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A drop of whisky in the nose, treatment with aspirin, quinine injections, the “Bonox” cure... To deal with one of the most deadly epidemics of the last century, our forebears turned to “remedies of last resort” with results that often proved more fatal than the effects of the Spanish flu itself... In their defence, they did not have the...
Initially mocked and ridiculed, soap made from donkey milk by a small family business in Jordan is now in overwhelmingly high demand. Already known as a skincare product in Europe, donkey milk is praised for its incomparable protective properties, very high in minerals, vitamins, and trace elements: everything to delight the fair sex, forever in search of the ultimate...
It’s almost doctor’s orders... A little wine is always better than a moderate quantity of beer for better atrial fibrillation. According to a new Australian study (despite the Australians being big fans of beer), all “alcohols” are not equal; wine, always in moderation, might help to prevent some cardiovascular events. https://www.pourquoidocteur.fr/Articles/Question-d-actu/36960-Pour-coeur-privilegiez-vin-biere https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-07-wine-safer-beer-minimizing-heart.html
Is drinking several cups of coffee every time you stop at a service station an outmoded “cliché” or is it really a good idea? A recent study has shown that a cup of coffee prevents sleepiness and microsleep for two hours... two hours is the suggested interval between breaks on a long journey; staying alert doesn’t mean you have...
The positive actions of tea are forever being extolled, whereas its great contemporary coffee is generally subject to rather more circumspection. However, “a reasonable amount” of coffee is as beneficial to health as tea. A recent study confirms coffee’s protective effects on the liver. Although drinking the celebrated drink on an empty stomach is not recommended, drinking it regularly...

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The Great Change: Whisky Today, Tomorrow…

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