Drugs and Side Effects

Posted by peggysue on January 30, 2015 in Admirable, Courage, Food, Healthy Choices, Hope, Passion and Joy, Selfless People with Comments closed |

Most of us do not know that there are side effects from various drugs, and they can have an effect on our health.

For example, Magnesium is found inside of our cells. It is important.  You should be tested for a magnesium deficiency if you are on long term antibiotics, antacids, acid blockers, antivirals, cardiac Glycoside, Corticosteroids, Diuretics, Hormone Replacement Therapy and Central Nervous System Stimulants. In really like you maybe on hydrochlorothiazide for blood pressure, a re flux med like Prilosec, etc.

I know I had a Magnesium deficiency at one time and I was on two drugs in these categories. It is important to not be deficient or take too much. Talk to your doctor.

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Tonight, Fairlawn Superior, Urban Gardening

Posted by peggysue on January 29, 2015 in Admirable, Courage, Food, Healthy Choices, Hope, Passion and Joy, Selfless People with Comments closed |

Join us for our first Garden Talk of 2015! Tom Hanson from the Duluth Grill will share photos and ideas for transforming your lawn into a beautiful and productive urban garden. Too many cities today are “food deserts” where affordable and nutritious food is difficult to obtain, particularly for people without an automobile. Tom is a leader in the movement to change this. He is always finding creative new ways to turn unproductive land into lush garden space at his home and his restaurant. Cost is $15. To make a reservation, call 715-394-5712. See the complete series of scheduled talks at superiorpublicmuseums.org.

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Urban Gardening by Tom Hanson, Fairlawn

Posted by peggysue on January 26, 2015 in Admirable, Courage, Food, Healthy Choices, Hope, Passion and Joy with Comments closed |

Join us for our first Garden Talk of 2015! Tom Hanson from the Duluth Grill will share photos and ideas for transforming your lawn into a beautiful and productive urban garden. Too many cities today are “food deserts” where affordable and nutritious food is difficult to obtain, particularly for people without an automobile. Tom is a leader in the movement to change this. He is always finding creative new ways to turn unproductive land into lush garden space at his home and his restaurant. Cost is $15. To make a reservation, call 715-394-5712. See the complete series of scheduled talks at superiorpublicmuseums.org.

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Be On Top of Your Health

Posted by peggysue on January 23, 2015 in Admirable, Courage, Food, Healthy Choices, Hope, Little Piggies, Passion and Joy, Selfless People with Comments closed |

For many, many years Jim and I have been involved with the UMD Pharmacy School. We would meet 3-4 times per year with our three students to discuss prescription drugs and other health issues. We are labeled Community Teachers because we help these grad students become informed about real life issues. It is a learning experience for them.They have a list of questions to ask. They can research our questions as well.

This program has been a great program for all parties involved.. They are always making changes to it. Or should I say kick it up a notch?

There are other opportunities as well such as interviewing students. Those are 1 time events.

The program is changing next year to include those in medical school, maybe nursing students, maybe physical therapists along with the pharmacy students. You meet with your students for about 1 hour. This a volunteer activity. They are looking for responsible adults. Call 218-726-6011 or E-mail Anna at: afiroozi@d.umn.edu.

 

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Urban Gardening by Tom Hanson, Duluth Grill at Fairlawn

Posted by peggysue on January 22, 2015 in Admirable, Courage, Food, Healthy Choices, Hope, Passion and Joy, Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Join us for our first Garden Talk of 2015! Tom Hanson from the Duluth Grill will share photos and ideas for transforming your lawn into a beautiful and productive urban garden. Too many cities today are “food deserts” where affordable and nutritious food is difficult to obtain, particularly for people without an automobile. Tom is a leader in the movement to change this. He is always finding creative new ways to turn unproductive land into lush garden space at his home and his restaurant. Cost is $15. To make a reservation, call 715-394-5712. See the complete series of scheduled talks at superiorpublicmuseums.org.

 

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Who Wants More Cowbell

Posted by peggysue on January 15, 2015 in Admirable, Courage, Food, Healthy Choices, Hope, Passion and Joy, Selfless People with Comments closed |

Annual Northern Lights Foundation Fundraiser


The Northern Lights Foundation Presents:
6th Annual More Cowbell
Raffle / Silent Auction / Live Music
January 15
Doors Open at 5 p.m. Program starts at 6 p.m.

 

https://www.facebook.com/NorthernLightsFoundation

 

http://www.northernlightsfoundation.org/

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Palm Springs International Film Festival

Posted by peggysue on January 10, 2015 in Admirable, Courage, Food, Healthy Choices, Hope, Passion and Joy, Selfless People with Comments closed |

 

Last year we had seen a relative on TV who received several awards at this event. It peaked an interest in this event, a few laughs with friends, and a few jokes. They are snow birds in Palm Springs.

We recently went and stayed with them, and we went to two foreign films. The second one I liked the best. It was The Hours With You, a Mexican film that was three generations of Mexican actresses combined with an emotional tour de force about a young women facing an unwanted pregnancy, and the stages of death of her beloved grandmother. This film did bring tears to ones eyes because there were aspects that everyone could relate to. The stages of hospice caught my mind. We all deal with this at some point in our mind. The story came from the writer-directors own family. The director (and writer) was Catalina Aguilar Mastretta. She spoke to us before and after the film,along with others. It has received a high ranking award in Mexico. I hope they get an award in the U.S. This is her first film.

The other film was School of Babel. This movie was French. Students from all over the world being sent her to learn French. It was hard to be constantly reading the sub lines. Three of us are retired teachers and one a social worker. We enjoyed the part of the teacher, Brigitte and her relationship with her students. It was interesting to see how the students jelled as a group, the film the students made, and the hard truths of family and student dynamics.

Last night on TV I watched The Road to Freedom with Nelson Madella, a multiple award winner last year. (Or was it called the Long Road to Freedom? First day with my new brain.) I have never seen it advertised on TV. It was good. It gave me a better appreciation for freedom. I understand what the black people went through. Madella wanted peace and harmony. I think high school classes should be required to watch it. Bono-US songs in the movie.

What is the Palm Springs International Film Festival? It is a prestigious and well attended film festival (135,000 people). They screen more than 200 films from over 70 countries from submissions. This glamus event is an annual Black Tie Awards Gala with the red carpet and more.  Recent honorees from Helen Mirren, Brad Pitt, Colin Firth, Nataline Portman, Clint Eastwod, Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and many more.

They also put on the Short Fest at another time.

You can buy un bought tickets for $13.00 each. There are various membership levels from $40.00-$2500.00 and also dual membership prices.

www.psfilmfest.org

The awards should be on TV tonight.

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Who Wants More Cowbell

Posted by peggysue on January 1, 2015 in Admirable, Courage, Food, Healthy Choices, Hope, Passion and Joy with Comments closed |

Annual Northern Lights Foundation Fundraiser


The Northern Lights Foundation Presents:
6th Annual More Cowbell
Raffle / Silent Auction / Live Music
January 15
Doors Open at 5 p.m. Program starts at 6 p.m.

 

https://www.facebook.com/NorthernLightsFoundation

 

http://www.northernlightsfoundation.org/

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Who Wants More Cowbell, January 15

Posted by peggysue on December 29, 2014 in Admirable, Courage, Food, Healthy Choices, Hope, Passion and Joy, Selfless People, Uncategorized with Comments closed |

 

Annual Northern Lights Foundation Fundraiser


The Northern Lights Foundation Presents:
6th Annual More Cowbell
Raffle / Silent Auction / Live Music
January 15
Doors Open at 5 p.m. Program starts at 6 p.m.

 

https://www.facebook.com/NorthernLightsFoundation

 

http://www.northernlightsfoundation.org/

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Neuropathy, Causes

Posted by peggysue on December 23, 2014 in Admirable, Courage, Food, Healthy Choices, Hope, Passion and Joy, Selfless People with Comments closed |

 

There are many causes to neuropathy other than the reasons I will list below. In fact, a Mayo Clinic doctor told me that one can spent a lot money having many tests to try to determine the cause. There are so many causes.

Chemotherapy is one cause. It can cause peripheral neuropathy or CIPN.

Diabetes can be a cause.

Alcohol can cause nerve damage.

The following drugs cause chemo peripheral neuropathy: platium based drugs, taxanes, vinca alkaloids, plant alkaloids, immunomodulating agents, microtubule inhibitors, and proteasome inhibitors and epothilones. Many names fall under each of these categories.

What are the symptoms of sensory nerve damage? They are numbness, tingling, temperature sensitivity, tightness, pain in the foot and hands. Other problems can be muscle weakness, foot drop, and other body functions can be affected.

There are things you can do to make the problem a little better. These include using pain medicines, don’t wear hot or cold clothes, make sure your shoes or boots fit.  Don’t drink alcohol. Make sure your blood sugar is normal. Don’t use too hot or cold water, use night lights when walking in the house, keep your hands and feet covered in the cold, or see an physical or occupational therapist.

I know I found having one toe nail removed causes the neuropathy to go away in one foot. I think this is very interesting.

For sure: talk to your family physician. There is a nerve damage test that can be done. There are prescriptions they can prescribe for bad cases.

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