Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nature RX- Part 1

    Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial

Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors - two timeless prescriptions for whatever ails you. Side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason. Behind the humor and parody of Nature Rx is good science. Research shows that spending more time in nature improves your health, well being, and leads to making better environmental decisions.

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This an award winning comedy series, Nature Rx also offers environmentalism a needed dose of fun and satire. Nature Rx is a friendly reminder to us Earthly inhabitants what feels good and what is worth protecting once we take an adventure outdoors.

One lost man, longing for the apocalypse and crippled by modern life, finds an answer... a humorous and obvious solution he was missing all along. Having fun again, feeling sexy with his wife, wild, peaceful and free, this man offers a good time prescription for our busy world. Warning: this prescription may lead to spontaneous euphoria. For euphoria lasting more than 4 hours, check work email and consult your doctor.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Repel to the Rescue

This post is in addition to the post about night vision.  While I have also struggled with night vision since a teen, I found a product that keeps my headlights as clean as possible if I am doing any night driving.

Therefore, if you have an older vehicle and the headlights have clouded over, you might consider using the insect repellent, “Repel”.  Yes, Repel,  the insect repellent people put on their bodies.  Now, I don’t recommend putting this product on your body because it seems to work so well on the headlights. 

Anyway, buy this product before the season is over.  At Walmart, they are selling it for only $3.88.  Now you can’t beat that price, considering in the past, I’ve been approached by salesmen to clean my headlights for $40.00!

All you have to do is spray a generous amount onto a clean cloth and rub onto the clouded headlights. Then watch as your headlights look brand new again.  Take a spin at night and you will see an improvement in your line of vision. 

If you try this product on your headlamps, let me know what you think.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Driving Tips for People with Low Night Vision

by Orlin Sorensen 
People with the condition experience a general drop in visual acuity but are particularly affected by glare. This can be troublesome during the day, but much worse at night, as the unexpected shine of high-beams can easily blind an unprepared driver.

Night driving can be a tricky prospect for even the most keen-eyed among us. Other cars move quickly, road conditions are unpredictable, and both of those conditions are exacerbated by low light levels.
Difficult as it is under normal conditions, night driving becomes downright dangerous for people suffering from conditions that damage their night vision.

A wide range of diseases, deficiencies, and syndromes can all contribute to poor night vision. Cataracts are perhaps the most well-known. These cloudy deposits commonly form in older eyes as proteins change shape and become light-scattering debris.

Strangely enough, LASIK surgery is also a known cause of night blindness. Patients who have undergone eye surgery can experience halos and blurring when exposed to bright light – either temporarily or permanently – and may have to deal with some of the same sensitivity to glare that cataracts sufferers have.
And that’s just the start. Night blindness can be caused by progressive diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, direct injury to the eye, and even nutritional deficiencies (low Vitamin A intake can quickly bring on a case of night blindness).

Overall, a serious disorder, and a much more common one than we’d perhaps like to imagine. For people with night blindness, the single best piece of advice we can offer is this: stay off the road at night until you’ve managed to find treatment for the condition.

However, we’re also aware that this isn’t always an option. Emergencies and other circumstances can put anyone behind the wheel at a moment’s notice. If you do find yourself driving in adverse light conditions, there are a few things you can do.

Find The Right Lenses
As many night-blindness-causing conditions primarily cause sensitivity to glare, grabbing the right glasses can go a long way toward making them easier to cope with. Anti-glare treatment has been around for some time, and may be your best friend for nighttime drives. Finding the right pair can instantly cut down on serious symptoms, such as the starbursts and halos that might otherwise appear around light sources.

Plan Your Route Carefully
Even if you do find yourself needing to head somewhere after dark, it’s still up to you what route you take to get there. Use your knowledge of local roads to plot a course that minimizes risks peculiar to vision-impaired night driving.

For example, if you know a certain road experiences high volumes of traffic during later hours, you may want to consider taking side roads. That is, if said side roads are decently lit – as bad as bright light can be, a total lack of streetlamps is almost certainly worse.

If possible, try to stick to streets you already know. Familiar surroundings are inevitably easier to handle than novel ones. If you’re forced to take a new route, then consider using Google Maps’ Streetview function to visually scout out reference points and areas – like big intersections – that might pose their own particular set of risks.

Maintain Your Vehicle
This goes for all drivers, but it’s doubly important for anyone coping with impaired night vision. Pay extremely close attention to the condition of your car. This obviously means performing routine maintenance, such as oil changes and tire replacements, but also calls for some extra TLC to account for poor vision.

Headlights are an obvious place to start. Ensure that your bulbs are in good repair and aren’t about to burn out on you. Periodic alignments can also help keep them in peak condition. Also, don’t neglect to maintain headlight covers. These haze over rapidly, and many owners forget that they need consistent cleaning to stay fully transparent.
Carefully clean windows and mirrors, and keep defoggers on high if necessary. Dirty or smeared surfaces only make spotting obstacles and other drivers more difficult. Keeping them clean is a low-investment, high-yield way to boost driver safety.

Control Light Levels Inside Your Car
Use light judiciously inside your own car. It’s easy to pop a dome light on before leaving, then forget to turn it off when you’re on the move. However, it’s a bad move – higher light levels inside your car can further compromise night vision by making eyes much slower to adapt to low levels of light.

Some drivers may also want to consider dimming internal displays. This is actually a trick some professional drivers use to reduce eye fatigue, and it can come in handy if brightly lit dials are aggravating your eyes. Of course, there’s a thin line between comfortable and difficult to see. When push comes to shove, be certain that you can actually read important details such as speed and gas levels.

Be Smart, Not Proud
Sometimes, a bit of caution goes a long way. Too many drivers adapt slowly to changes in their eyes, and maintain driving habits that, while appropriate to younger drivers, become actively dangerous to older ones.
First, stay in the slow lane, and don’t be too quick to pass. Changing lanes opens up blind spots for everyone, and these are much worse for those of us with low vision.

Second, be realistic about your reaction time and your vision. Give cars in front of you a wide berth. Also, be aware of how far ahead you can see. If your headlights and vision combine to give you an extremely short range of vision, drive only at speeds that allow you to stop within that distance, even if it’s a little narrower than you might like.

Take Care of Your Eyes
Night blindness isn’t always preventable, but some basic best practices can help many people mitigate or avoid it.
Nutrition is extremely important. Foods rich in Vitamin A, such as leafy greens, give your eyes the nutrients they need to stay healthy. Frequent eye exams can also help detect problems early on, letting you head them off before they seriously impact vision.

Eye exercises are also a good way to maintain overall visual acuity. A simple regimen like the one offered on RYV can slow the gradual loss of vision that normally comes with age, working to keep you sharper during all hours of the day.

About Orlin Sorensen

My vision started to get blurry as a young teenager. Soon I was wearing glasses for just about everything. This was a hard blow for me because I had always dreamed of becoming a U.S. Navy fighter pilot which required perfect vision without glasses or surgery. But I wasn't ready to give up on my dreams, so I looked into every possible alternative which led me to eye exercises. Through daily vision training and eye exercises, I improved my vision from 20/85 to 20/20 and passed the Navy's visual acuity test. In fact Men's Health declared this one of the "Greatest Comebacks of All Time!" Now, I'm sharing exactly how I did it with the program that helped me so people like you can improve your vision safely and naturally, without glasses, contacts or laser surgery.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Summer Melon Avocado Pudding

From the kitchen of Celestia French 

Summer Melon Avocado Pudding
Before summer is over you must taste this delicate pudding that is creamy and not overly sweet. It’s high in healthy fats and low in sugar, and makes the perfect addition to any meal.

1 avocado, just the flesh
2 cups ripe de-rinded melon
(honeydew or Santa Claus melons are nice because their pale green flesh lends to the delicate hue of the pudding)

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You might need to stop the
blender and stir the ingredients with a spatula a couple times just to ensure even blending. Place in a
container and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes (if you can wait that long!).

Serving Tips:
*Serve with a little wedge of lemon...squeeze a few drops of lemon juice over your bowl and enjoy!
*Dress up your pudding with edible flowers such as nasturtiums, marigolds, or pansies.

Celestia French is a published author, yoga therapist, and wellness coach specializing in personalized vitality
optimization. She believes that by nourishing all levels of our being we are able to experience unparalleled
transformation and healing. For more about her offerings, please visit

Monday, August 24, 2015

4 Fall Prevention Activities for Seniors

by Vee Cecil/guest post
For seniors, one of the best ways to reduce fall risk is to get plenty of exercise. Unfortunately, a new study from the United Health Foundation found that one-third of seniors aren’t getting enough physical activity.

Dancing for Life
I truly believe not exercising played a role in my father-in-law’s recent fall. For the most part, he has been in good health, and so any time we suggested he work more physical activity into his daily routine he always assured us that he was healthy as a horse and didn’t need to. But one misstep landed him in the hospital. Thankfully, he only had a broken wrist, but I think had he had the benefit of some balance and agility exercises he might have been able to stop the fall. As part of his recovery, he’s started walking each day with a buddy/neighbor of his, and I can tell it has made a difference for him both physically and mentally.

If you’re a senior who isn’t getting enough exercise, here a few great exercises for fall prevention:

Increase your strength. If you don’t have a clue which type of physical activity will work best for you, these 11 fall prevention exercises are a great place to start. The article also includes advice on how to work your way up to doing the exercises with a 4-lb cuff weight. And here’s some good news: These exercises aren’t just great for fall prevention. According to the CDC, these kinds of strength training exercises also lessen the “signs and symptoms” of the following diseases—arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain, and depression.

Go for a swim. Swimming isn’t just for the summer. It’s a great year-round way to get a full-body workout. As this article notes, it’s an activity that works well for seniors because it builds muscle strength, improves bone density, and is easy on the joints. The pool also offers a safe place to work on balance exercises. With the support of the water, you don’t have to worry about toppling over or risking a fall while you’re working out.

Try tai chi. You may have seen a Tai Chi class taking place in a local park or community center. As this article from Harvard Medical School notes, it is an “ancient Chinese practice” that helps participants build strength and get a cardio workout through slow, controlled movements. The article also explains that the practice is an excellent way to work on your balance. In fact, it points out that tai chi can “reduce falls in seniors by up to 45 percent.”

Hit the dance floor. There’s no reason why your exercise routine can’t be fun. In fact, if you do enjoy it, it’s more likely you’ll keep it up. So, why not shake your groove thing! As this article from notes, because it focuses on improving “balance and gait,” dancing is a great way for seniors to reduce their risk of falling. It’s also a fun way to spend some time socializing with others.

Making exercise a regular part of your routine is an incredible way to change your life in many positive ways. Yes, you’ll reduce your chances of falling. But you’ll also be making immense improvements to your physical and mental health in the process.

Vee Cecil is a wellness advocate for both human and four-legged creatures. She is a fitness instructor in Kentucky where she lives with her family. She recently launched a blog where she shares her favorite health tips, tricks and recipes.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ikaria, Greece: Not Just a Place, an Experience

Experience the First Blue Zones Adventure Travel Excursion in Ikaria, Greece from Oct. 4 - 10 or October 18- 24, 2015
 Mihalis Gerakis, 85, of Ikaria, Greece. Photo by Michael Turek courtesy of Blue Zones.

Whatever your expectations may be of a Greek island, Ikaria will surpass them and take you places you never imagined existed. Ikaria is the island where people forget to die. In America, where only 1 in 5,000 people live to be 100, in Ikaria, you’ll find the odds tipped in the favor of vibrant, old age. Experience more than a slice of island life, but a totally different way of living. Ikarians are more in tune with their surroundings and nature, they embody all elements of the Power 9®, which becomes more evident the deeper you move into the mountainous region. Time moves at a different pace with a friendly ethos free of stress.

Ikarians manually tend their gardens and eat what they grow, including vegetables, herbs for their teas, and grapes for their wine.

The natural beauty and ruggedness of the island influences the local philosophy of life.  From forests and rivers, to canyons, rugged mountains and beautiful seas, Ikaria invites you to be immersed in its culture!

Throughout the week, while putting into action the Power 9® principals of the Blue Zones, you will explore Ikaria’s varied landscape: richly forested mountains, dramatic coastlines, ancient ruins, fishing villages, aquamarine waters, hidden beaches, olive groves and thermal pools.

Visit Blue Zones Adventure Travel for details, itinerary, and pricing.  

Furthermore, In the Blue Zone of Ikaria, Greece, dementia is virtually nonexistent. Ikarians work their fields into old age, moving naturally, to stay in shape, physically and mentally.

Photo by Gianluca Colla courtesy of Blue Zones.

Experience the Blue Zones first-hand on our small group adventure to the enchanted island in the Aegean Sea. Just 25 miles off the Turkish coast, Ikaria is removed from the tourism of the other Greek islands. Its isolation has protected time-honored traditions involving food and festivals of song and dance, offering intrepid travelers a unique opportunity to step back in time. The people are truly remarkable, living simply off of backyard gardens, goat herding, wine making and bee keeping.

  Ikarian elders stay naturally active into their 90s.  Here a woman fishes for dinner.

 Photo by Gianluca Colla courtesy of Blue Zones

Visit Blue Zones Adventure Travel for details, itinerary, and pricing. 

October represents the tail end of summer. While you may get by with lightweight clothing, bring pants and sweaters for cooler evenings and don’t expect to swim in the sea. You will need your swimsuit for our thermal pool adventure. Hiking boots and comfortable shoes are a must.

The community of Nas is closely knit and most everyone is related. You will be warmly welcomed into the neighborhood. On the first day you will be greeted with a warm smile and hello; by the second day, you will likely be on a first-name basis.

For a glimpse of life on Ikaria, purchase our DVD featuring Dan Buettner’s visit to Ikaria or check out segments from the recent CNN The Wonder List TV special.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

How to Make Yummy Toasted Spiced Chickpeas
On the lookout for a tasty, quick and easy snack that is good for you?  You can even turn chickpeas, (also called garbanzo beans),  into a appetizing treat!  A bowl of these are perfect when having friends over for happy hour or a potluck. 

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (about 1 3/4 cups)
3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1)  Position the rack in the center or the oven and heat the over to 350F

 2) Toss the chickpeas, oil, cumin, garlic salt, chili powder and black pepper in a large bowl until well coated and uniform. Pour into a large, lipped baking sheet and spread into one layer.

 3) Bake until browned and crisp, stirring occasionally, 45 to 60 minutes.  Set the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes.  Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chickpeas to a serving bowl.  Serve warm or at room temperature with plenty of napkins. 

Bon Appetit!

This recipe is from the book, “Blue Zones Solution, Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People” by Dan Buettner. For more information about Blue Zones, check out