Showing posts from March 4, 2018

Why Are High Triglycerides So Bad for You?

1/16 What Are They?Triglycerides are a type of fat in your blood. Oil, margarine, butter, and most other fats in your food are triglycerides. Your blood absorbs them after you eat. But that’s not the only source. Your body also turns extra calories -- especially from “simple carbs” such as pastries, white bread, candy, sugar, and alcohol -- into triglycerides and stores them in fat cells. Swipe to advance 2/16 Are Triglycerides Cholesterol?No. Both are known as “lipids,” but only triglycerides are fats. Cholesterol is a waxy substance made by your liver and intestines (you get some from food as well) that helps make your cell membranes and hormones. It also helps your body digest food. Swipe to advance 3/16 Can They Be Good for You?Yes, in the right amounts. Your body uses them to transfer and store energy for later use. But too many can raise your risk of heart disease, especially if you already have high levels of “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Swipe to advance 4/16 What Are Lipoproteins?Triglyceri…

Inspirational Quote – March 10, 2018

“Who are you to judge the life I live? I am not perfect and don’t have to be! Before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.”

Being honest, I must admit I can occasionally be judgmental, although it’s something I’m working on. Quick to assume or make a snap judgement of someone without knowing anything about them. I am far from alone and most people I know tend to think along the same lines to a certain degree. However, as I said, I’m working on it, and learning to take the time to learn a bit more about who someone really is and where they’re coming from before I make a judgement. Hopefully, this works both ways and people will take the time to get to know me better or discover more about me before making judgements or firm opinions about me and how I should be living my life. Quid pro quo rules!

Small Graces by Kent Neburn

Pause just long enough in your busy day to sit in a patch of sunlight. Now breathe deeply. Then, in the small space you just opened, read this profound reflection on the quiet graces that make up a day. They might just lead into the larger grace of your whole life.

Men in America: Something Ominous Happening to Men

Tucker Carlson Tonight

You hear a lot in America about the "war on women," but it's men in America who are failing. We have some shocking statistics:

The signs are everywhere. If you’re a middle aged man, you probably know a peer who has killed himself in recent years. At least one. If you’re a parent, you may have noticed that your daughter’s friends seem a little more on the ball than your son’s. They get better grades. They smoke less weed. They go to more prestigious colleges. If you’re an employer, you may have noticed that your female employees show up on time, whereas the young men often don’t. And of course if you live in this country, you’ve just seen a horrifying series of mass shootings, far more than we’ve ever had. Women didn’t do that. In every case, the shooter was a man.

Something ominous is happening to men in America. Everyone who pays attention knows that. What’s odd is how rarely you he…

17 Tips to Stop Heartburn at Night

Prop Yourself Up for Better SleepDoes heartburn wake you up at night? Lying down makes it easier for stomach acids to go up into your esophagus. To keep acid down, use gravity. Try a specially designed wedge-shaped pillow to prop yourself up. Not enough? Boost the head of your bed 6 inches with wood blocks secured under the bedposts. Sleeping on your left side can also help digestion and calm acid reflux.
Eat EarlierGoing to bed on a full stomach makes nighttime heartburn more likely. A full stomach puts pressure on the valve at the top of the stomach, which is supposed to keep stomach acid out of the esophagus. So eat at least 2 to 3 hours before bedtime to give your stomach time to empty. Try early dinners, and avoid snacks at night.
Skip Chocolate Dessert and CoffeeBoth of these after-dinner treats can trigger heartburn in some people. Other common offenders to skip at your evening meal include citrus fruits, onions, fizzy drinks, and fatty or spicy foods. Instead of fried entrees, t…

How to Address Gender Inequality in Health Care

A Q&A with Maya Dusenbery about why women get worse health care than men—and what we can do to change that.BY JENARA NERENBERG

Are women and men receiving equally good care from their physicians? Not according to feminist writer Maya Dusenbery, author of the new book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. Instead, she argues, the medical field is rife with gender disparities, leading to poorer outcomes for women. Throughout history, women’s experiences have been overlooked or discounted in doctor’s offices—and in medical and scientific research, she writes. So where has that left us today? Diseases that disproportionately affect women—like autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, and many chronic pain conditions—have been under-researched, leaving doctors without a clear understanding of how to recognize and treat them. And doctors dismiss the accounts of women patients too often, leading to a “trust gap” that affects w…

Inspirational Quote – March 09, 2018

“An open mind allows you to explore and create and grow. Remember that progress would be impossible if we always did things the way we always have.”

An open mind reminds me of a big plot of land with absolutely nothing remotely resembling a fence on or around it. I guess it could also be that I don’t have a lot going on upstairs? Quickly moving on…. Those of us who allow our minds to be open to new ideas, who maintain a thirst for knowledge and who also seize every opportunity for advancement are the ones responsible for keeping everything moving on the great conveyor belt of life. If we restrict our wonderful minds by erecting a barrier that sifts through the possibilities moving along the belt and discard anything remotely new out then it’s like cutting off the blood flow to a treasure trove. Be prepared to be open and add to your “treasures.”

The Intelligence of Plants

Plants are intelligent; perform complex mathematical computations; plan for the future; and even interpret meaning. Stephen Harrod Buhner came to this conclusion by opening his understanding up to the many cultures and individuals who have listened to plants in order to learn what they have to say. He learned from the direct stories of indigenous people whose first person accounts all said they learned the medicinal qualities of the plants they used from the plants themselves, or that it came in a vision, or that Creator told them the uses. It was clear then that, in a way that reductive science did not understand, or even acknowledge, there was another way of gathering information about the world, and that in fact, plants were highly intelligent and able to communicate with people. Dive into this mind-opening interview from Moon Magazine to discover the "non-linear intelligence of nature".

How to Find Your Purpose in Midlife

New research shows that a sense of purpose in life is important for midlife and older adults, not just for kids.BY JILL SUTTIE

My youngest will be going off to college next fall, meaning I’ll soon be an empty nester. After having raised my kids for the last 22 years or so, a large part of my purpose in life will leave along with my son. I know I’m not alone in feeling both sad and panicky about this big shift—a lot of other people face similar feelings. We wonder what life will be like and what we will do with ourselves once our kids have flown the coop. Having a purpose in life means caring deeply about a goal that you are willing to work toward achieving—often to help others or affect the world in some positive, productive way. Researchers like Kendall Bronk and educators like Patrick Cook-Deegan have done a lot to understand how we foster a sense of purpose in adolescents. But what about older people like me? Do we need a sense of purpose, or should we just sit back and enjoy life? For…