Monday, November 24, 2014

HOMELESS DOG GETS MAKEOVER THAT SAVES HIS LIFE! - CHARLIE

Charlie was found wandering on the side of a road in Los Angeles. He was taken to a overcrowded, high-kill shelter, meaning if he wasn’t adopted within a week or two, he would’ve been put down. 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - PARENTING


LAUGH FOR THE DAY - MAXINE ON STUFFING


Friday, November 21, 2014

LOOKS LIKE WE ARE IN FOR A LITTLE SNOW THIS WINTER - HERE ARE SOME SAFTEY TIPS ABOUT SNOW SHOVELING.

Safety tips for snow shoveling

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - FAMILIES


Thursday, November 20, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY – HOT FLASHES


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – THE TREE

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln

THINK THOSE LOW FAT FOODS ARE GOOD FOR YOU OR YOUR KIDS? READ THIS ARTICLE

Dear Readers:

All I can do is shake my head after I read this article.  Just makes me glad I do most of my cooking from scratch.

Man eats sugar-heavy diet for 60 days, received shocking diagnosis.

"Following in the footsteps of Morgan Spurlock, who ate only McDonald’s food for one month in the film Super Size Me, an Australian man has undergone a sugar-heavy diet for 60 days to explore the ingredient’s impact on his health.

In the upcoming That Sugar Film, Damon Gameau, a filmmaker and TV actor, vows to follow a strict diet of “healthy,” low-fat food with high sugar content, News.com.au reported.

Within three weeks, the formerly healthy Gameau became moody and sluggish. A doctor gave him the shocking diagnosis: He was beginning to develop fatty liver disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most severe outcome for fatty liver disease is liver failure.

“I had no soft drink, chocolate, ice cream or confectionery,” Gameau told Yahoo. “All the sugars that I was eating were found in perceived healthy foods, so low-fat yogurts, and muesli bars, and cereals, and fruit juices, sports drinks ... these kind of things that often parents would give their kids thinking they’re doing the right thing.”" 

 To read the rest of this article click on the link provided: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/11/19/man-eats-sugar-heavy-diet-for-60-days-receives-shocking-diagnosis/?intcmp=ob_homepage_health&intcmp=obnetwork

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TOP 10 CHARITIES THAT SUPPORT OUR VETERANS

  1.  Fisher House Foundation
  2. Thanks USA
  3. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust
  4. Homes for Our Troops
  5. Puppies Behind Bars
  6. Wounded Warriors Family Support
  7. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
  8. USO
  9. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
  10. Hope for the Warriors 
To read more about these charities click on the link:  http://www.cnbc.com/id/102183350/page/1

"GERM-KILLER FOUND IN SOAP MAY CAUSE LIVER DAMAGE"

Dear Readers:

I stopped using anti-bacterial soap several years ago because I was reading more and more literature about some of the potential harmful effects.  Being an old school, retired RN, I still believe in the hand washing process of warm water and just plain old soap.  Of course, it goes without saying you need to wash your hand for at least 20 seconds, about how long it takes you to sing Happy Birthday to yourself.  Below is an excerpt from the article and a link to read the entire article.  


"GERM-KILLER FOUND IN SOAP MAY CAUSE LIVER DAMAGE"

A chemical found in most antibacterial soaps may be fighting off germs at the cost of causing liver damage. There have been question marks around triclosan for some time—the FDA warned last year that antibacterial soap could be harmful, and Minnesota banned the ingredient this year—but new research finds it could be a lot more dangerous than thought, the Atlantic reports.

The study linked the chemical to liver damage and tumors in mice, the Independent reports, and though it wasn't found to actually cause cancer, the changes observed in the mice's bodies "resemble the environment within which human liver cancer forms," the researchers say.

Triclosan is found in around 75 percent of germ-killing soaps, as well as in products like floor waxes, toothpaste, and cosmetics. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, says triclosan—which some manufacturers have already started to phase out—appeared to make the mice more susceptible to liver disease, and promoted the growth of tumors once they appeared.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - DEAR SANTA


Monday, November 17, 2014

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - RELATIVITY



When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second.  When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour.  That’s relativity.
 Albert Einstein

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A LITTLE INSPIRATION FROM THE MCGUIRE SISTERS SINGING "HE"


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY FROM ABRAHAM LINCOLN


"SCHOOL LUNCHES MAY BE BETTER THAN LUNCHES PACKED AT HOME"

Dear Readers:

Just read an article on school lunches.  After reading the article, it seems to me that the best way to counter those "not so good packed" lunches is to send home some suggestions to the parents.  You will note that down toward the end of the article I highlighted what I believe is the crux of the whole matter and begs the question, "What good are school lunches if the student throws it away?"  At least with the bagged lunch they aren't hungry, which makes them inattentive, and creates disciplinary problems in the classroom.  


From Reuters - published November 14, 2014

"In a study of three rural Virginia elementary schools, both packed and school lunches almost entirely met nutrition standards, but those packed at home tended to have more calories, fat and saturated fat.

“We assumed there would be differences between school and packed lunch, but not such stark differences,” said lead author Alisha R. Farris of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

“I also think, for a long time, people have viewed packed lunch as the healthier option, but our results show that's really not the case,” Farris told Reuters Health by email.

She and her coauthors used checklists to record the nutritional content of daily lunches at three elementary schools for five school days, with each researcher assigned to 10 students.

Of the 1,314 lunches they observed, the school provided 57 percent. Calories, carbohydrates, fat, saturated fat, sugar, vitamin C and iron were higher, on average, for packed lunches compared to school lunches.

School meals averaged 512 calories and 13 grams of fat per lunch, compared to 608 calories and 21 grams of fat for packed lunches. Packed lunches averaged 10 grams more sugar than school lunches.

Protein, sodium, fiber, vitamin A and calcium were lower in packed lunches compared to school lunches, according to the results in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

About 60 percent of public elementary and secondary school students in the U.S. get their lunches free or at low cost from the National School Lunch Program, the authors write, and the NSLP is required to meet nutrition standards aligned with the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Both school and packed lunches were quite close to nutritional standards, according to Jason Schaub of The University of Arizona in Tucson, who was not part of the new study.

“What’s more revealing though is the sources of calories in these meals; bagged-lunches contained more savory snacks and sugar sweetened beverages with fewer fruits and vegetables,” Schaub told Reuters Health by email. “This is significant because children start developing preferences and behaviors towards food at a young age.”

Farris agreed. “Sugar-sweetened beverages and dessert items are very rare items in school lunches but are quite common in packed lunches.”

Vegetables, on the other hand, are more common in school lunches, she said.

The researchers did not measure what or how much the students actually ate for lunch.

“Food-waste in the National School Lunch Program is tremendous, with reports of over 45 percent of all food served going to waste, including over 50 percent of vegetables served,” Schaub noted.

Older kids may have more options for lunch so these results may not be applicable to them, Farris said.

“Our results may not be applicable to other elementary students either, because of differences by state, region and local environments,” she noted.

To make packed lunches healthier, parents could substitute water or milk for a sugar-sweetened beverage and substitute fruit for dessert, she said.

“Involving children in the packing decisions is a great way to encourage them to eat what is being provided as well,” Farris said."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - BEST THINGS IN LIFE!


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - TROUBLES



I’ve heard there are troubles of more than one kind; some come from ahead, and some come from behind.  But I’ve brought a big bat.  I’m all ready, you see; now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

DR. SEUSS

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - A FRIEND


AN INTERESTING ARTICLE ON HOW TO STAY HEALTHY IN COLD WEATHER

6 WAYS TO COMBAT THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF COLD WEATHER 

"Cold weather isn’t likely to make you sick, but it can still impact your health. Knowing the potential dangers of cold weather can increase your chances of staying healthy this autumn and winter— and combatting increased risks of contracting the common cold to developing depression during those shorter, chillier days.

Misconceptions about how cold weather affects our health are common. If you recall your mother cautioning you about catching “your death of cold” as you bounded into the snow without a coat, you’ve heard them firsthand.

“The truth lies in how the weather affects colds after you’re infected,” says Dr. LeeAnna Lyne from Susquehanna Health Medical Group in Pennsylvania.“Cold weather causes decreased blood flow in the nose, ears, hands, etc., to keep the heart and brain protected. This causes dryness and a decreased ability of the nose to filter pathogens like viruses,” making you vulnerable and aggravating already-present symptoms.

But the common cold isn’t the only thing you have to worry about in colder months. Indoor allergies, seasonal affective disorder, and even heart attacks are concerns this time of year. How can you stay healthy?"

To read the complete article click on the link: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/11/12/6-ways-to-combat-health-effects-cold-weather/?intcmp=ob_homepage_health&intcmp=obnetwork


Sunday, November 9, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - IT'S ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE


 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - LIGHT IN THE SOUL


ARE NON-DAIRY ALTERNATIVES BETTER THAN COW'S MILK FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS?

Dear Readers:

Today's article asks a question I have often asked, "Is milk good for you and if not, what is an alternative?  Being that I am lactose intolerant and have one child that is also, I have found alternatives, such as Lactaid, and Almond milk.  I do not recommend soy milk, because of it's impact on those with thyroid issues and the development of young boys into men.  

 Below is an excerpt with a link to the complete article:

"Cow’s milk has been touted as one of the healthiest foods you can give your growing baby or toddler. Yet in recent years, some parents are filling up sippy cups with non-dairy alternatives like almond milk and coconut milk instead.

While some experts agree this is a wise choice, others say these alternatives are causing kids to miss out on key nutrients they need.

Nutrition benefits of cow’s milk
“Cows milk has the best nutrition for toddlers and children over age 1,” according to Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann, a pediatrician in Los Angeles and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. “It has the right amount of fat, carbohydrates and 9 essential nutrients that many kids lack.”


Cow’s milk also has a lot of protein— about 8 to 10 grams per cup— and  is a good source of calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
“For young children, they can become protein and calorie deficient if they’re not getting enough cow’s milk,” Altmann said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends whole milk after age 1, then 1 percent or skim milk at 2 years old. Although kids need fat for brain development, experts agree, most kids are likely eating enough fat anyway.  

Is cow’s milk necessary?
“Cow’s milk is essential for cows and certainly not essential for humans,” according to Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician, executive director of digital health at Seattle Children’s Hospital and author of “Mama Doc Medicine.”


“There’s just no question that cow’s milk is just one option for feeding your baby the calories, protein and fat that they need for growth and development,” she said. 

Although cow’s milk has high amounts of protein, phosphorous and calcium, babies grow slower and they require more fat and carbohydrates, which are actually higher in human breast milk.

“We’re the only species that drinks another species’ milk and thinks that it’s required,” said Yuri Elkaim, New York Times best-selling author of “The All-Day Energy Diet.” “Cow’s milk is perfect for cows but in the human body it’s not the best thing."

Although cow’s milk is a great source of calcium, some experts say it’s not the best source of the bone-building nutrient. For starters, cow’s milk is acid-forming so it actually causes our bones to become depleted of calcium. Plus, the absorption rate of cow’s milk is 32 percent, but is higher in other foods like green leafy vegetables.

Calcium’s relationship with minerals, in particular phosphorus, is important too.

“Phosphorus inhibits calcium absorption in the digestive track,” Elkhaim said. Cow’s milk has a calcium to phosphorus ratio of 1.27 to 1, whereas human breast milk has a ratio of 2.35 to 1. So if you’re drinking lots of cow’s milk, you won’t absorb as much calcium.

What’s more, countries that drink the most milk tend to have the highest rate of hip fractures and osteoporosis markers. In fact, a recent study in the journal BMJ found that men and women over 39 who drink more than three cups of milk daily had a higher risk for bone fractures and even death, compared to drinking less than one glass daily.

Some studies show that dairy is also linked to autoimmune disorders like Type 1 diabetes, as well as heart disease and cancer. Although looking at other factors that contribute to our toxic load is important, Elkaim said.

Another concern is that high levels of phthalates have been found in cow’s milk. A study in the Nature Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology found that children and adults who avoided food (including dairy) in plastic containers, and ate local organic produce still had high levels of the toxin."


Click on the link for the rest of the article:  http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/11/09/are-non-dairy-alternatives-better-than-cows-milk-for-babies-and-toddlers/?intcmp=features
 

THE EAGLE'S NEST AT ROME, GA

November 9, 2014


Dear Readers:

Once again this year I will be following the eagle's nest at Rome, GA (see picture on upper left side of the web page.  So far the nest is ready for Mama Eagle to lay her eggs, which will probably be sometime late November.  Last year the couple had two eggs, but only one hatched in February.  It was interesting to watch the eaglet get up the courage to fly.  

Like I did last year, I will be making periodic reports on the web page.  If you would like to take a look, click on the link provided under the picture of the eagle.  

 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS OF A STROKE

Dear Readers:

I believe everyone should learn the warning signs of a stroke. Below is an excerpt from an article as well as the link to the entire article. In this article is a two minute video that everyone should watch. It may save you or loved one from suffering a stroke.



"One out of six people will suffer from a stroke in their lifetime. The attack cuts off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which can kill two million brain cells in just 60 seconds.

But despite this threat, few Americans know how to prevent and treat a stroke.

Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com, recently sat down with cardiologist Mark Turco, the chief medical officer at Covidien Vascular Therapies to talk about stroke awareness.

Turco teamed up with the World Stroke Organization and its global "Take 2…Tell 2" campaign to encourage people to take two minutes to learn the causes of, warning signs for and treatment for stroke— and then take two minutes to tell two people about what you’ve learned.

This sharing of information is important, as stroke can affect anyone at any age.

“Children can have strokes, people under 40 can have strokes, and one in 5 women have strokes, while 1 in 6 men can have strokes,” Turco said."

Click on the link to read the rest of the article and to watch the two minute video - http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/11/05/know-warning-signs-stroke/?intcmp=ob_homepage_health&intcmp=obnetwork

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – OLD IS GOLDEN


Sunday, November 2, 2014

SILENT EPIDEMIC HIDING IN YOUR LUNGS & IT'S THE #1 KILLER OF WOMEN

Women - pay attention to this article.  Below is an excerpt with a link provided to the entire article.

Lung cancer is often called the silent epidemic. It has one of the lowest survival rates among all cancer types and is the No. 1 cancer killer of women. But many women still have very little knowledge about this deadly disease.

To help raise awareness, celebrity singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher teamed up with the American Lung Association and its national campaign Lung Force.

“I use my lungs every day to do what I love, which is to sing and perform, and I was really shocked to learn that lung cancer is the number-one cancer killer of women, yet only 1 percent of women say it’s on their radar,” Jewel told FoxNews.com.

The Granny-nominated star also lent her voice to Lung Force by writing and producing a special song called “Sing On” to increase awareness.

"It’s for the anthem for the Lung Force movement and people can go to iTunes to get it and 100 percent of the proceeds go towards the cause, so it’s a very easy way to donate,” Jewel said.

Although smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer— responsible for almost 90 percent cases— anyone can get it.

“It’s not just for smokers. I think that’s a common misconception,” Jewel said. “Smoking certainly contributes to this, but it can be genetic, it can be environmental, it can be from radon gas— there's many causes.”
Lung cancer risk factors:
-Smoking tobacco
-Genetics
-Environmental substances such as radon, asbestos, air pollution


Because signs and symptoms of lung cancer tend to show up in the later, more advanced stages, it’s important to look at your family history and talk to your doctor about them.
Lung cancer symptoms:
- Persistent coughing
-  Constant chest pain
- Hoarseness
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- Recurrent lung infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
- Coughing up blood


Here is the link to the rest of the article:http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/10/31/silent-epidemic-hiding-in-your-lungs/?intcmp=features