In the temperate climate of Ireland there is long growing season. Unfortunately the soil is not good. Only sheep and cattle can graze on it. So I’ll start with the flowers that I that seem to grow quite well.
Although not too fertile the land is pretty and quite green. Take a look
In much of Ireland we see lots of bike lanes. Most people ride their own bikes. Most motorists honor the right of way for bicycles. We only saw bikes for hire in Dublin.
I have been visiting Ireland from 3/21 to 4/08. It was an interesting country with a tremendous history. It is presently quite economically depressed since the collapse of the economy after the tech bubble as well as the housing and banking systems. There are lots of abandoned new houses and unemployed individuals. Taxes are high as is the cost of living. Nevertheless the people are friendly and very welcoming.
An article in the NYT today addresses new research for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It stresses the search for a new drugs for dementia. But we already know how to avert the dreaded disease which does not involve drugs. In David Perlmutter’s book "Grain Brain he has very clearly explained how diet changes can prevent this ailment. He points out that there is a strong correlation between Diabetes II and Alzheimer’s. So by changing one’s diet one can avoid both diseases. Inflammation is the key and it is caused by too much sugar and refined carbohydrates in the diet. One should eat more fats and a moderate amount of protein instead. And don’t worry about your cholesterol level. Every cell in our body including those in the brain need cholesterol, from healthy fat and unadulterated meat and fish.
In Mexico each year I reconnect with a great Yoga teacher and friend, Maria. This year I got advice from her about a good doctor, a homeopath. He does not speak English but often finds someone who does who can translate. At one visit I brought my friend Bella to translate. I had several issues that he addressed including asthma and a painful knee that I had had diagnosed in NYC. A fancy MD who would not take Medicare charged me $400 + consultation plus Medicare was charged $709.00 for X-rays. And he would not treat me with (PLP,Platelet Rich Plasma), said my knees were too far gone. No cartilage left in the joint to inject glucosamine and platelets. In Mexico, (Ixtapan de la sal) Dr. Linares offered me the treatment. He took my blood and centrifuged it and added glucosamine and injected into both knees. I really feared the treatment would hurt and give me problems walking. Neither of these events happened. I walked out of his office without pain or disability. I had a second treatment before I left Mexico. And I plan to go back in the Spring for another treatment or two. He also gave me homeopathic drops for my asthma which helped me breathe.The cost was approximately
$ 50.00 for the PLP in Mexico.
Thanks to Maria and Dr. Linares.