A Remedy you Can’t Refuse………….

I never cease to be amazed at the scams and weasel ways that manufacturers and purveyors of dietary supplements use to bilk and hoodwink their customers. I suppose I shouldn’t be and am being my usual naive self. After all this is an industry worth over US$20 billion worldwide. A lot more than the olive […]

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The Dirt on Garbage

In Singapore, I put out my black bag for collection every day for ten years and it became someone else’s problem. Recently I moved to an area of Ubud where here is no garbage collection. Now, my garbage is my problem. I have an opportunity to see how much I generate in a week, and […]

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Osteoporosis – the Silent Thief

There is something particularly alarming when we realise that the structures upon which we instinctively rely to conduct our lives are in fact crumbling away, and there is nothing we can do about it. We tend to think of this in terms of societal or political structures but nowhere is this more frightening than when […]

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Tibet & A Ship of Fools……… (Part 2)

Having settled into our new Lhasa home for the week, the journos quickly set up an FCC-in-exile in the small hotel bar and, for the hard core, an annex in a run-down cafe around the corner with an amazing picture signboard depicting the "The Drunken Celestial Beings". Cynically remarking that the Press had obviously been […]

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Bali’s Hedge Against Erosion

It’s hard to make erosion sexy.   But next time the Bypass is flooded and you’re stuck in muddy water halfway up your tires, think of the E word. The glorious coral reef you snorkelled 25 years ago is a bleached skeleton. The once-pristine river near your house is now the colour of bad coffee. […]

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Thoughts Ancient & Modern, And an Old Killer

I’m no ‘New Ager’ but it seems to me that rather than moving into any so called New Age, where all is sweetness and light, we are nevertheless on the threshold of a new ‘integral consciousness’. The human race is certainly capable of wiping itself out & in the last 50 years our treatment of […]

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Keeping Bali’s Herbal Heritage Green

Long before the Balinese starting popping Panadol and antibiotics, they had been dosing themselves with traditional herbal remedies from their fields and forests. They knew that turmeric and neem had natural antiseptic properties, cloves could be chewed for toothache or to kill intestinal parasites, gota kola leaves were good for fevers, headaches, memory and skin […]

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Brainpower Forever! Or, Tweaking the Grey Matter

My beloved great aunt, bohemian, aviatrix & poet, lived to the advanced age of 98 and though bedridden and suffering cruel osteoporosis in her last few years, her mind remained as sharp as a whip. Right to the end she could hold a philosophic or literary conversation that was both funny & erudite and maintained […]

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Why take Supplements at all?

The answer to the question is simple. We have so depleted our soils, contaminated our water, polluted our food & air, degraded our food supply and thus created much of the disease that now plagues us. By choosing to eat the right foods and nutritional supplements, and by making simple changes in your life style, […]

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