Canned Food & Milk Carton Warning

 

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Turns out, all the canned foods we’ve been eating and worse, donating to the poor for decades, has actually been making everyone sick.  And milk and OJ in cartons and all those cute little juicies  in mini cartons with built-in straws may set kids up for future disease.

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BPA lines an estimated 75% of canned foods in North America. That is one heck of a lot.
It protects metal from corroding, but does not protect our health from the same fate.

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Thousands of studies with animals have linked BPA with breast cancer, prostrate cancer, infertility, low sperm count, ovarian malformations, early puberty and drum roll please…obesity.

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It’s not like you open a can and get cancer. It is s-l-o-w chronic exposure over time.  That’s even worse because then by the time you get diagnosed with breast cancer or something you have no idea why you got it.  Companies that knowingly  do not make consumers  aware should be held accountable if they get sick or obese.

There should be massive class action law suits against them and toss in the tap water in plastic while you’re at it.  But that’s not happening. Why? Because these companies making everyone sick are also the companies donating to political campaigns AND buying television ads. One protects illness; the other promotes it.  They all also have large legal teams. Plus, if it takes 10 or 20 years or more for something to cause cancer you may not trace it back to that and an attorney would have a difficult time proving it.

No wonder good lawyers  don’t practice law anymore.  Cans are stacked against them.

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Of course, there are always exceptions.  If there are cluster areas getting the same illness you start there.  Who knows where the cluster areas are? Hospitals. Government. CDC.

 

 

Flashback to ALL the canned food I’ve been donating since I was a kid.

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Non-perishable items, they said.  [Update Note:  Campbell’s says it will stop using BPA in soups by mid-2017.  Excellent!]

How are they doing it and can it be used to teach all the others.  Who will test it and assure the public it is BPA-free?]

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I wonder how I never got sick, but then I remember Mom cooked with mostly fresh ingredients.  The backyard garden was tended to daily.  Dad paid me .25 cents to water it.

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As for milk, we had a Milk Man deliver it to our home in Brooklyn, and it was in glass bottles. Lucky us.  Who knew our exposure to BPA was limited because of it.

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We  also had a truck that delivered fresh fruits and vegetables.

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And let’s not forget Carvel’s  Mister Softie and Danny the Ice Cream Man.

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Running to it kept us fit.  I digress.

Back to 2016: 

This week, the FDA says it can’t do anything about BPA in cans because 1. they don’t want to scare people into not buying things like harmful canned fruit when they don’t have access to fresh fruit, and 2. they don’t want to scare stores into not carrying canned foods.  I can’t even make this stuff up.

That leaves you and I to protect ourselves. Here’s expert advice on how to do that:

Dr. Patisaul, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at NC State University says, “Avoiding heavily processed and packaged food is one of the most effective ways, as is choosing locally sourced organic foods.

“Be aware that plastics can leach other chemicals besides BPA, including BPS, a chemical structurally similar to BPA. There is growing evidence that BPS is also capable of interfering with estrogen signaling. Softer plastics and plastic wraps contain a class of chemicals called phthalates, some of which interfere with testosterone signaling.”

She adds, “Cardboard beverage containers are lined with a plastic-like coating to keep them from leaking, and this coating can leach chemicals into the liquid inside. To minimize exposure, choose milk and other liquids sold in glass containers, and store beverages at home in glass. Glass is inert and will not react with the liquid leaving a funny taste like metal. Acidic foods, such as coffee and tomato juice, and alcoholic beverages are most likely to react with the food containers so when possible, purchase these items in glass. Also, avoid microwaving food on plastic or in plastic packaging because this can cause chemicals to leach into the food. Use a ceramic plate or glass container instead.”

 

Wow.  It’s like an episode of the Twilight Zone.

Here’s the thing. People may still eat canned foods after they are made aware that chemicals leak into the food.  But people may decide to select fresh foods instead.  If they aren’t aware then someone else has made a choice for them without any such right. People like to pick their poison.  When another person picks it for them, it’s called murder. When that person(s) benefitted financially it’s called motive.

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For more tips on avoiding BPA visit:  http://www.breastcancerfund.org

IT’S LIKE WE ALL NEED TO START A WTF FILE WITH ACRONYMS OF ALL THE THINGS WE NEED TO AVOID. GMO. BPA. BPS. IRS. LOL.  LAUGHTER IS STILL HEALTHY.

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One more thing as Columbo used to say.

 

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CAFFEINE

Be sure to check out the new study that links caffeine with pregnancy loss. No biggie.

 

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I know.  I know.  Don’t kill the messenger. I haven’t had coffee since 2005. I quit cold turkey when I noticed my hands shaking.  It was horrible for a few months, but then something wonderful happened. I felt better. I woke up naturally.  No mid-afternoon slumps. And I fell asleep when tired. I also had and still have more energy , not less.

MORE INFORMATION on STUDY LINKS CAFFEINE WITH PREGNANCY LOSS at:  http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/health

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Contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com |  On Twitter:  Maria_Dorfner

 

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Wish You Could Slow Down Aging? Listen Up…

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Wish you could reverse aging or at the very least, slow it down?  Slowing it down may very well be possible now.  First, let’s review how we age.  Did you know each person is born with 10,000 telomere bases, which make up the telomeres (more on that later) on every cell you have. When you hit 5K, due to cell reproduction,  it’s called the Hayflick. That’s the point where the cells can no longer replicate and the death process begins. 

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When these cells die, it causes what we know as aging. No one has figured out how to reverse aging, but someone has now figured out how to slow it down.

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What does this mean? It  means you will have normal functioning longer and do more of the things you are able to do when younger, thus improving your quality of life.   

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The bonus is you will also remain younger looking with less wrinkles. So, you may wish you had taken better care of yourself. Skin and hair improves, but the real magic is in slowing down the shortening of your telomeres (more on those later).

 Sound too good to be true?

How to stop aging has been the lifelong question and passion of one man, whose team won a Nobel Prize, and he claims what he has discovered is the real deal. His discovery began with research examining each human cell, which causes aging.

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Description: Front side (obverse) of one of the Nobel Prize medals in Physiology or Medicine awarded in 1950 to researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eyes, skin, hair, bones. Each of our cells replicate at different speeds. Your entire skin will replicate in 120 days, whereas your bones would take about 7 years.

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English: Created from PDB entry 2HY9 with VMD/Povray/imagemagick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are parts that age faster because of it. If you have 10K telomere bases, and your skin has to replicate it keeps taking away bases, thus skin would age faster.  Creams, even those with retinol do not affect telomeres. 

There are currently only two products on the market that affect telomeres. This one is PRODUCT B.

The first huge doubleblind study is being done in Spain and the results will be published this Summer. MODERN SCIENCE will be releasing it.

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English: Molecular structure of human POT1 bound to telomeric single-stranded DNA Español: Estructura molecular de la proteína POT1 humana unida al saliente de cadena simple del ADN telomérico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here’s How It Works:  There is one place in the human body where cells are immortal and never age. That is the Reproductive System in women and men. When women are born, they are born with a certain number of egg cells.
 
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That is why when you give birth, the baby cells aren’t the age of the parent, but a newborn. In your reproductive cells, you have a gene that creates an enzyme.   This enzyme we’re talking about is telomerase.
 
Telomerase slows the shortening of your telomeres, which are located at the end of your chromosomes.   Telomerase has the ability to tack on another base at the end of the telomere,  preventing it from shortening. 
 
They discovered every cell in the human body has this capability, but the gene for telomerase is turned off, so they began looking for the gene to turn telomerase back on.  Telomerase is the  enzyme that slows down the shortening of telomeres.

Dr. Bill Andrews from Sierra Labs in Utah is the man who discoverd this. Under his leadership, Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider, and Jack Szostak were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

Andrews made it his life mission to find out how to activate the telomerase gene in people. He tested 304,000 compounds. Out of all them, he discovered 8 chemical compounds that would turn on the telomeres gene.  
 
Harvard Medical School did some mice studies with them in vitro, where they forced the telomerase genes to turn on, and they were able to completely reverse the aging process –making old cells new again.
 
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English: Illustration showing the action of Human Telomerase in lenghtening Telomeres. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
All 8 of the chemical compounds were toxic to humans, so they knew it wouldn’t translate to human trials, but it did confirm the theory that if you could turn on the telomerase gene, you could in fact, stop the human aging process.
 
From there, Andrews got in touch with John Anderson, a neutraceutical wiz from Isagenix and they tried 62 concoctions of different natural compounds.  
 
They managed to get 7 of them to affect the telomerase gene. And a key point here is these were safe for humans. Since then, they’ve tested quite a few more and now there are 13 compounds that have met their criteria.

The product has been out for a year and a half and so far, all the studies are positive.

 
It’s about slowing the aging process. Your cells will be younger. It’s in a capsule form with various ingredients, which are completely safe.   Two capsules in the morning, two at night with or without food. It takes about 4 months for the product to infiltrate your cell structure. They are also seeing some signs of increased mental clarity and recall. Some people had the color of their hair return or new hair growth.
 
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In mice in the study with 75% brain size, after turning on telomerase their brains were back to 100%.  This could prove to be promising for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
 
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I talked to Todd Walukiewicz, D.C., who has been exploring anti-aging. He is part of a chiropractic practice in the Pittsburgh area that has been taking a holistic approach to health for 22 years. He is a strong advocate of these healthy aging concepts, and explains it here. 
 

 “Telomeres are basically at the end of your chromosomes, which contain your DNA.  Your chromosomes contain roughly a million components of your DNA.  Back in the 1950’s, scientists discoverd 10,000 at the end, which do not contain DNA. These are the bases of the telomeres.   If your DNA is analagous to your shoe lace, then the plastic end caps at the end of your shoe lace represent the telomeres at the end of the chromosome.  Just as the end cap keeps the shoe lace from fraying, so it is with the telomeres at the end of your chromosome.”

 All cells have the same number of bases that make up the telomeres.  If you had a chain, a link in the chain would be the base.
 
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What Dr. Bill Andrews found is every time your cells divide, the DNA has to replicate itself for the new cell. When that happens, some of the bases get destroyed or lost.  That is actually what is responsible for the aging process. So this is the best thing to happen in the world of healthy aging to date.

Walukiewicz believes in PRODUCT B so much that he is using it himself, and making it available to his patients.

The product is being sold in Pittsburgh at TELOMERE PARTNERS, USA.  It costs about $77.00 a month.  Does that make it affordable only to the wealthy?

I asked Walukeiwicz this question, and he said there was one available prior and the cost of it was $3500./month.  This caused people to complain it was only affordable to the rich. 

So, PRODUCT B is very affordable to the general public.   There are no existing plans to make it available at pharmacies or in any store.  For now, it is only available to consumers at the places mentioned below.

It’s available from independent Isagenix distributors.   Dr. Todd has been taking it for about a month.

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Telomeres: biological functions, sequencing and aging (Photo credit: The Ernst Mayr Library)
What can people that take it expect? 

People who have taken it have claimed it reversed graying hair, skin wrinkles, memory loss and have even reported improved eyesight.   The only side effect is weight loss, which people actually like.

 

More on telomeres:

  • A telomere is a region of repetitive DNA at the end of a chromosome, which protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration.
  • Russian theorist Alexei Olovnikov was the first to recognize (1971) the problem of how chromosomes could replicate right to the tip, as such was impossible with replication in a 5′ to 3′ direction. To solve this and to accommodate Leonard Hayflick’s idea of limited somatic cell division, Olovnikov suggested that DNA sequences would be lost in every replicative phase until they reached a critical level, at which point cell division would stop.
  • During cell division, enzymes that duplicate the chromosome and its DNA cannot continue their duplication all the way to the end of the chromosome.
  • If cells divided without telomeres, they would lose the ends of their chromosomes, and the necessary information they contain. (In 1972, James Watson named this phenomenon the “end replication problem”.)
  • The telomeres are disposable buffers blocking the ends of the chromosomes and are consumed during cell division and replenished by an enzyme, the telomerase reverse transcriptase.
  • They have been likened to the aglets (tips) on the ends of shoelaces that keep them from fraying.
  • In 1975–1977, Blackburn, working as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University with Joseph Gall, discovered the unusual nature of telomeres, with their simple repeated DNA sequences composing chromosome ends. Their work was published in 1978.
  • The telomere shortening mechanism normally limits cells to a fixed number of divisions, and animal studies suggest that this is responsible for aging on the cellular level and sets a limit on lifespans.
  • Telomeres protect a cell’s chromosomes from fusing with each other or rearranging—abnormalities which can lead to cancer—and so cells are normally destroyed when their telomeres are consumed. Most cancers are the result of “immortal” cells which have ways of evading this programmed destruction.
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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009, press conference with the laureates: Carol W. Greider, Elizabeth Blackburn, and Jack W. Szostak. Svenska: Nobelpriset i fysiologi eller medicin, presskonferens med pristagare: Carol W. Greider, Elizabeth Blackburn och Jack Szostak. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider, and Jack Szostak were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

Further Reading
•Telomere Function
•Telomere Shortening
•Telomere Lengthening
•Telomere Measurement
•Systemic Telomere Length and Aging
•Telomeres and Cancer

Would you take PRODUCT B? Let us know.

http://www.isamovie.com/telomeresaging.html

http://ibioseminars.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104&Itemid=101

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Personally, MedCrunch believes your lifestyle and daily habits determine how well you age.  The longer you have maintained these habits, the more youthful you will feel and look at any age.  If you’ve been eating right and exercising since you were a kid –you’re far ahead of someone who picks it up later in life.  Living a healthy and balanced lifestyle is key –in body, mind and spirit. 

That said,  if we can stop these telomeres we’re born with from fraying and dying prematurely, why not?  I wouldn’t replace healthy habits with a capsule, but it could be a welcome addendum to it.  The company fully endorses maintaining a healthy lifestyle while taking it.  It’s a discovery that is certainly the closest we’ve ever gotten to reversing cell death which causes aging.

MedCrunch will follow this story and keep you updated on the latest developments.  Send us any questions you may have, and we’ll get them answered.   ~MD

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For More Information on Product B Contact:

Telomeres Partners USA, Phone: 855-776-9978

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Aches & Pains

You don’t want to go wakeboarding or run a marathon anymore.  All you want to do is wake up and be able to walk from your bed to the rest room without feeling like you can’t move.

Yet, suddenly you wake up feeling crippled and sore all over. 

Even your fingers hurt.  You think it’s temporary, but the pain gets worse each morning.

 

It lingers throughout the day. You wonder if it’s arthritis or osteoporosis. 

If you ache all over, chances are it’s Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).  Click on diagram to see where it hurts. 

 

EVERYWHERE!  Your feet, ankles, calves, knees, legs, back, neck, hands, arms, shoulders, wrists…all your joints hurts. 

The pain is equally distributed on both sides of your body. You start moving real s-l-o-w.

  

You tell yourself you are too young for this.  RA can hit when you’re 30 or any time later. It can affect men and women. 

But there are 2 1/2 times more women suffering from it.  It’s a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs.

 

Turns out, even a 5% weight gain could trigger it in someone who never had it. Inflammation.  Now, they’re saying with obesity on the rise –more & more people will get it. And they say the cause is unknown.  Hmm…

I’m thinking if even a slight weight gain triggers it, that’s a clue.  A certain type of food may be triggering it. 

Try the process of elimination to try to figure that out.   One more thing…I say look at the 4 E’s first whenever your health is off-balance.

 1) Emotions 2) Environment 3) Eating 4) Exercise

 

EMOTIONS:  YOU SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD –  My Dad loves to say that when my Mom nags him about something.  Similarly, when you feel physical pain it can mean negativity repeating itself in your mind.

Eckhart Tolle, the author of “The Power of Now” says anger affects your physical health when you repeatedly think about something that happened in the past or you worry about the future.  

He says those thoughts cause negative emotions, which cause physical pain.  It’s the reason depression hurts or bullying.  Negative words hurt. Literally.  Negative thoughts hurt. Literally. 

Tolle says anger is contagious. No one should be walking around angry. 

 

 

Take the time to release it.  You benefit.  Everyone around you benefits.

Think of a record. If it has scratches, it skips.  If it skips, you don’t keep listening to it.  If you did, it would severely damage the record (physical pain).   The record is your mind.  Change it. 

Meditate on the present moment.  Empty your mind of all thoughts.  It’s hard to do.  Keep trying.  Go to a quiet place.  Close your eyes.  Visualize releasing mental, emotional and physical pain.  Focus on soft music, rain drops or simply your breathing.  My favorite 3 words are:  Let It Go.

ENVIRONMENT – You may not be able to change your environment, which is why eliminating anger is so important.  If you have to stay in an existing negative environment, go to a different room, step outside or go for a walk in nature. Turning off the computer and all electronic equipment helps too.

 

EXERCISE – The best exercise for RA is stretching slowly first thing in the morning, walking, yoga and swimming. 

EATING: Can Some Fats Increase Inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis? (from WebMD)

Yes. Studies show that saturated fats may increase inflammation in the body. Foods high in saturated fats, such as animal products like bacon, steak, butter, and cream, may increase inflammatory chemicals in the body called prostaglandins.

Prostaglandins are chemicals that cause inflammation, pain, swelling, and joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis.

In addition, some findings confirm that meat contains high amounts of arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is a fatty acid that’s converted to inflammatory prostaglandins in the body.

Some people with rheumatoid arthritis find that a vegetarian diet helps relieve symptoms of pain and stiffness. Other people with rheumatoid arthritis, however, get no benefit from eating a diet that eliminates meat.

Is Omega-6 Fatty Acid Linked to Inflammation With Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Omega-6 fatty acids are in vegetable oils that contain linoleic acid. This group of vegetable oils includes corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ oil, and sesame oil.

Studies show that a typical western diet has more omega-6 fatty acids compared to omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acid is a polyunsaturated fat found in cold-water fish.

Consuming excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids may promote illnesses such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. It may also promote inflammatory and/or autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Ingesting fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, may suppress inflammation and decrease the risk of illness.

Many studies show that lowering the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids contained in the diet can reduce the risk of illness.

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Does Menopause Worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis?

For women with rheumatoid arthritis, going through menopause can increase the intensity of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. The link is likely estrogen loss, but reversing that loss hasn’t proven to help. Learn what can.

The link between rheumatoid arthritis and menopause is a complicated one. Women with rheumatoid arthritis can expect that symptoms of menopause will affect their arthritis pain. However, research has not been able to precisely pinpoint whatever direct links may exist between menopause and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

“There’s not a lot of data showing that menopause makes a big difference in RA, and I haven’t seen that clinically,” said Scott Zashin, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and an attending physician at Presbyterian Hospital.

Estrogen and Rheumatoid Arthritis

The possible connection between rheumatoid arthritis and menopause appears to be estrogen, the female reproductive hormone that decreases in menopausal women. Researchers base this suspicion on certain key facts about rheumatoid arthritis:

  • There are 2 1/2 times as many women with rheumatoid arthritis as men, indicating that the disease likely has something to do with female biology.
  • Pregnancy floods the body with estrogen, and pregnancy is known to suppress rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
  • Three out of four pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis experience less pain and arthritis symptoms by the end of their first trimester. After they give birth, when their estrogen levels return to normal, 9 of 10 women experience recurring rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, and the symptoms are usually more severe than before.
  • Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by a serious loss of bone density, has been linked to both menopause and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoporosis after menopause has been directly linked to reduced levels of estrogen in the body.

What the Research Shows

Research into direct links between menopause and rheumatoid arthritis is mixed:

  • One study found that post-menopausal woman who received estrogen as part of hormone replacement therapy experienced no significant improvement in their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. The hormone therapy also did not decrease women’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
  • However, rodent research has found some ties between rheumatoid arthritis and estrogen. One study discovered that rodents with rheumatoid arthritis had impaired function of an important estrogen receptor in their bodies. Another study found that estrogen therapy did suppress arthritis and bone loss in rodents.

Symptoms of Menopause and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Despite this conflicting evidence, it is clear that symptoms of menopause might increase rheumatoid arthritis pain, if only because they make a woman feel that much worse, says Zashin.

Interacting symptoms also can create specific health challenges for menopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis. These include:

  • Osteoporosis. Rheumatoid arthritis already leads to worsening bone density loss, with the inflammation around the joints causing the bones to deteriorate. Inactivity due to arthritis pain and long-term use of corticosteroids for arthritis treatment might also lead to loss of bone density in patients with RA. Menopause may hasten this process, creating even more joint pain and increasing the potential for bone fractures.
  • Loss of muscle mass. Menopause can cause a woman to lose some of her muscle mass. Muscles are crucial for supporting joints that are aching and inflamed as a result of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Fatigue. The inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis can create severe fatigue in some people. Feeling tired is also a common symptom of menopause, usually due to a lack of good sleep. Sleeplessness can compound the fatigue caused by rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

For women who want a treatment that doesn’t involve taking medication, the answer is exercise. Exercise is an excellent therapy that can help you deal with symptoms of menopause as well as rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, particularly since they intersect. Exercise helps battle bone density loss, increase muscle mass, and improve sleep.

As researchers continue to delve into the connections between these two medical conditions, keep in mind that you have the ability to take action and combat these symptoms.

 
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WHAT IS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA)?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis in which the joints become inflamed and very painful. Women tend to get rheumatoid arthritis more than men. The synovial membranes that surrounds the joint becomes inflamed and becomes thicker. These changes make it more difficult to move the joint. It can lead to the formation of tissue that can harden and form a bony ankylosis which is a fusion of the joint that prevents any movement of the

SYMPTOMS

Rheumatoid arthritis is accompanied by pain and swelling of the affected joint and can also create a fever.

HOW TO KNOW YOU HAVE IT                                                                       

Rheumatoid arthritis can be diagnosed by a blood test that reveals a rheumatoid factor (antibodies) in the blood.   X-rays are also used to determine if there is swelling of the effected joints. 

Measures To Control Pain

 Non-pharmacologic Measures

Non-pharmacologic measures to control pain include practitioner-administered treatments such as:

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 Turns out, I’m not the only one that thinks there is a food connection. Look what I found.

CHEF FIGHTS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS WITH ‘HERO FOODS’

Seamus Mullen, a chef and owner of the New York City-based restaurant Tertulia, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2007.

He turned to traditional medicine to alleviate his symptoms, which worked quickly.

“I would get a tremendous pain in my joint, whether it was in my shoulder or my wrist or my knee – it would get very swollen, and it would hurt more than you can imagine,” Mullen said.

Mullen was a finalist on the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef, but a RA flare-up made it difficult for him to finish the show.

He began to question whether the food he ate was affecting his symptoms.

“Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, and our immune system directly responds to the food that we eat,” Mullen said. “We are what we eat – literally.”

Foods to feel better

 
So Mullen started experimenting with the foods he loved – and it turned out his favorites made him feel healthier.

That’s how his book, Hero Foods: How Cooking With Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better was created.

“I’d rather have vitamin A, E, all these important vitamins coming from greens instead of from a pill and having my liver process it,” Mullen said. ‘So, I’d rather get all the nutrients I need through a balanced diet instead of through a supplement.”

” . . . our immune system directly responds to the food that we eat. We are what we eat – literally.”

– Seamus Mullen, chef and restaurant owner

 Mullen likes to use leafy greens when he is cooking, like kale and parsley.

Mushrooms also make the list of ‘hero foods,’ both fresh and dried, since they contain immune-boosting properties.

“My feeling is that I have an autoimmune disease (and) my immune system is constantly misfiring and causing issues in my joints,” Mullen said. “Everything I can do to bolster my immune system, to strengthen it, and put it in a better position the better.”

He said eggs are ‘hero foods’ because of their high concentration of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Anchovies get a bad rap, he added, but if prepared correctly, they are healthy and tasty.

“Anchovies are really important for your joints,” Mullen said. “I’d rather eat anchovies than take a bunch of glucosamine pills in the morning. This, to me, is the natural way to take care of my joints.”

Mullen, whose book is featured on Rachael Ray’s website, said he wasn’t ready to let go of his dreams at the age of 38 – so he’s fighting the RA battle with every step he takes.

He offers recipes on Ray’s site, as well as tips to dealing with RA.

“We will also take a real look into the lives of people who have various kinds of hardships, and have overcome adversity to find inspirations,” Mullen said on the website. “These people will remind us every day that no matter how hard we have it, how much pain we feel, we can go on.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/27/chef-fights-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-hero-foods/#ixzz1uNaaZqgF

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Further Reading:

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8 Great Home Modifications for Rheumatoid Arthritis (larkkirkwood.wordpress.com)

 

A Look Inside Rheumatoid Arthritis (massageenvy.com)

New Organic Medical Food Treats Rheumatoid Arthritis (aieverywhere.wordpress.com)

Can rheumatoid arthritis affect your lungs? (theadventuresofarthritisnfibromyalgia.wordpress.com)

Deciding on Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgery (everydayhealth.com)

 

More later…looking into claims that breast milk relieves RA.   If you have RA and something has worked for you, let us know.

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  • A tertulia is a social gathering with literary or artistic overtones, especially in Iberia or Latin America. The word is originally Spanish

 

 

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French Weight Loss Drug Caused 1,300 Deaths

Can the Mediator Scandal lead to Justice for D...

According to AFP, Mediator, a drug licensed for use by diabetics that became widely prescribed in France as a slimming aid, “probably” caused at least 1,300 deaths before it was withdrawn, a study published on Thursday said.

Mahmoud Zureik of the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), who co-led the probe, told AFP that around 3,100 people had required hospitalisation during the 33 years during which the drug was sold.

However, these figures could well be an “underestimate,” he said.

The study, appearing in the specialised journalPharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety, finetunes an estimate by Zureik in 2010 that the death toll from the scandal was between 1,000 and 2,000.

Mediator, known by its lab name as benfluorex, was initially licensed to reduce levels of fatty proteins called lipids, with the claim that it helped diabetics control their level of blood sugar.

But it also suppressed appetite, which meant it gained a secondary official use to help obese diabeticslose weight.

In fact, it was widely sold on prescription for non-diabetics wanting to slim.

In 2009, Mediator was pulled from the European market amid evidence that it damaged heart valves and caused pulmonary hypertension.

Its French manufacturer, Servier, is being probed on suspicion of dishonest practices and deception.

The new study is an extrapolation based on figures for deaths from faulty heart valves, although not from hypertension, among major users of the drug.

The main data comes from France’s national health insurance system, which said that 303,000 patients used Mediator in 2006.

According to Mediator, 145 million packets of Mediator were sold on the French market before the drug was pulled.

The Mediator case came to light after a scandal involving a similar type of anti-obesity drug, fenfluramine, in the late 1990s.

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FDA warns against quick weight-loss programs using hormone

SARATOGA, Calif. —

Proponents of a hormone-based diet claim you can lose 10 pounds in three weeks with no exercise, but this unusual weight-loss program some swear by comes with serious government warnings.

For Sanjay Mohindra, tennis comes easy. But losing weight doesn’t.  With his 20-year high school reunion looming last summer, the then 230-pound Mohindra found a diet that finally worked for him.

“I was able to lose twenty-five pounds in three weeks and get under two hundred pounds. It got to a point where I didn’t even know what I was going to wear because I couldn’t fit into my suits,” said Mohindra.  He went on to lose an additional 15 pounds.  His parents were so impressed with his weight loss, they also signed up for the controversial plan.

“I started at 124 pounds. I’m at 109 pounds. Now, I don’t think I could have done this any other way,” said Nina Mohindra, Sanjay’s mother.

The way the family did it was the HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin diet.  HGC is a hormone produced by pregnant women. Under a doctor’s care, the diet required them to inject themselves daily with the hormone and follow a very strict diet of only 500 calories a day and not exercise.

“Not only did I not feel dizzy or weak, this is the best I have felt in my life,” said Raj Mohindra, Sanjay’s father.  He still checks his blood pressure, but is off his medication after losing 24 pounds.

The HCG diet is not new. It first surfaced in the 1950s. Today, it’s FDA approved for fertility treatments, not weight loss.  But the Mohindras’ doctor at a Saratoga anti-aging clinic is able to prescribe HCG as an off-label use. He has done so for roughly 500 patients.  He calls it a short-term jumpstart rather than a long-term solution.

“For the patients who follow our program correctly, 90-to-95 percent lose our target weight, which for women is 20 pounds in 6 weeks.  For men, it’s 25 pounds in 6 weeks,” said Dr. John Tang.

With a cost around $900, it can be successful for those willing to follow the detailed diet of only 500 calories a day. To give you an idea of what 500 calories is, that’s about a turkey sandwich with mayo and cheese. But on this diet, you can only eat from a strict list of proteins, fruits and veggies for two meals a day.

“I would say the mind is a very powerful thing. And I would say there’s a big placebo effect occuring here,” cautions Dr. John Morton of Stanford Hospital‘s Bariatric Surgery Department.  He stresses the impact and any long-term effects of HCG as a weight loss program have not been studied and says some of his clients have tried and failed.

“Lemon, cayenne, pepper, and maple syrup diets all the way to HCG.  I do think this appears to be a gimmick,” said Dr. Morton.

The FDA stresses there are no FDA-approved HCG products for weight loss.  In December, they started cracking down on companies illegally selling them over the counter. The FDA calls the low-calorie diet reckless and says eating so little is likely behind the weight loss.  Nutritionists warn it’s not a long-term solution.

“The minute you lose it and stop eating that way, you gain it back. In 99.99% of the cases, the individuals gained back even more weight than they lost,” said dietician Lillian Castillo.

But the Mohindra family says they have not gained the weight back thanks to the one thing all sides agree on: healthier eating.

To read more about the Federal Drug Administration warnings regarding HGC diets, you can go to the FDA web page on the subject.

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Pfizer Recalls 1 Million Birth Control Packs Saying 30 Packets “Flawed”

Pfizer mix-up forces recall of 1 million birth control packs

Thursday, February 02, 2012
 
By Tom Murphy, The Associated Press

 INDIANAPOLIS — Birth control pills are known to be nearly 100 percent effective when taken properly, but a recall of the drugs could send a shudder through women of childbearing age.

A manufacturing mix-up by Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest drug maker, led to some packets being distributed with the pills out of order. That means a patient could have unknowingly skipped a dose and raised her risk of an accidental pregnancy.

Pfizer has recalled about 1 million packets of Lo/Ovral-28 and its generic equivalent, but the company estimates that only about 30 packets were flawed. The pills were made and shipped last year.

Each packet contains 28 days’ worth of the prescription, with 21 pills containing the active ingredient that prevents pregnancy and seven placebo pills. The pills are normally color-coded to note the difference.

Women are supposed to take the pills in order and not mix the placebos with the active pills. Doctors say taking three placebos or more in a row negates the pregnancy protection.

“Women who are potentially on this particular product need to be aware of [the recall] and take this quite seriously,” said Steven R. Goldstein, a New York University professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

The affected packets have expiration dates ranging between July 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014. Lot numbers are available at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm289770.htm.

The packaging mistake worries Butler University student Kendra Mifflin in Indianapolis, even though she takes a different brand of the pill. “You take it for a reason, and if that gets messed up, … it could change your life,” she said. “It has a big impact, just a simple mistake like that.”

Ms. Mifflin, who has been taking the pills for about six months, thinks she would notice if the colors of her pills were out of order, but she’ll probably pay closer attention now.

The drug is not among the more commonly prescribed brands of birth control. The brand Lo/Ovral ranked 64th in U.S. birth control sales last year. The generic version, called norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol, ranked 30th, according to data firm IMS Health. Doctors and pharmacists say Lo/Ovral is an older version of the pill that is not as widely prescribed anymore. They do not expect many panicked calls about the mix-up.

“Patients are pretty savvy,” said Adam R. Jacobs, division director of family planning at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He said most women taking the pill would notice that the colors are out of order.

Patients who received a packet from one of the affected lots should call their doctors immediately, Dr. Jacobs said. If they have had unprotected sex in the past five days while on one of those pill packets, they may want to consider emergency contraception.

Pfizer spokeswoman Kristen Neese said the drug maker learned about the problem when a customer called late last year to report finding a pink placebo tablet in the middle of her white birth control pills. The company found a manufacturing issue and fixed it immediately. It issued a nationwide recall in late December, asking pharmacies to pull the affected lots from their shelves.

Pfizer then announced the recall Tuesday to consumers and the media after the Food and Drug Administration requested that. The drug maker did not announce the recall publicly in December due to the relatively small size of the problem and the low risk to patient safety, Ms. Neese said.

The recall includes 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of the generic version. Both products are manufactured by Pfizer and sold in the United States by Akrimax Rx Products.

A lot is a product batch or production run, made at one time and place and can include tens of thousands of individual packages, each with the same identification code for tracking. Pfizer said the packets are pink and carry the drug’s brand name or generic name, along with the Akrimax name. Pfizer’s logo does not appear on it.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12033/1207560-114-0.stm?cmpid=healthscience.xml#ixzz1lCkuuGfe

Aphrodesiacs for Valentine’s Day, Romantic Dining in NYC, Musings from Mom & Dad

“Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~Steve Jobs

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie — it’s amore.” ~Dean Martin

Ah,  love.  And pizza.  And love of pizza.   When I was a bright-eyed kid, my Dad made pizza for a living when he wasn’t working in “construction.”  Fellow Brooklynites will get the quotations joke.   While in grade school, I waited up for him for three reasons.  One, he brought home the next day’s New York Post and Daily News.  I loved feeling like I knew what was going in the world while everyone was sleeping.  Yes, New York was the WORLD.  Two, he always brought home large fresh pizza pies and three, quality time with Dad talking about  news and pizza.  So naturally, I associate pizza with love.

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Turns out, pizza made Reader’s Digest list of Top 10 Love-Foods for Valentine’s Day.  Saying “Love Foods” the way Don Cornelius would say, “Soul Train” in his honor today.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, aphrodisiacs are based in “folklore, not fact.”  Still, people continue to believe in the love-inducing effects of certain foods, herbs and extracts.

Some say if you believe something, you’re halfway there.  Ah, the placebo effect.  None of these attract a mate, but if you already have one, they may help improve  your love life.

                                 “Love each other.” ~Nonna Angelina

Discovery Health listed some of these:

  • Asparagus: The vitamin E in this vegetable is said to stimulate sex hormones.
  • Chili peppers: Some researchers say that eating hot peppers makes us release endorphins, which might lead to “other things.”
  • Chocolate: This favorite for Valentine’s Day contains phenylethylamine, one of the chemicals your body produces naturally when you’re in love (see The Chemistry of Love).
  • Oysters: Oysters contain high levels of zinc, which reportedly increased the production of testosterone. Testosterone increases libido for both sexes.

Others include Ginkgo, Spanish fly (dead beetle parts) and Damiana.

Back to pizza.  READER’S DIGEST also compiled a list of sexy foods to boost your libido.  This one includes pizza pizza. Lots of ’em are yummy, so enjoy!   The first 6 are in my favorite snacks.  The link that follows it describes the health benefits of each.

  1. WATERMELON
  2. SPANISH OLIVES
  3. STRAWBERRIES
  4. CHERRIES
  5. ARTICHOKES
  6. CHAI TEA
  7. PROMEGRANATES
  8. PIZZA
  9. WHIPPED CREAM
  10. STEAK
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CLICK BELOW FOR READER’S DIGEST LIST with HEALTH REASONS to ENJOY THESE FOODS:

http://www.rd.com/slideshows/10-more-aphrodisiacs-for-valentines-day/

Reader’s Digest Magazine: Only $4.00 per Year! (livingrichwithcoupons.com)

 

You could stay in with your  love and one of the yummy items on the list above OR if you’re in NYC you can check out these special 2012 NYC Valentine’s Day deals and prix fixe menus OR do both.

By , About.com Guide

 

1. 21 Club

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at New York’s landmark ’21’ Club, where the romantic upstairs dining room has been the site of numerous wedding proposals. For Valentine’s Day 2011, ‘21’ is serving a sumptuous three-course dinner, including a Veuve Clicquot champagne toast, for $125 per person.

(We had Rush’s book signing at 21 Club and I found it a tad stuffy.  Although, it may have been in  a different room than the dining room they speak of)

 
 

2. Agave

Enjoy a laid-back Southwestern Valentine’s Day at Agave with a special three-course menu and a premium tequila tasting for $120 per couple.

3. Aureole

For Valentine’s Day 2011, Aureole is serving a sumptuous five-course, prix-fixe dinner featuring foie gras and lobster for $175 per person ($100 wine pairing supplement). While there are certainly more affordable Valentine’s Day options, Aureole is a great choice for a special occasion splurge.

4. Bouley

The legendary Chef David Bouley is offering a six-course tasting menu for $195 per person ($295 with wine pairings) this Valentine’s Day. You can also take your Valentine to lunch at Bouley for just $36 per person for the tasting menu.

5. Bun Soho

This fabulous Grand Street Vietnamese spot is serving up a four-course prix-fixe menu with specialty cocktail and dessert for just $45 per couple. It’s the most affordable Valentine’s Day deal we found in Manhattan for the second year running.

6. Bryant Park Grill

At Bryant Park Grill, Valentine’s Day specials include the seafood raw bar for two, romantic cocktails (Budding Romance for Two features raspberry vodka and an edible orchid), and a complimentary box of hand made truffles. The regular menu is also available.

7. Chez Josephine

Chez Josephine, the restaurant inspired by the legendary Josephine Baker, offers a romantic setting complete with red velvet walls and chandeliers. Pianist/vocalist Christ Curtis will serenade diners as they enjoy a prix-fixe menu of French American bistro favorites for $75 per person.

8. COMMERCE

Enjoy incredible food in this historic Greenwich Village space. The three-course Valentine’s Day menu  offers options for $69-$98 per person (depending on entree choice).

 

9. Gentleman Farmer

Make it an intimate local Valentine’s Day at Gentleman Farmer on the Lower East Side. This cozy 20-seat restaurant serves a menu that combines traditional French cuisine with fresh local ingredients. The Valentine’s Day 2011 prix-fixe menu is $55 for three courses.

10. Guantanamera

Make it a Cuban Valentine’s Day with a three-course dinner, live music, and hand-rolled cigars for $69 per person.

If you want to impress someone special, choosing the right restaurant can make all the difference. These restaurants offer romantic atmosphere, as well quality food and service that are sure to impress — whether it’s Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or another special occasion.
 
(Some of the following seem like nothing special when you’re  a local. Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe don’t seem particularly romantic to me.  The Sea Grill gets lots of tourists.)
 
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1. Gramercy Tavern

Gramercy Tavern Dining RoomPhoto by Ellen Silverman, used with permission
Danny Meyer’s restaurants are reknowned for impeccable service, and Gramercy Tavern is no different. Serving creative American fare, Gramercy Tavern is the perfect place for a perfect meal, from start to finish. Reservations suggested, though the tavern area has reduced prices and a no-reservation policy.Gramercy Tavern Basics:
42 E. 20th St.
Between Broadway and Park Ave. So.
212-477-0777
 

2. Union Square Cafe

Union Square CafePhoto by Nathan Rawlinson, used with permission.
Another Danny Meyer destination, Union Square Cafe offers great service and delicious fare in a comfortable setting. Union Square Cafe is friendly to vegetarians. Reservations suggested, though the bar area offers you an in without a reservation.Union Square Cafe Basics:
21 E. 16th St.
Between Fifth Ave. and Union Sq. West
212-243-4020

3. One If By Land, Two If By Sea

One If By Land, Two If By SeaPhoto Courtesy of One If By Land, Two If By Sea, used with permission
Often considered the most romantic restaurant in New York City, One if By Land, TIBS is housed in a former carriage house that features nightly live piano music and working fireplaces. Exposed brick and dim lighting make this a great destination for a romantic evening.One If By Land, Two If By Sea:
17 Barrow St.
Between 7th Ave. S. & W. 4th St.
212-228-0822

4. Balthazar

I must admit, I’m a bit prejudiced, since Balthazar is where I went for dinner after I got engaged, but if being transported to a bustling Parisian bistro is your idea of romance, this is the perfect destination. Steak frites are fabulous, as is the onion goat cheese tart.Balthazar Basics:
80 Spring St.
Between Crosby & Broadway.
212-965-1785

5. Daniel

If you really want to dazzle your date, Daniel is among New York City’s most impressive restaurants, with prices to match. Decor reflects Daniel Boulud’s appreciation for Italian Renaissance design, but the menu features creative French cuisine. 3 Course Prix-Fixe $96.Daniel Basics:
60 E. 65th St.
Between Park and Madison Aves.
212-288-0033

6. Blue Hill

With an annual Valentine’s Day tradition of serving a “hands-free” meal, Blue Hill offers an off-beat take on your typical romantic evening. Serving American cuisine, Blue Hill builds a menu focused on seasonally available produce from the Hudson Valley.Blue Hill Basics:
75 Washington Pl.
Between Sixth Ave. and MacDougal St.
212-539-1776.

7. Savoy

This warmly lit restaurant feels more like a country inn — complete with a roaring fire in the colder months. Dine on fine American cuisine and if you’d really like to impress, reserve for the chef’s special menu.Savoy Basics:
70 Prince St.
Between Crosby and Lafayette Sts.
212-219-8570

8. The Sea Grill

Overlooking the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, The Sea Grill is a great choice for a romantic evening, assuming your date likes seafood. From oysters and clams to herb crusted skate, the menu offerings reflect a range of seafood options all well prepared and very fresh.The Sea Grill Basics:
19 W. 49th St.
Between Fifth and Sixth Aves.
212-332-7610

If it’s the perfect view that makes you feel romantic, you can do no better than The River Cafe on Brooklyn’s waterfront. Featuring delicious food combined with professional, attentive service, The River Cafe is well worth leaving Manhattan for the food alone, but the view of downtown Manhattan makes this an irresistable choice.The River Cafe Basics:
1 Water Street, Brooklyn
718-522-5200

10. The Place

This West Village restaurant offers all of the romance of New York’s finest restaurants, but with a more affordable price tag. The menu features both American and pan-European cuisine.The Place Basics:
310 W. 4th St.
Between Bank and W. 12th Sts.
212-924-2711

If anyone had a personal great experience at any restaurants listed –please let me know in comments.

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MUSINGS FROM MOM & DAD

 
MOM:      Love isn’t about getting roses or going to restaurants.
ME:          What is it?
MOM:      I don’t know.  Ask your father. (married 50 years and she doesn’t know)
 
ME:          Dad, Mommy said to ask you what is love?
DAD:       She’s crazy.
ME:          Well, what is it?
DAD:        What?
ME:           Love.  Amore!!!
DAD:       When you want to be with one person so you can be crazy together.
ME:           Brilliant.
 
 
 
 
 
Actually, Mom gave me a beautiful answer when I asked her once before. I always ask them that question.  If they have an epiphany, I want to be the first to know.  Mom said love was about two people who want to grow a garden together, water it every day, watch it grow, thorns and all.  Something like that. I wrote it down somewhere.
 
 
 
 
Post note:  If you’re single and alone on Valentine’s Day — you can’t go wrong with the pizza.     One of the few things you can still find for one dollar a slice.  Pizza = Love.   😀
 

Link below to find .99 cents pizza anywhere in NYC or click on City/State to find elsewhere:

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”                      ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery