January 11, 2006

Affluenza - the Movie and its Sequel

Affluenza was first shown on PBS and developed such a following that a sequel was made, Escape from Affluenza. PBS offers a site page devoted to Affluenza - which includes a fun online quiz, if you like that sort of thing (I do).

Buying a copy of the movie is surprisingly expensive: amazon.com offers the original for almost sixty bucks. The sequel is listed on amazon.com, as well, with three buyers waiting and no copy for sale.

If you live in the Seattle area, the original was shown together with the Walmart movie this past November at Camp Long. Googling the movie's name reveals periodic showings around the country; however, nothing on the shelf at the San Antonio Public Library.

So I'm requesting the librarians there check into it, and hoping for a repeat on PBS sometime soon.

Homemade Dog Food

It's cheaper and smarter to make your own pet food rather than buy the commercial products. There are several sites with dog food recipes, including: PetGrub, Ehow.com, and Natural Recipes. For those dogs that don't like their veggies, try putting some of the cooked meat together with the cooked veggies in the processor (unless you like chopping a lot) and make a hash from it. Works every time ....

Why avoid commercial pet foods? Check what the veterinary professors relate at nzymes.com and Shirley'sWellnessCafe.

Cleaning Burnt Pans

I've discovered several methods online today to clean a burnt pan:

1. From Pioneer Thinking: slice up an onion put it in the pan and add enough water to cover the burnt part, put on the stove and heat until the water is boiling, then take off and leave to cool. Let it stand for a few hours, the black should then come off fairly easily.

2. From Ehow.com: Wash away as much of the food as possible, using cold water for eggs, chocolate and starch-based foods. Fill the pot with water. Add 1 to 2 tsp. dishwashing liquid and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, then cover the pot, turn off the heat and leave the pot to soak for 30 minutes. With a wooden spoon, scrape away as much of the burned food as possible. Rinse well. If burned areas still remain, cover them completely with a generous amount of baking soda. Drizzle in just enough water to create a thick paste, smearing the paste up the sides of the pot if needed. Set aside for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Without rinsing the pot, add 3 parts water to 1 part distilled vinegar to cover the burned food by at least 2 inches (5 cm). Boil for 10 minutes and then leave overnight. Repeat steps 2 through 5 as needed.

3. From ThrifyFun: Put hot water in the pan along with some vinegar and let it sit overnight. This also works well with cleaning your stove top burner pans.

Grape Seeds = Good 4 U

Grape seeds can be taken in supplement form or you can just eat the real thing. Why bother? Because they contain Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins ("OPCs"). Dr. Mercola (see jump below) explains that grape seeds contain antioxidants that are 20 times stronger than Vitamin C and 50 times stronger than Vitamin E. He recommends juicing raw, fresh grapes with their seeds and then drinking the juice.

Valerie Saxion (jump below) explains that grape seeds (or 100-200 mg of OPC):

-inhibit some aspects of the Aging Process

-remove Lipofuscin from and inhibit its formation in the Brain and Heart

-help combat vericose veins (although Dr. Weil prefers Germany's treatment with horse chestnut-seed extract, see jump below)

-help to prevent and reverse Atherosclerosis

-help to prevent abnormal Blood Clotting

-help lower your cholesterol

-improve the strength and elasticity of Blood Vessels

-help to prevent Hemorrhage

-help to prevent Hypertension and lower Blood Pressure

-reduce the risk of blood clots

-increase blood flow

-help to prevent damage to the DNA

-help to prevent Bloodshot Eyes, by increasing the strength of the capillaries, thereby preventing their unwarranted leakage as occurs in bloodshot eyes

-enhance the health of the eyes including being a good treatment for (diabetic) retinopathy

-help to prevent Short-Sightedness

-improve various aspects of Sight

-stimulate Hair growth in persons with Hair Loss, by stimulating the proliferation of hair follicles; this helps combat Male Pattern Baldness.

Sources: ValerieSaxion.Com, Dr.Weil.Com, Mercola.Com
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