Archive for April, 2010

April 30th, 2010

Medical Help for US Citizens Without Health Insurance

I have gone for several years without health insurance and on the way I have learned some helpful things that I would like to share with my readers. Especially those who do not have health insurance. There are so many people out there who do not know these things and trust me, people won’t tell them to you either.

First of all, if you have to take medication on a regular basis and can’t afford to pay for your medicine, apply online at the pharmaceutical company that makes it, to get on their program. Your doctor will have to write a prescription for the medicine. You will have to fill out paperwork and a copy of proof of income. Have your doctors office fax everything to the pharmaceutical company to get on their program. The medicine will be either sent to your home or your doctor’s office and it will be free of charge. I can’t tell you how many time I have done this.

I’m not sure, but I think most cities have clinics that go on a sliding scale. Here where I live, we have two. One in Huntsville and the other in Athens, Alabama. You have to have a job. Where I go you have to apply for a new card every six months. You need to take three pay check studs. They calculate what you will be paying each time you go to the doctor by what you make. I usually pay only $25.00 for everything. I can’t tell you how much this helps me and I’m able to see a doctor on a regular basis. There are also free clinics. Those are very good and the doctors and volunteer help are wonderful.

If your doctor wants you to have expensive tests done, go to the local hospitals business office and apply to get on one of their programs. More than likely they will cover the costs of the tests. It depends on your financial situation. I applied for a MRI and they covered the total bill which came to $6000. I am so grateful to know this information. It has really helped me in my life. They do not cover doctors fees but it is such a help what they do cover. There are generous people and organizations out their who donate to causes like this that people are not even aware of. If I ever get a large amount of money, I am going to give back.

If you are diagnosed with a life threatening diseases, you qualify for medicaid. That will pay for all your medical, including your medicines. You have to make an appointment at the social security office and speak with one of the social workers. She or he will help you get started with everything. And it’s quick, not a long process.

Also if you are a senior citizen, you can go to the senior center and apply for all kinds of assistance.

Now get out there and help yourself. No one else will do it for you. If you need something don’t be afraid to ask. All kinds of help is out there waiting for you.

Owner/Pama Lyons

April 28th, 2010

Another Way To Help Save Our Planet

I am so blessed to keep finding these great articles to help save our planet. Please enjoy and take head. Let’s keep those great vibes going.

Owner/Pama Lyons

by Dr. Susan Wagner. “Since we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I thought I’d give you another perspective on helping our planet. I call it Vibrational Sustainability. This “green” concept allows us to go beyond recycling, planting trees and using personal care products that are free of toxins. It takes global warming and controlling emissions to an entirely new level.

I’d like to teach you about your own energetic emissions, and how you can aid the welfare of the planet and all her creatures simply by controlling your emotional output. Emotions are waveforms that influence all life around us, because everything is based in energy. Scientists have shown that all animate and inanimate objects are made of vibrating waves of electromagnetic energy. When we feel an emotion, we literally send off waves, as if we were a pebble thrown into a pond.

The earth has a natural, healthy vibration that is created by the energy of the soil, planets and animals. Animals serve many roles when it comes to energy of the planet. Their energy fields are far more expansive than ours – a dog’s field is approximately ten times that of a human’s. A horse’s  will encompass a large arena, and a cat’s will fill an entire property. The energy of wildlife is especially important to the survival of the planet. They create frequencies that maintain stability and promote healing.

The earth’s frequency is approximately 8 – 10 Hz, and is also created by Schumann Resonances, which are vibrations formed in the space between the ground and clouds. We can’t see them, but they bounce up and down, as sound waves travel through the shaft of a wind instrument.

There was an interesting experiment done in Europe in the 1960’s. Human subjects were placed in a lead shielded underground living space, blocking outside electromagnetic radiation.  Eventually the humans became confused and agitated, and their biorhythms were disrupted. Researchers then pulsed in varying frequencies and measured the effects on the subjects. The frequency that helped them regain normalcy was 10 Hz – the same as the earth’s natural resonance.

8-10 Hz is the identical frequency range as alpha waves in our brains. This brain activity is produced when we are in a state of relaxation. Being in an alpha state gives us a sense of well-being, increases creativity, and enhances our immune systems. Our optimal vibration is the same as the earth’s inherent frequency. We are meant to live in harmony with nature, not in discord.

Now we know why natural surroundings are good for us. But energy transmission goes both ways. We receive from the earth, and the earth receives from us. When we feel scattered and chaotic, we transmit those frequencies to all the people and animals around us, and to the earth. By being joyful and at peace with ourselves and those around us, we can help heal the planet. Who would have thought tree hugging was really quantum physics in action?

So next time, stop, smell and be grateful for the roses – it will help you and Mother Nature!”

April 26th, 2010

11 Ways To Save Your Planet

This picture was taken in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. See how beautiful our planet and country is?

I know I have been harping on ways to save the planet, but it’s a very important thing to do. Things are coming and if we can prevent what is in store for us from happening by the little things we do, then I want to put as many ideas out there as possible. I am complying to as many ideas as I can to help save our planet. Some of these suggestions I have already mentioned. It doesn’t hurt to hear them again.

A Mug of Your Own. Every year Americans throw away 25 billion polystyrene cups and 25 billion individual water bottles, most of which end up in landfills. Instead buy a reusable to-go mug and a bottle that you can refill with filtered tap water. Bring your own (to a coffee shop, a meeting), and you cut down on Styrofoam.

Did you know that when you buy and ice cream, if you put it in a cone, you are helping to save the planet? It’s very simple, you are not using waste paper to fill the landfills. The more things we can do without using disposable products that go into the land fills the better off we are.

Clean Without Chemicals. Natural cleansers like vinegar and baking soda do a great job without harming the planet. “And,” Matthew says, “a little vegetable oil and lemon juice makes a great wood polish.”
Bag It. Get reusable cloth bags for the grocery store and the dry cleaner. More than 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away every year.
Stop Junk Mail. Every year 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes. Contact The Direct Marketing association at The-DMA.org to remove your name from mailing lists of their members.
A Better TP. Recycled toilet paper is scratchier than three-ply, but it’s much softer on the environment. “It’s like switching from whole milk to skim,” says O writer Aimee Lee Ball. “After a while the beloved original seems over-the-top.”
How Many People Does It Take To… Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use four times less energy than incandescent ones. If every American family substituted five CFL bulbs for incandescent, it would be equivalent to taking eight million cars off the road for a year. Ball says “They cost a little more up front, but they last up to 15 times longer.”
De-Lint the Dryer. Lint builds up after every dryer cycle, reducing the machine’s efficiency. Removing it does a lot to decrease its usually massive energy use.
Pick Safe Paints. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, architectural coatings such as paints and varnishes are the second-largest source of fumes from volatile organic compounds, substances that evaporate at room temperature and react in sunlight to form photochemical smog. Look for cans with “No VOC.” We’ll all breathe easier. (If you don’t use the whole can, you can find out how to recycle the rest .)
Shorten Your Showers. Low-flow shower heads would be a big improvement. “If they’re well designed, the pressure should still feel good,” says Laurie David, another prominent activist in Hollywood. “For every two minutes you shave off your shower, you save 10 gallons of water.”
Shut Down. The average computer left on all day uses nearly 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, producing more than a ton of carbon emissions. So turn off your computer anytime you’re not on it, and eliminate the screen saver function, which uses more energy than the sleep mode.”

April 23rd, 2010

A New Migraine Trigger?

I found this article to be interesting and thought you might like to read this. My daughter-in-law has migraines so I thought this article is one she should read. I sent it to her. This is bad news for her because she loves the computer. I do know that she doesn’t go near electronics because of the health problems she has. This may be one of the reasons.

“Bad news for folks with migraines who work with computers: The visual noise created by many electronic devices, such as monitors, may be a source of recurring migraine pain. ”

Visit this url to read about 10 more triggers for migraines.    http://www.ivillage.com/food-triggers/108845?nlcid=pa|04-21-2010

April 21st, 2010

At Home

We have done almost all of these to our home. Our daughter in laws are allergic to many things, especially chemicals. It makes them deathly ill. We have done allot of adjustments in our home to accommodate them because we want them to visit. We have taken almost all cleaning products out of our home. We were having a hard time getting stains out of our sink with natural cleaning products, so my partner bought some Comet. I have to tell you, we had to get it out of our home right away. The smell of chemicals are getting to us. When you clean up your environment and try to do all natural things, you yourself changes. You body gets rid of the chemicals in your system and chemicals start affecting you. It’s very strange. We also went to unscented bath soaps and shampoos. When we are around products that have scents, it gets to us right away. That goes to show you how much poison you are taking in on a daily basis. I hope you can use some of these suggestions.

Owner/Pama Lyons

1. Change five lights: Replace your five most used light bulbs with those Energy Star bulbs.

2. Look for Energy Star qualified products: For all your new appliances, look for Energy Star. They are the best and have the most efficient qualities.

3. Heat and cool smartly: By having your heating and cooling equipment serviced every year and changing your filters out on a regular basis can save you on your bill quite a bit.

4. Seal and Insulate your home: Sealing air leaks and adding more insulation to your home is a great way to save energy with a do it yourself project.

Later on I will be adding more helpful hints. This will be a good start for you.

April 19th, 2010

10 Reasons to Drink More Water!

10 reasons to drink more water! The water thing always confuses me. I went for years and hardly drank water unless it was in coffee. I weighed 100 pounds and didn’t have any trouble. Now I’m over weight, I drink allot of water and have the worst time loosing weight. I am not sure that this water thing makes a difference, but I thought you would like to read about this. Did you know that everything you eat has water in it?

Owner/Pama Lyons

The following article is posted by Michelle Schoffro Cook

“We hear about importance of drinking enough water constantly. On the flip side, there has been a growing trend in the media lately that the commonly recommended eight cups of water daily is a myth, which is technically accurate, but not the whole story. Whether you need eight cups of water daily, or four or ten, most people are not getting the message that whatever their particular water needs are, they aren’t meeting them.

And even dietitians, nutritionists, and medical professionals are contributing to the problem by informing people that they get enough water in their diet in the form of fruits and vegetables. That might be true for some people, but after assessing the diets of countless people, I assure you that isn’t the case for most people.

Plus, have you ever noticed that when you throw vegetables in a pan and turn on the heat you’ll see liquid in the pan soon afterward, and then shortly after that you’ll see steam rising from them? That’s because you’re literally cooking the water out of the vegetables.

Researchers estimate that half of the world’s population is chronically dehydrated. And in America, that level is even higher at 75 percent of the population.

More than two-thirds of your body weight is water. Without adequate water your body’s biochemical and electrical (yes electrical, read on!) processes begin to break down. The list of reasons your body needs water is as plentiful as the functions in your body, so due to space limitations, here are 10 good reasons to drink more water:

1. Your blood is over 80 percent water and needs water to make healthy new blood cells.

2. Your bones are over 50 percent water and, you guessed it, need water to make healthy new bone cells.

3. Drinking more water actually helps lessen pain in your body by getting your lymphatic system moving. The lymphatic system is a network of nodes, tubes, vessels, and fluid that move waste out of your tissues. It requires water to function properly.

4. Water helps to eliminate wastes and toxins from your body through the lymphatic system, kidneys, and intestines.

5. Water lubricates your joints and helps reduce joint pain and protect against wear and tear.

6. Water regulates your metabolism so if you’re overweight chances are you may need more water.

7. Water balances body temperature.

8. Water helps to ensure adequate electrical functioning so your brain and nervous system function properly. Your brain and nervous system send out electrical signals to function properly. Researchers estimate that your brain gives off about the same amount of electricity as a 60 watt light bulb. So, there’s some truth to the image of a light bulb going on when someone has a good idea.

9. Water alleviates dehydration (and I’ve already mentioned that most people are chronically dehydrated).

10. Every cell and organ in your body requires adequate water to function properly.

So, one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your health is to start drinking more pure water every day. Be sure to drink water an empty stomach or you’ll simply be diluting your digestive enzymes and making your digestion less effective.

And, choose purified water as much as possible (but get yourself a BPA-free water bottle so you won’t pollute the planet with all those plastic water bottles. In wealthy, developed nations with plentiful access to water, we really have no excuses for not drinking enough water.”

April 16th, 2010

Traveling Cheaply!

I belong to this club called “The League of Power”. This morning I was reading my email and was sent a special report from Nancy Patterson. She is one of the administrators of this club. There are so many of us who are on a strict budget and have a hard time traveling because we just don’t have the money. I felt it was worth while to share this with you. I hope you get some good pointers from it. I know I did. Get your coffee and sit back. This will take you awhile to go through everything.

“Transportation Expenses:  In 2004 Steve Gillman and his wife were planning a trip to Ecuador. They were diligent travelers who invested time and effort into traveling on a budget from their home in Traverse City, MI to Quito, Ecuador. They checked for airplane tickets on multiple websites and were flexible with their dates but they couldn’t’ find flights cheaper than $1720. Not to be discouraged, seasoned traveler Steve dug deeper. Instead of accepting $1720 as the cheapest option for airfare Steve broke down his flight into two separate flights and saved big. He booked a flight from the Traverse City, MI area to Miami for $300 and a second flight from Miami to Quito for $404. This saved Steve over $1000 each way! Discount airfare websites that compare flights from several different sources sometimes don’t check this option. It can be cheaper if you take the extra step to check whether you can break the flight down into two or more smaller flights.

Planning ahead can save you money but last-minute deals can offer some of the most attractive cheap travel options as well. If you are able to travel at a minute’s notice then check out websites like lastminutetravel.com that offer discounted package deals that airlines and hotels were not able to sell on their own. Also check out JetBlue on Twitter. JetBlue offers fares as low as $10 to some of its most popular destinations. Deals usually are tweeted with only a day or two advanced notice for travel dates. Check out their constant stream of deals on twitter at http://twitter.com/jetbluecheeps

But what if jetting off to an exotic location is just not in the cards for your upcoming vacation? There are ways to get where you’re going for peanuts.

Don Jankiewicz has driven over 50 cars, none of which are his. Autodriveaway.com boasts that it is the largest vehicle delivery company in the country. Autodriveaway.com pairs vehicle owners who need their vehicle transported from one location to another with individuals who are willing to perform this service. Vehicle owners get the convenience of having their vehicle meet them at their destination and program participants get a free trip in someone else’s car. Drivers are given  free gas, and a negotiable duration of time to complete the trip. This way you could drive across the country in someone else’s car with free gas while exploring places you’ve never seen before. And the best part is it’s free!

Accommodations: No matter where you go you’ll need a place to stay. Whether it’s a pullout bed in an RV or cushy mattress in a towering hotel depends on your budget.

The general rule is if your budget is in the hundreds of dollars rather than the thousands of dollars the hotels are most likely not going to be an option for you. If you are going to be in one place for more than a couple of days you may want to rent an apartment or house.

A hotel in a decent area of town with basic amenities can run you up to $200 a night. If you plan on staying there for a week your bill can easily top $1400. That’s a lot of money for just one of the four areas of travel expenses.

If you are staying in one place for more than a few days try looking into alternative housing. You can rent an apartment or house. Often you can stay at an upscale condo or home that has all the amenities of a hotel for a lot less.   Check out sites like vacationrentals.com or vacation rentals by owner that boast impressive homes and condo’s all across the world.

If you’re looking for accommodations that are more than cheap there are some free options; but  you’ll have to be a little more daring in your search for housing. Crashing on the couch at your friends’ house for a few days is one thing but crashing on the couch of a complete stranger’s house is another! Websites like couchsurfing.com, hospitalityclub.org, and globalfreeloaders.com pair people who have couches with travelers who need to sleep on them. People who use this service come from all cultures and backgrounds but most tend to be males in their 20s or 30s who speak English and usually hail from America, Germany, Australia, or Canada. The upside for people sleeping on couches is not only free lodging but the chance to meet people who tend to be open-minded, friendly, and generous.

Did you see the 2006 movie Holiday starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet? Cameron and Kate play women who swap houses in order to escape failed romances. Cameron trades her southern California mansion for Kate’s quaint cottage in a small village outside of London. Now most of the time movies are based on fiction but this scenario could easily happen. Websites like digsville.com, Green Theme International Home Exchange, homeexchange.com, and swapnow.com allow you to trade your pad for someone else’s for free! People who use these services must do their own research on the person they choose to swap houses with and it certainly helps if you have a house in an area by the beach or downtown area that many people would like to visit.   

Destination ProclamationSo you’ve set aside some money and are ready for a vacation. You’ve got your sunscreen, flip flops and camera packed and would love nothing more than to set out on an adventure to an enjoyable stress-free destination. You’ve got kayak.com and side step.com website open on your laptop and plugged in your flexible travel dates. But now the big question.  Where do you travel to? Do you do Rome or Florida? New York or Las Vegas? Back-packing through Europe or an African safari?Figure out what type of vacation is important to you. Do you want the beach or the casino? Those are two very different types of vacations. One is relaxing the other is action-packed. The destination you pick will determine the type of vacation you have.

If you’re looking to visit a place with beautiful vistas and sprawling landscape check out cheaper alternatives to destinations abroad. Well traveled families can tell you that national parks offer views without extravagant prices.

Also use the weak economy to your advantage. Make the strengthening dollar work for you. Look for destinations abroad where currency conversions work for you, you’ll get more bang for your buck!

The best tip of all for traveling on the cheap without feeling cheap is to be flexible. Keep your travel dates, locations, food choices and entertainment options open to all possibilities and be prepared to go with the flow. For example if you had planned to go zip lining through the rainforest but you get there and the price for the excursion is more expensive than you thought don’t fret! There are a million other things to do! Try hiring a guide to take you on a nature hike. Or rent a scooter and explore your new city. When you return home you won’t remember all of the things you didn’t do, you’ll remember all the things you did do!”
Keeping Money in Your Pocket,

Nancy Patterson

This Dogwood tree is way over a hundred years old. They moved it to the Botanical Gardens a few years back. We heard the other day that it is dying. I thought you would like to see a picture of it. It is truely beautiful.

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