• Sumatriptan has been marvelous for me – but also finding some food triggers for my migraines have also helped reduce them and their frequency/intensity.

    Luckily I don’t get too many general headaches.

  • alec replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    Perhaps. The likes of Spain and Portugal are mature sides, England’s only hope is it grows into the game through the initial rounds otherwise they’ll getting a hiding later on.

  • alec posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    I think there’s an interesting divide between people here: that of extrinsic and intrinsic value.

    I have enormous respect and admiration for people who work hard and achieve a great deal when what they’re doing has intrinsic value. Academics, creatives, medical professionals, etc etc all devote themselves to their work in a way that I just can’t be arsed with (although I do have to do work that has intrinsic value because otherwise I’m overwhelmed by a sense of emptiness and despair as I watch my life slowly disappear down the drain of capitalist futility).

    But if it’s just climbing a career ladder to achieve money and status – which are extrinsic rewards, they reward us by being compared against others – I don’t see the value. There might be positive side-effects like…[Read more]

  • alec posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    On the other hand, senior execs do spend at least some of their time agonising over the wording of “Our Values” and posting sickeningly insincere “colleague engagement” videos on youtube. So on the basis of this evidence, it might be fair to conclude that if that’s what you want to do with your life (and let’s face it, you do have to devote your life to it, you don’t get there for nowt), you probably don’t have a soul.

  • alec replied to the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    As might says – and as you probalby know – the sciatic nerve is being squashed by something in your spine and it is causing it to feel pain. I get sciatica from scar tissue in my hamstring which is mostly just pins and needles but shooting pains as well sometimes. I have had acupuncture for it (which helped and aslo cleared up my hayfever!) and most latterly sports massage, which is £40 a pop but has helped a lot. It may be worth speaking to a physio or massage person, they will tell you if they feel they cannot treat without a doctors say so.

  • alec posted a new activity comment 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    It might help if they weren’t freely available without prescription in much of Europe and the rest of the world.

    • I was treated in a Swiss hospital for cuts in the summer. After being patched up, I had the following conversation with the doctor

      Doctor “Do you want antibiotics”

      Me “I don’t think so, do I need them?”

      Doctor “No….ah, your British. Like the Swiss you use antibiotics wisely. The French and Italians always ask”

      • For once (every rule has an exception), the eu could really interfere in a beneficial way. Ban whole herd preventative antibiotic use and make them prescription only in the whole of the eu. Then start applying pressure through the WHO globally. I think we might regret this more than climate change in a few decades.

      • On a related note, I had a work colleague with an infection try to fulfil his (USA issued) prescription in Holland… the Dutch doctor politely explained that the surgical grade antibiotic perscribed was equivalent to a bazooka to kill a butterfly and adjusted the prescription.

        ABs do seem highly overprescribed in some countries.

  • alec posted an update 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    Have we reached a tipping point where antibiotic become as useful as a chocolate fire guard?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43571120

    • Carefully targeted ABs will continue to a highly effective treatment many serious bacterial infections.

    • “He … picked up the superbug after a sexual encounter with a woman in south-east Asia.”

      Yeah, that’s the story he’s sticking to.

    • Not long ago my life was saved through a course of antibiotics, so I’m towards the view that they serve a useful purpose.

    • Not yet at tipping point but if large swathes of the agricultural sector keep shovelling tens of thousands of tonnes of ABs into the food chain every year, we’ll soon get there.

      When it happens we’ll have a lot more than STI’s and chest infections to worry about. For a start lots of cancer treatments and many types of elective surgery will become far too risky to be tenable.

    • No, nowhere close and we have lots of possible promising avenues for developing new ones which will need to be used more responsibly. Doing so is economically, politically and technically very difficult but not impossible.

      • It might help if they weren’t freely available without prescription in much of Europe and the rest of the world.

        • I was treated in a Swiss hospital for cuts in the summer. After being patched up, I had the following conversation with the doctor

          Doctor “Do you want antibiotics”

          Me “I don’t think so, do I need them?”

          Doctor “No….ah, your British. Like the Swiss you use antibiotics wisely. The French and Italians always ask”

          • For once (every rule has an exception), the eu could really interfere in a beneficial way. Ban whole herd preventative antibiotic use and make them prescription only in the whole of the eu. Then start applying pressure through the WHO globally. I think we might regret this more than climate change in a few decades.

          • On a related note, I had a work colleague with an infection try to fulfil his (USA issued) prescription in Holland… the Dutch doctor politely explained that the surgical grade antibiotic perscribed was equivalent to a bazooka to kill a butterfly and adjusted the prescription.

            ABs do seem highly overprescribed in some countries.

    • Easy availability is a big problem; you can walk into a pharmacy in Africa and buy one or two tablets. People don’t see why they should buy and finish an entire course, which is a waste of their precious cash.

      Anybody who fears the pharmaceutical industry will not solve the problem has no understanding of the money that’s at stake. An executive from AstraZeneca told me they are well down the road to developing viruses, which will infect those bacteria and kill them.

    • Use within farming in southern Europe is off the scale and completely ignored in farm legislation by the eu. The chemical and medical sector are the biggest eu lobbyists though.

      Apart from the fact there is a knock effect to us medically in future resistance, I wouldn’t eat the meat from most European countries.

      • One tonne of amoxicillin would provide over 95,000 courses (note courses, not doses). Conservative estimates currently put the agricultural sector as using over 100,000 tonnes of ABs. The vast majority of this usage isn’t targeted, it’s prophylactic as even very minor infections have a relatively large impact on weight gain in livestock. It’s worth remembering that there isn’t necessarily a cut off between animal disease and human, the worries about avian bird flu haven’t gone away. Also worth noting that active AB’s are excreted so the problem isn’t contained within the dosed animal.

        Meat consumption is on the up in large developing countries like China and India. China’s meat consumption has gone from about 15 kg p.a, per person in the 80’s to 65kg today and a projected…[Read more]

    • The economic problem with developing antibiotics is that for there to be a return for a business they have to sell in volume before the patent expires yet no responsible regulator will allow a powerful novel antibiotic to be used for anything but the hardest cases so we need a new model for funding development and extracting value.

      The political problem is spending billions on a development program for something we’ll ideally hardly ever use, we probably also need to do it in collaboration and regulate collaboratively and globally. So far we show little appetite for that kind of spending except oddly on doomsday weapons and we’re currently stepping away from large scale regulatory collaboration. There are alternative approaches but none of them really an easy sell to business or…[Read more]

  • alec posted a new activity comment 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    I touchingly hope that diving in football may go out of fashion. Messi is a shining example of a player who tries to ride tackles and frequently scores by keeping going when everyone on the pitch stops because they expect him to go down. It was noticeable in the England- Italy match the other night that Sterling twice got back on his feet rather than doing a dying swan act and carried on after being chopped -‘playing his own advantage’ as the commentator put it – and it led to the England goal.

    Of course Delle Alli wasn’t playing, a man who could give Tom Daley diving lessons

  • alec posted a new activity comment 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Success can cause arrogance and with that an almost given right to win a football match.

    They are not familiar with loosing. A shame they have forgotten where they have come from.

  • The biggest thing I hate about men is they want to be in control, or think they should be in control.

    @babe Not all men. You’ve obviously met the tossers

    But let’s be blunt – women don’t help themselves sometimes. You don’t have to accept that treatment.

    And women can be just as demanding, controlling and abusive.

    Be a good person, don’t be an ******* – whether you’re a man or a woman.

  • I thought a bit about this last night. Both my grandmothers and my mother, through death or divorce were ‘on their own’ for protracted periods of time. My Nan was a widower for longer than she was married.
    So I guess this is what has coloured my outlook somewhat. I grew up around (what I consider to be) very strong, independent women. My own mother is nearly 70 and continues to run two successful businesses. Everything she has, she earned and worked hard for. I am very proud of her and very grateful to have been raised by these women.