Giant Mosquitoes, is it the Mothership or the Mosquito Killer?

Spring will soon be  arriving across all of North America.  The wet winter, in many parts of the country, may make Mosquitoes a real problem.  Many communities in the southern United States have noticed what appear to be giant MosquitoesCrane Fly

Don’t panic these giants are not Mosquitoes.  These giants are called  Crane Flies.  Despite rumors that these larger flies are predators of mosquitoes, they are not.  They are harmless. They do not feed on blood and none of them attack people.

Sadly the internet contains false reports of adult crane flies biting or stinging, they do neither.  Adult crane flies eat very little, if at all report entomologists (bug specialists). They may feed on nectar. Their primary focus is on mating when they are in this short stage of their life.  They can be gently scooped up and returned outdoors.

The real enemy is the Mosquito.Mosquito  Notice that the Mosquito has a long tube-like mouthpart (proboscis).  This is what they use to pierce the skin to consume blood.

Mosquitoes  can transmit extremely harmful infections.  These can include malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus and other arboviruses, rendering it the deadliest animal family in the world.

The best defense against the mosquito is making sure that we do not provide an optimal place for them to live and reproduce.

Mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs.  Look around where you live. Almost anything can hold water: Buckets, plant saucers, old tires, a fountain, even a swimming pool.  Dump and drain the water once a week or throw away the containers. If you have a pool make sure that the water is treated and not stagnant and stinking.

Get and use insect repellent.  Blood is food for female mosquitoes. They need your blood to produce eggs.  Look for these active ingredients to keep mosquitoes from biting you:  DEET,  Picaridin,  Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, IR3535.

Share what you know about controlling mosquitoes with family and friends.  

A clean yard, free from containers that can hold water (including plant saucers), is a mosquito-free yard.                                                      

Controlling mosquitoes is simple — just get rid of any standing water.


Nutritional Supplements and Their Role in Promoting Successful Aging and Longevity

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More and more western medicine is acknowledging the importance and vital role that nutritional supplements contribute to health, successful aging and longevity.  While other cultures have focused on this for centuries. The western world has embraced five decades of fast, convenient, and processed foods and in turn consumes 70 % of  all prescription medications.  Obesity, diabetes, and numerous other health problems are commonplace  in North America.  The educated choices that we make today will give us more tomorrows, with quality of life.

Authors: Steven R. Gambert and Barbara Anne Gambert (Professor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD, USA, and others)
Book Description:
Every day, people must make choices. Perhaps nothing is as important, however, as what people choose to eat or not eat. While hunger, whether it be a desire to have a feeling of well-being or purely due to habit, motivates many of our choices, nutrition plays an essential role in our health and how successful we will be in terms of our aging process. The term “nutritional supplements” is generally used to include vitamins, minerals, herbs, meal supplements, sports nutrition products, natural food supplements, and other related products. This monograph, while not an exhaustive compilation of all nutritional supplements available, is meant to guide any reader who is interested in adding quality of life to their remaining years, and perhaps even extending their life span. Whether it is a vitamin, mineral, macronutrient, super food or herb, we have attempted to present the data available (whether anecdotal, based on animal/cellular models, or well conducted scientific studies in humans), to help the reader make a wise choice as to what to include in their diet. This may include a specific food, an ingredient, or nutritional product depending on the person. Having a more successful aging process is up to each individual, and the authors hope this monograph will help to provide an individualized path to success! (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

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Low Testosterone Information and Low T Help

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As we age,  more and more men are facing low T or low testosterone levels.  Typically the symptoms of low testosterone are decreased libido or sex drive, fatigue, decreased muscle, and increased fat.  Erectile dysfunction and even depression have become common in men with low testosterone.

Most physicians feel that they are seeing an increase in low testosterone in the male population.  However many physicians feel that men are speaking up and seeking help from physicians more than they use to.  I’m not convinced that this is the only reason more men are experiencing low testosterone and being diagnosed with low testosterone.

When we look what has changed in the North American diet over that last 60 years. Some suspects that could play a role are foods that are high in estrogen. Obviously men should   avoid or strictly limit consumption of these ingredients.  Two plant based forms of estrogen are soybeans and flax seed.  These two plants in todays diet are very high in estrogen.

In 1944 soy entered the human food chain as soy milk, ice cream and nondairy whipped topping.  Prior to that, soybeans and by-products were considered unfit for human consumption.  One of the best graphs showing soybeans rapid rise in the diets  of North Americans is here:

mercolasoygraph Source:  11 Charts That Show Everything Wrong with Our Modern Diet by Dr. Mercola.

It appears that 1969 is when soy consumption really started to increase in our diets.  Ironically the number of physicians specializing in infertility also has increased like this graph. Population control, makes you wonder if their is a direct correlation.  The number one producer of soybean seed for farmers is Monsanto (now Bayer) and this aggressive grab to control food supply for profits is obvious.  Even worse in 1994 the first genetically modified (GMO) soybean was created and unleashed on the general public. Since 1994 to present 92 to 94% of all soybeans grown in North America are GMO and the name of that seed is “Round-Up Ready Soybeans”, trademark Monsanto.  Men should limit or remove unwanted estrogens from their diets.

The only true way to know if you have low testosterone is to go see a physician.  A simple blood test will measure Total Testosterone  (normal being  241 to 827 NG/DL), Free Testosterone (direct) (normal being 4.25 to 30.37 PG/ML), and Free % Testosterone (normal calculation 0.10 to 0.27 %).

Most physicians feel that OTC or dietary supplements that claim to boost testosterone are not effective.  They are generally expensive.  If you choose prescription or dietary supplements consult your physician.  Let him be your guide with respect to low testosterone.  The best thing that you can do is change your diet. Familiarize yourself with the way soy is disguised on food labels.

Labels might include:  Soy, Soybean, soy lecithin, SVP (soy vegetable protein), TVP (texturized vegetable protein), TSP (textured soy protein), Soybean oil, Soy flour.

Sometimes you will only see the initials used like SVP so beware if you are trying to limit or remove soy from your diet.

If you are a man using flax seed or flax it is probably best to choose an alternate source for Omega 3 such as fish oil supplements.

Understanding Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse

abuseMental illness and addiction are often reliant on one another. People with mental illnesses are at a greater risk for addiction as a result of self-medication and lack of proper treatment. Yet each disorder is slightly different in its relationship with self-medication.

If someone you love has a mental illness, they are at risk for self-medication and addiction. Recognizing the signs and getting them help is the best way to prevent worsened symptoms. So, here are a few of the more common mental disorders and how they connect to substance abuse.

Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety is a very common disorder, experienced by about 18% of adults in the U.S. People with anxiety tend to self-medicate because either they do not know they have a disorder or they feel that they can handle the symptoms on their own.

Anxious people typically abuse alcohol because it reduces that feeling of tension and limits the mind’s ability to worry and obsess over negative thoughts. People with social anxiety will abuse alcohol to get through social situations and often find that they cannot attend such gatherings without alcohol.

Clinical Depression

There are many forms of depression, experienced by many people in their lifetime. Clinical depression refers to a tangible imbalance of chemicals in the brain which requires medication to correct. In lieu of treatment, many depressed people with abuse substances to dull their negative emotions and feel better. Alcohol is once again a very commonly abused substance for those with this disorder. In severe cases, alcohol may also be used to ease an act of suicide.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is known for its episodes of overt happiness and productivity (mania) and its extremely negative episodes (depressive). Substances are thought to temporarily reduce the extreme levels of each episode, making the mood swings milder. However, substance abuse will have the opposite effect if used regularly which in turn prompts the person to abuse the substance even more.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is frequently found in soldiers but is also common in trauma survivors. Depression is a very common symptom of PTSD, leading the sufferer to abuse substances as a way to control the depression as well as suppress traumatic memories. Alcohol is most commonly abused in people with PTSD for its ease of access and quick effects. With the heightened risk of suicide in people with PTSD, alcohol abuse can be very dangerous.


Unlike the other disorders, people with schizophrenia are actually more likely to abuse tobacco and marijuana. Some studies say that these substances really do help curb the psychotic symptoms while others say they contribute to them. Less is known about schizophrenia and addiction, but there is a known increased risk of substance abuse in people with the disorder.

Addiction in those with mental illness does not only mean rehab, but it also means worsened symptoms of the illness. For some, these behaviors can lead to suicide while others will only see their disorders become more severe. Regardless, it is important to do what you can to either prevent or treat addiction in people with mental illnesses, and understanding the connection is the first step.


Jennifer McGregor  Grandville, MI

Jennifer McGregor loves providing reliable health and medical resources. She knows how difficult it can be to sift through health info on the web, and wants to change that. Jennifer created Public Health Library to help people find reputable information on health topics.

Adult Vaccinations CDC Recommendations 2016-2017

Most of us who are 50 and older have seen the benefit of vaccinations throughout our lifetimes.  However today there appears to be a lot of controversy with respect to immunizations especially with younger generations.  I guess the decision is up to you and your health care provider.  Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.

Flu Vaccine

These are the current CDC (Center for Disease) recommendations. Immunizations, adults 50 and older should consider:

Get a flu shot every year. Over 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older. More Information.

Get a shot for tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough. Get a tetanus booster if it has been more than 10 years since your last shot. More Information.

If you are 60 or older, get a shot to prevent shingles. Even if you have had shingles, you can still get the shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.  This vaccine may be given to those in their 50s. Enquire with your healthcare provider. More Information.

People 65 years or older need a series of two different vaccines for pneumococcal disease. Talk with your health care provider about how to schedule them. If you have previously been immunized for pneumonia notify your provider.  More Information.

You may learn about other vaccinations at

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The decision to receive a vaccination is very personal.  Some individuals choose not to be vaccinated.  It is best to discuss this matter with your health care provider.


Consumers, Supplements, and Clinical Research

In the last decade the National Institutes of Health has devoted over $2 billion to studying complementary and alternative medicine.  This has included several major clinical trials on herbs, vitamins, and supplements.  When supplement research results report harm, the published studies appear to be more influential to consumers and their physicians than results reporting lack of efficacy.  When you take any supplement it should be based on both safety and whether or not it works (efficacy).

Vitamin E

This is especially true when we look at Vitamin E.  Vitamin E is typically purchased and consumed as a preventative supplement.  Vitamin E is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant that was thought to reduce oxidative stress linked to cancer and heart disease. It was also the most common supplement recommended by physicians.  In 2005 the results were published  from a major vitamin E trial that showed participants who took >800 IU of Vitamin E per day had higher mortality (death) rates.  Later in 2005 data from two additional studies reported little or no effect of vitamin E in preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease. Sales of vitamin E decreased by 33 % the following year.  Investigators feel that when supplement research results report harm, the results influence consumers and their physicians more so than results reporting a lack of benefits or efficacy.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

These supplements gained popularity for the symptoms of osteoarthritis. This supplement is not purchased as a preventative but rather to address acute and chronic symptoms associated with stiffness and joint pain common to arthritis.  In 2006 the results were published from two federally funded studies. In these studies there were no serious adverse events. However the results showed that glucosamine alone and in combination with chondroitin did not improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis more than a placebo. In a secondary analysis the glucosamine/chondroitin combination was more beneficial than the placebo in a subgroup of participants with moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis symptoms.  No physical harm has been associated with glucosamine and chondroitin. Consumer use of these supplements has not decreased despite the reported decrease in actual benefits. Consumers might be better  to consider supplements containing curcumin (pharmaceutical Turmeric) for inflammation and the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis pain.  

Saw Palmetto

The berries or fruit from saw palmetto is used to treat urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or an enlarged prostate. This supplement is purchased for the chronic symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. In 2006 the results of a large study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that while saw palmetto was well tolerated, it was no better than placebo in improving the symptoms of BPH or an enlarged prostate in the study participants.  Uniquely saw palmetto does contain beta-sitosterol which does show statistically significant benefits in clinical studies in improving the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.  The big difference is that it would take about 200 capsules of saw palmetto to equal one capsule with 300 mg of beta-sitosterol.  The efficacy of beta-sitosterol when studied with enlarged prostate symptoms has been published in the British Journal of Urology, the Lancet, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  Despite the study results of saw palmetto annual sales of saw palmetto in the  US exceed $135 million annually.  Again consumers are better off choosing a natural prostate supplement that uses the ingredient beta-sitosterol.

The following resources are credited for the article above:

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Google Yahoo Bing Scam Internet Users with Paid Ads

googlethmbEither you are on the internet searching for information or you are looking for something specific.  You go to Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search engine provider and you enter what you are looking for.  Unfortunately we are being scammed by the very search engines that we use to get help. This is a daily event in almost everyone’s life.  How do you protect yourself?  Learn how to recognize the difference between an advertisement (the search engine is being paid every time you click on these results) and what is called an organic or legitimate search result.

Lets say you are looking for a product.  And you see the heading “Shop for Top Rated Product”?  What you are seeing is which advertiser was willing to pay the search engine the most to appear in the first, second, or third position.  There is no rating other than what a company will pay to be in those positions.  Hence you are in fact being scammed to believe that this was an independent rating that is actually trying to help you.  “NO” this is the search engine trying to help themselves to the money in your wallet through the product that you are purchasing.  These advertising costs obviously increase the cost of whatever you are buying.  This article is the true FTC (Federal Trade Commission) disclosure of what is really going on when you use the internet.  True objectivity is sacrificed and replaced with greed.  We recognize that Google, Yahoo, and Bing, etc. need to make a living but this should be obvious to the consumer and not disguised.

Learning and recognizing  that “Ad” and “Sponsored” notices are extremely small or non-obvious. This small print can save you from being scammed.  Look at the image below.  Consumers are led to believe that they are seeing actual legitimate reviews and rankings concerning “Prostate” products.  When in fact the titles of these ads are legally scamming consumers and are just as bad as the headlines on those magazines or tabloids you see at supermarket checkout stands.


If you are sick of this dog and pony show – know the truth.  Every time you learn to discern truth from a slick sales pitch you win.  For illustrative purposes we have enlarged the “Ad” image next to the small almost unnoticeable “Ad” mark placed by the search engine.  This small “Ad” notice makes it legal for the advertiser to say just about anything (like a dirty tabloid magazine) to get you to go to the site and tell you that this product or that one is the best. Then the website you are directed to is supposed to have a small link to an “Ad disclaimer” or an “FTC Disclosure” statement.

  • FTC Disclosure statement and in this case it is non-existent or missing. This link is from the following image the second ad above. Screen Shot 07-13-16 at 12.09 PM

The third Ad “Top 6 Prostate Remedies” posts the following disclaimer on their site:Screen Shot 07-13-16 at 12.28 PMThe bottom line is STOP being mislead and scammed by advertisements.  The best thing you can do is to learn how to identify an advertisement from what you are searching for.  Believe it or not every time you click on one of these ads these search engines charge a fee (In this case $3.oo to $6.00 per click).  Who do you think pays for this?  You pay for this when they purchase a product – that’s who.  I encourage you to look at the price of Google or Microsoft stock.  Now you know why these shares of stock have such a high value.

Thank you for your desire to learn about this topic.  When you see it at the top of the search results just remember what FLOATS.

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Protect Yourself and Washing Your Hands

There are many ways that germs can be spread. One of the most common ways is through touch.  Yes your hands.  Today we have a lot more to worry about than just the handle at the gas station pump.  We have touch screens everywhere.  At the local grocery store or for that matter at every check out facility.

handwashA recent study was published.  The study was based on observations of 3,749 people in public restrooms, and appeared in the Journal of Environmental Health.  The study was conducted by professionally trained college students in data collection and had them observe hand washing in restrooms in bars, restaurants and other public establishments.

Alarmingly 15 percent of men didn’t wash their hands at all, compared with 7 percent of women.  When they did wash their hands, only 50 percent of men used soap, compared with 78 percent of women. People were less likely to wash their hands if the sink was dirty. Hand washing was more prevalent earlier in the day. The researcher said that this suggests that people who were out at night for a meal or drinks were in a more relaxed mode and hand washing became less important.  People were more likely to wash their hands if a sign encouraging them to do so was present.

You cannot make other people wash there hands but you can protect yourself and family.

NE_EM_PYS_PD4_PD4750_mWhen you are out in public and use ATM or any touch screen wash your hands after use.  I actually carry individually packaged hand wipes and yes I wipe the buttons and pen before I use them.  When I get into my vehicle I use a wipe to clean my hands and the steering wheel.  I clean my steering wheel regularly because there is a big chance that I have pumped gas, or opened a door, used a public touch pad, etc.  There is a very good chance that the person before me that used any of these did not wash their hands.  Also very few businesses and banks clean the touch pads or pens between every customer.   This is  a simple wake up call  — wash your hands and remember 22% of the general population is not washing their hands.  A few simple precautions and these can help:

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STOP the Robocalls and scammers on my Phone


Everyone of us has been on an important call with a friend or relative and through call waiting our phone tells us we have another call with continuous beeping.  Or we have answered our phone only to be greeted with ” Hello this is Rachael” or “Vote for Bozo – he’s the Best”.  This problem is getting worse across the entire United States.  Before it was limited to landlines but now it has jumped the fence and now cell phones are being invaded.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the residents of Dallas, Texas received 48 million robocalls in December 2015 (Statistics from the YouMail Robocall Index).  Three months later the residents of Dallas received 91 million robocalls for the month of March 2016.  It really doesn’t matter where you live.  If you are reading this then you too have experienced these calls.

What can you do?  Well unfortunately the “Do Not Call Registry” is not working.  The CEO of AT&T reports that you should contact the Public Utilities  Commission if your State has it’s own “Do Not Call Registry”.  Otherwise contact the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission if you are on the Do Not Call Registry.  If you are not registered then do a search on the internet and sign  up. If we build up the number of complaints it will force Congress to act on our behalf.

It is most important that you contact your representative in Congress to support a new bill called   — ROBOCOP —  which stands for “The Repeated Objectionable Bothering of Consumers on Phones act“.  This bill was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier, D.-Cali.. The bill requires companies like AT&T to offer consumers free optional robocall-blocking technology.

Representative Speier claims that the technology to block robocalls exists. But it is not widely available or easy to use.  This bill would also block politicians’ calls, and require phone companies to stop caller ID spoofing.  Rep. Speier stated that people deserve peace in their own homes. This is made impossible when their phones are ringing all day long.

Tell your U.S. senators and members of Congress that you demand passage of Speier’s ROBOCOP bill.  AT&T’s CEO claimed that the telecommunication companies must get permission from the  Federal Communications Commission. The ROBOCOP bill will accomplish this.

Avoid calls from unknown numbers. If you do pick up, hang up. Don’t talk. Don’t press buttons.  Do not select the option to be removed from being called.

Visit and set this free service up if you have certain landline carriers:   Get information here

Dark Circles or Bags under your Eyes?

darkcircAs we age many of us have noticed this and it’s a big concern.  We are solicited with all these miracle creams that claim they will help us.  Since I too had this problem I decided to try and figure it out without spending a small fortune.

We have all seen expensive creams being sold for sale prices on QVC or HSN. Everyone  wonders if they should try some. Many a night I almost bought this or that alleged remedy and some may actually help.  I just wanted to learn more.

The first thing we need to do is consider what may be causing the problem.

  1. Limit the salt.  Yes try to use as little as possible when you are preparing or eating food.
  2. Manage your allergies.  Yes if you must, many over-the-counter products can actually dry up puffy eyes along with your runny nose or allergy symptoms.
  3. Some suggest using a Neti Pot.  This is a small teapot like gizmo where it allows you to cleanse the nasal passages by pouring salted water into one nostril and it goes out the other. (P.S.  I have not tried this – so no recommendation on this one.)
  4. Try sleeping on your back using more pillows to get comfortable.  Side and stomach sleepers tend to have more fluid collect under the eyes.
  5. Women should always remove make-up before going to sleep.
  6. Limit consumption of excess alcoholic beverages they tend to dehydrate you and cause greater pouching under the eye.
  7. Protect your eyes from the sun and UV. This can increase both sagging and wrinkling around your eyes.
  8. Smoking is a  “No” “No”.  This can lead to increased sagging, wrinkled, or droopy eyes.
  9. If you have swollen  eyes cool them down with cold compresses, cucumber, or even  chilled spoons.
  10. Try an eye cream and no it doesn’t  have to break the bank.  Physicians discourage the use of hemorrhoid cream as it may actually increase irritation around the eye.

This is where it gets interesting.  I have tried expensive creams $50 to $100 dollars plus and believe it or not was not impressed with the amount of bang for the buck.

Low and behold I have read so many reviews that I am blue in the face and am happy that people left honest reviews alerting me to (putting in bluntly) rip-offs. I didn’t want to sign up for anything (auto-shipping) or supply my credit card to unknown sellers.  I wanted to be able to get a refund if it didn’t work.  Well I have to say that we have a BINGO.  Believe it or not I have been using the following two products.  The one (Vitamin C 20%, E, & Hyaluronic Acid) I apply to my entire face.  I then apply Eye Gel (Plant stem cells, Matrixyl 3000, Hyaluronic Acid, Peptide complex, Vitamin E) under my eyes.  Seriously I have noticed extreme improvement.  Now it is important to understand that I am not employed or affiliated with the Company that makes these products.  In addition I am not being compensated by the Company to write any of this.  Here are the 2 products I purchased at

My advise is to try these products and if they don’t help you has a great return policy.  Truthfully you will be pleasantly surprised. I was.