Don’t Close Your Apps

This is going to be a really hard habit to break but it turns out that closing apps after use is using more battery power than we thought :

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Kombucha Tea Not the best choice for MSrs

I used to drink kombucha tea in the 60’s when it was just a nice, bubbly Japanese brew. Now that it’s become really popular, some makers touting all kinds of questionable benefits, I decided to check and see if it would be ok for me to enjoy because I like the taste.

Since it may increase immune system activity, it seems to not be a good choice if you have MS or other immune system diseases.

Kombucha fermentation

Here’s a report from the Mayo Clinic :

What is kombucha tea? Does it have any health benefits?

Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Although it’s sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea, kombucha is not a mushroom — it’s a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. The resulting liquid contains vinegar, B vitamins and a number of other chemical compounds.

Proponents claim kombucha tea helps prevent and manage serious health conditions, from blood pressure to cancer. These claims are not backed by science. Limited evidence suggests kombucha tea may offer benefits similar to probiotic supplements, including promoting a healthy immune system and preventing constipation. At present, however, valid medical studies of kombucha tea’s role in human health are very limited — and there are risks to consider.

There have been reports of adverse effects, such as stomach upset, infections and allergic reactions in kombucha tea drinkers. Kombucha tea is often brewed in homes under nonsterile conditions, making contamination likely. When improperly manufactured ceramic pots have been used for brewing, lead poisoning has occurred — the acids in the tea can leach lead from the ceramic glaze.

In short, there isn’t enough evidence that kombucha tea delivers on its health claims. At the same time, several cases of harm have been reported. Therefore, the prudent approach is to avoid kombucha tea until more definitive information is available.

Fear of Fireworks

Although we may have enjoyed fireworks long ago, those of us with MS, Neurological Diseases and PTSD run and hide from the snaps, crackles and booms that come with the beautiful displays.

The sudden, loud sounds are a severe shock to the system, causing agitation, unease and downright panic in some. A lot of people around us don’t understand this reaction at all and may make light of it or just brush us off as “Nervous Nellies”… The equivalent of being cowardly or unable to handle a little fun.

It’s at times of national celebrations, such as our 4rth Of July today in the US, that a large part of our population tries to hide from the noises, many curling up under the blankets until it’s all over. With that in mind, here are some tips you might find useful :

If you’re ok in crowds, you could still watch the outdoor celebrations while wearing ear plugs plus noise cancelling headphones…. Don’t forget your insect repellent, those bites can add to your agitation.

IF you can’t go out in the summer heat like me, here are the tricks I use to get through it all.

1. I take an herb or prescription med to calm nerves before any noises begin (and in Arkansas, where fireworks are legal) my “calming” supplements start early in the day. I use 5mg of Valium or kava kava with chamomile+lavender iced tea as needed through the day and evening. Never take kava with any CNS suppressants or muscle relaxers !

2. When fireworks really get going I put in earplugs and wear noise cancelling headphones to listen to radio or a book. If you don’t have these things you can turn up a radio or your tv to drown out the outside noise.

3. I wear my sunglasses to shut out bright flashes.

4. I let myself have any treat I want….hmm, I’d better check my freezer right now for coffee gelato and Chunky Monkey !

If you have any tips please tweet them so others can find the relief they need and I hope you can enjoy your holiday.. Just give yourself extra special care.

The Blind Muralist

Artists, could you paint blind? I stopped painting due to double vision but this man has inspired me. I’ll try an art piece with my eyes closed and find out what happens. Maybe this man will inspire you too.

Blind artist draws murals by feeling the paint

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48562806

Art by John Bramblitt

It’s Thursday….

Kung Fu Hustle on Netflix !

“In a time of social unrest and disorder the gangs run amok. The most feared is the Axe Gang. Only in the poorest districts, which hold no interest for the gangs, can people live in peace. ”

If you love Chinese Kung Fu movies, twisted humor, great special affects, incredible action, weird and wonderful directing with love and inner strength triumphing over all.. Then this is the film for you.

Why is it one of my all time favorite flicks ? Because I find it unique and because it mashes together all the fun of the old Kung Fu movies with plot themes of Chinese mythology. The characters are surprising and weird. The choreography of fight scenes is done from unusual camera angles.

Written, directed and acted by Stephen Chow, you can see the best version… In the original Canton with English subtitles.

Yes, yes.. It is violent, and I usually avoid violence in my movies, but it is done with a purpose, much like the Kill Bill films.

Am I biased because this movie’s plot weaves around a humorous take on Buddhist martial arts.. Definitely !

So, if you get Netflix, I highly recommend this movie. You can also find it available on other platforms.

Come back and tell me what you think after you’ve watched “Kung Fu Hustle”.

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It’s Pi Day !

You Need Pie.

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