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Harvard Acknowledges Laughter Can Do Things Medical Science Can’t

Written by Karen Carlson. Posted in Family Health.

Living Healthy Laugh

“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.”

A Lesson From The Kittens

Written by Karen Jessee. Posted in Family Health.

Kittens Living Well

Sarah – she’s feral, the boys love her, and she’s fertile. For several years, she has blessed my backyard with litters of kittens birthed somewhere in the city and presented to me for feeding.
Nine lives go quickly here, but Sarah has beaten all odds, outliving her own broods that have died in traffic or that have simply disappeared. Sarah has been around for a while.

Maybe Keeping Your Options Open Isn’t Your Best Option

Written by Suzanne Eder. Posted in Motivation.

Motivation

Years ago, when I first realized I didn’t actually want the corporate career I had so diligently and doggedly pursued, I did what many people do at the dawning of such a realization: I tried to figure out alternatives.
As part of that mental analysis, I outlined several options available to me based on my education and experience. One of those options was to open my own accounting or tax business, since I was a CPA. And so, just as diligently as I had pursued extra responsibilities at work so I could earn promotions and move up the career ladder, I continued taking Continuing Professional Education classes to earn the credits I would need to maintain my CPA certificate.

Pet Dogs Help Kids Feel Less Stressed

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Family Health.

Healthy Living Dogs and Kids

A recent study found that pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed, according to a study by researchers from the University of Florida, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children.

Easy Summer Pasta

Written by The Savvy Cookbook. Posted in Vegetarian.

Living Healthy, Healthy Eating, Vegetarian,The Savvy Cookbook

By roasting tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini together, you end up with a atatouillelike mixture. Just whack it all in the oven for an hour and come back when you are ready to cook the penne. Throw on some torn mozzarella near the end so that it melts over the vegetables and combine with the pasta and some crème fraîche or ricotta.

1 1/4 cups / 10oz / 300g halved cherry tomatoes

2 medium zucchini
1 aubergine, cut into -inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
2 teaspoons mixed dried herbs 
 (I like herbes de Provence)
2 3/4 oz / 75g fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into medium strips
1 1/2 cups / 5 1/2 oz / 150g dry whole-wheat penne pasta or 3 cups / 11oz / 300g cooked

Book Name: The Savvy CookBook

Cannellini Beans with Balsamic Onions

Written by The Savvy Cookbook. Posted in Vegetarian.

Healthy Eating, The Savvy Cookbook

This light summer stew of sorts makes the most of seasonal produce. The cherry tomatoes break down slightly into a barely cooked sauce to keep the dish fresh and quick. In the winter, use green or red cabbage in place of the beans and half a can of diced tomatoes in place of the cherry tomatoes.

Ingredients

1/2 cup / 2 3/4 oz / 75g string or green beans trimmed and cut into about 1 1/4 -inch lengths

1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil

Book Name: The Savvy CookBook

Pets and Humans: Summer Safety Tips

Written by Caroline M. Wieczorek, VMD. Posted in Pet Health.

Healthy Living,Keep you pets safe during hot weather

Summer and warm (hot) weather are upon us shortly. This means a few extra precautions for our furry friends.

SUN PROTECTION:
We protect ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun and should do the same for our pets. Animals can get sunburn, too! Apply small amount of pediatric SPF 30 to pale nose tips and bridges of noses, and ear tips. White animals, especially, are prone to melanomas on their ear (pinna tips) and eyelids when exposed to harsh summer sun for long periods of time. Animals that are coated and are shaved for the summer may need sun protection on their backs until their fur grows back, for at least a month or so.

Tequila Marinated Grilled Vegetables

Posted in On the grill.

Tequila Marinated Grilled Vegetables

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons of Avión Silver Tequila
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
4 cloves chopped garlic
2 medium zucchini and yellow squash cut in quarters
10 button sized mushrooms
10 cherry tomatoes

How to Survive Living with (in) Air Pollution

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Living Well and surviving air pollution

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), outdoor air pollution may be the 9th leading cause of death and disability in the world. Hearing that around 3 million people die from contaminated air worldwide each year makes me want to gasp (or actually avoid gasping). Science clearly links air pollution to many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, asthma, and liver disease. It even has been shown to increase the risk of diabetes. Since avoiding air is not an option for more than a minute or so, how can you help yourself remain healthy in a polluted world?

The Secret Weapon for ADHD

Written by LIz Brown, PCC, CWC, CACP, CPRC. Posted in Family Health.

What is not as commonly known are the cognitive benefits of exercise, especially for those with ADHD. In fact, studies have shown that aerobic activity has provided some with ADHD the same benefits as stimulant medications. Many have been able to work with their physician to adjust their medication when following a consistent fitness routine.

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