Thursday, April 17, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
|Vineyard at Georgia Winery (and I assume a wedding gazebo).|
|Georgia Winery - Try the Concord Sweet Red|
|Beautiful Entrance at the Georgia Winery|
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
“Risk” is the chance that something bad will happen—like catching a cold or getting viciously attacked by a Yorkie while walking down the street. Risk does not mean that something bad will definitely happen.
Maybe you've heard the news that fish oil (omega 3s) have now been shown to increase risk of prostate cancer by 43%. Does this mean you will have a 43% (43 out of 100 people) chance of getting it? No. I personally have zero chance of getting that one, but we women have other issues. I'll spare you the details.
Although there are many statistics out there, the general thought is that 1 of every 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, or 15 of every 100 men, or 150 of every 1000 men. Now add to that a 43 % increased risk and you come up with 214 in every 1000, or 21 in every 100, or 1 in 5 (instead of one in 7).
Now, how do you decide if you should take fish oil or not? Let's look at some of my notes from the studies. (All of my data comes from a very respected source, UpToDate):
- In summary, the evidence indicates that fish oil consumption lowers blood pressure by approximately 2to 5 points and lowers the heart rate by 1.5 beats per minute.
- In patients with heart failure, studies show some improvements in the pumping action of the heart. Otherwise, I could find no compelling evidence for it from a cardiac standpoint.
- In diabetes, there were no overall benefits of fish oil.
- No change in stroke risk.
- The use of fish oil supplements to lower triglyceride levels should not be a first line treatment. The studies I read state the dose was at least 3000 mg daily to lower trigs by 50 percent (there they go with statistics again). Other medications and lifestyle changes (sigh) should be tried first.
- In 2012, an analysis of studies totaling over 60,000 subjects indicates there was no significant reduction in mortality by taking fish oil supplements, but other studies say "maybe some benefit" but mostly in those with known heart disease.
The bottom line, again not my personal opinion or advice, but in summary from UptoDate is to take no more than 250 mg daily of fish oil, because above that there is no known benefit. There have been some retrospective (looking back) studies showing benefit, but I'm not convinced yet based on these published results. Let me add, if you have known coronary heart disease (stents/blockages) they say you may benefit by taking more. Talk to your cardiologist.
There is another option: eating two servings of fatty fish (not Long John Silvers fat) a week is just as beneficial, maybe more so. I don't know about you, but I can remember to eat a lot easier than I can remember to take a pill.
A serving of fish would be about 3.5 oz. In the list, the number of servings per week you'd need to equal 250mg is posted after each type of fish.
- Anchovy 1
- Herring, Atlantic 1
- Salmon -wild, not farm raised 1
- Bluefin tuna 2
- Atlantic mackerel 2
- Rainbow trout 2
- Striped bass 2
- Albacore tuna 3
- Sockeye salmon 4
- Carp 4
- Smoked salmon (lox) 4
- King mackerel 4
If you are considering whether to stop or start fish oil supplements, I hope this post helps rather than adding to the confusion.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Evidence that someone else in my house likes photography.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
p.s. pass the gravy!
Friday, June 21, 2013
CLEARWATER BEACH, FLORIDA
It was a long cold winter here in East Tennessee, so we headed off on an adventure in March, looking for some sunshine and hot weather. We found the sun, but the weather was a bit on the chilly side around sixty degrees most of the week. Sorry, peeps, no bikini shots from this trip (or ever).
The cheap flight to Clearwater from Knoxville was fine, although we left during a heavy rain just after a storm had passed. Our Mustang GT convertible rental car was waiting for us when we arrived. I had reserved a convertible with visions of driving down the freeway with my hair blowing in the wind and the hot sun beaming down upon us. This wasn't exactly the way it worked out, but he was a good sport as usual and pulled over to put the top down for those last few cloudy miles. That was the only time it was down all week.
In hind sight, we didnt even need a car, but since we had it we did venture away from our immediate area a couple of times.
Apparently the Mustang GT Convertible is the official car of southern Florida. The parking lots were full of these.
We stayed at the Wyndham Garden Resort at the southern end of "the strip." If you see the small bridge in the bottom of the photo above, we were just to the left of it where you see the small patch of white sand. That was the hotel's private beach. It was an older hotel (with new hotel prices) that has been redone and we were impressed with how nice they have been able to make the rooms. It was bay-front but not exactly ocean front. If you look to the right in some of our photos from the balcony you will see where the ocean joins the bay.
Don't get too excited about the Starbucks located inside this hotel. A small cup of coffee was five bucks. Of course they had the mini coffee pots in the room that always make me wonder what bodily fluid has been poured in the top of them. Yes, I've watched too many 20/20's and 60 Minutes episodes.
This was our view. Not half bad, and a little more interesting that straight on ocean front. But I missed the sound of the waves crashing on the beach. That little strip of land you see across the way is a public beach which looks really nice.
This was the first night when we walked to the pier area to eat and watch the sunset. As you can see, the streets and sidewalks are super clean, lined with lights and felt pretty safe. The ocean is just behind the cute guy in the photo.
Again, nice sidewalks, and the turtle on the pole is actually a shower to wash the sand off as you leave. Kids were loving this of course. And again, that hot dude keeps showing up in the pics.
Thank goodness for hats at the beach!
Suggestions for future travel:
Stay at the Sandpearl or the Hilton, or any of the hotels at the central beach area. This puts you at easy walking distance to all the shopping and restaurants.
Use YELP to pick restaurants. We didn't have a bad meal all week (and we had a lot of meals)!
If you near the middle of the beach/strip, you won't need a car.
Flights from Knoxville are cheap!
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Winter break and Mom's birthday seemed like a good excuse to escape to Florida.
This was taken on the "beach" at the Swan and Dolphin Resort near Epcot. It was almost like a deserted island. With a bar...and nice bathrooms.
It was still too cool to swim, but this pool area was beautiful. Behind those rocks is a little trail with a few hot tubs along the way.
Never too old for Mickey pancakes!
Fireworks view from our room.
Walkway to the Boardwalk shopping area.
This gives you an idea how massive this place is. That's us in front.