Did You Know?

By AddassaMari Latest Reply 2010-01-09 09:45:45 -0600
Started 2010-01-06 10:41:08 -0600

Ever heard the old adage, "What you don't know can't hurt you?" Well we all know that is not true. If we did not know about our medical conditions it would surely hurt us more that it has already done.

Let us share information that we come across that would be of benefit to all. It would be nice if sources are included so those who are interested can look it up for them selves.

Knowledge is power. Ignorance is not bliss.

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AddassaMari 2010-01-07 16:56:49 -0600 Report

Truly Inspiring Movies Worth Seeing… or Seeing Again

As more movies are being produced than ever before, it’s easy to miss some of the best ones. Many excellent low-budget films don’t come to our attention simply because they often are not well promoted.
Steven Jay Schneider, editor of two books on movies and a producer at Paramount Pictures, has an insider’s perspective into some of the great inspiring movies of recent years. His top choices…

Ever wanted to patch things up with a family member? In The Straight Story, Alvin discovers that his estranged brother Lyle has suffered a stroke. Alvin, played by Richard Farnsworth, is 73 years old, and Lyle, played by Harry Dean Stanton, is 75 years old.
The problem is that Lyle lives about 300 miles away, and Alvin can’t legally drive because of his poor eyesight. But riding his lawn mower isn’t illegal, and that’s what Alvin does. Traveling at about five miles an hour, Alvin’s 300-mile journey is filled with events that are as unexpected as his choice of vehicles.
Made in 1999, The Straight Story inspires because, while the obstacles faced by Alvin may seem small in relative terms, they are huge to him.

The best young golfer in Georgia, Rannulph Junuh, volunteers to serve in World War I, but returns home to Savannah with crippling depression. Played by Matt Damon, Rannulph is unable to pursue his promising golf career and has even lost interest in Adele, once the love of his life.
Fast-forward to 1931, when Savannah is going through harsh economic times. Adele’s father has invested his fortune in a golf resort and now faces bankruptcy. To salvage the resort, Adele wants to stage a match between the best golfers of the day, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen.
Old friends in Savannah insist that Rannulph also play. Out of nowhere, a mysterious caddy, Bagger Vance, appears, telling Rannulph that he’ll coach him for the tournament. Played by Will Smith, Bagger does just that, and the match proceeds in scenes that will take your breath away.
Directed by Robert Redford, The Legend of Bagger Vance was made in 2000.

No matter how difficult our lives can be at times, they might not seem too difficult after you watch The Wind Will Carry Us. Don’t expect a tightly constructed plot. In fact, the movie leaves a huge amount to viewers’ imaginations.
The main character, an Iranian named Behzad, goes to a small village in his country. Behzad’s mission isn’t fully explained, but in the village, he meets people to whom city dwellers often condescend. In scenes that are often dramatic and beautiful, Behzad changes his views about the villagers. The Wind Will Carry Us lets us share Behzad’s insights and experience rare glimpses of the harsh realities of rural Iran.
Made in 2000, The Wind Will Carry Us is in Farsi with English subtitles.

If you enjoy rooting for an underdog, Gattaca will motivate you in a way that few movies could hope to do. The film takes place in the near future, when genetic engineering enables people to be born with very high IQs. Those who are not genetically engineered, however, are stigmatized and permitted to have only menial jobs.
One of these “in-valids,” as they’re called, is played by Ethan Hawke, who concocts an ingenious plan that he hopes will beat the system. Suspense follows in nearly every scene. In the end, we learn that success has less to do with IQ than with other human traits.
Gattaca was made in 1997 and also stars Uma Thurman and Gore Vidal.

We all know that today’s schools are a far cry from what they were a couple of generations ago. In many urban areas, high schools are particularly violent, and many students drop out.
Stand and Deliver is based on actual events that occurred after a new math teacher came to Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, an area long known for gang violence. Played by Edward James Olmos, the teacher has faith in his students’ abilities, and defying the odds, they pass the rigid Advanced Placement Calculus Exam.
The results, however, are called into question when authorities discover similarities in the exam answers. Instead of caving in, the teacher asks the students to take the test again — even though they have only one day to prepare. In the final scenes, the students do indeed “stand and deliver.”
Made in 1988, the movie also stars Lou Diamond Phillips and Andy Garcia.

Most Americans study the Civil War in school, but few of us learn about the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. The 54th was the first black regiment to fight in the war. Unlike many other films about the Civil War, Glory, the story of the 54th, was meticulously researched for historical accuracy.
As he puts the regiment together, Captain Robert Shaw, played by Matthew Broderick, discovers that any white Northern officer captured while leading black troops against the Confederacy will be executed. The troops, meanwhile, learn that any blacks captured wearing a Union uniform will also be hanged. Shaw gives them a chance to back out, but not one soldier leaves. Battles fought by the 54th inspire other volunteers, and by the end of the war, some 300,000 African-Americans are fighting on the side of the Union.
The 1989 movie also stars Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman.

Just a little something to give us a break.

AddassaMari 2010-01-07 11:12:04 -0600 Report

Get more exercise, lose X amount of pounds. my doctors are always on me about that. I love to walk, hate leaving the house to exercise. Waiting on tread mill…Problem solved.

Did you know that as little as 10 minutes of exercise a day has cumulative benefits?

Here is a great site that allows anyone who can to walk at home, now equipment needed except exercise clothing and walking shoes. http://www.startwalkingnow.org/home.jsp

AddassaMari 2010-01-06 12:57:48 -0600 Report

I just learned this in another forum. Here it is just in case you are not tracking that discussion:::

In 1986, Congress enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) to ensure public access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay. Section 1867 of the Social Security Act imposes specific obligations on Medicare-participating hospitals that offer emergency services to provide a medical screening examination (MSE) when a request is made for examination or treatment for an emergency medical condition (EMC), including active labor, regardless of an individual's ability to pay. Hospitals are then required to provide stabilizing treatment for patients with EMCs. If a hospital is unable to stabilize a patient within its capability, or if the patient requests, an appropriate transfer should be implemented.

Nuni 2010-01-06 11:48:39 -0600 Report

And I just started taking Folic Acid at my doctor's insistance for my heart! I am going to check out the site and learn about the why's and wherefor's. Thanks!

BIRDY 2010-01-06 11:03:05 -0600 Report

well maybe you are right on medical side but I sometimes really feel jealous the ignorant people cause they do never think about the results while doing something.This must be an endless happiness not to think about the end before you start on something…I sometimes feel very tired of thinking and thinking.I'm missing a moment that my brain would stop thinking.Here we say " ignorance is happiness" and I believe this must be true.

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Sue Turner 2010-01-06 12:24:19 -0600 Report

We have the same saying here too Birdy. We say ignorance is bliss, and sometimes I wish that I were just a simple minded person. I think I would be so much happier. I wouldn't be worrying about everything all the time…My mind never stops either; it's like the ever ready battery, it just keeps going, and going. Wish it would stop and give me a break…lol

AddassaMari 2010-01-06 10:55:25 -0600 Report

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Birth defects affect about one in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. They are the leading cause of infant deaths, accounting for more than 20% of all infant deaths. Babies born with birth defects have a greater chance of illness and long term disability than babies without birth defects.

In early 1998, Congress passed the Birth Defects Prevention Act of 1998, which became Public Law 105-168. This bill authorized CDC to (1) collect, analyze, and make available data on birth defects; (2) operate regional centers for applied epidemiologic research on the prevention of birth defects; and (3) inform and educate the public about the prevention of birth defects.

Lean more here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/bd/

January 4 through 10, 2010, is National Folic Acid Awareness Week.

If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. Women need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.

Folic Acid Facts —— http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/index.html