Archive for August, 2012

Wonderful spanakopita (spinach pie)

Friday, August 31st, 2012

This is very good, healthy eating. I made two cake pans of it the other day. I’d never worked with philo dough before. I bought Athens brand in the frozen foods section. It’s a bit tricky because it’s so thin. But well worth doing.

Dog Invites Hungry Stray to Come Home for Dinner

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

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Red Wine May Prevent Senior Falls, Study Finds

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

“Our study suggests that a natural compound like resveratrol, which can be obtained either through dietary supplementation or diet itself, could actually decrease some of the motor deficiencies that are seen in our aging population,” said research leader Jane Cavanaugh, Ph.D., in a press release. “And that would, therefore, increase an aging person’s quality of life and decrease their risk of hospitalization due to slips and falls.”

Falling is a major issue for seniors as they age. One third of adults over 65 fall every year, according to the CDC, and one-quarter of adults who experience a hip fracture die the following year, according to a report from Cayuga Medical Center.

Yet before you tipple to avoid tipping over, know that the body has difficulty absorbing resveratrol. It would take 700 four-ounce glasses of red wine a day for your body to absorb enough of the compound to see any positive outcomes. But the study’s researchers noted that even if resveratrol’s effect on the brain is minimal at best, “this small margin could potentially be enough to help older people remain steady on their feet and avoid taking serious tumbles,” according to the press release.

This isn’t the first time red wine has been touted for its health properties. Red wine health benefits are gleaned from resveratrol’s antioxidant properties, which can break down dangerous free radicals. A good diet should be rich in resveratrol, according to a study published in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. Resveratrol can be found naturally in red wine, grape juice, peanuts, the skin of grapes and other dark fruits, such as cranberries and blueberries.

Research released earlier this year suggests that red wine can lead to a longer life. Red wine and resveratrol have also been linked to good heart health and to inhibiting the spread of a number of human cancer lines, such as breast, thyroid, prostate, colon and stomach cancers, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State, which studies micronturients.


The Biggest Risk to Your Golden Years — It’s Not What You Expect

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The biggest risk to your nest egg is a long-term care event.

With the average cost of long-term care in an assisted living facility at $3300 per month, a $100,000 nest egg could be wiped out in two-and-a-half years. A private room in a nursing home at an average daily rate of $222 will decimate that $100,000 balance in just 15 months. Still worse, the cost of long-term care has increased nearly 6% annually for the past five years.

Advances in medicine allow us to live longer, but have increased our need for care when we’re old and worn out. And if acute diseases like heart failure don’t do us in, the chronic ones like Alzheimer’s and cancer eventually do. In the process, they’ll extend the number of months — maybe years — that we’ll likely need long-term care.

The four options we have when facing a long-term care event include spending down our assets, relying on family, going on Medicaid (not to be confused with Medicare), and buying long-term care insurance. Long-term care insurance policyholders typically cite “not wanting to be a burden on family” as the main reason for purchase.


Dog steals cabbage

Monday, August 27th, 2012

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Memories of my grandparents and American values

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Today I was reading a discussion by Brits about their notions of trespassing. Anyone is free to walk or drive through their property. You cannot keep them from doing so. Only recently when people began buying land instead of inheriting it or having it bestowed upon them has this become controversial.

I was reminded of a funny story which reveals our crazy preoccupation with the notion of trespassing and our often strange American values.

When I was maybe 5 or 6 years old, my granddad was driving me and my grandmother through some of his ranch land when a sheriff pulled in and stopped him for trespassing on private property.

My granddad had a fit, since it was his land.

The sheriff kept insisting that he was trespassing.

My granddad was ready to pop him one and called him a “Son of a B.”

My grandmother, who would not let me get out of the car, began fretting about “Dad” swearing at the man, a terrible sin. She was a devout Baptist (American).

It took me years to figure out why calling someone a son of an insect was so horrible.

Koko the gorilla gets new kittens

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Koko the Gorilla Cries Over the Loss of a Kitten

Friday, August 24th, 2012

This is old footage of Koko the gorilla loving and caring for a pet kitten…and then crying whenever she finds out the kitty died. If anyone says animals don’t feel emotions, show them this.


Rarest dog breeds

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Whether because of geography, outdated usage, or unpopularity, there are several breeds of dog that are virtually unknown to dog lovers across the globe. Click through to check out some of the rarest dog breeds on the planet.

Beans Help Banish Belly Fat

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

New research in the European Journal of Nutrition shows that eating a diet high in legumes like lentils and chickpeas can help blast excess body fat. The humble beans are rich in protein and high in fiber, both of which help stabilize blood sugar levels. Avoiding blood sugar rollercoaster spikes and drops ensures your body stops storing extra pounds, particularly around the waistline.

Research showed that the bean-based diet also helped reduce inflammation in the body. (Watch for my blog 14 Foods that Fight Inflammation and Pain next week).

Lentils are also an excellent source of folate which helps to prevent birth defects, regulates blood pressure and reduce the risk of anemia.

In another recent study, participants reported greater dietary satisfaction and ate fewer processed foods when chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) were included in their diet.

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.