Executive Branch

April 13, 2022

Since 1789, when George Washington became our first president, Americans have been electing or re-electing the president and vice president every four years

Heart Health

April 13, 2022

The heart starts to beat practically at conception and continues it’s life-sustaining role for a hundred years or longer.

Electricity

April 13, 2022

Electricity

Electricity is the activity of electrons. They’re found orbiting the nucleus of an atom and they’re one of the smallest particles in the known universe.

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Proudly Independent

July 4th is Independence Day, one of the most celebrated holidays in America – especially this year since it falls on a Monday … three day weekend!

If you’re cautious about saturated fats and nitrates the rest of the year, then the fourth is a day to fire up the grill to indulge with burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream.

And speaking of caution, and firing up, a fireworks display is usually an anticipated end to the day. Since knowledge is power (and safety), what really happens when fireworks explode?

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Heavy Metal

The most visible part of a fireworks show, obviously, is the startling blast of fiery colors. This display of lights is the result of a mix of chemicals being detonated in a pre-designed sequence anywhere from 50 – 300 feet in the night sky (for example, the chemical element strontium burns red while aluminum will cause a silver burst – what sparklers are made of).

These compounds are in the form of small metal pellets or powders that have been carefully manufactured and then assembled into the firework shell by experts (do not try this at home!).

Try This at Home (or leave it to the professionals)

A firework is essentially a small rocket with a fuse that, when lit, will first burn through a “lifting charge,” essentially a mix of black gun powder. This will launch the tube of chemicals high up into the air.

The starter fuse will then continue to burn, setting off other fuses known as “timed fuses” that will set alight each container of metal pellets that then explode in a crafted array of light and sound.

Large fireworks displays, like the ones you see at New Year’s celebrations, are wired with electric fuses and controlled from a distance on a laptop or some type of remote.

If you’re at a backyard gathering, though, there are directions and safety warnings included with the fireworks and also some common-sense guidelines on www.safewise.com.

In Washington DC this 4th of July:

The Salute to America celebration will be on the South Lawn of the White House, featuring music, military displays, and fly-bys.

Fireworks will be on The Mall at 9 pm sharp.

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What Independence Means to US

Independence Day is celebrated on July 4 each year to commemorate America’s victory in the Revolutionary War. The war began as a fight for independence from an oppressive and corrupt king, but quickly evolved into a world war involving European nations that sought to colonize new lands and establish prosperous trade routes.

The colonists outlined their ideals in the Declaration of Independence. They stated that their new government would be responsible for “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” and providing “new Guards for their future security.”

Are these concepts being properly considered in light of what America is like 250 years into the future?

For example, our gun control policies are some of the most lenient in the world, and at the same time we’re experiencing a startling number of mass shootings. Could the existing policies on gun ownership be an example of taking personal freedoms too far?

What if – just “what if” – there existed an electorate that sought to own guns – for reasons that, to most, sound blatantly unjustifiable – while at the same time the politicians responsible for enacting legislation were financially motivated to turn a blind eye to effectively regulating the industry? To the detriment of so many others?

The argument that flooding America with military-grade weapons is necessary for self-defense would have other countries believing that we have such a drastic problem with crime and law enforcement (and cctv) that citizens have to hurry to a gun shop without time to wait for an extensive background check.

The reason that I believe this is not a second-amendment argument is that a sub-culture seems to have formed, a dangerous one, and gun ownership has become to them a symbol of acceptance, of belonging. The influence and profitability of the gun industry is a power they’re grasping at – with no qualifications.

The non-gun owners cast a wary glance their way and worry about the next elementary school child, unarmed shopper, and church attendee.

It most certainly is a mental health issue to wield a gun around others knowing that the police have a duty to kill you to keep others safe.

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Gun owners should be qualified to purchase their guns and required to stay qualified. It’s that simple. I’d guess that every single responsible gun owner agrees with this and feels sickened to watch the news as an active shooter incident is occurring live somewhere in America.

They should be allowed to collect guns or own guns for sport and hunting. And Americans should turn on the news and be informed about an ever-growing sub-culture of responsible gun owners distancing themselves from fanatics.

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The Foods We Choose

The relationship we have with food isn’t simply about what’s healthy or affordable. There’s an emotional and social connection as well, influenced by where we live, what we do for business and pleasure, and the way different types of food make us feel.

Our bodies are quick to respond when we’re eating the right and wrong types of food. Nutrition experts have demonstrated that the human body can heal itself after years of unhealthy eating or drinking, going so far as to compare food to medicine, prescribing changes in our diet to cure or manage an illness.

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Energy Building

The three types of carbohydrates – simple sugars, complex carbs, and dietary fiber – each play a different role in digestion.

  • Simple sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose are easily digested and quickly flow into the bloodstream for an instant source of energy or alertness
  • Complex carbs from starchy foods such as cereal, grains, and enriched pasta take longer to digest and provide a steady and continuous source of energy
  • Fiber’s role as an indigestible carbohydrate (soluble and insoluble) is to slow the passage of food through the small intestine so nutrients have time to be absorbed
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Muscle Building

Though proteins can be used as a source of energy, they’re vitally necessary for other life-sustaining tasks around the body. Proteins are needed to build healthy bones, to repair muscle tissue, and for manufacturing both neurotransmitters and certain types of enzymes that keep our brain functioning and our metabolism fired up.

Foods high in protein stay in the stomach longer, taking time to digest and resulting in a “full” feeling through the day. High-quality sources of protein can be found in eggs, seafood, and lean cuts of beef, pork, or chicken. Some plant-based proteins such as nuts, seeds, and beans are lower in fat. And if you can comfortably digest dairy products, skim milk and low-fat yogurt are good sources of the protein you need with a healthy dose of Vitamin D.

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Brain Building

Fats and essential “fatty acids” are quite literally the building blocks of our cells. Fats are insoluble in water, so lipid molecules line up in tight formation to form cell membranes, maintaining a fluid balance inside and outside of a cell wall.

Neurons in the brain need fat to insulate and speed up the conduction of nerve impulses. In recent years, researchers have begun to focus on the ways that our bodies utilize healthy types of fat to sustain good health. “Healthy” fats have been found to positively influence brain growth in children, increase mental alertness in adults, and protect cognitive functioning well into old age. The key seems to be in the balance between the types that our bodies produce naturally and the ones we need to include in our diet.

The healthy types of fat that we need a steady supply of are the mono- and poly-unsaturated oils derived from vegetables, seeds, and grains. These have a positive effect on the body by raising levels of HDL cholesterol (“healthy” or “helpful” cholesterol) that helps keep the LDL’s under control. Nutritionists specify a balance of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Vegetable oils and the unsaturated fats in fish, nuts, and avocados are a necessary part of a healthy diet.