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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Asperger's Syndrome and Migraines

I wrote about my son Richard’s Asperger’s Syndrome condition here last year. It was meant to be a light-hearted piece (I hope it was taken this way) about humorous aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome.

Here’s a post about the not-so-funny side of Asperger’s Syndrome. A few months ago Richard’s infrequent migraines began to become frequent, then regular, and then, over time, almost daily – and many of them were severe, necessitating several hours under the bedclothes, in bed with curtains tightly shut.

A visit to the doctor resulted in different pills (as a substitute for Migraleve), which made no difference at all.

I did some research, including consulting a medical colleague, and found that the circumstances above (that is: almost residing in one’s bedroom) can lead to a sunshine deficiency and hence vitamin D deficiency, as described by Dr. Mercola here.

Further research, on the net, showed that migraine sufferers respond positively to the vitamin supplements of D3, B12 and something called l-carnitine – all available at Holland & Barrett, a UK chain store selling health foods, vitamins and supplements.

Vitamin Supplements
Anyway, to cut to the chase, I started giving Richard one of each of the three supplements and the effect was immediate and dramatic. The very next day there were no migraines – and he had only two migraines in the next week. Three weeks on and Richard has had only those two migraines, neither of them severe.

I researched more and found that magnesium supplements can aid the ingestion of the aforementioned vitamin supplements – so I added those to Richard’s daily intake and Richard is still largely migraine free.

Let me here offer the strongest possible disclaimer. I have no medical qualifications or training. I did not consult my doctor before giving Richard the supplements. I am in no way qualified to offer any kind of medical advice or recommend medical procedures.

However, I love my son and would do anything to help him and relieve any pain or suffering he might encounter. I did this by giving him those supplements. I am very thankful I did – and so is he.

But! What works, works!

Monday, 23 September 2013

The Estate of my great uncle, James Osenton the gold miner: the story continues...

Arawatabaru, Barima River, Guyana

It seems the entire estate of my great uncle, James Osenton, gold miner extraordinaire, comprised a single share certificate. After Treasury Solicitors' costs the final amount from the government office is...wait for it...a couple of thousand pounds! To be divided among his descendants. Me and my cousins have decided to put the money towards some kind of memorial to James Osenton - he deserved that at least!

Just to take the story further: the dear old BBC, in the form of their Heir Hunters programme, have said that they would like to interview me, which I'm more that happy to do - I might then find out more about James Osenton. In fact I will do more than that: I intend to go out to Guyana, go up the Barima River and try and find out a bit more about my great uncle's gold mine. First hand!

Settlements on the Barima River, Guyana

A gold nugget, found in the Barima River

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Nokia Stock Investment return - now's the time to GO!

Well! We all made our money on Microsoft's cute move for Nokia (cute for Nokia that is!) didn't we? Didn't we?  I sold mine yesterday at $6.24 as they began to dip (they're still dipping pre-market this morning, 17 Sept 2013). There's a whole load of Nokia IP now sloshing around the world and why, can anyone tell me, are the biggest number of Google enquiries for "Nokia" coming from Pakistan?

Now the good folks of Finland have bought back their fill of their industrial darling I don't think the stock will be doing anything much anytime soon - although I guess they might drift down for a while.

I've taken a punt with part of my profits and bought, as a good friend of mine terms it, a "minnow". Well, I've bought such a minnow I couldn't even buy it online through my broker, Interactive Investor, I had to buy my minnow through them over the phone!

And this minnow is? I hear you ask. It's that well known hidden gem (deliberate pun there) of mining, IRONVELD

The chairman, Giles Clarke, has a huge chunk of Ironveld. He raved about it at his birthday party (which must have worked because his brother's investment group, Westhay, jumped in) and is selling the Validum story for all it's worth.

A minnow well worth a punt, I think.

I can verify all I have said about my personal portfolio in this post but I am not offering this as an inducement to buy the stated stocks and shares. I am not a professional advisor. The views and opinions in this post are my own and should not constitute advice to purchase the stocks and shares quoted.