Birch trees die and fall down all the time, without any intervention from Mr Mears.:)
The wood I frequent is littered with the corpses of dead birch; birch is a colonising tree that gets in first when land is ready, as a result they make way for other species.
After the coming blow on Monday...
£97? A great price indeed. A wool jumper under the coat will take care of most the damp, and the liner will keep the cold clammy wet ventile off the jumper.
I love my ventile jackets btw, as long as I've got somewhere to dry them out at the end of the day.:)
If it's a single layer ventile design, don't cut out the lining. Ventile works by soaking up water to swell the fibres, stopping water from passing through. the lining stops the "wet" outer from touching your inner clothes.
The rules have been applied to protect the public from adulteration and poisoning from the "wrong" herb in the box.
They do not have to prove efficacy, just have in the box what should be in the box.
Folks who want to use herbs are stiil free to use them, with the added bonus that any they buy...
But, if you were not part of the Church, you could not afford (money and safety) to conjecture on scientific matters.
The only science at that time was that which agreed with the church's teachings. Go against that and they killed you.