June 26, 2007
My mother was infuriated when she read an article about what is in her hormone medication, Premarin. You are not going to believe me when I tell you this, but it is horse urine. Yes, you read that right horse urine. I didn’t believe it either. How gross is that? Well I actually looked it up. They not only make it out of horse urine, but the side effects are increased chances of breast cancer, heart disease, and many many other things. Now if you are currently a woman taking hormone medication, you can’t just stop taking the medications. Here is what Sue Bondzeleske B.S., C.N.C has to say. You can read her full article here.
Synthetic hormones are just that– synthetic. They are not the same molecules as the natural estrogen or progesterone found in the body. Current research is finding that it is not advisable for any woman to be on HRT for longer than 6 months due to the eventual side effects. The female body does not accept synthetic hormones. It may seem as though it does at first, but, after many months or years, and constant exposure to environmental estrogens, side effects will appear. Formost of those side effects being increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular problems, candidiasis, fluid retention, elevated triglycerides, stroke, fibrocystic breast disease, and/or uterine fibroids. The problem is that synthetic hormones do not correct any problem; they simply add synthetic hormones to your body. If you stop taking them, or get them out of balance, the side effects ( night sweats, mood swings, depression, hot flashes) are not pleasant. Any time you add a hormone to the body that is naturally produced by the body, the body will stop it’s production of that hormone and the gland will somewhat atrophy. In the case of menopause — as your ovaries and uterus decrease production of estrogen and progesterone due to the lack of ovulation, the production of the hormones gradually is switched to the adrenal glands. If you start taking synthetic hormones, which are extremely potent as compared to natural hormones, your body will not be stimulated to produce the hormones itself naturally. Hence, the reason doctors leave women on hormones for LIFE!! This is also why women who stop taking hormones, for whatever reason, usually have severe side effects (the aforementioned hot flashes, mood swings, depression). It is very important to wean yourself off synthetic hormones while simultaneously taking natural herbs or supplements, or using transdermal natural progesterone cream. Estrogen replacement has been linked to cancer (breast, ovarian, cervical and endometrial). It has also been connected to Lupus (an auto-immune disorder). Research is finding that hormone replacement is not recommended if you have a family history of breast cancer, uterine cancer, or fibroids; if you have “cystic breasts” diagnosed as atypical hyperplasia; or if you have liver or gall bladder disease. Synthetic estrogens can cause changes in liver, because they accumulate in the body. Hormone replacement could cause high blood pressure, fluid retention, and blood clots. Premarin is “natural” estrogen — extracted from the urine of pregnant mares. It is not natural to the human female body. This is extremely potent and may cause metabolic changes in the liver. It should never be used by obese women, those who smoke or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or varicose veins. Read the rest of this entry »
June 3, 2007
This year give Dad and extra special Father’s Day Gift. You can make Dad a coupon book of items that you would like to do for Dad. You can either make a special coupon book by hand or you can even print one out. To make your gift extra special for dad, give him his gift in a special handmade Father’s Day Card. Here are some ideas for Coupons for Dad.
- Back Rub
- Big Hug
- Breakfast In Bed
- Car Wash
- Control Of The Remote
- Doing The Dishes
- Garden Weeding
- Mow The Lawn Read the rest of this entry »
June 2, 2007
This favorable dip is great addition to any vegetable party tray. This is a great dip for any party or gathering.
Items you will need:
- 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
- 1 8oz carton of sour cream
- 1 8oz carton of plain fat-free yougurt
- 1/4 cup snipped fresh mint
- 1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts
- 1/4 cup of peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper
Directions: In a medium bowl combine the spinach, sour cream, and yogurt. Stir in mint, peanuts, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, and crushed red pepper. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours. Serve with fresh vegetables.
Cucumber Dip is a great addition to any party tray. It makes an excellent addition to menus for bar-b-ques, parties, and baby showers. This is an easy to make recipe that can be made ahead of time and chilled.
- 2 cups thick, plain yogurt
- 2 small cucumbers, peeled and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint (2 Tbs. dried) plus a little for garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a small bowl, beat the yogurt until smooth.
- Fold in the garlic and scallions. Season with salt and pepper.
- Fold in the mint, then add the cucumber.
- Garnish with a tablespoon of fresh chopped mint, if desired. Chill well before serving.
- Serve with crusty bread or pita bread triangles and raw vegetables. Makes about 3 cups.
Summer is here! Why not get a craft project to keep your children busy this summer. These craft projects by Skull Dungery are sure to keep your children entertained for hours. These unique projects are a new addition to Two Gals And A Computer Toy Store.
May 28, 2007
Father’s Day is just around the corner. I have talked to a few guys this year about what there idea Father’s Day Gift would be. Here are the top ideas that I was given. Unfortunately most of the men that I talked to were real evasive. I got a lot of answers of “I don’t know”, “It doesn’t matter” and “Any thing really”.
1. Golf Fee Gift Certificates — Can be purchased at your local Golfing Range
2. Golfing Gear
3. Fishing Gear
May 7, 2007
Vicki says it best in her post Too Real Uncommon Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day
Chocolates, flowers and taking mom or grandma out for dinner have been done and over done. Mother’s day doesn’t have to be expensive. Some of the greatest gifts you can give your mother don’t cost anything and yet can be priceless to her.
Check out their post for some more great tips on what to get Women for gifts. These would not only be great for Mother’s Day, but also birthday’s, Christmas, and Anniversaries. As you can see women are getting more and more vocal about what we like and don’t like. Make it special make it something that we are going to be able to remember years from now.