Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

September is National Yoga Month

Make this the month to Learn Yoga.

Have you thought about trying yoga lately? It’s a fun alternative to high-impact exercise and offers just as many health benefits, such as:
• Decreased stress
• Improved hand-eye coordination
• Enhanced concentration
• Pain management
• Better sleep
• Improved flexibility
• Lower blood pressure
• Strengthened bones and joints
• Weight loss

Yoga realigns and rebalances your body on a regular basis. When your body is finely tuned, your chances for injuries and illnesses decrease. The practice of yoga involves performing a variety of poses, called asanas, along with breathing exercises or meditation to cleanse and detoxify your body. These actions increase blood circulation.

Regular practice of stretches, twists, bends and inversions – the basic movements of yoga poses – also restore strength and stamina to the body.

Are you out of shape or new to yoga? Don’t let that stop you. Many of the poses involved in yoga can be altered for beginners.Start out slowly and you will likely be surprised at how far you can come in just a few weeks.

If you are trying to lose weight, add yoga with aerobic exercise and weight training. Along with a diet filled with whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables. You should be able to see (and feel) the difference in about a month.

Yoga can be practiced by anyone, at any fitness level, at any age, pretty much anywhere.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Be Kitchen Smart

The below few tips can save you from getting sick.

** Cook meat thoroughly and use a food thermometer to make sure it's hot enough to kill bacteria.

** Wash anything that has been in contact with raw meat, poultry, or eggs, including your hands, before touching other foods.

** Use separate plates and cutting boards for raw and cooked food, and separate boards for each type of food (only half of all Americans do this, according to an International Food Information Council Foundation survey).

** Refrigerate leftovers within two hours.

** Remove and throw away the outer layers of lettuce and cabbage heads; rub all fresh fruits and vegetables under cool running water to loosen dirt and germs. Rinse for about 10 seconds, then blot with a paper towel.

Monday, September 7, 2009

ASPIRIN Can Save Your Life

If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
The reason: aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life".
Therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the aspirin would be strongest in your system.

Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest...years. When it gets old, it will smell like vinegar.

WHY you should have aspirin near your bed - It saves lives! It is important to always have ASPIRIN in the home!!!

There are other symptoms of a heart attack besides the pain on the left arm.
One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating.
However, these symptoms may occur less frequently.

NOTE: There may be no pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep, did not wake up.
However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.

If that happens, IMMEDIATELY DISSOLVE TWO ASPIRINS IN YOUR MOUTH and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards, first phone 911, then a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by and state "HEART ATTACK!!!"
And that you have taken 2 ASPIRINS.
Take a seat on a chair or sofa and wait for their arrival and ....DO NOT LIE DOWN!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

7 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp and Youthful

Around the time we hit 30, our brains begin a slow, steady downward trajectory, or so popular wisdom would have it.

But cognitive decline is by no means an inescapable side effect of aging. In fact, according to a flurry of new reports, you can counteract age-related changes in the brain with a surprisingly simple regimen of activities guaranteed to nurture and fortify your mental musclepower. Here are seven easy ways to keep your brain quick, sharp, and bristling with youthful vigor.

1. Google Often

When you search the Internet, you engage key centers in your brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning.

And these few clicks may be more mentally stimulating than reading, say UCLA scientists. Their studies found that Internet searching uses neural circuitry that's not activated during reading--but only in people with prior Internet experience. MRI results showed almost 3 times more brain activity in regular Internet searchers than in first-timers, suggesting that repeated Googling can be a great way to build cognitive strength over time.

Tip: Spend around 20 minutes a few days a week searching topics you've always wanted to learn more about—regardless of how seemingly frivolous: Whether you're researching a celebrity's latest pratfalls or musical harmony, the benefits to your brain are the same.

2. Exercise

Yes, exercise can stave off or delay dementia—but did you know it can actually reverse brain aging too?

A team from the University of Illinois' Beckman Institute recently reviewed dozens of past studies and found that aerobic exercise boosts not only speed and sharpness of thought but also the volume of brain tissue. As little as 50 minutes of brisk walking 3 times a week was found to have this brain-expanding effect.

Tip: For an added boost, walk in the park: University of Michigan researchers found that volunteers whose course took them through a tree-filled setting performed 20% better on memory and attention tests than those who walked downtown.

3. Brush and Floss

Oral health is clearly linked to brain health, according to a team of British psychiatrists and dentists.

After studying thousands of subjects ages 20 to 59, they found that gingivitis and periodontal disease were associated with worse cognitive function throughout adult life—not just in later years.

Tip: Follow your dentist's advice—floss daily and brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least once a day.

4. Drink Sparingly

Limiting cocktails is beneficial for cognitive function.

Keep your alcohol consumption within the safe and healthful limit: no more than one drink a day. The more alcohol a person drinks, the smaller his or her total brain volume becomes, according to a recent Wellesley College study. The link between drinking and reduced brain volume was stronger in women—probably because smaller people are more susceptible to alcohol's effects.

Tip: If you like a glass of white wine with dinner, make a spritzer by replacing some of the wine with sparkling water. You'll cut your intake even more.

5. Eat Blueberries

New research shows that the purple-hued fruits may help sharpen your thought processes.

After National Institute on Aging and Tufts University researchers injected male rats with kainic acid to simulate the oxidative stress that occurs with aging, rats that had been fed a diet containing 2% blueberry extract did better navigating a maze than rats that didn't get the compound. In another study, the same researchers found that rats that ate blueberries showed increased cell growth in the hippocampus region of the brain. The researchers theorize that anthocyanin—the dark blue pigment found in blueberries—is responsible for these cognitive changes; it contains chemicals that may cross the blood-brain barrier and lodge in regions that govern learning and memory.

Tip: Stock up on blueberries when they're on sale, and sprinkle them over your cereal or yogurt or fold them into your smoothie. Off-season, buy them frozen; they're every bit as nutritious as fresh.

6. Do Puzzles

Amazingly, you'll knock a decade off your cognitive age.

In a University of Alabama study of nearly 3,000 older men and women, those who participated in 10 60-to 75-minute sessions of brain-boosting exercise sharpened their mental abilities so much that their brains performed like those of people more than 10 years younger.

Tip: Start small—whip out a booklet of basic puzzles when you're riding to work on the train or waiting in a long checkout line. As your skills improve, graduate to more challenging brainteasers.

7. Meditate
More than just a great stress reliever, meditation can also enhance your brain’s gray matter

Participants in a new study from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston appear to have experienced growth in the cortex, an area of the brain that controls memory, language, and sensory processing. In addition, meditators in a University of Kentucky study performed better than their non-meditating counterparts on a series of mental acuity tests.

Tip: Make the practice a regular habit—the participants in a recent study meditated an average of 40 minutes a day. But you can start with 15 on your lunch break or before you leave for work. Sit upright, close your eyes, and focus on whatever you're experiencing in the present moment, whether it's birds chirping in the distance or just the sound of your own breathing.

Get Smarter Every Day: Give your mind a workout—and boost memory, concentration, vocab, and more, with’s brain games.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sunglasses an Eyecare Must

For years, we’ve referred to them casually as “shades.” For sure, that nickname reflects the laid-back, cool vibe that goes along with sunglasses. And, for many, they mean fashion, not health.

Think again. Sunglasses used to be more about looking stylish than about
taking care of your vision, but not anymore. Today, there’s increasing
evidence that ultraviolet rays in sunlight can significantly increase
your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Both conditions
usually affect older people, and no wonder: years and years of sun exposure
leave their mark over time.

Because both conditions can threaten healthy vision, it is recommended
that you wear sunglasses on sunny days year-round. Also, you’ll experience
better night vision when you wear sunglasses on sunny days.

There are a few main things to look for when picking the right pair of
shades for you. When buying sunglasses, make sure they carry a consumer
protection label stating they’re 99 or 100% UV-absorbent, or provide
UV absorption up to 400 nanometers (nm).

Once you’ve eliminated the threat from UV light, you can focus on
other issues, such as reducing glare and choosing a tint that will allow
you to control the degree of brightness reaching your eyes.

Here’s a rundown of other things to consider when picking the perfect pair:

• Go big or wrap it. Bigger frames and lenses, and also wrap-around styles,
give you more UV protection (by blocking peripheral rays)

• Go Polarized. These lenses block out sunlight glare bouncing off
windshields, pavement and other smooth surfaces

• Consider color. Gray lenses are best. Why? They don’t change colors.
Green and brown lenses are good too

• Rx effects. If you wear prescription glasses, why not add prescription
sunglasses to your eyewear wardrobe?

• Shade your specs. You can make your regular glasses into sunglasses.
Look for clip-on or magnetic tinted lenses that can attach to your specs

• Automate. Ask your eye doctor about photochromic lenses. They
automatically get darker outside, then return to normal inside.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Global Pandemic for Swine Flu

On June 11,2009, the World Health Organization DECLARES Global Pandemic for Swine Flu.

In response to the global spread of the virus, a Phase 6 was assigned, which means a global pandemic is underway. More than 70 countries are reporting cases and over the last weeks, the numbers are increasing. Many reports are cases linked to travel or localized breakouts within a community.

I know in my area, there are many cases reported in the schools. Several surrounding towns have been affected.

Stay informed. Health officials should provide information as it becomes available. To help protect yourself, you should cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and make sure you immediately throw away that tissue.

Wash your hands often and use soap. There are also hand sanitizers you can carry, so when soap and water is not available,you can keep your hands germ free at all times. Do not touch your face: eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. It is not always easy, but try and avoid people you know are sick.

For more information, click HERE and you can read in detail about Phase 6 and what it means.

More Links:
Explanation of Phases link

U. S. Cases Increasing

National Swine Flu Situation Page


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Your Well-Being Is Not Found in the Pharmacy

Are you feeling under the weather? Since there were alot of people who were sick all around me, no wonder I came down with a bug too.

Our well-being is not found in the pharmacy, but in the aisles of our supermarkets.
We can warm up our colds, send the viruses packing and boost our immune system with food.

Ginseng tea (hot or iced)helps kill invading viruses by increasing the body's production of key immune cells. In a Candaian study, people who took 400mg og ginseng a day had 25% less colds than the people who did not.

Drink Green Tea. EGCG,is a chemical very potent in green tea. It is known to stop the adenovrus (which is one bug responsible for colds). At the first sign of a cold, start drinking green tea. In most studies, it is found that the brand, Tetley is the most effective.

Eat alot of oranges. The zinc and vitamin C in oranges, won't prevent an oncoming cold, but it might decrease the severitiy of symptoms and the duration of your cold.
One orange provides more than 100% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C.

The use of olive oil or avocados will provide you with healthy fats, which can help in the aid of inflammation. In one study, the anit-inflammatory compound found in olive oil suppresses the same pain as ibuprofen.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Healthier Food Choices

A healthier alternative to giving into your sweet tooth is munching on some grapes, pineapple, cherries or berries. You can also try raisins or cranberries and Sugarless candy.

If you feel guilty giving in, make sure you have plenty of healthy, sweet snacks in your refrerator and cabinets. This will make it easier for you to make a healthier choice.

The food choices you make, can affect your health. Improving our health can be as simple as adding a variety of grains, fruit and vegetables to our diet. Maintaining a diet that is low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Your beverage choice should be water or low sugar and sodium content.

We can control our waistline and our health by monitoring our portion size. Do you still 'supersize'? If you must eat fast food, you can still be in control. Eat smaller hamburgers or chicken sandwiches and order your salad dressing on the side. Order fruit, low fat milk or 100% fruit juice...don't forget, you can pick water!


*Eat BEFORE going grocery shopping

*Downsize your meal portions

*Eat s l o w l y, so your brain gets the message that your stomach is full before you overeat

*When dining out, eat half your meal and split your dessert

*If available on the menu, pick the small or medium portion

Friday, May 8, 2009

Understanding Your Cycle ~ Part 2

Days 15-26

This week is known for its high blood levels of progesterone. This hormone is responsible for building up the uterine lining. It also affects our brain function as it brings about the feelings of calm and clear headedness. This would be a great week to reflect, read, explore your interests and evaluate short/long term goals.

If in your 20’s-30’s you have monthly progesterone surges during these early reproductive years which accelerates the burning of stored fat during exercise. You should add variety to your workouts during this week. Progesterone also increases production of pain-killing endorphins. Young women can step up the intensity of their workouts for maximum results.

If in your 40’s, this is the week to give into your chocolate cravings! During perimenopause, declining estrogen production can allow progesterone to become overly dominant. This can trigger mood swings and other symptoms. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which is a powerful antioxidant that has a mild estrogen like effect. It also contains phenylethylamine, which is a plant compound that will elevate your mood. It is said that a single serving of dark chocolate can chase away the blues.

If in your 50’s, your estrogen is naturally diminishing, so you should snack on soy nuts, 2 tablespoons of tofu or have 8 oz of soy milk daily. Soy contains phytoestrogens which will elevate your mood, decrease your appetite and food cravings and enhance skin firming collagen production. Soy is also a proven way to reduce night sweats, hot flashes and vaginal dryness in about 50% of women.

Days 27 and 28

When there is an absence of a fertilized egg, the ovaries suppress production of all three major hormones. By the end of day 28, levels have returned to their starting point. Your roller coaster ride is over. This is a good time to meditate, engage in something spiritual

Maybe after reading Parts 1 and 2 of Understanding Your Cycle, it has helped you to actually have a Happy Period and enhance your health and happiness.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Understanding Your Cycle ~ Part 1

Have a Happy Period! What?! A Happy Period…? I saw a TV commercial advertising a feminine product and it uses that very line. I tell you…I just wanted to throw the TV out the window…a happy periodright. Who has a Happy period?!

Women have been getting a bad rap for a long long time due to our hormones causing crankiness, the feeling of sadness and other hormonal side effects. Whether we are in our prime or entering menopause, if we ‘tune’ in to our body and how it responds, we can enhance our health and happiness no matter what time of the month it is or what stage we are in our life.

Days 1 – 7

During this week, the three major reproductive hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) hit their low and this is when you would get your period. This slump in hormones reduces your brain’s output of neuropeptides (such as serotonin), which causes blue moods. Give yourself a pick me up. Pamper yourself. Give yourself a facial, a massage or enjoy a funny movie. You can perk up your neuropeptide output by giving yourself alittle TLC

Days 8-14

Our estrogen and testosterone production peaks during these days, but progesterone stays low. This phase encourages the maturation of eggs and our brain goes into high gear. This is a great week for brainstorming, keeping up energy and confidence. This is also a good time for romance.

If you are in your 20’s – 30’s, eat nutrient rich whole grains, such as pastas, breads and cereals. These foods will help fuel the emotional highs of this week. Grains prevent the overproduction of insulin, a hormone that can destabilize ovarian function and throw off hormone levels.

If you are in your 40’s, Take an Omega 3. Women who are going into their perimenopausal years have erratic dopamine and norepinephrine hormone levels.

Taking an Omega 3 can increase your physical and mental energy levels and boost your mood. Fish omega3 oils can increase production of antidepressant brain chemicals.

If in your 50’s, practice deep breathing. Even when menstruation ceases, the brain continues to increase production of dopamine and norepinephrine during this week.. Even though estrogen production is reduced after menopause, you can preserve the estrogen your ovaries can produce to maximize their well being.

By practicing deep breathing, you can reduce production of cortisol, a hormone that disrupts menopausal ovarian function. Take 6 to 8 calm breaths per minute for 15 minutes each day. This can boost alertness, productivity and happiness.

Coming Next: Part 2 ~ Days 15-26 Days 27-28

Saturday, May 2, 2009


If Alzheimer's has touched your life in any way, you know very well how devastating this disease can be. For the one affected and those around them. I wanted to bring awareness to The Alzheimer's Project. The below was sent to me through email.


Maria Shriver Executive Produces With HBO’s Award-Winning “Addiction” Team

One of the most devastating forms of memory loss is Alzheimer’s disease, an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Today, Alzheimer’s is the second most-feared illness in America, following cancer, and may affect as many as five million Americans. As the baby-boom generation reaches retirement, that number could soar to more than 11 million by 2040and have a huge economic impact on America’s already fragile health care system.

While there is no cure for the disease, THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT shows there is now genuine reason to be optimistic about the future. Debuting May 10 on HBO and created by the award-winning team behind HBO’s acclaimed “Addiction” project, this multi-platform series takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries made by the country’s leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer’s and on their families.

The first of the four documentaries in THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT is “The Memory Loss Tapes” (debuting May 10), which provides an up-close and personal look at seven individuals living with Alzheimer’s, each in an advancing state of dementia across the full spectrum of the progression of the disease. “Momentum In Science” (May 11 and 12) is a two-part state-of-the-science film that takes viewers inside the laboratories and clinics of 25 leading scientists and physicians, revealing some of the most cutting-edge research advances. “ ‘Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?’ with Maria Shriver” (May 11) captures what it means to be a child or grandchild of one with Alzheimer’s, while “Caregivers” (May 12) highlights the sacrifices and successes of people who experience their loved ones’ descent into dementia.

THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT is a presentation of HBO Documentary Films and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health in association with the Alzheimer’s Association®, Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund and Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® Alzheimer’s Initiative. The series producer is John Hoffman; the executive producers are Sheila Nevins and Maria Shriver.

For more information on THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT and Alzheimer’s Disease, go to

Monday, April 27, 2009


Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day ("who really ought to get a job") is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind us each day That of all the gifts you give us Lord, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity.
Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

Working for God on earth doesn't pay much......but His retirement plan is out of this world.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Prevent Birth Defects By Taking Folic Acid

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you can help reduce your baby’s risk of birth defects by up to 70 percent by taking folic acid.

This nutrient is known to prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, which affects about one in 1,000 pregnancies each year in the United States. If you take the recommended daily dose of folic acid, you are improving not only your own health, but also the neurological health of your baby.

The best foods to eat that contain this beneficial nutrient are:

Dark, leafy greens

Legumes: lentils or chickpeas

Fruits: papayas, oranges and strawberries

Enriched grain cereal and breads

Here's a healthy Recipe:
Lentil Soup Recipe


2 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced carrots
¾ cup chopped celery
1 tbsp curry powder
1 cup rinsed green or brown lentils
1 15oz can crushed tomatoes
3 cups fat free, low sodium vegetable broth

Heat oil on medium in large pot (Dutch oven). Sauté onions, celery and carrots until soft. Add curry powder and stir into vegetables. Add lentils, tomatoes and vegetable broth. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes


Friday, April 24, 2009

Delcuttering Your Home, Your Life and Your Chakras

I have posted on my other blogs how important it is to declutter your life and your home. Spring is the perfect time to do this. A time when energy is renewed, life blossoms. De-cluttering will bring about a more healthier you and a healthier environment.

You can see obvious clutter in your home if you just walk from room to room, but did you know this clutter causes your Chakras to be cluttered or blocked? Take a tour of your home,so you can see which area needs to be decluttered.

Below you will see which area of your home is associated with your Chakras

· Crown Chakra: Attic, Roof
· Brow Chakra: Den, Home Office, Windows
· Throat Chakra: Living Room, Family Room
· Heart Chakra: Kitchen, Dining Areas
· Solar Plexus Chakra: Bathrooms, Personal Spaces
· Sacral Chakra: Master Bedroom
· Root Chakra: Basement, Crawl Spaces
· Aura: Porches, Decks, Landscaping, Garages

Get cleaning and organize each room of your house. Have your family members participate. Even children should have some responsibility of chores. Focus on one room at a time and do not proceed to the next room until you are completely finished with the cleaning, are organized and of course de-cluttered.

Since the kitchen is considered the heart of the home, this may be the first room to start de-cluttering. This is also the ‘heart’ chakra as well. Start with what is in sight by washing (or dusting) what is on the counters, table, appliances, sink, stove top etc…then go inside the cabinets. Throw out all expired products. Reorganize the goods you have left. Clean your oven, refrigerator, light fixtures and lastly, wash the walls, floors and curtains. Ahhhh, all done and your heart chakra will thank you.

Read some tips about de-cluttering your life at my blog by going HERE

One you have decluttered your life and home, you may want to enhance this pleasant feeling by reading Eric Maisel's book entitled Ten Zen Seconds: Twelve Incantations for Purpose, Power, and Calm
He teaches breath awareness to help you balance and align your chakra energy system. Using the incantations below, you will feel centered and balanced. Repeat each of the twelve incantation ten times. Inhale deeply 5 seconds and then exhale slowly for 5 seconds.

· (My energy)(is free of blockages)
· (My root chakra)(is deeply grounded)
· (My sacral chakra juices)(are creative and bold)
· (My solar plexus)(feels mellow and calm)
· (My heart)(is filled with love)
· (My throat)(speaks the truth)
· (My third eye)(intuits inner knowledge)
· (My crown chakra)(projects inspiration)
· (My chakras)(are spinning in alignment)
· (My aura)(is colorful and clutter-free)
· (My lightbody)(beams brightly)
· (I am)(centered and balanced)

Ten Zen Seconds written by Eric Maisel

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

GOD Has A Positive Attitude


You say: 'It's impossible'
God says: All things are possible

You say: 'I'm too tired'
God says: I will give you rest

You say: 'Nobody really loves me'
God says: I love you

You say: 'I can't go on'
God says: My grace is sufficient

You say: 'I can't figure things out'
God says: I will direct your steps

You say: 'I can't do it'
God says: You can do all things

You say: 'I'm not able'
God says: I am able

You say: 'It's not worth it'
God says: It will be worth it

You say: 'I can't forgive myself'
God says: I Forgive you

You say: 'I can't manage'
God says: I will supply all your needs

You say: 'I'm afraid'
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear

You say: 'I'm always worried and frustrated'
God says: Cast all your cares on ME

You say: 'I'm not smart enough'
God says: I give you wisdom

You say: 'I feel all alone'
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you

God determines who walks into your's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Protect Yourself Against Pneumonia

Did you know that pneumonia claims more lives in the United States than all other vaccine preventable diseases combined? The bacteria that causes pneumonia can lead to serious infections of the lungs, blood and brain. You can protect yourself against pneumonia.

I have heard too many times how a patient in the hospital has passed due to the complications of pneumonia they contracted in the hospital. I recently learned there is a vaccine to protect yourself against pneumonia.

You can speak to your physician about getting the pneumonia vaccine, especially if you have one of these chronic conditions:

Asthma, chronic lung disease, diabetes, emphysema, heart disease, kidney disease or multiple sclerosis.

Most adults who receive the vaccine develop immunity to pneumonia within two weeks of receiving it. Only one dose is needed for a lifetime of protection. This vaccine does not contain the live virus for pneumonia, so repeated doses are not required.

A second dose may be given under certain circumstances and only on the advice of your physician. Those circumstances can be: receiving the first vaccine before age 65, the last dose was received more than 5 yrs ago and you have a chronic condition which requires a transplant or another condition that warrants receiving an additional vaccine.

If you fit into the criteria above, speak to your physician, so you can maintain good health and limit health risks.

Source: Focus Magazine/Horizon BC-BS

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Heathguru Answers Your Questions

I remember back when I was pregnant I had so many questions. I was young and did not know what to expect. Sure, people were telling me this and that, but the questions I kept in my mind were never really answered. I didn't feel my Mom was comfortable talking about my pregnancy. My goodness, the subject of sex was never even mentioned.

Looking back, I did have the most easy pregnancy. I didn't gain much weight. I looked like I swallowed a basketball. I was one of the lucky ones who didn't have any morning sickness. I was able to eat what I wanted, when I wanted and was never bothered by something repeating on me, upset stomach, cramps or diarrhea.

As my body went through the many changes, I just accepted each one. Sure I wondered why was I always in the bathroom. How much urine is in me? Why am I so tired? But I found I really couldn't sleep. I just went along month after month with the idea that I am going through this because I am pregnant. That's it, don't question it...just accept it. I guess it would have helped me to have explanations.

I remember I was a couple weeks into my ninth month. My mom and I went to visit my grandmother and great grandmother. We were enjoying our visit, but throughout the day I was feeling 'pressure'.I kept this to myself because once again, I figured I am suppose to feel this. I kept getting up to go to the bathroom...with each trip to the bathroom, a few drops of urine escaped. Ok I'm good, I thought. As long as I don't pee my pants, I'm fine. After about the 5th trip, my great grandmother (who spoke Italian) started to get excited and I couldn't understand what was going on. My grandmother was then asking why I was getting up so much. As I explained, my Mom was now nervous and told me my water is probably breaking. My water? What? We were about 40 minutes away from home and another 15 from the hospital. Call the doctor they were all shouting. my fear is settling in. What's happening? Am I about to have this baby? They were explaining to me about the danger of a dry birth. By this time, my head was spinning and feeling like a robot, I just got in the car and was driven to the hospital. All ended well. We made it to the hospital in time and a few hours later, I was a Mom with a healthy baby boy.

With a first pregnancy, I believe all women have questions and possibly fear of what to expect. Getting information, having all your questions answered and knowing what to expect would probably help throughout the nine months. If you do not have someone to turn to for this information or maybe you feel embarrassed to ask, here's a great website to get the information you need. provides all the information you might need to put your mind at ease. Heathguru answers your questions you have kept to yourself, wondered about or couldn't get the answers to. Let me also tell you that this site offers not only information on anything and everything associated with pregnancy but also provides information on fertility and conception, sex, college student health, STD protection, birth control, your body, your mind, weight loss etc. There's just too many topics to list.

This might be a great site to guide your teenage and college aged children to, whether male or female, for answers you might feel uncomfortable speaking about. This site provides videos and articles which were put together by a team of expert doctors.
Have a question? Find your answer there.

Do you remember having questions with your first pregnancy? Have a funny story to share?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Eye Of God

It is said this photo was taken by NASA with the Hubbell telescope. This kind of event occurs once in 3000 years. This photo has done miracles in many lives.

Say a prayer and state your wish ... you have looked at the eye of God. Surely you will see the changes in your life.

Whether you believe it or not, it is important to Keep the Faith.

Too awesome not to share.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Can You Remember?

Scientists say that recognition memory for faces is unaffected by sleep loss. A person who has not slept for as much as 35 hours can perform as well as someone who is not sleep deprived.
The area of the brain that controls temporal memory can be affected by prolonged sleep loss and/or ageing.

Give your Mind some exercise. Here's a little test to see how well you 'remember'. There are two parts - A and B, and each part will have 12 photos of faces. You only have a short time, 4 seconds, to see each face before the program moves to the next face. Part A will begin and when that is finished you can start Part B. When Part B is finished, the test will begin.

Take the Face Recognition Test. See how well you do. I was pleasantly surprised on how well I scored on my first try.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

One Flaw In Women

I have actually posted this at my other blog, A Circle of Women quite some time ago and truly feel it is important enough to share again for my readers here.

It is a reminder that some need to hear...maybe once, maybe twice...maybe it will take many more times before it will sink in, but...remember Your worth!

One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry...
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.

They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what
makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.

Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.


Friday, March 20, 2009

The Humorous Side of a Colonoscopy

Before I get into the humorous side of a colonoscopy, first let me explain:

What is a Colonoscopy?
A gastroenterologist evaluates the appearance of the inside of the colon or large bowel. This is done by inserting a flexible tube into the anus and then slowly into the rectum and through the colon.

Why is a Colonoscopy done?
A Colonoscopy is known for its use to screen for an early detection of colorectal cancer, but it also used to investigate other diseases of the colon as well. It can be used to check areas for irritation or sores in your colon.

A colonoscopy is performed when you experience a change in your bowel habits, have pain, diarrhea, blood in stool, weight loss. These symptoms can be caused by inflammation of the bowel (IBS), Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis

If an abnormality is found on colon x- ray or a CT scan or if there is a history of polyps, colon cancer or malignancies or other colon problems, a colonoscopy is performed.

Before I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, I needed to have this procedure done. Many unpleasant thoughts crossed my mind, but I knew the test needed to be performed.

So if, like me, you have experienced the colonoscopy procedure, you may relate and enjoy this humorous side. This article comes from Dave Barry, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Miami Herald.

He writes:
I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment
for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color
diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place,
at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.

Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough,
reassuring and patient manner.

I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my
brain was shrieking, quote, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR

I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for
a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a
microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it
to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America's

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous.
Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation.

In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day;
all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less

Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder
together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water.

(For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons.)

Then you have to drink the whole jug.

This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind
- like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great
sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose, watery bowel
movement may result.' This is kind of like saying that after you jump off
your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.

MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but:

Have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep
experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the
commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to
the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when
you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of
MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the
future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep. The next morning my
wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried
about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of
MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy?' How do you
apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.

At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and
totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a
room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little
curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital
garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on,
makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked.

Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand.
Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already
lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their
MoviPrep. At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this, but then
I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the
bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would
have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where
Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the
17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I
was seriously nervous at this point. Andy had me roll over on my left
side,and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my
hand. There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was
'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that
could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' had to be
the least appropriate.

'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind me. 'Ha ha,'
I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than
a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to
tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.

I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling
'Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was
back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood. Andy was looking
down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more
excellent when Andy told me that it was all over, and that my colon had
passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In God We Trust

Here's your chance to let the media know where people stand on our faith in God, as a nation.

NBC is taking a poll on "In God We Trust" to stay on our American currency. Please take a moment and vote by clicking on the link below. If you believe in God, this should be an important subject to you. I would suggest voting before NBC takes this off their web page. The Poll is still open so you can vote.

NBC has their website set up so you can only vote one time from your computer. Each pc has its own IP address and it recognizes your address if you try again. If you do try again, it will only give you the results.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Main Uses of Noni Juice

I have already explained how Noni juice boosts the immune system, but there are other areas in which it is said Noni helps.

The noni tree has been called the painkiller and headache tree. Noni helps to reduce headaches, which includes migraines and tension type headaches. Noni can also be used to help you with back/neck pain and muscular/nerve pain.

I read at The Total Health Shop website that according to studies from the journal Planta Medica (Analgesic and Behavorial Effects of Morinda Citrifolia; pg 430-434; Oct 1990), Organic Noni Juice was found to be 75% as effective as morphine sulphate in relieving pain without the toxic side effects of morphine. Noni is also non addictive.

Noni acts and fights against bacteria and fungus. The active compounds in the noni plant are said to be plant steroids.

Noni juice contains many antioxidants and results of many tests performed, showed that noni has much better antioxidant acitivity than many others did.

One of my favorite readers and commentors on my blogs, Suzen, from Erasing The Bored,said it best in a comment she left. I wanted to share it with all of you.
Suzen said,
"I'm adding Noni juice to my daily regime. Thanks for this information. I know a lot of people are looking for quick fixes and don't get it. One product/food alone is not the answer, but a well blended daily intake of healthy nutrients is the best preventative medicine available."

Our bodies DO need a variety of healthy nutrients to help keep it healthy and heal. Just one product or food is not the answer.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

What Type of Conditions Can Be Helped By Noni Juice?

It is said that Noni has helped many health conditions. Noni is not a miracle and cannot help any condition without the help of our own body.

Noni supports our immune system and that helps our system to work better. Our immune system has the capability to cure itself, using aids we provide. Researchers of the University of Hawaii discovered that there was a polysaccharide compound (6-D-glucopyranose pentaacetate) found in Noni that increases the ability of our immune system to produce chemicals that enhance the killing power of white blood cells.

White blood cells are known to kill cancer cells, but they also kill other things. They defend us against viruses, bacteria, yeast, amoeba, parasites and other types of invaders.

So Noni enhances or boosts our bodies power to attack unwanted invaders. If one experiences any type of health condition, it is advised to see a physician. If you consider taking Noni or a herb of any kind, this should also be discussed with your physician.

Dr. Schechter, director of the Natural Healing Institute in California, is conducting clinical trials to see if Noni stimulates the production of T-cells in the immune system. T-cells play a vital role in fighting against disease.

Noni also has been linked to fighting many types of bacteria and inhibits pre- cancer function plus the growth of cancer tumors by allowing abnormal cells to function more normally.

Coming Next:

Learn More About Noni Juice

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Are You Aware of

You have seen many posts regarding health and beauty products on this blog. I like bringing awareness to these products, foods, juices etc to your attention because they are beneficial to ones health.

Now I am writing this post to bring awareness to a website that I found that enables you to locate all the products you may be searching for in one place. I know when I am searching for something and want to learn all I can before making a decision or purchase, I am brought from one page to another to another and another.

It can be not only time consuming, but frustrating because I usually cannot find the original page I started on. Has this ever happened to you? is not your ordinary online shopping guide. This site searches out every store which carries the product(s) you are interested in. This means you will be able to compare prices, see what is on sale... all on one site. Shopwiki also does not just show the stores that have paid for advertising their stores, unlike other shopping guides online do. Shopwiki shows each and every store available to you. You can also read reviews which will help in making a better informed decision.

I have been interested in mineral cosmetics of late, which seem to be popping up everywhere. Organic health and beauty products have always been a favorite of mine and when I came across Shopwiki, I was surprised to read information that I wasn't aware of.

I learned the difference between natural and certified-organic products. There was a glossary of ingredients that beauty products may contain, so I know which ones to stay away from. There was information on natural herbal ingredients and what they do to help your skin.

Shopwiki also provided an informational link to a site called Skin Deep, which gives you a list of "high concern" brands. You enter the product (or Company) you want to learn about and the information is right there before you. This I believe, is a very important link to check out.

There are just too many positives and benefits of this site to mention and include in this post. If you are looking for products for the face, body, or oils I have previously posted about, such as emu oil or any other health/beauty product, I do suggest you soak in all the free information Shopwiki provides and get the best price at the same time.

Let me know what you think of this site. Did you learn something you didn't know before? If you would like to be a guest writer here and want to share your thoughts, please reach out to me. I'd love to share you stories...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Noni Juice: Evidence of Healing

Health professionals have reported health improvements as a result of Noni use. Studies have also been done which indicate the same.

Organic Noni Juice has helped the following conditions:


Take 1 oz. of noni juice on an empty stomach half an hour before you eat in the morning.

You may need to have some water or juice to rinse the noni down with. Once your body has gotten used to noni, you can increase the dosage. There are no side effects of noni and there is no chance you can overdose on noni

It is suggested that if you have any type of health condition, you should consult with a physician prior to taking Noni.

Since everyone is different, some people will notice a change immediately. It may take others longer to experience the benefits. It also depends on your overall health situation.

Coming Next:

Monday, February 16, 2009

What is Emu Oil?

If you are looking for a natural product that can treat a variety of conditions you may want to consider Emu Oil. This product can be used for aging skin to stretch marks, sunburn relief, and chronic pain management.

Emu oil is an oil made from the fat of the emu, which is a bird native to Australia. It is a complete neutral lipid. Emu Oil is approximately 70%unsaturated fatty acids: mono-unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, omega-6 fatty acid and omega-3 fatty acid.
These ingredients makes it highly penetrating to the skin.

It has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of burns, wounds, bruises, and as a pain reliever for bone, muscle, and joint disorders.There is some evidence that suggests the oil has medicinal benefits due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties.

It is frequently used topically to soften skin and is found in ointments for dry cracked heels. Studies have shown this oil aids in reducing scar formation. More uses for Emu Oil are: healing burn wounds, muscle sprains, arthritis, foot fungus, eczema and redness of the face.

Recently the cosmetic industry have included Emu Oil in their anti-aging products. This is because Emu oil is an excellent moisturizer and can re-hydrate the skin. It aids in cell rejuvenation, giving the skin a youthful and healthier appearance.

According to Progressive Emu (, which specializes in Emu Oil products, you should never consider a product if it does not carry the American Emu Association certification seal on the packaging. The products should also be tested by the American Oil Chemist Society, which means a certified chemist has certified the product meets the specifications for the Emu Oil fully refined trade rules.

So with all of its' anti-inflammatory, healing properties and omega oils, I believe Emu Oil aids in good health all around. At Progressive Emu you can find a variety of products that are certified: 100% Progressive Emu Oil, Skin and Body Lotions,Sports Cream and Glucosamine Cream which provides relief from inflamed joints and sore muscles. Since it is a cream and not an oral pain reliever, it does not pass through the gastrointestinal tract, so you will not have stomach discomfort.

The Gel caps they offer contain Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids. They are to be taken orally and help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintaining bone health, regulate metabolism, maintain reproductive capability, brain function, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Omega 3 stimulates blood circulation and has shown to lower blood pressure and help rheumatoid arthritis.

If your body needs help, Emu Oil might be the natural product to turn to.

Health Benefits Of Noni Juice

Last March, I was introduced to Acai berry juice by a friend of mine.
I then wrote a series of posts to make my readers aware of the benefits of this amazing juice. See those posts by going Here

In doing some research and also by visiting the Total Health Shop for my products, I found another juice that also has amazing health benefits. By the way, I have found the best prices for these products is on The Total Health Shop. If you do your own comparison shopping, please let me know if you find better deals.

Since being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, I really do try to drink as much fruit, vegetable and these other organic juices as I can to help manage this disease. I find they help maintain my immune system plus I get the additional health benefits.

This series of posts will be about the Benefits of Organic_Tahitian_Noni_Juice.
This, I hope, will give you a better understanding about Noni Juice.

Since the Morinda Citrifolia tree or Noni, is found in Southeast Asia, cultures of the tropics have been aware of the fruit of this tree and its benefits for years and years.
Noni Juice was being used to cleanse and purify their entire system, used as a defense against illness, help aid digestion, heal abrasions, reduce swelling, inflammation and reduce pain.

Noni Juice has also been credited with helping to increase mental clarity and attention span.

When you drink quality Noni Juice, meaning fresh fruit, not diluted and properly processed, the benefits this juice can produce are amazing.

It can support our immune system's ability to fight disease and infection.
Helps our Circulatory system, tissues, and cells. Noni Juice contains antioxidants that help rid the body of harmful free radicals.
Noni Juice aids with proper digestion and helps you absorb more nutrients at the cellular level.

If you decide to try Noni Juice, you can not expect immediate change. You need to allow time for the juice to work its magic and your body to get used to the change. Everyone is different and it depends on your overall health when you begin drinking Noni juice.

Coming Next:
Evidence of Healing

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Repeat After Me...

Dear God,
I pray for the cure of breast cancer.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

House Guide Lines To Live By

I happened upon these House Guide Lines by visiting The Duggar Family's website. For those who are not aware of this family, they are a couple in their early forites who have 18 children. 18! They have a reality show on TLC and can be viewed a few times each week. Check your local listings.

Through their TV show, they share their rock-solid faith and their overriding belief that "children are a blessing from God." They also share the family routines and guidelines they've learned through biblical study and trial and error -- ideas that can help make your home a place of peace, love, and support.

By viewing their website and TV show, you can receive lessons on:
debt-free living,Organizing systems for a clutter-free home,
Homeschooling methods and schedules,Training tips for little ones
Relationship builders for older children,
Favorite Duggar family resources, homemade laundry soap recipe, plus other recipes that go a long way.

By no means do you need to be deeply religious to receive these life lessons or encouragement or feel the inspiration. You just need an open heart. I have never before seen a family like this one. They have such strong values, the love and the faith that make them unique and very successful. We all should be so lucky! Not too many people truly believe or live their beliefs...

Something that really struck me were their House Guidelines. I've posted them below to share because more people should live by these words.

The House Guidelines
* Always use soft words, even when you don’t feel well.
* Always display kind actions and joyful attitudes, even if you have been mistreated. Have the right response by quickly forgiving others in your heart even before they ask.
* Always be enthusiastic and look for opportunities to praise others' character.
* Always deflect praise and be grateful to God and others for the ways they have benefited your life.
* Always use manners and be respectful of others and their belongings.
* Always do what is right, even when others may not, or when no one is looking.
* Thank God for how He made you, for what He has given you and everything He allows you to go through. (Romans 8:28)
* Don’t mock or put others down. Develop compassion and pray for others.
* Never argue, complain, or blame. Quickly admit when you have done wrong and ask for forgiveness (even if you were only 10% at fault). Don't wait till you’re caught. * Be sure your sins will find you out. He who covers his sin will not prosper, but he that confesses and forsakes it shall find mercy.
* Have a tough accountability/prayer partner to daily share your heart with and to keep you in line (your parents, spouse). The power of sin is in secrecy.
* Be attentive and look for ways to serve others with sincere motives and no thought of self-gain. * Think pure thoughts (Philippians 4:8, Romans 13:14).
* Always give a good report of others. Don't gossip! Never tale-bear unless physical harm will come to someone. (Use Matthew 18.)
* Never raise a hand to hit.
* Never raise a foot to kick.
* Never raise an object to throw.
* Never raise a voice to yell.
* Never raise an eye to scowl.
* Use one toy/activity at a time. Share!
* Do your best to keep your surroundings neat, clean and organized.
* Never let the sun go down on your wrath. (Don’t go to bed angry or guilty)
* Amendment J.O.Y. -
Put Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.

If you need a dose of inspiration, encouragement, faith, love, support etc...please do check out their website and/or watch this show. You WILL be glad you did

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Celebration and New Beginnings

As February begins, it reminds me that soon we will be observing the start of a most religious holiday.

If you are Christian/Catholic, the end of the month begins Lent, which preceeds Easter by 40 days. At this time, not only am I reminded of why we celebrate Easter, but my thoughts turn to spring...feeling renewed energy...when the trees and plants come to life. The overall feeling of new beginnings bring about such warm feelings.

I remember when my son was small, we use to celebrate Easter with an Easter Party. Before our big dinner, we would color Easter eggs and then have an Easter egg hunt. It has been many years since I have done that, but now I have a young niece who I want to experience that with.

At, I found great ways I can bring the feeling of Easter to my niece. From teaching her the meaning of Easter by sharing the history which I believe in and reading her poems, to obtaining craft ideas to do with her, tips and even traditional recipes to enjoy. I'm glad to have found this site. Everything I need is in one place.

Of course is not solely dedicated to Easter. They cover every imaginable event, celebration, theme party and entertaining idea. I joined their mailing list to receive their newsletter and bookmarked this site for future reference. You most likely will too!

Friday, January 30, 2009

An Inspirational Reminder

I just posted this inspirational story at my Circle of Women blog and I wanted to share this story here also. This story contains a message... a lesson and a reminder about life.

Why is it that we 'remember' while reading something or watching a movie that touches us that we should not take things for granted? To realize things are not really greener on the other side...To remember to love, be kind, live an honest life, treat others respectively and with a kind heart. We may remember for a short time, but then we forget...until the next time something crosses our path in which we remember again.

Unfortunately, for some, it takes a sad moment or an illness or losing a loved one to remember. I truly wish no one must go through a sad experience to remember how important life is...that life is a gift and we should not take it for granted or our loved ones.

This story touched me. In case someone has forgotten...

A Story to live by

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always
there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see
the world, I will marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages
came off, she was able to see everything, including her

He asked her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The
girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The
sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected
that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life
led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her
saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before
they were yours, they were mine.'

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who
was always by their side in the most painful situations.

Life Is a Gift

Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't

Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone
who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone
who's crying out to GOD for a companion.

Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who died
too early on this earth.

Before you complain about your children - Think of someone who
desires children but they're barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn't clean or
sweep - Think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who
walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the
unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning
another - Remember that not one of us is without sin.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on
your face and think: you're alive and still

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


You can't be beaten at anything, until you quit in your own mind.
There is no failure except in your not trying.
There is no defeat except from within.

You have no real insurmountable barrier except your own inherent weakness of purpose. The odds are with you if you keep on trying.

Consider yourself on a very long journey.
Sustain your personal vision of success until you achieve it.
In the end, you can fail only if you don't try.

Winning isn't everything, but wanting to is.
Success is a road that's paved with perseverance.

© Copyright 2009
Reproduce freely but maintain Copyright notice.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Isn't Our Brain Amazing?

You may have received this in an email and wondered...How Could I read This Paragraph of Mispelled words? When I first saw this, I was amazed that I actually could read and understand what I was reading.

Can You Read and Understand The Below Paragraph?

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by ist lef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

It is said that we generally just read the first and last letters and have a quick recognition of the shape and content of the entire word. We process the written language in a dozen different brain areas. In most people, the left hemisphere of the brain is used the most.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

How Well Do You Sleep?

If you have trouble falling asleep or toss and turn all night, you are not alone. Millions of people do not get a good nights sleep. I sometimes find myself not feeling refreshed upon awakening and that truly affects my day. My mind is off, my body is achy.

Simple changes we can make will bring us better sleep. Our mind, body and soul will benefit.

Regular day exercise can help sleep. Believe it or not, as little as twenty to thirty minutes of activity during the day helps. Exercising close to bed time actually stimulates the body. Keep a regular bedtime schedule, including weekends. Overall sleep will be better if you do this.

Our mind and body associate 'light' with being awake and the opposite for sleep.
Your bedroom should be quiet, dark and a comfortable temperature with proper ventilation.

Make your bedroom the place for sleep. Don't associate your bed with work. Do you sometimes balance your checkbook on the bed while the TV is on? or finish that work you've brought home? Your bedroom should be the place where you go to relax, to sleep.

What about your bed? Is it large enough? Can you stretch out and turn comfortably or are you cramped? All these factors affect your quality of sleep. I usually wake up with aches in my back, so I know a new bed and mattress is a must. Shopping for beds has me stumped. There are so many choices. Does it matter what a bed looks like? I just want my bed to appeal to me. This way I want to be in it!

Surfing the web, I came across Time4SleepBeds. The choices are overwhelming: Leather Beds,Wooden Beds, beds for children, Metal Beds,French Style Beds,Antique Style Beds, to name a few. Then there's the decision of picking the mattress. I know it will be better for my back to pick a firm mattress. Maybe with a pillow top. I now use an egg crate on top of the mattress to make my back feel better, but my mattress is so old, that I'm not truly benefiting from it.

Does anyone have recommendations on what type of bed or mattress helps with back issues? If you also have some tips to getting a better night's sleep, please do share.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Eat These 8 Foods For Your Health

My friend from work let me borrow this great book called, Eat This, Not That. It was jam packed with easy to understand information about food. As the title suggests, it gives you information on what to eat vs. what not to eat. Like when you go into a restaurant or fast food place…it gives information (calories, fat etc…) on the food choices you have, so you can make a better choice based on grams of fat, sodium etc. For the size of this book (small), I couldn’t believe how many restaurants, fast food places, coffee shops etc this book included.

What really blew me away was this fact: One chicken marsala dish at The Olive Garden contained 86 grams of fat. Ok, so I thought it would be a high number, but 86?! Wow…then you have to include everything else you’ve eaten during the day, so your fat intake is probably what you should have for an entire week.

According to this book, eating healthy shouldn’t be so difficult. Along with making smart food choices, if you include these 8 foods everyday, it will boost your eating ‘health’.

Ø Spinach: is a rich source of plant based omega-3’s, folate, lutein and a noted muscle builder. Spinach helps reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. Folate increases blood flow to protect you against age related sexual issues and lutein fights macular degeneration. Aim for 1 cup fresh or ½ cup cooked spinach each day. You could also substitute kale, bok choy or romaine lettuce for spinach

Ø Yogurt: contains millions of probiotic organisms that reinforce beneficial bacteria in your body. This helps to boost your immune system and protects you against cancer. Make sure the yogurt you’re eating states on the label: live & active cultures. Aim for 1 cup each day

Ø Tomatoes: Red are best because they contain more antioxidant lycopene, which decreases your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin and stomach cancers, as well as reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Aim for about 8 red cherry tomatoes or a glass of tomato juice a day. You can substitute red watermelon, pink grapefruit, Japanese persimmon, papaya or guva for tomatoes.

Ø Carrots: they are associated with reducing a wide range of cancers, as well as risk an/or severity of inflammatory conditions (asthma, arthritis). Aim for ½ cup each day. You can substitute sweet potato, pumkin, butternut squash, yellow bell pepper or mango.

Ø Blueberries: they help prevent cancer, diabetes and age related memory changes. They are rich in vitamin c, which boosts cardiovascular health. Aim for 1 cup a day or ½ cup frozen or dried.

Ø Black Beans: All beans are good for your heart, but black beans boost your brain power, which is due to the anthocyanins and antioxidant compounds it contains. Aim for ½ cup per day. You can substitute peas, lentils, pinto, kidney, fava, or lima beans.

Ø Walnuts: Contains more heart healthy omega 3’s than salmon and has more anti-inflammortary polyphenols than red wine and packs half as much muscle building protein as chicken. Just 7 nuts per day. You can substitute almonds, peanuts, pistachios, macadamia or hazelnuts.

Ø Oats: Contains soluble fiber which lowers the risk of heart disease, but do contain a lot of carbs. These carbs release those sugars slowly due to the fiber, but also because oats contain grams of protein. Aim for ½ cup per day. Can substitute quinoa, flaxseed or wild rice.

Here’s a power nutrient rich smoothie recipe:

Blend 1 cup low fat yogurt, 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 cup carrot juice and 1 cup fresh baby spinach…That's it! enjoy...

If you want more nutritional information, tips, food cures and a section dedicated to children's dangers regarding food etc… check out Eat This, Not That

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Eat For Your Eyes and Brain Boosters

Eating For Your Eyes

I have read that people who ate two servings of fish weekly benefited 50% decrease in the risk of age related degeneration. For eye health, it is suggested your diet contains eggs, leafy greens, broccoli, winter squash and Brussels sprouts. These contain antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as vitamin C and E, zinc and beta carotene.

Brain Boosters

If you keep your heart healthy, you are keeping your brain healthy. I’ve mentioned before how Omega 3 fatty acids and whole grains are good for your heart…but they are good for your brain and mental health too. Research shows that diets rich in Vitamin C and E are associated with lower levels of cognitive impairment in aging. Eating a lot of fruits and Vitamin C can also reduce the risk of stroke.

Keeping your mind sharp, can be as easy as Vitamins B12, C, E and folate. In the lean protein of turkey you will get Vitamin B12 and folate.

Turkey & Wild Mushroom Hash Cakes
2 cups chopped shiitake mushrooms caps (about 4 oz)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups chopped cooked turkey breast
2 cups mashed cooked baking potatoes
3/4 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) divided
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushrooms and garlic to pan and saute 5 minutes. Sir frequently. Combine mushroom mixture, turkey, potatoes, 1/4 cup panko and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into 1/2 inch think patty. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Dredge patties in remaining 1/2 cup panko.

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 patties, cook 2 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining patties.

Broccoli with Garlic & Red Pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper and 2 minced garlic cloves, saute 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup water and 1 pound trimmed broccoli, saute 2 minutes. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 10 minutes.

Compliment recipes above with some cranberry sauce.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Better Bones and Heart

I think most of us realize that our bodies need calcium, but did you know that Vitamin D and Phosphorus work together with calcium to build stronger bones?

Leafy greens and vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli contain calcium, but the body absorbs calcium best from dairy products. Dairy is abundant not only with calcium, but in phosphorous and vitamin D as well. Some non dairy foods high in calcium include canned salmon, sardines and fortified tofu.

Anything 'green' is still good for bones. Broccoli, kale, bok choy contain a little calcium, but offer vitamin K, which boosts bone mineralization.

Whole grains, fatty fish, fresh fruits and vegetables help keep our heart in good condition. Two and a half servings of whole grains each day can reduce heart attack and stroke by 21%. Whole grains are rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. Almonds, peanuts and green leafy vegetables also contain vitamin E, which help maintain our blood vessels.

Soluble fiber from fruits fruits, vegetables and nuts help to lower harmful LDL cholesterol and control weight, which aids in heart health.

You can also cut your risk of heart attack further by eating fish high in omega 3 (like salmon, mackerel or trout). Omega 3 makes platelets in our blood less sticky and helps reduce clotting.

Omega 3 can also be find in walnuts and flaxseed.

The below recipe offers fiber, whole grains, plenty of Vitamins B6 and E, and folate to maintain heart health:

Wild Rice and Barley Salad
1 3/4 cups fat free, less sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup cooked brown and wild rice mix
1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
3/4 cup rinsed ad drained chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup sliced Green onions
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 40 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.Remove from heat, let stand, covered for about 5 minutes. Spoon rice mixture into medium bowl. Add chickpeas, raisins and green onions.

Combine vinegar and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk. Pour over barley mixture. toss well. over and chill about 2 hours. Stir in the basil and almonds.
Servings: 8