Saturday, August 31, 2013

HAVE THYROID ISSUES??? READ MY STORY

Dear Readers:

I was diagnosed as being hypothyroid about 35 years ago.  I was going along pretty well until about 15 years ago.  I noticed that many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism returned, slow pulse, high blood pressure, severe ridges in the nails, low body temperature, just to name a few.  I started hunting for a doctor who would treat me and my symptoms, even though at that time my TSH was within normal range.  Every physican I came in contact with kept telling me that my blood work was normal, and that something else must be wrong, but they couldn't find anything. 

So, I began to educate my self about the condition, and about four years ago, I 'brow beated' my then current physican to switch me from the synthetic thyroid medication to the natural (Armour) thyroid medication.  With much dragging of feet on the doctor's part, the change was made.  However, after the initial change to 90 mg of Armour, the majority of the symptoms were still not disappearing. The blow came when the doctor lowered the dosage to 60 mgs based on the lab results.  I did more research and then I came back a few weeks later and told the doctor that I was not feeling well on the new dosage.  I pleaded with him to treat me and my symptoms and not test. Then I showed him an article where the new ranges recommended for TSH by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists were 0.3 to 3.04.  The lab used by the doctor's office was still using the old ranges of 0.5 to 5.0,  However, the doctor would not budge, saying the lab was correct. 

Needless to say, that doctor is no longer my physician.  I am now under the care of someone who is working on getting all of my symptoms under control and I am feeling much better.  Oh yes, I take 90 mg of Armour in the morning and 60 mg in the evening.  I am finally starting to feel human.

This long story is a result of an article I read today.  I have provided the link for you below.  What I particularly like about the article is the last sentence in the last paragraph, which is made by a DOCTOR...“Find a doctor who treats the person, not just the lab tests,” says Miller. “If you’re feeling better at a certain dosage—that should carry just as much weight as the lab results.”

All I can say is AMEN!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - POT ROAST WITH A TWIST

Dear Readers:

There are times when nothing satisfies an appetite like a pot roast.  Whether you cook it in the oven or in a crockpot, it makes the whole house smell wonderful.  That said, this week's recipe is Pot Roast with a Twist.
   
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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Saturday, August 24, 2013

ARE YOU SOMEONE WHO LIKES TO SPEND TIME IN THE OUT-OF-DOORS? HERE'S SOME WILD ANIMAL SURVIVAL TIPS

Dear Readers:

Once again I came across an interesting article about surviving wild animal encounters.  Since my children have grown, I no longer go hiking or camping, and fortunately have never run into a situation where we had to deal with this situation, but I still thought that this would be an interesting article for those of you who do.   

Although you are more likely to have an encounter with the worst of the predators, Man, than with a wild animal the number one survival technique that the article stressed and that applies in both situations (animal or man) is "be aware of your surroundings.  Click on the link provided below:

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/08/22/tips-for-surviving-wild-animal-encounter/

Thursday, August 22, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - VIENNESE CHICKEN

Dear Readers:

Sorry vegetarians and vegans, this weeks recipe is not for you.  I have many chicken recipes and this one is a simple one.  You can use a whole chicken, or buy just chicken breasts (boneless) and cut them into medallions.  This recipe will serve 6 and it is called Viennese Chicken. 

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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Sunday, August 18, 2013

GLOBAL WARMING??? Hmmm...

Dear Readers:

Read an interesting article about Global Warming.  It starts with:

Distorted data? Feds close 600 weather stations amid criticism they're situated to report warming.

Data from hundreds of weather stations located around the U.S. appear to show the planet is getting warmer, but some critics say it's the government's books that are getting cooked -- thanks to temperature readings from sweltering parking lots, airports and other locations that distort the true state of the climate.

To read the rest of the article click HERE

Saturday, August 17, 2013

WHEN DOES THE NONSENCE STOP!

Dear Readers:

By now you have an idea that I honor and respect the military men and women who serve our country.  With much humility I will tell you that my family has been honored to serve our country in every major confict since the country's foundings.   That being said, I am appalled with the so called trial of the terrorist for the Fort Hood murders.  The surviving victims of this "workplace violence" (don't make me laugh) are getting no benefits or recognition i.e. Purple Heart, because it is being classified as workplace violence. 

Today, I came across an article that deals with the Purple Heart issue.  Click on the link to read...

Hasan vs. victims -- Obama White House betrays Ft. Hood heroes

Thursday, August 15, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - CURRIED POTATOES (Gluttn Free, Vegetarian, Vegan)

Dear Readers:

Are you tired of the same ole potatoes?  Looking for a new way to serve them?  Here's  a potato recipe with a lot of flavor - Curried Potatoes.  Can be use for those people who are glutten free, vegetarian, or vegan. 

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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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

ELVIS LIVES!!

IF YOU EVERY DOUBTED THAT ELVIS LIVES...OR AT LEAST REINCARNATED.  THIS IS SO FUNNY...ENJOY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1YUeWKf4WA

Monday, August 12, 2013

NOW THIS MAKES SENSE!

Dear Readers:

I know some will not agree with replacing Obamacare, but please read to the end of this article.  It makes a lot of sense and will save taxpayer dollars. 

Repeal and Replace Obamacare With This
By Michael Busler
Monday, August 12, 2013
At a recent press conference President Obama chastised members of Congress for spending so much time trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare as most refer to it. He said that members of Congress are trying to deny health care coverage to 30 million Americans, eliminate a provision that covers children on their parents plan up to the age of 26 and eliminate benefits for the prescription drug "donut hole" for seniors. Why, he wondered, do they make this issue their primary concern?

The reality of course is different. Those who want to repeal Obamacare want to do so primarily because the law is a "train wreck" as many have referred to it. Adding 30 million people, who can't afford to pay for their own health care, will drive up the health care cost for the other 300 million Americans who can afford to pay for healthcare and/or supplements. Prior to the law, paying for health care and prescription drugs was too expensive. Paying for health care, prescription drugs and a huge government bureaucracy will only be more expensive.

In addition, every poll indicates that the majority of Americans do not want this law and actually fear its implementation. Small businesses are afraid that the increased cost will reduce their profit significantly and may drive them out of business. Young people fear that forcing them to buy insurance that people in their 20's don't really need, will be a heavy burden on top of their school loans and the lack of opportunity that the President's economic policies have produced. And the rest of us fear the higher taxes from the individual mandate tax, the employer mandate tax, the surtax on investment income, the excise tax on comprehensive insurance plans, the increase in the Medicare payroll tax, the medicine cabinet tax, the HSA withdrawal tax, the cap on spending accounts, the tax on medical device manufacturers, the reduction in medical itemized deductions, the indoor tanning tax, an increase in the excise tax on tobacco, the excise tax on charitable hospitals, the tax on innovative drug companies, the tax on health insurers, and the "black liquor" tax. There are a total of 21 new or increased taxes, some which have already gone into effect.

But the President did raise one very interesting point. While Congress is trying desperately to repeal Obamacare they have not suggested any specific replacement plan. How about this one?

First off, let's determine exactly the problem. The problem is that 1) the price of health care is too high and rapidly increasing and 2) there is not enough reasonably priced services available to cover the needs of the population. In other words the price is too high and the quantity too low. How do we fix this?

The basic concept for a solution is not that difficult to see. In a specific market, whenever the price is too high and the quantity too low, we fix the problem by increasing the supply. This puts downward pressure on price and increases the quantity available. In the market for healthcare services, a better plan is to vastly increase the supply of doctors and other medical professionals. By doing this, there would be more services available to the market. This would add competition which always results in significant downward pressure on price, increases in the quantity of services available and vast improvements in the quality of services. That is, when supply increases, prices fall and the quantity rises.

There are probably 2 to 4 qualified applicants to medical school for every opening. If we built more medical schools and increased enrollments at existing medical schools, it would take four years to see the increase in supply to reach the market. Once there, the doctors would compete for business by offering lower priced and more efficiently delivered health care services.

If the lower price was still out of reach for some Americans we could simply expand Medicaid and/or construct clinics. Perhaps we offer a program to medical students where, instead of them having huge debts from medical school, the taxpayers would cover the medical school cost. In return the new doctors pledge to work in Medicaid type clinics for a short time at a modest salary.

The other part of the solution would be tort reform. The problem here is that lawyers are encouraged to seek huge rewards in malpractice cases, primarily because they receive a percentage, often one fourth to on third, of the settlement. To cure this we change the way attorney's bill from a percentage of the award to a multiple of their normal rate. This recognizes the increased risk to the lawyer of taking a contingency case, even though the data indicates that lawyers win about 90% of the contingency cases they represent. In other words a lawyer agrees to contingency billing only when she is about 90% certain of at least some reward.

So if their hourly rate was $500 for regular cases they could charge two or three times that for contingency cases. This would likely reduce the size of the settlements and eliminate the incentive for lawyers to build a huge case.

Repealing Obamacare is a good start, perhaps leaving in place those components that the majority of people want. Then we replace it with a plan to vastly increase the number of doctors and other medical professionals, while instituting tort reform, which changes the billing practices of attorneys. For those still not able to purchase health care services, Medicaid or some type of government clinics, staffed by new doctors who use their employment in these clinics to satisfy the cost of medical schools, would be available.

This is a true market based solution.

Michael Busler, Ph.D. is a public policy analyst and an Associate Professor at Richard Stockton College.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

21 MONTHS OLD ELLA MAE SINGS ELVIS!




At 21 months old, Ella Mae is still stuck in the confines of her car seat, but that doesn’t stop her from making the most of it. It turns out Ella Mae can "sing with the King." Watch what happens when her dad turns on Elvis Presley’s “An American Trilogy” HERE.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

DOGS ARE TRULY YOUR BEST FRIEND!

Dear Readers: 

My husband and I are the proud parents of three rescue dogs, Beck, a basset hound; Maxine, a Shar pei / Duchshund mix; Patches, a Beagle and who knows mix.  Fortunately, we have a large fenced in back yard for them to play in, and they have become our dog kids. 

I love to read stories about dogs helping humans, especially those who assist the disabled or the ill.  Yesterday I read again such a story and wanted to share.  It begins:

"Researchers trying to develop a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer are hoping dogs' keen sense of smell will lead them down the right path."  

Friday, August 9, 2013

DRINKING HOT CHOCOLATE MAY HELP KEEP BRAIN HEALTHY, STUDY FINDS

Dear Readers:

As some of you may know, I have a fondness for chocolate.  So while cruising the web I came across this article.  It starts:

Want to ward off dementia later in life? Chocolate may be the answer.

Consuming just two cups of hot chocolate a day may help elderly adults who are experiencing impaired blood flow to have healthier brains and improved thinking skills, new research claims...

This is my kind of 'study'...to read more click on the link below:
 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - HAM AND EGG PIE

Dear Readers:

This week's recipe is a good one for using that leftover ham in the refrigerator - Ham and Egg Pie.  Great for breakfast or a light dinner.    

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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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DO YOU KNOW THE 10 STROKE SYMPTOMS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW?

10 stroke symptoms everyone should know
By Karen Pallarito                       Published August 06, 2013                       Health.com

A stroke—a decrease in blood flow to the brain due to a clot or bleeding—is a medical emergency. And doctors often say “time is brain,” meaning the quicker you get treatment, the less likely it is that your brain tissue will be permanently damaged. About 80 percent of strokes are due to a clot (ischemic strokes) and the rest are due to bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke).

“There are treatments available for stroke that need to be provided within the first 3-4 hours, such as clot-busting medications. That is why urgent attention is critical,” Dr. Seemant Chaturvedi, professor of neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, said. So don’t waste time wondering if you should go to the hospital. If you or someone you know has the following symptoms, call 911.

Trouble seeing or blurry vision
Stroke can cause double vision, blurred vision or loss of vision in one eye.  But it may not be as well recognized as facial weakness, arm weakness, and speech problems.  When 1,300 people in the U.K. were asked what symptoms occur in stroke, only 44 percent knew vision loss is a strong indicator.

Difficulty speaking or confusion
When former Chicago Bears coach and Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka suffered what doctors told him was a “very minor stroke,” one of the symptoms he experienced was difficulty speaking.

Stroke can impair the ability to express yourself or understand speech. One test: Repeat the phrase “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Are you slurring words, using the wrong words, or are unable to speak? If any one of these occurs, there’s a 72 percent chance you have had a stroke.

Weak arm or leg
When you’re having a stroke, it’s common for an arm or leg (or both) to suddenly go weak, numb, or to become paralyzed. Often the affected limb is on the side of the body opposite from where the stroke occurred in the brain.

Extend both arms (palms up) for 10 seconds. If one arm drifts downward, that indicates muscle weakness, a sign of stroke. Another test: With eyes open, lift each leg separately.

Dizziness or loss of balance
If you are dizzy, nauseous or have trouble walking, people may think you’re intoxicated when, in fact, you’re having a stroke.

Patients may confuse stroke symptoms with other conditions, Dr. Chaturvedi, director of the Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center Stroke Program, said. “Sometimes sudden dizziness is attributed to a viral syndrome when it can be the sign of a stroke,” he noted.

Pain
Pain is not a typical stroke symptom. But if you have sudden pain in an arm, a leg, one side of your face or chest, don’t brush it off.

A study found women experience non-traditional stroke symptoms 62 percent more often than men, and one of the most common is pain.

Severe headache
A sudden, severe headache, perhaps the worst you’ve ever had, is a common stroke symptom.

One study involving 588 patients found people who experienced headache with the onset of stroke tended to be younger and have a history of migraine. Women were more likely to have a headache with stroke than men.

Dr. Chaturvedi and colleagues found young adults with stroke symptoms, including migraine, are sometimes misdiagnosed. “If they have stroke-like symptoms, they should request a neurology consult or brain MRI in the emergency room,” he said.

Droopy face
Sudden, one-sided facial weakness can be a sign of stroke.  Emergency medical personnel will ask you to smile or show your teeth. If one side of your face sags or doesn’t move, that could mean you’re having a stroke.

Fatigue or mental changes
A recent study of gender differences in ischemic stroke, the type caused by clots, found that women having a stroke were more likely than men to experience general weakness, fatigue, disorientation, and change in mental status.

Another study found 23.2 percent of women reported altered mental status, compared with only 15.2 percent of men.

Hiccups
Usually, hiccups are a minor nuisance.  But when stroke affects the brain’s breathing center, it can trigger a sudden, protracted case of hiccups, more commonly in women.

Breathlessness or heart palpitations
Can’t catch your breath? Feel like your heart is racing or fluttering? A study of gender differences in stroke found that women are more likely to experience these kind of symptoms.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.


Monday, August 5, 2013

IF YOU LIKE CATS AND DOGS, THEN THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST VIDEOS EVER!

Dear Readers:

This is one of the funniest videos I have ever seen - hope you enjoy it!  Click on the LINK

Friday, August 2, 2013

SOCIAL SECURITY?

Dear Readers:

This was such a good article that I wanted to republish it.  Note the highlighted areas.  

I know you should never assume things are correct, but I am passing this on as received. Common sense says that most of it is correct.  It is amazing how the government can twist things to go in their favor and most people accept it at face value. 



The only thing wrong with the Government’s calculation of available Social Security is they forgot to figure in the people who died before they ever collected a Social Security check!!!  Where did that money go!

Remember, not only did you and I contribute to Social Security, but our employers did, too.  It totaled 15% of your income before taxes.  If you averaged only $30K a year over your working life, that's close to $220,500 put into the fund. Read that again.  Did you see where the Government paid in one single penny?  We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a Government bank to insure you and I would have a retirement check from the money we put in, not the Government. 

Now they are calling the money we put in an entitlement when we reach the age to take it back.  If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours and your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the government pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you'd have $892,919.98. 

If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year, and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65), and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit!   If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. 

Another thing with me... I have two deceased husbands who died in their 50's (one was 51 and the other one was 59 before one percent of their social security could be drawn.)  I worked all my life and am drawing 100% on my own social security.  Their S.S. money will never have one cent drawn from what they paid into S.S. all their lives. 

THE FOLKS IN WASHINGTON HAVE PULLED OFF A BIGGER PONZI SCHEME THAN BERNIE MADOFF EVER DID. 

Entitlement my foot, I paid cash for my social security insurance!  Just because they borrowed the money for other government spending, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!! 

Remember Congressional benefits? --- Free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages (after only one term in office), 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days.  Now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement payments entitlements? 

We're "broke" and we can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, or Homeless.  Yet in the last few months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey, and now Pakistan...home of bin Laden.  Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!   And they can't help our own citizens in New York and New Jersey!  They sure rushed to help Katrina victims in 10 days!!!!! 

Our retired seniors living on a “fixed S.S. income'” receive no additional federal aid nor do they get any financial breaks, while our government and religious organizations pour hundreds of billions of $$$ and tons of food to foreign countries! 

They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives, and now, when it's time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place?  It was supposed to be in a locked box, not part of the general fund.  Sad isn't it? 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - PARMESAN SPAGHETTI SQUASH CASSEROLE

Dear Readers:

Love this time of the year - all the wonderful fresh vegetables.  This week's recipe uses spaghetti squash and parmesan cheese along with fresh tomatoes from my garden served on the side.  The recipe this week is Parmesan Spaghetti Squash Casserole.  

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!