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What do you know about the “Flu Epidemic” 2013?


Have you or your family been effected at all? It seems like every time you turn on the news, they are talking about how wide spread the flu is. I was watching World News Tonight and wanted to share (cause that’s what I do!) some information about what is currently going on with the statistics and some natural ways you can help your symptoms.

It seems that the FLU “Major” Outbreak has hit every state except California, Mississippi & Hawaii, but with that being said, the CDC is still reporting the peak may be over!

This season hit a a month early with 6 or more weeks to go. With that being said, there have been reported shortages (especially in the south) and the shot is only 62% effective if you do get it. What does that mean? It means, that if you get the shot, there is still a 38% chance you could STILL get the FLU. Also, there are currently 3 strands of FLU out there this season, so the flu shot could protect you from one and not another! SMH!

You can visit if you would like to know where you can go get a FLU shot! My personal doctors office is out, so I will be looking on this site as well. I went to two CVS’s last week, only to be turned away. I went to the health department, but honestly I didn’t feel like waiting in line. I spoke to my “Baby” Doctor this morning, he told me “GET THE FLU SHOT! YOU’RE PREGNANT!” So, I am off on the hunt again trying to locate this SHOT! I told them that if they recommend pregnant women get the shot, they should supply the shot in their office! It’s more money for them once a year! They loved the idea!

Home Remedies:
Many people (like myself) do not like medicine if there is a natural alternative. Here are three that I learned about.
1) Elderberry pill – (extract form) – It is commonly used in the first stages of a cold, as it is a high antiviral. It also works well for nasal and chest congestion.
2) Tumeric – It’s actually an Indian seasoning – It contains cumin and helps the virus from spreading in your body. Curcumin decreased viral replication in infected cells, but also seemed to protect other cells from becoming infected
3) Chicken Soup – can help clean up congestion and affects white blood cells. A study found that there is a mild anti-inflammatory effect that reduced symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.
The test soup recipe contained chicken, onions, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots, celery stems, parsley, salt, and pepper. But canned soups were also found to inhibit the movement of neutrophils in the research.


Also, keep your hands clean and out of your face! Most virus are transmitted through the eyes, mouth and nose! And people unknowingly touch their faces 20+ times day! Keep your hands out of your FACE and Sanitize those hands!!!!!!

So, I hope this post help a little and gave you some information you can use. Please share with friends.

Did you get the FLU shot? Are you? I have only had one and that was last year. I am going to get it this year because the pregnancy. It supposedly protects a newborn for up to 6 weeks after birth.

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Living Smart & Simple: Have you tried Sassy Water?

How many of you like water? *I am not raising my hand right now*
Although, I do drink it. I don’t like to drink it without a lemon. I try to drink it more often, 1) because I am pregnant and it’s good for me and the baby 2) It’s the best thing for you to drink – for you body, so many benefits.Well, yesterday I put a fact status on FB – Drinking 6 cups of Cold Water a Day – will allow you to lose an extra 5 pounds a year! that I got from watching 20/20.

Well one of my FB friends (Amber) commented about Sassy Water and how it helps her knock out her 64 oz a day and her stomach is flatter! Sccreeeeeetttccchhhh! Back up!! Did she say FLAT TUMMY!

So, I googled Sassy Water and low and behold, one of the benefits is a flatter tummy because of the ingredients! So simple to make, I am surely going to make this. Not JUST BECAUSE OF THE FLAT TUMMY (I am prego remember) but because the ingredients are natural (great benefits) and the reviews say, it’s just adds a kick to natural water!
Sassy Water
2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups, use good quality water, filtered if need be))
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 small spearmint leaves.
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight.
Drink the entire pitcher by the end of each day.
This is from the Flat Belly Diet. It is delicious. The cucumber and lemon are natural diurectics. The ginger and spearmint help relieve bloating. I just really like all these flavors together. I use purified water. Drink this throughout the day. Cook time is the time it is refrigerated overnight. Susie Cook’s
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Breast Cancer Awareness – Risk & Symptoms

October is National Breast Cancer Month. Have you had a mammogram this year? Have you had one last year or the last 5 years. I am under 40 but I did have one last year because I felt a lump. I also have had this lump for 9+ years with no symptoms, so I was pretty sure it wasn’t serious. I really wanted a Mammogram to be 100% and have peace. I am thankful that it was just a lymph node.

I am grateful that I never stop inquiring about the lump, even when the doctor said it’s probably nothing. It was something to me and finally after so many years, I had my first mammogram. It wasn’t as bad or as uncomfortable as everyone made it seem. When I have to do something for my health, I just suck it up and do what needs to be done. Many doctors don’t push for women to get mammograms before 40 but so many women are getting breast cancer before 40, that I am not sure why that law or requirement has not been updated.

While researching Breast Cancer, I have learned that Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and second most common cause of cancer deaths among black women. At the time of diagnosis, blacks more often present with a higher stage of cancer. Although the death rate for breast cancer has declined over the past 20 years, the rate of decline has been slower for blacks. Black women are 1.4 times more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. Compared to whites, blacks have a lower rate of cancer survival for each stage of breast cancer at diagnosis. These differences have been partially explained by differences in types of tumors and access to treatment services.

Breast Cancer Signs & Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle
  • A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea
  • A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast
  • A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple
  • A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed)
  • Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple
  • An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast
  • A marble-like hardened area under the skin

These changes may be found during a breast self-exam.
Medical organizations don’t agree on the recommendation for breast self-exams, which is an option for women starting in their 20s. Doctors should discuss the benefits and limitations of breast self-exam with their patients.

Slightly higher risk
  • Distant family history. This refers to breast cancer in more distant relatives such as aunts, grandmothers, and cousins.
  • Previous abnormal breast biopsy. Women with earlier biopsies showing any of the following have a slight increased risk: fibroadenomas with complex features, hyperplasia without atypia, sclerosing adenosis, and solitary papilloma
  • Age at childbirth. Having your first child after age 35 or never having children puts you at higher risk.
  • Early menstruation. Your risk increases if you began menstruating before age 12.
  • Late menopause. If you begin menopause after age 55, your risk increases.
  • Weight. Being overweight (especially in the waist), with excess caloric and fat intake, increases your risk, especially after menopause.
  • Excessive radiation. This is especially true for women who were given radiation for postpartum mastitis, received prolonged fluoroscopic X-rays for tuberculosis, or who were exposed to a large amount of radiation before age 30 — usually as treatment for cancers such as lymphoma.
  • Other cancer in the family. A family history of cancer of the ovaries, cervix, uterus, or colon increases your risk.
  • Heritage. Female descendents of Eastern and Central European Jews (Ashkenazi) are at increased risk.
  • Alcohol. Use of alcohol is linked to increased risk of developing breast cancer. Compared with nondrinkers, women who consume one alcoholic drink a day have a very small increase in risk, and those who have 2 to 5 drinks daily have about 1.5 times the risk of women who do not drink.
  • Race. Caucasian women are at a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer than are African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women. The exception to this is African-American women, who are more likely to have breast cancer than whites under the age of 40.
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Long-term use of combined estrogen and progesterone increases the risk of breast cancer. This risk seems to return to that of the general population after discontinuing them for five years or longer.Source

Ladies, please get check! It could save your lives!

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