By- Dr. David PrescottThroughout the course of history, people have coped with a variety of illnesses and diseases that have been severe and widespread. Along with the physical impact of such illnesses, each widespread disease or epidemic has brought various levels of social anxiety, stress, and in extreme cases near panic. While our society today is nowhere near this level of public anxiety, it is important to keep a balanced psychological approach to this issue. High levels of public attention and media coverage are necessary to help prevent the spread of influenza. However, these frequent messages can inadvertently raise our anxiety and lead to high levels of stress or feeling somewhat helpless. The following tips will help you deal more effectively with the psychological stress associated with flu season. Stay Connected: Following tips for minimizing the spread of influenza involves being careful about interpersonal contact. However, we should not let good health practices disrupt our normal social networks, which are important in maintaining a sense of “normal.” In the worst case, social isolation of people who have flu-like symptoms can add to stress levels and make coping with being sick more difficult. Try to offer support to people with the flu, and look for ways to stay connected that minimize the chance of spreading an illness (phones, computers). Deal with Facts: In times of high stress there is a human tendency to take rumors at face value, make false assumptions, or follow trains of logic that are not based in fact. Facts can be a little boring when compared to rumor, but facts are very helpful in reducing unwanted stress. Find a credible source, like www.flu.gov to stay updated. And, don’t forget to actually do the things recommended by health experts. Sometimes, rumors or false assumptions lead us to put off making good health choices. Pursue Many Roads to Better Health: Much attention has been given to the availability of flu vaccine. However, if you are not yet able to get the vaccine, try not to let that translate into, “There is nothing I can do!” Remember that there are lots of ways to work on staying healthy. Proper sleep, diet, and exercise help your body fight off illness and stress. Good hand hygiene, like washing thoroughly with soap and water, is something over which you have total control. And, be sensible about close physical contact with people who are ill. Have a Plan: One of the biggest ways that the anxiety cycles spins out of control, is to repeatedly go through the “worry” process without ever developing a plan to address the worry. Your plan doesn’t need to be complicated. But, it may help to write out or talk through what you will do if influenza is identified in your school or where you work. And, if someone in your family contracts influenza, just have a simple plan of what you will do until they are well. Communicate with Your Children: Children, particularly younger children, are very vulnerable to the stress around them. Most children will observe adult behavior and emotions for cues on how to manage their own emotions. That is, your children watch you to figure out how they should react. It is usually best to discuss flu prevention efforts honestly and simply, using information that is appropriate for your child’s age. Maintaining familiar routines, as much as possible, when a family member is sick is also helpful in reducing anxiety and stress in children. When has Stress Become a Problem that Needs Professional Help? Defining the line between normal anxiety and anxiety which requires professional help is, of course, largely up to an individual. Some guiding points may be if anxiety or worry begins to significantly interfere with your job, school, or family, then you may need to talk with a psychologist or counselor. Feeling hopeless or highly discouraged for 2 consecutive weeks or more is often a symptom of clinical depression, and should prompt a visit to your primary care doctor or a mental health professional. For More Information: Acadia Hospital Web Site: www.acadiahospital.orgAmerican Psychological Association Help Center: www.apahelpcenter.orgU.S. Department of Health and Human Services: www.flu.gov
Ingredients:5 T olive oilÂ¼ cup finely chopped onion1 clove chopped garlic4 oz. assorted mushrooms, sliced1 lb. Arborio riceÂ½ cup white wine2 qts. chicken stock2 T butter3 T parmigiano reggiano cheesesalt and pepper to tasteDirections:1. Heat olive oil in pan, add onions and sautÃ© until translucent.2. Add garlic and sautÃ© for another minute.3. Add the mushrooms and cook for another minute.4. Next add the rice and sautÃ© for 2 minutes.5. Add the wine to the pan and stir to absorb.6. Add the chicken stock, a ladle at a time and keep stirring until absorbed.7. Keep adding the stock until itâ€™s all gone.8. Last add the parmesan cheese and butter.
By- Dr. Erik SteeleIf you think you have the flu, this year we want you to think a little differently before you go to see your doctor or the emergency department. We would like to have you think about â€¦ not coming? That’s right – consider not coming in. There are a few reasons to consider that approach:1. Most health care workers have not yet been vaccinated against H1N1 influenza (the so-called swine flu) and if all of them get the flu from patients coming in with the flu, we will not have enough health care workers – doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, etc – to take care of the sickest patients:2. If you are not at high risk for complications, you are not likely to be treated with anything from a doctor except advice, reassurance, and perhaps a prescription that can be called in over the phone:3. You could infect other people sitting in the office or emergency department waiting rooms. The tough part of making this decision is that some patients can get sick enough with influenza – the regular type and the H1N1 influenza – that they really do need to be seen by their primary care provider or the emergency department. How do you know if you, or a loved one, is so sick they should be seen right away, and not stay at home? Well, here are a few guidelines:1. Are you severely ill – too sick to get up and about for food, bathroom, etc.?2. Do you have real trouble with shortness of breath, severe lightheadedness when you are standing, or a severe headache associated with your illness?3. Is the sick person so ill they are less alert that normal, not as responsive as they should be?4. Is the patient too sick to take usual medications?5. If the patient is a child, do they just look ‘lousy’ to you?6. Do they have a significant rash in association with their illness?7. Do they have other health conditions that put them at higher risk of complications from influenza? These include being pregnant, having underlying heart disease (such as congestive heart failure) or lung disease (such as asthma or COPD / emphysema)? If they have any of these problems, call the patient’s physician about the illness and talk to them about being seen, or go to the emergency department if the patient seems too sick to wait.There is also a little questionnaire you can go to on the Web that will help you make this decision. It is available at XXXXXXXXX. You can complete the brief survey, and it might be able to help you with your decision. Don’t bother with the survey if the patient is too sick to wait around. And as always, you don’t have to make this decision alone – if you are uncertain, or worried about the patient (including if you are the patient), call your primary care provider and ask for some help making your decision.
By- Marion SyversenNot everyone enjoys finance, though as this segment of the news states I think Finance is FUN! To try to help, and with the encouragement of WABI-TV5 staff, I wrote a book that mixes ‘Finance with Chocolate SauceTM’ and also includes home and garden improvement tips.What’s the book about?Making your money count by understanding some cost-cutting and savings tips for your present- home and garden improvement- and your future- retirement planning.Will it hurt to read?NO! And there are plenty of pictures and graphics. Plus it has plenty of ‘Marionisms.’Who’s the reader?Well, it’s for folks at any age who want some encouragement. I spoke to a Senior Symposium in Boston and will be speaking to college students. You read it Catherine. Who do you think would like it?Where can I buy the book?Amazon or for autographed copies www.MarionSyversen.com I can speak for no cost to you church or group. Contact me on the web site to register.Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Norumbega Financial and Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., are separate entities, independently owned and operated.
Ingredients:4 6oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts 3 tbsp chopped parsley 1 tbsp chopped thyme 1 tbsp chopped rosemary 1 tbsp chopped sage 3 tbsp chopped garlic Â¼ cup olive oil1 cup polenta 4 cups chicken stock4 ounces smoked gouda cheeseÂ½ diced red onionÂ½ diced red pepper1 cup corn salt and pepper to taste Directions for Chicken1. Take all the herbs, garlic, and oil: spread the mixture all over the chicken breast. Let marinate in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.2. Get a sautÃ© pan very hot, add the oil and put chicken breast down.3. Sear until golden brown on both sides.4. Put in 350 degree oven until 165 degrees.Directions for Polenta1. Add the chicken stock in a sauce pan.2. When the stock reaches a boil, add the 1 cup of polenta.3. Stir constantly to avoid lumps. Do this for about ten minutes.4. Polenta is gone when comes clean off the sides of the pan or when there is no crunch in the cornmeal.5. Add in the gouda and stir until melted.Directions for Succotash1. Add a little oil in your hot sautÃ© pan.2. Add the onion and cook until translucent.3. Next add the red peppers and cook until soft.4. Last add the corn, salt and pepper, cook until heated through.
Life is not all lollipops and sunshine. You already pragmatically address some of the daily down-side issues of life with the purchase of Band-Aids and toilet paper. But what do you need to plan for your ultimate earthly future?In the book Ahead of Your Time authors and local business owners, Dick and Sue Coffin, provide stories, insights and specific planning strategies to take control, of your final arrangements. Though this is an vitally important topic it is often ignored. Planning is the best gift you can give to your grieving loved ones. This week and next we will cover some of the tips offered in this essential book. (Available from Rogan’s Memorials and at www.aheadofyourtime.net
By- Dr. Joan Marie PellegriniIt is that time of year again when we need to talk about hunter safety. Admittedly, accidents from hunting are way down compared with a few decades ago. However, the recent events in the news serves to remind us that this enjoyable activity has some dangers that can mostly be avoided.The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has a webpage (www.state.me.us/ifw/) that is an excellent source of information on the current laws governing hunting. Below, I have included the ten rules for safety. One of the most important points to make is that many feel the law in 1973 mandating hunter orange clothing and the first hunter safety courses in 1986 (Portland Press Herald Dec 4, 2008) are responsible for the dramatic decrease in hunting accidents. A hunter safety course is not just for the young and new-to-hunting. Although it is not mandated by law, everyone can benefit from a refresher once in awhile. It is easy to become complacent after many years of hunting and being around guns. Hunter safety courses are not just about how to use a gun. There is also good information on the laws, navigation, survival, etc. To find out more about these courses go to the IFW webpage.Source: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife10 COMMANDMENTS OF HUNTER SAFETYGive every gun the respect due a loaded gun.Watch that muzzle and control its direction, even if you happen to fall.Be sure your target is the game your hunting, and identify beyond it before you pull the trigger.Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions and that the ammunition is the proper size.Unload guns when not in use. Carry guns in cases to the shooting area.Never point a gun at anything you do not want to shoot, and never play.Never climb a fence or a tree or jump a ditch with a loaded gun. Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water. And use an adequate shooting range backstop.Store guns and ammunition separately, beyond the reach of children.Avoid alcoholic beverages and other mood-altering drugs before and during shooting.
German Sausage2 bottles Samuel Adams Octoberfest beer2 cups chicken stock 4 garlic cloves 5 bratwurst1 cup whole grain mustardDirections:Mix beer, chicken stock, and garlic in pot. Bring to a light simmer. Add the bratwurst into the poaching liquid and cook until 145 degrees. For the mustard sauce, take the 1 cups of mustard and splash about 2 oz of beer and mix.Red Cabbage 2 heads red cabbage shredded 2 Cortland apples , diced 2 cups sugar 2 cups water 1 1/4 cups apple cider vinegara stick of butterDirections:Put butter in pan and sautÃˆ onions until translucent. Add the reaming ingredients to the pot and simmer for about 1 hour. German Spaztel1 lb flour7 eggs 8 ounces milk1 teaspoon nutmeg 2 ounces butter Directions:Bring a pot of water to a boil. Mix flour and nutmeg together. Mix the egg and milk together. Pour the wet into the dry. Will become a batter. If you have a spatzel cutter or anything with holes like a perforated spoon, push the batter through and into the water. Spatzel is done when it floats.
Reporter Adrienne Bennett was sporting an apron and cap as she tried out a new job for the day. She goes to school to learn the intricacies of cafeteria work in tonight’s “Take this Job and Love it!””Alright, perfect.” Donning an apron and hat, whaalaa, I’m ready to become a lunch lady.” It’s 10:30 and students at Mount View are hungry.Enna Moody is one of nine who work in the cafeteria feeding more than one thousand mouths each day. My first task — the sandwich station. “We call this sub Mount View.” “How many students come through here in a day?” “In the sandwich line? About 125 sandwiches per day.” Enna gives me a few tips on how to make the wrap.”Doesn’t make it right, just makes it my way.” And it’s harder than it looks when you’ve got to move fast.Next up – Hot foods.Today’s menu – Pasta salad, Popcorn chicken, asparagus with cheese and sweet potato fries. “Make sure you hit the plate. Haha” “This changes everyday, she makes something different everyday.” “This isn’t like the cafeteria I had when I was in school.” “no when you were in school every just got one dish.” Yeah, they’ve got some choices now.””That is asparagus with cheese on it. No asparagus with cheese this time.”Many of these junior high kids passed up the asparagus and went straight to the pizza, so my next stop was to slice it…Clearly, I’m not the one that does the cooking in my family…Gloria goes through 30 to 60 pizzas a day…(the walk out w/pizza shot)”Show me how you cut this bad boy.” “See that’s how it’s done.”So with all these plates going out…there’s one thing left to do…”The dishes.” “First of all you need gloves. Take dishes from that window and take them to the other side.” Faith has a system.”You have to be quick!” “I’m going, I’m going!”Occasional gum on the plate,”Stickers…”and stickers will slow you down…After rinsing, it’s off to stacking, but you’ve got to have a good eye.”Oh, we got a little spot.” Again, Faith, much faster than me.”I’m not that quick” “You get used to it.””Overall, with everything I did how’d I do? You did perfect, everything was really good.” “yay! Would you hire me?” Yes, Would you hire me?” Well how about you come do my job for a day?” Hahahah no!” But don’t let these ladies fool you, this is a demanding line of work – making me think I’ll stick to reporting for the kids sake. Adrienne Bennett, WABI TV5 News, Thorndike.If you have an idea for our next “Take this Job and Love it” report email us at email@example.com
By- Dr. Jonathan WoodThis year, consider using Halloween as an opportunity to discuss a number of global health and safety issues with your children. Yes, several pointed issues certainly all apply to the day itself. But this is also an opportunity to reinforce with your kids that the lessons of Halloween are worth applying to their lives every day of the year.Dental HealthCavities develop as a result of carbohydrates and the associated acids produced bathing the teeth. The total time and frequency of exposure is the key, not necessarily the amount of sugar. The acids remain in the mouth for approx 20 min after a snack or meal. This knowledge supports a number of healthy habits, Halloween-related or not:Candies or foods that bath the mouth for long periods (lollipops, dense sticky candies, etc) engender the greatest riskEating at proscribed meal and snack times, rather than â€œgrazingâ€, will result in a healthier dental environmentTiming your Halloween candy consumption to around meals will reduce the associated risk of cavitiesSuggesting that kids eat little bits at a time and spread their candy consumption out over time will paradoxically increase their cavity riskEvening and Nighttime SafetyAs your kids prepare to wander the neighborhoods this year, use the holiday to remind them about pedestrian safety. It is especially important to stress that the driver visibility is at its worst during dusk, the time when many trick-or-treaters are out and about.Help your children choose costumes that offer adequate vision and mobilityConsider reflective costumes or at least adding some stick-on reflector materialFlashlights! One hand for the candy bag, one hand for the flashlightâ€¦!Review basic road crossing safety and stress the fact that these principles apply year â€˜roundUse sidewalks whenever possible.Food AllergiesFor kids with food allergies, Halloween is a good time to review some of the principles of awareness and avoidance. Teach label reading to confirm that ingredients are acceptableUse the time to review the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions due to inadvertent exposureBe aware that â€œtrick-or-treatâ€ size candies occasionally do not contain the exact same ingredients as the full size versionGeneral Healthy Behaviors and Global Safety Issues With wood stoves fired up and with Jack-o-lanterns on porches, Halloween offers a context for reviewing fire safety. Also, consider fire safety when choosing costumes.Carving pumpkins offers a setting in which to review knife safety with small children and adolescents alike.Use Halloween to gently review stranger safety. Use the trick-or-treating experience to reinforce simple things like not getting in cars with strangers and not going into strangersâ€™ homes unaccompanied. Halloween can be used to emphasize that most people are good people with good intentions, but that this doesnâ€™t negate the value of prudence and being careful.Use Halloween to talk about peer pressure and mob mentality. For example, reinforce the difference between â€œtricksâ€ and vandalism. Especially with older kids and adolescents, Halloween can offer an environment for trouble making. Prepare your kids with the means to identify and avoid inappropriate situations. Offering â€œscriptsâ€ for extracting themselves can be very helpful. Most important, discuss simple common sense with your kids. Nothing will serve them better than that! So, arm those kids with essential Halloween equipment (safe costume, good shoes, candy receptacle, flashlight, cell phone) and some common sense. Theyâ€™ll have fun, learn some things along the way, and have plenty of year â€˜round good habits reinforced!
Life is not all lollipops and sunshine. You already pragmatically address some of the daily down-side issues of life with the purchase of Band-Aids and toilet paper. But what do you need to plan for your ultimate earthly future? In the book Ahead of Your Time authors and local business owners, Dick and Sue Coffin, provide stories, insights and specific planning strategies to take control, of your final arrangements. Though this is an vitally important topic it is often ignored. Planning is the best gift you can give to your grieving loved ones. This week and next we will cover some of the tips offered in this essential book. (Available from Rogan’s Memorials and at www.aheadofyourtime.net
Ingredients:4- 6oz Turkey breast cutlets1 can Adobo sauce (pureed)4- 4oz portions of Mashed potatoes4- 6oz Portions of vegetableDirections:Marinate Turkey Breast at least 3oz with adobo sauce.Grill on med-high heat until it reaches an internal temp of at least 165Â°.Slice and serve with mashed potato and vegetable.
By- Dr. David PrescottDepression â€“ Progress But Still Undertreated: Great improvements have been made over the past two decades in terms of identifying and treating clinical depression. As with most health problems, early detection and treatment of depression offers the best chance for addressing the problem successfully. Estimates are that just over 16% of Americans will experience clinical depression in their lifetime. Sadly, many of those people never receive treatment. National Depression Screening Day: Each year since 1991, National Depression Screening Day has helped people learn more about depression and provided screening and treatment referrals for any interested person. Screening is now available on-line to make it even more widely available. Types of Depression: As you consider whether or not you ought to take the screening, it may help to review the primary types of depression that have been identified by mental health experts. These descriptions are also available at the national Mental Health Screening website ( www.mentalhealthscreening.org).Clinical depression or major depression is a serious and common disorder of mood that is pervasive, intense and attacks the mind and body at the same time. Current theories indicate that clinical depression may be associated with an imbalance of chemicals in the brain that carry communications between nerve cells that control mood and other bodily systems. Other factors may also come into play, such as negative life experiences including stress or loss, medication, other medical illnesses, and certain personality traits and genetic factors. Dysthymia is a milder form of depression that lasts two years or more. It is the second most common type of depression but because people with dysthymia may only have two or three symptoms, may be overlooked and go undiagnosed and untreated. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that follows seasonal rhythms, with symptoms occurring in the winter months and diminishing in spring and summer. Current research indicates that the absence of sunlight triggers a biochemical reaction that may cause symptoms such as loss of energy, decreased activity, sadness, excessive eating and sleeping.Bipolar DisorderBipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, is a type of mental illness that involves a disorder of affect or mood. The person’s mood usually swings between overly “high” or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, with periods of normal mood in between.Need more Information?Acadia Hospital: www.acadiahospital.orgNational Depression Screening Day: www.mentalhealthscreening.org).Depression Screening Questions â€“ National Depression Screening DaySample Questions: Over the past two weeks, how often have you: Been feeling low in energy, slowed down?a. For none or little of the time. b. For some of the timec. For most of the timed. For all of the timeHad difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? e. For none or little of the timef. For some of the timeg. For most of the timeh. For all of the timeIf you would like to complete a screening for depression and possible treatment recommendations, follow the link to National Depression Screening Day at:www.acadiahospital.orgAvailable on October 8, 2009
Getting ready for retirement and our years in retirement, which thanks to longer lifespans, now account for a lot of years and work best with important planning. Here’s a look at of the typical journey. Fantasy- The 15 years before retirement people begin to fantasize about what they’ll do – on not do – in retirement. This group have high expectations but according to studies, less than half in this age group believe they are saving enough. Excitement- 5 years before retirement there is a growing excitement. In surveys, people have what I would consider, unrealistic expectations about how great retirement will be. As one researcher put it, “Boy, when I get out of work, I’m going to be soooo happy!” The Big Day – The next 2 – 15 years is a readjustment of your previous expectations. Optimism drops from 80% to less than 65%. 25% of retirees are totally confused about their role in life. Peace- comes about 15 years into retirement. It could come way earlier than that for others. (Your emotional readiness and preparation plays an important role in your contentment.) Later Years- Three times as many retirees worry about paying for health care as worry about dying. Plan with that concern in mind. Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com
The secret ingredient for this treasured 75 year old recipe is finally being revealed: Real Cream. Loaded with seafood, this sought after dish is surprisingly easy to make, and is guaranteed to impress. Ingredients:2 tablespoons butter 30 mL 2 tablespoons olive oil 30 mL 4 oz double smoked bacon, diced 125 g 1 cup diced celery 250 mL cup diced white onion 125 mL 1 tablespoon minced garlic 15 mL 2 pounds mixed seafood (diced salmon, halibut, 1 kg scallops, or lobster meat, small shrimp, baby clams) 3 Yukon gold potatoes, diced with skins on 3 (1 lb/500 g) 1 cup white wine 250 mL juice of 1 lemon 8 cups 35 % whipping Cream 2 L 6 tbsp chopped chives 90 mL Pinch chili flakes Pinch Salt and pepper 1. In a large pot, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat: stir in bacon, celery, onion and garlic: cook stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes or until onions are soft. Add seafood and potatoes: cook stirring for 2 minutes. Stir in wine and lemon juice: bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until reduced by three quarters. 2. Add cream: bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft and soup has thickened slightly. Stir in chives, chili flakes and season with salt and pepper. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: about 1 hr. 15 minutes Yield: Serves 12
By- Dr. Amy MoviusEastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a very rare, but serious, viral disease that has killed several horses in Maine this fall.Â â€œTriple Eâ€, as it is sometimes called, can be very dangerous and even deadly in humans as well. The Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) was first seen in Maine in 2005 when it was found in some mosquitoes, birds, and horses.Â Then, in the fall of 2008, a man in Cumberland County died of this disease.This fall, the EEEV has killed horses in 5 different counties of Maine.Â This is significant as horses are infected the same way humans are â€“ from being bitten by an infected mosquito.Â The â€œreservoirâ€ for EEEV is actually in songbirds.Â Mosquitoes, especially those found around hardwood wetlands and costal areas, can pick up the virus from birds and then infect humans (and horses).Â It is seen most often in late summer and early fall.Â Humans and horses infected with EEEV are not themselves infectious to anyone else.Â The increase of this disease in horses means that the virus is, unfortunately, alive and well in Maine in 2009.Â Most people who become infected with EEEV will have a mild flu or no obvious illness at all.Â For some individuals, however, encephalitis develops.Â Encephalitis occurs when there is inflammation around the brain.Â Symptoms can include fever, headache, behavior changes and progress to coma and death.Â Residents of wetland areas endemic for EEEV are at risk for contracting the infection, and persons over 50 and less than 15 years of age are more prone to developing serious disease.Â Sadly, 1/3 of people who develop encephalitis will die and of those who survive, many have permanent brain damage.Â Currently, there is no effective treatment for EEE and no vaccine for humans.Â The key to staying safe is prevention!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1.Â Always use an insect repellent when outdoors.Â DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and oil & lemon eucalyptus products are effective and should be applied to skin and clothes.Â Clothing may also be treated with permethrin, which will stay effective through several wash cycles.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2.Â Cover up outdoors with long sleeves/pants.Â Use nets to cover infant carriers.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3.Â *Limit or reschedule outdoor group evening activities, such as school athletic events.Â Participants and spectators should use insect repellents.Â All of these activities should end at least 1 hour before sunset if the temperature is greater than 50 degrees.Â This is because mosquito bites are most frequent at dusk and dawn.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4.Â Clean up standing water around your yard: repair any window screens that need it.Maine is full of wetlands and mosquitoes, and this virus is expected to be a problem next year as well.Â We need to use and develop defensive strategies now to protect ourselves while we continue to enjoy our beautiful state.Reference:Â Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
We spoke a couple of weeks ago about the changing credit card laws that will restrict issuance of cards for anyone under 21. So how can you help younger students learn good credit habits? here are a few suggestions from the Wall Street Journal. Test Drive a Debit Card- I’ve spoken with middle school kids explaining to them the difference between credit cards and debit cards because they appear the same to the unschooled or inexperienced. But we know that debit cards draw money from a bank checking account. If you can teach kids to manage a debit account, that could be a good first step in helping them get the hang of not using cash. Authorized user of one your card- the author of the WSJ article suggests that making the child an authorized user of ‘one or more of your cards’ – I can’t imagine why they’d need to be an authorized user of more than one card, but in this way the ‘payment history of the card will appear on the child’s credit file and help him or her build a good credit history-assuming, of course, that the parent handles the card responsibly,’ according to the article. Secured Credit card- secured cards put cash down. They are like a pre-paid phone and allow you to use only up to the amount deposited with the credit card. If you pay the bill you have whatever available credit remains and you are able to establish credit history. A few years of these ‘guardrail’s can really help kids get a more solid footing and help them with their credit futures. Citations:WSJ
Ingredients:2 cups mashed sweet potatoesÂ¼ cup onion, mincedÂ¾ teaspoon garlic, minced1 cup kidney beans, slightly mashed1/3 cup waterÂ½ tablespoon chili powderÂ½ teaspoon cumin1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper2 flour tortillasÂ¼ cup cheddarDirections:In a mixing bowl, add potatoes and beans then mix. Add garlic, onion, water, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and cheese. Mix well. Lay each tortilla on a sheet of aluminum foil. Place half of the mixture in the center of each tortilla. Fold up sides and roll in foil. Bake wrapped in foil at 350Â° for 25-35 minutes.
By- Dr. Joan PellegriniAlthough anyone at any age can get a concussion, this time of year is particularly important because of the start of the sports season in the schools. A concussion happens when there is a blow to the head that causes either a loss of consciousness, a brief lapse of memory, or a feeling of dizziness or being dazed. Most of us do not consider concussions to be serious and therefore we shrug it off and encourage the athlete to get back on the field quickly. Unfortunately, a concussion is a form of brain injury and this is why it is so important to avoid concussions. People who have a concussion are at an increased risk of having seizures over the next five years. Also, multiple concussions can lead to learning disabilities and some loss of cognition. There is even a theory that multiple concussions can increase your risk of developing Alzheimerâ€™s Disease.Post-concussive syndrome is poorly understood. It is also very difficult to predict. This is a complex disorder that may cause headache and dizziness for weeks or months. There may also be mood or personality changes, diminished concentration, fatigue, nausea, balance issues, and loss of appetite. It is easy to see why this syndrome could cause serious problems with school, work, or family life.The most important thing about concussions is to prevent them. Many high risk sports require helmets. However, there are several sports with high risk that do not require helmets such as soccer and field hockey. Once you or your child suffers a concussion, it then becomes extremely important to avoid another concussion. Certainly, the brain needs time to heal. However, medical professions are uncertain how long the injury may take to heal. Currently, the recommendation is to avoid risky behavior until all symptoms have completely resolved. This may mean keeping your child out of the sport for several weeks or more. If your child had a concussion and then returns to the sport after a time of healing, it is important for the coach to look for signs of incomplete healing such as slow response times, balance issues, etc.If you suspect that your or a family member may be suffering from post-concussive syndrome, your family physician can refer you to a specialist that deals with brain injury. This physician may even refer to very specialized physicians that deal specifically with the neuropsychiatric complications of brain injury.
***Serves 2***Ingredients:4 oz. day-old bread cut into 1â€ cubes3 oz. cream cheese cut into small cubes4 oz. blueberries4 eggs, beatenÂ½ cup milkÂ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract2 tablespoons maple syrupÂ¼ teaspoon cinnamonÂ¼ cup white sugarÂ½ tablespoon cornstarchÂ¼ cup waterÂ¼ cup blueberriesÂ¼ tablespoon butterDirections:In a metal mixing bowl, combine beaten eggs, maple syrup, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. In a baking dish, add bread, cream cheese and blueberries, Pour egg mixture over bread then cover and put into the refrigerator for about 2 hours to let the bread soak up the egg mixture.Bake covered at 350Â° for 30 minutes then uncover and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.