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Health & Diet

   Bettijo  I am finally home from rehab--28days after surgery. Doc said hip replacement was "good" surgery. Don't believe it. Granted, most recover faster than I, they are probably younger. But my afflicted leg is still so swollen I cannot get on a bedroom slipper. Nevertheless, it is good to be home. I was sick of communal living. While I was in rehab, I know of at least three people who died there. I am thankful I was able to come home. I realize many won't be so fortunate.
April 13 at 12:26 EST .

   NotaBene  Happy to hear you are back home. Hope you get better soon.
April 14 at 01:49 EST .

   Balogreene  Lately I've felt horrible, exhausted, dry skin, always cold (I'm usually always warm ), sinus infection I can't get rid of, blood sugar numbers I can't get down, blood pressure too high, I could go on all day. I finally went to the Dr. for the sinus infection. The P.A. insisted I do a blood test, since I'd put it off for so long. I told her it was nonsensical to have it, cause my numbers were bad, and they were going to tell me to do things I've been doing all along. She insisted.

Two days later, they called to say my thyroid had gotten worse, despite taking synthetic thyroid. They also said, come back in a couple months for a new test, as the results of the last one were invalid. The low thyroid causes high cholesterol, high blood-sugar, low-immunity. All in addition to dry skin, cold, exhaustion, hair loss, and dry hair.

Ten days later, I got the medicine from my "wonderful" mail-in pharmacy. I've taken it for two days now, hope it kicks in soon!
April 2 at 20:12 EST .

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   Cheese  Balo, I'm glad they did the blood test and found that your thyroid problem had worsened and it wasn't just the sinus infection and all that. When my low thyroid was first diagnosed and they put me on meds, they told me that it'd be about 6 weeks before I'd notice the improvement and they were exactly right -- and what a change it made in my life! Hang in there and I hope you're feeling great very soon! --Colleen
April 5 at 06:57 EST .

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   Gerty  I can feel your pain, MissBalo. I have never had a sinus infection---that I know of. Last week, I had to go to the dentist because of a "phantom toothache". I call it that because I could never figure out which tooth in my upper mouth was hurting. But the pain was sharp-- although of short duration. Doctor took a few x-rays and finding nothing wrong, suggested I see my GP for a sinus infection. She said it was not all that uncommon.

Smart lady.
April 5 at 20:34 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Balo, here's a fresh new article:

Why so-called 'superfoods' could be BAD for you: Nutritionist says kale can send your thyroid haywire and quinoa irritates the gut

I have kale growing in a container outside on the deck. I'm not keen on raw kale anyway so I'll serve it cooked. Watch out for curly kale in the chopped salad bags.
April 7 at 09:11 EST .

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   Balogreene  After life, I saw that article too. I really dislike kale, I find it bitter. I love other greens, mustard, spinach, collard, etc. I should probably research them too. I try not to eat too many greens however, my blood tends to clot, and they are high in vitamin k, that helps blood to clot.
I have a quinoa recipe with goji berries thing I sometimes make, so I'm safe there. But, they also didn't like chia seeds. I have some, and use them because eating them lowered my friend's blood pressure.
April 12 at 12:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Has anyone tasted Kombucha?? I want to try to make some but am leery about the taste. If it is half as miraculous as they say, maybe the taste can be conquered.

There is a recipe if you scroll down. They tell you to buy the starter, but in another recipe elsewhere the writer says you can use apple cider vinegar. That recipe is at the end of the long article on aquaponics I posted on the gardening wall, it makes a smaller amount of the finished product. Then you take the "mother" or mushroom looking thingy and use it as the starter for your next batch. The author of that article swears it helps with reducing her blood sugar numbers. I am game to try it.
March 27 at 08:50 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Years ago I tried this. I made it for a long time. The taste is ok and rather sparkling. Downside was that I never felt any effects from it, good or bad. My opinion is that you may get as much of a result from apple cider vinegar as the kombucha.
March 28 at 12:05 EST .

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   Carmen  We are huge fans of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. We use it almost daily for ourselves and the dogs and cats get a tablespoon in each bowl of water. The cats are outdoor/indoor and used to have ear mites regularly before I started putting it in their water. All six have squeeky clean ears since.
April 12 at 09:55 EST .

   BirdsNest  Check out Mercolas site today about taking Tylenol. Liver deaths have doubled, mostly due to people taking too much Tylenol. We take aspirin but bought a bottle of Tylenol for some reason, but it went into the trash today. Aleve is also hard on the liver.
March 26 at 17:55 EST .

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   Carmen  Everything in moderation. I take ONE Aleve only before I plan to do heavy lifting. That is probably once a month or less. Aspirin is good for freshing-up cut flowers and headaches, I guess but I don't remember ever having one. Other than a baby aspirin once a day, we don't do drugs. Any drugs. We are in our 70's, eat a great diet of home cooked meals and stay in shape. Everything in moderation.
April 12 at 09:59 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Don’t know where to post this link so I will start here. A while back someone suggested reading the Granny Miller blog. Very interesting lady. While her life is so far removed from the life I lead I am still interested in our food supply. Pay special attention to her thoughts about Chinese pork.

Would be interested to know what you think.
March 23 at 11:08 EST .

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   Gerty  I follow a basic rule of thumb: Never buy anything from China that will be eaten or come in direct contact with food for my family, our pets, friends and neighbors!
March 25 at 10:10 EST .

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   Carmen  I second that!
April 12 at 10:01 EST .

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   Attercliffe  I know EscapedCommie enjoys Dr. Wysong's news--hope everyone else does. The latest Wysong e-Health Newsletter is out. Lots of good stuff, for instance:

In fact, cognitive function in the elderly should be of far more concern [than statins]. (As discussed in a previous issue. ) Unfortunately, as is always the case, pharmaceuticals have their dark side. Studies now show that elevated blood pressure in the elderly improves cognitive function and that blood pressure medication can accelerate its decline.

The next snip is of great interest if you have diabetes. I expect it's the lycopene (sp ) that's responsible:

Tomato consumption decreases blood pressure and reduces cardiovascular risk in diabetics. Int J Food Sci Nutr.
March 21 at 18:32 EST .

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   Bettijo  I don't know where to post this, but I am so frustrated I have to vent! As I posted earlier, I am scheduled for hip replacement surgery on March 18. Yesterday I got a call from the hospital re a pre-op appointment. When I asked the lady where I should report, she told me DULUTH. I live in LAWRENCEVILLE and was supposed to be going to Gwinnett Medical Center in LAWRENCEVILLE. The totally incompetent woman who schedules surgery for Orthopedic Surgery, PC, scheduled me for Duluth. It is too late to change now as Mimi (my daughter from Chicago ) has built her schedule around the 18th date. Surgery is stressful enough without being assigned to the wrong hospital. Tomorrow I have to be at the surgeon's office, here in LAWRENCEVILLE, at 9:00 and from there go to the hospital in DULUTH for the pre-op. I am so frustrated I don't know what to do.
March 12 at 15:44 EST .

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   Balogreene  Good luck on the surgery. My mom said when she woke up, there was pain from the surgery, but the unbearable hip pain she'd had for years was gone! Hope for you it is a wonderful hospital, and all are able to visit while you are there.
March 13 at 22:17 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Bettijo - Have been discussing with Mr A, some friends and acquaintances the seemingly sudden drop in competence in the health profession, whether front desk, bookkeeping or even RNs and MDs, etc.. Oh, and pharmacy employees.
I can only think that there have been lots of retirements of very well qualified personnel and the Obamacare-prompted rush to fill those positions FAST has resulted in incompetence, insufficient education, lowered standards--aha! That's it, isn't it? Lowered standards generally. E.g., our local Home Depot has discovered this phenomenon and the average age of its employees marches steadily upwards. I've switched my loyalty to the HD right across the street from Lowe's.

I won't even bother with all the anecdotal evidence I could relate, I'd crash the site. But far too many fall into the awful category of aggravation, worry, hair-pulling and tears of frustration you describe.

Not a great deal we can do, is there? Frankly, I'm worn out from being on hold for literally hours at a time, being shuffled around the customer service reps, having to repeat myself over and over and over, and still not getting anywhere. The latest: it took me four months to sort out what should have been a simple problem with my Humana Medicare supp insurance.

Aaargh! I grind my teeth in solidarity!
March 14 at 10:27 EST .

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   Bettijo  Today a lady from a medical supply company brought me a machine that cools the hip area following surgery (instead of ice packs ). I was telling her about my hospital mixup and she said that she had never known my surgeon to operate at the hospital I have been assigned to. She said he always operates in Lawrenceville. I hope he is upset, too.
March 15 at 14:40 EST .

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   Bettijo  OMG, I just bought Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup yesterday. :-(


The Problem with Soup
The Fooducate Team

This has been a brutal winter, and in some parts of the country the bone-seeping cold does not seem to be letting up. Soup is a great way to warm up, and to enjoy a nutritious meal. There is nothing quite like homemade soup, but for some reason, many people prefer to settle on ready-made. The food industry has known this for decades; prepared soups are a billion dollar industry.

There are several problems with prepared soups. The first and obvious one is that they simply don't taste as good as home made. Of course, if you don't know how to make your own soup, this is a non issue.

The second problem is the use of lower quality ingredients than you would use at home, for example meat scraps that would never be sold in a supermarket. Additionally, some of the ingredients used would never be found in your home kitchen. Here is an example ingredient list, for Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup:

Chicken Stock, Cooked Enriched Egg Noodles with Added Calcium (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate (In excess of standard ), Eggs, Egg Whites, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid ), Water, Cooked Chicken Meat, Contains Less than 2% of: Salt, Cooked Mechanically Separated Chicken, Vegetable Oil, Potato Starch, Chicken Fat, Monosodium Glutamate, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Modified Food Starch, Spice Extract, Beta Carotene, Soy Protein Isolate, Sodium Phosphates, Chicken Flavor (Contains Chicken Stock, Chicken Powder, Chicken Fat ), Dehydrated Garlic.

Lastly, one of the biggest problems with prepared soups is their extremely high sodium content. America has a long standing love affair with salt, and consumes almost twice as much as the 2300 milligram daily limit. Too much salt contributes to hypertension and heart disease. A single serving of the chicken soup above has 890mg of sodium, 39% of the maximum recommended daily intake. Because of soup's liquid nature and great taste, people often consume more than one serving, which exacerbates the sodium intake.

Bottom Line

If you love soup, consider preparing your own soup at home. You will know exactly what ingredients go in, and will be able to control just how much salt is added.

   March 10 at 08:06 EST .

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   Hollyhock  My DH feels like he must have soup in cans on the shelf. Every time I open a can of Campbell's chicken noodle I pick out all of the funky weird "chicken" pieces. I have no idea what that stuff is. To me canned soup has a funny off flavor.
March 10 at 11:15 EST .

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   MaxWedge  I'll be looking forward to some yummy homemade soup recipes being posted now in the recipe section. : )
March 10 at 11:37 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Canned soups taste like the can....metallic taste. I have been noticing the same thing with tuna.
March 10 at 12:36 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh Bird, I still like Tuna, but I have been doing homemade soup for about a year now. And, I don't use meat. I use tofu, or just veggies, spices, and vegetable broth. I do like the boxes of Lipton's noodles and broth (in my childish vernacular, noodles and juice ). That is my "sick" food.
March 10 at 20:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  MaxWedge, I posted three recipes. Not your normal recipes, but three of my four favorite. I keep the Chilled Moroccan Tomato on hand almost always.
March 13 at 22:18 EST .

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   Attercliffe  I stopped buying any Campbell products when the company announced it was using all halal food--without a warnijng label. We don't eat that much meat and are eating more and more vegetarian dishes so it doesn't affect us much. It's more of a general principal--why pander to a very small minority and make all of us eat halal meat without a caution label? I want to know what I'm eating!
March 14 at 10:33 EST .

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   Linder  Balo, Recently had a craving for Lipton chick/noodle soup...bought a box and to my disappointment it didn't taste like it used to. Next, bought the store brand boxed soup and it tasted more like the old Lipton's that I remembered and it cost less.
March 16 at 17:00 EST .

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   Carmen  It is a healthy idea to just stay away from processed foods all together. Get back to cooking.
April 12 at 10:02 EST .

   BirdsNest  I bet I could lose that much weight in half the time because I do not like Mc Donald's food at all.
March 7 at 12:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  I don't like much of their food, the hamburger's taste like meat, and their fries are soggy. But, this guy at reasonably healthily, egg-white whatever, salad, oatmeal, fruit, etc., and he walked 45 minutes a day. I could lose weight, eating that way (but, please, not McDonald's ).
March 8 at 00:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I'm with you Balo, not Mc Donald's. My last trip to Mickie D's was punctuated with food poisoning. I hate throwing up. I think the real key here is the 45 min walk. Walking is great exercise. For the last year we have watched as one portly young man has walked the same route, and the pounds have really come off. Every day, no matter the weather. I am not brave enough to walk where there are no sidewalks, people around here are so interested in cell phones and texting while driving, it is suicide to be on the road without being in a vehicle.
March 8 at 08:05 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mom has bugged me lately about using a humidifier. I have deformed sinuses, and have chronic infections, and allergies, and on and on and on.

I finally got a couple of small humidifiers for my bedroom and office. I'll put one of mom's big ones in the living room.

I now sleep through the night, not waking up at 0200 so stuffed I can't sleep. My allergies have less effect. And, not so oddly, my skin is not so dry.

As always, mom is right.
February 21 at 23:04 EST .

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