Archive | December 2016

The sneezing cold!

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When you get a cold, the virus attacks the nose and the back of the throat, and it doesn’t take long for the body’s natural defences to start to work.

“The immune system detects the virus and floods the area with white blood cells and chemical messengers, and these trigger various symptoms such as headaches and a blocked nose.”

“Women have more colds than men, and this is probably due to increased interaction with children,” says Professor Eccles. Children get around seven to ten colds a year, compared with two to three for adults. So people who spend a lot of time with children, such as childminders, nursery teachers or school teachers, are more likely to pick up the viruses.

“During a cold, the lining of your nose is the battlefront,” says Professor Eccles. When your nose feels blocked, it isn’t because it’s full of mucus, but because the blood vessels in your nose are inflamed.

The nasal lining is made from erectile tissue (similar to the tissue in the sexual organs). When you have a cold, the blood vessels swell up as infection-fighting white blood cells flood to the area. This narrows the air passage in your nose and restricts the airflow as you breathe.

decongestant spray can reduce the swelling and allow you to breathe more easily.

The cold is not unusual if a sore throat comes along with it also.  They are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections. There’s some evidence that changes in temperature, such as going from a warm, centrally heated room to the icy outdoors, can also affect the throat.

Cold air is a major trigger of asthma symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. People with asthma should be especially careful in winter.  Key steps in helping prevent the asthma attack to occur:

  1. Keep taking your regular preventer medicines as prescribed by your doctor.
  2. If you know that cold air triggers your asthma, take one or two puffs of your reliever inhaler before going outside.
  3. Keep your blue reliever inhaler with you at all times.
  4. Wrap up well and wear a scarf over your nose and mouth – this will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in.
  5. Take extra care when exercising in cold weather. Warm up for 10-15 minutes and take one or two puffs of your reliever inhaler before you start.

Continue to be careful in this winter weather and stay healthy at your optimal level. in dealing with this freezing cold.



“Skip the Chinese takeout. The slow cooker beats out the delivery man easily with a lighter version of your favorite dish, cooked with fresh ginger and topped with sliced red chilies.”

Stay Healthy during the holiday season!


When going to a party or gathering, bring a nutritious but festive dish to share! Something like a salad, a veggie platter, a fruit salad, or healthy homemade snacks. This ensures that there is at least something healthy to eat! Some cute ideas include:  Fruit Grinch Santa’s, Fruit Tree,  Banana Snow men,  Grape and Cheese Christmas Tree Platter,  & String Cheese Snowmen.

When you know you’ll be out and about Christmas shopping, running errands, or going to festivities, plan ahead and never leave the house without a healthy snack. This way, if you can’t find any healthy option, you don’t starve and give in to the temptations. Things such as homemade energy balls or bars, low-sugar trail mix, fruit and cheese, or veggies and hummus can make for great, and filling, snacks. Aim to eat regularly to avoid overeating, especially of the wrong foods!

On Christmas day, make a balanced and healthy breakfast! Include some fresh fruit and healthy protein. Making a yummy breakfast Christmas morning can be healthy and fun, like whole grain pancakes shaped as a reindeer face. This can be a great way all around to enjoy and look forward to healthy foods!

While not everyone is going to completely abstain from any and all sweets and festive foods during the holidays, at least aim to load up your plate with the healthy, nutritious options first. This will dull your hunger and appetite so you are less likely to overeat the bad stuff! This is also a good time to practice portion control, especially when it comes to the desserts and high-sugar drinks.

Instead of dessert, or at least instead of a full serving of dessert, have a cup of herbal tea prior to eating the sweets. The tea will help make you feel full and less likely to scarf down the treats, while also providing some antioxidants!

Set goals for yourself and have a support group. Having a friend or family member to set goals with can be a great way to stay motivated and accountable during this particularly tempting time. Make goals like maintaining your workout schedule or avoiding processed sugar during the holidays. Having a friend working towards a goal with you helps you stay focused and on track!

There is always Exercise. Keeping on track with your normal exercise routine is especially difficult with the extra business around the holidays. But making it a priority to exercise regularly this time of year not only helps you stay on track, but also helps decrease your appetite for junk food!

Don’t keep tempting things around the house. Friends and neighbors commonly deliver sweets and treats during this time of year, and while we all genuinely appreciate the sincere gesture of friendship and kindness, keeping and eating all the cookies and treats delivered to you doesn’t do you any good! If necessary, take a bite or two, but toss the rest (or maybe re-gift it) so it’s not there tempting you to indulge.

Drink plenty of water. Make sure, as you go throughout your day, you are sufficiently hydrated. Even slight dehydration can trick us into thinking we’re hungry, and, therefore, we are more likely to overeat and give in to those treats!

Don’t be afraid to say no. If you know you’ll be going to a party or event that won’t offer any nutritious options, eat before you go. This way you won’t have to turn to the high sugar, high calorie, high fat foods that don’t promote health and fitness.

Always remember that your health is up to you! There are a multitude of ideas and tips on resources such as positive direction to help make your favorite dishes and snacks healthier but still fun and festive! Try to branch out this year and do a healthy makeover of your favorite traditional holiday goodies with even some healthy new modern dishes so you’re not left feeling overweight or unhealthy after the season is over!   Where you don’t regret the passing holiday but have a great memory of what your holiday season was like!

Enjoy and happy holidays!

Holiday or not there are shopping alcoholics, the holiday season & prices makes it easier to do.

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Shopping addiction actually has a technical term that is called Omniomania. This means compulsive shopping and is perhaps the most socially reinforced of the behavioral addictions. Shopping addiction is characterized by the widespread desire to shop and purchase items despite a need for such items or despite a necessary ability to afford such items. Consumerism is one of the biggest measures of social elite in America and this makes shopping addiction an even more widespread problem for many.

Shopaholics, also known as compulsive shoppers or shopping addicts, may actually be suffering from a psychiatric disorder known as compulsive buying disorder.

Compulsive buying disorder (CBD) sufferers have a sense of excitement before a purchase, an inability to resist the urge to shop and a rush or sense of reward while spending, despite any negative consequences of their actions. CBD is considered an impulse-control disorder. Just as with other impulse-control disorders such as drug and alcohol addiction and pathological gambling, for many compulsive shoppers the “high”of the spending spree is followed by a low, where the powerful euphoric feelings are replaced with those of distress, shame and guilt.

Shopping addiction is not a newfound disorder. It has affected millions of people for many years and dates back to as early as the 19th century. Friends and family members go out and shop together, people shop socially, people shop for something to do and people shop to fulfill negative emotions. An addiction to shopping leads to compulsive shopping that can result in many negative feelings. According to the US National Library of Medicine, over 5% of Americans are affected by compulsive buying disorder.

While some of us may enjoy the thrill of an occasional splurge or scoring a good deal, spending more than you bargained for during an annual holiday shopping spree doesn’t automatically make you a shopaholic. But that thrill, what some shopaholics describe as a high, helps drive compulsive shoppers to want more — excessive shopping, uncontrolled spending sprees and impulse buys are the defining characteristics of compulsive buying disorder.

People who suffer from compulsive buying disorder may also have feelings of anxiety or tension while they try to resist the urge to shop. And unlike those who compulsively shop without regret during the manic periods of bipolar disorder, CBD sufferers often feel depressed or distressed for having given in to the urge and guilty over their growing debts after they’ve gone on a spree. But it can be those very feelings of distress, shame and depression that ignite the shopping addict to again seek the “high” that comes along with shopping, despite any negative consequences of their actions.

The average American has about three credit cards and knows how to use them — on average, a cardholder owes almost $16,000 on their plastic [source: Woolsey]. Compulsive shoppers have, on average, the same number of cards as the rest of us but the difference is that they’re more likely to maintain balances between $100 to $500 shy of each card’s maximum limit [source: Koran]. They shop excessively and impulsively, typically making their purchases on credit.

What’s excessive? Treating yourself to that pair of luxurious new boots you’ve had your eye on may feel excessive and unnecessary, especially if you’re on a tight budget, but compulsive shoppers might buy five, 10 or even 20 pairs of those boots without hesitation. Some shopaholics shop for the thrill of the purchase no matter what the item is. Others may have specific shopping preferences — consider the 2,000 to 3,000 pairs of shoes former first lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos had collected, for example.

Any debt you can’t (or don’t) pay off quickly is too much debt. While the amount of debt you carry is ultimately going to be a personal decision, there’s a quick way to know for sure how your monthly financial obligations stack up against your monthly income. Add up your monthly debt obligations — that’s your rent or mortgage, your credit card, car loan, student loan and any other loan payments (this does not include what you pay for food, clothing, utilities or your discretionary spending). Add up your monthly income — that’s your gross salary plus any other income such as a bonus or alimony. If less than 30 percent of your income is used to pay your debts, you’re in pretty good shape at the moment. When the ratio begins to creep towards 40 percent or greater, though, it’s time for a financial intervention.

Do you think about shopping every day?  Do you shop for yourself every day or every week?  Do you understand why you shop – what drives it, what triggers it, and what consequences it has (could you write those things down or cogently describe them to someone else)?  Do you ever feel bad (guilty, ashamed, fearful) after a shopping trip?  Do you ever feel weirdly ‘up’ after a shopping trip (triumphant, exultant, complete)?  Does shopping fill a lot of your time, thoughts and creative energy?  Does shopping take a large portion of your disposable income? Is your relationship to shopping one of your most important? Do you have significant credit card debt, racked up on clothing, shoes and accessories purchases? Are you on a first name basis with the sales people of your favourite stores, you shop there so much?   Do you have the phone numbers of your favourite stores on speed dial? Is the thought of not going shopping for any period of time (a month, 6 months, a year) cause you to feel light-headed, heavy-hearted or short-of-breath with the sheer mortification of it?  Who’s the boss – shopping or you?

If you say yes to a lot of these questions or just know shopping is the boss than you have a shopping problem and it’s up to you only to make the choice in making this shopaholic habits be put to rest and allow you to control your own life not shopping control you.  Good luck if you have or now know you have a problem.

How do you resolve it control it yourself or go to a doctor or psychologist or psychiatrist or even a specialist who majors in counseling people with this problem.




“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every
family. “

Kofi Annan (A Foreign Diplomat, The former United Nations Secretary General Jan 1997 to Dec. 2006)

How Christmas was impacted by our creative society in the 1980s that still has an impact on America today and in the future!

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Inventions and Christmas impacts in the 1980’s that affected our society than & even today including our future down the road:

-1980s Chevy Chase The Christmas show “National Lampoon Christmas” movie.

-One flop after another with trying to do regular ideas decorations.

-Saturday mornings were a time to look forward too.  Pee Wee’s play house and Christmas special.  For some it became traditional for some even this day.  If you watch one in your life time than watch the Christmas special.

After attracting adults than he went to children to a romper room on its head which became successful with embracing the spirit of Christmas.  It instantly created a following to an adult comedy in the end.  It was so ridiculous that all ages can love it. 

2010 Pee Wee brought himself to the playhouse.

-Than we have Christmas crunch from Captain Crunch.

– The movie “A Christmas story”.  To many its darling, a Christmas tradition, to some it never gets old.

To others a museum was even made like the house in the movie.  It captures what the family should be like during the holidays.

What technological innovation changed our nation from the 1980’s to today including what toys still impact society invented back than that kids simply feel they have to have on birthdays to the holidays:

-Camcorders allowed parents to grab every smile on every face they wanted with home videos the wave of the future.  It was an absolute game changer, magical thing and exciting for Christmas time to watch each over and over, since the projector.  Shooting a video became a favorite past time that is done to this day from a suitcase cumbersome sign to a cell phone.  1500 dollars it was to now a cell phone a couple of hundred or less.  Lets thank the camcorder that started this technogy.  It was a step in advancement for our video technology.

-A Microwave revolution for ovens.  The oven came out in 1955 and in the 80s than the Microwave (MW).  Only 10% when they first came out had MWs but by the end of the 1980s almost all had it with more working women in the force.  You would get a microwave oven cookbook and is the left overs best friend and still used this way where some say they can’t live without it, me being one of those.

-Denny’s closed up for Christmas.  Numerous amounts of Denny’s restaurant had to be locked up but a lot of managers of their restaurant couldn’t find the keys and had many of them with new locks applied.    This costed Denny’s about 5millions that year in allowing their employees to have off on Christmas day which they said was worth it; you think we would see that attitude today with employers? MMMMM, I don’t know about that.

-Atari 600 changed every boys life having all these different games in the house but today it’s hard to believe you had to play in a video game place as opposed into the house by yourself or with friends in a home today.

Today play on videos in the house lets you place almost identical to in the video stores. 

Gameboy was the first mobile video games in the 1980s

It was the socially alienating decade.  Bill Gates time, William HenryBillGates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, investor, author, and philanthropist. In 1975, together with Paul Allen, he co-founded Microsoft, which became the world’s largest PC software company. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, and was the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. Gates has authored and co-authored several books.

Starting in 1987, Gates was included in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people and was the wealthiest from 1995 to 2007, again in 2009, and has been since 2014.  Between 2009 and 2014, his wealth doubled from US$40 billion to more than US$82 billion.  Between 2013 and 2014, his wealth increased by US$15 billion.  Gates is currently the richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$84 billion as of December 2016.

Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution.

-The members only jacket was the style in the 1980s

-Today the distinct look is ear plugs in the ears

The walkman was the starting of ear plugs carring their IPs with not listening in the car or in the house but on the run.  Aniston says it was a big invention in that time.  The batteries constantly running out Susan Olsen stated (from the Brady Bunch, Cindy).  It did more for Americans in the 1980s for holiday parties or gifts in recording tapes.

The walkman was Sony’s

-The special Santa to get Nancy Reagan to sit on her lap Mr.T in 1983 at the white house.  The A team was at its peak at this point.   JR, Donni Dem Luis, Reagan himself, but Mr. T topped them all (feathers in the ears and let us not forget the gold)

-A very special Christmas to benefit the special Olympics,  A rap group AX MEN “RUN DMC”  The first rap act in 1980s.  Clarence back door Santa they looked at to make something gritty and authentic with a rap that has been over 30 years and is still a strong memory of the 1980s.

Before this rock stars made 1984 a memory with helping Africa Ithopia.   British singers brought together and Boy George who almost forgot, Michael,  for the spirit of Christmas with in the first release has gone from 12million to over 200 million with revisions made by super stars.

This moment started a regular thing with famous people doing donation through singing gatherings with famous singers and actors in the future years to now.

-Than we had Riots started in the stores to now the stores not even doing it like they use to for the holidays because of human behavior (negative by the way—running people over, greedy stealing gifts out of people’s hands, pretty sad our society has gotten like that.  Merry Merry).

-Madonna singing about material, Fond memories about Xmas

-A cuddly toy at every kids Christmas list and let’s not forget the CUDDLY CABBAGE PATCH DOLL- Why because different hair colors, a black doll or white, from a RN to construction worker.   You would have doll lines consisting of hundreds of people out of the stores and have the riot rampage to run over people and by end of 1983  3 million were sold.  They became the fabric of America.  They were on a postage stamp.  They are sold to this day (never as huge as in the 1980s when they first came out)

-Most untraditional singers was the Raisens 1987.

-Another 1980s craze that we take for granted is the COMPUTER.   Couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present.  Time magazine called it the machine of the machine over a man of the year.  Asking was the computer our future?  Where we learned how to use it for work, home and play.  It was considered the height of future technology and is, look at us today.

Apple, He gave in a interview he would be the man but the computer was.

Now we can reach and share out all over, what a Christmas present that was given to us back than not even knowing where the computer was taking us in future technology.

-Holidays that rock the time-The Berlin wall broken down 1989. The wall game down the happiest moment to German’s and gave freedom.  Mr. Gofetroff tore down this wall Reagan states to the country and a night for a divided nation to come together again, to be so life changing their in Germany and around the wall.

Leonard Bernstein conducted a symphony  in front and behind the wall and it was watched by many who came together over this one issue making it mind spiritual and gathering all across the world.  Giving a new rise to Americans we had a super power.  It made many feel freedon is coming to the world.

-Paul Newman began starting on traditional making of his own salad dressings.  It was 1982 he started his a new business in salad dressings that had expanded to marinara sauces and more with giving donations from this business to this day to many charities (his profits).

-The final stocking stuffers in the 1980’s were Rubik’s cube, masters of the universe, transformers, smurfs,  bears, Koosh balls, and the real ghost busters.

There you have it, Christmas in the 1980s and still a cherish heart to so many today!  Even a continued tradition to many young ones who don’t even realize these toys start from the 1980s besides technology alone.  What an awesome time with many minds of creativity!