In The News : What Isn’t Said

Sometimes the detail is in what isn’t said.

Marie Claire published an article earlier in the month declaring that women could induce a period by putting parsley in their vagina.  Needless to say, the article isn’t online anymore but if you do search for it, you can find the broken link.

While few of us would feature parsley as the main part of a dish, it turns out the herb is a mild emmenagogue and can help to kick-start your period, so you might want to look into some parsley recipes ASAP.

Parsley can help to soften the cervix and level out hormonal imbalances that could be delaying your cycle, helping your period come faster. If you’re struggling to find a dish based on parsley, don’t panic – the most effective forms are said to be parsley tea and parsley vaginal inserts.

What the article failed to say is that the anecdotal evidence that parsley could increase blood flow to the vagina while softening the cervix was the same anecdotal evidence that suggested parsley could be used to induce abortion and not only a period.  One woman has even died as a result of trying it.

Dr Sheila Newman called the advice “irresponsible” while also noting:

There are only a few things that should go in your vagina and vegetables generally aren’t one of them.

Generally“?!


Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie has unveiled its latest time piece, the Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black.  It looks like the Apple Watch, but it has quite a lot missing.  It doesn’t turn on and the only thing visible on the front is a flying tourbillon mechanism to counteract the effects of gravity.  It has no hands and no dial.  To the untrained eye, it fails to actually tell the time.

If you want to know the time, you sound a repeater and listen for the chimes.

Apparently it’s supposed to go back to a time when watches were timekeepers rather than a “time-wasting ‘smart’ device displaying notifications.”

The price of a watch that doesn’t have the things most people would expect to see on one? A staggering US$350,000, thanks to the tourbillon and the platinum case.  Or, phrased differently, 877 Apple Watches.

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