God Already Knows

 by

Joseph

Humans have a natural tendency to feel disappointed when things seem to be going against us, often times expressing it through complaints and anger. But that only adds to the sense of helplessness and disappointment we're already feeling.

There is a famous story in Numbers 11 where the Israelites complained against God about the lack of variety in their diet. God provided the people with manna which is a nutritious bread, it fell from the sky and the people were instructed to gather it up six days a week.

But after a while the Israelites grew tired of the manna and complained and wailed outside Moses' tent saying that they had better food back in Egypt. Moses, for his part, complained to God about the people's grumbling and went so far as to say that God should just kill him:

"Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin."  

This made for a very tense situation. I could imagine the people grumbling and complaining about their daily bread, Moses' agitated complaints to God about the ingratitude of the masses and God's anger about the entire situation.

God responded by saying to Moses "16 “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.

18“Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. 19You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?” ’ ”

21But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”

23The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

24So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said."

It appeared that God was going to give the people exactly what they wanted because He sent quail in from the sea but there was a caveat: "31Now a wind went out from the Lord and drove quail in from the sea. It scattered them up to two cubits deep all around the camp, as far as a day’s walk in any direction. 32All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. No one gathered less than ten homers. Then they spread them out all around the camp. 33But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. 34Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah,because there they buried the people who had craved other food."

The Israelites' complaint was a challenge to God and He met it accordingly.

This isn't to say that we have no right to express our grievances and unhappiness about bad situations. In 1 Peter 5:7 the apostle tells us to "cast all of our anxiety before the Lord for He cares for you."

God wants us to tell Him about what ails us. Asaph did it in Psalm 73 wherein he expressed his sadness about wicked people seemingly getting ahead in life while good righteous people appear to get the short end of the stick.

Habakkuk, an old Testament prophet had a long talk with God about the problems the righteous face (Habakkuk 1 - 3) . He felt dismayed about what he perceived as evil being allowed to profit at the expense of the righteous. The prophet was right in talking to God, he did it in a respectful way in contrast to the Israelites who were ungrateful for what God was providing for them.

 

Comfort In Our Troubles

I recall how a daughter of God went through great travails but didn't complain. She looked forward with hope to better things and even as her situation grew more serious she held out hope for God and for the words that Peter had said in 1 Peter 5:7.

With all that was going on around her, though there were a few times in which she did seem very sad, she did not rail her fists at God nor wail and cry out or scream. Instead she felt peace in knowing God was with her. God sent the Comforter to her and also blessed her to be with her ever loving children whom she also loves so that she would be okay. This daughter of God also had the support of her many friends who love her.

And in time when God called her spirit home to forever be with Him in heaven she went peacefully in gentle sleep and her children were there and know that her example is a good one. For God does remember and watches and will do His work all the time. (“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abram’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29)

The daughter of God set a good example for her children who are also children of God and all of them have the promise that they all will be reunited in heaven and to do the work of the Lord there for where God is, she is and her children will be in time.

The world is a stressful place. We often make plans and when they don't come to fruition, we get the urge to grumble and complain. But we must be careful to not fall into a sense of entitlement thinking that God owes us something.

He doesn't.

We must remember that we belong to God. We are His creation and He will do as He sees fit.

God watches us all the time, nothing is beyond His notice. We must be patient and wait on Him. Because God is compassionate:"The LORD is compassionate and merciful; he is patient and demonstrates great loyal love." Psalm 103 (verse 8).

God knows about our pain: "“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)"

God welcomes our sincere complaints: "A prayer of the afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord." Psalm 102:25-27

God is faithful: “Faithful is He who calls you, and He will also bring it to pass.” Thessalonians 5:24

And God knows what He is doing: "For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

So the next time you feel downhearted and feel the urge to complain remember that God already knows.

 

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Play it Cool

Play it Cool

Submitted by: Sandra Prior

Winter puts a freeze on exercising and enthusiasm levels. Knock the urge to hibernate out cold with these four indoor activities and sports workout plan.

Winter is the time for hibernation - for stocking up on food and sleeping away the dark, cold hours. Unfortunately, it's also the quickest way to get a large gut. Our solutions? Four indoor sports that will keep you motivated to burn kilojoules and a sports-specific workout that'll improve your sports skills and transform your body into the athletic build you've always wanted.

Three rules to keep you at your fighting weight during winter:

1. Make it Easy to Exercise

An exercise program is only as good as your participation. Choose a sport below that you can do at least once a week with mates. Not only will you enjoy the time with friends, they'll also help to ensure you attend more often.

2. Give yourself Goals

Whether you want to win the league or drop a pants size, goals will help motivate you during the cold season. The secret? Make them realistic. Also, don't increase your exercise too quickly, as you'll head straight for injury. Whether it's kilometres, speed or weights lifted, increase them by only 10 percent a week.

3. Be Smart with your Eating Plan

Don't hamstring all your exercise benefits by eating the wrong foods. The best way to control what you eat? Pack your own lunch. Make sure you have plenty of fruit and vegetables, and steer clear of sugary, sweet drinks.

Indoor Soccer

Rewards

Improves cardiovascular fitness, acceleration, hand-eye coordination, balance and lower leg strength. It's called the beautiful game, and the intricate mix of stamina, speed and teamwork translates into sublime gameplay on the field. Besides the skills, soccer is a fantastic cardiovascular workout. There is no time to rest during a game and you'll be performing repeated sprints, with and without the ball. Your ability to recover from intense exercise will improve 100 fold. But the beautiful game is not only about fitness. You'll become immersed in the tactics and excitement of it all. The indoor version is a lot quicker than the original, and the action is more intense with more goals and skill required on the ball. In a small area not longer than 40m, you'll be developing your creativity, agility, dribbling skills, anticipation ability, your ability to cope under pressure and decision making.

Basketball

Rewards

Improves stamina, hand-eye coordination, reflexes, agility, explosive speed and strength and balance. Continuous movement works the cardio respiratory system and melts kilojoules, while quick anaerobic bursts of jumping, directional changes and fast-breaks build strength and endurance. Besides the speed and strength aspects, you can also use basketball to become more agile. Your flexibility can improve through your hands-up defense and lunges for loose balls. During an intense game of basketball you're going to be burning between 2 500 and 3 000kJ per hour.

Action Cricket

Rewards

Improves hand-eye coordination, reflexes, acceleration and balance. Cricket requires explosive running, quick reactions, timing and power, together with complete focus and concentration, as well as excellent hand-eye coordination - and that's for a five-day test. Package all of that indoors into a space no larger than a couple of cricket nets for over an hour and you've got five-day cricket at warp-speed. The skills required are varied, from the speed and flexibility of bowling to the strength and agility of batting. Fielding demands incredible hand-eye coordination and reflexes. If you need to be awakened from your winter slumber, look no further than your local action cricket venue.

Squash

Rewards

Improves hand-eye coordination, cardiovascular ability, explosive speed and strength, reflexes and balance. Rated as the healthiest sport in a survey conducted by the influential business magazine Forbes, it's the preferred game for weary executives and businessmen. Thirty minutes on the squash court provides an impressive cardio respiratory workout where you burn around 2 000kJ. The cardio burn is not all that you get from squash. Extended rallies and almost constant running builds muscular strength and endurance in your lower body, while lunges, twists and turns increase your agility, coordination as well as flexibility in your back and abdomen. In addition to all the physical benefits, squash has many others including: improved psychological wellbeing, greater self-confidence, self-esteem and improved concentration.

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Sandbag Training, A Great System for Workout

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Jennifer James Cooper

Sandbag training is a great system of training for individuals seeking to get to the next level in strength and conditioning. It also works for beginners trying to tone and strengthen soft flabby bodies into rock hard Greek statues.

Sandbag training has been around as long as there has been manual labor. Even in our industrial age, luggage, duffels, and those huge bags of dog food, concrete, or potting soil don't get onto the shelves or into our cars by themselves; someone has to put them there. In attempts to make fewer trips from the car, we tend to carry our grocery bags into the kitchen in strange and creative ways. Finally there are times when the real-world item is actually a sandbag, as in the case of flooding or military fortification. So as unusual as it might be to see a sandbag in your gym, it is one of the most functional pieces of gear you can get. And one of the least expensive.

Sandbag training , in addition to exercising with odd objects has become especially popular throughout Ufc. In a traditional work out, you will be moving weight in a straight line using a push/pull path. You actually won't see that inside the octagon. Your opponent is constantly move, looking to get control. Unusual shaped sandbags are difficult to hold, the sand is actually shifting, plus they are very uncooperative. Excellent training gear to get your opponent right into a ground and pound. Basically, sandbag training is practical training.

Sandbag training requires a great deal of strength, agility and coordination. If you are new to weightlifting, do at least six to eight weeks of general strength training to avoid injury at the beginning of the High Octane Sandbag Training program. Also, include some aerobic training as part of your fitness foundation to develop the cardiovascular capacity for high-intensity weightlifting.

Sandbag training can also help protect against injuries. Raising a sandbag is a real world, functional movement. Very rarely as part of your day to day activities does one move an item in a very straight line only using a single muscle group. Utilizing a sandbag or another odd object trains you to exercise effectively which assists prevent injuries as well as conditions anyone for almost any task that comes your way.

Sandbag training is highly adaptive. Doing exercises that mimic a task done in the ring or on the court builds strength to better perform. Sandbags can be used in most every exercise you did with dumb bells, bar bells and most body weight exercises. Try Combinations of walking exercises and exercises with reps or timers.

Sandbag training will also help protect against injuries. Working out with a sandbag is a real world, truly useful movement. Hardly ever in your everyday living do you move an object in a straight line only using one particular muscle. Using a sandbag or other odd item trains you to exercise efficiently which will help reduce damage and conditions your body for almost any challenge that you will come across.

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TF Foods Issues Recall On Fried Bean Snack (Na-Pia-Jo) Due To Undeclared Peanuts

by

Joseph

According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, TF Foods of Paramount, California is recalling its 10.60 ounce packages of "Fried Bean Snack (Na-Pia-Jo)" food treats because the product might contain undeclared peanuts. 

The recalled "Fried Bean Snack (Na-Pia-Jo)" comes in a 10.60 ounce, clear plastic bag.

The product was distributed in retail stores nationally between November of 2015 and beginning of February of 2016.

People whom are allergic or sensitive to peanuts risk serious allergic reaction if the eat the recalled "Fried Bean Snack (Na-Pia-Jo)" product.

According to the press release, the company has suspended sale of the product until it's certain the problem has been corrected.

The company says the recall was initiated after it was discovered that the peanut containing product was distributed in packaging that didn't indicate the presence of peanuts. Subsequent investigation reveals the problem was caused by a change in the company's recipe which added peanuts but not to the labeling of the product.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the problem.

The company urges consumers who bought the 10.60 ounce packages of "Fried Bean Snack (Na-Pia-Jo)" to not eat them, instead they recommend customers return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The company says consumers with questions can contact John Pantaya at TF Foods, Inc., (562)220-2666 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm P.S.T.

 

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

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5 Common Myths About Building Muscle For Six Pack Abs

5 Common Myths About Building Muscle For Six Pack Abs

Submitted by: Jason Camacho

Recently I've recognized many mistaken beliefs rolling around in regards to developing more muscle, and this annoys me because they leave individuals mixed up and unhappy.

This is why I made the decision to straighten out some things so you can get the best payoffs and develop increased muscle quicker. Rapid muscle development plays an extreme part in creating six pack abs, and so, assuming that your one main objective is to acquire that six pack, pay attention to what I'm going to say.

The one thing I do request is that you distribute these truths out to others and spread this to more individuals so they can recognize specific myths and start to establish actual muscle naturally and quickly. So without additional, pointless talk, let's access these 5 mistaken beliefs.

You Ought To Place A Time Frame On Your Exercise Routines

The primary misconception I hear too much is that your workouts really should stop at a particular point by which you designate by time. Certain individuals put an hour deadline on their workouts while others place a whopping two hours.

However, this shouldn't be happening. You should be working those muscles to complete failure because this is the best way to build more muscle.

When you pound your muscles to complete failure or exhaustion, this dramatically increases the growth and development of your muscles.

You're working numerous tiny muscle fibers which all cooperate and expand to "increase" your muscles, and the only solution to maximum muscle development is if you push them to their farthest points and genuinely exercise them to complete and total failure.

This indicates that using additionally heavy weights that contradict your present strength levels, will cause your muscles to build the way you want. You have to take control and exhaust your muscles. By adapting this concept, you 'll see larger muscle, faster development and optimized results.

Don't restrain your workouts by setting a time frame on them, but enable your muscles to function and develop the way they really should. Think about it for a moment. If you'd positioned a limit on the amount of time you worked your abdominal muscles, you would not get results because you wouldn't work them to complete fatigue.

On the other hand, if you worked your abs to complete failure by adding heavy weights, you would see that six pack show up much quicker.

Single Workout Sets Aren't As Effective As Several Workout Sets

You have probably heard that you obtain much better results and establish muscle faster when you perform multiple sets of an exercise. This is set against only performing a single workout set. Having said that, this isn't essentially true.

In fact one single workout set can genuinely build bigger muscle and promote faster results than multiple workout sets might; if you were to do this right. If you were to utilize the heaviest weight you possibly could lift, for whichever muscle and work that particular muscle to complete and total failure, you would see huge gains and faster muscle development.

Your muscle development is depended upon how far you push yourself and how tired your muscles become after a set. If you were actually to go past your current strength level and use the absolute heaviest weight you could for whatever muscle it was you were actually working, you would see that specific muscle would be worked to complete fatigue and you would notice much larger, faster results.

This is particularly essential for your six pack abdominals because weighted exercises are the one of the greatest tools for developing six pack abs.

The more weight you add, the more muscle is developed in your abdomen area, and the faster you will notice that six pack shine through. Now I'm certainly not saying single sets are better than many different sets of a workout, but I am telling you that if you were to do this right, single sets can present equally as much muscle for you.

There's No Restriction To How Much Muscle You Can Build Throughout A Workout

I don't know if you've ever been told this, but many people believe their muscle growth has no limitations throughout a single workout.

Basically, they think that so long as they push themselves constantly and increase the weights in the course of a single workout, there's no limitation to how much muscle they can produce. This is incredibly false.

After you have reached your muscles' pinnacle, your muscles no longer increase in overall size and strength but instead just take much longer to recuperate. For this reason, you have to workout until muscle failure and finish your workout right there.

Once you understand your muscles have reached complete physical weakness, you recognize they have developed as much as they can for that one day. This principle is vital for six pack abs because many individuals devote up to 30 minutes working out, thinking that they can tone out their stomach into the perfect six pack in a matter of one week.

Once more, this is extremely incorrect because your abdominal muscles arrive at a certain point of muscle exhaustion and can no longer progress any further that day regardless of what you do. Be wise about your workouts and don't carry out pointless exercises once your muscles are totally fried for the day.

Your Muscles Don't Build During Your Recovery Period

If you've ever heard that your muscles don't develop during your resting period, erase that from your memory, because that is false. In fact, your muscles don't actually build and expand until the recovery period.

When you workout, your body puts back more muscle than there was when you first began your workout. This muscle doesn't actually begin to develop and grow until you've began recovering, which is why recovery periods are so vital to gaining more muscle.

Your body requires a period of recovery between exhausting workout periods in order for your body to adapt to your previous workout and develop mass muscle. This resting or recovery allows for the maximum muscle to be developed, but if you were to take away your recovery time, you would notice a massive decrease in muscle growth.

This is why you need to be sure you make time for recovery both between sets and between workouts. In fact, studies show that strength significantly increases in muscles after numerous weeks of consistent rest between sets.

Recovery between sets should be between 3-5 minutes and recovery for workouts should be on the weekends or in between certain days. Trust me, more muscle develops much faster when you allow for your body to rest.

Its Better To Stay Consistent With Your Weights Throughout Workouts

You've probably heard somewhere that you should stay consistent with your current weights throughout your workouts because it's somehow better for you.

Well I'm here to drive you away from this misconception and tell you that it definitely is not true. In fact this is the opposite of what really is true.

You need to consistently be increasing your weights for your workouts, especially for your six pack ab workouts.

Why? When you surpass your comfortable strength limit each week and increase the weights, you're forcing your muscles to grow and expand to meet the demand at which you're causing them to work.

Basically, your muscles build faster and bigger when you force them to. You force them to grow by consistently increasing the weights and going outside of your comfort zone. Think of it this way. You're trying to develop six pack abs and the way to do this is to build muscle and destroy abdominal fat. You build mass muscle at a fast pace by performing weighted abdominal exercises and increasing the weight consistently.

You do this, and you'll be on your way to maximum muscle growth and six pack abs in no time.

These aren't the only misconceptions out there, but I thought these were the most important ones since these are everywhere and prevent people from getting the results they possibly could be getting.

This is why I decided to exploit these misconceptions so you can start getting the kind of results you deserve. So go out and use this knowledge to gain stronger, faster muscle development. Also don't forget building maximum muscle is key to unveiling those six pack abs.

About the Author: And finally, If you're looking to discover how to get six pack abs then I highly recommend you download my free ebooks which show you the amazing secrets, tips and mini-programs that have been proven to show people how to get abs fast without too much work and naturally.

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Do You Want Better Tempo In Your Golf Swing

Do You Want Better Tempo In Your Golf Swing

Submitted by: Mike Pedersen

Are you a spastic with your golf swing? Do you tomahawk from the top of your backswing? I don't mean to get right at it, but what i am talking about is tempo of your golf swing? Tempo is a topic that is not talked about enough when it comes to a consistent golf swing.

When you think of tempo, don't you picture Fred Couples, Retief Goosen or even Ernie Els? Do you site a "hit motion" in their golf swing? You don't! They take it back smoothly and bring it down in the same fashion. No jerk, ballistic movement or hit in those golf swings.

Tips For Tempo

There are dozens of tips in regards to improving your tempo. One good one is counting. Get into a rythmn with your swing by counting one on the way back, two at the top (give it a little pause) and three on the way down. Be consistent with this and you will see your tempo improve.

Another tip is "think smooth". If I ever get to where I am trying to kill the ball...the very next swing I think smooth all the way. No aggressive or jerky motion for the entire swing. This usually gets my swing back in the groover right away, instead of the dreaded snow ball effect with your game, getting worse and worse.

The last simple tip is the big pause at the top before you come down. I mean pause! When you're hitting balls at the range, make 10 swings with a 2 second pause at the top, before you make your move down. The first couple of swings will be hard. Your contact with the ball will be terrible...but after a while you'll get to where you can make good contact almost everytime.

Golf Swing Trainers Can Help

The use of golf swing trainers to improve tempo can be very effective. In fact, I strongly recommend you do. One training aid I really like is the Medicus Golf Club. This club is one of the most effective training aids for not only tempo, but swing plane and path.

For the sake of this article, we are talking about tempo. When you take the Medicus back with a jerk it breaks. When you come down too quickly it breaks again! When you first use this...you'll get very frustrated...but it will open you eyes to how slow (and smooth) you really need to swing to not break the hinge.

Your golf swing tempo can make or break your performance. Work on it and your scores will show it. Don't...and let your playing partners blow the doors off you every time you play them.

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European Natural Food & Trading Co. Inc. Recalls Brian's Cauliflower Due To Undeclared Sulfites

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Joseph

According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, European Natural Food & Trading Co, Inc. of Paterson, New Jersey is recalling  Brian's Cauliflower 83 oz. because of undeclared sulfites. 

The recalled product is pickled cauliflower and was sold in large clear, glass jars with the brand name Brian's and UPC 858567002421. The expiration date is 28/11/2016. The pickled cauliflower product was shipped during 2013 and 2014.

The product was distributed in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey where it reached consumers through retail stores. 

To date, no illnesses have been reported.

"The recall was initiated after it was discovered by NYSDAM Laboratory sampling and analysis that product containing sulfites were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of sulfites. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes." the company posted in the press release.

The company urges consumers who bought Brian's Cauliflower 83 oz. to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (973) 553-1896, Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm (Eastern Time Zone).

 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

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Use of Serum Albumin and Prealbumin in Determining Nutritional Status

Use of Serum Albumin and Prealbumin in Determining Nutritional Status

Submitted by: Becky Dorner

We continue to receive questions from practitioners regarding whether it is appropriate to use serum albumin and/or prealbumin to determine nutritional status and/or nutritional repletion. To answer this question, I'll share some information from our book, The Complete Guide to Nutrition Care for Pressure Ulcers: Prevention and Treatment, Copyright 2012:

Laboratory Assessment: Biochemical data analysis may help clinicians to evaluate overall health issues however, care must be taken in the interpretation of lab values for use as nutritional markers. Although markers of protein status such as albumin and prealbumin may assist the clinician to establish progress, they may not correlate with clinical observations of nutritional status (1-3). Since it is impossible to separate nutrition from total health status, these lab values are more useful in helping to establish overall prognosis and severity of illness.

Only 3% of the body's total protein is in the plasma and extravascular fluids. About 10% is visceral organ protein. Because plasma protein measurements are quick and inexpensive, and because many plasma proteins are synthesized in the liver, plasma protein has historically been used to assess protein status. Neither serum albumin or prealbumin are accurate markers of protein or nutritional status.

Albumin has a long half life of about 20 days so the concentration in the blood changes slowly. There is a large extravascular pool of albumin that can be available to return to the circulation when needed, thus skewing the results of lab tests. There are also many factors which can decrease albumin levels due to inflammatory cytokine production or other comorbidity even when a person's protein intake is adequate: infection, acute stress, surgery or cortisone excess (4). Dehydration may falsely elevate albumin levels.

Prealbumin (transthyretin and thyroxine-binding albumin) has a half life of only 2-3 days, so practitioners have historically assumed that it is a better indicator of protein status. However, prealbumin is subject to the same factors that make albumin a poor nutritional indicator. Inflammatory stress, metabolic stress and zinc deficiency decrease prealbumin levels. In addition, prealbumin levels may also be maintained during malnutrition (5,6).

CMS further clarifies in F314 Pressure Sores of the CMS State Operations Manual, Surveyor Guidance: Although some laboratory tests may help clinicians evaluate nutritional issues in a resident with pressure ulcers, no laboratory test is specific or sensitive enough to warrant serial/repeated testing. Serum albumin, pre-albumin and cholesterol may be useful to help establish overall prognosis; however, they may not correlate well with clinical observation of nutritional status (1,2). At his or her discretion, a practitioner may order test(s) that provide useful additional information or help with management of treatable conditions (7).

References

1. Covinsky KE, Covinsky MH, Palmer RM, Sehgal AR. Serum albumin concentration and clinical assessments of nutritional status in hospitalized older people: different sides of different coins? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2002;50:631-637.

2. Ferguson RP, O'Connor P, Crabtree B, Batchelor A, Mitchell J, Coppola D. Serum albumin and prealbumin as predictors of hospitalized elderly nursing home residents. J Am Geriatr Soc.1993;41:545-549.

3. Myron Johnson A, Merlini G, Sheldon J, & Ichihara K. (2007). Clinical indications for plasma protein assays: transthyretin (prealbumin) in inflammation and malnutrition. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM / FESCC, 45(3), 419-426.

4. Friedman FJ, Campbell AJ, Caradoc-Davies TH. Hypoalbuminemia in the elderly is due to disease not malnutrition. Clinical Experimental Gerontol. 1985;7:191-203.

5. Mahan K and Escott-Stump S, Krause's Food and Nutrition Therapy, 12thed, 2008. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA.

6. Thomas DR. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers. J Am Dir Assoc 2006;7:46-59.

7. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Department of Health and Human Services. State Operations Manual, Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities, Appendix PP. Rev. 70. 01-07-11. Accessed December 11, 2013.

About the Author: Becky Dorner, RD, LD is widely-known as one of the nation's leading experts on nutrition and long-term health care. Her company, Becky Dorner & Associates, Inc. (BDA) is a trusted source of valuable resources dedicated to improving quality of life for older adults. For valuable resources for healthcare professionals, sign up for our free membership at http://www.BeckyDorner.com

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3 Tips For Aerobic Exercises

3 Tips For Aerobic Exercises

Submitted by: Kya Grace

Aerobic exercises are the best way to increase the amount of oxygen level in our body and they help us to feel refreshed, rejuvenated and energetic. These exercises are basically low in intensity and easier to do and so they are much preferred by people of all generations. They have many benefits tied to them like improving the cardio vascular health, weight loss, burning of extra calories. There are many options available with the intention of improving body’s oxygen level and all these fall under the category of aerobic exercises.

Outdoor activities: For those who love outdoors and nature, there are many outdoor activities like jogging, cycling, swimming which fulfill the requirements of being taken as an aerobic exercise. One can start with walking which is the simplest form of aerobic exercise. To start with, make it a habit to walk to your nearby places instead of using vehicles. You can then switch over to jogging. To know whether you have been jogging at the right speed, check whether you are able to talk with your friend in a normal way without demanding gulps of oxygen. If so, it means you are doing it at the proper speed. When your body feels refreshed after a routine of walking and jogging, follow it up with either running or cycling or swimming depending on your area of interest.

Intensive workouts: There are many fitness programs designed by experts who concentrate mainly on aerobic exercises. These bootcamp workouts are popular because they are fun filled, challenging and cost effective. They are an efficient way to burn calories and improve the oxygen level in a short period of time. Mostly they are well designed with gradual increase in intensity and regular intervals of rest. Care should be taken that proper warm up exercises are practiced before starting the workout and also there should be regular intervals of rest sandwiched between the exercises to avoid injuries and to achieve great results

Dance and Martial Arts: They are gaining popularity among the younger generation. Dance forms like hip hop, freestyle, jazz and martial arts like karate kung fu, taichi and taek won do top the charts among the favourites among the high schoolers. They are a stylish version of aerobic exercises. You enjoy the twin benefits learning the art and gaining the benefits of the aerobic exercises. They also have gradual increase in their intensity levels. Continuous performance of steps in a dance form or a sequence of moves in a martial art for about 10 minutes bestows you with benefits equivalent to that gained by jogging for an hour.

Whatever may be the way of approach you choose to gain the benefits of aerobic exercises, do have a check on the diet to tap out more good results from your exercise. Select the early morning hours for your outdoor activites. Be sure that the aerobic studio has large windows and keeps the room well aerated because you should not sweat out and feed your body with polluted air. Warm up before the exercises. Give yourself regular intervals of rest and above all, stick to the schedule. Enjoy yourself. Have a fruitful and happy period of exercising.

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The Noble Spoon Recalls Beef and Chicken Products Produced Without Benefit of Federal Inspection

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Joseph

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that The Noble Spoon, an establishment in Santa Rosa, CA is recalling approximately 289 pounds of chicken and beef entree products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and do not have a federal mark of inspection.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The fresh beef and chicken items were produced on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, 2016.

The USDA said the products subject to recall have the Sell-by dates of “02 03” or “02 04” printed on the back of the packaging.

The items subject to recall are:

  • 12-oz. sealed plastic trays containing “THE NOBLE SPOON, Chicken Carbonara.”
  • 12.5-oz. sealed plastic trays containing “THE NOBLE SPOON, Chicken Picatta.”
  • 12.5-oz. sealed plastic trays containing “THE NOBLE SPOON, Meatloaf & Potatoes with bacon and cheddar cheese.”
  • 13-oz. sealed plastic trays containing “THE NOBLE SPOON, Spaghetti & Meatballs.”
  • 13-oz. sealed plastic trays containing “THE NOBLE SPOON, John Ash Signature Dish, Campanelle Pasta Bolognese.”
  • 13-oz. sealed plastic trays containing “THE NOBLE SPOON, John Ash Signature Dish, Mexican Pot Roast.”
  • 14.5-oz. sealed plastic trays containing “THE NOBLE SPOON, Chicken Enchiladas.”
  • 15-oz. sealed plastic trays containing “THE NOBLE SPOON, Chicken Burrito.”

The United States Department of Agriculture said the products subject to recall didn't undergo federal inspection and don't bear USDA mark of inspection or an establishment number. 

The recalled items were shipped to retail locations in Sonoma and Marin counties in California.

The USDA said FSIS personnel discovered the problem while conducting surveillance activities at retail establishments.

The FSIS said there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from eating the recalled products. Government officials say that anyone with concerns about injury or illness should contact a healthcare professional.

"Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase." the USDA posted on their website.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Charles Lindner, company director of nutrition services, at (707) 525-0143, ext. 131.

 

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Garden of Life, LLC Recalls Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Products Due To Possible Health Risk

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Joseph

According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Garden of Life LLC has announced a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla because they may potentially contain Salmonella Virchow.

The company says that it routinely tests on every finished good lot to ensure safety and no product has ever tested positive for the presence of Salmonella, they feel this recall is in the best interests of the public.

The company released a statement by Brian Ray, President of Garden of Life saying: “In an overabundance of caution we are taking this extreme measure because we want to ensure that you never have to wonder about the purity of any Raw Meal product.”

Garden of Life LLCsays that every lot tested negative for the bacteria prior to release to the market. Raw Meal products are distributed throughout the United States and sold at natural grocers and better health food stores.

The company says that consumers who think they may have a Raw Meal product affected by this recall, should look for the following lot codes which prominently stamped on the underside of the plastic container. 

The following lots are affected by the recall:

PRODUCT NAME Lot Number Exp Date
RAW Organic Meal 10 CNT Tray 47214800 9/12017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47198800 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47214600 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47215500 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47215501 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47216100 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47225500 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47225900 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47249200 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai 10 CNT Tray 47183201 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47198601 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Half Size 47206000 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47225600 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Half Size 47225800 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47226200 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size 47226400 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47236000 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla 10 CNT Tray 47248000 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47248901 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47253900 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size 47257401 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47226000 10/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47216200 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47225601 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47226100 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47226201 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47226300 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47246500 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47247600 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47247800 10/31/17

Salmonella bacteria can make people very sick. Healthy people who become infected may experience the following symptoms:

  • nausea
  • fever
  • diarrhea (possibly bloody)
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting

In some rare instances the bacteria can get into the bloodstream where they travel to other parts of the body causing arthritis, endocarditis and infected aneurysms. The company says the FDA is investigating illnesses.

In the posting on the FDA website, the company says that :"All Garden of Life, LLC products are manufactured in the United States at FDA and NSF audited facilities, in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices."

Garden of Life, LLC says that any Raw Meal product from a lot code not listed above is entirely safe and is not affected by this recall.

Garden of Life, LLC says that any consumer who has a product from any of the lot codes listed in the recall who wishes to return it should return the unused portion of the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The company says that questions may be directed to Garden of Life, LLC at 1-866-465-0051 FREE, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST.

 

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