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Tasting chocolate for the first time

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This link is a video of the men who work very hard to cultivate and harvest the cacao beans that are eventually made into the chocolate we love so much. In Cote D'Ivoire, chocolate as we know it is rare and expensive!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/30/2014 5:28PM

    Oh my! Thank you for sharing this link. I have to admit, dark chocolate is one of my few indulgences.

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CELEST 7/30/2014 4:38PM

    That is amazing....and I really had to chuckle when one said "eating the chocolate is why white people are healthy" lol if only he knew...a trip to countries where most of its inhabitants are obese would be an eye opener for them. Such delightful men...a big thanks for their hard work so I can enjoy a treat every now and then.

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"Give someone a squeeze."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AARP The Magazine. June/July 2014 issue Page 14 with tips for Healthy You.

I loved the second of six "60-Second health Boosters:

"Give someone a squeeze.
A 10-second hug lowers blood pressure by increasing the feel-good hormone oxytocin and lowering the stress chemical cortisol."


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DIANESKATZ 7/30/2014 2:11PM

    emoticon emoticon Never a shortage of hugs in the congregations. Hope you have a great day!

(¸.•´(¸ ;.•Diane
♥.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.•.♥

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GINNABOOTS 6/26/2014 9:29AM

    emoticon Sending a hug your way!

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1MORNINGWALKER 6/25/2014 8:55PM

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1CRAZYDOG 6/25/2014 6:29PM

    emoticon Went and read it! Had to pass on a hug, of course!

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BETHCOMINS 6/25/2014 4:29PM

    had to give out a hug today nice to know it has more than one benefit :) emoticon

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BOOKWERME 6/25/2014 4:13PM

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CELEST 6/25/2014 3:39PM

    Then I should be the healthiest soul alive lol cos Im squeezed by Axel on and off all day long. Sometimes I think I'm all squeezed out.

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Take your Kidneys for a WALK!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

INS Health Watch put out this article via email and encouraged here it is. I LOVE that we can get such great benefits from something we are/may be/should be doing anyway...for other reasons!!

"The Simple Way to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

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Chronic kidney disease can rob you of your independence and even your life. But just 30 minutes of this each day helps prevent dialysis, transplant, and death.

Keeping your kidneys working at their best should be a top priority. But even if you’re paying attention you can still end up with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Just taking care of your kidneys isn’t enough to prevent it…

The two main causes are high blood pressure and diabetes. In fact, one in three adults with diabetes—and 20% with high blood pressure—have CKD.1

So if you think this doesn’t affect you or a loved one, think again. About 26 million Americans have this kidney condition. And the numbers are only getting higher.

As a Health Watch reader, you know that Big Pharma doesn’t have all the answers. Far from it. And when it comes to kidney disease, it becomes painfully obvious.

Chronic kidney disease can be hard to spot early. Most people find out they have it after a blood or urine test. Their doctors’ first course of action—of course—is to write a prescription. This can include blood pressure medications like beta blockers and even statins.2

If you don’t catch CKD early, your options could be even scarier… Like dialysis or a full-on transplant. But new research out of China has found a simple, natural solution.

Researchers in China followed 6,363 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). After 10 years they found people who did this were 33% less likely to die. But this didn’t just help prevent death. It also helped improve quality of life.

These people lowered their risk for needing dialysis—or even a kidney transplant—by 21%. And that’s just the average.

This easy, everyday activity may help you live longer with CKD—maybe even avoid it entirely.

We’re talking about walking.

It sounds simple, but it’s effective. And for some people in the study, it may have added enjoyable years to their life.

The people in this study who walked the most saw an even greater benefit than the rest of the group. Walking for 30 minutes or less at least once a day helped some subjects reduce mortality risk by 59%. And their likelihood for needing a kidney transplant or dialysis dropped by 44%.3

Your kidneys may be the most important organs in your body. They act like a filter for your blood. Their main job is to remove waste products and balance fluid levels. But they also help produce vitamin D and red blood cells. They even help regulate blood pressure.4

Chronic kidney disease includes a variety of conditions that cause your kidneys to shut down over time. At first, you may not notice anything is wrong. But as time goes on, waste levels can build. This may eventually make you feel sick. But it can also lead to high blood pressure and nerve damage. Worse yet, CKD may increase your risk of developing heart disease.5

Simply walking for a few minutes a day may help you avoid transplant or dialysis. It may even help you live longer with CKD. But exercise is also a great way to avoid CKD in the first place. Making the switch to high intensity exercise could lead to even more impressive results. It may also help lower your risk for high blood pressure and diabetes—the two main causes that lead to developing CKD.

So get moving.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/15/2014 10:16PM

    Have pedometer and walking!

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MAGGIEVAN 6/15/2014 4:03PM

    Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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NEED2LOSEN2010 6/15/2014 3:48PM

    Thanks for sharing.

God Bless


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SUNSHINE99999 6/15/2014 3:39PM

  good idea. emoticon

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TRAVELGO 6/15/2014 3:22PM

  Love the article!!
My husband has only one kidney and it was damaged due to chemotherapy so we are always looking for things he can do to help save his kidney! I just bought him a Fitbit so maybe this will encourage him to move a little more. Thanks.

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Guard your Medical ID

Friday, June 06, 2014

The June 2014 issue of the AARP Bulletin had some info tht is wise to keep in mind. It had occurred to me to worry about someone getting info from my medical records, but figured there wasn't much to do about it. Medical identity theft never occurred to me. "Crooks use your insurance or personal information to get treatment or medication, or to submit false billings in your name. And unlike credit card fraud - in which the card issuers eat most, if not all, of the bogus charges - there are no such protections with medical identity theft." THAT is staggering! The article gave statistics about what the victims often have to pay..and worse yet, some lose their health insurance and/or have to pay higher premiums to restore it.

Can't quote the entire article, but some good advice:

1) READ every letter from medical insurers and health care providers, even if it is not a bill. Anything that is not familiar should be checked!

2) Once a year, ask your insurers for a listing of benefits paid out in your name...and again, CHECK for accuracy.

3) Review your annual credit report and look for medical items.

4) GUARD your health insurace card and number...and if you lose it/them, contaact your insurance provider immediately.

5) DO NOT rouginely carry your Medicare card. Make a photocopy and hide some of the Social Security number digits.

6) make a "paper trail" of everything in your file by making copies of everything in your file..even if you have to pay for it.

7) Avoid unfamiliar health fairs or storefronts offering free screenings that require your insurance info. Hang up on phone calls that promise free supplies or ask for details about YOU.

This info is edited from the AARP article on page 22. Author is Sid Kirchheimer who wrote a book called Scam-Proof Your Life.

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KINISUE 6/15/2014 12:51AM

    Thank you so much! I had not even considered medical fraud. I am still trying to figure out this whole thing about PGE and a third party that is claiming to give me better benefits. They keep coming to my door and they all have different names for the company. Sometimes just crawling in a hole and ignoring the world sound pretty good. Okay, I am tired and I am going to bed. Sorry for the rant.

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CELEST 6/7/2014 7:47AM

    So much fraud, as each is uncovered, so a new one develops. We are turning into a neurotic society with just cause. Sad, but a reality we have to deal with. Excellent advice.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/6/2014 8:42PM

    Sad that such extremes have to be taken, but that's how it is! Thank you.

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QUEENMARIE2 6/6/2014 4:50PM

    This is great information. I work in a hospital, Medical Identity Fraud is real. So sad

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TRAVELGO 6/6/2014 4:46PM

  Great info!!

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Don't meddle with our food...stop GMO

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I am already trying to boycott products and companies involved with genetic meddling in our foods and other products. Thus, I am sharing this article from Dr. Mercola that I think everyone should read.

You may be very surprised to find some of products listed in this article!!!

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TATTER3 5/27/2014 10:05PM


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1CRAZYDOG 5/27/2014 9:22AM

    Thank you.

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GINNABOOTS 5/27/2014 8:37AM

    Excellent article Asta, I was surprised to see Kashi on the list. I eat Kashi granola bars. I guess I will have to find something else.

Thank you for posting, it was very informative.

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