Saturday, July 16, 2011
A friend shared this article with me and I want to share it with you.
Why do I have a variety of friends who are all different in character ?
Some of them can even be considered marginal ?
How do I get on with them all ?
I think that each one helps to bring out a "different" part of me...
With one of them I am a polite, good girl.
I joke with another friend.
I sit down and talk about serious matters with one of them.
With another I laugh at every silly thing.
I have my wine with one, And dance with another.
I listen to one friend's problems and give advice, then I listen to another advising me.
They are all like pieces of a jigsaw, When completed they form a treasure box.
A treasure of friends!
They are my friends who understand me better than myself, who support me through good days and bad days.
They are like colourful anti-depressants that I take on different days.
Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health.
Dr. Oz calls them Vitamins F (Friends) and counts the benefits of friends to our well being.
Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes. If you take Vitamin F constantly, you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age.
The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your tense moments, it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50 %.
I am so happy that I have a stock of Vitamins F!
In summary we should value our friends and keep in touch with them.
We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together, not forgetting to open our mouths big to swallow the floating vitamins F !!!!
Monday, May 02, 2011
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should
bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the
environment. The women apologized to him and explained,
"We didn't have the green thing back in my day".
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former
generation did not care enough to save our environment."
He was right, the older generation didn't have the 'green thing' in it's day.
Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles
to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and
sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So,
they really were recycled.
But, they didn't have the 'green thing' back in that customer's day.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator
in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and
didn't climb into a 300 horsepower machine every time they had to go two
But, she was right, they didn't have the 'green thing' in her day.
Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the
throw away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine, burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.
Kids wore hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always
brand new clothing.
But the old lady was right, they didn't have the 'the green thing' back in her day.
Back in her day, they had one TV, or radio in the house, not a TV in every
room~and the TV had a screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen
the size of Montana . In the kitchen, they stirred and blended by hand
because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you.
When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up
old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the
lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised
by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that
operate on electricity.
But, she was right, they didn't have the 'green thing' back then.
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty,
not out of plastic cups or bottles every time they had
a drink of water.
They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying new
pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the
whole razor, just because the blade got dull.
But, they didn't have the 'green thing' back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode
their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their
Moms into a 24 hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in
a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't
need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satelites, 2,000 miles out in
Space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But, isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks
were, just because they didn't have the 'green thing' back then?
Friday, March 25, 2011
BEFORE YOU GO AND CLEAN OUT THE MEDICINE CABINET THIS SPRING READ THIS!
By Richard Altschuler:
Does the expiration date on a bottle of a medication mean
anything? If a bottle of Tylenol, for example, says something like "Do not use
after June 1998," and it is August 2002, should you take the Tylenol?
Should you discard it? Can you get hurt if you take it? Will it
simply have lost its potency and do you no good?
In other words, are drug manufacturers being honest with us when
they put an expiration date on their medications, or is the practice of
dating just another drug industry scam, to get us to buy new medications
when the old ones that purportedly have "expired" are still perfectly good?
These are the pressing questions I investigated after my mother-
in-law recently said to me, "It doesn't mean anything," when I pointed
out that the Tylenol she was about to take had "expired" 4 years and a few
months ago. I was a bit mocking in my pronouncement -- feeling superior that I
had noticed the chemical corpse in her cabinet -- but she was equally
adamant in her reply, and is generally very sage about medical issues.
So I gave her a glass of water with the purportedly "dead" drug,
of which she took 2 capsules for a pain in the upper back. About a
half hour later she reported the pain seemed to have eased up a bit. I
said "You could be having a placebo effect," not wanting to simply concede she was
right about the drug, and also not actually knowing what I was talking
about. I was just happy to hear that her pain had eased, even before we had
our evening cocktails and hot tub dip (we were in "Leisure World," near
Laguna Beach, California, where the hot tub is bigger than most Manhattan
apartments, and "Heaven," as generally portrayed, would be raucous by comparison).
Upon my return to NYC and high-speed connection, I immediately
scoured the medical databases and general literature for the answer to my
question about drug expiration labeling. Voila, no sooner than I could
say "Screwed again by the pharmaceutical industry," I had my answer. Here are
the simple facts:
First, the expiration date, required by law in the United
States, beginning in 1979, specifies only the date the manufacturer guarantees the full
potency and safety of the drug -- it does not mean how long the drug is actually "good" or safe to use.
Second, medical authorities uniformly say it is safe to take drugs past their expiration date -- no matter how "expired" the drugs
Except for possibly the rarest of exceptions, you won't get hurt and you certainly won't get killed.
Studies show that expired drugs may lose some of their potency over time,
from as little as 5% or less to 50% or more (though usually much
less than the latter). Even 10 years after the "expiration date,"
most drugs have a good deal of their original potency. Wisdom dictates that
if your life does depend on a drug, and you must have 100% of its original
strength, you should probably toss it and get a refill. If your life
does not depend on an expired drug -- such as that for headache, hay fever, or
menstrual cramps -- take it and see what happens.
One of the largest studies ever conducted that supports the
above points about "expired drug" labeling was done by the US military 15
years ago, according to a feature story in the Wall Street Journal (March
29, 2000), reported by Laurie P. Cohen. The military was sitting on a
$1 billion stockpile of drugs and facing the daunting process of destroying and
replacing its supply every 2 to 3 years, so it began a testing
program to see if it could extend the life of its inventory. The
testing, conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ultimately covered
more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter. The results
showed that about 90% of them were safe and effective as far as 15 years
past their original expiration date.
In light of these results, a former director of the testing
program, Francis Flaherty, said he concluded that expiration dates put on by
manufacturerstypically have no bearing on whether a drug is
usable for longer. Mr. Flaherty noted that a drug maker is required to prove only that
a drug is still good on whatever expiration date the company chooses to
set. The expiration date doesn't mean, or even suggest, that the drug
will stop being effective after that, nor that it will become harmful.
"Manufacturers put expiration dates on for marketing, rather than scientific,
reasons," said Mr. Flaherty, a pharmacist at the FDA until he retired in
1999. "It's not profitable for them to have products on a shelf for 10 years,
they want turnover."
The FDA cautioned there isn't enough evidence from the program,
which is weighted toward drugs used during combat, to conclude most drugs in
consumers' medicine cabinets are potent beyond the expiration
date. Joel Davis, however, a former FDA expiration-date compliance chief,
said that with a handful of exceptions -- notably nitroglycerin, insulin,
and some liquid antibiotics -- most drugs are probably as durable as
those the agency has tested for the military. "Most drugs degrade very
slowly," he said. "In all likelihood, you can take a product you have at home and
keep it for many years." Consider aspirin. Bayer AG puts 2-year
or 3-year dates on aspirin and says that it should be discarded after that.
However, Chris Allen, a vice president at the Bayer unit that makes aspirin,
said the dating is "pretty conservative". "When Bayer has tested 4-
year-old aspirin, it remained 100% effective", he said. So why doesn't Bayer
set a 4-year expiration date? "Because the company often changes
packaging, and it undertakes continuous improvement programs," Mr. Allen
said. Each change triggers a need for more expiration-date testing, and testing
each time for a 4-year life would be impractical. Bayer has never tested
aspirin beyond 4 years, Mr. Allen said. Doctor Jens Carstensen has.
Dr. Carstensen, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin's pharmacy
school, wrote what is considered the main text on drug stability, and said, "I
did a study of different aspirins, and after 5 years, Bayer was still excellent.
Aspirin, if made correctly, is very stable."
Friday, March 18, 2011
As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend..
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love .. I will.
I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore... I've even earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.
** this was sent to me by a friend .. how appropriate!** Everything is true, 'cept my body doesn't bulge so much anymore .. thanks to Spark People & my friends on here!
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