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Medical benefits checklist. Not just for Medicare recipients.

Are you over 65? Or know someone who is? Here’s a site that helps with SSA and Medicare decisions. Includes links to some drug companies with help for meds (non-Medicare as well, not just seniors) – seniors, poor, recently unemployed, other discounts, etc. through companies like Pfizer, GSK, etc.

Take the checkup to see what you might be eligible for or just for ideas, if nothing else.BenefitsCheckUp


Complete Protein Without the Meat

How to make quinoa, the powerhouse seed

An article by Teri Hall at Shine.yahoo.com

Commonly considered a grain, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a seed which is related to leafy green vegetables such as spinach, chard, and beets.  Once considered the “mother seed” of the Incas, this South American native is a nutritional powerhouse, and its wide array of potential culinary uses makes it one of the most practical foods to store in your pantry.

The remarkable thing about quinoa is that it is one of the rare plant-based foods that supplies all nine essential amino acids, including the elusive lysine,  making it a complete protein. While food from animal sources almost always contains complete proteins, vegetable sources of protein are most often lacking in one or more essential amino acids. This makes quinoa an excellent option for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone interested in adding non-meat proteins to their diet.

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Pumpkin Pretty. It’s not just Dr. Oz. Now The Doctors TV Show recommends pumpkin pie for your skin too.

It’s not just Dr. Oz. Now The Doctors TV Show recommends pumpkins for you skin too. Here are a couple of recipes for you skin from the Doctorstv.com today.  And I thought Pumpkins were just for pies.  See other foods used coametically at the site as well.

Pumpkin Pretty

High in vitamins A and C, antioxidants and minerals, pumpkins nourish the body and help build tissue. Use the recipes below to keep your skin smooth and moisturized during the winter.

Pumpkin Facial
2 teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin
½ teaspoon honey
¼ tablespoon milk (or whipped cream if your skin is very dry)

Combine ingredients and apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Enzymes from the pumpkin gently exfoliate dead skin cells without scrubbing, which can break capillaries.
Milk and honey attract and retain moisture.

Pumpkin Body Butter
½ cup cooked pumpkin puree
½ cup solids from a can of coconut milk (crème at the top of the can)
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Spread mixture generously on skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Coconut crème moisturizes skin, while cinnamon brings blood and nutrients to the skin’s surface, giving it a healthy glow.

Dr. Oz show – Dollar store anti-aging secrets. Try pumpkin pie filling!

.On the Dr. Oz show today – Audrey Kunin, MD –  dermatologist presents anti-aging answers from the Dollar Store.



  • Epidermis – exfoliation.  Exfoliation mitt with pumpkin pie filling has a fruit acid – an alpha hydroxy acid acid. Massage a little into skin with mitt and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Moisturizer with Vitamin C – with ascorbic acid.
  • Fat – lips that is.  Plumper for lips.  Tribehenine is the ingredient to look for.
  • Muscles – relaxant. For crow’s feet, try moistened Ginseng tea bags.

KDFC » Music can heal

"Doctor" Mozart

via KDFC » Music can heal.

Posted by Hoyt Smith on August 5, 2010

Reusable bags may present health risk

Well, here we go. Don’t use the plastic bags, they say, or even the paper ones. But now – the reusable bags may be harmful to your health? Even E-coli was mentioned!  It’s no big deal, just throw them in the washing machine. Every time you use them? Heck, I can’t remember to take them into the store half the time anyway. I am not an award winning housekeeper or organizer (boy is that an understatement).  I have to wash and organize the trash  as it is. Now I have to worry about the reusable bags.

I guess it makes sense though, and I intend to do as needed. It just that it struck me as one more problem in the already overflowing list of things I need to do today.  See the full article and a video at

Reusable bags may present health risk.