Thursday, July 23, 2009

Midwifery and Health Care Reform

Check out the article below! It certainly grabbed my interest, and it may do the same for yours too. :-)

Not In Our Name: Midwifery Turf Battle? |

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Diet's Best Friend

Exercise! Yes, we all know that exercising really is the key when it comes to getting into shape and speeding up our metabolism. However, we all try to avoid this truth, and buy into the idea that some new found option is going to solve this “problem”. First of all, it is not a problem; exercising can be a lot of fun and most of the time, not even noticed (i.e. when you become so intrigued with the sport or with whom you are spending time with). Dieting alone certainly is not the answer; you have got to get the blood flowing even if it is a brisk walk or just stretching out you limbs. And who said it wasn’t any fun?! Grab your best friend or loved one and just “hanging out” can lead to a healthier stronger you.

Stretching is also very important. If you can try to stretch a little before you go to sleep at night and after you wake up in the morning, you will feel more capable of taking on the days tasks. You also should take advantage of you limberness right after exercising, and try to stretch then too.

Here are some summer activities that just might pop your cork: swimming, hiking, biking, canoeing, tennis, playing catch, jumping on the trampoline, jump rope, hopscotch, and much much more. Yes, a lot of these activities I have listed are child-like games. Ever wonder if this could be the secret to eternal youth? :o)~

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hungry for Change

“How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?”

I was having my afternoon lunch at work today and I noticed a little advertisement on the top of my Stonyfield Farms Organic Yogurt. It was an ad for a movie that was released in theaters this last month (June 09). The film is titled Food, Inc. I am very interested and excited about this film coming out. Regardless of what it does or does not cover, the point to be made is that we as a community and as a nation don’t just need improvements made to our health care system, but also a simpler, more economical, and/or natural alternative/mind-set to what is truly healthy care.

Another movie to see that actually has been out for a little while is The Business of Being Born. A must see for all audiences: close-minded and/or favorable. Check it out.

Moral of the Week: We must feel comfortable and honest when talking to our doctors. We should see specialists when we are concerned and/or feel that we may have a distinct disorder. Talk to your pharmacists and chiropractors ... nutritionists and neighbors. Let these individuals know that you are interested in the most natural approach to treatment/therapy. Remember that those of us who choose to put our care into a professional's hands are also putting trust in that person’s beliefs on how the job is to be done.

Additionally, I would like to mention that for future postings I hope to clarify the specifics on what “I consider” is important to look out for in grocery ingredients.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Chemical Free Swimming

I used to have on my wish list a “Salt Water Pool Pump” along with a swimming pool of course ;o) ... However, the more the research I did the more discouraged I got on the idea. It seems that salt water pools are often misunderstood. I found this out buy visiting:

“The fact is all salt water pools simply convert salt into chlorine. Through the process of electrolysis, water passing over the chlorine generator cell produces chlorine. The chlorine in salt water pools is virtually identical to chlorine purchased in stores.

Chlorine and its by-products are harmful to humans and the environment. Chlorine is a highly toxic carcinogen, regardless of whether it’s purchased at a store or manufactured at the pool. For pool owners who want to lower chlorine, UV is the "gold standard".

UV is the proven and fastest growing alternative to chlorine and chemicals. It's in use by over 60 major universities and municipalities. UV sterilizers have been used to purify drinking water for over 25 years and used on commercial pools for over 10 years now.

The Olympics in Sydney and Athens embraced ultraviolet to keep their pool safe and clear. The State of New York requires ultraviolet on all water parks. The Centers for Disease Control have recommended UV on all public swimming pools. Discover how to eliminate chemicals using a powerful light.

In the last few years, we're just beginning to understand how dangerous chlorine by-products really are. A recent scientific study has found that swimming in chlorinated water increases the risk of bladder cancer by 57%.”

_The study was published in the January issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.