Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: November 2008
Have you noticed the almost complete absence of pharmacists or dispensing technicians or indeed any mention of pharmacy in any of the various forms of entertainment for the masses?
Colleagues of a certain age will remember the concept of the dunce’s corner. A small child who could not answer teacher’s question was made to stand in a corner of the classroom wearing a dunce’s cap. I do not suppose such treatment is allowed nowadays.
[img_assist|nid=40531|title=Charidotis coccinea|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=170|height=239]Our ability to destroy the earth’s natural resources is well documented. Sometimes we manage to exploit those resources before we destroy them and sometimes we do not. Two recent items of news may illustrate this problem.
Born in Germany 150 years ago, Franz Boas became professor of anthropology at Columbia University in New York City in 1899 and held the post until his death in 1942. He demolished the idea that humankind can be classified into three sequential stages of development: savagery, barbarism and civilisation.
“Out of the strong came forth sweetness.” This passage, together with the image of the carcass of a lion and a swarm of bees, intrigued me as a small boy when watching my mother at work with a green and gold tin of Lyle’s Golden Syrup.
[img_assist|nid=39825|title=Sir Richard Doll|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=170|height=241]I am old enough to remember when a visit to the cinema meant peering at the silver screen through a fog of tobacco smoke — an obscurity to which I contributed. (I hasten to add that I have long since given up smoking.)
There could be a good reason why determined gym users’ attempts to speed up their metabolic rate are such hard work and ultimately a waste of time. Recent research suggests that nature sets an optimum metabolic rate for all organisms, and the ones closest to this value are the best equipped for survival.
[img_assist|nid=39152|title=Dudley J. LeBlanc|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=170|height=238]Dudley J. LeBlanc was a Louisiana senator in the 1940s whose unrivalled skill and enthusiasm for promoting his Hadacol vitamin supplement earned him the Time magazine accolade of “a stem-winding salesman who knows every razzle-dazzle switch in the pitchman’s trade”.
It has been reported recently that a worldwide shortage of helium is pushing up wholesale prices. A recent story in the Wall Street Journal pointed out that scientific research has dramatically increased worldwide use of the element, especially in magnetic resonance imaging machines, and the production of semiconductors.
When muscles are under maximum exertion, they produce lactate as a result of incomplete glucose breakdown in the presence of insufficient oxygen. This can build up in the form of lactic acid, causing pain and a reduction in performance.
[img_assist|nid=38370|title=Gorse - Ulex europaeus (Callie Jones)|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=170|height=258]With its bright yellow flowers and its spiny branches the common gorse, Ulex europaeus, is conspicuous in waste places and on commons and heath throughout Britain.
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