURN & ELLISA-KATE
FRI - the INFINITE OTHER & TEAM & REGIE JAX
SAT - the HURRICANE CHIPPER & UNFIT & GREAT TOAD & LOOSE LUCY
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Youth on the fringe have a creative theatrical agenda in this former old clubhouse. Creativity is struggling to make it onto the city scene and some entertaining 'green shoots' have emerged to lighten up the community. We wouldn't want to spoil any bright sparks with over-abundant support.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Government proposals about our health services are one thing. As well, the Department of Defence gets over-budget and has problems aired from time to time.
Do you know something? Defence could be changed to a state run corporation and managed by small groups. The groups would include fair, decent minded citizens including a woman, a few do-gooders, a victim advocate, a pacifist, a corporate sponsor, several serial board members and an academic while those with any close working links with defence services would be avoided.
These groups would be supported by enormous state and federal bureauracy and funding pruned and fragmented to be in line with health services. lol. Btw, this rant was penned before I saw the lengthy expose on defence in todays Sydney Morning Herald
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Oh my...Rearrangements to this are proposed by the Federal government.
After the fair in Lambton Park. An innovative food and wine affaire.
The City Council has worked wonders on the park and the fairground was in a pretty setting.
The set-up was rather 'commodified' and could have done with a touch of mystery and surprise but who am I to say!
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Wanted: a brick layer! Time flies and it is 21 years since the Newcastle earthquake hit at the end of 1989. Ever since then, this house has been supported by timber posts.
But now the time is right for reconstruction. The front room is open-air and the old bricks have been cleaned and are surely ready to go again.
Old brick chimneys were damaged and removed from many dwellings.
No disrespect is intended to those in the recent massive earthquakes.