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15 things every man should have eaten before he’s 35

15 things every man should have eaten before he’s 35

Lamb Zarb

Cooking doesn’t get more primal and exciting than this. For centuries, the bedouins have been burying hot coals and meat in the desert sand and letting it cook, slowly. What comes out of the hole many hours later is the most seductive aroma and tenderest lamb imaginable. But you also get to learn an ancient lesson in cooking, hospitality and survival in one of the world’s harshest environments.

Sushi that isn’t off a conveyor belt

Strictly speaking, conveyor belts are for factories and airports, not restaurants. True, conveyor belts brought sushi to the masses, which is a good thing.



But to appreciate the sheer skill and artistry involved in real sushi, you have to visit a proper sushi restaurant. You’ll begin to understand the delicate balance between nature, texture, temperature and flavour that makes real sushi a genuine art form. And you won’t feel like you’re in a factory.


You’re at a dinner party among esteemed guests. They start discussing caviar. You’d like to join in the conversation, but you’ve never had caviar. You feel embarrassed. How could you get to 35 without trying one of the world’s most coveted luxury foods? If you had, you’d be part of the cultured elite who know that the excruciatingly expensive sloppy black fish eggs taste like salt – a lot of salt – that’s been kept for a month in a trout’s pocket.


A meal cooked by a Michelin-star chef

Whether they’re a genuine mark of excellence, or just a glorified backslapping exercise, Michelin stars are what set the René Redzepis of this world apart from the Ronald McDonalds. Standards of service, hygiene and culinary artistry will almost certainly be as high as the bill. At the very least, it’s a chance to see what all the fuss is about and brag to your friends.

Something you’ve killed yourself

Most proud carnivores would kill for a juicy steak. Or would they? The uncomfortable truth about meat is that somebody has to slaughter it. So why shouldn’t it be you? You don’t have to bring down a wildebeest on the plains of the Serengeti or wring the neck of a chicken in your backyard. Catching a fish will do. It’s edifying for a man to know he has the guts and respect to kill what he eats.

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Real Wagyu beef

There’s no steak like the heavily marbled, intensely flavoursome meat of the Japanese Wagyu breed of cow. Much of it is reared in Australia and the US, but to experience the knee-bending pleasure of genuine Wagyu, you have to go Japanese. Look out for the Kobe, Matsusaka or Ohmi varieties, which all benefit from the unique terroir and intensive care of Japanese farms. Only then can you say you’ve had the best beef in the world.


It’s estimated that over half a billion people around the world rely on cassava as a staple food. Unlike other staples such as rice, potatoes or maize, there’s a reason why you rarely see it in restaurants – it’s not very nice.


Often bitter or woody, it must be prepared carefully to remove toxins. But it keeps people alive. You should try it so you know what they have to put up with.

100 per cent cacao chocolate

Your idea of pure chocolate might be a Snickers cake with a Cadbury’s creme egg on top, but believe it or not, that’s about as far from real chocolate as Rolf Harris is from a carefree shower. With its bitter, leathery flavour, chocolate made with 100 per cent cacao (or cocoa) is a surprisingly intense experience, up there with smoking a fine cigar.

Something you’ve grown yourself

Just because you’re a clean-living vegetarian doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your hands dirty. Growing and eating your own fruit, herbs or vegetables makes you appreciate the time, care and diligence required to put food on your table.


Converting your garden into an arable farm might be a turnip too far, but you can easily grow cherry tomatoes, coriander and even chillies on the hottest of desert balconies.

Something nasty

If you can eat fish-head curry while all those around you are losing their appetites; if you can confidently crack the shell of a balut egg, and not squeal at the downy duck embryo inside…

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If you can stomach the stinking maggot-ridden cheese of casu marzu, or nibble deep-fried Thai cockroaches with pride; you’ll be able to convince your children to eat their salad, and everything that’s in it, and you’ll be a man, my son.

Something dangerous

Killing your own food is one thing – what about food that can kill you? Cheating death can be hungry work, so head to Japan and have fugu, or pufferfish, which contains a poison 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide.


Chefs undergo years of training to obtain a fugu licence, but that hasn’t stopped more than 20 fugu eaters dying in Japan since the turn of the century. Good luck!

A lot of chilli

It’s embarrassing for a man when his dinner-date is popping chillies like they were cherry drops, while he sits cowering in the corner sucking an ice cube with a wet towel on his head.


Also, chillies taste good. They’re in curry, peri-peri chicken and pretty much all Mexican food. If you haven’t built up a resistance to hot chillies by the time you’re 35, you probably never will.

Camel meat

To understand why the camel is regarded with such warmth and affection in the Gulf, you must eat its meat. A highly prized delicacy, camel meat is usually saved for special family occasions, such as births or weddings. If it’s a young one, the meat is tender and rich in flavour, and aside from the fatty hump, is generally leaner than most red meat.


You can divide men into two categories. Those who can swallow oysters, and those who can’t. For the latter group, eating oysters is like swallowing a fisherman’s phlegm.


But for a real man, an oyster is a divine gift from the oceans, bursting with complex saline flavours, delivering a zinc blast that will keep him sharp and alert for whatever the night may yield.

Proper Parmesan

There comes a time in every man’s life when he must understand what proper Parmesan cheese is.

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Parmigiano-Reggiano is a solid block of fragrant pressed cow’s milk cheese from certain regions of northern Italy – not the pre-shredded stuff in little cardboard tubes that looks and tastes like sweaty toe-hair dandruff. OK?

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1 in 4 Swedish Women Will Be Raped as Sexual Assaults Increase 500%

1 in 4 Swedish Women Will Be Raped as Sexual Assaults Increase 500%

January 29, 2013 by  
Sweden’s population grew from 9 million to 9.5 million in the years 2004-2012, mainly due to immigration from “countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia”. 16 percent of all newborns have mothers born in non-Western countries. Employment rate among immigrants: 54 percent.

Sweden now has the second highest number of rapes in the world, after South Africa, which at 53.2 per 100,000 is six times higher than the United States. Statistics now suggest that 1 out of every 4 Swedish women will be raped.

In 2003, Sweden’s rape statistics were higher than average at 9.24, but in 2005 they shot up to 36.8 and by 2008 were up to 53.2. Now they are almost certainly even higher as Muslim immigrants continue forming a larger percentage of the population.

With Muslims represented in as many as 77 percent of the rape cases and a major increase in rape cases paralleling a major increase in Muslim immigration, the wages of Muslim immigration are proving to be a sexual assault epidemic by a misogynistic ideology.

The statistics are skewed by urban centers where the Islamic colonists cluster. In Stockholm this summer there  was an average of 5 rapes a day. Stockholm has gone from a Swedish city to a city that is one-third immigrant and is between a fifth and a quarter Muslim.

Sweden, like the rest of the West, will have to come to terms with the fact that it can either have female equality or Muslim immigration. It cannot have both.



“Tell him to drop dead!” yells the wife.


“I’ll go tell him.” says Goldberg.

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Why you should live like a bloke

Why you should live like a bloke

ADOPTING a few of your man’s lifestyle philosophies could actually make you happier, healthier and even thinner.

They drink beer, play footy and can pass an evening in each other’s company without exchanging more than 10 words.

While women are usually overly stressed, juggling numerous roles and constantly dieting, men are generally quite happy with their lot – even if the washing hasn’t been put away and the vacuuming hasn’t been done. We look at how women could benefit from a bit of “bloke health”.

Join a team sport to alleviate worry

Most women give up on participating in team sports once they’ve left school and usually join a gym instead, says psychologist Lydia Ievleva from Sydney.

“Yet men don’t really consider their weekly game a workout: it’s a social event for them,” she says.

Being part of a team can help a woman’s health emotionally and physically. According to the University of Copenhagen, women who participated in soccer became less self-focused and more team-oriented.

Any team sport will do. “When we’re stressed, we experience an increase in the hormone oxytocin, which also increases our need for comfort and friendship,” says Ievleva. “When women are stressed, they tend to isolate themselves, rather than seeking support. Any sport which involves friendship will help women feel less alone, rather than languishing in their worries.”

Stop cleaning up and stress less

Ever noticed how men will ignore the mess and read the Sunday papers instead? It’s not that they’re lazy, it’s because they’re not focused on a specific household task at the time, says wellness coach Fiona Cosgrove.

“Women tend to view keeping a clean and tidy home as one of their main tasks of the day, compared with men’s priority of doing outdoor tasks,” she says. “Women don’t need to take everything on their shoulders, but they may need to learn how to ask for help without it coming across as nagging.”

Cosgrove suggests getting into the habit of saying, “What I would like is…” rather than “You never help out”, which puts the other person on the defensive. And be sure to give a reason. “This will appeal to men’s logical and cognitive way of thinking. Ultimately, try to avoid the blame game.”

Trust your own decisions and simplify your life 

How often do you hear a man confiding in their friends? Never, right? It may drive women mad, but men’s tendency to keep their emotions close to their chest may not be such a bad thing. A study at Columbia University’s Teachers College found that those who kept their emotions in check were better adjusted and became less distressed by events.

According to Melbourne-based psychologist Dr Elizabeth Celi, women process their thoughts and problems externally and bring in as many opinions as they can, getting lost in too many details. Men, on the other hand, process internally and weigh up the facts with less emotional “contamination”.

“They get to the point, keep it real and keep it simple,” says Dr Celi.

Next time you’re in a conundrum, try mulling the problem over for a while yourself, without asking your friends’ opinions.
“You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll come to a decision,” says Dr Celi.

Do one thing at a time and be more productive

While women simultaneously iron, cook dinner and talk on the phone, men focus on doing one job at a time, which can drive women to distraction.

According to research from the University of California, this is because the area connecting the right part of the brain to the left is thicker in women, allowing more ideas to flow.

Dr Celi says men set boundaries and focus completely on the task at hand. “They’ll reach a resolution quickly, with time left over for the next task,” she says. “For some women, combining multi-tasking with a superwoman mentality is a recipe for going mad!”

In order to get things done, men and women should try to work together. “Women’s contextual awareness and multi-tasking tendencies can complement a man’s pinpointed processing and focused decision-making, to achieve combined goals,” says Dr Celi.

Lose the guilt about food and eat better 

“If a man needs to lose weight he’ll cut down on what he eats, but he probably won’t consider himself to be ‘dieting’,” says Dr Tim Gill, principal research fellow and scientific programs manager at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise at the University of Sydney.

“If a man has a day when he eats too much, he’ll probably shrug and begin his eating plan again the next day. Whereas women tend to feel that they’ve ruined their chances at weight loss if they ‘slip up’.”

Instead of lamenting that lamington, “just get back to your routine as soon as possible”.

Stop emotional eating to lose weight

Blame our hormones or the kids, but women eat three times more sweets than men. A Cornell University study found women eat sweet treats if they’re feeling down, whereas men tuck into a piece of steak. Therein lies the secret.

“Steak is protein, so you feel fuller for longer,” says Dr Gill. “Anything sugary will just spike your insulin levels, leading to abdominal fat, an unsatisfied appetite and excess kilojoule intake.”

Our hormones are also responsible for emotional eating. “The menstrual cycle does drive women to the bread bin, so you become a slave to carbohydrates to improve your mood,” says Dr Gill. He suggests sticking to three meals a day and banishing tempting treats from the house. “If you need an emotional pick-me-up, exercise is a better solution,” he says.

Commit to a goal and achieve more

Been trying to give up smoking or start exercising? If you’re a man you’re more likely to achieve your goals. In a study reported in the American Journal Of Health Behavior, men are more likely to adopt healthy changes as permanent habits.

“This may be because when a man commits to a goal, he’ll stick to it, whereas women tend to find excuses to put off lifestyle changes,” says Dr Gill.

“Write down your health goals,” says Cosgrove. “Lists appeal to a woman’s sense of responsibility, so you’ll be more likely to follow through.”

Work the weights to maintain muscle

“We’re not just getting fatter, we’re becoming less muscular,” says Dr Tim Gill.

Maintaining muscle mass is important to keep you slim, as well as preventing osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. “As you get older, maintaining muscle mass helps to keep you stable, prevent falls and keep you mobile for longer.”

For women wanting to increase their muscle tone, it’s not necessary to lift dumbbells at the gym. “Using your own body weight is ideal,” says Dr Gill. “Try sit-ups, push-ups and hill or stair walking to build your muscle mass.”

Knee pain ‘common’ among women over 50

Knee pain ‘common’ among women over 50

Last updated 20 December 2011

A new study has highlighted the widespread nature of knee pain among women over the age of 50.

Scientists at the University of Oxford studied more than 1,000 women, aged 44 to 57 years, over a 12-year period in order to assess their experiences of knee pain – a condition that costs the UK £3.2 billion per year in lost productivity.

They found that 63 per cent of the women reported knee pain during the study period, with a high body mass index (BMI), history of previous knee injury and radiographic osteoarthritis acting as predictors for persistent pain.

Lead author Dr Nigel Arden, professor of rheumatology at the University of Oxford, said: ‘Our study is the first community-based investigation of knee pain patterns using multiple assessment points over a 12-year period.

‘Validation of our findings through reproduction in other patient groups is needed to advance knowledge of knee pain predictors that will ultimately enhance prevention and treatment strategies for those with osteoarthritis.’

The findings are published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism and show why knee replacement surgery is so common in the UK, with more than 70,000 such operations now performed each year in England and Wales alone.ADNFCR-554-ID-801244670-ADNFCR

Fixing The Secret Disease: Female Incontinence Can Alter Life Style and Health

Fixing The Secret Disease: Female Incontinence Can Alter Life Style and


Dr. Myron Murdock, Vibrance Medical Director

Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine and is a common problem in women. It is unfortunately one of the “secret problems” that women do not talk about because it is embarrassing and many think that the problem cannot be solved. Fortunately, the vast majority of women with incontinence can be successfully treated and many, cured.

Incontinence can be a life-altering sentence to women and has spawned a billion dollar a year incontinence pad business. Many women stay at home, or refuse to socialize for fear of embarrassment. There are several different categories of incontinence: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, mixed incontinence and total incontinence.

Causes of Incontinence involve several different components: the pressure in the bladder, the nerves that activate and relax the bladder and the sphincter, (valve), muscles, and the sphincters themselves. Dysfunction at one or several of the points results in the different types of incontinence.

Stress Incontinence occurs associated with raising the pressure inside the abdomen by coughing, sneezing, laughing, straining or lifting or sudden movements. It is very common in women, and sometimes occurs in men after prostate surgery. Stress incontinence is caused by a decrease or loss in the sphincter, or control valve in the urethra and bladder neck.

It may be minimal, a drop or two on a rare occasion, moderate, requiring changing underwear two or three times a day, or wearing a mini pad, or severe, requiring several large pads a day. It is frequently ignored because: it is mild, “it happens as women age”, “there is nothing that can be done about it”, or it is too embarrassing to talk about. The vast majority of patients (men and women) can be cured.

The female urinary system sits in a precarious position, just in front of the vagina. As a result, it has poor support, only the vaginal wall. In addition it is subjected to repeated trauma as a result of sex, births, and weakening of the tissues as women go through menopause and lose the strength imparted to the pelvic tissues by female hormones. As a result, the bladder and urethra “fall”, leading to shortening and widening of the urethra.

Although the mechanism of continence or control of urine is very complex, the major component can easily be visualized as an old fashioned “finger trap”, made of muscle, rather than straw. In the normal anatomy, the urethra is fixed at both ends, so when the muscles contract, the urethra narrows shutting off flow of urine. When the bladder has “fallen” the upper end of the urethra is no longer fixed, so when the muscles contract, the urethra becomes shorter and wider, allowing urine to leak, especially with coughing or other forms of straining.

A second, more minor component to urinary control is the voluntary sphincter or valve muscles of the pelvic floor. These surround the urethra, vagina and rectum, and are the muscles used to “hold back” urine on a voluntary basis.

Sometimes, the bladder has unusually high pressures due to nerve or bladder muscle dysfunction. In this situation, what is an adequate valve mechanism may be overpowered. The treatment of stress incontinence is based on evaluating and treating these factors.

Urge Incontinence is present when there are sudden urges to urinate that the patient cannot control, the “mad dash syndrome”. It can be related to changes in position, such as standing up, which is known as orthostatic instability, or initiated by a cough or sneeze or other movement, but different from stress incontinence in that there is not a sudden gush of urine, but a sudden urge to go. It may come on without any provocation. A frequent cause of urge incontinence is changes in the nerves activating the urinary tract, as seen in the elderly, persons with strokes, or spinal injuries or other neurological conditions. It may be associated with a ” fallen bladder” in females, or occur without association to any other problem.

Mixed Incontinence is a combination of both stress and urge incontinence, and is usually caused by a combination of factors.

Total Incontinence is the continuous total loss of urine. There are many causes including holes in the bladder or pelvic scarring due to surgery, radiation or disease, or nerve damage from injury, disease or stroke.

It’s easy to see where you are. And the cure and treatment is no taboo or secret to your urologist.

My mail: I am 19 years old have a problem in Urgency-Frequency. For five months I had to go to the bathroom every hour. And I had gone to a several doctors and I still have the same problem. Recently I have been taking Ditropan and I did not see any change after that. I took Novepam (Bromazepam)I have become better in the home, BUT when I go out I feel very bad and cannot stay more than one hour.

Answer: The medications you describe treat symptoms. However, it is necessary to determine the true cause of the problem. You should see an urologist to determine the cause of this urgency and frequency. Possible causes include neurological problems relating to the bladder, infection, and irritation from various causes in the bladder, prostate or urethra. An urologist would do a urine test, urine culture, a pressure volume study of the bladder (cystometrogram), a look in the bladder and urethra (cystoscopy) and possibly x-ray studies of the bladder (voiding cystogram) and/or x-ray visualization of the kidneys.

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