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The Care and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease

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Oct 112016
 

Patient information from the BMJ Group

Chronic kidney disease

If you have chronic kidney disease, your kidneys are gradually losing their ability
to filter wastes and excess fluid from your blood. It is a serious condition, but there
are good treatments that can help slow the disease.
We’ve brought together the research about chronic kidney disease and talked to
experts about the best ways to treat it.You can use our information to talk to your
doctor and decide which treatments are best for you.

What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease means your kidneys are losing their ability to filter waste products
out of your blood.You may also hear it called chronic renal failure, chronic kidney
failure, or chronic renal insufficiency. Chronic means it’s a long-term condition, and
renal means it involves your kidneys.
Your kidneys are two organs located just below your ribs near the middle of your back,
with one on either side of your spine. They filter your blood, getting rid of wastes and
extra fluid, which go to your bladder as urine.
Chronic kidney disease happens when something goes wrong with this filtering process.
Usually this occurs because someone has had diabetes or high blood pressure for a
long time.
• People with diabetes have too much glucose (sugar) in their blood. Over time, this
can harm the tiny blood vessels that filter wastes in the kidneys. Diabetes is the
most common cause of chronic kidney disease.
• High blood pressure can also damage these tiny blood vessels over time. This is
the second-most common cause.
Other, less frequent causes include: blockage in the renal arteries, kidney problems that
develop in the womb, inherited diseases (such as polycystic kidney disease), autoimmune
diseases (such as lupus and scleroderma), and being around toxic substances for a long
time, including leaded paint and soldering materials.
When the kidneys start losing their filtering ability, wastes and fluid build up. This causes
problems throughout the body.
Chronic kidney disease is different from acute kidney injury, which happens when your
kidneys suddenly stop working. This can occur because of a sudden drop in the blood
flow to the kidneys, a sudden blockage of the urine flow from the kidneys, or damage
from some illnesses, drugs, or poisons. Acute kidney injury can sometimes be reversed
if the kidneys aren’t badly damaged. If you’ve had acute kidney injury, you may have a
higher risk of chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney disease in the future.

What are the symptoms?
Many people with chronic kidney disease don’t have any clear symptoms. In fact,
symptoms often don’t appear until there has been significant damage to the kidneys.
Possible symptoms include:
• Tiredness
• Nausea
• Urinating more or less often than usual
• Puffiness around your eyes or swelling in your limbs (oedema)
• Feeling generally ill
• Loss of appetite and weight loss
• Foamy-appearing urine
• Dark-coloured urine (the colour of cola)
• Rashes and itching.
Many symptoms, such as tiredness and nausea, can also be caused by other conditions.
This can make chronic kidney disease difficult to diagnose.
If your doctor suspects you could have kidney damage, they will test your blood and
urine for signs of damage, and to see how well your kidneys are filtering out waste.
You might also need an ultrasound to spot kidney stones and other blockages, or a
biopsy to look for signs of damage under a microscope.
If you do have kidney damage, your doctor will try to find out what caused it. This is
important, as treating the underlying cause can help prevent more damage.

What treatments work?

There is no cure for chronic kidney disease but treatments can slow the disease, improve
your symptoms, and reduce your risk of complications. The outlook is especially good if
you catch the kidney damage early on.

Treating the cause

Treating the underlying cause of your kidney damage is essential. For many people, this
will mean closely controlling their diabetes or high blood pressure by taking medicines
and following their doctor’s advice on diet, exercise, weight loss, smoking, and other
lifestyle factors. This can slow further damage.
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Treating high blood pressure
High blood pressure is both a cause and consequence of chronic kidney disease. It
happens because of the fluid that builds up in your blood and tissues when your kidneys
aren’t filtering properly. If not treated, high blood pressure can cause further damage to
your kidneys and also lead to heart disease.
Most people with chronic kidney disease take blood pressure drugs.Your doctor will
probably prescribe medicines called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
or angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). These medicines should improve your
blood pressure and how your kidneys work. If these medicines don’t help enough or you
can’t take them for some reason, there are other blood pressure drugs you can try.
Your doctor may aim to lower your blood pressure below what would be normal if you
didn’t have kidney disease. Studies show this helps protect your kidneys.
Managing your cholesterol
Having chronic kidney disease puts you at higher risk of developing heart disease.Your
doctor may prescribe a statin to help lower this risk. These drugs reduce your level of
‘bad’ cholesterol, so there’s less to build up inside your blood vessels and cause heart
and circulation problems.

Treating problems caused by kidney failure

Chronic kidney disease can cause problems throughout your body. Below, we’ve described
some of the most common problems, and their treatments.You will have regular blood
and urine tests to spot many of these problems before they become serious.
• Fluid retention: Fluid can build up in your body if your kidneys aren’t working well.
This can cause swelling in your limbs (oedema), as well as high blood pressure.
Drugs called diuretics can help flush excess fluid from your body as urine.Your
doctor may also recommend restricting how much fluid and salt you consume each
day.
• Anaemia: Anaemia is when you have too few red blood cells. This can make you
feel very tired and become breathless easily. Anaemia often happens to people with
kidney disease because the kidneys aren’t making enough of a chemical messenger
called erythropoietin (EPO). EPO helps regulate how many red blood cells your body
makes. Treatment involves getting injections with a medicine that works like EPO
(an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent). Iron is also important for making red blood
cells. So if you are low on iron, you will need to take iron tablets or have iron
injections.
• Weakened bones: Vitamin D, phosphate, and calcium are all essential for strong
bones. If your kidneys are damaged, your supply of these nutrients can get out of
balance and cause problems. In particular, your calcium level may get too low,
triggering the release of a chemical messenger called parathyroid hormone (PTH).
PTH causes more calcium to be taken from your bones, and over time this can lead
to weakened and deformed bones, and swollen joints. To prevent these problems,
many people with kidney failure take calcium and vitamin D supplements. Some
people also limit the amount of phosphate in their diet, as this can increase the
amount of calcium available for their bones. They may also take drugs called
phosphate binders, which lower the amount of phosphate in their blood.
• Too much acid: If the kidneys aren’t removing enough acid from the body, you can
get a condition called metabolic acidosis. Often there are no clear symptoms. But if
your blood becomes too acidic, this can cause serious problems such as abnormal
heart rhythms, seizures, and coma. If tests show your blood is becoming overly
acidic, you’ll be treated with an antacid called sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).
• Too much potassium: If the kidneys aren’t working properly, potassium can build
up in the blood, causing a condition called hyperkalemia. If not treated, this can lead
to abnormal heart rhythms, cardiac arrest, and problems with nerve and muscle
control.Your doctor will keep an eye on your potassium level and may recommend
limiting potassium in your diet.You may also take a diuretic to help your body get
rid of both extra fluid and potassium. If your hyperkalemia becomes severe, this is
a medical emergency requiring hospital treatment.
• Too little protein: As kidney disease worsens, more and more protein leaks into
your urine from your kidneys. This means there’s less protein to nourish your body
and you may lose weight.Your doctor may suggest changes in your diet to help with
this.

Treating end-stage kidney disease

If your kidney damage worsens to the point where you have less than 15 percent of your
normal kidney function, you have end-stage kidney disease.This means that your kidneys
can no longer clear your body of wastes and extra fluid, and you need either dialysis or
a kidney transplant.
Doctors typically discuss these treatments with patients before they reach this stage.
That way, they’ll have a treatment plan in place once their kidneys are no longer working.
What will happen to me?
Chronic kidney disease is a serious long-term illness, but many people live with the
condition for many years. The outlook is best if your kidney damage is discovered early.
The sooner you start treatment, the sooner you can slow further damage. Some people
with kidney disease never need dialysis or a kidney transplant, and manage to stay
healthy with treatment.
But even people with advanced kidney disease can achieve a good quality of life by
closely following their doctor’s advice and treatment plan.
This information is aimed at a UK patient audience. This information however does not replace medical advice.
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A Root That Kills Off Most Cancer Cells In Days

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Sep 282016
 

Have We Found A Root That Kills Off Cancer Cells In Just A Few Says

Marilyn Caylor

Dandelion has been used medicinally since ancient times for its various health benefits. However, the most powerful benefit to come out of this common weed is something that medical researchers are super excited to have “discovered” – which is its potential to cure cancer!

dandelionroot

 

This potent root builds up blood and immune system- cures prostate, lung, and other cancers better than chemotherapy. According to Dr. Carolyn Hamm from the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario, Canada, dandelion root extract was the only thing that helped with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. This form of cancer typically affects older adults.

John Di Carlo, who at the time was a 72-year old cancer patient at the hospital, was sent home to live out his final days after all efforts failed to treat his leukemia. He told CBC News that he was advised to drink dandelion root tea as a last ditch effort. Perhaps it should have been the first option offered in his treatment plan, as his cancer went into remission only four months later! His doctors attributed this to the dandelion tea that he drank.

dandelion

 

Recent studies have shown that dandelion root extract can work very quickly on cancer cells, as was evidenced in Di Carlo’s case. Within 48 hours of coming into contact with the extract, cancerous cells begin to disintegrate. The body happily replaces these with healthy new cells.

Further studies have concluded that the extract also has anti-cancer benefits for other types of cancer, including breast, colon, prostate, liver, and lung cancer! Dandelion root tea may not taste as pleasant as other teas, but it’s certainly more pleasant than living with the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

Traditional cancer therapies harm the immune system by killing all cells, even the healthy ones. Dandelion root has the opposite effect – it actually helps boost your immune system and only targets the unhealthy cells. It’s definitely a win-win situation!

Dr. Hamm warns, however, that dandelion root extract can negatively impact the effects of chemotherapy. It’s always best to consult with your doctor, and let them know any and all supplements or foods that you are consuming on a regular basis.

dandelion-flower

Even if you don’t have cancer, eating the greens or drinking dandelion tea can still give you great health! For example, the roots and stems of dandelion can help fight diabetes. It does this by stimulating the pancreas to produce insulin, which in turn stabilizes the spikes in blood sugar levels.

If you suffer from digestive issues or need to get rid of toxins, dandelion tea may be just what the herbal medicine doctor ordered! The liver aids the digestive system by producing bile, and it also filters the blood of chemicals and other impurities. According to Dr. Axe, the vitamins and minerals found in dandelions can help cleanse the liver and keep it in tip top shape. So by supporting your liver, you are actually creating better health!

dandelion-tea

Dandelions are also high in antioxidants and vitamin C, which is crucial to helping your body fight off infections, such as the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. If you suffer from frequent bouts of UTI, drinking dandelion tea on a daily basis may prevent it from happening ever again.

Dandelion greens are bitter, but completely edible – as long as you get it from an area that hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals. The greens are rich in fiber, which is great for intestinal health! High fiber diets have also been shown to reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.

The greens are also high in vitamin A – just one cup contains 100% of your recommended daily allowance. Vitamin A is critical for maintaining healthy vision, and it can also prevent premature aging of the skin.

Since you probably aren’t likely to eat an entire cup of bitter greens on its own, you can incorporate it into a morning smoothie. Just blend it up with your favorite fruit, which will offset the bitter taste.

 Posted by at 10:42 am

Mayo Clinic on Water and Aspirin

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Aug 142016
 

Water and aspirin from the Mayo Clinic

I thought this was very informative and was good information for all of us, no matter our age or
health.

MAYO CLINIC – THOUGHTS ON DRINKING WATER 
A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration.
Good Thing To Know From The Mayo Clinic.

How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night?

Heart Attack and Water – Drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart
attack.   Interesting…….

Something else I didn’t know … I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time.

Answer from my Cardiac Doctor:  Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

Correct time to drink water… Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

I can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin – Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of
Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night. When the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

1.. 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.

2.. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years. (when it gets old, it smells
like vinegar).

Please read on.

Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know.  Bayer is making crystal aspirin to
dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets.

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks – 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 also 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: – Call 911. – Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say “heart
attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. – Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door,
and wait for their arrival and ……..DO NOT LIE DOWN!

A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people,
probably one life could be saved! I have already shared this information. What about you? Do forward this message. It may save lives!

 Posted by at 8:59 am

Semper Fi: Marines to the rescue

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Mar 242015
 

As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car,

I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open. 


The old man was looking at the engine.

I put my groceries away in my car, and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five feet away.

I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too, and took a few steps towards him.

I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something. The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new Cadillac Escalade. He then turned back to the old man. I heard him yell at the old gentleman saying:


“You shouldn’t even be allowed to drive a car at your age.” And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the 
parking lot.


I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief, and mop his brow as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine.

He then went to his wife and spoke with her; he appeared to tell her it would be okay.

I had seen enough, and I approached the old man.

He saw me coming and stood straight, and as I got near him I said, ‘Looks like you’re having a problem.’

He smiled sheepishly, and quietly nodded his head.

I looked under the hood myself, and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me.

 

Looking around, I saw a gas station up the road, and I told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station and I went inside. I saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them, and related the problem the old man had with his car. I offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help him.

The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem (overheated engine), spoke with the old gentleman.

When I shook hands with him earlier, he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, ‘What outfit did you serve with?’

He had mentioned that he served with the first Marine Division at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal …

He had hit all the big ones and retired from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me. I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.


He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and address on it and I stuck it in my pocket. We shook hands all around again, and I said my goodbye’s to his wife.

I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the station. Once at the station, I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me.

One of them pulled out a card from his pocket, looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to me. I said I would and drove off.

For some reason I had gone about two blocks, when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and under his name was written:‘Congressional Medal of Honor Society.’

medal of honor

Congressional Medal of Honor

I sat there motionless, looking at the card and reading it over and over. I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled that on this day, four Marines had all come together because one of us needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood next to greatness and courage, and an honor to have been in his presence.


Remember, OLD men like him gave our FREEDOM for America.  Thanks to those who served and still serve, and to all of those who supported them, and who continue to support them.

America  is not at war.  The U.S.  Military is at war. America is at the Mall.   If you don’t stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!

Remember, Freedom IS NOT free.  Thousands have paid the price, so you can enjoy what you have today.

GOD OUR FATHER, WALK THROUGH MY HOUSE AND TAKE AWAY ALL MY WORRIES; AND PLEASE WATCH OVER AND HEAL MY FAMILY; AND PLEASE PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS, AND WATCH OVER OUR TROOPS, ‘WHO ARE DEFENDING THOSE FREEDOMS.  AMEN.

IN GOD WE TRUST, GOVERNMENT – NOT SO MUCH!

 Posted by at 10:00 am

10 Good Reasons Why You Should Eat Sweet Potatoes 

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Oct 272014
 

 

1. At the top of the list is the fact that sweet potatoes contain large amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein, which help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals. According to WebMed,com: An apple slice turns brown. Fish becomes rancid. A cut on your skin is raw and inflamed. All of these result from a natural process called oxidation. It happens to all cells in nature, including the ones in your body. The body fights free radicals with substances that neutralize them. Think Vitamin C and E as well as beta carotene and to a lessor degree–lutein. These antioxidants fight inflammatory problems like arthritis, asthma and a host of other bodily annoyances.

2. Diabetics must follow a low carbohydrate diet and sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the white foods such as white potatoes, rice, refined wheat and sugar. Sweet potatoes are fibrous roots that actually help regulate your blood sugar level and they are known to prevent resistance to insulin. Ever tried a slice of sweet potato pie? Yummm…

3. As I mentioned above, sweet potatoes are a fibrous root, which means an abundance of dietary fiber. Fiber in the diet is a suggested cholesterol preventative that provides numerous benefits to the digestive tract as well. Some studies suggest that the fibrous content of sweet potatoes prevents constipation and may even help in the prevention of colon cancer.

4. While many people depend on supplements to make up for limitations in their regular diet, but sweet potatoes are literally jam-packed with some of the most important vitamins and other nutrients—all of which are major boosters of our body’s immune system.

5. Ecver wondered what folate is necessary for? Well if you are attempting to get pregnant or you are pregnant, then folate is a must to help with healthy development of fetal cells and tissue.

6. Sweet potatoes are considered vital in the quest for methods for preventing heart disease. The sweet potato is high in the essential mineral–potassium. The task of potassium is that it fills a maintenance role by establishing and maintaining the fluid/electrolyte balance. Good electrolyte balance stabilizes your blood pressure and heart function.

7. Another bonus provided by the potassium content is its ability to prevent muscle cramps like the Charley Horse we sometimes experience in the middle of the night. Potassium also gives us an energy boost when your lifestyle includes proper exercise. The added potassium will result in fewer physical injuries during exercise and a reduced frequency of muscle cramps.

8. Although the FDA won’t come right out and say it (nor will the major drug companies) sweet potatoes are good for treating stress-related symptoms. The body functions tend to burn a lot of potassium and other important  minerals during stressful episodes. This wonderful root provides many important minerals that will help maintain that electrolyte balance throughout the body during stressful times.


9. 
. Now that really says a lot. Imagine one vegetable that is an abundant source in dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, natural sugar, protein, Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and carotenoids.


10. And best of all—these sweets are abundant in the marketplace and therefore are low in cost.

Sweet potatoes vs. Yams: Don’t confuse the two. They are two totally different vegetables. Yams are native to Asia and Africa. They grow best in tropical regions. Yams are dark (almost black) skinned with a white or reddish purple flesh. We are often confused about these two vegetables because of government interference, but as usual, the government can’t always be counted on to get it right.

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New Sleep Aid Floods Amazon Website

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Oct 252014
 

What about this stuff called Somnapure?

(Boston) — Did you know that people who get enough sleep (about 7–9 hours a night) are more likely to have higher productivity, feel more energetic throughout the day, and experience less stress? Sleep is crucial for concentration, memory formation, and repairing and rejuvenating the cells of the body. Both mentally and physically, a good night’s sleep is essential for your health and your energy.

Stop waking up at night.

Stop waking up at night.

The Problem — Waking Up at Night

Unfortunately, experts estimate that more than 70 million Americans have persistent trouble falling or staying asleep. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer, you know how frustrating it can be to lie awake in bed at night, tossing and turning.

Finding an effective remedy is difficult. Some sleep aids require a visit to your doctor, dealing with unpleasant side effects, and facing the possibility of becoming dependent on the drugs. Even over-the-counter sleep aids can be habit-forming. But don’t worry, you don’t have to suffer through another sluggish morning.

The Solution — Staying Asleep, and Waking Up Refreshed

In contrast, many sleep aid supplements are safe, natural, and quickly gaining popularity. They typically contain melatonin, a naturally-occurring compound that regulates sleeping cycles and also has value as a possible antioxidant. You should look for a sleep aid that contains more than melatonin alone. Essential herbal ingredients further promote calming effects leading to quality sleep. The better you sleep, the more energetic and awake you will feel in the morning and throughout the day. There are a variety of sleep supplements available to help promote relaxing and refreshing sleep, but not all brands are equal in quality.

The Benefits of Natural Sleep Supplements

  • Fall Asleep Faster
  • Stay Asleep Longer
  • Wake up Feeling Refreshed and Rejuvenated
  • Safe and Effective All Natural Ingredients
  • Non-Habit Forming
Somnapure - A new Natural Sleep Aid

Somnapure — A new Natural Sleep Aid

Introducing Somnapure

The top pick for sleep supplements is Somnapure, a new product from Peak Life scientists. Somnapure’s superior formula contains herbal ingredients such as chamomile, hops, and passionflower, which have a calming effect on the body, in addition to melatonin. This supplement is gentle but effective; it helps you get back into a healthy sleeping routine. Somnapure’s unique sleep blend will help you fall asleep faster, sleep through the night, and wake up feeling completely refreshed. Plus, samples of Somnapure are currently available so you can experience results risk-free.

Amazon Website:  Amazon Somnapure

Somnapure has helped people just like you sleep better at night. These are real testimonials we’ve received from real customers across the country:

“I take Somnapure…It really works!!! I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone that has problems sleeping.“ –Evelyn M., Edgewater, Florida

“The first night I tried Somnapure, it work exactly like it was supposed to. I fell asleep and when I woke up I was refreshed. I have recommended this to everyone who has trouble sleeping. I have tried chemical sleep aides and the side effects actually scared me one night. Thank you…Thank you…Thank you…“ –Cal M., Warner Robins, Georgia

If you’re ready to take advantage of all the health benefits that come with a full night of sound, deep sleep, choose Somnapure today. This safe and effective sleep aid will have you sleeping better and feeling better in no time!

 Posted by at 11:58 am

Washington Wastebook 2014

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Oct 252014
 

Senator Tom Coburn’s Washington Wastebook

CNN) — Monkeys taught how to gamble and play video games.

People paid to watch grass grow.

Swedish massages given to rabbits.

Half of $1 million spent on a video game that is now helping terrorists train for missions.

And $1 billion spent to destroy $16 billion worth of ammunition.

These are just a few examples from the 100 entry-long list in a book detailing government waste, compiled by retiring GOP Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

In the 2014 edition of the “Wastebook,” Coburn notes that getting rid of the practice of pork barrel spending is next to impossible.

“What I have learned from these experiences is Washington will never change itself,” he said.

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Massages for rabbits

Some of the worst offenses listed in the book:

— The National Institutes of Health spent $387,000 to give Swedish massages to rabbits with a mechanical machine. Coburn notes that the NIH has a $30 billion annual budget and that the director of the NIH claims an Ebola vaccine would “probably” be ready now but for a lack of funding.

— NASA pays Russia $70 million per passenger to send American astronauts to the International Space Station and back. The space agency is spending $3 billion on the ISS this year and will conduct studies, many proposed by elementary students, including one on the “design and creation of better golf clubs.”

— “Only someone with too much of someone else’s money and not enough accountability for how it was being spent could come up with” a $10,000 program paying people to watch grass grow. That grass — saltmarsh cordgrass, which can grow to be 7 feet tall — was being observed in New Smyrna Beach, Florida as part of a Fish and Wildlife Service program.

The National Science Foundation is a favorite target in Coburn’s book this year.

The foundation spent $171,000 to teach monkeys how to play video games and gamble in order to “unlock the secrets of free will,” according to the report.

Other examples include $5.2 million for “voicemails from the future that warn of a post-apocalyptic world,” $1.97 million for a Facebook page and P.R. for fossil enthusiasts and a $46,000 grant to support the annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge — a contest to determine who can make the most environmentally friendly snowmobile.

The National Science Foundation is also planning on spending $1.5 million to monitor Americans’ attendance at science festivals. Another $200,000 will go to a study meant to determine “why Wikipedia is sexist,” according to the Wastebook report.

The State Department spends $90 million a year on cultural exchange programs, including one such program which sought to dispel a Pakistani journalist’s perception that Americans are “fat, rude, and cold.” It worked.

The agencies could not immediately be reached for comment.

Expensive destruction

“The real shock and awe may have been the $1 billion price tag the Pentagon paid to destroy $16 billion worth of ammunition, enough to pay a full years’ salary for over 54,000 Army privates,” said Coburn.

The book cites Pentagon officials who said the surplus ammunition has become “obsolete, unusable, or their use is banned by international treaty.” The book notes a 2014 Government Accountability Office investigation which concluded poor record keeping was the reason the military purchased so much ammunition it didn’t need.

The Army spent nearly half a million dollars — $414,000 — to develop a video game called “America’s Army, ” a version of which terrorists have used to train for missions, according to National Security Agency e-mails sent in 2007 and leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The Department of Defense is spending $80 million on a real-life “Iron Man” suit. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) would need 365 pounds worth of batteries to power the suit, according to the “Wastebook.”

Congress ended this fiscal year with a debt under a trillion dollars for the first time since 2008, according to the Wastebook report, but Coburn notes that the deficit still added $486 billion, or half a trillion dollars, to the national debt, which is “quickly approaching $18 trillion.”

Of the entries listed in his book, Coburn, who will retire in 2016 after serving two terms, asks, “Is each of these a true national priority or could the money have been better spent on a more urgent need or not spent at all in order to reduce the burden of debt being left to be paid off by our children and grandchildren?”

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Natural Gas Provides Solar-Powered Electric Service in Florida

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Aug 232014
 

Natural gas is helping make it possible for electric utilities to reliably incorporate more renewable sources of energy – such as solar – to meet the ever-growing demands of customers in a growing economy.

One of the nation’s largest utilities, Florida Power & Light (FPL), uses natural gas and solar to provide clean electricity day and night, rain or shine. Take a look at this video to see how FPL uses natural gas to ensure that customers receive clean, affordable, uninterrupted, power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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FPL’s Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center is the first power plant in the country to generate electricity from both solar and natural gas. When the sun is shining, the plant makes good use of the Sunshine State’s greatest asset, but also uses natural gas to ensure its plant produces power at full capacity. At night and on cloudy days, natural gas ensures that FPL customers can still rely on the power they need to live their lives.

Thanks to the combination of natural gas and solar energy, each year, this high-tech power plant reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 62,000 metric tons.Using natural gas to deliver renewable energy? That’s something to think about.

For more information about the positive impact of natural gas, visit www.thinkaboutit.org

5 Benefits From This Super Fruit

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Aug 102014
 

Here’s a Super Fruit That Outpaces All Others

By: Don Penven

On-going nutritional research tends to give greater weight to fruit over vegetables when considering health

blueberries

Fresh Blueberries

benefits. Maybe this is because many more high carbohydrate populate the lists of available veggies. So the “Old Wive’s Promise” of “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has some credibility to it.

So let’s take a look at this Super Fruit—the Blueberry. The basic stats are as follows:

  • According to research from the University of Florida, about 61 percent of the blueberry consumers prefers flavor over health, while 39 percent believe the fruit prefer the health benefits.
  • Blueberries are among the highest known anti-oxidant value fruits. They are sweet—but not too sweet—and juicy. The color is a deep blue.

My introduction to the blueberry happened when I was about 12 years old. At that age I was eligible for a work permit and I learned that some of the other neighborhood kids were picking blueberries on a farm some distance away. The rickety old stake-body truck with a canvas cover picked us up around 6:00 a.m. for the 45 minute drive. Once on-site we were each given a large “tin” can that we hung around our neck with the attached string. Within a week I had developed a very strong dislike for blueberries. I only lasted a week.

Blueberries are touted as potent weapons against high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

This small powerhouse of a berry is fights numerous health conditions:

  1. Heart disease: The prestigious Harvard School of Public Health determined that anthocyanin-loaded blueberries actually reduced the risk of a heart attacked by 33%. Animal studies by the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center shows us that atherosclerosis plaque in animals was reduced by the addition of blueberries in their diet. Other studies indicate that eating just ½ cup of blueberries once a week lowers the risk of getting high blood pressure by 20%
  2. Weight control: Researchers at the Michigan Cardiovascular Center fed lab rates powdered blueberries developed much less abdominal fat, triglycerides and cholesterol. As far as humans are concerned, this seems like a much less troublesome method of loosing weight and fighting obesity.
  3. Type 2 Diabetes: The National Institutes of Health published the following numbers: 25.8 million Americans currently have diabetes. This represents 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of this number, 7 million do not know they have the disease. Scientists conducting diabetes research discovered that daily consumption of blueberries will drastically reduce the risks of type 2 diabetes. Myriad other studies prove an impressive anti-diabetic effect of a blueberry-rich diet.
  4. Mental decline:  We have seen significant evidence over the last 10 years indicating some amazing, beneficial effects resulting from adding blueberries to one’s diet. Most significantly is the effect on aging of the brain. We turn to Tufts University for what they consider to be a “magically potent” berry that reverses short-term memory loss and actually pumps up our motor skills.
  5. Metabolic Syndrome is characterized as a combination of health disorders that include high cholesterol, blood pressure, weakened glucose tolerance and ultimately… obesity. Metabolic syndrome is responsible for increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases like stroke, heart attack and type 2 diabetes.

On the home front (my home), researchers from North Carolina State University discovered that phytochemicals found in blueberries improved hyperglycemia, a condition related to metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. And we have barely touched the surface regarding health benefits of blueberries., the list of blueberry’s magical health powers goes on.

  • The berries improve vision health and tired eyes
  • Blueberries contain powerful compounds that prevent urinary tract infections
  • Regular consumption of blueberries drastically improves intestinal tract health by promoting the growth of good bacteria;
  • A great amount of research showed that chemicals found in wild blueberries are able to inhibit and prevent the growth of cancer cells, even the particularly aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC).
  • Due to an impressive amount of antioxidants, there is no better way to fight the disease and improve the immune system than a handful of blueberries every day.
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Taking Aspirin everyday for 10 years can reduce cancer cases

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Aug 082014
 

Kounteya Sinha, TNN LONDON: Popping an aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing — and dying from — the major cancers

aspirin

Aspirin

of the digestive tract – bowel, stomach and esophageal cancer. For the first time, scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) reviewed all the available evidence from many studies and clinical trials assessing both the benefits and harms of preventive use of aspirin.

Conclusions of the study, funded by Cancer Research UK among others published on Wednesday found taking aspirin for 10 years could cut bowel cancer cases by around 35% and deaths by 40%.

Rates of esophageal and stomach cancers were cut by 30% and deaths from these cancers by 35-50%. The study also confirmed that if everyone aged between 50-65 started taking aspirin daily for at least 10 years, there would be a 9% reduction in the number of cancers, strokes and heart attacks overall in men and around 7% in women.

The total number of deaths from any cause would also be lower, by about 4% over a 20-year period. To reap the benefits of aspirin, the evidence shows people need to start taking a daily dose of 75-100 mg for at least five years and probably 10 years between the ages of 50 and 65. No benefit was seen whilst taking aspirin for the first three years, and death rates were only reduced after five years.

The researchers, led by Professor Jack Cuzick, head of QMUL’s Centre for Cancer Prevention also warns taking aspirin long-term increases the risk of bleeding from the digestive tract – stomach bleeding. Amongst 60-year-old individuals who take aspirin daily for 10 years, the risk of digestive tract bleeds increases from 2.2% to 3.6%, and this could be life-threatening in a very small proportion (less than 5%) of people. Overall, rates of serious or fatal gastrointestinal bleeding are very low under the age of 70, but increased sharply after that age. Another side effect of aspirin use is peptic ulcer, the risk of which is increased by 30-60%.

The study also uncovers uncertainty over the most appropriate dose of aspirin required to maximize the benefit/harm ratio, with doses varying between 75 mg to 325mg a day in different clinical trials and studies. Professor Cuzick said “It has long been known that aspirin — one of the cheapest and most common drugs on the market — can protect against certain types of cancer. But until our study, where we analyzed all the available evidence, it was unclear whether the pros of taking aspirin outweighed the cons.”

“Whilst there are some serious side effects that can’t be ignored, taking aspirin daily looks to be the most important thing we can do to reduce cancer after stopping smoking and reducing obesity, and will probably be much easier to implement. The benefits of aspirin use would be most visible in the reduction in deaths due to cancer.” “The risk of bleeding depends on a number of known factors which people need to be aware of before starting regular aspirin and it would be advisable to consult with a doctor before embarking on daily medication.”

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Seven Reasons You Should Eat Walnuts

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Aug 022014
 

Guest Article By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Oftentimes, the simplest foods are best for your

Walnut

Walnut

health…

and this is certainly the case for nuts, in which Mother Nature has crafted a nearly perfect package of protein, healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, antioxidants, and many vitamins and minerals.

Among nuts, the case may be made that walnuts are king, as research shows they may boost your health in a number of ways at very easy-to-achieve “doses.”

Eating just one ounce of walnuts a day (that’s about seven shelled walnuts) may be all it takes to take advantage of their beneficial properties.

7 Top Reasons to Eat Walnuts

Walnuts belong to the tree nut family, along with Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, and pistachios. Each has its own unique nutritional profile.

One-quarter cup of walnuts, for instance, provides more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin. Some of the most exciting research about walnuts includes:

1. Cancer-Fighting Properties

Walnuts may help reduce not only the risk of prostate cancer, but breast cancer as well. In one study, mice that ate the human equivalent of 2.4 ounces of whole walnuts for 18 weeks had significantly smaller and slower-growing prostate tumors compared to the control group that consumed the same amount of fat but from other sources.

Overall the whole walnut diet reduced prostate cancer growth by 30 to 40 percent. According to another study on mice, the human equivalent of just two handfuls of walnuts a day cut breast cancer risk in half, and slowed tumor growth by 50 percent as well.

2. Heart Health

Walnuts contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers multiple vascular benefits to people with heart disease, or those who have increased risk for heart disease due to multiple cardiac risk factors.

If you struggle with herpes, you may want to avoid or limit walnuts, as high levels of arginine can deplete the amino acid lysine, which can trigger herpes recurrences.

Walnuts also contain the plant-based omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is anti-inflammatory and may prevent the formation of pathological blood clots. Research shows that people who eat a diet high in ALA are less likely to have a fatal heart attack and have a nearly 50 percent lower risk of sudden cardiac death.

Eating just four walnuts a day has been shown to significantly raise blood levels of heart-healthy ALA, and walnut consumption supports healthful cholesterol levels.

Separate research showed that eating just one ounce of walnuts a day may decrease cardiovascular risk, and among those at high cardiovascular risk, increased frequency of nut consumption significantly lowers the risk of death.

3. Rare and Powerful Antioxidants

Antioxidants are crucial to your health, as they are believed to help control how fast you age by combating free radicals, which are at the heart of age-related deterioration.

Walnuts contain several unique and powerful antioxidants that are available in only a few commonly eaten foods. This includes the quinone juglone, the tannin tellimagrandin, and the flavonol morin.

Walnuts contain antioxidants that are so powerful at free-radical scavenging that researchers called them “remarkable,” and research has shown that walnut polyphenols may help prevent chemically-induced liver damage.

In another study, researchers found that nuts, especially walnuts, have potent antioxidant powers. Walnut polyphenols had the best efficacy among the nuts tested and also the highest lipoprotein-bound antioxidant activity. The researchers concluded:

“Nuts are high in polyphenol antioxidants which by binding to lipoproteins would inhibit oxidative processes that lead to atherosclerosis in vivo. In human supplementation studies nuts have been shown to improve the lipid profile, increase endothelial function and reduce inflammation, all without causing weight gain.”

4. Weight Control

Adding healthful amounts of nuts such as walnuts to your diet can help you to maintain your ideal weight over time. In one review of 31 trials, those whose diets included extra nuts or nuts substituted for other foods lost about 1.4 extra pounds and half an inch from their waists. Eating walnuts is also associated with increased satiety after just three days.

5. Improved Reproductive Health in Men

One of the lesser-known benefits of walnuts is their impact on male fertility. Among men who consume a Western-style diet, adding 75 grams (a bit over one-half cup) of walnuts daily significantly improved sperm quality, including vitality, motility, and morphology.

6. Brain Health

Walnuts contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Research shows walnut consumption may support brain health, including increasing inferential reasoning in young adults.

One study also found that consuming high-antioxidant foods like walnuts “can decrease the enhanced vulnerability to oxidative stress that occurs in aging,” “increase health span,” and also “enhance cognitive and motor function in aging.”

7. Diabetes

The beneficial dietary fat in walnuts has been shown to improve metabolic parameters in people with type 2 diabetes. Overweight adults with type 2 diabetes who ate one-quarter cup of walnuts daily had significant reductions in fasting insulin levels compared to those who did not, and the benefit was achieved in the first three months.

Why You Should Eat the Walnut Skin

The outermost layer of a shelled walnut – the whitish, flaky (or sometimes waxy) part – has a bitter flavor, but resist the urge to remove it. It’s thought that up to 90 percent of the antioxidants in walnuts are found in the skin, making it one of the healthiest parts to consume. To increase the positive impacts on your health, look for nuts that are organic and raw, not irradiated or pasteurized.

Furthermore, be aware that walnuts are highly perishable and their healthful fats easily damaged. If you’re purchasing shelled walnuts in bulk, avoid those that appear shriveled or smell rancid, or that you cannot verify are fresh. Walnuts should be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator or freezer, whether they are shelled or unshelled. Walnuts are great as a quick snack, but if you’re not a fan of their flavor, you can still get their therapeutic benefits by blending them into smoothies. Or you can try one of the other healthful nuts available.

You can further improve the quality of walnuts by soaking them in water overnight, which will tend to lower some of the enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid. After soaking, you can dehydrate them at low temperature of around 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit until they are crispy again, as they are far more palatable when they are crunchy.

Most Nuts Are a Wonderful Food

You can’t really go wrong when choosing nuts to eat, as long as you pay attention to quality. By this I mean look for nuts that are organic and raw, not irradiated, pasteurized, or coated in sugar. One exception is peanuts, which are technically in the legume family. My main objections to peanuts are that they tend to:

Distort your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, as they are relatively high in omega-6

Be frequently contaminated with a carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin

Be one of the most pesticide-contaminated crops

My favorite nuts are raw macadamia and pecans, as they provide the highest amount of healthy fat while being on the lower end in terms of carbs and protein. Most nuts’ nutritional makeup closely resemble what I consider to be an ideal ratio of the basic building blocks—fat making up the greatest amount of your daily calories, followed by a moderate amount of high-quality protein and a low amount of non-vegetable carbs. And this is precisely why they’re recommended as one of the best sources of healthy fats in my nutrition plan.

The main fatty acid in macadamia nuts is the monounsaturated fat oleic acid (about 60 percent). This is about the level found in olives, which are well known for their health benefits. I have been consuming macadamia nuts and pecans almost daily since I started lowering my overall protein intake about a year ago. The following list shows the nutrition facts in grams per one ounce for your most common tree nuts (one ounce of nuts equates to just over 28 grams, or about a small handful):

Tree Nut              Fat (grams per ounce)

Macadamias       22

Pecans                  20

Pine nuts             20

Brazil nuts           19

Walnuts               18

Hazelnuts            17

Cashews              13

Almonds              14

Pistachios            13

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Celery Super Food – More Facts About This Common Vegetable

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Aug 022014
 
celery

Celery Stalk

Many of us think about celery as just a crunchy, green, low calorie veggie…

and known as  basic part of our maintaining good health. We’ve known for some time that celery serves as an anti-inflammatory, but recent studies indicate that it provides protection to our digestive tract too. Without out a bunch of medical mumbo-jumbo–celery contains ample quantities of apluman, a necessary factor for anti-inflammatory properties. In other articles on this blog I have discussed the need for antioxidants in our diet. The antioxidant support we get from celery includes vitamin C, but other  antioxidant support is largely due to its phenolic nutrients that have been shown to help protect us against unwanted oxygen molecules, which cause serious damage to our cells, blood vessels, and internal organ. The greatest benefit from including celery in our diet comes from eating the raw stalks. But also consider steaming your veggies as part of your meal, you can include celery without having to worry about excessive loss of its phenol-based antioxidants. Here are some results from a recent study:

  • In a recent study, researchers compared the impact of steaming (10 minutes) versus boiling (10 minutes) versus blanching (3 minute submersion in boiling water) on the total phenolic antioxidant nutrients in celery. Both boiling and blanching resulted in substantial loss of these antioxidants, in the range of 38-41%. With steaming, however, 83-99% of these antioxidants were retained in the celery even after 10 minutes. While we encourage the practice of steaming as a cooking method of choice for many of our WHFoods vegetables.
  • Based on multiple recent studies involving nutrient changes in stored, refrigerated celery, we recommend a period of 5-7 days as a window of time for consuming fresh celery. While some nutrients appear to be stable in whole, refrigerated celery for longer periods of time, several studies show greater losses of phenolic antioxidants in celery after this week-long period. In addition, based on changes in flavonoid content, we also recommend that you wait to chop up your celery just before you are adding it to a salad or cooked dish (rather than chopping it up the night before and leaving it stored in the refrigerator overnight). This will help to preserve its maximum nutrient potential.

One cup of chopped celery equals about one calory. Nutrients include:  vitamin K 32.8%, molybdenum  11.2%,  folate 9%,  potassium 7.5% as well as lesser percentages of manganese, vitamin B2, copper, vitamin c, and calcium fiber 5.6% manganese 5% pantothenic 5% vitamin B24.6% copper 4.4% vitamin C4.1% vitamin B64.1% calcium 4% phosphorus% magnesium 2.7% vitamin  A 2.5% Below we detail what a serving of Celery provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System. Additional information about the amount of these nutrients provided by Celery can be found in the Food Rating System Chart. A link that takes you to the In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Celery, featuring information over 80 nutrients, can be found under the Food Rating System Chart.

  • Health Benefits
  • Description
  • History
  • How to Select and Store
  • Tips for Preparing and Cooking
  • How to Enjoy
  • Individual Concerns
  • Nutritional Profile
  • References

Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Support Celery is an important food source of conventional antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. But its “claim to fame” in terms of antioxidant nutrients may very well be its phytonutrients. Many of these phytonutrients fall into the category of phenolic antioxidants and have been shown to provide anti-inflammatory benefits as well. Below is a representative list of the phenolic antioxidants found in celery.

  • Phenolic acids
  • caffeic acid
  • caffeolyquinic acid
  • cinnamic acid
  • coumaric acid
  • ferulic acid
  • Flavones
  • apigenin
  • luteolin
  • Flavonols
  • quercetin
  • kaempferol
  • Dihydrostilbenoids
  • lunularin
  • Phytosterols
  • beta-sitosterol
  • Furanocoumarins
  • bergapten
  • psoralen

In animal studies, celery extracts containing the above-listed phytonutrients have been shown to decrease risk of oxidative damage to body fats and risk of oxidative damage to blood vessel walls. In addition, these celery extracts have been shown to prevent inflammatory reactions in the digestive tract and blood vessels. Interestingly, there is also some animal research showing the ability of celery extracts to help protect the digestive tract and liver following consumption of acrylamides. (Acrylamides are potentially toxic substances formed in food through a reaction of sugars and amino acids, usually through the process of frying.) While most of the research above involves animals versus humans, we have also seen studies showing the importance of celery in diets that are considered to be high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits. For example, we’ve seen one recent study showing celery to provide 7% of all flavonol and flavone antioxidants in the diet of adults in China. In addition, mechanisms of anti-inflammatory support have also been shown in human studies. For example, we’ve seen research showing the ability of celery juice and celery extracts to lower the activity of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), as well as the activity of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB). Decreased levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin 1B (IL-1B) and interleukin 8 (IL-8) have also been seen in these studies. All of these four messaging molecules play a key role in the body’s inflammatory responses, and keeping them in check is an important step in the prevention of unwanted inflammation. One interesting aspect of celery’s antioxidant phytonutrients involves its furanocoumarins. Prior to harvest – when celery is still growing in the ground – it responds to stress by producing furanocoumarins in greater amounts. These substances help protect it in its natural living conditions. Even after celery has been harvested, however, and you start to chop it up on your kitchen countertop, it will still increase its production of furanocoumarins, and you will get greater amounts of these phytonutrients for this reason. (However, it is incorrect to assume that the chopping of celery makes it nutritionally “better” than it was before you chopped it. That’s because other phytonutrients decrease simultaneously with the increase in furanocoumarins. The net result is basically a change in the composition of the celery phytonutrients, an interesting topic about which we hope to see more research on in the future.) Digestive Tract Support In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients that help protect the digestive tract as a whole, celery contains pectin-based polysaccharides that can provide the stomach with special benefits. We’ve become accustomed to thinking about polysaccharides as starchy molecules that are used by cells as a way to store up simple sugars. But there are other types of polysaccharides in plants, including the non-starch, pectin-based polysaccharides found in celery. (Pectin is a sugar-related molecule that is largely formed from a substance called glucuronic acid.) The pectin-based polysaccharides found in celery —including apiuman—appear to have special importance in producing anti-inflammatory benefits. In animal studies, celery extracts containing apiuman have been shown to improve the integrity of the stomach lining, decrease risk of stomach ulcer (gastric ulcer), and better control the levels of stomach secretions. We look forward to future research that may confirm these stomach support benefits in humans based on dietary intake of celery in its whole food form. Cardiovascular Support Given the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of celery described earlier in this section, it’s not surprising to see the interest of researchers in the cardiovascular benefits of celery. Oxidative stress and inflammation in the bloodstream are critical problems in the development of many cardiovascular diseases, especially atherosclerosis. Unfortunately, most of the studies we’ve seen in this area have involved animals. Still, we’ve seen promising connections between the pectin-based polysaccharides in celery and decreased risk of inflammation in the cardiovascular system. We’ve seen these same types of connections between celery flavonoids and decreased risk of cardiovascular inflammation. Phthalides are a further category of phytonutrients found in celery that seems important to mention as providing potential cardiovascular benefits. Phenolic substances found in celery, phthalides are a major contributor to the unique flavor of this vegetable. (Sedanenolide and butylphthalides are examples of phthalides found in celery.) Researchers have demonstrated that celery phthalides can act as smooth muscle relaxants, most likely through their impact on the flow of calcium and potassium inside cells and related nervous system activity involved with muscle relaxation. Of course, relaxation of smooth muscles surrounding our blood vessels allows them to expand and the result is a lowering of our blood pressure. (This overall process is called vasodilation.) Phthalides in celery may also act as diuretics, further helping to lower the pressure inside our blood vessels. Unfortunately, most of the research we’ve seen in this area involves celery seeds, celery oil, or celery extracts – not the whole food itself. So it’s not yet clear if these muscle-relaxant properties and blood pressure-lowering properties of celery phthalides will be provided to us if we include celery in our meal plans in everyday food amounts. But we will be surprised if future research on dietary intake of celery does not show some type of cardiovascular benefit directly related to celery phthalides. Other Health Benefits Because chronic oxidative stress and excessive inflammation are key risk factors for the development of many cancer types, it’s not surprising to see scientists interested in the potential benefits of celery intake for cancer prevention. While we’ve seen speculation about celery benefits for stomach cancer, colon cancer, and bladder cancer, we’ve been unable to find actual human research studies in any of these areas. Hopefully, future research studies will address the potential cancer-related benefits of celery much more closely. Home Page for Blind Hog Blogger

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Slowing Down the Aging Process

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Jul 132014
 

 Cardio Exercise—Does it Really Do Much Good?

Considerable controversy exists between the health gurus, medical science and the general public. Is cardio exercise really beneficial for everyone? The obvious answer here is, “Of course not.”

Look… what is good for one person may be certain death for another. What is really needed then, is a kind of compromise.

Most health care providers agree that the best route to a long, healthful life is balanced over diet and exercise. Eat the right foods and experience regular exercise and your life span (barring anything accidental) will be extended. So…how much exercise is needed to keep you “fit?”

But I did say , “Diet and exercise.” Well in this post we’ll cover just the fitness part. Diet is covered in other articles. Check out my category, “Health Matters.”

A short time ago I came across the writings of Steve Holman. Steve has published some highly successful, informative books in a series he calls, “Old School, New Body.” In brief, Steve  taken the “No Pain, No Gain” mantra that many fitness gurus follow and scaled it back to methods that not only make good sense… they actually work in reshaping bodies that have been neglected far too long. Here’s a snippet from Steve: “And I’m not talking about interval cardio, although the weight-training method I’ve been preaching has an HIIT feel to it. That’s the F4X method, (featured in Old School New Body) which is moderate-weight, high-fatigue training with short rests between sets. It burns more fat and pumps up your muscles like crazy too. Here’s the drill:

 

You take a weight with which you can get 15 reps, but you only do 10; rest 30 seconds, then do it again—and so on for four sets. On the fourth set, you go to failure, and if you get 10 reps, you increase the weight on the exercise at your next workout. Notice how those sets are like intervals with short breaks between—you can even pace between sets to burn extra calories…”

Steve Holman is Editor in Chief Iron Man Magazine and co-creator of the Old School New Body program

Were you aware that when you reach 40—man or woman—your body begins to age faster than it has. Without proper nutrition and regular exercise, your body will age nearly six months for every year of life. This suggests that when you reach 44 you will look and feel like you are 46. So by the time you reach 60, if this cycle is permitted to continue, you will feel like you are 70 years old.

Studies show that most people over 35 lose enough muscle, year after year, to burn off four pounds of body fat. Muscle declines and fat increases.

But the bright side of this situation is that it can be reversed and at almost any age. There are numerous ways for you to eat and exercise that will STOP the rapid-growing process—slow it down to the point where your body ages LESS than a year for every year of life. IMAGINE LOOKING 35 WHEN YOU REACH AGE 50+?

To achieve this you will need to jump past conventional wisdom regarding diets and exercise. The so-called “fad diets and exercise programs” will never shape your muscles or burn off stubborn body fat.

I will offer you FIVE STEPS you absolutely MUST AVOID in order to slow the aging process. Here is what NOT to do. What you SHOULD DO is contained in the Ebook, “Old School. New Body.”

Step No. 1: Dump Those Low Fat Diets

More than 30% of the U.S. population is overweight—bordering on OBESE. This includes kids and adults. The traditional way to lose weight has been to reduce or eliminate fats… because fats make you fat! Forget this approach! We, as a people, are fatter, more illness-prone and seemingly addicted to sugar and carbohydrates beginning with the Industrial Revolution at the beginning of the 20th century. Steve Holman says that fats are not to be feared – they’re to be embraced. They do not make you fat; rather, they help your body regenerate your power hormones. Testosterone, the ‘strength’ hormone, for example, is the direct result of cholesterol and dietary fat intake. That’s right: “Cholesterol” isn’t a dirty word! Your body needs dietary fat and cholesterol in order to produce ANY AND ALL vital hormones.

People on low fat diets stand out among the masses:

  • They are gaunt-looking and weak
  • They are afflicted with one illness after another
  • They seldom eat out because this disturbs their “Calorie Counting.”
  • Every gram of food and calories is driving their very existence.

Fats are a necessary part of any balanced diet. Some are good fats, some are bad fats. Learn the difference and start growing younger!

Step No. 2: Do Not Run in Circles

Yes…I belong to a gym, but I do not participate in group exercises or workouts. I have a list of exercises I follow on the advic­­­­e of my doctor and a professional trainer. I don’t like the idea of sitting in one place and torturing myself. The old wive’s tale, if it’s cardio it’s good is a lot of crap.

Treadmills, and any form of endurance training (especially running) does very little to help the age reversal process. Many times, these long-duration exercise bouts accelerate the aging process by increasing free radicals. These free radicals are scavengers that prey on your body’s essential nutrients and tissues.

Step No. 3: Your current age has nothing to do with your fitness

Don’t blame your age. The people around you are not fat because of their age—they’re fat because they eat, drink, think and move about like  fat old dying people.

Your body cannot tell time! Many studies show us that folks in their 90s are gaining muscle tone in just weeks of simple exercise. Age has nothing to do with maintain a healthy body. The best thing for you to do is surround yourself with positive thinking people who crave a challenge, the challenge of staying young. The best challenge you can face is the taking control of your health and body.

 Step No. 4: Stay Hydrated        

You might not think so at this point but water isn’t just good for you—water burns fat! Water also suppresses hunger, tones and refreshes your skin. How many people do you see who actually look like dried up prunes? By drinking jus t 12 ounces of good,clean (filtered) water a day you will, in a few weeks, have more energy and you’ll save wear and tear on your kidneys and liver.

Whether you know it or not, your liver is the number one fat burning organ in your body. If dehydration damages or weakens your kidneys, the liver is forced to take over. If your liver is overworked from cleaning out toxins and handling other liquids it cuts out the fat removal process.

Step No. 5 Cut back on the length of your workouts.

Work Out LESS. But remember that if you don’t work out at all, you’re going to lose muscle tissue year after year. That means you’ll get fatter and flabbier each and every year with less shape and more sagginess. Surely this is not what you want.

Here’s what Steve and Becky have to say:

The answer is old school resistance training. Here’s the secret: hardly anyone is doing it right! 

Becky and I have seen literally thousands of pro fitness athletes train over the years. The ones who looked the best — and that means looked the youngest, most toned, and had the least amount of unwanted fat — were the ones who left the gym while others were still warming up! 

Over the past decade, Becky and I have developed a men and women’s workout system that we call F4X Training System. This is a revolutionary way of combining four specific exercises done in literally a matter of minutes. That’s ALL YOU NEED… And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! 

That’s right: We do not do endless cardio sessions (the F4X Training System is a great cardiovascular workout) and we do not spend an hour a day in the gym. We have a life, thank you. We have kids, and we value being both fit and real people at the same time. The F4X Training System was our personal breakthrough to achieving our ideal bodies, staying in tip-top shape with minimal time, and having a life outside a gym.

WARNING: THIS TRAINING SYSTEM IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!

 

We’re not going to lie to you: The F4X System is definitely not for everyone. For example: 

If you enjoy spending an hour a day working out, this is NOT for you (and good luck with those free radicals!)

If you think you can “cycle” or run your way to a younger, time-changing body, have at it… this is not for you. And, if you are not prepared to work very, very hard for a very short period of time, this is not for you. We’re not going to lie: F4X is hard work — anything that produces this kind of radical age-defying result will never be a walk in the park. 

However, it’s FAST it’s EFFICIENT and it’s SAFE. Fair enough? Hey, if you’re looking for an EASY way out, then Google “Pipedream Workout” and maybe you’ll get lucky. If you want results that have stood the test of DECADES, then read on. 

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Houston Mom is Furious With the White House and Illegals

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Jul 122014
 

From News Sources

Houston mom Bernadette Lancelin says she’s furious that the White House wants to spend billions of dollars to feed and house thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who have entered the United States illegally.

“I’m sorry that their parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever’s going on out there. I don’t care.

“I care about what’s going on right here in my own back yard, my neighborhood.”

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Embarrassing First Date

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Feb 232014
 

  Her First Date Wins the Prize–Funniest First Date

If you didn’t see this on the Tonight Show,      

I hope you’re sitting down when you read it.

       

     This is probably the funniest date story ever, first date or not!!!  We

        have all had bad dates but this takes the cake.

     Jay Leno went into the audience to find the most embarrassing first date

        that a woman ever had.

            

The winner described her worst first date experience.      

There was absolutely no question as to why her tale took the prize!

   

      

She said it was midwinter…snowing and quite cold…

 and the guy had taken

        her skiing in the mountains outside Salt Lake City,Utah.      

It was a day trip (no overnight).They were strangers, after

all, and had never met before.

              

The outing was fun but relatively uneventful,

until they were headed home

        late that afternoon.

       

They were driving back down the mountain,

when she gradually began to realize

        that she should not have had that extra latte!!

            

They were about an hour away from anywhere

with a rest room and in the middle  of nowhere!

       

Her companion suggested she try to hold it,

which she did for awhile.

  

      

Unfortunately, because of the heavy snow and slow going,

 there came a pointwhere she told him that he had

better stop and let her go beside the road, or it

        would be the front seat of his car.

       

     

They stopped and she quickly crawled out

beside the car, yanked her pants   down and started.

 In the deep snow she didn’t have good footing, so she

        let her butt rest against the rear fender to steady herself. Her

        companion stood on the side of the car watching for traffic and indeed was a real gentleman and refrained from peeking.

 All she could think about was the relief she felt despite the rather embarrassing nature of  the situation.

   

      

Upon finishing however, she soon became aware of another sensation. As she   bent to pull up her pants, the young lady discovered her buttocks were  firmly glued against the car’s fender.

Thoughts of tongues frozen to  poles immediately came to mind

as she attempted to disengage her flesh from the icy metal.

 

   

It was quickly apparent that she had a brand new problem,

 due to the extreme cold.

      

Horrified by her plight and yet aware of the humor of the moment, she answered her  date’s concerns about ‘what is taking so long?’ with a reply that  indeed, she was ‘freezing her butt off’ and in need of some assistance!

  

 

    

He came around the car as she tried to cover herself

with her sweater and

        then, as she looked imploringly into his eyes, he burst out laughing.

        She too, got the giggles and when they finally managed to compose

        themselves, they assessed her dilemma. Obviously, as hysterical as the situation was, they also were faced with a real problem. 

 

      

Both agreed it would take something hot to free her chilly cheeks

from the  grip of the icy metal! Thinking about what had gotten her into the  predicament in the first place, both quickly realized that there was

        only one way to get her free. 

 

       

So, as she looked the other way, her first time date proceeded to unzip his pants and pee her butt off the fender.  

 

      

As the audience screamed in laughter, she took the Tonight Show prize

        hands down. Or perhaps that should be ‘pants down’. And you thought your first date was embarrassing.

      

Jay Leno’s comment… ‘This gives a whole new meaning to being pissed  off.’    

       

Oh and how did the first date turn out?

He became her husband and was sitting next to her on the Leno show.

         If you laughed at this pass it on.

      Remember:  If  you haven’t got a smile on your face and

laughter in your heart, then you are just a sour old fart!

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Reversing Diabetes Naturally

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Feb 222014
 

By Don Penven, President and CEO, Brandywine Research

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Freelance Writer

Some Very Basic Information About Diabetes

As I explained in my other posts, I am not a physician or health care provider, nor am I an expert on the subject of diabetes, but I have conducted exhaustive research and  have a good grasp on the subject. Much of what I have learned about diabetes is gained from the fact that a family member was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic nearly three years ago.

Diabetes is best explained by saying that it is a disease–but not a disease about the hormone insulin. It is a disease of the pancreas, the organ that manufactures insulin. Insulin has the ability to collect all the sugar (sucrose) and carbohydrates that we consume on a daily basis and it converts it into glucose. Insulin is also kind of like a delivery van. It carries the glucose to our body tissues where the glucose is absorbed by the tissue cells. The cells convert glucose into energy. No glucose, no energy!

Type 2 Diabetes

Up until recently, medical science was baffled as to why the pancreas slows down in its insulin production and why the body cells seem reluctant to accept all of the glucose that is available. This condition is known as type 2 diabetes.This form of the disease usually requires a modification in the diet and medication. When insulin is in extremely short supply, insulin injections are called for.

Type 1 Diabetes

In some cases the pancreas stops production of any insulin at all and treatment calls for medication and insulin shots for the remainder of the person’s life.

Diabetic Symptoms

Many of the symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are similar. In both types, there is too much glucose in the blood and not enough in the cells of your body. High glucose levels in Type I are due to a lack of insulin because the insulin- producing cells in the pancreas have been destroyed. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s cells become resistant to insulin that is being produced. Either way, your cells aren’t getting the glucose that they need, and your body lets you know by giving you these signs and symptoms:

  1. Frequent urination
  2. Being thirsty all the time
  3. Losing weight without even trying
  4. Being overly weak and tired most of the time
  5. A tingling sensation in the hands, legs and feet
  6. Blurred vision
  7. Dry, itchy skin
  8. Cuts and infections that take forever to heal

This is a partial list, but I think you get the picture.

So Is There are Cure For This Dreaded Disease?

No doubt you health care provider has told you that diabetes has no cure. That’s a bunch of crap! Thousands of people just like you have reversed their diabetes that they stopped taking medications and insulin shots. But the media and the drug companies seem to be conspiring to keep this information from you. Why…?

Follow the money!

Sales of diabetes-related drugs amounts to a Multi-Billion Dollar business. Natural cures are becoming plentiful and this has the drug manufacturers in a quandry. You can not patent thnings that grown in farmer’s fields or on trees.

And the mainstream media would suffer because the drug companies spend Hundreds of Millions of Dollars on advertising!

Margie’s Story

As I mentioned in my first post, my wife Margie was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic several months ago. Well this tough old gal decided she was not going on drug or insulin therapy and she began studying diet plans. Her doctor suggested she try a low carb diet but Margie went way beyond that. She set up a diet what was practically no carbs for several months. She completely avoided eating any of the “white” foods like potatoes, white rice, wheat flour and most assuredly–sugar.

Granted, it has been tough on her, but her determination won out over all else. Not only is her blood sugar down within acceptable limits, she lost over 50 pounds! For the past month she has been giving away her “FAT” clothes. She went from a size 18 to a size six in most of her new outfits.

No, I’m not a doctor but here’s what one respected physician says, ““How long can we as a profession afford to keep our heads in the sand regarding the benefits of low carb diets for diabetics?” Dr Richard Bernstein, Author of “Dr. Berstein’s Diabetes Solutions”

My Tip For Today…

So…my tip for today is to begin your recovery by adopting a strict low carb diet. Seriously…you must do this if you have any hope of getting out of the clutches of the Drug Lords.

Future Posts…

My next post will introduce you to a respected scientist and microbiologist who sent shock waves through the health care community with his discovery!

Please leave a comment if you have gotten any insight into diabetes. Share your situation with me and other diabetes sufferers. You may also want to send me an e-mail so that I can alert you to future posts: donpenven(at)gmail.com.

Please have a blessed day!

Don Penven

 

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Son shoots, kills burglar

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Jan 242014
 

On January 21st a son in Van Zandt County, Texas, saw a man attacking his father with a rifle, so he shot and killed him.

According to the Dallas Morning News, a homeowner “awoke to see a man burglarizing his pickup truck.” He grabbed a rifle and went out and fired a shot at the burglar, who ran. The homeowner then noticed a second truck “parked in the dark near the roadway” and went to investigate.

When he got to the truck he saw the keys were in the ignition and assumed it was the suspected burglar’s vehicle. He took the keys out of the truck “to prevent [the burglar] from leaving the scene.” As he did this, the suspect accosted him, disarmed him, and began “assaulting him with the rifle.”

When the son saw the burglar “raising the rifle” toward his father, he shot the suspect, killing him instantly.

Afterward, Van Zandt county sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray said, “We are a nation of laws. It’s unfortunate that a young man had to die this morning… because of a bad decision he made to violate the rights of a law-abiding citizen.”

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Chocolate Milk—A Big Benefit for Our Tired Old Bodies

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Oct 132013
 

Compiled by Don Penven

Well as it turns out, your Mom was right when she told you that milk is good for you, especially after some vigorous exercise. Based on recent nutrition and health care studies, drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a workout or brisk walk gives one a bunch of carbohydrates and high-quality protein… and it has a pretty good taste to it too.

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Researches in three different but related studies examined the recovery benefits from a glass of chocolate milk to plain water and certain sports drinks. In testing high-endurance athletes, researchers learned:

  • Trained cyclists demonstrated improved performance and pedaled faster thus knocking off considerable time after chocolate milk recovery vs. sports drinks.
  • Adapting to aerobic fitness was multiplied by milk-drinkers over those drinking sports drinks.
  • More muscle growth and less body fat developed among chocolate milk drinkers at the end of a 4-5 week test experiment.

Researchers state that chocolate milk, compared to plain low-fat milk, water or sports drinks contain twice the carbohydrates and protein levels.  Chocolate milk also provides the recommended 4:1 carbs to protein content, which is ideal for replenishing tired muscles. The catch is that low-fact chocolate milk with very low sugar content is essential.

Another bonus is that milk is high in water content assuring adequate hydration. Last, but not least, we see that low amounts of calcium, sodium and sugar assist the body in water retention and energy gain. So you see, chocolate milk should not be thought of as a childhood favorite.

 

 

 

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Ohio Mom Protects Home with Gun Twice in Four Months

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Oct 042013
 

 

.357 Magnum

.357 Magnum

 

From Eagle Rising articles

It is very likely every mother’s worst nightmare. To wake up in the middle of the night, having heard a noise just outside the safety of the walls of your home and knowing that you are likely all of the protection you and your children have. A call to the police may work, but how long might it take for them to respond? Five minutes, ten? Even less may be just too long.

That is the nightmare that Toledo, Ohio mom, Betty Collins has had to live through not once… but twice in the last four months.

Four months ago it was a home invader who met Ms. Collins as he tried to kick in the front door of her home. At about five in the morning, 31-year old Kyle Caldwell began kicking at the front door of Ms. Collins home in an attempt to break in. Betty, who was already awake and wary thanks to a call from her boyfriend about a suspicious man down the block, was waiting with her .357 Magnum at the ready. After a few unsuccessful kicks, Betty yelled for the attacker to leave because she had a gun and it was loaded. He didn’t heed her advice. Finally, Ms. Collins opened the door herself and the intruder found himself inches from the barrel of the loaded .357.

Once he realized the danger he was in, the man did exactly as ordered. He laid down on his face and waited for police to arrive.

Just four short months later, at around 1am on Sunday morning, Ms. Collins was pushed into protecting her home again. She awoke to hear chains rattling on her front porch and knew that there was likely an uninvited guest just outside her door. She opened the front door and confronted 21-year old Thomas Lee Johnson trying to steal one of her family’s bicycles which were chained up on the porch. She told him to stop and to leave, but he continued trying to get the chain off the bike. At that point she retrieved her gun and commanded the young man to lay down on the ground.

Once the young man realized the seriousness of her command, he did what he was told. Police arrested him shortly after, and he will be brought up on misdemeanor charges.

mom with gunWould either criminal have obeyed Ms. Collins had she not had a firearm at the ready? It’s doubtful. Neither obeyed until they realized that she was deadly serious about the gun she held in her hands. It was when Ms. Collins convinced them that she was prepared to use her .357 that they began to take her seriously. If not for her gun, things may have ended very differently for Betty Collins and her family.

The argument so often used by the liberal anti-gun lobby can so easily be refuted anecdotally, it baffles me that they continue to say the gun owning citizen stopping crime is a “fallacy.” The truth is that the police are not in the business of crime prevention, they are in the business of justice. They catch criminals or people who have already committed criminal acts. That’s no slight on our law enforcement; it’s the simple nature of living in a free society. The only way to prevent crime is for law abiding citizens to step in and stop them before they happen.

A round of applause for Ms. Betty Collins and her willingness to stand in harm’s way to protect her family. We need more Betty Collins’ in this world – if we had them, it would be a much safer place.
Read more at http://eaglerising.com/2018/mom-protects-home-gun-twice-four-months/#xCGTPSertXoQ9Wcj.99

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Reflections of an Old man

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Oct 022013
 

I began this blog with a post explaining that, “Sometimes I Buy a Lottery Ticket.” Well… I still do but no big winners yet. I often think that just suppose I did win a big jackpot–something in the millions. I’m 76 as I write this–so what on earth would I do with millions of dollars. I’m really too old to get much pleasure out of it…Right? Well perhaps not.

Reflections 16As time marches on so does my calendar. The day whiz by as they join together to form months. And then there’s the next step–years. I am 80 years old as I write this. Yes… I am still the old cantankerous curmudgeon. Some thing never change, me included. So maybe from time to time I will add a few comments here. Join me as I, “Relax, breathe, let go and just live.”

 Posted by at 6:22 am

What is an Aphorism

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Sep 132013
 

 An Aphorism is…

 

Aphorism: the concise statement of a principle.

 

It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you place the blame.

 

You are not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.

 

We have enough “youth”. How about a fountain of “smart”?

 

The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.

 

A Fool and his money can throw one heck of a party

 

When blondes have more fun, do they know it?

 

LEARN FROM YOUR PARENTS’ MISTAKES

 USE BIRTH CONTROL

 

Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch.

 

Don’t Drink and Drive. You might hit a bump and spill something.

 

If at first you don’t succeed skydiving is not for you

 

We are born naked, wet and hungry, then things get worse.

 

Red meat is not bad for you – fuzzy green meat is bad for you.

 

Ninety-nine percent of all lawyers give the rest a bad name.

 

Xerox and Wurlitzer will merge to produce reproductive organs.

 

Alabama state motto:  At least we’re not Mississippi

 

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS NO MATCH FOR NATURAL STUPIDITY.

 

“You know why a politician is like a banana?”

 “He comes in and first he is green, then he turns yellow and then he’s rotten.”

 

I think Congressmen should wear uniforms, you know, like NASCAR drivers, so we could

 identify their corporate sponsors.

 

The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would ‘hate’ to have to make a living under the laws they’ve passed.

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Man Shoots at Intruders–Police Nab All Three

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Aug 162013
 

CLEVELAND – A Cleveland man is being praised by a city councilman for shooting an armed intruder at

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his Pawnee Avenue home Tuesday.

“Whoever shot this dirt bag ought to get a medal,” Ward 11 Councilman Mike Polensek said. “I might get a proclamation for him.”

It all started when Jacquella Lattimore left the house to take her children to camp. Police say she was accosted by three men who were trying to force her back into the house at gunpoint. What the intruders apparently didn’t know is that Lattimore’s fiancé, Johnny Bridges, was watching from the window with his gun.

“They walked her out of the garage and when they got to the door, I shot,” Bridges said.

Bridges’ bullet hit one of the suspects. All three gunmen ran. The injured suspect was taken into custody at Euclid Hospital. The other two were stopped a few blocks away after police noticed they looked suspicious.

Fifth District Commander Wayne Drummond said they face charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and felonious assault.

Bridges said one of the gunmen was in the garage with his children and two nieces. Tuesday was his 8-year-old daughter’s birthday.

“Right now I don’t consider myself a hero,” Bridges said. “I just wanted to make sure my family was alright.”

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Hostage Shoots 2 Bank Robbers

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Aug 162013
 

Texas husband shoots 2 bank robbers that abducted him, his wife, police say

Published August 04, 2013

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Texas –  Authorities say a Houston-area man turned the tables on two bank robbery suspects who had abducted him and his wife by pulling a gun on the unsuspecting duo and shooting them both, killing one of them.

The suspects apparently knew that the woman worked at the First National Bank of Eagle Lake in Columbus, and they abducted her and her husband at gunpoint at their residence north of the city on Thursday and drove them back to the bank, Columbus County Sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Weido told Houston television station KHOU.

The suspects forced the woman to taken an undisclosed amount of money from the bank, then forced the husband to drive them in his truck down Highway 71, Weido said. It was then that the husband grabbed a gun that was in the truck and fired at the suspects, he said.

Officers who responded to a 911 call found both suspects lying on the ground near the truck suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to different hospitals, where one of them was pronounced dead. The other suspect remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday. Columbus County authorities didn’t respond to calls for comment Saturday.

Investigators didn’t disclose the couple’s names or say how much money the woman was forced to take from the bank. Investigators have not released the name of the couple or how much money they were forced to take out.

Those who know the couple said that the community has their back.

“I’m sure that they’re both going to be upset for a while,” resident Brenda Buehler said. “It’s a frightening thing to have happen, but I think everybody’s going to tell them good job.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/04/texas-husband-shoots-2-bank-robbers-that-abducted-him-his-wife-police-say/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2bCoOvAQl

Jun 142013
 

A 72-year-old Southern California grandmother who shot at — and narrowly missed — a man trying to break into her home said Tuesday she was shocked at the attention her action was getting but does not regret defending herself and her husband, an 85-year-old World War II veteran who uses a wheelchair.

Jan Cooper, of Anaheim, fired one shot from her .357-magnum Smith & Wesson revolver around 12:30 a.m. Sunday as a man attempted to break into her home. During a 911 call of the incident, Cooper can be heard begging with the dispatcher to send deputies and warns that she has a gun at the ready as her Rottweiler barks furiously in the background.

Minutes later, a breathless Cooper says the man has come to the back porch and is trying to get in the house through a sliding door. Through the vertical blinds, Cooper saw his silhouette just inches away through the glass as he began to slide open the door.

“I’m firing!” Cooper shouts to the dispatcher as a loud band goes off.

Cooper then curses at the suspect, shouting at him to “back up.”

“You’d better get the police here. I don’t know whether I hit him or not. I’m not sure. He’s standing at my door, my back door. He’s in my yard,” she said.

The suspect, 31-year-old Brandon Alexander Perez, was not hit and was arrested a short while later by responding deputies, who heard the gunshot, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Perez has pleaded not guilty to a burglary charge and has a court date later this month. The Associated Press was unable to leave an after-hours message for his attorney.

Perez had a rap sheet that included other burglary and narcotics charges and was on parole and staying at a halfway house not far from the Coopers’ address, Amormino said.

Cooper’s gun, which she has owned for about 20 years, was legally purchased and properly registered, he said.

“Even though that dog was barking, he still was desperate to get in. So who knows what may have happened if she didn’t fire that round,” Amormino said.

On Tuesday, Cooper was soft-spoken and composed, with her gray hair pulled back neatly in a hairband and her husband at her side during a news conference at a sheriff’s substation.

Cooper said she is amazed by the anger in her voice — and the curse word she let fly — after she fired the shot.

“I am a Christian woman and I’m very proud of it and I don’t curse but after I shot, rage took hold and I just blasted away,” she said. “And, in fact, afterwards my husband said, `I’ve never heard you talk like that!”‘

The stunned intruder apologized to Cooper after she fired, she recalled, telling her, “I’m sorry, ma’am. I’m leaving. Please don’t shoot.”

The grandmother of a 15-year-old grandson said she doesn’t regret firing her weapon, although she has considered how she would have reacted if she had hit or killed the man. Deputies have told her that, based on his height and the bullet hole, the shot that she fired through a narrow gap in the sliding door passed within inches of his left cheek.

“I don’t mean to shoot anybody,” said Cooper, a self-described tomboy who has also tried archery and knife-throwing and has owned guns since her teens. “But whatever’s necessary to literally stop them — he was not going to come into my home.”

Her husband, Bob Cooper, chuckled when asked if his wife had learned her aggression from him and his military service. Cooper worked gathering intelligence in Italy and France in the build-up to D-Day and spent years going to the shooting range with his wife after the war, he said.

“I’m not surprised at all, not one bit,” he said. “I know her capabilities and what she can do if she has to.”

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