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Why do we still import from China?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I think we Americans are pretty intelligent on the whole but not so sure our government is on the same wavelengths as we are. Why is our government still allowing imports from China to enter our country. I am sure we have had countless scares from China but recent scares or abominations you pick the word was the milk laced with melamine that hit all of the headlines. I read this article with disbelief that the Chinese would paint sesame seeds black with a dye because black sesame seeds will yield a higher asking price. Was shocked to read that the Chinese fishermen inject mercury into fish to make them weight more at market. AND we buy this stuff because most Americans are none the wiser. I am sure China exports to other countries as well but if there government is still allowing the imports then they to have a problem like us. Now the exploding watermelons injected with growth hormones. Where does it end?

I can live on watermelons during the summer so now I guess I will only buy ones that have the stickers on them that show where they were grown. Not sure I have ever seen a watermelon with a grown in China sticker but I do not recall that the small baby watermelons carry labels so i guess those are off limits unless I buy at my local Farmer's Market and speak to the farmer myself .

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SOPHIAWEI 8/23/2014 7:02PM

  Not all products like that,please believe ,can you contact me?

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PONYFARMER 6/16/2011 10:09PM

    I stopped buying China forever after they killed my cat, by adding a powdered glue like substance to make it go farther. Simon did not deserve that, and he suffered. What do we have to do to get off the China not-so-merry-go-round.

emoticonmiss you Simon emoticon

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NWFL59 5/19/2011 10:17PM

    China is not the only exporter from which we receive potentially harmful and or deadly products.

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SULTANAH 5/19/2011 9:51PM

    I have often thought the Chinese were trying to kill us. I am glad I am not alone. What about the Chinese drywall that has ruined many lives of families in many sates. What about the kids toys a few years back. The Chinese drywall caused many familiesto have to move away from their homes because it was hazardous to their health. I cringe everytime I see a label that says made in China. I had no idea about the food. Now I am even more outraged. Glad I am not alone. Now what do we do?


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DEVORA4 5/19/2011 9:42PM

  I only buy locally grown. However, this says I MUST be carefullier. Thanks so much Yvonne, You are the best!

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EBPOOKIE 5/19/2011 5:57PM

    because unions are going to the weighside because we have shipped all of our jobs overseas or to mexico where they can pay people pennies to the our minimum wage etc... they don't want to pay living wages.

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    Sadly...China now owns us!

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DS9KIE 5/19/2011 4:41PM

    we have imports from China cause people don't want to spend alot of money on things.

I have a small piano studio and sell some pianos, because people don't want to spend alot of money on pianos, over the years the "American made pianos" are now non existence. The pianos started to be made in Korea and now they being made in China (and some are well made) I had to augue with a customer cause they wanted to buy an Amreican made piano and there is no such thing (there is one company but they sell very very very expensive pianos). The funny thing is they did not have an American made car.

I think its just awful what links people will go to make a profit...its awful..and its hurt us honest bussines people.

But the point is either you buy American and be willing to pay for it or buy from another country. Ether way it seems people will do anything to sell aomerhing and it doesn't matter what country they are from.

Ok I will stop ranting.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/19/2011 2:20PM

    Got to buy sustainable, local food. I hear ya!! I am with you!!!!!!! Growing my own if I can!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 5/19/2011 1:50PM

    I totally agree with you on this one I try my best not purchase things from China but let me tell you Tump couldn't have said it better. Don't recall exactly word for word.

It's like a silent take over and they are robbing us with our eyes open.


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L*I*T*A* 5/19/2011 1:47PM

    great reminder that we all must take care and know where things come from!!!
blessings and hugs.......lita

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    WOW! I love watermelon. Guess I'll have to be more careful too! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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Crossing my fingers; started the research study for Alzheimer's

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Today I started the 1st of 4 parts of a research study for people with mild cognitive impairment. I think I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's. The study is between 15 - 19 weeks. It is being run by Chiesi Pharmaceuticals which is an Italian drug company. The are working in conjunction with the US Food and Drug Administration. I will not know if I will receive the drug or a placebo. This drug is not yet approved by the FDA, thus the study.

The study consists of a Screening Period, a Baseline Period, a Study Treatment Period, and a Washout Period. Today was the Screening Period and I hope I pass this with flying colors because I really want to take part in the study. It is going to take between a week to 10 days for the results to come back and get analyzed. If my blood work comes back OK then they will schedule a MRI of my brain. If the MRI shows there is no physical reason for my memory loss then I will be asked to participate.

Today's testing consisted of:
1. Complete medical history and medications.
2. Measurement/testing of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and breathing.
3. EKG
4. Total physical exam including measuring weight and height. Says I shrunk 2 inches now down to 5'5". I am 56 and can't possibly see how I could have shrunk 2 inches at this age. Someone must be wrong, either the 1st doctor that said I was 5'7" or today.
5. A thorough skin cancer screening exam. Passed!
6. Urine sample
7. Complete blood workup including testing for liver and thyroid (hope it shows B12 levels)
8. Stool sample card I came home with - can't wait!
9. Some written, oral, and computer testing.

Crossing my fingers I get to proceed with MRI and then part 2.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/19/2011 8:24PM

    I hope you get into the study!

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SECRETMUSIC 5/19/2011 5:16PM

    Thinking of you, Yvonne!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 5/19/2011 12:45PM

    Interesting I'm looking forward to the results as my grandmother died of Alzheimer's Dementia.

Yvonne I'm 43 and I was told that I shrunk I think 1/2 an inch. I was 5'11 up until 1 year ago when I went to the doctor for a physical they say I'm 5'10 1/2. emoticon

Keep us updated.

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LISAWILLBEFIT 5/19/2011 9:29AM

    Good luck i hope is the right response.My friend is trying to get into a cancer study as she has cancer.She wont know for a couple of weeks if she is in or not.

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I also pray that the memory problems you are having can be helped with nutrition or any other means-my mother had early onset from around age 52 and lived for 13 more years with it heart goes out to you and I wish you all the best!

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MIZCATHI 5/19/2011 7:40AM

    What a great opportunity to get to know yourself from the inside out, but I do hope that this doesn't stress you out too much! Plus, I hope the results are good, of course, and that you learn only good things, or things that you can deal with.

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SWEETLIPS 5/19/2011 5:01AM

    You are in my prayers daily. I will continue to keep you lifted up. You will survive this, and be able to further extol the benefits of raw eating.

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NEW-CAZ 5/19/2011 3:03AM

    Hi Yvonne I hope all goes well for you hun.
Luv and emoticon

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DEVORA4 5/19/2011 1:03AM

  i WOULD SAY break a leg, BUT considering what you just went through I will say GOOD LUCK, emoticondeb

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/19/2011 12:57AM

    Yvonne, I wish you the best with the study and hope that you get the answers that you are looking.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/18/2011 11:36PM

    You're in my thoughts and prayers dear friend. I am sending out positive energies for all that is right & wonderful to come your way. Love you, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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FUZZYMOTO 5/18/2011 10:46PM

    I pray that the memory problems that you are having is just a vitamin deficiency and not something that will affect you in any worsening way.

Best of luck and trust in the Great spirit that all will turn out well. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/18/2011 10:37PM

    all the best........
blessings and hugs......lita

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NO_SNOW_BODY 5/18/2011 10:01PM

    good luck

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LOL I am a weather vane...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Everyone was cranky today at Physical Therapy. We were all complaining of pain during our sessions I just kept counting the minutes till it was over so I could get the beloved ice pack on my shoulder to calm things down. Per my Physical therapist I will be able to predict the weather according to how my arm and shoulder will feel. The damper the weather the more it will hurt. She also forewarned I would also probably be able to detect when we were going to have bad thunder and lightening storms. Imagine that! emoticon

Still trying to get back to 100% Raw but not quite there because the chopping is very hard to do. I don't want to just eat fruit or smoothies till I gain back the strength I need to make precision cuts or even just the same size cuts of each veggie. Right now the sizes of my pieces are all over the place. emoticon

I am still eating healthy even though it is not 100% Raw. Smoothie for breakfast, raw food bar as a snack, a bean salad for lunch, and one of my favorite salads for dinner. I made my Cabbage Slaw with a Twist and did pretty good with shredding the cabbage. The only thing is I have now used up the cabbage my Mom cut in half for me before she went back to Virginia. I have another head in the fridge but it is a whole cabbage. I don't know if I have the strength to cut it in half to shred from there. We'll see what happens in the next few days. Everyday I do get a little more strength back. I think I will stick to romaine salads for the next few days.

My bean salad was not 100% Raw but most of it was. I used chick peas but chopped up raw tomatoes, onion, shredded carrots, sweet red pepper, raw corn, fresh basil and dressed it with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I did pretty good at slicing the kernels off the cob on the corn, so I was happy about that. I used a really sharp knife to make it easier to cut off and was happy I did not slip with the knife and cut myself. It is amazing how something that used to be done so simply without even thinking about it is now a difficult task for me.

I love raw corn whether it is eaten off the cob or de-cobbed and added to salads. Raw corn tastes as sweet as candy. Try it sometime.

Now that I am done typing this blog I am headed to the freezer to get my ice pack for my shoulder. emoticon That is going to feel so good.

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WILLOW49 5/19/2011 6:32PM

    Your shoulder, my knee. Guess we will always know what the weather prediction is, huh?! I've joined a gym and been using the pool at least 5 days a week. My knee is not happy. Ice is a good friend of mine, too!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/19/2011 1:24PM

    OMG I was in such pain Monday afternoon and all Monday night. It didn't help that I woke up with my CAT sleeping on my right shoulder Monday morning...

I ended up staying home Tuesday and lying there with my ice water recirculator going. I even took some oxycodone for the first time in over a week.

This shoulder stuff really is no joke.

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MRDPOLING 5/17/2011 10:02PM

    My physical therapy was odd every visit. He kept getting wierded out 'cause everything he did seemed to either hurt in places that shouldn't have hurt or help in places that neither of us knew needed help.

There was this one day where he did this one thing that was supposed to help stretch the neck and upper spine. when he did there was a very loud multiple cracking sound. My eyes went wide and everyone both froze. He froze 'cause he thought he hurt me. Everyone around us froze 'cause they heard the cracking and I froze 'cause even though the cracking hurt for a fraction of a second, almost instantly there was relief in an area that had hurt for so long that it was normal for it to hurt like that. After it cracked I nearly was in tears 'cause I hadn't known just how badly that particular area needed to crack and realine (spelling). It was almost a spiritual moment for me.

I will never forget the look on that poor physical therapists face when he heard my vertebrae cracking like someone stomped on an empty, plastic milk jug.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 5/17/2011 10:52AM

    I know what you mean I think my leg hurts more lately then before. I'm hoping now that you are saying that it's the cold weather. emoticon

I love raw corn too I'm missing my Raw Avocado corn salad can't wait for the summer as I will be eating more raw.

Happy to see that you are doing things on your own.


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OLDERDANDRT 5/17/2011 10:26AM

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NEW-CAZ 5/17/2011 3:01AM

    You make your food so appealing Yvonne!

I hope you heal soon hun emoticon

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DS9KIE 5/17/2011 12:26AM

    your food sounds yummy.

hey you can always knock on the neighbors door and ask if they can cut your cabbage in half... emoticon

Glad your doing great.

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L*I*T*A* 5/16/2011 10:45PM

    well you don't need the weather man......haha
praying you heal quickly...........
blessings and hugs............lita

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NO_SNOW_BODY 5/16/2011 10:15PM

    My migraines predict the weather, we could go into business together.
I hope you are strong enough soon to get back to the food you love to eat with the ability to cut them safely.

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MT-MOONCHASER 5/16/2011 10:03PM

    I have a problem when I'm in the corn patch picking corn. It's hard for me to have any cobs to take home with me...

About that cabbage....Why don't you take it with you to P T and let the therapist cut it in half? Seems the least she could do!!

Do you have a friend or neighbor who could cut it for you?

Have a good week.


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DEVORA4 5/16/2011 9:42PM

  cheer up befoore you know it you will be back to normalacy! emoticondebby

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    emoticonI hope you are out of pain soon!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/16/2011 7:58PM

    Okay now I'm craving a salad after reading about all of your favorites. YUM! Raw corn is so yummy, love it.

I guess the upside to your arms is that you'll be able to know when bad weather is happening. Is that an upside? I'm glad things are going well with it though.

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Medical Update

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Went to the doctor on Monday for my post surgical checkups. Have to go back in 2 weeks but not sure why so soon since I asked my doctor when I could return to the gym and he said 3 months. 3 MONTHS? Are you kidding me? emoticon Do have any idea how hard it will be to get up to go to the gym again before work when you have been sleeping in late for months now.

He saw my face and asked what I did at the gym. i told him pool aerobics and he said absolutely not. No how no way. I asked if I could return back sooner and just peddle around in the water. Another big NO! It seems that I would still be moving my shoulder just doing that. Even thought I hate the treadmill I said how about the treadmill. Another big no. Said it was too easy to slip off one or stop short and then I would grab with my right arm and in turn messing up my shoulder.

He is happy with my progress thus far but says my arm and shoulder muscles are very weak thus the physical therapy. My range is pretty good but movement out to the side, over my head, or reaching behind me is still off limits as well as lifting - anything.

I was allowed to start driving but just short trips, like to his office and physical therapy. I am to drive as much as i can with my left hand and only use the right hand when necessary. I am driving oh so much slower and careful because a slam on the brakes or someone cutting me off would cause a too quick of a movement in my right arm and shoulder. emoticon

emoticon I don't mind the fact that I am not to vacuum either. I hate cleaning. It is still hard to cut up things so I am not back to 100% Raw yet. Can't wait for that! I actually don't feel so good today and I think it is because I am not 100% Raw.

Ok enough of the pity party. I still am grateful it was done arthroscopic or the recoup would be longer.

I am making my fresh corn and veggie salad for dinner and I am not sure how well I will be doing cutting the corn off the cob. This ought to be fun. emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/19/2011 12:55PM

    Whaaaat??? Are you serious?

What if you wear your sling while treadmilling? Wouldn't that stop you from hurting your shoulder?

Can't you ride a stationary bike? I mean, geez, I did two separate hours on my elliptical in my basement three DAYS after my surgery.

I did a spin class last Thursday with the sling on, and I'm planning on doing one tonight.

I complained about my dwindling biceps and my PT said I could do curls with cans of soup - or 2 lb weights. That does it. I'm looking up exercises we're allowed to do during rotator cuff rehab. This is ridiculous. Stay tuned.

Here. Send your doctor this and ask if ALL of them are off limits:

Eventually I suspect we'll be doing these:

I wear my sling while driving. That way if something happens my arm will be immobilized. Doesn't matter how slow "I'm" driving - the OTHER person is half of that equation. (And yes, I'm driving. I took the vanpool to work exactly once. I have a life, you know? LOL And yes, it's my right arm and my car is a manual. I just shift with the left hand.)

Not vacuuming, though. But then I wasn't doing it BEFORE the injury or surgery, either! hahaha

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OLDERDANDRT 5/16/2011 1:32PM

    There's a kitchen gadget for taking corn off the cob....maybe see if somebody could find you one at your local Walmart or something! Just be careful. As for the sleeping in while you wait for the doc to release you to go back to the gym, well.........DON"T!!!!!! Keep your schedule!!! Do some walking in place without arms!!!! Got any Leslie Sansone DVD's? Just keep that affected arm plastered to your body! Your legs work fine. Just sayin'! This will keep you from getting stiffened up while your shoulder recouperates!! Who wants all that catch-up if you don't totally have to!!! So, even if you don't physically GO to the gym, keep your schedule! Stay on track! Do what you safely can! Even easy walking about will serve to keep you limber! It'll even burn a few calories! Then when doc says go for it, you can just ramp it up!!! emoticon
Just be super careful. Moving doesn't mean jumping jacks.....just move.......carefully and legs only.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 5/16/2011 12:45PM

    Oh my I know your pain and not from the surgery either from working out! it's driving me nuts not being able to work out and the pain in my knee only seems to be getting worst. emoticon

I'm thinking that my injury is a type 3 from the picture I posted so I'm a little worried that he might order an MRI and want to do surgery. Although I'm not doing anything for pain or swelling if there is any in the bone.

I'm hoping that once I see him that it's just the therapy I need - like anybody wouldn't want that!

I'm not doing much raw and boy do I notice I haven't gained much wait I think about 2 lbs. but I still notice that what should have been toned up by now is not I see a little bit of dimples high up in my inner thigh area and that bums me out as my legs were my focus.

Anyway about you becareful the last thing we need is to see you get hurt and then you are screwed.

I'll keep praying for you and hope that you recover quick and are on your way to exercising and raw in no time.


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DS9KIE 5/16/2011 11:03AM

    You can go to the gym but what can you do?

I can just see you trying to cut the corn...your going just eat it off the cob... emoticon

Glad your doing better.

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ROSENJ1965 5/16/2011 9:37AM

    Ouch. Sorry to hear the exercise restrictions! :( If not the treadmill, how about just walking off the treadmill? How about a stationary bike, possibly the recumbent model? And I agree with an earlier post - how about if the doctor tells you what you CAN do instead of what you CAN'T?

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DARKTHOR 5/16/2011 5:13AM

    Everything the doctor said made sense. What didn't make sense is that he didn't have any of his own suggestions on what you can do. Yes, your shoulder needs to heal, but that shouldn't mean you aren't working on your general health in the meantime. The rest of you is important too, not just your shoulder!

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NEW-CAZ 5/16/2011 2:54AM

    I totally understand your frustration Yvonne but you need time to heal.
If you push it you could set yourself back further.
Having said that I recently had an operation on my upper body and made sure the lower part got worked out emoticon
You'll find a way around it........just take it slow and listen if your body cries halt!

Luv and emoticon

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DEVORA4 5/15/2011 11:10PM

  I once read a book written by Susan Powder, another health guru who had had a bad accident and broke both her legs. She was confined to a wheelchair for several months, She then proceeded to do only upper body workouts, So why not start walking?

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L*I*T*A* 5/15/2011 7:50PM

    what about walking........
hope you can find some form of exercise....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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    When did your mom go home? Glad that you're able to do some things for yourself but I HATE to read that you can't get back in the pool for another 3 months. I'd go crazy. I hope that you continue to heal well & completely. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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MEOWMAMA3 5/15/2011 7:17PM

    That sucks, but you could do chair exercises to some groovy music...You'll figure it out. Hope it doesn't hurt too much. Hang in there!

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FUZZYMOTO 5/15/2011 7:09PM

    Bummer Dudette.

Maybe you could still get up and work on your spirit (spiritual side) instead of working the body? I just read a good Blog by someone else that was mostly about turning inward and looking at what was inside. Maybe this is a chance to get that portion of your journey to a new level? emoticon

Just a random thought. The most important thing to do is to recover so you can be the best you possible, for yourself. emoticon emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 5/15/2011 6:11PM

    I understand what you are feeling, I had to wait six months after I broke my back before I was allowed back at the gym, it seemed like forever. Strange how I lost weight then, I know it was my muscles not working that caused it but you will thank yourself later

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 5/15/2011 6:01PM

    Would going outside and walking around the block a few times be okay? I mean, as long as you were not swinging your arm? At least it would give you a reason to continue getting up at your normal time, and keep the routine of exercising, even if it's not burning many calories.

Either way, I hope you heal up quickly and smoothly! :-)

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God's Pharmacy

Saturday, May 14, 2011

An oldie but a goodie. It is definitely worth the reminder as it is time for us to start planting our vegetable gardens and reap these gorgeous benefits.

"It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish... all before making a human. God made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These foods are best and more powerful when eaten raw. God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body! '

Just love the plug it says for us to eat more Raw Food! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/15/2011 12:25AM

    excellent blog as always my friend. I hope that you're healing nicely. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/14/2011 1:19PM

    great link Yvonne emoticon emoticon

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DEVORA4 5/14/2011 12:52PM

  excellent link emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/14/2011 12:51PM

    great reminder.............
thanks for sharing.........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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