What I Learned




Is Urine Sterile

Yes, urine is considered sterile in the sense that it normally should not contain bacteria. Bacteriuria is the presence of bacteria in the urine, that is not attributed to contamination from the skin, foreskin, or vagina. Although urine produced freshly by the kidneys is sterile (unless the individual has a kidney infection), it can become infected with bacteria or yeast in the presence of a urinary tract infection. Sometimes an individual may have bacteria in the urine in the absence of symptoms of a urinary tract infection (asymptomatic bacteriuria). We are talking here about urine from the point of view of somebody who follows a reasonably healthy diet, and who does not use chemical drugs or allopathic medicines

Raccoons will eat just about anything. Although this statement is generally true, raccoons do have definite preferences. Generally speaking, they like peanuts, sweets, fruits, bread, peanut butter, and especially cat and dog food. Since we are feeding one now, I thought it important to know.


                    Age of Animals

Tobi alias Beat Dat Dude is 18 born 2/23/87
Mo alias Mighty Mo is 12 born March 26
Wildfire is 30???
Snuffy alias Black Night Dream is 11 born September 27, 1993
Benji alias Mighty Mo Maytag is 9 born October 23, 1995
Jon-Jon alias Safa Sir Phillip William is 7 born March 13, 1997
Putt-Putt alias Suddanly Half Moon Ringo is  2 born April 29, 2003
Bylee is 14 May, 2005
Tatters is 12 July, 2005
Sophie was 3 March 9, 2005
Cloe and Snowsomething will be 1 in November 2005

  Drinking Water

By Dr. Judith Reichman
"Today" show contributor
Updated: 10:55 a.m. ET March 21, 2005

Glug! You may be drinking too much … water
It’s become a popular health mantra: Drink a lot — a lot — of water. But, says Dr. Judith Reichman, too much is not a good thing

Q: I’ve heard you should drink eight glasses of water a day. This seems like a lot. Is it really necessary No.Water is essential, but there’s no need to mega-water our bodies.

The body has a built-in way of controlling hydration and telling us how much we should drink. It’s called thirst.

An extensive review, published recently in the American Journal of Physiology, could not find medical evidence to support a need for those eight glasses a day. Drinking large amounts of water will not curb your hunger, “flush” away toxins or make your skin look moist and dewy. (Your skin will look dry if you become medically dehydrated, but no one is telling you to stop fluid intake. You will become thirsty long before you become dehydrated.) In fact, there are good reasons not to force yourself to drink too much water. Over-hydration can lead to wetting accidents as your overfilled bladder contracts before you reach the bathroom.

And if you imbibe faster than your kidneys can process, you risk dilution of electrolytes and water intoxication, causing confusion and coma.

If you exercise strenuously, you should drink enough to make up for the sweating and energy expenditure that will follow. Feel free to drink a glass or two before you become thirsty, but don’t overload. If you are in the hot sun or extreme heat, you should also increase your fluid intake.

But under normal circumstances, you needn’t walk around with a designer bottle of water, gulping down more than you need to quench your thirst.

Dr. Reichman’s Bottom Line: Drink when you are thirsty. The dictum to drink eight glasses a day just doesn’t hold water.


Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it
someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice.

A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company.

1. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first
name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, they
will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first
name, but your bank will know how you sign your checks.

2. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID

3 When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT
put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the
last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number,
and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the
check processing channels won't have access to it.

4. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you
have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a
PO Box, use your work address. Never have your SIN# printed on your
checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it
printed, anyone can get it.

5. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides
of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your
wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.
Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my
passport when travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories
about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a name, address, SIN, credit

Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my wallet
was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieve(s) ordered an expensive
monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit
line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to
change my driving record information online, and more. But here's some
critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or
someone you know:

1. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the
key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know
whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit
cards, etc. were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were
diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever
is one).

But here's what is perhaps most important of all: (I never even thought to
do this.)

3. Call the two national credit reporting organizations immediately to place
a fraud alert on your name and Social Insurance number. I had never heard
of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application
for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any
company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they
have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all
the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks
initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before
placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the
thieves threw my wallet away. This weekend (someone turned it in). It seems
to have stopped them dead in their tracks.

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, etc.
has been stolen:
1.) Equifax
2.) Experian

If you use a sponge in your kitchen, the germ experts say to keep it in a bowl of diluted clorax or at least dip it once a day. Otherwise, it is one of the germiest things in your kitchen. Sticking it in your dishwasher helps if you keep your water hot enough; otherwise, it doesn't.

According to Peter Greenberg on the Today Show: "In Atlanta the waits in 2004 were horrendous. On some days, they could run as long as two hours. This airport has been a real mess. The big delays happen at the South concourse, where Delta flies. And even though the airport has added four new security lanes, there's a better idea. Avoid the South terminal entirely. During peak hours (Monday and Saturday mornings; Thursday and Friday afternoons; Sunday evening) head for the North concourse, closer to the T gates, and enter security there. I always save about 10 to 15 minutes this way."

Today Show's Medical Websites to Help in the Search for the Best Health Care:
www.healthfinder.gov and www.healthgrade.com. Of course there is www.bestdoctors.com. AARP apparently has some good information too.

M&M'S® Chocolate Candies were first sold in 1941, and soon became a favorite of the American GIs serving in World War II. Packaged in cardboard tubes, they were sold to the military as a convenient snack that traveled well in any climate. By the late 1940s, they were widely available to the public, who gave them an excellent reception. In 1948, their packaging changed from a tube form to the characteristic brown pouch we know today.


Stroke or heart attack self-help

This might be a lifesaver if we can remember three questions! Is It a Stroke?

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a Stroke. Now doctors say any bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
* Ask the individual to smile.
* Ask him or her to raise both arms.
* Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
* If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February.

Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

Heart Attack Self HELP

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved. Read this... It could save your life!!

Let's say it's 6.15 P.M. and you're driving home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset, and frustrated.

Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.


Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital


        Here are some of the interesting differences between male and female brains:

• Men don't connect as many feelings to words. They use, on average, about half the amount of words that women use.

• Men take longer to process emotions. Women have five to seven verbal centers in their brain while men only have two to three verbal centers in their brain. Men can take up to 7 hours to process information.

• There is a biological tendency in women to see, hear, smell, taste and feel more through their skin and nerve endings. Also, men do not register details such as color and texture as well as women, which makes them more likely to stare without seeing.

Women have 15% more blood flow and activity in their brains. Men have fewer verbal centers to use.
Men need more frequent “rest states”. Channel surfing is a form of zoning out for a rest state.
Women often recharge with bonding. More oxytocin. Men don’t.

As delicate as it appears, spider silk is actually the strongest natural fiber known to man.


The government’s latest report on height and weight shows that the average height of a man aged 20 to 74 went from just over 5 feet 8 inches in 1960 to 5 feet 9 inches in 2002.

The average height of a woman has gone from 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 4 inches.

Weights, however, have ballooned. The average weight of an adult man was 166.3 pounds in 1960 and 191 pounds in 2002, while the average weight for women went from 140.2 pounds to 164.3 pounds

The most dangerous job in the United States is the Alaskan crab fisherman.

A dollar is 6 inches long. Good measuring tool when there is no ruler.

 To keep up with your dog while outside at night camping or or whatever, attach a glow stick to his collar. Worked wonderfully at Scott's suggestion when we camped at Jones Gap.


Rule 240   If an airline cancels a flight due to their problem - not weather etc., they must put you on the next flight available regardless of carrier or class. If there is not another flight available for that destination, that day, they must give you a motel voucher.


Get Ready! The average age of the onset of puberty in girls in 10 now. This is about one year earlier than 30 years ago. The onset of puberty is defined as the start of breast development. The age of menstruation onset has not changed but by a few months to 12.5 years old.


The highest market share for any program was the final episode of Mash, followed by the Beetles on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the 1982 Super Bowl.


In 1994 when MacDonald's first opened in Kuwait City, the line was 7 miles long that day.


Denni and family rented a home at Disney World  thru vrbo.com for the end of May with 6 bedrooms for $900 a week (10 minutes away).