New This Week: August 3, 2011
New Law Makes Health Legal!
I'd like you to tell you about a recent news story out of New Hampshire that reveals a lot about America's dysfunctional health care system.
You might not know this, but New Hampshire is the state with the motto, Live Free or Die. A fitting tag line, because it's also the state with the highest per capita rate of Lyme disease (the bacterial infection caused by deer ticks) and as this news report showed, the motto is literally true: without health freedom, some in New Hampshire with Lyme disease were dying — and many felt like they were at death's door!
Fortunately, the New Hampshire state legislature voted to do something about health care tyranny — passing a law that has important long-term implications not only for people with Lyme disease, but also for those with CFS and fibromyalgia.
Score Another One (No, Two) For Dark Chocolate
There are hundreds of studies that show the benefits of eating dark chocolate. Many show that it can decrease the risk of heart disease (lowering blood pressure, boosting good HDL cholesterol, and even helping prevent a second heart attack after a first). There's also a study showing dark chocolate can boost energy in CFS.
Two new studies add more to why I'm such a fan of dark chocolate, in this case showing how it can help the body recover from exercise.
Maybe It's NOT Alzheimer's
About 2.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and more are being diagnosed every day. Among people 65 and older, the rate of Alzheimer's has gone up tenfold in the past few decades — and 24-fold among those under 65!
But here's an even more disturbing fact. According to a new study, most people diagnosed with Alzheimer's don't even have it! Instead, they have other problems that were missed — and could have been treated if simply looked for!
Say "I Do" to Avoid a Stroke
From the perspective of good health, there are a lot of compelling reasons for a man to tie the knot. Study after study shows that married men are healthier and live longer than single men. The latest shows that married men are also less likely to have a fatal stroke. But only if their marriage is a happy one.
Success Story for Fibro & Fatigue Centers & SHINE
A wonderful and inspiring message was posted on my Facebook Fan page wall by Fibro & Fatigue Center patient Jerry Booth. With Jerry's permission, I've included it below:-)
"This last week has been really special to me. First of all I have been using the Salt Lake City VA hospital for 13 years and this last week was the first time I was there without a wheelchair. I had a whole different perspective on the place. I was able to talk to many that kept asking why I was no longer in a wheelchair. What a blessing it was.
"Yesterday we had the privilege of taking some friends from Michigan to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. These are places I have been over the years, but my prospective has been limited because I was in a wheelchair. Yesterday I was able to walk some trails and climb some short trails to see from more than a single view. God's wonder is so magnificent and he showed me his blessing of getting me out of a wheelchair after 16 years . . .
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This Is Mesmerizing
A fascinating "dance" from a simple display of physics.
This Week's Jokes
For the Kid in Each of You, Here's a Boat-Load of Father's Jokes
On the day I received my learner's permit, my father agreed to take me out for a driving lesson. With a big grin, he hopped in behind the driver's seat. "Why aren't you sitting up front on the passenger's side?" I asked.
"I've been waiting for this ever since you were a little girl," Dad replied. "Now it's my turn to sit back here and kick the seat."
One evening, while sitting around the dinner table, a little girl looked up and asked her father, "Daddy, you're the boss, right?"
Her father was very pleased by this and replied, "Yes."
The little girl continued, "That's because mommy put you in charge, right?"
"Daddy, Daddy, can I have another glass of water please?"
"But I've given you 10 glasses of water already!"
"Yes, but the bedroom is still on fire!"
One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?"
The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. "I can't dear," she said. "I have to sleep in Daddy's room."
A long silence was broken at last by his shaking little voice, "The big sissy."
Jennifer was sitting in her grandfather's lap as he read her a good night story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. By and by she was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke, "Granddaddy, did God make you?"
"Yes, sweetheart," he answered. "God made me a long time ago."
"Oh," she said, and added "then "Granddaddy, did God make me too?"
"Yes indeed honey," he assured her. "God made you just a little while ago."
"Oh," she said.
Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, "God's getting better at it now, isn't he?"
A clergyman is walking down a country lane and sees a young farmer struggling to load hay back onto a cart after it had fallen off. "You look hot, my son," said the cleric. "Why don't you rest a moment, and I'll give you a hand."
"No thanks," said the young man. "My father wouldn't like it."
"Don't be silly," the minister said. "Everyone is entitled to a break. Come and have a drink of water."
Again the young man protested that his father would be upset.
Losing his patience, the clergyman said, "Your father must be a real slave driver. Tell me where I can find him and I'll give him a piece of my mind!"
"Well," replied the young farmer, "he's under the load of hay."
We thank Rene D'Aurora for this week's joke. Rene wins her choice of a free bottle of Corvalen or Energy Revitalization System vitamin powder. We invite you to email us your favorite jokes or quotes. If we use it, you'll win your choice of either of these.
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