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Thursday, November 15, 2018


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Well, Winter is FINALLY here in the lower South, as my 40 degree wet wake up this morning attested to!

For those of you up North, you've already been dealing with the snow and the muck, and these interesting tips might be very interesting to you!

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There are endless winter health myths that we have heard from well intentioned parents and grandparents.They have become so ingrained in us that we take them as cold hard facts. But, many of these myths have no more basis in reality, than Santa Claus! Of course, everyone wants to stay as healthy as possible, during the frosty months. In order to do so sensibly, we turned to Board Certified NYC internist and gastroenterologist Dr. Niket Sonpal, for some great myth busting tips!

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1. Myth: Allergies go away in the winter

Allergies might be the real source behind your stuffy nose and scratchy throat this season! According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one in five people suffer from indoor/outdoor allergies, and the indoor variety can actually be worse in the winter. Dr. Sonpal cautions that, “If your symptoms last longer than 10 days or ease up after taking an antihistamine, it might be time to visit an allergist.”

2. Myth: I wash my hands all the time with hand sanitizer, so I should be fine

Hand sanitizer will kill most viruses, but not all. You must make sure you use the right amount of hand sanitizer and let it dry completely. Dr. Sonpal points out that,” Some viruses, like norovirus, which causes vomiting, is not killed by hand sanitizer. Soap and water are best to get rid of all bacteria and viruses, but the hand sanitizer is better than nothing at all.”

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3. Myth: It’s cold out, I don’t need sunscreen.

The sun’s rays are just as strong in the winter months as they are in the other seasons. Snow and ice can reflect even more sunlight, up to twice as much. Grab the SPF 30 and put it on, regardless of the temperature. Don’t forget those sunglasses to keep your eyes safe as well.

4. I’ll just drink some alcohol to keep myself warm.

Although it may feel like drinking alcohol is making you warmer, it does not. Dr. Sonpal says that, “when you drink, the blood vessels dilate or get bigger, and blood flows to your skin and away from your internal organs. So, it may feel like you are getting warmer, but you are not.”

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5. Myth: The Flu Shot Gives You the Flu

According to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Rite Aide, 44 percent of American women view the flu as a serious threat to their health. Yet nearly half (49 percent) do not intend to get a flu shot this year because they believe the vaccine can give them the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu shot for anyone older than 6 months of age. Dr. Sonpal stresses that, “The shot does not contain a live virus, making catching the flu from it impossible.”

6. Winter weather makes you store fat and gain weight

Our bodies do not go into some kind of winter hibernation mode, stockpiling every ounce of fat to use for the lean times. It seems logical, like a throwback to our days living in caves foraging for food, but in reality, any weight gain comes from our winter habits. Dr. Sonpal points out that, “we tend to exercise less in winter. We eat more hearty meals and comfort foods, including more sugary snacks and desserts (especially around the holidays).”

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7. Myth: You Lose Most Heat Through Your Head

The saying goes “we lose 90 percent of our body heat through our heads.”  But a 2006 study found that the head accounts for about 7 percent of the body's surface area, and that heat loss in the region is fairly proportional, according to LiveScience. "Your head is another extremity, and it's susceptible to cold, so you should wear a hat, but it doesn't lose any more heat than another part of your body," says Dr. Sonpal.

8. Myth: Chicken Soup Will Cure Colds

Many cultures teach us to drink warm liquids like tea, hot apple cider, and soups when we’re dealing with colds. It’s true that something like chicken soup may help soothe and ease congestion, but much like vitamin C, hot soup won’t do immediate wonders.

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9. Myth: Being Cold Gives You a Cold

No matter what your grandma might have told you, spending too much time in the cold air doesn’t make you sick. One study found that healthy men who spent several hours in temperatures just above freezing had an increase in healthy, virus-fighting activity in their immune systems. In fact, you’re more likely to get sick indoors, where germs are easily passed.

10. Myth: Feed a cold, starve a fever

Dr. Sonpal says that, “This is another myth that comes from a time when people didn't understand the science of body chemistry. The thought was that if you had a cold, food would warm you up. Conversely, if you had a high fever, not eating would cool you down. This is just patently bad medical advice. In both cases, good nutrition gives your body the fuel it needs to fight infections and recover from an illness. When you have a fever, your body is burning energy at a rapid rate, and that needs to be replenished. So, by all means feed your cold; but also feed your fever, or any other illness. Even if you have stomach issues, find a way to take in lost fluids and electrolytes.”

So there you go! How many did you still believe?
Now you know!

About Dr. Niket Sonpal: 

Dr. Niket Sonpal is a native of Long Island NY and a graduate of Medical University of Silesia–Hope Medical Institute in Poland.After completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, he was selected to be the 2013‐2014 Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital–Northshore LIJ Health System.He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn. Dr. Sonpal has completed his Fellowship in gastroenterology & hepatology at Lenox Hill Hospital and will continue his work in the field of medical student and resident test preparation.He now serves as the associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brookldale University medical center.

He is the co‐author for the best-selling Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CK, Master the Boards Step 3, And Master the Boards: Internal Medicine.He is also the Chief Operating Officer for Medquest Test Prep, Director of Medical Education for Picmonic Test Prep, and a recognized expert on medical test prep.

History Corner: The World's Story 2: The Middle Ages

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from MasterBooks, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

Earlier this year, we reviewed Book 1 (The World's History 1, The Ancientsin this triology of World History for Junior High Students (grades 6-8), and I'm thrilled to share Book 2 (The World's Story 2: The Middle Ages ), with you today!
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This engaging textbook teaches students about the Middle Ages, from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance. Follow this story-based approach to world history as you meet numerous historical figures (including St. Patrick, Genghis Khan, Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, and Martin Luther), visit medieval sites around the world, and trace the rise and fall of numerous empires and kingdoms.
Volume 2 in this series for your junior high students includes:
- A conversational narrative that brings medieval history to life
- Gorgeous photographs, artwork, and maps that help students visualize people, places, and events
- Educational features that dig deeper into the history of the Christian Church
Throughout the course, students will see God’s guiding hand through history. They will study the major events of the Middle Ages and delve into how society and culture developed and changed. Students will also study medieval civilizations spanning the whole globe, including the Byzantines, Anglo-Saxons, Muslims, Chinese, Japanese, Mongols, Mughals, Vikings, Normans, Russians, Songhai, and Aztecs!

When we finished up Ancient Civ last year, Miss Grace was technically a year ahead of schedule and wanted to take a break from 'chronological history' and check out more of the 'Mysteries of History' that she had touched upon during last year's history lessons. I thought it was a great idea to go back and work on them, and go forward and learn more, before coming back to tackle the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. While she has been exposed to so much of it from Ren faires and other lessons, I knew that breaking up chronological history into 3 sections, such as Angela has done, was a more logical method for Miss Grace to understand the different time periods of history. She liked the Christian look at history, and so did I, so I knew this series was one we wanted to keep up with!

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I was thrilled to see how it is not JUST Europe that is taught in this volume. So much of 'Middle Ages to Renaissance' history tunnels strictly on Europe, yet there were advances and discoveries made world WIDE during this period! By studying the Byzantine,Muslim, Mongol, other Asian, Songai and Aztec cultures, your child get's a very good look at not only different cultures, but religions, and how contact with some of them led to different concepts of religious thought changing what was seen as 'the modern world' at that time. The included Church History sections highlight different leaders in the church, who were beneficial during the different time periods and countries as well, adding in a religion component to the book. While you could leave these out, if you wanted a more secular history class, many of the persons covered actually are historically important!

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There are SO many great historical figures in this time period, that really made a difference for the general population, and having them included is a great plus. While the text gives your child a lot of info say on Genghis Khan, St Patrick, and Martin Luther, there is enough left unsaid that allows for individual reports/research on them, for extra grading purposes and learning! And, the Connect sections, like the ones above, will help your student to understand the link of these famous people to their modern lives (and media content)!

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Once again, the book is filled with great illustrations, including master art works, allowing for additional research and discussion topics (don't we LOVE it when other subjects cross over? Art day! YEAH), that will have your child entranced from the beginning! And with multiple artists spotlights, you can extend the historical art element as well into art discovery! It also has entrancing color photos, that REALLY grab your child's attention and help them understand the different cultures!

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The book is broken down into 28 chapters, allowing for a FULL year's worth of history to be taught! Each chapter is easily one week's work of work. Miss Grace is still using block scheduling, so for her it will be a 2-3 day course, but you could easily make it a 5 day one. I love how the different areas of the chapters ask students to THINK, and make critical thinking connections! Like the questions about the Mongol Empire above. You could see where you could use this series even into High School, using some of these questions for High School essay questions and thesis papers! 

This IS a religious look at history, but the book contains sound historical and geo-sociological info, and it's worth looking at, even if you hadn't considered using such a worldview text. We'll be using this for 7th grade history, and then using Volume 3 (Modern history) for 8th grade. I truly think the timeline is so much better for allowing kids to mature and really understand the concepts and political ideas better!

The World's Story 2: The Middle Ages teachers set

This text is already available in both print and ebook form! So which ever way your kids learn best, you have a text for them! And if you buy as a set with the Teacher's Guide, you get a great discount! The additional teacher guide provides everything you need to teach the full year of history, thanks to its daily schedule, worksheets, hands-on activities, and research prompts.
The World's Story 2: The Modern Age

Rest of the Series:
This is the First volume in a three-book world history series for upper elementary and junior high students, here is the info on the other 2 books, and when they will be released:

Vol 1 the Ancients: The ancient civilizations of the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas
Vol 3 Modern Times:  The Age of Explorers through the modern day and learn all about the wars, revolutions, and culture changes that defined these times. Coming in 2019
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: Scenes from Celtic Music Fest!

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scottish bears


irish dancer

scottish groot


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Book Review: God is in the Manger by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook  free of charge,from Westminister John Knox Press via EdelweissPlus, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.

This is the last of the standard Advent books Im be sharing with you this year,
I do have an amazing set of journals, perfect for advent coming up next week!

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Forty stirring devotions for Advent and Christmas, from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 

These forty stirring devotions will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy. Supplemented by an informative introduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer's letters, and passages from Bonhoeffer's Christmas sermons, these daily reflections are timeless and moving reminders of the true meaning of Christmas. Now repackaged in a beautiful hardback edition, it makes the perfect holiday gift.


This book can actually take you through the ENTIRE season from Advent to Epiphany, if used as a devotional! That alone makes it stand out, as most books end with Christmas day! The readings vary from standard devotional, to sermon and other writings that Bonhoeffer already wrote about the holiday season, making it more of a compilation, of his writings, written before and during WWII. But for many the topics touched upon in the book will ring true even today, as we seek answers from God for the havoc in our country and around the world. The book follows the holiday season and is divided into 5 sections, which make chronological sense leading up to the holiday: Waiting, Mystery, Redemption, Incarnation and the 12 Days of Christmas/Epiphany. Yet, each devotional can be read apart from the others in its section, as each is a standalone piece.

If you are looking for a book to guide you through the season, to remind you what it TRULY is about, then THIS is the book! It's also perfect for giving to pastors and ministers,as an unique gift, that they will be able to use, to pass on the intended thoughts of the season from Bonhoeffer! We highly recommend it!

About the Author:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most well-known and beloved theologians of the twentieth century. Renowned for his classic works Life Together and The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer's legacy took on another dimension when he was imprisoned and executed for participating in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

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