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Alcohol

And the Tragedy of Western Civilisation

Alcohol has been a part of our civilisation for a very long time and it is generally thought that the discovery of alcohol was an accident because someone noticed that when grain is left in a wet state, fermentation occurs and alcohol is produced.

If we step back into antiquity, we know that bread and beer were currencies in some civilisations, but the alcohol content of the beer in ancient times was extremely low and it was virtually impossible to get drunk.

However over the last 10,000 years, the development of agriculture and the growth of civilisation began to give people leisure time in which they were free to experiment with different aspects

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Nestlé Milo

A favourite yet mildly toxic beverage

In 1934, Australian industrial chemist and inventor Thomas Mayne developed Milo and launched it at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Milo was then produced at a plant located in Smithtown, near Kempsey on the North Coast of New South Wales. The name was derived from the famous Ancient Greek athlete Milo of Crotona, after his legendary strength.

Milo soon became a favourite children’s drink in Australia and New Zealand, and we are not sure if it was developed for Nestlé or bought by them soon after it was introduced. But it has proved a winner and is widely sold around the world today.

Most people love the taste of milo, but what’s in it?

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Sarsaparilla

Smilax regelii

Sarsaparilla is native to the Tropical Americas. The roots contain the active ingredients, and are long and tuber-like. The plant itself is a ground-trailing vine, which grows as a perennial, but many still remember and enjoy this fizzy soft drink alternative to cola.

Healing uses: Sarsaparilla tea is made by adding 2 tablespoons of dried sarsaparilla root to 1 litre of boiling water. Simmer this mixture for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to stand for an hour. Strain and drink.

This tea is pleasant tasting, and is effective for skin disease such as eczema and dermatitis. It will also ease liver disorders. Drink 1 cup of tea up to three times daily. In cases

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