Friday, November 16, 2012

Sip of Soda. 9 Side Effects. Higher Stroke Risk. Aspartame. Prissy Houdini.


For “Foodie Friday”:

A sip of soda: How soft drinks impact your health

If you can’t read it:  reads it for you!


Facts About Soda

images[6]9 Disturbing Side Effects of Soda

“Need a reason to break your soda addiction? We've got 9, and they're not pretty.”


Soda Drinkers Have Higher Stroke Riskimages[4]

“Substituting coffee for cola seems to lower the risk

The next time you reach for a soda you might want to reconsider. Or maybe choose an iced coffee instead.

That's because a new study has found that people who regularly drink soda — either regular or diet — face a greater risk of stroke than those who don't. On the other hand, drinking coffee instead of soda seems to cut the risk of stroke.

Other studies have linked sugar-sweetened soft drinks with heart disease — and not surprisingly, given that the drinks may promote diabetes and obesity. But the causal link between stroke risk and sugar-free beverages is puzzling, says lead author Adam Bernstein, M.D., research director of the Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute.

One possibility, he notes, may be that the additives in sodas are not as safe as have been assumed. While more research needs to be done, Bernstein says, "there has been some suggestion that caramel coloring could lead to inflammation, which perhaps then could trigger some type of disease."  More at:


The health effects of drinking soda - quotes from the experts

“This is a compilation of quotes about the destructive health effects of soft drinks from some of the leading authors on health, nutrition and junk food.”       Learn more:


Mayor Bloomberg's soda ban will cause New Yorkers to poison themselves with more aspartame

“Ah, the hilarity of the nanny state knows no bounds, it seems. Especially not in New York City, where Mayor Bloomberg oversaw a large-sized soda ban that just became law. The really hilarious part of the law? It does not apply to aspartame-laced "diet sodas" which, by any honest measure, are far more toxic to your health than regular sodas made with HFCS.

HFCS may cause diabetes and obesity, but aspartame causes neurological damage and early-onset Alzheimer's. But that's just what New York needs, it seems: A wave of crabby soda-drinking senior citizens who are half blind and can't remember where their apartment building is located. (Or has that already happened?)
That the New York city health board actually thinks diet soda is healthier than regular soda is a sad, sad commentary on the state of nutritional ignorance in NYC. So under this nanny state plan, citizens will be pushed to consume more neurotoxic aspartame -- gee, what a brilliant plan! Why not ban vitamins, too, and just force everybody to take a daily chemotherapy pill and call it a "public health initiative?"”   Learn more:


On This Day:

Oklahoma enters the Union, Nov 16, 1907:

“Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory collectively enter the United States as Oklahoma, the 46th state.

Oklahoma, with a name derived from the Choctaw Indian words okla, meaning "people," and humma, meaning "red," has a history of human occupation dating back 15,000 years. The first Europeans to visit the region were Spanish explorers in the 16th century, and in the 18th century the Spanish and French struggled for control of the territory. The United States acquired Oklahoma from France in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

After the War of 1812, the U.S. government decided to remove Indian tribes from the settled eastern lands of the United States and move them west to the unsettled lands of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. In 1828, Congress reserved Oklahoma for Indians and in 1834 formally ceded it to five southeastern tribes as Indian Territory. Many Cherokees refused to abandon their homes east of the Mississippi, and so the U.S. Army moved them west in a forced march known as the "Trail of Tears." The uprooted tribes joined Plains Indians that had long occupied the area, and Indian nations with fixed boundaries and separate governments were established in the region.

During the American Civil War, most tribes in Indian Territory supported the South. With the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865, the territory was placed under U.S. military rule. White cattlemen and settlers began to covet the virgin ranges of Oklahoma, and after the arrival of the railroad in the 1870s, illegal white incursion into Indian Territory flourished. Most of these "Boomers" were expelled, but pressure continued until the federal government agreed in 1889 to open two million acres in central Oklahoma for white settlement. At noon on April 22, 1889, a pistol shot signaled the opening of the new land, and tens of thousands of people rushed to stake claims. Those who had already made illegal entry to beat the starting gun were called "Sooners," hence Oklahoma's state nickname. The following year, the region was divided into Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory.

In 1907, Congress decided to admit Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory into the Union as a single state, with all Indians in the state becoming U.S. citizens. Representatives of the two territories drafted a constitution, and on September 17, 1907, it was approved by voters of the two territories. On November 16, Oklahoma was welcomed into the United States by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Oklahoma initially prospered as an agricultural state, but the drought years of the 1930s made the state part of the Dust Bowl. During the Depression, poor tenant farmers known as "Okies" were forced to travel west seeking better opportunities. In the 1940s, prosperity returned to Oklahoma, and oil production brought a major economic boom in the 1970s.”



2012-10-08-Trying-to-get-out-Little Miss Priss is an escape artist.


On the 8th. Oct, Jay bent the bars closer together.  The bars on the front door of this silver cage have been messed up since I got it.   Once she gets her head through, she just slithers out.  On the 10th, we installed plastic barriers, so she couldn’t get out.


By the 2nd. Nov, she was older, smarter, could climb higher and got out of the silver cage so she was put in the black one. 

SAM_1759 She escaped from that through this little space marked with red xx. 

I think she must spend her time checking each bar on a cage!

So Ray bent the bars on the silver cage again, and she was put back in that.


SAM_1754But she got out of the silver cage again yesterday morning just before the appraiser arrived.   So she had to be locked up in a smaller kennel cage in the Grooming Room.  I knew there was no way she could geNige;'s Pictures 012t out of that  one.


The appraiser looked around and said that he didn’t think he could appraise the house properly until I have taken down the RVport off the property line, between my house and the guest house (which I am not selling).  He said he would check into that, and get back to me, with no charge for yesterday.

2012-11-15-Screen over bent bars As soon as he left, I zip-tied some screen wire on the front of the silver cage, so that Prissy couldn’t get out, and brought her out of the Grooming Room back into the house.2012-11-15-I can't get out

She looked at me as if to say “You meanie!”

Then I let her out to play with Prime while I did some chores.  I always know where Miss Priss is, as Prime is watching her all the time.

2012-11-15-CondoShe enjoyed playing on Prime’s condo for quite a while, and she and Prime chased around.  It’s good company for Prime, too.

I can’t make up my mind if she is a calico or a tortoiseshell.  But then she has a tux in the front, so maybe she’s a TCT!  (Tuxedo-Cali-Tortie!!)

The windows and doors were opened once it warmed up to quite a nice day.


Dizzy-Dick said...

She sure is a Houdini. That might be a good nick-name for her.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comment, DD.

Yes, it would be a good name, but her name has to start with a 'P' for Penny, so that our SPCA boss knows at a glance which animal is fostered where.

All our animals are in foster care as we do not have an SPCA shelter in Montgomery County.
We like it that way, it's better for the animals.

Happy Tails, and Trails, Penny.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Well, how about naming her "Poof" since she is a magician and "poof", she disappears out of her cage.