June, 2013 National hiv testing Day Month Men’s Health Week Hurricane Safety Month

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Dr’s App choices

Smart Apps

Today’s topic is smart phone apps.  The smart phone has become a valuable ally in the fight against disease.  Some of my favorite apps are:

My Fitness Pal – A diet and nutritional app that will monitor your intake of calories, fats, cholesterol, carbohydrates and salts.  In the war against fat, having a full time nutritionist in your pocket is a valuable aide. 

Lose It – Another valuable diet and nutritional app.

GoMeals – A diabetic blood sugar tracker and activity tracker.  A must for diabetics.

KevinMD – Social media’s number one medical opinion leader.

MedPageToday – Breaking medical news!

GoodRx – For those who pay cash for prescriptions, this app is invaluable.  Look up any medication and find the lowest price at a local pharmacy or down load a coupon and save money. 

IFart – The best little fart machine available.  The grandchildren love this one. Laughter is good medicine!

Epocrates – Look up your medications, cross refernce them for possible drug interactions.

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Cancer Inspiration

by Richard Johnson PhD:

Lord, help me focus on what you are asking of me . . . I sometimes can become deaf to the decisions I need to make."

Picture of the Month

Father’s Day Gift

I’m Fixing Breakfast, Daddy Loves Scrambled Eggs!”

Tribute of the Month
A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher

Sara Debbie Gutfreund
Her proudest moment was saving an Austrian Jew.

Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, pointed out, "Thatcher's faith and leadership helped revive a nation, peacefully win the Cold War, and promote global human rights ultimately based on biblical principles of human dignity and responsibility."
The Wisdom of Margaret Thatcher

No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well." (London Weekend Television, 1/6/80)

"It was a lovely morning. We have not had many lovely days. And the sun was just coming through the stained glass windows and falling on some flowers right across the church and it just occurred to me that this was the day I was meant not to see." (10/15/84, following an assassination attempt by IRA)

"It pays to know the enemy - not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend." ("The Downing Street Years", 9/8/83) 

"To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects." (Speech at Monash University, 10/6/81)

Senior’s Heath tip of the Month

Why managing your medicine matters

Older adults often face a double whammy when it comes to medications. They’re more likely to use them than younger people, but they’re also more likely to experience harmful side effects. We’ve compiled 6 tips to help older adults stay healthy and safe.
Get 6 tips | See 5 ways to save on medicine |

Thanks to Marla Lichtsinn, RN, MPA, CIC, Parish Nurse for sharing Health Notes with Wheat Ridge Ministries! This month Health Notes is all about the benefits of volunteering. Access Health Notes 

Cancer Inspiration

by Richard Johnson PhD:

Smiling allows me to turn the tables on the pain and brokenness of my cancer, and once again take the healing reigns of my life back, as opposed to letting pain control my life.”


Healthy Eating


Consider grilling as a healthy alternative to frying. Cooking food by direct heat over coals.

Mayo Clinic

Trim off any visible, solid fat from meat and poultry. This includes the skin on poultry. When roasting a whole chicken or turkey, leave the skin on during cooking, but remove it and the fat underneath before eating. Also, remove any visible fat from pork and beef after cooking.
Mayo Clinic

Thought of the Month

The Father’s View
The Price of Children

I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. It's nice, really nice!!

A few years ago the government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18and came up with $160,140 for a middle-income family. (Note: in 2013 money this would now be approximately $200,000) Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.
But $200,000 isn't so bad if you break it down. That's a mere $30.44 a day! Just $1.27 an hour.
Still, you might think the best financial advice is don't have children if you want to be "rich." Actually, it is just the opposite.
What do you get for your $200,000?
Naming rights. First, middle, and last! Glimpses of God every day. Giggles... under the covers every night. More love than your heart can hold Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs. Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies. A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate. A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sandcastles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain. Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.
For $200,000, you never have to grow up. You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus. You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on stars. You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.
For $200,000, there is no greater bang for your buck.
You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, taking the training wheels off a bike, removing a splinter, filling a wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless. You get a front row seat to history to witness the first step, first word, first bra, first date, and first time behind the wheel.
You get to be immortal.
You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren.
You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so . one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost..
Author Unknown

Site of the Month
West Nile Virus Is In the News

West Nile Virus is in the news. Learn more about this infectious disease and how you can avoid it on our West Nile Virus topic page.

Kids Health and Safety

Water Safety

Pools, lakes, ponds, and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather. But water also can be dangerous for kids if you don't take the proper precautions. Nearly 1,000 kids die each year by drowning. And most drownings occur in home swimming pools. It is the second leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages of 5 and 24.

The good news is there are many ways to keep your kids safe in the water and make sure that they take the right precautions when they're on their own.

Keeping Kids Safe

Kids need constant supervision around water — whether the water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, an ornamental fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, the beach, or a lake.

Young children are especially vulnerable — they can drown in less than 2 inches (6 centimeters) of water. That means drowning can happen where you'd least expect it — the sink, the toilet bowl, fountains, buckets, inflatable pools, or small bodies of standing water around your home, such as ditches filled with rainwater. Always watch children closely when they're in or near any water.

If you don't already, it's a good idea to learn how to swim, and kids older than 4 years should learn, too (check the local recreation center for classes taught by qualified instructors). Kids who are younger (but older than age 1) also might benefit from swimming lessons, but check with your doctor first.

Don't assume that a child who knows how to swim isn't at risk for drowning. All kids need to be supervised in the water, no matter what their swimming skill levels. And infants, toddlers, and weak swimmers should have an adult swimmer within arm's reach to provide "touch supervision."

Invest in proper-fitting, Coast Guard-approved flotation devices (life vests) and use them whenever a child is near water. Check the weight and size recommendations on the label, then have your child try it on to make sure it fits snugly. For kids younger than 5 years old, choose a vest with a strap between the legs and head support — the collar will keep the child's head up and face out of the water. Inflatable vests and arm devices such as water wings are not effective protection against drowning.

Lawns are green again. But they're not the only things coming back to life - poison ivy lurks in many lush landscapes, and most people are allergic to it.

Check out our info on how to identify, avoid, and treat this itchy menace.

Neil Izenberg, MD

Poison Ivy
Did you know that up to 80% of all people get a reaction to poison ivy? Find out how to I.D. and avoid the leaves of three - and, if necessary, deal with the itchy aftermath.

For More summer safety tips


In and Out of the Classroom

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels: E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Apps Gone Free - “Find great apps without spending a dime! Get high quality paid apps for free each day. Unlike other apps, we offer no paid listings - these are expert-picked top-ranked apps, for FREE!” (L:T; SA:A)

My Homework - A homework app to help students stay organized (L:G; SA:A)

Chogger - “Use our comic builder to draw your own comics, caption photos, take webcam pictures and add speech balloons. Read, rate, and comment on comics made by people from all around the world.” (L:G; SA:A)

Woven Together - weaving traditions of the Pacific North Coast by the National Museum of the American Indian (L:G; SA:A)

EQuiz Show - “Teachers and others can create educational quiz show templates for their classes for free.” (L:T; SA:A)

Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog (http://successfulteaching.net) by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).


Google’s Fun Facts

During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants.

Topic of the Month


Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it.
- Charles Buxton

Take time to laugh.

It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning. We give our own meaning to time as to life - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Is five minutes a short time or a long time? It's a short time if you're reading an engrossing novel, but it's forever if you are in excruciating physical pain or emotional distress. Your boss says he needs that report in twenty minutes. Does your blood pressure rise? Your heart race? How does a sense of urgency impact your life? What if you could redefine your relationship with time? What if you could meet life on your own terms?

Our instincts combine with our cultural habits to translate the demands that are made of us into stress. The instincts are a little harder, but the cultural habituation can be reversed with consciousness and focused questioning.

Whenever you feel stressed, start asking questions. Begin with, who is making the demand? Have you granted them the authority to make demands of you? What would be the consequences of declining the request or negotiating an extended deadline? Whatever you decide, always put yourself first. When you make the decision to accommodate others' demands, remember that you chose that path, and look for ways to enjoy the activity. When you decide to find an alternative, never feel guilty about your decision. It's your time and your life.

Posted by Jonathan L. Huie


It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived 

Some Days Never Come


Someday we’ll take that cruise. . .”

Someday I’ll have time to call and talk. . .”

Someday, the children will understand why I was so busy. . .”

But you know the truth, don’t you?  Some days never come.

Go to the effort.  Invest the time. Make the apology.  Take the trip. Do it.  The seized opportunity renders joy.  The neglected brings regret.

Remember Mary’s extravagance in pouring expensive perfume over Jesus’ head? And Jesus’ disciples criticizing her-  “Why waste that perfume? It could have been sold for a great deal of money and given to the poor.”

Don’t miss Jesus’ prompt defense of Mary in Matthew 26:10: “Why are you troubling this woman?  She did an excellent thing for me.”

Don’t miss Jesus’ message.  There’s a time to pour out your affections on one you love.

And when the time comes—seize it!

From Cast of Characters

GRACE has arrived!  


Why We Need To Hurry Up And Get Happy

British Study

The secret to living longer? Start enjoying life now, according to a new British study that suggests that enjoying life can actually prevent illness and death. Researchers found that out of 10,000 Brits age 50 and older, the unhappiest people—those who ranked in the bottom third for life enjoyment—were three times more likely to die earlier than the happiest people.

Read more: http://www.prevention.com/health/emotional-health/health-news-roundup-how-life-enjoyment-leads-longer-lifespan#ixzz2RxZAMARI

Stress Relief

My patients often question whether stress is the cause of whatever is ailing them.  Stress has been linked to many diseases and certainly is a factor underlying most of what ails us.  The only problem with stress is that it is unstoppable.  Of all the successful men and women I see yearly, not a single one has successfully avoided stress.

Since stress is unavoidable then proper stress management is the key to a happier and healthier life style.  There are thousands of books written on stress management.  There are college level courses, seminars and stress management coaches available to help you.  Drs Wright and Lapporte are psychologist who work out of my office. They can teach you how to better manage your stress.  It would be great if stress management was taught in elementary and high school but, for some strange reason, it isn’t.

In keeping with my theme of investing in your health the same way you invest in your financial wealth, I want you to think about your emotional health as if it, too, existed in a retirement fund.  My patients have long term emotional goals (dreams).    “One day” we’ll get a cabin in Wisconsin; travel to Europe; get a boat; sky dive, but today we need to work to save money.  We need to save money so “one day” we can be happy, stress free.

The problem with the one day scenario is that we really don’t know how many days we, or our significant others, have.  I have lots of patients who have only regrets as their “one day” came one day too late.  I advise my patients to set 90 day mental health goals.  Every 90 days you should take a three day weekend and do something you’ve always wanted to do.  Whether you take three days to yourself or spend them with loved ones, make sure they are memorable.  If you follow the 90 day rule, then you are never more than 90 days away from a break.  The 30 days prior to you three day weekend, you can get excited about the time off.  The 30 days after the weekend you can glory over what you did.  The middle 30 days you can plan your next escape.

The 90 day rule is one of my stress management techniques.  It fills my life with lots of good memories.  It helps me stay healthy.  Try it, I think you’ll like it so much that you may even decide to take four of more days at a time.  Americans live to work.  Europeans work to live.  Live now while you are healthy.  Be wellthy with memories and your stress level will diminish.

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Financial Quote

October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months tspeculate in stocks. Other dangerous months are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.

Mark Twain

Health Research

Nebraska Professor Finds it is Better to be an Overweight Ex-Smoker than a Thin Smoker

Dr. Mohammad Siahpush, professor, and a team of researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health developed a study to compare the risk of all-cause mortality and mortality from all cancers combined, lung cancer, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes mellitus between normal-weight smokers and overweight or obese ex-smokers. To read more, click here.

UIC Study Finds Laws to Improve School Meals Help Teens Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Teens in states that required schools to offer fruits and vegetables as part of the meal program consumed more fruits and vegetables than those living in states with no such policies, according to University of Illinois at Chicago researchers. The difference, they found, was most pronounced among teens who regularly ate school meals and had only unhealthy snacks, such as cookies, chips, and cake, available at home. 

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Kids Tips

It’s a Kid’s Job
Playing Helps Kids Learn and Grow
Research shows that active, creative play benefits just about every aspect of child development. Play, it turns out, is essential to growing up healthy.
Read more about the benefits of playtime.

Featured Website

  • Featured Website: National Kidney Disease Education Program

Educational Series of the Month

Healthy Eyes Educational Series

Build awareness among your clients, co-workers, employees or cohorts of eye and vision basics, common adult vision disorders, safety precautions and proactive behaviors that promote a lifetime of healthy vision.

Click here to request a free download of the presentation series.
Read more

Tools of the Month

April 17, 2013

Innovations in benefits access

Last year, the Center funded six community-based organizations to pilot innovative approaches to increasing benefits enrollment among low-income people with Medicare. From improving follow-up with clients to reaching underserved populations, these grantees helped 4,800 individuals to access benefits. Our new infographic illustrates some of the populations served by these grants.
Read more | View the infographic

Funding available for marketplace Navigators

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a call for proposals for organizations seeking to become Navigators in the new federally facilitated and state partnership marketplaces for health insurance established under the Affordable Care Act. Up to $54 million in funding is available; the deadline for applications is June 7.
Apply (search for grant CFDA #93.750) | Learn more about the Navigators

JobSource: A new online portal for mature workers

Last week, NCOA launched JobSource, a new online portal that helps older adults aged 55+ define their work skills, seek training, and search for jobs online. Users can also register on the site to earn skills certifications and enroll in over 30 free online courses.
Visit JobSource

CMS explains Medicare improvement standard case

On Jan. 24, the U. S. District Court for the District of Vermont approved a settlement agreement in the case of Jimmo v. Sebelius, in which the plaintiffs alleged that Medicare contractors were inappropriately applying an “Improvement Standard” in making claims determinations for Medicare coverage involving skilled care. CMS has published a fact sheet on the settlement, including what steps CMS will take to ensure claims are correctly adjudicated in the future.
Download the fact sheet

Announcing: MedPage Today is partnering with TrialReach to provide our audience with a way to search real time for clinical trials across a full range of disease states.
TrialReach is a revolutionary search engine for clinical trials, covering all medical conditions from all over the world.
Healthcare professionals can now conduct a comprehensive trial search directly from Medpagetoday.com

International Health

What is Cholera?

Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. An estimated 3-5 million cases and over 100,000 deaths occur each year around the world. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe. Approximately one in 20 (5%) infected persons will have severe disease characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps. In these people, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within
How Does a Person Get Cholera?

A person can get cholera by drinking water or eating food contaminated with the cholera bacterium. In an epidemic, the source of the contamination is usually the feces of an infected person that contaminates water and/or food. The disease can spread rapidly in areas with inadequate treatment of sewage and drinking water. The disease is not likely to spread directly from one person to another; therefore, casual contact with an infected person is not a risk for becoming ill.

All people (visitors or residents) in areas where cholera is occurring or has occurred should observe the following recommendations:

Drink only bottled, boiled, or chemically treated water and bottled or canned carbonated beverages. When using bottled drinks, make sure that the seal has not been broken.

To disinfect your own water: boil for 1 minute or filter the water and add 2 drops of household bleach or ½ an iodine tablet per liter of water.

Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes.

Wash your hands often with soap and clean water.

If no water and soap are available, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner (with at least 60% alcohol).

Clean your hands especially before you eat or prepare food and after using the bathroom.

Use bottled, boiled, or chemically treated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, or make ice.

Eat foods that are packaged or that are freshly cooked and served hot.

Do not eat raw and undercooked meats and seafood or unpeeled fruits and vegetables.

Dispose of feces in a sanitary manner to prevent contamination of water and food sources


On CDC Page

  • What is Cholera?

  • Where is Cholera Found?

  • How Does a Person Get Cholera?

  • What are the Symptoms of Cholera?

  • How Long After Infection Do the Symptoms Appear?

  • Who is Most Likely to Get Cholera?

  • What Should I Do If I Think I Have Cholera?

  • How is Cholera Diagnosed?

  • What is the Treatment for Cholera?

  • Should I Be Worried About Getting Cholera From Others?

  • How Can I Avoid Getting Cholera?

  • Is a Vaccine Available to Prevent Cholera?

  • What is the Risk For Cholera in the United States?

Where Can a Traveler Get Information About Cholera?

Hurricane Safety Month


A hurricane is a severe type of tropical storm. Hurricanes produce high winds, heavy rains and thunderstorms. Hurricanes can cause tremendous damage. Winds can exceed 155 miles per hour. Hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes and lead to flooding. The high winds and heavy rains can destroy buildings, roads and bridges, and knock down power lines and trees. In coastal areas, very high tides called storm surges cause extensive damage.

Although there are no guarantees of safety during a hurricane, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety and losses.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

In Spanish- http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/hurricanes.html

The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through November.

Hurricane Preparedness

Learn about hurricane hazards and what you can do to help protect yourself, your family, and your

Find your local emergency management office.

Gather Information

Know if you live in an evacuation area. Assess your risks and know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Understand National Weather Service forecast products and especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.

Contact your local National Weather Service office and local government/emergency management office. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond.


Keep a list of contact information for reference.

  • Local Emergency Management Office

  • County Law Enforcement

  • County Public Safety Fire/Rescue

  • State, County and City/Town Government

  • Local Hospitals

  • Local Utilities

  • Local American Red Cross

  • Local TV Stations

  • Local Radio Stations

  • Your Property Insurance Agent

Risk Analysis

Online hazard and vulnerability assessment tools are available to gather information about your risks.

  • Check your hazards risks with FEMA's Map Portal.

  • Rate your flood risk with the FloodSmart.gov portal.

Plan & Take Action

Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?

Supplies Kit

Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Help community members do the same.

Emergency Plans

Develop and document plans for your specific risks.

  • Protect yourself and family with a Family Emergency Plan - [PDF]   [Google Docs]

  • Be sure to plan for locations away from home

  • Business owners and site locations should create Workplace Plans

  • Make sure schools and daycares have School Emergency Plans

  • Pet owners should have plans to care for their animals. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer information on animal health impacts in evacuation shelters.

  • Prepare your boat and be aware of marine safety if you are on or near the water.

Health & Environment

Follow guidelines to guard your community's health and protect the environment during and after the storm.

  • Review the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) health considerations before, during, and after a storm.

  • Remember to follow the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) food and water safety guidelines during disasters.

  • Review the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggestions for health and environmental safety in disaster preparedness.


  • Review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelines to allow for enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home. FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!

  • Consider your protection options to decide whether to stay or evacuate your home if you are not ordered to evacuate.

When waiting out a storm be careful, the danger may not be over yet...

Be alert for:

  • Tornadoes – they are often spawned by hurricanes.

  • The calm "eye" of the storm – it may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.


  • Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home.

  • Remember that recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process.


  • FEMA - Are You Ready? Guide

  • National Weather Service Weather Safety

  • Be a Force of Nature with NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation

  • NWS Storm-Ready Sites & Communities

  • Ready.gov Kids

  • American Red Cross

Lightning Safety Awareness Week

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