Fast Food – Not As Bad As We Think??

October 24, 2014

ffasIt’s hard to beat fast food for speed and taste, but as far as nutrition goes…well, most of us try not to think about it when we’re feasting on french fries, shakes, and double cheeseburgers. But when eating in fast-food restaurants becomes more than a once-in-a-while treat, it’s time to rethink your fast-food choices.

Fast-Food Nutrition

Fast food are not bad. All food, including fast food, has nutrients your body needs. Nutritionally, however, fast-food meals generally come up short in the vitamin and minreal departments, while …

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Birth Control Options Are Always There

October 8, 2014

bcoatFor almost all teens, deciding whether or not to become sexually active is one of the first major decisions they control. Legally and morally, no one should be forced to have sex. Emotionally, it should be a shared decision between equals, mature enough to know and accept the consequences.

Making decisions about birth control is difficult. But asking the questions honestly about what you want and need, and what is best for you, can help you make the safest and healthiest decision.

Take your time and think …

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Dealing With Schizophrenia Is Difficult At Best

September 29, 2014

szpnaI just can’t understand Dan. One day he’s nice, and the next he totally ignores me. It’s like he’s got a split personality, like he’s schizo or something.”

One person acting in totally opposite ways is what most of us imagine when we think of schizophrenia. But, in reality, schizophrenia is very different from these Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde conceptions. Here is what some persons with schizophrenia have reported about their experiences:

“I started to play checkers but could not go on. I was too much absorbed …

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Mollie Katzen: Vegetarianism’s First Major Icon

September 19, 2014

vhhWhat do cookbook authors like best about their jobs, next to cooking and eating, that is? The Frugal Gourmet (also known as Jeff Smith) might tell you it’s the stories from the countries where his recipes originate. For Julia Child, it’s probably a rich French sauce. But Mollie Katzen, author of the Moosewood Cookbook and one of the pioneers of the vegetarian cooking movement, without a doubt, never met a vegetable she didn’t like.

Katzen will never forget her first foray into fresh vegetables.

“I hadn’t tasted …

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Living The Green Life: Are You?

September 9, 2014

ltglConservation: It’s more than saving the Amazon rain forest. It’s more than preserving wetlands. Believe it or not, some of the most important acts of conservation can actually begin in your own home. When you get home, take a look around. Is the TV or stereo on, with no one paying attention? Are the lights on? Check out the wastebaskets. In your room, look at the dead batteries from your portable CD player lying next to a slice of stale pizza. How about soda cans or …

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Have You Protected Yourself From Fire Hazards?

August 30, 2014

fhsMore than 4,000 people died in fires last year, making fire the fourth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Most of these fires were the result of human carelessness. Despite the fact that we all know that it takes three things to produce a fire–fuel, oxygen, and heat–we allow these ingredients for tragedy to combine in our homes. Most of us think we know all the fire prevention rules, but we seem to forget them all too easily.

Here’s an example of how innocently …

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Looking Inside Of Chemotherapy

August 20, 2014

iscCANCER–The word alone is enough to scare most people. It conjures up scary visions of suffering and mysterious treatments.

Dan was frightened. He wasn’t ready to admit it to anyone yet, but he was really scared. His doctors had told him that he had cancer. They wanted him to start chemotherapy in a few weeks. Today he felt pretty good–a little tired but well, in general. He looked around the waiting room at the doctors’ office. Some of the other patients looked a lot sicker than he …

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