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Hug your Sweetie daily

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I have just read, literally, 30 pages of my blogs to see if I had already posted this It is from Health Briefs by Susan T. Lennon. I don't know the date it was in the Sunday paper. BUT I like it and wanted to share it.


(old pic of two of my grandchildren)


Hug your sweetie daily

Hugging a loved on reduces blood pressure.

Pets and massage also trigger hormone that reduces stress and blood pressure.

Hugging, sitting close to or holding hands with your loved one can make you feel good. Ditto for snuggling with your baby. Ever wonder why?
Physical affection and social bonding stimulate oxytocin, a hormone that turns on dopamine, a natural brain chemical that makes us feel rewarded. When ocytocin is flowing, stress is reduced, blood pressure goes down, mood improves, and pain is more manageable.
And couples who have affectionate comtact several times a day have higher oxytocin levels than those who don't reports a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"The oxytocin system can be a trickle, or it can be a rushing stream," says researcher Kathleen Light, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry. "The more you use it, the more likely it will turn into a rushing stream."
No partner? No baby? No problem.
Use these other oxytocin boosters:
Pets. Published research shows that stroking a loved animal increases the oxytocin levels for both the human and the pet.
Massage. A good rubdown can release oxytocin. The more frequently you do it, the more groomed the system becomes to release oxytocin, Light says.

  
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SUNNYWBL 11/21/2011 12:04AM

    I hug and pet my kitties every day. They keep me sane!

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WINDSWEPTACRES 11/20/2011 1:50PM

    This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of my husband's death, and oh, how I wish I could have hugged him one last time and told him how much I loved him. We always assume there will be tomorrow, until there isn't anymore.

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HODGESLOVE 11/15/2011 10:14PM

  That was a request to all my girlfriends on the anniversary of Chris' death.. To hug their sweethearts and take time daily to let them know they are loved and appreciated...
Got many responses from it, several that had not realized what an impact it would make on their relationships...
Chris and I made time for US daily, no matter what was going on or who was around or where we were...
I have also discovered that many people bee bop through life with a mate forgetting all the little things that mattered in the beginning of their relationship, several until it was to late to repair...

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JSPIN74 11/15/2011 4:04PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/15/2011 3:04PM

    We are always holding hands when out walking or doing things.

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AJCHARTERS 11/15/2011 12:40PM

    Good reminder. I was just typing the other day how I turn to food as a reward since I don't get many hugs since I've gained weight.

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RAINBOWMF 11/15/2011 11:26AM

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CELEST 11/15/2011 11:16AM

    Makes perfect sense. Those grand kids are adorable.

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ROCK1CHERRY 11/15/2011 11:12AM

  Thanks for sharing. Definitely good to know why those things make you feel so good. More hugs, whenever possible! :)

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GAMOMMY3 11/15/2011 11:04AM

    Good reminders. Thanks for sharing. I feel better all ready! emoticon

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Elderberry

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The ad said Recover from the FLU in Half the time. Then I read about elderberry helping to prevent or reduce the severity of H1N1 back when that was such a big health scare several years ago. I began taking elderberry in capsule form that summer...and can honestly say I have not been ill since...two slight bouts with what I think were allergies (only lasted a day or two)...but not enough to have to stay home from work etc.

Here is the rest of that ad (advertizing for book The Herbal Drugstore):

"Next time you get the flu, have a spoonful of elderberry extract. Scientists have discovered that elderberries contain unique compounds that prevent flu viruses from penetrating your cell membranes.

How well does elderberry work? When a case of the flue broke out in an Israeli communal farm, researchers gave half the patients elderberry and half a placebo.

The results: 90 percent of the people taking elderberry were completely better witnin two or three days! In contrast, the people in the placebo group took a full 6 days to get well.

Elderberry extract is sold in health food stores under the brand name Sambucol. It keeps fresh for months, so you can stock up at the beginning of cold and flu season."

I feel it works well for me. I highly recommend that people research things for themselves. You may find this works for YOU, too. Be sure to check for contraindications if you are taking other herbs or Rx meds.

  
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HONEYDRIPPER 11/20/2011 10:20AM

    Elderberries grow wild all over around here. Some people even think of them as a nuisance plant. Think I'll start picking some of those nuisances. Maybe even pull one up and plant it in my backyard. I know it would be hard to get enough just eating the berries and I'll still have to take a supplement but it can't hurt. Besides, they taste so good made into a pancake syrup emoticon

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 11/14/2011 12:28AM

    A local sister here told me about elderberry last fall. She gets it from vitacost. I haven't bought it from them yet. But I did come across something at my local health foods store: it's made by NOW (so you should be able to find it elsewhere). It's a combo of Elderberry & Zinc in a lozenge you dissolve in your mouth.
It has 10 cals per lozenge - 2.5g of carbs (all sugars) - 150mg Vit C (as Ascorbic Acid & Sodium Ascorbate) - 12mg Zinc (from Zinc Gluconate) - 100mg Elderberry (Sambucus Nigar) (10:1 extract) (fruit) - 25mg Echinacea Purpurea (Root) - 25mg Bee Propolis - 25mg Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus Rubra) (Bark)
The suggested serving is 1 lozenge, 1 to 3 times daily.
We've had as many as 6-9 in a day tho. :) They taste pretty good! lol
And it definitely helps fight off cold/flu type illnesses! Start taking them at the first sneeze or scratchy throat and symptoms rarely get worse and are gone in a day or so. But even if you don't start that soon - it really helps w/cutting it shorter than the folks that aren't taking it.
After seeing this in our household a few times, even the diehards (that don't like lozenges, don't like the taste of this one, or whatever) have choked them down - or dissolved them in hot water (like emergen-C) and managed to at least do the 3 a day so they aren't as sick! :)

It's really amazing how well plants can take care of these illnesses!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/12/2011 6:03PM

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GAMOMMY3 11/12/2011 3:59PM

    I've always thought (my own thoughts - nothing to base this on) that one of the ways we will be so healthy in Paradise is that the earth won't be polluted and we will be eating healthy foods - foods full of all the natural vitamins and minerals that Jehovah created and meant for it to have - and we will know what to eat. Of course, we know that it will all be a blessing of Jehovah bringing us back to perfection. . . but a healthy diet on a healthy heart have to help!

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BOOKWERME 11/12/2011 3:16PM

    I take zinc daily also. There is also a zinc therapy for heart/circulation issues...I have done it a few times when I am worried about my heart having blockages again. (My step mother thinks I am totally nuts NOT to be running to the Dr with every little twinge!) It appears to have worked.

There are so many natural therapies that DO work and are worth trying so as to help yourself stay healthy.

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CELEST 11/12/2011 2:28PM

    Thats interesting. Nora Dobson told me that when she started as a student nurse, the hospital put their staff onto one zinc tablet a day. Nora got her first cold nearly 2 yrs after retirement.
No wonder Jehovah says the leaves are for the curing of the nations.

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Cactus in bloom

Friday, November 11, 2011

This cactus blooms every year in early November. It is so pretty and brings me delight each time it blooms!

  
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SUNNYWBL 11/13/2011 7:04PM

    All but one of my plants take an outdoor vacation every summer, it seems to give them a new lease on life!

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NTSOHLTHNT 11/11/2011 9:47PM

    Oh I love Christmas Cactus--it always seems to bloom early :-). Thank you so much for sharing.
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GAMOMMY3 11/11/2011 5:02PM

    Mine never looks this pretty! Lovely!


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BOOKWERME 11/11/2011 2:51PM

    This cactus is an indoor plant...yr round for me. I used to have quite a few in different colors..one of which had become quite large. I had to start over when we returned from St. Croix..and only this cutting has done well. I will, someday, collect some other colors I hope.

I have ONE room with good light. I haul all the plants in there that will fit...and try to keep them going till the weather warms up enough in the Spring to begin moving them back out. Some, like the cactus, stay put most years. I have a hard time remembering to water smaller pots...and they dry out fast here...so having them practically under my nose is the only way to keep them alive. I have three African Violets that live by my kitchen sink so I will pay enough attn. to them to keep THEM going. (BTW...a secret I learned is to water them with a diluted fertilizer mixture EVERY time you water...then let them dry out between watering. Mine have thrived since I began doing this.)

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CELEST 11/11/2011 2:02PM

    Oh that really is beautiful. Cactus need so little care and are so rewarding. How does it cope with your winters?

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/11/2011 1:26PM

    Awesome, aren't we so fortunate to have all the beauty Jehovah gives us!

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CINA-MINI 11/11/2011 1:21PM

    That is so beautiful!

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ASHAIXIM 11/11/2011 1:12PM

    Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing :)

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OTC danger..do you read the fine print?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Better Homes and Gardens September 2011 page 236. Better Health News

"The leading cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. isn't hepatitis or another disease, it's acetaminophen overdose. Now researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine may have found a reason. In their study, 59 percent of volunteers admitted they do not read the Drug Facts panel on over-the-counter medicines. Indeed, only 31 percent knew that acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol, while just 19 percent knew Advil contains ibuprofen. "This raises the risk that people will take different medicines with the same active ingredient and exceed the safe limit," says Michael Wolf, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine who led the study. To avoid doubling up on doses, look beyond brand names and read the fine print."

I have noticed that even if folks DO know what is in their med of choice...they often overdose with the "more is better" attitude. It is also important to know whether OTC meds you take may interact with Rx meds you take!

DO read those Drug Facts panels...and BE CAREFUL!

  
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CINA-MINI 11/11/2011 1:26PM

    That is amazing that people don't know what is in the medication. It seems many people just start popping different meds until they "feel better" not knowing what it is doing to their insides. Their livers are probably screaming! One way to know if you have liver issues is if your urine is orangish. You need to get yourself checked out right away if it's something that is new.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/11/2011 1:25PM

    I too am careful and my liver and kidneys are checked to see how they are.

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BOOKWERME 11/11/2011 10:42AM

    I am aware of this because my husband takes meds that specifically warn against the use of any acetaminophen...so we read lables all the time to be sure.

Here is another related article that has good info: http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/con
sumerupdates/ucm168830.htm

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GAMOMMY3 11/11/2011 10:39AM

    Scary!

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CELEST 11/11/2011 10:07AM

    That is sooo true. My mom once went for some OTC meds and when she brought it home and I read the packaging, it said NOT FOR THE ELDERLY. So at what point did the pharmacy assistant not realise my mother was old. Did they cane and wrinkles not allert her?
OTC can be dangerous.

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 11/11/2011 8:46AM

    Also many sleep aids and allergy meds are both benedryl.

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Float Plan...a good idea!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In the Sept. 2011 Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Better Health News P. 236 of that issue is some good advice. The application is towards folks who go boating but I think it is wise for any kind of outing or trip.

The article suggests that: "In addition to taking emergency provisions and double-checking that there is a life jacket for everyone on board, use your cell phone to make a list that includes the type of boat you'll be on, the names of people in your party, your destination and the time you expect to return. Text this list, known as a float plan, to someone on shore who can alert rescuers if you don't return when scheduled." "Many successful rescues begin when someone on land - not water - calls for help. A float plan tells...exactly what to look for."

This kind of plan would be good for hikers, day trips...all sorts of applications. Having someone alert to your plans could be a life saver! Not a bad idea for runners and cyclists who go long distances, too.

  
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CINA-MINI 11/11/2011 1:29PM

    That is a great idea. Even for long distance trips. Having someone to "check" in with at each stop so they have an idea of where you are on the journey. I am going on a trip soon so I will for sure keep this in mind! Thank you for sharing!

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BOOKWERME 11/10/2011 1:44PM

    I recall on one long distance jaunt, I was over confident about our safety..we had cell phones after all...but I had not counted on no service out in the middle of nowhere we traveled through.

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CELEST 11/10/2011 11:32AM

    I REALLY good and safe plan. Must admit I hadn't thought of that. Justin and I regularly get fed up with the world and take off........anywhere.......and we never inform anyone where we are. We assume that my having my cell phone on me is enough. But a friend once said...never assume, it makes an ASS-out of-U-and-ME.

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HODGESLOVE 11/10/2011 4:29AM

  It's a very good idea. You never know what could happen or the kind of people you may encounter.. Safety first..


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RASCALSMOMMA 11/9/2011 10:27PM

    Interesting Idea.. HUGS emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/9/2011 8:38PM

    Good idea.

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NOVEMBERLOVE 11/9/2011 7:58PM

    I really like that idea!

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GAMOMMY3 11/9/2011 5:49PM

    Very good idea! Thanks for sharing

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COOLCALLALILY 11/9/2011 5:23PM

    Good idea!

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