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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  Flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history, and even the CDC now admits they don't work.

Did you know they still contain mercury? Even more astonishingly, did you know flu vaccine inserts openly admit there's no evidence the shot works?

See my interview about "flu shot failures" filmed today with Next News Network at:
December 10 at 06:08 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Betijo, I've never had a flu shot.

I remember reading that the flu shot that seniors get isn't just a regular but a super shot. I wonder if that is true.

My Dad's father died in the influenza pandemic in 1918. Why did he die but the rest of the family survive? Grandma must have had some powerful immunity genes to pass on to her family.
December 10 at 10:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  One flu shot in my life, I got the flu. Never again. We use elderberry tonic to ward off colds and flu. Works for us. My grandmother always said "Flu shots are a way for the federal government to kill off old people so they don't have to pay Social Security". My grandmother was ahead of her time!

On another note Hagar is on day 3 of a 28 day regimen of IV antibiotic. Here's hoping it helps.
December 11 at 07:57 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  The Barber

A guy stuck his head into a barbershop and asked, 'How long before I can get a haircut?

The barber looked around the shop full of customers of and said, 'About 2 hours.'

The guy left

A few days later, the same guy stuck his head in the door and asked, 'How long before I can get A haircut?'

The barber looked around at the shop and said, 'About 3 hours.'

The guy left.

A week later, the same guy stuck his head in the shop and asked, 'How long before I can get a haircut?'

The barber looked around the shop and said, 'About an hour and a half' .

The guy left.

The barber turned to his friend and said, 'Hey, Bob, do me a favor, follow that guy and see where he goes’.

‘He keeps asking how long he has to wait for a haircut, but he never comes back'

A little while later, Bob returned to the shop,laughing hysterically.

The barber asked, 'So, where does he go when he leaves?'

Bob looked up, wiped the tears from his eyes and said ....

'Your house'
December 9 at 18:04 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch
December 8 at 17:59 EST .

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   Bettijo  Don't know why this did not embed...I removed s and m. Should I have done more?

Any, this goes with the Secret Service being concerned about Obama's safety.
December 8 at 18:05 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Don't Tell 'Em (Obamacare Version )

November 30 at 16:28 EST .

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   Bettijo  LYRICS:
Folks would be aghast if
this law would be passed but
thankfully they are so dumb

Sure our team can't build a
website in three years but
THEY'RE the ones who are so dumb

So, what's the strategy?

Don't tell em, don't tell 'em
You ain't even
Don't tell em, don't tell 'em
You ain't even, you ain't even gotta tell 'em

It'll bring prices down with it
Your healthcare plan will stick around with it
Boy, you know I'm from Chicago
Maybe they get a clown with it…

Don't let me catch you snoring
Making government bigger is never boring
Our CBO strategy's named "Bill Cosby"
we're looking for an improper scoring

When folks ask what's in you lie through the tooth
Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?
Our ideas are so good we can't tell the truth
That's right right right right right

But won't people read it in three years or so?
My, my, my, my, my, my
Who'd look inside something that many years old?
November 30 at 16:30 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  I have two grand daughters; one is a vegetarian, the other is gluten intolerant. One niece will not eat seafood and my daughter is on a doctor prescribed diet. And on and on. SO I really appreciated this video. Hope you do too.

November 27 at 08:59 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Yes, this is funny.
November 27 at 20:12 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We actually had enough bandwidth to watch this, it was cute.
November 30 at 09:42 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  FOOD EDUCATION

Tips for Eating Healthy During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and that means plenty of temptations to abandon healthy habits we've been working on all year long. Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year, along with office parties, vacation, family get-togethers, and a general sense of festivity, all lead to calorie excess and weight gain. Additionally, the cold weather means many people are not exercising as much as before, exacerbating the situation.

However, if you put your mind to it, a sensible approach to the next 6 weeks will allow you to enjoy the season, while not giving up on your weight management and health goals. Here are some practical tips.

Have realistic goals. The holidays will likely not be your opportunity to outdo the winner of "The Biggest Loser".
Don't give up on your food journal. Keep counting calories.

Do your holiday shopping runs to the mall AFTER eating. Always have a small bag of homemade trail mix in your bag in case you do get hungry.

Instead of fasting for an entire day before a holiday party, have a healthy snack before leaving the house. This will decrease the chance of binging on unhealthy food.

While at a holiday party, always have one hand holding a glass (of water? ) and stand as far from the buffet as possible.
Prepare and bring your own healthy dish to family gatherings and parties.

Always start a holiday meal with the healthiest (or least unhealthy ) food first. This can be a broth based soup, or leafy salad(s ).
Enjoy wine and alcoholic beverages but remember that they too have calories. Do the one plus one: for every alcoholic beverage, have at least one glass of water.

Bottom Line

The holidays are a great time for celebration; with a bit of planning you can eat a bit of cake, and have it too...
November 17 at 09:43 EST .

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   M2  Having spent 35+ years as a fitness professional back in the day, I learned all the good tips you mentioned. For those who need to watch their intake and/or various foods, your comments are excellent, especially the one about always having a glass of water in your hands. I don't relegate that suggestion to holidays alone. That's just good advice all the time.

That said, I have concluded that God gives us certain genes and a certain number of minutes on this earth, and I am going to stop watching what I eat - it gives me a feeling of deprivation I'd rather not have. Those days are gone. I stay moderately fit and am not overweight in my early 70's. Perhaps if my doctor tells me I shouldn't eat such-and-such, and I find the tradeoff valid, I will listen to him.

But life on this earth is short. After decades of depriving myself because some foods I loved were "not good for me", I decided to eat what I want and enjoy what time is left to me. If it means ten years off my life, so be it. I couldn't ask for a better 70+ years than I have had.

You know the old saying: "Eat right, exercise, die anyway." Everyone needs to calculate their own risks, not just on holidays, but all the time.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and to all L.Dotters.
November 23 at 07:56 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Recipes  Need help with Thanksgiving dinner. My daughter eats only vegetables, preferably raw; one granddaughter is gluten free, and the other eats no meat. There will be other family there. I plan to roast a turkey and make gluten-free cornbread dressing, GF fresh green beans, GF yellow squash souffle. A friend is bringing a GF congealed salad. Any other suggestions for my finicky family? Thanks.
November 15 at 10:02 EST .

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   Balogreene  A crudite plate set out before the meal is always nice. Celery, carrots, sliced peppers, cauliflower, etc. with a dip. Remember, the only thing with gluten is wheat, so as long as you don't use flour (other than rice ), it is gluten free. I also love grilled (or roasted ) veggies, squash, onion, mushrooms, peppers. Mushrooms add protein, so they are always good.
November 15 at 10:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm w/Balo on the "crudite" platter : ) with maybe a variety of dips - including peanut butter for the celery - some people like it that way. I'm planning to bring a platter this year with all the veggies Balo mentioned including raw broccoli, mushroom, olives with an onion dip & sweet potato hummus (recipe below this page ) might even attempt the s.potato chips.

For protein how about a 3 or 4 bean salad; super easy: just rinse cans of green beans, wax beans, kidney beans, chickpeas (I also add a can a butter beans )& put in a bowl season with salt & pepper and add diced onions & diced green & red peppers - coat with a mixture of vinegar, water, a little oil & sugar that has been heated in a pot til sugar dissolves & then slightly cooled before tossing. Store in refrigerator overnight (or a day or two ) to let the flavors marry. I have one small pot that I use for the marinade & "measure" by sight so I can't state the oil/water/vinegar ratio - sugar is a bit less than 1/4 c. Oil is more than vinegar & vinegar is more than water..maybe a website will help with measurements. Cook with authority & love - and all will be well. Most of all enjoy the day when all your prep time is over!
November 15 at 13:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Heck, I would make it covered dish, everyone bring their favorites, then you could concentrate on the "special needs" folks. Seems like you have too much to do to accommodate everyone. Good luck.
November 15 at 18:27 EST .

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   Bettijo  MeiDei, bean salad great suggestion. I will do that t. Also, Balo, I like your suggestion of fresh veggies. Will do that too. My daughter will probably make this her Thanksgiving dinner. More suggestions welcomed. Thanks, all.
November 15 at 21:00 EST .

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   Lonestar Jack  GF or GMO?
I would suspect that GMO would be the order of the day also.
November 18 at 05:07 EST .

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   Balogreene  One more, Hummus. I have spicy red pepper hummus, also like roasted garlic. Add a pita, cucumber, onion, red or green pepper, tomato, etc. Everyone can make it what they want.
November 18 at 22:25 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  I switched from margarine to butter years ago, but came across this from AARP today:

10 Things To give up:

Not only do some margarines contain cholesterol-raising trans fat, but a moderate amount of real butter may be better for your health. A 2013 National Institutes of Health analysis found fewer deaths among patients who used butter instead of polyunsaturated margarine and oils such as safflower, corn and soybean.
Ian Francis / Alamy

Old Nonstick Pans
In 2006, the government gave nonstick pan makers until 2015 to eliminate a harmful chemical used in making the lining. If your pans are pre-2006 or scratched, it’s time to replace them. Check for recycling tips. Calphalon’s ReNew program takes old pans

Canned Soup
It’s time to kick the can. A 2011 Harvard study found that consuming canned soup daily for five days caused a 1,000 percent increase in the urine level of the chemical BPA, thanks to the can’s lining. BPA has been linked to reproductive problems in lab animals, and diabetes and obesity in humans.
November 15 at 08:07 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We switched to butter years ago also, and as for non stick pans...a no no around our parrots. I even ordered a pizzelle iron special with no non stick coating, I think the lady at the company sneaked the old one from a display for me!!
November 15 at 18:38 EST .

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   MeiDei  I only use butter, just tastes better & I rarely use canned soup - mushroom soup maybe 2x a year & adding fresh mushrooms to the pot. My doctor wanted me to give up butter, eggs & mayonnaise... when I did my cholesterol levels went up. So I eat them when I want and have no problems. Thanks for the info.
November 15 at 21:38 EST .

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   Bettijo  I mentioned in another post that ome granddaughter is gluten intolerant. I found GF cream of mushroom soup on net. Yea! I use it in my cornbread dressing (my signature dish ).
November 17 at 09:49 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Quote from Nancy Pilosi's own web site:

Health Insurance Reform Mythbuster - ‘Health Reform And Insurance Premiums’

Opponents of health insurance reform continue to spread myths about the recently-passedAffordable Health Care for America Act. For example, they are claiming that health reform would increase premiums for most of America’s families. But the facts continue to knock these myths down—including a brand-new report from the independent Congressional Budget Office.

MYTH: The House health insurance reform bill would result in higher premiums.

FACT: An analysis of the House bill by noted MIT health care economist Jonathan Gruber concludes that the bill would result in lower premiums than under current law for the millions of Americans using the newly-established Health Insurance Exchange – including those who are not receiving affordability credits to help them purchase coverage. (The Health Insurance Exchange is for those without access to affordable employer-sponsored coverage. ) As Gruber states: “the premiums that individuals will face in the new exchanges established by this legislation are … considerably lower than what they would face in the non-group insurance market [under current law], due to the market reforms put in place by the House plan, the mandate on individuals to participate regardless of health, and the market economies of new exchanges.”

The Gruber analysis shows that, on the Exchange, a family at 425 percent of poverty(whose income of $93,710 means that they would receive no affordability credits )would see their premiums reduced by $1,260 or 12 percent compared to current law. Similarly, the Gruber analysis shows that, on the Exchange, an individual at 425 percent of poverty (whose income of $46,030 means that they would receive no affordability credits ) would see their premiums reduced by $470 or 12 percent.

The annual savings are much larger for lower income populations that receive affordability credits. Under the House bill, when the bill’s affordability credits are taken into account, a family at 275% of poverty (income of $60,640 ) would save $5,030, or 47 percent in premiums compared to current law and a family at 175 percent of poverty (income of $38,590 ) would save $9,050 or 84 percent in premiums compared to current law.

Gruber also points out that, even as individuals and families on the Exchange are paying less, they will be getting more:

The coverage those on the Exchange get under the House plan would be better than today’s typical coverage in the non-group market.
For example, it would protect individuals and families from high out-of-pocket costs.
That’s in addition to other consumer protections in the bill – like ending discrimination based on pre-existing conditions and guaranteeing that your coverage won’t be dropped or watered down when you get sick or need it most.
New CBO Analysis

Furthermore, for the vast majority of Americans who get their health insurance in the employer-sponsored group market, the Congressional Budget Office has just released an estimate that, under the quite similar Senate bill, premiums would either be reduced or stay the same. Specifically, for the millions in the employer-sponsored large group market, premiums would
November 15 at 07:29 EST .

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   Bettijo  be reduced by up to 3 percent or stay the same. And for all Americans, copays would be eliminated for preventive care and out-of-pocket expenses would be capped.

Like Gruber, CBO found that for Americans using the non-group market, their coverage would significantly improve under the Senate bill. The CBO data indicate that the Senate bill would reduce premiums by 14 to 20 percent for people in the non-group market when comparing plans that provide equivalent coverage.

For the Gruber analysis, please click here.

For the CBO analysis, please click here.
November 15 at 07:33 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Once a Year at 11:11 am the Sun Shines Perfectly on this Memorial

   November 13 at 10:25 EST .

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   NotaBene  That is beautiful. Thank you Bettijo for posting this.
November 14 at 11:26 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  

November 11 at 17:30 EST .

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   Balogreene  I cried.
My daddy, and many others, fought in the Pacific, and Europe, and never spoke a word to their family's (daddy was a 2nd Lt. Quartermaster Corps, on Okinawa, from the beginning. He told us he made sure the Generals had clean uniforms and sheets. )
A very close friend did Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP ) in Vietnam and beyond. They never spoke a word to family, but they did it for us.
November 11 at 21:17 EST .

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   NotaBene  I cried too. We should always be thankful to the sacrifice of so many to keep us safe. Hope the next president of this country will understand this and treat our military how they deserve.
November 11 at 23:44 EST .

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   Guard SGT (ret)  This brings back a memory for me.
I was in a Memorial Day Parade with my Army National Guard Company. I was riding in the back seat. When I saw a person in the crowd with a Legion/VFW cap, I saluted them. Well, this one older gentleman was sitting back from the rest in a lawn chair. He had one of those caps. I saluted him. Like the first gentleman in the clip, He slowly got to his feet. Then he stood proud and straight and returned my salute with an honor and dignity that humbled me then. He knew the honor of a salute. I'll always remember him. SALUTE Sir!
November 15 at 18:18 EST .

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