30 April 2013

Cinnamon and honey - a cure for almost everything?

Drug companies won't like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:

It is found that a mix of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients.

Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain. 

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder....who knew? 

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.
All alleged information, of course. Food for thought, though. Literally.

Worth a go I guess.

25 April 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Camouflage by Joe Haldeman

CamouflageCamouflage by Joe Haldeman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Due to the fact that this book won the Nebula Award for best novel in 2006, it was quite high up on my to-read list. I don't know what the reasoning was behind why it won that prestigious award, but it didn't seem all that great to me. The story was interesting enough, but certainly not what I'd call noteworthy.

The story follows a couple of different ancient aliens that came to earth many, many years ago and had no knowledge of each other. They have both long since forgotten their origins. One of them spends most of its life as various sea creatures until taking on human form, whereas the other has always been (and can only present itself as) a human. The first one develops a real desire for knowledge and learning about what it is to be a human. The second one is pretty keen on causing pain and suffering as it cruises through life as varying sorts of bastard.

Meanwhile, an unusual object has been found on the ocean floor near Tonga in the Pacific that is somehow related to one or both of these aliens. Both of them set about trying to discover what the truth behind this mysterious object is in the hope that they may learn about their own origins and purpose. They only learn of the existence of each other quite late in the story.

It's a good tale with a nice human side to the story, but no real meat to it. There is a climax of sorts at the end, but nothing terribly exciting. I really respect Joe Haldeman as a writer, but couldn't really connect with this one.

An okay book, but only just.

View all my reviews

21 April 2013

Trooper beer

Trooper Ale - I want me some!
Trooper is a premium British beer inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons brewery

18 April 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The Human Division by John Scalzi

The Human DivisionThe Human Division by John Scalzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You probably can't find too many bigger fans of John Scalzi's Old Man's War universe books than me, so this was a very eagerly awaited book. I was looking forward to a decent yarn from Scalzi after the disappointment I felt with Redshirts, and the other OMW universe books are all awesome.

The story picks up after the events of The Last Colony and the galactic situation that we were left with there. I liked the main characters and, as always, really enjoyed Scalzi's wit and casual sarcasm that comes through in the dialogue. The pace of the story was good, but I thought the action could have been ramped up a little.

The ending is really good, but there is, strangely, no real conclusion to the events of the story. I found this slightly disappointing, but I can only assume that there is further volumes to come, which is more than okay. I can hardly wait.

There are some really neat chapters. I particularly enjoyed the one where Harry Wilson rescues an ambassador's dog that had been swallowed by a plant and got a dead king's crown attached to it. Quite humorous.

A typically good Scalzi OMW universe story that I really enjoyed. It loses a star from me for being a little light in the action stakes but get's it back for the excellent characters and dialogue.

Well worth reading.

View all my reviews

16 April 2013

RUSH - YYZ HD - Time Machine Tour 2011 (Awesome!)

Rush - YYZ. A great instrumental track from one of the best rock bands that's ever played a note. Nice one.

BOOK REVIEW: Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, January 2013

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (January 2013, Volume 37, No. 1)Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine by Sheila Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Asimov's and also it's sister publication Analog. Short fiction is where it's at for me at this point in my life where it's harder to commit to longer novels, and my attention span isn't as long as it could be.

I really rate this publication and others like it. Watch out for more reviews of this sort of thing from me.

View all my reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Analog Science Fiction And Fact, May 2013

Analog Science Fiction And Fact, May 2013 (Vol 133, No. 5)Analog Science Fiction And Fact, May 2013 by Trevor Quachri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great Pt II of Dark Secret - this story is getting really interesting now.
The novelette Not Close Enough is also very enjoyable.
Good science fact article about the possibilities of mining asteroids for minerals.

View all my reviews

12 April 2013

Very interesting discussion about ebook sharing

Cue the 'You're a horrible person and you're ruining the world comments' {I Refuse to Pay for eBooks} ~ Frugal Edmonton Mama

BOOK: Robert Silverberg - Short Story Compilation

Robert Silverberg is a prolific American author and editor, best known for writing science fiction. He is a multiple winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards, a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, a Grand Master of SF.

His short stories are some of the best ever written. Click HERE for a great compilation in epub format produced by ShellDrake, a keen fan.

Compiler's Notes: 
This is far from a complete anthology of the works of Mr. Silverberg (and his 50+ pseudonyms) since 1954. 
This compilation has not been proofed and perhaps some ardent fan(s) will undertake to correct and add to this compilation creating a version 2. The most notable problem is paragraphs broken into more parts than the original, although the underlying markup could use some cleaning too. 
The works are presented chronologically, as best as possible. 
Any commentary (Introductions, forewords, afterwords, and editorial) have been removed in the interest of minimizing file size. Some may have been missed... 
References to original publishing refers to the English language version, some stories were published in other languages prior to being published in English. No guarantee about the accuracy of this information is implied. 

10 April 2013

A quick geography lesson

New Zealand. Aotearoa. My home.

Here's a basic rundown on the layout with a neat graphic made up of some of the various place names.

09 April 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Engineman - Eric Brown

EnginemanEngineman by Eric Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I haven't read a book by Eric Brown that I haven't enjoyed and this was another example. It seemed to start off a little slowly initially, but ramped up sufficiently to a nice pace that wasn't overly fast, either, but comfortable. The ending came on a little too fast, though, and I seem to remember feeling like this about Penumbra, another of Brown's books. The story was also slightly light on action, for me. Still good, but a bit more would've earned it another point.

The guts of the story is really good, although I never really felt that I 'got' the concept of the Engineman's mind pushing the ships through the void of the Nada-continuum. However, it all fitted together well and came together nicely at the end. I liked how the worn-out Enginemen that we first meet finish the story having reached fulfilment and happiness. Nice.

I did like all of the characters, and reckon that this is one of Brown's strengths - believable characters. The human side to the story (as well as the alien side) was warm and touching without being too much, and I'm a reader that can be turned off by an excess of that sort of thing.

Overall a good book.

View all my reviews