ME and Ophelia

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Beats cancer drug

In today's Sunday Times it was reported that a combination of broccoli and tomatoes eaten together may become the latest strategy in the fight against cancer. Researchers have found that eating the vegetables at the same time was better at preventing prostate tumours than consuming them separately. It was also found to be even more successful than a new anti-cancer drug that is being developed.

The findings, by researchers at the University of Illinois in America, support theories that chemicals in different foods interact to preserve health. Scientists believe that lycopene, which turns tomatoes red, and glucuosinolates, contained in broccoli, are responsible for the beneficial effects but have so far been unable to replicate their effects in supplement pills.
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Ed Zachary Disease

My only sibling is a brother. He is five years younger and we are quite different in a lot of respects. He leads a very active life, is a great father to his two teenage children, works hard and seldom makes time for computers. He never reads my blog and rarely emails. When he does email, it's always about something that makes him laugh, because he knows I'll laugh.

Even though our tastes in jokes are poles apart, he knows that I know what makes him laugh. And he knows that when I hear him laughing, it makes me laugh. He's always clowning around and speaking English with a foreign accent. You can be having a serious conversation with him and, out nowhere (especially if he doesn't know what to answer) he'll say something extremely pertinent and witty in a foreign accent. No country in particular. He mimics them all. He loves Monty Python and Black Adder. And does a great impression of the Spanish waiter in Fawlty Towers. Watching him do Ozzy Osbourne walking and talking is a scream. Here's what he emailed me today, which I know he found VERY funny.

Ed Zachary Disease

A woman was very distraught over the fact that she had not had a date or any sex for over 5 years.

She was afraid she might have something wrong with her, so she decided to seek the medical expertise of the well known Chinese sex therapist, Dr. Chang.

Upon entering the examination room, Dr. Chang said, "OK, take off all your crose."

The woman did as she was told.

"Now, get down and craw reery, reery fass to odderside of room."

Again, the woman did as she was instructed.

Dr. Chang then said, "OK, now craw reery, reery fass back to me."

As she did, Dr. Chang shook his head slowly. "Your probrem vewy bad.

You haf Ed Zachary Disease. Worse case I ever see. Dat why you not haf sex or dates."

The woman asked anxiously, "Oh my God, Dr. Chang, what is Ed Zachary Disease?"

Dr. Chang sighed deeply and replied, "Ed Zachary Disease is when your face look Ed Zachary like your ass."

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 7/18/2004
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