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Your Emergency Grab and Go File

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

April 2008 Good Housekeeping page 185. In an article entitled Crisis in the ER, there were some very interesting statistics...and some good advice like this "Time Saver".

"Your Emergency Grab-and-Go File
Having your medical information with you will speed things in the ER. But you may be distracted as you head out or unable to gather it all. So in advance, create a file for each member of the family that includes:
* A short medical history, including past surgeries or major problems
*Current medical conditions
*Doctors and the phone numbers
*Allergies (especially drugs, latex)
*Insurance information
If an emergency strikes before you've prepared a file, grab the patients medicine bottles (if any) and insurance info. It's alos crucial to give signed medical consent forms for your kids to babysitters or anyone who might need to bring the kids to the hospital, says ACEP president Linda Lawrence, M.D."

Print out a medical-history form for each family member at

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KIM--POSSIBLE 7/15/2013 10:25AM

    Thanks for sharing this! We never think of these things until we need them and can't remember everything/ don't have time to pull it all together!

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CLAUDEM1 7/5/2013 10:34PM

    Good, practical advice.

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CELEST 7/4/2013 12:18PM

    Don't know how I missed this one....good list which I will show to my mother for her go bag.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/4/2013 12:00AM

    Great idea, I need to do this. Can you e-mail this to me, I'm having copy and paste problems lately.

Comment edited on: 7/4/2013 12:01:51 AM

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TATTER3 7/3/2013 11:09PM

    Good idea!

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MERRYMARY42 7/3/2013 9:56PM

    all great ideas, I will copy it and do it, Thanks for the info

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JACKIE542 7/3/2013 8:40PM

    These are all great things to do. emoticon

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IS1GAR 7/3/2013 6:34PM

    What a great advice, thank you for sharing.....I'm in great health now but the years are mounting and you never know.

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ZZYYGGY3 7/3/2013 6:24PM

    good advice.

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"Needles for your Nose"

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Good Housekeeping April 2008 page 40. I have been going to a LMT who practices Chinese medicine using essential oils and needle-less acupuncture. It works. Then I found this which I can now really relate. See what you think:

"Needles For Your Nose"

"Pollen, pet dander, dust, and other airborne particles are a pain in the nose for people with chronic hay fever. Most suffers rely on medication to ease their clogged, itchy noses, but a nondrug treatment shows new promise. In an Australian study, patients who received acupuncture twice a week for eight weeks reported that their symptoms improved by more than one-third and they used significantly less medication than snifflers who underwent fake treatment (needles inserted shallowly and a bit off the correct sites). What's more, the real-acupuncture group continued to get better over the 12 follow-up weeks. For those in the sham group, symptoms improved by only 11 percent, and by the end, that number dropped to 5.8 percent."

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TATTER3 7/3/2013 11:10PM

    Don't think so...but who knows...what works, works

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FEMISLIM 7/3/2013 6:46PM

    Good for you!!!

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CELEST 7/3/2013 11:21AM

    I'm for the natural approach myself, and there's always acupressure for those who don't like the puncture part. I do acupressure treatments on my family regularly for various things, works like magic with no after affects of chemical meds. emoticon

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    During my last sinus bout I used the same essential healing oil I use on the wrist that suffered a severe break several years ago. It helped, or seemed to. Don't know about the needle thing, I'm not a fan. I love these magazine archives, keep posting.

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NANCYPAT1 7/2/2013 11:30PM

    Thanks - it is a really interesting concept.

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BOOKWERME 7/2/2013 9:52PM

    The Chinese medicine and essential oils work well...with no puncture of the skin. I have been so impressed. The same principles as with actual acupuncture should apply. I agree, needles in the nose don't sound friendly...though I have heard that the acupuncture does not hurt.

Comment edited on: 7/3/2013 7:54:57 AM

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SUNNYWBL 7/2/2013 9:26PM

    I don't think I would like regular treatment with needles in my nose! emoticon

Fortunately, my allergy medicines keep me symptom free!


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    Ouch, not for me. Been there done that for the FMS pain and it didn't work.

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Monday, July 01, 2013

TEN LBS!! Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 page 156 has a small notice:

"10 Yearly weight gain in pounds that could be prevented by getting enough sleep: Study subjects who had their snooze time reduced to 5.6 hours a night experienced major slowdowns in metabolic rate."

Are YOU getting enough sleep? emoticon

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TATTER3 7/2/2013 6:15AM

    I do lose weight when I get sleep! Works!

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SUNNYWBL 7/2/2013 1:50AM

    Most days I get eight, sometimes more. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/1/2013 11:08PM

    I never do any more emoticon

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GOLFGMA 7/1/2013 11:02AM

    The answer! I struggle with getting 6 or 7 , but, seldom ever get 8. emoticon

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Most Stubborn Seasonal Myth

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Actually, though most of us probably don't swim in the cold months, this would apply ANY time.

Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 page 170

"Most stubborn seasonal myth: Swimming after a meal is dangerous

This warning dates back decades, but it turns out you can dine and dive. 'There's nothing in medical literature to suggest that people have drowned or gotten hurt as a result of swimming too soon after eating,' says Gerald K. Endress, a clinical exercise physiologist at Duke Univeristy Diet & Fitness Center. The belief arose from a theory that blood rushes to the stomach during digestion , cutting circulation to the arms and legs and raising the risk of muscle cramps. Not true, Endress says. Go on in - the water's fine, and you will be, too."

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CINA-MINI 7/4/2013 6:46PM

    That is good to know. I do watch the kids closely, but I don't make them wait. The wait for me was unbearable! lol

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    I remember the 30-minute wait at lake outings growing up. Makes one wonder how many more of those "laws" we grew up with lacked basis.
Have a good day, thanks for sharing.

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SUMMER-14 6/30/2013 10:15PM

    I remember my mom making us wait 30 minutes after eating to swim. As a kid it was agony when we took a day trip to the beach. LOL

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TATTER3 6/30/2013 8:11PM

    I'm glad you post your research...I need an alert ever so often!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/30/2013 3:57PM

    Interesting. I hated it too!

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CELEST 6/30/2013 1:20PM

    My mom adhered to that and I hated the wait as a kid. My kids and I didn't adhere to it, but I did watch them just in case emoticon My kids and I were real water babies when they were young, the wait would have "killed" them as it did me.

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FEMISLIM 6/30/2013 1:09PM

    Great info.

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PJ2222 6/30/2013 1:04PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Beach making you sick?

Friday, June 28, 2013

This was a surprise to me when I first read it, but upon reflection, it makes much sense. The clipping is from Betther Homes and Gardens, July 2012 page 166:

"Craziest way to get sick: Burrowing at the beach

No sense hiding your head in the sand on this one. In a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill survey of 17,000 beach goers, those who used their hands to dig holes and build sand castles were 13% more likely to develop gastroenteritis (stomach flu) than folks who merely walked on the beach and swam. Sand is a hotbed for E.Coli and other bacteria from wildlife and pets, and those germs transfer easily from hands to mouth , says study author Christopher D. Heaney. Wash up or use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer before eating or applying sunscreen to your face."

Sure changes how I view the beach!

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SNIC23 6/29/2013 11:25PM

    Whoa, that's scary! But good to know, thanks for sharing!!

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CELEST 6/29/2013 2:24AM

    Goodness me...more days, more things. A friend of mine who lives in Port Elizabeth says her kids can no longer go to the main beach because hypodermic needles from drug users were found buried in the sand. They have reported these incidences to the authorities but nothing appears to have been done about it. So they now drive over an hour to get to a "clean beach" but its worth it.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/28/2013 6:38PM

    Wow, I never thought about that. Won't need to as we are 360 miles from the coast.

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IDICEM 6/28/2013 5:53PM

  Thanks for the heads up! I'll be at the beach next weekend and won't be building any sand castles. emoticon

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