• This was pure farce:

    http://global.espn.com/football/china/story/3286751/china-u20s-return-home-from-germany-after-friendlies-postponed?src=com

    The Chinese U20 was accepted last year into the German 4th division (Southwest) for a season. The highest placed of the relegated German teams was understandably very pissed off. The experiment was stopped after one game (which China lost 3:0) for various reasons.

  • Thanks for your replies! I think if it doesnt settle down soon I will go see a doctor. At the moment my foots just gone numb and weird :/

  • Whilst playing football last night I kicked the ground by accident pretty hard. At the time it was really painful but quickly wore off.. woke up this morning with really bad ball of foot pain. I can just about bare weight on my foot but it is making walking pretty hard and im walking like a penguin at the moment.

    I don’t think iv broke or fractured anything.. but im not sure what iv done.

    I’m always seeming to damage my feet in one way or another. When one thing clears up like plantar fasciitis I always end up getting something straight after. At this rate I wont have any feet left LOL.

    Any quick fixes for this kind of thing? ANY tips for looking after my feet better? I have around £30 to spare for treating my foot pain, I regularly go running, walking and play football. What…[Read more]

  • nicola posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    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]

  • nicola posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    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]

  • nicola posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    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.

  • Why is total independence considered the be all and end all? I am certainly not subservient to my OH but I also wouldn’t say that I am independent of him either, what I do affect him and vice versa so we both take the other into consideration when making decision. E.g. In SC’s example above I would be FURIOUS if my OH handed in his resignation without discussing it with me, IMO it would be selfish and inconsiderate and by the same measure I would never make such a big decision without consulting him.

    I would say we go against many conventions, e.g. I am the higher wage earner, I proposed to him etc, but I would never say I am independent of him or, for that matter, him of me.

  • nicola replied to the topic Coccyx Pain in the forum Health 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    I had a cyst on mine, the Dr took it very seriously and wanted to remove the coxyx! Sadly this would have meant the end of soccer for me, so I refused his kind offer, despite dire warnings that I would one day crawl back to him and beg him to do the operation with the pain.

    No, in fact it got better over time just fine.

  • It’s a horrible thing.
    Rolling a small frozen water bottle on your foot gives relief.
    I had insoles made with helped loads when it was awful and I also have various over the counter insoles. I use a elastic sort of half sock the supports the instep which I use sometimes.
    Physio helps as does lasering the area.
    Fling out shoes that make it worse.
    It was years before I could walk on hard floors without shoes.

  • nicola replied to the topic Sepsis arthritis in the forum Health 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    Is that the same as reactive arthritis? Infection in the joint (I think), swollen, hot and painful?
    My OH had reactive arthritis in his knee years ago, he was on high dose ibuprofen and occasionally injections to draw fluid off the knee. It took months to clear up (sorry, I can’t remember how long, I have a feeling he wasn’t fully healed for a year).

    In the end the thing that seemed to fix it was a visit to a kinesiologist who ‘prescribed’ some sort of iron tincture. I’d like to add, my OH is the most sceptical person there is, he only went to shut his dad up!
    He was cautious with the knee for a while afterwards but is a very keen cyclist and is back to doing everything he did before and has been for years now. I think the only long term affect is that that knee is a bit more…[Read more]

  • @mel It might sound ridiculous, but I work in community equipment services, so I am just saying how it is.

  • Crutches cost around £10 to purchase. The charge to collect and decontaminate crutches to the required infecting control standards cost in the region of £20.