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PTSD In War Dogs

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

This blog posting is different than the ones I normally post. But when I learned of this, I thought it was such an interesting topic that I couldn’t resist posting it. Did you know, or had you ever heard, that military dogs face the same types of stress and depression and anxiety and withdrawal that their human counterparts face? I had never thought of the pain these dogs go through during times of war. Well evidently dogs returning back to the United States from their time in the Middle East respond, behaviorally, the same way as humans. Isn’t that interesting? It makes me wonder just how many of these dogs die during combat. What a sad revelation.

Here are two different stories, published months apart:



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SUNNYH99 8/4/2010 10:13PM

    Thanks for this, Will. A truly sobering story that makes me wonder when we get to bring them all home, canine and human alike.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/4/2010 7:52PM

    Oh that's sad.
I know I have read that in past conflicts, dogs have been left behind, like in Vietnam, etc. and I just find that incredibly sad and heartbreaking. They deserve so much better.

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MONETRUBY 8/3/2010 10:29PM

    I just saw an article about this today. Such an interesting topic, and it shows that dogs have feelings and can suffer, just as humans can.

You always post such interesting topics in your blogs. Thank you!

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    Yes, that is a great interesting article. Appreciate you sharing. The Shepard is beautiful. But, especially applaud you Thank-you, Thank-you and Thank -you for serving. May God Bess you and your loved ones.

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Water Zumba

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Zumba is a popular exercise activity these days. But have you heard of or ever tried Water Zumba, also called Aqua Zumba? I did recently and I like it a lot. Performing the moves in water is easier on the joints, but it is more of a workout on the muscles than regular Zumba. It really works the arms and legs quite vigorously. I tried to search for some online tools to help determine how much fat it burns but haven’t located any yet. I’m certain fat burning counts are similar to swimming. The moves are very intense.

The instructor suggested we wear shoes specifically designed for water aerobics to enhance the athletic experience and gives added traction. Barefooted, you’re likely to slip and loose your footing.

If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it. Also, it just occurred to me that it will open up some new opportunities for trainers. Aqua Zumba is booming with interest and I expect it will catch on. Google it if you want to learn more about it. If your gym doesn’t yet have it, inquire about it. If enough people are interested, they may be likely to add it.

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MONETRUBY 7/29/2010 11:56PM

    I only recently learned about the original zumba, so I had no idea about aqua zumba. It sounds like fun! I wish I was in a financial position to join a gym, so I could try either out. Maybe soon...

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TRAVELNISTA 7/29/2010 9:57PM

    My gym has been doing Pool Zumba for over a year now. It is my favorite water workout.

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BAREADER 7/29/2010 8:30PM

    I've never tried either one but have heard good things about it. Sounds like fun.

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TWICETHEMAN 7/29/2010 12:43PM

    sounds like a smart way to zumba

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/28/2010 7:54PM

    That sounds like a lot of fun. I really like the regular Zumba so I am sure I would love this too.

Thanks Will.


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ASH72461 7/28/2010 12:12PM

that sounds great
i didn't know there was zumba for in the water

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_VALEO_ 7/28/2010 2:02AM

    Seems like you had a blast!

I have checked out Youtube, and it seems like something I could do---if only I had those classes in my area.
I love aquafit classes in general, this one sounds fun. I might look less clumsy than in a Zumba class (have never taken one, mind you... I am pretty rhythm-challenged, to say the least!)

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NUPATH 7/27/2010 6:12PM

    This sounds Fantastic! emoticon

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ANGELAKS7 7/27/2010 3:38PM

  This sounds interesting. I have heard of Zumba dance but not of Aqua Zumba. I will ask my friend if she has heard of this. Thanks for the info!!

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PICKIE98 7/27/2010 3:24PM

    I was jus theaded out to the pool!! What the heck is it?? Gotta go google!!LOL!

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TIGERSMUM 7/27/2010 3:12PM

    Sounds like fun! I did a regular aqua workout class at the gym yesterday and found it rather boring ~ but taking Zumba to the water sounds like a lot of fun. They don't have Aqua Zumba at my gym yet. I'm going to suggest it!

Thanks! Enjoy!!

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USDA New Food Guidelines

Friday, June 18, 2010

The USDA issued new dietary food guidelines. I just finished reading it and really, there aren’t many surprises. A strong finding is in the need for us to increase our intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, sugar-free and caffeine-free beverages, and decrease our intake of red meats, saturated fats, sodium, and excess calories. People are generally getting it, but we have a long way to go. We generally are not getting nearly enough. I have many friends and a few relatives who hardly have any vegetables and eat enough chips and cake for an army.

As someone who was once a heavy eater of all the wrong things, I know from experience that kicking the food habit is not easy at all. But I also know that some people don’t even try. However, it can be done with some effort. A few small changes can make a big difference.

So, here is the USDA info. For a nice synopsis, click on the Executive Summary link once you open the report: www.cnpp.usda.gov/DGAs2010-DG

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MONETRUBY 6/18/2010 8:37PM

    Thanks for the info, and the link. I will check it out, but it sounds like a lot of information that we should already know: more fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc etc., less saturated fat, meat, and processed food. The sad thing is, the people who could use this the most may be the least likely to read it. If we can get to kids and get them hooked on eating whole and healthful foods when they're young, then maybe we can break the cycle. The trick is figuring out how to do that. It will take concerted effort on many people's parts, but I think it will only change one person at a time. It's a complicated issue with no easy answers...well, maybe the answers are easy, it's just how to implement them in the real lives of people that is difficult.

Anyhoo, didn't mean to go on so long. Thanks again for the link, and the goodie! Your support means a lot to me.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/18/2010 8:15PM

    I didn't know they had updated it.

Thanks for sharing Will.

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_VALEO_ 6/18/2010 10:25AM

    Thanks for the link. But would you mind checking it? It seems there is a problem with it, I cannot click on it, I had to paste it.
I've read some chapters, and like you, I am not surprised by their results and conclusions.
It is very hard to break bad habits, the clue is education, and I believe it begins at school.

On another note, I wish I could find a good weekly meal plans for vegetarian. My problem with all the meal plans (SP plan is no exception) is if you want to stay on track, you can't meet all the nutrient requirements.
Besides, the SP plan for vegetarian includes way too many on butter peanut & jam sandwiches for lunch, I can't eat that for lunch (sandwich is simply not part of my culture except for occasional picnics, and peanut butter is not so easy to find; I don't really like it and I associate it with junk food.)
I wonder how many calories we should eat to meet all the daily nutrient requirements. Maybe it is a question I should ask on the community board?
Do you use any meal plans to help you weekly to plan ahead your meals?

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FRANKLYAMUSED 6/18/2010 7:25AM

    Thanks for sharing. The more information one has the better ones chances to succeed.


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Binge Drinking Can Kill!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

On Memorial Day, Andrew Koppel, the son of TV news anchor Ted Koppel, died from alcohol poisoning as a result of a bout of binge drinking with friends the night before. He was 40 years old.

I worked on a county Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Council, and it might surprise you to learn that binge drinking is not just something practiced by teens or a twenty-something crowd the way many people tend to believe. Many older “kids” use poor judgment and drink themselves to death, literally. Mr. Koppel was an attorney with the New York City Housing Authority. He wasn’t a young maturing college student.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA), binge drinking tends to decrease as people get older. But older people still practice binge drinking. Many of them often die as a result of an accident caused by being intoxicated. SAMHSA also reports that a large number of people die just from drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

I think that Mr. Koppel’s death from binge drinking is a reminder of the hazard drinking can cause when done to excess. Some of these hazards include:

• Injuries (e.g., car accidents, falls, burns, drowning);
• Assaults (e.g., sexual assault, domestic violence, brawls);
• Alcohol poisoning;
• Unintended pregnancy;
• Children born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or other birth defects;
• High blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases;
• Liver disease or heart trauma; or
• Neurological damage.

This is a good opportunity to bring awareness to this issue. I know a few people who can’t seem to enjoy themselves unless they have a drink in their hand, and a couple of them drink until they pass out. Some of them have an “It won’t happen to me” mindset, but I am going to share it with them anyhow.

[Read about Mr. Koppel’s death:

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/2/2010 10:33PM

    This is just a sad story.
Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Will.
Alcohol and lots of things don't mix.

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MONETRUBY 6/1/2010 11:26PM

    This is such a sad story, but hopefully it will teach at least one person how dangerous this behavior can be. Thank you for expanding on this important topic. Once again, you have written an informative, timely blog that really got me thinking.

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MISS_VIV 6/1/2010 7:17PM

    Sad ending to the life of yet another educated, highly successful person who didn't have to die.

Too often I believe they think they are invincible and challenge life every day because of it.

So sorry to hear this.

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JAZZIEGIRL05 6/1/2010 5:46PM

    Oh my...how sad and I had not seen that news yet. I'm sharing it with my 3 kids.

Thank you.


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_VALEO_ 6/1/2010 4:04PM

    That's so sad.
Some can die after hours in alcohol-induced coma, and some kill themselves slowly day after day.

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NANAPATTYB 6/1/2010 2:22PM

    Great informative blog. Good to know. Thank you for posting this blob. It never hurts to inform people about the dangers of drinking excessively. Thanks.

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ASH72461 6/1/2010 2:01PM

  thanks for the reminder
also sadlly holiday seem to the hardest time for alochics or addicts of nay time
if you are gone to drink at least be responsible enough to quit
and never drive when drinking
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SUNNYH99 6/1/2010 11:57AM

    Thank you for posting this, Will. I appreciate your pointing out this story & its implications. I'd add www.aa.org too!
Have a great week,

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Bean/Veggie/Brown Rice Burritos

Monday, May 03, 2010

Here is a nice burrito recipe I came up with. Although it's meant for vegans, everyone will enjoy it:

1 (15 oz.) can of black beans (try to find a low sodium brand, such as Amy’s)
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup chopped red onions
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup of finely chopped basil
Salt/pepper to taste
6 whole wheat tortillas (or spinach tortillas)
1/2 cup low fat cheddar cheese, shredded (I use non-dairy shredded cheese)

1. Drain black beans and place in a medium sized saucepan. Let simmer, stirring occasionally.
2. Add herbs, tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, basil, and salt/pepper. Mix well. Turn heat on low and let continue to simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
3. Warm tortillas in microwave per package instructions.
4. Spoon bean mixture down center of each tortilla. Add a spoon or two of brown rice. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll up tortilla and serve. I like to re-warm in microwave for 10-15 seconds.

This is a great lunch or dinner. As an alternative, you can also use crunchy taco shells.

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SALLYSEAGULL1 5/5/2010 1:25PM

    Making my mouth water already! Thank you in anticipation of delicious meal!


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_VALEO_ 5/5/2010 4:07AM

    OM OM OM! That sounds so tasty, going to try it (only the filling).
Thanks for sharing it.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/4/2010 9:44PM

    Sounds great Will.
Thanks for posting it.


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LIV2RIDE 5/4/2010 6:20AM

    I have this for lunch a lot. It packs well and is so yummy. It's even good cold if you don't have access to or don't use a microwave.

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MONETRUBY 5/3/2010 11:13PM

    Mmmmm, I love burritos, they're one of my go-to foods when I don't have time to prepare something more complex. I'll have to try your recipe, sounds delish!

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SEMUSPARK 5/3/2010 10:40PM

    Sounds so hearty and filling! Can you post on spark recipes so I can get the nutrition facts and add it to my tracker? Sounds like something I'll be making this weekend!

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SUNNYH99 5/3/2010 10:02PM

    Sounds yummy, Will! I'll bet they're great with Daiya vegan cheese. Have you tried it yet? I get it at Whole Foods. I had to ask where it was in the store, because it wasn't with the other cheese but near the ready to bake pizzas near the checkout.

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MISS_VIV 5/3/2010 3:09PM

    Ah, that is one I will save and savor.
I am right now having my lunch of pinto beans (with carrots, onions, celery and bell pepper)
and a BIG SQUARE of Jalepeno Corn bread.


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SUPREME5 5/3/2010 2:52PM

    sounds good i will try it

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