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Doctors Now Recommending AGAINST Taking Zyrtec Antihistamine DAILY.

by Anura Guruge


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Cetirizine Hydrochloride = Brand Name: Zyrtec.


I have been taking 10mg of (generic) Zyrtec, i.e., Cetirizine Hydrochloride, DAILY, without fail (but maybe at most a few times) for 5 years and 8 months; 2089 days.

I would swear by it. I thought it was a miracle drug.

My primary care doctor, at the time, i.e., 2012, had told me that I should do so.

I used to be haunted and plagued with severe bronchitis. At least twice year, once in Spring the other in Fall, bronchitis would cripple me. So, in November 2012, after I nearly DIED from a bout of bronchitis and coughed so hard that I broke a rib, my doctor told me to start taking Zyrtec.

IT WAS MAGIC.

It stopped my bronchitis — dead. I really haven’t had a debilitating attack in those 5.6-years.

I was so happy. I would tell others about it. I had my 12-year old on daily Zyrtec — and her doctor was fine with it.

** ** ** ** ** ** **

Today, I had my dreaded physical. Different doctor, same practice. The other one, who told me to take Zyrtec had left.

This doctor, who I have been seeing for the last 4 years is an Indian, my age and we share a very similar background.

So, he goes through ALL my health woes, my unstoppable weight gain up near the top since some of my other problems can be attributed to it.

He tells me that he is CONVINCED that most of my problems are due to my daily Zyrtec. I spluttered and choked.

He, then, makes it worse.

He said he tried telling me last year at my physical, but when he saw how happy I was with the Zyrtec he decided to wait. BUGGER.

He told me to take 10mg Loratadine (generic Claritin) instead, daily — and ONLY take Zyrtec, occasionally, if the Loratadine “wasn’t cutting it” on days when my allergies were real bad. WOW.


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It Grieves Me So To See Ian Botham Shamelessly Sporting A HUGE Gut. Oh, Ian!

by Anura Guruge


From this August 6, 2018 YouTube video — BELOW. Most recent example I could find. I have seen him, the last two days, on the England vs. India 2nd Test coverage from Lord’s. That is when I noticed it.



Click image to access MY POST from August 14, 2016.


I have, of course, been watching the engrossing England v India 2018 series with increasing fascination. The Tests have been so amazingly gripping that I have been trying to watch as much ball-by-ball coverage and pre-/post-match commentary as possible in addition to my usual consumption of the 1-hour ‘highlights’. That is how I had come to see full, body shots of Ian. It is NOT a pretty sight. I only saw the above video (from August 6, 2018), which quite clearly shows his overspilling belly, when I went looking for a picture to illustrate my point.

Ian and I are British contemporaries, in reality he 3-years my junior. I saw a LOT of him, some in the flesh (in Somerset (with Viv), in Hampshire and at Lord’s), and tons on TV. I like Ian. What is there NOT to like. He is the cricketer’s cricketer.

That is why I am distressed.

Why Ian? Why?

He knows better. He has a daughter with Type 1 diabetes. We also now know that he suffers from impotence! That sounds like an oxymoron. How can OUR Ian Botham be impotent?

This is NOT right.

Yes, he is not the only famous ex-cricketer lugging around a hefty gut.

But, Ian.

Yes, he was ‘BEEFY’ all his adult life. But, never like this.

Yes, I need desperately to lose 20 – 30 pounds. But, luckily (and it just pure luck) my gut is not as big as his — as yet. So, I too suffer.

Please, Ian …


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Prohibition Of Alcohol In ‘The Navajo Nation’ Is Counter-Productive & Inane.

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Sorry, BUT I do know what I am talking about here, and some reflective, ‘educated’, older Navajos — who have travelled some — agree.

Yes, of course, there will be initial mayhem, BUT that is a necessary price for the long-term gain.

The prohibition is a JOKE. An absolute joke. Wherever you go around Chinle, AZ, the roadside is littered with bottles and cans that once contained alcohol. Some folks have to be making a fortune bootlegging the stuff to places like Chinle. I suspect it is those that maintain pressure on ‘Window Rock‘ not to lift the ban.

I find the ban INSULTING to the Navajo. You are treating them like kids.

Yes, alcoholism, drugs, obesity and diabetes are HUGE problems. With a few exceptions nearly every Navajo you meet around Canyon de Chelly looks like they have a health issue. They also age so quickly.

But, just next door, in Colorado, drugs have been legalized. And the poor Navajos are considered too irresponsible to trusted with alcohol.

Lets just take the added pain upfront and look forward to the inevitable sanity that will come down the road.

I am a lone and small voice — from far-away New Hampshire. But, we have to speak up.

A wrong is a wrong and this is wrong.

Free the Navajo. Give them choice.


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Beauty Of Social Security: Payments In Arrears, Medicare Premiums In Advance!

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Got this letter from Social Security yesterday and its obvious irony made me smile.

That Social Security pays one month in arrears is legendary. So, the month you are due to start getting ‘Social’ you don’t get paid. You get paid the following month. I think this means that YOU miss out on a month while still alive but your estate will get that month when you die. Nothing you can do.

So, you would think that the same rule would apply to Medicare premiums, i.e., they will collect in arrears to stay lock-step with their payments. No, Siree. They collect premiums one month in advance! Talk about nickel-and-diming folks.

Only in the U.S. of A.


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The ‘Bush’ Is Thriving — And That Makes Me Happy!

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From the U.K. “Daily Mail“, July 30, 2018.
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From a few months ago. Click to access post.


From a few years back. Click to access post. But, I was rooting for the bush even then — actually all my adult life.


I won’t beat around … well, the bush. It is something that I have been passionately in favor of all my adult life.

I believe that you shouldn’t try to fight evolution. That there must have been a reason why we have things in the places we do, and that we should let evolution do its things, wherever possible (bar wisdom teeth). I am against tattoos and circumcision too — vehemently in the case of the latter.

I never really understood why people found it distasteful; same for foreskins. So, I am glad and now (yet again) I seem to be in good company.

We need a new name for the look — to denote that it is the anti-Brazilian. It needs to be fuzzy and friendly. How about the ‘Canadian’?


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Cheese Is Said To Be ‘Good’ For You — Much To My Relief.

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From the U.K. “Daily Mail“, July 31, 2018.
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I saw this article yesterday and it made me smile. I adore CHEESE. I can live on cheese for many days on end and have done so too. But, I worry that it is not that good for I.

This article claims otherwise.

Ironically, with my dreaded, annual physical coming up (where my doctor, each year, expresses much surprise that I am still alive) I had cut back drastically on the cheese. I even stopped buying cheese much to the amusement and bemusement of a young lady at our local supermarket who always expects me to order cheese.

Well, I had to share this with you. Hope it helps.


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The ‘Best’ Smart Watches Per ‘Business Insider’ — Though Not Necessarily The Best Activity/Fitness Trackers.

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Google, which knows more about I than I actually do, brought this article to my attention.

It was interesting. I am not into smart watches. My kick is high-end activity/fitness trackers — like the Garmin Fenix 5. I actually DUMB DOWN my watches. I do NOT want them acting as smart watches. I am old. I don’t want to be notified on e-mail. I will check for e-mail in my own time.

Some of these names were new to me. They all came some fitness/activity tracking capability. Would be fun to see what they are.

But, I wanted to share this with you.


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