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The Case of the Missing Blueberries or what in YOUR muffin?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I never dreamed it was as bad as this. Did you think those blue bits in your Kellogg's , Betty Crocker, General Mills and Target food store products are actually blueberries as pictured on the label and featured in the name of the product?

Think again.

Though they may have a tiny amount of something derived from blueberries they are actually High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn flour, hydrogenated oil and petroleum derived dyes.

Watch this well produced seven minute video from Natural News. TV to find out more. I guarantee you it is much worse, much more misleading, much more unhealthy than you have ever imagined.

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FRANKIEMOMMY 1/31/2011 10:00PM

    I saw that on the news the other night soooo disguisting! One more reason to cook at home so you know what's in your food!

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VNMINRWI 1/31/2011 12:56PM

    Thank you. I will be sharing. Crazy where you can find that stuff!

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BET212 1/31/2011 12:45PM

    Ick! What an eye opener and even more reason to read those labels and ignore the front of the boxes.

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NEELIXNKES 1/31/2011 11:50AM

    One of my friends had posted this on Facebook and I was surprised about it. Not so much in maybe the special K bars but in muffin mixes, especially since the Aldi brand mix that I have bought in the past as a can of blueberries included to use so to think that bigger name brand wouldn't use the actual fruit was a bit of a shock. Just more reasons to avoid Frankenfood when looking at products.

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CONTENTANDFIT 1/31/2011 11:40AM

    That would be bizarre wouldn't it? But I guess fake raisins in Rains Bran would be no stranger than fake blueberries in Blueberry Muffins. (Better check the bran while you are at it!)

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/31/2011 10:26AM

    aaarrrggghhh! But why am I surprised? Commercially prepared, shelf-stored items are rarely as healthy as they pretend to be. Thank goodness, I buy my blueberries fresh or frozen so I know when I'm eating blueberries. In fact, the only fruit-added cereal I eat is Raisin Bran, and now I'm going to check the ingredients list to see if I'm eating real raisins!!! Thanks for this eye-opener.

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    emoticon wahhhhh, thats scary!! they hide it in everything!! thanks for posting this!

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MICHAELEWELLS 1/30/2011 2:51PM

    ya cant trust nothin no more!
"everybody lies" Dr House Md.

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SPARKYWATSON 1/30/2011 2:26PM

    I saw that same info somewhere else. Shocking! These big companies have one goal only, make money. Don't be fooled, your health is not their concern. I do my best to beware of everything that tries to look like real food but isn't.

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MONTY68 1/30/2011 2:02PM

Thank you for sharing this video. It is a eye opener, surprised but shows how we assume a lot of things about food products. Recently, Purchased a box of Krusteaz Wild blueberry muffin mix and a box of banana /nut muffins. The reason ,it was buy one , get one free. So I went to my cupboard and pulled out the boxes. On the blueberry box, it said set aside the blueberries and rinse. WoW!!!!!!!. On the banana one , the ingredients did disclose, dried bananas and walnuts. I was lucky, picked the right brand and only because a spark friend had made some and said how good they were.
So, Again, thanks for the video and a reminder and question are we really reading and understanding what the labels say.

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Is a Professional Ear Picking in your Future?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Manicures?? Not for me. My trusty rusty clipper works just fine. Pedicures?? Enough self care will keep the ingrowns away. But now comes news of a Vietnamese custom that I may be able to buy into.

Despite several hundred thousand Americans spending several years of their lives in Vietnam thirty years ago this service is just now making it to the USA.

According to a story in the San Jose Mercury News, Vietnamese practitioners of the ancient art ear wax picking “ have elevated it beyond simply removing ear wax to an experience on par with massage”.

"It brings a lot of happiness," said Silicon Valley resident Nguyen Tuong Tam... He likens a good ear picking to good sex. Indeed, fans of ear picking gleefully talk about "ear-gasms."

“That explains why some customers have been known to blurt out, "Will you marry me!" Ear pickers usually ignore such exclamations as they would words of endearment from a drunk.”

A physician confirms in the article that there is in fact a g-spot located near the ear drum. As far as I know no one has ever connected a mani pedi with a g-spot.

To top it off it is calorie free. No spark points though.

So what do you think? Is a professional ear picking in your future?

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CONTENTANDFIT 1/26/2011 12:00PM

    Maybe the coughing is what causes the "ear-gasm"

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/26/2011 11:32AM

    Sounds like this could be fun! I'd be interested to know how they avoid triggering the cough response--every time I q-tip my ears, I hit the vagus nerve and that triggers a coughing spell . . . .

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    haha this made me laugh.

food for thought.

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    haha this made me laugh.

food for thought.

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    haha this made me laugh.

food for thought.

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FROGGIEBEAR 1/25/2011 11:30PM

    Hmmm I don't think so the last time I had my ears flushed it felt like the cold water they were flushing into my ears was going to come out of my eyeballs. Nothing sexy about that. Makes me wonder what they are doing wrong??????

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REDSHOES2011 1/25/2011 11:13PM

    emoticonno thanks I equal a visit to my ear, nose and throat specialist with pain.. I usually get drains put in my ears to avoid over or under pressure issues.. I have most lust to punch my ear specialist- that idea doesn't do much for me in that direction lol..
If I can think straight without crying efterwards thats 10 points for me lol.. My specialist has learned to use a numbing agent to avoid me saying bad words..

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Sometimes I like to do things I don't like to do

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Like the Roger Miller lyric I generally “Don't like to do things I don't like to do”, but not always.

A blog I read the other day reminded of when I set out to learn how to folk dance. It was 20 years ago and I thought I might meet some interesting people and single women.

The first couple of times I went I found myself sweating from nerves. I didn't know what I was doing. I couldn't follow the instructions. I couldn't move in rhythm. I felt clumsy and incompetent. I don't like to do things I don't do well.

I realized then that my whole life I had only been doing things that I could do well immediately. But I stuck at it and after a few more weeks I began to catch on. That was a big boost to my confidence.

Soon I began to really enjoy it. I did meet really interesting people, like the woman who had been a nude gourmet vegetarian chef at a California nudist resort. I even got a few dates out of it (not with her) and made some friends. Doing something I didn't like to do led to some memorable experiences and a lot of fun.

I remember that experience when I find myself doing something I don't know how to do well. Sometimes if I stick with it, I will learn to do it well and I will start to enjoy it.

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    I am glad Brandyn asked me to check this blog out. I am currently faced with doing something that I have tried before but with some pretty negative results..... and I am scared to try again!

Brandyn mentioned that I should come over here and check this blog out and I KNOW you are right.... I just have to work up the nerve to sign up now. Haha.

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VEEJAY3 1/8/2011 12:17PM

    hahahaha! Thank you for a belly laugh this morning. The thought of a nude vegetarian chef folk dancing (somehow, in my mind, she's nude during the DANCING ... not just in the safety of the nudist colony) created a very fun cartoon in my cerebral cortex.

Plus ... you made me remember how I LOVED the folk-dancing unit of P.E. waaaay back in high school. Maybe I can find a class here and now! What a great idea!

I think I'll add you as a friend so I can keep up with you in case you have some other gems.

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/6/2011 2:07PM

    Such a good approach. I tried it with piano lessons when I was in my 40's. Tried for a year or more, but just couldn't do it : ( Still regret that. I've stuck to it with lots of other things I didn't like at first, though, and am a happier, better person for that.

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MONTY68 1/6/2011 1:29PM


This is a great blog. I had to think about what you said and I find there were or perhaps are things I didn't do, because of the fear of failure. I really appreciate your blog. Perhaps, I will attempt something new.
Thank you

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“Alternative Sinus Treatment Month” (for me)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I have sinus problems year round (my DW says it is because I have a handsome narrow nose). Except for this part of the year I pop a Sudafed or generic Claritin whenever it gets bad enough. But, this is the month or so when I seek out alternative treatments for sinus and allergy symptoms.

Sometimes “Alternative Sinus Treatment Month” lasts 5 weeks, sometimes it lasts 6 or 7. It begins whenever I go into the local research facility to begin my term of guinea pigging for a mountain cedar study. It ends when the study ends.

Mountain Cedar (Ashe Juniper) pollen torments allergy sufferers in my region. I don't have it so bad but I do qualify for the study. Each year about this time the researchers monitor the pollen levels until they reach high enough to begin their study.

Once enrolled, participants (guinea pigs) like me are forbidden from using a long list of medications. This always includes prescription and OTC nasal sprays, decongestants and anti-histamines, which means my favorites are off the table. This year ibuprofen is banned too.

Over the several years I've been doing this I've switched from Neti Pots to the squeeze bottle style rinse. I get more rest and drink lots of fluid. I've tried emergen-C too. Ibuprofen helps with the head and body aches (though this year it will have to be aspirin). This morning I made a good chicken broth in the pressure cooker.

But my favorite alternative symptom treatment continues to be one I ran across in an alternative newspaper in San Francisco. In a notice for a class, a practitioner in Oakland wrote that by climbing stair cases while holding one's breath the nasal passages will open up and remain open for hours.

I tried it and it works well for me. Any trainer will tell you NOT to hold your breath while exercising. It can KILL you if your heart is weak. But when I do it my nasal passages clear and stay cleared.

I have no idea about the science but I think of it as a kind of movie standoff between my conscious mind (the guy with the gun) and my immune system (the cops). By holding my breath and exercising I tell my immune system “Open up that nose or the body gets it! ” My immune system says “He's just crazy enough to do it too! Open up those passages boys.”

I have found that I don't have to climb stairs to make it work. I can run, walk or just pump my arms while holding my breath and the nasal passages open up. When “Alternative Sinus Treatment Month” is over I'll stop with the rinses and pull out the Sudafed and Claratin, but I'll keep climbing the occasional stair case just to keep those coppers in line.

What alternative treatments for sinus have you found helpful?

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MONTY68 12/16/2010 10:42PM

Very interesting idea. As a guinea pig, you are not allowed a lot of different meds, but in this program are they providing new methods or pills to alleviate the allergies? Or what do they expect from you? Good luck.
I liked what you found about using a no breathing method to open the sinus. As you did caution, about people having heart conditions. But for you it sounds like that it works well.

Thanks for sharing.

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ADKISTLER 12/16/2010 4:48PM

    I too have allergies and asthma. I also hate taking meds for them. With all the drugs that I am taking for high blood preasure and dibetes, I feel like I am going to rattle when I walk. I will try this method when I have a bad spell.

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CONTENTANDFIT 12/16/2010 4:33PM

    Be careful if you have heart problems. My heart rate really goes up when I climb the stairs without breathing. A lot of people also have heart problems they don't know about which is probably part of why trainers advise against holding the breath while working out.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 12/16/2010 4:23PM

    I'm the squeeze bottle rinser, too.

I think I may try that holding the breath and pumping arms or walking thing. I've had a heart attack, and I am a bit afraid of trying it while climbing stair. It does sound weird, but if it works, it works!

Interesting blog and very informative for us fellow allergy/sinus sufferers. emoticon

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SPARKYWATSON 12/16/2010 2:39PM

    Holding your breath while climbing stairs? Never ever would have thought of such a thing.

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SBEAR5 12/16/2010 2:24PM

    Well first, that's the weirdest and coolest thing I've heard in awhile. I'm a long time victim of allergies and asthma. I'm not sure you could pay me enough to give up my allergy meds. But I do use the squeeze bottle rinse. It's been a lifesaver. A super disgusting lifesaver. :)

thanks for sharing your trick though. I'll have to try that on my bad days.

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Got Worms? Do you want them?

Saturday, November 06, 2010

My dogs and cats have had them but I never thought I would have the time or interest to have them myself. (Except perhaps for those medicinal tapeworms they sold in the late 19th century as a weight loss aid!) Nevertheless I might have worms myself soon thanks to meeting Cassandra.

Though she isn't a sparker, like many sparkers Cassandra is in the midst of a major transformation. She moved from an isolated Indian reservation to a new home near San Antonio. She looked at her skill set and compared it to what the planet needs and decided that the planet needs more good soil and she knew how to make that through worm composting.

I met her through Green Drinks and when I heard she was hosting a web seminar on worms I immediately wanted to support her, (especially when I found out that her webinar was free!) Spark People has introduced me to the idea of that the web can be used to support people who are trying to change their lives.

Spark People encourages us to eat lots of vegetables. The yardsharing garden in our front yard also increases the amount of veggies in my diet. I think that gardening leads to the need for compost. The need for compost (and the availability of veggie waste both from the garden and the increased number of veggies I'm eating) leads to a desire to learn more about making compost. I've always heard that worm composting was really great but I've never taken the time to learn about it beyond scanning a few books which made my head spin.

Cassandra says her presentation will teach us how to make a worm bin that takes 30 minutes to put together and costs less than $10. I heard that the bin is the sort that is kept inside so that we don't have to interrupt our worming for the heat of the summer or the cold of winter. If I make it to the event, and I intend to, I will find out if it something I want to try.

The webinar which she is calling a "Worminar" takes place at 6 pm, Central Daylight Time, today November 6, 2010. You can learn more about it at her website. Which you can find by searching on google for "Worminar".

What do you think? Are you ready for worms?

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JUSTBIRDY 12/3/2010 6:58PM

    It's true that worms do make you lose weight. I feed my worms in the worm bin right by my compost pile, and many days I stay and do some more gardening. Worms make you more fit, too.

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CONTENTANDFIT 11/6/2010 11:00PM

    I made it to the worminar. I don't know if raising red wrigglers is for me but I'm glad to know more about it and I'm glad I was able to participate and be supportive of a newcomer to my town who is trying to build up a green practice that is certainly needed.

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BET212 11/6/2010 1:58PM

    Sorry, hon, I know I'm not in the majority here but I am not ready for worms. You, however can worm to your heart's content. I don't like to touch them and I can look at them one at a time but in a bunch, when they're all wriggling...ugh, I get creeped out.

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MONTY68 11/6/2010 11:28AM

Great blog, I never heard of worm composting but it makes sense. When I lived up north, I had a garden and it was full of worms ( we use to call them fishing worms). I also had a compost but didn't think that maybe it produces worms. All I knew was that worms were good for the garden.
Great idea, looking forward to your comments.

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/6/2010 11:27AM

    Great idea! When I taught elementary school, several classrooms had worm projects. What a good Spark to spread.

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CITYZOZO 11/6/2010 11:02AM

don't use newspaper as your base get something called core at a good garden store or tear up egg cardens, but nothing shiny on labels.. cheers, zo

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CITYZOZO 11/6/2010 10:54AM

    we've had indoor worms for years.. let me know if you have any questions.. it shouldn't smell ever, if it does you are doing something wrong.. we love it... i will send you a video

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CHINAGAL 11/6/2010 10:15AM

    My folks had a worm bed for years when I was growing up. This is a wonderful thing. Enjoy the seminar.

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