Fly agaric mushroom

Fly agaric mushroom is a highly dangerous but very beautiful plant.

In autumn, in the south of England, they can be found in abundance. They are particularly good this year 2009, simply sheets and sheets of them ... and their red colours seem to be even richer and brighter and more glowing than ever before.

Fly poison

Sprinkle the poisonous mushrooms into a bowl of milk in the dairy or kitchen, out of reach of any pussycats that may be hanging about waiting for their sup.

Any flies that sip the milk become lethargic and can be easily swatted.

It would seem that it's not only humans that just love to get a trifle high. Reindeer apparently just love these mushrooms. 

If you want to round up a herd of wandering reindeer, it's reported, all you have to do is scatter pieces of these mushrooms around. They absolutely adore them. Their nerves become highly stimulated and they start leaping about until exhausted. Exaggerated physical movements like this are typical in mammals.

Fly agaric mushroom

Fly agaric mushroom is found in the south of England in the autumn.

FRIDAY FUN: Get high with a little help from your friends.

About half an hour after swallowing these mushrooms, the muscles of human beings start to writhe and contract and twitch convulsively.

Vomiting is common, followed by severe dizziness and a deep sleep or stupor, during which time you would have vivid dreams and visions; and on awakening, if you wakened you'd be filled with elation and would also being to leap about to the amusement of friends and family.

Rather, try a glass of red wine. At least that will help lower your cholesterol, as well as your state of consciousness, though in large quantities alcohol is probably just as toxic. 

Recommendation; stimulation of the brain, using the eyes only is advised. Anything more absolutely avoid! These are definitely not healthy living mushrooms.

Just a bit of relaxing fun before your weekend.

Why on a chiropractic help site? No reason, just saw them whilst wandering in the forests near Giggers Green, Kent. Mmm, what an interesting name; I wonder if the person who named the hamlet had had his fill of mushroom hallucinogens that morning.

Well, I suppose leaping about is good exercise.

Have a good weekend, take a good walk in the woods, good for the bones and the heart. Look only at the mushrooms; don't touch.

Healthy living tips

Healthy living tips will give you some ideas about how to reach a happy, healthy eighty with all your marbles and joints intact; it doesn't include fly agaric mushroom for breakfast!

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1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti-inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He is doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost pain-free. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he has taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily stroll has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift; he has a short leg.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. X-rays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65-year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88-year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done. 

10. Mr X is a 71-year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a few months ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38-year old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he could not sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71-year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors should not be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that is so much bunkum.

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