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 !
New in the Food Chain ?
Insect Burgers, Yumm ? Have Some ? Ummm...Swallow deeply, pinch the nose
and repeat the mantra: 'Tastes like beef…tastes like beef'... Bite into the burger of
rice, chopped veggies, spices and ..mealworm larvae. (Oops, need the barf bag?)
The Swiss supermarket chain Coop, to a bit of domestic hoopla, has begun selling
burgers and balls made from insects. It is being billed as a legal first in Europe, a
continent more accustomed to steak, sausage, poultry and fish as a source of pro-
-tein. Insect promoters say Switzerland is not the first European country to allow
retail sales, just the first to have those sales so clearly authorized.
A change in Swiss law in May allows the sale of three types of insects: mealworm
larvae, house crickets (Jiminy Cricket !) and migratory locusts. Insects can be found on the shelves in Belgium, Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands, but that is
due to a 'legal void' in European Union rules. New legislation taking effect in
January will smooth the way for 'bug burgers' to turn up on picnic plates across
the EU. (Not quite the same as Swiss Chocolate !)
The U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization has promoted insects as a source
of human food, saying they are healthy and high in protein and minerals. Many
types of insects produce less greenhouse gases and ammonia than most livestock-
such as methane-spewing cattle-and require less land and money to cultivate.
Houston Chronicle//Associated Press 9-9-2017 byline: Jamey Keaten
(Hey, Millennials ! There is your answer to the Memphis Meat Co. story in last
Many of the modifiable risk factors for dementia that a recent study highlights are the ones we talk about every week: having Type 2 diabetes, being obese or over-
-weight, having high blood pressure, smoking, and a lack of physical activity.
You might be less aware of some risk factors: social isolation, and failing to com-
-plete a secondary education.
The Good News: we think 80% of cases of cognitive decline are preventable, if you add in our nutritional advice. Practice stress management and do mental speed-
-of-processing games, and avoid toxins. That means that for the 16 Million people
in the U.S. living with cognitive impairment, 12 Million could have dodged the
decline. The YOU DOCs: Michael Roizen, MD & Mehmet Oz, MD.
Houston Chronicle 9-11-2017
Some mouthwash contains as much as 27% alcohol. That is more than beer or wine. The ethyl alcohol in mouthwash or hand sanitizer is Not intended for
drinking ! In addition, there are other ingredients in such products that could
make people ill.
Joe & Teresa Graedon The People's Pharmacy, 300 W. 57th St. 15th Fl.
New York, NY 10019 Houston Chronicle 9-11-2017
Normal potassium levels in the blood should range from 3.6 to 5.2. If potassium
drops below 2.5, it is considered a medical emergency. Symptoms may include
weakness, muscle cramps, irregular heart rhythms and confusion.
Licorice is known to deplete the body of potassium. Too much also can lead to
high blood pressure, fluid retention, headaches and hormonal imbalance.
Joe & Teresa Graedon The People's Pharmacy, 300 W. 57th St. 15th Fl.
New York, NY 10019 Houston Chronicle 9-11-2017
Researchers studying ways to detect early rejection of transplants in humans have
uncovered a vast array of microbes in the human body previously unknown to
science. Stanford U. professor of bio-engineering and applied physics Stephen
Quake and colleagues made the discovery by looking at the cell-free DNA circu-
-lating in blood plasma.
Of all the non-human DNA
fragments the team gathered, 99% of them failed to
match anything in existing genetic databases the researchers examined.
(Hmmm, very interesting ! Non-human DNA fragments ? ? ? What is that
supposed to mean ? ? ?) EarthWeek 8-27-2017
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
Suicide Epidemic: Farmers in France.
A dairy farmer, Jean-Pierre Le Guelvout, once kept 66 cows at a thriving estate in
southern Brittany region of France. But falling milk prices, accumulating debts,
depression and worries about his health in middle age became too much to bear.
Jut 46, Le Guelvout shot himself in the heart in a grove behind his house one cold
December day last year.
The death was part of a quiet epidemic of suicide among French farmers with which stoical rural families, authorities, public health official and researchers are
trying to grapple. Farmers are particularly at rick, because of the nature of their
work, which can be isolating, financially precarious and physically demanding.
Farmers who do not have children to help with the work and eventually take over
the farm, the burden is that much greater. The problem has persisted for years;
the efforts of measures to help-public figures show that the suicide rate from
2007-2011 is 22% higher than that of the general population.
In recent years, financial pressures have grown more onerous. Prices for milk have dropped below what farm associations say is needed to run and sustain a farm; let alone make a profit. Farmers start wondering why they are doing all
this if there is no one to inherit it; just one of the forces that pushes many to despair.
'The doctor establishing the death certificate can avoid mentioning suicide', said Dr. Veronique Maeght-Lenormand, an occupational physician who runs the national suicide prevention plan for the Mutualite` Sociale Agricole, a farmers' association. 'The reason? Some insurance companies won't allow compensations for spouses after a suicide. There is also the weight of our Judeo-Christian culture.'
Houston Chronicle//New York Times 8-2017 byline: Pamela Rougerie
(Down on the Farm: A Sad Story About Farm Life.)
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