Our 59 National Parks

It has been found that nature is good for us, body, mind and soul.  I saw this link today and thought it was worth to pass it on.  May be worthwhile to plan a trip to one of the beautiful 59 national parks in our United States.  Or, at least to enjoy looking at the beautiful photos :) It is Time to Play!  www.TimetoPlay.com: It’s Time to Enjoy YOUR Life! http://local.msn.com/outdoors/our-59-national-parks#scpshrjwfbs

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Healthy Eating: Foods That Look Like Body Parts

This is a very interesting article… it talks about healthy eating and shows carrots (look like an eye), sweet potatoes (look like a pancreas), avocados (ovary), walnuts (brain) and other foods that look like a body part and that have benefits within the food that may provide a benefit to your health — for that area of your body.  Definitely worth to check it out! http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/foods-that-look-like-body-parts-theyre-good-for-109151?click=main_sr

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7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise

I haven’t been consistent with exercising. After all, it’s winter, and it’s cold out, and I’m tired, and…. I’ve been making lots of excuses.

This article from US News & World Report provides us with indisputable reasons why we should take EVEN 10 MINUTES to exercise. Even I can spare 10 minutes… I’m heading to the treadmill.

Definitely worth a read!  http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/slideshows/7-mind-blowing-benefits-of-exercise

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Additives in Vaccines | Vaccine Safety?

There is a lot of controversy about vaccines and I, personally, have noticed TONS of vaccines being available now in every food store and drug store, aside from just the doctor’s office, including the flu shot. I watched a video today that referenced this article of the additives in vaccines. Vaccine safety is, personally, a concern.  Figured I’d pass the CDC article along for your information. It never hurts to know stuff. Ask your healthcare practitioner about it and potential benefits and risks to yourself or your children.

LINK: Ingredients of Vaccines – Fact Sheet: Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/additives.htm

There’s also tons of interesting info on the CDC website about all types of health topics. If you have time, browse! Email me with any comments or thoughts. Let’s start a dialogue to help one another enjoy life.

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HPV Vaccine (Gardasil) Side Effects

There are two HPV vaccines available (Gardasil® and Cervarix®) which protect against the types of HPV infection that cause most cervical cancers.  I have been reading reports about adverse side effects and thought I’d post some “food for thought”.  I did not get any of my three children vaccinated.  Some might think that’s dumb, but I figured it’s up to each of us to make up our minds.  – I did take the liberty to highlight the excerpt in read that I thought was a little disturbing.  Please do read the whole information – the link to the source of the below content is:  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/vaccines/HPV/Index.html,  and reference was made that this information was last updated: December 20, 2013 – Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
In the United States, post-licensure vaccine safety monitoring and evaluation are conducted independently by federal agencies and vaccine manufacturers.  From June 2006-March 2013, approximately 57 million doses of HPV vaccines were distributed  and VAERS received approximately 22,000 adverse event reports occurring in girls and women who received HPV vaccines; 92% were classified as “non-seriousExternal Web Site Icon.” Reports received by VAERS peaked in 2008 and decreased each year after that; the proportion of female HPV reports classified as “seriousExternal Web Site Icon” (reports are classified as “serious” if they contain information that the event resulted in hospitalization, prolongation of an existing hospitalization, permanent disability, life-threatening illness, or death) peaked in 2009 at 12.8% and decreased after that to 7.4% in 2013 (for more information, see Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): “Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescent Girls, 2007-2012 and Postlicensure Vaccine Safety Monitoring, 2006-2013 — United States

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Artificial Colorings in our food and its Affects on Children

(CNN) — “What gives M&Ms their bright colors? That depends on which country you’re in. Mars Inc. primarily uses artificial food coloring for the candy in the United States, but M&Ms derive their candy coloring from natural sources in Europe.”  . . .

European lawmakers moved to require warning labels on foods containing certain artificial colorings after a 2007 study found a slight increase in hyperactivity among children consuming a mixture of the dyes and a preservative.  The required label reads: “May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.”  The move came despite the European Food Safety Authority’s conclusion that the UK study “provides limited evidence” and “cannot be used as a basis for altering the (accepted daily intake) of the respective food (colors).”  Instead of adding the warning, most manufacturers voluntarily switched to dyes derived from natural sources, such as beets or annatto for red, carrots for orange and saffron for yellow.  In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has declined to implement tougher regulations but acknowledged that “certain susceptible children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and other problem behaviors” may have their condition “exacerbated by exposure to a number of substances in food, including, but not limited to, synthetic color additives.”

Doreen’s commentary:   It truly upsets me that food manufacturers are allowed to put things in our food that other countries will not allow.  When I food shop, I am very careful to not select food with artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  Who really knows what it does to our bodies and our health?  For the rest of this article please see http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/health/mms-candy-artificial-dyes/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook

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Nearly 26 Million Americans Have Diabetes & 79 Million have Prediabetes

“Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and an estimated 79 million adults have prediabetes. The new estimates show how important it is to make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent type 2 diabetes.”

I recently became a New York State Department of Health Diabetes Prevention Counselor and believe that, if you are at risk for Diabetes, it may be worth to ask your health provider how to avoid conversion.  If you have Type 2 Diabetes, it might be worth you asking your healthcare provider if there is a lifestyle change that you can implement to go back to before you had Diabetes.  Any questions, give us a call – 631-331-2675. – Doreen

The above statistics and the following are excerpts from Diabetes Fact Sheet, Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesfactsheet/.

The number of Americans with diabetes continues to increase, according to CDC’s most recent National Diabetes Fact Sheet. So does the number of Americans with prediabetes, a condition that increases their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Photo: A woman testing her blood sugar level.The National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011, provides data on how many Americans have diabetes, as well as information on age, racial and ethnic differences in diabetes, and on complications of the disease. Below are some highlights from the fact sheet.

Diabetes affects 8.3% of all Americans and 11.3% of adults age 20 and older. Some 27% of people with diabetes – 7 million Americans – do not know they have the disease. In 2010, 1.9 million Americans were first diagnosed with diabetes.

Prediabetes affects 35% of adults age 20 and older, and half of Americans age 65 and older. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

CDC estimates that as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. Type 2 diabetes, in which the body gradually loses its ability to use and produce insulin, accounts for 90% to 95% of cases. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history, having diabetes while pregnant, a sedentary lifestyle and race/ethnicity.

Read more:  http://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesfactsheet/

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The Power of Love as an Antidepressant

Did you know:  It is possible to change one’s approach to love to ward off depression? Strategies in this article from PsychologyToday.com include recognizing the difference between love and infatuation, knowing that love is a LEARNED skill, and the need for good communication.  It’s truly worth a read!


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Why Weight Loss Surgery is NOT a Sound Treatment Choice for Type 2 Diabetes

We know people who have had this surgery and they have definitely lost weight, and then we know others who have had significant complications.

Read this… it’s quite interesting.  It is an individual decision to be an advocate for their own health, and, like grandma always said, if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.  If you like this article, there are a lot of links in it.  I, personally, have close relatives who are at risk for diabetes, and think there’s a lot of information here:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/17/weight-loss-surgery.aspx

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Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain

The study this article was based on was performed in 2008.  What perplexes me is that there is so much evidence, but yet so  many people use potentially damaging sweeteners.

Read it for yourself and decide.  And then do more research to make a decision on what you should consume.  After all, you know what’s best for you…


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