Annoying jaw pain required the attention of both my dentist and doctor this past April.
There weren’t many things worse than toothaches.
Rain and thunderstorms hit just as I was leaving the dental clinic. It wasn’t what I expected.
Today was my six-month dental checkup.
Dentists and doctors knew a lot about us. Including what we had for dinner last night.
They knew, whether or not we would follow doctor’s orders, from past history.
I did better on dental hygiene this time, but the hygienist put me in my place by saying, “there was still room for improvement.”
Having no cavities was good enough for me. I’m promised to do better.
Same litany repeated, over-and-over, for the last three years.
You’re fat because you’re lazy
You’re lazy because you’re fat
Was that the best he could do?
What was up with that?
Why did I keep going back
To heart the same thing
Again and again?
You’re too fat!
Get back to the gym!
What was wrong with him?
I don’t know when it happened
I swear that it’s the truth
Doc, this is where I’m at
It’s all because of Dr. Suess
And that darned cat
The nose knows
And, the eyes
Aren’t far behind
It’s pollen season
In every sense of the word
With sneezy, wheezy
From OTC remedies
That were supposed
To bring relief
But, never did
Till the offenders
Took with them
Their horrible pollen
Canadian investigators for CBC by DNA testing, recently found Subway’s oven-roasted chicken to be only 53.6% actual chicken. The rest was made up of soy fillers. Their chicken strips turned out to contain even less–at 42.8%.
Other popular fast-food outlets–including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, A&W, and Tim Horton’s, scored in the mid to high eighty percent range.
Subway spokesperson, Kevin Kane, withheld comment, pending further investigation.
Should this be a big deal? For decades, mystery meats have been universally compared to chicken. “Don’t worry about it. Soy protein’s good–tastes like chicken.”
–Natalie O’Neill, for Market Watch–
At the beginning of each new month, since last year, I go to the clinic for a vitamin B-12 shot. The wait isn’t long–and as much as I despise getting poked with needles–it doesn’t really hurt.
This took place after results of my last physical examination. My B-12 level was extremely low. As it turned out, vitamin B-12 deficiency, in persons over 50 isn’t that uncommon.
A history of taking medicines to control acid reflux had something to do with it. Not taking acid blockers, would be worse than the shots. The B-12 supplements I’d been taking were apparently a waste of money–since my system couldn’t absorb them.
Deficiencies of B-12 can have nasty consequences–including dizziness, skin problems, blood problems. Vegans, of which I am not, are prone to B-12 deficiencies. This deficiency can mimic signs and symptoms of dementia.
Reason enough to make the monthly trip and get stuck in the arm. The co-pay is only a dollar–small price to pay for good health.
Deep red root vegetable. Not on too many kid’s favorite vegetable lists. Who grew up liking pickled beets? …Harvard beets? …Creamed beets? As a kid, I liked the earthy flavor of beets.
King Kale has certainly had its brush with fame. Touted in all corners of the known nutritional universe. Will beets provide the knockout punch and dethrone the king?
Beets are high in iron, vitamins, and minerals. Aunt Margaret’s beet soufflé, brought to family gatherings was politely tasted–nobody wanted to hurt her feelings. Her scratch-made cakes more than made up for it.
Still wouldn’t eat a beet on a bet? There are beet supplements, dried beet chips, beets disguised in veggie drinks. Beets are good for you, according to http://www.mercola.com/. Beets were originally grown for their edible green, red-veined tops.
- Beets lower blood pressure.
- Beets boost stamina. Drinking beet juice before workouts is suggested.
- Beets have anti-cancer properties.
- Beets are rich in nutrients and fiber.
- Beets support detoxification.
It’s sprinkling rain, warm and humid. Unusual for early January.
Today was my best post-Christmas workout–so far. I’m working off the figgy pudding and other gastronomical delights, that seem to have attached themselves to various parts of my physique.
New Years resolutions are not my forte. Too many of them were broken over the years–including home exercise equipment that ended up on the front lawn with “free” signs attached.
Going to the gym, is however, something continued for over two years. Why? I don’t naturally like to exercise, but feel better afterward.