Friday, December 13, 2013
Some Friday 13th Trivia
**90% of US skyscrapers do away with floor number 13, according to reports by the Otis Elevator Company, the world's largest elevator manufacturers.
**In 1881, a group of 13 people came together to form The Thirteen Club. Their main objective was to dissipate some of the ominous associations of number 13. The number of members eventually rose to 400 which included 5 US presidents namely, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and Chester Arthur. It is therefore that Theodore Roosevelt placed the cornerstone for a new county courthouse in New York on Friday, 13th July in the year 1900.
**It was a Friday on 16th of September, 1814 when Francis Scott Key finished composing the poem 'Defence of Fort McHenry', from which came the lyrics of the national anthem of the United States of America, "The Star-Spangled Banner".
**The report issued by the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics on June 12, 2008, states "fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home." This in turn was reflected in the reports received by Dutch insurance companies, in the last three years, which showed that on normal Fridays, the number of traffic accidents touched a figure of approximately 7,800 but it decreased to 7,500 on a Friday, the 13th in The Netherlands.
**On Friday, 13th November, 2009, NASA scientist Anthony Colaprete, confirmed the discovery of 25 gallons of water in the southern polar region of the moon.
**Lizzie Borden, the prime accused in the infamous Hatchet Murder Case of 1892, uttered a total of 13 words during her trial and got acquitted.
**The 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, never traveled on a 13th and refused to have a meal with 13 people at the table.
**Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx, the celebrated American actor produced exactly 13 feature films with his brothers, entertaining us all for many years. He also said "Thirteen at a table is unlucky only when the hostess has just
Paraskevidekatriaphobia - Fear of Friday 13th
Most cultures have superstitions centred on the number thirteen. Let us start with a Greek word, which will impress your friends: Paraskevidekatriaphobia, meaning an irrational, even morbid, fear of Friday the 13th. Incidentally, you can trace the synonym friggatriskaidekaphobia to Frigga the goddess of Friday.
Origin of the Fear of Friday 13thf: The Knights Templar rose to prominence in Europe between 1096 and 1307. Their downfall came on Friday 13th October 1307. This date saw the catastrophic destruction of the Knights Templar at the hands of King Philip of France and his puppet Pope Clement V. Some say this event, in which the Templars were burnt at the stake, gave birth to the superstition associated with Friday 13th.
I felt silly this morning so I thought I would share. I grew in Puerto Rico where people are very superstitious and, as a kid, I used to think it was all very silly and still do. Hope you had fun reading my blog and make a GREAT day!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
There is something significant for me with the statement "grin and bear it".
When I read my SP friend's, MSLZZY, blog, I was reminded that I used to think that that meant that I had to ignore my true feelings of misery but that's not true.
While going through a miserable experience, if I had a "smile" (which goes with a positive attitude and being kind to myself), my day WAS better regardless of what was happening and, at times, people responded positively to me as well. We all had a better day.
Humor also helps.
Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Good morning, Sparkies!
TO DO A REPORT OF YOUR PROGRESS
1. On your START page, click the option that says "TRACK WEIGHT".
2. Above the date, there is an option called "ADD/CHANGE WHAT YOU MEASURE". Click that.
Here you can choose everything you want to track over time. At the very bottom of the page, there is section called "CUSTOM MEASUREMENTS". Here you can add your own, and keep track of them over time. For example, I added neuropathic pain (severe nerve pain); migraines; asthma and inhaler use; anxiety; balance problems, and depression. These reports have been immensely useful when I share how I am doing with my neurologist since I have multiple sclerosis, and my internist about my asthma.
3. Click "INFO" for each section, so you see how to do the measurements correctly.
4. To get a graph report of your progress, click "SEE REPORTS" at any of the sections, doesn't matter which. Once at the next page, click the option that says "VIEW OTHER MEASUREMENTS REPORT". Set the dates for your report and click "RUN REPORT" and viola! You will see all the graphs for each item you are tracking progress on. Isn't it just wonderful!
I chose to see December 1 to today and some of the graphs showed from January 1 but that was okay. This is what I learned after looking at my reports:
1. My weight was the lowest the month I did weight training with dumbbells at home.
2. The neuropathic pain was terrible from January 1 to May 1 and then I started on Cymbalta. I have had no more nerve pain! That's significant because the only medicine that would work after I tried several narcotics was morphine and I told the doctor I did not want to take that. Cymbalta was originally marketed for pain control but they learned that the medicine also helps some people with depression and what a blessing in my life!
3. Migraines have been the worse when it was over 90 degrees daily from July 1 to October 1. Ultimately, I will either need to move from this area of South Florida or get another mode of transportation other than the city buses. Maybe there is a cooling vest that isn't too heavy that I could use to help me. And during those same months, my asthma was not in good control either.
4. Since Oct. 1, my depression has been elevated and it is due to the stress of the holidays.
5. My energy level was the highest the last 2 weeks of July after doing weight training for only 2 weeks! I checked out from the library a Leslie Sansone DVD and did the mile power walk option and LOVED it! So between the SP exercise videos, the ones on YouTube, and DVDs I choose to own or check out, I will be able to do weight training at home with only dumbbells and resistance bands.
I wanted to share because this is a POWERFUL tool that SP has that I think is underused.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
I read the following article in the following website: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/ful
Reuters Health Information
By C. E. Huggins
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It's never too late to start exercising, according to a new study that found formerly inactive seniors who took up exercise still experienced health benefits.
The study sheds light on the question of whether the slower mental and physical decline seen among active seniors extends to former couch potatoes who begin exercising later in life.
"Regular physical activity in older age is important to remain healthy. However, taking up physical activity at old age is also beneficial," Mark Hamer told Reuters Health in an email. He led the study at University College London.
These findings "underscore the importance of prevention as well as rehabilitation," said Ursula M. Staudinger, who directs the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center in New York City.
"When you start later in life you can still get gains," Staudinger, who was not part of the research team, said.
For their study, Hamer and his coauthors analyzed information on 3,454 healthy seniors involved in the ongoing English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.
Participants reported how much they exercised at the start of the study, in 2002 to 2003. Researchers then followed them through regular health surveys for the next eight years.
At follow-up, 19 percent of the seniors were considered to be aging healthily. That is, they had not developed any major chronic diseases or depression and had not experienced any deterioration in their physical or mental status during the study period.
Seniors who were active at least once a week at the start of the study and remained active were the most likely to experience healthy aging. But those who started exercising during the study period benefited as well, Hamer and his colleagues reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
People who remained active during all eight years were over seven times more likely to experience healthy aging than inactive seniors. Those who became active after the study started were three times more likely than inactive adults to age well.
That was after the researchers took into consideration other factors that might influence healthy aging like participants' gender, income and whether they smoked or were married.
"The results appear to suggest that maintaining or beginning any form of regular activity is beneficial," the researchers wrote. Further, they added, "this study supports public health initiatives designed to engage older adults in physical activity, even those who are of advanced age."
"The ageing population continues to grow," Hamer said. "Physical activity will help the elderly to remain healthy."
The findings cannot prove exercise warded off disease among study participants, just that it was correlated with healthy aging.
"We have to say goodbye to this notion that the chronological age on our passport or our birth certificate will tell us how old we are," Staudinger told Reuters Health.
"Healthy aging is happening on a societal level and each individual can contribute," she said, noting that "physical activity is one important instrument."
However, Staudinger cautioned, "with physical fitness as with cognitive fitness, if you stop working on it, it will drop again."
Source: http://bit.ly/1hAotGt British Journal of Sports Medicine, online November 25, 2013.
(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2013.
Thanks for stopping by. This article surely gives me hope that, even with MS, I can still do things to help me be as independent as I can as long is it is possible for me. LET'S KEEP MOVING!
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