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YURA Person-to-Person, April 2015 Vol 5, No.6

A Childhood Reminiscence from Buenos Aires
When most people of my age think about the milkman they remember him delivering the milk in a horse-drawn wagon. In the middle-class suburb of Buenos Aires, where I was brought up, we had, in addition to the milkman delivering pasteurized milk in bottles, the farmer who paraded his cows, with their calves, down the street dispensing fresh milk. The cows had bells around their necks so they could be heard coming and those wanting milk took their jugs out on the street. He milked one of the cows into the jug, he was paid and he went on his way. The old gentleman had his regular route and his regular clientele who believed that fresh, raw milk was healthier and more nutritious than the pasteurized variety.
My two cousins’ parents were believers in the virtues of raw milk whereas my parents thought that pasteurized milk was superior. One day I went to visit my cousins and, on arrival, I was told that they were both sick in bed and I was not allowed past the doorway to their darkened room. It turned out they both had foot and mouth disease (aftosa) contracted from drinking raw milk from infected cows. Needless to say they converted to pasteurized milk and I no longer saw the cows parading down their street.
--David Fowler (who retired from the Schulich School of Business in 1996).

At the suggestion of one of our members, Frances Bukovec, I have just started buying meals from a special service that delivers frozen chef-prepared meals to homes. So far, I have placed two orders, each enough for 10 days in terms of main courses, and I am quite satisfied with the quality and the variety (when I unexpectedly had to give a dinner, I just got fruits and vegetables, and used one of their pouches; everyone liked it). Their website should be consulted, and their phone is 416-698-8667.
The meals are frozen--some are in special bags while others are in micro-wave friendly containers, with cooking directions taped on the surface of the container. It is very functional. There is a choice of two periods of delivery: from 1 to 4 and from 4 to 7 p.m. One can order online or by phone and pay by credit card as the order is placed.
I am sure that there are other similar services out there and would like to hear from anyone who knows or uses another service: One could have recourse to two different services to add to the variety of menus.

Heart Burn Drugs and Nutrient Deficiency
We have already posted material relating to commonly prescribed heartburn and ulcer drugs such as omeprazole (Prilosec and others) as making people more susceptible to c-difficile and also osteoposis. In addition, Consumer Reports on Health from last year write that taking these and related drugs for two years or more “was linked to a higher risk of vitamin B12 deficiency—which can lead to anemia, dementia, and neurologic damage—according to a new study from Kaiser Permanente. That’s probably because the drugs suppress the production of stomach acid, which helps the body extract B12 from food. The analysis included more than 200,000 adults with and without B12 deficiency.”

Do All Antidepressants Cause Weight Gain?
Also from the Scientific American Health After 50 Alerts, March 2015. The article is quoted in its entirety.
“A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry examined weight changes in 19,244 adults who were taking one of 11 antidepressants: the tricyclic amitriptyline (Elavil) and nortriptyline (Pamelor); the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft); the serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor); the dopamine reuptake inhibitor bupropion (Wellbutrin); and the tetracyclic mirtazapine (Remeron).
Researchers compared the amount of weight people gained while taking citalopram with that of other antidepressants. People taking citalopram gained an average of 2.6 pounds in one year. Weight gain from most other antidepressants was similar. However, amitriptyline, nortriptyline and bupropion were associated with significantly less weight gain than citalopram.
People who took amitriptyline gained 1.9 pounds, and those who took nortriptyline gained 0.6 pounds. People who took bupropion lost an average of 0.4 pounds. Our advice. If you're taking an antidepressant and gaining weight, do not stop taking it without speaking to your doctor first. He or she may prescribe a different medication or offer advice about how to keep your weight in check.”

Shirley failed a Health and Safety course at the Senior Centre today. One of the questions was: "In the event of a fire, what steps would you take?"

"F**kin' big ones" was apparently the wrong answer.
(Contributed by Sandra Pyke)

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