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The Gender-Neutral Kitten Salvation Happiness Fund

Brytni Ambyr is out to save the gender-neutral kittens of the world from abuse by global warming through Happy Thoughts.

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West Nile virus Kills 17 in Texas, sickens hundreds-Yahoo News Canada


7 Diseases That Strike Young People-Yahoo News Canada


7 Diseases That Strike Young People-Yahoo News Canada.

DRINKING AND DRIVING


Hear Hear!!

I Am Addicted 2

In the United States in 2007, the death toll from teenage drunk-driving accidents was 1,393—nearly four fatalities every day of the year.

The risk of a driver under the influence of alcohol being killed in a vehicle accident is at least eleven times that of drivers without alcohol in their system.

For most people, these are only statistics—shocking, perhaps, but only statistics. But for the families and friends of those who die as a result of teenage drinking and driving, each number represents a tragic loss.

Alcohol distorts a person’s perceptions and judgment. People under the influence of alcohol…

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The best food against stress


I never thought about jaw tension, but if you think about it, a stressed out person tends to clench their teeth, so eating crunchy food WOULD relax the jaw. It makes perfect sense to me.

Unsolicited Health Advice


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You didn’t ask for it, and you won’t take it. But here are two simple tips that anyone can adopt that will instantly and dramatically improve your health.

Eat More Veggies

There are few people in Western countries who eat enough vegetables. Hate to break it to you, but you don’t. Those five servings a day you’re not getting is the minimum, not the required amount, and boiled veggies don’t count (well, unless you use the water for soup or something).

Forget meat and three veg – lunch and dinner should both be more vegetable than meat. A salad on the side is better than nothing, but a veggie-heavy stirfry is better still. Fortunately everything from burgers to pasta sauces to soup can easily be modified to accommodate these improvements.

Potatoes don’t count unless you leave the skin on, so don’t go trying to count chips. And tomato paste never…

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BC, Canada: Safe Water Supply, Vital To Your Health – 1995


Good drinking water is essential to everyone. Are there cancer links to drinking water?

Things I have learned...

This report dated 1995 from the Ministry of Health and
Ministry Responsible for Seniors explains how to solve your drinking water quality issues. The report advises consumers to disinfect your supply of hauled water (collected during an emergency) to counteract possible contamination from handling or transporting. Click here to read the entire report or an excerpt below.

Do not assume that clean-looking water, especially water from a spring, surface
source or shallow well, is safe to drink.

Test all water sources for “indicator” bacteria (ie. coliforms). Most indicator
bacteria do not cause any health problems themselves, but their presence means
that the water has been contaminated and may contain other bacteria, viruses or
parasites which could cause illness. The most common indicator bacteria are
coliform bacteria.

There are two basic types of coliform bacteria that labs commonly test for: “total
coliforms” and “fecal coliforms”. Total coliform bacteria include many…

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L is for Life is just a bowl of Cherries and sometimes it’s the Pits


Nice play on words!

Alphabet Story

Life used to be easier when my  bowl was heaping with good health and agility.  Lately, I feel that some of that old vitality has left, leaving just the pits.

The hearing is not so great anymore.  Just the other morning hubby came out of the kitchen and said “Do we have any more easy opening coffee?”  I’m thinking he means a newly designed container.  Much confusion ensues as he repeats the question several times, until finally he says one syllable at a time: ‘E-thi-o-pi-an’.  We enjoyed a good laugh over a cup of  the exotic coffee.  By the way I wish they could design an easier opening for bags of coffee beans.

I used to eat anything–my bowl  runneth over.  Now much time is spent reading food labels to make sure it has enough fiber and not too much fat and sodium.  Why is there so much sodium in products? …

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It’s Never Too Late To Do The Right Thing For Yourself


How inspiring!

One more soda?


WOW! It’s no wonder everyone gets some sort of side effect from sodas

Mirch Masala

This is what happens to your body within one hour of drinking a can of soda.

10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system, which is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake. You’d normally vomit from such an intake, but the phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

20 minutes: Your blood sugar skyrockets. Your pancreas attempts to maximize insulin production in order to turn high levels of sugar into fat.

40 minutes: As your body finishes absorbing the caffeine, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver pumps more sugar into the bloodstream. Adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked preventing you from feeling how tired you may actually be.

45 minutes: Your body increases dopamine production, causing you to feel pleasure and adding to the addictiveness of the beverage. This physical neuro response works the same way as it would if we were consuming heroin.

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