The New Wonder Vitamin?By- Dr. Joan Marie PellegriniMost of us learned in school that Vitamin D is important for our bone health and that we get it from being in the sun. This is true. The sun on our exposed skin, along with our liver and kidneys, acts to convert the inactive molecule to the active vitamin. We can also get the active vitamin in our diet. Many foods, including milk, are supplemented with vitamin D. Vitamin D is critical in regulating our calcium metabolism. We have known for decades that vitamin D is critical for bone development. However, there is now increasingly significant research into the other biologic actions of this vitamin. These include the immune system (both the innate and adaptive), pancreas (i.e. diabetes) and metabolic homeostasis, heart-cardiovascular (heart disease and hypertension), muscle and brain systems (i.e. dementia), as well as the control of the cell cycle, and thus of the disease process of cancer.I have been telling my patients for years that if they have a problem with colon polyps, that taking Caltrate (calcium) and aspirin my help to reduce the number of polyps. New evidence shows that these same patients would probably also benefit from Vitamin D supplementation.Several conditions such as tuberculosis, psoriasis, eczema, Crohn’s disease, chest infections, wound infections, influenza, urinary tract infections, eye infections and wound healing may benefit from adequate circulating vitamin D levels.Scientists and nutritionists from many countries agree that at present about half of elderly North Americans and Western Europeans and probably also of the rest of the world are not receiving enough vitamin D to maintain healthy bone. This despite very well publicized national guidelines and supplementing our milk and orange juice. It is unclear exactly why our vitamin D levels are low. It could be from reduced dietary intake or less sun exposure or, more likely, a combination. We all live in a northern climate and this means we have less sun exposure than people living near the equator. Also, we tend to use sun screen which blocks the sun’s ability to help our skin make vitamin D.So, should you take a vitamin D supplement? You should evaluate how often you are outside when it is sunny. Is it at least 10 minutes a day without sunscreen? How much vitamin D are you getting in your diet? Dietary sources that are high in vitamin D are milk, orange juice (if the carton says it has added vitamin D), and fatty fish (such as mackerel and salmon). If you think you may not be getting enough, then a supplement of 1000 IU a day during the summer and 200 IU during the winter may be beneficial. If you are someone who seems to get every virus that goes through your office of school, then some experts believe this may be a sign of being relatively vitamin D deficient and that you’d benefit from taking extra vitamin D. If you are on medications or have liver or kidney disease, then you should discuss this issue with your physician before starting vitamin D supplementation.
Submitted by: Carol Cossette1 can cream style corn 1 c. milk 1 egg, well beaten 1 c. cracker crumbs 1/4 c. chopped onion 3 T. chopped pimento 3/4 t. salt 1/2 c. buttered cracker crumbs Heat corn and milk. Gradually stir in egg. Add next 4 ingredients, and a dash of pepper. Mix well. Pour into greased 1 1/2 qt. baking dish. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over top. Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes.
Submitted by: Linda Emmons, Alton1Pk chopped dates 1/2 cup boiling water 2/3cups walnuts 1 lg box of vanilla pudding sm Whipped topping pinch of nutmeg Mix 1/2 cup water over dates drain water immediately & cool. Sprinkle nuts over crust. Then add dates. Omit 1/2 cup milk from pudding. Put pudding over dates. Add 1/2 cup cool whip to pudding & nutmeg.
Submitted by: Kate Beaulieu, Hampden5 lbs potatoes 6 oz cream cheese (2 packs) 8 oz sour cream 1 Tbls minced garlic 2 Tbls butter paprika Boil potatoes until soft for mashing (or mixing with a blender for smoother potatoes) If using red potatoes, leave skin on after cleaning. Drain. Mix in cream cheese, sour cream & garlic. If it needs more “liquid” add small amounts of milk until desired consistancy. If storing (up to 3 days), put in 8X11 baking dish, cover & refrigerate. When ready to bake. Preheat oven to 325. Dot potatoes with butter and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 50 minutes.It can be adjusted (temp & time) to accommodate other baking with other items. If not using gravy, top with bacon pieces, tomatoes & cheese and put under broiler until bubbly.
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Managing Kids and Their Financial ExpectationBy- Marion SyversenItâ€™s can be hard to say no to people you love. Especially when the things people want is affordable and you can easily buy it. So when youâ€™re in the store and your baby asks for something and they are so cute and so sweet, it is easy to say, sure. But buying things all the time when kids ask will create serious problems for your kids. In real life they canâ€™t have everything they see and want. You donâ€™t want them to become so accustomed to wanting or needing things to the extent that they would forgo real relationships for one in which someone who will buy them stuff. And you want fulfillment in their lives to be more than things.Check yourself- Can you say no? If not, why not? Are you fulfilling needs from your emptiness or pain? This is a common reason why parents canâ€™t or wonâ€™t say no. They donâ€™t really need the item for which they may presently be begging. It may very well be in your heart. Â Life has rules- Are you being mean when you tell your child that not to stand on a chair because they may fall? Is God being mean because there is gravity? Helping your child be a responsible, charitable adult who works hard and is kind to others thatâ€™s your job as a parent. Here are some rules: You canâ€™t have everything you want. Work bring satisfaction and a paycheck. Think of others. Clean up after yourself. Itâ€™s not all about you.Find teaching tools- Itâ€™s hard for kids to hear you say you donâ€™t have the money when you spend $100 on groceries. I know what it means when you say things about your money, but they only see and hear words that say the opposite of what you are doing.Â Teaching budgeting, maybe you need to learn about budgeting, is a way to begin this process. Â According to a Wall Street Journal article 24% of parents made back to school budgets WITH their kids which was many more than had done it a few years ago.Itâ€™s okay to learn these truths together. We are all on a journey in life and not as smart or as wise today as we will be, hopefully, next week or next year. But please recognize what motivates you and take control of yourself so you can be a better parent for your children.Citations:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704285104575491761014550690.html Â Â