“Welcome. And congratulations. I am delighted that you could make it. Getting here wasn’t easy, I know. In fact, I suspect it was a little tougher than you realize,” writes Bill Bryson in his introduction to A Short History of Nearly Everything (Random House, NY, 2003).
Trillions of Uncomplaining Atoms
“To Begin with, for you to be here now trillions of drifting atoms had somehow to assemble in an intricate and intriguingly obliging manner to create you. It’s an arrangement so specialized and particular that it has never been tried before and will only exist this once. For the next many years (we hope) these tiny ‘particles’ will uncomplainingly engage in all the billions of deft, cooperative efforts necessary to keep you intact and let you experience the supremely agreeable but generally underappreciated state known as existence.”
On any given day, we engage in a number of activities which require us to agree to the “Terms and Conditions.” We enter into contracts with apps, cell phone providers, utility companies, banks, credit card companies, landlords, doctors, pharmacies... We have warranties and insurance policies on the goods we buy; which stipulate the terms and conditions for the care or replacement of said items. Just about everything in an American life has some kind of contract or agreement.
Like most things, our relationships have contracts—
These pesticides act on certain nerve receptors that are abundant in the insect's nervous system. They are highly toxic to most arthropods, but much less so to mammals. Because neonicotinoids are water soluble, plants easily absorb them and they work well as systemic treatments.
Neonicotinoid insecticides are often applied to seeds of agricultural crops, particularly corn and soybeans. These seed treatments are intended to suppress damage by herbivorous insects during the early stages of plant germination and growth.
Let’s face it. Looking up at the sparkling night sky simply can’t compete with the magnetic draw of looking down at your smartphone. Handheld devices have become so much a part of our lives they may soon be sandwiched somewhere between food and shelter as top human necessities. Unfortunately, there are many negative health consequences resulting from this excessive act of bowing one’s head, especially when it comes to those most addicted: teenagers!
If you fear I am going to declare that everybody needs to stop using smartphones, I will provide an answer in the exotic language of the common American teen: “Seriously? Why are you being SOOO mean? STOP!!! You don’t get it! Leave ME alone... don’t talk to me!” (Followed by the distinct sound of a bedroom door slamming shut.) Two minutes later, “what’s for dinner?”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that “nearly 800,000 Americans die each year from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases, accounting for one in every three deaths. About one in every six U.S. healthcare dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease.”
Cardiovascular disease is largely preventable, despite misconceptions. Through lifestyle and health management it is possible to promote and even restore healthy heart function. Appropriate nutrition and fun, sweaty, activities (exercise) can significantly reduce chances for a heart related problem.
Vinegar is often touted as the magical liquid fit for every job. It can remove mold, soothe a rash or sunburn, and make your toilet bowl shine. The humble liquid can also help prevent the spread of infections like the flu when used properly. But the praised cleaner can’t do everything. Here are nine times to put down the bottle and look for another cleaning solution.
CLEAN STONE COUNTERTOPS
Don’t ruin your beautiful countertops or stone tiles with vinegar! Vinegar is 5 percent acetic acid, and that’s enough to damage or etch your marble, granite, limestone, travertine, or concrete tiles. Vinegar can also remove the sealant on your countertops or tile and make it more prone to future stains. Instead, wash with a simple soap and water solution. Check with the manufacturer before using vinegar on man-made countertops like quartz.
Spicy Asian Shrimp Simply and Easy to prepare, makes a great meal or appetizer
- 2lbs jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined ( can be cooked with shell on and peeled later)
- 3 tbs lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 can beer
- 4 medium garlic cloves
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 3 TBS minced fresh ginger
- 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- Chop garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to enhance their health-promoting properties.
- Peel and devein shrimp. or could with shell and peel when you eat them
- Rub shrimp with salt and pepper.
- Heat beer over medium-low heat in a stainless steel skillet
- When beer begins to steam, add shrimp, red pepper flakes, orange juice,and ginger and sauté. Stir frequently. After 3 minutes, turn the shrimp over and add garlic. Sauté until shrimp are pink and opaque throughout (approximately 3 minutes). Shrimp cook quickly, so watch your cookng time. They become tough if overcooked.
- Serves 4
This is one of those recipes that no matter how much you make, it is never enough. Our family loves them, You can also back off the heat on the peanut sauce if you want to..This can be done on the grill, ( I grill all year round, even in the snow, I just have to shovel the deck off first!) This can be done as a quickie meal/appetizer.
Do you feel like the bruised princess who slept on a pea?
Does your mattress swallow you up like a sinkhole?
Would a bed of nails be an improvement?
Do you spend more time tossing and turning than sleeping?
Do you wake up every morning with an achy, stiff back?
Are you just as tired as when you went to bed?
Many people take dietary supplements in an effort to be well and stay healthy. With so many dietary supplements available and so many claims made about their health benefits, how can a consumer decide what's safe and effective? This fact sheet provides a general overview of dietary supplements, discusses safety considerations, and suggests sources for additional information. Check Out Living Well Magazine's list of supplements and fact sheets http://www.livingwellmagazine.net/health/vitamins-supplements-herbs/