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How to Chart Your Family Health History

Posted by Elise on February 18, 2019

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This holiday season, many of us would probably like to avoid discussing politics at family gatherings. So here’s an idea: Talk family health history instead.

Since many health problems run in families, a holiday gathering is a good time to delve into a discussion about the health of your blood relatives, both living and deceased. This exercise can offer a glimpse of any conditions or illnesses to which you and your family may be predisposed, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, certain cancers (including breast, ovarian, and colorectal), osteoporosis, and asthma.

Having a family history of a disease doesn’t mean you’ll also develop the same condition. But, since some diseases do run in families, you can share your genetic background with your doctor, who can advise you of any measures that could prevent or decrease the risk of a particular disease or detect it at an early stage when therapy is likely to be most effective.

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First Ever “Presidential Alert” Coming to your Phone on October 3rd, 2018

Posted by Elise on September 18, 2018

Something unprecedented is about to happen on your phone soon. Here’s what you need to know…

You’re probably familiar with Amber Alerts about missing children on your phone, but have you ever heard of WEA alerts?

What does WEA stand for?

WEA stands for Wireless Emergency Alert and it’s part of our nation’s broader Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS), which also includes the familiar Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The EAS is what you see and experience when your TV or radio broadcast is interrupted for about a minute with a monthly test.

What distinguishes a WEA alert from the EAS alert? Read the rest of this entry »

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What is Emergency Preparedness?

Posted by Elise on September 9, 2018

The term refers to the steps you take to make sure you are safe before, during and after an emergency or natural disaster. These plans are important for your safety in both natural disasters and man-made disasters. Examples of natural disasters are floods, blizzards, tornadoes and earthquakes. Man-made disasters can include explosions, fires, chemical and biological attacks.

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“All is Safely Gathered In” pamphlet Recipes

Posted by Elise on October 30, 2017

WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

1 tablespoon yeast

¼ cup warm water

2 ½ cups hot tap water

7 cups whole wheat flour (or any combination of whole wheat and white flour)

½ tablespoon salt

1/3 cup oil

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Self Reliance

Posted by Elise on August 31, 2017

What is Self-Reliance—Really?

Self-reliance isn’t just about taking care of our families temporally. It’s also about being spiritually prepared for life’s ups and downs.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have always believed strongly in taking care of their own needs and the needs of their families. Being temporally self-reliant is part of our culture.

But self-reliance is so much more. In today’s world, taking care of ourselves and our families may mean getting more education rather than putting in more hours at work. It may mean starting or growing a small business, being wiser with finances, or learning skills that make us more employable.

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How to Jump from a Moving Car

Posted by Elise on February 28, 2017

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Hurling yourself from a moving car should be a last resort, for example if your gbrakes are defective and your car is about to head off a cliff or into a train.

  1.  Apply the emergency brake.  This may not stop the car, but it might slow it down enough to make jumping safer.
  2. Open the car door.
  3. Make sure you jump at an angle that will take you out of the path of the car.  Since your body will be moving at the same velocity as the car, you’re going to continue to move in the direction the car is moving.  if the car is going straight, try to jump at an angle that will take you away from it.
  4. Tuck in your head and your arms and legs.
  5. Aim for a soft landing site: grass, brush, wood chips, anything but pavement – or a tree.  Stunt people wear pads and land in sandpits.  You won’t have this luxury, but anything that gives a bit when the body hits it will minimize injury.
  6. Roll when you hit the ground. 

Source: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht

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American Red Cross “Safe & Well List”

Posted by Elise on February 23, 2016

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Contact Loved Ones

The American Red Cross can help you reconnect with family members when separated by a recent emergency here at home, or a natural disaster overseas.  Use their Safe & Well website to let loved ones know you are okay, or to find someone who may have experienced a recent disaster. Safe & Well provides a central location for people in disaster areas to register their current status, and for their loved ones to see that information.  It is designed to help make communication easier.  This list is voluntary.

 

Source:  www.redcross.org

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The Sabbath – A Delight

Posted by Elise on January 24, 2016

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About This Issue: Early in 1976 the subject of the Sabbath was discussed with our Brethren. They agreed that a treatment of that topic could have a powerful impact on the lives of members of the Church. Thus the articles in this issue were prepared; and they are featured together here to provide a complementary unit of themes relating to Sunday. We hope that readers will find helpful the ideas and experiences voiced by members of the Church—not as official pronouncements concerning Church Sabbath-day practices, but as good counsel to be considered by all who have seen the need for renewed efforts in making Sunday the best day of the week—Jay M. Todd, managing editor.

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Mistakes to Avoid During a Health Emergency

Posted by Elise on October 24, 2015

emergencyssignFOUR MISTAKES COMMONLY MADE DURING THE FIRST 24 HOURS OF A HEALTH CRISIS…

There are no two ways about it—medical emergencies fill us with fright, confusion and sometimes panic. While you may think that you can’t prepare for an unexpected health crisis, the truth is that you can—and should.

Whether you’re dealing with a stroke, heart attack or even a relatively minor injury such as a broken ankle, the consequences of not being prepared can be quite serious. In the most extreme cases, it can result in a preventable medical error, which studies show is a leading cause of death in the US.

Below are four common mistakes that patients make during the first 24 hours—and simple steps you can take to avoid them…

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How Hurricanes are Measured

Posted by Elise on October 23, 2015

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Note:  When the wind speed doubles, there’s an eight fold increase in the wind’s power, making a Category 5 hurricane at least 8 times more powerful than a Category 1.

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Disaster Proofing Your Home

Posted by Elise on March 31, 2014

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The federal government declared 86 major natural disasters in the first nine months of 2011, more than in any full year in the past. Ten of those disasters topped $1 billion in damage, and at least three—Hurricane Irene along the Atlantic coast up to Vermont…the Virginia-based earthquake…and wildfires as far north as Minnesota—remind us that disasters can strike homes that are not built to withstand them. There’s no way to make a house completely disaster-proof, but there are home-improvement projects that can significantly limit damage and/or improve the odds that a home will survive. Not all of these projects make financial sense for every home owner, but many provide considerable protection at a reasonable price.

Helpful: Insurers sometimes offer discounts to home owners who invest in home-protection upgrades. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Sell By” Dates and Other Misleading Labels

Posted by Elise on December 30, 2013

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How and Where to Replace Your Important Documents

Posted by Elise on November 10, 2013

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DENVER – Not only were Colorado homes damaged by the recent severe storms, flooding, landslides or mudslides, but many survivors also lost valuable personal documents.  The documents include everything from Social Security cards to driver licenses to credit cards.

The following is a partial list of ways to get duplicates of destroyed or missing documents: Read the rest of this entry »

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Church Manners

Posted by Elise on October 25, 2013

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We at LDS Living were curious about etiquette within Mormon culture. With the help of our readers and Facebook friends, we’ve tackled a few situations that seem to come up on a regular basis.

Electronics at Church
Some members have embraced the new wave of smart phones and iPads, using these devices to store scriptures, manuals, and other LDS apps. (Many of our readers shared how these devices have blessed their lives, engaged their families more in the scriptures, or saved them from the arthritic pain of carrying heavy scriptures.) Others, including some bishops and stake presidents, insist that scriptures are not scriptures unless they are made of paper and bound in a book. So are electronics appropriate at church? Read the rest of this entry »

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Emergency Planning for Vacation

Posted by Elise on June 26, 2013

Its summertime! Kids are out of school, parents and adults are taking advantage of the warm weather and planning vacations locally and outside of their area.  Some people live in areas where there is minimal risk of weather causing a major affect on the planning and excitement of the vacation, so when they move to other parts of the country or outside of the U.S., preparedness needs to be considered.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Drowning — It Doesn’t Look Like You Think It Does

Posted by Elise on June 24, 2013

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Every summer, I hear at least one sad story of a person who drowns in a place where there is plenty of help to be had — whether boating… at a crowded beach… or in a pool with lots of people nearby. Why do we let this happen to each other? The answer, all too often, is that most of us are clueless about what a drowning person actually looks like. So I set out to educate myself — and all of you — about signs that indicate a person may be drowning.

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Afraid to Give a Talk in Sacrament Meeting?

Posted by Elise on May 13, 2013

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Fear of Public Speaking? Talk Yourself Out of It

Do you dread public speaking? There’s a simple but very effective way to reduce your anxiety. It doesn’t involve any drugs and it works quickly. The secret: An anxiety-reducing form of “self-talk” that makes it much easier to address a crowd without feeling as though you’re going to explode, pass out or throw up from nervousness.

In fact, a new study reveals that this technique works not only for people who simply feel anxious about speaking in public, but also for those with social anxiety disorder, for whom public speaking and other social situations provoke severe distress. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sinkhole Danger!

Posted by Elise on May 1, 2013

 

How to tell if there could be one in your yard

After a Florida man was killed in February when a 20-foot-wide sinkhole opened under his bedroom, many people wondered, Could that happen to me?

Thousands of sinkholes appear in the US each year—but sinkhole deaths are very rare. Only two other people are known to have been killed by sinkholes in the past 40 years in the US. Both were in Florida, and both people were operating heavy well-drilling equipment at the time. Serious injuries are rare, too, though minor injuries such as twisted ankles from small, overlooked holes do occur. In March, a man playing golf suffered a dislocated shoulder after he fell into an 18-foot-deep sinkhole on a golf course near Waterloo, Illinois.

While the risk to life is low, the risk to property can be considerable. What you need to know… Read the rest of this entry »

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Toothache Relief

Posted by Elise on March 15, 2013

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Ouch! Do you have a nagging toothache? And the dentist can’t see you till when? Calm the throbbing with nature’s painkiller—cloves. Read the rest of this entry »

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