MZZCHIEF's SparkPeople Blog MZZCHIEF's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BIOTIN and your THYROID TEST results!!!! Hi team! <BR> <BR> If you are taking a hair loss supplement, multivitamin or Biotin at high doses, this is for you! <BR> <BR> Turns out supplemental Biotin interferes with thyroid and in some cases TSH numbers, as biotin is frequently found in the bioassays of these tests. <BR> <BR> Does this mean you should throw your Biotin, Hair Help Supplement or Multi in the trash? <BR> Not necessarily. <BR> <BR> Just stop taking it for several days before your thyroid/TSH tests, and you should be ok... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:40:42 EST Beets for Better Blood Sugar! (and that's not all!) The inspiration for this Blog was 3rdtimethecharm11 's suggestion that beets were a good idea if you have sugar problems. <BR> <BR> I did some poking around online, and discovered they were a natural source of ALA, or Alpha Lipoic Acid, which I had heard was helpful but which I did not know was in beets! <BR> <BR> So thank you Mzzcharming... <BR> <BR> Here's an article that gives more info on this beautiful magenta root! <BR> <link><BR>cles/277432.php <... Thu, 7 May 2015 14:36:04 EST Fenugreek, Milk thistle, cinnamon, protein for breakfast = improved blood sugar Hi Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has been enjoying Spring! <BR> <BR> As most of you know, in addition to thyroid challenges, I've been having problems with pre-diabetes levels of blood sugar, resulting in a small retinal hematoma and a small cataract in one eye. <BR> <BR> Since October 2014, I've concentrated on finding things to help lower and keep my Hba1c, fasting blood sugar and post-prandial numbers down. <BR> <BR> What I am finding is that something will work for me for a litt... Sat, 2 May 2015 14:12:02 EST Tie to low magnesium intake and Type 2 diabetes hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I've been reading a lot recently about insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, since those of us with who are overweight... or in my case, within my BMI, but at the top range of it... tend to have problems with blood sugar, more so than our thinner sisters. <BR> <BR> In any case, here's an article you may be interested in reading. <BR> It definitely makes a case for eating more leafy greens, where magnesium is concentrated. <BR> <BR> Also I am thinking if you alread... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:13:54 EST Insulin resistance licked!(wait...not so fast!) I'm happy to share that my insulin resistance is currently under control with a combination of herbs, no medication. <BR> <BR> Prior to this, I was doing "everything right", eating low calorie mostly organic foods, avoiding starches, getting adequate sleep, doing yoga and daily walking. <BR> <BR> But my blood sugar would rise to scary heights and I'd find myself falling asleep after meals as a result of elevated blood sugar. <BR> My weight crept up slowly despite my thyroid hormone level... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 14:06:24 EST Help for Insulin Resistance/ weight loss Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I've been trying out a host of herbals in an attempt to get some of this pesky weight off, caused in part by insulin resistance/ high blood sugar after meals. <BR> <BR> Using these herbs doesn't mean I have carte blanche to eat as much and whatever I want. <BR> <BR> I still need to keep at the exercise(walking and yoga), make nutritionally sound choices(lower carbs, greens, lean protein), get adequate sleep, and keep my calories low. Problem is that I've done that... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:18:01 EST Doing everything "right", not losing? You may have insulin resistance a condition that precedes type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's how this goes: <BR> Your doc will tell you to lose weight... like you have a mirror already! <BR> You do everything "right". <BR> You eat healthy foods in the proper amount. <BR> You exercise. <BR> You get adequate sleep. <BR> You reduce stress in your life thru a variety of methods. <BR> You step on the scale... and you're another two pounds heavier. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Bc its possible y... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:16:09 EST Lower your blood sugar with Gynostemma Tea HI fellow Sparkers@ <BR> I started a new team, along with my Sparkfriend 1CrazyDog, as I've become "IR"... insulin resistant. <BR> <BR> <BR> Insulin resistance will not only make it very difficult for you to lose weight, but it can have some unfortunate side effects like blurry vision, retinal hematomas, hardening of the arteries, cataracts, feeling super sleepy after meals. <BR> <BR> I've been looking for natural remedies, in an attempt to get my BG (blood glucose) under control. I bought... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:11:50 EST Of Hornworms and Hummingbird Moths... Hi Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a bit more today about tomato hornworms, since Henry's Mom expressed concern that I'd gobbled a few of them down, which... I did not. Promise! YET! ha <BR> I'd like to point out that there's a difference between CONSIDERING a recipe and actually trying it. <BR> In my case, Hornworms and Green Tomatoes never made it past my palate, but here's a link to the recipe in case you'd like to try it: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>htm </li... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:41:36 EST Teff Love! I'm always on the outlook for new healthy taste experiences. <BR> Especially those that are gluten free. <BR> <BR> Case in point, I briefly entertained the thought of making an online recipe I found for tomato hookworms, after I plucked a lovely plumb one, intent on eating my tomato plants to the ground. For all the world it resembled a green bean... well if you could get past the legs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But I digress..... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:44:13 EST Tasty Tip #82: Teff Porridge with Extras I would post a photo of this, but it looks just awful and I don't want to discourage anyone from making it based on an ugly duckling photo. <BR> <BR> This porridge can be an alternative to your daily grind, its full of Omega 3 fatty acids, and trace minerals, thanks to the seeds and teff grain it contains. <BR> <BR> My recipe: <BR> <BR> 2 cups of filtered water <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon Teff flour <BR> 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed <BR> 1 tablespoon ground sesame seed <BR> 1 tablespoon chia s... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:50:54 EST Tomas o the Green <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 5/28/00 - 1/2/14 <BR> My dearest boy, ray of sunlight, my happy faced, good natured friend. <BR> Go gently into that good night, <BR> Do not fear... <BR> You're in my heart, <BR> always. <BR> <BR> Love Fri, 3 Jan 2014 18:55:43 EST Quick Tip #81~ How to avoid cinnamon "scum" in your tea or coffee... I'm sure ya'll know the blood sugar benefits of adding cinnamon to your beverages and foods, so this blog isn't about that. <BR> <BR> Its about the mess cinnamon makes, left floating on top of your cup of tea, or stuck to the rim, or lining the sides of the cup, you just drank your brew from. <BR> Or worse yet, waiting for you in all its slimy glory at the bottom of your cup, unconsumed and doing your blood sugar no good as a consequence but sparing your tongue the dread slime texture. <BR>... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:01:38 EST Tasty Tip #20~ Amazingly delicious Guavas! I am a total fan of Guavas! <BR> If you're lucky they're putting in an appearance at a grocery store near you, this time of year. <BR> You may have to go to a Latin super market to get them, but I found my first (most fragrant) batch as Walmart of all places. Who knew? <BR> <BR> What drew me to them, was their incredible fragrance. <BR> <BR> They will run you anywhere from $1.49 -2.99 a pound and are worth every cent! <BR> <BR> Guavas are a semi-tropical fruit, the ones we get here in Texa... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:04:40 EST Peanut butter testing for Alzheimer's and Cognitive Impairment... Thought I'd share this... <BR> <BR> Make sure you watch the short video at the end,as it demonstrates how to do the test. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g/blogs/new-peanut-butter-sniff-test-u<BR>sed-to-detect-alzheimers </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:25:18 EST Dark Humor... the Darwin Awards! These are a little um... mean.. other people's misfortunes... but I do love Irony! <BR> <BR> One of my friends sent this to me, so I thought I'd send on the monkey love! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>he-2013-darwin-awards-are-out/ </link> <BR> <BR> Have a Merry Holiday Season... <BR> Be good or be good at it... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mzzchief Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:48:50 EST Tasty Tip #19 Delicious dairy treat Lots of people can't "do" dairy, thankfully I'm not one of them. <BR> IMO its a tasty way to get your calcium. <BR> And if your dairy is fortified, a bit of vitamin D and A. <BR> <BR> I was thrilled the other day when I saw one of my favorite brands of cottage cheese is advertized on Spark, along with a printable money off coupon. <BR> <BR> Since everyone doesn't see the same ads, I figured I'd link to it here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/index.jsp?Link=HF7XR... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 15:20:32 EST Something for the garden... Prolly premature, being as its only Fall here... <BR> <BR> But I thought this link was a cool winter project to do with the kiddos, or just to get your own spring garden started with some healthy sweet potatoes grown from one store bought spud! <BR> <BR> I'll definitely be trying it this winter... I like to see healthy green things growing on my window sill... <BR> <BR> Here's the link, perhaps to save for later... <BR> <link><BR>nt-and-grow-sweet-pot... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:14:06 EST Food for thought... Ancestral Spicing! Thought this of interest: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion/Prehistoric-flavour-Study-reveals-<BR>evidence-of-spice-use-in-early-human-c<BR>ooking-pots </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:20:35 EST Tasty Tip #18 ~ Watermelon Smoothies are Mightyfine for Breakfast! Thought I'd share my watermelon smoothie, since I just blogged about how to keep a watermelon fresh all week long... <BR> <BR> I usually eyeball measures, and since people have various taste preferences you may like to include more or less of an ingredient on the list. Since I don't add any liquid to this recipe, there's quite a bit of watermelon it in... I would suggest you stay with that amount so that your drink isn't too thick. <BR> <BR> NOTE Re BLENDING: <BR> I've found its easier on ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:03:30 EST Quicktip # 80~ How to save your watermelon and eat it, too. I really like watermelon. <BR> Its a great base for tasty summer smoothies. <BR> <BR> The problem in my house, is that I'm the only one that eats it. <BR> So I needed to find a way to preserve one of those big ole melons all week long, without it going bad or leaking all over the fridge. <BR> <BR> This is my solution: <BR> <BR> Start by determining your melon's flat side. <BR> its usually the lightest side of the melon... the side with the dirt. <BR> This will be its "bottom" the most st... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:55:38 EST Guaranteed to amaze and amuse Check out this short (2 minute) youtube... you'll be glad you did. <BR> <BR> This particular breed of dog never ceases to fascinate me, they are so intelligent and talented, its scary... *I* can't even do some of the things this dog does! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:06:24 EST Gah! There's a dog in Oprah's Nuts or mabbe I'm just crazy! Some of you may have seen the add on Spark for the prepackaged healthy snacks that is somehow associated with Oprah. <BR> <BR> One of them has a photo of figs, cashews and chocolate chips. <BR> Its the first photo. <BR> <BR> When I first saw the image, it struck me that something wasn't "right" with it. <BR> the cashews were waaaay to big, the chocolate chips were kinda small proportionate to the cashews. Didn't think anything more about it, bc the image vanished, but I made a mental note ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:03:02 EST What your produce section would look like without Bees... Next time you see a honey bee going about its rounds, you may want to think of this photo: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hat-our-grocery-shelves-would-look-lik<BR>e-without-bees </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Quite amazing what these unsung little workers do for us! <BR> Bee healthy... <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:26:55 EST Computer break stretches Thought this was a useful series of stretches that can be done while at your computer or at your desk at work, for the upper body and arms. <BR> <BR> Complete with photos! <BR> <link><BR>ing-shoulder-stretches.html </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:12:14 EST Quick Tip #79~ Soothing baths for cold days, aches and pains... share your tips! I've mentioned this in team posts, but felt its too good not to share in a blog. <BR> <BR> My "secret weapon" at the end of the day, especially after a heavy workout, is to take a steaming hot bath loaded with beneficials. They're especially fab in the winter months, when the cold tends to creep into one's bones. <BR> <BR> I make it as hot as I can stand it and soak until its lukewarm. <BR> <BR> My Base Ingredients are: <BR> <BR> * 2.5 cups of Epson Salts (about $3 at Walmart for a 4 po... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:58:31 EST Fabulous website for back issues! If you find yourself thinking about your back more than you should, due to aches and pains, then this website is for you. <BR> <BR> The site is wonderful for diagnosing muscle imbalances... no matter what the cause. <BR> <BR> It provides the necessary stretches and exercises to lengthen and strengthen, thereby bringing your body to greater harmony and consequent freedom from pain. <BR> <BR> Interested? <BR> <BR> <BR> If so, this link will bring you to the"Fighting Chronic Pain" home page... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 14:27:27 EST Quick tip#78~ Rat condos in your car's engine I usually write about helpful, health oriented things in my blogs... <BR> <BR> But since many of us own a car, and some of us park it outside, I felt this tip might save some the inconvenience and expense of car repairs necessitated by hungry, warmth-seeking rats this Winter. <BR> <BR> Rats that mistake car wire insulation as a marvelous rodent treat. <BR> <BR> That was my experience this week, when my car became inoperative due to the solenoid wires to the transmission being stripped ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:25:27 EST Quick Tip #77~The Case of Fradulent Virgin Inexpensive, less healthy foods masquerading as more expensive healthy ones was the headline topic of one of Dr Oz's shows last week. <BR> <BR> This was a breaking story a couple of years ago when some curious high school students in NYC ran DNA tests on various caviars, fish and cheeses, only to find they were not what they purported to be. Instead of the real... expensive... deal, cheaper goods or in some cases even a totally different species, were... and still are... being passed off as ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:26:42 EST Quick Tip # 76 ~ Push out your horns! One of the many things I've "lost" over the years is the ability to do a "head slide". <BR> <BR> No big deal you say... well unless you're trying to make a point using one, and find your head locked up doing something completely not what you've ordered it to do with your teenagers laughing at you. <BR> <BR> Don't know what a head slide is? <BR> This is a move you may have seen done in belly dancing where the head moves side to side, while the neck is stationary. Its... COOL. Totally! <BR> ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 13:10:25 EST Quick Tip #75 ~ Magnesium for Headache Relief Thought I'd mention this to those of you that suffer from headaches. <BR> <BR> I never had headaches until recently, now I seem to get several a month. <BR> They're not the brain splitting variety, just a dull ache at my temples. <BR> <BR> I discovered accidentally that magnesium (in my case, magnesium citrate) works within 20 minutes of taking a capsule with an 8 oz glass of water. I had been taking magnesium at nite to help with nocturnal legs cramps, one nite I had a headache which disa... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:05:43 EST Learning how to sit and stay A couple of you may have caught my earlier blog on the art of rising off the floor... no hands, Ma! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167420 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Something that sounds so ridiculously easy to do, but is not an easy feat for those who have spent a lifetime seated in a chair... rather than on the floor... and to whom the term "squatting" means something done in a gym with weights. <BR> <BR> My own inability to rise fr... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:06:15 EST Tasty Tip#17 ~ Jade Soup... a days worth of greens in one bowl of soup! If the though of a big leafy green salad in the middle of winter leaves you cold, consider this warming soup, that packs all the benefits of a salad with none of the chill. <BR> <BR> Its almost magical, how piles of greens can be reduced to two cups of thick and delicious creamed soup. <BR> <BR> Interested? <BR> Great! <BR> Here's a general plan on how to proceed. <BR> <BR> Jade Soup <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What you'll need: <B... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:25:51 EST 12 great TED talks to inspire you in 2013 I'm a huge fan of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks, 20 minutes of sometimes startling ideas by inspirational speakers, that you won't find elsewhere on the web. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to keep you amused for a while: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-may-inspire-new-years-resolutions/ </link> <BR> <BR> Think outside the box! <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:18:37 EST Charting your bacterial biomes Having a difficult time finding something for your hard to buy for health nut? <BR> Is an end of the year tax write off donation appealing? <BR> <BR> Then you might consider this project, the American Gut. <BR> There's a variety of test options to discover what bacteria are in the gut, skin or oral biomes on your body or the other humans in your life <BR> <BR> Or that of your dog and cat! <BR> <BR> Find out what you share... <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <link> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:31:28 EST Calling all Ergonauts... If you find yourself looking for ways to improve the form and function of your body... then surprise... you might just be an Ergonaut. <BR> <BR> If so, read on.... <BR> <BR> I found this website, after looking at some animal studies and wondering how the doses given to the animals, would translate into human dosage. Turns out its not just a body weight to dose schedule, but also relies on metabolism: <BR> <BR> Here's a link to that article: <BR> <link> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:59:56 EST Quick Tip# 74~Ginger Tea for Sore Throats and Colds Thought I'd mention this now, since 'tis the season for sore throats, colds, flu and other nasties. <BR> <BR> Ginger tea is fairly simple to make, so its a nice weapon to add to your bag of winter wellness tricks. <BR> <BR> Just chop up a 2 inch section of fresh ginger root, and half an organic lemon... peel and all. <BR> <BR> Lemon rind has a bunch of antioxidants in it that you don't want going to waste... but you do want to make sure that the outside of the lemon is clean. <BR> So do sc... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 11:05:54 EST Ability to rise from the floor associated with health and longevity Thought some of you might appreciate this video, it may be something you want to work toward achieving in 2013.... getting yourself off the floor without the use of your hands and knees. <BR> <BR> I've always had a bit of a problem with it, due to my scoliosis, but when I fractured my arm and badly sprained my left wrist, I was made more acutely aware of how reliant I was on my left hand/arm to help me up from the floor. <BR> <BR> Video is in Spanish?, English subtitles below. <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:57:32 EST Quick Tip 73~ Hot Bone Broth for the cooler months! Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Now that its cooler, I've been enjoying homemade Bone Broth/ gelatin on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> It couldn't be any easier to make. <BR> <BR> Just pile a bunch of bones in a large pot. <BR> Add a few tablespoons of a good apple cider vinegar to help leech out the minerals, Cover with several cups of water. <BR> Add perhaps some spices like peppercorns, garlic and ginger. <BR> Bring to a boil, put on low, cover and simmer overnite or all day. <BR> Add water as it ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:27:12 EST Quick Tip 72~ More out of the Box Thinking on the Topic of Plates... Thought I'd follow yesterday's post with a separate though related one, rather than leaving this helpful hint in the comments. <BR> <BR> First off, thanks everyone who left a comment and read yesterday's hint, your enthusiasm sparks my sharing! <BR> <BR> <BR> I confess I'm not above grabbing a plate for a lid for a pot when the lid isn't readily available. I highly suspect the cooks amongst us have done this on more than one occasion, if not habitually! <BR> <BR> This habit also provides ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:56:10 EST Quick Tip #71~ Put a lid on it! Thought I'd share this "green"Food storage tip today, which may come in handy for the holidays, when there's a lot of cooking, food prep before the big day... and left overs after it. <BR> <BR> I've got an assortment of dinner plates, one of them is a very smooth white ceramic called Corelle made by CorningWare. (UPdate! 11/21... CHRIS3874 sez: its a type of tempered glass..thx Chris) <BR> <BR> My first introduction to Corelle was at a friends house for Holidays some 35 years ago. <BR> <BR... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:05:25 EST Observations on the Effect of an Organic Diet & Lifestyle Factors on Chicken Livers.. I love liver. <BR> In addition to being tasty, ts a great source of micro-nutrients and iron. <BR> <BR> But I also know that the liver filters, retains, neutralizes all the toxins that enter the body. <BR> <BR> Considering what most commercially produced chickens go thru during their short and tragic lives, I've been reluctant to buy this tasty nutritional source of minerals and micro-nutrients. <BR> <BR> So I decided to seek out organic chicken livers to see if there was an observable di... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:35:47 EST Robusto Cheese... mmm mmmm good! My neighborhood Sprouts was out of organic Kale this week, which necessitated a trip to Whole Foods. These past few months I've been including Kale in my (almost) daily green drink and did not want to do without. <BR> <BR> <BR> Whole Foods is a marvelous grocery, which is why its a problem. <BR> I can easily get into trouble there due to its gorgeous selection of just about anything you'd want to eat or drink, all beautifully displayed. <BR> <BR> To say nothing of the prevalence of its so... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:07:49 EST Super quick tip!~ Quart of raspberries for $3.95! hey if you guys have a Super Walmart (meaning they have a grocery) check the produce section. <BR> <BR> I've been buying red raspberries for the last couple of weeks there for $3.95. <BR> They are big, juicy and not sour at all. And they haven't been going moldy. (well that could be be3cause I eat them so fast. My boy pomeranian loves them too!) <BR> <BR> I live in Texas, outside the Dallas area, so they may not have them in alternate locations. At this price and for this level of deliciou... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:42:11 EST Quick Tip#70~ Getting the most out of your Fish Oil Bottle! This tip is for those who use "pour it out fish oil" rather than fish oil capsules... and store their oil in the fridge. <BR> <BR> Which is really where all fish oil should be stored, including those in capsules,to keep it from going rancid. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyways... what I've noticed, is that what's left in the bottle, is considerably more than you'd first think. How much more? <BR> <BR> I've gotten an extra 6-8 teaspoons out of an "empty" $38 Carlson's 16 oz fish oi... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:32:08 EST Time for some eyerolling... I have been researching Red Light LED therapy over the past week or so, and by way of that picked up some electrical vocabulary. <BR> <BR> Last nite as I was falling asleep,sorting thru things I'd picked up, this joke popped into my head. <BR> <BR> An apology might be in order, as this is an original: <BR> <BR> What did the Buddhist Electrician chant in meditation class? <BR> ( scroll down for answer) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ohm. ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 16:23:30 EST Quick Tip #69~ Add some crunch to your 'nanner and lower its glycemic index! hey all! <BR> <BR> Fruit, which aside from being totally delicious, is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. Sadly it can come with a pretty high glycemic index*. Which is not so good when you're grabbing some for a snack. <BR> <BR> You can blunt the rise in blood sugar by rolling your banana in chia seed. This is particularly fun for the kids... I call it "Bugs on the Banana". Chia will add additional minerals, and omega 3s, fiber. <BR> <BR> Another trick is to have it with a nut ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:34:18 EST How abrasive is your toothpaste? If you're looking to preserve your tooth enamel, and the integrity of the surface of your crowns and dental work, you may be interested in using a tooth paste with reduced abrasion. <BR> <BR> Reminder: <BR> Enamel does not grow back on your natural teeth... once gone, its gone forever. <BR> Porcelain crowns can become scratched and dull, making them more susceptible to staining and discoloration. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to a chart to see how your toothpaste rates. <BR> <BR> Additionally t... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:35:16 EST How good is your hearing? Test it here! <BR> Here's a youtube if you'd like to test your hearing. <BR> I heard up to Level 3... Level four for me, is silence. <BR> <BR> The ability of the young to hear high pitched noise that their elders cannot, has lead to various devices to keep teens from areas/stores where their presence is not desired. <BR> <BR> Here's the test... how far up can you hear? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> Post your results below. <BR> <BR> : ) ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:12:46 EST QuickTip#68 ~ Growing your own probiotics means healthier smoothies! If you haven't read my Kefir (the poor man's probiotic) Adventures here's your chance: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640181 </link> <BR> <BR> Its super easy to grow, and you can share the Kefir Lurv with your friends once your own supply has increased... its the gift that keeps on giving! <BR> <BR> Frankly, the water kefir's my fav... it tastes like apple juice as long as you don't let it get too old, in which case you can use it on your... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:12:42 EST