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Health – 2 minutes to instant calm


When You Are in a Panic – Diaphragmatic (deep breathing) technique delivers more oxygen to the body, soothing the nervous system. The diaphragms rhythmic movement also massages your organs.

a. Lie on your front with your head to one side. Rest your arms either side of your head, placing your hands on the floor close to your crown.

b. Take a few moments to settle and get comfortable. Relax and soften your facial muscles, let your eyes close and become aware of your breath. Let your whole body melt into the floor as you exhale.

c. As you inhale fully notice how your belly softly presses int the ground then as you exhale, how it gently retracts again.

d. As you breathe slowly and naturally, move your attention to your ribcage and notice how the side ribs move, widening as you inhale and drawing back as you exhale. Just notice this movement and allow it to be easy without changing it.

e. Widen your attention to focus on your lower back. Feel how it expands and opens as you breathe in and softens and releases down as you breathe out.

f. Turn your head to the other side to even out the stretch and breathe with the same deep awareness for a few more minutes.

g. Come onto all fours, softly spreading your hands open and feeling your  back wide and long. Keep your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Gently bring your feet together and as you breathe out draw your hips back to your heels, then ease your butt back until it touches your feet to create a gentle stretch through your spine. (Child pose in yoga).

h. Release your ribs down onto your thighs and lower your chest and shoulders to bring your arms and forehead to relax on the floor. Rest here completely surrendering your body to gravity.

After that you should be feeling a lot calmer

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Did You Know – 09/06/2017

  1. Top Home Remedies.

a. Honey for cuts – Its antioxidant, antibacterial properties  help cleanse and heal wounds.

b. Potato peel for burnsThe juices in the potato keep the burn moist. Cover with a bandage

c. Duct tape for a twisted ankleStabilze the ankle or wrist by wrapping the injury with thin strips of the tape.

d. Greek yogurt for a SunburnThe lactic acid works to remove dead skin. Leave on for about 15 to 20 minutes.

e. Toothpaste for Bee Stings – The alkaline toothpaste neutralizes the acid in the bee’s venom.

Source – AARP.ORG/Bulletin

2.  $457 Billion – the amount Americans spent on prescription drugs in 2015. Up 18% over previous year. 

208% rise in prices – for the most popular brands of drugs from 2008 – 2016

$14.5 million median salary of a pharmaceutical firm CEO in 2015 more than any other industry.

 $6.4 billion about drug companies spend advertising directly to consumers in the USA annually

$24 billion is the amount drug companies spend per year marketing to doctors

Source AARP.Org/bulletin


3.  62.5% – Are the number of kids who use smartphones or tablets who will get head lice within five years compared to 29% who don’t use them. Gathering around the gadgets is thought to help lice to spread.

Source –  Oxford University


4.  Hold hands to feel better – Partners of women in labour have normally held their hand during this process. There is now scientific proof that holding your lovers hand helps reduce the pain that they are feeling. It is to do with “interpersonal synchronization” where partners heartbeats and breathing synch during shared activities. A US study of 22 couples found that just sitting next to each other led to a physiological synch-up, but that stopped when pain appeared. If they touched hands though, the couples breathing and heart rates aligned again, and the pain reduced. 



5. Apparently according to research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson school of management in the US found that those who performed tasks in a messy environment were 28% more creative than those who did so in a tidy room


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The Secret of Serving Size is in Your Hands


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December 22, 2016 · 10:53 AM

Did You Know – 03/24/2014

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2. According to Consumer Reports, veterinarians can make up to 1,000% markup on their Pet Meds and charge a dispensing fee of up to $15. cheaper alternative trot off to Walmart, Kroger or Target where generic pet meds sell for as little as $4.00

Fear of long words

3. If you have Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, then you have the fear of long words.


4. The Stars you see when you rub your eyes are phosphenes.
They are a phenomenon by which seeing light without light actually entering the eye. This rubbing mechanically stimulates the cells of the retina causing effect. Even after you open your eyes you still see those spots for a little while.



5. Almost half the bones in your body are in your hands and feet. There are 27 in each hand and 26 in each foot, and the way that they are arranged is remarkably similar.

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Did You Know – 03/17/2014


1. Refrigerating apples can help them last up to 10 times longer than those left at room temperature.
Amongst other things Apples have other beneficial nutrients called quercetin. This nutrient has the potential to prevent many types of cancers such as breast cancer and lung cancer. It’s extremely good at fighting off free radicals in your body that cause you to prematurely age. On top of slowing the aging process down, it also can prevent age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.


2. According to ‘Healthy You’ article in the AARP magazine an Australian study found muscles recover faster after strenuous exercise if you top off your post-workout meal with several cups of ‘caffeinated’ coffee.
Florida researchers found three cups of caffeinated coffee a day may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia in older people with mild cognitive impairment.
Study by AARP of 400,000 older adults showed that regular coffee drinkers were less likely to die from all causes than non- drinkers were

Very interesting don’t you agree. I love these results as it makes it more pleasurable to be drinking something that is good for you


3. More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s day
For you information also it is said that a daily square of dark chocolate can reduce heart attack risk by 39%


4. Be kind to your nose because vigorous nose blowing can actually push mucus from the nose up into the sinuses, increasing a cold’s severity and also can lead to a secondary sinus infection according to the University of Virginia researchers

5. Washing your hands for 20 seconds before rinsing can prevent the spread of Flu by 50%. It is said just 5%of americans wash their hands the proper way.

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Did You Know – 10/17/2013

Did You Know

I am now Down Under and will be for a few months so here goes with a few Aussie and NZ ‘Did You Know’ Tip bits.


  1. Most people eat 40% extra food after being given bad news, according to a US study.

images2 .That cinnamon may help ward off the Alzheimers disease due to two potentially desease fighting compound cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin. Source: University of California.

images3. According to the Australian Prevention magazine, Women cry 5.3 times a month and men tear up on an average 1.4 times a month.

30-happy-people-traits4. Dalai Lama said “choose to be optimistic, it feels better” and according to Harvard School of Public Health he is right. Cheerful people have fewer heart attacks and strokes higher levels of good HDL cholesterol and lover levels of triglycerides than the gloomiers. Another plus is that the more upbeat you are the more cancer-fighting carotenoids you have in your bloodstream. So Be Happy.

Unknown-25. 17% of Australian women who suffer from migraines compared to 6% of men. the reason is thought to be hormonal factors for women. Source: Prevention australia

Unknown-36. This is a good one, will have to try it next time. Oh let me think, yes have tried it and does ease the pain.

You can increase the time you are able to submerge your hands in ice – cold water if you swear at the same time. That is a UK study. Strange but true.

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Be Healthy Be Beautiful – Hand Pressure Points

I found this book called “Zone Therapy” many years ago in fact the first book which is the one I have, was printed in 1990 and I have referred to this book many times.
I was watching a program on hand massage and remembered how helpful and easy this type of pressure point massage is.
Massage of the hands has the advantage of being inconspicuous and you can give yourself a Zone Therapy workout in public without anyone noticing.
When you are treating the hands use the thumb of one hand to treat the other hand. Start massaging the hand at the tip of the thumb and work with pressure all over it, including the sides and the back. Work down into the webbing g part of the thumb also.
Be systematic and leave out none of the pressure points in the chart.
Work for 10 seconds on each point. Always return to any sore spots.
Do the same with the fingers. Work over each finger from the tip, applying pressure to underneath, sides and the back and down to the webbing of each finger.
Remember if you apply pressure over the top joints of your thumbs and fingers it will give the entire body a good toning up.
Pressure over the fingers will help prevent many conditions. A daily work out with the fingers and toes (show that another day) will help stimulate the nervous systems and build up the nerve strength in the body. Help relieve many symptoms such as nausea, travel sickness also it is said to be good for neuralgia, neuritis or cramps and circulation.
The author of this book and many other books says “Zone Therapy help keep a mental image of the youthful, beautiful healthy you.

Say to yourself ” I will succeed” and your life will be a daily miracle.

This chart is of the right hand. The left hand is duplicated. 

Once you have done the right hand with your left thumb and fingers repeat on your left hand with right thumb and fingers

Pressure points


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Show Confidence – How?

I am a people watcher from way back. At the airport I am fascinated by people’s body language, what they wear and how the wear it. How they become so self-absorbed in their computers, or ipads, mostly playing games. So oblivious of what is going on around them. Some look very sad, hunched shoulders, head to the ground. Business men with a crooked tie and top button undone, ruffled hair,  looking like they have had a stressful day at the office and can’t wait to get on that plane and have a relaxing whisky. Mother finding her children a pain in the neck because they won’t sit still or making demands that she is not in the mood to tolerate.
The ones I enjoy  watching are the one’s that portray confidence. The executive that is neatly dressed, poised and have the look of calm, very aware of his surroundings and always polite, the look of ‘I had a great day’. That woman who is beautifully dressed, taken the time to make herself feel special, displays an air of total confidence and always specific about her needs. She looks to be in a good mood, happy, which may give her a type of beauty that maybe a scowl would not.
This air of confidence does not come naturally to everyone. Like many things in our lives we need to practice to make perfect. We need to train ourselves to put a smile on our face when at times we don’t feel like it.

This is an article that came out this morning on fox which stirred my interest to write this article. 10 Ways to show confidence with body language

These are the suggestions they make to give you the ‘Air of Confidence’

1. Keep you hands out of your pockets – I believe this is good advice, especially when you are doing business face to face. You need your hands out in the open to help express yourself. As a sign of lack of confidence? I am not sure on this one. When I see someone with their hands in their pockets I see them in my mind as being relaxed and casual. This article suggests that hands on hips would be better. Well not in my opinion, I feel hands on hips is like a stand-over attitude.

2. Don’t fidget – ‘Fidgeting is a clear sign of nervousness. A man who can’t keep still, is a man who is worried, tense and certainly not confident. Your hands can be your worst enemies — fight to keep them still and steady’.
This I totally agree with. Fidgeting is definitely a sign of no confidence and can be easily recognized by the observant, especially if you are being interviewed for a job. Don’t jiggle that leg under the table.

3. Keep your eyes forward – ‘Keeping your eyes level might be one of the trickiest ways to show confidence in body language’. When you are having a conversation with someone always look at them, don’t look to the side. It gives the appearance that you are having a conversation with someone behind them or more to the point not concentrating on what they have to say. When you are walking always keep your chin up, don’t look at the ground. When you are looking at the ground you are sending a message that you do not want to communicate. Once again you become oblivious of what is going on around you.

4. Stand up straight with your shoulders back . Wow this reminds me of my Grandfathers words. “Always keep you back straight and you will always be healthy and look good”. My ex-husband was a sloucher, brilliant man but never had that show of confidence because of his hunched shoulders. Stress and personal problems often are the cause of a bad posture.
Look confident, stand straight, pull your shoulders back and an added thing, that they taught me at my gym, squeeze your bum cheeks together (they used to say, pretend you are holding a $100 bill in the crack of your bum). Funny but it works on your posture as well as strengthens your stomach.

5.Take wide steps –A confident man will never be described as “scurrying,” “creeping” or “sneaking,” so pay attention to the way you walk. If you want to show confidence with body language you want to take large steps. Wide steps make you seem purposeful and suggest a personal tranquility, which denotes confidence in a man.’
Now this suggestion I had not considered but they are right. If you watch someone who takes short fast steps they are usually looking at the ground and look rather stressful. If you are shuffling then that is not a good look either. So yes I agree with this one, head up and a full stride of confidence.

6. Firm handshakes – Yes, yes, yes, I so agree. There is nothing more off-putting than someone with a jelly handshake. It makes me straight away step back from this person.
This is a good suggestion. If you are a jelly handshaker change it NOW.
There are few things worse than reaching out your hand during an introduction and getting a palm full of dead fish. Don’t be that guy. Instead, grip the other person’s hand firmly and confidently. If shaking hands with someone you’ve already met, you might even consider the two-hand grab: placing your free hand on the other person’s elbow adds warmth and enthusiasm to the handshake. Just don’t get carried away. A handshake is not a contest. Don’t try to crush the other person’s hand and don’t hold on too long.’

7.Proper grooming – That first image of you is a lasting one. What I like most is a great smell. Have you not passed a guy and its like ‘wow’ what was that and of course you take that second look. Often I have been cheeky enough to comment on how nice they smell. Women the same, find that right perfume that just suits you.
They way you present yourself is so important.

8. Smile – I love this one. How often on days when you are feeling fabulous and just don’t even realize it is showing on your face and people who you pass smile at you. A natural smile has an effect like no other.
If you are not a smiler then you had better start. Your life will change.

9.Don’t cross your arms when socializing – This in body language is a sign not to come too close or you are putting up a barrier.
Crossing your arms in front of you is a ‘No No’

10. Use contact to show appreciation – Always show appreciation. Always complement on the success of a person or just a pat on the shoulder to say job well done or you tried. The show of confidence to another persons achievement will always be appreciated especially if it is genuine and could make that difference in a working or personal relationship

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Alcohol-based Hand Washing


Hand-washing has become a very essential part in avoiding getting the H1N1 flue.

I remember years ago when I was in the nursing profession. Actually I was not in it for long as I found out rather quickly I was not a naturally dedicated nurse.

Anyway back to the hand-washing subject. It was drummed into us in those days, that after every procedure we had to wash our hands. I mean after making a bed we had to wash our hands before and after we had contact with a patient our hands had to be washed. I used to think it was crazy, that they went overboard with all this cleanliness and were eccentric.

Another procedure we had to do was before we went in to a ward we had to change into a clean uniform, then change back out of it once our duty time was finished and we left the ward. So to cut a long story short hygiene was a priority.

Now I realize why and it is probably the reason we have so many viruses floating around. So I thought you may find this article of some interest.

Hand Cleansing With Alcohol-based Cleansers
© John Howe

Oct 20, 2009

Hand washing is an excellent way to prevent infections, but when soap and water are not available alcohol-based hand cleansers are a good alternative.

Hand cleanliness is a vital part of maintaining health and avoiding infections. The best way to keep hands clean is to regularly wash them with warm water and soap but there are times when this is not possible.

In these circumstances, when soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand cleansers are the next best solution.

The good thing about alcohol-based hand cleansers is that water is not needed to use them. But for effective cleansing the product should contain at least 60 percent alcohol.


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