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Water and a Singer’s Vocal Health (and an excuse to post Susan Boyle)

Posted on May 7, 2009. Filed under: antioxidants, Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , |

Singers, like all performers, want to stay healthy and be at the top of their game. To keep their voices in tip-top shape they should maintain good hydration and a healthy diet.

  To keep the vocal chords and throat properly hydrated, it’s been suggested singers drink at least 64ozs., or 8 glasses, of pure fresh and room temperature water daily. This amount can vary, however, due to external temperature variances and the individual’s tendency to perspire. It can also take as long as 20 minutes for the water one drinks to circulate and reach the larynx so drinking water regularly throughout the day is recommended. The singer should increase his/her water intake by an additional 16-32ozs., or 2-4 glasses, a day for the 2-4 days prior to a performance. If, however, the performer still feels underhydrated, gargling with warm salt water can provide rapid hydration for the throat and vocal cords. Eating fresh, non-citrus, fruits, and broth soups with fresh vegetables has been found to be quite helpful as well. 

Visit http://watercure.com, or read Dr. F. Batmanghelidj’s book, “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” to find out more about water and health.

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Stay Healthy. Stay Hydrated!

Posted on November 22, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The human body is composed of 75% water and 25% solid matter. To provide nourishment, eliminate waste and conduct all the trillions of activities in the body, we need water (not sodas, coffee, tea, wine beer, sports drinks or juices). Alternative liquid choices often lead to dehydration because of their caffeine, alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners or other chemical ingredients. Beverages containing caffeine, for example, trigger stress responses that at first have strong diuretic effects, leading to increased urination. Beverages with added sugar drastically raise blood sugar levels. Any beverage that provokes such a response coerces the body to give up large quantities of water. Regular consumption of such beverages results in chronic dehydration, which plays a part in the body’s effort to rid itself of accumulated toxins.Many people are actually suffering from “thirst disease,” a progressive condition of dehydration because they do not drink water but, instead, drink liquids that promote dehydration. The body becomes unable to remove toxins due to insufficient water reserves and the body is faced with the consequences of their destructive effects. A “diagnosed” illness might be the body’s desperate cry for water. What doctors generally refer to as disease many time is largely an advanced condition of dehydration, and the resulting inability of the body to rid itself of waste materials and toxins.

  Normally, the water ratio inside cells is higher than the one found in the cell environment. Under conditions of dehydration, the cells may lose up to 28 percent or more of their water volume. This imbalance undermines all cellular activities, whether the cells in question are those of the skin, stomach, liver, kidney, heart or brain. Whenever there is cellular dehydration, metabolic waste products are not removed properly. This causes symptoms that resemble disease but could actually be indicators of disturbed water metabolism.

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR DAILY WATER CONSUMPTION NEED:  An easy way to figure out how much water to drink daily is to take your weight in pounds (lbs.) and divide it by 2. The answer is how many ounces (ozs.) of water you should drink per day. For instance, for a woman weighing 160 lbs. and dividing her weight by 2 = 80 ozs. of water intake per day. 80 ozs. is the equivalent of 10 cups (one cup = 8 ozs.)

Stay healthy. Stay hydrated!

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The 4-7-8 (the Relaxing Breath) Exercise from Dr. Weil

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , |

This exercise is easy, quick, uses no equipment, simple and can be done anywhere.  It’s efficient to sit with your back straight while doing this exercise but it’s OK to be in other comfortable positions. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.

* Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
* Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
* Hold your breath for a count of seven.
* Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
* This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

 Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply.

This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Unlike tranquilizing drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, do not be concerned; it will pass.

Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens – before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. This exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it.

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“Store Wars” (too fun, I had to include this)

Posted on July 8, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , |

If you loved “Star Wars,” you’ll delight in “Store Wars.”

This was too fun.  I had to include it.  Sit back and enjoy!

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Clean Carbon Dioxide vs. Dirty Carbon Dioxide

Posted on July 5, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , , |

“What is your carbon footprint? That is the wrong question to ask. A more meaningful question is–How much carbon dioxide does it take to grow the wheat required to produce a loaf of bread? Or–How much carbon dioxide does it take to grow the corn for the chicken feed required to produce a dozen eggs?”

For a cogent presentation on CO2 and global warming, visit the link below:


What do you think?

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Are they safe? Energy saving light bulbs?

Posted on July 3, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Are they safe? Energy saving light bulbs?

Watch this YouTube video and be amazed (click on the link above).

Where does the mercury go when the 1,000s and 1,000s of bulbs get squashed and break in the landfills (the pink box in the above graph represents the amount of mercury in a CFL)?  To the water table?  Our drinking water?  What is your reaction?  How important is it when a bulb does break and the mercury is aerosolized and available for inhalation? 

(From Wikipedia: In China and Tibet, mercury use was thought to prolong life, heal fractures, and maintain generally good health. China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di  was driven insane and killed by mercury pills (failing liver, poison, brain death) intended to give him eternal life.) 

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Aging, Antioxidants and Free Radicals

Posted on June 28, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  * (See photo comments below)

The free radical theory of aging is generally accepted with more and more health science researchers concluding that free radicals cause oxidation.  It is commonly understood that oxidation is a process akin to the rusting of metal, and causes age-related deteriortation of the heart as well as being a central process of aging.  Human metabolism and energy productions create free radicals.  They are also at times the key feature of pollutants, poisons and drugs.

Our natural antioxidant processes compensate for one another, covering up momentary deficiencies by their overlap. Perhaps our very best result comes from maintaining all of our antioxidation resources to work towards our good health.

Dr. Passwater goes on to say the following about antioxidants in his book The Antioxidants :

“Combinations of antioxidants are like a balanced symphony working together. A symphony orchestra produces sounds so much more harmonious than merely having 20 drums playing. It is not the quantity, but the blend. The same is true with antioxidant nutrients: you get better results with moderate amounts of a full complement than you get with using very large amounts of just one nutrient… In general, the different reducing agents in the body “talk to one another” freely, and thus, it is probably important that all of our pools of reducing agents be maintained. For this reason, most of us in the field recommend that a person take a variety of antioxidants (a “cocktail”), not just a single substance.”

Dr. Passwater concludes:

“The importance of synergism is that the antioxidant nutrients each contribute to the total protection. They work together in the antioxidant cycle and reach all body compartments–fat and water-based, blood and internal cell. They protect against all types of free radicals and reactive oxygen species. No one antioxidant can do all of this.”

 (* Photo comments – 88 year old Grandfather to 11, John Lowe, of Witchford, Cambs, UK, took up dancing having watched his daughter Alison become a professional dancer.  The retired teacher said: “It’s a wonderful thing to do and I can’t understand why more men don’t do it.”  

Mr Lowe appeared with the Lantern Dance Theatre Company, in Ely, UK, on Sunday evening, January 13, 2008.  Mr. Lowe perfected his pirouettes at home in daily practice in preparation for his premier performance in Prokofiev’s “The Stone Flower at The Maltings.”

Mr. Lowe states, “I went to a dance school in the high street in Ely and asked if I could do tap and ballet and they said ‘well of course you can’ and I’ve been doing it ever since.  I’ve got a rope at home that I use to pull my leg up higher. I’m lucky that I don’t have any problem with the routines but that’s because I exercise. There’s nothing effeminate about it – you have to be incredibly fit to dance.”

Now that’s enjoying your golden years, and we applaud John Lowe and aging gracefully!!)

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Electricity From Wave Power

Posted on June 10, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Electricity from wave power

Ocean Power Technologies





Starting in 2007, massive, predictable waves off the coast of Oregon will help light homes and businesses along the West Coast, thanks to an entrepreneur named George Taylor….His most recent invention is a buoy that can convert a wave’s up-and-down motion into electricity, which can be carried ashore by undersea cables and fed into the national power grid….researchers at Oregon State University say that only 0.2 percent of the ocean’s untapped wave energy could power the entire world.



By the year 2010 Taylor plans to have a 100-ton, 37-foot-wide buoy that could generate 500 kilowatts. An array of 40 buoys that size, linked together, could generate electricity at prices significantly less than that of a typical coal-burning power station, and far less than the price at plants that burn more expensive fuels such as natural gas. Clean electricity that cheap could be used to desalinate seawater, split water molecules to make hydrogen for fuel-cell cars or provide inexpensive power for other ambitious, energy-hungry projects. –Dan Drollette

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Six-Foot Roses (and organic, too!)

Posted on June 10, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , |

Six-foot roses
Organic Bouquet


Call them “extreme roses”; these flowers might tower above the person who receives them. Early in 2007, Organic Bouquet will introduce these six-foot-long roses to the U.S. market.

The roses boast a larger head size – more than two inches high and two inches wide, about twice the industry norm – as well as a higher petal count, a minimum vase life of seven days (compared with about five for standard roses), and unique colors. Red Intuition is light red with streaks of deep crimson, Pink Intuition follows the same variegated pattern, with pale pink and fuchsia and for the traditionalist, there’s a classic red.

Gerald Prolman, 47, founded Organic Bouquet with the belief that a growing number of consumers want their flowers to deliver two messages: “I care about you, and I care about the earth too.”

Making the supreme declaration of love will not come cheap. After all, the flowers require more labor when they’re growing and take 100 days to mature – two to three times the industry norm. Plus, the six-footers have to be shipped in special boxes. “You should have seen the expression on the DHL guy’s face,” Prolman says. “He couldn’t believe we had roses that long.” Prolman’s roses will set you back about $21 a stem, or $250 for a dozen (including shipping). He has already placed an advance order for 100,000 in 2007. –Amy Stewart

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Gettin’ Ready To Race

Posted on June 9, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Dromo 1 Racing     Dromo 1 Racing #2    Dromo 1 Racing #3    Dromo 1 Racing #4

Good health includes fun, fun, fun!  So we kidnapped friends and family and headed to Dromo1 in Anaheim, California, for a fun afternoon of Formula One-ish style racing.  The wind in your hair, the bugs in your teeth…..wait, that’s when you’re riding a motorcycle outdoors.  Anyway, being low to the ground with a kicky little engine pushing you through the turns is an adrenaline rush with low-center-of-gravity safety.  None of us hit the tires/barriers nor each other, and a good time was had by all!  In fact, we went back a month later and did it again!

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