IFA News and Opinion
Issue Date: September 1, 2010
Here's an Italian breakfast delight!
Spinach may not make you feel like Popeye the Sailor Man, but it is nutritious
and adds a bit of a zip to this morning's egg delight.
The deeply-colored green hails from Southwestern Asia and was later
cultivated by the Arabs. Spinach was known for a time as the Persian
green and was a staple of European gardens.
It was often cooked in a mixture with other vegetables and used in
salads, accompanied by fruits, nuts and pine nuts. For this recipe,
prepare the Hollandaise sauce first.
4 cups spinach leaves
2 English muffins
4 large eggs
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley a pinch of nutmeg, salt and
Saute the spinach, making two cups by cooking it gradually in the
butter. Add shallots, pepper and nutmeg. Toss in until crispy. Poach the
eggs in a microwave egg poacher for about one minute.
Place half of a toasted English muffin on each of four plates and top
with 1/2 cup of sauteed spinach. Place the eggs on the spinach and spoon
the Hollandaise sauce over the open sandwich. Garnish with parsley and
3 egg yokes
1/2 cupbutter (melted)
2 tablespoonlemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
A pinch of cayenne.
Separate eggs and melt the butter. In a blender, combine egg yokes,
lemon juice, salt, sugar and cayenne. Blend at a low speed until it is
thickened and smooth, adding the hot butter gradually. Serve it warm on
Drinking water lubricates joints, prompts metabolism
Sometimes aching joints are just telling you they're thirsty. Whether or
not you have arthritis, water works by filling the spaces between
The right amount for you could be more or less than the recommended
eight glasses of water a day. When you exercise, if the weather is hot
or your health condition requires more, eight glasses may not be enough.
If you drink many other fluids, the minimum amount of actual water you
need to drink is two to three glasses a day. Water moves nutrients
through your body, hydrates your joints and cells and increases
Low-fat milk and calcium-fortified orange juice are good drinks.
Two or three cups of green tea or one cup of fruit juice are excellent
Two cups of caffeinated coffee, soft drinks or tea count in your favor.
Sodas that contain phosphoric acid, which can prevent calcium from being
absorbed, can increase your risk of osteoporosis, say researchers at the
Always drink alcohol in moderation, one or two glasses a day at most.
Alcohol is dehydrating, which can decrease the amount of water in your
body and decrease water's benefits.
About 20 percent of your fluid need is met by the foods we eat. The
other 80 percent must be from beverages.
Remember that water is a pleasant drink. It's safe, inexpensive and
Basic safety gear: the hard hat
Have you noticed that insurance companies no longer use the word
"accident"? When cars hit each other, it's called a "crash." Insurers
think that most of these were not accidents but preventable situations.
When it comes to head injuries prevented by hard hats, accident (or
freak accident) can be a very appropriate description.
Nothing makes that more clear than stories of how hard hats saved lives.
Following are a few examples from previous years. While these occurred
mainly at hazardous sites, preventable head injuries can occur in many
areas, such as warehouses.
While operating mining equipment in an underground shaft, a miner noticed a crack in the roof about 11 feet above him. Then a large section of the overhead material broke loose. He was knocked to the ground, and his hard hat was seriously damaged. But he suffered only cuts, scrapes and bruises.
When working under an overhead conveyor belt, a man was struck by a 40-pound block that slipped off the belt and hit him in the head. His heavy-duty helmet was cracked, but the man was saved from serious injury.
Another fellow was standing at a road construction project when the sideview mirror of a passing truck struck him on the head. The ER doctor said his helmet, which was split in two, saved his life.
At a construction site, a concrete block fell from a scaffold. It struck a worker on the head and right arm. Though his hard hat was badly damaged and he was dizzy and bruised, his injuries were not serious. His life was saved.
While concentrating on the job, people may forget that safety gear can
mean the difference between life and death.
Anyone entering a hard hat area, building or department, should wear
one, even if their visit will take only a short time.
An accident can happen. The question is: Are you willing to gamble that
one won't happen to you?
Patriot Day honors the Heroes of 9/11
September 11 marks the annual observance of Patriot
Day. It calls us to remember those who were injured or died during the
terrorist attacks on the United States.
should be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to those who died on
September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.
(Eastern Daylight Time). This marks the time that the first plane flew
into the World Trade Center.
We often think of them,
but on Patriot Day, we lower our flags and honor them.
Get flexible: Here's how to stretch
At the Mayo Clinic, doctors say stretching can
improve on flexibility, circulation, range of motion and stress.
For your neck: Sit tall on a chair. Tilt head to the right, keeping shoulders down. Put your right hand on the left side of the head to add extra stretch. Hold 20 to 25 seconds, then do the other side.
Foot, calves and ankle: Stand two to three feet from a wall and step forward with one foot. Bend the knee, lean into the wall and keep the heel of the other foot on the floor. Hold 20 to 25 seconds, then do it with the other leg.
Upper back, triceps, shoulders: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, keeping back straight. Cross your right arm in front of you, slightly bending the elbow. With left hand, pull right arm gently as close to your body as possible.
Chest: Stand tall. Raise arms out to the sides and push your arms back, squeezing shoulder blades together to open up your chest.
Inner thighs, hips and calves: Stand with legs wide apart, feet slightly turned outward. Slowly lean left by bending the left knee a little and keeping right leg straight. Keep heels down. Don't bend knees more than 90 degrees.
Hamstrings and lower back: Sit on the floor with right leg straight and left leg tucked in. Reach forward toward your right ankle while keeping your head up. Repeat on the other side.
Hips and quadriceps: Step forward with the right foot keeping your knee straight above your ankle and your back straight. Slide your left foot back and dip left knee down to directly above the floor. Put both hands on your right thigh for balance. Do the other side.
Back: Stand with legs shoulder-wide apart. Bend knees and let arms dangle in rag-doll style with head even with your toes. Hold 20 seconds.
New therapies for several types of cancer
Slow progress is being made on treatments for various
kinds of cancer. As yet, they don't result in cures, but give patients a
reason to hope for one.
Achievements reported at the
recent American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting have added months
to the life expectancy for cancer patients. Some of the advances against
breast and prostate cancer, leukemia, and melanoma may be more important
Newer drugs are making a big
difference for specific groups of patients as treatments target genes
behind subtypes of cancer. Only 4 percent of lung cancer patients may be
helped by a new Pfizer drug, but it could be useful for other cancers as
Help prevent osteoporosis: Have a glass of beer
A study reported in the Journal of the Science of
Food and Agriculture shows that beer has a high silicon content. Silicon
is a key factor in bone density and can help to prevent osteoporosis.
Scientists found that beers containing malted barley and hops have more
silicon than those made from wheat. Light beer made from grains and corn
have the lowest levels.
The National Osteoporosis
Society says silicon is good for bone health, but calcium and vitamin D
Turn back the clock on your vascular age
Researchers at Northwest University, Chicago, say a
35-year-old man who smokes, has diabetes, high cholesterol and high
blood pressure could have the arteries of a 74-year-old. A 30-year-old
woman with these risks could have the arteries of an 80-year-old.
The good news is that people with these risks could reduce the age of
their arteries by 20 years or more if they quit smoking and control
their cholesterol and blood pressure. The vascular age calculation is a
crucial factor in maintaining heart health.
Use these spices for big health benefits
Spices have the highest antioxidant activity of all
food groups including fresh fruit and vegetables. Volumewise, of course,
you will eat far more fruits and vegetables than spices, but their
concentrated powers are worth considering.
one of the nutritional heroes. It has antibacterial and
anti-inflammatory properties and is said to help prevent various types
of cancer. Use it in Italian dishes and sauces, salad dressings and
Other spices that have powerful anticancer
powers are anise, basil, black pepper, caraway, clove, fennel, garlic,
ginger, green tea, mustard, rosemary and tumeric, according to Keith
Scott, a doctor and author of Medical Seasonings: The Healing Power of
Exercise and weight loss
Some people are beginning to wonder whether exercise
is much of a factor in weight loss. Many information sources rightly
state that a pound of muscle only burns 4 calories more per day than a
pound of body fat.
There's more to it than that.
By lifting weights, exercise physiologist Dr. Cedric Bryant says you can
gain 3 to 5 pounds of muscle every 3 to 4 months. How much you gain
depends on gender, how much you do and genetics.
Bryant advises that even though muscle doesn't burn a huge amount of
calories on its own, it's far more metabolically active than fat and
very important for weight loss.
One study published in
the Journal of Applied Physiology found that, though weight training
doesn't burn as many calories as cardio, it significantly increases
daily metabolic rate, which is basic for losing fat and losing weight.
Tai Chi and arthritis pain
osteoarthritis knee pain could benefit from taking a course in the
ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, says a study reported at the American
College of Rheumatology. A 12-week course often provides long-lasting
New game draws novices, retired players
How about a game of pickleball? Never heard of it?
You probably will before long.
A hybrid of badminton
and tennis, it's all the rage in retirement communities, and there are
even state tournaments, according to AARP. It's good exercise, easy to
learn, and many who are not in the senior set are playing.
Pickleball is played with a whiffle ball and large paddles. It can be
played indoors or outside, single or doubles. Beginners learn quickly,
but it can be a fast-paced, competitive game. It was named after the
For pain in the knee, back or hip, try this
Sometimes there can be a simple solution to lower
back pain, hip pain or knee pain.
Osteoarthritis can develop at one of these sites
because one leg is just a tiny bit shorter than the other. A study
published in the Annals of Internal Medicine say leg-length inequality
is a is a risk factor that could be eliminated with by a simple shoe
Even if you never noticed that one of your legs is
shorter than the other, the shorter leg and knee are at greater risk for
osteoarthritis (OA) because of how the body adapts to the inequality.
The affected leg has to travel a greater distance,
even if it is minimal, to reach the ground with every step. That means
it has a higher impact velocity because it's "going downhill."
The condition can also make a difference in the hip
muscle and can create hip pain on the shorter leg side.
Researchers say leg-length inequality is an under
recognized and undertreated condition. In their study, Patients with
this condition were 1.5 times more likely to develop symptoms of
osteoarthritis over the next 30 months. Doctors at Duke Medical Center
say leg-length inequality occurs in up to 70 percent of the population.
As little as 0.5 cm is associated with OA.
Another factor that could make one leg seem shorter
than the other is a spinal problem. Scoliosis can make the spine bend
somewhat in one direction, causing the leg on that side to have the
effect of being shorter. Osteoporosis of the spine can result in a
The most accurate method of determining leg length is
a radiographic measurement of the leg from the top of the thighbone to
the ankle. But some physical therapists or podiatrists (who make shoe
lifts) have experience measuring leg length and can recommend a
custom-made shoe insert.
On the other hand, if you want to try something
yourself, it wouldn't hurt to get a heel lift at the drugstore to see if
it helps your pain. Get one that is a little thicker than the others
that are for sale.
'Reminders' could help people move toward a more active lifestyle
A Stanford University professor, who conducts an exercise study, says the
sedentary are a silent majority who are bombarded by images of active
people. Her advertisement for study subjects asked for "couch potatoes."
The sedentary lifestyle is a health problem in our
country. Many people do little exercise or none at all.
Almost all have promised themselves or others to
change their ways. Many started a fitness program, or started one more
than once, but after a short time, they gave up.
Doctors at Stanford University have found a way to
help. They say there's great power in a gentle reminder. In their study,
workout encouragement was in the form of an email, a telephone call to
ask what exercise they did last week or a call from an interested person
who checks on their progress.
The caller, whether it was a computer or a person,
asked subjects to list the amount of exercise they performed on days in
the last week. A 30-minute walk was the original goal. They were
congratulated on their efforts and asked how the level could be
increased in the week ahead.
Sometimes a subject hadn't done anything because of
illness, travel or an event in their lives. They received a message
reminding them of their goal and how important it is. All communications
After one year, those who received phone calls had
increased their exercise time from the original 100-minute target to 178
minutes per week. Those who received computer contacts increased their
time to 157 minutes per week. Those in the study who had no contacts
increased their exercise time to 118 minutes.
Authorities at Stanford say that when people are
trying to change a habit, they need more than willpower. Whether it's
exercise, smoking or alcohol use, social support helps prevent relapse.
Reminders don't have to be constant. They can be gentle and occasional.
Shrek boosts Vidalia onion sales
From three-year-olds on up, kids are begging their
mothers to buy some Vidalia onions. What's more, they are eating them,
usually in casseroles or other dishes. Recipes are free.
It's the jolly green ogre's huge image in produce
departments that have prompted kids to insist their moms buy the bag of
onions, Shrek's favorite food.
Shrek Forever After, the fourth Shrek movie, got off
to a slow start before it went on to be a big money maker. It has
tie-ins with many companies.
The tie-in with the Vidalia Onion Committee, which
represents growers of the sweet onion from southeastern Georgia, has
been very profitable for growers.
When the "Vidalia Forever Sweet" onion came out at
the same time as the movie, kids clamored for them. Through June 14, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture said farmers had shipped eight million
more pounds of Vidalias than by the same date last year, even though the
season started two weeks later than last year. The onion growing season
lasts through September.
In the movie, Shrek says, "Ogres are like onions.
It's not that both might make you stinky, make you cry or get all brown
in the sun. Rather, it's because we both have layers."
At DreamWorks, they say onions were rooted in Shrek's
personality from the first movie.
Here's how to drive ... safely and defensively
Because cars have changed and new features are being
added all the time, leaders of safe driving courses say these are the
best ways to avoid an accident.
Know your car, its features, and how to use them.
Focus on driving. Do nothing else including eating and conversing with passengers, especially in traffic.
Stay alert. If you can't remember driving the last 50 miles, your mind is not on driving and you won't be able to react quickly to an emergency.
Intersections are danger zones. Be extra careful. If turning left, keep your wheels straight until you are turning.
Keep side mirrors adjusted to give a full view of what's behind you and what's coming on either side.
Stay a car length's distance behind the car ahead for every 10 miles per hour you are driving. Add an additional distance if it's raining.
At night, park in well-lighted areas. Don't park between two vehicles that are larger than yours. You won't be able to see when you back out.
If you have a close call or a near miss, analyze the situation to see what you could have done to avoid it.
There are instances where you must yield the right of way. Assume that there are no instances where you are guaranteed the right of way.
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