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Family Travel and Vacations

Belfast, Ireland from the Neighborhoods to the Titanic
Belfast, Ireland from the Neighborhoods to the Titanic
Our family stayed at the Merchant Hotel in downtown Belfast which has splendid decor, great amenities, incredible staff and is conveniently located in the heart of the city.  This hotel is a 5 star establishment featuring a beautiful dining room, afternoon tea, and a full spa.  We were able to get an especially good deal on the hotel rate because we were mid-week and slightly before the summer season. Our accommodations...
Malahide Castle
Malahide Castle
On the way north from Dublin to Belfast we stopped at Malahide Castle. You could have a delightful day of it at the castle and gardens or just stay for a few hours as we did. There is a visitor’s center where you purchase tickets; it has exhibits, shops and a café. It is famous for the Avoca Store where they have made world famous throws since 1723.  The castle is situated on 268 acres of woods and botanical gardens. The garden is...
Do You Know What Pelicans Diving into the Ocean Means?
Do You Know What Pelicans Diving into the Ocean Means?
 It could be sharks nearby following a school of fish. You may have seen news reports about increased shark attacks this summer. If you're taking a family vacation to the beach in the coming weeks, and you're worried about letting your children swim in the ocean, check this advice from Florida's Fish and Wildlife Service before you go:  Don't go alone in the water. People swimming by themselves are more...

School

50 Things To Do To Get Ready for School
50 Things To Do To Get Ready for School
By Greta Jenkins School time is fast approaching are your ready? Our school checklist can help!
Back to School Crafts
Back to School Crafts
Get ready for school with these fun back to school crafts! Back to School crafts are an easy way for kids to gear up for a great school year. Back to School Crafts and School Lunch Ideas: Back Pack Name Tag - Locker Magnets -  Locker Mirrors -   Eraser Heads Craft- Locker Mirror Note...
Yearly School Forms- More than a Whim
Yearly School Forms- More than a Whim
As a new school year rapidly approaches many parents are not looking forward to the piles of forms. And paperwork that often accompany the beginning of the school year. The forms are often long and involved, and many parents wonder why all of the forms are necessary every year. Some seem redundant,...

Grandparents Day 2015

All About Grandparents in the USA
All About Grandparents in the USA
Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This day has been celebrated every year since to honor our nation's grandparents. The Census Bureau presents statistics about their role in our society. 7.2 million - The number of grandparents whose grandchildren...
Celebrate Grandparents Day
Celebrate Grandparents Day
Sunday September 13th 2015 - Crafts - Poems - Fun Activiites -  Fun Things to Do with Grandchildren -  Grandparent's Poems -  Grandparents Making Memories  -  Crafts and Homemade Gifts for Grandma and Grandpa
5 Ways To Celebrate Grandparents Day In Style
5 Ways To Celebrate Grandparents Day In Style
Grandparents Day September 9, 2012 A recent report that surveyed 263 kinship caregivers has found that nearly 50% of UK grandparents give up work to help raise their grandchildren, which often results in financial difficulties for many. So why is it that when Grandparent's Day comes not all of us are rushing to the shops to stock up on cards and sweets for those who love us so much? For some reason this holiday has not yet gained such commercial...

Parenting

5 Tips To Prepare Your ADHD Child For Better Social Skills At School
5 Tips To Prepare Your ADHD Child For Better Social Skills At School
By Robert Locke Maybe your ADHD child does not have many friends at school and this is getting him or her down. It also worries you and you wonder is there any way that you can help your child overcome this disability- Here are five tips to help you. But before I give you the tips, let us look at what is going on in the child's brain. He is flitting from one thing to another, he lacks any reflection on the consequences of his actions and he is...
Organizing a Back-to-School Supplies Drive
Organizing a Back-to-School Supplies Drive
By Sylvia Cochran - Christian Parenting Back-to-school shopping is just around the corner. Already the ads are showing gorgeous backpacks, stylish clothes and oodles of pens, pencils and crayons. While you might not have a hard time affording all these school supplies for your child, there are other parents who do not have the necessary funds to send off their kids to school with new items. Organizing a back-to-school supplies drive is good opportunity...
The First Weeks of School
The First Weeks of School
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - Counselor's Corner Are your children excited, nervous or scared about school?  Or do you have the child that doesn’t even want to hear the name school before it actually begins?  If your child is in the so-called ‘in’ group, he or she may be excited about school—however, that child generally worries about staying in the group.  If your child is a jock or in the band, again they may already have a comfortable...

Healthy Families

Overcoming Excuses To Get Healthy
Overcoming Excuses To Get Healthy
 By Peter J. Weiss, MD FACP - More Health Less Care  Are you making excuses about your health?   Telling yourself why you can't change instead of finding out how you can?  Probably.  I don't mean to be insulting.  This is just how life is; we all make excuses. An excuse is a defense or justification for something that would otherwise not be acceptable.  How about this one – "Yes officer, I know the speed limit is 35 mph but my wife here...
Being Our Own Authority
Being Our Own Authority
 By Dr. Howard Peiper - Path to a Better Life Being our own authority does not mean being an authority for anyone else! It just means that we don't let any one else become an authority for us.  Everyone is free to choose, including us, and everyone is responsible for the choice that he or she makes. How else could it be? Many people try to cross these clear lines of responsibility, but doing so only clouds their perception of reality. Don't be...
The Importance of Family Vacations
The Importance of Family Vacations
By Dale Petersen MD - Building  Health - With the approach of spring thoughts often turn toward summer vacations. When my children were still young and living at home we spent two weeks each summer exploring a section of the country. We were fortunate to be living in the central United States, as we could drive to most destinations. One summer we would go west to see the Grand Canyon and surrounding national parks. The next year might find us heading...

Recipes

Easy Chicken Kabobs
Easy Chicken Kabobs
Chicken Kabobs a family favorite! These chicken kabobs are easy and quick. You can mix up the marinade the night before and just toss them on the grill in time for dinner. Add fruit and/or vegetables as desired. Perfect for kids, family meals and even as appetizers.
Spice Up Your Food!
Spice Up Your Food!
By Greta Jenkins, Food Editor -I recently tried a new product, Mariam's Miracle Sauce and Mariam's Miracle Seasoning Blend, to jazz up our meals. I tried it on meats, in soups, and on grilled vegetables. It was delicious! It's the perect answer to not using too much salt or sugar on food. Our...
Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids
Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids
By Meredith Kimelblatt As kids head back to class to start the new school year, parents everywhere ask themselves the same question: what healthy snacks do you feed hungry kids after school that will fill them up until dinner without ruining their appetites?  For many parents, the couple hours between...

Features

E-Cigarettes Lead to Smoking Cigarettes by Teens Finding by JAMA Study

E-Cigarettes Lead to Smoking Cigarettes by Teens Finding by JAMA Study

News - Students who have used electronic cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine to the lungs by heating...
Teen End of Summer Reading -- Excerpt from Beyond The Red Mountains

Teen End of Summer Reading -- Excerpt from Beyond The Red Mountains

By Greg Johnson -- Prologue -A cloud of dust exploded from the stack of books as Kelvin set them down with a bit more force than necessary.Kelvin Drake was a strong young man of average height with brown hair. Within the past year, he had finished his formal education, and it was time for him to learn the trade that would become his...
Recognizing ADHD

Recognizing ADHD

New Information from the FDA about how to recognise and treat ADHD is now available. to identify if you child has ADHD they suggest asking yourself:Is your child in constant motion? Does he or she talk incessantly? Or have trouble focusing and prefer to daydream?Then your child may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.This...
2015 Back to School Fashions for Kids and Teens

2015 Back to School Fashions for Kids and Teens

 Back to School Fashion for Kids  Back-to-School Outfits -For girls leggings, skirts, maxi dress, graphic tees and jeans rule. For boy jeans, sweats and graphic tees rule - Teens -For fall comfortable sportswear, leggings with sweatshirts  or  big pull shirts...
Getting Off to a Good Start, Back to School Shopping

Getting Off to a Good Start, Back to School Shopping

By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA -  I n this month’s column, I am providing some tips to help you plan and save this back to school season.  College Bound Children According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 3.4 million high school students were projected to graduate in 2015.  A great portion of the graduating class...

Mariam miracle seasonings and sauce

Home and Garden

What to Plant in Early Fall - Vegetables - Flowers - Plants
What to Plant in Early Fall - Vegetables - Flowers - Plants
Vegetables -Plant in August to September for a late fall crop  as far north as Michigan.- Beets - All parts of beets are edible. The most  beets are red, but golden and striped varieties are now available. You can harvest beet greens when they are a about 2"  tall.  Beet roots are ready to harvest when they are approx. 1 ½ - 2" in diameter. Larger roots are tougher. Harvest by pulling...
Transition to a New School
Transition to a New School
  By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT A new school year will soon by upon us.  Many kids are excited to get back into school and see old friends.  Some relish learning and are anxious for new teachers and material to devour.  Other kids are anxious for school due to sporting activities.  Then there are the rest of the kids who may be nervous because 1.  it’s the first year of a new school; 2.  their best friend has moved and they don’t have...
Helping Teens with Back to School Stress
Helping Teens with Back to School Stress
As the start of the school year approaches, we spoke with Michael Levy, M.D., Consultation/Liaison Psychiatrist at Nyack Hospital, about the major sources of stress for teens at this time of year, and how teens and their parents can deal with them. #Teenstress Q: Why is the beginning of the school year so stressful for teens?A: Every year, we see teen visits to the emergency room for behavior and mood issues spike...

Family Fun

Get Your Poetic License!
Get Your Poetic License!
Children's Books by Barbara Bietz -Many young readers don’t know a lot about poetry beyond Dr. Suess and perhaps Shel Silverstein.
Five Items on Your Back to School List You'll Never Use Again
Five Items on Your Back to School List You'll Never Use Again
By Cheryl Moeller - Funny Stuff -  Each year anxious mothers pore over the list of school supplies they must purchase for their child. Unless their son or daughter has these in their backpack they will have no chance of graduating from 8th grade or getting into Stanford or avoiding a life of crime. After decades of rushing out and purchasing these items in the middle of August, I've come to realize that many of these things never appear in life...
How I Spent  My Summer Vacation
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
BBQ Recipes - Arts and Crafts - Books for Summer Reading  - Student's Summer Vacation - Disney - Know Before You Go - Camping - Yes, we doing it all ! by Greta Jenkins Family and friends come over to share BBQ recipe secrets and cooking tips. We made the best ever BBQ chicken and ribs! entertaining the kids was easy with arts and crafts and outdoor games. We spending time at the library, the kids really enjoy the reading hour and they picked...

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Nitrate-Rich Foods

Help Increase Blood Flow To The Brain

Increased intake of nitrate rich foods (such as beet juice) increases blood flow to key areas of the brain in older adults. Research scientists are now investigating the possibly of improving mental function and reducing the progression of age related cognitive decline and dementia by increasing intake of specific foods and related nutrients..

The results, published in the journal Nitric Oxide suggest that dietary nitrate may help to improve blood flow in critical areas of the brain known to be involved in cognitive functioning.

"There have been several very high-profile studies showing that drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, but we also wanted to show that drinking beet juice also increases perfusion (blood flow) to the brain. There are areas in the brain that become poorly perfused as people age, and that's believed to be associated with dementia and poor cognition," explained the researchers from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

"We demonstrated the ability of oral nitrate to increase plasma nitrite and to increase cerebral blood flow within white matter in older adult humans," said researchers.

Cognitive Decline
The authors noted that poor blood flow contributes to the development of many disease states and may also be a factor in the decline of physical and cognitive function in aging.

Reduced blood flow to the brain contributes to cognitive impairment, such as a reduction in information processing speed, and to the progression of dementia, however research suggested that nitrites could help to open up the blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen specifically to places that are lacking oxygen.

Previous studies have shown nitrates to act as a vasodilator, which when taken in through the diet have been observed to decrease blood pressure and improve exercise performance.

According to the researchers, a major feature of nitrite's ability to increase blood flow is that it acts preferentially in conditions of low oxygen, "allowing nitrite to increase blood flow precisely in the areas where it is needed most."

"Several groups have shown that ingesting diet sources high in nitrate leads to substantial increases in plasma nitrite. We hypothesized that we could use this feature to increase cerebral blood flow in older adults," the researchers said.

Increased Flow
They reported that the high nitrate diet did not alter global cerebral blood flow, but did lead to increased regional blood flow in the frontal lobe white matter; These are the areas of the brain commonly associated with degeneration that leads to dementia and other cognitive conditions The authors observed the effects of dietary nitrate on plasma nitrite and nitrate levels were sustained after the overnight fast, suggesting that the effects of dietary nitrate may be prolonged.

Direct Effect
"Our results support the proposal that oral nitrate therapy may be beneficial in treating cognitive decline that is often observed with aging. Towards that end, we show a direct effect of dietary nitrate on cerebral blood flow within the subcortical and deep white matter of the frontal lobes," concluded the researchers.

They also added that nitrite had been shown to "not only increase blood flow to certain areas of the body, but also acts preferentially in hypoxic conditions, allowing nitrite to increase blood flow precisely in the areas where it is needed."

"Based on this notion, our data suggest that a diet high in nitrate might allow increased [blood flow] to those areas of the brain known to be at risk in the elderly and important for cognitive function, the deep white matter in the frontal lobe," they added.

Source: Nitric Oxide Journal
Published online 2010.
"Acute effect of a high nitrate diet on brain perfusion in older adults"

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