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.

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