Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mormon Newsroom: Working Together to Reduce Suicide and Depression

This article from the Mormon Newsroom highlights that September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  It offers some practical advice on how we can help.  Among other things it suggests reaching out to those who may need our help, as isolation is one thing that increases the rate of suicide.  It especially advocates that we cannot leave our children and youth feeling isolated.  This especially includes young people who are struggling with any issue, including same sex attraction.  If people we know are dealing with loneliness, depression or isolation, we should reach out with love.  This article quotes and article from Jeffrey R. Holland, "Like a Broken Vessel," which is also worthy of review.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Documentary Review: Feeding Frenzy

This is a very interesting documentary, and on a topic I would rather not think about.  The premise is that the food industry has as their major goal to sell product, even if this could be harmful to people in general.  Is the food industry manipulating us into buying more?  I think the answer is a resounded less; however where does person responsibility come into play.  If the food industry can present things in such a way that we buy more, especially processed food, which is not always the most healthy, then what chance do we have.  Supermarkets put stuff up in such a way as to get people to spend more.  There are schools which study people, and their finding make a difference in how stores are set up, how advertisements are presented etc.
People do eat to relieve stress.  What if the food industry was creating some of the stress which leads to this need.  Feeding Frenzy is very good, but I couldn't find a link to a version on YouTube, but the link provided leads to the website of the makes of the film.
Not only are we manipulated, but at times we are lied to.  What is organic?  What does low-fat mean, glutten free, etc..

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Book Review: This Side Up: Making Decision About Drugs

by, Maureen H. Cook and Carol Newman, Artist Cim Anderson, National Institute  on Drug Abuse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Philadelphia, PA, 1980.
This is an older book, geared toward the prevention of substance abuse.  It begins with an information section covering drugs in generally and then specifically, psychoactive drugs, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, stimulants, sedatives, hallucinogens, narcotics and inhalants.
Then it delves into ideas to prevent abuse, discovery games etc.  I especially like a section on anger.  It includes describing "Mad Notes."  This is a way to vent anger without resorting to violence or drugs.  Mad notes are very effective.  You can write you anger.  The important thing is to make sure the note is for your eyes only.  Best to destroy these notes.  You do not want to deliver them at someone else's expense.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Diabetes and Sick Days

Article appeared in WebMD Magazine, Winter 2015 and was distributed by Walgreens.  It was written by Sonya Collins.
There are things a diabetic must consider when sick.  This article answers five questions:
Do I keep taking my medicine?  The thought is I eat less when I am sick; but you also exercise less.  The best answer is to keep taking your medicine.
What should I eat?  You should try to eat normally, but if you can't you should try gelatin, soup and crackers and popsicles which my be easier to keep down.
What should I drink?  It is important to get plenty of liquid to avoid sugar spikes.  8 ounce calorie free beverage is recommended.  If you have difficulty keeping food down, you may want to add a drink with calories every other hour.  This would juice or soda.
Can I take cough or cold medicine?  Avoid medicines with sugar as much as possible.  Syrups often have sugar.  Even so, if you need a syrup to soothe your throat go ahead as there is not a significant amount of sugar.  You can also consult your doctor about medicines as some without sugar also raise blood sugar levels, i.e. aspirin and decongestants.
How often should I check by blood sugar?  You likely will not recognize sugar issues when you are sick as you already feel crappy.  Consequently you should check every two to four hours.  If your blood levels are normal after a couple days then you can go back to your regular routine.

Back to School: Emergency Preparedness

BACKPACK EMERGENCY CARD Child’s Name: Date of Birth: Home Phone: Cell Phone: School Name: School Phone Number: Special needs, medical conditions, allergies, important information: DIAL 911 FOR EMERGENCIES Parent/Guardian/Caregiver Name: E-mail: Cell Phone: Alternate Phone: Text Okay: Yes □ No □ Employer: Name: E-mail: Cell Phone: Alternate Phone: Text Okay: Yes □ No □ Employer: Out of Town Contact Name: E-mail: Cell Phone: Alternate Phone: DIAL 911 FOR EMERGENCIES

Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Review: Who Knew? 10,001 east Solutions to Everyday Problems

by Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin, TELEBrands Press, reprinted from Castle Point Publishing, Fairfield, NJ, 2013

A good reference book for common household problems.  It starts with chapters dedicated to seven heroes: vinegar, baking soda, lemon, salt, vegetable or olive oil, aluminum foil and duct tape.  It is amazing how many different things can be done with these items.  For example vinegar will cool a sunburn.  Vinegar is also good for swimmer's ear.  Vinegar will kill the smell of burnt food, boil a cup with two cups water.  Baking soda can be used for fire prevention.  Lemon will help with cleaning burnt milk.  Duct tape can tape on a child's gloves if he keeps taking them off.  You can also use it on the handle of a tool to customize the fit to your hand.  Duct tape can repair a trash can lid.
This book also includes cleaning tips, tips for getting organized, pet tips,managing money, and giving items a second life.

Great to have around for thos special tips.  There are also similar things on Facebook and Pinterest.

Earthquake Preparedness from FEMA

Lots of disasters happening these days from earthquakes, to hurricanes to fires.  It is important to be prepared.  Here is a flyer to help with that.  This brochure suggest three steps: Prepare, Survive and Recover for before during and after an earthquake.  Lots of good advice.