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Board: Weight Loss 10-17-2010, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,799
Posted By rheanna
Re: What controls your appetite

neveragain444,

I don't have foods in the house that will trigger me to overeat. This means no salty greasy things like potato chips or tortilla chips. No ice cream. Sigh. It's better that way.
...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 10-17-2010, 10:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,066
Posted By rheanna
Re: Arm hair hurts! (Long Sleeve Shirts)

Smoore9,

I suspect you are right. I think that thicker hair resists being pushed in the "wrong" direction more than finer hair does. It pulls the pores the wrong way. Perhaps you might consider...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 10-17-2010, 10:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,689
Posted By rheanna
Re: Aerobic exercise is waste of time

orion8,

I agree that aerobics is boring. Eating veggies is boring. Brushing and flossing my teeth is boring. But I do think that some boring things are important to my health.

The things that I...
Board: Environmental Disorders 09-10-2010, 08:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 20,861
Posted By rheanna
Re: Washing Machine from HELL!!!

Machaon,

I am pleased as punch that you are able to use the machine without it making you ill and inconvenienced! What a relief that must be!

Washing machines have become an important part of...
Board: Weight Loss 08-17-2010, 05:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,280
Posted By rheanna
Re: How fast is too fast, how to put on the brakes?

Thunor,

Good for you for making changes to your lifestyle!

My understanding is that people who are heavier will often lose weight faster than people who are closer to their goal weight. Men...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 08-14-2010, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,197
Posted By rheanna
Re: what can I drink beside water that's healthy

In addition to the green or black tea and the water with a lemon twist in it, I would also suggest herbal teas.

--Rheanna
Board: Diet & Nutrition 08-14-2010, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,755
Posted By rheanna
Re: What is the best cooking oil?

icecreammm,

I use good quality cold-pressed oils. I am able to find them in dark glass bottles. I won't mention any brand names, because I live in northern Germany, so my options would likely be...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 08-06-2010, 08:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,431
Posted By rheanna
Re: Question about chicken

JohnR41,

I tend to agree with bdrunner79 on this -- it's the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 that's important.

Modern food generating practices have moved from animals who are fed more "natural"...
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 08-06-2010, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,127
Posted By rheanna
Re: vitamin d

cussyboo,

50000 units is probably the form D2, which is prescribed by a doctor, with instructions on how often to take it. If you have a prescription from a doctor, then follow what he/she says.
...
Board: ADD / ADHD 08-06-2010, 07:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,407
Posted By rheanna
Re: I miss stimulants.

Aaahhh yes. Marisuela brings up the crucial point. After we have figured out what needs to be done and what the priority is (by whatever methods we kludge together), we need to actually pick...
Board: ADD / ADHD 08-04-2010, 04:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,407
Posted By rheanna
Re: I miss stimulants.

janewhite1,

The key here is lack of external structure. Hahaha, yeah, that's obvious. We have ADD. My suggestion is two-fold: get help from an irritatingly organized person, and make lists.

Who...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 07-27-2010, 08:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,744
Posted By rheanna
Re: Hey smoking ain't that bad.

metereater,

If all you are thinking about is your own health, then I quite agree that you have every right to smoke. Most of us have a less than stellar health habit or two, and if it gives you...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 07-15-2010, 04:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,141
Posted By rheanna
Re: To grind or not to grind? The question of fiber

Thanks, guys, for the explanations!

There was a guy named Horace Fletcher who was called the "Great Masticator" (don't snicker, children -- mastication means chewing!). He advocated chewing each...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 07-15-2010, 04:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,664
Posted By rheanna
Re: Exercising problem that I have had for a long time

Aiur2000,

Blood sugar is one thing that occured to me as well when I read your post. I find that eating a light meal (a little protein, fat and starch) before exercise helps me to avoid "hitting...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 07-15-2010, 03:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,124
Posted By rheanna
Re: Calf cramps

Cassie61499,

As bdrunner79 says, it might be shoes that are too old or inappropriate for this particular activity, or it might be that inserts will help.

Another thing that helps me is to take...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 07-15-2010, 03:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,713
Posted By rheanna
Re: unusually high heart rate

ruskie14,

The traditional maximun heart rate equation that we see everywhere should not be taken literally. The same resulting numbers (220 minus age times something something) certainly cannot be...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 07-15-2010, 03:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,974
Posted By rheanna
Re: I have trouble with balance when doing forward lunges

Pboy,

What I find helpful is to do the lunges slowly next to a fairly tall, sturdy piece of furniture (or sturdy machine if I'm in the Fitness Studio). If I feel unbalanced, I stick out my finger...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 07-03-2010, 10:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,141
Posted By rheanna
To grind or not to grind? The question of fiber

Y'all, I'm posing a question for discussion that has been rolling around in my brain for a while (can you hear it rattling in there? :D )

We hear that we should be getting lots of fiber in our...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 07-03-2010, 10:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,982
Posted By rheanna
Re: What's the deal with Flax Seed Oil?

stevefromsd,

From JohnR41:

From bdrunner79:

Flax as seed and oil is just a food. It alone will not cure anything, especially if the rest of the diet is full of processed food-like...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 07-03-2010, 10:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,665
Posted By rheanna
Re: Recaction to Chocolate

valgal123,

The first thing that comes to mind is that you might have milk intolerance. That is, my theory is worth considering only if you tell me that you've been trying milk chocolate, rather...
Board: Nutritional Disorders 06-20-2010, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 11,451
Posted By rheanna
Re: Why can't we eat fruits and vegetables together?

LUNCHDRIVER,

I don't know what your mother may have heard, but lots of folks eat fruit and vegetables together at mealtimes with no problems whatsoever. I usually have a banana for dessert after a...
Board: ADD / ADHD 06-20-2010, 12:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,131
Posted By rheanna
Re: What exactly is 'normal,' anyway?

Another way to look at this question is to point out that all of us, whether ADDers or not, have strong traits (things that come easy to us) and weak traits (things that are very difficult for us)...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 06-20-2010, 12:01 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 13,051
Posted By rheanna
Re: Exercise and longevity

I seem to recall that scientists have looked at populations in which a large percentage of the inhabitants live long productive lives (not hospitalized and bed-ridden for their last several years the...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 06-18-2010, 11:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 16,853
Posted By rheanna
Re: Swollen belly :(

tUrRrRa,

A couple of thoughts come to mind.

One, you may have altered your intestinal flora because of the changes in diet and activity that occurred when you had your operation. Perhaps there...
Board: ADD / ADHD 06-09-2010, 09:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,748
Posted By rheanna
Re: Huh, ADHD linked to genius?

Bob,

That's a very interesting way of viewing ADD. I look forward to hearing more about your thoughts on this, and about your choice of careers.

--Rheanna
Board: ADD / ADHD 06-09-2010, 08:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,131
Posted By rheanna
Re: What exactly is 'normal,' anyway?

Thunor,

I'm glad you have found a med that works for you! :)

As for what "normal" is, it's a relative term. That means, it depends. It depends on what you're comparing to what, and who's doing...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 03-09-2010, 08:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 18,273
Posted By rheanna
Re: Outer leaves and stalk on Cauliflower

JohnR41,

I love your adventurous culinary spirit! :)

I find the tender small cauliflower leaves to be quite edible, as long as they are very fresh. The outer leaves I would put into a soup or...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 03-09-2010, 08:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,395
Posted By rheanna
Re: Nutritional Pumpkin substitute

g366,

As Titchou says, there are other forms of squash (especially winter squash) which will give similar nutrition. They are normally purchased fresh, but they are easy to cook and store in the...
Board: Environmental Disorders 03-05-2010, 08:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,261
Posted By rheanna
Book suggestions -- chemicals in the environment

I thought I would start a thread where folks can recommend books about how we are affected by chemicals in the environment.

I just read a new book by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie: "Slow Death by...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 03-05-2010, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,368
Posted By rheanna
Re: Breakfast

mattsevens32,

A quicky breakfast might be a tablespoon or two of peanut butter on a celery stalk. The fats, protein and fiber would fill you up until lunch time, and it's portion controlled. And...
Board: Diet & Nutrition 03-05-2010, 08:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,714
Posted By rheanna
Re: Tap Water Vs. Purified Water

MyriadMelody,

I'm sure your brother is indeed a very smart man. :)

I might point out that tap water is provided by local municipalities. So, the quality can vary greatly from town to town.

I...
Board: Alternative Medicine 02-12-2010, 12:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,800
Posted By rheanna
Re: Homeopathy-- has it worked for you?

mizzaj,

I developed digestive problems about 12 years ago, in my late 40's. After keeping a food diary, I narrowed it down to wheat. After doing a fair amount of research, I decided that I had...
Board: Menopause 02-11-2010, 11:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,174
Posted By rheanna
Re: Estrogen without progesterone

Graves54,

My understanding (from my gynaechologist and from lots of reading) is that if you still have your uterus, you should be taking progesterone as part of the hormone replacement therapy. I...
Board: Nutritional Disorders 02-11-2010, 11:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,010
Posted By rheanna
Re: Gluten

Hygea,

I haven't heard that there is a particular blood type associated with gluten intolerance.

I have heard that gluten intolerance (celiac disease) is often classified as an auto-immune...
Board: Environmental Disorders 02-11-2010, 11:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,728
Posted By rheanna
Re: Is there a way to eliminate scents or perfumes from house clothes - An MCS Suffe

whiteknight77,

Cheap or simple perfumes might dissipate in a day or two, while more complex perfumes might take a week or more. It has become apparent to me that perfumes contain a lot of...
Board: Environmental Disorders 02-08-2010, 10:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,728
Posted By rheanna
Re: Is there a way to eliminate scents or perfumes from house clothes - An MCS Suffe

whiteknight77,

I can only suggest what has worked for me to get perfume out of clothes. My allergies are not as severe as yours, so hopefully others will be able to help you with decontaminating...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-07-2009, 11:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 18,634
Posted By rheanna
Re: Chronic High BP of 147/93, from 1998 to 2004 based on 14832 readings, now 126/73!

Machaon,

You may take three (3) peanuts out of the jar, close the jar, put the jar back in the kitchen cupboard, and carry the three (3) peanuts into the TV room.

If and when a goal is made by...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-16-2009, 07:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,146
Posted By rheanna
Re: Looking for great diuretic drinks

Sally A,

Others with more knowledge can chime in here with more helpful information. My experience is only with using herbal teas as diuretics when I have consumed too much salt, and am retaining...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-16-2009, 07:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,441
Posted By rheanna
Re: Dramatic, unexpected improvement in BP. Exercise? Diet? Coreg? Avoiding triggers?

Machaon,

I sympathise with your frustration at realizing that you have to live within strict limits in order to maintain your health. My limitations aren't as strict as yours -- I mainly have to...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 09-21-2009, 08:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,446
Posted By rheanna
Re: need resistance exercises to do at home

daboat,

Stretch bands can be used for many of the exercises that one normally does in a gym. The bands can be held in the hands, "pinned" down by feet, attached to doorknobs or sofa feet or an...
Board: Diabetes 09-21-2009, 08:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,214
Posted By rheanna
Re: What lifestyle puts you at risk for T2 diabetes

JohnR41,

The others here certainly know far more about diabetes than I do :) but I would like to venture a thought for consideration.

My understanding is that one of the ways that T2 is...
Board: ADD / ADHD 09-21-2009, 07:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,864
Posted By rheanna
Re: Angry when interrupted.

Xen,

I agree with Thunor that getting a diagnosis by a qualified professional will be a big help.

I would also like to suggest that, while the distraction is real, there are different ways to...
Board: ADD / ADHD 09-21-2009, 07:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,185
Posted By rheanna
Re: Alternative for ADD treatment; Krill oil

steven d,

We are always happy to hear that someone has found something that works for them.

Some folks say that this helps them. Some folks have tried it and find that it doesn't help. But the...
Board: ADD / ADHD 09-21-2009, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,978
Posted By rheanna
Re: Blinking Lights and Ticking Clocks

Mister P,

I don't know if all your symptoms together qualify you for a diagnosis of ADD. But I do think that not being able to tune out distracting sounds and blinking flashing thingies is one of...
Board: ADD / ADHD 09-21-2009, 07:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,437
Posted By rheanna
Re: Generic Ritalin

jcuecker,

There is a difference between generics and the original brand name medicine. And there is a difference from one generic to another. I live in Germany, but from everything I have heard,...
Board: Menopause 08-10-2009, 11:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,894
Posted By rheanna
Re: Is intercourse safe when hrt cream is present?

Sixtyplus,

This is a good question to ask. If the hormones are absorbed into your skin, then they are also absorbed into his skin. Yes, the man can absorb the hormones in the hrt cream, and they...
Board: ADD / ADHD 08-05-2009, 08:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,276
Posted By rheanna
Re: Newly Diagnosed and Have Questions

magpie1970,

You sound to me like someone who is doing admirably well juggling all those balls in the air at once. :)

I am no expert, of course, just someone who does have ADD. And my...
Board: Aging Issues 07-28-2009, 11:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 12,502
Posted By rheanna
Re: Would you like to live to age 120 in good health?

John,

I am impressed with your reports of health as a result of your calorie-restricted but nutrition-intensive diet. :) I too agree that maximizing real foods while minimizing less healthy foods...
Board: Aging Issues 07-18-2009, 10:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 12,502
Posted By rheanna
Re: Would you like to live to age 120 in good health?

JohnR41,

I read about the studies too. I also read from another scientist, who pointed out that these monkeys were raised in a sterile environment. He says that a calorie-restricted diet can...
Board: ADD / ADHD 06-18-2009, 01:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,236
Posted By rheanna
Re: add & tics

tmb123,

Indeed a discussion with a doctor is in order. None of us are experts, we can only share what information we have gathered while we learn to live with our own (or our children's) ADD.
...
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