Monday, August 21, 2017

Fighting Obesity

In my opinion fast food can be a part of a healthy lifestyle--IN MODERATION! Of course it becomes a "big" problem when it's not part of a balanced diet and excercise. It's certainly ok to have a burger once in a while, but as you can see from this poor fella--it can become a "big" problem when it's overdone! Parents need to take more responsibility in deciding what the kids eat and when they eat it, making better and healthier meal choices. McDonald's has many healthy alternatives with salads, fruits and juices! We can all make a "big" difference in the worldwide childhood obesity problem by making the right and healthy choices for ourselves and our kids! Now that--I'm Lovin! Best, Ronald
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Calvin Rules!

Laughter is medicine for the soul...Enjoy!
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The Search

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built."--Jalal ad-Din Rumi, 1207-1273

Jerry Lewis 1926-2017...RIP

"I shall pass through this world but once, any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again."--Jerry Lewis

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Abe's Mom

"All that I am, or hope to be; I owe to my angel Mother."--Abe Lincoln
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Doctor Maggard

Survive Heart Attack When Alone...

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed to be in order.
Without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint,
Has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
A deep breath should be taken before each
Cough, and the cough must be deep
And prolonged, as when producing sputum
From deep inside the chest.
A breath and a cough must be repeated
About every two seconds without let up
Until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and
Keep the blood circulating.
The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

I Love Mountains

Dear Joe,

Earlier this summer President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan which outlines important and commendable steps to reduce some of the damage caused by the burning of fossil fuels. While it is critical that action be taken to reduce pollution from coal fired plants, it is imperative that the president not forget about communities impacted by coal extraction.
A top energy staff person for the Obama Administration recently reported on the President’s plan, by saying the intentions are to “protect our environment, reduce harmful pollution, and promote economic growth all at the same time." 
Yet, citizens working for a healthy and bright future in Appalachia, free from the dangers of mountaintop removal coal mining have found themselves the footnote of Obama’s climate plan.
Every day that mountaintop removal continues in Appalachia, environmental destruction, heart and lung disease, and stalled economic growth are added to Obama’s legacy.

For the Mountains,
Matt Wasson

8 Things to Remember when Things go wrong...

From Mark and Angel
“The best way out is always through.”―Robert Frost
“Today, I’m sitting in my hospital bed waiting to have both my breasts removed.  But in a strange way I feel like the lucky one.  Up until now I have had no health problems.  I’m a 69-year-old woman in the last room at the end of the hall before the pediatric division of the hospital begins.  Over the past few hours I have watched dozens of cancer patients being wheeled by in wheelchairs and rolling beds.  None of these patients could be a day older than 17.”
That’s an entry from my grandmother’s journal, dated 9/16/1977.  I photocopied it and pinned it to my bulletin board about a decade ago.  It’s still there today, and it continues to remind me that there is always, always, always something to be thankful for.  And that no matter how good or bad I have it, I must wake up each day thankful for my life, because someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.
Truth be told, happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.  Imagine all the wondrous things your mind might embrace if it weren’t wrapped so tightly around your struggles.  Always look at what you have, instead of what you have lost.  Because it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do with what you have left.
Here are a few reminders to help motivate you when you need it most:
1.  Pain is part of growing.
Sometimes life closes doors because it’s time to move forward.  And that’s a good thing because we often won’t move unless circumstances force us to.  When times are tough, remind yourself that no pain comes without a purpose.  Move on from what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you.  Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re failing.  Every great success requires some type of worthy struggle to get there.  Good things take time.  Stay patient and stay positive.  Everything is going to come together; maybe not immediately, but eventually.
Remember that there are two kinds of pain: pain that hurts and pain that changes you.  When you roll with life, instead of resisting it, both kinds help you grow.
2.  Everything in life is temporary.
Every time it rains, it stops raining.  Every time you get hurt, you heal.  After darkness there is always light – you are reminded of this every morning, but still you often forget, and instead choose to believe that the night will last forever.  It won’t.  Nothing lasts forever.
So if things are good right now, enjoy it.  It won’t last forever.  If things are bad, don’t worry because it won’t last forever either.  Just because life isn’t easy at the moment, doesn’t mean you can’t laugh.  Just because something is bothering you, doesn’t mean you can’t smile.  Every moment gives you a new beginning and a new ending.  You get a second chance, every second.  You just have to take it and make the best of it.
3.  Worrying and complaining changes nothing.
Those who complain the most, accomplish the least.  It’s always better to attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.  It’s not over if you’ve lost; it’s over when you do nothing but complain about it.  If you believe in something, keep trying.  Don’t let the shadows of the past darken the doorstep of your future.  Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any brighter.  Take action instead.  Let what you’ve learned improve how you live.  Make a change and never look back.
And regardless of what happens in the long run, remember that true happiness begins to arrive only when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.
4.  Your scars are symbols of your strength.
Don’t ever be ashamed of the scars life has left you with.  A scar means the hurt is over and the wound is closed.  It means you conquered the pain, learned a lesson, grew stronger, and moved forward.  A scar is the tattoo of a triumph to be proud of.  Don’t allow your scars to hold you hostage.  Don’t allow them to make you live your life in fear.  You can’t make the scars in your life disappear, but you can change the way you see them.  You can start seeing your scars as a sign of strength and not pain.
Rumi once said, “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most powerful characters in this great world are seared with scars.  See your scars as a sign of “YES!  I MADE IT!  I survived and I have my scars to prove it!  And now I have a chance to grow even stronger.”
5.  Every little struggle is a step forward.
In life, patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard on your dreams, knowing that the work is worth it.  So if you’re going to try, put in the time and go all the way.  Otherwise, there’s no point in starting.  This could mean losing stability and comfort for a while, and maybe even your mind on occasion.  It could mean not eating what, or sleeping where, you’re used to, for weeks on end.  It could mean stretching your comfort zone so thin it gives you a nonstop case of the chills.  It could mean sacrificing relationships and all that’s familiar.  It could mean accepting ridicule from your peers.  It could mean lots of time alone in solitude.  Solitude, though, is the gift that makes great things possible.  It gives you the space you need.  Everything else is a test of your determination, of how much you really want it.
And if you want it, you’ll do it, despite failure and rejection and the odds.  And every step will feel better than anything else you can imagine.  You will realize that the struggle is not found on the path, it is the path.  And it’s worth it.  So if you’re going to try, go all the way.  There’s no better feeling in the world… there’s no better feeling than knowing what it means to be ALIVE.
6.  Other people’s negativity is not your problem.
Be positive when negativity surrounds you.  Smile when others try to bring you down.  It’s an easy way to maintain your enthusiasm and focus.  When other people treat you poorly, keep being you.  Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are.  You can’t take things too personally, even if it seems personal. Rarely do people do things because of you.  They do things because of them.
Above all, don’t ever change just to impress someone who says you’re not good enough.  Change because it makes you a better person and leads you to a brighter future.  People are going to talk regardless of what you do or how well you do it.  So worry about yourself before you worry about what others think.  If you believe strongly in something, don’t be afraid to fight for it.  Great strength comes from overcoming what others think is impossible.
All jokes aside, your life only comes around once.  This is IT.  So do what makes you happy and be with whoever makes you smile, often.
7.  What’s meant to be will eventually, BE.
True strength comes when you have so much to cry and complain about, but you prefer to smile and appreciate your life instead.  There are blessings hidden in every struggle you face, but you have to be willing to open your heart and mind to see them.  You can’t force things to happen.  You can only drive yourself crazy trying.  At some point you have to let go and let what’s meant to be, BE.
In the end, loving your life is about trusting your intuition, taking chances, losing and finding happiness, cherishing the memories, and learning through experience.  It’s a long-term journey.  You have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting every step of the way.  Laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and enjoy your life as it unfolds.  You might not end up exactly where you intended to go, but you will eventually arrive precisely where you need to be.
8.  The best thing you can do is to keep going.
Don’t be afraid to get back up – to try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again.  Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart.  Life’s best lessons are often learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes.  There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong.  And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t.  When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right.  Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best.
Yes, life is tough, but you are tougher.  Find the strength to laugh every day.  Find the courage to feel different, yet beautiful.  Find it in your heart to make others smile too.  Don’t stress over things you can’t change.  Live simply.  Love generously.  Speak truthfully.  Work diligently.  And even if you fall short, keep going.  Keep growing.
Awake every morning and do your best to follow this daily TO-DO list:
1.    Think positively.
2.    Eat healthy.
3.    Exercise today.
4.    Worry less.
5.    Work hard.
6.    Laugh often.
7.    Sleep well.

Via Marcandangel, Photo by: Antonio Buccella

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Star Danced

"there was a star danced, and under that I was born."--Billy Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Instant Karma?

DELANO (AP) — A California man attending a cockfight has died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to its own limb.
The Kern County coroner says 35-year-old Jose Luis Ochoa was declared dead at a hospital about two hours after he suffered the injury in neighboring Tulare County on Jan. 30.
An autopsy concluded Ochoa died of an accidental “sharp force injury” to his right calf.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt says it’s unclear if a delay in seeking medical attention contributed to Ochoa’s death. Tulare officials are investigating, and no arrests were made at the cockfight.
Cockfighting is a sport, illegal in the United States, in which specially bred roosters are put into a ring and encouraged to fight until one is incapacitated or killed.
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My Chat with A Baby Elephant

Back by popular demand!

Tsunami of Obesity

Scientists warn of 'tsunami of obesity' as Western lifestyles spread across the globe
By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor

The spread of Western fast food was blamed as the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru was named as the fattest in the world. Its average Body Mass Index is between 34 and 35, 70 per cent higher than in some countries in South-east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
More than one in 10 of the world's population is obese – more than half a billion adults – and rates have doubled since 1980. The biggest increases are in the richer nations but almost every country has seen rates rise.
Only Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo and a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa and east and south Asia have escaped the rise. Yet even in these regions neighbouring countries have had widely differeing experiences. The women of Southern Africa are among the fattest in the world.
The rise is being driven by increasing urbanisation, the growth of sedentary, office-based lifestyles and the substitution of Western-style fast foods for traditional diets. Researchers from Imperial CollegeLondon and McMaster University in Canada, writing in The Lancet, describe it as a "tsunami of obesity that will eventually affect all regions of the world".
In its wake comes an epidemic of heart disease and stroke, linked with high blood pressure and raised cholesterol levels. Remarkably, high-income countries such as the US and UK have managed to avoid this, by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol with drugs and dietary changes, such as reducing salt and fats. Smoking too, one of the key causes of heart disease, has fallen. (Japan is an exception where historically low cholesterol levels, associated with the nation's high consumption of fish, have risen to levels seen in western Europe, as the Japanese adopt a Western diet.)
But in middle and low-income countries the outlook is "dismal". "Considering all risk-factor trends together, the forecast for cardiovascular disease burden... comprises a population emergency that will cost tens of millions of preventable deaths, unless rapid and widespread actions are taken by governments and health care systems woldwide," the researchers say.
Treating the consequences of the obesity explosion with drugs will create an "unsustainable financial burden" in these countries and there is an "urgent need" to understand why unhealthy behaviours are adopted by both individuals and communities.
With an increasing trend towards globalisation and urbanisation, the problem is likely to get worse rather than better. "Ironically the economic growth of low-income and middle- income countries is now threated by the projected cardiovascular disease epidemic," they say.
Citing the noted British epidemiologist Geoffrey Rose, the authors say: "Mass disease and mass exposures require mass remedies. Mass remedies require the masses to be part of the solution."
The world obesity map
Fastest growing: US
The US saw the biggest rise in BMI of all developed nations between 1980 and 2008, more than 1kg a decade. Increasingly sedentary occupations, less walking and cycling, more driving in cars and rising consumption of fast foods and sugary drinks are behind the rise which affects all high-income countries.
Slimming down: Italy
Italy is the only high-income country in Europe where BMI declined - for women, from 25.2 to 24.8. Even among men, Italy saw one of the smallest increases. The classic Mediterranean diet - pasta, vegetables and fruit - is one of the healthiest in the world.
Fattening up: UK
The UK has the sixth highest BMI in Europe for women and the ninth highest for men (both around 27). The rate of increase has been second only to the US for men. One in four men and one in three women is overweight and about 12 million are obese.
South America's biggest: Chile
Chile with an average BMI of 27.0 for men and 27.9 for women, was the heaviest country in southern Latin America. The scale of increase in obesity in southern Latin America is second only to the US among men and ranks fifth among women. Rates of obesity soared in Chile with the end of its dictatorship in 1990 and a surge in fast food restaurants and some critics are now calling for a junk food tax to be imposed.
World's thinnest: Bangladesh
Bangladesh is the world's thinnest nation, with an average BMI of 20.5 for women and 20.4 for men. Rice is the staple diet and millions go without enough to eat. More than half of children - more than 9 million - are underweight and have stunted growth.
Fattest on earth: Nauru
Nauru is the world's fattest country, with an average BMI of 34 to 35. Located in the south Pacific it is the smallest island nation, with a population of less than 10,000. Obesity has grown as a result of the importation of Western foods paid for with proceeds from phosphate mining. The most popular dish is fried chicken and cola.

The Wisdom of Voltaire

"Men argue, Nature acts."--Francois Voltaire

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Clown about Town


A Challenge Worth Fighting For -- Childhood Obesity

Fighting childhood obesity: A challenge that's worth it

Dr. Goutham Rao, clinical director of the Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, talks with Malik Snell, 12, at his first doctor's visit. At right is Malik's mother, Denise. 
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Dr. Goutham Rao, clinical director of the Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, talks with Malik Snell, 12, at his first doctor's visit. At right is Malik's mother, Denise.
PITTSBURGH -- Two years ago, when Denise Snell's family physician told her that her son Malik should lose weight and referred her to a specialist, she brushed the idea off.
"We hesitated," said Snell, of Pittsburgh. "We thought we could make it on our own."
Malik, now 12, stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds. He is not the kind of boy one would think to describe as obese; big-boned seems more appropriate.
Yet his statistics put him just over the 95th percentile for his age -- high enough to tip him into the category.
It's difficult for parents to admit their child is obese, said Dr. Goutham Rao, who directs the Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, which treats 2,000 overweight children annually.
Rao estimated that only half of all parents who are told their child should lose weight will eventually cooperate.
In Malik's case, his physician continued to push. And then sent his school a letter. (In Pennsylvania, schools are required to provide regular body mass index reports.)
Finally his family decided it was time to schedule an appointment.
The Snells' struggle is not unusual. Fourteen percent of children ages 2 to 5, 19 percent of children ages 6 to 11, and 17 percent of children ages 12 to 19 are clinically obese.
Last year, in an effort to solve the dilemma that U.S. Surgeon General Steven Galson has called "a national catastrophe," the American Medical Association convened a panel of experts who designed a series of guidelines to combat childhood obesity.
This week, that panel, of which Rao was a member, released its findings. It provided five main recommendations: limit consumption of sweetened beverages, restrict fast food intake, eat dinner as a family, reduce "screen time" in front of the television or computer, and engage in physical activity for at least one hour per day.
On face, most of the advice is common sense: eat right and exercise. But for many families, the changes constitute nothing less than lifestyle upheaval.
"The recommendations are easy to make," said Dr. William H. Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which co-funded the study. "The challenge is implementing those recommendations."
For a physician, the most difficult step is often identifying and communicating the problem.
While current protocol discourages using the word "obese" to describe children, the panel concluded that practice creates confusion.
"It's much clearer for parents if you say, 'Your child actually suffers from obesity, they need to lose weight,'" said Rao. "They understand what that means." On the other hand, current terminology like "at risk for becoming overweight" can be easy to dismiss.
For a parent, the most difficult step is making habits that stick.
Dr. Prapti Kanani, who runs the childhood obesity clinic at Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital, said physicians must talk to parents about concrete solutions that will work for them.
"The first thing I tell parents to do is pack lunch," she said. For a working parent, "that's always hard."
"We don't advocate changing everything overnight," said Rao, who met with the Snells for the first time this week.
After three hours of evaluations, Malik and his mother left armed with knowledge of how to tackle weight loss, including an extensive list of goals.
Malik, who said he plays a lot of video games, will cut his time in front of the console in half, and he will sleep more; he gets in bed around 2 or 3 a.m., but now he's aiming for 11 p.m. He also will eat breakfast regularly and exercise four days a week, supplementing two days of Tae Kwon Do practice.
Malik's goals are part of a long-term strategy to focus on behavior, not weight.
"Clearly the historical paradigm where providers suggest to patients that they make this change and that change is not going to work," said Dr. Dietz. Instead, physicians need to "tie issues about weight ... to more fundamental values."

Unethical ethics

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Elvis Aaron Presley...Gone but Never Forgotten

I Love Mountains
Dear Joe,
All across the country, participation in this fall's election is expected to be at historic levels. And those of us here at want to make sure that you aren't left out.
Here's what you can do to make sure your voice is heard and your vote is counted:
  1. Be sure you're registered: If you're not registered to vote in your state, you can register at the non-partisan Rock the Vote website or by Googling "register to vote in [your state]." Be sure to do this by Monday, October 6th: That's the last day to register in 19 states!
  2. Plan to vote early: While Election Day is November 4th, we recommend you vote early, if your state allows it. Voting early is beneficial because it means you can vote when it's convenient for you-- often on a Saturday and Sunday. And if there's a problem with your registration, in many states you can re-register on the spot with proper ID.
  3. Know the candidates: Civic groups in most states have teamed up and put together non-partisan voter guides. Google "non-partisan voter guide in [your state]" to find information about your state, local, and federal candidates.
Don't forget to bring a friend when you vote! Talk to your friends and family about the issues that concern you, and bring at least one friend with you to the polls. And encourage your friends today to make sure they are registered to vote.
We hope that you will make your voice heard in this historic election.
Mary Anne Hitt
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Whoooaaa Cowboy...Bus Stop by William Inge, Historic Thalian Hall, Wilmington NC circa 1984

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Revising 60's Hits

Revising 60's hits
Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers.
They include:
Bobby Darin ---
Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash.
Herman's Hermits ---
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker .
Ringo Starr ---
I Get By With a Little Help From Depends.

The Bee Gees -- -
How Can You Mend a Broken Hip.
Roberta Flack---
The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face.
Johnny Nash ---
I Can't See Clearly Now.
Paul Simon---
Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver
The Commodores ---
Once, Twice. Three time, to the Bathroom.
Marvin Gaye ---
Heard It Through the Grape Nuts.
Procol Harem---
A Whiter Shade of Hair.
Leo Sayer ---
You Make Me Feel Like Napping.
The Temptations ---
Papa's Got a Kidney Stone.
Denture Queen.
Tony Orlando ---
Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall.
Helen Reddy --- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore.

Leslie Gore--- It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I Want To.

And Last but NOT least:

Willie Nelson --- On the Commode Again

Justicia Omnibus

"Truth is incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it,
malice may destroy it, but there it is."-- Winston Churchill

It takes all kinds...

Monday, August 14, 2017


Statistics prove that folks who drive like crazy are!

Lee Marvin - Wandering Star

What the World needs NOW...

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To my Brothers and Sisters on that Thin Blue Line...

Since Jan 1, 2011, 53 officers have been shot at, 37 were hit, with 14 of that being in a 36 hour period (at least 5 from Michigan). 10 have died and 2 remain in critical condition. Very sobering. To my Brothers and Sisters on that thin blue line...Stay alert, stay vigilant, stay strong, and GO HOME SAFE!

To the Top

Free enterprise gives everybody a chance to get to the top. Some depend too much on the free and not enough on the enterprise!