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How does Shaklee’s Performance Perform?

Shaklee’s Performance Hydration drink has long been used by elite athletes to help with their performances during training and competition. According to Dr Stephen Chaney, dehydration is the Number 1 problem in vigorous exercise and endurance activities.  Studies show that a body can lose 5 to 6 cups of fluid while exercising in less than half an hour.  That amount of fluid loss can lead to poor performance and even physical ailments.

Drinking water alone will not replace the electrolytes, protein and carbohydrates needed to keep an elite athlete at the prime.   Keeping your energy at maximum output during competition is the goal of all athletes whether an elite Olympic competitor or the weekend golfer.

Shaklee Performance® is clinically proven to hydrate better than water. Plus, Performance has more electrolytes and provides more energy than the leading hydration drink. Our proprietary OPTI-LYTE™ electrolyte blend plus our unique mix of carbohydrates delivers instant and sustained energy and supports optimal hydration.  Performance is part of a Trio of Sports Nutrition Products:
Clinically Proven
Minimizes fluid loss for enhanced hydration
Maintains blood-glucose levels to sustain intense energy output and to increase stamina
Increases endurance for better athletic performance
No artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives.

In a study published in the Journal of Urological Research in 2009,  Shaklee’s Performance was tested against Gatorade.  It was a study independent of the Shaklee Corporation.  The conclusion states:  “Ingestion of Performance, but not Gatorade, led to an increase in mean urinary citrate excretion and pH as compared to water. The increase in citrate is likely to be a clinically significant effect. pH is an important determinant of alkali load in beverages containing organic anions. Performance, with more citrate and a higher pH than Gatorade, could represent a superior alternative to water for reducing urinary lithogenicity.”   The researchers concluded that Shaklee’s Performance was superior to either Gatorade or water alone at deceasing the risk of Kidney Stone Formation.

Now that is important to me since many of my family members and friends as well suffer from Kidney Stones!  So if keeping hydrated by using Shaklee’s Performance has an extra benefit, then so much the better!  Shaklee’s Performance does perform well and out-performs Gatorade and other sports drinks.  You will enjoy the two options, Lemon-Lime or Orange.  Both mix well with water and I sometimes add a packet of Cinch Tea.  Yummy!  Enjoy and stay well.

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A New House Every 7 Years!

How would you like  a new house every 7 years?  Wow, that would be a great perk wouldn’t it?  Imagine getting a new home every 7 years, all fresh and clean.  It would be a dream come true for so many.  But there is a catch to this dream.

The catch is that the new home is only as nice as the way you have kept the current one you have.  So if your plumping is bad in your old home, the new house will also have bad plumbing.  If you have upgraded the heating and cooling systems in the old house then the new house will have new, upgraded heating and cooling systems!  So the trick is to keep your current home in the best possible condition so that when you get the new home every 7 years, it is the best it can be!

Not a bad deal now is it?  Keep your current home in great condition in order to get a new home in the same condition!  New home with a new “start” date.  You would not want a new home that was not in perfect condition would you?  I don’t want a new home that is not in the best condition possible.

However,  we all have a home that we don’t treat as well as we can.  We all live in a home that is replaced every 7 years and we don’t even think about how we really take care of it most of the time.  That home is our body, our only true home.  And since our cells renew frequently, we get a “new body” about every 7 years!  Wow, think how nice it would be to take care of our current body so that our new body will be healthy and ready to take us into next phase of our lives, healthy and ready to go!

So how do we accomplish this healthy new home?  Well, it takes work and planning.  I know, work is not “fun” but healthy bodies are fun!  Working on your body can be easier than you think.   Thinking about what you eat, how you exercise and how you supplement your diet.  Three easy things to do,  lifestyle choices that reflect healthier choices will pay dividends for years to come.  Be diligent now will avoid many illness later.  And that new body you get every 7 years will be ready to work for you for 7 more healthy years!

So get off the couch and walk the dogs, play with the kids, walk around the block, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away from the building, move!  Then look at your food choices.  Drink lots off filtered fresh water, eat organic foods (no artificial, processed foods), and keep add soy protein to your daily meals.

Then look at the absences in your nutrition and add whole food supplements, natural & organic supplements to fill in the nutrition gaps.  Supplementing your nutritional gaps is necessary since no one eats every nutrient their body needs.    So carefully add whole food nutrients to your daily routine to fill in the blanks in your nutritional gaps.  That way your new “body” will be healthy and ready to give you a healthy life!

 

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A New Way to Think about Supplementation

As you know from my many posts, I take Shaklee Supplements each day.  I have been doing this since 2004.  The many benefits of proper supplementation with whole health supplements have been everything from good cholesterol to no more sinus infections to more energy and focus each day.

When I speak with others about adding Alfalfa to their daily regime to lower their inflammation and help their sinus problems, they often start grumbling about taking 10 little tablets! 10 little tablets, not 10 giant horse pills, little tablets to help you breathe better and feel better.  Sigh….

But today I heard an interesting explanation of why we need to supplement with vitamins.  I heard a gentlemen say that since the body needs certain nutrients that we often don’t get in our food, we need to take supplements as well as seek high quality sources of our daily food.  His reasoning was that our cells are constantly renewing themselves.  If we don’t have the proper nutrients for the cells to reproduce correctly, we will begin to get bad cells reproducing!  Disease will follow and old age will accelerate.  So in his mind, taking good supplements only made sense!

And he is a very young looking and young acting Senior!  So follow his advise if not mine and supplement with good nutrition such as my Shaklee products, eat organic local produce and exercise frequently!  Stay well and healthy.

 

 

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You Should See This Scale!

Oh my gosh!  My friend just got a new scale so she can keep up with her weight and you will not believe what it can do.

Now I come from a simpler time since I was born in the early 50′s.  Life was simple.  Scales worked on springs, not batteries.  Back then, a scale was just that, a scale.  You stood on it in the morning after your shower and groaned or smiled.  Simple.  No buttons to push.  No digital read-outs.  No kilograms.  Pounds was all that existed.

Then in came this new scale today.  It came with an Instruction MANUAL!  Really?! You need an instruction manual to use a scale?  And to add insult to injury, the instruction manual was about 10 pages in English!  Oh My!!  Really???!!!! 10 pages of instructions to use a scale?  How complicated is this thing?

Well, when we tried to use it we found that it not only tells you your weight,  it tells you your hydration percentage.  Lower than 45 is too low, higher that 65 is too high.  Who knew.

Then it tells you your BMI, that is your Body Mass Index.  That is the measure of body fat based on height and weight.  Usually an ugly number with unrealistic expectations of what real bodies are like.

As if that wasn‘t enough, this “Scale” also tells you your bone density percentage.  Fortunately you can get all this information in a matter of a few seconds.  Well, after you have pounded on it to turn it one, selected your personal user number and waited for the double “0′s”, you then get to stand on the glass panel and wait for all those numbers to appear on a digital display.

The numbers are plenty large, in weight and font size for easy reading.  However, the little words that tell you the BMI, fat, hydration and bone density are so small it is  hard to know which is what.  Now we get to shop for better glasses or weigh ourselves with binoculars so we can read all the information!  The things we do for health and beauty.

So the next time you need a scale, head for an antique shop and look for one that works on a spring and weighs you a few pounds lighter.  Stay well!

 

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How Supplements Are Regulated by FDA

Taking any kind of supplement, eating any kind of food, drinking any kind of beverage or using any kind of personal care products all come with a certain level of risk. Most of us never think of there being a risk with something that is sold in our friendly neighborhood grocery store, pharmacy or on the internet. The pictures on the bottles and bags depict healthy folks enjoying the benefit of whatever the product is supposed to do.

As I have posted on before, we often buy products based on the picture on the label rather than reading the ingredients list on the back! It is wise to read and do your own research into a company’s claims. I have seen many in my time that promise all sort of benefits that Dr X is touting, but there are rarely any published, peer-reviewed scientific studies supporting Dr X’s claims. Testimonies are not clinical studies. And having a clinical study published in a peer-reviewed journal is having the study vetted by a large group of scientists from all over the world. Peer-reviewed studies that are published take time and have to be done to high standards of testing.

The FDA does regulate supplements. But not in the same manner as prescription and over-the-counter medications. This from the FDA website:  ” FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering “conventional” foods and drug products (prescription and Over-the-Counter). Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the dietary supplement manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe before it is marketed. FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.
Generally, manufacturers do not need to register their products with FDA nor get FDA approval before producing or selling dietary supplements.*  Manufacturers must make sure that product label information is truthful and not misleading.

FDA’s post-marketing responsibilities include monitoring safety, e.g. voluntary dietary supplement adverse event reporting, and product information, such as labeling, claims, package inserts, and accompanying literature. The Federal Trade Commission regulates dietary supplement advertising.

*Domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States are required to register their facility with the FDA.”

DSHEA places dietary supplements in a special category under the general umbrella of “foods,” not drugs, and requires that every supplement be labeled a dietary supplement.  FDA regulations require that certain information appear on dietary supplement labels. This includes: a descriptive name of the product stating that it is a “supplement;” the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor; a complete list of ingredients; and the net contents of the product.

In addition, each dietary supplement (except for some small volume products or those produced by eligible small businesses) must have nutrition labeling in the form of a “Supplement Facts” panel. This label must identify each dietary ingredient contained in the product.
Ingredients not listed on the “Supplement Facts” panel must be listed in the “other ingredient” statement beneath the panel. The types of ingredients listed there could include the source of dietary ingredients, if not identified in the “Supplement Facts” panel (e.g., rose hips as the source of vitamin C), other food ingredients (e.g., water and sugar), and technical additives or processing aids (e.g., gelatin, starch, colors, stabilizers, preservatives, and flavors).

So take a good look at your supplement labels, read them well.  Do some research and see if the claims are backed by real science or are they just from testimonies only.  Do yourself a favor and make wise choices when you supplement.  That is why I like my Shaklee supplements, the science is there for each product, the purity is there and the potency is always there. Stay Well!

 

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Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

Cleaning our homes and work spaces is an ongoing project.  It is a reward to look at our sparkling clean kitchen or bathroom for that minute or two before some decides to cook another pot of spaghetti sauce or take a long hot shower!  So much for our sparkling looks now.

But looks can be deceiving.  We have heard that one before.  But with clean it is true.  The advertizing people have done a good job of convincing us that clean must smell like something, pine, floral, lemon or the breeze.  What does a breeze smell like?

Cleaning and disinfecting are two different processes.  Most products on the market do one or the other.  Some do both.  I have discovered a type of cleaning and disinfecting products that are effective in killing germs and cleaning surfaces at the same time.  These cleaners are called Quartenary Ammonium Compounds.  Long name, but they are effective.

These Quartneary Ammonium Compounds or “Quats”, cleaning products disinfect as well as clean the surface.  Chlorine bleach disinfects but you have to clean the surface separately adding another expensive step to the process.   Quats are also have a neutral ph so they do not damage surfaces being cleaned and disinfected like chlorine bleach.  They are also effective order control agents when used according to label instructions.  For more general information on Quats see an article by Roger McFadden who is Technical Director for Coastwide Laboratories.

I am excited since I only just realized that I have been using a Quats for years.  I knew the product worked well around my house, especially with the kitties.  But I never really understood how amazing the product is!  I have been using Shaklee’s Basic-G® Concentrated Germicide. It is a registered EPA germicide and is effective against 56 pathogens comprised of viruses, bacteria and fungi.  Since Shaklee’s Basic G carries the EPA registration number on its label you can be certain that is has been proven, under scientific conditions to be effective against various bacteria and other pathogens listed on the label.  MSRA and Influenza A are just 2 of the pathogens that Basic G is effective against.

Since chlorine bleach has so many negatives, it is easy to see why the Basic G type products are so popular with consumers.  Remember, chlorine bleach products may be cheap in upfront costs, but they are not detergents so they don’t clean, only disinfect.  Chlorine bleach products react with other chemicals that might be present when cleaning to product toxic gases.  Attack hard surfaces causing damage especially on flooring.  And worse, they have unpleasant orders and while they lose their strength rapidly make them not so cheap after all.

The one quart container of Basic G from Shaklee dilutes to 64 gallons of non-toxic cleaning solution when diluted according to directions.   In its concentrated state it is a toxic substance and must be handled as such.  But once diluted properly, Basic G has cleansing functionalities along with the disinfecting so there is no need to mix with other solutions.

So when you really need to clean your home, purchase some Shaklee Basic G along with the accompanying Spray Bottle for dilution, read the label carefully and clean, disinfect and deodorize your home.  I am careful around the kittes, but use the diluted spray around their litter boxes making certain the solution is dry before the kitties return.  I also use Basic G in my vacation home,  when I travel in staying in a hotel room or cruise ship cabin.  Shaklee even has some wipes that you can carry with you as you fly to help keeps the germs away.  The wipes are from the Get Clean line and  are called Germ Off Fragrance Free Disinfecting Wipes.

Stay safe as you travel and have a safe, germ free home.

 

 

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Questions to Ask Your Supplement Company

I was recently asked by a friend. “What makes  your Shaklee vitamins so much better than my multi-vitamin/mineral tablet?”  It is a fair question.  Most people don’t understand the difference between natural and artificial vitamins.  Even the supplements from the “Health Food” stores are often not as wholesome as one would think.

My friend has been taking the regular multi-vitamin/mineral tablets that you get in those huge bottles at the wholesale clubs and discount stores. The ones with the important sounding words on the bottles, filled with artificial colors.  Another friend is looking at some multi-vitamins from a Health Food store and was chiming in on the same conversation.  Just how is Shaklee different?

After talking about the quality of the Shaklee products, the safety built in to each of the Shaklee products, the published peer-reviewed research backing Shaklee products, I gave the ladies a few questions to ask their supplement company so they would then have more information.

Here are some Questions to Ask Your Supplement Company:

1. How long has your supplement company been in the nutritional supplement business?  What is your track record with recalled products?

2. Are your supplements made by your company under the guidance of your staff or are they made by a third party with your label added to the bottle?

3. Are the ingredients in your supplements naturally and organically sourced or do you use synthetic substitutes for naturally available ingredients?

4. Are your products based on your own peer-reviewed scientific studies, or do you “borrow” science from other companies?

5. How about testing on ingredients and final products?  Do you test the ingredients all along the process, at the end or rely on vendors for testing?  Is the final product in the bottle what is listed on the bottle?

6. Does your company offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee, even on open bottles or used product?  Do you have a free Product Hotline for customer information?

I am certain that once you start asking these questions, you will find more to ask.  Being informed is your responsibility.  It is your right to know about the products you ingest.  Don’t take anything that is not up to the highest standards available.  You deserve the best!

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Endeavor and Shaklee Head to Space

Shuttle over Bay Lake

Wow, what a beautiful launch this morning!  Endeavor and its crew is on it’s last mission to the International Space Station.  Sad for me really.  I am a big supporter of space travel and would like to be able to experience space travel my self.  However, I don’t have the money nor probably the courage to undertake a trip just now!  But I can Dream!

My business partner, Shaklee, has a role in the continued success of the Space Program.  Shaklee has been supplying NASA with a special re-hydration product called Astro-Ade.  NASA came to Shaklee in the early 1990′s to  ask for assistance in keeping the astronauts while returning to earth.  Astronauts experience GRS, or General Re-entry Syndrome.  GRS’s symptoms include vertigo, fatigue,gastrointestinal discomfort, disequilibrium and general debilitation occurring during reentry to earth’s atmosphere and immediately after landing. AstroAde was specifically designed by Shaklee in conjunction with NASA scientists to combat this unique set of challenges facing the shuttle astronauts.

As we go about our busy, rushed live, we too face some interesting challenges.  Fast Food has too many calories, too much fat, not enough fresh ingredients, too many processed foods with too many preservatives.  We eat entirely too many processed meals, microwave, pre-packaged food.  We have stressful lives and don’t get enough exercise, good fresh foods and the correct supplements to fill in the blanks in our daily nutrition.

Cinch Snack Bars

Our options for good health increase when we add exercise, good fresh, organic foods and Shaklee Supplements to our daily regimen.  From the Cinch Shakes, Vitalizer (80 Bio-Optimized Vitamins and Minerals)  and Vivix Cellular Anti-Aging Tonic I take each morning to the Alfalfa Complex that keeps my sinus happy, to the Cinch Snack bars and Cinch tea that I enjoy mid-afternoon, I have more energy, better blood pressure, better cholesterol and better tri-gylcerides than before I started on Shaklee products many years ago.

I still need to walk more each day and reduce stress of course!  We all need to take better care of ourselves.  So to stay healthy like the Astronauts,  Join me in Shaklee for  better health.

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Surviving The Tornadoes of April 27th 2011

The first tornadoes struck early Wednesday morning, April 27, 2011, followed by another round Wednesday evening. It was 2 days of tension as we were looking for bad weather on Tuesday, but it waited until Wednesday morning for those of us in the Birmingham AL area.

The tornado sirens sounded about 5:20am for us, jarring us out of bed in the early morning darkness. After a quick look at the local TV station we realized we had about 45 minutes before it was on us. Took a quick shower, dressed, and carried down my emergency items to the powder room on the ground floor. We do not have a basement, although we considered digging one quickly later in the day.

I have posted many times about being prepared for storms, spring storms like tornadoes, summer storms like hurricanes and winter storms that bring ice and banks of snow higher than I can imagine. Snow is why I live in the South. Tornadoes are why I wish there was a safer place in the South to live!

Being prepared for the storms that come our way is usually not too hard. Just make certain you have a wind-up radio, wind-radio, food for several days for myself and the kitties, water, even some hot water stored in a thermos, medicines, first aid kit, clothes, candles, matches in a dry place like a Tupperware container and a few blankets with pillows for me and the kitties. Well, you know the kittes are going to take possession of the blankets and pillows.

But these storms on April 27th were different from past storms. These storms packed winds of up to 200mph. Now I had lived through hurricane Charlie (and the 3 following hurricanes) when it hit the Walt Disney World area in 2004. I saw the trees down, the houses destroyed, the roofs removed or damaged as was mine, the power off, the houses flooded because the roof lifted and the contents of the house were exposed to the relentless rain of the hurricane, pounding at strange angles.

At that time I was in my little house when the slanted A-frame roof groaned and creaked like a ship in the storm. I witnessed the metal garage door panels separating in the continued onslaught of 100mph winds. The cat door between the garage and the house stayed open for ½ an hour or more, gently bobbing up and down but never really closing. I prayed in the powder room on the ground floor, holding my kitties and keeping an eye of the battery powered TV/radio I had with the 9 inch screen. Could not see much on that tiny black & white picture, but I knew it was not good. Finally the winds died down and the main part of the storm passed on to other parts of FL.

Power was out, for about 24 hours total. I lived near 2 hospitals and that was providential for getting power back on. But I also lived in a community where our oak trees were trimmed each year to remove excess weight. We did not lose a tree in the 4 storms. We also lived in houses that were 20+ years old with wooden siding. Some lost a few boards, we all lost some shingles on our roofs, but all was well. However, the newer houses in the adjacent neighborhoods with the vinyl siding were naked when the sun came up.

100mph winds can do amazing damage. But 200mph winds do unbelievable damage. Even looking at the pictures just does not give you a true perspective on the damage or the horror that the people of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia lived through last Wednesday.

For us, the storms went all around us. Not a good feeling when a local weather man calls out the name of the highway you live off of as the path of a tornado! We had one storm pass just over the mountain from our home. The trees at the top of the mountain swayed and the wind sounded like those ominous “trains” that everyone refers to when talking about tornados. Debris was flying about here, but it was mainly leaves for us. The 7 or 8 storms that were on the weather map in our area at one time missed us, thankfully. Prayers were answered. But we have family who were not so lucky.

I can only image the terror they felt when their homes, their place of security and comfort blew apart around them. The home that they rejoiced in, the home where they fed family and friends, the home where they mourned for friends and family, the home where they saw their children grow up, all blown to bits in a matter of seconds.

Now these folks are looking at a pile of rubble. Some were at work when the storm hit. They have been back to their homes, their neighborhoods and could not even find their lot. Nothing looked recognizable to them. All the normal landmarks are gone.

Can you imagine that? Can you imagine coming home to find the trees, gardens, swing sets, storage sheds, garages, street signs and such are not all gone? It is like being dropped in a war zone. The landscape is alien, trees stripped of limbs, leaves, while what is left is twisted, contorted into bizarre shapes. Neighbors are bruised, battered or worse yet, dead.

Vehicles are flipped over, crushed by trees or parts of houses. Power poles are down, wires are all over the place, some still live and others not. Dangerous. The boards that litter the yard are filled with nails, screws and splinters. There is no safe place to be, no clean place to sit and have a meal, no bathroom to shower, no toilet to use, no faucet to give water. Cell towers are down so no communications can get through. Nothing is normal.

Whole towns are gone. Homes, businesses, churches, schools, theaters, professional buildings for Doctors, accountants, restaurants, fast food joints, donut shops, bait shops, lawyers, fire stations, police departments. All damaged or gone. Wiped off the face to this earth. A concrete slab with pipe stubs marks buildings with no reference as to what they used to be.

Not only are homes gone. But jobs are gone. Medical care is displaced or gone. Resources that normally help in times of small crisis are having a big crisis themselves.

Now the arduous task of putting their lives back together has begun. They have to bury their dead. Some have to locate family and friends still missing. Some will be rewarded with good news and will rejoice. Others will not be so blessed and tears of mourning will flow.

Every time they need something it is not there. All that is around them at “home” now is rubble. Paper, books, shingles, boards and such flew in the tornado and landed miles from their original homes. So you look in your yard and there are checks form a lady in a town 60 miles away who went to the Piggly Wiggly (grocery store) in 1992 and spent a few dollars on food! Bizarre.

I have experienced the numbing task for burying 3 of my immediate family members one fine May day several years ago, after they were killed in an auto accident by an 18 yr old who lost control speeding. I know how impossible that is to get through the sudden deaths of family and friends. But add on top of that immense sadness the loss of homes and everything else you used to own, and see how that feels. It is a level of pain of high magnitude.

So how can we move on from this assault on our bodies, souls, minds, property and emotions? What can we do to make a step forward when we feel like we weight a thousand pounds and cannot possibly take a step in any direction? All we want to do it get our lives back to the way it was before Wednesday. And of course that will never be.

We will never know the sound of that home again in the same way. We will never hear the laughter of our dead friends and family. The swing set will never squeak in its own peculiar way again. The bar-b-que grill is in pieces scattered over 3 counties and will never be the site of family get togethers. How can we possibly move forward?

It is not easy. These survivors will make the slow process of moving forward inch by inch, day by day. Since they are alive, their grief will come in unexpected places. They will absentmindedly reach for something only to realize that it is forever gone. They will reach for the phone to call someone only to be reminded that that person is dead. Sadness will grip them in unusual places at unusual times. But slowly, they will heal.

Their homes and lives will be rebuilt. They will form new communities with different people, different values and different goals. The survivors will move to new places, stay in the same area or leave the state entirely. Change has happened and the final place to start again will be part of the process.

Right now the immediate need is for shelter and comfort, food, clothing and a sense of safety. The survivors will find bits of their lives and pack them away in boxes for use later in their new homes. Their memories will be their touchstones for what has happened. The things of their lives will change, they will change and they will being again.

The slate is blank for them now. They can create their own future based on what their past was, or not. Moving forward can take them in different directions and only God knows what he has in store for them. New paths, new directions, new talents maybe. New passions, new skills forged from the newness of the raw earth. It is a time of renewal, it is a time of rediscovery and of forging new identities. Old habits can be laid aside easier since the stimulus is no longer there.

We are lucky in the Birmingham area to have many resources coming to help with aid and comfort. Churches, Red Cross, Salvation Army, private individuals, Television and Radio stations doing all day coverage linking people and needs together as well as fundraising. People looking for lost pets, people looking for the dead, people looking for the survivors who have not connected with loved ones.

The pet people are my favorites. I cannot imagine the terror of having my kittes separated from me in the storm. To know that there are folks out looking for, recovering, treating injuries, feeding and caring for the pets warms my heart. I re-post on facebook when I can so others can see the need and help match owners with found pets. What a wonderful reward after such a tragic event.

So the next time I post something about being prepared for a coming storm, listen and take heed. Gather your precious things around you whether they be people, pets or things and be ready for action when the house explodes around you. Have a plan. Know who to call. Know what is really important to you and let go of the rest. For in the end, your family, friends and pets are all that really matter. Stuff can be replaced, memories are in your heart, and smiles are on the faces of those you love. Stay well and stay safe!

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Disasters and Storms, Are You Prepared?

Each year I write about severe weather &  natural disasters and how to be ready in case it comes your way. After the terrible earthquakes in Japan recently as well as the tornadoes that are happening in Iowa and other parts of the country, we do need to take time again to determine our preparedness.

Earthquakes and severe weather events are violent acts, they disrupt our lives and often change to course of our lives. We can do ourselves justice by doing a few simple things to reduce the immediate stress of a bad storm or other disaster.  Reducing your stress begins early, before the event happens.  so treat yourself well!
1. Check your home.  Do you have a way to cover windows in the event of a hurricane or severe thunderstorm?   Do you have a Weather Radio that is tuned to a NOAA Weather station in your vicinity?  Do you have an escape route if the house catches fire?  Do you have an escape route planned in case of flooding or fire?  Flood insurance?

2.  What are you going to do with your Pets?  Do you have horse trailers available for your horses and ponies?  Cat and dog carriers?  What about food and medicine for the animals? Water?  Veterinarian papers since you could be traveling with them?

3.  Children and the elderly need special attention too.  Do you have blankets, water, medicine, food, extra clothing, first aid kits, flashlights, batteries.  They often need special medications and supplements.  Water, food, treats, blankets, pillows, warm clothes even in the summer, games, books, pen & paper, playing cards.

Wind-up Flashlights and wind-up Radios are the best for me since I provide the power and don’t have to worry about a normal battery running out of power in the midst of a crisis!

Think ahead a little and gather the important papers you need, your emergency kits and water and then relax.  Hopefully you will not need them this year! Stay well.

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