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July 28th, 2010

Unusual Uses For Alka-Seltzer

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Author/Owner: Pama Lyons

Unusual Uses For Alka-Seltzer

by Francesca Clarke, Posted Jun 24th 2010 12:17PM

These fizzy little pills will help you unclog the sink, polish jewelry and more.

Alka-Seltzer tablets and their generic equivalents are useful for more than just relief from indigestion and heartburn. From cleaning your toilet to attracting fish, these little pills pack big power when used in other ways.


Clean Your Toilet

Drop two tablets in the toilet, wait 20 minutes for the citric acid to loosen the grime, scrub and flush. Your toilet will look as clean as it would had you used conventional cleaners.  
A great natural solution for unclogging the drain! Drop 3 tablets down the drain, followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Let the hot water run for 5 minutes and you’ll have a clear drain. This will also work to deodorize the drain.

Clean Burnt Food Off Glass Cookware

Burnt the casserole again? Even with a good scrub, sometimes the food seems to stay. Enter Alka-Seltzer. Drop 5 tablets in a sink full of hot water, soak your cookware for an hour and the burnt food will come off with ease.  
For difficult to clean vessels with intricate design and hard to reach places, a wash cloth or scrub brush just won’t do. Instead, drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets in, add hot water and swish it around until the tablets are dissolved and let it sit for an hour. Rinse, and the glass jar, vase or Thermos will be as clean as new.  
Drop two tablets in a bowl of warm water. Let your jewelry soak for about 20 minutes. It will look new again! (Note: This is not safe for pearls or opals.)

Unclog the Sink

Clean a Glass Jar, Vase or Thermos

Polish Jewelry

Clean a Coffee Percolator
 Fill the water chamber and drop in two tablets, then run a cycle. This will clean out all the internal components. Run through another plain water cycle before using the machine again for coffee.

Go Fishing
Fish love bubbles, and dissolving Alka-Seltzer is very bubbly. Put a tablet inside your tube jig and cast off. The fish won’t be able to resist the stream of bubbles.

Soothe Insect Bites
Drop two tablets in warm water, then soak a cotton ball in the solution. Apply it to the infected area for 30 minutes for relief from the insect bites.

Aside from these great Home Ec. solutions, Alka-Seltzer tablets have been attributed medicinal benefits beyond those listed on the box. Here are two of the rumored benefits:

Manage Nicotine Addiction
Take two Alka-Seltzer tablets three times daily to relieve nicotine withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings.

Cure Urinary Tract Infections
Take two tablets in a glass of water as soon as you notice symptoms. Results are almost immediate. Keep in mind that Aspirin is a main ingredient in Alka-Seltzer so those with Aspirin allergies shouldn’t use it.

July 25th, 2010

Trivia

Can ketchup clean your pots?
To clean tarnished copper bottoms of pots and pans, spread a little
ketchup onto the bottom. Let it sit for about one minute. Wipe it clean
and rinse.
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Which city was the first with a million?
The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy
in 133 B.C. London, England reached the mark in 1810 and New York City,
USA made it in 1875. Today, there are over 300 cities in the world that
boast a population in excess of 1 million.
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Who pushed Chuck Norris into acting?
Actor Steve McQueen encouraged his karate teacher to pursue a career in
acting. The teacher? Chuck Norris. McQueen is quoted as telling Norris,
“If you can’t do anything else, there’s always acting.”
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Is Chicago really windy?
Chicago, Illinois was nicknamed the Windy City because of the excessive
local bragging that accompanied the Columbian Exhibition of 1893.
Chicago has actually been rated as only the 16th breeziest city in
America.
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Who named our space program Apollo?
Abe Silverstein, who headed NASA’s Space Flight Development Program,
proposed the name Apollo for the space exploration programs in the
1960s. He chose that legendary Greek name because the virile Apollo was
a god who rode through the skies in a magnificent golden chariot. The
precedent of naming manned spacecraft for mythological gods had been set
earlier with Project Mercury, also named by Silverstein.
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What do people, mice, and giraffes have in common?
Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes, and humans all have seven neck
vertebra.
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Why do you unravel a clue?
A “clue” originally meant a ball of thread. This is why one is said to
“unravel” the clues of a mystery.
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Who invented the windmill?
The windmill originated in Iran in A.D. 644. It was used to grind grain.
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Are guys sweatier than gals?
There are about 2 million sweat glands in the average human body. The
average adult loses 540 calories with every liter of sweat. Men sweat
about 40% more than women.
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How did PEZ get its name?
PEZ Candy was first marketed as a compressed peppermint candy over 70
years ago in Vienna, Austria. The name PEZ was derived from the German
word for peppermint… PfeffErminZ. Today, over 3 billion PEZ candies
are consumed annually in the U.S.A. alone.
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How popular is Charles’ ‘Lithiated Lemon’ today?
Lithiated Lemon was the creation of Charles Griggs from Missouri, who
introduced the lemon-lime drink in 1929. Four years later he renamed it
7-Up. Sales increased significantly.
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How do you write ‘trouble’ in Chinese?
On the Chinese written language, the ideograph that stands for “trouble”
represents two women under one roof.
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Who started the fad of men being clean-shaven?
The custom of being clean-shaven is said to date back to Alexander the
Great, who had a scanty beard and set the fashion. A century later,
shaving entered the Roman world in the West and the Eastern world
abandoned the custom.
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Did the military test frisbees?
In 1969, the Navy spent $375,000 on an “aerodynamic analysis of the
self-suspended flare.” The study’s conclusion was that the frisbee was
not feasible as military hardware.
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Do we still count with stones?
Anthropologists believe stones were one of man’s first calculating
devices, aiding in addition and subtraction throughout primitive times.
In fact, the word “calculus” is derived from the Latin for “stone.”
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How did the duffel bag get its name?
The duffel bag got its name from the Belgian town of Duffel, where the
coarse, thick napped woolen fabric used for the bags was manufactured.
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What did Francis’ father think of him?
St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan religious order in 1209, was a
layman born rich. When he embarked on a career of charity, his father
disowned him.

July 16th, 2010

Trivia, Just Some Fun Stuff

I don’t know about you, but I think Trivia is fun. Enjoy

Owner/Author: Pama Lyons

Are preservatives preserving us?
Undertakers report that human bodies do not deteriorate as quickly as they used to. The reason, they believe, is that the modern diet contains so many preservatives that these chemicals tend to prevent the body from decomposition too rapidly after death.
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Where was root beer invented?
Root beer was invented in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1898 by Edward Adolf Barq, Sr.
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Which sweets are least bad?
The candies least harmful to the teeth are pies, plain cakes, and doughnuts.
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How are all the continents alike?
The first letter of every continent’s name is the same as the last: AmericA, AntarcticA, EuropE, AsiA, AustraliA, AfricA.
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Who brought guinea pigs into the home?
Guinea pigs were first domesticated by the Incas, who used them for food, in sacrifices, and as household pets.
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Who had it toughest in Oz?
It took a tense 1 hour and 45 minutes each day to apply actor Jack Haley’s silver and black makeup for his signature role as the Tin Man in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. Ray Bolger, as the Scarecrow, sat in the makeup chair for 2 hours each day. Bert Lahr, as the Cowardly Lion, had the worst time of it. Once his lion’s mouth and nose prostheses were glued to his face, he couldn’t open his own mouth wide enough to chew. His lunch was whatever he could sip through a straw. His fur-covered lion costume, complete with fur mittens, was so heavy and hot, Lahr had to take the suit off completely after each shot, and would be dripping wet.
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Which state was first with a seat belt law?
The state of New York instituted the nation’s first mandatory seat-belt law on July 12, 1984.
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How does a cat walk?
Cats are the only domestic animals that walk directly on their claws, not on their paws. This method of walking is called “digitigrade”. When cats scratch furniture, it isn’t an act of malice. They are actually tearing off the ragged edges of the sheaths of their talons to expose the new sharp ones beneath. (I don’t believe this –Lindy)
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How often do people dream?
People dream an average of five times a night, and each subsequent dream is longer than the one preceding it. The first dream of the evening is about 10 minutes long, and the last dream is about 45 minutes.
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Why do we have cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving?
The Indians of the eastern U.S. had a particular liking for meats served with fruit sauces. The ripening of cranberries and the Thanksgiving holiday coincide, which is one reason why cranberry relish is traditionally served with roast turkey.
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How many apples do Americans eat?
Americans eat an average of 18 pounds of fresh apples each year. The most popular variety in the United States is the Red Delicious.
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What was the first form of vaccination?
Until recent years, people living in remote areas of Afghanistan and Ethiopia were immunized against smallpox by having dried powdered scabs from victims of the disease blown up their noses. This treatment was invented by a Chinese Buddhist nun in the eleventh century. It is the oldest known form of vaccination.
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Who was the first lady on a box of Wheaties?
The first female athlete to appear in a Wheaties “Breakfast of Champions” television commercial was Mary Lou Retton, shortly after her gold medal win at the 1984 summer Olympics.

July 14th, 2010

You Need Sun! 10 Healthy Tips to Get It

I grew up in San Diego. Everyday of my life I was at the ocean swimming in the water. It didn’t matter what the outside weather was. I kept a tan all year round. I used to drink allot of diet coke that had aspartame in it. I started getting sun poison when I was in my late 20’s when I stayed too long in the sun. I believe it was the aspartame that caused this change in my body. Now I make sure I take 2000 milligrams of vitamin D everyday. I do get outside almost every day, but I want to make sure I get enough vitamin D. Here is an article that I hope will help you with your sun intake. Enjoy.

Author/Owner: Pama Lyons

posted by Dr. Frank Lipman Jun 25, 2010 5:01 pm

My Top 10 Tips for Healthy Sun Exposure and Optimizing your Vitamin D Levels

1. Have a healthy respect for the sun. It is powerful medicine with potentially dangerous side effects on your skin. Treat it like medication, using the lowest dose necessary, but don’t avoid it completely. Never fall asleep in the sun without protection.

2. Always avoid sunburn. It is sunburn, not healthy sun exposure that causes problems. Repeated sunburns, especially in children and very fair-skinned people, have been linked to melanoma. Whereas there is no credible scientific evidence that regular, moderate sun exposure causes melanoma or other skin cancers.

3. Prepare your skin and build up tolerance gradually. Start early in the year (spring), or early in the morning before the sun is strongest and slowly build up the amount of time you spend in the sun.

4. Get 15-30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure two to four times a week. Each of us has different needs for unprotected sun exposure to maintain adequate levels of Vitamin D. Depending on your age, what type of skin you have, where you live and what time of the day and year it is, your need will vary. The farther you live from the equator, the more exposure to the sun you need in order to generate vitamin D. For instance, a fair skinned person, sitting on a New York beach in June, in the middle of the day, for about 10-15 minutes (enough to cause a light pinkness 24 hours after), is producing the equivalent of 15,000-20,000 IU’s of Vitamin D. But the same person living further north in the U.K, or Canada would need 20-30 minutes to get that light pinkness, which is all one needs. Also, people with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 – 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people, to generate the same amount of vitamin D. For more specifics, I recommend the tables in The Vitamin D Solution by Dr. Michael Holick.

5. Get frequent, short exposures. Regular short exposures have been found to be much more effective and safer than intermittent long ones. Note that you cannot generate Vitamin D when sitting behind a glass window, because the UVB rays necessary for vitamin D production are absorbed by glass.

6. After your 15-30 minutes of sun-block free time in the sun, you must protect yourself. If you’re going to be out in the sun for longer periods, wear a hat to protect your face and light colored clothing that blocks the sun and keeps you cool. When you do apply sunscreen, use one with fewer chemicals. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s list of safer sunscreens. Remember that even weak sunscreens block the ability of your skin to manufacture vitamin D, so once you have applied it, you will not be making vitamin D.

7. Boost your “internal sunscreen” by consuming anti-oxidants and beneficial fats. These strengthen skin cells, helping to protect them from sun damage. Eating lots of vegetables and fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, goji berries and pomegranates and supplementing with green powdered mixes and fish oils are great options when going into the sun.

8. Have your vitamin D blood levels checked regularly. The correct blood test is 25OH vit D or 25 hydroxy vitamin D test. Be aware, however, that current “normal” range for vitamin D is 20 to 55 ng/ml. This is much too low! Those levels may be fine if you want to prevent rickets or osteomalacia, but they are not adequate for optimal health. The ideal range for optimal health is 50-80 ng/ml.

9. Don’t rely on food alone for your vitamin D needs. It is almost impossible to get your vitamin D needs met by food alone. Fatty wild fish (not farmed), like salmon and mackerel are the best food sources, but you would have to eat huge quantities of them daily to get anywhere near what your body needs. Although fortified milk and orange juice do contain vitamin D, you would have to drink at least 10 glasses of each daily and I don’t recommend doing that.

10. Take Vitamin D3 supplements if necessary. In the winter or if you don’t get enough healthy sun exposure or if your blood levels are low, make sure you supplement with at least 2,000 IU’s a day of Vitamin D3. Although I recommend moderate sunbathing, vitamin D supplements provide the same benefits as sunshine (in terms of Vitamin D needs). But, if taken in too large a dose, they can cause vitamin D toxicity, whereas sun exposure does not. It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from the sun: Your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs, which just reaffirms to me that we should get our vitamin D from sensible sun exposure. Here are specific guidelines for replenishing Vitamin D.

Conclusion
Although irresponsible sunbathing is unquestionably harmful and precautions need to be taken, regular, moderate, unprotected sun exposure is essential for good health. It is free, easy to get and good for you when used intelligently. It is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D in your own body, which we now know to be an essential ingredient for optimizing health and preventing disease.

July 7th, 2010

Surprising Uses for Aspirin

Allison Ford knows her beans about all kinds of health information. Here is something  that will suprise you on aspirin. Enjoy.

By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline

In this age of flashy new medicines and cutting-edge medical treatments, it’s comforting to find a simple cure that’s tried and true. In 400 BCE, the Greek physician Hippocrates described the healing powers of willow bark, which he recommended for easing pain and reducing fevers. It turns out that willow bark’s active ingredient, a chemical called salicin, is the foundation of aspirin, the closest thing modern medicine has to a miracle drug.

Healers have used willow bark to treat pain and inflammation for centuries, and since the 1700s, chemists and doctors have been isolating salicin into salicylic acid for medicinal purposes. In 1897, a German chemist was searching for a new formulation to help his father’s painful rheumatism. At the time, salicylic acid was already a dominant pain reliever, but it had terrible gastrointestinal side effects.

By tinkering with the chemical structure of salicylic acid, he ended up with acetylsalicylic acid, a milder and gentler version. The pharmaceutical company he worked for, Bayer, named the compound aspirin and began marketing its new pill aggressively, and within just a few years, it was the most prescribed drug in the world. By 1915, aspirin was so ubiquitous that it became available over the counter.

These days in the United States and many other countries, aspirin is a generic drug that several companies manufacture. In countries such as Germany, Canada, Mexico, and eighty others, however, Aspirin is still a registered trademark of the Bayer Corporation. In these countries, generic forms of aspirin are called by their chemical name, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA).

A Medicinal Marvel
Aspirin has been called a miracle drug because it has so many applications. As opposed to most drugs, which have a single purpose, aspirin is a pain reliever, a fever reducer, and a blood thinner all in one. Scientists didn’t begin to truly understand how aspirin works until the 1970s, but we now know that aspirin prevents cells from manufacturing prostaglandins, chemicals that carry pain messages from damaged cells to the brain. Aspirin binds to a special enzyme called COX-2, which is necessary for the production of a particular type of prostaglandin. Without this enzyme, cells cannot create the chemicals, so pain messages never get sent to the brain, whether they’re coming from a headache, arthritis, an injury, or menstrual cramps.

Preventing prostaglandin production is also how aspirin helps keep blood flowing through the cardiovascular system. Aspirin shuts down the manufacture of many types of prostaglandins, one of which causes blood cells to stick together and coagulate. By inhibiting this particular prostaglandin’s production, aspirin thins the blood and helps prevent clots. Many people with heart disease take a low dose of aspirin every day as a preventative measure against heart attacks and strokes. While it’s not known exactly how aspirin reduces fevers, even Hippocrates noticed this medicinal property; modern physicians and researchers believe that aspirin acts on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates autonomic functions, including body temperature.

Because of its longevity and roots in traditional medicine, aspirin is often thought to be completely safe and harmless, but unfortunately, even a wonder drug can have some downsides. Doctors caution people with clotting problems against taking aspirin, since it can make coagulation disorders worse, and it shouldn’t be taken for extended periods of time after surgeries, since it can slow healing by preventing blood from clotting. If taken in large doses, it can also cause tinnitus, change the way kidneys function, and harm the gastrointestinal tract. Aspirin is particularly contraindicated for children, because kids who take aspirin (especially for things like fevers, the flu, and chicken pox) are more likely to develop a deadly nervous-system disorder called Reye’s syndrome.

Healing the Household
Even if you prefer Advil or acetaminophen, it’s still worth keeping a bottle of regular aspirin in the house. Besides coming in handy for various aches and pains, aspirin is also helpful in several household applications.

  • Aspirin is highly effective at reducing the inflammation caused by bug bites and stings.
  • To ease swelling and itchiness, wet the area and rub an aspirin tablet on the spot.
  • Cut flowers will last longer if their water includes a crushed-up aspirin tablet.
  • Because it contains salicylic acid (the same active ingredient found in many anti-acne potions), aspirin also works to reduce the appearance of pimples and other blemishes. Rubbing an aspirin paste on a blemish will help dry it out and get rid of the redness.
  • If you find that your white T-shirts accumulate yellow deodorant stains in the armpits, aspirin can fix those, too. Crush a few pills, mix them with some warm water, and soak the stains in the solution before washing—the aspirin will make the shirts look as good as new.
  • Aspirin has also been recommended for reviving dead car batteries, eliminating dandruff, killing fungus spores in the garden, and removing chlorine buildup from the hair of people who swim frequently in pools.

Nowadays, we may have specialized painkillers that target menstrual cramps, back pain, or sinus pressure, but nothing can beat a drug that’s been used safely and effectively in its present form for over a hundred years. Considering all the things aspirin can do, modern medicine would be hard pressed to come up with something better.

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