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Why the world’s children need all of us: U.S. Fund for UNICEF Tap Project

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) goal is to believe in a world where ZERO children die of preventable conditions. Every single day, 19,000 children under the age of five throughout the world will die of preventable causes. Just two years ago that number was 21,000. Four thousand children of those 19 thousand die from preventable waterborne illnesses. Though the drop is a positive step in the right direction, there is much more to do.

0 Why the world’s children need all of us: U.S. Fund for UNICEF Tap Project

Picture these 4,000 small children dead or dying from drinking dirty water, the only water available to them, along with poor sanitation. These two dangers kill more children than measles, malaria and AIDS combined according to Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Destitute children walk miles every day with the hope their effort will yield the clean water that keeps people like you and me and our children comfortably alive.

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Why Katie Couric wants us to know about digital language

Just ask your son or daughter, your grandson or granddaughter, if a digital language is really all that important. My guess is they will say without hesitation, “Well YEA! T2UL.”

Katie Couric recently dedicated her show to this topic and much, much more. It triggered within me the need to share this information and to ask the question, “Do you know where your kids are right now?” Not having proper insight into what the young generation is talking about can be frustrating and unhealthy for you and for them. Our youngsters are speaking a language that takes them to another sphere. And our awareness and knowledge of this new digital language can offer clues into their lives, so we must take time to learn what they already know. This matter is of such enormous and grave importance to parental peace of mind that I am listing here some of the most common, “G” rated acronyms. You can use these yourself while putting you on a road to knowing more about where your children are going, who they are talking to and what they are actually saying. Don’t be surprised if you hear Sam say, “LOL” instead of “That’s pretty funny,” to his friends that he is shooting baskets with. “Chat acronyms” are not staying in texting or email. They are becoming verbal to our teenagers.

The  Netlingo website gives you more text shorthand or chat acronyms than you may have ever cared to know about. I urge you to bookmark this page or another of your liking so you have an instant resource. Whether we like it or not, the digital age is here to stay and awareness is one of the most mentally healthful places for us as parents and grandparents to be if we are going to do our best work guiding our young people to adulthood in a healthy and safe way.

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LouAnn Savage is publisher and editor of The Weekly Healthline, an online health and lifestyle publication. Subscribe free at: Follow her on twitter @louannsavage and join her at She is an Asea distributor.


Smartphones and Heart Monitoring

If you own a smart phone, everywhere you turn there is an ‘app’ for whatever you might want, need or dream about. It makes me wonder, who in my generation would or could have imagined in 1960 such things would have been possible in our time.

mobile phone1 300x168 Smartphones and Heart MonitoringNot to be outdone by apps for email, music, photography, games, videos, time keeping, shopping, sports, you name it, heart health has at least six, yes six, apps as of this writing available to help monitor heart performance. And doctors are supportive of the science and technology making it easy to stay in tune with what their patient’s heart and health are doing any minute of any given day.

CNN first reported on smart phone heart monitoring back in October of 2011. This month AARP Magazine actually published the available apps and 60 Minutes recently reported on the subject. Remote heart monitoring between you and your doctor has arrived. Here are recommendations from AARP Magazine’s February/March 2013 issue (Dustin Hoffman is on the cover). Of those listed, two are free, two are 99¢, one is $4.99 and the fanciest of them all and the most detailed in its reporting of information is about $200.

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Kristin Sunderhaft, LPGA Member and Health Fighter

Sunderhaft screengrab 300x258 Kristin Sunderhaft, LPGA Member and Health FighterKristin Sunderhaft is a LPGA member and teaching professional. Tonight on Health and Wellness with Dr. Dave she is telling her comeback story from overweight and depression.

Kristin rose through the ranks to reach professional golfer and found her greatest rewards came from coaching and training. Whether you are a golf enthusiast, amateur athlete in any sport or serious professional, Kristin’s story is one you don’t want to miss. A woman of extraordinary honesty and openness, her struggles will hit you right at home.

Be sure to tune in and hear what she discovered on her journey back from the greatest challenges of her life. Learn for yourself why Kristin is a true champion and how you can be one too.

LouAnn Savage is publisher and editor of The Weekly Healthline, an online health and lifestyle publication. Subscribe free at: Follow her on twitter @louannsavage and join her at She is an Asea distributor.

“My metabolism has changed and now I’m gaining weight!”

So often I have women and men ask how I maintain my weight. They are having struggles like we all do at some point in our lives. That’s why I decided to write about metabolism this week and share with you what has worked for me.

Obesity waist circumference My metabolism has changed and now I’m gaining weight!Metabolism is the rate at which we burn calories. It involves a collection of hormones and enzymes that convert our food into fuel, determines the efficiency of how we burn that fuel and affects the pace at which we gain or lose weight. As we age, metabolism slows at an average rate of 5 percent each decade. This explains why our body becomes especially sensitive to weight gain when approaching our 60s.

How many times have we heard health practitioners or weight gurus over-simplify the solution for keeping those L-Bs from creeping up by telling us to just stay active and cut your calorie intake? If you do this, so say these seeming experts, you can stay slim and trim. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But how we wish it was all that easy.

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What to do when stroke is seeking out younger victims

Stroke is insidious. So here’s the question. How many of you are going to change your habits to prevent being confined to bed and a wheelchair while having every little thing done for you from feeding, bathing, brushing your teeth, combing your hair, dressing and moving you from one place to another? What I described to you is the plight I experienced in my family when my grandparents each had a stroke within months of one another. They lived this life for years after their stroke until they died. Believe me when I tell you, sitting and looking off into the distance without being able to move without help is not quality of life. My grandparents were well into their eighties when stricken and their 90s when they passed. Now imagine being under the age of 55 and have this happen to you.artery 2 276x300 What to do when stroke is seeking out younger victims

People at younger and younger ages are having more and more strokes. Far more than you would expect and far more than the number that occurred twenty years ago for that same age group. To drive the point home further, one out of every five people under age 55 are suffering from stroke. This is 6 percent higher than in the early 1990s. And according to Dr. Brett Kissela, neurologist at University of Cincinnati, the average age for stroke has gone from 71 down to 69. Yet, these statistics are showing a paradox because in the age group OVER 55 stroke rates are declining.

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Why is Reverse Osmosis dead?

RO dead? It’s true. Reverse osmosis treated water is effectively dead. Why, because the process, though making water pure in terms of bad bacteria, strips it of all natural nutrients.

waterfall Why is Reverse Osmosis dead?Clean water is paramount to good health and our lives depend on it! It is the vehicle for natural alkaline minerals that our biological terrain requires for better health. When we ‘feed’ our human machine, we can live a longer and more pain-free life. Bear this in mind, the earth’s surface is 71% water; the adult human body is 70% water. We are grounded in water and the body’s need for water is second only to air. We cannot live without it.

In the United States, our government is responsible for giving us what is known as “potable” water—water that is safe for human consumption. In the quest for purity and in order to guarantee a safe water supply, most municipalities clean their water using a chlorination process. Chlorine is the most common additive for killing potentially dangerous or life-threatening pathogens. To not clean it is to put our health at far more risk than small amounts of chlorine in the water supply. Unless, of course, you live by a fresh water stream originating high up in the mountains where original mineral content and purity truly exists.

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Create a Healing Environment with Sound Therapy

Walkman, CD player, iPod. How far we have come! These instruments of sound keep getting smaller, more compact and easier to carry around while offering up a better and more improved music listening experience. And why is this important? It’s because music can change how we feel. It can create a healing place to drift into. It can soothe and relax.

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At any age, we face levels of stress. And it is here where we can learn from the younger generation tied to their ear buds and their seemingly tuned-out consciousness. Though we have come to believe, if not assume, the generation of our children use ear buds to block out otherwise outside disturbances while they frivolously play some electronic game, it is worth considering they have tuned into their own version of sound therapy.

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Pro-GMO Propaganda in California Dismantled by New Cost Study

Originally Posted by Alliance for Natural Health-USA on August 14, 2012. Individual resources in footnote below.

Opponents of GMO labeling say it will raise food costs by hundreds of dollars per family when in fact it will likely cause NO cost increase at all!

F131852327 Pro GMO Propaganda in California Dismantled by New Cost StudyThe California Right to Know 2012 Ballot Initiative, which will be voted upon in November, will tell Californians—and ultimately perhaps other Americans—whether their food contains genetically engineered ingredients. Not surprisingly, the biotech companies are up in arms over the proposal. Their website is, funding for which comes in part from the Council for Biotechnology Information, whose members include Monsanto, Dow, and other GMO companies. The site, which used to be called (they just recently changed the domain name—could it be because they realized it wasn’t costly after all?) says:

“[Labeling genetically engineered foods] would increase food costs paid by California consumers. The higher costs that farmers, food companies and grocers would face because of this proposition would be passed on to California consumers through higher food prices. That would hurt all California families—especially those who can least afford it, such as seniors on fixed incomes and low income families. An economic analysis of a similar measure that was rejected by Oregon voters found that the type of labeling regulations in the California proposition could cost an average family hundreds of dollars per year in higher food costs.”

Note that they analyzed a rejected Oregon proposal, not the proposal on which Californians will be voting in November! But Joanna Shepherd-Bailey, PhD, has analyzed the one in California. Read more »

Stress is a killer, Laughter is not

Stress is a normal physical response to events that send our biological system into overdrive. Whether it is high gear or low gear depends on the situation. Either way, it is the body’s method of protecting you and helping you get whatever job you need to done. It might be as simple as helping with your focus, energy and alertness. Or, it could be more complicated such as physically defending yourself in a life threatening accident or altercation.

Basically, stress is our way we “rise to the occasion.” You can be in control or out of control. And when your health is in jeopardy, you’ve crossed that threshold one too many times. Interestingly, what we probably all know, but give little thought about is the U.S. is the #1 stress country and one million employees miss work every single day. Read more »