Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bottled water can lead to breast cancer

Bottled water can lead to breast cancer

With breast cancer cases seeming to increase, I thought this was very interesting and wanted to make others aware.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Help to ease a hangover

Help to ease a hangover

We usually enjoy our night out of partying and having fun. Unfortunately, the next day doesn't always feel so great. You know the old saying "You play, you pay". We shouldn't have to pay too high of a price though for having a little fun in life.

If you are feeling the ill effects of a hangover, try to eat some honey. The fructose in honey may help your body metabolize alcohol more quickly, so consider a spoonful of it you have overdone it.

Help with relieving tension headaches

Help with relieving tension headaches

Anyone who suffers from tension headaches know that they are really uncomfortable. Try holding a bag of frozen peas on the throbbing area for 10 minutes. It makes a great reusable ice pack. The cold constricts blood vessels. This helps to ease the pain.

Help to soothe a mild burn

Help to soothe a mild burn

Cut an onion in half and place it on the spot until the pain subsides. Onion juice contains sulfur compounds and other plant chemicals that are ingredients in many over the counter burn treatments. Your burn may be replaced by watery eyes. Most would rather have watery eyes from the onion though and not have burning feeling.

Avoid scars from cuts

Avoid scars from cuts

We all get cuts from time to time and definitey don't want scars left on our body from those cuts. Here are some tips to avoid scars from cuts.

Treat a fresh cut with mild soap and water. Don't use hydrogen peroxide or any treatment containing alcohol. Although both of these kill bacteria, they also kill healthy cells that repair skin. This makes you more likely to scar. Never apply vitamin E to an open cut. This will slow healing. Use a medicated ointment such as neosporin than cover the cut with a band-aid. Do this for about five days until the cut scabs. Once a scab forms, bring out the vitamin E. At night, squeeze on some vitamin E and massage it in. This stimulates blood flow to speed up healing. It also helps skin grow back more evenly. Keep this up for 3 months. It takes approximately three months for a wound to fully heal. Be aware that it could take up to a year for any raised or discolored skin to disappear.

If the cut is on your face or neck, don't use any skin care products containing retinoids or any exfoliants until it's healed. Regardless of where your scab is, don't scrub or pick at it. This can leave a scar. Let it fall off naturally, then treat the skin with a product such as scaraway. This contains a silicone that hydrates and repairs scar tissue, which, in turn, softens and fades the mark. They also help relieve itching. Protect the area from sun also. Sun can make the discoloration worse.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Nonfat ricotta cheese can help you lose weight

Nonfat ricotta cheese can help you lose weight

Ricotta boasts three times the calcium of cottage cheese and is made from whey protein, a nutrient that may help you lose weight by preserving muscle. You lose muscle with age and it causes your metabolism to slow down.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Recognizing a stroke

Recognizing a stroke

Stroke has a new indicator! Read and pass on....

Stroke has a new indicator They say if you share this with ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life.. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

I will continue to share this everytime I see it!
STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters.....
S. T. R.

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ...she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A
(i.e. Chicken Soup)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency numberimmediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
New Sign of a Stroke --------
Stick out Your Tongue!

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is
'crooked', if it goes to one side or the otherthat is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this shares it with 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Should you get a mammogram?

Should you get a mammogram?

I actually hear women ponder this question and it befuddles me. The actual question should be "Why shouldn't you get a mammogram"?

In the past 2 years, 4 of my colleagues and 3 of my friends have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Yes, 5 of the 7 had to have both breasts removed while the other 2 just had to have a lumpectomy. One of them will probably end up dying from the cancer as it has spread to other parts of her body and she is in very bad shape right now. One of them had almost stage 4 and nearly died. Luckily though, after two years of strong chemo and radiation, her pet scan did come back clear recently. She beat cancer. It can be done. I watched it. We work together so I watched her daily fight and it was heartbreaking to say the least.

The other ones had gotten their annual mammograms and the cancer was caught early enough that it did not spread to other parts. They are doing well now. A mammogram is not comfortable but only really takes about ten minutes. I hear so many people say that they don't have time. My least favorite phrase in society today. It's amazing how we have time to play on the internet for long periods of time but not the time to do something that could save our life.

Mammograms save lives. Technology is so advanced that finding breast cancer early reduces mortality. That's a fact. I have been getting annual mammograms since I was 30 (due to my mother had breast cancer when she was 32). The doctor wanted me to start early because of that. Most women don't start until they are 40.I wouldn't recommend that. If your doctor OKs it, start in your 30's. Again, it's a very quick procedure that you can make time for it. I would rather take a half hour a year to get it done than to not catch it in time and have to undergo the 2 years of pure hell that I just watched my co-worker go through.

Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. It is so important.

Get your mammogram and save your TATAs

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Productive days don't include skipping breakfast

Productive days don't include skipping breakfast

Our bodies have a biological expectation of a morning meal. When you skip breakfast, your body gets confused and thinks your starving. This decreases your metabolic rate and makes it harder to burn calories throughout the day. You also usually end up eating more calories at lunch. A good breakfast that includes fiber helps you eat fewer empty snacking calories thoughout the day. It also helps ensure that you have enough energy and ability to concentrate.

What is Dry Eye?

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is an irritating condition that has millions of women rubbing their eyes. Itchy, burning or scratchy eyes, sometime accompanied by blurred vision or tearing are symptoms of dry eye. About 50% of American adults occasionally suffer dry eye syndrome, which is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed. If dry eye is left untreated, it can lead to infection and even loss of vision.

Dry eye has many causes. Some of them are as follows:
* Exposure to blasting heat, air conditioning, or cold wind.
* Spending hours in front of a computer.
* Eating spicy foods.

To keep your eyes lubricated, your tears must include adequate amounts of meibum, an oily substance that prevents tears from evaporating quickly.

Though many health conditions can cause dry eye, meibomian gland related issues are the most common.

Some treatments for dry eye are as follows:
* Blinking exercises- When you stare at a computer screen for long periods of time, you blink less often. This can lead to dry eye. Meibum is produced every time you blink. Force yourself to blink often at least twice every 5 or 10 minutes.
* Eye Yoga- Move the eyes up and down, from side to side and in circles.
* Eye massage- Massaging your upper and lower eyelids can keep meibomian glands flowing. This is a simple exercise that involves rolling yoru finger or a cotton swab in small circles around each eyelid.

Did you know that drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee can stimulate your eye nerves to significantly increase moisture production within 45 minutes?

Hope this helps

Do you really have a yeast infection?

Do you really have a yeast infection?

Vaginal yeast infections are extremely common. Almost 75% of women will get at least one. Most women tend to self-diagnose and self-treat what they think are yeast infections. Let's face it. We get busy and unfortunately, that makes going to the doctors somewhat inconvenient. You should know though that at-home assessments are wrong 70% of the time. In many cases, the symptoms (itching, burning and vaginal discharge) are actually caused by bacterial vaginosis, which is more serious than an actual yeast infection. These need to be treated with prescription medications.

To make the most accurate diagnosis at home, use an OTC yeast infection test such as a vagisil screening kit. This kit measures PH levels after you press a wand against your vaginal wall for approximately 5 seconds. If your PH is above the normal range, you may have bacterial vaginosis and you should really see your doctor. If it's positive, you can usually treat with Monistat. This should be avoided though if you are pregnant or are prone to yeast infections. In those cases, you definitely need to see your doctor

Are your kids bringing home a lot of germs from school

Are you kids bringing home a lot of germs from school?

Do you ever feel like once the kids go back to school that the germ run rapidly into your home? Don't worry. Your kids may actually keep you healthy. Studies show that parents are less likely than childless adults to catch colds. The germs that your children bring home help to actually build your immune system stronger.

Exercise and meditation can also help, because you are putting less stress on your immune system.

Waking up during the night with bad leg cramps

Waking up during the night with bad leg cramps

Leg cramps while sleeping are usually harmless but a chronic case could mean that you are lacking potassium, calcium or magnesium. A banana is a good source of potassium but you should also take a vitamin supplement. Just taking one multi-vitamin a day could help tremendously with leg cramps at night.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dangers of Onions and Mayonnaise

Dangers of Onions and Mayonnaise

Subject: Onions and Mayo (not a joke)
In 1919, when the flu killed 40 million people, there was this doctor that
visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu.
Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it, and many died..

The doctor came upon this one farmer, and to his surprise, everyone was very
healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different,
the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms
of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't
believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under
the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu
virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping
the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several
years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were
many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions
around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work....
Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

Now there is a P. S. to this.... I sent it to a friend in Oregon who
regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this
most interesting experience about onions:

Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmers story.... But, I do
know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill.. I came
across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an
empty jar.....placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the
onion would be black in the morning from the germs.... Sure enough it happened
just like that.... The onion was a mess, and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around
the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful
antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

This is the other note.

Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to blame.
Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the
reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu's and is
the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for a time
after it has been cut open!


I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of
Mayonnaise.. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the
Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.

Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned
from a chemist.

The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. He's one of the brothers Ed is a
chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula.
He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's.

Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone
asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always
worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said
that all commercially- made Mayo is completely safe.

"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but
it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at
a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked
about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on
the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials
look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came
from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as
it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the
Onions, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.

He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked
onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says
it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your

It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit,
that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you
put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!) Ed says if you take the leftover onion
and cook it like crazy you you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover
onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions
and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than
any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook
the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and
creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of
excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Being a happy woman

Being a happy woman

Super Woman Vs Happy Woman

Super Woman Vs Happy Woman

By Shanda Sumpter

Are healthy boundaries possible being a woman?

It's hard to imagine that you could possibly put yourself first when there are so many things to get done. How do some women balance business, love, and children and still have a pulse at the end of the day?

This has been the theme of almost every coaching call last week. Women are screaming for relief from the worlds demands.

I spoke to a client today, who alarmingly told me, that she and her friends have decided that they no don't want to take care of another man again. They are happy to be alone.

Is this really what we have to look forward to? A life alone.

Let's analyze what has caused our conditioning from a place of responsibility!

� Stage 1 - when a woman is single she typically puts her career first.

� Stage 2 - when she is in love, she often makes her mate a priority over her own needs.

� Stage 3 - when she has children her babies become her focal point.

So for your entire life you have been practicing coming in second place!

Times are changing fast!

You may be feeling the pull to take care of yourself? And, here is why!

Energetically women are being called forward to bathe themselves in an abundance of self love. They are being prepared to hold the context for the masculine to do what they need to do.

Now don't take this as a reason to put up walls because that is not what I am talking about at all. When you take care of yourself first, you have what it takes to play a bigger game. Women are gathering all over the planet with courage and self worth.

My suggestion to you if you so want it, is to let go and nurture you.

Here are some steps to love you up and still get it all done!

#1 Start your day with self love

When you get up in the morning make the first 30 minutes your time. Do what you love to do. Paint, dance, garden. Do whatever makes your heart sing. (Please do not use this as time to get more done). This is your love you time!

#2 Joint Venture's for women

Run your life like a business. Only do the things that you want to do and find a way to get support on the other details. It's amazing that when you stop saying 'I can't' how many options open up in your space. If you can't get out of your own way then go ask your friends for advice.

#3 Be Flexible

When you feel like you have to get things done you can easily drop into a ridged mentality. What I know for sure is that nobody feels the love when they are ridged. Everything becomes hard and people do not want to be around you. Let go and let God. Have some fun with seeing where life goes when you follow other peoples lead. Let it go, it's not the end of the world!

Here's to you finding healthy boundaries and still getting it done!

I want to know how it goes when you try one of these steps, or what steps do you already do that create the that love time?

For the past two years, Shanda has focused solely on creating opportunities for women (both individually and by creating 'sisterhoods') using her business expertise in applying cutting edge tools and key principles proven in successful business.

She is also a highly sought after life coach and speaker specializing in women's interests and issues. She travels the globe assisting individuals, companies, and large groups.

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