Archive for January, 2011

There are many good reasons to use Apple Cider Vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar is:

  • known as the wonder vinegar
  • an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent
  • loaded with vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and dietary fiber (pectin

In my latest Healthy Living article for Examiner.com I list

11 good  reasons why I use Apple Cider Vinegar.

I’ve also included my recipe for, Apple Cider Vinegar and sun dried tomato salad dressing.

Apple Cider Vinegar and sundried tomato salad dressing

So easy to make, so delicious, great for salads and more.

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BC is on the cutting edge of Alzheimer’s research.

The University of BC along with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Researchers has been making headlines.

Caring for the elderly with love - Carrie ©

Gerry Bellett of the Vancouver Sun writes, “Researchers at the University of B.C. and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have identified the gene that destroys brain cells in both Alzheimer’s patients and people with Down syndrome.”

This discovery is significant in helping scientist find answers to forestalling Alzheimer’s disease.

Although it will probably take years before science finds these answers, this discovery offers hope for the future.

In the meantime, there  is one care facility making headlines by letting love and respect for the elderly rule their care giving.

Each Alzheimer’s patient is given the freedom to eat, bath, sleep and even eat as much chocolate as he or she wants.  A little ‘schnaps’ before bedtime is also given, if that is what brings comfort.

I have a family member in a care home, and several friends who have a member disabled by Alzheimer’s disease.  I applaud this way of caring for the elderly.

Here’s what happened to one 96 year old  Alzheimer’s patient in Beatitudes care home, when they decided to break the rules and let her have what she wanted …Read more…

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Light therapy and how it helps fight SAD

In my previous post, we learned how vitamin D is an effective solution to (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Today we will look at another treatment for SAD light therapy.

According to Mayo Clinic light therapy is proven to help persons suffering from SAD.


Carrie outside office - getting light therapy

Carrie © - Getting a good dose of light therapy

If you live in the West – Vancouver and the lower mainland, you’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Perhaps you are one of those persons who struggles with this condition during the gray, gloomy winter months.

Some of the symptoms may include fatigue, depression, lack of sleep, moodiness, and weight gain.

I for one am one of  ‘those persons’ who needed to kick up her vitamin D intake and have some sunlight around me.

This is the second winter that I have a lamp in my office and natural lighting in my kitchen.  I take 5 – 7,000 units of vitamin D per day.

I needed that!

So how does light therapy help?

Light therapy mimics sunlight.

It helps to regulate both melatonin and serotonin, bringing the body back into balance.

For details on the relationship between light and hormones please read my article on Examiner.com titled,  “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and light therapy”.

Light therapy works best when used on a daily basis, starting in fall and ending in springtime.

Also known as bright light therapy or phototherapy, light therapy is widely recommended by doctors and naturopaths.

A note of caution:

Persons affected by SAD may also be suffering from other conditions. Talk to your doctor, naturopath or mental health provider to find out if light therapy is right for you.

Suggested sites:

Seasonal Affective Disorder-The SAD season

Seasonal depression need not ruin the holidays

Light therapy for the low-light months

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is proven to help persons suffering from SAD.

Carrie ©

If you are:

  • sad
  • depressed
  • tired
  • irritable
  • craving sweet starchy “comfort” foods
  • gaining weight
  • feeling just plain lethargic

you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

One solution that has proven itself to be helpful is vitamin D.

You can read more about SAD and vitamin D in my latest article published on Examiner.com – What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and can Vitamin D help?

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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Here is my recipe for healthy, raw food, energy bars.

Not only are they healthy and easy to make, they are also delicious.

Note: if you don’t like carob, you can substitute raw organic cocoa.

Click here for my ‘No guilt energy bars’ recipe.

No guilt energy bar recipe - by Carrie Wachsmann

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Ted Williams, no longer homeless, got a little emotional in his interview with CBS News “Early Show”, yesterday. He is looking forward to reunite with his 92 year old mother, whom he has not seen for years. A touching story.

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The top breaking news story today  is a story of HOPE.

Ted Williams, a man with an amazing golden voice, was homeless yesterday. Today he has numerous job offers, one of them from Cleveland Cavaliers. Besides a full time job with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Quicken Loans has offered to pay a mortgage for him. WOW!

Watch this story here:

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 8 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 52 posts. There were 104 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 64mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 1st with 172 views. The most popular post that day was Outhouses I Have Known.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were alphainventions.com, search.aol.com, blogcatalog.com, twincities.com, and bigextracash.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sunflowers, alouette lake, life drawing, outhouse, and sunflowers pictures.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Outhouses I Have Known March 2009


Colors Combat Cabin Fever March 2009
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Bee Propolis – A Natural Antibiotic That Combats Super Bugs? (MRSA) April 2009


Abbotsford Art January 2009


Life Drawing – Pencil Sketches of Woman in a Wedding Dress April 2009

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