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Friday, February 20, 2015

Are Products Labeled "BPA-Free" Safer? " By Brenda Goodman, MA Published by Web MD

Hello Everyone,

I read an interesting article today, and I hope you read it too.

Caustic Plastics: I think that I am going to rid my entire apartment of the plastic I can see.  

The dilemna here is our food is stored in plastics, it's everywhere.  Our busy lifestyles make it difficult to make food from scratch.  You go to buy shoes, bags, furniture, gadgets, electronic devices, toys, cars etc. and they are loaded with plastics.   This is especially dangerous for growing kids and teens I believe.

When I was a child we didn't have a lot of toys and we played outside.  Our time was spent on the grass, om a bike, in a tree, on the sidewalk, or on the floor.  Our toys were jump ropes, jax, cards, playing house or store and using blankets to make tents.  Hopscotch, tag, hide and seek, looking for 4 leaf clovers, turning clouds into horses and magic animals in the sky.  Hula hoops and the "The Game of Life" were a few of my favorites.

Oh and of course Lincoln Logs..........  We used our imagination.  Wow we had so much freedom as children back then.  I wish children had the same freedom today.

When mom cooked we really had not too many leftovers to store.  I remember a lot of corning ware and real glassware in the house.  Sigh, times have changed.

Please read and share the article with your friends and family.  Peace and Blessings to you.

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Are Products Labeled 'BPA-Free' Safer?
By Brenda Goodman, MAReviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD,MPH
Feb. 3, 2015 -- Are goods labeled “BPA-free” healthier? Maybe not. Two new studies found that some chemicals replacing BPA in plastics, food packaging, and other products might also disrupt hormones, changing how the brain works and affecting fertility..................

"Recent studies have suggested that bisphenol-S, which is sometimes used in plastics labeled “BPA-free,” might have some of the same effects in the body as bisphenol-A. What's the concern?"

"Vandenberg: The concern is that these chemicals might mimic the actions of the hormone estrogen, disrupting development of the male and female reproductive tracts, the mammary gland, and the brain, among other things."


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Retreat Update and Giving

Hello Everyone,

First off I have very good news about our upcoming healing retreat. Our scheduled dates are from September 17, 2015 through September 20, 2015.  It gives me a nice burst of energy to write this post.

I have spoken with Sr. Laudem several times and I should have formal registration forms soon.  

I will broadcast the complete information, including registration links, as soon as I receive them.  

Please see the post "An Oasis of Hope and Love: The OLCC Retreat Center" dated 01-29-15 for more information about this special event.  

I have a CT scan coming up tomorrow afternoon.  There is a new pain on my right side. Since this could be due to any number of issues my goal is to maintain a balanced in attitude.  

A balanced attitude is a reasonable expectation, I think.  It says "I will allow myself to experience the range of appropriate emotions while I gather my thoughts, pray on it and then do something".  I feel like a professional CT scanee...ha.  I feel strong because I have faith.

I am drifting over to the subject of balance because the season of Lent is here.  For those who observe this season, it is the time to draw nearer to God by prayer, fasting, pennance and almsgiving.

Almsgiving provides each of us, healthy and unhealthy alike, ways unify with our family of neighbors.  As we renew our faith in God, we renew our spirit while helping others.  This gives us balance and can be very rejuvinating.

If you are healthy try to find some time to help a local charity or a neighbor in need.  If you are not well you can give by praying or making a small donation to charity. Maybe you have items that are in good condition and with a little help, they can be donated. 

Give to the homeless, if nothing else, a big smile.  Give them some cheer.  Try not to judge why they are in the condition presented. They need hope and our smiles, our reach, our hand releases them from alienation.

It feels good to give.  

Peace and Blessings,

Lord help me
to remember
that nothing
is going to happen
to me today
that You and I
together can't handle.


Friday, February 06, 2015

N.E.D. The Movie Event Review

I hope you were able to attend the screening of N.E.D. The Movie yesterday, World Cancer Day.  This heartfelt documentary tells the story of gynecology oncology surgeons, and musicians, who dedicate themselves to educating people about gynecological cancers.  They love their patients and love performing their music, using their venue to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

As a woman who was told that I was too young to have ovarian cancer, when I actually did have it, I fully appreciated the significance and importance of this movie and their mission.  I think these humble surgeons are amazing people, selfless in their cause.

Dr. Barbara Goff, of UWMC and SCCA in Seattle Washington, spoke after the screening.  She was kind, informative and encouraging.  She spoke of advances in treatment protocols and told us the history of how a small donation led her team to the compilation of important research that supports the symptom checklist that we use today.

Dr. Goff stated that the most important take-away from this event was that the parents of boys and girls need to understand the importance of the HPV vaccination.  The reduction of future cancers is staggering when the vaccine is given.

I thank God every day for my time on earth and pray that more and more people see this documentary. The conversation about cancer is never easy and that is especially true when it comes to women's cancers.  The truth is that all women need to know the basic symptoms of these cancers.

Here is the link to N.E.D. The Movie's storywall:

Peace and Blessings

P.S.   I am in the process of scheduling our special retreat at The OLCC Retreat Center.