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Did You Know – 11/13/2017



1. The walkways in Holland, Michigan have 168 miles of tubing underneath them and in the winter they heat up. This causes clearing of the entire cities walkways in a matter of Hours. Saves a lot of shoveling.

“It was a huge gamble to go ahead with it because there was no template,” McGeehan said. “There was no previous numbers we could look at it. It was unique, it was novel and was it untested and untried.”

McGeehan, who was a Fifth Ward councilman at the time, remembers being among those asking lots of questions about how much the system would cost to install, and then to operate.

Industrialist Ed Prince, who proposed the plan, stepped up with $250,000 in funding. His investment made the decision easier for city officials.

Prince believed snowmelt would make Holland’s main street competitive with the amenities of the then-new mall going up along nearby U.S. 31.

Prince, who died in 1995, was right. The downtown flourished and grew, earning recognition from The National Trust for Historic Preservation as a “Great American Mainstreet.”



2. There is an HIV plan B pill that you can take if you are ever exposed to someone with HIV. The pill can be obtained from any doctor or ER and will severely reduce your chances of contracting the disease.


3. We apparently get goose bumps because our ancestors were once veered in thick body hair.

When tiny muscles in each follicle contracted, the hair would stand on end to insulate their skin or make them look larger when threatened. These muscles may seem useless now that we are not fully covered with hair, but recent discoveries show that they also protect the stem cells our skin needs to heal itself when injured. The bumps  may involuntarily develop when a person is cold or experiences strong emotions such as fear, euphoria or sexual arousal. The medical term for the effect is cutis anserina or horripilation.


4. A Report in the JAMA Neurology found that Dementia was 28% higher  among people born in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia. They found that the place of birth to be a robust risk factor according to Paola Gilsanz the lead author of the study.

5. 65% less insecticide you stand to have in your urine if you eat organic produce often. That is an incentive to reach for cleaner apples, peaches and strawberries which top the environmental Working Groups dirty dozen list of pesticide heavy produce

Source: Environmental Health Perspectives


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The Healing Power Of Music


I read this article in the AARP Bulletin and of course I thought of my Mom, who has Dementia.

This form of therapy of course is of benefit to both Dementia and Alzheimer patients.

New research is confirming and expanding an idea long held by those who work with dementia patients that music can not only improve the mood of people with neurological diseases it can boost cognitive skills and reduce the need for antipsychotic drugs.
Music therapists who work with Alzheimer patients describe seeing patients “Wake up” when the sounds of loved and familiar music fill their heads.

They have found that some patients after years of not speaking, they begin to talk again and become more social. Often they actually remember who they are which is one of the things they seem to be unable to do as the Alzheimers worsens. The video below is a great example of that.

Neurologist Oliver Sacks has written a book called Musicophilia which explains that for Alzheimers patients music can be like medicine. He says that “Music is no luxury to them, but a necessity, and it can have power beyond anything else to restore them to themselves and to others for at least a while”.

While this is not a cure it becomes a road to communication between family and the loved one that has this heartbreaking disease. According to estimates One in 8 Boomers will get this disease.  Most of us will know someone who will be affected by this and if music will ease the pain of watching your loved one become a vegetable and maybe even spark some sign of life in their brain, it would be worth getting a headset and an iPod full of their favorite music for them.

A Music therapist Connie Tomaino  told the story in this article how she walked into a room of totally overmedicated, catatonic patients guitar in hand and started to sing “Let me call you Sweetheart”. Many of the patients considered to be catatonic lifted their heads and looked at her, the ones that were agitated calmed down and many of them sang the words to the song. Now this is bringing tears to my eyes as I know exactly what she is talking about. These songs can trigger an association with family members bring back memories. Some who have not spoken in years say things like “I have to get home cause the kids are coming”.

There is another story about how music was used in the afternoons when what is called “sundowning” when patients get anxious and angry to calm them down. Music like Diana Krall’s “I get along without you very well”.

I personally know how heart breaking this is. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my Mom who for me is alone in a place she is unfamilar and me being so far away. 

I do not want to be in this place as I get older so one hopes there is some solution to this. At 95 my Mom has had a great life and now it is over it is hard for me to accept and for her to live it. She only wants her life to end and on that note I wish I could help.

If you go to AARP.ORG/Mobile you can download the iPad app that has a mountain of information.

This video is a fine example of what happens to the brain when music is played to a patient whose love of music is evident in his former life and he is now struck with the heartbreaking illness of Alzheimers

Books of interest on the subject

Measure Of The Heart

A Life Stolen

Measure Of The Heart

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Boost Your Brain Power

I think we all get a little concerned about our memory at times. I have heard it many times where someone is complaining because they cannot remember names, always loosing their keys, go to get something and cannot remember what it is and then have to retrace their steps so they can remember what it was. Does that sound like you? I know it sounds like me.
Just read an article yesterday and good news is that you are able to improve your memory and decrease your chances of getting dementia by some simple changes to your lifestyle.

1. Loving your heart

Anything that protects your heart from stress and damage will reduce your risk of dementia. Loose weight, get that blood pressure lower and improve your glucose and lipid control.

2.Exercise regularly

Those who remain fit and active retain their cognitive faculties longer. You can be very intelligent and bright but if you do not exercise the chances of you getting memory problems increase.

3. Eating well

Your diet influences your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Foods naturally high in anti-oxidants may improve cognitive function.

4. Keeping your mind active

The saying goes if you don’t use it, you lose it. Mental activity together with exercise maintains your mental alertness. Social isolation can lead to stress, depression and mental decline. Join a club or society and stay socially active.

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Did You Know « 14/02/2010

The number of thank-you cards Hallmark sells annually is 195 million. Source

Americans eat close to 10 billion donuts every year. That’s an average of 35 donuts per person. Source

26% Decrease in risk of dementia later in life for women who exercise at least once a week at age 30 versus those who didn’t exercise at all. Source

Tom Cruise’s Name Was Thomas Mapother, Before He Changed It. Source

Tonsurphobia Is The Fear Of Haircuts. Source

1 out of every 8 babies born in American hospitals is sent home with the wrong parents.

It is has been reported by different studies that 100,000 to 500,000 newborns are accidentally switched at birth every year — and given to wrong parents! According to the 1998 Edition of the Tanderberg Report, (an annual medical study by sociologist Dr. Morton Tanderberg, and as reported by Ann Victoria in Weekly World News, p. 22, on 9-8-98), 500,000 or 1 out of every 8 babies born in American hospitals is sent home with the wrong parents. In many cases, these oversights are caught and corrected within a few days and the babies are returned to their mothers. But on the other end of the scale, Dr. Tanderberg says that in some overcrowded facilities, particularly in large metropolitan areas like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the number of switched babies could be considerably higher — possibly as high as 3 out of 8. Source

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