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  • erick replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 5 months ago

    Had some experience with this when suffering from sciatica – needles inserted into the muscles of my back and wired up to the mains via some sort of transformer whilst whiny violin music was playing in the background. It was bearably painful but did sod all to sort out my sciatica which I understand is caused by herniated discs putting pressure on the spinal cord (ie no muscular tissue is involved). Although presumably sciatica can change ones gate leading potentially to muscular issues I guess.

  • erick replied to the topic Population growth in the forum General Chat 6 months ago

    There’s a simple answer.

    Maximum of 2 children per couple. Worldwide. That’s fair in that you are not preventing any one having children and it’s not proposing anything anywhere near as severe as “culling”. With the population declining at a significant rate, with some couples not having children or only 1, and some children not reaching reproductive age.

    A simple idea but probably impossible to get the world to agree unless/until things get considerably worse, and very hard to enforce.

  • erick replied to the topic I've given up diet drinks in the forum Health 6 months ago

    I gave up Diet Coke (the one I mainly drank) and honestly you feel so much better! I didn’t give up as such but more just stop drinking it, I allow myself to only have diet 7up if I really want something fizzy.
    Allowing yourself a compromise is easier than a sudden stop lol.

    The article I don’t believe. Many things can speed up dementia and age is one of them

    plus many people who drink diet sodas are overweight so at higher risk of most diseases.
    Did they account for co-morbities such as diabetes, cancer etc.? Or neuro stuff like stroke or TIAs?

  • I went barefoot shoes for a while when I was working, however found that although comfortable for short periods they are not good for a long day working on feet! Although I suspect I was doing more steps/activity than the average worker, physio is like an all day gym lol.

    I’ve tried the masai ones, but they were cheaper when I got them lol. I liked them, gave more support and felt bouncy for work!

    I had a pair of sketchers roll type trainers that i wore for work and they were super comfy; now if I’m on wards I just wear asics as they are so comfy and can get arch support.

    Tbh OP I’d be going to a Physio or Podiatrist who can fit insoles properly, we use our feet everyday so makes sense to get quality treatment for them!

  • erick replied to the topic How to grow taller? in the forum Health 6 months, 1 week ago

    It is actually possible. Google Ilizarov frame. My son is currently regrowing 10cm of bone that he lost in a motorcycle accident. He’s had the frame on for three months and expects it to be on for another 18 months. It can be quite painful. Infection can be an issue as there are pins running right through your bones. Might be awkward to get around if you had both legs done at once. I doubt you can get it done for cosmetic reasons on the NHS, but I expect that, somewhere in the world, it would be available privately.

  • I can’t see how it can possibly end well.

  • i had it couple weeks ago…. as did my daughter several days earlier and my son with me…Nothing worse than trying to juggle buckets and towels with visits to the loo between yourself and your child!
    I’m so rarely ill, it hit me very hard..I felt so weak.

  • erick replied to the topic Best pubs in the uk in the forum General Chat 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    @jack I’ve no way of knowing what the Crask Inn was like as I just rocked up there for the first time one evening in July. Very welcoming, very tiny. It seems to be popular with LE/JoG cyclists as that road is given as an “official” alternative to the A9 in their guidebooks. Unfortunately I hadn’t researched the protocol so was unaware that you had to ring up beforehand to book a meal. Everybody else just up and trooped through for dinner at the appointed time, leaving me alone with my pint and feeling like a right prat. Enjoyed the rest of the evening though, and feasted on muesli back in the van afterwards. It’s certainly a welcome pint after that boggy heap of shite Ben Klibreck.

  • For me the bets pub has got to be Three Stags’ Heads on the Stoney road.
    With the bar set high with the likes of The Big 6, Tan Hill and The Quiet Woman; that’s no mean feat.

    Whats your favorite pub?

  • I heard that insoles fix the problems but only ease pain is that true?

    @pat Pain is a symptom of a problem – nature’s warning system. If you reduce the pain then you have probably helped solve the problem, (And I don’t mean masking the pain with painkillers although taking anti-inflammatory drugs may well help solve the problem)

  • erick replied to the topic Worst pubs ever in the forum General Chat 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    @dave I did many years ago go to a flat roofed pub in Kirkby a few times for end of term drinks. Can’t remember the name. I don’t know if it’s still the same these days, but teachers in Kirkby used to drink quite a bit at the end of term. As an outsider it was an interesting place for my first teaching job.

  • erick started the topic Worst pubs ever in the forum General Chat 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’ve always followed the advice given to Sean Locke by his dad, “Never go in a pub with a flat roof”, but I’ve still been in some absolute stinkers. Two that spring to mind are:

    The Prince of Wales, Lower Broughton, Salford. On one of my first wanders from my student halls I, and some first-week acquaintances, mistakenly walked in to this absolute shithole and ordered a round. Looking round at the regulars we instantaneously decided to only stay for the one until we clocked the guy with his hand down the front of his tracksuit bottoms holding, best case, a bat or iron bar or, worst case, a sawn-off shotgun. We probably had one or two sups of our pints before leaving in silence.

    The Criterion, St Paul’s, Bristol. Quite notorious as being rough-as-f*ck, I only went in looking for…[Read more]

  • You need to store them somewhere, either on a USB stick or similar, on your hard drive or somewhere else. If they’re all on iCloud they’re stored, but check that they are. Consider printing out the most important ones, or storing them permanently elsewhere in any case.

    Better still just get another iPhone instead of a Samsung – much better and no chance of losing pictures.

  • I had a similar situation a month or so ago. I did win the case, but ebay was the one at fault as well as the buyer, and the buyer did return the item in the end (which they shouldn’t have been able to). So ebay paid the money back to me and paid for the postage label.

    I did have to ring them 5+ times to sort it though.

  • erick replied to the topic Wisdom Teeth Removal in the forum Health 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’m probably not a good person to be commenting, as I had one out two weeks ago, and it’s been a bloody nightmare! I’ve got an oro-antral communication, where the roots of the tooth were so big that they encroached on the sinus above, so when it came out, it left a hole from my mouth into my sinus. Amusingly, every time I drink something, and let it swill round that side of my mouth, it comes out of my nose. Less amusingly, it causes a horrible taste in my mouth! I also have a dry socket, which causes a lot of pain all across my jaw, up my nose and across my cheekbones, so I’m still on 4 hourly painkillers. I managed my first solid food in two weeks yesterday!

    Hopefully, you will be luckier than me! Salt water rinses every hour, and Tesco extra power painkillers are what work for…[Read more]

  • I think the take away coffee cups that are paper covered in a film of plastic are dreadful, they are almost impossible to recycle. Plus those coffee machine pods.

    Malongo coffee pods are supposed to be compatible with Nespresso machines, and are advertised as 100% compostable or recyclable. I sometimes buy supermarket own brand pods that are described in the same way. But most of the time I drink the Senseo coffee that is in the same kind of paper as a tes-bag.

    Yes I think companies need to start taking responsibility too. There’s only so much the public can do as some plastic use seems completely unavoidable.

    I’ve now ordered my first veg box from riverford because I can’t stand the packaging used in supermarkets. I’ve also just found out from a friend who worked in Tesco…

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