Mind the gap: UK found to be healthier than America

Wolf ODonnell
Reply Thu 4 May, 2006 05:00 am
Maybe it is a cultural phenomenon, I guess.
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detano inipo
Reply Thu 4 May, 2006 09:34 am
This has little to do with the topic. It shows that one can eat well in Britain.
50 Best Restaurants in the World 2005

1. The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire, Britain
2. El Bulli, Montjoi, Spain
3. French Laundry, California
4. Tetsuya's, Sydney, Australia
5. Gordon Ramsay, London, Britain
6. Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France
7. Per Se, New York, New York
8. Tom Aikens, London, Britain
9. Jean Georges, New York, New York
10. St John, London, Britain
11. Michel Bras, Laguiole, France
12. Louis XV, Monaco
13. Chez Panisse, California
14. Charlie Trotter, Chicago, Illinois
15. Gramercy Tavern, New York, New York
16. Guy Savoy, Paris, France
17. Alain Ducasse, Paris, France
18. Sketch (Gallery), London, Britain
19. The Waterside Inn, Bray, Britain
20. Nobu, London, Britain
21. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
22. El Raco de can Fabes, Spain
23. Checcino dal 1887, Rome, Italy
24. Le Meurice, Paris, France
25. L'Hotel de Ville, Crissier, Switzerland
26. Arpege, Paris, France
27. The Connaught, London, Britain
28. Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxford, Britain
29. Le Cinq, Paris, France
30. Hakkasan, London, Britain
31. Cal Pep, Barcelona, Spain
32. Masa, New York, New York
33. Flower Drum, Melbourne, Australia
34. WD50, New York, New York
35. Le Quartier Francais, South Africa
36. Spice Market, New York, New York
37. Auberge d'Ill, Illhauseern-Alsace, France
38. Manresa, California
39. Dieter Muller, Germany
40. Trois Gros, Roanne, France
41. The Wolseley, London, Britain
42. Rockpool, Sydney, Australia
43. Yauatcha, London, Britain
44. The Ivy, London, Britain
45. Gambero Rosso, Italy
46. The Cliff, St. James, Barbados
47. Le Gavroche, London, Britain
48. Enoteca Pinchiorri, Florence, Italy
49. Felix, Hong Kong
50. La Tupina, Bordeaux, France
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Reply Thu 4 May, 2006 10:31 am
Cool, at least I've eaten at one of those places (Chez Panisse).
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Reply Thu 4 May, 2006 10:46 am
mind the gap
the old-style - ten day - antibiotics usually caused me a lot of g.i. problems .
the newer style are usually only taken for five days - two on day one , one daily thereafter . i'm on day two and are o.k. so far ; see how i feel by saturday .
my drugs are paid through the ontario drug plan and there are usually no restrictions for the "run-of-the-mill" drugs . once they are approved for the drug plan , there are no restrictions i understand . drugs that are not on the ontario drug plan are usually covered through my additional private insurance plan (i worked for an insurance company , so the benefits are pretty generous) . so far i haven't had any refusals or restrictions on my drugs , but most are "garden variety" anyhow .

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Reply Thu 4 May, 2006 10:50 am
The number of uninsured Americans rose to nearly 40 million...almost a quarter of the population. Without proactive health care it's no wonder Americans are becoming unhealthy.
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Reply Thu 4 May, 2006 10:50 am
Re: mind the gap
cjhsa wrote:
While there are a few 3-5 day antibiotics, traditionally they last 10 days. Sounds to me like your SMS shortchanged you on the cycle. You'll probably be sick again in few days (come back and let us know).

The new short-term antibiotics are the standard now. Work like a charm. Powerful.

The 10 day cycle antibio's are kinda old-school. They're to the benefit of the drug companies, but you won't see a lot of scripts for them here anymore.
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Reply Thu 4 May, 2006 10:59 am
I guess I'm pretty damn healthy then.
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Reply Thu 4 May, 2006 11:26 am
mind the gap
keep up the good work ! hbg
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Reply Fri 5 May, 2006 03:46 pm
Lord Ellpus wrote:
Having not lived in the USA, I wouldn't know, lk.

Maybe Heeven or Dag could comment? Or anyone else who has had a foot in both camps.

Purely from an outsiders observations, it would seem that you in the USA seem to have a never ending struggle to make ends meet. Always worrying about healthcare, dental perks and such.

You have much better weather though. I think the people in the USA have much more opportunity to enjoy "good weather" outdoor activities, eg BBQ's etc.
We are usually stuck indoors watching Coronation Street.

Now that you mention it, I do find I laugh less than I used to when I lived in Ireland. My American co-workers have a different idea of what is funny than I do, and are perhaps a little more sedate than I am. I do find I have to watch my mouth as I tend to see humor in a lot of things and it's not always appropriate in the American working environment to say what pops into your head, or make a joke. Today I had a complete belly laugh, with snot and everything, and I realized it was because of this British co-worker and I just carrying on like we were used to back in Ireland/England. Maybe it's that TYPE of funny that just cracks me up. I don't know. I sometimes think Americans find me loud and inappropriate, but then I really don't give a siht.

They say laughter does something to you - makes your blood pressure drop, lowers stress, helps your immune system. I don't know if that's true but it certainly does get the blood pumping in my face!

I am more concerned about my health-care here than I was in Ireland. In Ireland I was used to be srewced by the tax-man but getting doctors visits, etc., for free and I took advantage of that. I went to a doc regularly and had anything and everything taken care of before it got a chance to get out of control. Here, in America, although I have a supposedly good health plan, I feel I am getting creamed big-time. I never go to a doctor if I can help it because it costs me a deductible and co-pays and I just never seem to get a real connection with a doctor. I had a scare last year with a heart issue and I went to the E.R. After my medical plan, I was hit with a bill for two grand. While I spent all day there, attached to a heart monitor and getting X-Rays and whatnot, I felt lost and unimportant. It wasn't until a doctor, who was not on my case, put his hand on my arm and said "how are you doing honey?" that I realized I needed the human touch. THAT's what I was missing from the doctors I used to see in Ireland. They talked to me, REALLY talked to me. I felt like they knew me and cared. Now I'm not bashing American doctors. They are perhaps one of the most skilled in the world and there are real carers among them but we all seem to be rushing around, trying to get a million things done, answering cell-phones, reading messages off blackberries, juggling twenty projects at once. I want to get off the ride every so often and stop to smell the roses and take some time to sit in the sun, listen to a bunch of friends tease and joke and maybe a little more often have some beer spurt out of my nose when something tickles my funny-bone.
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