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Health & Diet



   Hollyhock  Is anyone into using essential oils? I am not talking about "aroma therapy" but using them for treating common ailments. I am trying to educate myself and am trying them out. I am also learning about making soaps and lotions. Anyone else?
November 21 at 13:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Hagar got a picc line inserted yesterday at the hospital. Not 100% a pleasant experience, the nurse made a nerve angry and he has been complaining of pain. After that he had to go to the Cancer Center for antibiotic infusion. Just walking into the "Cancer Center" was plenty disturbing. They are extremely lovely people there. Every one is friendly even the patients and their family members. We were put at ease. While he was getting infused, the nurse brought him a sandwich and chips and offered a soda, he asked if it would be possible to get a cold cup of water-she brought ice water. He had not eaten since a small bowl of cereal at 7am and the sandwich was well appreciated. Lot of stress especially since we were not told the infusion would begin at once. Now we are on a 28 day course, every day. This week we are jockeying the infusion schedule, we have a workshop on Thursday that both are scheduled to attend, Hagar says he will leave at 11:30 and drive to the appt himself, I can stay and take class notes. Today he has CT scans scheduled and right after that he is to go to get the infusion. Thankfully the center is very close to the hospital. I am bone tired already so he must be half dead. He slept good last night, so that is great. Since he had his last episode he has been off of coffee, drinking green tea as his main drink and also lots of water. He took a sip of my coffee last night and pronounced it "nasty". We are hoping this infusion treatment will make him feel a bit better, he wishes they had done it earlier. Keep him in your prayers, 28 days is a long time to keep him adhering to a schedule!!
November 18 at 05:56 EST .

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   Phooey  Prayers sent for Hagar.
November 18 at 17:51 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Bird, Hagar has certainly been through a lot this year. Will be praying for both of you.
November 18 at 22:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We have been on a roller coaster for the past week. The doc called yesterday evening to talk about the CT scans that were done earlier in the day. He is taking Hagar off the infused antibiotic for now, wants him on 2 antibiotics to take by mouth for 14 days. Leaving the PICC line in for now, just in case he decides to put him back on IV antibiotics. So off to the pharmacy to get the new Rx. Waiting to hear of the new appt with another doc, plus an appt to have the PICC line dressing changed. My head is swimming.
November 19 at 19:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Where are my manners??? Thank you Phooey and Hollyhock for the prayers, we sure need them. We are also praying for some improvement in at least part of the aches and pains. Surely they are being caused by the Lyme disease spirochetes, chasing them from one area to the next.
November 19 at 19:03 EST .

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   Gram77  Prayers from Gram
November 20 at 14:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks, Gram.
November 21 at 08:47 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Birdie--just checking--sorry to hear about Hagar's health problem. Will keep him in my prayers!
November 21 at 16:38 EST .

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   Balogreene  A friend of mine, whose mother died of cancer was sent for a blood test in Charlottesville, VA. She arrived at the address and it was the Oncology Department of UVA. She went inside, crying. They comforted her, it was only they did the most comprehensive testing in the area.
November 21 at 18:08 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks to you too, Gerty. He seems a bit better, at least to me. He has been getting quality sleep due to the Vicks treatment and I think FINALLY the antibiotics are going to work on the infection, where ever it is. His temperament is better and he can tolerate more walking and standing.

Balogreene...the Cancer Center here is a building apart from the hospital. They do all IV infusions for anything. I was so shocked when Hagar said he had to go there, I felt like screaming out loud. The employees are so nice and they remember your name. The 2 nurses that work on the infusion side are very sweet and they tell you what they will be doing before they do it. Hagar has to go back there on Monday for dressing change on the PICC line. It has to be done on a weekly basis, since the doctor halted the IV for now, only they can change the dressing. After the 2 week oral antibiotics, he may decide to resume the IV treatment. Til then the PICC line stays in.
November 22 at 17:40 EST .

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   Gram77  I struggle with super dry skin, always have. I think I have purchased every soap and lotion on the market. If I wear a black article of clothing the inside will be covered with fine white powder, however, it is dry skin. I'm ready for any and all suggestions.
November 17 at 17:34 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Coconut oil is good rubbed on the skin. We also use it to cook with. WalMart has a good price on the LouAnna coconut oil. In the aisle with all the other oils. Eucerin is also a good body lotion, I have used it alot. Mostly got it for my hands because I am always washing something or getting my hands wet and in the winter I get super dry cracked areas around the nails.
November 18 at 06:00 EST .

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   Gram77  Coconut oil sounds like a good idea. Eucerin doesn't (for me ) last a whole day before I flake.
November 18 at 10:05 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Coconut oil is excellent. Shea butter, grape seed oil and olive oil are good too. The fewer ingredients the better. You can use vitamin E oil from a bottle or break open a capsule. Eucerin may have alcohol. Baby oil may have mineral oil.

My own dry skin started with taking a diuretic.
November 18 at 23:01 EST .

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   Bettijo  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  I switched from margarine to butter years ago, but came across this from AARP today:

10 Things To give up:

Margarine
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 Earth911.com 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.

http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2014/more-thi
ngs-to-throw-out-photo.html?cmp=BAC-OUTBRAIN-HEALTH-DSO_2967
5924_9-More-Nasty-Things-to-Throw-Out-?-Now#slide11
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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   BirdsNest  Hagar has been coughing a lot when he gets in bed, really heavy coughing. He even wakes up in the night coughing, so no decent sleep for him. A friend gave us an old remedy...smear Vicks on the bottoms of the feet and put socks on. He never coughed once and had the best sleep he has had in ages.
November 13 at 16:38 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It worked last night also!
November 14 at 10:17 EST .

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   MeiDei  What a novel cure! BTW: I've started drinking V8 Spicy juice & tried the spreading toes apart for the leg cramps - worked for me! Haven't had a cramp since hitting the V-8 either.
November 14 at 16:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The spreading the toes apart works occasionally for me. I have not tried the V-8, but I don't need any nudging about V-8-we both love it. But not the low sodium kind, Hagar says it is vile.
November 15 at 18:40 EST .

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   Bettijo  Thanks for Vicks tip. New to me.
November 17 at 09:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  So far he has had great success with the Vicks, and that means alot since the coughing kept waking him.
November 18 at 06:01 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We were shown this website yesterday by a new acquaintance. I need to look over some of the items....
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/
This person is a firefighter and uses many of these products to detox his body.
November 9 at 13:16 EST .

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   Bettijo  Deciphering Egg Labels
Eggs are a nutrition powerhouse. They are a very affordable source of protein and nutrients. So eat eggs!
Once upon a time, you would go to the grocery store and purchase a dozen eggs. Today, things are more complicated, as there are many different labels on the carton. The labels refer to the living conditions of the hens and how they are fed. But they are very confusing. Some are outright marketing gimmicks. Here's what you need to know.
• Antibiotic-free, Medication-free - Unregulated term, can mean anything.
• Cage-free - The hens "reside" inside large barns or warehouses. They are required to have outdoor access, but the amount, duration, and quality of outdoor access is undefined.
• Certified Organic - "USDA certified organic" is a certain improvement over standard living conditions for hens. They are fed an organic, all-vegetarian diet free of antibiotics and pesticides. The hens are housed cage-free in large barns, and may or may not see the outdoors. They may be de-beaked (to prevent pecking their peers ), and starved (to induce molting, which leads to more egg production ).
• Farm Fresh - meaningless.
• Fertile - The hens were living with roosters, which means they were likely cage-free.
• Free-range or Free-roaming - This is an unregulated term, but generally implies that the hens are not in cages, reside in a barn and have access to the outdoors. The extent of outdoor access is not defined.
• Hormone-free - Marketing gimmick. Hens never get treated with hormones.
• Natural, All Natural - this is a meaningless marketing term.
• Omega-3 enriched - the hens were fed either fish oil or flaxseed. You get the omega-3 second hand. Omega-3 eggs are unregulated, so you won't necessarily know how much and what type of omega-3 you're actually getting.
• Pasture-raised - Unregulated term, but usually means that the hen spends the majority of the year outdoors engaging in natural activities such as foraging. Debeaking and starvation are still allowed.
• Pasteurized - the eggs were heated to about 110 degrees Fahrenheit for half an hour or longer in order to pasteurize them. There is no regulation of this term.
• United Egg Producers Certified - meaningless.
• Vegetarian-fed - no animal byproducts in feed. Keep in mind that chickens are omnivores, and will eat bugs, mice, and any other animal small enough for them to peck and swallow.
Beyond organic, there are several third party certification systems that you may encounter in specialty shops or farmer markets:
• Animal Welfare Approved - flocks can be no greater than 500 hens. The hens are housed cage-free and must have continuous access to outdoor vegetation. Debeaking and starvation are prohibited, and the feed provided is vegetarian.
• American Humane Certified - there are 4 levels of certification. Colony cages - larger cages than standard, but still tiny. Cage-free - hens are housed in large barns and no outdoor access is required. Free range - outdoor access is required, but no duration is specified. Pastured - Outdoor access with substantial vegetation for each hen.
• Certified Humane - Divided to three levels. Regular: hens are cage-free, starvation is prohibited, but debeaking

   November 3 at 12:03 EST .

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   Bettijo  • Certified Humane - Divided to three levels. Regular: hens are cage-free, starvation is prohibited, but debeaking is allowed. Free Range: at least 6 hours of sunlight required daily, but it can be without any vegetation. The highest level is Pasture-raised and requires at least 6 hours a day of pasture access - the hens eat off the land, not just feed.
• Food Alliance Certified - cage-free hens and access to outdoors for at least 8 hours a day. Debeaking is allowed but starvation is not.
Bottom Line
Now that you know what the labels mean, choose the eggs that work within your values and pocketbook.

The Fooducate Team
November 3 at 12:04 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Our eggs don't have "no stinkin' labels". Since we have our own chickens we know what they eat and how they are treated. Bet those fancy organic people don't go out and dig up worms for their hens. Or pull chickweed or sneak stalks of Swiss chard for them. So far the new hens have not started laying, sometime real soon they should start, they are 5 months old.
November 5 at 18:32 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm sorry, I loved fresh eggs from the farm, they are better than store-bought. But, since I live in the suburbs, I buy what I can afford.
November 5 at 19:35 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We attended a Lyme disease support group on Thursday afternoon. Eye opening to say the least. It is much more complex than anyone lets on. A couple both have it, and they have the Bartonella kind....this is a very complex disease. There was information overload and we still have to re-read the papaer they gave us plus make copies for the doctor. The CDC still believes that one course 30 day Doxycycline will be the cure. BS! ASnd doctors are wary to prescribe anything else, one doctor here got run out of town and got his license suspended for his work with LD patients. He is a member of the support group, but was sick with flu at home. The best bet is to get with a veterinarian that can share his/her work with LD in animals. Ticks attach to mice, cats eat mice,etc. Plus with the migratory birds, they fly south from the east and west coasts, meet in Mexico and swap ticks.
November 2 at 11:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Worst.Leg.Cramps.EVER.
I had just gotten into bed when they hit, both legs from feet to hips. Try getting up from that. I had taken some cramp pills but they did not even begin to alleviate the pain. After 10 minutes of pain I relented and took something stronger. It took an additional 10 minutes for that to work. Felt like my legs were going to break, the muscles were angry. I guess it was from so much standing yesterday. Nothing physical, just working on relish and canning it. And it was chilly, we have not turned on any heat as yet.
October 20 at 07:37 EST .

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   MeiDei  Suffer from leg cramps from time to time - especially those that wake you up in the middle of your sleep. My doctor suggested I drink quinine water (tonic w/quinine ) the amount of which is too slight to affect other medications you may be taking. What did you take that helped? I find getting up and walking on it helps - but sometimes the foot is so contorted I can't put on my slippers. BTW the same can happen from too much sitting.
October 20 at 13:57 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Drinking too much tonic water really affects my blood sugar, so I don't take as much as Hagar does. I took a muscle relaxer and it did not work as fast as i wanted it to so I grabbed 1/2 of a pain pill. Still it took 15 minutes to start easing the cramps. My big toe was sticking straight up and I was in awful pain. I left the bedroom and went into the office where the parrots are. Two of them started making soothing noises while I was whining in pain, I knew what they were trying to do and I thought it was sweet. Once the pain quit I hobbled in the other room and took my blood sugar, it was 438 from stress, it certainly wasn't from eating anything after dinner. And I had just taken my night time shot so all that elevation was from the stress of the pain.
October 20 at 18:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  I found this article interesting & thought of you Bird (& me )it relates to mineral deficiency. It sparked my memory banks about making sure to get enough magnesium/potassium.
http://truththeory.com/2013/04/02/16-sig
ns-youre-magnesium-deficient-symptoms-of
-low-magnesium-levels/
I'm going to adjust my meals/supplements to see what happens.
October 21 at 12:30 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  I take diuretics, and I don't have any real solutions when the electrolytes get out of whack. Diet is one source of magnesium/potassium/sodium, of course, but sometimes one needs supplements. A doctor and a blood test can see what you are deficient from in your diet. They are excruciating, aren't they? I usually have to walk them off. It is a poor night sleep that occurs when the cramps are happening. Someone I met in a Dr. Waiting room suggested warm water soaking the foot might help.
October 22 at 21:47 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I take daily calcium/magnesium/potassium and D all at the same time. Get plenty of vit B complex, K2, and also take cinnamon and turmeric for blood sugar.Lutein for eyes and a small dose of Lisinopril to protect the kidneys.
October 22 at 22:08 EST .

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   MeiDei  Sounds as if you're doing everything right. I get regular blood work done from primary care & oncology & the tests almost always show up within normal parameters. I think it's time to praise God anyway and let Him handle the occurrences and severity - or just stop them cold : ) The last one I had the big toe tried to romance my knee but the hollow in my calf (size & shape of an English cucumber ) was an impediment. : ) I'm just grateful to live to talk about it .. and yes, walk it off making faces - that always helps ....
October 23 at 11:52 EST .

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   Clipped wings  My husband also suffers from leg cramps from time to time. He found if he drinks V-8 juice they diminish in frequency. A woman I knew had the problem and she relied on pickle juice. Old time remedies but each providing a needed nutrient.
October 23 at 12:09 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I love V8!
October 27 at 07:49 EST .

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   Linder  Not a cure for the problem but to stop leg cramps at the moment a pregnant friend's OB doc told her to forcibly spread her toes far apart and hold them in that position until the cramp went away. The first couple seconds I think it's not going to work but then it does...every time.
October 27 at 10:01 EST .

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   Hollyhock  I also take a diuretic though I don't think this is the sole cause of the killer cramps. Diet and supplements help me but on days when I am on my feet lifting, carrying like working in the garden makes it worse. V8 helps. Hylands makes a homeopathic leg cramp cream and tablets for leg cramps with or without quinine. I have found magnesium oil to help. I also keep a supply of rice bags near the microwave to heat if I can manage to hobble to the kitchen.
October 27 at 12:24 EST .

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