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Going to any lengths

Thursday, December 04, 2014

There are times when I'd rather just sit on the sofa and read, do nothing physical, for days on end. Then I see someone like this:



This is an old man who after several accidents and serious osteoporosis, still carries his walker down three flights of stairs to go walking. This day was pouring rain outside, so he carried that walker down to the electrical room (a room that has to be empty by law) and walked in circles.

I feel like a piker. This poor man gets his walks in no matter what, and at great effort.

There's a lesson in there. His will provides the way.

  
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KALEWINE 12/25/2014 8:05PM

    Wow! That makes me feel like a lazy bum!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/24/2014 1:11PM

    we should always remember there is always someone worse off than us and we should also remember inspiration can come in many ways or forms.now get out there and walk love.merry christmas and a happy christmas. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 12/23/2014 5:48PM

    Thank you for sharing. I am often humbled by people who do more than I do with far greater obstacles!

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AJDOVER1 12/5/2014 11:43PM

    What a great image! Thanks for sharing that inspiration with us.
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CINDYSUNFLOWER 12/5/2014 11:05PM

    Wow….you just gave me a HUGE wake up call….thank you so much!!!
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SANDICANE 12/4/2014 9:31PM

    My only aunt left is 91 years old and still execises every day. They know it's their path to health and mobility!!! They're soooooooooooooooo smart!

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WATERMELLEN 12/4/2014 8:17PM

    I live near a seniors' home and it's amazing to see people out exercising in summer heat and winter snows -- determined to keep mobile!!

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ICECUB 12/4/2014 6:39PM

    emoticon HE IS DETERMINATE TO KEEP WALKING. HE IS SUCH A ENCOURAGING EXAMPLE TO US.

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PRESBESS 12/4/2014 6:17PM

    Wow! That's awesome.

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--KREN 12/4/2014 5:47PM

    I'm always amazed when I see people walking in the park, dragging their oxygen bottles behind them! Never give up, hmmm?

Karen

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REGILIEH 12/4/2014 3:40PM

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KAYYVAUGHN 12/4/2014 3:22PM

    That is one of the best reminders that I have read.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 12/4/2014 1:01PM

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JAMIRBLAZE 12/4/2014 11:44AM

    Agreed. Some of the older people that I see out and about are very inspirational and keep me going!

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BUSYBEE37 12/4/2014 11:44AM

    If there's a will, there's a way!

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GABY1948 12/4/2014 11:33AM

    Amen to this blog! I so agree and it was a great lesson to post today, Nell!

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POINDEXTRA 12/4/2014 10:50AM

    Wow - that's dedication!

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NASFKAB 12/4/2014 10:49AM

  your post is so inspiring have mobility issues but do not need a walker really a made me think of how I try find excuses for not walking so going now

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NASFKAB 12/4/2014 10:49AM

  your post is so inspiring have mobility issues but do not need a walker really a made me think of how I try find excuses for not walking so going now

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A Second Chance isn't the same as a Second First Chance

Sunday, November 30, 2014

We all get second chances, but each attempt is farther along in life. Sometimes it's harder. Getting a college degree is harder when you have a house and kids than it would have been when you were 18 and had nothing else in life but studying. It's still a second chance at a degree, but not the same.

It's the same with second chances for changing health. It's harder when you are older, it's harder when you have already had your first stroke or heart attack. But harder doesn't mean impossible. Now you know how important it is, now you know yourself better, now you understand life in ways you didn't understand it before. It may still seem "unfair" but you have lived through "unfair" things in the past and know what they look like.

Scientists don't give up after failing at the first attempt at a new drug. Inventors don't make one effort at a new invention. They take note of what worked, what didn't, what can change, and they kept at it.

Each second (or third or twentieth) chance is different than the one before. If you can see previous attempts as experiments rather than failures, you'll have a better chance of succeeding.

  
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LSDALOIA 12/3/2014 8:37AM

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Sometimes it might even be easier to make changes when you're older. You're wiser, right? So it's easier to distinguish what's working and what's not and to be real with yourself.

Maybe the same is true if you've had a health issue such as a heart attack, stroke, or even just high blood pressure or borderline diabetes. There's a lot at stake!

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NASFKAB 11/30/2014 10:52PM

  great keep at it

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DIANNEMT 11/30/2014 8:39PM

    We keep trying!! Very good!!

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/30/2014 8:36PM

    Beautiful

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AJDOVER1 11/30/2014 6:07PM

    I hesitate to say things are harder or easier at a different point in life -- to me they're just different. I may have had more physical energy at an earlier point, but less experience than I did later. I'm taking classes now which is a totally different experience than it was when I was a full-time student. I love your blog -- thanks for encouraging me to step back and look at things through fresh eyes.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/30/2014 4:44PM

    Sometimes we don't know enough to seize our chances when we are younger, sometimes we don't know how valuable the other path is until we've been down the wrong one!

But some people NEVER even recognize they can make a second chances for themselves, so I feel we are ahead of the game there...

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/30/2014 4:21PM

    Nell, the wisdom is there. I just need to follow it.
Thanks for the reminder.

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REGILIEH 11/30/2014 4:21PM

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WATERMELLEN 11/30/2014 4:07PM

    My goodness there is a lot of wisdom here. And as a person who earned three more degrees as an adult with young kids and who has reclaimed health after serious health issues . . . yeah. A second chance isn't the same as a first chance but it's maybe something we value even more.

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ALICIA363 11/30/2014 3:46PM

    Wonderful blog!
"...harder doesn't mean impossible."
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GABY1948 11/30/2014 3:42PM

    Oh, MY! What a emoticon blog! You are such a wealth of wisdom and I am so thankful that I have been one that has been so blessed by you not first, or second, but SO MANY times!

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FELINEBETTER 11/30/2014 1:37PM

    Great Blog! Great attitude! You are SO right about this too!! emoticon

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WIFE49 11/30/2014 1:25PM

    Yes, making choices later in life just shows that it is never to late.

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PHARM_TECH14 11/30/2014 12:13PM

    I think deciding to make changes later in life or after certain experiences makes you better prepared for what lies ahead...you realize what it's going to take to make that change and it makes you more dedicated. Gives you a better understanding/ clarity that if changes aren't made life could go in an undesired direction....


Nothing is impossible when you make your mind up to do it....just have to find the right path to get you there... emoticon

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Massive amounts of sugar and oil for NO CALORIES!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Yes you heard me! It's called a sugar polish, and I just had one at the Arlington Spa in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They mix sugar and olive oil and scrub it all over your body, then wrap you up in plastic for 25 minutes before rinsing it off. It feels decadent! And it is totally calorie free!

I highly recommend it, followed, of course, by a massage. What a treat!

  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/24/2014 1:14PM

    it is also something twe couldat home so thanks for shareing emoticon

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KO1215 11/28/2014 12:37PM

    Sounds fun!

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VBPARROTHEAD 11/21/2014 10:20AM

  Friends made this for me for Christmas one year. I also make one with coconut oil and salt. Both are great!


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MYAKAYAH 10/20/2014 2:19AM

    I've heard of sugar and olive oil scrubs, sounds really nice~
Have a great week!

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TORTISE110 9/27/2014 7:20AM

    Always been curious, and usually go for 'tamer' deal. Thanks for the feedback.

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/5/2014 8:26AM

    That sounds great to me. I'm glad that you treated yourself.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/30/2014 12:40PM

    You got me with your title, but the treatment sounds fabulous!!!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 7/30/2014 11:58AM

    I see in the comments mention of the sugar as an exfoliant. That would be as they are smearing it on you. (Down and to the left, please) Perhaps the sugar acts in the wrap phase as slightly dehydrating agent, while the olive oil is soaking into the upper layers of the skin. Besides grinning ear to ear from having spent such a long time in such a close proximity with so many calories without so much as an ounce of weight gain, how did you look afterwards?

P.S. if the sugar is an exfoliant, think of that as you imagine licking your fingers!

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MICKEYMAX 7/30/2014 7:04AM

    what a cool way to look at that!

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AJDOVER1 7/29/2014 2:48PM

    How yummy! It must feel good!
That's the best calorie-free treat I've heard of in a while. I'm sure the massage was a fitting ending as well!


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GABY1948 7/29/2014 7:28AM

    I have never heard of it but it DOES sound emoticon

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LADYRH 7/29/2014 6:43AM

    Sounds great I et your skin felt great also.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/28/2014 11:17PM

    Seriously, you're in Hot Springs right now?

I was just kayaking at Rockport about an hour away tonight after work! Small freaking world!

I wish there was a way to meet you in person - I've followed your blogs for years now. :-)

And yes, I agree that topical application of sugar and oil is 100% preferable to taking it internally.

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SANDICANE 7/28/2014 9:45PM

    Oh lordy...could I be that close to sugar and oil without eating any?????

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NASFKAB 7/28/2014 9:44PM

  WOW lovely must do it thanks for sharing

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DOVESEYES 7/28/2014 9:32PM

    Sounds great

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WATERMELLEN 7/28/2014 8:58PM

    Just so long as I wouldn't feel I had to lick it off . . . should be fine!!

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REGILIEH 7/28/2014 8:40PM

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IMAVISION 7/28/2014 7:44PM

    It does, indeed, sound like a pleasant treat.

God bless!

Ima


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ICECUB 7/28/2014 7:00PM

    SOUNDS RELAXING emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 7/28/2014 6:52PM

    Sounds heavenly :)


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FANNYMANSON 7/28/2014 5:52PM

    I bet that felt terrific!! I add a little sugar to my facial wash for an exfoliant, never thought of using it all over!

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LOSE 10 POUNDS FOR FREE!!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

I love these kinds of ads. If only it were just about money, like a facelift. If only all it took were money!

I lost my weight on Weight Watchers many years ago, but it was by the week not the pound, which makes more sense. And they didn't promise Easy, just something that worked if I worked it, and they helped me with the work.

I guess people buy these ads and plans or they'd stop, but the promise of Easy Weight Loss has been around for hundreds of years.

I wonder who makes more money: the food manufacturers who provide easy, fattening food, or the guys who promise to Take the Weight Off Fast?

  
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BUSYBEE1968 12/4/2014 9:18AM

    "it was by the week not the pound, which makes more sense. And they didn't promise Easy, just something that worked if I worked it, and they helped me with the work. "

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KRISKECK 11/30/2014 9:28AM

    A lot of those weight loss ads are scams of some kind, and not just about the weight, A worst, they are mechanisms to get personal information for identity theft. But clearly they are attractive to people!

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MISSMUFFETT101 8/12/2014 7:03PM

    Whoever put the "S" in Fast Food should be charged!

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CHERYLE51 7/8/2014 11:07AM

    I just laugh at those ads. What the promise is impossible and really unhealthy.


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TRAVELGRRL 7/1/2014 5:06PM

    My whole life I've always gone by the motto, "If it sounds to good to be true, it probbly is!" I've never been sorry when I've followed it when offered amazing results, free vacations, etc. etc. etc.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/1/2014 5:06PM

    My whole life I've always gone by the motto, "If it sounds to good to be true, it probbly is!" I've never been sorry when I've followed it when offered amazing results, free vacations, etc. etc. etc.

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QUERIDAANA 6/24/2014 12:51AM

    Great point. Thanks fo posting.

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IMAVISION 6/21/2014 2:16PM

    That type of ad has this gal sadly shaking her head! emoticon



My thought/question for us all on this beautiful day in June 2014 --- How can you be the answer to someone’s prayer today?

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TENNESSEEWALKER 6/21/2014 1:16PM

    Another vote for them splitting the money. Also, a fool and his money ...

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CETANISTAWI 6/21/2014 12:59PM

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LADYRH 6/21/2014 5:26AM

    Probably related companies making both products

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NASFKAB 6/20/2014 10:01PM

  great

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2014 9:02PM

    My goodness I'd be willing to pay a lot of money to lose weight like that! And can I pay someone to do my exercise for me too??????

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ICECUB 6/20/2014 5:48PM

    I HAVE LEARNED IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE THEN IT PROBALEY IS NOT TRUE.

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RITZIBROWN 6/20/2014 5:46PM

    emoticon As long as there are people who believe they can achieve without effort there will be other people making emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 6/20/2014 4:11PM

    emoticon I agree emoticon I don't know who makes the most emoticon but I personally thing the whole thing is criminal....the hidden sugar to get us to eat more so we get sicker!

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MSGO72 6/20/2014 3:55PM

  It's probably too close to call!

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POETICJUSTUS 6/20/2014 3:36PM

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/20/2014 3:32PM

    Both make money with foolish promises and selling the comfort food that adds pounds.

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Fatty Liver Disease Caused by Obesity

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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I saw this article in the New York Times yesterday. Usually fatty liver disease is found in alcoholics. Now it seems it is a burgeoning problem caused by overeating.

Everyone is horrified by the practice of fattening goose livers for foie gras (which means, after all, "fatty liver" in French) by forcefeeding. It's a process called "gavage", ordinarily used to deliver food directly to the stomach of patients with throat obstructions. Gavage is only done with the consent of the patient, except for infants. And except for geese.

Now people are apparently forcefeeding themselves willingly and by their own hands. There is no cure, no pharmaceutical aid, nothing but a liver transplant will help. Right now a practicing alcoholic can't qualify for a liver transplant because he'll just do the new liver what he did to his old one, but what will they do about an obese patient needing a liver? Will the same rule prevail? There aren't enough livers available for transplant as it is. As the problem grows, what will happen?

Obesity causes more than strokes and heart attacks, it seems.

  
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LAURAKATE76 7/26/2014 7:18PM

    My Dad died while waiting for a new liver. He was a healthy marathon runner who had Hep C. If there aren't enough to go around now, then how do people expect the miracle of a transplant in the future as more and more people become obese. We need to take charge of our lives now. Easier said than done, I know, but I wonder if more people understood the horrors of liver failure if it would make a difference!

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IMAVISION 6/20/2014 11:31AM

    That is certainly something that most folks do not know to consider.

emoticon for taking the time to post this information!


God often guides us through the words of loving friends. Thank you to all who have helped guide me on this wonderful lifestyle change journey here in “Sparkville”!

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BRADMILL2922 6/19/2014 2:04AM

    Thank you for sharing the article! A lot of good info!

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SHARON10002 6/17/2014 11:29PM

    Agree with Gaby1948's comment. They are the culprits. They are intentionally engineering our food to make it more difficult to stop eating it. Did a couple of blogs on this and it was very eye-opening.

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QUERIDAANA 6/17/2014 8:57PM

    Great article. Thanks for sharing!

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ZEEDRA 6/17/2014 6:00PM

    This kind of challenging news has cropped up before.

I feel bad for children who are overweight and for the university student in the article, just to start with...

It's easier to never take up bad habits than to try to change them.

sic semper erat, et sic semper erit:
Thus has it always been, and thus shall it ever be



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LESLIESENIOR 6/17/2014 12:21AM

    Wow! Very powerful question........who will qualify for the transplant when precedent has been set for active alcoholics? The waters get very murky.
Thanks for the reference.

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SUZYMOBILE 6/16/2014 11:17AM

    Well said!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 6/16/2014 9:49AM

    Thanks, Nell. I take great hope from the references in the article that the disease can/will reverse with lifestyle changes.

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DEE107 6/16/2014 12:30AM

    thank you

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NASFKAB 6/15/2014 11:47PM

  its up to us to ay heathy

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 6/15/2014 11:07PM

    So sad and no help. Healthy is everything

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/15/2014 6:10PM

    wow

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WATERMELLEN 6/15/2014 4:50PM

    Powerful blog -- we gotta get those funnels out of our beaks, clearly!!

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CETANISTAWI 6/15/2014 4:34PM

    Interesting

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/15/2014 2:50PM

    Thanks Nell. That is very interesting and something to ponder on now.

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GABY1948 6/15/2014 2:45PM

    emoticon I saw that article myself and thought the same thing....the powers that be in the food industry and government agencies that "control" what goes into people's mouths don't care about it! I'm glad I am the age I am! emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/15/2014 2:16PM

    emoticon for info

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ICECUB 6/15/2014 1:59PM

    I THINK THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL NOT PAY ON ANYTHING CAUSE BY OBESITY. GOOD INCENTIVE TO LOSE WEIGHT.

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