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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

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Grab Bag Shop Stop:

… I was hoping to get this post out this morning… but some still might need an idea or two…

It’s Father’s Day….. as in TODAY….and you forgot to get the man something. It’s not too late.

I thought up a few ideas I might do if I hadn’t already sent him an awesome DVD, but that’s me…. this year…. unlike many previous years…. when I did space out…… so here we go:

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1. Find/take/print some frame-worthy photos, print the home page of any one of the Photo-to-Canvas sites, wrap them together in a box and inform him that he can choose which photo and what size and shape canvas he would like, and you will order it up for him… because, ya know, you wanted to make sure he got it JUST the way HE wanted it. ūüôā

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2. Print up your own gift certificate for some shared experience to do together; dinner out, a round of golf, a trip to the Reagan library (which I hear is A-MAZ-ING and not to be missed… who knew?) or some other local-to-him destination, and wrap it up in a box.

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3. Print the cover image of a book you will buy him (it’s been ordered, and is on it’s way, right?) and wrap it up in a box.

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4. Tell him you are keeping your gift a surprise, because spontaneity is the spice of life. Let him know that you will be giving him 24 hours head notice in the near future, and that you will pick him up and take him to do something special. This buys you a few days to put some plan into action.

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5. Organize a softball game for this afternoon with a few other families. This will grow over the years to an all-day tournament with 8 teams, 100+ players and over 200 attendees. You will not be expected to provide any other gifts. Trust me on this one. ūüôā

Grab Bag Pillow Talk:

Not as sexy as it sounds.

As a matter of fact, it’s something probably 99% of us don’t do (I know I haven’t ever done this ūüė≥…. but only because I didn’t really know I could). So I’m gonna try it.

IT is …. washing your pillows. Found this on a great blog called CleanMySpace.com.

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Grab Bag Recipe Righteousness:

Feeling a bit guilty when you slog white flour, sugar and butter into a bowl? Here are a number of substitutions, along with where they work best:

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Grab Bag Business Brilliance:

I registered with a very cool website called Quora.com. Quora poses intriguing questions and members submit answers. All members can vote on which answers they like the best. Some of them get you thinking which, I assume, is the point.

For instance….. a recent question was:¬†

“What’s the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you’ve ever seen in business?”

One of the answers I include below. Most are a good read¬†(read ’em here). Many have something you can learn.

Back in the 1970s, liquid hand soap was sold by one guy: Robert Taylor, and his small company, Minnetonka.  It was his invention, and he knew he was on to something big. Test  audiences loved the product and, despite barely having enough resources  to do so, Minnetonka decided to go all in and make a push to take the product nationwide.
There was only one problem: Nothing he was selling could be patented.¬† The concept of liquid soap wasn’t new, and simple pumps had been around¬† since the dawn of civilization. As a result, Taylor knew several huge¬† soap manufacturers were ready to happily steal his idea the very moment¬† it looked like it could succeed on a large scale. Armed with superior¬† resources and the ability to quickly R&D an imitation product, the¬† industry giants were ready to crush tiny Minnetonka.
Taylor, however, was ready for this. Before any other company had the¬† chance, Taylor decided to go shopping one day and bought a few plastic¬† pumps. And by a few we mean FUCKING ALL OF THEM. There were only two¬† companies nationwide manufacturing those little pumps, and Taylor ponied¬† up $12 million — more than the total net worth of his company at the¬† time — and ordered¬†100 million of them,¬† effectively buying every single pump these two companies would be able¬† to manufacture for the next year or two.¬†

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Anyway, without the part required to dispense the soap, there was¬† nothing the major companies could do but sit and watch Taylor slowly own the entire market. His product would become known as¬†SoftSoap.¬†Two years after his little stunt, Colgate-Palmolive¬† would be forced to just buy SoftSoap from Taylor … for $61 million.

Grab Bag Brain Game:

Put yourself through these short games and see “how old” your brain is:

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Grab Bag Funny Father’s Day Stuff:

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Grab Bag Wow Moment:

Some fabulous images as seen through now sadly dark but gifted eyes:

French photographer Laurent Schwebel, 52 years old, was stabbed and killed and his camera stolen while he was taking pictures in Buenos Aires.  A naturalist photographer, he was born in 1959 in the Alsace region of eastern France and killed on February 8, 2012, in Plaza San Martin, Retiro, Buenos Aires . He worked as a geologist, naturalist and photographer under the guidance of a French travel agency specializing in naturalist travels.

Hit this in full screen mode for full enjoyment.

Thanks to sweet sistah Tally D. for sending this to me ūüôā

Grab Bag Calm .Com:

Simple. Calming. Effective.

Calm.com (how did they snag that URL?) is offering you a corner of the internet to chill out and tune in.

Go here, pick your visual, choose how much time you want to devote to the mind float, and get your Zen on for free. Use on your computer and/or get the app for your iPhone and you can zone at work :-), on the plane, on the road (in the passenger seat!).

A guided meditation in the comfort of your own home, hotel room or desk cubicle at work is just what we all need.

Ommmmmmmmm…..

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Grab Bag Bank Buster:

God love her. Senator Elizabeth Warren is running a US Senate¬†Banking Committee hearing on illegal home foreclosures. She’s awesome and they are scrambling to come up with acceptable answers….. and flailing.

Grab Bag Texti:

Brilliant. They guys Uber.com have filled the gap between scuzzy taxi cabs and 4-hour minimum limousines.

Sign up and download the Uber app for free (you can also magically summon a shiny black car from your computer after signing up). You will be asked to provide a credit card they will keep on file.

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OK now, here we go…. you’re in one of dozens of cities around the world (but let’s say San Francisco, where Uber was born)…. you need to get somewhere and you either can’t find a cab or you’d just prefer a shiny, clean town car, or an SUV.

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Wasn’t that cool? From SF to NYC to Amsterdam to London to…. loads of cities will happily Uber you around town from the comfort of your phone or computer. I just may try it soon myself ūüôā

Grab Bag Brain Game:

A series of quick, mini-games to challenge your brain in different ways:

Brain Game

Grab Bag Funny Stuff:

ALERTS TO FINANCIAL AND MILITARY THREATS IN 2012 EUROPE

By John Cleese (British writer, actor and tall person):

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.” Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia , meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

A final thought -” Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC.”

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Grab Bag “Even Adam Couldn’t Resist This One” Tip:

Yes, it is finally THE SEASON. And I’m not talking about Grey’s Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars or Mad Men. No, THE SEASON is the roughly 6-8 week span between September and October when Honeycrisp apples are harvested and hit the markets. This apple was developed and patented by the University of Minnesota. If you’ve never had one, you’re in for an awakening.

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Much like a mutt rescued from the pound, Honeycrisp has a heck of a backstory:

David Bedford is the 30-year fruit breeder veteran at the University of Minnesota. David walks the rows and rows of apples each year there and has personally tasted over 2 million apples to find the winners. 99% of all test apple trees never get the nod.

When he arrived at U of M in 1979, the stock of Honeycrisp, then named merely MN1171, was marked for discard, as the test trees had been severely damaged by a rough winter. Though he had never tasted the fruit, Bedford decided to give the trees another lease on life, as he felt their poor location in the orchard and the severity of the winter should afford them a second chance. WOW. He changed apple history.

This apple has so many amazing qualities it’s hard to find a competitor. It is “explosively crunchy” without being too dense, and VERY juicy. I tend to slice up a cold one after dinner every night in the fall. I’ve also heard (and will try this year) that Honeycrisp can be kept successfully for 4-6 MONTHS in the fridge!!

At 80 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 20% of the RDA for vitamin C, what’s not to like? Just take one and call me in the morning.¬†BUT….

organichoneyI IMPLORE you to seek out the organic version, as apples are the SECOND WORST FRUIT for retaining pesticides, right after peaches. They will set you back nearly $3 a pound (about $1 a piece) but, in my opinion, worth every penny. Crunch away, my friends.

Grab Bag “Grab Your Bag” Plea:

So… just got word that the City of Santa Barbara is gearing up their ¬†new “Where’s Your Bag?” program. They aim to dramatically raise awareness about the need for people to BRING THEIR OWN REUSABLE BAGS when they shop.

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I know I have mentioned this before, but many of my BEST FRIENDS still don’t carry their own bags (you know who you are). It’s truly just a habit, and one that we ALL need to develop, NOW. So here’s how it works:

THIS IS YOUR PURSE…. PEEK INSIDE

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6 little stuff sacks, waiting for a job, taking up very little space. (Notice they’re in my PURSE, not in my car… too easy to forget them there… except for you guys… you keep ’em in there, and you REMEMBER them.)

Your day involves a trip to the drugstore, the market, the book store, pick up a few things for the family, and here you have it:

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CONGRATULATIONS! You have just stopped the manufacture, transportation, and disposal of 6 bags.

REST. RE-STUFF. REPEAT.

EACH YEAR every one of us who does not do this is responsible for approximately 500 BAGS A YEAR – and some of you WAY more than that …. again, you know who you are ūüôā

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And here’s where they end up:

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So don’t be that ne’er-do-well I glare at in line… we all have to do our part ūüôā

My favorite are ChicoBags, due to their light weight, compact size, capacity and launderability.

Click here to order, or find them at Whole Foods, Lazy Acres, and other healthy retailers.

Grab Bag Drug Ditch Tip:


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They slowly collect in the back of your bathroom cupboards and medicine cabinets. Years go by, and you continue to neglect them. Finally, you are possessed by Martha Stewart you start culling cupboard soldiers like a Marine sergeant. But what to do with those expired over-the-counter and prescription drugs?

Throw them in the garbage?? Flush ’em down the crapper?? NO.

Even though some labels may suggest the latter, a FAR better solution is to call ALL the pharmacies in your area ¬†until you find one that will accept drugs for disposal. They may refer you to your city’s Haz Mat disposal. Click on the image below to read the info for Santa Barbara:

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If all else fails, read the government issued guidelines for disposal here:

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Grab Bag Brain Game:


KNOW YOUR QUOTES

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Grab Bag Funny Stuff:

First, why it can be SO exasperating taking men on vacation:

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Second, if pets could talk:

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Grab Bag Cold Season Tip:


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Cold season is coming. The folks at RealAge (FYI… a great site, headed by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen) report this important tidbit:¬†If you want to do your best to avoid colds, get some extra sleep. In a 14 day study, getting less than 7 hours of sleep made people three times more likely to get sick after exposure to a virus than those who got 8 or more hours. Here’s what they had to say:

Seems your immune system takes a hit from both lack of sleep and poor sleep. In fact, poor sleep may have an even bigger impact than short sleep. People in the study were five times more likely to get sick when their sleep quality dipped — even if it just dipped a smidge. Are you tossing and turning at night? Take the RealAge Sleep Quiz to find out why — and how to fix it.
Deprivation Dampens Immunity. Two important weapons your immune system needs to fight disease: natural killer cells and interleukin-2. But poor sleep impairs them both, so amp these immune-system helpers back up with these sound-slumber strategies:

And avoid these bedtime no-nos if you want a good night’s rest.

Grab Bag Get Fit Moment:


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Get up, get out, and give Crossfit a try. Crossfit is a programmed exercise method that now has hundreds of affiliates around the country (and the world). Every day is a different prescribed workout that all Crossfit facilities will use for that day. The exercises generally incorporate the whole body and draw from weight lifting, martial arts, yoga and sports training. The results can be profound.

Don’t let the look of the Crossfit website fool you… this exercise concept is adapted constantly for the level of the participant. The Crossfitters say that the physical needs of the Olympic athlete and your grandparents vary only by degree, not kind. One Crossfit client that works at my local facility is an 84 year old woman. I urge you to contact a local affiliate and give it a go. It’s flexible and affordable, and gives you a great workout. Click on the links below to learn more.

WHAT IS CROSSFIT?

FIND A CROSSFIT NEAR YOU

(click on your state name in the left column)

Grab Bag “It’s That Simple” Moment:


Note: I am passionate about eating well. By well, I don’t mean gourmet, but that’s not excluded. What¬†I really mean is eating what your body NEEDS. I don’t have a degree in nutrition, but I sure do read a lot. If you or someone you know is struggling with weight issues, feel free to email me or write a comment below, and I can happily share what I have learned. But let me tell you now… if you’re not willing to make permanent changes, you’re not willing to lose the weight. OK… here’s my rant:

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So the over-the-counter weight loss drug, Alli, and its prescription big brother, Xenical, are being investigated for potential connections to liver disease. Forgetting this drug in particular, did anyone REALLY think there would be no collateral damage with such a concept? Does anyone HONESTLY think that weight issues can be erased with a pill? Remember Fen-phen and the resulting heart risks it carried? That resulted in a $13 BILLION dollar payout in damages.

Kids, I gotta tell ya… there is no Santa Claus, no Easter Bunny and there are no magic bullets OR magic diet pills that are good for you.

The human system functions beautifully and efficiently, based on a QUALITY caloric intake and REASONABLE caloric expenditure. And no amount of bells, whistles, smoke, mirrors and pills is going to change that in a meaningful and sustainable way. The ideal diet must be void of empty, low-nutrient, high fat calories, and it should be ENOUGH TO SUPPORT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, but not enough to support excess body fat.


This latest possible indictment of diet drugs IS valuable, however, if only to drive home the point that sound nutrition is the one true path to weight control salvation. Can I have a hallelujah?
Show me someone who is overweight, and I will show you someone who is stuck in a series of bad eating habits, many of which they are not aware.
Do you or someone you know have weight to lose? If so, please truthfully answer the following questions:

1. Do you eat small meals or snacks every 4 hours?

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2. Do you consume some high quality (eggs, lean meats, fowl, fish, nuts, low fat dairy, fermented soy) protein at each of those meals or snacks?
3. Are half of your meals or snacks made up of fresh fruits and/or vegetables?
4. Do you stay away from nearly all packaged foods?

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5. Do you stay away from white flour products and refined sugar products?
6. Do you nearly always drink just water and green tea for your daily liquid intake?

I believe once you can answer yes to just these 6 questions, it’s only a matter of weeks before you will be your ideal weight.


And yes, for nearly everyone, it IS that simple. I didn’t say easy, I just said simple. Alright, I’ll back down off my soapbox now.


Grab Bag Weirdly Fascinating Moment:

I’m not sure how this woman can actually walk around normally. I think she might be part boa constrictor.

Grab Bag Nostalgia Moment:

Warning… Under 40? You might not get this, but these were the days we grew up in, and the perspective we often view the world from is summed up below the images here….

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Here’s a worthy reflection that has been circling the internet:

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread Mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn’t seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

We all took gym, not PE…and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked’s (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can’t recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.¬†Flunking gym was not an option… Even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention. We must have had horribly damaged psyches.

What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a white dress and a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

And I just can’t recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah… And where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played ‘king of the hill’ on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn’t sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it’s a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn’t act up at the neighbor’s house either, because if we did we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known how desperately we needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes.

We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn’t even notice that the entire country wasn’t taking Prozac!

How did we ever survive it all?

Grab Bag Brain Game:

Take a ball, drag it to the different tools offered, in the correct order, to make it match the picture on the box.

FACTORY BALLS 2

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Grab Bag Funny Stuff:

If you liked Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live doing “Dick in a Box”, here is the sequel: WARNING… hilariously adult material..

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Grab Bag July 5th Trivia:

On this day in 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveiled his latest creation, and “taking a dip” would never be the same. Today, we honor….

THE BIKINI

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Grab Bag “Oh, Honey” Moment:


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Consumer Reports on Health writes that a review of 19 studies shows that honey can speed recovery from moderate burns to the skin by up to 4 days, compared with traditional dressings. It did not seem to have the same effect on diabetic leg ulcers, but next time you burn your hand on an oven rack, dab some on, honey bear ūüôā


Grab Bag Brain Surfing:

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Researchers at UCLA used an MRI to scan the brains of 24 volunteers, half who were new to searching the internet and half who were web-savvy. Both groups showed increased brain activity, but the experienced internet surfers showed twice as much brain stimulation. Surfs up, dude.

Grab Bag Not-So-Silent-Anymore Killer:

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Ovarian cancer has long been regarded as basically asymptomatic (without symptoms) until it’s too late. Dr. Barbara Goff, director of gynecologic oncology at University of Washington School of Medicine, decided to see if that was really true. She began surveying ovarian cancer patients and asking them about their earliest symptoms. Based on her surveys of over 1,800 women, Goff developed an “ovarian-cancer symptom index”.

Here are the most common symptoms in the early stages of the disease:

1. Abdominal or pelvic pain

2. Increased abdominal size or bloating

3. Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

4. Symptoms occur more than 12 times a month, for less than a year

If these symptom occur, a thorough ovarian cancer evaluation is in order.

NOTE: Most women who suffer these symptoms will not have ovarian cancer, just as most women who have breast lumps don’t have breast cancer. But, would you ignore a breast lump because odds are it’s nothing serious? I don’t think so (you are all intelligent women, or married to one, or the child of one!).

GOOD NEWS: Early research is indicating that this index, combined with a CA-125 blood test may identify more than 80% of women with early-stage ovarian cancer.

So, if at all suspicious of your symptoms, don’t ignore…. talk to your doctor.


Grab Bag X-Ray Health Tip:

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We all know that unnecessary x-rays are harmful to both body and wallet. Keeping an up-to-date record can save you from big bad rads and moula. Call your doctor(s) or lab and ask them what images were taken and when. Download this card, print, fill out, fold and keep in your wallet.

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Grab Bag Brain Game:

For all you world travelers…. or wannabes….

WHERE ON EARTH?

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Grab Bag Funny Stuff:

From Sweden’s Got Talent:

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Grab Bag June 29th Trivia:


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Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, built in 1599, burned down on this day in 1613, during a performance of Henry the Eighth. A theatrical cannon misfired and ignited the thatched roof, destroying the facility.

The Globe was a co-op of sorts, owned and built by actors who, along with Shakespeare, were members of a group called Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Over the years, Shakespeare’s ownership percentage dwindled to just 7%.

The exact location of the Globe was unknown until 1989, when small remnants of the foundation were discovered under a parking lot near the river Thames in London. A reconstruction of the original was built in 1997, and stands approximately 750 feet from the original site.


Grab Bag Food Pill for Thought:

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In case you missed it earlier this year, here is 13 minutes of what might be something akin to a magic bullet, CBS’s 60 Minutes report on the research behind resveratrol:

Grab Bag Internet Deception Lesson:

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If you want to see one of the best deceptive websites I have come across… (that I know of ….. this is a bit like trying to spot the best plastic surgery… you shouldn’t be ABLE to spot it) check out the link below. In doing my homework about the resveratrol story above, I happened upon this link, which appears to be the news channel 3 out of Sacramento (and there IS a news channel 3 in Sac, KCRA). When you open the page, look at the sidebar on the right side, and you will see the current AccuWeather Sacramento weather forecast. Looks good. And the embedded video of the same 60 minutes piece I have above is also legit.

But they had to go that inch too far, and the unbridled enthusiasm of this “reporter” in the body of her story made me suspicious. So I tried clicking on a heading for a different section of the news channel’s website, like Sports or Weather, and lo and behold, an ad for resveratrol pills comes up now matter what you click.

I clicked over to Whois.com, a site that will show you the registration information for any domain name, and this “Sacramento News 3” site is registered in the Cayman Islands. Uhmmm…. there must be a mistake here…

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So, boys and girls, our lesson for today is:

A) Don’t believe the websites of bad, money-grubbing strangers,

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B) It’s hard to tell who those bad strangers are.

Here someone has taken some legitimate research reporting and prostituted it for their own short-term gain. So…. buyer, and reader, beware.


Grab Bag Buzz Kill:

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On February 24, 2009, a study from England in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute was released that garnered a lot of attention. In case you missed it, or conveniently wiped it out of your memory bank, I will paraphrase it here.

The study definitively showed a link in women between EVEN MODERATE alcohol consumption and several types of cancer: breast, liver, rectum, mouth, pharynx, esophagus and larynx. Here’s the undeniable part: the study followed nearly 1.3 MILLION women, and it ran for seven years. Average alcoholic intake was ONE drink per day, and the type of alcohol did not affect the results.

There might be a small bright side… the study did show a decreased risk of thyroid, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and kidney cancer among those who drank, but the researchers noted that more specific testing would need to be conducted before concluding that the alcohol is what actually provided the protective effect in those instances.

LAST WORD: In an editorial commenting on the study, researchers at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Maryland stated that while some studies suggest that moderate drinking may benefit heart health, “from the standpoint of cancer risk, the message of this report could not be clearer. There is no level of alcohol consumption that can be considered safe”.

To be honest, I think there is much more we know about heart disease, and the lifestyle changes we can make to ameliorate it, than we do about cancer and it’s causes. Therefore, I would chose to maximize my heart disease risk profile by methods of stress reduction, nutrition and exercise, and leave the red wine out of it.

Cheers ūüôā


Grab Bag Nutrition Tip:

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Red cabbage/red sauerkraut carries SIGNIFICANTLY (some say up to 28 times) more flavonoid levels of it’s green brethren, which makes it an antioxidant superstar, and is touted as weapon for lung and prostate cancers, as well as a boost for the brain. (In a study, people who never smoked and who ate cabbage once a week had lower rates of lung cancer than those who didn’t eat the cabbage…. the gas issue is another topic altogether ūüôā )


Grab Bag Brain Game:

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Grab Bag Funny Stuff:

So this is how David Copperfield does it…..

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