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Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree

1 tablespoon sugar, ( sugar of choice )

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee

Sweetened whipped cream, for serving

Directions

Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a medium microwave safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and vent with a small hole. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy, about 30 seconds.

Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

NOTES:  You can use this , without the coffee, to flavor any of your baked goods, or pancakes, oatmeal, quinoa and more.

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Health and Disease

COPD and The Flu Shot

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If you suffer with COPD, you most likely have or will develop Fatty Liver Disease.
In a recent article by Dr. Chauncy Crandall he talks about the problems with Flu Shotsand COPD. When you have COPD your airways and air sacs loose their elasticity, you have a persistant cough, and you get colds and the flu more. Getting the flu or colds more often, your doctor is able to adjust your treatment accordingly. If you get the flu shot you may actually be masking the condition, which will not allow your doctor to diagnose your treatment correctly. Just as if you are a heavy smoker and get the flu shot, you will not be diagnosed in time for immediate treatment. This is called the Leonard Nimoy, yes, Dr. Spock problem, and which in turn caused his early death. Not being diagnosed because the flu shot did not allow proper diagnosis for COPD.
When you have COPD you will also suffer from Fatty Liver Disease. You guessed it! Your tests results will not show Fatty Liver Disease, or other Liver Diseases if you get the flu shot.
Lifestyle

Coping Steps for Verbal Abuse with Your Children or Spouse

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Coping Steps for Verbal Abuse With Your Children or Spouse
Do you verbally abuse your family? Are there times you are simply out of control? There is no excuse for this kind of behavior and it must stop. Use these eight steps for coping and put an end to the abuse. You can also use these same steps if you are emotionally or physically abusive.

1. Identify the first sign of meltdown.
To begin to cope with your behavior, you have to identify the first sign that indicates you’re beginning to spin out of control. It may be dry mouth, red ears, flushed face, butterflies in your stomach or heart palpitations. What signals the start of your meltdown? It is imperative to identify this sign, because it is part of a chain of behavior to which you’ve become accustomed. Your first sign can lead to the second link in the chain, which is where you can make an important decision.

2. Consciously choose to cope.
You can use your first sign of meltdown as a cue to cope, rather than as a cue for meltdown. When you feel the sign you’ve identified in step one coming on, you can make a conscious decision to use it to begin your coping sequence.

3. Make an incompatible response.
You need to get past your impulse moment. In order to do so, you must make it impossible to abuse your love ones. What should you do? Leave the room. Go outside. Do whatever it takes that guarantees you will not abuse your children or spouse.

4. Write down and evaluate destructive thoughts.
Have a book that you use specifically for your coping sequence. After you make an incompatible response, write down and evaluate your destructive thoughts. Instead of verbalizing a destructive thought to your spouse or child, write it in your book. Then read it over, and realize you almost said this to your family.

5. Tell your accountability person.
You are abusive because you can be — you have no accountability. In order to stop, you have to take responsibility. Choose a friend, a family member or someone else to be your “Accountability Person.” You will be accountable to this person. Every time you write down a destructive thought or avoid an abusive situation, call this person. Read him or her what you wrote in your coping journal, and talk about how you feel.

6. Reward yourself for control.
Most likely, you’re as hard on yourself as you are on your children and spouse. You feel guilty and say bad things to yourself when you are being abusive. Remember, you need to love yourself when you make the conscious decision to cope and not abuse.

7. Engage in positive interaction.
When you’re through the impulse stage, go back into the room with your child or spouse. Give your child or spouse a hug, pat him/her on the back, do something positive.

8. Long-term: get counseling.
You need to see somebody on a regular basis to deal with what’s happening inside of you. You can go to a counselor, a pastor or a social worker; somebody who will listen and continue to guide you in the right direction. Make sure that you are taking care of you.

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Vitamins and Supplements

Argan Oil: Hair and Nails

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Argan oil is the new miracle cure for hair, and for many reasons. Argan oil is especially great for hair because it is lightweight and full of nutrients, such as Vitamin E, D, and A. It is also full of nutrients such as carotene and squalene, which are great for healthy hair and skin. Because this healthful oil is absorbed easily by the hair, it can help address issues such as dry scalp, fragile hair, thinning hair, and damaged hair. Read on to learn about how great argan oil actually is and learn your own recipe for making it at home.

Hair Conditioner

Argan Oil is successful in treating and repairing split ends, as well as smoothing frizzy, out-of-control hair. You can add argan oil to your shampoo, conditioner, or leave-in conditioner. Or, simply apply a small amount (about a pea size) to wet or damp hair and run it through with your fingers, focusing on the ends.

Hair Styling

Thanks to its smoothing abilities, argan oil is a necessary tool in your styling arsenal. It adds a nice healthy shine to your hair without weighing it down or making it look greasy. If ends are looking extra-dry or frayed, simply apply a small amount, using your fingertips, to the ends to smooth them out and help the healing process.

Healthy Skin

Just as it moisturizes your hair, argan oil can moisturize your skin. Thanks especially to its vitamin E and fatty acids, it is a nutrient-rich, moisture-dense solution to dry skin. You can simply add a small amount to your body lotion or your warm bath. You can also use it on your face for a non-greasy moisturizer. Argan oil can help treat skin ailments such as acne, eczema, itchy scalp, and signs of aging, simply because of its rich moisturizing and nutritional benefits. The oil is also safe to use on dry, chapped lips for a fast-acting lip moisturizer and plumper.

Hand, Foot, and Nail Health

Just as it can moisturize your hair and skin, liquid gold is also great for moisturizing and supporting the health of your nails, and addressing rough patches on your hands, and feet. This oil can work miracles for dry, cracked hands or rough, calloused heels. Massage a few drops of the oil onto your trouble spots and on your cuticles each night for skin and nail health.

So now that you’re ready to start using argan oil as much as possible, here is a quick and easy recipe you can make at home so that you can enjoy the benefits of this miracle oil.

Ingredients:

  • Pure argan oil, 100 ml
  • Rosemary essential oil, 4-5 drops

Recipe

Simply add the 4-5 drops of rosemary essentiall oil to a 100 ml container of pure argan oil.

Application

Take a few drops of your mixture into your palm and run it between your hands and fingertips; apply to your hair, starting from your scalp and running it all the way through the ends. You can also just spot-treat dry ends by applying a bit more oil to just the ends. The Rosemary essential oil will help increase argan oil’s benefits for dry, dull hair and an itchy scalp.

Argan oil is one of the few oils that can be used in an undiluted form, which is why the above recipe is so simple. You don’t need to dilute it with another oil, and it doesn’t even need to be added to your lotion or conditioner (although mixing it in with something that is a bit thicker will stretch the number of uses from one bottle).

As with any new oil that you start using, apply it to a small section of skin first to make sure you don’t have a reaction. When the coast is clear, invest in a good amount of argan oil, and start using it on a daily basis for healthier hair, skin, and nail.

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