Captain Tom Moore

Captain Tom Moore

Captain Tom Moore is a ninety-nine-year-old World War 2 Veteran who throughout April has been walking laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS. Initially Captain Tom Moore’s aim was to walk one-hundred laps by his one-hundredth birthday on April 30th with a target of £1000. At the time of writing Captain Tom Moore has raised £28 million. On April 16th Captain Tom Moore completed his 100th lap and Soldiers from the Army were present to Salute him and celebrate with him. Since then Captain Tom Moore has continued to walk laps of his garden, recorded a cover of, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with Michael Ball and has won the Pride of Britain Award. There is also a campaign to get Captain Tom Moore a well- deserved Knighthood.
In a time when we have millionaire celebrities posting attention seeking images on their social media, complaining about being stuck in their £12 million mansions, billionaire business owners asking the Government to bail out their airlines, homeless people with nowhere to go to protect themselves from Covid- 19 and Key Workers potentially risking their lives by doing their job, Captain Tom Moore has shown that one person really can make a difference. Captain Tom Moore truly is a Great Britain.

Probiotics

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Probiotics have been used to improve digestive health by increasing the number of good bacteria in the stomach. They can come in tablet form or liquid when they are added to yoghurts. When an individual is ill their levels of good bacteria can be affected by the illness itself or in some cases the treatment. When Probiotics are consumed, they compete with the bad bacteria for space and food in the stomach. Probiotics also help stimulate the immune system to help prevent illness and infection.
Probiotics are thought to be helpful in the prevention of diarrhoea when taking antibiotics as well as helping to ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome/ IBS symptoms. There are however several myths about the benefits of Probiotics. There is currently no evidence that Probiotics can treat Eczema.
For most people taking Probiotics is safe, if your immune system is healthy you should not need to worry about any negative side effects.
As they are food supplements Probiotics are classed as food not medicine. This means that they do not need to go through the rigorous testing that medicines do. This means that some of the benefits may be exaggerated by the manufacturer. It is likely that there will be a large difference in benefits between the medical grade Probiotics which have shown promise in clinical trials compared to what can be purchased in retail shops.

Useful Links:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/probiotics/
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/what-are-probiotics#1
http://www.bda.uk.com/resource/probiotics.html
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Probiotics-HealthProfessional/

Lockdown Week Two

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It is the last day of week two of the current lockdown. I hope everybody reading this is feeling well. While it has been reported that most of us are cooperating with the current guidelines there are sadly some people who still think that the rules do not apply to them, including Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer. If anybody should know that the longer people ignore the guidelines designed to slow down and eventually stop the spread of Covid-19 it should be her. How can Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer expect the public to listen to and follow the guidelines when she drives over one-hundred miles to her holiday home? Quite simply the sooner everybody follows the guidelines the sooner the restrictions will be lifted.
I fully understand the temptation to just go out and meet up with your friends, especially if like me you do not have a garden. I was not surprised when I put the news on this morning and saw images of people on Brighton beach having a BBQ or a mass gathering in London’s Richmond Park. People do not like being told what they can and can’t do, however I would not be surprised if the second these same selfish people catch Covid-19 they will complain that the Government and NHS did not do enough to help them. This is not true, every time a Government Minister or NHS staff member is being interviewed, they repeat the same message of, “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives” It could not be any clearer.
It must be noted that there are many other Key Workers from Cleaners to Delivery Drivers who are also working hard to ensure that this Pandemic is defeated as quickly as possible. I am sure that if I were to mention every single industry that are working hard to defeat Covid-19, this Blog would be longer then a PHD Dissertation. To keep this short I would simply like to say thank you to everybody who is working hard to defeat Covid-19 no matter what your profession.