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Did You Know – 11/18/2013

1. The ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve and is often one of the first senses to be adversely affected by cognitive decline.
In patients with Alzheimer’s, the ability to smell peanut butter through the left nostril was found to be significantly impaired
“Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the University of Florida (UF) McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, and her colleagues reported the findings of a small pilot study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.


2. Men watch porn more than Woman. (You don’t say)
(source – University of Copenhagen)

3. Reading a book is better for the brain than watching TV
Source – American Academy of Neurology

4. There are three reasons a dog’s urine burns grass: an alkaline pH, concentrated (vs. dilute) urine, and nitrogen load. The most important factor of the three is urine pH.

5. Walking 14.5km or 10 miles a week is linked to a 22% lower death rate among men. So there you are guys just take that little step and your health improves
Source- Harvard University

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A Message From Christchurch

This was an email that was sent to a friend of mine who lives in Australia. I thought I would share this with you to give you some idea of how terrifying this earthquake has been

Hi Lesley,

This email is from Vicky Montgomery a lawyer friend of mine who has just moved back to NZ and living in Christchurch, after 10 years overseas




Well, it has been another terrible day, but we are okay so far. The house is still standing – how it is possible I don’t quite know, but it is, although we have a whole lot more new cracks and swinging open or stuck doors and I guess some damage of which we are not even aware yet. I was sitting at the dining room table sending off some emails when the train smacked into the side of the house without any warning (often the smaller shakes and jolts are preceded by a kind of rumble so you know that something is coming), but not this time. The house started lurching so badly all I could do was hang onto the table for dear life, and listen to the huge roaring
noise of the thing as well as seeing the doors of the big cabinet thing on the wall of the dining room thrown open and spew out about two dozen antique glasses/carafes and other delicate things all of which I had been collecting for years or had inherited and was rather fond of. When it was ‘over’, the floor was completely strewn with glass and I was completely freaked – my heart was pounding and I was shaking like a leaf. We had a whole series of after-shocks almost immediately after and several of those were pretty damn scary as well. The after-shocks are continuing and will do for some time. Each time one comes I think ”
is it going to get bigger “, and I’m scared of the house falling down on us – even as I write this, there has been about 4 or 5 – about a minute apart. Now that it is dark, it seems worse.

At least we still have a roof over our heads and so far we are okay, unlike so may others. After about 7 hours, the power has come back on, so we have some lights and a cup of tea and the internet up and running again. There are a lot of planes and helicopters overhead and an awful lot of people are out in parks and other open spaces because they can’t get back into their homes or accommodation. It is raining and cold, and at least we are indoors, but for those who are not I feel as if I should be out doing something – but it’s hard to know what. I haven’t even got enough food in the house to make some soup or something and it wouldn’t be enough. Even if we offered people a bed for the night, they would probably feel safer staying up all night, given the severity and frequency of the aftershocks – I mean how can anyone sleep in this? I think it will be a night of dozing on the couch – fully clothed, luckily we have a couple of bottles of wine that survived – better get them down my throat quickly!!!
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and lovely messages – greatly appreciated. Whew, what a day. xxx V

"The New Zealand earthquake broke an iceberg the area of 20 football fields off the country's longest glacier.

Devastated family after hearing the news of the death of their Mother

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Poem Friday « Bridge Between Life and Death

Bridge Between Life and Death
Author: Lesley Voth

As you know with every breath
It is a bridge between life and death

With all the anxiety and our stress
Breathing deep will make it less

You have seen the vegetation in the cold
Goes to sleep, slows breathing, looks brown and old

But in the spring its like a breath of fresh air
Its warmer, bright, nature takes a deep breath, a colorful affair

So when you are feeling down and a little stressed
Taking a deep slow breath is surely the best

It has been proved it will help you be happy and healthy
Sooth your soul, and be abundant in all things wealthy

Start your day well and be conscious of your breath
Feel it because it is the bridge between life and death


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Red Bull – Slow Death?

I recieved an article this morning suggesting that Red Bull the energy drink, is a slow death and should not be consumed. The email was a “pass on to friends.” While I believe that Redbull is not the healthiest drink to drink, I don’t think it will cost you your life unless it is combined with something that may cause a reaction in your body.

Anyway, I did a some research and found that most of the information was from about 2003 to 2009. In one case it said that France had lifted the ban. So I went to Snopes where I usually get information as to whether an article is true or not. This is what they had to say.

Origins: This warning about the popular energy drink Red Bull began circulating on the Internet in March 2000. There are two claims to address here: that Glucuronolactone is the evil substance it is portrayed to be in the e-mail, and that it is one of Red Bull’s ingredients.

Glucuronolactone is a naturally-occurring metabolite, a carbohydrate produced by the human metabolic system.

It most certainly is not “an artificially manufactured stimulant developed in the early 60’s by the American Government,” as is claimed in the e-mailed exhortation to foreswear the drink.

Yet a can of Red Bull contains 600 mg of the substance per can, which has been suggested is 250 times a person’s normal daily intake.

No proof has yet emerged that this would pose a danger of any sort, but it is a large enough number in and of itself to evoke concern.

Searches of The British Medical Journal fail to turn up the article described in the warning, belying the e-mail’s claim that a piece on this lurking horror recently appeared there.

Searches of the Food and Drug Administration’s web site also fail to turn up anything about glucuronolactone, a situation unheard of even in the case of drugs or substances that are merely the subjects of questions raised by consumers, let alone ones that are “banned for commercial consumption in America.” Were glucuronolactone the raging threat to mankind portrayed in the e-mail, the FDA database would be full to overflowing with articles about it.

The glucuronolactone rumor is not the only one circulated about Red Bull. Other whispers state that the drink is formulated from bull testicles, or that it’s been proved to be wildly addictive, or that its drinkers will test positive in drug tests after downing just half a can, or that it shivers on the verge of being banned throughout Europe. With one partial exception, all of these rumors are untrue.

To read the article in full

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