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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR DECEMBER

Fair and cool(1,2,3,4)turning colder, lake-effect snow (5,6,7); fair and cold again (8,9,10,11,12,13) with some light snow (14,15) turning fair and cold again (16,17,18,19) with more light snow (20,21). Fair and cold yet again (22,23,24,25,26,27), with still more light snow (28,29); fair, very cold (30,31). and colder .   

MONTHLY GARDEN ACTIVITIES


BEST DAYS FOR FARM ACTIVITIES 

                                                       


JOHN GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S 

LIVING  

"It’s not the size nor the cost of the gift that makes it meaningful, but the thought that goes into its selection”                                                                                                                                                                                       John Gruber  (1768-1857) 

HEALTH HINTS

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earn to do stretching exercises when you wake up. It boosts circulation and digestion and eases back pain. When you stretch, ease your body into position until you feel the stretch and hold it for about 25 seconds. Breathe deeply to help your body move oxygen-rich blood to those sore muscles. Don't bounce or force yourself into an uncomfortable position.

Don’t skip breakfast. Studies show that eating a proper breakfast is one of the most positive things you can do if you are trying to lose weight. Breakfast skippers tend to gain weight. 

Brush up on hygiene.  Lots of people don’t brush for long enough, don’t floss and don’t see a dentist regularly. Hold your toothbrush in the same way that would hold a pencil, and brush for at least two minutes.  This includes brushing the teeth, the junction of the teeth and gums, the tongue and the roof of the mouth. And you don't need a fancy, angled toothbrush – just a sturdy, soft-bristled one that you replace each month.

 American researchers coined the term ‘neurobics’ for tasks which activate the brain's own biochemical pathways and to bring new pathways online that can help to strengthen or preserve brain circuits.  Brush your teeth with your ‘other’ hand, take a new route to work, or choose your clothes based on sense of touch rather than sight. People with mental agility tend to have lower rates of Alzheimer's disease and age-related mental decline.

A glass of red wine a day is good for you. A number of studies have found this, but a recent one found that the polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in red wine may also help protect you against breast cancer. It’s thought that the antioxidant protects you from environmental carcinogens such as passive tobacco smoke.

Swimming is the most asthma-friendly sport of all, but cycling, canoeing, fishing, sailing and walking are also good, according to the experts. 

Bone density tests are extremely important for woman at high risk for developing osteoporosis and those within menopausal or post-menopausal stages, as lower estrogen levels can lead to lower calcium levels.

Men age 40 and older should be screened for prostate cancer, which is the most common and second deadliest cancer among men, but can be easily treated if detected early.

Men and women age 50 and older, as well as those who have a history of colon conditions such as polyps and inflammatory bowel disease, should be screened for colorectal cancer, the most common form of non-skin cancers among men and women. 

Research suggests that people with mild eczema who drink oolong tea three times a day may show improvement in itching and other symptoms. Compounds in the tea called polyphenols appear to be responsible.

For varicose veins, try horse chestnut, an herbal extract that's been shown in studies to strengthen veins and reduce swelling. The herb is also available in topical creams. 

Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has very strong analgesic properties.

To treat an acute migraine, drink a full glass of water -- dehydration can trigger these types of severe headaches. Even if you need to take a medication for the pain, try wrapping your head with an Ace bandage so that it covers your eyes, then lie down and breathe deeply. This often helps the pain pass more quickly.