Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Grand Opening

True Health Medicine Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday October 15, 2008

8555 SW Tualatin Road
Tualatin, OR 97062

Sponsored by the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce
Questions, please call 503-691-0901

Kids Health Article

Stumbled across this article on kids' health while surfing yesterday. I was very impressed as I started reading, because they started off by talking about keeping our kids safe on the Internet, which I think is really an unrealized threat. Sure, we're all aware that there are online predators and might be talking to our kids about that, but what about basic boundary skills. This article stresses it from the college and career perspective, but what about the things you wish your friends, classmates, other family members and strangers to know. I was impressed to read something about this and agree with their advise to constantly be talking to your kids about what they're doing online.

However, towards the end of the article, I found a slightly misleading and offensive statement: that the flu shot protects against the occurance of the deadly MRSA. Scaremongering and inaccurate. The flu shot protects against the flu...sometimes. MRSA infections may occur on the heals of a flu infection, so not getting the flu may be protective against MRSA, but the flu shot itself does not boost your immunity or make one immune to MRSA. It's a bit of semantics, but I think it's an important point - not just to be factual about the actual meaning of the statement, but another reminder about the importance of reading between the lines.

Natural Pest Control

Some tips for non-toxic pest control, from Home Enlightenment & Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond

All-Purpose Spray
2 Tbsp liquid peppermint castille soap
1 gallon water
Spray around baseboards and countertop edges as a deterrant to flies, ants, fleas and mice.

Rodent Control
Crush an Vitamin D pill and mix with cheese or peanut butter. Lethally disrupts rodents' calcium metabolism. Keep it out of areas that will be visited by children or pets.

Homemade Nontoxic Fly Strip
Cut a brown paper bag in 2 inch wide strips. Mix 1/4 c. corn syrup with 1/2 c. sugar and spread the mixture on the strips.

1 c. borax
1 c. sugar water
Pour mixture into small jars filled with loose wads of toilet paper - punch holes and put where ants are.

Roaches -
Pour 1/2 c. beer in saucer. Sweep them up.