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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Third Hand Smoke and our Babies


Daily we are learning more about the long term risks of smoking. Tobacco use is so dangerous that there is first hand smoke, second hand smoke and now we have become aware of the risk of third hand smoke. Many of these dangers unfortunately are imposed on the most innocent, our children. 

Did you know that the National Toxicology Program has identified 250 poisonous gases, chemicals and metals contained in cigarette smoke? These toxins cling to the smoker's hair, garments, home furnishings, carpeting, wall paint and so forth. Examine an ash tray and see how the tar clings to it. Imagine the same thing happening to everything touched by the cigarette smoke. Our children breathe these poisons in and fill their little lungs with these toxins.

Did you know that your body will begin to repair itself once smoking cessation is started. Food will regain its flavor, your lungs will start functioning better. Your blood pressure returns to normal in 20 minutes. The toxic levels of carbon monoxide in your blood stream will drop to half in just 8 hours without smoking, and it just keeps getting better the longer you avoid smoking.

Do we really want to impose our bad habits on our little ones? If you can't stop smoking for yourself, do it for them! They are the innocents here. Children who live in homes with smokers have an increased risk of asthma, emphysema, cancer, heart disease, and other related illnesses. These carcinogens endanger our children and other smokers and nonsmokers through dermal uptake also, which is the absorption of carcinogens through the skin. 

Thank you for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy,  and God bless.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Changes

I blink my eyes and what do I see
A cloud slipping down behind the tree
Racing each other as quick as can be
 I've watched the sky off and on since dawn
The soft clear blue of earlier on
Replaced with a deeper hue
As the morning is gone
Nature by God
Poem by Judy
We joke about constant change at work. We say the only thing consistent is change. Isn't nature the same way? Clouds are forever moving. Days fade into night, weeks into months and months into years. . .The baby we brought home from the hospital is now bringing home his or her own. Be careful if you are not alert you may miss a milestone. :-)

Some changes are miraculous and we revel in them, some are devastating at the moment, but all are within God's control and He will see us through and bring us more wonders than we ever thought possible.

1. Do you remember a wonderful life altering change?

2. Do you remember an event that you survived which you thought was disastrous but ended in a wonderful way?

Please join the conversation at Thursday Two Questions hosted by Amanda. Don't let the conversation get started without you!

Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay well and God bless!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Homemade Christmas Decorations

A clothespin, some rope, fabric, ribbon and lace...

Three pieces of lace folded and layered, a length of ribbon to hang our angel up; a string of beads, a tiny rose and a satin ball...

Jeannie decorated these windows. She is so creative. 

 Icicles with ornaments tied to them and stringed ornaments hung in varying lengths,  from the window tops....

Attach them on the inside with painter's tape. Do you see the reflections in the windows?

This post linked to weekend reflection and shadow shot Sunday. I wish each and every one of you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Thanks for the visit and God bless. 


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Defeat the Addiction not the Patient!

Defeat the Addiction not the Patient.

Many experts on drug addiction advise that addiction is not a disease but a symptom of something much deeper. Treating the patient like an addict or an alcoholic, who is powerless over the overwhelming urge to use, defeats the patient not the addiction. Experts now believe that it is important to treat the patient with in depth counseling getting to the core of the issue and not just teaching them how to “manage” one day at a time as an addict or alcoholic. This treatment can best take place at a drug abuse rehab center.

Some of the most common fundamental problems or causes of drug or alcohol abuse are:

  •     ADD or ADHD
  •     Anxiety
  •     Chemical imbalance
  •     Depression
  •     Depression
  •     Dysfunctional family/turmoil
  •     Headaches
  •     Insomnia
  •     Lack of purpose
  •     Low self esteem
  •     Loss of a loved one
  •     Molestation
  •     Trauma
  •     Physical pain

In depth counseling aimed at healing the underlying issue enables for the achievement of emotional strength and growth and aids in bringing patient recovery.

Addictions cause life to spiral out of control.

The patient who is trying to balance their life issues while dealing with an overwhelming desire to misuse drugs or alcohol finds their life soon spiraling out of control. It may affect their family life, relationships, financial and emotional stability, and ability to maintain gainful employment. Drugs and alcohol not only plays a huge part in injuries and deaths related to traffic incidents, but in the work place. Excessive and chronic alcohol consumption causes many serious health issues; liver disease, cancer, heart attacks, and brain damage; just to name a few. Alcohol and drug abuse can not only trigger diseases but compound those that are contracted by the patient as they contribute to the patient making poor health choices, malnutrition, and participating in at risk behavior.

Women who abuse substances are victims of violence more often than those who do not.

They are at an even higher risk of partaking in activities which endanger their safety and welfare as their judgment is impaired and their self-esteem lowered. Many more women who abuse substances or alcohol become victims of violence than those who do not. It becomes a vicious cycle which can stop with  drug abuse rehab.

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy and God bless.


A Uniform with a Difference

baby scrubs found at blue sky scrubs

In a world where we strive to be both the same and unique at the same time there is a uniform that offers that. We have school uniforms where children dress alike to give them the chance to study and to consider one another as members of the same team having a spirit of comradradie  allowing students to gain the most from their learning environment without the distraction of name brand labels and expensive styles. 

We have military uniforms and work uniforms to help distinguish those of duty from the others. But their is one uniform that has done what others do not and that is the scrub uniform. It allows for the appearance of the team being similar in appearance yet unique as there are so many individual scrub styles to choose from.  You can find medical scrubs of a superior quality at http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/ and they are currently running a special on shipping. 

Scrub uniforms help to maintain the cleanliness of the medical profession while offering the uniqueness of individual choice; a fabric that is stain and wrinkle resistance and a broad range of styles and colors. Blue Sky Scrubs offers gift certificates that can be offered for that special loved one on your gift list that works in the nursing or medical profession. This is a gift of quality that they can enjoy every day. They even offer scrubs for infants. What a unique baby shower gift!

I am joining Thursday Two Questions this week to ask how you feel about school uniforms? I happen to think that school uniforms encourage better studying and less rivalry. I happen to feel that children have a lot of pressure placed upon them to compete with one another to wear clothing that is costly and stylish and it is difficult for the school to monitor a dress code when they are not required to wear uniforms. The child whose family cannot afford the current styles is sometimes outcast. 

How did you dress when you attended high school? When I went to school there was a strict dress code. Girls had to wear dresses or skirts which touched the chair if you were to kneel in a chair. Tops were never revealing, hair cuts and styles were always conventional; no mohawks or funny colors. :-) Boys wore khakis, dress pants, or casual pants; not jeans. The world has truly changed!

Please join Amanda and have your say! :-) Thanks for your visit today. Take care and God bless!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Light a Candle Against Cancer

These are the colors that represent the different cancers. All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.. Even if it's to one more person. In memory of anyone you know that has been struck by cancer.. 

Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle. 

Please Keep The Candle Going! 
This one I do ask that you please send on..

While we pray for the cure of cancer, remember God helps those who help themselves; not that I am blaming anyone for being struck with cancer. Children get struck with cancer, nonsmokers get struck with cancer, but did you know that not eating right has more of an impact on your health than even smoking? 

Chan, Icy and I have written articles about detecting, preventing and treating cancers. Only a fraction of our articles are listed below. We have done extensive research. Cancer is detectable, preventable and treatable if we take the right steps. Losing someone from this formidable disease is heart wrenching. Fighting this disease is frightening! Let us do all that we can against this disease! There is no time like the present to start! Be aware, share, show you care and let's fight this thing.

Thanks for visiting. Take care, stay healthy, and God bless!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Imports

I was in Meijer the other day using a $20. gift certificate I received from my job for earning the title employee of the month. I am honored and truly humbled and appreciative; also the money was burning a hole in my pocket. :-) 

I came across this fruit, called Sharon in the exotic fruit section. They were next to the persimmon and both were priced at two for a $1.00 so I selected one of each and took them home to share with hubby. Before eating this fruit, which looks like an orange tomato, I looked it up online. The fruit felt firm and the skin is thicker than a tomato. I was bursting with curiosity, but first I wanted to know more. Last year when I brought home taro root I learned that it should not be eaten raw and can in fact be toxic if not cooked so  after learning that I have learned to be cautious. If you want to know what I learned about sharon fruit you can read here.  We tried persimmon for the first time last year, and often I bring home something new and we try it, after researching first. Some I now buy every time they are on sale, like pummelo. We love this one! BTW, I have articles linked to each, if you are curious. 

Do you try new foods when you get a chance?

What foods have you tried that you really like or really don't like? I tried the star fruit a few years ago and got a terrible stomach ache. I don't want to see one now. :-)

This post linked to Thursday Two Questions. Join the conversation at Amanda's. Thanks for visiting me. Take care, stay healthy, and God bless. 


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Be a part of Community Action

I used to work part time for Community Action, sandwiched in between a few other jobs. :-) Click on the picture to view all the programs they offer. I used to see many people get assistance for different aspects of their lives, when I would stop at this office to get my pay check. If you need help in any of these areas, look them up in the telephone directory and give them a call. If you have time available to offer to assist others, say in something like tax preparation or assisting in head start, they would appreciate your assistance.

This post linked to weekend reflection. Thank you so much for visiting. Take care, stay healthy and God bless. 


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