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Psalm 145:10

Tuesday, October 21, 2014



I am enjoying the beauty of Autumn.

Marigold is October's flower; but I associate sunflowers with Fall.





There are lots of red maple leaves littering the green grass here in NC.



  
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IMAVISION 10/23/2014 9:13PM

    I, too, am enjoying the glorious God given beauty of this Autumn season. It has always be a most delightful time of year for me.

God bless you, Carol!

Ima

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WARMSPRINGDAY 10/23/2014 8:49AM

    Beautiful - I'm enjoying the beauty of fall as well.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/21/2014 8:49PM

    I love sunflowers and marigolds. Mums, maples, sumacs, sassafras, and dogwoods. They all put on a display at this time of year to make their entrance into dormancy very eye catching and memorable.

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A_NEW_JAN 10/21/2014 7:33PM

    Thank you for always being so positive, Carol!
The pictures are beautiful!

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LINDA! 10/21/2014 6:40PM

    Oh my, the pictures are so beautiful.

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4ROSEMARY 10/21/2014 6:33PM

    Beautiful pictures! Happy Autumn!

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Viruses, Flu, & Vit D

Monday, October 20, 2014

Some don't have the time or resources to click on links. So the following is an excerpt from my previous blog:
Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency Most People Miss
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799319


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Excerpt, not written by me:
With flu season upon us and serious new viruses like Enterovirus D68 making the rounds, keeping blood levels of vitamin D at optimal levels can be truly lifesaving especially for children and the elderly.

Flu is actually vitamin D deficiency disease, not a happenstance occurrence in your life because you didn’t get a flu shot or sat next to a coughing person on the train to work.

Dr. John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council and one of the most preeminent Vitamin D researchers in the world today, has identified that vitamin D helps produce the antimicrobial peptides that protect against the flu. This is why people are more prone to the flu in winter when Vitamin D producing sunshine is minimal or nonexistent at some latitudes, or people are too bundled up to get enough skin exposed in the first place.

Bolstering Dr. Cannell’s suggestion that vitamin D deficiency is why people get the flu, a study published in the journal Nature Immunology further explains how vitamin D protects us by properly activating T cells, an important part of the immune system:

“When a T cell is exposed to a foreign pathogen, it extends a signaling device or ‘antenna’ known as a vitamin D receptor, with which it searches for vitamin D.

This means the T cell must have vitamin D or activation of the cell will cease. If the T cells cannot find enough vitamin D in the blood, they won’t even begin to mobilize.”

This is troubling given that vitamin D levels were reported by the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2009 to have plummeted for every single age, race, and ethnic group in the United States over the past two decades.

Vitamin D deficiency is such that it can lurk unnoticed until it is too late and you are already sick. Another challenge is that it takes time, usually at least several weeks, to raise vitamin D levels and so a few days of taking supplements is not going to cut it especially if you have a serious deficiency challenge to overcome or already have the flu.

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Note the author states a strong recommendation for using only non-synthetic Vit D; that Vit D etc in multivitamins are synthetic and in her opinion, next to worthless. In my research I have found her recommendations supported by known data (I'll keep taking mine tho, as I feel better when I do, they are better than nothing, and they are all I have at the moment - but now I know, and for future reference will make wiser choices.) She recommends fermented cod liver oil (how ewwww is that - click on the link in her article for more on fermented cod liver oil), and she recommends if you're still deficient after that, use fish roe.

She also does NOT recommend taking any vitamin in isolation (oops, I do that all the time - i.e. she does NOT recommend taking a Vit D pill, NOT a Vit C pill, etc.) I have heard this before, about not taking things in isolation (amino acids spring to mind), but through her info I've now gained a new level of perspective where I'm connecting all the dots.

"Another challenge is that it takes time, usually at least several weeks, to raise vitamin D levels and so a few days of taking supplements is not going to cut it . . . "


My fav:
"A study published in the journal Nature Immunology further explains how vitamin D protects us by properly activating T cells, an important part of the immune system:

.....“When a T cell is exposed to a foreign pathogen, it extends a signaling device or ‘antenna’ known as a vitamin D receptor, with which it searches for vitamin D.

.....This means the T cell must have vitamin D or activation of the cell will cease. If the T cells cannot find enough vitamin D in the blood, they won’t even begin to mobilize.”

Important stuff, dear friends. Stay safe and healthy, and CONSISTENT (ouch!) with those healthy habits, being diligent over time. They all work together synergistically, to culminate to a tipping point i.e. "when the magic kicks in" as SP says, if you're diligent to be consistent over time. I soooo need to improve in this area (one among many).

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 10/20/2014 4:02PM

    I agree about the cod liver oil - gag me - has to be in pill form for me. I've never seen "fermented" - I'm still researching that.

My mind is open to new ideas but I don't believe everything.

Tomorrow they'll have a new expert that says something else.

Walking in the sun helps me, but I won't be doing much of that this winter.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/20/2014 1:15PM

    I know cod liver oil is good for you but I would never be able to gag it down. My mom used to try to force it down me as a child. It's gross. I am not eating fish eggs either. I don't agree that people get no benefit from supplemental vitamin d3 as people are prescribed it all the time and their blood levels rise and become in an optimal range but it often does take more than a small amount and is not an instant fix. The reason so many people have such low vitamin d levels is because everyone is inside on their computers and cell phones. People don't have to depend on supplements completely anyway and can use the best source - natural sunlight or a full spectrum light, like I have. I can always tell the difference after I am outside or use my light. I have not had the flu in many years - too many to count. Vitamin D3 doesn't protect against everything though.

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KESTRYLL 10/20/2014 12:50PM

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PHHHISC 10/20/2014 12:46PM

    emoticon Get that Vitamin D!

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One Habit At A Time!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thank you A_NEW_JAN. What a terrific article, just when I needed it most.

Another case against multitasking (FlyLady and the host of others are soooooooo right!).

Note the statistics . . .

greatist.com/fitness/build-better-yo
u-one-habit-time?utm_source=facebook&u
tm_medium=opengraph&utm_campaign=build
-better-you-one-habit-time

  
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IMAVISION 10/19/2014 6:35PM

    emoticon reminder!

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A_NEW_JAN 10/19/2014 5:47PM

    I'm glad this was a help to you, Carol! I know that I try to do too much, get discouraged & just give up. But, I can do one thing until it is a habit & then add just 1 more thing.
LOL and I have always been lousy at multitasking!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 10/19/2014 1:03PM

    This is good stuff and I needed the reminder.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/19/2014 12:54PM

    I hate multi-tasking. Always have. I like to start one job and finish it. Start one change and get it under my belt. Biting off more than I can chew always leads to defeat for me.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 10/19/2014 12:45PM

    Not that we didn't already know this; but I need to KNOW this . . .

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Psalms 48:14

Saturday, October 18, 2014



  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 10/19/2014 9:13AM

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IMAVISION 10/18/2014 9:20PM

    What comfort that verse holds for believers!

God bless!

Ima

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NELLIEC 10/18/2014 3:44PM

    Definitely we should remember this!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/18/2014 12:38PM

    Beautiful!!

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Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency Most People Miss

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The article links located at the bottom of the article, are excellent too.

Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency Most People Miss www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/vita
min-d-deficiency-signs-people-miss/

  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 10/19/2014 9:20AM

    In response to your previous suggestion about vitamin D - I do take a multi-vitamin with D. I was in for my yearly physical this past week and she added, on her own, V-D screening to my list of bloodwork. I'm so thankful that my insurance pays for a yearly physical and blood screening as preventative and I'll have nothing out of pocket for it - otherwise I couldn't do it. So we'll see how the test results come back. When they started my husband on a supplement, he took 50,000 mg in a capsule once a week for 6 weeks when they put him down to a maintenance dose of 2,000 per day. They've also put my Dad on a 2,000 mg maintenance dose per day. Last year's blood work showed my V-D in acceptable levels; we'll see what it says this year.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/17/2014 9:04PM

    I am increasing mine as it is getting gloomy here early.

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LINDA! 10/17/2014 12:24AM

    Great info.

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PHOENIX1949 10/16/2014 8:03PM

    Great service public announcement. A few years back mine had dropped into the single digits which was not caught in the usual blood-work labs. This was found when an Endocrinologist did a comprehensive screening.

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IMAVISION 10/16/2014 2:48PM

    emoticon for sharing this with us, Carol.

God bless!

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