Why Cannabis Stems Inflammation — ScienceDaily

another very interesting read about the benefits of cannabis as a food and medicine.

It is known that the cannabis plant has its components they’ve discovered thus far. Such as THC THCV CBD CBC CBE CBG CBN and many more substances too many to list at present.

The researchers at Bonn and ETH Zurich University have found a component in Cannabis’s essential oil. According to Sciencedaily that it could be findings ”for the prevention and treatment of inflammations”

They go on to discuss a particular component in cannabis called Beta-Carophyllene which activates the CB2 receptor.

The CB2 receptor is vital for inhibiting inflammation.

The researchers found that Beta-Carophyllene only binded with only the CB2 inhibitor. Enjoy xx

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080720222549.htm

My Gratitude List

As I go into another month of shielding.. like millions of others in the UK and around the world are in lockdown. i think of the homeless and their families living on the streets and temporary B&B(Bed and Breakfast in the UK- it is how its written).

You are supplied with a breakfast then you have to go elsewhere during the day until bedtime. This was a reality for me and my children who were 4 2 and 1 years old at the time.) Fortunately, I had a very generous and kind friend who’d allow me and the youngest two children to hang out at her tan while my eldest was at school.

I think of how to be positive and what I am grateful for. There are days where I struggle to get out of bed in the morning. I look to the internet and social media and sometimes despair at the lack of empathy and compassion for our human race.

People can be so self centred thinking only of themselves and their situations. While you should do this for self care. Well.. I believe its essential to be in good health physically emotionally intellectually and psychologically before you can help others.

Would you want someone to help you even if they were a stranger? How would you feel if you or your loved one was hurt or ill and alone? Maybe you are disabled and unable to help others physically like me.

Maybe you don’t want to and that’s your choice.

However, I find myself especially at this time unable to help (and I know Im not alone here) and Im housebound.

But even if there wasn’t a pandemic. Id still have to be careful when going out and engaging with the public. Mainly due to my health problems and conditions making me vulnerable to infection.

As a consequence of a simple common cold which usually for healthy lungs it wouldn’t be a issue. However, in my individual circumstances as my lungs are damaged. A cold virus fills my lungs with fluid making infection likely.

Its called Bronchiectasis and theres no cure its likely the doctors have said that I got it via the double Pneumonia I contracted twice in succession.

This will cause additional breathing problems and tiredness. As a result it would cause permanent damage to my already damaged lungs. Each time I catch a cold I’m at higher risk of complications.

So I adapt and the best way to help people to get on here and write to people. I use pictures, memes posters and inspiration from my partner and my children and grandchildren.

I am inspired by what I see around me. So while some people may think its the logical choice or the corny choice. But I am a survivor I was critically ill several years ago. So being grateful for my health is the natural thought and state of being for me.

I had a limited chance of survival and I had sepsis shock twice. The complications from this are life long and now have a progressive lung disease. So my health and wellbeing is everything to me as I experienced PTSD whilst in Intensive Care..

So nowadays I eat and drink as healthily as possible while still enjoying the foods I used to but a vegan version.

I began boycotting shops and companies who tested their products on animals in the 1980s. As I had asthma since childhood so I began to exercise.  As I wanted to find a way of helping myself so I can breathe better.

Id stopped eating the meat from cows chicken and sheep. I never liked animals parts like their organs for offal. I liked animals and didn’t want to participate in their slaughter. Especially since Quorn and Linda McCartney began mass production.

I was more than happy to eat vegetarian and feed some of the options to my daughters. At that point the internet had just became popular and we began using the internet. As a family and to help with my children’s school work and to nurture the nerd in me.

Id also began university as Id previously got all my training and qualifications in my chosen profession. But Ive always enjoyed learning about different things.

People, places, animals,architectural buildings…The wonders around the world. Science History Geography and anything that interests me. so the internet has been a lifelong friend, tutor and companion.

my mobility and lack of movement can hinder me physically … but I can still manage to help people with what I post.

Im grateful for healthy family and loved ones Im grateful for my friends and followers who visit to read my ramblings.Im grateful for the roof over my head and the warm home with enough money to survive..

Lastly, Im grateful for our garden. The mobility scooter that enables me to get about locally when Im not shielding. finally I can still breathe on my own… I have been on oxygen therapy before so I know what to do expect again.

Im grateful I can still read and my favourite recommended book of the month … is Tim Proctor’s Spoon Fed – Why Almost Everything We  Are Told About Food Is Wrong.

Much Love xxx

The Sexual Offences Act 1967: 50 years of progress | COUNSEL | The Magazine of the Bar of England and Wales

A very interesting and insightful look into the progress of the LGBTQ+ movement.

While I had made reference to this in my Alan Turing article on my WordPress blog.. (Dated 27th February 2020) I felt compelled to review it in its own right here in brief.

While my previous blog was pertaining to Alan Turing and in the main homosexuality. This article encompasses homosexuality transgender, lesbianism. How progress has been made in law in the UK over the last 50 years, since that article was written..

Although please consider dear reader the article was written in 2017. So in essence, its 54 years with this year being 55 years upon the date of the change in amendment with the Sexual Offences Act 1967.

https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/the-sexual-offences-act-1967-50-years-of-progress

Soulful Sunday… And something random…

I made a stew and Dumplings cooked on the stove or cooker recently and made enough for another day packed with vitamins and minerals and certainly packed with enough vegetables to fulfil my five a day! … ❤️

I was hungry when I took this photo so nearly ate the evidence!
I have to watch which vegetables I put into my meals as I have multiple complex health problems which includes auto immune disorders.

Gluten is a big problem for me and certain amount of high fodmap foods and cruciferous vegetables can trigger IBS symptoms and acute auto immune reactions such as palpitations heart racing shaking and trembling nausea dizziness..

Aswell as drowsiness and confusion/brain fogginess …. But the specialists think I have Hypoglacemia and waiting for the blood testing machine so I can start testing the blood sugar levels. If so they will need to find out why… ❤️

#wellbeing #positivevibes #positivethinking #glutenfreeandvegan #LoveFood #comfortfood #vegan #veganforlife #autoimmune #autoimmunedisorder #stewanddumplings #fodmap #IBS #plantbased #food #foodie #ecsawareness #cbdmovement

Spinach, Lentils, Carrots, Zucchini, =or Courgette for low fodmap ensure that you have less than 65g per meal. Peas Sweetcorn, Parsnip White and Sweet Potatoes, fresh and dry herbs can be used here.

Most vegetables can be used in a stew the trick is to ensure that all vegetables are chopped to the same size especially all the root vegetables. Ie the Carrots and Parsnips of equal sizes. –

https://www.instagram.com/p/jt=1svn4n807gc5x

Watch “Dr Louise Newson and ‘The Truth About the Menopause and ‘” on YouTube

For anyone who is curious about what is the menopause.

What are the kinds of symptoms that women experience and the health risks effected by low hormones?

Louise answers those questions and more….

Louise is a UK Based GP and a doctor that specialises in the menopause. She also has a YouTube channel called My Menopause Doctor.

Alan Turing..

As part of LGBTQ+ Month there is only one man that I feel deserves special mention here. His name is Alan Matheson Turing.

As you will see his contribution to the war effort was instrumental to winning World War 2.

However, Alan suffered appalling inhumane treatment.

His only crime… he was Homosexual.

Thank goodness this ass of a law was repealed and is no longer law in the UK.

At the very least a mistreatment of Alan’s, and every homosexual man’s and lesbian women’s human rights..

Coming from the very hands of the people who should have protected him.. His actions virtually turned the war in our country’s and the allied countrie’s favour.. 

As a consequence, it ended tragically for Alan and his family ..

Alan Matheson Turing was born on 23rd June 1912, and died on 7th June 1954 a brilliant mathematician, cryptographer and a pioneer in multiple computer sciences and the founder of Artificial Intelligence.

By September 1939 he was already working in the Government Code and Cypher School, when the war broke out in 1939.

The cypher school went on to be GCHQ (Government Communications Head Quarters) one of three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies.

The second and third agencies are the MI5 and MI6. They protect the UK from terrorism in the UK and from anyone who wants to harm or damage us financially..

GCHQ is the UK’s version of the USA’s National Security Agency (NSA). They specialise in obtaining intelligence from communications. MI5 and MI6 deals with Human intelligence.

The people working for MI5 or known as the Security Services collect their intelligence within the UK. MI6 or lesser known as the Secret Intelligence Services collect their intelligence from outside the UK.

According to the gchq.gov.uk ”GCHQ protects the UK and its citizens from individuals, groups, and countries who wish to do us harm, or damage us financially.” But alas I’m rambling again.. Back to Alan..

Alan was working at Bletchley when he designed along with his team a machine called the Bombe.

He was supposed to have had a IQ of 185. The most known of his achievements is the cracking of the Enigma Code.

After the war was over, he continued his research and work into various fields of computer sciences.

In 1952 Alan was arrested for Homosexuality and was charged with ”gross indecency”. Found guilty Alan had a choice be imprisoned, or face chemical castration.

As ‘gross indecency’ could include anything that could prove of sexual intimacy between two males. Lesbians weren’t included in this law.

It widened the net for many successful prosecution of homosexual and suspected homosexual behaviour.

Chemical castration for a man is when (in Alan’s case) given female hormones to limit his libido. This stopped him from wanting sexual intimacy and sexual intercourse with a potential partner.

This extreme kind of treatment was usually reserved for men who were convicted of practicing sexually deviant behaviour.. For instance the first time chemical treatment was given to 48 male patients with long standing histories of deviant sexual behaviour in the US. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/6453536/&ved=2ahUKEwj7tKKGjYrvAhXAaRUIHT1DCQEQFjALegQICxAO&usg=AOvVaw1Wok2lFsiytL-N-Sbob6LI

Before the 7th of June in 1954, that fateful day when Alan was found dead. A half eaten apple laced with Cyanide was found by his bedside. The verdict was suicide. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-37443639

After the court case he lost his security clearance. This meant he was unable to continue his work at GCHQ and therefore lost his job. He had been convicted for being homosexual.

The history of discriminating and the persecution of homosexual men and for Lesbian women including Trans gendered people has a long history.

in the reign of Henry VIII, The Buggery Act 1533 was introduced where any man found to be having anal intercourse or any intimacy were arrested convicted and hung. Then in 1861 it was repealed and replaced with Offences Against The Person

However, before Alan’s death in 1954, there was the ‘gross indecency’ law. This was also known as Labouchere Amendment or Section 11. This was part of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885.

It was rather insidious to homosexual men as according to Wikipedia the agreement allowed the prosecution,”to prosecute male homosexuals where actual sodomy (meaning in this context, anal intercourse) could not be proven”.

The penalty for having anal sex (sodomy) and any sexual acts between men was death up to 1861. After this the penalty was life imprisonment. Until 1967 and the Sexual Offences Act which made consensual sex between two men in private legal.

Provided both men have reached the minimum age of 21 years. However it remains illegal for public consensual sexual acts between two or more men. Strangely, consensual sexual acts between women don’t seem to be mentioned.

Although according to an very interesting (worth a read!) article by counsel magazine Lesbianism was treated as indecent assault. https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/the-sexual-offences-act-1967-50-years-of-progress

Lastly, the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 reduced the consenting age for someone to engage in homosexual acts is now 16 years old. 

The consenting age was previously reduced from 21 to 18 years old in 1994 ”by virtue of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994” as stated in the Background section of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 .CHAPTER 44 legislation https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/44/notes?view=plain

Alan Turing finally in 2009 got an apology from the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Then in 2013 although posthumously, a pardon came from the Queen. Sadly it came too late for Alan to hear. But his family and great grandniece did…

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/alan-turing-new-ps50-banknote-gay-codebreaker-mathematician-sexuality-pardon-a9005086.html

The Sexual Offences Act 1967; 50 years of progress; https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/the-sexual-offences-act-1967-50-years-of-progress

What Recurring Dreams Do In Your Brain, According To Neurologists

An Interesting article pertaining to REM sleep and dreaming. It discusses what happens to different areas of the brain during sleep and dreaming.

The article has been sited and the sources are given at the end of the article..❤️

https://www.bustle.com/wellness/recurring-dreams-brain-neurologists

Baby Shooting Spinach

Hi there my lovelies just thought I’d share these little beauties… Our first little shoots of Spinach. ❤️

Our Spinach Shoots

These particular Spinach leaves Emilia F1 and Lavio F1 varieties will be ready in as soon as a month’s time depending on the size of leaf you prefer.

We’ve decided to make a soup for my Mister and Spinach sweet potato and vegetable stew and (gluten free) mixed herb 🌿 dumplings.. ❤️ ❤️

Mixed vegetable stew and Dumplings adding Spinach to dishes like this is a good way to get your greens in. Especially when you fussy family members.. ❤️

Vegetable Soup

My Mr Vegan has extensive stomach damage and has severe Diverticulosis Psoriasis and IBS. He has food sensitivities that make these conditions markedly worse.

These symptoms can cause the diverticulosis to relapse and block his bowel. As a consequence of this he usually ends up in hospital.

I also have multiple health problems including autoimmune disorders and a heart problem. I have food sensitivities to Gluten. As a consequence this triggers a severe auto immune reaction which includes breathlessness and other symptoms.

Therefore we have to watch the Fodmap (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols.) content of the food he consumes. He also has to avoid Gluten and nightshade vegetables.

As they also cause him to relapse into Diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is when the intestines and bowel swell becoming infected and inflamed) which includes severe belly cramps and IBS.

This very tasty simple vegetable soup is one of the meals that doesn’t irritate his stomach. When his belly is particularly bad, he has to rest his belly. Foods like this soup allows him to do so.

This soup is full of antioxidants and vitamins and  a balanced meal.

 Vegetable Soup

175g silken tofu,

we add 65g of courgette or abit below 65g it is classed as low fodmap. the more Courgette/Zucchini you addwill make the fodmap level be classed as high.

2oz peas

150g, Carrots

30g red split pea lentils theyre a good source of protein.

100 to 150g Spinach

70g Sweet Potatoes

Then 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil.

¼tsp Coriander or Cilantro

¼tsp Asafoetida or Hing

½tsp Mixed Herbs.

First two lines of the Do The Shake and Vac advert  with the Black Pepper.

Lastly a drizzle of gluten free Tamari to the first line of Do The Shake and Vac (An 1980s advert in the UK 🇬🇧)

Tofu and Nutrition: The Latest Research | NutritionFacts.org

This is an interesting article worth looking at. In fact its my goto website when it comes to Nutrition food and healthy eating.

Nutrition facts.org is an excellent website and resource as well as videos on various topics. It is non commercial, science based public service that provided the latest in nutrition research via bitesized videos. These are provided by Dr Michael Greger.

He also has a You tube channel called nutritionfacts.org aswell as a Instagram and Facebook page of the same name. packed with loads of information and many videos on all aspects of healthy eating

https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/tofu/