@appetite-for-distraction tagged me to put my music on shuffle and list the first 10 songs . Thanks 😚

1.Placebo- Haemoglobin
2.Eric Clapton-Tears in heaven
3.The MOOod- Silence
4.Big brother and the holding company -Piece of my heart
5.Placebo- In a funk
6.Placebo- Blind
7. Muse- Undisclosed desires
8. Joey Tempest- We all need a place to call home
9.Placebo- Meds
10.Placebo- SFR acoustic Paris, France (28 October 2009)

I’m tagging @floyd-zeppelin-triangles, @asathiosol-blue, @placebrain, @placebopassion

“Never thought I’d get any higher 
Never thought you’d fuck with my brain 
Never thought all this could expire 
Never thought you’d go break the chain”

listen / cover art

placebo my sweet prince | the cure please come home | the xx angels | sonata arctica the misery | placebo blind | M83 (feat. susanne sundfør) oblivion | now, now wolf | garbage #1 crush

Ode on a Stethoscope

Alastair Gee on medical-journal verse:

Part of what makes the poems published in medical journals like Chest so piquant, aside from subject matter, is context. They appear alongside scientific studies—accounts of double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials and the like—pieces of writing that are models of rationality and logic, and that require stripped-down, clinical language and do away with anecdote and allusiveness.

Illustration by Dadu Shin


Coldplay ~ Fix You  // Ed Sheeran ~ Small Bump // M83 ~ Wait // Katie Herzig ~ I Hurt Too // Coldplay ~ The Scientist // Josh Record ~ Bones // Taylor Swift ~ Ronan // Jeff Buckley ~ Hallelujah // Death Cab For Cutie ~ I Will Follow You Into The Dark // Erin McCarley ~ Pitter-Pat // The National ~ Heavenfaced // Rose Cousins ~ This Light // Aron Wright ft. Jill Andrews ~ We Built This City // A Boy And His Kite ~ Heartache Is A Cold Place // Ellie Goulding ~ I Know You Care // Aiden Hawken ~ Walking Blind // Snow Hill ~ Be My Baby // Placebo ~ Running Up That Hill // Sam Smith ~ Life Support // Jasmine Thompson ~ Take Me To Church // Amy Stroup ~ Alas We Aspire // Sia ~ Breathe Me // The Band Perry ~ If I Die Young // Daughter ~ Lifeforms

Herb of the Week-Horse Chestnut (Buckeye)

Common names

Horse Chestnut

The tree commonly known as the horse chestnut is originally native to regions in northern India, it also grows wild in the Caucasus and in areas of northern Greece, however - the tree has been cultivated throughout Europe for a long time now. The horse chestnut also has relative species from the same genus, growing in the United States - these include the California buckeye - A. californica and Ohio buckeye tree - A. glabra. Horse chestnut seeds are toxic for humans. Herbalist in Europe use the leaves and bark of the horse chestnut tree, as well as a standardized extract of the seed, as herbal medication for various disorders.

Parts used

Seeds, leaves, bark.


Horse chestnut herbal remedies are utilized in traditional folk medicine, for the treatment of diarrhea and other disorders of the digestive system caused by infective agents. In fact, herbal teas made from the horse chestnut are traditionally used all over the world for the treatment of many different conditions, which includes disorders such as arthritis and also to treat rheumatic pains and coughs. Topical ointments are also prepared from the herb, and the tea itself is often applied directly on to the skin as a treatment for some kinds of sores and rashes affecting a person. Sunscreens manufactured in the continent of Europe often have a chemical component of the bark-called aesculin, as a vital ingredient, however, at this time, this effective phyto medicine is rarely used for any topical applications. The horse chestnut extract is often standardized and this form of the herbal remedy is considered to be an extremely valuable aid in the treatment of disorders such as varicose veins in different individuals. The presence of this extract inhibits the action of the enzyme hyaluronidase in the body and decreases the permeability of the veins and as a result venous fragility is lowered. The flow of blood in the blood vessels and the muscular tone of the veins are also beneficially improved by the horse chestnut herb. The ability of the herbal remedies made from the horse chestnut to reduce cases of eczema was observed from the results of various scientific studies - which included a randomized double-blind and placebo-controlled stage - in this topical role, the horse chestnut is a wonderful herb for the treatment of such external skin conditions. At the same time, another clinical study compared the effects of the horse chestnut extract to those induced by compression stockings and to the placebo use during a trial treatment for varicose veins in groups of patients. Edema in the lower legs was significantly reduced by both the herbal medicine and the stockings significantly when the results were compared to the placebo effect. The horse chestnut herbal extract is beneficial in treating feelings of physical tiredness and heaviness in the body, it is also very effective against all types of physical pain, and rapidly alleviates swelling in the legs, when such results are compared to the effects induced by a placebo. The anti-inflammatory effects of the horse chestnut extract have also been reported to be beneficial on patients and the horse chestnut may indeed possess very significant anti-inflammatory properties.

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