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, March 4, 2018

Safety in a Construction Area

There has been construction going on at the hospital for many years.  It seems construction will be with us for the next several years as well.  The hospital is being taken down, and rebuilt one section at a time.  Came across this interesting poster of safety clothing for construction workers. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


I wish I would have noticed these letters when tinnitus first became an issue with me. 

The doctor seemed to think that the cause of my tinnitus was a history of loud noises, Del Monte and boy's bands.  He gave no hope for ever having something that would alleviate the tinnitus.  Number 5 says to be wary of hopeless prognostications from doctors.  The How is the problem treated section doesn't hold out much hope, except for the vitamins.  They may prove helpful.  Reducing stress and getting enough sleep are other important things to remember.  Usually I don't note my tinnitus.  It is just there in the background.  However I have gotten negative at times, thinking I will never hear silence again, and I miss silence sometimes.  However the habituation of the tinnitus has happened, and I deal with it; much better than when it first started.  I was pretty anxious for a while, but this went away.  I have also noticed that if I am overly tired, or stressed, the tinnitus is louder.  I can handle this. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Opioid Epidemic

Mental Health First Aid in their blog Be the Difference is this month featuring articles on the opioid epidemic.  Some are very goo so I thought I would share them here. 
Polls Show Americans Understand the Opioid Crisis but Blame People with Addiction
This is a poll from Kaiser Foundation.  While this poll indicates people are paying attention to the problem, it also points to stigma still being an issue.  However the problem hits close to home.  Most Americans know someone addicted to pain killers.
#BeTheDifference This February: The Opioid Epidemic
This is a short article but makes a list of things you might do to help confront the opioid epidemic.  Some suggestions are read up by following their blog, and then sharing what you learn. 

(I will be adding more articles and ideas over the month)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Six Best Midnight Snacks for Diabetics

Sometimes it is better to snack than not to snack.  A late night snack can curb a craving and help you get back to sleep.  However it is important to keep the carbohydrate down, usually under fifteen grams.  Some suggestions for salty cravings include:
Dry roasted or raw nuts.  Nuts do have carbohydrates, so moderation is key--a handful at most.  They also have fat, so as to curb any sugar spike.
Olives are another salty snack low in carbs and high in fat.  (Honestly I do not eat olives.)
Suggestions for savory cravings:
Vegetables and a spread.  Suggestions for a spread include hummus or peanut butter in moderation.  Also choose vegetables that are diabetic friendly.  (I love celery or carrots and peanut butter.)  Another choice to add protein to this snack is to include a boiled egg.
Cheese and crackers.  Try to pick whole-grain or wheat crackers.  A rule again is keep carbs under 15 grams.  Cheese and vegetables is another option.
Sweet snacks:
A sugar-free pudding is nice.  This is also a way to curb the chocolate craving.
Plain yogurt or Greek yogurt.  Store bought fruit added yogurts are not the best choice.  However you can add fruit or honey to plain yogurt.
A last piece of advise form this article is to check you blood sugar before and after snacks so you know how your body reacts to a particular snack.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Candy and Diabetes

What Candy Can People With Diabetes Eat and How Much Is Safe?  EveryDay Health  by Amy Gorin RDN, Reviewed by Kelly Kennedy RD.

So a good question for people with diabetes is candy?  I have always thought that candy is OK, but in moderation.  The issue being getting your carbohydrates without much in way of vitamins.  This article proposes a couple things.  Try to eat candy for dessert, so it is part of a meal and you eat when you are already full.  The other is promoting the fun-size version.  These are the candies often given out for Halloween.  The idea here is one or two is enough.  Candies with peanuts, M&M's, Reeses's, and Snickers tend to be healthier as the sugar jump is not as pronounced.  On the other hand, Skittle's and Twizzlers are almost pure sugar, and are good if your blood sugar is too low. 
So the answer is enjoy, but be careful.  If your sugar is already too high, you should avoid candy all together. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Emergency Preparedness Gifts to Consider

Gift Emergency Preparedness This Holiday Season

Build an Emergency Kit GraphicHelp your loved ones prepare this holiday season. Give them an item for their emergency kit.

Give someone on your list a gift that may one day save them during a disaster.

Pick an emergency item from the lists below or find more ideas

You might consider items for a roadside emergency, such as:
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tools – tire pressure gauge, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, shovel, ice scraper
  • Emergency Flares

For those with pets, supplies for a pet emergency kit:
  • Pet First-Aid Kit
  • Pet Carrier
  • An extra leash or harness

Visit to learn how to give a fully stocked emergency preparedness kit.