Posts in Health
intergenerational trauma

This is a form of trauma can have repercussions that carry over from one generation to the next, through the mechanism of post traumatic stress disorder.

ZG: 7

It has dawned on us sadly that one Sorry Speech cannot magically undo all the harm that has been done.

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gateway drug

 A gateway drug is the first one taken in a pattern of drug-taking that tends to progress from licit to illicit, from drugs with a mild effect to drugs with a powerful effect.

ZG: 5

This one is more the jargon of the health profession, but will continue to feature in the discussion of drug taking in the community.

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textile beach

This is an amusing term used by those who favour nude beaches for a beach where people wear swimming costumes. You can also refer to a person who wears a swimming costume as a textile.

ZG: 5

It’s fun and colloquial but the jargon of a small group.

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silver tsunami

This term was new to me although it has apparently been around in the US since the 1980s with reference to the aging population.

ZG: 7

Our population is aging so it is nor surprising that we have new terms to express this idea, some of them containing a sense of threat.

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ejiao

Ejiao (pronounced [e-jow]) is a gelatin derived from the hide of a donkey, and used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of bleeding, dizziness, insomnia and a dry cough.

ZG: 4

The things that people need and which initiate trade are sometimes surprising. To think that our wild donkeys could be worth a fortune in China!

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universal healthy reference diet

This is a table of the ideal consumption quantities of protein, carbohydrate, minerals, unsaturated oils, etc., which you then have to convert into what you buy at the shops so that the total calorie intake per day for an adult is 2500. 

 ZG: 9

I don’t usually pay much attention to the latest fashionable diet but this one is different.  I have grave doubts that it can be implemented but it is obviously desirable that it should.

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egg-timer test

The egg-timer test is a sign that balancing career and maternity is a problem for women today.

 ZG: 7 

There are many stories about the disappointment experienced by women who have left it too late. This test is an expression of anxiety rather than a solution.

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wellderly

The elderly are elderly people who enjoy good health. The word is, fairly obviously, a blend of well and elderly.

ZG:8

There are a lot of elderly people all of whom no doubt are hoping to be welderly.

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fat shredder

Shredding fat sounds so much more energetic and effective and speedy than just losing it.

ZG: 6

Another term in the area of diets, exercises, the achievement of the body beautiful. And another pill to take.

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black salve

This is a supposed cure for skin cancer – a paste made from a perennial flowering plant which grows in northeastern America. 

ZG: 3

Sadly we can add this to the collection of supposed cures for cancer. There are far too many of them.

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