Thursday, September 30, 2010

Just When You Thought Justin Couldn't Get Any Cooler....

.......he does-and he brings Jimmy Fallon with him.

Should we be planning to buy a new J.T. album? I sure hope so!

Until next time, may your day be filled with magnolias, bourbon and endless joy!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Latex, Mercury and Gelatin- OH MY!

Flu season is upon us. We’ve all seen the signs in Wal-Greens, Kroger and every business that employees a nurse. “Get your flu shot today! Only $25.00!” “Flu vaccines FREE for (insert state name here) insurance carriers.”

Vaccines are everywhere: Measels, Polio, Chicken Pox. We have all had at least one vaccine at some point in our life. Sure it seems routine. Yes, we ALL get them, but do we really know what we are injecting into our bodies? Last year, I skipped out on my flu shot after watching the effects of the vaccine on this beautiful young lady:


I made this decision by simply watching the video. Blind and uneducated. This year, I was presented more information on the harmful effects of vaccines and want to pass it along to others so that we can each make an educated decision before being stuck with the needle.

A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease (not prevents). It contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing micro-organism. So what are these “agents” that “resemble” a disease? These, so called “agents,” are actually disease-causing substances. For EVERY vaccine we’ve had, we have injected some of the following substances into our bodies:

**See underlined for quick reference

Ammonium Sulfate (salt) - suspected gastrointestinal, liver, nerve and respiratory system poison.

Beta-Propiolactone- known to cause cancer. Suspected gastrointestinal, liver, respiratory, skin and sense organ poison.

Genetically modified yeast; animal, bacterial & viral DNA- can be incorporated into the recipient’s DNA and cause unknown genetic mutation.

Latex Rubber- can cause life-threatening allergic reactions.

Monosodium Glutamate- being studied for mutagenic, teratogenic and reproductive effects. A neurotoxic. Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe.

Aluminum- implicated as a cause of brain damage; suspected factor in Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, seizures and comas. Allergic reactions can occur on skin.

Formaldehyde- major constituent of embalming fluid; poisonous if ingested. Probable carcinogen; suspected gastrointestinal, liver, immune system nerve, reproductive system and respiratory poison. Linked to leukemia, brain, colon and lymphatic cancer.

Micro-Organisms- live and killed viri and bacteria or their toxins. The polio vaccine was contaminated with a monkey virus now turning up in human bone, lung-lining, brain tumors and lymphoma.

Polysorbate 80- known to cause cancer in animals.

Tri(n)butylphosphate- suspected kidney and nerve poison.

Glutaraldehyde- poisonous if ingested. Causes birth defects in experimental animals.

Gelatin- produced from selected pieces of calf and cattle skins, de-mineralized cattle bones and pork skin. Allergic reactions have been reported.

Gentamicin sulfate & Polymyxin B- allergic reactions can range from mild to life threatening.

Mercury- one of the most poisonous substances known. Has an affinity for the brain, gut, liver, bone marrow and kidneys. Minute amounts can cause nerve damage. Symptoms of mercury toxicity are similar to those of autism.

Neomycin Sulfate- interferes with vitamin B6 absorption. An error in the uptake of B6 can cause a rare form of epilepsy and mental retardation. Allergic reactions can be mild to life threatening.

Phenol/Phenoxyethanol- used as antifreeze. Toxic to all cells and capable of disabling the immune system’s primary response mechanism.

Human & Animal Cells- human cells from aborted fetal tissue and human albumin. Pig blood, horse blood, rabbit brain, guinea pig, dog kidney, cow heart, monkey kidney, chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg, calf serum, sheep blood and others.

It seems as though there is always something causing one health problem or another. The least we can do is continually be aware of the risks we face in the decisions we make. You can decide for yourself. Get a vaccination or not, but before you do anything be educated about what you are injecting into your body.

Until next time, may your days be filled with magnolias, bourbon and no signs of the FLU!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September Review

Dear followers (the few that I have), I apologize for not posting in nearly a month. I have been super busy with my new work schedule and trying to figure life out. Since I've been M.I.A, I've had several great ideas for blog posts-none of which have been developed. Soooo..... enjoy a few snippets of my thoughts during the last few weeks and hopefully I can get back on track soon!

FINALLY it's here! I'm super excited for KENTUCKY football.  Our new coach, Joker Phillips, seems to be ready to prove to the Bluegrass that the definition of UK is not just basketball. Hopefully we'll start off where we finished last year with some more key wins against traditional SEC powerhouses (and hopefully Tennessee). I'm uber excited that we started the year off right with a kick in the (Louisville) Cardinal's butt!

This year, I am also venturing out of the SEC and cheering for The Florida State Seminoles. It is definitely taking some getting use to in having to support the ACC, but E promises me that there is nothing more exciting than hearing 85,000 + fans yell the war chant while watching a horse mounted Indian slam a burning tomahawk into the middle of a field. I tell him...PROVE IT.

Regardless, I can't get enough....SEC, ACC...NFL...BRING IT!

I really hate sitting at home....especially on days where the weather is sent straight from Heaven. A few weeks ago, I had an entire Friday off so E and I ventured to Rock Island, Tennessee. Rock Island is a state park near Cookeville, Tennessee that offers hiking, camping, fishing and just good ole' fashioned fun. One of the treasures of this park is the waterfalls it offers. The waterfalls are across a small river that you can wade to and play underneath. If you live anywhere close to this area, you have to come visit. There is nothing like having a powerful waterful massage your back.

While I was really sad not be be in Vegas with my KD ladies for the 3rd Annual Labor Day Trip, I was happy to be out of Tennessee. For Labor Day weekend, I ventured down to Atlanta to visit some of E's friends and explore the city. This was my first time really visiting Atlanta and I LOVED it. The city seems to have soo much to offer. We stayed in mid-town and it was so easy to walk everywhere. While I was there, I enjoyed a crazy comic book parade that included everyone from Harry Potter to Chewbaca(sp). I also had a chance to visit Piedmont Park and the Georgia Aquarium. Anyone who knows me, knows that I went crazy when I stumbled upon the jellyfish! It was worth every penny to see all of the creatures! Labor Day weekend was also the start of Restaurant week. We enjoyed a great three course meal at  ECCO  for a small price. I def. cannot wait to go back...LOVED LOVED LOVED ATL!

All of my shows start back this week and I don't have cable. I know! How can a gal survive without the modern amenity of cable television to fill her days? Luckily, I have Internet. HULU is my best friend. It's definitely not as convenient as cable or DVR, but for no cost at all, and one day later, I get to see ALL of my shows for free. The one show that will be the hardest to wait for is Gossip Girl. I just cannot wait an extra day to sit wide-eyed and enjoy the fashion of S & B or see the next move of my beloved Charlie Tuna (Chuck Bass). I'll try really hard, but this may be the one show that makes me cave and  call the cable company. 

Aside from GG, I have a whole line-up of shows to keep me entertained in my free time...which is NOT MUCH.

Gossip Girl, Greys Anatomy, Private Practice, The Office, Parks and Rec, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Eastbound & Down, annnndddd a classic.....SNL

What show are you most excited about? Any I should check out?

Lastly, I don't know what Blogs tickle your pickle, but I have been following several new ones since this summer. One of my favorite that I want to share with you is: Let's Be Preppy. This blog has everything I love: fashion, southern charm, and lots of other good blog links. If you haven't already, check it out.

I apologize for being long-winded, but I wanted to bring y'all up to speed. I promise not to be gone so long next time. Until then, may your dreams be filled with Bourbon, Magnolias and endless joy!