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Archive | December 23, 2015

Dental Flossing Could Be Going The Way Of The Dodo. Mouthwash Alone Might Be Adequate.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

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I had never flossed, let alone heard of it, until I was in the U.S. of A. and even then I think flossing only entered my life in the mid-1990s.

That is why I thought it was very funny that my young, 30ish, Sikh dentist wanted to know whether I had been flossing all my life. I came home and checked the history of flossing and on my next visit, 6 months, later put him right. He was very gracious.

I no longer floss per se. Instead I use plastic picks and go through quite few. My teeth and gums (for a man of my age) are ‘OK’, the only real problem being the staining due to my vast consumption of red wine, coffee and black tea. So other than bi-yearly cleanings dentist do not make any money from me — to their chagrin.

This take on flossing is interesting and will indubitably please many. I am, yet again, well covered. I have a ‘thing’ about using mouthwash. I gargle, vigorously, with mouthwash at least twice a day — with two different mouthwashes each time! That means I use mouthwash 4 times a day — the alternate mouthwash I use being diluted peroxide. I am a great believer in the magical properties of peroxide. I have, at any time, two large brown bottles under my sink. I use it for all sorts of things.

Anywho … This looked interesting and as such I wanted to share it with you.


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Dannon’s ‘Activia’ Probiotic Yogurt — Effectiveness Appears To Plateau Then Peter Off.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. ‘Activia’ carbs.

Until this past weekend I had been eating at least one ‘Activia’ Probiotic yogurt — typically the larger container — every day (bar maybe 4 days in total) since Monday, April 27, 2015. So that was 231 days of eating ‘Activia’.

To begin with it worked, as claimed, like a charm and I was signing its praises. I had started eating ‘Activia’ because I was sure that I would have been able to claim that the ‘Activia’ Challenge did not work and as such I needed my money back. But I was happy with ‘Activia’ for months. The Challenge Worked! I will gladly admit that.

What is even more interesting is that I was not a newcomer to eating daily yogurt. I had been eating a yogurt a day, bar a very, very occasional lapse, since 1998. So by the time I started eating ‘Activia’ I had been on daily yogurt for 17 years. And even with that I could tell that ‘Activia’ made a difference.

But of late I have been getting skeptical about ‘Activia’ benefits as it applied to I. The biggest problem being that the ‘Activia’ that we can readily buy in New Hampshire — i.e., regular ‘Activia’ — is VERY HIGH in Carbs. 18g of Carbohydrates per small container, 15g of that sugar. This was starting to impact my low-carb diet. Plus I had noticed that the ‘Activia’ was not as effective as it had been to start with it.

So, with reluctance, I decided to ditch the ‘Activia’ and go back to my Cabot Low-Fat Greek Yogurt, that I had been eating, daily, for about a year before I started ‘Activa’. One whole tub of the Cabot has about the same carbs as a small container of ‘Activia’. Yes, of course, it doesn’t taste anywhere near as good BUT I can’t afford to be this fat. Have to lose more weight. So that is my story.500_greek-vanilla-2lb


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‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope Francis Christmas Card For 2015.

by Anura Guruge


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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is
“Wishing you a Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year
in (this) Extraordinary Jubilee (Year) of Mercy”

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Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.

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From the “Catholic Press Photo” Website. Use link embedded in image above to access the Website.


Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2008 card, 2009 card, 2010 card, 2011 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read “Popes and Papacy” blog. Though it is still active I don’t update it much. So this year I am starting by posting the card here.

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


The image depicted is that of Pope Francis pushing open the special big bronze door to St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on December 8, 2015, to commence the Jubilee Year.

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See more pictures and read about it in the U.K. “Telegraph” by clicking on image


The 2010 Card for a bit of Nostalgia.


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‘6 images for the day’ — December 23, 2015.

by Anura Guruge


Taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







Enjoy. Thank YOU.


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