Understanding Heart Disease – Cholesterol (part 2 of 4)

Cholesterol, heart disease and stroke - If you missed last weeks post - Understanding Heart Disease - Cholesterol (part 1 of 4),  you can find it HEREHigh cholesterol can lead to a buildup of plaque in the artery walls which causes narrowing of your arteries. This narrowing is a condition called atherosclerosis, which reduces blood flow to all vital organs. High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. By lowering your cholesterol, you can … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time – (a weekly feature)

Tip # 20Safe Disposal of Unwanted MedicationWhen prescription or over-the-counter drugs are thrown into the garbage, or flushed down the sink or toilet, their chemical components may be added to the water supply or soil. The presence of these substances in the environment is becoming an important national and international issue. Although the concentration levels of these products in the environment may be very low, they may be enough to have adverse effects on the environment and, … [Read more...]

Understanding Heart Disease – Cholesterol (part 1 of 4)

Illustration of plague build up in an arteryCholesterol is one of the fats in your blood.  It is used by your body to make cell membranes, Vitamin D and  hormones.  There are two main types of cholesterol:Low-density Lipoprotein (LDH) cholesterol - often referred to as the "bad" cholesterol (I  remember it as the "L" in the word "low" = Lousy) because high levels of LDH in the blood promotes the build-up of plaque in the artery walls. (see above … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time – (a weekly feature)

Tip # 19Save a tree... ... instead of paper statements,  request e-statements for your bills.Monica … [Read more...]

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) – The Silent Killer

Myth 5: My blood pressure is high only because I drink so much coffee.Caffeine’s effect on the body, and particularly blood pressure, is still widely debated. Studies have shown that for people who don’t have caffeine on a regular basis, drinking coffee, tea, some soft drinks, chocolate and headache remedies may cause blood pressure to go up – but only temporarily. Researchers have noted a significant increase in blood pressure of 2.4 mm Hg systolic (the upper number) and 1.2 mm … [Read more...]

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

When I was doing some blog hopping, I came across this post at, Totally Temberton.  I am re-posting it on my site, with full permission of Cara, at Totally Tembberton.  I urge you to PLEASE,  take a few moments to read this extremely important and very timely article. Do you know what REALLY happens when a person is drowning?   Do you know how to determine if a person is drowning?  Do you ever wonder how a person can drown even when sober adults are nearby?   The answers may … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time – (a weekly feature)

Living Green, One tip at a Time -  Tip # 18B.Y.O.B.Bring Your Own Bag, especially when you shop at the grocery store.....where we tend to use many, many bags!!  If you haven't brought your own bag and you're offered the choice between plastic and paper, choose paper.  If you do bring home a plastic bag, recycle or re-use it! Monica … [Read more...]

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) – The Silent Killer

Myth 4: The only way to control high blood pressure is with medication.If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, medication is extremely important to keep it under control. But, along with medication, there are also lifestyle habits such as eating healthy foods and getting regular physical activity that can keep your blood pressure in a healthy range. Start by getting a personalized Blood Pressure Action Plan™ at www.heartandstroke.ca/bp (Next week - Myth # 5)The … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time – (a weekly feature)

Living Green, One tip at a Time -  Tip # 17Think before you print!! Think before you print your emails and attachments, we can save trees by only printing out necessary documents.  If you do print, whenever possible, recycle the paper !!Monica … [Read more...]

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) – The Silent Killer

Myth 3: High blood pressure is always caused by a poor diet and lack of activity.There are some diet and lifestyle factors that can certainly increase your risk of high blood pressure. Some of the major factors include eating too much salt, a lack of regular physical activity or being overweight or obese. However, some of the risk factors for high blood pressure are things that you cannot control such as:Age (about half of people over the age of 65 have high blood pressure)Family history of … [Read more...]

Have you read this book??

 I recently picked this book up at Costco and have just begun reading it.  Apparently,  it is the story of a women who has been held captive in an 11 x 11 foot room for several years.  She has a son who was born into this captivity and is now five years old...this is the only home he has ever known.Have you read it, if so what did you think?Monica … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time – (a weekly feature)

Living Green, One tip at a Time -  Tip # 16Start your own compost pile or bin!! Not only are you diverting material from landfills, you'll have the best garden in town!!The following sites contain some great information to help you get started - Canadian LivingAll Around the HouseeHow (Home)About My PlanetMonica … [Read more...]

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) – The Silent Killer

Myth 2:One abnormal pressure reading at the doctor means I have high blood pressure. One high reading is not enough to determine you have high blood pressure.  A doctor will diagnose hypertension only after several readings taken over a period of time.  If you have one high reading, you should have it measured at least two more times on seperate days to check whether it is consistently high.  Your doctor may adivise you to abstain from caffeine or physical activity … [Read more...]

3 sisters + 1 camping trip = fun, fun, fun

          My sisters and I are heading out on a little "girls" getaway.  We're going camping at New River Beach Provincial Park, in New Brunswick. We have been e-mailing and telephoning each other back and forth over the past few weeks.  We've planned our meals, bought the food (I'm pretty sure we'll have enough to provide dinner to the entire campground!!) and "beverages" and can't wait to get on the road!!  We've made a bunch of lists and checked them … [Read more...]