Thursday, March 28, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE

Dear Readers:

This week's recipe is a little sweet something for either breakfast or a treat to go with that late night cup of coffee or tea.  AND it has one of my favorite ingredients - Blueberries.  This week we are making Blueberry Coffee Cake.  
  
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Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SERVICE DOG EASE SYMPTOMS OF PTSD

Dear Readers:  

Back on October 9, 2012,  I posted an article about the withdraw of funds for those military veterans with PTSD (post traumatic stress disease) (follow the link and scroll down to the article, "Service Dogs for Vets with PTSD" - click here ).  The vet I talked about at the beginning of the article has been featured in the following article on Yahoo.com (see below or click here to read the article) and I have his permission to reproduce it here:

Service Dog Eases Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress

Pooch Replaces Pills


Motivated by the events of September 11, 2001, Andy joined the Army National Guard. He deployed to Iraq in 2004 as a combat medic in a scout platoon, and completed over 400 combat missions. A year after returning, he deployed again, this time tasked with training Iraqi Army medics. When he finally came home for good, Andy dealt with the demons of PTSD, depression, and survivor's guilt. After seeking treatment at the Veteran's Administration, he was taking 19 pills every day, and was barely functioning, crippled by hypervigilance and self-isolation. 
"I stayed mad at the world, depressed, ready to fight at the blink of an eye…I had shut myself off from society," Andy reveals. 

This soldier's story is not unique. Tens of thousands of veterans report similar symptoms, many fully able to cope and reintegrate with the civilian world. Those who are not able to function are likely to be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. 

Bundy, a service dog, makes Andy's story different. A friendly canine with questionable lineage and occasional digestive issues, Bundy came into Andy's life three years ago and brought him back from the brink. 

Andy and Bundy went through obedience classes together to get acquainted, and shortly thereafter, Andy found himself leaving the house more frequently, Bundy in tow, participating in a few of the activities he had once enjoyed. 

"He loves and craves attention, which makes me converse with people when he approaches them or they approach us," Andy states. "I go shopping for clothes in the mall now, instead of ordering online. I go grocery shopping on a more regular basis, although it is still very difficult some days." 

Andy has overcome his obstacles and continued his life, using his GI Bill benefits to graduate Cum Laude from East Tennessee State University. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Social Work, and hopes to assist other veterans. Andy even founded a local chapter of the Student Veterans of America.
 
Bundy's role as a service dog is still misunderstood at times, as he isn't a seeing eye dog, so occasionally the stocky combat vet has to argue for his right to access certain businesses. 
The students and staff of ETSU are now used to Bundy, and find him a comforting sight. Andy now takes only four pills a day, saves hundreds each month in pharmacy costs, and enjoys companionship and a sense of security.
"I would not be alive if not for my service dog Bundy."

At press time, VA funding for service dogs is extremely limited, but many private organizations such as Warrior Canine Connection and Paws4People offer assistance and information.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - PORK CHOPS AND QUINOA BLEND WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS

Dear Readers:

Once again, a quick and easy meal for those of us who work and come home and prepare dinner.  This is husband approved (mine) and don't say this too loud...it's healthy.  For those of you who are vegan or vegetarian, you can adapt this to your eating style.  Pork Chops and Quinoa Blend with Caramelized Onions.  Hope you enjoy it.  
 
Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
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Enjoy!
Helen

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kind Gesture Toward Girlfriend of Deployed Soldier Becomes Internet Sensation


The story of a good deed has spread like wildfire online since Sunday, when an anonymous do-gooder left a kind note and $40 on a woman’s windshield in a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot.

“I noticed the sticker on the back of your car,” the note read, referring to a “Half my Heart is in Afghanistan” bumper sticker. “Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving. Him deployed and you for waiting.” It was signed “United States veteran” and “God Bless.”

The woman, Samantha Ford, a mother of two who lives outside of Boston, quickly snapped a photo of the note and the cash, and shared it on the Facebook page “Our Deployment: 101,” a sort of online support community for people affiliated with the military.

“I just thought I would share with you all what happened to me today!” Ford wrote when she posted the photo. “Came out of Dunkin’ Donuts and found this under my windshield wiper. There are no words to describe how I'm feeling right now. Tears in my eyes. I just wish I could thank whoever did this! God bless our troops and all of those who stand behind them.”

By Tuesday morning, the post had a million and a half “likes,” had inspired more than 43,000 comments, and had been shared nearly 200,000 times.

“It was crazy!!” Ford said in an email to TODAY.com, adding that she’d spoken to her boyfriend Sunday night and told him about the gesture. “He was so touched, and he said it’s people like this that make him proud to be an American Soldier. We are forever grateful and we will DEFINITELY be paying it forward! God bless our troops!”

According to TODAY.com, her deployed boyfriend, Albert DeSimone, is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division based in Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Ford also said she hopes the photo will inspire others to appreciate the country’s military.

“They are all heroes,” she said. “I just happen to be in love with one.”

Sunday, March 17, 2013

THE MOST NOTORIOUS HEALTH MYTHS


Dear Readers:

Came across this news article, and wanted to share and give you something to think about:

The most notorious health myths
Published March 17, 2013    FoxNews.com

We are bombarded with health tips every day, but some of those messages may be harmful if you don’t get the facts straight.

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Real Cause Real Cure, spoke with Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor for FoxNews.com, about some of the most notorious health myths.

Myth #1: Arthritis medication is the best treatment for arthritis.
According Teitelbaum, more than 30,000 unnecessary deaths occur each year from arthritis medications.  

“If you take a look at things like ibuprofen or the standard arthritis medication, 16,500 bleeding ulcer deaths a year in the United States from those medications – and the doubling and tripling of heart attack and stroke risk.”

While Teitelbaum says it’s better to be on medication than to be in pain, there are natural remedies for arthritis that are much safer.  End Pain, which is a mix of willow bark and boswellia, has shown to be twice as effective as ibuprofen in studies, Teitelbaum noted.  Also, Curamin and boswellia were found to be more effective than Celebrex.  And rather than getting side effects, the natural remedies provide side benefits – such as decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and the risk of cancer.

Myth #2: You need to take calcium to treat osteoporosis.
A very controversial claim Teitelbaum makes is that taking calcium is for osteoporosis can actually do more harm than good.

“Osteoporosis is not calcium deficiency, and the calcium has very little benefit,” he said.  “But recent studies show that it can increase heart attack deaths up to 31 percent – which is massive.”

Instead of taking unnecessary calcium, Teitelbaum says to simply drink more milk and other natural sources of the element.  But more importantly, since the calcium isn’t exactly needed, individuals with osteoporosis can take minerals, such as Strontium – which has been shown to be almost twice as effective as medications.  Magnesium, vitamin D, boron and other nutrients help increase bone density and the production of healthy new bone.

Myth #3: Antacids are necessary to treat indigestion.
Many Americans suffer from indigestion, and numerous medications purport to relieve symptoms from the embarrassing condition.  However, Teitelbaum says that antacids don’t exactly treat the source of the problem.

“Indigestion is not too much stomach acid; it’s poor digestion,” Teitelbaum said.  “If you don’t have what you need to digest your food, you eat this big mega-meal, and an hour later, it’s still sitting in your stomach.”

In order to aid digestion, Teitelbaum suggests taking digestive enzymes, such as Digest Gold.  Whatever brand you use, make sure they are 100 percent plant-based enzymes.  Probiotic culture found in yogurts and supplement are also helpful in the lower abdomen, relieving gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.

Myth #4:  Avoid the sun.
Teitelbaum said the myth that people should avoid the sun at all costs probably results in tens of thousands of unnecessary cancer deaths each year.

“Most of the deadly skin cancers, called melanomas, are not in sun-exposed areas,” he said.  “They’re increasing because of poor immune function, from poor sleep, poor nutrition and other factors.”

The skin cancers caused by sunshine are usually not the dangerous kinds, Teitelbaum said.  Instead, sunshine is critical for vitamin D, an important hormone and vitamin.  Without vitamin D, individuals can have an increased risk of breast cancer, autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

Also, Teitelbaum has simple advice to balance damage versus benefit when it comes to the sun: “Avoid sunburn, not sunshine,” Teitelbaum said.

Myth #5: Heart failure is a death sentence.
One of the biggest causes of death for many Americans is heart failure, but the condition does not necessarily mean a person’s time is up.

“It’s very easy to improve heart muscle function using natural remedies that play very well with the medication,” Teitelbaum said.  “Certainly blood thinners that you want to get through doctors are okay before you add anything to those, but things like Coenzyme Q10, 200 mg a day will markedly improve heart function.”

Ribose, a simple energy nutrient, can help heart function, along with Acetyl Carnitine, magnesium and B-vitamins.  Ultimately these supplements help improve muscle function.

“The heart beats more efficiently, and therefore the symptoms often go away,” Teitelbaum said.

Myth #6: Thyroid screenings are accurate.
When it comes to the thyroid screening methodology doctors use today, Teitelbaum says doctors don’t understand what ‘normal’ means.  He says it means you’re not in the highest or lowest 2 percent of the population.

“You have to treat the person, not just the blood test,” Teitelbaum said. “People whose thyroid levels are in the low-normal range, versus high-normal, have a 69 percent increased risk of dying of heart attack.  People with mild, low thyroid – where many doctors say we don’t need to treat it – if you do treat it, their heart attack risk goes down by more than 30 percent.”

Patients who are treated for mild to low thyroid often see increased energy levels, weight loss, and healthier skin and hair – among other benefits, Teitelbaum added.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

RETIRED HUSBAND? BEWARE!

Dear Readers:

A funny email to share:

RETIRED HUSBAND

After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target.  Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out.  Equally unfortunate,my wife is like most women - she loves to browse.  Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target:  

Dear Target Customer:

Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store.  We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store.  Our complaints against your husband are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras: 
  1. June 15:  He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people's carts when they weren't looking. 
  2. July 2:  Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals. 
  3. July 7:  He made a trail from a jar of brown gravy on the floor leading to both the ladies and men's restrooms.
  4. July 19:  Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, "Code 3 in Housewares.  Get on it right away."  This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money.
  5. August 4:  Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.
  6. August 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.
  7. August 15:  Set up a tent in the camping department and told children shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.   
  8. August 23:  When a clerk asked if they could help him, he began crying and screamed, "Why can't you people just leave me alone?"  EMTs were called.
  9. September 4:  Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.
  10. September 10:  While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.
  11. October 3:   Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the 'Mission Impossible' theme.
  12. October 6:  In the auto department, he practiced his 'Madonna look' by using different sizes of funnels.
  13. October 18:  Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled "PICK ME! PICK ME!"
  14. October 21:  When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed, "OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN."                                                                                                            And last, but not least:
  15. October 23:  Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, "Hey!  There's not toilet paper in here."  One of the clerks passed out.        


EVER HEAR OF MEDICARE PART G?

Dear Readers:

Once again, an email from a friend.  I don't know if I think this is funny because it is 1:47 AM or it is just goofy enough to be true. 
 

Medicare, Part G

You're a sick senior citizen and the government says there is no nursing home care available for you. So what do you do?

Our plan gives anyone 65 years, or older, a gun (G) and 4 bullets.
You are allowed to shoot four Politicians.

Of course, this means you'll be sent to prison, where you will receive three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating and air conditioning and all the health care you need.

 

Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That's great.
Need a new hip, knees, kidney, lungs or heart? They're all covered.

As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you at least as often as they do now.

And who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you they can't afford for you to go into a home.

And, you can get rid of 4 useless politicians while you're at it.

Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay income taxes anymore.

Is this a great country or what?     

Thursday, March 14, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - SPANISH RICE PRONTO

Dear Readers:

This week's recipe is one from my teenage years (no comments!).  It was one that I made often because is was so simple.  I still make it today, but have updated it, as you will see when you look at the recipe.  It is called Spanish Rice Pronto.

Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE     
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE

For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the  'Archived Recipes' pages (4).  

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Enjoy!
Helen
 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - LEMON PUDDING with CRUMB MIXTURE TOPPING


Dear Readers:

You all have heard the old saying, "when you have lemons, make lemonade".  Well this week we aren't making lemonade, but we are making Lemon Pudding.  This is a very old recipe and I will write it as it was originally written with some suggestions on how to adapt it for today.  

Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE     
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE

For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the  'Archived Recipes' pages (4).  

If you would like to receive a weekly email from me when I post a recipe, notify me at hjcouponlady30@gmail.com and I will place you on my list.  As stated in my privacy policy, I do not share email information with other parties.

Enjoy!
Helen

Sunday, March 3, 2013

MASTER CARPENTER!


MASTER CARPENTER

Whether you're a bird person or not, this is stunning!!! Not to detract from the sheer magic of it, but in practical terms, how MANY trips would a bird have to make with that tiny little quantity of mud/clay it could carry? (and how far from the nest is the source?)

If you take the construction of a circular bowl in your stride as instinctive how the heck does the bird come up with the windbreak/entrance design that shields the eggs/chicks from the elements and at what point in fashioning the bowl do they start to construct it?











Even if you think you could build this… Try it without using your hands!

And now…stop to consider this: Where did the knowledge to do this come from?

TRULY THERE HAS TO BE A “MASTER CARPENTER”?