The Town I would have chosen to live in, had I been born again in Ceylon, which is also the “name” I have always preferred, for the tiny teardrop of an Island that was to be my home, for all of twenty six hectic, yet glorious years that I enjoyed enormously, before having to leave, very reluctantly in order to migrate to Australia.           I still vividly remember my very first visit to this Town in the verdant hills of home. My Uncle Fred de Kretser was an engine-driver with the Ceylon Government Railway. It was around the year of 1944 and I was very nearly eight years old, when Uncle Fred spoke to my mum asking for her permission to take me on-board his steam-engine for a trip to “New-Raliya”, as we used to pronounce the name while we were still quite young. ...

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His name is Albert Bourla, the C.E.O. of Pfizer, not in the habit of sleeping late, he was an early riser. That said, another true story is that, from the conception of the idea of a vaccination for Covid 19, I had this strange notion that “Pfizer” was the only jab that I would be prepared to commit to, and even advised relations and close friends that, given the choice, they should choose this particular brand.      It must be noted that this had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Pfizer was the name, also associated with Viagra. I have been lucky enough NOT to partake of ANY Drugs of this nature, and am too old, atso 85, to involve myself with them now.       These were two true stories, so now let us go on to the rather more elaborate one, which introduces us to ...

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Transcript:“I have high potassium in my blood, I know it can cause sudden death. What am to do, doctor? Please help me”. Through desperation many of my senior viewers have asked for my comments on this issue. Normally, your blood potassium level is 3.6 to 5.2 millimoles per liter. In milligrams your requirement per day is 2,600 to 3,400 milligrams of potassium which comes from your diet. Potassium is an electrolyte and mineral that circulates throughout your body, maintaining the overall balance of fluids in your blood stream and cells, and helps with the electrical conduction required for muscle contractions, including heart muscle contraction. Major electrolytes in the body includes sodium, calcium, and potassium. A low and high potassium levels are life threatening. When the potassium level goes down below 2.5 mmol/L can be life threatening. When the level goes between 5.0-5.5 milliequivalents per liter referred to as hyperkalemia is ...

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Source:Dailymirror The Dutch  Burgher community is dwindling at present with the vast increase in migration and inter marriages taking place. Further, with racist ideologies rising once more, the future for the minorities seem bleak  The descendants of the European servants of the Dutch East India Company and Mestico women and native  women ( Sinhalese and Tamil) became known as ‘Dutch Burghers’ If the legal formula of racial mother tongue was applied to these ethnic groups, the mother tongues of Muslim, Burgher and Malay children would respectively be Arabic, Portuguese/ Dutch/English and Malay “We are a vanishing tribe in Sri Lanka. The first paternal ancestor of my father’s family who arrived in Sri Lanka in 1774 was Pieter Scharenguivel. He was a Quarter Master in the service of the United Dutch East India Company which ruled the maritime provinces of Sri Lanka from the middle of the 17th century to 1796. ...

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Dr Harold Gunatillake-Health writerMy electrician came to replace the hot plates in my old cooker used for over 10 years. He went to Bunnings to purchase the new plates, but he never returned. Phoned up two days later and the wife said he had chest pain after his visit to our home and now in hospital waiting for angiography.He has just retired, leading a sedentary life from an active carrier. Quite fit looking though having a slight pot belly.That would be the common story of heart disease.Cardiovascular diseases are the number 1 cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. Heart disease is avoidable unless there is an inherited factor. Today people live in an environment of pollution, street eating outlets,convenience foods and restaurant foods, hot food joints, that never existed 50 years ago and before. Cultivating an addiction to these foods could be the beginning ...

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