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I am no puritan, and have drunk a shitload in my life. People often think I am anti-alcohol because of my website, but I'm not. I believe any adult should be able to use any drug they like. Do what you want as long as nobody else gets hurt. I am a teacher and therefore I think people need to be educated about alcohol, particularly in Australia, because my observations and experience has shown that we have no fucking idea what it does to you, in terms of harm, and we have been seduced into not even caring that we don't. Dr Alex Wodak is no puritan either. In fact he's got to be one of the most sensible, pro harm-reduction docs out there. Here's what he reckons about grog: What we now know is that alcohol consumption can never be justified on health grounds. Our understanding of its harms is all too clear — it is not a question of 'if' but a question of 'how much'. "The relationship between how much alcohol and how much harm differs for different kinds of harm," Dr Wodak said. "In some cases it seems to be linear, that is 'x' amount of drinking equals 'y' amount of harm, '2x' amount of drinking equals '2y' amount of harm." But in other cases, particularly heart disease, the risk associated with alcohol increases exponentially, so doubling your alcohol intake does a far greater amount of damage to the heart. Similarly for the liver — which the French are credited with abusing by steady, regular alcohol intake — alcohol-induced cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver, cannot be undone and eventually leads to liver failure. Long-term heavy alcohol consumption is also linked to an increased risk of cancer of the mouth, bowel, liver, prostate and breast. The brain also suffers from heavy regular alcohol consumption, although it can be difficult to separate the harm caused by alcohol from the harm caused by other behaviours and lifestyle factors that often go hand-in-hand with regular excessive drinking. http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2015-12-01/is-binge-drinking-worse-for-your-health-than-drinking-every-day/6986912?section=health Heading into the festive season maybe stop and have a think about what's so festive about hangovers and liver failure aye? It's not a question of if it will happen, but when you've killed of heaps of brain cells you ostensibly will find it difficult to ask any questions any more. Just because loads of people will want YOU to drink because they are doesn't mean you have to, and just because there is a celebration going on doesn't mean you need to get shit-faced because you're an Aussie and it's "What we do!". Going 'slow' doesn't matter to your organs either, they're still getting smashed.. Enjoy your christmas, and any bevvies, but if you read this, try and remember. You know now, so use your education wisely. Love, your Nanny, RC.
So last year I was studying S. miltiorrhiza and S. przewalskii ('sha-vahl-ski-eye', that took me an hour to figure out). To summarize their pharmacognostic utility, the root is a tonic that improves peripheral and coronary circulation and works to slow or reverse cardiovascular disease. Theyve got two groups of goodies, Tashinones (lipophilic) and the Salvianolic acids (hydrophilic). The tashinones do some of the circulation improving stuff and the salvianolic acids are nifty antioxidants that reduce LDL oxidizability and similar antioxidant stuff. Now, traditionally its only the root thats used but I like to squeeze plants for all their worth so I also researched the leaves. They lack the tashinones but have the salvianolic acids in fair quantity. I couldnt find a trace of evidence that anyone had ever ate or drank the leaf, just speculations that the leaf 'waste' could be refined into drugs. But theyre Salvias so I figured I wouldnt die from a tea, it just might taste bad, and I went ahead and planted some S. miltiorrhiza seeds. So, yeah, now the point. The tea was good! Like seriously, it smelled and tasted like a broadleaf spice sage variety of some kind. A fairly well known medicinal herb whos foliage could be expected to at least be edible, and is related to spice and tea herbs, and apparently no one in history had ever tried it. I got suspicious and dug up a plant, and I'll be damned, it had the unusual red taproots of S. miltiorrhiza and S. przewalskii. I guess I got an authentic batch of seeds. Has anyone else tried it? If you have a plant rub a leaf, if it smells like sage give it a go. It mixes well with dried lemon balm for an unsweetened tea or will make a cuppa coffee all masculine and stuff.