“Most memorable lacrosse game of their lives”

As reported by sports columnist George Diaz at OrlandoSentinel.com, the Winter Springs girls lacrosse team played a special scrimmage at halftime of the Winter Springs junior varsity football game on Wednesday night. The Bears varsity squad challenged their JV counterparts in an off season special half time exibition.

What was the special occasion for this scrimmage months out of season on short notice? There was one special spectator at the game, Carl Defoe, a middle-aged man devoid of body hair after five rounds of chemotherapy, cheering on his daughter for the first — and in all likelihood, the last — time in his life.

Defoe is dying of lung cancer, and he knows that he doesn’t have much time left — six weeks, eight weeks, maybe more. The  cancer has spread from his one remaining lung to his brain stem and spinal cord. While Defoe insists that he isn’t done fighting the disease yet, the one thing that left him most anguished was knowing he’d never get to see his daughter, Heather, play in a high school lacrosse game.

Somehow the Winter Springs High School administration heard about Defoe’s last wish. The school quickly sprung into action, contacting the notoriously rigid Florida High School Activities Association to ask for special approval to hold a one-time, out-of-season lacrosse scrimmage. Amazingly, the FHSAA approved the request almost instantly, with one condition: They wanted a photo from the game.

So, on Wednesday, at halftime of the Winter Springs junior varsity football game against Oviedo High School, the two girls lacrosse squads faced off in a brisk, seven-minute scrimmage. Heather Defoe played for the varsity squad instead of the junior varsity team she’s scheduled to play with this spring … and she scored three goals.

Then, when it was all over, the two teams gathered around a happy man in a wheelchair, posed for cameras and the whole special event was gone, over as quickly as it had come.

Gone, but not forgotten by anyone there, not least of all Carl himself. If there were ever questions of whether sports can change a person’s outlook on life, they should be quieted by what Carl Defoe told Diaz just after the scrimmage wrapped up.

“I feel lucky,” Defoe said.

People Helping People make a better world. -Thank you George Diaz for these touching story.

” World peace day shared in song and words of compassion from around the world”

On Peace Day it seems only fitting that we share some of the world’s favorite songs and words of peace, compassion and inspiration are shared with you. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawlwo’ole

Give peace a chance – John Lennon

Namaste Ya Az’m Dance of Universal Peace – dance of peace to do with your children

Compassion as the roots of peace by the Dalai Lama of Tibet

“Children increasing risk of EMR on brain and body health”

Children are at the greatest risk from the thermal effects of electromagnetic radiation

as emitted from cell phone towers, cell phones and all objects that have current flowing through them.

Why?

They have thinner skulls, and their brains and bodies are growing rapidly. Doctors from the United Kingdom have issued warnings urging children under 16 not to use cell phones, to reduce their exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation.

Singapore in 2001, there was huge coverage in all the newspapers because 20-year-olds throughout the city were having heart attacks and they couldn’t figure out why. Then, someone figured out it was because it was the fashion at that time for young people to wear their cell phones on decorative cords around their necks. This meant that their cell phones were hanging right next to – you guessed it – their heart. So a warning went out in all the local newspapers, telling kids not to wear their cell phones on these cords. But funnily enough, no one I’ve spoken to in Canada (or the U.S.) ever heard about that. And no one thought about warning people not to wear their cell phones clipped to their belt, or in their pocket.

EM radiation carries energy and momentum that may be imparted to matter with which it interacts. The basic structure of matter involves charged particles bound together in many different ways. When electromagnetic radiation is incident on matter, it causes the charged particles to oscillate and gain energy. The ultimate fate of this energy depends on the situation. It could be immediately re-radiated and appear as scattered, reflected, or transmitted radiation. It may also get dissipated into other microscopic motions within the matter, coming to thermal equilibrium and manifesting itself as thermal energy in the material.

Cell phone companies are paying churches and schools monthly fees to allow cell phone towers to be built near the building, either in the open like what is going in across the street from my home and the neighborhood school or the companies may disguise the tower under a fake rock, in an artificial palm tree or saguaro cactus.

Why are schools and churches allowing this potential health hazard, because funds are tight and they need the money.

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“Link trans fats and inflammatory diseases”

The escalation of chronic inflammatory diseases like heart, diabetes, weight gain, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel, many digestive and countless immune conditions like allergy, colds and flu is parallel to the growth in popularity of trans fats in the modern American diet.

Prior to 1910, dietary fats consisted primarily of butterfat, beef tallow, and lard.  In the early 1900s,  soybean oil came into use as a by product of the soybean industry. At the same time, there was not enough butterfat available for consumers. The method of hydrogenating fat and turning a liquid fat into a solid one had been discovered, and now the ingredients (soybeans) and the “need” (shortage of butter) were there. The fat industry found that hydrogenated fats was born.
Hydrogenated fat such as Crisco and Spry, sold in England, began to replace lard in the baking of bread, pies, cookies, and cakes in 1920. Production of hydrogenated fats (trans fats or saturated fats)  increased steadily until the 1960s, as processed vegetable fats replaced animal fats in the US and other western countries.

In 1988s research began to sound the alarm that trans fats could be a cause of the large increase in coronary artery disease and other inflammatory diseases. In 1994, it was estimated that trans fats caused 20,000 deaths annually in the US from heart disease. Women are more effected by saturated fats than men, but no one is immune. Leading a life sitting 6 hours plus a day will dramatically raise your chances of thickening  your belly and your arteries.

By January 2007, consumer and medical pressure and the USFDA forced Crisco to reformulate their product. of an outright ban on the sale of their product, Crisco was reformulated to meet the United States Food and Drug Administration definition of “zero grams trans fats per
Today chronic, low-grade inflammation almost always lurks beneath the surface of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart inflammation, excess weight, and many immune disorders. Low-grade inflammation has also been linked to an increased risk of cancer and Alzheimer?s disease. If you have any of the above conditions or unexplained weight gain or big emotional swings, your doctor/health practitioner can measure it with the high-sensitivity C-reactive protein or CRP test to find out if this inflammatory factor is very high. Changing what you eat and increase your exercise level can help.

Next article: Eating to decrease inflammation -good fats. -M.Wolken, PhD. Exec. Dir. CMA

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“Game designer hero+his gaming community deliver”

Stand and deliver that is what Brian Wood lead designer for Relic Entertainment did as the vehcile approached and he braked hard and cut a sharp right turn. He saved his wife and unborn child from certain death.

Brian spent his life thrilling millions of Relic Entertainment gamers.  It was payback time for the gamers and they have  given Erin Wood a new support system to lighten her heavy heart at this time. The gamers who Brian worked to please have now rallied to support his grieving  widow.

A memorial trust was set up within days of the accident. Countless game developers, journalists and fans posted links on Twitter and Facebook, leading to literally thousands of supportive comments, messages and financial donations, prompting Erin Wood to send an open letter to the gaming community to popular game blog Kotaku.

To help Erin and baby, please visit the Brian Wood Memorial Trust .

Bless everyone who took the time to show their support for such a selfless act. -Staff of CMA

Resource

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“Life line to Southern Az schools -Tools for Schools”

World Care and our efforts in providing humanitarian assistance to the local community and abroad. Here are a few World Care updates.

Tools for Schools 2010 -People Helping People

World Care, Tucson, Arizona has  provided disadvantaged Southern Arizona students and financially strapped teachers with the supplies necessary to begin a successful school year.
World Care Teacher Days allowed teachers from multiple districts to request school supplies for their classrooms and pick them up at our headquarters.  138 teachers received school packs, alleviating the need for them to purchase supplies with their own money, which has become a common problem in education during this financial crisis.

School administrators also utilized Tools for Schools to gain materials for all of their teachers and students.  1,939 pounds of supplies were picked up by principals to be given to teachers and students at their schools.  In addition to the supplies donated to teachers, World Care also assembled student school packs.  The supplies were organized at our headquartersand 199 pounds were distributed to students grades K-12.

In July and August, World Care also donated 67 refurbished computers to schools and low income students.

Tools For Schools has supplied this year:

School Pack Recipients:
139 teachers
74 schools
5,000 students

Total= 3,772 lbs.

Thanks World Care for your continued support of people in crisis whether in ‘AZ or the world.

“One advantage to getting older -weight loss”

For middle age and older adults weight loss is increased by drinking two glasses of water before eating.
Recent research has found that one can lose 30 percent more weight than those who did  not drink before eating. Scientists at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg assigned 48 overweight or obese men and women ages 55 to 75 to one of two groups. Both groups consumed low-fat, low-calorie diets for 12 weeks, but one group was told to drink two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner.
After 12 weeks, the water drinkers shed about 15.5 pounds, while the other group dropped about 11 pounds. The two groups were followed for one year and those who continued to drink water before meals lost even more weight, on average about 1.5 pounds.
Water fills the stomach with a zero-calorie fluid, so people eat less. However this seems to work only for this age group , because the stomach releases the water much slower from the stomach.
The study was funded by the Institute for Public Health and Water Research, a nonprofit, independent science organization that was launched by an unrestricted grant from the Brita Products Company.

Resources

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“Natural ways to get rid of warts”

No one likes warts, but how do we get them and more important how can they be removed.

A range of types of wart have been identified, varying in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human papillomavirus involved. These include

Common wart (Verruca vulgaris), a raised wart with roughened surface, most common on hands,
but can grow anywhere on the body;  Common warts are different from moles, and they aren’t cancerous. In fact, they’re usually harmless and often disappear on their own. But you may find common warts bothersome or embarrassing, and you may want treatment to remove them.

Treatment helps prevent common warts from spreading to other parts of your body or to other people. But common warts may recur after treatment, and they may be a persistent problem.


Flat wart (Verruca plana), a small, smooth flattened wart, flesh-coloured, which can occur in large numbers; most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees.
Filiform or digitate wart on the lip, is a thread- or finger-like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips.

Plantar wart (verruca, Verruca pedis), a hard sometimes painful lump, often with multiple black specks in the center. They are usually only found on pressure points on the soles of the feet.

Mosaic wart, a group of tightly clustered plantar-type warts, commonly on the hands or soles of the feet;

Genital wart (venereal wart, Condyloma acuminatum, Verruca acuminata), a wart that occurs on the genitalia.
Periungual wart, a cauliflower-like cluster of warts that occurs around the nails.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the cause of warts. These growths can  appear anywhere on the skin of the body. From the head and face to the genital area and feet. They may look like small, fleshy bumps; hard, flat growths with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries; gray or brown lumps with tiny pinprick-size black dots.

There are about 130 known types of human papilloma viruses. HPV infects the squamous epithelium, usually of the skin or genitals, but each HPV type is typically only able to infect only a few specific areas on the body. Many HPV types can produce a benign growth, often called a “wart” or “papilloma”, in the area they infect. To grow the papilloma needs a blood supply to nourish it that is supplied by a network of capillaries.

Treatment for common warts

There are many different treatments and procedures associated with wart removal. One review of 52 clinical trials of various cutaneous wart treatments concluded that topical treatments containing salicylic acid were the best supported, with an average cure rate of 75%, compared with 48% for the placebo in six placebo-controlled trials including a total of 376 participants. The reviewers also concluded that there was little evidence of a significant benefit of cryotherapy (freezing with nitrogen) over salicylic acid or duct tape.

In a double-blind, randomized and controlled clinical trial at Mayo in 90 adults when transparent duct tape was compared to mole skin, there was no statistically significant difference for resolution of the target wart between patients treated with moleskin versus patients treated with duct tape. Eight of 39 patients (21%) in the treatment group vs 9 of 41 patients in the control group (22%) had complete resolution of the target wart. Fewer of the patients achieving resolution of their wart in the moleskin group had recurrence of their wart.

For Plantar warts often covering them with duck tape for a week up to 1 month then gently soaking off the tape. Drying the area and rubbing it gently with an emery board or pumice stone. Repeat the process over the course of a month or two before the warts disappear, but a study published in the October 2002 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that the duct tape method worked better than having a doctor freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen, which can be painful and cause scarring.It  is as effective as using any drug or over the counter preparation on them.

If a person has a very delicate or sensitive skin do not do this treatment. then soak in water and rub gently with an emery board or pumice stone. You may have to repeat the process over the course of a month or two before the warts disappear, but a study published in the October 2002 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that the duct tape method worked better than having a doctor freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen, which can be painful and cause scarring.

Other treatments for Plantar warts  include Leave them alone. Most will disappear without treatment, sooner or later.
Try a “paint on” solution. Look for an over-the-counter treatment containing a 40 percent salicylic acid, and apply once or twice a day for a few weeks. To help avoid getting plantar warts, avoid areas known to harbor the virus, including warm, moist places such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming pools. Always wear shower thongs or sandals when you use a public locker room or shower, and use foot powders and change your socks often to keep feet dry.

Homeopathic medicine has been effective in treating Plantar and figwarts. Contact your local naturopathic or homeopathic health care provider to find the remedy most beneficial to you.

Some have even used visualization to rid themselves of warts. By only seeing the area that holds the wart as perfect skin and the wart shrinking, the frequency of the cells in the area change and if your diet becomes more alkaline then viruses cannot live in an alkaline environment.

For more information on wart removal or to find a natural medicine physician contact Complementary Medicine Association through our email contactus@compmed.com.
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“Healthier Yummy Recipe Challenge”

The Munchie Squad invites all cooks, bakers and BBQ specialists

Send us your favorite recipe we’ll publish it with its nutritional stats and next to your recipe Munchie Squad will try to create an even healthier version.

All recipes will be credited to the sender unless otherwise directed. If you have a picture of the finished product send that too.

Let’s get cookin’. Please submit your recipe today.  Thanks.