Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep

Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep



What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones - serotonin and melatonin - flowing. Yawning yet?

Bananas. They're practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.

Chamomile tea. The reason chamomile is such a staple of bedtime tea blends is its mild sedating effect - it's the perfect natural antidote for restless minds/bodies.

Warm milk. It's not a myth. Milk has some tryptophan - an amino acid that has a sedative - like effect - and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan. Plus there's the psychological throw-back to infancy, when a warm bottle meant "relax, everything's fine."

Honey. Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that's linked to alertness.

Potatoes. A small baked spud won't overwhelm your GI tract, and it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effects, mash it with warm milk.

Oatmeal. Oats are a rich source of sleep - inviting melatonin, and a small bowl of warm cereal with a splash of maple syrup is cozy - plus if you've got the munchies, it's filling too.

Almonds. A handful of these heart-healthy nuts can be snooze-inducing, as they contain both tryptophan and a nice dose of muscle-relaxing magnesium.

Flaxseeds. When life goes awry and feeling down is keeping you up, try sprinkling 2 tablespoons of these healthy little seeds on your bedtime oatmeal. They're rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a natural mood lifter.

Whole-wheat bread. A slice of toast with your tea and honey will release insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain, where it's converted to serotonin and quietly murmurs "time to sleep."

Turkey. It's the most famous source of tryptophan, credited with all those Thanksgiving naps. But that's actually modern folklore. Tryptophan works when your stomach's basically empty, not overstuffed, and when there are some carbs around, not tons of protein. But put a lean slice or two on some whole-wheat bread mid-evening, and you've got one of the best sleep inducers in your kitchen.

What if none of these foods help you get your zzz's? Check out your sleep habits with this quick RealAge test to find out what’s keeping you up at night. http://www.realage.com/health_guides/RLS/intro.aspx

For an extra treat, here's the ultimate sleep-inducing snack...

Lullaby Muffins
Makes 12 low-fat muffins
Between the bananas, the whole wheat, and the honeyed touch of sweetness, these muffins are practically an edible lullaby.
· 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1 tablespoon baking powder
· 2 large, very ripe bananas
· 1/3 cup applesauce
· 1/4 cup honey
· 1/2 cup milk or soymilk

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine the flour (make sure it's whole-wheat pastry flour or you'll produce golf balls, not muffins), salt, and baking powder. In a blender, puree the bananas; add the applesauce, honey, and milk. Blend well. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups, pour in batter, and bake 30 minutes or until tops are lightly brown and slightly springy.

Nutrition Facts
Per serving: 119 calories; 1g fat; 2.5g protein; 27g carbohydrates; 10g sugars; 133mg sodium; 3g fiber; 35mg magnesium

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Are Crocs Unsafe for Kids on Escalators?

I'm not really into pure rubber thingy...ever since... But we must be warned and aware of this things because accidents don't happen only in rubber.



Are Crocs Unsafe for Kids on Escalators?
By Jim Ayson
Tuesday, 21 August 2007



You know those Crocs? Rubber footwear that look like miniature hippopotamuses? According to Billie Moreno, mother of Andie, and wife of Parokya ni Edgar drummer Dindin Moreno, they might just be a menace to society. Her daughter Andie figured in a bloody escalator accident at a mall while wearing her Crocs last Sunday, and Billie was steamed enough to circulate an e-mail about it - with graphic photos!

Here's Billie's e-mail, illustrated with photos (by Dindin, presumably).

crocsThis is not the first time an accident involving children, escalators and rubber clogs has happened. My very own daughter, Andie, got injured on an escalator while wearing her favorite pink Crocs.

14,200 search results turned out when I typed "crocs,escalator,injury" on Google. My three-year-old daughter's toe injury caused by her right Croc getting caught in the side of an escalator is not an isolated case, and many more injuries could follow unless substantial solutions are delivered at the soonest possible time.

Parents, mall operators, and the company or companies behind the manufacture and sale of Crocs footwear should act immediately to put an end to the disturbing number of accidents involving Crocs and escalator mechanisms.

What happens is that the slip-resistant quality of the footwear, ironically the same quality that ranks among its unique selling points, causes it to adhere to the side of a moving escalator upon contact. Resulting injuries have ranged from simple scratches to toes being actually ripped off. (I found a collection of news stories on http://crocsaccidents.blogspot.com . That there is such a site should speak for the gravity of the situation.)

andieThere is no point in raising arguments along the lines of escalators being inherently dangerous for children, or of the possibility of similar accidents with every other kind of footwear, or of parents being solely responsible for the safety of their children when under their care. The fact is that so many children have been hurt because the traction of their clogs is unsuitable for escalators. This danger had come to our attention prior to the accident involving my very own daughter, which is why we are always very careful when making her ride the escalator with her Crocs on. She even constantly recites the line "stay on the center," as we always remind her to do so. But it just took a millisecond for us to fall victim to an already familiar mishap. Being careful just wasn't enough.

Parents, stop making your children wear Crocs in malls. Believe me when I say that you can never be too careful when it comes to the nasty combination of Crocs and escalators.

Mall operators, adopt more child-friendly measures. Post visible notices on the dangers of wearing rubber clogs on escalators. Make known the presence of emergency stop buttons. Make your security guards aware of the alarming number of escalator accidents and train them to render urgent responses. This is not just token advocacy; this actually makes good business sense.

To the company or companies manufacturing and selling Crocs, mark your products accordingly. Indicate that they are not safe for riding escalators because, really, they aren't. Stop saying that they are completely safe. You owe this to the children who love your shoes. My daughter owns three pairs of Crocs— a pair of Caymans, a pair of Athens and a pair of Mary Janes. That's how she likes wearing those clogs. Even the first words that came out of her mouth after her tiny scream of pain were, "My Crocs! My Crocs!".

Andie is fine now. After the accident, which happened in Megamall at around 9pm of August 19, we rushed her to the Medical City where she got the proper treatment for her wounds (no quick first aid response in the mall, we had to run from building B to building A where we were parked… but that's another issue), x-rays of both her feet, and a tetanus shot. All her toes are intact and the wounds she got were merely superficial, thank God. With the way her right foot bled and with the hideous torn and deformed state of her Crocs right after the accident, we thought the injury would be much worse.

But will she ride the escalator again with as much self-confidence as she's always had before the accident? We pray that she does. Trauma is not healed with a simple wound dressing and tetanus shot.

Attached are photos of the mishap. Please help us spread the word. Let's be makulit. The world should be getting safer, not the other way around. No more injuries caused by Crocs and escalators!

Thanks and God Bless You All,
Billie Sta. Maria-Moreno

Gadgets That Run on Body Heat

Girls!!! pwede sa atin to lalo na pag meron tayo... hehehe.... mainit!!! :D


Gadgets That Run on Body Heat

Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:37AM EDT



No jokes about hot bods, please. All of you warm-blooded folks may have the advantage with this new technology. You may soon be able to power your cell phone, PCs, and other electronics by tapping into your own body heat, and you don't need to be pedaling a stationary bike, walking the treadmill, or otherwise working up a sweat to do it. You can just sit there, couch potato style, and generate enough body heat to keep your gear going.

I stumbled across this tidbit on the Discovery Channel, but the research originates from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, where they are developing special circuits that use body heat. These could lead to battery-less cell phones and medical monitors that draw energy from their users.

The new circuits utilize the principle of thermoelectric generators (TEG) made from semiconductor elements. According to the scientists, the TEGs extract electrical energy simply from the temperature difference between a hot and a cold environment. Normally, a difference of several tens of degrees would be required in order to generate enough power, but the difference between the body's surface temperature and that of its environment is only a few degrees. To boost the energy, they combined a number of components that store up the energy until there's enough to operate the electronic device.

The photo shows a wireless transmitter being powered by the heat given off by a person's hand via a thermoelectric generator. Can't wait to see if it takes advantage of hot flashes!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Anxiety

I hope I won't get any deeper....hehehe


Anxiety

Feeling worried or nervous is a normal part of everyday life. Everyone frets or feels anxious from time to time. Mild to moderate anxiety can be an effective means of helping you focus your attention, energy, and motivation. However, if anxiety is severe, you may have feelings of helplessness, confusion, and extreme worry that are out of proportion with the actual seriousness or likelihood of the feared event. Anxiety that becomes overwhelming and interferes with daily life is not normal. This type of anxiety may be a symptom of another problem, such as depression.

Anxiety can cause physical and emotional symptoms. A specific situation or fear can cause some or all of these symptoms for a short time. When the situation passes, the symptoms usually go away.

Physical symptoms of anxiety include:

* Trembling, twitching, or shaking.
* Feeling of fullness in the throat or chest.
* Breathlessness or rapid heartbeat.
* Lightheadedness or dizziness.
* Sweating or cold, clammy hands.
* Excessive startle reflex.
* Muscle tension, aches, or soreness (myalgias).
* Fatigue.
* Sleep problems, such as the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, early waking, or restless, unsatisfying sleep.

Anxiety affects the part of the brain that helps control creative expression and complex communication. This makes it more difficult to express yourself creatively or function effectively in relationships. Emotional symptoms of anxiety include:

* Restlessness, irritability, or feeling on edge or keyed up.
* Excessive worrying.
* Fearing that something bad is going to happen; sense of impending doom.
* Inability to concentrate; “blanking out.”
* Constant feelings of sadness.

Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders occur when people have both physical and emotional symptoms. Anxiety disorders interfere with personal relationships with others and affect daily activities. Women are twice as likely as men to have problems with anxiety disorders.

Many people, including children and teenagers, develop anxiety disorders in which many of these symptoms occur when there is no identifiable cause. Many people with an anxiety disorder say they have felt nervous and anxious all their lives. This problem can occur at any age. Children who have at least one parent with the diagnosis of depression are more than twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder than children with nondepressed parents.

Generalized anxiety disorders often occur with other problems, such as depression, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). An anxiety disorder also can be caused by a physical problem, such as heart or lung disease. A complete medical examination may be needed before an anxiety disorder can be diagnosed.
Panic attacks

Panic attacks occur when a person has distinct periods of intense fear and anxiety when there is no clear cause or danger. These symptoms come on suddenly and without warning. Panic attacks are a common anxiety-related disorder. Panic attacks can sometimes occur in otherwise normal, healthy people and will usually last for several minutes.

Physical symptoms that can occur during a panic attack include feelings of choking or suffocating, chest pain, nausea, shaking, sweating, pounding of the heart, and feeling dizzy or faint. Sometimes these symptoms are so intense that the person fears he or she is having a heart attack. Many of the symptoms of a panic attack can occur with other illnesses, such as hyperthyroidism, coronary artery disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A complete medical examination may be needed before an anxiety disorder can be diagnosed.

People who have repeated unexpected panic attacks and worry about the attacks are said to have a panic disorder.
Phobias

Phobias are irrational, involuntary fears of specific places, objects, activities, or situations. Most people deal with phobias by avoiding the situation or object that causes them to feel panic (avoidance behavior). Phobias are a common anxiety-related disorder.

A phobic disorder occurs when the avoidance behavior becomes so extreme that it interferes with your ability to participate in your daily activities. There are three main types of phobic disorders:

* Fear of being alone or in public places where help might not be available or escape is impossible (agoraphobia)
* Fear of situations where the individual might be exposed to criticism by others (social phobia)
* Fear of specific things (specific phobia)

Review the Emergencies and Check Your Symptoms sections to determine if and when you need to see a health professional.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Funny Pic


I find this very funny... hehehehe it makes me laugh.. I got it from a forum.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Toy Product Recalls

This is what my Social Studies teacher way back in highschool tries to point out in our young minds which NOW only makes me realize... This is the effect of globalization blah blah... cheap labor and removing the each co untry's product identity... Almost all products are made from China. Not unlike before JAPAN makes good electronic products, USA are signature clothes, FRANCE for perfumes, PHILIPPINES for the best baby dresses and embroidery. Too bad, baby dress making business is not that progressive as before because labors are mostly transferred to China and Brunei. Oh my... Good thing we are not that rich to buy those expensive toys, but if those got too much lead then what more of the cheapest toys...*sigh*







Associated Press
Recall Raises Fear for Parents, Toy Cos.
By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO 08.02.07, 8:40 PM ET




Associated Press

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO 08.02.07, 8:40 PM ET


NEW YORK -

Wendy Schneider-Fisher is nervous about what toys to buy her children. "I'm less inclined to buy anything from China," said Schneider-Fisher, of New Albany, Ohio, who was heading into a local Toys "R" Us Thursday. "And I'm upset our government doesn't do more to stop it."

Schneider-Fisher's comments reflect the quandary many American parents face after the world's largest toy company, Mattel Inc., recalled almost 1 million Chinese-made toys because they may contain lead.

As if fears over contaminated toothpaste, poisoned pet food and faulty tires weren't enough, the latest recall of Chinese-made products has anxious parents rummaging through toy chests to find tainted Big Birds and Dora the Explorer toys.

It also has stressed-out toy companies going through their inventory to see if their products are harmless. And it has China, again, insisting that its products are safe.

On Thursday, Mattel's Fisher-Price brand announced it is recalling 83 types of toys - including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters - because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead. The recall involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August.

Under current U.S. regulations, children's products found to have more than 0.06 percent lead are subject to a recall.

For parents, replacing the tainted toys with ones they trust are safe could pose a problem: 80 percent of all toys are made in China.

"It seems like everything's from China but if I could find a similar toy that was American made, I would definitely buy it even if it cost more," said Allen Mayne, of Columbus, Ohio, who was shopping at a local Toys "R" Us for his 9-year-old daughter.

"I think it would be in everyone's best interests to look for American-made products, stuff you can feel confident about, stuff that's just not the cheapest junk that you can get," he said.

With discounters like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. waging price wars, the pressure has been on toy companies to cut costs by producing cheaper toys in China. With exceptions like Mattel, which estimates that about 50 percent of its production in China is made in company-owned plants, many toy companies turn to contract factories, a cheaper alternative.

Thursday's toy recall follows the June recall by RC2 Corp. of 1.5 million wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line because of lead paint. Those toys were also made in China.

Industry experts are worried there will be more toy recalls to come, and fear parents will be more skeptical when buying holiday toys, even avoiding Chinese products altogether.

"Everyone is concerned that this could really undermine the traditional toy business if consumers think that the toys are unsafe," said New York-based toy consultant Chris Byrne.

Mattel, considered by experts as a role model in how to do business in China, remained in crisis control Thursday.

The company contends the recall was "fast-tracked," allowing it to quarantine two-thirds of the toys before they even made it to stores. Still, executives are trying to find out how this situation happened.

"There is an extreme sense of urgency," said David Allmark, general manager of Fisher-Price.

Jim Walter, senior vice president of worldwide quality assurance for Mattel, is heading to China to meet with vendors.

China also moved to clear up another blot on its reputation.

"China has always conducted international trade in the spirit of being responsible to its trade partners and itself," China's Commerce Minister Bo Xilai said in a statement published Thursday on the ministry's Web site. "Ninety-nine percent of China's exports are good and safe."

There is also increasing pressure for government regulation of the U.S. toy industry.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., introduced a bill last month that he contended would dramatically expand the Consumer Product Safety Commission's ability to protect the public. Another piece of legislation, introduced by Durbin and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., would require third-party testing of imported and domestic toys and goods designed for children 5 years old or younger.

The CPSC now allows manufacturers to inspect and approve their own children's products.

"We need better regulation of the toy industry. Until then, parents are going to have to be the watchdogs," said Joanne Oppenheim, president of Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, which produces an annual independent toy guide.

Hasbro Inc. said in a statement, it "maintains stringent quality control standards in all aspects of the manufacturing process, in both Hasbro-owned factories as well as factories that are contracted to produce Hasbro-branded product."

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group that produces the "Sesame Street" TV program said Thursday it plans independent audits and other steps in an attempt to hold licensees to the highest health and safety standards.

Retailers including KB Toys Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys "R" Us Inc. said they removed all the affected products off the shelves in recent days, but they are left to contend with shoppers' concerns.

"I'm going to pay much more attention to what I'm giving my children. I absolutely would pay more for 'green' toys," said Schneider-Fisher.

Associated Press writers Emily Zeugner in Columbus, Ohio, and Rose French in Nashville, Tenn. contributed to this report.

(This version CORRECTS to Thursday, not Friday, in 15th graf.)

Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed

Cinderella for kids

I want to watch this with Ineng and Itay :)



Disney's Cinderella




Disneys Cinderella
Greenbelt - Aug 11, Aug 26, Oct 13 & Oct 21, 2007

REP’S CINDERELLA FOR KIDS OPENS AUGUST 11 AT ONSTAGE GREENBELT 1

The magic and music of this season’s REP CHILDREN’S THEATER production begins on August 11, 2007. Disney’s Cinderella For Kids takes place at REP’S Globe Theater at Onstage Greenbelt I.

This production, adapted by Marcy Heisler and Bryan Louiselle, brings to the stage the very same wonder enjoyed by generations in Disney’s classic animated film. With the Disney Classic treatment intact, audiences can expect the same timeless songs and characters they have enjoyed time and again.

Forced to slave away for her cruel stepmother and her haughty stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella, Cinderella dreams of a chance to attend the Royal Ball while her faithful mice friends listen intently. One night she receives a visit from her Fairy Godmother who grants her wish but only until the stroke of midnight. At the ball she falls in love with the handsome prince but must suddenly disappear, leaving her prince with only a glass slipper. And so the slipper is tried on the foot of every young maid in the kingdom until true love is found and happiness restored.

As usual, sumptuous costumes, storybook sets, lively music, comedic dancing and signing, and child-friendly dialogue make this RCT production a treat for youngsters. Directors Baby Barredo and Joy Virata create yet another heartwarming and fun-filled production. Costume design is by Celia Diaz-Laurel executed by Julie Borromeo while set design is by Mio Infante.

The REP CHILDREN’S THEATRE is helped by the City of Makati, Ayala Cinemas, Purefoods Chicken Nuggets, NU 107, 92.3 XFM, Crossover 105.1, Jam 88.3, Gourmet’s Coffee, Clickthecity.com, Lane Moving and Storage, Nayon Photographers Club, and JJ Liongson and Marvin Recto of MAKE UP FOR EVER.

For details, ticket reservations, show bookings, and block ticket sales, call the Repertory Philippines office at 8870710 or visit them at C2-A Building C, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. Tickets are also available at Ticketworld located at all major National Bookstore or at tel nos. 891-9999.

Ticket Prices:
P361.00, P309.00, P258.00