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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 12, 2016

No Deaths from Supplements. No Deaths from Minerals. No Deaths from Amino Acids. No Deaths from Herbs.

by Andrew W. Saul, Editor

(OMNS, Jan 12, 2016) Not only are there no deaths from vitamins, there are also zero deaths from any supplement. The most recent (2014) information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System, and published in the journal Clinical Toxicology (1), shows no deaths whatsoever from dietary supplements across the board.

No deaths from minerals

There were zero deaths from any dietary mineral supplement. This means there were no fatalities from calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc, colloidal silver, selenium, iron, or multimineral supplements. Reported in the "Electrolyte and Mineral" category was a fatality from the medical use of "Sodium and sodium salts" and another fatality from non-supplemental iron, which was clearly and specifically excluded from the supplement category.

No deaths from any other nutritional supplement

Additionally, there were zero deaths from any amino acid or single-ingredient herbal product. This means no deaths at all from blue cohosh, echinacea, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, St. John's wort, valerian, yohimbe, Asian medicines, ayurvedic medicines, or any other botanical. There were zero deaths from creatine, blue-green algae, glucosamine, chondroitin, or melatonin. There were zero deaths from any homeopathic remedy.

But when in doubt, blame a supplement. Any supplement.

There was one death attributed to a "Multi-Botanical Without Ma Huang or Citrus Aurantium." It is interesting that they knew what was not in it but did not know what was in it. This is hearsay at best, and scaremongering at worst. There was one death alleged from some "Unknown Dietary Supplement or Homeopathic Agent." This, too, indicates complete lack of certainly as to what may or may not have been involved. One fatality was attributed to "Energy Products: Unknown." First of all, energy drinks or "products" are not nutritional supplements. But more importantly, how can an accusation be based on the unknown? Equally unscientific are the two deaths attributed to "Energy Products: Other." Well, what products were they? These are no more than vague, unsubstantiated allegations. Claiming causation without even knowing what substance or ingredient to accuse is baseless.

The truth: no man, woman or child died from any nutritional supplement. Period.

If nutritional supplements are allegedly so "dangerous," as the FDA, the news media, and even some physicians still claim, then where are the bodies?



Mowry JB, Spyker DA, Brooks DE et al. (2015) 2014 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poison Data System (NPDS): 32nd Annual Report, Clinical Toxicology, 53:10, 962-1147, .

The lengthy, full text article is also available for free download from or from .


Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information:






Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 3, 2016

No Deaths from Vitamins. Absolutely None.
Safety Confirmed by America's Largest Database

by Andrew W. Saul, Editor

(OMNS, Jan 3, 2016) There were no deaths whatsoever from vitamins in the year 2014. The 32th annual report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins. And, there were no deaths whatsoever from vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B-6, any other B-vitamin. There were no deaths from vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, or from any vitamin at all.

Zero deaths from vitamins. Want to bet this will never be on the evening news? Well, have you seen it there? And why not?

After all, over half of the U.S. population takes daily nutritional supplements. If each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes about 170,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of well over 60 billion doses annually. Since many persons take far more than just one single vitamin tablet, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of vitamin supplements is all the more remarkable.

Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD, always said: "No one dies from vitamins." He was right when he said it and he is still right today.


You may already know this, but if not, it’s good info to have on hand.

Info. from Mayo Clinic - submitted by Candace


How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night!!

Heart Attack and Water - Drink 1 glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack! I never knew all of this! Interesting...

Something else I didn't know .... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor:

Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier.

I knew you needed your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

  2  glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs

·         1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion

·         1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure

·         1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin -

Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, When the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.   If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.

2.    Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years. (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Something that we can do to help ourselves:

Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.  They work much faster than the tablets. Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It's about Heart Attacks - 

There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently. Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack. The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up; however, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water. Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say "heart attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. - Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ...DO NOT LIE DOWN!





The power of essential oils!

Owie Spray: the Power of Essential Oils

I just want to share some amazing photos and a story with you that was shared with me by a friend this past year.

Her young son was out riding his bike and fell while going downhill on a gravelly road.  He was pretty torn up as you can see from the photos and after a trip to the ER was told that there could be possible surgery to clean out the gravel.


Mom came to the rescue with doTERRA essential oils, specifically the “Owie Spray”.  This mom keeps a bottle of ‘Owie Spray’ (recipe below) to use for any kinds of cuts, scrapes, bumps and bruises.  Her kids will run to use it whenever needed.  The only treatment that he received after the ER was multiple applications of this spray – about 3 – 4 times per day.  This little guy was not on any pain medication either. Look at the progression below from day 1 through the final photo at day 7.

The photos show the healing process in order from left to right.  Most notable are the last three pictures on the right–they are day 4, day 6, and day 7 respectively.

Pretty Incredible, right?  His mom told me recently that there is no scarring and he is completely healed!  It seems hard to believe, but this is an amazing, true example of the incredible healing that comes with the aid of doTERRA essential oils.  My grandma (and probably yours too) always used to say, “The proof is in the pudding!”  Try it and see.  Plain and simple.


Here’s the recipe:

1- A 2 oz glass bottle (see link on our page to Aroma Tools & My Oil Business where you can purchase these bottles) Oils are best used in glass.

2- The oils – 10 to 20 drops of each:

Frankincense – the miracle oil – a wonderful anti inflammatory and great for trauma.

Lavender – gentle enough for kids and sensitive skin issues like burns, cuts or abrasions , also calming so it’s a great idea to diffuse or let the child smell the oil as well.

Melaleuca – documented to kill many bacteria, viruses, and fungi on contact so it is excellent for cuts, wounds, burns, and anywhere that bacteria might be found. It has a historical use as an antiseptic for the face, skin disorders including acne, and dandruff as well.

3- Filled the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil. This is an all-natural carrier oil that readily absorbs into the skin making it an ideal oil for topical therapies. Its feather-light emollient effect provides a soothing barrier without clogging pores and is excellent for dry or troubled skin. It leaves skin feeling silky smooth, not greasy like other vegetable carrier oils. It is completely soluble with all essential oils and is colorless, odorless, and will not stain or go rancid. For topical use.

We now keep a bottle stocked in our house as well! I love the incredible healing power of these Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils!


*Editors note — Thanks for all of the input and questions.  We want to clarify that the final photo is day 7, not day 5 as we had previously posted.


“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”

The original article here





Submitted by P Kaye

1. Freshen the Fridge
Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.

2. High Blood Pressure
Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.

3. Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown
Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating.

4. Mental Health
Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.

5. Refresh Cutting Boards
No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.

6. Respiratory Problems
Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma.

7. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.

8. Prevents Kidney Stones
Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.

9. Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen
You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.

10. Anti-Aging
Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.

11. Fruit and Vegetable Wash
You never know what kind of pesticides or dirt may be lurking on the skin of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice too.

12. Treat Infections
Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.

13. Deodorize Your Garbage
If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks.

14. Keep Guacamole Green
You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white.

15. Purges The Blood
We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavors. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood.

16. Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp
Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.

17. Oral Health
Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches

18. Lighten Age Spots
Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.

19. Create Blonde Highlights
For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.

20. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier
Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stovetop instead and just simmer the water periodically.

21. Clean and Whiten Nails
Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.

22. Cleanse Your Face
Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.

23. Freshen Your Breath
Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.

24. Treat Flaky Dandruff
If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.

25. Get Rid of Tough Stains on Marble
You probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well. Use These Lemons To Clean – Easy and Effective

26. Remove Berry Stains
It sure was fun to pick your own berries, but now your fingers are stained with berry juice that won’t come off no matter how much you scrub with soap and water. Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free.

27. Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows
Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.

28. Headaches
Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is the treatment of a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes. He converts his customers to this regime, and weans them away from drug remedies completely.

29. Chills and Fevers
Chills and fevers may be due to a variety of causes; never the less the lemon is always a helpful remedy. Spanish physicians regard it as an infallible friend.

30. Diphtheria
Skip the vaccine for this disease. Lemon Juice Treatment still proves as one of the most powerful antiseptics and the strong digestive qualities of the fruit are admired around the world. With the juice every hour or two, and at the same time, 1/2 to 1 tsp. should be swallowed. This cuts loose the false membrane in the throat and permits it to come out.



A lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I replied a little while ago.' 
When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral lesson:

a. Lock the keypad with a password if your phone allows it!

b. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.

c. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

d. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere unusual, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.

Even if this doesn't pertain to you....Pass it on to your family and friends. It may be useful.


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All it a frozen lemon  


Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using

or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.

How can you use the whole lemon without waste?  


Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section

of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater,

and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle

it on top of your foods. 


Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup,

cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi,

fish dishes, whisky.... the list is endless.  


All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste,

something that you may have never tasted before.

  Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C.

Not anymore. 


Now that you've learned this   lemon secret ,

you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.  

What's the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and

adding new taste to your dishes?  


Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10

times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself.

And yes, that's what you've been wasting.  


But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing

the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes,

you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier. 


It's also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators

in eradicating toxic elements in the body.  


So place your washed lemon in your freezer,

and then grate it on your meal every day.

It is a key to make your foods tastier

and you get to live healthier and longer!

That's the lemon secret!

Better late than never, right?

The surprising benefits of lemon!  

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells.

It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. 


Why do we not know about that?

Because there are laboratories interested in

making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.  


You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her

know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease.

Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the

horrific effects of chemotherapy. 

 As you know, the lemon tree is known

for its varieties of lemons and limes. 


You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp,

juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc...

It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting

is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors.  


This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types.

Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer.

It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum

against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against

internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure

which is too high and an antidepressant, combats

stress and nervous disorders.  

The source of this information is fascinating:

it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in

the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory

tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that It destroys

the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast,

prostate, lung and pancreas...  

The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better

than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used

chemotherapeutic in the world,

slowing the growth of cancer cells. 


And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy

with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer

cells and it does not affect healthy cells.  

So, give those lemons a good wash,

freeze them and grate them.

Your whole body will love you for it!!!!!  

Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak



Doctors and Farmers Find that Eliminating GMOs Prevents Disease

In recent years, more and more doctors have started warning their patients to avoid genetically modified foods and the results are paying off. Jeffrey Smith now tells us that thousands of doctors are reporting the elimination of disease simply when patients cut genetically modified foods out of their diets. They are finding the elimination of immune disorders, arthritis, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, skin problems, general pain, migraines, and restless leg syndrome, among other problems. According to one doctor, the results happen pretty quickly too.

"In terms of allergies," Dr. Lindner tells us, "it might take two to five days. In terms of depression, it starts to lift almost instantaneously. When I change people from a GMO diet to a GMO-free diet, I see results instantaneously in people who have foggy thinking and people who have gut symptoms like bloating, gas, irritation."

Dr. Lindner is getting her patients off the most common genetically modified foods including soy, corn, canola oil, and sugar and recommending that they buy organic to avoid even more of them. Full results, she tells us, normally take four to six weeks.

The elimination of disease by dropping genetically modified foods isn't limited to people either. Farmers have been finding the same thing.

Jeffery also tells us that when a Danish farmer switched to non-GMO soy for his 450 pigs and their offspring, within two days the animals' diarrhea problems virtually disappeared. "During the following year," he says, "death from ulcers and bloat, which had claimed 36 pigs over the previous two years, vanished. Conception rate was up, litter size was up, diseases were down, and birth defects were eliminated."

One has to wonder if the 36 pigs that died were a direct result of eating the scientifically modified foods. It seems like it could have been quite a few. And if 36 out of 450 pigs died, one has to wonder how many human deaths the muted foods are also responsible for. In any case, it wouldn't be the first time that animals have died as a result of eating these scientific creations.

In India, thousands of sheep have died after eating genetically modified cotton plants, even though grazing on nature's cotton plants is common and produces no harm. Genetically modified corn was also implicated in cow deaths in Germany, as well as the deaths of horses, water buffalo, and chickens in The Philippines.

Kim Evans at


John Glenn's true hero

For half a century, the world has applauded John Glenn as a heart-stirring American hero. He lifted the nation's spirits when, as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, he was blasted alone into orbit around the Earth; the enduring affection for him is so powerful that even now people find themselves misting up at the sight of his face or the sound of his voice.

But for all these years, Glenn has had a hero of his own, someone who he has seen display endless courage of a different kind:

Annie Glenn.

They have been married for 68 years.

He is 90; she turned 92 on Friday.

This weekend there has been news coverage of the 50th anniversary of Glenn's flight into orbit. We are being reminded that, half a century down the line, he remains America's unforgettable hero.

He has never really bought that.

Because the heroism he most cherishes is of a sort that is seldom cheered. It belongs to the person he has known longer than he has known anyone else in the world.

John Glenn and Annie Castor first knew each other when -- literally -- they shared a playpen.

In New Concord, Ohio, his parents and hers were friends. When the families got together, their children played.

John -- the future Marine fighter pilot, the future test-pilot ace, the future astronaut -- was pure gold from the start. He would end up having what it took to rise to the absolute pinnacle of American regard during the space race; imagine what it meant to be the young John Glenn in the small confines of New Concord.

Three-sport varsity athlete, most admired boy in town, Mr. Everything.

Annie Castor was bright, was caring, was talented, was generous of spirit. But she could talk only with the most excruciating of difficulty. It haunted her.

Her stuttering was so severe that it was categorized as an "85%" disability -- 85% of the time, she could not manage to make words come out.

When she tried to recite a poem in elementary school, she was laughed at. She was not able to speak on the telephone. She could not have a regular conversation with a friend.

And John Glenn loved her.

Even as a boy he was wise enough to understand that people who could not see past her stutter were missing out on knowing a rare and wonderful girl.

They married on April 6, 1943. As a military wife, she found that life as she and John moved around the country could be quite hurtful. She has written: "I can remember some very painful experiences -- especially the ridicule."

In department stores, she would wander unfamiliar aisles trying to find the right section, embarrassed to attempt to ask the salesclerks for help. In taxis, she would have to write requests to the driver, because she couldn't speak the destination out loud. In restaurants, she would point to the items on the menu.

A fine musician, Annie, in every community where she and John moved, would play the organ in church as a way to make new friends. She and John had two children; she has written: "Can you imagine living in the modern world and being afraid to use the telephone? 'Hello' used to be so hard for me to say. I worried that my children would be injured and need a doctor. Could I somehow find the words to get the information across on the phone?"

John, as a Marine aviator, flew 59 combat missions in World War II and 90 during the Korean War. Every time he was deployed, he and Annie said goodbye the same way. His last words to her before leaving were:

"I'm just going down to the corner store to get a pack of gum."

And, with just the two of them there, she was able to always reply:

"Don't be long."

On that February day in 1962 when the world held its breath and the Atlas rocket was about to propel him toward space, those were their words, once again. And in 1998, when, at 77, he went back to space aboard the shuttle Discovery, it was an understandably tense time for them. What if something happened to end their life together?

She knew what he would say to her before boarding the shuttle. He did -- and this time he gave her a present to hold onto:

A pack of gum.

She carried it in a pocket next to her heart until he was safely home.

Many times in her life she attempted various treatments to cure her stutter. None worked.

But in 1973, she found a doctor in Virginia who ran an intensive program she and John hoped would help her. She traveled there to enroll and to give it her best effort. The miracle she and John had always waited for at last, as miracles will do, arrived. At age 53, she was able to talk fluidly, and not in brief, anxiety-ridden, agonizing bursts.

John has said that on the first day he heard her speak to him with confidence and clarity, he dropped to his knees to offer a prayer of gratitude.

He has written: "I saw Annie's perseverance and strength through the years and it just made me admire her and love her even more." He has heard roaring ovations in countries around the globe for his own valor, but his awe is reserved for Annie, and what she accomplished: "I don't know if I would have had the courage."

Her voice is so clear and steady now that she regularly gives public talks. If you are lucky enough to know the Glenns', the sight and sound of them bantering and joking with each other and playfully finishing each others' sentences is something that warms you and makes you thankful just to be in the same room.

Monday will be the anniversary of the Mercury space shot, and once again people will remember, and will speak of the heroism of Glenn the astronaut.

But if you ever find yourself at an event where the Glenns' are appearing, and you want to see someone so brimming with pride and love that you may feel your own tears start to well up, wait until the moment that Annie stands to say a few words to the audience.

And as she begins, take a look at her husband's eyes.


submitted by Aimee S.

I have a friend who used her solar lights inside at night
when her current was off during the hurricane.  She stuck them in a jar or
bottle and said they gave off plenty of 'free light'.  She put one
in each room and would put them back outside in the daytime and
bring them in at night as long as the current was off.  They are
safe to use and cheaper than batteries.  Bring in a solar light
one night and test it.

Due to a thunderstorm, we lost power for about 5 hours.
We were scrambling around in the darkness, looking for matches, candles,
flashlights, etc.  We looked outside, and noticed our solar lights
shining brightly all around our patio, stairs, dock, etc.  They
were beautiful.  My wife walked outside, and brought several of
the solar lights inside.

We stuck the solar light pipes into plastic drink bottles
containers and they made the nicest, brightest, safest, lighting
you could ever imagine.

We put one in the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room,
etc. There was plenty of light.  There are all types of solar lights
available.  We bought ours at Harbor Freight.  We put them all
around our yard.  They look nice and they do not attract flying
bugs like the outdoor lights around our doorway.

The lights we have fit into the small (20 oz) water
bottles and they also fit into most of the larger liter bottles.  If you need
a weight in the plastic bottle to keep them from tipping over, you
can put a few of the pretty colorful "flat marbles" that they put
in aquariums, and vases.  (you can also use sand, aquarium gravel,
etc., whatever you have available).

The lights we have were perfect inside our
home.  They burn all night long if you need them.

The next day, you just take your solar lights back
outside and they will instantly recharge and be ready for you to use again any
time you need them.

Perfect for power outages, hurricanes, etc.
I never thought of it and now you don't have to.




“I truly want to stay and feel young, I express the spirit and excitement for life that a child does. I seek to live with fearlessness, courage and passion for life. I enjoy the present moment, express all of my emotions, and live with a free spirit. I recall the power and significance of special friends and friendships. I notice the beauty in everything and everyone - including myself.”


THYROID CANCER - From Dee B - St. Louis, MO

Just wanted to share an email I got from a friend with you all.  This is very important. I am going to check this out the next time I go for these x-rays.  Men tell your women to ask and women be sure that you ask.

Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in, women,  thyroid cancer.  It was a very interesting program and he, mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of, dental x-rays and mammograms.  He demonstrated that on the apron the, dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that, can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck.  Many dentists don't, bother to use it.  Also,  there is something called a  "thyroid guard", for use during mammograms.  By coincidence,  I had my yearly mammogram, yesterday. I felt a little silly, but I asked about the guard and sure, enough, the technician had one in a drawer. I asked why it wasn't, routinely used. Answer: "I don't know. You have to ask for it." Well, if I hadn't seen the show,  how would I have known to ask?, Someone was nice enough to forward this to me. I hope you pass this on, to your friends and family. SNOPES INFO


Peeling boiled potatoes


This is really great, I am going to try it the next time I want mashed potatoes or potato salad!

If you take the time to watch this, you will not only be glad you did, but you will forward this to all your daughters, sisters, moms, etc...
I haven't tried it yet, but I will! Just when you thought you knew everything about boiling potatoes.

To all who love making potato salad but hate peeling the boiled potatoes, here is the solution for easy peeling. This will BLOW your mind. Well, we do learn something new every day.

I wish I had known about this thirty years ago. Peeling the cooked potato was the least desirable part in making a potato salad. Enjoy.

Click here: YouTube - Dawn Wells Potato Peeling Video



We're all probably cutting down on plastic bottle use, anyway. But when you do use a plastic bottle, its cap often can't be recycled. Do you pitch it, or put it to a new use? Here's one idea that will have you saving the cap to use time and again:








Cut up a disposable water bottle and keep the neck and top


Insert the plastic bag through the neck and screw the top to seal.

The bag is made to be air-tight, such that water will not leak, the secret lies with the top and screw cap! 

This is a great idea to share.

Good for us and the environment too.



When it comes to acid reflux, there are certain foods that are almost universally problematic.

The best strategy is to avoid them entirely. But unfortunately, they often make up over half of many people's diets.

In the 'Reflux Cookbook', authors Jamie Koufman, MD, Jordan Stern, MD, and French master chef Marc Bauer share foods they consider hazardous, based on medical literature and their experience treating thousands of patients.


Bad news for chocolate lovers: Chocolate seems to cause more reflux than any other food. It's a triple whammy:

1.     Chocolate contains caffeine and other stimulants such as theobromine, which cause reflux.

2.     Chocolate is high in fat, and fat causes reflux.

3.     Chocolate is also high in cocoa, and cocoa causes reflux.

Theoretically, dark chocolate isn't as bad as high-fat milk chocolate, but let's face it—all chocolate is bad for reflux.


Soda and other carbonated beverages are some of the main causes of acid reflux. The bubbles of carbonation expand inside the stomach, and the increased pressure contributes to reflux. Sodas with caffeine and those that are acidic (almost all) are even worse.

Of the beverages that were tested, Coke, Tab, and Diet Pepsi were the most acidic. All carbonated beverages can be a problem, so the authors recommend abstaining completely to avoid acid reflux.

Fried food

Fried food is the single most recognized cause of reflux. It is also the food most often associated with heartburn, which is chest pain from esophageal reflux.

Deep-fried (or even not-so-deep-fried) foods are on the "bad list" because of their high fat content.


Beer, liquor, and wine are believed to contribute to reflux. Many alcoholic beverages are not very acidic. However, alcohol is believed to relax the valve at the bottom of the esophagus (where it joins the stomach), leading to reflux.

Abstain if you can; otherwise, have only one cocktail or glass of wine a day, and completely avoid acidic mixers like orange juice or soda.

High-fat dairy products

All high-fat foods cause reflux. There is no reason to believe that one high-fat butter or cheese is better than another in this regard. If you have reflux and a serious cheese habit, something has to give.

Use a small amount of these foods as flavoring, but not as main ingredients. Low fat is better than no fat.

High-fat meats

Acid reflux is caused by high-fat cuts of meat—beef, pork, lamb which stay longer in the stomach and increase the chance of acid reflux.

Try cutting back to a lean cut of meat and eat it only once a week.


One cup of coffee or espresso a day is fine, but people who drink coffee all day long are courting reflux—if they don't have it already.

Try switching to chamomile, which is the best herbal tea, or you can have one cup of green tea a day if it is lightly brewed.



This came over from Nutrition and Healing - Christine O'Brien []

Q: I really like burning candles -- they create a cozy feeling in my home. But one of my friends said they could be bad for my health -- is that true?

Dr. Wright: Most candles contain paraffin. Paraffin is made from the sludge at the bottom of barrels of crude oil, which is then treated and bleached with benzene and other chemical solvents to "clean it up" for use in candles. Paraffin candles put out soot and smoke along with toxins and carcinogens when you burn them. Since burning petrochemical paraffin smells bad, synthetic fragrance oils are added, many of which are irritating and even toxic themselves. Breathing what paraffin candles give off has been compared to breathing diesel fumes.

And, to make matters worse, the soot, smoke, and chemical residue from "regular" candles can stick to walls, ceilings, and ventilation ducts and get re-circulated whenever the heating/cooling system is in action, exposing you to these pollutants even when the paraffin candles aren't burning.

The only candles I know of that don't cause any of those problems are ones made from beeswax. But here's the catch: a candle only needs to contain 51 percent beeswax to be labeled as a beeswax candle. The rest can be paraffin (or anything else burnable), so it may not be as easy as picking one up the next time you're at the mall.

One way to find out is to ask the store clerk to light the candle: 100-percent-beeswax candles have a uniquely fresh smell -- which is distinctly different from paraffin.

Beeswax candles can be on the expensive side -- at least in comparison to "regular" paraffin candles. But beeswax actually burns more slowly, so you'll get more for your money than if you opted for the cheaper versions. Plus, the risk you're avoiding by avoiding paraffin is well worth the few extra cents. Wright Newsletter

From Betty - Los Angeles, CA



This  is an excellent MUST SEE video.   
Very  very short; but impacting!  Read the short article first.
Be  safe and consider sharing with your friends and loved  ones..   

 This is  the first time I heard of this simple fire prevention idea...It's so  simple and effective, that I'm forwarding it to all my family and  friends. 
Kitchen  Fire

I never realized that a wet dishcloth can be a one size fits all lid to cover a fire in a pan! 
This is a dramatic video  (30-second, very short) about how to deal with a common  kitchen fire...oil  in a frying pan. Read the following Introduction, then watch the show ...It's a real  eye-opener!!
 At the Fire Fighting Training school they would demonstrate this with  a deep fat fryer set on the fire field. An  instructor would don a fire suit and using an 8 oz  cup at the end of a 10-foot pole to toss water onto  the grease fire.
 The results got the attention of the students. The water, being  heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated.
 The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. On  the open field, it became a thirty foot high fireball that  resembled a nuclear blast.

 Inside the  confines of a kitchen, the fire ball hits the ceiling and  fills the entire room. Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup of either creates the explosive force of two sticks of  dynamite.
 This is a powerful  message----watch the video and don't forget what you  see.
 Tell your whole family about this  video. Or better yet, send this to  them.  




 From C. Zaslaw, Edmond, OK

Now this is very interesting!  My car's manual says to roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning on the A/C. WHY ?

No wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before.  We wonder where this stuff comes from but here is an example that explains a lot of the cancer causing incidents.  

Many people are in their cars the first thing in the morning, and the last thing at night, 7 days a week.

As I read this, it makes me feel guilty and ill.  Please pass this on to as many people as possible.  Guess its not too late to make some changes.

Car A/C (Air Conditioning) MUST READ!!! 

Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.

Open the windows after you enter your car, and then turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes. Here's why: According to research, the car's dashboard, seats, a/c ducts in fact ALL of the plastic objects in your vehicle, emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin. A BIG CARCINOGEN. Take the time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car, when you open it, and BEFORE you start it up. 

In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia and increases the risk of some cancers. It can also cause miscarriages in pregnant females

Acceptable Benzene level indoors is: 50mg per sq.ft.

A car parked indoors, with windows closed, will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene.

If parked outdoors, under the sun, at a temperature above 60 degrees F. the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.

People who get into the car, keeping the windows closed, will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the BENZENE toxin.

Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidneys and liver. What's worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff from your body. So friends, please open the windows and door of your car - give it some time for the interior to air out -(dispel the deadly stuff) - before you enter the vehicle.


Thought: 'When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.'


This is what says.  It is not the air conditioning in the car but the Benzene producing agents that cause cancer



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2. Beech Nut 100% Apple Juice
3. Best Yet Bartlett Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
4. Best Yet Chunky Mixed Fruit in Pear Juice
5. Best Yet Yellow Cling Peach Halves in Heavy Syrup
6. Chef’s Review Fruit Cocktail
7. Del Monte 100% Juice Fruit Cocktail
8. Del Monte Chunky Mixed Fruit in 100% Juice (peach, pear, grape, etc.)
9. Del Monte Diced Pears in Light Syrup
10. Del Monte Freestone Peach Slices in 100% Juice
11. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup (peach, pear, grapes)
12. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail No Sugar Added
13. Del Monte Lite Fruit Cocktail in Extra Light Syrup
14. Del Monte Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
15. Del Monte Pear Halves, Bartlett Pears in 100% real fruit juice from concentrate
16. Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in 100% Juice
17. Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in heavy syrup
18. Dole Diced Peaches, Yellow Cling in light syrup
19. Dole Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup
20. Dole Pear Halves in Juice
21. Earth’s Best Organics Apple Juice
22. Eating Right Fruit Cocktail packed in Sucralose
23. Eating Right No Sugar Fruit Cocktail
24. First Street 100% Apple Cider from concentrate
25. First Street Apple Juice from concentrate 100% juice
26. First Street Diced Pears
27. First Street Fruit Cocktail in heavy syrup
28. First Street Grape Juice from concentrate 100% juice
29. First Street Sliced Bartlett
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31. Full Circle Organic Apple Juice
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33. Gerber 100% Juice – White Grape Juice
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47. Kroger 100% Juice Apple Juice
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51. Kroger Value Fruit Mix (Peaches, pears, grapes)
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79. S&W Natural Style Pear Slices in Juice
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Are you concerned about bone health?  If you watch television you have certainly seen the ads regarding women's fragile bones; we been inundated with ads that proclaim that menopausal women (that is, women of a certain age) needs to incorporate certain drugs to build our bones. After reading the following from Jenny Thompson, I am highly skeptical that the drugs are safe at all.

HSI - Jenny Thompson []

Dear Reader,

I'm infuriated. I'm beyond livid! All because of one word.

One little word.

And if you're a woman who's concerned about bone health, I think you'll be angry too.

We'll start with a recent FDA announcement about bisphosphonate drugs--better known by familiar brand names such as Fosamax, Boniva, Reclast, and Actonel.

I'm sure you're aware that this class of drugs is supposed to strengthen bones in women at risk of osteoporosis. But the fact is, these drugs are actually linked to INCREASED fracture risk.

Nevertheless, after a review of bisphosphonate studies, FDA officials announced that they could find no evidence that the drugs increase risk of fractures to the thighbone (femur) below the hip joint.

Too bad those officials couldn't make it to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans earlier this month. Because two different studies presented at that meeting completely contradict the FDA announcement.

Wonderful things

Take 112 post-menopausal women with osteoporosis. Give half of them a bisphosphonate drug. Give the other half daily calcium and vitamin D supplements. Four years later take bone scans of their thighbones. Results: On average, subjects in the drug group had increased buckling ratio compared to non-drug subjects. Higher buckling ratio equals higher risk of fracture.

That's study number one.

In the second study, bone biopsies were taken from 21 post- menopausal women who had broken their femur. Twelve of the women had taken bisphosphonates for an average of more than eight years.

Lead researcher, Dr. Joseph Lane of Weill Cornell Medical College, explained to HealthDay News that normally about 20 percent of a bone is new, about 60 percent is middle-aged, and about 20 percent is old.

In the women taking the drugs, 90 percent of the bone was old.

Dr. Lane added that when too much of the bone is old, microdamage to the bone can't be repaired. Dr. Lane: "What I think is happening is, women keep doing microdamage to the bone."

And there's the word that set me off: women.

Women keep doing microdamage to the bone. Bisphosphonates don't hurt the bone. Women hurt the bone.

Should I cut Dr. Lane some slack? After all, maybe he just carelessly misspoke. Or maybe he was even misquoted. Maybe. But two years ago, Dr. Lane led another similar study that found a very specific type of thighbone fracture that occurred in women who used Fosamax. And here was his comment to HealthDay News in 2008: "This is a great drug that does wonderful things."

Great drug. Fantastic drug! The problem with the drug, obviously, is women. If they would just not take the drug, there would be no fractures!

Speaking of women...when ABC News reported on the bisphosphonate link to femur fracture risk, scores of women went to the ABC website and shared their experiences. Here are just a few of the typical comments from bisphosphonate users:

"...developed aches in my hips, and weakness in the legs..."

" femur broke worst pain in the world..."

" mother's femur fractured..."

"...had a slight fall and my left femur shattered..."

" right leg just gave out and I fell..."

"...had compression fractures of the spine..."

"...fell and broke my right femur bone..."

"...fell to my knees splitting my femur..."

These painful testimonials about this "great drug" go on and on and on.

In one comment, however, a woman breaks the pattern. She notes that it's good to vent in this spontaneous ABC forum, but the next stop for all these women should be the FDA website ( There, they can file a formal complaint that will become part of the permanent record of these drugs that are really NOT great at all. Not even close.

Women who want to protect their bones without prescription drugs can find suggestions about key nutrients necessary for optimal bone health in the e-Alert "Rags to Riches" (1/25/07).

To start receiving your own copy of the HSI e-Alert, visit:


The following was sent to me by H. Harmon - Torrance, CA

Peroxide, who knew?  (safer and healthier than bleach)
This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor's wife), and I want to share it with you. She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach I was using to clean my toilet and countertops. This is what she told me...I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little old bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. (Bob Giddens recently bought a 32 ounce bottle at Wal-Mart for ninety-four cents.)
 My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide. Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? No!! Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!
Did you also know bleach was invented in the late forties? It's chlorine, folks! It was used to kill our troops in World War II. Peroxide came into popular use during and after WWI. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals. Please think about this.
 1. Take one capful and hold in your mouth for ten minutes daily, then spit it out (I do it when I bathe). No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.
2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs. (good one!)
3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters. (Wouldn't it be nice if restaurants would do this?)
4. After rinsing your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.
6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.
7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.
8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue. (really good one!)
9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change. (hmmm!)
11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.
12. Add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary. (I'll try it!)
13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.
I could go on and on. It is in a dark bottle so it will not be degraded by UV. No home should be without it! With prices of most necessities rising, here's a way to save tons of money in a simple, healthy manner!
This information really woke me up. I hope you gain something from it, too.  Pass it on!

The following was sent to me by S. Abbott - Denver, CO

Helpful H1N1 Flu Information

Tami flu does not kill but prevents H1N1 from further proliferation till the virus limits itself in about 1-2 weeks (its natural cycle). H1N1, like other Influenza A viruses, only infects the upper respiratory tract and proliferates (only) there. The only portals of entry are the nostrils and 
mouth/ throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps - not fully highlighted in most official communications - can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tami flu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or sleep).

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tami flu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc/bioflavonoid to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

7.  Cough or sneeze into the elbow instead of your hands.  Less likely to spread the virus this way.

All these are simple ways to prevent, within means of most households, and certainly much less painful than to wait in long queues outside public hospitals.





The following was sent to me by my friend Aimee S.  The information is compelling and here is the same version on Snopes.

 My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style asparagus that she pureed and she took 4 tablespoons in the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3 lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week. Her oncologist said she does not need to see him for 3 months.
 THE ARTICLE: Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy of an article, entitled, `Asparagus for cancer' printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: 'I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R.Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:
 Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.
 Case No. 2, A successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.
 Case No. 3, A man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine.
 Case No. 4, a woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus..
 I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of materia medica', edited in 1854 by a Professor at the
University of Pennsylvania, and stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones.. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates!
We would have had other cases but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.
For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh. I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.
Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening.
Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is Based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.
As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent'. Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals.
 We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and  with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups.
 The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink.
As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.
Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic..
In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body's most potent anti-carcinogens and antioxidants.


Are You a Mermaid or a Whale?

Recently, in large French city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said:


A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of  the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the questi on posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious  humans).  They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. =2 0They have a wonderful time with dolphins ,    stuffing themselves with shrimp.  They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are  wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs.  They are incredible creatures and have  virtually no predators other than humans. They are  loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in=2 0the world.

Mermaids don’t exist.  If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of  Argentinean   psychoanalysts due to identity crisis.  Fish or  human?  They don’t have a sex life because they kill men who get close to  them --  not to mention ,  how could they have sex?  Therefore they do not have kids. Not to mention ,  who wants to get close to a girl who smells  like a fish store? 

The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only  skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my  kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a coffee with my  friends.  With time ,  we gain weight because we accumulate so much  information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it  distributes out to the rest of our bodies.  So we aren’t heavy, we are  enormously cultured, educated and happy.  Beginning today, when I look at  my butt in the mirror I will think,   "Good gosh, look how smart I am !!"   Submitted by Candace - Edmond, OK

'Good friends are like stars.........You don't always see them, but you know they are always there' ... 'Remember yesterday, dream about tomorrow, but live for today'.

Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle
Get Money at Best Buy®

Best Buy has developed a recycling opportunity so that you can easily get rid of old computers, monitors, cell phones and more.  The program accepts most electronics, including TVs, computers and DVD players. A few caveats: Best Buy does not accept electronics containing Freon (like air conditioners and refrigerators), major appliances (e.g., microwaves), or TVs and monitors larger than 32 inches. Also, you must pay $10 to recycle a TV, CRT, monitor or laptop. In exchange, however, Best Buy gives you a free $10 gift certificate. Not so bad, right?

There's lots more info and you can read more about how to get rid of your tech cast-offs here.

A note from Cynthia:  We took several office items to Best Buy and they indeed took them without a hassle!  YAY!

Layoff, Laid off, Laid-off, Layed off, or Layed-off

It doesn’t matter how you spell it – with an “i” or a “y” using a hyphen or not –it still is a word that instantly dissolves our confidence and our financial security.  There are many links and suggestions about “how to cope with losing your job” or “how to make it through this recession or hard times”.  Surely someone, somewhere has the perfect solution.  Here’s a simple idea that might help you through hard times.  This idea won’t save the house or make a cloudy day sunny, but it is easy, fun, beneficial, and has been recommended on television shows like The Today Show and CBS in the San Francisco Bay Area.  What is this solution for the lay-off blues?  Join a market research panel!  MORE

ICE On Your Cell Phone

Paramedics will turn to a victim's cell phone for clues to that person's identity. You can make their job much easier with a simple idea that they are trying to get everyone to adopt: ICE.

ICE stands for In Case of Emergency. If you add an entry in the contacts list in your cell phone under ICE, with the name and phone number of the person that the emergency services should call on your behalf, you can save them a lot of time and have your loved ones contacted quickly. It only takes a few moments of your time to do.

Paramedics know what ICE means and they look for it immediately. ICE your cell phone NOW!  For more than one contact name  ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.


Coffee  filters ..who knew!   And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing. 
1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave.
Coffee filters make excellent covers.  
2. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.
3.  Protect China.
 Separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish.
4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.  
5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.  
7.  Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.
13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc, on them. Soaks out all the grease.  
14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."

Submitted by Aimee S.

I love having this e-mailbag because we receive some pretty amazing contributions.  Please feel free to share with us those items that catch your eye.


***Fun Facts***


*  A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

*  Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two

   weeks or it will digest itself.

*  The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

*  A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce

   up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the


*  A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot   

   find a mate.

A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

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