MEDICAL APPS

A reader asked us to find her a blood pressure app for the iPhone. There are several of these for both iPhone and Android. Unlike the kind you see at the doctor’s office, the apps do not use a compression band that temporarily cuts off your circulation. They measure the slight pulsing from placing your finger on the phone. We tried “Finger Blood Pressure! Free” on our Android phone, and compared it with the reading we got on the $35 Omron 3 Series Blood Pressure monitor with a pressure cuff. The Omron is battery operated, so you’re not tethered to the wall plug. Omron said Joy’s systolic pressure was 118, her diastolic reading was 74 and her pulse was 46. […]

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ONLINE COOKING COURSES

Joy just finished a two-month long, online cooking course from Culinary-Rx.com. Now she feels like a professional chef. There are a number of such courses online. Here are a few.

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THE PLANT-BASED DIETITIAN

PlantbasedDietitian.com showcases the philosophy of Julieanna Hever, the most enthusiastic, cheery and fun person we’ve heard on the topic of eating more fruits and veggies. Mommy was right all along; we knew it.

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90 YEAR-OLD FINDS HER DREAM JOB DESIGNING TECH

Barbara Knickerbocker-Beskind is a 92 year-old woman who re-started her career at the age of 90.

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CARING FOR A SICK CHILD

Joy had a friend of a friend whose baby had such a high temperature it went deaf. The $25 “TempTraq” is designed to prevent these horror stories.

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TRAVEL BACK IN TIME WITH THESE OLD DIETARY GUIDELINES

 “Grab Your Fork and Travel Back in Time With These Old USDA Dietary Guidelines.” The U.S. government recently changed their dietary guidelines for the umpteenth time. For instance, for a time, butter and margarine were their very own healthy food group.

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17 SMALL THINGS TO DO EVERY DAY TO BE MUCH SMARTER

“17 Small Things to Do Every Day to be Much Smarter.” Click on those words to find an intriguing list. For example, start the day with two glasses of water and don’t forget your nap.

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ENOUGH TO RAISE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

We like the idea of wireless blood pressure monitors. But trying to get the new Qardio monitor to work was enough to send our blood pressure through the roof. The $99 device is supposed to work with your smartphone, so there’s nothing to plug in.

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Dollars for Docs

“Dollars for Docs” is pretty interesting. Search on that phrase to find a site that shows how much the pharmaceutical industry has paid your doctor. Joy’s dermatologist only accepted $39. Joy’s internist accepted $6,243. We learned about this at NutrtionFacts.org, though “Dollars for Docs” is run by ProPublica.org. Some doctors, notably surgeons, accepted more than half a million.

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CHEMICAL OF THE DAY

ChemicalOfTheDay.squarespace.com gives you info on thousands of chemicals in the products we use. Joy switched her “natural” skin lotion after finding out it has phenoxyethanol, an aromatic form of ethanol that has raised some issues. Whole Foods and other stores have a variety of lotions without harmful chemicals. NOTE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates there are approximately 75,000-80,000 chemicals in daily use, of which only a few hundred have been tested for toxicity.  The European Union equivalent agency says the number is 140,000. A Canadian agency says about 30,000 are in common use.

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