Archive for November, 2011

Words To Live By

November 28, 2011

These were shamelessly cut and pasted from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on 11/28/11. They are from an article on the editorial page by Mike Masterson. I would have captured the whole article, but these are the words that should be preserved for posterity, in fact, the premise for his comments related to Facebook, and in my view that shouldn’t have anything to do with these truths!

  • Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
  • If you’re intelligent, you’re admired. If wealthy, you’re envied. If powerful, you’re feared. But if blessed with a good heart, you’re remembered.
  • Opposing a socialist agenda does not make you a racist. It makes you an American.
  • If you are afraid to speak against tyranny, then you already are a slave.
  • Give, but don’t allow yourself to be used. Love, but don’t allow your heart to be abused. Trust, but don’t be naive. Listen to others, but never lose your own voice.
  • The producers of zero percent of the things want to regulate 100 percent of the things others produce.
  • People ask why it is so hard to trust others when the real question is why is it so hard for people to tell the truth.
  • It’s only with the heart that one can see rightly.
  • The height of hypocrisy is to protest free enterprise and capitalism then invest your savings in a Wells Fargo Bank.
  • Some people think I say inappropriate things. I prefer to think of it as radical honesty.
  • Five simple rules for happiness:
  • Free your heart from hatred.
  • Free your mind from worries.
  • Live simply.
  • Give more.
  • Expect less.
  • Never ignore a person who loves you, cares for you and misses you. Because one day you might awaken from your sleep and realize you lost the moon while counting the stars.
  • When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.
  • Unless you are willing to push, fail miserably and push even harder, success won’t happen.
  • Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll likely look back and realize they actually were the biggest things.
  • It’s in the toughest times that we discover the depth of our strengths.
  • A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are.
  • Don’t try to understand everything because sometimes it’s not meant to be understood but to be accepted.
  • Never condemn someone based on a little something someone told you. There is always a lot more to the story.
  • Don’t live in the past thinking about mistakes or changes you made. Think of your life as a book. Move forward, close one chapter as you open another. Learn from your mistakes. Focus on your future, not on the past.
  • Judging someone else does not define who they are, but it does define who you are.
  • Only trust sees three things inside you: The sorrow behind your smile, the love behind your anger and the reason behind your silence.
  • Pilgrims didn’t come to America to get free health care. They came to get free.
  • People are made to be loved and things are made to be used. The confusion in this world arises because people are used and things are loved.
  • Never expect. Never assume. Never ask. Never demand. Just let it be because if it is meant to be, it will happen the way you want things to be.
  • The richest person isn’t the one with the most material wealth, but the one who needs it the least.
  • Don’t do something permanently stupid just because you’re temporarily upset.
  • The more anger toward the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the moment.
  • amen, Mike!

    more from 12-2711

    More Facebook wisdom

    Mike Masterson

    Several weeks back, I wrote about the quotations I see posted across Facebook every day.

    That particular column brought a surprising number of positive responses. Some even said they planned on clipping and saving it, or mailing it to others.

    So in this slow news period, here’s another offering of nuggets of wisdom as a New Year’s gift to each of you in hopes at least one might ring your bell.

    Perhaps they also will prompt a bit of reflection and personal resolution.

    I only wish I could remember and apply all of them in my own life.

  • A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you truly are.
  • People will change but forget to tell each other. If you do it right, no one remembers, and when you do it wrong, no one forgets. A true friend sees the pain in your eyes while others are believing your smile. We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added (especially to inflate a dependent voter base). You can’t make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest always is left to them. In three words and eight letters we can summarize everything we know about life: It goes on. The greatest barrier to success is fear of failure. Words easily lie, but actions tell you the truth. It’s most easy to judge the character of a person by how well he or she treats those who can do nothing for them. Blowing out another’s candle will never make you shine brighter. Only two others can really tell you the truth about yourself: An enemy who loses his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.
  • Don’t consider changing yourself to please someone else. However, they should be impressed that you don’t change to please others.
  • Sometimes you’ve just got to become your own hero because sometimes the people you can’t imagine living without can live without you. There is a story behind every person. There is a reason they are the way they are, so stop judging.
  • No matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back and it’s not the end of the world.
  • Your present circumstances don’t direct where you can go. They only direct where you begin.
  • Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up.
  • Respect the people who find time for you in their busy schedule. But love people who never look at their schedule when you need them. Everything happens for a reason. All things happen in God’s time, not ours. Remember that as one door closes, another will open.
  • To wish you were another is to waste the person you are.
  • Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong of spirit.
  • Always look first for hidden agendas when you see common sense is abandoned. Close your cuts, clear your heart, pray and let it go. When the heart and mind become confused, listen only to the heart. The mind knows everything. The heart knows only you. I’m responsible for what I say, not what you understand. If God brings you to it, he will pull you through it. Avoid criticism by saying, doing and being nothing. Every day we are given is a gift. And we should treat it that way. Only small minds desire to build cages for people. Love is giving everyone the freedom to be what they are, not what you want them to be. The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become and the stronger and happier you become. The most powerful relationship one ever will have is the relationship with one’s self.
  • Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
  • We too often discard genuine wisdom because we believe it comes from the “wrong” person or source, or because we happen to disagree with what’s presented and therefore with truth itself. You also are free to deny gravity until you leap headlong from a cliff in your disbelief.
  • And finally, all you who thrive on adding many others to your Facebook page: “He who hath many ‘friends’ hath none.”
  • Research suggests high fluid intake aids kidneys

    November 23, 2011

    I knew this, but I have been hearing some say that drinking this much water was not important… guess what? It is!!!

    This is from an article with the headline: Research suggests high fluid intake aids kidneys by ANAHAD O’CONNOR in the THE NEW YORK TIMES

    The old saw about drinking eight glasses of water a day for overall health is widely considered a myth.

    But research over the years has suggested that drinking extra water helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body. And in the past year, two large studies found a lower risk of long-term kidney problems among people who drink more water and other fluids daily.

    In a report published in the journal Nephrology in March, researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia and elsewhere followed more than 2,400 people older than 50. Those who drank the most fluids, about three liters (3.18 quarts) daily, had a “significantly lower risk” of chronic kidney disease than those who drank the least.

    And in a study published last month in The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Canadian scientists followed 2,148 healthy men and women — average age 46 — for seven years. They looked at markers of kidney function and health and used urine volume to determine how much fluid the subjects drank daily. After controlling for diabetes, smoking, medication and other factors, they found that those who had the highest urine volume — in other words, those who drank the most fluids — were least susceptible to declines in kidney function.

    The findings, the authors said, do not support “aggressive fluid loading,” which can cause side effects.

    But they do provide evidence that moderately increased fluid intake, above two quarts daily, “may in fact benefit the kidney.”

    “Believe it or not, there now does seem to be some merit and evidence to support the ‘myth’ that eight large glasses of fluid a day is good for your kidneys,” said Dr. William Clark, an author of the study and a nephrologist at the London Health Sciences Center in Ontario.

    Home Remedies That Work

    November 7, 2011

    From the AARP bulletin – some good ideas for home remedies!!  (AARP bulletin article)

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    We spend billions every year on over-the-counter health remedies for everything from canker sores to aching muscles, but in some cases there’s no need to shell out a lot of money to find relief. All you need to do is check your cupboards for some surprising home remedies.

    The 10 we picked are cheap, easy to find, and there’s actual scientific proof that they work.

    Because certain home remedies can interact with prescription medications, check with your doctor before trying something new.

    1.    Honey.
    Just one spoonful can help quiet a nighttime cough better than over-the-counter cough syrups or suppressants.

    That’s what a Pennsylvania study of more than 100 children found. Study author Ian Paul, M.D., says honey can also help reduce coughs in older adults suffering from a cold.

    Honey coats and soothes an irritated throat to help calm repeated coughing. “It is generally safe and can be used repeatedly as needed,” Paul says. He recommends two teaspoons per dose, but advises older adults to make sure their cough is because of a cold and not a more serious condition that may not respond to honey.

    Also, honey does have a high sugar content, “which may be inappropriate for older adults with diabetes.”

    2.    Liquid dish soap.
    If you come into contact with poison ivy or poison oak, washing the affected area with liquid dish soap within two hours of contact may prevent you from getting an itching red rash. Arkansas dermatologist Adam Stibich wanted to see if liquid dish-washing soap, which is formulated to remove oil, would be a cost-effective way to get rid of the plant oil on poison ivy leaves that causes a rash when it gets on your skin.

    Volunteer medical students rubbed poison ivy leaves on their forearms and then washed with dish-washing soap for 25 seconds before rinsing. The soap prevented a reaction in almost half the volunteers and reduced the inflammation in the rest by 56 percent.

    In his study, Stibich used Dial dishwashing soap, but any brand will work.

    3.    Tart cherry juice.
    Drinking tart cherry juice can help prevent gout attacks, relieve muscle soreness after exercise, and possibly help with arthritis pain because of its natural anti-inflammatory proper ties.

    Gout expert Naomi Schlesinger, M.D., says the juice seems to reduce the joint inflammation that gout causes. Schlesinger led a study that found patients who took a tablespoon of tart cherry juice concentrate twice a day for four months cut the frequency of their gout attacks in half.

    More than a third remained gout attack-free. Other studies have shown that drinking tart cherry juice daily helps runners reduce muscle soreness and reduces inflammation in overweight patients.

    Unlike its sweeter cousins, the Bing and black cherry, the tart cherry is bright red and higher in antioxidants.

    4.    Baby shampoo.
    A half-and-half solution of baby shampoo and warm water is a simple, effective way to clean eyelids that are itchy, red or crusty. The condition could be blepharitis, a common eye problem in older adults. It can cause scaling and crustiness along the base of the eyelashes.

    Gently cleaning the eyelid with a baby shampoo wash helps get rid of oil and bacteria but won’t sting your eyes.

    Try diluting a little baby shampoo with an equal amount of water twice a day, then gently rubbing the mixture with clean fingertips on the closed eyelid and along the eyelashes for one minute. Rinse well with water.

    Philip Hagen, M.D., medical editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies, cautions that baby shampoo should only be used on the lid, and never on the surface of the eye.

    5.   Menthol rub.
    Applying mentholated ointments such as strong-smelling Vicks VapoRub has been shown to be a safe, cost-effective treatment for toenail fungus, often more effective than over-the-counter products.

    A small study this year found that applying Vicks to the affected nails once daily helped 15 of 18 adults either cure or partially clear up their fungus.

    Sally Stroud, professor of nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina, says Vicks is easy to apply and worth trying “before turning to more costly alternatives.”

    Stroud also suggests first wiping the affected nails with a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar, then applying the VapoRub.

    6.   Witch hazel.
    Witch hazel is derived from the leaves and twigs of a flowering shrub. For more than a century, the clear, refined extract has been used as an astringent to help tighten the skin and relieve inflammation.

    It is the main ingredient in commercial hemorrhoid pads, used to relieve mild itching and irritation, but you can do the same at home with pads you moisten with witch hazel, according to Hagen. For even more relief, use chilled witch hazel.

    7.   Ginger.
    Ginger can help reduce nausea and relieve motion sickness.

    Some studies have shown that taking one gram of ginger an hour before surgery can reduce nausea and vomiting during the first 24 hours after surgery.

    In addition, a large National Cancer Institute-funded study found that people undergoing chemotherapy who take as little as one-quarter of a teaspoon of ginger daily for three days before chemo cut their nausea by 40 percent.

    The study found that a small amount of fresh or powdered ginger worked better than a larger dose, and that ginger taken with anti-vomiting drugs worked better to control nausea than drugs alone.

    For older adults prone to motion sickness, Suzanna Zick of the University of Michigan recommends eating one or two pieces of crystallized ginger, available in most supermarkets, before traveling. She cautions that ginger extract capsules are much stronger and may actually cause stomach upset. “Don’t go above two grams of ginger,” she advises.

    8.   Water.
    Daily gargling with plain tap water can help cut the number of colds and respiratory infections you get, as well as relieve symptoms if you’re already sick.

    A 2005 study of nearly 400 healthy volunteers ages 18 to 65 in Japan found that those who gargled three times a day with tap water had nearly 40 percent fewer respiratory infections during cold and flu season than did the control group. When the subjects did get sick, gargling reduced bronchial irritation, researchers reported.

    Other studies also support gargling, whether with salt water or water with lemon and honey, as a safe, effective way to soothe and cleanse a sore throat.

    Hagen says the salt in the water also draws out excess fluid from the throat’s inflamed tissues, “and warm water may help cleanse them a bit better.”

    9.   Milk of magnesia.
    Dabbing this milky liquid on canker sores — small ulcers that typically appear inside the mouth — can temporarily soothe their pain. “Milk of magnesia won’t heal the sores, but it does give relief from the symptoms,” Hagen says. Experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggest first dabbing the sore with a mixture of half water and half hydrogen peroxide, then dabbing on the milk of magnesia.

    10.   Cranberries.
    If you’re prone to bladder infections, drinking cranberry juice daily won’t cure them, but it can help prevent them, say the urologic disease experts at NIH.

    Just be careful if you are taking blood-thinning medication like warfarin (Coumadin), Plavix or aspirin, warns Hagen: “Possible interactions between cranberry juice and warfarin may lead to bleeding.”

    Taking a 500 mg cranberry extract pill twice a day is also effective at preventing urinary tract infections.

    A Dutch study published this year compared women who took a daily low dose of an antibiotic to prevent infections and women who took the cranberry pills. The antibiotic was somewhat more effective, but it also caused more antibiotic resistance in the bloodstream.

    Unlike antibiotics, which kill bacteria, cranberries keep bacteria from attaching to the bladder walls.