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Happy New Year 5770 …

I’ve been off, out and about, so Snoety-ites what better way to start a new year then with a beautiful thought from a friend — that would be for Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment and Jewish new year  number 5770, beginning Friday sunset, September 18, 2009.

With great gratitude for sharing the year’s struggles and little triumphs, my friend Susan Fine wrote …

Just read Wendell Berry’s “Manifesto”

Expect the end of the world.
Laugh,
Laughter is immeasurable.
Be joyful
Though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap for power,
please women more than men, …
As soon as the generals and politicos can practice the motions of your mind,
lose it,
Leave it as a sign to mark the false trail,
the way you didn’t go.
Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction,
Practice resurrection.

Many thanks for good friends.  And much love and happy new beginnings for 5770,

Harriett@snoety.com

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You can reduce your risk of breast cancer …

It seems we have more control over breast cancer than we thought.  And it’s not so difficult to make the effort.

In the largest review of lifestyle and cancer ever conducted, The American Institute for Cancer Research reports that women can reduce their risk of breast cancer if they “watch their weight, exercise daily, breast-feed their babies, and limit alcoholic beverages”.  This is an update of a report the Institute issued in 2007 which was made up of 800 studies — this one adds information from 81 new studies.

Here’s an overview of what you need to do to reduce your breast cancer risk:

  • maintain a healthy body weight;
  • exercise/do some physical activity 30 – 60 minutes a day;
  • breast feed;
  • limit your alcohol intake to one drink a day;
  • eat mostly plant-based emphasizing fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains.  Limit red meat (but you already knew that) …

Here’s a link to what you can do to reduce your risk of cancer overall.

Not examined in this study were post menopausal hormone therapy and oral contraceptives.

According to The New York Times,* where we picked up on this study: “The recommendations are based on observational studies that have found associations between the behaviors and a reduced risk of breast cancer, but such studies do not prove a cause-and-effect relationship
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The New York Times,  VITAL SIGNS by Roni Caryn Rabin, Prevention, “Habits May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer,” Tuesday, September 8,2009, pg D6.

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Calorie counters/action plans for your phone …

calorie_counter_ss.jpgWant to know what those McDonald’s french fries are really costing you — in calories, anyway?

There’s now a “Health & Diet Manager” ($19.95, www.iambic.com) that, according to their website, “does everything from tracking your health-related vitals (resting pulse, blood pressure, hours slept), calories consumed and calories expended, to helping you create an action plan for eating and exercising … It’s “been specially designed for use with Windows Mobile ‘Pocket PC’ (Blackberry) type of handhelds and phones (i.e. Windows Mobile powered devices whose screen is touch-sensitive).  This includes devices equipped with Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Edition, Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition, and above.

For AT&T Wireless users, Fast Food Calorie Counter (type “fast food calorie counter” into the search box at this link and ignore first two products shown*) focuses on what 29 major fast food chains are feeding you in fat, protein and fiber for some 3000 items ($6.99 or $2.99 a month) through AT&T Inc.’s MEdia NET store.

You can’t say, “I didn’t know” anymore. Make your choice!

*Leave it to AT&T to make things difficult!
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