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Disability Resource Exchange

Posted by cotojo on December 4, 2007

Disability Resource Exchange is a place to discuss disability issues and exchange resources ideas and support.  Whether you have a disability/health issue or are just interested in disability issues you are welcome to join this social network.
This is an amazing resource exchange which I joined and the people are awesome…some you may already know and some you will get to know.
Please take a few minutes to register and join Rudy, the creator of this awesome exchange and the rest of us….including me!
Apart from a few minutes of your time what have you got to lose?
Visit Disability resource exchange also take a look at the Disability Resource Directory

Disablity Resource Exchange


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Drink Your Water! Drink for Weight Loss

Posted by cotojo on September 22, 2007

Eight glasses a day…no doubt you’ve heard it from everybody – your parents, your doctor, talk show professionals.

The road to wellness is actually a river of pure, clean water, and while to drink sixty-four ounces daily seems like an impossible task, it is actually one of the simplest steps you can take to starting a sound weight loss program.

River of Water

After all, our bodies are approximately sixty percent water, so it is only natural that we constantly replenish ourselves in order to feel good.

Water has no fat – as opposed to thick milkshakes

Water has no calories – as opposed to iced tea

Water has no sugar – as opposed to soft drinks

Water has no caffeine – as opposed to coffee

Think about how many times a day you eat or have a snack.

How often do you have a drink to accompany your meals?

How often do you default to the combo meal that comes with a soft drink? Sure, you can order a diet drink and not contend with calories or fat, but consider the sugars (or sugar substitutes) and other ingredients that may countereffect your dieting program.

By replacing each drink with a glass of water, not only are you closer to your daily allowance but you greatly increase the chances of a healthier you!

Water energizes – As you engage in a strenuous workout, you need fluids to replace what you lose.

Clear water

Many may suggest sports drinks with electrolytes, but these same drinks may have sugar, which may countereffect your exercise.

Drinking water as you exercise can keep you energized to complete your workout.

Water refreshes – On a hot day, nothing cools down the body like a glass of ice water. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a hundred degrees for water consumption to be necessary.

Water Refreshes

Drink a glass or two between meals for a continued good feeling.

Water cleanses – Did you know that the more water you drink, the better for your kidneys?

Water Cleanses

Yes, you might imagine that drinking water you need to urinate more, but this is actually a good thing. Water breaks down calcium that can form into kidney stones, so the more you drink the less chance you will have of getting them.

You may notice, too, that your urine becomes a lighter color when you drink more water in a day. This is a good sign, it means you are keeping your kidneys healthy. Ideally, you want to be sure your urine is as clear as possible.

So have a drink of water for your good health!

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British Citizens – YOUR Support Is Needed

Posted by cotojo on August 7, 2007


Although this is called a Petition for Inquiry into Provision of AntiTNF, it has far further reaching effects.  It affects all UK residents that use the NHS and with your support we can make a difference and help toward putting an end to the Post Code Lottery, the shambolic way in which NICE drags its heels over making decisions that can affect the quality of many peoples lives, and the PCT’s lame excuses at costs for many treatments and medications.

Please read and if you can support this worthy cause we would be delighted to have your signature on the petition. 

Many Thanks to all who read this article.

This is an email I received re: Ankylosing Spondylitis and AntiTNF.

As a sufferer of this condition I wanted to highlight it through my blog and hopefully gain  a few more signatures to the petition.  It seems sad that the Patient Care Trusts (PCT’s) in the UK can hold peoples health to ransom based purely on cost and where you live.

RE: AntiTNf  petition for inquiry into provision by PCT’s

I want to highlight a petition that an As-Assist member has started on the 10 Downing Street website.

Gillian Eames has asked for an inquiry into why all PCT’s are not funding AntiTNF for patients with ankylosing spondylitis.  This is because her own PCT have refused to fund the drug for her use now that the antiTNF trial she was on has finished.

When you sign the petition you will get an email from Downing Street with a link you click to confirm your interest.  Each signature requires a separate email address so other people with access to your computer can also sign using their own email.

I am aware that some people have already signed the petition and for that I thank them but I am also aware that a lot of members may not yet have seen the petition on the forums. 

All AS sufferers will not require antiTNF but those who reach a stage in their condition where standard drugs have become ineffective and it is necessary to use it really need it and it makes a huge difference to their lives.

Deadline to sign up by: 29 June 2008

Signatures: 1,684 (as of 7th December 2007)

The link is

You do NOT need to be disabled to sign this petition, the only requirement is that you are a British Citizen, so even if you are overseas you can still sign it.

There is also an article from Disabled Direct which you can read HereIt’s a wonderful site for anyone with a disability and for their carers, and has loads of useful information.  Quality of Life is important for anyone with any form of disability, and who knows, maybe one day you, or someone you know, will need some of this help.

As they mention on their site, there are 10.6 millon registered disabled people in the UK, so come on people, please sign this petition so that treatment for any condition is not based on cost or where you live!  It’s time to end the post code lottery. 

This was also featured as the main item on the ITN London News and there is a short video clip of it here:

Radio Interview can be heard here:

More information on Ankylosing Spondylitis:


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Britain Under Water – The Flood Continues

Posted by cotojo on July 26, 2007

Britain is braced for more heavy rain today, compounding the effects of what is now the wettest early summer on record.

Aerial view of Tewkesbury

Figures from the Met Office today show that the period from May to July of this year, which has seen the worst flooding in modern times, was the wettest since records began in 1766 – even before the month is over.


There are also fears that subsiding waters could leave a legacy of disease. Forecasters warned that spells of heavy rain were again on the way today – including in areas already suffering the effects of the floods.

Tewkesbury an island

The Met Office figures show that 387.6mm of rain have already fallen across England and Wales. Forecasters said a band of heavy rain would move across central and southern England during the morning and early afternoon today. The worst of the day’s heavy rain is expected to fall south of the areas currently worst affected – with up to 30mm likely in parts of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Upton on Severn

But communities in Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire were also in line for a heavy spell, with some parts the southern Cotswolds facing up to 20mm, Met Office forecaster Nigel Bolton said. But he added: “This particular spell of rain should go through relatively quickly for most places.”


With Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirming that waters in Oxford had begun to subside, experts warned of the dangers of disease left behind.

Virus expert Dr Ken Flint of Warwick University has said the elderly, very young and infirm were at risk from potentially lethal bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella that would be left behind in the sludge. He said the health implications meant it was vital the hundreds of thousands of flood victims maintained a strict hygiene regime.

Floods expert Professor Ian Cluckie said: “People need to realise this is raw sewage they are walking around in.  “I’ve seen pictures of kids walking around in the flood water. For God’s sake don’t let them.”

Homes in Tewkesbury

Hundreds of thousands of new homes will be built on FLOOD PLAINS under plans announced yesterday. Future developments in high-risk areas were not ruled out as ministers pledged three million extra properties by 2020.  The announcement came as insurers revealed that 800 major projects went ahead against their advice last year alone.

The Government has vowed to over-rule councils who go against warnings.  But the scope of the planned explosion in homes across Britain means some will have to be built close to rivers.

Housing minister Yvette Cooper warned the floods should not be used as an excuse to “whip up hostility” to new housebuilding.  She said: “No one should be in doubt about the historic scale of this vision.”

More homes under water

Two people have died after trying to pump flood water out of a rugby club, the fire service said. The victims, in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, were using a petrol-powered pump because they had no electricity and are thought to have been overcome by the fumes.

Meanwhile, flood-stricken communities are facing another day of chaos as they wait for the water levels to drop. There are also more than 340,000 people facing the prospect of no clean water at home for up to two weeks, which is leading to growing fears about sanitation and health.

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English language

Posted by cotojo on July 14, 2007

In the beginning God covered the earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, with green, yellow and red vegetables of all kinds so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God’s bountiful gifts, Satan created Dairy Ice Cream and Magnums.  And Satan said “You want hot fudge with that? And Man said “Yes!” And Woman said “I’ll have one too with chocolate chips”.  And lo they gained 10 pounds.

And God created the healthy yoghurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair.  And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat and sugar from the cane and combined them.  And Woman went from size 12 to size 14.

So God said “Try my fresh green salad”.  And Satan presented Blue Cheese dressing and garlic croutons on the side.  And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said “I have sent you healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them”.  And Satan brought forth deep fried coconut king prawns, butter-dipped lobster chunks and chicken fried steak, so big it needed its own platter.  And Man’s cholesterol went through the roof.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with potassium and good nutrition.  Then Satan peeled off the healthy skin and sliced the starchy centre into chips and deep fried them in animal fats adding copious quantities of salt.  And Man put on more pounds.

God then brought forth running shoes so that his Children might lose those extra pounds.    And Satan came forth with a cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels.  And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and started wearing stretch jogging suits.

Then God gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite.  And Satan created McDonalds and the 99p double Cheeseburger.  Then Satan said “You want fries with that?” and Man replied “Yes, And super size ’em”.  And Satan said “It is good.” And Man and Woman went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple by-pass surgery.  And then Satan chuckled and created the National Health Service and MRSA.


After an exhaustive review of the research literature, here’s the final word on nutrition and health.

1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

4. Italians and French drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

5. Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.


Eat and drink what you like.  Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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