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3 Things You Can Catch From a Pool

Wednesday, Jul, 29 2015

Think a chlorinated pool is safe, sterile place?  Think again.  There are a few dangers lurking in a shared pool, whether at a gym, community center or even a fancy resort.

Here's waht you can pick up and how to protect  yourself:

1.  Diarrhea
One of the top causes of post-swim illness is a parasite called cryptosporidium whichn leads to diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea.  Symptoms can last up to 2 weeks.  The parasite ends up in thewater if feces of an infected person gets in the pool.  The bug is resistant to chlorine.
How to protect yourself:  Don't swallow contaminated pool water or touch your mouth before washing your hands with soap and hot water.

2.  Pinkeye
Burning eyes, excessive tearing and redness can occur because of an allergic reaction to chlorine or an infection if the pool isn't chlorinated enough.  It can also happen if people aren't showering before swimming or urinating in the pool.
How to protect yourself:  Wear well-fitting goggles every time  you go in the pool.

3.  Hot Tub Rash
This is an itchy skin infection that can lead to a bumpy, red rash.  Chlorine can kill the germ that causes it but the warm water in a hjot tub makes chlorine break down faster.
How to protect  yourself:  Save your dip in the hot tub for the end of your peel  day, shower and change shortly after you soaf and wash your swimsuit before wearing it again.

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Tuesday, Jul, 28 2015

If you're taking Fido or Fluffy with you on vacation, advanced planning is the key to making sure you all have a good trip. Kansas State University veterinarian Dr. Susan Nelson offers the following tips:

1. Do restrain your pet in some way while traveling in a vehicle. Cats and small dogs tend to travel best in secured crates, while specialized harnesses for larger dogs help keep them strapped in the vehicle. Letting pets run loose in vehicles can be extremely dangerous because the animal can get between the driver's feet and the pedals.

2. If your pet gets nervous or nauseated during car rides, talk to your veterinarian about medications that can ease anxiety and motion sickness.

3. If you're traveling with a dog, do stop every two to three hours so he can relieve himself and get some exercise.

4. If you're traveling with a cat, leave her in her crate even when you stop at rest areas. Bring a litter box so the cat can use it inside the car during extended trips.

5. Line your pet's crate with absorbent material or newspapers in case the pet doesn't make it to the rest area or the litter box. Do pack cleaning supplies--just in case.

6. Bring a supply of tap water from your home. This is water your pet is accustomed to drinking so it can help minimize gastrointestinal issues that may result from consuming water the pet isn't used to drinking.

7. Never leave a pet in a car unattended, especially in warm or hot climates where heat stress and heat exhaustion can develop.

8. If you will be crossing state lines with your pet, do bring a health certificate issued by your veterinarian. Such certificates are required by every state. The certificates are valid for 30 days.

9. Do have identification for your pet, which should include tags and a microchip. Also, be sure to label the crates or carriers.

10. Carry a photo of your pet in case it gets lost and you need proof of ownership.

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America's Five Most Reputable Retailers

Friday, Jul, 24 2015

From Daily Finance.com, earlier this month, the Reputation Institute put our its annual survey of the most reputable companies in the U.S., after interviewing more than 50,000 consumers to determine the companies that have the most trustworthy brands.  They are:

1.  Amazon.com
2.  Publis (Has 1,100 supermarkets across the Southeast)
3.  Whole Foods Market
4.  Tiffany
5.  Costco Wholesale

posted by: Kathy Keene 5 days ago Comment On This Post

10 Uses for Mayonnaise

Thursday, Jul, 23 2015

Mayo is a delicious addition to many dishes, but it can also tackle household problems that don't include two pieces of bread.  Who knew that our favored BLT condiment was so versatile around the house? In a pinch, use it to help you tackle these everyday tasks

1. Remove Tree Sap
Coat still-tacky tree sap with mayo and let sit for a few minutes. Wipe away the softened sap with a clean rag.

2. Slide a Ring off a Swollen Finger
Rub a generous amount of mayo around the ring. After a few minutes, you should be able to slip it off easily.

3. Erase Crayon from Walls
Coat doodles on surfaces covered with scrubbable paint. After a few minutes, wipe off the mayo and crayon marks with a damp cloth.

4. Make Plant Leaves Shine
Bring luster to dusty houseplants by adding a dab of mayo to each leaf. Buff with a paper towel or a soft rag.

5. Banish Fingerprints from Stainless Steel
Cover messy prints with a thin coat of mayo, and use a clean, dry cloth to wipe them away.

6. Silence a Squeaky Hinge
Place a dab of mayo on a clean rag and rub it onto a noisy hinge. Open and close the door a few times to work it in, and wipe away any excess.

7. Kill Head Lice
Before bedtime, comb mayo through hair and cover with a shower cap overnight. In the morning, comb out hair, then shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Repeat as necessary.

8. Get Rid of Tar
Use mayo to coat tar that’s stuck to your shoes or car. Let sit for several minutes, then wipe off.

9. Rub out Water Rings
Cover water rings on wood furniture with mayo. Let sit for a minute or two. Wipe off and buff with a soft, clean cloth.

10. Remove Sticker Residue
Dab mayo on stubborn price tags and the like, let sit for a few minutes, then rub off. The oil dissolves adhesives.

posted by: Kathy Keene 6 days ago Comment On This Post

Do You Have Enough Money to Retire?

Wednesday, Jul, 22 2015

 If you're worried about having enough money to retire, you are not alone. A staggering 74 percent of working Americans worry they won't have enough money to retire -- ever. That's the word from the Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,286 U.S. adults who are not yet retired, and found that the vast majority wonder if they will ever slip on that gold watch and put up the "Gone Fishing" sign. Here are our top retirement worries, according to the Harris Poll:

    70 percent worry they will not be able to pay for basic health care costs when they do retire, and 67 percent are concerned about paying for unexpected or catastrophic health care costs after they stop working.

    69 percent of Americans say they are currently putting some money in savings. Of those who are saving even a little, the money is being put aside for unexpected costs (65 percent), retirement (52 percent) and vacations (31 percent).

    46 percent of unretired adults say they live paycheck to paycheck and can't afford to put money in savings.

    35 percent have no faith that Social Security will be there when they retire.

posted by: Kathy Keene 7 days ago Comment On This Post

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