IFA News and Opinion
Issue Date: July 1, 2013
Use up those summer vegetables in this bits-and-pieces pie
This egg pie will suit the palate of even the least adventurous eaters.
You can tailor it to the tastes of your loved ones while using up those
garden vegetables and bits and pieces from the fridge.
Just about anything can go in this pie but there are some must-have
ingredients. You must have at least 5 or 6 eggs for a 9 inch pie. But,
if you have oven-ready custard cups, even 2 eggs will do. You must have
some cheese. Your favorite will do. You must have some stuff to put into
the pie mixture.
You do not need a crust, if you want to go low carb or even if you
don't. You do not need fancy ingredients.
You can go with all vegetables if you like, cutting up squash and beans
and adding some peas.
Most people like to mix up a combination of meat and veggies.
Here is an example of a bits and pieces breakfast pie, made with stuff
thrown together from the fridge.
5 to 6 eggs
1 small zucchini diced
5 pieces of bacon, cooked and diced
1 cup diced sandwich ham
1/2 cup onions
Three fresh green onions, diced.
4 ounces cut up polish sausage.
3 cups of Mozzarella cheese, diced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese diced
1/4 cup cottage cheese.
From this list, substitute almost anything you have on hand. You'll need
a lot of your favorite cheese (at least 3 to 4 cups). Use as much or
little onion as you would like. Instead of cottage cheese, you can use
milk. Use diced beef, chicken, or any other meat. Sweeten the mixture
with a splash of nutmeg, if you want. Tomatoes can be mixed in but they
are pretty on the top.
How to make:
Spray vegetable oil on pie pan. Preheat oven to 350. Mix up the eggs
first, then add milk or cottage cheese. Next add the rest of your
ingredients. Pour the whole thing into a your pie pan. Bake for 30
minutes or until the center is set. Cut like a pie.
The Lighter Side ...
My mom is a less than fastidious housekeeper. One evening my dad walked
into the kitchen and teased her, "You know, dear, I can write my name in
the dust on the mantel."
Mom turned to him and sweetly replied, "Yes, darling, I know. That's why
I married a college graduate."
The big bank
A young college boy came running in tears to his father. "Dad, you gave
me some terrible financial advice! You told me to put my money in that
big bank, and now that big bank is in trouble."
"What are you talking about? That's one of the largest banks in the
state." "I don't think so," he sniffed. "They just returned one of my
checks with a note saying, 'Insufficient Funds'."
Pearls of Wisdom
What can be added to the happiness of a person who is
in health, out of debt and has a clear conscience.
Adam Smith, Scottish philosopher, pioneer of political economy.
It's best to avoid NSAIDs before exercise
Some athletes take ibuprofen (Advil) before
exercising. They think it will help them work out more intensely and
will decrease later muscle soreness.
Several new studies now show that taking ibuprofen
before working out, or racing, not only didn't increase performance, but
it didn't decrease or prevent muscle soreness either.
What the studies did show: taking ibuprofen (and
probably other NSAIDS, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) increased
the athletes' risk of stomach bleeding and ulcers.
Strenuous exercise in itself can be harmful to the
stomach lining, but adding ibuprofen to it amplifies the damage. Here
are some things for exercisers to keep in mind.
There's no good reason to take an NSAID before exercise unless you have a painful condition like arthritis, which would otherwise prevent you from exercising.
If you have to take something, try acetaminophen first. It doesn't pose the same risk to the digestive tract that other NSAIDS do. Talk to your doctor if you need more than that for pain.
If you have muscle pain after exercising, taking an NSAID would pose less risk than taking it before exercise, but wait until you actually have pain. Then take the lowest effective dose.
How to avoid ticks, bees, scorpions and mosquitoes
Ticks. They may be the most dangerous insect
of summer because they can carry Lyme disease. If you'll be in a wooded
area, wear long pants tucked into your socks and long-sleeved shirts.
Before heading out, apply an insect repellent containing DEET. Spray it
according to the instructions.
Stay on the trails and avoid dense foliage, though a
tick can drop from any tree it happens to be on. After a stint in the
woods, use a buddy system to check each other for ticks. If you find
one, use tweezers to pull it up and out.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
advise washing the area with soap and water. See a doctor if a fever or
rash develops within a few weeks.
Bees. They're looking for wild flowers, so
don't wear bright floral clothes that make you look like one. Skip the
scented lotions so you don't smell like one either. Usually, bees won't
bother you if you don't bother them. If one comes near you, just walk
Always wear shoes when walking on grass. Many stings
occur when people step on a bee. If you do get stung, wash the area with
soap and water. Remove the stinger by wiping with gauze or scraping
gently with a credit card.
Mosquitoes. Summer's most prolific pests do
bite, but generally a bite just causes an itchy welt. You can prevent a
bite by using mosquito repellent spray. If you do get a bite or two,
washing the area with warm soapy water soon afterward may prevent the
welt and the itch. Keep mosquitoes away by removing their breeding
grounds: standing water.
On a vacation or trip
In unfamiliar territory, check with the locals to see
what indigenous creatures could present a problem and how you could
Scorpions. If you're camping in the Southwest,
for instance, watch for scorpions. Check your boots and shoes for
insects and shake them out before putting your shoes back on.
How to keep your energy level high all day
If your energy level varies from high to low during
the day, making adjustments to your diet can help.
According to Weill Cornell Medical Center, food
increases energy in three ways. It provides enough calories for your
body to run; it delivers stimulants like caffeine; and it pushes your
metabolism to burn fuel more efficiently.
Foods that are high in complex carbohydrates and low
in fats are ideal to promote, increase and level out energy. They are
found in whole grains, peas, beans and vegetables like carrots,
broccoli, green peppers and tomatoes.
These foods also contain fiber, which slows
digestion, providing you with a steady supply of energy throughout the
day. Fiber is found in beans, whole fruits, vegetables and whole grain
bread and cereal.
One caution: Never go more than three or four
hours without eating something, because that will bring a big drop in
energy. Always eat breakfast. To save time, try a whole wheat bagel or
toast with peanut butter, a hard-boiled egg or whole grain cereal.
Foods that are high in simple carbohydrates make your
energy spike, then plunge soon thereafter. They include candy, foods
made with refined flour, such as bread, crackers, cookies, and some
cereals and deserts.
Animal and dairy products that are high in fats can
slow you down and make you feel sluggish.
Finding drugs that lift depression within hours
The problems with depression drugs like Prozac and
Celexa: they can take a month or more to provide relief, and they don't
work for everyone.
New, fast-acting drugs work in an
entirely different way and can provide relief in hours or days.
The fast-acting treatments being studied include ketamine or
scopolamine, using the existing medications in a new way. They all work
on the brain's NMDA receptors, which are involved in learning and
memory. They also interact with the neurotransmitter glutamate, the
levels of which are out of balance in depression.
Several drug companies are developing new drugs that are based on
ketamine. It will be at least a couple of years before the new drugs hit
the market, but some doctors are already using ketamine off label for
A form of permanent birth control, vasectomy is
chosen by men who want to limit their family size. In many cases,
however, the procedure can be reversed if a man again wants to father a
In a doctor's office or clinic, the tubes that carry sperm are severed. There are no serious side effects.
It doesn't cause a decrease in desire, difficulty maintaining an erection, or problems with orgasm.
Most men report having more sexual satisfaction after the procedure. It decreases anxiety about unwanted pregnancy, and other means of contraception are no longer needed.
Birth control should be used for a couple of weeks after the procedure because sperm is still in the system.
Vasectomy does not increase the risk for diseases of any kind, says the American Urological Association.
The procedure doesn't protect against sexually transmitted infections. Use a condom if you aren't sure of your partner's status, advise doctors at the University of California, Berkeley.
New ones are hard to get
It's not that hard to protect your kidneys, but 26
million Americans didn't do it
Here's the long and short of it. You can prevent chronic kidney disease
by keeping your blood pressure under control and avoiding diabetes.
That's the short of it.
Here's the long. About one in
nine Americans has chronic kidney disease (CKD), but most of them don't
realize they have it. Unless it's diagnosed and treated, in the future,
they could experience kidney failure, years of dialysis, a kidney
transplant, or death.
That sounds dramatic, but it's
true. CKD mostly affects people at mid-life and beyond. The main causes
of the big rise in kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes,
which were brought on by the obesity epidemic.
problem with CKD: it has no symptoms until kidney function is seriously
impaired. Even then, symptoms are difficult to recognize. If you are
constantly tired, bruise easily, suffer dizziness, or are anemic, you
might have kidney disease.
The best diagnosis is from
a blood or urine test ordered by your doctor.
and hypertension are responsible for two-thirds of all cases of CKD.
That's why preventing or controlling high blood pressure and high blood
sugar are the keys to preventing kidney disease.
diagnosed, a health care provider will prescribe a diet that typically
greatly reduces the consumption of protein from meat, phosphorus from
fish, nuts, and cola drinks, and potassium from foods like dates,
raisins, bananas, and strawberries.
advised to avoid many medications including common pain relievers
(aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen), antacids, and
As part of preventing
kidney disease, it's critical to lose weight if you're overweight,
especially if you have hypertension or diabetes. Just losing 10 pounds
What you should know about your allergies
The spring tree and grass allergies are just about
gone, but the real hay fever season is coming up.
Normally, you wouldn't look to CNNMoney.com for medical advice, but they
have analyzed how allergies can affect your pocketbook and have come up
with interesting observations.
Employees who didn't get treatment lost more than two hours a day of productivity on their jobs.
If you regularly take over-the-counter pills, get a skin-prick test to pinpoint allergens and fine-tune your treatment.
A prescription will pay in two ways. First, it will be more effective. Even if an OTC drug like Claritin or Zyrtec works for you, get a prescription anyway. You can pay for the pills with the pretax dollars in your flexible spending account.
Shots. If your doctor suggests immunotherapy, weekly shots for up to eight months (tapering down to monthly), the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that patients saw 38 percent lower costs over time for doctors and drugs.
The best air cleaner is an air conditioner. Or a $50 HEPA air purifier will work, especially for smaller rooms.
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