Time - Use It Wisely

Last night I rushed around shopping, cleaning and doing all sorts so that today I would be free to do the things I really "had to do".

The day started well enough. I got up early, sent my autistic son off to school and started on those oh so important tasks.

Then my dad turned up.

He had twelve runner bean plants which he wanted to put in my garden so I stopped what I was doing and went with him.

My intention was to quickly sort out some bamboo sticks for the beans to climb up and then get on with what I'd thought so vital. However, I ended up sorting out the rotorvator, hoeing the garden, pulling up stinging nettles and generally helping my dad to tidy the garden up.

He's not been in the best of health. He'll be eighty this year. He's had a hip replacement, has arthritis, angina and is just recovering from prostate cancer but remains as cheerful and active as possible.

He likes to keep busy but I didn't like the idea of him doing too much manual work on his own so I stayed to help.

And you know what? – It was brilliant!

I didn't get any of my chores done but I did get to spend several hours with my dad outside in the fresh air.

Today may not have gone as I'd planned but I couldn't have been happier.

The jobs I needed to do will still be there tomorrow but I can't guarantee my dad will.

Time is the one thing we can't replace. Use it wisely!

Cows Milk - My Inspiration For Today's Blog

One of the reasons I've never blogged is because I felt I had nothing to say. However, recently on the BBC news the issue of many children being allergic to cows milk was discussed and I realised I actually knew something about that.

As you know if you've read my earlier posts I have an autistic son and he is allergic to casein. That's the protein found in dairy products.

Many people suffer from it but because dairy products make up a large proportion of most diets, people just don't want to know.

However, cows milk was only ever designed for calves and even they are weaned off it. Humans are the only mammals which continue to drink milk and what you buy in the shop isn't the same as what comes directly from the cow either.

I don't know if you are aware of it but cows actually have four stomachs. Their digestive system is much different from ours and their milk quite simply isn't designed for people.

Apart from the fact it most likely contains chemicals, growth hormones, allergenic proteins, antibiotics, bacteria, viruses, pus and blood, the casein content is considerably higher than that of human milk.

After all, a calf will grow to roughly 1000 lbs on its mother's milk but human milk is only supposed to take an infant up to about 40 lbs. It's also estimated that the casein content in cows milk is about 20 times higher than in human milk which is why we can't digest the proteins very well.

The result for many is allergic reactions and high mucous levels in our bowels and noses.

The discussion today was of the high incidence of eczema in babies and young children and the need to make doctors more aware of the possiblity of cows milk being the cause.

It seems for most, simply removing the milk was enough to reduce and often eliminate the distressing symptoms of eczema.

Just thought you might want to know.

Read my article on Cows Milk