What causes heart disease part forty-five B – An addendum

Scottish Doctor, author, speaker, sceptic


We knew there were schoolchildren on board, lives are lives, and we had no hesitation to be out there. Incidentally, I also make up my own mag citrate spray. The problems with magnesium checking being covered in this post by Dr Kendrick. This gives an excellent start to the process of registering all healthcare businesses to give stronger assurance to the public that measures are in place to assure safety and improve patient experience. NO history of CVD, smoking or drinking. The suspect is said to be assisting police in the inquiry, which is being headed by Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro. And Epson foot bath are really relaxing even if the magnesium you may get from it is very small.


So, I want you to start immediately on a low dose statin and a low dose beta blocker. I went home, started magnesium supplementation, and have not had one problem since the day I started Mg! I also got a MS in Nutrition for myself, my family, and the patients in my dental practice! My MD placed me on a beta blocker which helped the banging and pounding but I was always skeptical of problems down the road. Now I have higher BP than I should have although hard to measure because I have white coat syndrome, as well but when I take BP at home my readings were normal until about 6 months ago and are now a bit higher.

I do not want to take an Rx drug but magnesium is only tolerable to my body in doses of mg per day or less.

At any rate, the mag certainly does assist with the heart pounding, for sure. I also just read an article saying they are studying magnesium for use in alzheimers patients.

Yes, I make my own mag oil and use it on my feet it makes me itch if I try to use it elsewhere and I also soak my feet often in the mag chloride flakes or plain Epsom salts. I sure hope, using the Losartan now, that I can have dietary sources of potassium because my family me included eat a lot of pistachios, black walnuts, and a few other things which are high in potassium.

Anyone know about this angle vs taking the potassium in supplement form whilst using an Rx medicine? I take it in the evening with my food. I must say that it has reduced the frequency of cramps in my lower legs, I rarely get them now as opposed to getting them almost every morning when I stretched.

Could you please tell the reason you moved to Citrate from Glycinate — I believe the Glycinate compound is more bio avaiable.. Cost, though the glycinate comes in a pill, so it is easier to take. And in any case, how do I measure the difference between the two? For some reason, I still get dreadful morning leg cramps even though I do a magnesium oil transdermal rub as well as taking a magnesium supplement 4 forms of magnesium ; just wonder if some other mineral is missing.

That is exactly what they did to me, and it took me not my doctor a while to realise that they were caused by statins. I find cramps to be affected by multiple minerals. I also started taking in more salt after reading The Salt Fix. While this has not affected my blood pressure, I have started getting cramps and having to take magnesium again. I stopped taking magnesium for months, and then had to restart. Is this due to increased salt intake in those months, not taking in enough magnesium, or both?

Too much calcium is almost always caused from consuming supplements. As an aside, I was looking up the principle author James J DiNicolantonio on Pubmed to locate this paper, and he has also number reviews on various minerals and macronutrient intakes and CVD.

Could be another treasure trove to explore: Also how do you stand on the good results low fat advocates get with heart patients ie the likes of Ornish, Esseltyn. Do you think they would have got just as good results with a high fat regime ie decreased calcification scores?. Functional hypoparathyroidism is corrected with magnesium too. I know all too well how hideous the cardiac symptoms are when my hypoparathyroidism is badly controlled.

He noticed a rapid heart beat and immediately sent her to the hospital emergency dept. She then went to her cardiologist who changed the dosage on her BP meds.

So she saw 3 doctors and all ignored magnesium and potassium levels, which play a part in AF. On top of that one of her BP meds is a diuretic, which regularly depletes mg and K.

This is how medicine is practiced today. Your Mom should always have an advocate with her whenever she visits a doctor. They can ask questions she might not think of or be aware to ask, etc. She should always take all her pill bottles with her and question the doctor if one offsets the other, etc. So many sad stories about the abuse of the medical system. Sounds like population control to me. What other explanation is there for the huge number of people dying from prescribed drug administration, and governments failing to investigate?

When my mother was a similar age she had to go into hospital. She was told to take all her medications with her. They deleted one which was essential, added some and changed the dose of others. When the day came for her release I went to collect her and was kept waiting for half a day while they faffed around. During this time she had missed her meal and I had not yet gone to the shops to buy anything for her dinner.

Then they refused to release her because the nurses were changing shifts and would only do so after they had seen all of the patients who were remaining in the ward. It turned out that they had cancelled one of her important drugs, which required an emergency call to the GP, and she still had quantities at home of the ones they had decided they would not release her without their re-prescription.

Honestly you could not make this stuff up. Not unless you were some kind of writer of farces, or a sadist. Jeremy Hunt would probably approve. Check out the Iodine connection as mentioned before. I managed to persuade her to come off Statins but know I will never get her to drop Warfarrin despite it killing her. You can get an rbc magnesium. Same is true for potassium: But hard to find these blood tests! RBC magnesium should be done along with 24 hour urine and checking potassium and kidney function.

I personally take Mg Glycinate. I am now 68 and still ok, occasional SVT, short runs if diet is off or stressed. Dr Carolyn Dean from America is a major advocate of Magnesium supplementing. She recommends Red Blood Cell Magnesium testing. I have tried to get this done in France and Spain, where you can walk into a lab and ask, and pay for, a blood test, but everybody just looks perplexed!

Magnesium is quite difficult to orally supplement, as many types cause diarrhoea. I was hoping she was Canadian and that would increase her credibility: Fairly cheap, but had to self order online as my doc had no knowledge of it.

I supplement with magnesium malate and magnesium glycinate, plus potassium bicarbonate, which have greatly relieved nocturnal leg cramps and heart palpitations. Last year I invested in 3 X 25Kg of magnesium flakes, and had decided that I was still going to use them! Of course I have no way of knowing if I have a magnesium deficiency…. I have been studying vitamin and mineral supplementation since your recent blog, and will be investing in a specific multi vitamin, gentle Vit C , and fish oil capsule.

We already have an excellent quality diet, but my husband is getting over the dreadful flu I missed out, thankfully , so, I will get him back up to par asap. Using supplements is an about-turn for me, as my time in the NHS programmed me to believe our diet was sufficient; as we age, I no longer accept that view.

The best Muti Vit I have come across, due to its decent dosages on each ingredient, is the two a day by Life Extension no personal connection other than a customer who takes one a day because the B12 and folate included does the job on one a day. Dr K, re the Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, blahblahszole users. Patients are left on these for decades. My friend was prescribed them for twenty one years, all without a cursory glance at the magnesium of b12 levels.

I had five glorious years of plummeting health on them. The over-prescribing of these PPIs is the next big medical scandal to come out. Thanks for that link Dar Dobs. What an enlightening site! I could spend hours, days, weeks on there. If people are going to take a supplement it would be wise to advise them that the oxide form is not a very wise choice. Citrate is better and glycinate better than that.

Yes this makes a lot of sense.. I have also had heavy metal toxicity.. After 30 chelation sessions those metal levels have dropped right down.. Walking on wet grass or the beach, wet sand in bare feet is the best thing I can do for my heart health.. Walking in the beach for 2 hours every day saved my life.. That walk on the beach also helped you to inhale airborne particles of iodine.

Much help to the heart, as well as magnesium. And a grounding mat is simply not the same thing. Luckily, I do live where there is an abundance of natural selenium, which is another good trace mineral many people do not think about. I am not well, suspected Lyne-like illness or insect borne disease according to Dr D Klinghardt not recognised in Australia; we suffer alone.

Maybe just my experience; however; a word to the wise before you invest as it might help some conditions, but not mine. I am open to suggestions. If you have Lime Disease.. I think earthing works better in wet ground.. You might try an all-meat diet particularly beef. The reason they eat only meat is that what caused them the fewest symptoms.

Maybe some parasite cleanses. Or eat fresh garlic cloves per day, wait 15 minutes after opening or crushing them. At age 64 I had a concern about my cardiac health. As for such exotic things as CAC testing this is in the stuff of dreams. When I researched Magnesium some time ago I found that Magnesium Bisglycinate was the most absorbable form.

Would suggest hair mineral analysis then not only can you get magnesium long term levels checked but also ratio with calcium. Ratios are equally important. Cheap and non-invasive test best obtained through a nutritional therapist. This was actually the second time a commenter posted the link this paper. The first time I read it in full. Today, I printed it because I need to read something at least three times to fully cram it into the brain.

I am concerned about all those people taking diuretics, which, as noted in the paper, can deplete Mg. Very easy to supplement, and the tastiest foods have lots of it. A public health crisis. Alarming words, and likely true. More so if some, according to the article, consider 0. So it would seem that for those of us who have hypertension, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, diabetes and psoriasis, taking magnesium, vits C, D3, E, multi Bs and K2 might help.

The same department advises a high carb low fat diet for the diabetes. And ramipril for the hypertension, which, like candesartan I refused, because of previous adverse reactions. And statins, of course. Likewise refused as I developed diabetes and kidney failure while on simvastatin.

Now under control with LCHF diet. The same hospital was brilliant when I had a ruptured appendix three years ago. Good job Green and Blacks was on offer last week — I bought a mini stockpile. If you are UK based the following might be of interest. About 18 months ago a food programme, probably food unwrapped, did a program on dark chocolate and had a lab test about 6 brands.

They found the brand that had the highest polyphenols was good old Tescos home brand from I think Ecuador. Whatever that means, I prefer the flavour to most of the others. I take magnesium supplement when my eyelids start to twitch, but maybe I should just increase my dark chocolate intake instead …. A little comment about chocolate and magnesium… my husband who has type 2 diabetes and I now drink hot cocoa in the afternoon, with no sweetener at all!

Such interesting posts and comments, thanks! Marguerite — I also buy cacao powder which is great for mixing in with the likes of Greek yogurt and blackberries. When you get twitchy eyelids or a tic type movement, increase your B6. Works for me every time and you know where I got that info? The title was something about Chicken Soup. So I just take a mg magnesium malate pill once a day, and hope that compensates for any dietary shortfall.

The functional medicine docs often use RBC magnesium and other metals to look for both deficiency and excess. RBC levels are taken a marker for tissue levels. Malcolm, this new paper only confirms your reputation as a clairvoyant in addition to a skeptic. The definition of clairvoyant is having heightened senses or being extremely perceptive. It may be low despite a normal serum magnesium level. There is some debate amongst clinicians about the validity and accuracy of these, but nonetheless many of us use these results in clinical practice.

I use a very old fashioned method of mineral and electrolyte replacement which I learned on the BodyBio. There supposedly sensitive receptors for minerals in the tongue and in the mouth. Then, the substance is introduced each day, and testing is repeated to see if the deficiency is corrected. This may be useful for copper and zinc for which we are not only interested in levels, but also the ratio.

This test is supposed to adjust for that. Here are some links to the instructional videos in the context of using it to reduce mercury load:. Liquid Minerals and Getting Rid of Mercury part 1 https: Liquid Minerals and Mercury part 2 https: Liquid Minerals and Mercury part 3 https: I would really like to hear what you think about this, or if you have ever heard about it, or have used it for your patients. I myself experienced this when I jumped on the diet And indeed it was very efficient in relieving the problem.

Hi Goran, I found that night-time dehydration also gave me early morning-leg-calf-cramps — a quick glass of water usually did the trick. Göran, why would that be? Thank you Dr Kendrick. Does anyone know how bathing with Epsom Salts magnesium sulphate might be beneficial? The skin is the largest organ you have, and will absorb the mag sulfate or any other kind of magnesium salt mag chloride for instance.

There is really no way to tell how much you will absorb though, because every BODY is different. But Epsom salts have been used for years and years to help with sore muscles and sprains, etc.

Soak for about 20 minutes or so, at least. I dont know of any studies, however experience with my patients is positve. Reduced cramps and nervous tension…… With kids on the ASD spectrum it has proved a great adjunct in many aspects of their health and wellbeing. Thanks for recognizing need for a correction and acting. Thanks Malcolm for this reset on Magnesium. I have taken magnesium tablets since In addition to eating good organic foods. At first I took Magnesium orartate but because of the cost I switched to Magnesum citrate last year which has been significantly cheaper to buy and is available at a local pharmacy.

Magnesium citrate is absorbed in the gut. But it is the cheapest and most readily available for sale in pharmacies and health food shops. This morning Dr Mercola published a long article on why we should should avoid Magnesium Citrate. I know some folks here like Goran, use Dr Mercola as a major source of information on health.

But I am skeptical about his site. And this article about Magnesium Citrate makes me even more skeptical. I am still a supporter of Dr Mercola. He needs to make money somehow, and I agree with the great majority of what he writes.

It is difficult, I can tell you, to keep working away at something — without achieving any income from it. Which is one of the laudable aspects of Dr Greger, I dont agree with everything he says eg cholesterol, but he runs his site for free. The only sales he has made are through a book and possibly a recipe book.

Anyone who has written a book will tell you that you dont write one expecting to make any money which is good because the vast majority will not make any. Smatersig, I do not really want to reprise the Vegan debate we had a while ago…It would rive a few of us completely off the wall! But Dr Greger is not the only vegan ad free website. I suspect that the converts there are keen to recruit more newbie converts…As part of improving their credibility and virtue maybe….

My concern on here is that there is still a tendancy to allow people, with inpunity, to mention out of the blue and some times related to topic aspects of LCHF and meat eating. Now dont get me wrong this is as it should be. I have never responded with suggestions of meat trolls or meat industry reps because I see the whole spectrum of various diets as worthy of inclusion in the debate. But of course that means that WFPB has to be talked about because there is so much data to look at with regard to it.

The problem is that any challenges to hypothesis surrounding sat fat or animal protein are seen not as valid debating points but some kind of vegan trolling.

Though I cant abide most modern Brit docutainment! But as they say — different strokes for different folks. Tuning in to the signal — is tuning out from the noise. I noticed that http: As I see it the authors have scanned through a hundred and something studies to extrapolate their findings — which is the kind of thing you held some hope for at the end of your DD book.

As for income, I feel the need has to be addressed and the economy has to align to support it. That often does not seem evident in those who call a new direction ahead of their time so as to lay a foundation for times to come.

Is it a choice between a deadly security of a lo risk diet and a new day every day in an exciting and challenging exploration and discovery? I have to second this. Not only that, but a lot of Dr. I just watched a video of him promoting products for washing dishes, especially in dishwashers, that to not contain harmful chemicals. Others are charging from a low of 85 for a consult on up to Consults can be done by phone or skype. These are not all doctors, in fact most are not, just people who hopefully know a bit of what they are doing.

I guess I need to add that the best ones offer a mix of free info with paid gigs. It was interesting to me as a nurse to read from him that Vioxx was a dangerous drug, yet be giving it to patients, and then a couple of years later it was pulled from the market. He sold high quality coconut oil at a time when it was not really available even in the health food store. I rely on the likes of Dr. Mercola to do that for me and it is all free.

Might I also add that our dear Dr. Kendrick is also doing that for us and it is also free. You really should consider putting a tip jar on the website if that is possible. I know I would. But, really his is certainly not my only source of information. I think the supplement was called Dr Donsbach but authorities killed his business as far as I remember.

Thanks Goran for the reply. I appreciate your comment about this issue. Dr K I am also aware that Mercola needs to earn money to cover the costs of the site he manages.

However it is the extent of this that I question. Here is the link to the Mercola article I am talking about: And that if we are not constipated we should avoid it because it will cause diarrhea. Now I have just checked the label on my Magnesium citrate that i use. There is nothing on the label about such symptom. And I suspect that by law they are obliged to mention such side effects if they are possible.

Am I special — with a cast iron stomach perhaps- or is Mercola simply wrong? Ditto on the magnesium citrate. Ditto on the cost as I said earlier. And we will continue to do so indefinitely.

Thank you for this timely addendum. I have just been discharged from hospital with a huge goodie bag of pharmaceuticals to prevent a further MI. Boy, it would have been poetic justice to suggest that he read your cited research! Sorry, I forgot the link: Yes — life is always about balance within many variables.

Knowing about the relationships between minerals, vitamins and etc in our body is an ongoing education. A significant factor in your linked page and the Study on Mg deficiency is that higher calcium to magnesium intake — which includes Vit D needs a corresponding Magnesium adjustment. The mind that wants a rule so it can go back to sleep is the sort of thinking that sets a wrong course for 50 years before a correction can wake it up.

I lean to suspect Vit D fears simply because Pharma want to promote them. But that too could be a rule that denies the recognition of the balance point. There are studies where astronomical Vit D intake showed no adverse effects. But that may have been in a less toxified, depleted, unbalanced, malnourished and overfed population. The K2 mitigation is becoming more well known and the magnesium balance feels also critical to be aware of. This research article might make all the difference — if I print it and show it to my GP.

This is dynamite potentially. I have not, until recently, been a believer in dietary supplements. Given my own CAD and calcium score I will check this out further with done urgency. Would be without it, magnesium, i. Dr Myhill has a very informative section on Magnesium deficiency and the link with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, her speciality.

Dr K, can I please ask if you take any form of Co-Q10? In the list of supplements on the previous post I noted that it was in that list. My great-aunt used to drink tea from a saucer laced with Epsom Salts. She died in aged His answer is magnesium deficiency.

Prior to the development of widespread grain refining capability, whole grains were a decent source of magnesium though phytic acid in grains will bind minerals such as magnesium, so the amount you eat in whole grains will generally be more than the amount you absorb. In addition, eating too much calcium interferes with the absorption of magnesium, setting the stage for magnesium deficiency.

When one of my very close relatives was in a psychiatric unit suffering from severe depression, not long after having been previously hospitalised with anorexia nervosa, my suggestions from my own research into nutritional deficiencies to their consultant psychiatrists were met with virtual hostility.

On the other hand, how long have Italians and French been eating white bread and white pasta? Probably longer than the s. I use supplements liberally. There is concern of too much and proper balances.

To solve the problem I propose periodic supplement abstinence, say a day or two weekly to give the body a chance to sort out what it really needs. Better still would be periodic water only fast. Smartersig, LArginine needed but is hard to absorb. However If you take Citruline Malate as a supplement it will be absorbed and changed into LArginine in the body without the stomach upsets.. At least this is the case for me.

Citruline Malate is easy to buy as it is used by gym jocks and body builders who often take it in largish quantities. Vitamin K2 is not water soluable. It is soluble only in oil. Maybe this is why it gives you stomach upsets. So taking it with other oil based foods might help maybe? Recent findings suggest that high magnesium intakes may reduce the risk of vitamin D insufficiency. Magnesium regulates the activity of critical enzymes in vitamin D metabolism, which would explain how magnesium deficiency negatively affects vitamin D status What is the normal magnesium level?

Normal serum magnesium levels 0. Serum magnesium levels above 0. The less we get via our food , the less we need? Stille Slopers, by Wim Zeegers. I have had an interesting condition since I was a teenager, I am now On the flip side, I am now experiencing burning and numbness like neuropathy in both feet. I have had many batteries of tests run and seen a neuropathist, nothing can be found.

But the neuropathy is sort of inversely responsive to Magnesium, I. I can find absolutely no research on it. I now regulate my Mag water intake to balance between thirst and burny feet. I have — twice. Shake for 30 secs — back to fridge. I drink a measure or tot of this before bed neat — but make up drinking water for the day with a proportion of mag bicarb water in it. In looking up vortex or helical flow in blood I found that that it is normal to vortex blood before testing for platelets as the granular clumping in the blood can pass for or perhaps contribute to the development of clots.

I reported my benefits which are supple freedom of musculature — esp ankles and calves in the night. There may be others — but too many other things going on to determine what belongs where.

I have never yet noticed any downside to taking mag this way. John have you ever checked your B12 result? It is very cheap. One large bottle of Milk of Magnesia makes about 20 liters of mag water. It tastes nice and is very refreshing. We drink so much of it that I have set up a CO2 bottle and make my own soda water to use with it.

This segways well into Mark Sissons recent? Not specifically mentioning Magnesium — but illuminating the damage associated with endurance exercise — esp on a crap diet as was normal in his day — and for some still is.

I find Sissons inspiring. Mercola has my gratitude for the focus and richness of interviews and info. Is magnesium oxide wrongly demonized for having low bioavailability?

I have a sense that the ideal path is to Honour the Mother — that is to ensure full health to a living soil — that our food grows in and of. Where minerals are bound up in plant or other biological food sources is likely the optimal way to receive them. Randal I read through both the links you provided. However neither of the links discusses the issue of magnesium oxide leading to diarrhea.

And frankly that is an important aspect of this issue. Nobody wants to take a supplement which gives us the sh! So I will stay with Magnesium Citrate. Bill, There are timed-release or sustained-release tablets on the market.

The one I use provides mg magnesium as dimagnesium malate per dose of 4 tabs. Easy to take, no nether consequences. The only question is — does it actually deliver? How overwhelmingly complex is not our physiology! Whatever — you are your own best testbed. When you have been seriously and regained your health by some specific interfering action on your physiology you tend to believe that this is the way to go and probably it is, not least for yourself.

I believe it is a whole system in which all parts are in communication at once. Perhaps blaming the instrument or tool goes with the territory. But through the body we live and share in this crazy and wonderful world as both a participant and a casting director. The latter is less obvious once having blamed the tool, the props, the scenery, the bad guys. I agree that what works for us is a real relationship discovered and at least a genuine stepping stone.

I see that participation in our own health life is an ongoing awakening responsibility and that is not just a matter of following guidelines or rules, but of accepting a consciously made decision and standing in it. Perhaps after trying everything else or after much study. But owning our own decision is an inner alignment or congruency of purpose. I cant do that for anyone else and if it were possible it would deprive them of their health-freedom setting up dependency of entanglement.

Please, what do you make of this? But it is emerging as a major cause of heart attacks and stroke, as deadly as high blood pressure or cholesterol. Why is it that most people who have heart attacks or strokes have few or no conventional risk factors? These are patients with normal levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, no history of smoking or diabetes, and no family history of cardiovascular disease.

To some researchers, this hidden risk is the dark matter of cardiology: But now scientists may have gotten a glimpse of part of it. They named the condition with medical jargon: I know nothing about it. I would need a bit more of the science stuff before I could make any comment. One thought is the stem cells also included endothelial progenitor cells EPCs about which I have written quite a lot. So, there may be something here.

A quick search about CHIP. Also medications like statins are mitochondrial and microbiome poisons. Dr Kendrick Thanks for the quick reply. I suspected that it would not be more than a quick reply at this stage without more research.

Maybe your interest therein is pricked? Any rate if you do follow up at some stage would be keen to read your fuller response. Appreciated for all the amazing health stuff and other commentary that you so willing share to a wide audience of health addicts nuts? A new study conducted by Ohio University scientists suggests that a little more sunlight might help restore damage to your cardiovascular system.

The study shows that Vitamin D3 — which is made by the body naturally when skin is exposed to the sun — can significantly restore the damage to the cardiovascular system caused by several diseases, including hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Vitamin D3 supplements are also available over-the-counter. However, in recent years, in clinical settings people recognize that many patients who have a heart attack will have a deficiency of D3.

A major discovery from these studies is that vitamin D3 is a powerful stimulator of nitric oxide NO , which is a major signaling molecule in the regulation of blood flow and the prevention of the formation of clots in the cardiovasculature.

Additionally, vitamin D3 significantly reduced the level of oxidative stress in the cardiovascular system. Most importantly, these studies show that treatment with vitamin D3 can significantly restore the damage to the cardiovascular system caused by several diseases, including hypertension, atherosclerosis, and diabetes, while also reducing the risk of heart attack.

These studies, performed on cells from Caucasian Americans and African Americans, yielded similar results for both ethnic groups. We already have it. These studies, performed at Ohio University, are the first to identify the molecular mechanism of vitamin D3-triggered restoration of the function of damaged endothelium in the cardiovasculature. While these studies were performed using a cellular model of hypertension, the implication of vitamin D3 on dysfunctional endothelium is much broader.

The dysfunction of endothelium is a common denominator of several cardiovascular diseases, particularly those associated with ischemic events. Therefore, the authors suggest that vitamin D3 may be of clinical importance in the restoration of dysfunctional cardiac endothelium after heart attack, capillary endothelium after brain ischemia stroke , hypovolemia, vasculopathy, diabetes and atherosclerosis. This suggestion is strongly supported by several clinical studies which indicate that vitamin D3 at doses higher than those currently used for the treatment of bone diseases, may be highly beneficial for the treatment of the dysfunctional cardiovascular system.

Thanks for this information. I suppose it confirms much of what I have been saying for some time about vitamin D. Bottom line for entries into my box is that all indications are that i might be good for your heart, with no known side effects and reasonably cheap.

If this is too strong and stings, add more water. Apparently 8 sprays is equivalent to one supplement of mg and should absorb in 20 min. I had an MI five years ago and ever since have been an avid user of multiple supps.

My favourites for want of a better word because they seem to be the ones most universally regarded as possibly beneficial for people with a dodgy ticker are Co Q10, turmeric, fish oil, lycopene, garlic, grape seed extract, hawthorn extract, vitamin K2 this only a recent discovery and yes, magnesium. A few others I tried and have discarded. Vitamin K2 I have started taking in hope as Dr K mentions that it might reduce or at least help stabilise the calcium deposits.

I posted the above incorrectly — thought I was reading posts answering Blog About 3 months ago I started taking one or two crushed cloves of fresh garlic with my breakfast, which may be more efficacious. Also thinking of dropping the hawthorn and grape seed. I am really curious as to how you measure the effect of any of those supplements on yourself — I mean testing a whole population is in principle easy — you record how many people fall ill or die off, but what signs do you, as one individual, use to decide these things?

It would be instructive to have input and analysis from a trustworthy health authority, but as yet it seems we must rely on as hoc opinion and research. Mark, David, and others Fascinating discussion.

All these indirect IR markers, except for ApoB, are sort of ok but not good enough. Therefore, as an answer to your question: I will give them a try. I think I do, but I have changed diet, lifestyle and added supplements all at the same time, so who knows what is beneficial, anymore than the belief that it is doing some good.

I read, and see if what I read is plausible. If it is, then I go with it. How late is too late? I am about to test one of myThyroid markers T3 If memory serves me I dont have the readings in front of me, after 2 months of Iodine supping. So what has the test told you? For any of the tests, you could be in line for a battering from medics because the figures were outside the current defined limits of what is considered correct.

As the limits were changed in the past few days, what joy, there is now a wonder pill to fix the problem. So for example if you want to know if there is any benefit in Vit C then you could check Lp a before and after and if like me you see a reduction then you have at least had positive result in that one area.

Vit D would be another easy and accurate item to measure. Maybe I am a numbers guy but when I see numbers change I am more inclined to stick with the regime. By all means have your blood tests and be comforted by the numbers.

Thanks smartersig and AH. Yes agreed, measure before and after to see if the numbers change significantly in the right direction. In my case, what I have tried so far, the numbers have not moved significantly. Forgive me Robert if you have already gone over this but have you read the magnesium article put forward the other day.

Gives encouragement on all those markers with references, worth a read. It is almost universal knowledge that magnesium loosens the bowels. That is why most laxatives contain magnesium. The most common is Milk of Magnesia, or is that just in America? That product is probably 50 to years old.

I think if you took enough, eventually you would get diarrhea. Yes Anna, Milk of Magnesia is indeed used for constipation and has been for ages. Magnesium oxide is often sold to help prevent muscles spasms in athletes.

But it is also laxative. For example a local supermarket has it on half price special this week: So I will buy up this week. I take three a day. I take magnesium taurate which has the least effect for loose stools and IMO the best of all the different types of magnesium. A few details here:.

The blog ties in with CVD — it discusses c-reactive protein an inflammatory marker and the effect of magnesium on inflammation. Lots of other good stuff on magnesium — type of supplement to look for, dosages. The FDA has reviewed the available data and does not believe the evidence supports the general use of aspirin for primary prevention of a heart attack or stroke.

In fact, there are serious risks associated with the use of aspirin, https: Randal I looked at that link. Very interesting and useful.

But I have just checked the magnesium level in our local mains water supply. This is a good writeup on mg http: Bill in Oz, I have four water sources here on the farm, 3 deep wells and one cistern that collects spring water.

Interesting Science Daily article today on Vitamin D3 — https: Frederica, re adding d3 to fix endothelium. I would like to know what the authors believe caused the endothelial dysfunction in the first place. This happened just now to my wife who has been troubled by aching joints in her hands destroying her sound night sleep. So I asked her yesterday evening. This morning she was just exited by joy. She had been sleeping like a log. I had the same amazing experience but with a small amount of mag citrate powder.

Several months of the best sleeps ever — albeit with some pretty vivid dreams! Also, the restless legs that I thought had become history have returned. Thinking maybe I need to stop taking my nightly magnesium. As someone mentioned earlier — maybe once replete the magic wears off? Incidentally, I also make up my own mag citrate spray. I read somewhere that underarm absorption is very effective. As a bonus, it makes an effective and safe deodorant.

Hi Rosie, for great restful sleep try a tablespoon of honey 20 minutes before you want to be asleep. It works like a charm every single time.

When you fall asleep the brain shuts off your insulin response in order to keep its fuel from being stored. The honey provides the much needed fuel. If your brain runs out of fuel during the night it releases stress hormones which, through a long process, provides more energy to the brain. My suspicion is that during this flood of stress hormones we experience nightmares, stressful and uneven sleep.

The honey prevents this. No more stress, no nightmares, just restful sleep. Brush teeth, go to bed in dark room, and fall asleep within a couple of minutes. Try to get local raw unheated honey.

Let me know how it goes. Will give this a try Doug many thanks. If it works I will suggest it to my 91 year old mother who has some sleep problems. It is not improbable that the effect of magnesium wears of with time — as with getting used to alcohol. You need higher doses to achieve the same pleasant?

This may be regarded as simple as the ubiquitous homeostasis. I am taking high doses of natural vitamin E which evidently keeps my unstable angina at bay. However I started at IU and this worked fine for about three years when the angina came back.

Consulting the book from Dr. Shute the wear of effect was mentioned and the advice was to increase the dose. Goran, I think you make a good point.

I must test this theory out not on a honey night! You might find this interesting: Well well, you learn something new every day. Thanks for the link John. Excuse me while I get some nuts. A note about nuts, Stephen, apparently Brazil nuts are such a good source of Selenium that you should not have too many, or you may get too much.

John, one could try jumping up and down to strengthen bladder muscles. Might work for other organs as well. That is what I use the mini trampoline for. And also Dr Suzanne Humphries. Essentially, they both I think are singing from the same hymn sheet on how important vitamin C is. Also going to boost my D3 intake. More is not always better. Keep it around mg. See The recommendation by the Linus Pauling Institute: Why is mg enough? What are the supposed problems with higher doses?

That is simply not true. At least that is the case with most substances. And even if you would adjust this mg dose to the weight of a person, you would never get a megadose. Most mammals can produce their own vitamin C, so you cannot compare the intake of humans with that of animals. Besides, in humans their is a mechanism that can recycle oxidized vitamin C. There are several studies documenting negative effects at higher intakes.

Do a search, I am sure you will find them. Quite a difference indeed. The concern of kidney stone formation with vitamin C supplementation is discussed below. A UL of 2 grams 2, milligrams daily was recommended in order to prevent most adults from experiencing diarrhea and gastrointestinal disturbances Such symptoms are not generally serious, especially if they resolve with temporary discontinuation or reduction of high-dose vitamin C supplementation.

So the mg appears to be a bit of a red herring. Messrs Humphries, Cathcart, Pauling, Rath, Levy, Klenner et al all agree that the biggest problem with taking vitamin C is taking too little. That is we should have more and they go on to say 10g per day would not be a problem, So sorry I will be continuing with my reckless doses. Dr Cannell, who oversees the website you mention, recommends starting D3 at 5, IU per day for a month or so.

The idea is that 1, to 2, IU is probably not enough to bring the average Joe up to a sufficiency level. The danger of overdosing is exaggerated. If you take 20, IU a day you should probably monitor regularly. Seems taking 1 g of Vitamin C per day over 11 years will double your risk of kidney stones. Absolut risk from taking this amount is 1 in roughly , so not very high.

I searched for magnesium citrate powder on iherb and randomly chose the Now product. But it all seemed very complex in mixing it up — the water had to be a certain temperature and also involved measuring out 8 fluid ounces of water in relation to the amount of powder. I lost interest at that point but I am convinced after this and the previous blog and fantastic comments that I should be adding magnesium to my supplementation.

Just as you did. So I prefer tablets, capsules etc. So more or less the same.. But maybe for you it would work? Funded by the egg marketing board, see bottom of reprt http: We might just swap them for research done by those with an idealogic axe to grind, and their idealogies are not always benign. Eggs are only as good as the feed they get. And feed pellets used for caged chooks and chooks locked up in shed do not cut the mustard. We feed our chickens cracked corn, multigrain, and sometimes even the pellets because they have higher protein.

Tawanna Wedderburn, acting chief executive of the BHeC, said: We recognise there are some opportunities for improvement. In collaboration with providers and with the support of many health agencies, we are working towards empowering patients to be more involved in the care they receive as we enhance health system planning and accountability.

The registration of health service providers will enhance the health system by facilitating health system planning, promoting safe and ethical clinical practice environments, and advancing patient rights and care. The names and compliance reports of the providers who have registered with the BHeC can be found on our website, www. The Mediterranean island of Malta is set to challenge Bermuda for its captive insurance crown. The country is to launch a drive to attract the captive industry to its shores, instead of Bermuda.

However, since captives have been left out of the equivalence project, this could provide an edge to European domiciles at some point in the future. This is because such companies do not suffer additional financial costs associated with both the establishing and running of a fronting insurance company, therefore remaining an attractive vehicle to explore investment opportunities. It was innovation to a certain extent because it did something some people did not think possible.

I think we have the best of both worlds. Dr Ramella is deputy director, policy and research, with the BMA. Some constituents told us that, as Bermuda continues to battle its way out of an economic crisis, the most likely winner will be the candidate who can best deliver on employment hopes.

One year-old Vesey Street resident, who will be voting for the first time, told this newspaper: I really need a job. About extra voters are listed there now, up from the 1, on the electoral roll in , when Mr Blakeney won by 19 votes. The selection, widely seen as a litmus test for the OBA midway through its administration, lies mainly with voters clustered in a handful of close-knit neighborhoods. One such estate surrounds Alexandra Road in Prospect, where a year-old construction worker, giving his name as Forrest, said he had voted for the OBA in but would support Mr Rabain next month.

I got to make sure I put food on the table. I will be taking older people to vote too. A few doors down, a wheelchair-bound woman in her 40s said her decision would rest on a thorough assessment of both candidates, neither of whom she had seen yet. Winning is determined by who shows their face the most. The only time you see these guys is during an election. With healthcare his top priority, he was waiting to discuss the issue in detail with both candidates.

Lookout Lane, another close-knit community, lies at the northwest corner of Constituency 13 near the old Winton property, where a year-old new voter said she would be excited to take part for the first time. Although she has a job, she said she wanted something more and was finding it difficult.

His vote would be determined by healthcare. FutureCare would settle her vote when she got to know the candidates better. In the southeastern corner of the constituency, on Upland Street, the PLP was solidly endorsed by another senior who said: The historic Queen of the East was torn down yesterday, disappointing campaigners who fought for years to save the building. The East Broadway building, which was first built in the s, is set to be replaced with a six-storey residential block.

Sallie Singleton, who had been part of campaigns to save the building, said yesterday she was devastated when she discovered that the building had been demolished. The cost to save it was too high. Bayfield Clark, a well-known architect, rented and restored the house in the s and during his tenure the property was a Bermudian showplace.

However, the property was controversially stripped of its listed building status in after falling into disrepair and efforts to save the property in recent years have failed.

They have my word that I will look into it and get back to them. What will happen is they will be turned away until they get rid of their car and lose their house until they become a bigger burden. They just need a little assistance right now. He is married, with a five-year-old daughter now in Elliot Primary School, where he is head of the parent teacher association. With a background in electronic engineering, he worked for six years in the Department of Works and Engineering, then became a founding partner of Compu-CAD, a company specializing in architectural drafting, land surveying and project management.

Mr Rabain is now the community service chairman for the Outstanding Teen Awards. Sometimes you have to pass new legislation, improve existing legislation, and hold people accountable. The couple are now renovating a home on Mary Victoria Road. In , he was commissioned as an officer, and has served on response teams in the past two hurricane seasons.

The subject that initially drew him to politics was health policy. I have now spent four years working on health policy issues in Bermuda. I am a huge believer in the principles of openness in civil society and government: Mr Simons said his canvassing had been based on hearing their concerns.

The groundbreaking Mental Health Court is saving lives and giving participants fresh hope for the future. This according to the men and women who have taken part in the treatment programme as well as the team of lawyers, probation officers, court services staff and judges that work to provide the service. I n the past two years, dozens of men and women have successfully completed the Mental Health Treatment Court Programme MHTCP with many gaining employment and pursuing further education.

This success has even preceded the Bermuda Government providing a legislative framework for the programme, which is expected to be tabled in the upcoming Parliamentary session.

The DTC has a 75 per cent success rate and MHTCP reflects the same, meaning that where a person successfully completes the programme 75 per cent will never reoffend. Clearly the therapeutic approach is having more of an effect than just punishment and means a safer society.

The programme does not just improve the lives of the participants. The sessions are often very emotional and you cannot fail to be moved by what you see and hear. Like all the professionals who appear regularly before that court, the clients have had a profound effect on me.

Most clients on the programme have been dual diagnosed as suffering from both mental illness and substance dependence. Russ Ford, senior probation officer, said: We provide hope to individuals that they can change their life. We have seen a remarkable decrease in the number of mental health clients going to prison.

They are spending more time in the community with their families and potential employers. That is a very good and significant knock-on effect. The most important relationship within the system that seems to affect the most change has been with the magistrate. The clients who have had many years of feeling disempowered finally feel as though they are being heard. The assistance from the MHTCP of navigating through a disjointed system has assisted clients get food, basic health insurance, access to school, volunteer and employment placements as well as access to mental healthcare.

The success of the court has not been without numerous community partners and charities. This confirmation is an excellent way to begin Several flights between Bermuda and New York have been cancelled as a result of a fierce winter storm in the United States.

A near-record winter storm buried New York and Washington DC in more than two feet of snow this weekend. At least 14 people have died as a result of the storm, while around , homes have been left without power. The payment covers money owed since and follows a six-year inquiry by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

George Osborne hailed it as "a victory" for the government, but Labour's John McDonnell said the sums were "trivial. The tax agreement comes after years of criticism of Google and other multinational firms over their tax arrangement in the UK and across Europe. Mr Osborne told the BBC the agreement was "a real vindication of this government's approach", but he added that details of the deal were "confidential. These are taxes paid on profits when there was a Labour government," the chancellor said.

HMRC seems to have settled for a relatively small amount in comparison with the overall profits that are made by the company in this country. And some of the independent analysts have argued that it should be at least 10 times this amount," he said. Mr McDonnell said he would raise the issue in Parliament next week and called for the deal to be investigated by the public spending watchdog.

Google is not the only company to have been named for avoiding paying taxes on its British sales. Conservative MP Mark Garnier, a member of the Treasury select committee, said the agreement represented a "relatively small" amount of money compared with Google's UK profits. We don't know exactly how much profit Google makes here every year before the tax creativity kicks in. But Google also knows it doesn't live in a vacuum, despite its near monopoly on internet and mobile search.

Taxes on profits should soon be paid where the economic activity takes place rather than where the company is domiciled. So if you sell internet adverts or frothy coffee in Britain, you can't book the sale in Dublin, Amsterdam or the British Virgin Islands. The deal showed HMRC had admitted collecting "too little tax from Google for nine out of 10 years", she added. The government needed to "assure us that everyone is treated fairly before the law and confidence in tax system is restored", she added.

With markets around the world taking a dive on Wednesday, it appeared to be an inauspicious day to be talking up investment opportunities. There has been some panicky reaction to free-falling oil prices and exchanges sliding lower, with some entering bear markets. And he urged the audience of investors at the lunch, held in the Hamilton Princess, to look at the potential of emerging markets in the mid to long term.

We are expecting to see good things now. We had a big sell-off in Either oil picks up or sanctions are lifted. It is a liquid market to get in and out of. India will hugely benefit from low oil prices as they are a net importer of oil.

It is the second biggest stock market in the world and had twice the turnover of the New York Stock Exchange last year. They are going from an export-driven to a consumer-driven economy. The fund has seen high growth for the last few years, in it was up 11 per cent, in it rose 15 per cent and last year it improved by 8 per cent.

Mr Dooley, general manager, LOM Asset Management, said the company still sees the global economy growing, even though at a slowing rate. In its outlook, LOM sees the commodity rout having a ripple effect in emerging markets, the Federal Reserve going slow with rate hikes and volatility becoming the new norm. We are in the process of looking beyond the US.

He noted that demand for healthcare in the emerging market countries was growing at 10 per cent, while e-commerce in places such as China was outstripping the US.

Two men entered the premises brandishing a gun and demanding cash shortly before 7. They left with an undisclosed amount of cash and escaped in an easterly direction on a light-colored motorcycle. Staff were shaken but no one was injured. Victims have said they believed they were being targeted because many people remained desperate while the Island tries to claw its way back from the economic crisis. Last night, Michael Dunkley, the Premier, said: I view this latest act of violent crime as extremely concerning.

I want to encourage anyone who may have any information about the robbery to please support the police in their efforts by sharing what they know. International charity Oxfam has called for a clampdown on tax havens. It added that the fall had happened despite the global population increasing by million over the same timeframe. In a world where one in nine people go to bed hungry every night we cannot afford to carry on giving the richest an ever bigger slice of the cake.

We need to end the era of tax havens which has allowed rich individuals and multinational companies to avoid their responsibilities to society by hiding ever-increasing amounts of money offshore. Older workers need to keep up with technological advances to remain valuable in the workforce. This was one piece of advice given by Bill Zuill, one of the directors of Bermuda Executive Services, to attendees at a special seminar held at the Bermuda College yesterday.

The Reinvent Yourself After 50 seminar, organized by charity Age Concern, focused on changes in the employment market for older workers. The talk dealt with some of the misconceptions about this generation, including the notions that the highest levels of unemployment fall in this age group, that employers are less inclined to hire people in their 50s or that entrepreneurs are less likely to be over the age of Drawing on statistics from the Labour Force Survey, he showed that unemployment lies at 4 per cent for those between the ages of 45 and 54, and at 5 per cent for those aged 55 to 65, whereas unemployment for the under 25 age group lies at about 23 per cent.

He addressed and dispelled these notions, stating that the advantages of hiring older workers are many-fold and include their dedication, punctuality, and honesty. They are detail orientated, focused and attentive, good listeners and take pride in a job well done. Older workers also have good organizational and communication skills, are efficient, confident, mature, can set a good example, and may be willing to do a job for slightly lower pay because they have less expenses.

The fact is you can do it and you know how to do it. Fifty really is the new But you want to be yourself on your best day, not on your worst day. A minimum revenue guarantee also means that if annual income does not reach projections over the year contract, the Government will make up the difference. Then if a Progressive Labour Party government comes in five or ten years down the line and decides to build an airport, Project Co has to be the one to build it.

This has committed not just the present government, but any and every government down the line to going along with this, even if they found a better deal. Also, will they get the same retirement benefits? Will they get the same pay? The deal as a whole has issues. That way, the Bermudians who work there now would essentially be undisturbed. It is time for that to stop. We are today, and for the foreseeable future, paying for the sins of the past.

But we are on a course towards getting Bermuda back to the days of a balanced budget. Even then, our work will not be finished. We will still have to find additional revenues after that to pay off a multibillion-dollar debt. This means it is crucial that we exercise prudence in our fiscal policy. This will put pressure on existing banks and insurers, but will open the door to a flood of new market participants, concludes the report, entitled Modular Financial Services: The New Shape of the Industry.

Alternative capital sources will step in to back up new competitors for established institutions. Oliver Wyman cites catastrophe reinsurance as one example of this already happening. The rise of insurance-linked securities ILS , a sector in which Bermuda has emerged as the world leader, has disrupted the reinsurance industry, seizing market share from traditional reinsurers by providing a more efficient capital model.

These services will go far beyond the basic aggregators and apps available today. They will place powerful financial management tools of the kind now used by major corporates and institutions in the hands of consumers and small businesses.

A race is under way to build platforms which provide a cluster of services under one umbrella, with data-sharing and a frictionless overall experience. A tugboat crew braved six-foot swells and knot gusts to secure tow lines to the stricken Spirit of Bermuda and bring her safely back to shore. Captain Melvin Martin carefully maneuvered the tug within range of the sloop in rolling seas so this crew could toss tow lines on to the Spirit.

Despite one line snapping during the rescue operation, Captain Martin and his seven-strong team were able to bring the sloop into Dockyard, to the relief of all parties. It was one heck of a swell for the sloop to deal with, although it was manageable for us, and keeping in a straight line as we towed her in was challenging.

At one moment, the sloop came towards us on a wave and must have been within 15 feet, which is pretty close. A collision out at sea could have caused significant damage to her.

I was obviously concerned about the situation, but we always had a plan. The crew did a very professional job. We knew there were schoolchildren on board, lives are lives, and we had no hesitation to be out there.

After attaching tow lines to the sloop at just before 5pm it took nearly three hours to bring her around to Grassy Bay under the watchful eye of the pilot boat St George and her crew. As she entered Dockyard, the tender Dragon took over and brought the Spirit of Bermuda alongside. Fortunately, the sloop retained its steerage capability, which obviously helped as we came along the North Shore, but you always have in the back of your mind a rope wrapping around the prop and have to be fully focused.

The original plan had been to attach two lines to the front of the Spirit to form a bridle, however one snapped and we had to bring her in on one line. But that worked out OK and she came in nicely behind us. The City of Hamilton Plan took a step forward yesterday, as a tribunal heard objections and representations. The full Draft City of Hamilton Plan is available to view online at www.

An inquiry into an alleged breach of confidentiality in connection with public access to information is complete, according to information commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez. Ms Gutierrez told The Royal Gazette this week she expected to release the outcome of the investigation next month. The inquiry was prompted after a session of the House of Assembly in May, when Walton Brown, then PLP spokesman on immigration, accused Craig Cannonier, the Minister of Public Works, of illegally divulging that he had made a Pati request in connection with the removal of Bermuda stone from a construction site at Blackwatch Pass.

Under the Pati law, the identity of persons requesting information is confidential. Ms Gutierrez said at the time that she had been notified by a member of the public about the possible breach, which is against section 12 4 of the Pati Act. Michael Fahy explained that information on expiring work permits would now include the job title, details from the original job posting and the permit expiration date.

As well as receiving a software upgrade, Mr Fahy said the board would also require employers to report on their recruitment activity, thereby improving overall feedback. After ducking into France to avoid a major storm and getting battered by nine-metre waves, the crew of HMS Mersey were only too glad to make land in Bermuda this week. Having left Portsmouth on January 6, the Royal Naval ship was forced to pull into the port of Brest and skip her Azores stop altogether to dodge a significant weather system brewing in the Atlantic.

Mersey and her strong crew remained in France for two days before charging out on a straight run to the Island, arriving just a few hours behind schedule on Tuesday. We were very happy to arrive in Bermuda and the crew is extremely excited about what lies ahead. For me to be commanding officer and taking the ship to the Caribbean is the pinnacle of my career.

During her short stay, crew members will be joining in a series of local educational and sporting programmes. The crew will be involved in various sporting and social activities over the next few days. We have already spent some time with the [Royal Bermuda] Regiment since we arrived. We have some good rugby players on board that will be helping the Beyond Rugby programme and several school groups touring the ship.

Her crew will also be on standby for disaster relief operations. After leaving Bermuda this weekend, the ship will sail to Florida to pick up an eight-strong team of United States Coast Guard personnel to bolster their crew for counter-narcotics operations.

She routinely patrols the waters around Britain and up to miles in the Atlantic, ensuring that fishing boats and trawlers stick to quotas. Today the crew will host an open day between 10am and 2pm to allow members of the public to tour the ship, which is alongside on Front Street. Tomorrow, Mr McGavick will also co-chair with Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, discussions covering the current state of financial regulation and how the financial-services sectors is responding to and taking advantage of disruption.

Health experts remain on alert for the mosquito-borne illness Zika virus, but say Bermuda has no reported cases. Outbreaks of the disease, which results in fever, rash and joint pains, have been recorded in the Americas and the Caribbean, including Haiti, Barbados and Puerto Rico.

The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit is directing residents to the Bermuda Government health website, www. Physicians should report any suspected cases of Zika virus, or related vector-borne infections such as dengue fever or chikungunya, to the ESU on The ESU will investigate such reports and put control measures into place.

The terms of the agreement, a prelude to the financial close of the deal was tabled in Parliament last month. The financial close, including figures, is expected to be concluded by the end of November this year. The agreement also specifies that a transition plan should be in place for the transfer of airport employees, to Aecon, a new airport quango or Bermuda.

It also calls for an injection of hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign capital into the Bermuda economy. Bermuda Press Holdings Ltd is celebrating the first milestone on its path to earning an Investors in People designation.

The Investors in People Standard is an international framework and mark of excellence for people management across 75 countries, enabling organisations to realize improved business results and strategic targets. The organization has implemented an active plan based on the benchmark outcomes and is committed to continuing its journey towards formal accreditation. This is important for establishing and sustaining the leading practices that will ultimately become part of the organizational culture.

We recognise that to achieve this designation we will require dedication from all our employees. We are looking forward to the innovative ideas and have been encouraged by the positive energy displayed by our advocate team champions. The company is only as good as its people, and the IIP programme will help to ensure that we are using best practice as managers.

Our employees are critical to our success; acknowledging this, empowering a positive culture within the organization, is very important to me. A new Price Rite store opens its doors this afternoon in Warwick, and it is almost twice as big as the original warehouse-style outlet at Mill Reach Road in Pembroke.

There is 13, sq ft of retail space, predominantly focused on bulk food items, including a large section with vegetables, frozen foods, fresh and frozen meats, and an alcoholic drinks section. Elsewhere in the store there are electronics, including flat-screen televisions, household items and a range of toys.

The economic squeeze of recent years has been reflected in more people buying certain shopping items in bulk to save themselves some dollars in the long run, according to Gary Shuman, president of The MarketPlace, which owns Price Rite.

In preparation for the new store, the company has created a further 14 full-time jobs across its chain of stores. Some of those new positions are based at the Warwick location. Two years later work started on transforming the vacant property into a Price Rite outlet.

We can source these from our suppliers. The outlet will open at 1pm today with a ribbon-cutting event, expected to be attended by Michael Dunkley, the Premier. The regular opening hours are 8am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 7pm on Sundays. Some improvement work is already under way. He went out and fixed it.

Here we have a situation where schools are worse than Third World and the Government must find a way to fix it. It all depends on whether this Government wants to invest in our children. The committee has been making presentations on its findings to invited school principals, teachers, parent-teacher associations and unions, although not yet to the general public.

Mr Charles said the one he attended revealed the deplorable state of many schools, with talk of mould and rat infestations. All the [primary] schools were built more than 50 years ago. The youngest building is 50 years.

There is not physical room for students and the data shows that when students bump into each other all the time, there are problems. The Government is smart and the people put them there to deal with it and we hope they will. My thought is to fix the problem. We have to bring it up to 21st-century standards. Mr Scott announced last April that owing to declining enrolment and the need for savings, a working group of stakeholders, including parents and educators, would recommend schools for consolidation or closure during the academic year, with a long-term view of reducing the number of primary schools by three.

Meanwhile, Harry Matthie, the chairman of the Bermuda Parent Teacher Student Association, said the group had met yesterday to discuss the Score report. Mr Matthie said he expected to receive not merely a copy of the report, but the raw data used by the committee, so that the BPTSA could analyze it. Whether they are nibbling through cables, carrying disease into homes or even jumping on shoulders in restaurants, rodents are a fact of life in Bermuda.

While they warned that rodents will always pose a serious health risk, they reminded the public and business owners that steps can be taken to prevent or eliminate rodent problems. Last December, this newspaper reported that a rat ran into a Hamilton restaurant and leaped on to the shoulder of a woman while she was dining. It helps a lot. This is the lowest since , when 10, pounds were needed and the first time less than 10, pounds of poison have been put down in the year period since. We have different types of surveillance programmes and programmes in place for integrated pest management.

We have a team for the [farm] gardens in Bermuda. It takes us about six weeks to get around to every garden in Bermuda. This is done continuously. The rodent needs shelter, food and water, so obviously people are a part of this. However, problems arise when humans create and maintain habitats in which rodents thrive. This means rodents are more concentrated in areas around restaurants in the city, with Mr Thomas warning: Par-la-Ville and Burnaby Street are problem spots, Mr Burgess said, although the former was less so these days.

Mr Burgess encourages restaurants to wash down sidewalks or to use bleach to remove any residual oil or smell that will attract rodents to establishments. Problems can also happen if properties are neglected or landlords do not ensure that cracks and crevices are sealed. Nine times out of ten what attracts them to a property is food.

There are three rodent species on the Island that can cause problems, according to the experts at Vector Control. The house mouse, the black rat and the brown rat all present a health risk and can cause substantial damage to businesses. Mr Burgess, the city Vector Control inspector, said the brown rat was bigger than the black rat, which has a longer tail that it uses for balance when running along wires, and a pointier face.

General foreman Tracy Woolridge said: However, all of the rodent species present the same health risks. Mr Burgess said some of the diseases that could be spread by rodents or the ticks they carried were not necessarily present on the Island.

Even inhaling rat faeces or saliva could pose a health risk, according to Mr Woolridge. Vector Control staff aim to attend a property within 48 hours of receiving a report of rodents. The inspectors look for certain telltale signs: They also advise members of the public and business owners about how to avoid creating environments that rodents thrive in, and which measures to take to avoid the problem reoccurring.

The agreement between the Bermuda Government and the Canadian Commercial Corporation has been published on the Bermuda Parliamentary website. Not the least of benefits is the ability to work with the Triple-A-rated Canadian Government and obtaining guarantees against cost overruns, shoddy workmanship and time delays. And it has cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary expenditure.

But we are on a course toward getting Bermuda back to the days of a balanced budget. We will still have to find additional revenues after that to pay off a multi-billion-dollar debt.

A dispute over a decision by the Hamilton Princess to cancel a venue for same-sex marriage opponents has flared up once again. The hotel maintained that the original reservation had been made under an alternate name, and it later broke off the agreement. However, Preserve Marriage has insisted that its e-mail records confirm that the booking had been made in its name, and it provided The Royal Gazette with a copy of a communication showing so.

In November , the hotel withdrew a booking for Ryan Anderson, a visiting American speaker and prominent opponent of same-sex marriage. Preserve Marriage said they had met Mr Federer and requested a retraction of his remarks, which he declined to do. Meanwhile, Preserve Marriage was said to be contemplating a formal complaint to the Human Rights Commission. In a statement yesterday, the group said it had been identified from the outset.

Preserve Marriage also said they had met Mr Federer and requested a retraction of his remarks, which he declined to do. Although young people have been hardest hit by the recession, those who are 54 or older have also suffered.

Still, it remains the second largest group of unemployed after year olds, and faces unique challenges. Older members of this group are already of retirement age, but many more are now racing towards that milestone.

In the meantime, they still need to work and to prepare for retirement. The recession has also come as a shock to this group, who spent their adult lives in Bermuda in a period of rapid economic expansion for Bermuda as first growth in the tourism industry and then in international business produced a healthy jobs market and many opportunities to build businesses. Several local and global trends have converged to knock confidence. Globally, increased automation and efforts to flatten business hierarchies has resulted in the redundancy of man of the middle management jobs that people in this age group would have expected to hold.

Changing technology has also been difficult for some to grasp, where their young colleagues have a more intuitive grasp of the changes and adapt more easily to new software and job processes. Locally, employers may also have been eager to shed older workers, given their higher wage expectations or demands and the likelihood that an ageing workforce would add to health costs.

Older people face challenges in getting new jobs. Still, people in this age group need to be prepared for some scepticism. They must make sure that they have kept their skills up to date. This is true for software like Microsoft Office, but also industry specific tools. They should emphasize their ability to multitask and to work with little.

If they are back in the job market after a long absence, they should also make sure their resumes are up to date, that they are prepared to interview and have a plan for their job search.

It is also vital that they show that they have energy and enthusiasm. What they need to know is that they are very strong candidates in this jobs market. They have tremendous strengths that they need to emphasise. Yesterday he reflected that, while he did not condone their actions, he understood why some people had turned to crime.

There are those who are still living with what the recession did day-to-day. In January and February, when business is slow, people start looking for other means of income. There is no question that the bottom third of the population, economically speaking, is under increased stress. So many are unemployed, marginally employed, or even employed full-time but receiving wages well below what they require to face the increasing cost of living.

We have people who are in pain, and they numb the pain and seek a distorted reality that gives them some comfort. People in Bermuda are definitely struggling. Michal Tucker, of Paget, pleaded guilty to having Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo remanded Tucker, who runs Affordable Ride Minibus Tours, into custody and ordered a social inquiry report as well as a drug assessment.

Sentencing was adjourned to March A public meeting on money management and home ownership is being held tonight at Heron Bay School. The discussion is due to cover personal finances and taking the first steps to home ownership.

The meeting will be held at Heron Bay School hall from 7. A fire protection company is to highlight tough new safety rules on commercial properties. The new Fire Safety Act will adopt standards set by the US-based global National Fire Protection Association, which cover all commercial buildings, ranging from office blocks to shelters for the homeless and warehouses. A new building will also have to comply with the new standards before it is given a fire certificate, which will have to be renewed every five years.

He added that, while Air Care is best known for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning services, it also has a fire safety division specializing in fire alarms, and fire sprinkler and pump maintenance and testing.

Furthermore, the company works with Canadian firm Troy Life and Fire Safety to install alarm and sprinkler systems. The seminar is by invitation. Anyone interested in attending should contact bstones aircare. Parental anxieties fuelled by rumours over possible school closures have influenced the latest public school application figures, according to one principal.

The Score report on primary school performance, as well as school closure or consolidation, was handed in last week to Wayne Scott, the Minister of Education. The document, which will be used in decisions made for the coming academic year, is to be made public once consultation is complete. Ms Warner said it would not be appropriate to comment further until the report was in the public domain. Her remarks came as figures published yesterday in The Royal Gazette showed which schools had experienced the lowest applications for the academic year.

Heron Bay Primary School, one of the smallest in the system, trailed at the bottom of the figures for the western zone, with eight applications for but 18 students enrolled in Some parents came to see me and said that their child would not be coming to Heron Bay because of this rumor.

As a parent, that makes some sense to me. As an administrator, I say that the school is open and doing great. When parents hear of the possibility of schools closing, they think of the smallest schools.

Heron Bay is small, but for us that is a pro and not a con. Comparatively, even to the surrounding schools, our numbers are strong for the last four years. Because our name has gone out in the rumor mill, then we have taken a hit. In this immediate community, Heron Bay is first choice. We are going full speed ahead. The year-old finished the 26,2-mile race in a time of 3hr 4min 2sec to etch her name in the annals of Bermuda Marathon Weekend history.

Bermuda resident Rose-Anna Hoey came second in 3: Back in the Ukraine it is very cold so I came here to enjoy the experience. Jordan Chipangama breezed to a third half-marathon title in four years yesterday, crossing the line in 1: Chipangama trailed behind Laura Paulsen, a United States Olympic Games trialist, for the first four miles before taking the lead.

I just felt fine. Hoey pumped her fists in the air as she broke the tape well under the target of 3: She was immediately congratulated by her husband David and young son Matthew as she savored the moment.

Hoey did the half-marathon loop in 1: I realized I had some time to spare [after the first loop], so just relax and try to run a 7. The second lap was lonely but my friend Chris, who was out for a Sunday morning run, joined me for a few miles to keep me company. Breary was the first local female finisher in the half-marathon, coming across the line in 1: While this change from the OBA on land tax is a victory for seniors, there is much more that we need to do to ensure our seniors can live their lives in dignity.

A move by the Bermuda Government to block unions from staging walkouts has been turned down by the courts. Dr Justice Kawaley refused to grant a permanent injunction against walkouts, one year on from the mass demonstrations sparked by a standoff over furloughs. A letter from Bob Richards, the Minister of Finance, called for a swift decision by unions on the issue and kept it as a cost-saving measure, sparking widespread marches and days of occupation by unionized staff of the grounds of the Cabinet Office.

While the Government's demand was received as an insult to the Island's labour movement, the Chief Justice wrote: Mr Gosling said it was unlikely that MIF would seize any property at this stage. He said repayment of the debt would have an impact on the ability of the corporation to provide services to the city, but added that he would do everything in his power to avoid job losses.

He told The Royal Gazette: They are not pleased with the speed at which we are getting these things accomplished and neither are we, but we are trying to speed up the process as much as we can. When I first got into office I had a staff meeting. I told the staff it was certainly not my objective to have any of the staff laid off because it was not the fault of the staff that got us in this particular situation. With regards to that, I am going to do my darndest to make sure that that does not happen.

I am certain that we can find a solution. We have a particularly good term sheet from the bank that we are dealing with.

There are certain things we have to do legally but to speed it up we are doing a number of things in parallel. We would love to have it all wound up by the end of the month, that is what we are aiming for. On the same date, the corporation entered into a guarantee of the loan and, as security for that guarantee, it provided MIF with a first mortgage over the Par-la-Ville car park.

So close was the finish, Welshman Bitchell and runner-up Drew Soucy, of the United States, recorded the exact same time of 4min With about metres remaining, Soucy and Chipangama had established a small lead but it was Bitchell, coming up on the inside, who finished the strongest, treating the spectators lined along Front Street to a thrilling finale.

It was tough in the middle part, it was windy and uphill and as soon as we turned with [metres] to go it was just an all-out sprint. I wanted to sit back, this was my first race for about six months and I had no idea how it was going to go. They got about five metres on me with about to go and I just thought, save a bit more until the last , and I felt I timed my kick perfectly. Even if there are guys who have a gap on me early doors, my main aim is always to win the race. Butterfield, the brother of two-times Olympic triathlete Tyler Butterfield, stormed across the finish line in 4: Darico Clarke, who has represented Bermuda at the Carifta Games, came fourth in 4: Harris said he was over the moon to defend his title.

The American ran a very smart tactical race and used her knowledge of the local conditions to her advantage to become the first woman to claim four titles in the popular event.

The Olympic Games hopeful led the field across the line in 4min But definitely having experience on this course and understanding how it works was helpful to being successful again.

Sinclair, who set the race record of 4: The great-niece of road running legend Sir Stanley Burgess executed a well thought out game plan to lead the field across the line in a winning time of 5min 20sec. We probably should have had faster times considering the conditions. Breary, the past Bermuda Day Half Marathon winner, eventually fell off the pace at the halfway stage, leaving Miranda and Alen to battle it out between them.

The race was still wide open less than metres from the finish line, before Miranda finally took control and held off the charging Alen coming in. Miranda was delighted to put on a dazzling show on the big stage, especially for her students who were thrilled to see their teacher stand tallest on the podium. Its hamburgers were the stuff of legend, and the atmosphere everything guests could expect of a family business run for 40 years.

For Dorothy Emery-Middleton and her niece Claudette Trott, the time has come to hang up their aprons and take a break. You knew what to expect and you were never disappointed. I wish them well and hope that the closure was a choice, a retirement of sorts. Then they would have the burger and, with few exceptions, agree with me completely.

None of us could understand why this burger was so much better than others, it just was. The ladies who worked there were known for not saying much but, over the years, I could see the look of familiarity in their eyes when I returned each year. They were nice to me. A good friend who I visited whenever I could, never to be seen or tasted again. Film festival guests from around the globe will join me in mourning.

Cancer has accounted for more lives lost than all world wars, civil wars and terrorist atrocities combined. We feel it acutely here in Bermuda. Almost every family and every workplace is living with cancer and its effects. And it comes in more than forms, with lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer and brain cancer being among the more common.

Imagine the devastation were there more than terrorist organisations, all active, with no way of eradicating them. Imagine the world if the likes of Isis were to realize their ambition of creating a caliphate. However, there was only a 5 per cent drop in the cancer death rate in the 55 years to His right-hand man, Joe Biden, is entrusted with the challenge of seeing this through, the Vice-President having added motivation after the death of his eldest son, Beau, from brain cancer last year.

Remember, this is the human body; not man-made but created by a being we have yet fully to comprehend or appreciate. It was very reasonable for John F. Kennedy to proclaim that if the US were willing to spend enough money on the project, it could get to the Moon in relatively short order.

Does it matter who gets there first? In the end, it benefited all of the world, as would that much sought-after cure for cancer. It still has a strong presence here, although it is now headquartered in Switzerland.

The new firm will also adopt a new Chubb logo in a variety of colours. We are a global leader in commercial and personal property and casualty insurance with an exceptionally balanced product portfolio, a broad and deep global presence, extensive distribution channel capabilities and the ability to serve a diverse array of commercial and personal customers. Because we are creating a new path, we needed a visual expression to bring our new vision to life.

It starts and ends with the Chubb name. So we have chosen a new logo that is a simple expression of our name, with no extra symbols or visual distractions. To balance the simplicity of the new Chubb logo, we have chosen an out-of-the-box approach with colours. These colours reflect the diversity and energy of our culture, our thinking, global presence, the many different customers we serve and the many products we offer.

It moved the seat of its operations to Switzerland in , but maintains a significant presence in Bermuda through its landmark headquarters in Hamilton. Our new identity is vibrant and full of life, anchoring us to our future, not to our past.

We look forward to focusing on our craft of insurance to create significant value over time for our shareholders and to deliver unmatched quality and service to our customers and distribution partners. In that instance, Mr Darrell remembered being questioned by deputy sheriffs who were bemused to discover that he was Bermudian, and ultimately led him back inside. But the word got to him about what Canon Francis was doing in the community. Whether or not that was the sole reason Dr King came, I suspect so.

But he was noteworthy throughout the whole area. Five years after the young Mr Darrell was able to listen to his words, Dr King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. By making them nimble, putting them into a quango so they can be somewhat autonomous in making their decisions, then they can grow these registries. We have been working on this since Our timeline is to have both of them up and running by April 1, and we are pretty confident that we are going to meet that timeline.

They are going to grow, create more business opportunities and more revenue for the government. But former race consultant Rolfe Commissiong and former police commissioner Jonathan Smith told The Royal Gazette that although the gang and gun problems appeared to be improving, there was still much work to be done. That began to change. Mr Smith, former junior national security minister under the PLP government, said the peak in the period was directly attributable to the prevailing gang problem.

Strategies in the form of tough new legislation, advances in DNA collection and analysis, arrests and policing tactics themselves, all saw the decline in firearms incidents start in approximately and have generally continued a downward trend ever since. Much work remains to be done. The murder rate, even in the past three to five years, remains excessive and way beyond historic rates seen in prior decades..

There were other complex and multi-layered reasons for the decline in the number of murders. Several prolific priority offenders or killers were imprisoned several years ago or have been shot dead since. Potential victims or killers themselves have fled the Island; the number of potential targets has declined simply as the death toll took hold. Community-led and public-funded initiatives to ameliorate the effects of gangs and reduce the conveyor belt into the gang lifestyle have had some positive, yet mixed success.

The verdict was still out on whether the decline would continue. You may have found that between and there may have been a number of years where it appeared to be abated. You may find other periods within the respective years where there were three or four and then it exploded again. The underlying social factors that led young black men into gangs, as detailed in the Mincy Report, still needed to be dealt with and the focus should be on educational reform and more resources for workforce development.

Are we there yet? This might very well take a generation to uncoil. Bermuda Police Service declined to comment on the statistics this week other than to confirm that there were four murders last year. Police and staff from the Department of E-Commerce go into primary schools, as well as middle schools and high schools, to warn students of the perils of exchanging sexually explicit images.

They have warned that the distribution of sexual or pornographic images could result in serious, long-term consequences for pupils, including prosecution and criminal proceedings. Marisa Stones, director of the department of E-Commerce, told The Royal Gazette that the prevalence of mobile phones and the myriad of apps now available had facilitated sexting as well as cyber-bullying.

It seems to involve younger and younger students. When we first started talking about the phenomenon in schools, a few did not want us to talk about it, but now they realize it is an issue.

Now we have to talk about it at primary schools because it is happening at primary schools. That is where we really try to encourage the teachers to have discussions on a regular basis with pupils about the long-term consequences that their actions can have for them, and we get that information to the parents, too. Unfortunately, sometimes when we speak to students, they do not see that their actions have serious consequences. They also meet with parent-teacher associations to help to educate parents, and can respond directly to specific incidents at schools where teachers have raised concerns.

The fear of the legal consequences of exchanging these kind of sexually explicit pictures does not register with them or mean a lot. That is why the role of the parents is so vital. Parents and guardians can empower their children and set an example of the standards of behavior they expect on social media or online. If you are participating in this kind of behavior, you must stop because it can have legal and criminal repercussions, regardless of whether you delete the message or not.

Once it is in cyberspace, it is there for good. A total of 22 of the new companies are limited purpose insurers or captives, six up from the 16 registered the previous year. Shelby Weldon, director of licensing and authorizations at the regulator, said: The BMA registered 13 new commercial general business insurers and reinsurers last year, compared with 11 in Long term life insurance and reinsurance companies recorded nine new entries to the market, the same as the year before.

Among the new life insurers and reinsurers is a Chinese firm designed to reduce the cost of cancer treatment in the country.