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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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Most Dangerous Holiday for a Road Trip

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 issue page 168 is a good reminder for today...for the holidays and every day.

"Most Dangerous Holiday For A Road Trip: JULY 4

"Car accidents spike on Independence Day, in part because snarled getaway traffic stokes aggressive driving. Keep your cool by allowing extra time for your trip. If you encounter a hostile motorist, avoid eye contact and distance yourself from the [other]vehicle."

This issue is for a US Holiday, but would apply any time there is heavy traffic...and especially on holidays when people any country.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/28/2013 7:57PM

    I live in a resort area so the traffic comes to us, making for a lot of local congestion. Try to plan shopping before they get here.

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CINA-MINI 6/28/2013 1:51PM

    The only time we get work "off" is on worldly holidays. I don't like traveling at all but especially on traffic loaded holidays.

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CELEST 6/28/2013 3:56AM

    Yup road rage is a biggie to be avoided at all costs. We also rarely travel on any holiday because Justin feels its better to be safe than sorry.

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JACKIE542 6/27/2013 8:39PM

    We stay home too, tired of the traffic especially on holidays. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/27/2013 8:25PM

    We always stay home to avoid traffic and the drunks.

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3 Risky Statements for Summer

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

From Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 page 170. Good reminders for all of us..esp. as we work to become more active, especially outside.

"3 Of The Riskiest Statements You Can Make Right Now:

1) "Why start wearing a bike helmet at my age?" Coasting on good lnck is a bad idea. Head injuries account for 70% of bicycling fatalities, with adults over age 25 making up a growing portion of those deaths, says Tess Benham, a program manager at the National Safety Counsel. Purchase a helmet that fits snugly, covers your forehead and the back of your head, and has straps that don't intrude on your peripheral vision. If your hair is long, a helmet with a ponytail cutout (like the Giro Skyla, $40.00: sporting goods stores ) can help ensure a proper fit. emoticon

2) "The sky is cloudy, so I'll leave my sunglasses at home." Even when you can't see the sun, its harmful ultraviolet rays have little trouble finding you. For eyes, that means an increased risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and melanoma, says Dr. Paul T. Finger, an eye cancer specialist in New York City. Slip on UV-blocking shades (in addition to applying sunscreen) whenever you spend time outdoors during daylight hours. emoticon

3) "I'll just stay in my swimsuit - it'll dry sooner or later." The problem is that it might not dry soon enough. A damp suit promotes the growth of bacteria and yeast, which can cause infection if they migrate to the urinary or reproductive tract, says Mary Jane Minkin, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine. Pack dry clothes in your beach bag and change as soon as you're done swimming for the day." emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 6/26/2013 2:49PM

    Great tips! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 6/26/2013 9:53AM

    Does anyone really question wearing a bicycle helmet?? Crazy folks out there.
Very interesting points for the rest though. As a 3 yr old sister in our congregation says "sanx vewee much"

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/26/2013 6:44AM

    More good information. I'm guilty of neglecting sunglasses. Thanks for the post.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/25/2013 8:07PM

    Great points!

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Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Most of the little clips I post are from old magazine or newspaper articles. Sometimes from emails. This one, however, was posted today by Dr. Mercola. I printed the entire article for a friend who has no internet..and spends much of her day in a recliner or wheelchair. BUT..I think this info is important enough to share...for myself and for everyone else. You can visit Dr. Mercola's website to locate the entire article.

Here is the "Story at-a-glance"

"Sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death. Even if you are very fit, if you uninterruptedly sit for a great percentage of the time, you're still at an increased risk of dying prematurely.

"Research by the NASA scientist responsible for monitoring the astronauts, shows your body declines rapidly when sitting for long periods.

"Simply standing up over 30 times a day is a powerful antidote to long periods of sitting and is more effective than walking.

"There are virtually unlimited opportuities for movement throughout the day, from doing housework or gardening, to cooking and even just standing up every 10 minutes.

"It's not how manyhours of sitting that's bad for you, it's how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you."

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CLAUDEM1 6/25/2013 12:30PM

    Interesting. My daughter has been encouraging me to stand whenever possible. When she is on the phone, she paces... getting as much movement in her day as possible. I have been making more of an effort. I spend quite a bit of time sitting at my desk correcting work or at the computer, but I have been trying to get up every 20 min. or so to move around. It helps my joints a lot when I do.


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CINA-MINI 6/24/2013 1:33PM

    I will be sharing this with DH. He and DS SIT MOST of the day. He is in the car more often than not. When he is at an appt., he will stand the entire time, but he spends literally hours driving each day.

Good to know. Thanks for sharing!

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CELEST 6/24/2013 8:52AM

    So the trick is not to be annoyed when you get interrupted, rather have a smile on your face.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/24/2013 7:56AM

    DS#1 is a great fan of Dr. Mercola. Unfortunately his job involves sitting in front of a computer all day. Hopefully he stands up frequently. Thanks for more good info.

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TATTER3 6/24/2013 6:46AM

    Gotta get up!!

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SUNNYWBL 6/24/2013 1:50AM

    "It's not how many hours of sitting that's bad for you, it's how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you."

Thanks for the info and the great quote!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/23/2013 7:31PM

    That's great news, thanks!

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LALMEIDA 6/23/2013 4:53PM

  emoticon Good to know!

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