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Notice board will keep you updated on all the odd things happening at Bernard Preston, chiropractor and greenie's site.


First butternut day

Roast butternut and pork

Not quite equivalent to Mr Pig day when the porker was turned into sausages and salted for meat for the rest of the year, first butternut day is a big one in the life of the gardener; you've been waiting for six months for the most delicious vegetable in the garden to ripen.

The butternut at the greengrocer is almost always reaped long before it's ripe, and is frankly rather insipid; wait until the skin turns a deep nutty brown colour and you have the most delicious roasted butternut squash recipe; the grandchildren cleaned up every last scrap. Ruth loved her dinner; she said it was delicious!

This beauty was 30cm long and weighed five pounds; and there are at least fifty more ripening in the garden; a veritable feast year.

The seeds are carefully set aside to dry and next Spring will be tossed again into the compost heaps; if you have a pile in the garden, and know how to toss a handful of seeds, then you too could grow beauties like these; growing butternut squash isn't rocket science. 


Homemade bobotie

I'm not a vegetarian and I confess that I love red meat but because of the warnings from the World Health Organization we eat it no more than twice a week; and substitute much of the meat with legumes as in these bobotie recipes; a traditional Cape Malay dish.


The whole truth

The whole truth is an excerpt from Book IV, A Family Affair.  In fact it's the only chapter that is down on paper, so to speak.

With six books published, I confess that the next two from the saga about Janet and Santie is stalled; both are clear in my head, Book V is half written, and this the only chapter from Book IV.

Professional writers aim put put 4,000 words a day onto their computers. Hackers like me write when inspired to do so; that deserted me alas about three months ago.

Just reading The Whole Truth again, I must say has started the juices flowing; who knows.

If The Whole Truth grips you, and you haven't read the first three books of the Family Affair trilogy, then that's the place to start. A a dollar apiece, they won't break the bank!


Early warning

There's a wonderful synergy of green living; today I had early warning of the arrival of the vervets. The tribe of monkeys can devastate the garden in just five minutes.

The reason I describe them as vermin, and have no interest in their protection, is that they will move through a garden taking one bite of a gem squash, or cob of corn, before throwing it down and moving onto the next plant. In sheer minutes they have destroyed your garden, taking little of value for themselves and leaving it devastated for you.

But we have a new ally; the hens. Their cry of alarm alerted us to the fact that all was not well in the state of Denmark. Paintball gun in hand, I rushed down the garden to protect our territory. Luckily they are terrified of being stung, and made themselves scarce.

That's the synergy of green living.


Gem squash ruined by vervets

The troop of vervets can and will devastate the garden in minutes.

In particular, they love corn in flower, ripping off one immature cob after another, throwing it down in disgust. In minutes the whole crop, months of work, has been destroyed.


Corn in flower

Midsummer means corn in flower; it's one of the highlights of our gardening programme.

Whilst corn, or maize as we call it, is in some disrepute as a food high in starch, fattening and to be avoided, we love it. More, in the context of the wholesome diet, I never put on weight even after months of enjoying corn on the cob every day.

It's refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta and rice, sugar, cakes and cookies that make us fat.

And even there, brown rice is a wonderful food, just as 100% wheat flour is.

Today, the end of the second week in January we enjoyed our first four cobs; it's been a long wait since I planted them in Spring, so worth the wait.

And now two months later, we are half way through the crop; there's little sign of fall armyworm thanks to the hens; they get three of four cobs a day.


Home bake bread flour

Make sure that your home bake bread flour is made from 100% wholemeal. If you're going to go to all that trouble to make your own loaf, then use only the best ingredients.

Othewise it's like building an expensive, beautiful home on a poor piece of ground; it makes no sense.


Brewing a braggot

Braggot is an ancient drink mentioned in the literature back to the days of Chaucer; it's a beer brewed using honey instead of sugar.

When is it ready for bottling is an important question. Today carbon dioxide stopped bubbling off, and I wasn't sure whether it was because of a sudden drop in temperature, or the honey has all been turned into alcohol.

It's an important question; bottle too soon and they will explode sending glass shrapnel in all directions.

The answer is found from the hydrometer reading; it measures how much honey remains in solution. The answer was 1.030 which means that fermentation is definitely not complete.

Now that the temperature is again above 21 degrees, fermentation has again started. We'll bottle in a few days.

Brewing a braggot is just one of my many hobbies; perhaps not worthy of a place at the notice board as it's really only for beekeepers, and for those with enough money to waste on brewing mead. Mind you, even then it's cheaper than that sold in the bottle store, and definitely a lot nicer. Beer hydrometer readings are vital to determine the end of fermentation.

Succotash

For a short period there are both lima beans and corn ripening together in the late summer garden. This old succotash recipe is a great favourite, combining protein and starch for the perfect meal.

Lima beans have a long growing period, so you have to plan several plantings of corn, one in midsummer to coincide with the legumes if you want to enjoy this traditional favourite.

Notice board is for odd things like making succotash that you may never have made from scratch. It's a particularly healthy and delicious dish.


Solar Impulse 2

I don't know how many greenies are also glider pilots but today is a very exciting day; Solar Impulse 2 has just started its first round the world flight using only energy from the sun to power its four motors.

"We want to share our vision of a clean future," said Bertrand Piccard, one of the two pilots; the other is Andre Borschberg. Both are Swiss.

It's a giant plane with a wingspan of 72 metres, but a weight of only a little over two tonnes. The wings are covered with photovoltaic cells which is stored in lithium batteries. The longest leg will be from China to Hawaii, expected to take five days without landing obviously; that's the Pacific Ocean. There will be 13 legs in total, ending in Abu Dhabi in July.

You can follow them by watching the live video streaming at Solar Impulse.


Golf handicap

A patient made my day this week; he comes irregularly being in good health, perhaps 2-3 times a year. Said he, in all seriousness, for a least three months after a treatment his golf improves significantly; that's worth a mention on notice board, not so?


Solar oven

This has been a special few days; at last I've had the confidence that our solar generator has the stuff that it takes to energise even an electric oven. Up to now it's been powered by the grid.

I shouldn't have been anxious, of course, because these new electric ovens are super efficient; they draw only 2,5kW and our inverter will supply 10. On a sunny day, the photovoltaic panels are delivering just short of three kilowatts, so what's the problem?

In case you are asking, but how the hell does he cook at night? we have a change over switch that takes us back to the grid for heavy current, and especially heating.

But with the latter becoming less reliable, I decided to chance it, and the inverter handled the oven just fine.

Going completely off the grid is another story; I would have to purchase a huge bank of batteries. It doesn't make financial sense.

Our first dish was these pilchard fish cakes, with the vegetables cooked on the tabletop induction stove, all powered for free from the sun. Buttered gems squash are certainly a great favourite.


Healthy choice foods


Hobbies for me are not negotiable; much as I love work and family, other activities so enrich life; sufficiently to find a nitch on this notice board. This last week has been four days soaring the mountains around Harrismith adjacent to the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa. Three flights of over an hour were exhilarating, reaching cloud base at just under 10,000 feet above sea level.

Whilst not an accomplished pilot, gliding has added such a marvelous dimension to my life. Probably not your thing, but do find something to keep your mind and body busy.

Sleeping five nights in a drafty hangar with these babes, and risking your neck soaring the lift on a mountain, may not appeal to you, there has to be something more exciting than watching TV around.


But today, it's back to the Chiropractic Coalface; again I'm struck by the fact that a very painful neck ranks very highly; he said it was more painful than gallbladder stones, reckoned to be one of the most agonising conditions.

Luckily after the chiropractic adjustment he felt immediately 30% better; miracles we do at once; the impossible takes a little longer.

Will he call tomorrow, Christmas day? The next appointment is scheduled for 26 December.

The message from our chiropractic notice board is not to put off dealing with a health issue that you absolutely is demanding attention; his neck had been painful for three months.

Odd how we have our crises on holiday so often.


In August ...

I'm far from home, doing a locum in Holland. One thing I soon learnt was how essential a salad a day is; it keeps the doctor away. Cut off from Helens fifteen euro salad, straight from the garden, I soon began to experience abdominal discomfort and rabbit pellets. It was soon after this that I wrote our adult potty training newsletter.

An endive and tomato salad, with lemon juice and olive oil, twice a day soon fixed that. 

The other was that a supper, very low in carbohydrate, was actually very pleasant; no bread, no starch, just half a tomato in the salad, and the other half in a chicken roast. I'm not trying to lose weight, but I realised that if I was, the Banting diet has much to offer. One isn't continuously hungry. 

A tomato a day for me is a must; I don't want prostate cancer. And it's working; I've just had a PSA test and the urologist phoned to say it's less than 1.0. At my age anything under 4.0 is excellent, he says.

Perhaps you've read, or heard of, a Bernard Preston book of chiropractic anecdotes and you're wondering if there are any more volumes in the pipeline to entertain and inspire you to better health.

My books are essentially a fun read, but yes, in my heart, I'm hoping to inspire you to take that vital step that will mean less pain, and a longer and happier life.

It takes some trigger to shock one out of the crap that supermarkets and the food industry dishes up for us; it might be the death of a loved one long before their time, or perhaps just the still, small voice whispering in your ear.

Deep inside you know that cornflakes and coffee for breakfast, a fastfood lunch, and meat and potatoes for dinner is the way to an early demise; but where do you start if you want to ring in the changes?

Are we on the same page? If not, best go elsewhere right now. The Bernard Preston in me is promoting a full and healthy life; regain the lost ground stolen from under our noses by television. On Saturdays turn away from watching others have fun, and get out there yourself and find the pleasures that used to make life rich and full. Then you can write your own notice board sagas.


Induction Cooktop Stoves

This month I'm promoting a whole new concept of heating; soon we'll all be cooking this way. Magnetic induction provides heat in half the time, and using half the electricity. Impossible you say; trust me, I'm a doctor.


The sport of kings and a chiropractor


And you too? Well, why not, it's really not so outrageous at it may seem.

After a long layoff whilst practising in Holland and building our new Gardeners' Cottage, I have started gliding again.  It's simply impossible to describe the kick you get when flying into a thermal and it smacks you in the seat of the pants.





The last two Saturdays it was flying at 7000 and 8200 feet, respectively, both fifty minutes long. That second flight was at cloud base, just the most exhilirating experience; I promise you, watching football doesn't come even vaguely close. Of course, that's Mickey Mouse compared to Solar Impulse 2 that will today fly at nearly 20,000 to cross the mountains on the way to Muscat; around the world in twenty days with not a drop of fuel.

It's not a particularly expensive sport unless you want to own your own glider; in gliding the instruction is free.

Have you got a free Saturday? Go for a flip at your local gliding club; it's one of the most exciting things I have ever done.

Is gliding dangerous? We often say the most dangerous part is the drive to the club, but yes, gliding is not without dangers. But here I am with 510 flights under the belt and still alive and thriving.

You can read my gliding page in the navigation bar on the left.

Of course, you must do what appeals to you; that might be going fishing, or camping, or a game of golf. It could be crafting a new table, or building a compost pile. Perhaps it's a sailboat that turns you on; go for it.




A village goes on a diet. A smart margarine company has started an innovative health kick program for the village of Villiersdorp in South Africa. It's in the rich fruit growing area, as well as olives and wheat.

What's interesting, and it's not an uncommon perception, are the words of a Mrs Baart who has had two bypass operations. I will participate in the program as my cholesterol is too high for a heart patient, says she. Going on, she states that a lot of people in this community cannot afford healthy food.

There it is; the perception that healthy living costs a lot of money. Well, it's true olive oil does cost more that seed oils. But in the main, the foods that undo our health are the expensive ones.

Refined wheat costs more than than whole grain flour. Meat costs more than legumes like green beans, chickpeas and lentils. Colas cost more than water and homemade fruit juices. Nicknaks, chips and crisps, pretzels and donuts are the expensive junk foods that raise hell with our hearts.

But there's a big proviso; organised by a margarine company that's encouraging the use of hydrogenated fats and more seed oils that raise your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio? That means increased blood vessel and joint inflammation. Are you still unconvinced? Then just read our hydrogenated foods page. And then type butter is back into Google and now the proverbial stuff hits the fan; scientist have that there's not a shred of evidence that changing from butter to margarine will reduce your risk of heart disease. It's high glycemic carbohydrates like white rice and bread, potatoes and colas, chocolate cakes and cookies that play havoc with our cholesterol levels, not butter. Butter is back, and about time; and the high fat Banting diet is the way to lose weight and get your cholesterol down. Odd isn't it.


Solar Power Energy

You too could build a solar farm. If you've been humming and ha-ing about the free gifts sun brings us, I'm about to put up four new 230 watt solar photo voltaic panels that will double our solar output. Watch the solar power energy page. Just 10,000 rand, about 1000 dollars, plus some effort to install the new panels.

It's worth going on about at notice board.

All done, we now have a small solar farm. It produces 90 percent of our electricity. You could do it too just follow the instructions.

The decision to go green is perhaps more spiritual than anything else. It's to do with a longing to leave behind a planet habitable for your children's children. It's certainly not a money saver. The power from the utility is still cheaper, though not as reliable. The current flowing from your solar inverter is without the surges and brown outs that the utility produces and makes the perfect uninterrupted power supply for your computers.

Plus, after considerable frustration over bad seed, or seed planted at the wrong time of the year, I'm going to start being more scientific about our gardening, and will built a planting diary with details about which seed companies we've been using.

This incidentally is not the best way to go about building your solar farm. Learn from my experiences and use uniform panels. Still, with the use of a couple diodes it works perfectly. There are all sorts of tidbits at notice board.


Google has gone a bit daft and is driving webmasters crazy with a whole lot of new directives. One means we have had to remove many links from our pages. So, if you want to find out about hydrogenated foods, cervical facet syndrome, pubic bone pain, tingling in arms and legs, or my latest book, A Family Affair then you just may have to type it into the search function near the top of the menu bar on the left. Hitherto it would have been highlighted in the text.

There are other daft things too. Remove capitals, hyphens, inverted commas and much more. Don't be too surprised if you see new york spelt in lower case letters on a website in the future.

That won't apply just apply at Bernard Preston's pages but all websites.


Bought a Bernard Preston book yet? Dirt cheap on your smartphone or tablet, from Amazon. A limited number of hard copies are available in the USA and South Africa.


Update: This week I've been experimenting with a different bread recipe. This healthy olive bread recipe takes only ten minutes to prepare, five minutes if you break down and buy pitted olives. It's perfect with a green salad.

You know how to use the search function to find the pages on olive bread recipe, and solar power energy, right? You'll find it in the menu bar. Visit this notice board periodically, there's plenty happening at Bernard Preston's site.

Because better health is about the small things usually. Adding a lettuce leaf to your daily sandwich. Taking a walk around the block several times a week. Turning off the television and planting a radish seed or two. These are the little things that can make such a profound difference to your life. But I won't deny it, I too am hoping that you will spend a dollar or two to purchase one of my books! Which of us is totally altruistic, unconcerned about self?

You will enjoy them, I promise.



"I am looking forward to your third book, Dr Preston. I really enjoyed reading Frog and Bats! They make you think, laugh and relax just like a good book should!"

- Emma Maria Nygren




Wives' tales are sometimes totally without foundation, but taking a hummus wholewheat sandwich and an apple in hand and enjoying a lunch on the foot, away from the stresses of the office is what this notice board is all about. It's totally scientific, apples and hummus and whole wheat bread lie near the top of the superfoods that lower cholesterol.

Don't think statins, with all their nasty side effects, think an apple a day, think oats, think anti inflammatory omega 3.

  • Authentic hummus recipe.
  • Apple diet.

Again, use the search function.


"Gems, both funny and healthful, from the life and work of a Chiropractor."



Inspirational books, those that challenge you to take that vital step to better health, emotional, physical, spiritual is what Bernies blog is all about. Yes, "Bernie's blog" but Bill Gate's internet has decided that the apostrophe has no place in grammar any longer. I disagree.



"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."  Oscar Wilde


Notice board


Okay, so here I am sitting at my desk writing up this Notice Board, far remote from you in your corner, besieged with your problems. What can I possibly  contribute to the tingling in your arms and hands and feet? The sense that you have lost control of your life, that you are swallowing  umpteen pills that you deep down know are not the solution.


Those three books of Chiropractic anecdotes. Enjoy...

Frog in my Throat is about the early, quite scary first days in practice when every chiropractor is faced with both the power of chiropractic, but is also with things that can go horribly wrong, just like in medicine. In my case, unregistered, and under threat of being arrested for practising medicine without a licence.

Bats in my Belfry  follows those middle years of long stressful hours in the clinic, few holidays and soooo close to that pit of despair, burn-out. Saved by the good sense and support of She-who-must-be-obeyed.

Stones in my Clog are the delightful seven year sojourn practising in the polders. Come walk with me and meet the ancient civilization of Limburg in South Holland. The land of Andre Rieu, I hope you've heard of him. You should have! Not all plain sailing mind you. Know what being fired "op staande voet" means?

Another genre, controversial.

I'd like to state plainly, up front, that I am not homosexually inclined, but nor am I a homophobe. Two of my great inspirations, Michaelangelo and Oscar Wilde were homosexuals. The former in great secrecy in fear of his life, the latter was gaoled for his "unmanly manhood" and eventually fled to exile in France.

In a profound dream, a whole book was laid out before me, the plot, the protagonists, Santie and Janet, the four children they deceitfully acquire... call it my search for a better understanding of why some have a preference for relationships with their own sex.

The cover tells all. Study it for a moment. A Family Affair is a long book, and eventually turned into a trilogy. It's only available as an ebook for your computer, Kindle, smartphone or tablet. The way we will all be reading books within a decade, same as cameras. At a fraction of the price. 99c each.

"Readers of Bernard Preston’s previous three books will not be disappointed with his latest work – despite the absence of a chiropractor! The theme of The Bostonians, the first book in a trilogy, revolves around some serious modern-day issues – but his easy-to-read style makes for compelling reading. The author’s ability to make his characters engaging as they become entangled in difficult relationships, whilst retaining a light-hearted theme, is commendable. Another page-turner from a natural story-teller!"

Linda Harris



Guaranteed to stir, challenge and disturb. Not for those who've made up their minds... is homosexuality wrong?




Read my latest trilogy? Only 99c each. Hold onto your hat...

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Bernard Preston is not offering you a utopia that a wish or a prayer will usher in. Better health is a step by step process of recognising that more drugs is not the solution.

For most of us, better health is about exercising more, eating better and, yes, spending time with the Almighty. He cares about us, believe it.

And an occasional but not too frequent chiropractic adjustment. There are chiropractors out there who will try and convince you that you should mortgage your house and consult them three times a week for three months if you want better spinal health. I'm not one of them.

But for the most part, Chiropractors are a highly competent, caring profession who can and will make a different to your health. Find a good Chiropractor ...

Want to know more about what Chiropractors do, the conditions they treat, their successes, Iatrogenic chiropractic, doctor-caused disease? You'll find it all at Chiropractic Help ...

Doctors rarely learn so quickly as when they themselves get sick. Can chiropractic fix an extruded, sequestered disc causing severe leg pain. Usually it's considered a job exclusively for the man with the knife, but the answer is thankfully yes. Femoral nerve damage is a seriously painful condition.  Without a doubt the most painful leg pain I have ever experienced. It's useful having a very competent daughter in the family.

Simply by saving me from the surgeon's knife probably repaid her whole chiropractic education in one shot.





At our sister site, chiropractic help you can submit questions about your own health.

At all pages you will find a pose a question which may help shed some light on your unresolved problem.

As alluded to above, google now downgrades sites that are not in good grammar, so please don't write from your smartphone. If it's not in good english I simply won't reply. Unless you are obviously a foreigner, in which case I will gladly correct your grammar. But for those too lazy to write decently, don't waste your time posing a question. You won't get a reply. I get dozens of letters and most take at least quarter of an hour to reply to.


Tingling in arms and hand and legs

I receive more letters at Chiropractic Help from folk concerned about what we call "paresthesias" in the arms and legs, than any other subject. And yes they are potentially serious, a nervous system that is complaining, and occasionally a problem with blood supply as in the nasty Thoracic Outlet Syndrome ...


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