Showing posts from July 8, 2018

Steer Clear of These Summer Skin Dangers

JellyfishTheir tentacles contain venom, so getting stung can be painful or sometimes life-threatening. Stings usually happen by accident when you carelessly handle a jellyfish, or swim or wade among them. Swipe to advance 2/19 Jellyfish StingsStings can set off intense pain, rashes, and welts. Some can lead to vomiting and muscle spasms. Severe reactions can cause trouble breathing, coma, and death. The first step in treating the sting is to remove the visible tentacles with fine tweezers. Don't try to scrape them out. Soaking the area with hot water -- after making sure it won't burn the skin -- can help with pain. For most people, putting vinegar on the stung areas may block release of venom from the stingers. Most lifeguards keep it on hand. Swipe to advance 3/19 StingraysTheir tails have notched, venomous spines that can cause cuts and puncture wounds. Stingrays aren’t aggressive, so it's unlikely they'll try to hurt you unless you accidentally step on one. Swipe to adva…

15 Health Threats From High Blood Pressure

Artery DamageYour arteries should be sturdy, springy, and smooth to move blood easily from your lungs and heart, where it gets oxygen, to your organs and other tissues. High blood pressure, or HBP, pushes too hard on your artery walls. This damages the inside and causes fat, or “plaque,” to collect. That plaque makes your arteries more stiff and narrow, so they can’t do their job as well. Swipe to advance 2/15 AneurysmIt’s when pressure pushes out a section of an artery wall and weakens it. If it breaks, it can bleed into your body, and that could be serious. It’s possible in any artery, but an aneurysm is most common in your aorta, which runs down the middle of your body. If you have a damaged artery, you could get an aneurysm even if you don't have high blood pressure. Swipe to advance 3/15 Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)CAD happens when plaque builds up in arteries close to your heart. This slows blood flow, which can bring chest pain or a strange heart rhythm (called an arrhythmia). …

13 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

Not Just for Your KitchenYou may know it as the orange box that lurks in the back of your fridge to take out bad smells. Or as a pantry staple that helps your baked goods rise. But baking soda, aka sodium bicarbonate, deserves a spot in your medicine cabinet, too. Here’s how it helps keep your body healthy and clean. Swipe to advance 2/14 Green Teeth CleanerBaking soda works great to physically remove plaque, the sticky film of bacteria in your mouth. Over time, a plaque buildup hardens into tartar and can lead to gum disease. Dip a wet toothbrush into the powder and brush as usual. It doesn’t have the fluoride you need to protect against tooth decay and cavities. Many public water supplies have added fluoride. Even so, brush with regular toothpaste as well to be safe. Swipe to advance 3/14 Inexpensive MouthwashThat garlic aioli pasta was delish. But now your breath is keeping even your dog away. Swish a teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water and rinse your mouth. It doesn’t merel…

Inspirational Quote – July 14, 2018

“Logic will get you from a to b. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Logic is fine and, of course, it has an important role to play in our lives and can be a great asset in the way we need to look and consider certain things. However, letting loose our imagination is like freeing a bird within us, allowing us to soar, explore and roam wherever we want. No limit or restraints involved, just total freedom, how wonderful is that? It’s up to each and every one of us to choose to allow and encourage our “bird” to go to places or situations our logical mind would be shaking it’s head and wagging an admonitory finger at us for! Go on, where will your “bird” fly today?

Repairing the Fabric of the World

"I met Jonathan F.P. Rose in Manhattan, the week a snow storm knocked out power in much of the Northeast. Heating by woodstove and carrying water home from the local fire station for five long, cold days left me feeling a bit rough and smoky, not to mention unprepared, to be sitting in the comfortable offices of his company in a historic old building near Grand Central Station. Yet the moment I met Rose, a tall, friendly man who met me talking and moving at a confident stride, I realized that my days as a kind of suburban pioneer woman, muddling along in a harsh new world that everyone blamed on global warming and our decaying infrastructure, was the best possible situation to meet a new kind of green pioneer. The Roses are one of the oldest and most successful real-estate families in New York, well known for their dedication to civic life and for giving back to the place where they gained so much."…