Evolution of medicine

Evolution, evolution
begets a revolution,
but the path to change
is like a steep mountain range;
as eyes tend to be blurred
and peace will be stirred.

Semmelweis was harshly judged
on the journey he trudged
revealing the microbes existence
with the utmost persistence.
His case was hard to state
and exclusion his dreadful fate.

How many Semmelweises of today
from the conventional knowledge sway
reaping stunning solid results
that are judged as scary cults?
The pharmaceutically proven “facts”
seem the only acknowledged acts;
cure can only come from a pill
even though it might make you ill.

Have we abandoned the simple truth
and how natural foods can soothe?
How simple blood tests can detect
the deficiency that our health has wrecked?

We need to keep our minds ajar
and perhaps not look too far
as truth hasn’t changed that much,
already Hippocrates had the touch
believing in the natural healing process;
good diet, fresh air, rest and cleanliness.



Trouble in Paradise

Is the whole world becoming worse
and are we all living under a curse?
Or has it always sort of been like this
with tragedies as a hidden miss,
happening in far away places
to other perhaps less outspoken races?
Have horrible things been mentioned less
by the often shallow western press?

Now that we ourselves have victims become
we have stopped being so utterly numb.
The terror has settled in our own backyard
and accepting that fact is damn hard.

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Cherish the moment

Another moment has passed
and you were so harassed
that you didn’t even notice at all
the moment that you’ll never recall.
Too many oblivious moments add up

so it’s about time you consider to stop
smell the roses as you along them pass,
cherish every moment you possess.


Freedom of speech?

Freedom-of-Speech-united-states-of-america-21760995-960-720The start of oppressing times
with scrutinisation of opinions rhymes
only pre approved views are ok
not complying throws you in dismay.
To begin with it innocent may be
but as further enforced you start to see
that swimming against the stream
becomes an exhausting far away dream.
Day by day the frightened slowly silenced are
spreading with uncanny speed near and far
the roles suddenly become reversed
almost as if it’s been rehearsed

History should be our warning sign
shockingly unappealing like sour brine;
but modern Europe might well be next
and the future unbiased history text
could show how it slowly but surely took hold
with prisons and graveyards full of the opposing bold
and the ones that protected from criticism were
in the end made all the others endure

Fending off the winter cold/flu

Bacteria and viruses – they’re literally everywhere and nothing is as boring and unproductive as being hit by them. Even though we have come a long way since these micro organisms were discovered we nonetheless still haven’t conquered the yearly flu let alone the common cold. Now that winter is upon us, at least for us living in the northern part of the earths’ hemisphere, it is about time to gear up with the right weapons. Following is a list of weapons that is well worth accumulating in order to stay healthy and productive this winter.

1. Healthy gut flora
More and more evidence is being gathered showing that having a healthy gut flora is key to good health. These small creatures that live in our gut can either be our friends or our enemies. It all seems to depend on what we eat and what we think. If we have a healthy unprocessed diet that includes some fermented food items and supplement with cultures during stressful times – and when we feel like we are coming down with a cold or a flu – we are in much better shape to fend off invading viruses and bacteria.

2. Cleanliness without going to extremes – stop touching your face! Ekki snerta andlitið
We all know it but do we go by it? Hand washing is essential after touching areas that are touched by several people such as handlebars, doorknobs and towels. But you can’t go about all day long washing your hands again and again after touching every random object around. A lot of people don’t realise that the essential thing is to never touch your face unless your hands are clean. Never touch your eyes, your nose or any part of your face unless you have washed your hands. If you touch an item that a person that has a cold or is coming down with one has just touched and then rub your eye or your nose you are hand delivering the microbial viruses straight into your body. So wean yourself of rubbing your nose and your eyes right away – it is well worth it. Be careful to not go to the extremes either; there is no need to use an antibacterial soap it can actually weaken your system.

3. Make sure you’re getting enough of the following:

  • Vitamin D
    Vitamin D is not really a vitamin it is a hormone that controls the immune system. Studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency is very common all around the world both secondary to dietary changes as well as profound use of sunscreen. It is well worth to have your vitamin D levels checked with a simple blood test but keep in mind that “normal” levels vary a lot around the world. Dr. Michael Holick,  one of the world’s best authorities on vitamin D suggests that we should have levels around 90-100 nanomoles per ml of blood. If you turn out to have low levels it is important to start with high doses temporarily to oomph the system – consult with your doctor or health care specialist.
  • Iron
    Iron is another supplement that is important for a strong immune system so if you think you might be low in iron (most women of childbearing age are) you should have that checked.
  • Vitamin C
    If you are eating a healthy diet including lots of veggies and fruits you shouldn’t have to worry about not getting enough vitamin C. Taking a boost once in while might do you good though, especially if you feel like you are coming down with something.
  • Zink
    Zink is well-known for boosting the immune system as well as improving the sex drive as an added benefit. Like any other substance it is best to get zink from your diet so eating e.g. pumpkin seeds on and off should keep your levels up.
  • Magnesium
    Like vitamin D magnesium deficiency is common. One of the reason being that the soil today does not contain as many minerals as it used to. It is important to make sure you are getting enough magnesium in your diet as it can support a healthy immune system.

4. Make use of the placebo effect and avoid the nocebo effect


Most people are familiar with the placebo effect; if you believe something will help you it probably will to some extent at least. Actually the fact is that studies are showing that the placebo effect could be even stronger than we have thought This effect is so effective as a matter of fact that most of psychotic medicine do not seem to work much better than the placebo effect. You might on the other hand not have heard of the nocebo effect which basically is the opposite of the placebo one. So if you believe something will be harmful to you it most likely will. The power of our brain is being proven to be more powerful than we ever thought possible. So how can this help you fight off sickness? These effects can actually help you quite a bit; for instance if you believe something will help you in the fight against being sick it most likely will. On the other hand if you are convinced that you will fall sick you might have a better change of actually getting sick.

garfield sofandi5.Getting a good nights sleep
Sleep is never over rated and studies that show the importance if getting a good nights sleep have been piling up. A new research overview  published in the Annual Review of Psychology how sleep can affect immunity of the body. How much sleep we need seems to differ a bit between one person and the next but going to sleep at a similar time seems to matter.

6. Exercise – preferably outdoors
Wherever you look there is an article letting us know how important it is to exercise and avoid too much sitting. The body is made to be kept on the move and regular exercise is essential. If you can exercise outdoors it gives the immune system an extra boost – plenty of sunshine and oxygen. Now studies are also showing that it is not enough to exercise 2-3 times a week as it seems to be essential to move throughout each and every day and that the ace of sitting can be harmful. Get up and move!Bicycling

7. Drink enough water
The body is 50-60% water and we need to replenish our stacks. Think of the mucous membranes that line the inner surface of the body as flowers that need watering; without water the flowers will wither away. Similarly will the mucous membranes dry up and lose their ability to fend of invading bacteria and viruses if they don’t get their regular water supply. Not drinking enough water can actually increase your changes of getting a cold or the flu. drink water


They head out to the rough sea

With all their savings goneboat people in rough seas
and from their nations’ shone
they head out to the rough sea
what would we do, you and me?
Could we the persecutions endure?
Would we long for a peaceful shore?
What if our life’s were threatened
our families exhausted and shattered
wouldn’t we grab the chance to be free
endanger our lives, you and me?

The journey itself pure hardship and pain
but yet so very much to gain
“Hang in there, soon we’ll be there,
in the new country where everything’s fair”better-life
they whisper in the ear of their child
trying to sound hopeful and beguiled.
How can their comfort be authentic
when their hearts are beating frantic?
What will it be like on the other side?
will they be accepted or still need to hide?
Feeling like they escaped a building in flames
staying alive being their only aims
after days of hunger, thirst and qualm
there’s a boat in sight – keep calm!
They call ahead and whip out a tow
but deemed for yet another blow;
“Why are they towing us further from land?
aren´t they going to lend us a helping hand?
We got away from the blazing fire
and only for peace have desire

The world really has no choice
but to hear the desperate voiceBoat people 1
of those who can’t live in their home
nor the streets of the western world roam.
But how will our societies fare
will fugitives for our culture’s care?
Can we accept them for who they are
coming from such a far?
The questions will be raised
either bluntly or with sugar glazed;
are we willing to share our wealth
to ensure the fugitives health?
Can we all in harmony live
are we willing to embrace and give?
That is the question that runs so deep
and we can’t under the carpet sweep

Having fun at the airport

Waking up at the crack of dawnxray
trying to control a huge yawn,
you stand in the long line
looking forward to sip some foreign wine.
Leaving your home as an honest person
you now suddenly change into the criminal version;
“Put your belt and shoes in the tray,
no liquids, by the way!”
The voice so demanding and rude
– obey or we will shoot!
With your personal belongings removed
they need to have your body approved;
“Stand with your hands above your head
are you concealing metal or lead?
Don’t you dare to speak or smile
or they’ll put you in their file.
They’ll have you x-rayed to the bone
you’ve never felt so alone.
“Beep, beep” and your taken aside
don’t you dare to put up a fight.
Now they’ll feel you up and down
thank God you wore a long gown.
Your self esteem sinking to the ground
you try not to make a sound.
You pass the test one more time
and will have your chance to sip some wine,
you get your belt and shoes on back
and think to yourself what the heck;
it’s the price for modern traveling to pay
thanks to the bloody terrorists, ay?

Has the world gone completely mad?
Willingly we put up with being considered bad
all obey without uttering a word
forming a silent compliant herd
thinking it’s the price for safety to pay
but surely they could come up with a better way…

It happened on a bus

It happened on a busindian-daughter-film 4
it was supposed to be a hush, hush
like the many before her attacked
and the few cases ever cracked.
Why didn’t she just lie still
and let them have their will?
Instead of kicking and screaming
tears from her eyes streaming.
As she was brave enough to fight
instead of all her feelings hide,
they pulled her entire guts out
showing utmost contempt and flout.
Wrapped them up and threw away
as food for the cats so stray.

Why was she out after eight?
accompanied by a man so late?
Are you surprised she was raped?
asks the lawyer in ethics draped.
We must put women in their place
worship them in the temples with grace
and control them when they´re out of line
what is it anyway with all this whine?

Some have done this two hundred times
and gotten away with their crimes.
Why hang us, we were just putting her straight
for being out with a man so late?
Who will light our cremation now?
how can we to this sentence bow?
The families of the attackers ask
as they in the sentence bask.
The widowed wife only injustice sees
how can I thrive with any ease
now that they have taken him away?
They can’t treat his son like this, nay!

What about the daughter they lost,
abused and in the gutter tossed?
Their hope for a better life
so close to ending the strife.
As a doctor she would have healed
but instead to violence had to yield.

They took her to the hospital all empty inside
her beautiful eyes with worries filled wide
all her struggle suddenly made for naught,
“Mother, forgive me for the trouble I’ve brought”

Enough was enough and they rushed to the streets
the mob moving as huge angry fleets
but changing a nation will take its time
they won´t see that a rape is an awful crime
until women have reached an equal stance
having the freedom to show off a proud prance


Inspired by the film India’s daughter, BBC 2014





You are the creator of your own health

You are the creator of your own healthbeaming with health
and despite all the worlds’ wealth
you can’t buy your well-being
no more than without skis go skiing.
Watching what you eat and drink
yes, for sure there’s a link,
but  if you believe you are what you eat
you are in for a surprising treat
now it seems your thoughts matter the most.
You can from the top of your lungs boast
of your healthy style of living
buy if you´re no attention giving
to your worries about your health
your minds’ secrets so silent and stealth
could sneak upon you and wear you down
even while you´re donning your gown.
Be thankful for the health you´ve got
and carefully down the right path trot,
the one where you see yourself shine
and your mind will keep you fine!

Inspired by an article on bbc.com by David Robson: “The contagious thought that could kill you”


Winter´s charm

Another Monday has passed and gonevetrartré
and the sun never for a moment shone.
Winters charm is upon us now
some days the heavy snow we plow
others the rain bathes our face
and makes us pick up our pace
because staying dry and warm
from winters teasing storm
is what makes for a cozy night
lit up by the flickering candle light.
With a well written book in hand
I surrender to dreams seductive land…