What causes heart disease part forty-five B – An addendum

Scottish Doctor, author, speaker, sceptic


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Same is true for potassium: But hard to find these blood tests! RBC magnesium should be done along with 24 hour urine and checking potassium and kidney function. I personally take Mg Glycinate. I am now 68 and still ok, occasional SVT, short runs if diet is off or stressed. Dr Carolyn Dean from America is a major advocate of Magnesium supplementing. She recommends Red Blood Cell Magnesium testing. I have tried to get this done in France and Spain, where you can walk into a lab and ask, and pay for, a blood test, but everybody just looks perplexed!

Magnesium is quite difficult to orally supplement, as many types cause diarrhoea. I was hoping she was Canadian and that would increase her credibility: Fairly cheap, but had to self order online as my doc had no knowledge of it. I supplement with magnesium malate and magnesium glycinate, plus potassium bicarbonate, which have greatly relieved nocturnal leg cramps and heart palpitations. Last year I invested in 3 X 25Kg of magnesium flakes, and had decided that I was still going to use them!

Of course I have no way of knowing if I have a magnesium deficiency…. I have been studying vitamin and mineral supplementation since your recent blog, and will be investing in a specific multi vitamin, gentle Vit C , and fish oil capsule.

We already have an excellent quality diet, but my husband is getting over the dreadful flu I missed out, thankfully , so, I will get him back up to par asap. Using supplements is an about-turn for me, as my time in the NHS programmed me to believe our diet was sufficient; as we age, I no longer accept that view.

The best Muti Vit I have come across, due to its decent dosages on each ingredient, is the two a day by Life Extension no personal connection other than a customer who takes one a day because the B12 and folate included does the job on one a day.

Dr K, re the Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, blahblahszole users. Patients are left on these for decades. My friend was prescribed them for twenty one years, all without a cursory glance at the magnesium of b12 levels. I had five glorious years of plummeting health on them. The over-prescribing of these PPIs is the next big medical scandal to come out. Thanks for that link Dar Dobs. What an enlightening site! I could spend hours, days, weeks on there.

If people are going to take a supplement it would be wise to advise them that the oxide form is not a very wise choice. Citrate is better and glycinate better than that. Yes this makes a lot of sense.. I have also had heavy metal toxicity..

After 30 chelation sessions those metal levels have dropped right down.. Walking on wet grass or the beach, wet sand in bare feet is the best thing I can do for my heart health..

Walking in the beach for 2 hours every day saved my life.. That walk on the beach also helped you to inhale airborne particles of iodine. Much help to the heart, as well as magnesium. And a grounding mat is simply not the same thing. Luckily, I do live where there is an abundance of natural selenium, which is another good trace mineral many people do not think about.

I am not well, suspected Lyne-like illness or insect borne disease according to Dr D Klinghardt not recognised in Australia; we suffer alone. Maybe just my experience; however; a word to the wise before you invest as it might help some conditions, but not mine.

I am open to suggestions. If you have Lime Disease.. I think earthing works better in wet ground.. You might try an all-meat diet particularly beef. The reason they eat only meat is that what caused them the fewest symptoms. Maybe some parasite cleanses. Or eat fresh garlic cloves per day, wait 15 minutes after opening or crushing them.

At age 64 I had a concern about my cardiac health. As for such exotic things as CAC testing this is in the stuff of dreams. When I researched Magnesium some time ago I found that Magnesium Bisglycinate was the most absorbable form. Would suggest hair mineral analysis then not only can you get magnesium long term levels checked but also ratio with calcium.

Ratios are equally important. Cheap and non-invasive test best obtained through a nutritional therapist. This was actually the second time a commenter posted the link this paper. The first time I read it in full. Today, I printed it because I need to read something at least three times to fully cram it into the brain. I am concerned about all those people taking diuretics, which, as noted in the paper, can deplete Mg.

Very easy to supplement, and the tastiest foods have lots of it. A public health crisis. Alarming words, and likely true. More so if some, according to the article, consider 0. So it would seem that for those of us who have hypertension, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, diabetes and psoriasis, taking magnesium, vits C, D3, E, multi Bs and K2 might help. The same department advises a high carb low fat diet for the diabetes.

And ramipril for the hypertension, which, like candesartan I refused, because of previous adverse reactions. And statins, of course. Likewise refused as I developed diabetes and kidney failure while on simvastatin. Now under control with LCHF diet. The same hospital was brilliant when I had a ruptured appendix three years ago.

Good job Green and Blacks was on offer last week — I bought a mini stockpile. If you are UK based the following might be of interest. About 18 months ago a food programme, probably food unwrapped, did a program on dark chocolate and had a lab test about 6 brands.

They found the brand that had the highest polyphenols was good old Tescos home brand from I think Ecuador. Whatever that means, I prefer the flavour to most of the others. I take magnesium supplement when my eyelids start to twitch, but maybe I should just increase my dark chocolate intake instead …. A little comment about chocolate and magnesium… my husband who has type 2 diabetes and I now drink hot cocoa in the afternoon, with no sweetener at all! Such interesting posts and comments, thanks!

Marguerite — I also buy cacao powder which is great for mixing in with the likes of Greek yogurt and blackberries. When you get twitchy eyelids or a tic type movement, increase your B6. Works for me every time and you know where I got that info? The title was something about Chicken Soup. So I just take a mg magnesium malate pill once a day, and hope that compensates for any dietary shortfall. The functional medicine docs often use RBC magnesium and other metals to look for both deficiency and excess.

RBC levels are taken a marker for tissue levels. Malcolm, this new paper only confirms your reputation as a clairvoyant in addition to a skeptic. The definition of clairvoyant is having heightened senses or being extremely perceptive. It may be low despite a normal serum magnesium level. There is some debate amongst clinicians about the validity and accuracy of these, but nonetheless many of us use these results in clinical practice. I use a very old fashioned method of mineral and electrolyte replacement which I learned on the BodyBio.

There supposedly sensitive receptors for minerals in the tongue and in the mouth. Then, the substance is introduced each day, and testing is repeated to see if the deficiency is corrected. This may be useful for copper and zinc for which we are not only interested in levels, but also the ratio.

This test is supposed to adjust for that. Here are some links to the instructional videos in the context of using it to reduce mercury load:. Liquid Minerals and Getting Rid of Mercury part 1 https: Liquid Minerals and Mercury part 2 https: Liquid Minerals and Mercury part 3 https: I would really like to hear what you think about this, or if you have ever heard about it, or have used it for your patients.

I myself experienced this when I jumped on the diet And indeed it was very efficient in relieving the problem. Hi Goran, I found that night-time dehydration also gave me early morning-leg-calf-cramps — a quick glass of water usually did the trick. Göran, why would that be? Thank you Dr Kendrick. Does anyone know how bathing with Epsom Salts magnesium sulphate might be beneficial?

The skin is the largest organ you have, and will absorb the mag sulfate or any other kind of magnesium salt mag chloride for instance. There is really no way to tell how much you will absorb though, because every BODY is different. But Epsom salts have been used for years and years to help with sore muscles and sprains, etc. Soak for about 20 minutes or so, at least. I dont know of any studies, however experience with my patients is positve.

Reduced cramps and nervous tension…… With kids on the ASD spectrum it has proved a great adjunct in many aspects of their health and wellbeing. Thanks for recognizing need for a correction and acting. Thanks Malcolm for this reset on Magnesium. I have taken magnesium tablets since In addition to eating good organic foods. At first I took Magnesium orartate but because of the cost I switched to Magnesum citrate last year which has been significantly cheaper to buy and is available at a local pharmacy.

Magnesium citrate is absorbed in the gut. But it is the cheapest and most readily available for sale in pharmacies and health food shops. This morning Dr Mercola published a long article on why we should should avoid Magnesium Citrate.

I know some folks here like Goran, use Dr Mercola as a major source of information on health. But I am skeptical about his site. And this article about Magnesium Citrate makes me even more skeptical. I am still a supporter of Dr Mercola. He needs to make money somehow, and I agree with the great majority of what he writes. It is difficult, I can tell you, to keep working away at something — without achieving any income from it.

Which is one of the laudable aspects of Dr Greger, I dont agree with everything he says eg cholesterol, but he runs his site for free. The only sales he has made are through a book and possibly a recipe book. Anyone who has written a book will tell you that you dont write one expecting to make any money which is good because the vast majority will not make any. Smatersig, I do not really want to reprise the Vegan debate we had a while ago…It would rive a few of us completely off the wall!

But Dr Greger is not the only vegan ad free website. I suspect that the converts there are keen to recruit more newbie converts…As part of improving their credibility and virtue maybe…. My concern on here is that there is still a tendancy to allow people, with inpunity, to mention out of the blue and some times related to topic aspects of LCHF and meat eating. Now dont get me wrong this is as it should be. I have never responded with suggestions of meat trolls or meat industry reps because I see the whole spectrum of various diets as worthy of inclusion in the debate.

But of course that means that WFPB has to be talked about because there is so much data to look at with regard to it. The problem is that any challenges to hypothesis surrounding sat fat or animal protein are seen not as valid debating points but some kind of vegan trolling. Though I cant abide most modern Brit docutainment! But as they say — different strokes for different folks. Tuning in to the signal — is tuning out from the noise. I noticed that http: As I see it the authors have scanned through a hundred and something studies to extrapolate their findings — which is the kind of thing you held some hope for at the end of your DD book.

As for income, I feel the need has to be addressed and the economy has to align to support it. That often does not seem evident in those who call a new direction ahead of their time so as to lay a foundation for times to come. Is it a choice between a deadly security of a lo risk diet and a new day every day in an exciting and challenging exploration and discovery? I have to second this. Not only that, but a lot of Dr. I just watched a video of him promoting products for washing dishes, especially in dishwashers, that to not contain harmful chemicals.

Others are charging from a low of 85 for a consult on up to Consults can be done by phone or skype. These are not all doctors, in fact most are not, just people who hopefully know a bit of what they are doing. I guess I need to add that the best ones offer a mix of free info with paid gigs. It was interesting to me as a nurse to read from him that Vioxx was a dangerous drug, yet be giving it to patients, and then a couple of years later it was pulled from the market.

He sold high quality coconut oil at a time when it was not really available even in the health food store. I rely on the likes of Dr. Mercola to do that for me and it is all free. Might I also add that our dear Dr. Kendrick is also doing that for us and it is also free. You really should consider putting a tip jar on the website if that is possible.

I know I would. But, really his is certainly not my only source of information. I think the supplement was called Dr Donsbach but authorities killed his business as far as I remember. Thanks Goran for the reply. I appreciate your comment about this issue. Dr K I am also aware that Mercola needs to earn money to cover the costs of the site he manages.

However it is the extent of this that I question. Here is the link to the Mercola article I am talking about: And that if we are not constipated we should avoid it because it will cause diarrhea. Now I have just checked the label on my Magnesium citrate that i use. There is nothing on the label about such symptom.

And I suspect that by law they are obliged to mention such side effects if they are possible. Am I special — with a cast iron stomach perhaps- or is Mercola simply wrong?

Ditto on the magnesium citrate. Ditto on the cost as I said earlier. And we will continue to do so indefinitely. Thank you for this timely addendum.

I have just been discharged from hospital with a huge goodie bag of pharmaceuticals to prevent a further MI. Boy, it would have been poetic justice to suggest that he read your cited research!

Sorry, I forgot the link: Yes — life is always about balance within many variables. Knowing about the relationships between minerals, vitamins and etc in our body is an ongoing education. A significant factor in your linked page and the Study on Mg deficiency is that higher calcium to magnesium intake — which includes Vit D needs a corresponding Magnesium adjustment.

The mind that wants a rule so it can go back to sleep is the sort of thinking that sets a wrong course for 50 years before a correction can wake it up. I lean to suspect Vit D fears simply because Pharma want to promote them. But that too could be a rule that denies the recognition of the balance point. There are studies where astronomical Vit D intake showed no adverse effects.

But that may have been in a less toxified, depleted, unbalanced, malnourished and overfed population. The K2 mitigation is becoming more well known and the magnesium balance feels also critical to be aware of. This research article might make all the difference — if I print it and show it to my GP. This is dynamite potentially. I have not, until recently, been a believer in dietary supplements. Given my own CAD and calcium score I will check this out further with done urgency.

Would be without it, magnesium, i. Dr Myhill has a very informative section on Magnesium deficiency and the link with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, her speciality. Dr K, can I please ask if you take any form of Co-Q10? In the list of supplements on the previous post I noted that it was in that list. My great-aunt used to drink tea from a saucer laced with Epsom Salts. She died in aged His answer is magnesium deficiency.

Prior to the development of widespread grain refining capability, whole grains were a decent source of magnesium though phytic acid in grains will bind minerals such as magnesium, so the amount you eat in whole grains will generally be more than the amount you absorb. In addition, eating too much calcium interferes with the absorption of magnesium, setting the stage for magnesium deficiency. When one of my very close relatives was in a psychiatric unit suffering from severe depression, not long after having been previously hospitalised with anorexia nervosa, my suggestions from my own research into nutritional deficiencies to their consultant psychiatrists were met with virtual hostility.

On the other hand, how long have Italians and French been eating white bread and white pasta? Probably longer than the s. I use supplements liberally. There is concern of too much and proper balances. To solve the problem I propose periodic supplement abstinence, say a day or two weekly to give the body a chance to sort out what it really needs.

Better still would be periodic water only fast. Smartersig, LArginine needed but is hard to absorb. However If you take Citruline Malate as a supplement it will be absorbed and changed into LArginine in the body without the stomach upsets.. At least this is the case for me. Citruline Malate is easy to buy as it is used by gym jocks and body builders who often take it in largish quantities. Vitamin K2 is not water soluable. It is soluble only in oil. Maybe this is why it gives you stomach upsets.

So taking it with other oil based foods might help maybe? Recent findings suggest that high magnesium intakes may reduce the risk of vitamin D insufficiency. Magnesium regulates the activity of critical enzymes in vitamin D metabolism, which would explain how magnesium deficiency negatively affects vitamin D status What is the normal magnesium level? Normal serum magnesium levels 0. Serum magnesium levels above 0.

The less we get via our food , the less we need? Stille Slopers, by Wim Zeegers. I have had an interesting condition since I was a teenager, I am now On the flip side, I am now experiencing burning and numbness like neuropathy in both feet.

I have had many batteries of tests run and seen a neuropathist, nothing can be found. But the neuropathy is sort of inversely responsive to Magnesium, I. I can find absolutely no research on it. I now regulate my Mag water intake to balance between thirst and burny feet. I have — twice. Shake for 30 secs — back to fridge. I drink a measure or tot of this before bed neat — but make up drinking water for the day with a proportion of mag bicarb water in it. In looking up vortex or helical flow in blood I found that that it is normal to vortex blood before testing for platelets as the granular clumping in the blood can pass for or perhaps contribute to the development of clots.

I reported my benefits which are supple freedom of musculature — esp ankles and calves in the night. There may be others — but too many other things going on to determine what belongs where. I have never yet noticed any downside to taking mag this way. John have you ever checked your B12 result? It is very cheap. One large bottle of Milk of Magnesia makes about 20 liters of mag water. It tastes nice and is very refreshing. We drink so much of it that I have set up a CO2 bottle and make my own soda water to use with it.

This segways well into Mark Sissons recent? Not specifically mentioning Magnesium — but illuminating the damage associated with endurance exercise — esp on a crap diet as was normal in his day — and for some still is.

I find Sissons inspiring. Mercola has my gratitude for the focus and richness of interviews and info. Is magnesium oxide wrongly demonized for having low bioavailability?

I have a sense that the ideal path is to Honour the Mother — that is to ensure full health to a living soil — that our food grows in and of. Where minerals are bound up in plant or other biological food sources is likely the optimal way to receive them. Randal I read through both the links you provided. However neither of the links discusses the issue of magnesium oxide leading to diarrhea. And frankly that is an important aspect of this issue.

Nobody wants to take a supplement which gives us the sh! So I will stay with Magnesium Citrate. Bill, There are timed-release or sustained-release tablets on the market. The one I use provides mg magnesium as dimagnesium malate per dose of 4 tabs.

Easy to take, no nether consequences. The only question is — does it actually deliver? How overwhelmingly complex is not our physiology!

Whatever — you are your own best testbed. When you have been seriously and regained your health by some specific interfering action on your physiology you tend to believe that this is the way to go and probably it is, not least for yourself. I believe it is a whole system in which all parts are in communication at once. Perhaps blaming the instrument or tool goes with the territory.

But through the body we live and share in this crazy and wonderful world as both a participant and a casting director. The latter is less obvious once having blamed the tool, the props, the scenery, the bad guys. I agree that what works for us is a real relationship discovered and at least a genuine stepping stone. I see that participation in our own health life is an ongoing awakening responsibility and that is not just a matter of following guidelines or rules, but of accepting a consciously made decision and standing in it.

Perhaps after trying everything else or after much study. But owning our own decision is an inner alignment or congruency of purpose. I cant do that for anyone else and if it were possible it would deprive them of their health-freedom setting up dependency of entanglement.

Please, what do you make of this? But it is emerging as a major cause of heart attacks and stroke, as deadly as high blood pressure or cholesterol.

Why is it that most people who have heart attacks or strokes have few or no conventional risk factors? These are patients with normal levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, no history of smoking or diabetes, and no family history of cardiovascular disease.

To some researchers, this hidden risk is the dark matter of cardiology: But now scientists may have gotten a glimpse of part of it. They named the condition with medical jargon: I know nothing about it.

I would need a bit more of the science stuff before I could make any comment. One thought is the stem cells also included endothelial progenitor cells EPCs about which I have written quite a lot. So, there may be something here.

A quick search about CHIP. Also medications like statins are mitochondrial and microbiome poisons. Dr Kendrick Thanks for the quick reply. I suspected that it would not be more than a quick reply at this stage without more research.

Maybe your interest therein is pricked? Any rate if you do follow up at some stage would be keen to read your fuller response. Appreciated for all the amazing health stuff and other commentary that you so willing share to a wide audience of health addicts nuts? A new study conducted by Ohio University scientists suggests that a little more sunlight might help restore damage to your cardiovascular system.

The study shows that Vitamin D3 — which is made by the body naturally when skin is exposed to the sun — can significantly restore the damage to the cardiovascular system caused by several diseases, including hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Vitamin D3 supplements are also available over-the-counter. However, in recent years, in clinical settings people recognize that many patients who have a heart attack will have a deficiency of D3. A major discovery from these studies is that vitamin D3 is a powerful stimulator of nitric oxide NO , which is a major signaling molecule in the regulation of blood flow and the prevention of the formation of clots in the cardiovasculature.

Additionally, vitamin D3 significantly reduced the level of oxidative stress in the cardiovascular system. Most importantly, these studies show that treatment with vitamin D3 can significantly restore the damage to the cardiovascular system caused by several diseases, including hypertension, atherosclerosis, and diabetes, while also reducing the risk of heart attack.

These studies, performed on cells from Caucasian Americans and African Americans, yielded similar results for both ethnic groups.

We already have it. These studies, performed at Ohio University, are the first to identify the molecular mechanism of vitamin D3-triggered restoration of the function of damaged endothelium in the cardiovasculature.

While these studies were performed using a cellular model of hypertension, the implication of vitamin D3 on dysfunctional endothelium is much broader. The dysfunction of endothelium is a common denominator of several cardiovascular diseases, particularly those associated with ischemic events.

Therefore, the authors suggest that vitamin D3 may be of clinical importance in the restoration of dysfunctional cardiac endothelium after heart attack, capillary endothelium after brain ischemia stroke , hypovolemia, vasculopathy, diabetes and atherosclerosis. This suggestion is strongly supported by several clinical studies which indicate that vitamin D3 at doses higher than those currently used for the treatment of bone diseases, may be highly beneficial for the treatment of the dysfunctional cardiovascular system.

Thanks for this information. I suppose it confirms much of what I have been saying for some time about vitamin D. Bottom line for entries into my box is that all indications are that i might be good for your heart, with no known side effects and reasonably cheap.

If this is too strong and stings, add more water. Apparently 8 sprays is equivalent to one supplement of mg and should absorb in 20 min. I had an MI five years ago and ever since have been an avid user of multiple supps. My favourites for want of a better word because they seem to be the ones most universally regarded as possibly beneficial for people with a dodgy ticker are Co Q10, turmeric, fish oil, lycopene, garlic, grape seed extract, hawthorn extract, vitamin K2 this only a recent discovery and yes, magnesium.

A few others I tried and have discarded. Vitamin K2 I have started taking in hope as Dr K mentions that it might reduce or at least help stabilise the calcium deposits. I posted the above incorrectly — thought I was reading posts answering Blog About 3 months ago I started taking one or two crushed cloves of fresh garlic with my breakfast, which may be more efficacious.

Also thinking of dropping the hawthorn and grape seed. I am really curious as to how you measure the effect of any of those supplements on yourself — I mean testing a whole population is in principle easy — you record how many people fall ill or die off, but what signs do you, as one individual, use to decide these things?

It would be instructive to have input and analysis from a trustworthy health authority, but as yet it seems we must rely on as hoc opinion and research.

Mark, David, and others Fascinating discussion. All these indirect IR markers, except for ApoB, are sort of ok but not good enough. Therefore, as an answer to your question: I will give them a try. I think I do, but I have changed diet, lifestyle and added supplements all at the same time, so who knows what is beneficial, anymore than the belief that it is doing some good.

I read, and see if what I read is plausible. If it is, then I go with it. How late is too late? I am about to test one of myThyroid markers T3 If memory serves me I dont have the readings in front of me, after 2 months of Iodine supping. So what has the test told you? For any of the tests, you could be in line for a battering from medics because the figures were outside the current defined limits of what is considered correct.

As the limits were changed in the past few days, what joy, there is now a wonder pill to fix the problem. So for example if you want to know if there is any benefit in Vit C then you could check Lp a before and after and if like me you see a reduction then you have at least had positive result in that one area.

Vit D would be another easy and accurate item to measure. Maybe I am a numbers guy but when I see numbers change I am more inclined to stick with the regime. By all means have your blood tests and be comforted by the numbers. Thanks smartersig and AH. Yes agreed, measure before and after to see if the numbers change significantly in the right direction. In my case, what I have tried so far, the numbers have not moved significantly.

Forgive me Robert if you have already gone over this but have you read the magnesium article put forward the other day. Gives encouragement on all those markers with references, worth a read.

It is almost universal knowledge that magnesium loosens the bowels. That is why most laxatives contain magnesium. The most common is Milk of Magnesia, or is that just in America?

That product is probably 50 to years old. I think if you took enough, eventually you would get diarrhea. Yes Anna, Milk of Magnesia is indeed used for constipation and has been for ages. Magnesium oxide is often sold to help prevent muscles spasms in athletes. But it is also laxative. For example a local supermarket has it on half price special this week: So I will buy up this week. I take three a day. I take magnesium taurate which has the least effect for loose stools and IMO the best of all the different types of magnesium.

A few details here:. The blog ties in with CVD — it discusses c-reactive protein an inflammatory marker and the effect of magnesium on inflammation. Lots of other good stuff on magnesium — type of supplement to look for, dosages. The FDA has reviewed the available data and does not believe the evidence supports the general use of aspirin for primary prevention of a heart attack or stroke. In fact, there are serious risks associated with the use of aspirin, https: Randal I looked at that link.

Very interesting and useful. But I have just checked the magnesium level in our local mains water supply. This is a good writeup on mg http: Bill in Oz, I have four water sources here on the farm, 3 deep wells and one cistern that collects spring water. Interesting Science Daily article today on Vitamin D3 — https: Frederica, re adding d3 to fix endothelium. I would like to know what the authors believe caused the endothelial dysfunction in the first place.

This happened just now to my wife who has been troubled by aching joints in her hands destroying her sound night sleep. So I asked her yesterday evening. This morning she was just exited by joy. She had been sleeping like a log. I had the same amazing experience but with a small amount of mag citrate powder. Several months of the best sleeps ever — albeit with some pretty vivid dreams! Also, the restless legs that I thought had become history have returned.

Thinking maybe I need to stop taking my nightly magnesium. As someone mentioned earlier — maybe once replete the magic wears off? Incidentally, I also make up my own mag citrate spray.

I read somewhere that underarm absorption is very effective. As a bonus, it makes an effective and safe deodorant. Hi Rosie, for great restful sleep try a tablespoon of honey 20 minutes before you want to be asleep. It works like a charm every single time. When you fall asleep the brain shuts off your insulin response in order to keep its fuel from being stored.

The honey provides the much needed fuel. If your brain runs out of fuel during the night it releases stress hormones which, through a long process, provides more energy to the brain. My suspicion is that during this flood of stress hormones we experience nightmares, stressful and uneven sleep.

The honey prevents this. No more stress, no nightmares, just restful sleep. Brush teeth, go to bed in dark room, and fall asleep within a couple of minutes. Try to get local raw unheated honey. Let me know how it goes. Will give this a try Doug many thanks. If it works I will suggest it to my 91 year old mother who has some sleep problems. It is not improbable that the effect of magnesium wears of with time — as with getting used to alcohol.

You need higher doses to achieve the same pleasant? This may be regarded as simple as the ubiquitous homeostasis. I am taking high doses of natural vitamin E which evidently keeps my unstable angina at bay. However I started at IU and this worked fine for about three years when the angina came back. Consulting the book from Dr. Shute the wear of effect was mentioned and the advice was to increase the dose.

Goran, I think you make a good point. I must test this theory out not on a honey night! You might find this interesting: Well well, you learn something new every day. Thanks for the link John. Excuse me while I get some nuts. A note about nuts, Stephen, apparently Brazil nuts are such a good source of Selenium that you should not have too many, or you may get too much. John, one could try jumping up and down to strengthen bladder muscles. Might work for other organs as well. That is what I use the mini trampoline for.

And also Dr Suzanne Humphries. Essentially, they both I think are singing from the same hymn sheet on how important vitamin C is.

Also going to boost my D3 intake. More is not always better. Keep it around mg. See The recommendation by the Linus Pauling Institute: Why is mg enough? What are the supposed problems with higher doses? That is simply not true. At least that is the case with most substances. And even if you would adjust this mg dose to the weight of a person, you would never get a megadose. Most mammals can produce their own vitamin C, so you cannot compare the intake of humans with that of animals.

Besides, in humans their is a mechanism that can recycle oxidized vitamin C. There are several studies documenting negative effects at higher intakes. Do a search, I am sure you will find them. Quite a difference indeed. The concern of kidney stone formation with vitamin C supplementation is discussed below. A UL of 2 grams 2, milligrams daily was recommended in order to prevent most adults from experiencing diarrhea and gastrointestinal disturbances Such symptoms are not generally serious, especially if they resolve with temporary discontinuation or reduction of high-dose vitamin C supplementation.

So the mg appears to be a bit of a red herring. Messrs Humphries, Cathcart, Pauling, Rath, Levy, Klenner et al all agree that the biggest problem with taking vitamin C is taking too little.

That is we should have more and they go on to say 10g per day would not be a problem, So sorry I will be continuing with my reckless doses. Dr Cannell, who oversees the website you mention, recommends starting D3 at 5, IU per day for a month or so. The idea is that 1, to 2, IU is probably not enough to bring the average Joe up to a sufficiency level. The danger of overdosing is exaggerated.

If you take 20, IU a day you should probably monitor regularly. Seems taking 1 g of Vitamin C per day over 11 years will double your risk of kidney stones. Absolut risk from taking this amount is 1 in roughly , so not very high.

I searched for magnesium citrate powder on iherb and randomly chose the Now product. But it all seemed very complex in mixing it up — the water had to be a certain temperature and also involved measuring out 8 fluid ounces of water in relation to the amount of powder. I lost interest at that point but I am convinced after this and the previous blog and fantastic comments that I should be adding magnesium to my supplementation. Just as you did.

So I prefer tablets, capsules etc. So more or less the same.. But maybe for you it would work? Funded by the egg marketing board, see bottom of reprt http: We might just swap them for research done by those with an idealogic axe to grind, and their idealogies are not always benign. Eggs are only as good as the feed they get. And feed pellets used for caged chooks and chooks locked up in shed do not cut the mustard. We feed our chickens cracked corn, multigrain, and sometimes even the pellets because they have higher protein.

We also sometimes cut up scraps for them and they even beg for deer meat and scraps on the occasion when my husband shoots a deer. There is a natural competition for food between chickens and dogs…But they run around all day scratching and pecking for food all over the place, living their soap opera lives.

My husband pays more attention to them than I do and he fills me in on the gossip. I recently learned that Himalayan salt contains about 0. Anyway spraying on your skin with any? Göran, can you explain the maths please? Is this the recommended daily dose? Himalayan salt seems though to be good but does not solve any magnesium deficiency issues. Sounds like the spray is a better way to go, 27 mg per spray according to what I read on the spray bottle.

With 10 — 20 sprays you are safe? Himalayan salt is really expensive here Goran. Goran, Hamalayan salt is not available for sale in any local supermarkets.. Only in one expensive health food store. Every place is different I guess. On thing I have noticed and which I may have mentioned before is that when ever I have a chick pea curry with mushrooms and spinach included I sleep like a baby, thats is no toilet breaks in the night. I assumed this was perhaps the fiber but it strikes me that it may be the salt.

Dont know how much they put in but based on my morning thirst its probably more than my usual whole food pant based meal. Could salt be a night time remedy for people with enlarged prostrate? No mention of refrigeration. For those who want to know more about krill oil supplementation, visit his website and put krill oil into the search engine — there are about 8 posts specifically on krill oil.

Off Topic or On? Dr Kendrick, I have just been reading rereading? I find myself perplexed by the near universal prescription of statins. And come to the conclusion it is designed to make us older folk into zombies before we all kark it.

Which makes me wonder: As I remember, he gave up on statins after getting a taste of his own medicine. Perhaps someone here can supply the link! David, was that Dr Aseem Malhotra maybe? Or maybe Dr Rangan Chatterjee — https: Bill, you are not the only one perplexed. I see that pre-diabetics are advised to get HbA1c below 48, and total cholesterol below 4. In order to achieve these targets, the Eatwell Plate should do the trick.

I can hardly believe I am reading such tommy-rot in I know I have told my tale of woe here over the years, and how I ultimately left all the medications behind, but to think that nothing has changed in the advice being handed out today, makes me wonder if there is an under-current to get us oldies off this mortal coil.

I heard this week that a 78 year old female is still being prescribed statins, despite having constant muscle pain. When she previously questioned their use in relation to raised glucose levels, she was tested for type II, and when the results came back OK, she was told to continue with the statins.

NO history of CVD, smoking or drinking. This takes courage especially when statin consumption is near universal in folk over Now that you are have refused to take statins, has the pre Type2 Diabetes also also disappeared? The role was so stressful, but the gem has stayed with me since….. However, it took me some years to realise that the medical treatment I was receiving for well over 10 years was actually causing me a slow death.

I spent 3 months researching all the meds I was taking, then the penny dropped: I felt that I had never needed any of them in the first place. I discussed it with my GP, and the response was rude and dismissive….. I look back now and feel that I ought never to have been prescribed any of them in the first place…. I have not looked back since. My excess weight dropped off perfectly naturally, to a BMI of I have an excellent Ophthalmic Optician, who assures me my eye health is very good, with no aging problems needed specs due to measles at 4 years of age.

I had intended not to respond on this blog, as my story has been told so many times, and I have very little else to contribute…. I just could not resist letting off steam here, after reading the garbage in the NHS pre-diabetes pamphlets, so thanks for reading my story.

Hi did you have any problems coming off the BNP meds. Keep trying to come off mine but my body jumps up. Firstly, I never suggest that anyone should copy what I have done. It was not until I discussed the situation with a GP, who also displayed white coat hypertension, then ultimately being advised by the endocrinologist, that the drugs I had been taking for years were inappropriate. We have rebuilt their finances and now the WOA is in an extremely strong position where they are full integrated with the International Olympic Committee.

I think we are now a shining example to other international sports organisations on how to get it right, do good administration and do good governance. Most were the best athletes in the world, because they have that drive and desire to play by the rules and to get things done. His message was clear: You can help your clients move their fortunes to the United States, free of taxes and hidden from their governments. Some are calling it the new Switzerland. After years of lambasting other countries for helping rich Americans hide their money offshore, the US is emerging as a leading tax and secrecy haven for rich foreigners.

By resisting new global disclosure standards, the US is creating a hot new market, becoming the go-to place to stash foreign wealth. It is the sound of money rushing to the USA. It is now moving the fortunes of wealthy foreign clients out of offshore havens such as Bermuda, subject to the new international disclosure requirements, and into Rothschild-run trusts in Nevada, which are exempt.

Others are also jumping in: The rich also often feel safer parking their money in the US rather than some other location perceived as less sure. Nor is it clear how many of the almost countries and other jurisdictions that have signed on will actually enforce the new disclosure standards, issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD , a government-funded international policy group.

Still, the US is one of the few places left where advisers are actively promoting accounts that will remain secret from overseas authorities. If you were going to shoot a film set in Las Vegas circa , you would film it in Reno. Yet the lobby directory does not list Rothschild. The trust company was set up in to cater to international families, particularly those with a mix of assets and relatives in the US and abroad, according to Rothschild. Cripps explained that moving money out of traditional offshore secrecy jurisdictions and into Nevada is a brisk new line of business for Rothschild.

Another Rothschild client, a family from Asia, is moving assets from Bermuda into Nevada. He said customers are often international families with offspring in the US. For decades, Switzerland has been the global capital of secret bank accounts. That may be changing. Swiss banks eventually paid a price.

The US was determined to put an end to such practices. That led to a law, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or Fatca, that requires financial firms to disclose foreign accounts held by US citizens and report them to the IRS or face steep penalties.

Inspired by Fatca, the OECD drew up even stiffer standards to help other countries ferret out tax dodgers. Since , 97 jurisdictions have agreed to impose new disclosure requirements for bank accounts, trusts, and some other investments held by international customers. Of the nations the OECD asked to sign on, only a handful have declined: For financial advisers, the current state of play is simply a good business opportunity.

Bolton Global Capital, a Boston-area financial advisory firm, recently circulated this hypothetical example in an e-mail: But similar proposals in the past have stalled in the face of opposition from the Republican-controlled Congress and the banking industry.

Treasury also is concerned that massive inflows of capital into secret accounts could become a new channel for criminal money laundering. Penney offered a disclaimer: Rothschild said the PowerPoint was subsequently revised before Penney delivered his presentation. The firm provided what it said was the final version of the talk, which this time excluded several potentially controversial passages.

They were therefore removed. The launch of the wing-sail foiling catamaran the team took delivery of from Oracle Team USA, the defender, last month marks another milestone in the design race for the team.

It features hydraulics and control systems that allow the sailors greater command of the wing sail and foils that help the yacht reach speeds of over 40mph. As with all cup teams at this juncture, daggerboard-foil design will be a top priority in the development phase as Team Japan narrows down which shapes will go into production for their future AC Prospective vendors for the weekly festival, which hits Front Street every Wednesday during the summer, can attend an information session on Thursday February 4.

The meeting, from 5. Stephanie Lee from the Chamber said: Nicole Haziza aided the Premier in his correspondence with President Francois Hollande in the wake of a coordinated terrorist attack on the capital. The perpetrators opened fire at a concert by rock band The Eagles of Death Metal, as well as in several restaurants.

Meanwhile, Mr Hollande was evacuated from the Stade de France sports stadium, after three bombs exploded outside the venue during a friendly football match between France and Germany. The inflation rate rose to 1. Fuel and power sector costs plunged The sector saw a 1. The downward trend has continued since November, as the rate has fallen a further By way of comparison, the fuel adjustment rate averaged The health and personal care sector was the biggest driver of inflation and was 7 per cent higher than in November , according to government statistics.

Inflation climbed to 1. Food prices were up 1. However, food prices fell 0. A block of ultra-high frequency bandwidth in Bermuda has been freed up, paving the way for it to be used by mobile service providers to improve the delivery of mobile services. It was asked by the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda RAB to relinquish the frequencies and migrate its services to UHF , a lower level on the ultra-high frequency spectrum.

By doing so, it would free radio wavelengths in the MHz group that have been increasingly in demand by mobile service companies. The authority is currently carrying out the final round of public consultation regarding the assignment and licensing of high demand spectrum.

Kyle Masters, interim chief executive for the RAB, said: The Amstel Trader, which was scheduled to arrive on Monday, is travelling to Bermuda, and could arrive as early as this evening.

However, anticipated heavy rain in the North Atlantic could yet affect the progress of both ships, which both endured knot winds and foot waves on their previous voyages from Bermuda to New Jersey. It creates a whole new set of challenges because you miss those selling days. I think by Monday everything will be back to normal. It remains unclear when the vessel will resume its normal service to Bermuda.

A statement released yesterday by Meyer Freight, which operates the Bermuda Islander, said: The Islander is high and dry, unable to refloat because of the shipyard mechanical failure. The bad weather always interferes with the sailing.

We know that the local agents have communicated with their clients, but that local consumers may be unaware of the circumstances that have led to the delays. By Marie-Sophie Brackstone Year They are in Bermuda to compete in the M32 races this year. They discussed their journey towards this race, what they are training for and how they got into sailing.

We had the opportunity to ask questions on their influences on the sport, fitness tests and how they apply them into their training, the principles of training so their training programme is effective, SMART targets in order to achieve and maintain motivation and their training methods.

Annie and Sally gave me a better insight on what we are learning, but they also gave me real-life examples of this and how it can be applied to their athletic lives. They also showed me that women have the capability to do anything and everything. I might not have the ambition to sail around the world, but I do have the ambition to do things in my sporting life and regular life that show that everyone can do the impossible. A young Bermudian businesswoman has been honored by prestige business magazine Forbes after launching a modern take on muesli in the UK.

The two, who met at school in England, won the retail and e-commerce category. Ms Mackenzie, 27, said: We have worked really hard to establish Cuckoo as an exciting new food brand in the UK and it is always good to get recognition. There are a number of young Bermudians making their mark on the international stage and I would encourage all young Bermudians to pursue their dreams and aspirations as we have done.

They have since struck deals with major UK supermarket chains Tesco, Waitrose and the Co-op to stock their products, which come in a variety of flavors, like apple and cinnamon spice and mango and coconut. Cuckoo mueslis are now in 30 Tesco supermarkets, 30 Waitrose ones, and Co-op stores across the UK, as well as in upmarket department store Selfridges in London.

Cuckoo products also feature in Dayleford Organic shops and in coffee chain AMT Coffee, as well as other independent delicatessens and cafés. The duo this month completed a deal with UK online grocery store Ocado to stock Cuckoo.

Ms Mackenzie and Ms Wright tried Bircher muesli, originally created by Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner in , to get patients eating more fresh fruit and grains. Ms Mackenzie and her mother Lorna worked together to create a new recipe that she and Ms Wright decided to market in the UK.

Other legal amendments to be tackled cover the definitions of what constitutes a public place, and discrimination with the written word.

The HRC, which will move next month to a new home at Milner Place on Victoria Street, is also to gain greater independence as a non-ministerial department. We believe that marriage is a right that should be available to everybody regardless of their sexual orientation. The Supreme Court decision in the Bermuda Bred case, which comes into effect on February 29, is an important step to ensuring parity for all people.

Ms Tannock is one of four commissioners who has stayed on to maintain continuity for the new board, which she described as highly diverse. Preliminary studies on the bridge have been done and the results are expected to be received by the Ministry of Public Works by the end of next week.

Craig Cannonier, the Minister of Public Works, said he had been alarmed by the level of rust on the traverse beams under the bridge. Having said that, the bridge is absolutely safe for single traffic. It is the traverse beams that are rusting. The East End crossing has been reduced to a single lane since December due to serious corrosion, which has also meant vehicles heavier than ten tonnes are off limits.

Mr Cannonier said that the department had not ruled out the idea of a completely new bridge. We want to move towards a long-term solution. We want to see it swing again and we need it up and running so that we can get the concrete in for the marina project and obviously the new hotel. On the issue of guns and ammunition smuggled into the Island, she said the facility was highly effective in keeping the Island secure.

The Premier said it was the third annual open house, and that as the minister responsible he always came to support it. Members of the public are invited to share their views on the L. Wade International Airport redevelopment. The three meetings will seek feedback on the issues that need to be considered in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment. Graeme Smith, technical manager of LAS, said: The Ministry of Public Works has identified 30 Government-owned properties that it will look to sell off in the coming months.

The move, which was initially unveiled in the Throne Speech, is part of a policy that will also involve moving civil servants back in Government-owned properties to reduce rent payments and the overall deficit. The ministry, which is responsible for about properties including residential and commercial space as well as forts, will look to sell off the land in a piecemeal fashion to avoid flooding the market, Craig Cannonier, the Minister for Public Works, revealed.

We have some valuable real estate here and if it does not fit within the asset management plan then we need to ask why are we holding on to them when they could be well used by the public, non-profit organisations, first-time homeowners or even new hotel development. We have now identified 30 properties and lots of land that we should be putting out on the market. The disposals if approved by the legislature will be staggered and take place over a period of time.

But it is important to get moving on this and we would like to accomplish it this year. We are moving our people back into real estate that we own and renovations are going on. The refurbishment plans for the old police station make sense. It is going to be a capital project and we are looking to get the building done this year. It is the second market review of the industry. The Authority is the watchdog organization that oversees the sector.

Shortly after the RAB was created it oversaw the arrival of integrated licences that allowed providers to offer multiple telecoms services, rather than be restricted to one.

That change resulted in a number of consolidations among telecommunication service providers and the introduction of bundled package deals for consumers. It is anticipated a report will be published in the second quarter of the financial year. In a statement, the RAB said it might modify existing or develop new safeguards to address market conditions. Is the market more or less competitive as a result of liberalization?

Hamilton Parish residents filled the Francis Patton School hall last night to voice their concerns about plans for Shelly Bay. The plans have yet to be considered by the Development Applications Board, and members of the public can file objections to the Department of Planning this week. Last night around people attended a town-hall meeting on the topic, raising a host of concerns about the project.

During the meeting the crowd heard that environmental groups are planning objections to the proposal and have requested copies of a petition to protest the project. At that time, he said the developer wanted to place even more parking in the area near the playground and that he had raised concerns. The next he heard of the plans, they had been submitted to planning.

If they come down here with bulldozers, we will lay down. We are not going to have this in Hamilton Parish. Mr Burgess also expressed some concern about the use of the beach by the facility, which would also reportedly include tables on the beach itself. Mr Furbert, meanwhile, questioned the need for a parking lot in the area, saying that the existing parking lot could be used, even if it had to be slightly expanded.

While the developers have said a fence would be erected to separate the parking area from the playground, Ms Griffin said that children would inevitably climb the fence while playing. She also argued that the existing parking would be sufficient to handle the restaurant, saying issues would likely only arise on a few Saturdays in the summer when the nearby field is used for sports.

Other residents also voiced concerns about the project, questioning how the increased waste from the restaurant would be handled without impacting neighbors or those using the beach and about the noise. Worries were also expressed about the use of public land for the project, with one attendee expressing concern that further areas of the park would be lost to the public over time.

Meanwhile, one resident argued against allowing kayaking at the beach, saying it would be a matter of time before a child is injured. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the deal UK authorities have struck with Bermuda-registered Google over tax, saying the Conservatives have done more than any other government.

The PM told the Commons the tax "should have been collected under [the last] Labour government". Mr Cameron was challenged during Prime Minister's Questions about the amount of tax paid by the US tech giant, which has made billions of pounds of sales in Britain.

Former Business Secretary Vince Cable said Google had "got off very, very lightly", and the chancellor had "made a fool of himself" by hailing the deal as a victory. She said MEPs would call George Osborne to appear before them, and criticised the attempt to "make publicity out of it" by talking about large-sounding figures which she said were a fraction of what should be paid.

The Ace name has been replaced by the new identity of Chubb Limited. The company also has a new logo. The Listing Committee of the BSX waived the normally required day notice period in consideration of the specific circumstances of the acquisition and the subsequent immediate listing of Chubb Limited on the New York Stock Exchange.

The announcement came yesterday from the Bermuda Police Service, who said that they are conducting a criminal investigation into the allegation. The suspect is said to be assisting police in the inquiry, which is being headed by Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro. The loan was guaranteed by the Corporation of Hamilton after legislative amendments by the Bermuda Government that allowed the municipality to use the parking lot property as collateral.

The funds were placed in a New York escrow account and subsequently withdrawn in , but the developers defaulted on the loan, sparking legal action between MIF and the developers. Michael Fahy, Minister of Home Affairs, said last year that a criminal complaint had been made to the police, and that efforts had been launched to locate the funds, much of which were reportedly sent to Gibraltar-based Argyle Ltd.

However, MIF threatened this month to claim several corporation properties, including the Hamilton Fire Station, the Chamber of Commerce building and the Custom House, if the loan was not repaid with the interest due by January Mr Gosling said yesterday that the corporation is still working to secure a loan to allow it to repay MIF. We have had numerous further meetings with lawyers to review the lending agreement and are trying to be proactive in this process, seeking assignments rather than waiting for requests.

This is not a process that happens overnight, especially with a sum of this magnitude. The Well Bermuda health promotion strategy will be reviewed and updated today. The overall goals will be the same because they are very relevant to what is happening now.

It is themed around healthy people, healthy families and healthy communities, and aims to achieve these through 18 goals. These include improving awareness of and reducing chronic diseases, promoting positive parenting and better quality of life for seniors and the disabled, managing food and vector-borne diseases, increasing road safety and stopping violence before it begins.

Through the Health Promotion Office, Dr Lewin has been encouraging maintenance of a healthy body weight for height. She has also been promoting healthy eating through the dietary guidelines and EatWell Plate, the annual school lunch competition and a partnership with grocery stores and wholesalers. At the meeting, each action group will report on the progress towards their objectives, to what extent they have achieved these and whether they are still relevant or need updating.

The Steps to a Well Bermuda survey results will also be presented. Age Concern has teamed up with a local physician to help seniors with medical expenses. JJ Soares, who runs Hamilton Medical Centre, is offering free consultations to uninsured or underinsured seniors referred to him by the charity.

In order to assist, he has arranged to see a few patients per week for a free consultation. We will check to see that it is a legitimate hardship and then we will refer the patient on. And in a time of rising medical costs and more people seeking specialist treatment, Ms Fleming said it provides an opportunity to use local resources and help those who may not be able to take advantage of them without cost being an issue.

Ms Fleming added that Age Concern also has a hardship fund and will work with other organisations if there is a dire need for medical assistance. The first of two public meetings soliciting feedback for its environmental impact assessment, held last night in the Anglican Cathedral, heard a strong argument in favour of putting a sailing academy on the site. BEC is the agency carrying out the consultation for the assessment.

The meeting, attended by about 30 members of the public, heard that while the village would be the best spot to watch the races, there would be good viewing through Dockyard and from vantages such as Spanish Point.

Planners hope to make heavy use of water transport, as well as shuttles from peripheral parking sites. While private boats will not be able to congregate at the village, locations such as Mangrove Bay may be used. The landmark Lemon Tree Café is set to bloom again under new ownership and a new name. Mr Roberts said the recipe for the new restaurant was still under wraps.

Mr Roberts said he had known Mr Nearon for five years, after he stopped by Bolero looking for a part-time job. This is the next step up for me. Bolero fans will get it once the concept is publicized. The delayed arrival of both the Amstel Trader and the Somers Isles this week could have a significant impact on supermarkets as well as other customers. Captain Hendrik Basynya reported: Vessel endured 20ft to 24ft seas, with individual waves closer to 30ft at times.

Peak sustained winds of 55 knots, while gusts were observed by crew of 65 to 70 knots. During the worst of the storm the vessel made a minimum speed ahead, just enough to keep a safe heading into seas and swell. Crew is completely exhausted as sleeping was extremely difficult. The captain has been 36 hours continuously on the bridge and is happy to finally get some sleep now that weather has improved. She is then scheduled to sail on Wednesday morning and arrive in Bermuda on Saturday.

They take their role very seriously and always go the extra mile to get the vessels here as close to schedule as possible. We are also fortunate to have great stevedores who quickly discharge the vessels, customs officers who work late to keep the gate and X-ray machine manned, trucking companies who deliver the containers and the suppliers who many times have to bring crews in overnight to get the shelves stocked.

The Amstel Trader was one of the last vessels to berth in New York before snowstorm Jonas began and the port was closed. The port received nearly 30 inches of snow on Saturday, which is just short of an all-time record accumulation. The cleanup effort required for the Port of New York is significant.

The vessel will depart for Bermuda at full speed to possibly arrive on Thursday late afternoon, weather permitting. The team are third in the overall World Series standings. No major problems and we had a great sail. All systems on the new foot foiling catamarans are manual as outside power is prohibited, which places a heavy burden on the grinders on board, who are tasked with providing sufficient energy to charge the hydraulic system through every maneuver around the racetrack.

Bermuda-based Axis Capital Holdings Ltd has launched a new insurance policy to cover hospitals against deadly pandemics. Pandemics represent an especially serious risk for healthcare providers. Mr Lantry said, however, that using data the frequency of pandemics could be estimated, with bubonic plague, the Black Death of the Middle Ages, breaking out every 10 to 30 years since it first surfaced around until modern medicine found a cure.

Similarly, serious outbreaks of influenza have occurred 31 times over the last years. Hospitals which want coverage will also have to undergo an Axis assessment of their pandemic preparedness, carried out by an Axis expert in the field. Other insurers had offered more limited products in the past, but that the Axis coverage was the most comprehensive. Talking to doctors and healthcare professionals, there is a view that pandemics will become more prevalent.

The logistics and transportation service is vital for many businesses in our international and local business community given our island location. We are committed to working closely with IBC Inc to execute a seamless transition for customers and employees. The board's insurers will foot the bill. The patient suffered damage to his heart and lungs owing to avoidable delays in operating at the hospital to remove the appendix. Acting on the advice of medical malpractice lawyers, it took the case to the Privy Council in London, Bermuda's highest appeals court where a panel of Britain's top judges ruled in favour of the patient yesterday.

Any intelligent person would have seen that it would come to this conclusion. People should challenge the hospital or any large entity when they feel like they have been wronged. They [the BHB] gambled and lost as a result of what I believe was bad advice from their insurer.

This could have been settled early on, yet they continued to challenge me. I feel like I have been bullied, but they picked the wrong person to pick a fight with, as I don't like bullies and I stood up for what I believe in.

He now plans to use the rest towards his children's education. As The Royal Gazette has previously reported, Mr Williams spent an agonizing 12 hours waiting for surgery, after being taken ill with crippling stomach pains. His operation was delayed for hours because of a string of problems at the hospital, including delays in running tests and obtaining results. In the meantime, toxins spread throughout Mr Williams's body, triggering a heart attack and breathing difficulties.

He spent a week in the intensive care unit on a life-support machine, but has since made a full recovery. It did not ask that the patient should be stripped of his compensation. It is a testament of Mr Williams's strength of principle and character that he has persevered with this case for a period of nearly four years. It is also unfortunate that the hospital, which is subsidized by the people of Bermuda and its insurers, are so intent on contesting such obvious claims instead of considering them on an objective basis and achieving a fair and reasonable resolution.

Britain's publicly funded National Health Service also wrote to the Privy Council judges, urging them to heed that concern. At a press conference in Hamilton Police Station yesterday, Acting Inspector Jason Smith from the Serious Crime Unit said that officers were investigating whether the two incidents were linked.

We have to recognise that, in some instances, this is a new reality. We in Bermuda have allowed to get to a certain point, rather than taking the bull by the horns years ago. The first incident took place at about The two men responsible for the attack then sped away on a black motorcycle east on North Shore Road. The victim was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, before being taken off the Island via air ambulance for further treatment.

The second incident took place at about 7. No one was harmed in this incident, and everyone involved fled the scene before police arrived. If you know something, you should say something. The first is for anyone who may have seen two men on a black motorcycle between 11am and The second appeal is for anyone who was in the Court Street, Ewing Street, Angle Street and Middletown areas, who may have witnessed the incident as it unfolded between 6.

Acting Inspector Smith said: It may be a girlfriend, family member or friend. You may have overheard the planning of the event or you know where these males retreated to after the event.

We need you to be bold and come forward. The information that you possess, even though it may seem insignificant to you, may be the small tip that helps in solving these crimes. There is a family that is now in pain, as they deal with the new reality of a loved one dealing with serious injuries. Author and pastor Tony Evans is set to return to the Island this week to speak about marriage and family.

Dr Evans, the first African-American to graduate from Dallas Theological Seminary with a doctoral degree, is the author of several Christian books including Kingdom Agenda: What a Way to Live! The speech is scheduled to take place at the Heritage Hall Worship Centre on Wednesday, starting at 7pm. A public meeting at 6. He suggested an alternative site elsewhere in the park where an old access road is blocked off. What people seem to be missing is that there is a process by which people can object to a planning application.

The closing date for objections for this application is not until Friday, January 29, so there is still plenty of time for people to go in to the planning office in Hamilton and register opposition to the plan. The planning system has been in place for many years, and has stood the test of time. So I urge people not to waste time complaining about it: The father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 86, was praised yesterday for his contributions to the Island by those closest to him.

The father and son team notably handled the funeral of the late Governor, Sir Richard Sharples, after his assassination in They also dealt with the burial of his Great Dane, which was killed alongside him. He was always there for me, rain, blow or shine.

We had a lot of interesting stories. I can recall I received an e-mail from someone abroad. Right away Louis was able to tell me which church it was, what cemetery it was and where to find the grave.

But his horses were his life. He would also moonlight as a taxi driver, and at 15 he operated the train on the Ferry Reach route. Terry Lamb, who sold him the horses, told how Mr Perinchief grinned from ear to ear the first time they triumphed at the show.

Mr Perinchief was devastated when Kip died on January 23 of last year. He then made the tough decision to put down Cody in the summer. His niece, Joanne Hollis, whom he lived with for the last five years of his life, said that in his final days he would often ask her the date.

We could not believe it. There are about health service providers on the Island and 2, registered health professionals. Jeanne Atherden, the Minister of Health, said: This gives an excellent start to the process of registering all healthcare businesses to give stronger assurance to the public that measures are in place to assure safety and improve patient experience. But registering health service providers allows the BHeC to improve patient protection by sharing more information about services.

The process will also potentially assist the BHeC with managing financially vested self-referrals, and monitoring the entry of high-risk health technology, specifically medical equipment. Registration involves submitting information such as demographic facility information, declaration of financial interests, identifying information for the business owner, a list of medical equipment and maintenance dates, a description of services performed, and the names and qualifications of staff.

The BHeC checks for complaints about the provider, reviews the application and provides a compliance report. The details are then published on the BHeC website. Tawanna Wedderburn, acting chief executive of the BHeC, said: We recognise there are some opportunities for improvement. In collaboration with providers and with the support of many health agencies, we are working towards empowering patients to be more involved in the care they receive as we enhance health system planning and accountability.

The registration of health service providers will enhance the health system by facilitating health system planning, promoting safe and ethical clinical practice environments, and advancing patient rights and care. The names and compliance reports of the providers who have registered with the BHeC can be found on our website, www. The Mediterranean island of Malta is set to challenge Bermuda for its captive insurance crown. The country is to launch a drive to attract the captive industry to its shores, instead of Bermuda.

However, since captives have been left out of the equivalence project, this could provide an edge to European domiciles at some point in the future. This is because such companies do not suffer additional financial costs associated with both the establishing and running of a fronting insurance company, therefore remaining an attractive vehicle to explore investment opportunities.

It was innovation to a certain extent because it did something some people did not think possible. I think we have the best of both worlds. Dr Ramella is deputy director, policy and research, with the BMA. Some constituents told us that, as Bermuda continues to battle its way out of an economic crisis, the most likely winner will be the candidate who can best deliver on employment hopes. One year-old Vesey Street resident, who will be voting for the first time, told this newspaper: I really need a job.

About extra voters are listed there now, up from the 1, on the electoral roll in , when Mr Blakeney won by 19 votes. The selection, widely seen as a litmus test for the OBA midway through its administration, lies mainly with voters clustered in a handful of close-knit neighborhoods.

One such estate surrounds Alexandra Road in Prospect, where a year-old construction worker, giving his name as Forrest, said he had voted for the OBA in but would support Mr Rabain next month. I got to make sure I put food on the table. I will be taking older people to vote too. A few doors down, a wheelchair-bound woman in her 40s said her decision would rest on a thorough assessment of both candidates, neither of whom she had seen yet.

Winning is determined by who shows their face the most. The only time you see these guys is during an election. With healthcare his top priority, he was waiting to discuss the issue in detail with both candidates. Lookout Lane, another close-knit community, lies at the northwest corner of Constituency 13 near the old Winton property, where a year-old new voter said she would be excited to take part for the first time. Although she has a job, she said she wanted something more and was finding it difficult.

His vote would be determined by healthcare. FutureCare would settle her vote when she got to know the candidates better. In the southeastern corner of the constituency, on Upland Street, the PLP was solidly endorsed by another senior who said: The historic Queen of the East was torn down yesterday, disappointing campaigners who fought for years to save the building.

The East Broadway building, which was first built in the s, is set to be replaced with a six-storey residential block. Sallie Singleton, who had been part of campaigns to save the building, said yesterday she was devastated when she discovered that the building had been demolished.

The cost to save it was too high. Bayfield Clark, a well-known architect, rented and restored the house in the s and during his tenure the property was a Bermudian showplace.

However, the property was controversially stripped of its listed building status in after falling into disrepair and efforts to save the property in recent years have failed. They have my word that I will look into it and get back to them. What will happen is they will be turned away until they get rid of their car and lose their house until they become a bigger burden. They just need a little assistance right now. He is married, with a five-year-old daughter now in Elliot Primary School, where he is head of the parent teacher association.

With a background in electronic engineering, he worked for six years in the Department of Works and Engineering, then became a founding partner of Compu-CAD, a company specializing in architectural drafting, land surveying and project management. Mr Rabain is now the community service chairman for the Outstanding Teen Awards. Sometimes you have to pass new legislation, improve existing legislation, and hold people accountable.

The couple are now renovating a home on Mary Victoria Road. In , he was commissioned as an officer, and has served on response teams in the past two hurricane seasons. The subject that initially drew him to politics was health policy.

I have now spent four years working on health policy issues in Bermuda. I am a huge believer in the principles of openness in civil society and government: Mr Simons said his canvassing had been based on hearing their concerns. The groundbreaking Mental Health Court is saving lives and giving participants fresh hope for the future. This according to the men and women who have taken part in the treatment programme as well as the team of lawyers, probation officers, court services staff and judges that work to provide the service.

I n the past two years, dozens of men and women have successfully completed the Mental Health Treatment Court Programme MHTCP with many gaining employment and pursuing further education.

This success has even preceded the Bermuda Government providing a legislative framework for the programme, which is expected to be tabled in the upcoming Parliamentary session. The DTC has a 75 per cent success rate and MHTCP reflects the same, meaning that where a person successfully completes the programme 75 per cent will never reoffend. Clearly the therapeutic approach is having more of an effect than just punishment and means a safer society.

The programme does not just improve the lives of the participants. The sessions are often very emotional and you cannot fail to be moved by what you see and hear. Like all the professionals who appear regularly before that court, the clients have had a profound effect on me.

Most clients on the programme have been dual diagnosed as suffering from both mental illness and substance dependence. Russ Ford, senior probation officer, said: We provide hope to individuals that they can change their life.

We have seen a remarkable decrease in the number of mental health clients going to prison. They are spending more time in the community with their families and potential employers.

That is a very good and significant knock-on effect. The most important relationship within the system that seems to affect the most change has been with the magistrate. The clients who have had many years of feeling disempowered finally feel as though they are being heard. The assistance from the MHTCP of navigating through a disjointed system has assisted clients get food, basic health insurance, access to school, volunteer and employment placements as well as access to mental healthcare.

The success of the court has not been without numerous community partners and charities. This confirmation is an excellent way to begin Several flights between Bermuda and New York have been cancelled as a result of a fierce winter storm in the United States. A near-record winter storm buried New York and Washington DC in more than two feet of snow this weekend.

At least 14 people have died as a result of the storm, while around , homes have been left without power. The payment covers money owed since and follows a six-year inquiry by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

George Osborne hailed it as "a victory" for the government, but Labour's John McDonnell said the sums were "trivial. The tax agreement comes after years of criticism of Google and other multinational firms over their tax arrangement in the UK and across Europe. Mr Osborne told the BBC the agreement was "a real vindication of this government's approach", but he added that details of the deal were "confidential.

These are taxes paid on profits when there was a Labour government," the chancellor said. HMRC seems to have settled for a relatively small amount in comparison with the overall profits that are made by the company in this country. And some of the independent analysts have argued that it should be at least 10 times this amount," he said. Mr McDonnell said he would raise the issue in Parliament next week and called for the deal to be investigated by the public spending watchdog.

Google is not the only company to have been named for avoiding paying taxes on its British sales. Conservative MP Mark Garnier, a member of the Treasury select committee, said the agreement represented a "relatively small" amount of money compared with Google's UK profits. We don't know exactly how much profit Google makes here every year before the tax creativity kicks in.

But Google also knows it doesn't live in a vacuum, despite its near monopoly on internet and mobile search. Taxes on profits should soon be paid where the economic activity takes place rather than where the company is domiciled. So if you sell internet adverts or frothy coffee in Britain, you can't book the sale in Dublin, Amsterdam or the British Virgin Islands. The deal showed HMRC had admitted collecting "too little tax from Google for nine out of 10 years", she added. The government needed to "assure us that everyone is treated fairly before the law and confidence in tax system is restored", she added.

With markets around the world taking a dive on Wednesday, it appeared to be an inauspicious day to be talking up investment opportunities. There has been some panicky reaction to free-falling oil prices and exchanges sliding lower, with some entering bear markets. And he urged the audience of investors at the lunch, held in the Hamilton Princess, to look at the potential of emerging markets in the mid to long term.

We are expecting to see good things now. We had a big sell-off in Either oil picks up or sanctions are lifted.

It is a liquid market to get in and out of. India will hugely benefit from low oil prices as they are a net importer of oil. It is the second biggest stock market in the world and had twice the turnover of the New York Stock Exchange last year. They are going from an export-driven to a consumer-driven economy. The fund has seen high growth for the last few years, in it was up 11 per cent, in it rose 15 per cent and last year it improved by 8 per cent.

Mr Dooley, general manager, LOM Asset Management, said the company still sees the global economy growing, even though at a slowing rate. In its outlook, LOM sees the commodity rout having a ripple effect in emerging markets, the Federal Reserve going slow with rate hikes and volatility becoming the new norm.

We are in the process of looking beyond the US. He noted that demand for healthcare in the emerging market countries was growing at 10 per cent, while e-commerce in places such as China was outstripping the US. Two men entered the premises brandishing a gun and demanding cash shortly before 7. They left with an undisclosed amount of cash and escaped in an easterly direction on a light-colored motorcycle.

Staff were shaken but no one was injured. Victims have said they believed they were being targeted because many people remained desperate while the Island tries to claw its way back from the economic crisis. Last night, Michael Dunkley, the Premier, said: I view this latest act of violent crime as extremely concerning. I want to encourage anyone who may have any information about the robbery to please support the police in their efforts by sharing what they know.

International charity Oxfam has called for a clampdown on tax havens. It added that the fall had happened despite the global population increasing by million over the same timeframe.

In a world where one in nine people go to bed hungry every night we cannot afford to carry on giving the richest an ever bigger slice of the cake. We need to end the era of tax havens which has allowed rich individuals and multinational companies to avoid their responsibilities to society by hiding ever-increasing amounts of money offshore.

Older workers need to keep up with technological advances to remain valuable in the workforce. This was one piece of advice given by Bill Zuill, one of the directors of Bermuda Executive Services, to attendees at a special seminar held at the Bermuda College yesterday. The Reinvent Yourself After 50 seminar, organized by charity Age Concern, focused on changes in the employment market for older workers. The talk dealt with some of the misconceptions about this generation, including the notions that the highest levels of unemployment fall in this age group, that employers are less inclined to hire people in their 50s or that entrepreneurs are less likely to be over the age of Drawing on statistics from the Labour Force Survey, he showed that unemployment lies at 4 per cent for those between the ages of 45 and 54, and at 5 per cent for those aged 55 to 65, whereas unemployment for the under 25 age group lies at about 23 per cent.

He addressed and dispelled these notions, stating that the advantages of hiring older workers are many-fold and include their dedication, punctuality, and honesty. They are detail orientated, focused and attentive, good listeners and take pride in a job well done. Older workers also have good organizational and communication skills, are efficient, confident, mature, can set a good example, and may be willing to do a job for slightly lower pay because they have less expenses.

The fact is you can do it and you know how to do it. Fifty really is the new But you want to be yourself on your best day, not on your worst day. A minimum revenue guarantee also means that if annual income does not reach projections over the year contract, the Government will make up the difference.

Then if a Progressive Labour Party government comes in five or ten years down the line and decides to build an airport, Project Co has to be the one to build it.

This has committed not just the present government, but any and every government down the line to going along with this, even if they found a better deal. Also, will they get the same retirement benefits? Will they get the same pay? The deal as a whole has issues. That way, the Bermudians who work there now would essentially be undisturbed. It is time for that to stop. We are today, and for the foreseeable future, paying for the sins of the past. But we are on a course towards getting Bermuda back to the days of a balanced budget.

Even then, our work will not be finished. We will still have to find additional revenues after that to pay off a multibillion-dollar debt. This means it is crucial that we exercise prudence in our fiscal policy. This will put pressure on existing banks and insurers, but will open the door to a flood of new market participants, concludes the report, entitled Modular Financial Services: The New Shape of the Industry.

Alternative capital sources will step in to back up new competitors for established institutions. Oliver Wyman cites catastrophe reinsurance as one example of this already happening. The rise of insurance-linked securities ILS , a sector in which Bermuda has emerged as the world leader, has disrupted the reinsurance industry, seizing market share from traditional reinsurers by providing a more efficient capital model.

These services will go far beyond the basic aggregators and apps available today. They will place powerful financial management tools of the kind now used by major corporates and institutions in the hands of consumers and small businesses.

A race is under way to build platforms which provide a cluster of services under one umbrella, with data-sharing and a frictionless overall experience.

A tugboat crew braved six-foot swells and knot gusts to secure tow lines to the stricken Spirit of Bermuda and bring her safely back to shore. Captain Melvin Martin carefully maneuvered the tug within range of the sloop in rolling seas so this crew could toss tow lines on to the Spirit. Despite one line snapping during the rescue operation, Captain Martin and his seven-strong team were able to bring the sloop into Dockyard, to the relief of all parties.

It was one heck of a swell for the sloop to deal with, although it was manageable for us, and keeping in a straight line as we towed her in was challenging. At one moment, the sloop came towards us on a wave and must have been within 15 feet, which is pretty close. A collision out at sea could have caused significant damage to her.

I was obviously concerned about the situation, but we always had a plan. The crew did a very professional job. We knew there were schoolchildren on board, lives are lives, and we had no hesitation to be out there. After attaching tow lines to the sloop at just before 5pm it took nearly three hours to bring her around to Grassy Bay under the watchful eye of the pilot boat St George and her crew.

As she entered Dockyard, the tender Dragon took over and brought the Spirit of Bermuda alongside. Fortunately, the sloop retained its steerage capability, which obviously helped as we came along the North Shore, but you always have in the back of your mind a rope wrapping around the prop and have to be fully focused.

The original plan had been to attach two lines to the front of the Spirit to form a bridle, however one snapped and we had to bring her in on one line. But that worked out OK and she came in nicely behind us.

The City of Hamilton Plan took a step forward yesterday, as a tribunal heard objections and representations. The full Draft City of Hamilton Plan is available to view online at www. An inquiry into an alleged breach of confidentiality in connection with public access to information is complete, according to information commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez. Ms Gutierrez told The Royal Gazette this week she expected to release the outcome of the investigation next month.

The inquiry was prompted after a session of the House of Assembly in May, when Walton Brown, then PLP spokesman on immigration, accused Craig Cannonier, the Minister of Public Works, of illegally divulging that he had made a Pati request in connection with the removal of Bermuda stone from a construction site at Blackwatch Pass.

Under the Pati law, the identity of persons requesting information is confidential. Ms Gutierrez said at the time that she had been notified by a member of the public about the possible breach, which is against section 12 4 of the Pati Act. Michael Fahy explained that information on expiring work permits would now include the job title, details from the original job posting and the permit expiration date. As well as receiving a software upgrade, Mr Fahy said the board would also require employers to report on their recruitment activity, thereby improving overall feedback.

After ducking into France to avoid a major storm and getting battered by nine-metre waves, the crew of HMS Mersey were only too glad to make land in Bermuda this week.

Having left Portsmouth on January 6, the Royal Naval ship was forced to pull into the port of Brest and skip her Azores stop altogether to dodge a significant weather system brewing in the Atlantic.

Mersey and her strong crew remained in France for two days before charging out on a straight run to the Island, arriving just a few hours behind schedule on Tuesday. We were very happy to arrive in Bermuda and the crew is extremely excited about what lies ahead.