Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. Erma Bombeck
The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one
end. (Some people talk too much: that person's tongue is loose at both ends.)
You're Never Too Old To Learn Something Stupid. Duh!
The Groundwork for all Happiness is Health.
James Leigh Hunt, English poet and writer. 1784-1859
Put Your Worries to Bed:
'A Ruffled Mind Makes a Restless Pillow'. Victorian novelist: Charlotte Bronte.
When I Was a Kid, I Wanted to Be Older…This is Not What I Expected…
Getting Older is Not for Sissies !
Healthy Habits Can Haunt You:
Sometimes choices that seem smart are actually mistakes in disguise.
Brushing your teeth right after a meal: If you have had anything to eat or drink
that is acidic, brushing within 30 minutes can scratch the acid right into the
enamel on your teeth, eroding it and leaving them susceptible to damage, says
Gigi Meinecke, DDS. and spokesperson for Academy of General Dentistry.
Instead: rinse your mouth with water just after eating and wait 30 min. to brush.
Avoiding Fat: A low-fat diet can cause dry skin and hair, constipation, insufficient
absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like A,D,E, and K; low levels of reproduction
hormones and excessive hunger, says Leslie Bonci, RD, owner of Active Eating
Advice in Pittsburgh. Fat takes longer than other macronutrients to leave the
stomach so it helps you feel fuller for a longer period of time, and it stimulates
production of neurotransmitters that help with satiety.
Instead: Be selective about fats. Don't shirk healthy fats in nuts, seeds, nut butters,
avocado, olive oil or canola oil-your body needs them.
Putting On a Happy Face-When You're Not. When you get angry or irritated, it may be wise to hold your tongue in the moment. But it is a mistake to bury your
anger. Research has found it can increase a woman's risk of developing depression
for men and women, it can lead to increased pain sensitivity and higher blood pres-
Instead: Listen to what your anger is telling you, says Denver psychologist Susan
Heitler, Ph.D., author of Prescriptions Without Pills. Then express yourself using
non-accusatory statements that describe your feelings and what you would like to
change: 'I felt sad when you were checking your phone at dinner while I was tell-
-ing you something important. I would like to designate some phone-free times &
ReUsing Grocery Bags: Shoppers rarely, if ever, wash their re-usable bags, ac-
-cording to a 2010 study. When researchers swabbed the inside of the bags, they
found Large Numbers of Bacteria that can make you sick, including E.coli. One
of the biggest risks: if meat or chicken liquids drip into the bag and they are
stored in the trunk of your car, the bacteria will incubate and multiply, says Ryan
Sinclair, Ph.D., an assistant professor of environmental microbiology at Loma
Instead: Wash your canvas, cotton or nylon bags regularly at a high temp with a
detergent containing disinfectant, then put them in the dryer. This can reduce the
bacteria by more than 99%. ( For me, I use store plastic bags and recycle, in-
-stead of using cloth bags, I feel it is not worth the risk to use the re-usable bags).
Stretching Before Exercise: Stretching a cold muscle could strain or tear it, says
Cedric Bryant, Ph.D. chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise.
A 2015 study from Germany found that when athletes held stretches before play-
-ing soccer, their knee joints became more lax, which could increase injury risk.
Instead: Warm up by doing gentle, lower-intensity versions of the movement pat-
-terns you're likely to do in your workout, such as climbing on your bike and cy-
-cling slowly. But definitely stretch your muscles during your cool down.
Vary your cardio regimen and add yoga or Pilates. The balance and flexibility
training will help protect your muscles and joints.
Parade Mag 9-24-2017 byline: Stacey Colino Parade.com/habits
Relationship of Diet to Behavior:
According to researchers in Germany, what we eat has a lot to do with how we in-
-teract socially. A breakfast loaded with refined carbs and few proteins was found
to increase 'social punishment behavior.' This new insight highlights the import-
-ance of a well-balanced meal for school-age children.
Healthy, balanced meals are a good way to help kids achieve productive social interactions, avoid conflicts and display what the researchers called 'fundamental
expressions of cognition. If you want your kids to have more positive social and
cognitive interactions go with the balanced lunch. (And so should you.)
Meals that are low-carb, high protein and contain more whole grains, fruits, veggies, low-fat milk products, less sodium and fat is the way to go for all to
remain health and wise.
The YOU DOCs: Michael Roizen, MD & Mehmet Oz, MD. 9-25-2017
Children and Drugs: This is Scary !
The U.S. poison control centers get a call every 24 minutes regarding a child's
over-exposure to not only illicit drugs-they get plenty of those-but also a new
study reveals that 70% of those calls are about kids 6 and younger accidentally in-
-gesting a supplement, most often energy products and yohimbe. This is Scary !
Yohimbe is available as a standardized prescription drug for erectile dysfunction,
and that is a different product than over-the-counter yohimbe, which claims to
boost performance, aid weight loss and cure high blood pressure, diabetic neuro-
-pathy and impotence. (Sounds like snake oil: Dangerous !)
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health,
yohimbe is associated with heart attacks, arrhythmia and hypertension, stomach
problems, anxiety and seizures. (Worse than snake oil !)
Adults: Avoid OTC yohimbe and steer clear of most energy supplements, which
can trigger increased heart rate, headache and mood changes. In kids: they can
cause heart and breathing problems, even seizures.
Place ALL Supplements in childproof bottles.
When buying any supplement, look for a seal from U.S. Pharmacopeia, NSF,
ConsumerLab.com or UL indicating that the ingredients have been verified.
The YOU DOCs: Michael Roizen, MD & Mehmet Oz, MD. 9-25-2017
One in three Americans has a body mass index of 30 or higher, according to the
2016 State of Obesity Report released on Aug. 31, but rates are leveling off. Here
are the five states with highest obesity rates.
West Virginia 37.7 % +2.1% in 2015
Alabama 37.7% +0.1% in 2015
Arkansas 35.7% +1.2% in 2015
Mississippi 35.3% +1.7% in 2015
Louisiana 35.5% -0.7% in 2015
Source: Time Mag. 9-2017
Ease Heartburn/Upset Stomach:
Baking soda and ginger both have a long history as treatments for heartburn. The original formula Alka-Seltzer contains sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). This is
responsible for the fizz that is characteristic of Alka-Seltzer. Ginger has been used
for thousands of years for motion sickness, nausea and indigestion. It is still used
in some households for indigestion and costs very little to make your own brew.
Joe & Teresa Graedon The People's Pharmacy, 300 W. 57th St. 15th Fl.
New York, NY 10019 9-25-2017
Statins Side Effect: Cataracts.
The link between statins like rosuvastatin (Crestor) is not listed as a side effect in the official prescribing information for Crestor. Early animal research suggested that dogs and rodents given statins developed cataracts. One scientist noted that the lens of the eye requires cholesterol for normal function and warned about the possibility of cataracts in humans (JAMA, Mar.27,1987). This concern was not
confirmed in human studies until 2010.
Researchers in UK analyzed data from general practices treating 2 million people
(BMJ, online, May 20,2010). This study revealed a surprisingly strong connection
between statin use and cataract formation. Canadian researchers reported a 50%
increased risk of posterior sub-capsular cataracts among statin users (Optometry
and Vision Science, Aug. 2012).
There is still controversy about this association, however (Journal of the American
Heart Assn, Mar. 20, 2017). Many physicians believe that the cardiovascular bene-
-fits derived from statins outweigh the potential risk of cataracts.
Joe & Teresa Graedon The People's Pharmacy, 300 W. 57th St. 15th Fl.
New York, NY 10019 9-25-2017
Make a Note: Flu Shot Season.
Go early in the day. In a U.K. study published last year, researchers looked at 276
senior citizens and found that those who got the vaccine between 9 a. and 11 a.
had a higher antibody response to two out of three flu strains one month later than
those who got their shot between 3 p. and 5 p.
'Immune cell numbers and sensitivity to pathogens fluctuate over the course of the
day,' says Adam Silver, PhD, assistant professor of biology at the U.Hartford in
Connecticut. 'It is believed that our immune system evolved to be at its peak when
we are most likely to encounter pathogens, so it makes sense we'd use a heighten-
-ed immune response in the morning, at the beginning of our active period.'
Plus, your arms will thank you. Research has shown that people who get vacci-
-nations early in the day are less likely to experience redness, soreness, or hardness
at the injection site. (Now you know.) Health Mag. 9-2017
Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Floodwaters:
Furniture: made with particle board usually cannot survive sitting in water. Upholstered pieces of furniture may not be salvageable. Take furniture outdoors and clean the surface with a brush or broom to remove loose mold. Vacuum the surface to pull mold out of the fibers. Dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag carefully to avoid spreading mold spores. Wipe any remaining mildew with a cloth dam-
-pened with detergent suds or a weak solution of ¼ teas chlorine bleach and 1 cup water.
Wood floors: floors soaked for days will probably have to be replaced. The key is
getting the water out quickly. Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up the water under-
-neath, put fans in every room to speed drying, you may be in luck.
Carpet: Pull out wet carpet as soon as possible to reduce mildew in the house.
Discard carpet and padding if it has been under contaminated floodwater. Wear
rubber gloves for protection. If you decide to try to clean carpet and rugs outside
hose them down with cold, clean water. Use a stiff-bristled broom to work in a low
sudsing , disinfectant, carpet-cleaning product. Rinse thoroughly with a solution of
2 tablespoons liquid chlorine bleach to 1 gallon water-unless your carpets are wool. Hire pros to lay new padding and the cleaned carpet for best results.
Clothing: Speed is critical to prevent fading and mildew. Floodwaters can contain
sewage and other harmful materials. Wear protective gloves to handle wet clothing
and separate washable garments from those that must be dry-cleaned. Do not store
wet clothing in plastic bags. Rinse washable, like-colored garments several times
in cold water to dilute the soil. Soak heavily soiled items overnight in cold water
to dilute the soil. Soak overnight in cold water and liquid detergent following initial rinses. Then begin the 'real' washing and disinfecting to kill harmful bac-
-teria. Disinfectants include chlorine bleach (2 tablespoons per washer will be ef-
-fective), quaternary ammonium compounds and pine oil phenolic compounds, all
of which are available under various brand names at grocery stores. Remove oily
stains with solvent dry-cleaning solutions. Some oily stains are more easily re-
-moved with liquid detergents than with powdered products. Rust removers may
be used on washable clothing for rust stains.
Shoes: allow shoes to air dry-heat from dryers will shrink them. Disinfect them
and try using a leather cleaner or saddle soap to get them back in shape.
Leather garments/leather furniture: Leather and suede garments, as well as leather
upholstery, can be cleaned with the fungicide product ConSan Triple Action 20,
available at most hardware stores. Be careful: this product can stain.
Keep Mold From Forming: Get to work right away ! Even just an inch or two of
water has the potential for mold and must be addressed. It only takes 48 hours for
mold to germinate. Dry everything quickly. Use fans and de-humidifiers; move
wet items away from walls and off floors.
Clean all hard surfaces with a detergent solution and hot water. Use a stiff brush
or cleaning pad on block walls or uneven surfaces. Rinse them clean with water. Disinfect with a mild bleach solution; about 1 cup bleach per gallon of water. When disinfecting a large area, make sure the entire surface gets treated. Avoid excessive runoff or standing bleach. Don't rinse. Let it dry naturally.
NEVER mix bleach with ammonia-the fumes are toxic.
If the odor does not go away, try the wash-rinse-dry process again. If that doesn't
work contact a licensed contractor for professional cleanup. If you cannot get rid
of the mold, consider removing the contaminated surface. Remove all drywall to
at least 12 inches above the high water mark. Save a sample of the contaminated
surface and store it outdoors until insurance adjusters arrive.
Bedding: Cleaning and renovating may cost more than buying new ones. Pillows
filled with feathers, polyester or foam rubber May be salvageable. Brush off dirt.
Wash feather pillow by machine or by hand, If the outer ticking is badly damaged
transfer the feathers to a muslin bag larger than the pillow ticking. Hint: Stitch
an open end of the ticking to an open end of the bag, then stitch the bag closed.
Wash in warm water 15-20 minutes, adding a disinfectant. Rinse with warm
water several times. Squeeze or spin excess water and dry in dryer or line-dry.
Wash polyester fiberfill by hand in warm water with a low-sudsing detergent and
disinfectant. Rinse several times, and squeeze or spin off water in the washing
machine. Dry in dryer or line dry. Foam or urethane pillows should be dried
away from heat and light.
Car: Find your vehicle: The city may tow vehicles stranded in high water. Visit
findmytowedcar.com . Do not try to start your car. Starting can fry the electro-
-nics or flood vital engine parts, causing more damage than might have occurred.
Get your car towed to a nearby mechanic who can check it out. Contact your in-
-surer. They will be able to help you with towing, repair and rental, depending on
your specific coverage. Arrange a rental as soon as possible, if one is needed.
Insurance: Homeowners policies do not cover flood damage. If you have a flood
insurance policy, contact your agent to start the claim process. Take photos to make sure the damages are documented for the claim.
Exposure to Mold: Mold exposure can cause allergic reactions, asthma episodes,
infections and other respiratory problems. Wear rubber gloves and a mask or res-
-pirator during the cleanup and whenever handling moldy materials. Work in a
well-ventilated area. Wear protective clothing that can be easily cleaned or dis-
-carded. Houston Chronicle 8-26-2017
Dealing with Mold: can pose a critical challenge to businesses and home-
-owners who took on floodwaters that may have contained sewage and chemicals
that can expose you and your family to harmful viruses, bacteria, disease carriers,
and parasites. The cleaning and disinfecting processes are crucial to rebuilding.
Remediation is a reliable way to rid homes and businesses of mold.
Mold starts to grow 24-28 hours after the area has been saturated, said Roberto
DeSouza of Mold Inspection and Testing of Houston. Call a test company to see
what type of mold is present, if any, because you can't always see mold at first,
and depending on what type of mold is present, it could be toxic.
Experts warn that bleach is not the way to go when it comes to cleaning porous
surfaces like wood, drywall and concrete. Bleach's chemical structure prevents it
from penetrating cracks and crevices where the mold is usually deeply rooted.
Instead, DeSouza suggests cleaning hard surfaces with vinegar and using biocide
or anti-microbial products on drywall, wood and other porous surfaces.
Tips from FEMA for dealing with mold on your own:
Use protective equipment while in affected area. Assure furniture is completely
dry before returning it to your home; and walls are dry before re-painting.
Open all doors and windows while working to allow air flow. If mold has already
started to grow; do not use fans. The fans can spread the mold.
Do not mix bleach with ammonia; this could create toxic vapors.
Throw away anything that cannot be thoroughly cleaned or anything that was not
dried within 48 hours. Houston Chronicle 9-5-2017 byline: Abby Trout
Many people keep mold at bay with bleach water. You can use
isopropyl alcohol or ethanol-based liquids, or even denatured alcohol that you
can find in a paint store. Use a mixture of 7 parts alcohol with 1 part water ap-
-plied from a spray bottle. Spray it on clean furniture, flooring and other ob-
-jects, no need to rub it in.
Floodwaters likely have hydrocarbon contamination and may have other toxins
from sewage. Wear rubber gloves and keep your hands sway from your eyes
during cleanup. Toxins from the floodwater could leave an unhealthy film on
everything in your home. A face mask can protect you from anything that gets
Critters' Homes Flooded :
All sorts of wild animals, alligators, armadillos, deer, rabbits, squirrels, skunks, possums, snakes, have been flooded out of their habitats, homes, dens…due to Hurricane Harvey. One such animal, an 89-pound alligator snapping turtle wandered onto Memorial Drive, washed out of its home in Buffalo Bayou.
The turtle, a male believed to be about 70 years old-likely came up for air after
hunkering down in the depths of the bayou during rainfall caused by Harvey,
said Kelly Norrid, urban wildlife biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Police whisked the turtle off to the Wildlife Center of Texas, a group within the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals, according to HPD. The Wildlife Center of Texas, which usually rescues between 10,000 and 11,000 wild animals every year has been particularly busy following record flooding in the Houston area. Houston Chronicle 9-13-2017 byline: Margaret Kadifa
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