Newsletter       63rd Edition          July 2013 




Recent Events 

 Wednesday 10th April - Talk on healthy eating

What a fantastic turn out for Sally Bee's Healthy Eating talk.

Sally was brilliant, first she told her story; at the age of 36 she experienced three heart attacks in a week, as a wife and mother of three small children, Sally knew she had to fight to stay alive, even when doctors didn't give her much hope.

The love of the family and the fact she had kept herself healthy with diet and exercise helped her survive.

Sally talked about eating healthy, not dieting.  Being active and eating natural foods.  It was all very interesting. 

Sally's recipe books are brilliant the recipes are easy to follow and are also very healthy.

Thanks to Linda & Jane for the healthy and non- healthy food tasting, it was a very interesting exercise, and well done to the winners of the quiz.

Thanks to those who helped Jane & Linda prepare the food, it was very much appreciated.

Wednesday 12th June @ 7.30pm - Talk on wills

Patrick welcomed the  members and he went on to tell a few jokes which were very humorous, he then introduced Solicitor Thomas Chambers who gave an interesting talk, Tom explained about wills, probate, and lasting power of attorney.  He was able to help some of our members, when answering their questions.

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 Forthcoming events

February meal 2014

I know this is very early to be even thinking about the meal for 2014, but I feel you should be informed that we have changed the week of the meal from the second Thursday to the third Thursday in the month the date will now be 27th February 2014, it has been booked and will again take place at the Kings Norton Golf Club. 

We have changed the date so it does interfere with anyone's romantic Valentine's night out.


Wednesday 14th August @7.30 pm -  "Computers and all that stuff !"

Al West will be talking computers (PC). If you have a question you would like answering please either email Al on or phone him on 01527 832033 and let him know before the meeting. He will be able to answer questions about using PC's or help with  problems you may be experiencing with your PC.   

Al also keeps the website updated for the group.

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Brian Wattison's Memorial Bench.

The bench & plaque which was purchased in memory of Brian, by Redditch Hale & Hearties members, has been placed at Arrow Valley Country Park.

Pat and committee members went to see the bench, Pat was quite overwhelmed.

There is a lovely view over the lake, when sitting on the bench.

Pat wishes to thank the group members for the memorial bench, their thoughtfulness and kindness over this time.

Noteworthy Articles

HEART DISEASE:  Possible effects of honey and cinnamon powder

As with any alternate remedies please consult with your Medical practitioner before embarking on a new regime.

 Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack, studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon and honey strengthens the heartbeat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one age's the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.


Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.


 Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

However using raw honey is best, which is more expensive.

I think I will try it.

Well you never know!!!!!!

My life is all maths. I am trying to add to my income, subtract from my weight, divide my time, and avoid multiplying. 


 Other recent medical articles

  Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements may not always be effective

A nearly endless debate within much of the natural health and wellness community centres on the idea that a variety of supplements may not be as effective as they are presented to be. One of the more polarizing topics is the use of omega-3 fatty acid supplements, typically fish oil. There is little doubt about the benefits of including fish in your diet - people who eat fish regularly are statistically more physically active and have a lower level of heart incidents. However, one of the principle pitches for the use of fish oil capsules is the fact that they can lower risks of heart incidents for individuals with either heart failure or those who have already suffered a heart attack. A new study coming out of Italy showed that the use of fish oil capsules was ineffective for those who are suffering from heart problems already. The study was conducted by the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan.

Update: 5th August 2013 - Popular medical opinion has suggested that the research mentioned above regarding Omega-3 capsules may be flawed.

Soda (Cola, Fanta etc.)

Soda is not what anyone would call a healthy drink.  It has been linked with asthma and other respiratory problems and diabetes, especially in those who drink it in large quantities.  Now, there is one more reason to consider cutting back on soda consumption.  A new study has determined that sugary soft drinks may contribute to a worsening of knee osteoarthritis.

iPad 2 concerns

Some surprising news is being presented at the Heart Rhythm Society's 34th Annual Scientific Sessions and it appears as though one of the most popular consumer technology devices in years could be at the epicentre of a new health scare.

Recent research - conducted by a 14 year old freshman - has found that magnetic interference from ipad 2 devices could change the settings or deactivate the technology associated with implantable cardioverter defibrillators.  These are commonly known as ICDs.