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Z-Z-Z’S (continued): • Sleep deprivation has numerous negative effects on the body’s functions and well-being. A recent Harvard study has tied insufficient or irregular sleep to an increased risk for colon cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease in those who slept less than six hours a night. A shortage of sleep can put the body into a state of “high alert,” which can drive up blood pressure, putting a person at risk for heart attack and stroke. Just one extra hour a night can decrease your heart attack risk by 33%. And consider what that extra sleep will do for your family, social, and work relationships when you are less irritable, impatient, anxious, and depressed!

• Staying awake for just 17 hours leads to decreased performance equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05%. No sleep for 21 hours is comparable to 0.08% blood alcohol content.

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• t’s estimated that sleeplessness contributes to one in six fatal highway accidents. It seems that men are more likely than women to drive while drowsy and twice as likely as women to fall asleep while driving. Also related to gender, women need about an hour more sleep per night, yet are twice as likely to have insomnia. Unfortunately, the loss of that hour, coupled with stress level, biological stages, and responsibilities makes them more prone to depression.

• What about those folks who never seem to need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning? These individuals are awakened by the release of a stress hormone called adrencorticotrophin as they unconsciously anticipate the stress of waking up.

• Even an increase in wrinkles can occur when you don’t get enough rest. Your body releases extra cortisol, the “stress hormone” when you don’t get enough rest. Cortisol breaks


• Studies indicate that the risk of cardiovascular disease declines significantly when a person regularly sleeps seven hours a night.

• A lack of sleep decreases your attention and concentration and inhibits the cementing of memories, so that you cannot remember what you learn from day to day. A scientific study has determined that a 60 to 90 minute nap can be as beneficial as a full night’s sleep for learning a new skill. A “power nap” can improve alertness, creativity, productivity, motor skills, and accuracy, as well as reduce stress and risk of heart attack, and aid in weight loss.

• Lack of sufficient sleep can even lead to obesity! The hormones leptin and ghrelin are instrumental in controlling feelings of hunger and fullness. Inadequate sleep can increase production of ghrelin, which stimulates the appetite, raising the sensation of hunger by as much as 25%. Leptin signals the brain when the body is full, but not enough shut-eye drives leptin levels down. Combine these two and it’s a recipe for obesity.


the one that makes us sleepy. When there is less light, the clock tells the brain to produce more melatonin, resulting in drowsiness. When a person’s work hours are scheduled during the normal sleep period, it’s difficult to stay awake, but it can also be a health risk. It’s believed that melatonin protects the body against cancer. For those who are exposed to light at night, melatonin levels are reduced, and researchers believe those people are more prone to colon and breast cancer.

• We each have an internal “master clock” in our brains that coordinates the rhythm of our body’s functions. Known as the “circadian clock,” it is affected by external environmental factors, with light as the main factor influencing our 24-hour circadian cycle. These rhythms influence our sleep cycles, hormone release, and body temperature, and function best with a normal light-dark cycle. This master clock controls the productions of the hormone melatonin,

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It’s estimated that about 3.2% of the U.S. population are vegetarians. There are many reasons that folks choose to abstain from meat – let’s examine some of the information about those who like to veg out! • While some people opt for vegetarianism out of respect for animals’ rights, others have health-related or religious reasons. Motivation might also be cultural, environmental, or economic. The practice has its roots in ancient India, where they based the tradition on nonviolence toward animals. There are more vegetarians in India than in any other country, claiming 70% of the world’s vegetarians. The ancient Hellenes and Egyptians cited medical purposes and purification rituals for the practice. A Buddhist vegetarian abstains from not only animal products but all vegetables in the Allium family, including onions, garlic, leeks, chives, and shallots. They find the odor of these offensive and believe the “anger up the blood.” • The 6th-century Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras was one of the first famous vegetarians, and those of his era were actually called Pythagoreans. He believed that nonviolence toward animals was the first step toward the same among humans. In his words, “For as

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long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.” • The word “vegetarian” was coined in the 19th century, and England was home to the world’s first Vegetarian Society, formed in 1847 to demonstrate that it was possible to live a healthy life without eating meat. • Some cultures are primarily vegetarian due to poverty. A large percentage of those populations are poor farmers who cannot afford meat and subsist on beans, peppers, legumes, and grains. • Founding father Benjamin Franklin followed a vegetarian diet for much of his life. Franklin believed that the diet was not only healthier, the money he saved on expensive meat could be spent on books. He is credited with introducing tofu to America around 1770. • Vegetarians can’t all be lumped together in one group, since their preferences differ so widely. A strict vegan diet is completely plant-based and excludes animal products of any kind, including eggs and dairy, and even beeswax and honey. An ovo-vegetarian eats eggs, but not dairy products. A lacto-vegetarian includes dairy products in their diet, but not eggs. An ovo-lacto vegetarian eats both eggs and dairy. If you’re a pescetarian, you are a vegetarian who eats all plant-based foods, dairy, eggs, and fish. • There seem to be many health benefits associated with vegetarianism. The American Dietetic Association reports that vegetarians have a lower Body Mass Index, lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, less Type 2 diabetes, lower rates of hypertension, and less incidences of prostrate and colon cancer. Studies indicate that a lowfat, high-fiber plant-based diet also decreases the risk of developing gallstones. Some research shows that a vegetarian diet increases the body’s metabolism, enabling the body to burn calories at a faster rate than a meat-based diet. • More people can be fed on a vegetarian diet than a meatbased one. One acre of land can yield about 20,000 lbs. (9,072 kg) of potatoes whereas only about 165 lbs. (75 kg) of beef can be produced on that same acre. Only 20% of America’s corn is eaten by humans, with the remainder consumed by livestock. Livestock eat 95% of the oats grown in the U.S.

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High-glycemic-index foods, like white bread and children’s cereals, stimulate brain regions associated with reward and cravings and increase the drive to eat. In a report in the latest American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital fed high-GI and low-GI meals to 12 young men and then tracked the activity of various brain regions. The high-GI meal turned on the brain regions involved in reward, craving, and hunger. Cutting Out Meat Boosts Heart Attack Victims’ Chances for Survival People who improved their eating habits the most after a heart attack had a better chance of surviving, according to a study online this week inJAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers assessed the diets of 4,098 women and men from both the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study using the Alternative Healthy Eating Index 2010—a tool developed to determine chronic disease risk based on diet—before and after a heart attack. The results showed that after a nine years of followup, a diet lowest in red and processed meat products and sugar and highest in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables lowered the risk of death from heart disease by 40 percent, compared with no dietary changes.

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So while Canada asked for (and received) a veggie option, what new product is being launched at McDonald’s restaurants in the United States? Mighty Wings. Sales at American McDonald’s have been slow lately, and the corporation feels that launching chicken wings might be just the ticket to boost their profits. Adding more chicken to the menu will also boost the rates of obesity and heart disease. The Mighty Wings are breaded, which adds an extra layer of fat and sodium to meat that is already high in cholesterol, low in fiber, and loaded with chemicals and hormones. McDonald’s has not made the nutrition information for their Mighty Wings available yet, but it’s not hard to guess that this will be yet another unhealthful item tacked on to an already artery-clogging menu.

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Earlier this year, after McDonald’s nixed salads from their American men, PCRM director of nutrition education Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D, wrote to McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson asking him to add new veggie options to combat the company’s unhealthful image. Maybe she should have specified adding them in all of North America. At this rate, when Chipotle’s vegan Sofrita goes nationwide, it won’t have any competition from the other major fast food chains. Perhaps when the Sofrita’s sales skyrocket, McDonald’s will realize there is a demand for veggie options in America after all.

McDonald’s recently released veggie wraps in Canada, in response to the 71 percent of customers who were requesting meatless options. While not an exactly comparable statistic, a recent study found that 36 percent of American consumers use meat alternatives in their meals. The 36 percent seemed like a promising number, at least until the Canadian statistic was released and McDonald’s sat up and took notice. While one in three Americans is obese, only one in four Canadians struggles with obesity. Both numbers are still much too high, but the difference is significant.

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Men who rate themselves as generally angry on questionnaires given early in life are, by the age of 55, three times more likely to have heart disease and six times more likely to have a heart attack (myocardial infarction), compared to other men. The Johns Hopkins University study appears in today’s Archives of Internal Medicine. One common theme between anger and heart disease: Testosterone may lead to aggressiveness, and men with low levels of sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which binds testosterone, tend to be rated by their wives as more domineering and difficult to get along with, compared to men with higher SHBG levels. Low-fat, vegan diets lower cholesterol levels, but also raise SHBG, helping to mute testosterone effects.

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This salad includes grains, beans and vegetables and makes an easy one-dish meal, especially if you use pre washed salad mix. Jicama (“hick-ama”) is a crispy root vegetable that is available in most markets. 3 cups cooked brown rice 8 cups pre-washed salad mix 2 carrots, grated or julienned 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 small jicama, grated or julienned (about 1 cup) 2 tomatoes, diced or cut into wedges 1 15-ounce can corn, drained, or 2 cups frozen corn 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro (optional) 1/2 avocado, sliced (optional) 1/4 cup salsa 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced 1 additional salsa for topping Divide rice among four dinner plates and spread evenly. Top each plate with layers of salad mix, carrots, black beans, jicama, tomatoes, corn, cilantro (if using), and avocado (if using). Mix salsa, vinegar, and garlic in a small bowl. Sprinkle

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HOLLYWOOD -- “Everything old is new again”! The remake of “Annie” will star “Beast of the Southern Wild” Oscar-nominee Quvenzhane Wallis as the world’s most famous orphan. Her “Daddy Warbucks,” now being called Benjamin Stacks, will be played by “Ray” Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx. Miss Hannigan, played by Carol Burnett in the original, will be played by Cameron Diaz. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are still producing with Jay Z (who has written new music for the film). Oscar winner Emma Thompson worked on the screenplay for three years, based on the 1982 John Huston film. Expect it for Christmas 2014. “True Blood’s” Stephen Moyer was smart to play Billy Flynn for two nights in “Chicago,” directed by Brooke Shields, last month at the Hollywood Bowl. He’ll be Baron Von Trapp (originally played by Oscar winner Christopher Plummer) in the live Dec. 5 NBC telecast of “The Sound of Music,” with Carrie Underwood taking over for Julie Andrews. This will more resemble the Mary Martin stage version than the classic film.

by Samantha Weaver • It was Israeli politician Abba Eban who made the following sage observation: “A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually.” • Moose are so nearsighted that they have been known to try to mate with cars. • According to tradition, a bride whose dress is made of and The Furious 6.” He also starred in “The Hobbit” films, silk will have good fortune in her marriage. A woman who “The Desolation of Smaug” (2013) and “There and Back wears velvet to her wedding will face poverty, and a satin Again” (2014). It’ll be interesting to see him go from Greek wedding gown will bring bad luck. god and hero to the world’s most famous bloodsucker. “Westworld,” starring Yul Brynner and James Brolin, was a big hit in 1973. In The sequel, “Futureworld,” with Brynner and Peter Fonda, was well received in 1976. However, when CBS attempted to make a series of “Westworld” in 1980, it lasted for just three episodes. Now, “Star Trek’s” J.J. Abrahms is making a pilot for HBO to see if he can revive the franchise. Only the future will tell. And finally, what could be more desperate than turning a video game into a movie? “Super Mario Bros.”(1993) cost $48 million to make and grossed only $21 million. “Doom” (2005) cost $60 million to make and took in only $28 million, and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010) cost $200 million and grossed $91 million. Among the dozen or so games getting the film treatment are: “Mortal Kombat,” “Angry Birds,” another “Tomb Raider,” and “Hitman.” Here’s an original idea: Why not make a film with a solid story, crisp dialogue and pretty people who can act, that will tug at our heart strings or make us laugh, instead of giving us orphans, nuns and blood suckers that we’ve already seen ... better still, throw them all into one movie! (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

• On average, there are 50,000 earthquakes around the world every year. • Beloved composer Frederic Chopin died in 1849 in France. He was terrified of being buried alive, so at his request, after his death his heart was removed, preserved in alcohol and returned to his native country, Poland. Once in Warsaw, the urn containing his heart was sealed into a pillar of the Holy Cross Church with the inscription, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” • Spanish explorers named California after a mythical island of Amazon women ruled by a warrior queen named Califa. • An assemblyman in Alaska once wrote and tried to pass legislation mandating a $100 fine for “public flatulence, crepitation, gaseous emission and miasmic effluence.” • In 1903, a now-unknown inventor (and breeder of chickens, one might venture to guess) submitted a request to patent eyeglasses for chickens, designed to prevent injury due to pecking by other chickens. The request was refused. • The Sphinx in Egypt is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.

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• On Oct. 2, 1780, British Major John Andre, an accomplice of Benedict Arnold, is hanged as a spy by U.S. military forces in Tappan, N.Y. Andre wrote a letter to Gen. George Washington asking that he be executed by firing squad, that being a more “gentlemanly” death than hanging.

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• On Oct. 3, 1967, writer, singer and folk icon Woody Guthrie dies in New York. Guthrie, originally from Oklahoma, introduced a form of music called protest folk. Most famous was “This Land Is Your Land,” written in 1940 and first recorded in 1944. • On Oct. 5, 1978, Isaac Bashevis Singer wins the Nobel Prize for literature. Singer wrote in Yiddish about Jewish life in Poland and the United States, and translations of his work became popular in mainstream America as well as Jewish circles. One of his stories, Yentl, was made into a movie directed by and starring Barbra Streisand in 1983. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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To avoid this you can either rig up a substitute -- a sturdy rope or cloth tacked to the joist and wrapped underneath the pipe, for example -- or keep the old pipe hanger in place as you attach a new pipe hanger just a little lower. Once you’ve hammered the ends of the new hanger into the side of the joist, carefully work the old hanger loose as a helper holds the pipe in place. Gently lower the pipe into the new hanger. Repeat at other hanger locations along the run where the pipe contacts the joist.

Q: I’ve got a squeaky-floor problem, but it’s a little bit weird. When people walk along the ground floor I can hear wood squeaking against the pipes that are down in the crawlspace. Is this a risk to the pipes? How can I fix the squeaking noise? -- Jim in Buford, Ga.

If, on inspection, you see that the joist is not in good condition -- it’s sagging, or you detect wood rot or water damage -- contact a flooring or foundation specialist. Damaged joists can cause problems throughout the house, so you’ll want that problem addressed immediately.

A: You won’t know for sure without getting into the crawlspace and visually inspecting the pipes and the underside of the floor, including the joists. The pipes running along the crawlspace are likely suspended from the floor joists. If they’re in contact with the joists, then you might hear the faint screech of wood across metal as the joists rub against the pipes.

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How serious is the problem? It depends. If the floor and joists are in good condition, then you can reposition the pipe very slightly so it doesn’t contact the wood. Do this by lowering or loosening the existing pipe hanger slightly, or replacing it with another pipe hanger or a plastic pipe strap.

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Would you like to link Jewish mystical traditions to modern spiritual practices? Here’s the perfect opportunity! Please sample our new Transformative Shabbat Programs starting this fall. This alternative, interactive program series is open to people of all ages. It’s designed to expand your Jewish spiritual horizons.


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Saturday, October 5, 2013 - Reiki Circle 10:30 am – 12:00 noon. Our Jewish tradition is filled with stories of Healers and their restorative power. Pot Luck Lunch: 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm. Please bring a dairy or vegetarian dish for 4 people. Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Caring For Your Body 10:30 am – 12:00 Noon Practical Eating for a Healthy Life Style with Andrea Larsen, Licensed Holistic Nutritionist. Followed by, Awakening the Senses, a hands-on taster’s choice. Many Jewish practices & prayers are linked to our relationship with food. Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Meditative Shabbat Service – 10:30 am Silent Pot Luck Lunch – 12:00 Noon Please bring a Dairy or Vegetarian dish for 4 people. Lunch will be followed by a Joyful Song Fest. There will not be a traditional Shabbat Service on this date. Saturday, October 26, 2013 Yoga Lite – Om Shalom 10:30 am – 12:00 Noon All levels welcome, bring your own mat or large towel. Pot Luck Lunch - 12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm. Please bring a Dairy or Vegetarian dish for 4 people.



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Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:30 am – 12:00 Noon Labyrinth Walk & Meditation Join us at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood 1530 Hollywood Boulevard - on the lawn. Follow your path to personal growth like the ancient spiritual masters.

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For more information, please contact the Temple. 954-920-8225 1351 S. 14th Ave., Hollywood, Fl. 33020 Traditional Shabbat Torah study and Services continue to be held weekly.

There will be an Antique & Flea Market Saturday, September 28th 8am-2pm Our Savior Lutheran Church located at 8001 N.W. 5 Street in Plantation. Get a bang for your buck at this bargain shopper’s event including a variety of items, unique collectibles and antiques, jewelry, coins, glassware, new and used items, plants, clothing, silverware, and much, much more. Bring in your jewelry, gold, broken gold, silver, coins and antiques for cash. Buyer on premises. Admission is free. For more information, please call 305-951-7349 or email Vendor space is still available.


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Saturday, October 5 Presented by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, this is a family fun event where teams build their own cardboard boat and “Start Your Paddles”. Teams of three or more build boats out of cardboard and race them in North Lake. Boats can be built offsite or onsite. We supply the cardboard for boat building onsite. Pre-registration required as entrants are limited to 40 boats. The event is from 8am – 4pm. Admission is FREE. For information call (954) 921-3035 •••••••

Honor, Courage & Commitment 5K Run/ Walk Saturday, October 12 The Ft Lauderdale Sea Cadets are the feature for this event taking place on Hollywood Beach Broadwalk from 7:00am – noon at Charnow Park. This 5K race is to raise scholarship funds for US Naval Sea Cadets. For information call Lynn Atkinson – 954-552-8995

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