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â€œHalf the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window except that the birds might eat them.â€? â€“ Martin H. Fischer
uring these long, cold winter months, most of us consider ourselves lucky to make it to spring without catching a cold. We try to wash our hands more often. Maybe weâ€™re better about covering our sneezes with our elbows rather than sneezing onto the hand weâ€™ll use to shake a friendâ€™s hand later in the day. Normally most people tend to think of keeping those germs out of our bodies rather than working with natural plants, herbs, spices and the like to protect our bodies from the inside out, making them less susceptible to viruses, infections and disease. Snippetz takes a look at a growing trend in all-natural remedies and disease preventionâ€Śmaybe weâ€™ll all be looking more closely at our spice cabinets before we reach for the phone to call our doctors.
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Some people might consider natural remedies as homeopathic. But thatâ€™s not quite accurate. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, homeopathy (which is also known as homeopathic medicine) was developed in Germany over 200 years ago as an alternative medical system. Homeopathic remedies are derived from plants, minerals or sometimes animals, but that is not the same as using natural methods to treat or prevent a health problem. Homeopathic remedies are often highly diluted, sometimes so much so that no molecules of the original healing element remain. One of the theories behind homeopathy is the â€œlaw of minimum dose.â€? The idea behind this theory is that the lower the dosage of the medication, the better the medication will work. With such a small dosage of the medication present in many over-the-counter â€œhomeopathicâ€? treatments, itâ€™s often hard to know if the medication is
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first place. Garlic is also said to prevent and possibly treat stomach cancer. The amount of garlic needed to have such preventative effects is under debate, but it is agreed that eating it raw and whole (as some of the antioxidants die within a second of the clove being crushed or cut) is the best method.
working at all…and the treatments often contain high dosages of other active ingredients, which can cause side effects or drug interactions just like any conventional medication.
• Honey – contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties. These properties are different depending on the type of honey. It is said that honey is effective in killing the drug-resistant forms of the common cold. It can be used to treat diabetic ulcers when a topical antibiotic can’t be used. The antioxidants in honey are associated with a reduction in the damage caused by colitis. It is often used to treat a sore throat and to soothe a cough. Honey has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of an allergic reaction, but the possibility of experiencing anaphylaxis, a life-threatening immune system reaction, is still present so other treatment for the allergic reaction may still be needed.
The use of homeopathic treatments is controversial for a number of reasons. Most obvious is how a treatment can be effective if it contains very little or none of the active ingredient. However, the use of natural herbs, spices, compounds and plants has been documented and supported by a variety of different entities. For example, the National Cancer Institute has indicated that several plants such as sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary, fennel, caraway, anise, coriander, cumin, turmeric and tarragon have shown some cancer-preventing abilities. Other natural substances are said to have healing and preventative properties. Here are a few of the more popular ones:
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• Cayenne pepper – contains capsaicin, which is what induces the “burning sensation.” This may increase the body’s natural production of heat which can help regulate the breakdown of carbohydrates after eating, thus helping regulate blood sugar levels. Recent studies have suggested that capsaicin can kill prostate cancer cells through apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death that doesn’t cause damage to the surrounding cells. Apoptosis induced by capsaicin has also been observed in lung cancer cells. Cap-
• Honey and cinnamon mixture honey mixed with cinnamon is said to
• Garlic – contains an organosulfur compound called allicin which exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties. Allicin has been shown to have a more effective result on certain strains of diseases than other chemical treatments. One such strain is Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA, which is of major concern especially in hospitals. A daily dose of a purified allicin supplement has also been shown to reduce the risk of catching a cold by 64 percent, reducing the duration of a cold by 70 percent and significantly decreases a person’s likelihood of developing a cold in the
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restore hearing. Drinking tea with honey and cinnamon is said to “arrest the ravages of old age.” Taking daily doses of honey and cinnamon is said to strengthen the immune system by strengthening the white blood corpuscles which fight bacterial and viral diseases. Making a honey and cinnamon paste, which can be used in place of other spreads on a piece of toast, is said to reduce cholesterol and reduce a the risk of heart attack.
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saicin has also been shown to inhibit the growth of leukemic cells. • Pomegranate – the peel contains bioactive compounds that are the main source of the fruit’s antioxidant properties. The seeds contain punicic acid, an omega-5 fatty acid which is capable of inhibiting the spread of breast cancer cells and ultimately causing apoptosis of the cancer cells.
OTHER HELPFUL THINGS TO EAT • Basil – fights colds through high levels of antioxidants and antimicrobial properties • Rosemary – contains ursolic acid which inhibits the breakdown of a neurotransmitter that is essential for memory • Nutmeg – lowers blood pressure by dispersing the blood more evenly throughout the body • Cumin – contains curcumin which inhibits the enzymes that facilitate cancer cells’ invasion of healthy tissue and ultimately keeps tumors from developing • Acai berries – contains very high levels of antioxidants, monounsaturated fats and dietary fiber that help maintain the health of cardiovascular and digestive organs
• Wheat grass – used to prevent and cure colon cancer • Flaxseed – aids in healing or preventing problems with both the prostate and the heart; contains omega-3 essential fatty acids that help maintain brain function and health • Whole grains – essential for the health of the digestive system by helping move food through the intestines properly, keeping them clean; also helps absorb and eliminate excess fats, which helps maintain a healthy heart
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• According to the ancient author Herodotus, cinnamon came from Arabia. Giant cinnamon birds retrieved cinnamon sticks from some magical land where cinnamon trees grew in order to build their nests. The Arabs found a way to steal the sticks. This story was considered to be true until around 1310, when it was decided that spice traders made it all up to charge more for it.
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• Due to the presence of capsaicin, cayenne pepper is said to be a male aphrodisiac because capsaicin increases blood flow throughout the body.
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New DVD Releases for Week of January 7, 2013 PICKS OF THE WEEK “Taken 2” (PG-13) -- Ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) made some enemies when he went on a killing spree to rescue his daughter from Albanians. His actions from the first “Taken” movie fuel this sequel, wherein the hero and his ex-wife are kidnapped in Istanbul, and only their daughter can save them. Many brawls and car chases ensue. Many bad guys fall beneath the fists of the calm and collected Neeson.
awkward and unconvincing in their roles. What really matters is that the performers find their groove in the delivery of Allen’s signature one-liners.
Let’s hope that this one remains the only sequel. Whatever spark the first movie had, it’s just not here. The dialogue is more likely to cause a chuckle than any excitement for the next hasty fight scene. After this, the Mills family should probably just vacation in the continental United States.
“The Possession” (PG-13) -- With all of these movies about little girls possessed by demons, some real cliches are starting to solidify. This movie decided to use all of them. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play parents who are too consumed by their divorce to notice that their daughter has been acting strange ever since she bought an old wooden box at a yard sale. The one twist this time around is that the demon comes from Hebrew folklore, and thus demands rabbinical exorcists.
“To Rome With Love” (R) -- Woody Allen wrote and directed this series of short stories set in Rome. The skits don’t add up to anything, but each one is dense with quips and snappy dialogue. One story follows an American architect (Alec Baldwin) who spends time with a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) who could himself from the past. Another follows a Roman average Joe (Roberto Benigni) who becomes inexplicably famous. This won’t make it to the Woody Allen Hall of Fame, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed. The casting is quirky, to say the least. Some actors I usually like just seemed
“Wake in Fright” (R) -- Originally made in 1971, the film wasn’t released on home video and never made it to television. It’s shocking, but not sleazy. Brutal, but not ex-
ploitive. It’s from that early ‘70s breed of terribly dark stories made into blockbusters. John Grant (Gary Bond) is a schoolteacher who lives way out in the reaches of the Australian Outback. When he loses his travel money in a gamble, he’s stranded in isolation with some repulsive people. The story follows John Grant’s descent into violence, alcohol and madness.
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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Shutting people out to avoid distractions, even under a deadline, can cause hurt feelings. Instead, return calls and emails, and explain why you need a zone of privacy for now.
SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. “Catfish” Hunter was 22 when he did it for Oakland in 1968. 2. Twenty-one seasons. 3. The AFC Championship Game following the 1998 NFL season featured Denver’s John Elway versus Vinny Testaverde of the New York Jets. 4. Oklahoma A&M tallied 36 points in 1949. 5. Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, in 1983. 6. It was 1987. 7. Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Although your keen Bull’s eyes usually can discern what’s fact from what’s faux, that upcoming decision will need really solid data before you can risk a commitment. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) As your confidence grows, you should be able to work toward your goals with more enthusiasm. Open your mind to suggestions. Some of them might even work for you.
FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. Legend says the name came from a Burmese cat that used to hang around the band. The cat’s name was Procul Harum. If spelled slightly differently, it would be the translation of the Latin for “beyond these things.” 2. The Beach Boys. It was lead singer Mike Love who gave Dragon the nickname “Captain,” which he kept when he formed a duo with Tennille. 3. Sly & the Family Stone, in 1969. One cut from the album, “Sex Machine,” was a jam that ran over 13 minutes. 4. “Please Please Me” (1963), “With the Beatles” (1963), “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964), “Beatles for Sale” (1964) and “Help!” (1965). 5. “The Wayward Wind,” a 1956 hit by Gogi Grant. The song was covered with lesser success by others, including a 1980s version by ﬂute virtuoso James Galway with Sylvia as guest performer.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Reconnecting with someone from your past stirs up that old sense of adventure. But before you do anything else, be sure to get answers to those still-lingering questions. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some people might resent the way you plan to resolve a difficult situation. But your commitment to making tough but fair decisions soon wins you their respect and support. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Mixed signals could be causing that vexing workplace problem. Before you choose to leave the project, ask for a meeting so you can get things out in the open.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your dedication to finishing the task at hand is laudable. But be careful not to overdo the midnight oil bit. Take time for relaxation with someone very special. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Although your intuition will help you make some tough choices in the first half of the month, you’ll need more facts to back up your actions later on. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) All that hard work and research in the workplace finally pays off as you hoped it would. Ignore comments from jealous types who are out to get the Goat riled up. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unfair decision creates unnecessary problems. But avoid anger and move carefully as you work this out. Expect to get support from an unlikely source. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A fuzzy financial vista persists until midmonth, when things begin to clear up. You’ll also gain a better perspective on how to handle those pesky personal problems. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a wonderful way of being there for those who need your help in difficult times.
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ow that the turn of the New Year has officially arrived, we can officially stop talking about it. This new column is, if for nothing else, here to give you a swift reminder of the weeks most ignored - yet relevant - information. Whether it be on the local level or global scale, there’s something you should be reading about, but aren’t. So even though the media-types of the world have force fed you their lists and reviews of 2012, as well as their irrational predictions of upcoming 2013, I will feed you no such foolery. Instead, let’s talk about the most obvious and overlooked matter of the week; it’s been cold outside.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally neglecting the value of this season. After all, many of us live in these mountains for this time of year specifically. Active skiers and snowboarders wait all year for the snow to start falling. We also have the breath taking images of frozen aspens and soft white fields right in our backyard. The winter season can be a beautiful time of year for Coloradans. There is no denying that. However, there is also no getting around the fact that icy roads are both dangerous and inconvenient. And while my own personal struggles become rather hilarious in hindsight, I’m sure no one will be laughing as they’re calling the tow truck.
The cold doesn’t just have me feed fireplace a healthy twelve times per day, but it also causes some nasty road conditions. If you live in the right (or maybe wrong) neighborhoods, you could be dealing with some questionable driving situations every day you leave the house. Take it from an avid driver of the Woodmoor/Arrowood/ Bent Tree area; it’s getting sketchy out there. Last week, my car not only ended up on the wrong side of what can only be described as a tree ambush, but I then became a victim myself while making my escape. Yes, just after crawling out of the passenger door of my half-destroyed vehicle, I proceeded to make like the SUV and slip on the ice. Insult to injury? Indeed. At that moment, just before banging the snow off my rear end, I realized that out of nowhere
What I propose is very plain actually. I simply ask for awareness. Know your limits and know your vehicle. Change your tires; get those nice snow ready ones. Pull out the chains. Downshift instead of brake while going downhill (in reality, this entire article has been written to emphasize this singular point). Take wide turns. Downshift instead of brake while going downhill. Scrape and defrost your windows before you drive. Downshift instead of brake while going downhill. All of this valuable advice is coming to you from a guy who slid his car into a tree on the side of the road less than 200-yards from his house. But hey, hindsight’s 20/20 right? My point is only that of a typical icy-road-victim, which is – drive safe out there folks.
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Series 12, Article 7 I was very tempted to write an article this week reflecting on all of the things that have happened over the last year. Wonderful things have happened; sad and unbearable things have happened. But the New Year is what I want to focus on today. Things are happening every moment of every day….many of these things are happening in your life right now…..and these things are not reported on the news or the internet. So indulge me for a moment to write an article that contains no internet advise or tips.
Right now is a phenomenon. Right now extraordinary things are happening. Right now… 1. A soldier of some kind is diligently fighting a war so you don't have to. 2. Someone who suffered from a severe injury last year is back on their feet. 3. A small group of people are building something that will soon make the impossible possible. 4. Somewhere on Earth a double rainbow is stretched from one end of the horizon to the other. 5. One of the next Billboard-charttopping musical artists is patiently rehearsing in her garage. 6. A piece of literature is being written that will eventually change your perspective on life. 7. Young children all over the world are singing and dancing before they even realize there is anything that isn't music. 8. A friend is helping a friend rise above thoughts of suicide. 9. Someone is thinking what you're thinking, but hasn't said anything yet either. 10. Two people in your hometown are falling in love. 11. Somewhere someone is admiring a breathtaking sunrise, and somewhere else a surreal sunset. 12. People of various religious backgrounds are in temples, churches, mosques and other places of worship praying, wholeheartedly, for world peace. 13. Someone who has struggled with weightloss for several years is standing on a scale and smiling. 14. Hundreds of cute elderly couples are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. 15. A baby girl just took her first few steps without falling. 16. Two friends are laughing so hard they aren't even making any noise. 17. A future world leader is in grade
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s many women know, it can be difficult not to gain weight as you near menopause. The weight gain can be attributed, in part, to the drop in estrogen and the slowdown in metabolism that is brought on by menopause. “Muffin tops aren’t funny to middle-age women, and many struggle to find an effective way to fight it,” says Susan Mills-Gray, nutrition specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Commit to these proven techniques to fight middle-age spread: • Eat breakfast to boost mood and metabolism. • Drink water -- about 1 liter for every 1,000 calories you consume. • Exercise regularly to increase endorphins: Daily exercise is crucial in the battle against belly fat. Focus on 30 minutes of brisk walking each day, and then add two to three 20minute sessions of strength training each week. Both of these forms of physical movement build muscle, which helps boost metabolism. • Get a good night’s sleep: Family and work responsibilities combined with community involvement can leave you overcommitted and working late at night to stay caught up. Also, many women have started “unwinding” via electronic social networks, which trigger brain activity. Lack of sleep can be the result. Getting enough sleep is absolutely necessary to fighting weight gain. Lack of sleep reduces the production of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin. Studies show that aiming for at least seven hours per night is best. • Eat less: When you were in your 20s and 30s, a periodic larger intake of calories didn’t result in as easy weight gain, as it does in your 40s and 50s. As you age, you have to eat less and move more in order to fight belly fat. Pay special attention to how much you eat -1,600 to 1,800 calories a day is a healthy goal for most women. • Eat an early, light dinner: Menopause causes a slower metabolism. Combine that with a naturally occurring slower metabolism while we sleep, and this means more calories are converted to fat. Make your evening meal your lightest meal of the day, and try to not eat within three hours of bedtime. • Seek support: Surround yourself with friends and loved ones who’ll support your efforts to eat a healthy diet and increase your physical activity. Better yet, team up and make the lifestyle changes together. • Start you day with a smile: Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
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2 cups cooked salmon, cut into bite-size pieces or 2 (7.5 ounce) cans wild Alaskan salmon, drained and broken into bite-size pieces 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 medium onion, peeled and diced 2 stalks celery, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 cup mild salsa 2 cups water, chicken broth or seafood broth 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 tablespoon corn syrup 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 (12-ounce) can low-fat evaporated milk or 1 1/2 cups skim milk Chopped green onion tops, parsley or fresh thyme leaves for garnish, optional
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In a large pot, melt the butter and heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery and garlic. Season the vegetables with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the salsa and cook for 2 minutes. Add the salmon and water or broth. Bring mixture to a boil and immediately, turn heat down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
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In a small bowl, mix together the baking soda, corn syrup and cornstarch. Stir in milk and mix well. Stir the baking soda mixture into the pot. Cover for 5 to 6 minutes to thicken sauce. Sprinkle with chopped green onion tops, parsley or fresh thyme leaves, if desired. Serve immediately. (Additional information provided by Susan Mills-Gray, Nutrition Specialist with University of Missouri Extension.) Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is www.divapro.com. To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Facebook and go to Hulu. com. Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis
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