Christmas

Holiday Shopping Safety

 

With the holiday season such a hectic time of year, people tend to forget that they must be aware of their surroundings while shopping. This  guidance list will ensure that you and your family remain safe and have great holiday season.

BEFORE YOU SHOP

  • Carry only small amounts of cash
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible-or go with a friend if you shop at night (or the pre-dawn sales).
  • Carry keys, credit cards and cash separate from each other.
  • Be extremely careful and watchful when using ATM machines.
  • Wear conservative, comfortable clothing, and minimal jewelry.
  • Carry a cell phone, if you have one.
  • While driving, keep your doors locked and windows rolled up – including in the parking lot.
  • Maintain at least half a tank of fuel

WHILE SHOPPING

  • If you have to carry a purse, carry it close to your body and keep it zipped.
  • Park close to where you are going and park in a well-lit area.
  • Heighten your awareness – be aware of your surroundings and who is nearby.
  • Grip carried items firmly and do not leave them unattended.
  • Do not overload yourself with packages to maintain visibility and freedom of motion, and to avoid mishaps
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • When hurried or in a crowded shop, make sure you get all forms of ID and credit cards returned to you before leaving.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost or stolen.
  • Keep a record of all credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Keep a close eye on children while shopping.

AFTER SHOPPING

  • Leave the mall before closing time; it is safer to walk out of the mall with other people.
  • Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distraction with the intent of taking your money or belongings.
  • Use an escort or mall security if you have a lot of packages or if you are leaving the mall after closing.
  • When returning to your vehicle, carry your keys in your hand and be ready to unlock the door and enter as quickly as possible.
  • Check under your car as you approach it; this is a common spot for criminals to hide.
  • Check the interior of your car before entering.

AT HOME

  • After opening gifts, break down cardboard boxes of expensive electronics and put them in plastic bags to hide the fact you have new high-value items in your home.

Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday season,

Resource: www.redwoodcity.org/newsletters

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

 

 

This Drink is The Main Reasons Why Many People Suffer Health Problems

 

When suffering from any health problem the first thing you need to do is to look in your ‘box’, your environment, your food and your drink before searching out of the box.

According to Dr. Mercola, “if you are actually drinking soda as a beverage, you are putting your health at risk every time you do so.  Drinking just one soda a day can increase your risk of being obese by an amazing 60 percent. And it will increase your risk of diabetes by 85 percent!  Soda drinkers even have a higher throat cancer risk.

From a nutritional standpoint, soda has pretty much nothing to offer except bad news– including the ridiculous new “healthy” sodas that have hit the stores recently.  Some of the major components of a can of soda include:

Phosphoric Acid: This can interfere with your body’s ability to use calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis or softening of your teeth and bones.

Sugar: It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar, usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup, the number one source of calories in the U.S.

Caffeine: Caffeinated drinks cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects, and possibly some forms of cancer.

If you thought diet sodas might be a better option, think again. They are filled with unnatural, artificial chemicals, and are actually even worse the regular soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame (Equal) alone, including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilepsy/seizures. On top of all that, they won’t even help you lose weight; in fact, they will double your risk of obesity by stimulating your appetite, increasing your carbohydrate cravings, and activating your body’s fat storage mechanisms. If you have suffered from an adverse reaction to any aspartame product, contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area.

Nutritionally speaking, soda is one of the main reasons why many people suffer health problems. Aside from the negative effects of the soda itself, drinking a lot of soda is likely to leave you with little appetite for vegetables, protein and other food that your body needs.

If you struggle with an addiction to soda (sugar is actually more addictive than cocaine), I strongly recommend you consider Turbo Tapping, a simple yet highly effective tool that will help you stop this health-harming habit.

And remember that a glass of fresh clean water with a squeeze of lemon or lime makes a great soda alternative any day.

However, soda provides some benefit such as:

  • Cleaning your dirty toilet bowl
  • Removing rust spots from chrome
  • Getting gum out of your hair
  • Getting rid of skunk odor
  • Cleaning grout
  • and more

If soda can really do such harsh things, what does it do to your internal body-YOU?

Adapted From:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/05/13/how-to-use-soft-drinks-to-kill-mice-and-rats.aspx

 

 

 

Merry Christmas & Hapy New Year

 

Each year is a gentle reminder of God’s gift of life on this earth,

He created a world filled with beauty for us to enjoy from our birth,

He gives us His love to surround us,

He listens to every request…

And through every year that God gives you, may you celebrate life and feel blessed.

Merry Christmas

&

 Happy New Year

What Kind of Gifts Will This Christmas Give You?

 

Advent season is a season of hope and expectation!

Many of us will be a part of family gatherings. We will reenact time-honored traditions. Gifts will be bought. Homes will be decorated. Special meals will be prepared and to crown all these observances,  click here to read more Christmas