Archive for: January 2013

Community for over fifty on Facebook

steve-facebook-likeThere is more news, articles, stories, forums and more on our Facebook page, besides the tons of articles on this site.  If you haven't checked it out, you're missing a lot. When you get to the page, be sure to "like" it.  That way you'll be seeing the content appearing in your newsfeed. Plus you're welcome to share any stories you find that would be of interest to anyone fifty and over.

The discussion forum has just been added to the page. Hope you will find it of value.

If you're interested in guest blogging on this site, you can register for an account here, and submit your articles. Articles should be 600-1000 words long, on topic, of interest, and you are welcome to include two lines for an author bio, which contains a link to your site, to help increase your page rank. Articles need to be original, and not published anywhere else.

Join in! The more you do; the more fun you'll have. The community on facebook awaits you!


Health warning: CFL and LED bulbs

cfl-featuredGovernments around the world are phasing out incandescent light bulbs in favor of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LED lamps. The extra cost associated with LED lamps, makes them less affordable at present, so the push is: use CFLs. Even though they can produce an equal amount of light and use a lot less power, we may find that what we save on these costs will be applied to our health care. There are indications that these alternatives may not be a healthy choice.

One of the things to consider is that the CFL bulbs contain mercury. Mercury in a known toxin. Disposing of these bulbs in landfill sites will contribute to the poisoning of our planet, but we are also at risk from having them in our houses. Broken bulbs give off toxic fumes.

The video clip below is a funny skit that pokes fun at the problem. Note: CFL's contain 5 milligrams of mercury per bulb and not the 5 grams they say in this video.

While mercury is certainly a danger to ourselves and the environment there are other risks. The light these bulbs emit suppress our bodies ability  to produce Melatonin. This process occurs when we sleep, so you certainly wouldn't want to be handy a CFL night light. An article on the Green Pasture website goes on to say:

Melatonin is responsible for neutralizing free radicals that build up in the cells of the body, which can damage cellular components up to and including the cell’s DNA. The hormone is also essential for the correct functioning of a variety of immune cell functions. And as expected, depressed melatonin levels have long been associated with increased risks for the development of multiple forms of cancers.

And this isn't all....

You may have heard from environmentally conscious individuals who have become early adoptees of these new bulbs, complain that after replacing all of the bulbs in their house, they started feeling un-well. Their family doctors were not able to pin-point the problem. It has to do with the frequency radiation generated from the ballast.

Kevin Byrne is the publisher of, a web site dedicated to bringing you the latest information and solutions concerning Dirty Electricity, EMF pollution, radio frequency (RF) radiation and its associated health effects. In an article on his site, it says:

 CFL's operate at high frequency using an electronic switching ballast to "chop up" our 120 volt AC electricity - that's how they are able to use less energy when compared to an old-style incandescent bulb. This chopping results in voltage fluctuations (microsurges) that produce a ringing in the electromagnetic spectrum and is often measured in the radio frequency (RF) range frequencies above 3 kHz. A typical operating frequency for an electronic ballast in a CFL would be in the region of 50kHz to 100kHz, a frequency range known to produce adverse effects on one's health. Muscle and joint pain, headaches, nausea, sleep disorders, respiratory problems, rashes along with anxiety and depression are just a few of the symptoms noted by some individuals.

The most common complaints I've heard are muscle and joint pain, headaches and nausea. But I've only heard from a few people, and they were women over fifty. It wouldn't surprise me a bit to learn that people over fifty are more susceptible to this type of illness.

LED lamps, on the other-hand, don't contain mercury, last longer and save you more money than CFLs, but they are also more expensive. But in a study published by Environmental Science and Technology, they found that LEDs contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially dangerous substances. You can read more about this here.

About the only recommendation I can make, is to start creating your own personal stockpile of incandescent light bulbs. That and candles. But NOT paraffin wax candles. They are made from petroleum by-products, and give off toxic fumes when burned. You want to buy ones made from Beeswax.


Chronic fatigue syndrome reference guide

tired-featuredChronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) most commonly occurs in women ages thirty to just over fifty. You don't recognize it as an illness at first. It feels like you have caught the flue. But it can last up to six months, and in a lot of cases, several years. It seems it's also hard for doctors to diagnose it. Sometimes patients will have abnormal in a MRI, or their white blood cell count could be off.

Besides feeling like you have the flue, it's possible to experience some memory loss, and have some difficulty concentrating. Some people can continue to go to work, and just after cut down on recreational activities to conserve energy. Other people have it so bad that they can hardly get out of bed and even need a hand getting themselves dressed.

Besides feeling completely  exhausted, here are some other symptoms that could be present

  • mild fever
  • sore throat
  • tender neck with swollen lymph nodes
  • decreased ability to concentrate
  • muscle weakness and joint pain
  • headaches
  • memory and concentration problems
  • difficulty sleeping

Erica F. Verrillo was completing her doctorate in Speech Communication before falling ill with CFS in 1992. She is the co-author, with Lauren Gellman, of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 1st Edition as well asChronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition.

The video below, is a trailer for this newest book. Instead of hiring a voice-over, they have a computer generated text to speech narration. It's a little clumsy, but the information it gives you on what is contained in this book is good.

eric-ebookThis one-of-a-kind reference – now completely revised and updated – includes over 100 effective treatments, from antivirals to vitamins, as well as locations of specialists and clinics, Internet ordering information, and national, local, and international CFS/ME organizations. New and expanded sections include doctors' protocols and research on the causes and mechanisms of the illness, all written in concise, easy-to-understand language.

Every aspect of the illness is thoroughly examined, from diagnosis to an in-depth discussion of symptoms, from traditional to alternative therapies to essential coping strategies. The new edition contains chapters for those coping with multiple chemical sensitivities and dietary restrictions, as well an expanded section on children and adolescents with CFS/ME. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, Second Edition, remains the most comprehensive reference guide on this disease.

There are a number of other symptoms that could occur as well. If you would like more information on what these might be, the U.S. National Library of Medicine - The World's Largest Medical Library has a fact sheet posted online that can be viewed here.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition (the Kindle version of the book) is being offered for free for the next 24-48 hours as part of an Amazon promotion. If you would like to get a copy of this book, you can click here to download it. You may find it a valuable reference to have in your digital library in the event that you or a loved one gets CFS.

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Over Fifty and Not dead Yet?

jim-featuredIf you're over fifty it doesn't mean the end is near. Jim Donovan, author of Don't Let an Old Person Move Into Your Body, says he has heard people say, "Once you turn 50, it's all downhill from there...Better slow down because your best days are over...Retirement means boredom, poor health and pinching your pennies."

He claims getting old is a myth and asks, "If you didn't know when you were born, how old would you be?"

In his book you will learn:

• Why aging is a state of mind.
• How to avoid the trap of “being old.”
• How to identify and attract the dream life you've always wanted.
• How to prevent other people's negativity from destroying your dreams.
• How to eliminate “energy zappers” in your life.
• Why most of what we are told about illness and aging is wrong.
• How to avoid becoming a victim of age related illnesses.
• Practical steps you can take to achieve optimal health, at any age.
• How to create financial abundance and lasting security.
• Simple things you can do each day to help yourself feel better spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Here he is, in this short video clip, with a couple of ideas to get you started:

I worked alongside of an older gentleman when I was twenty years old. Ed was 76 and still going strong. Management at the company were urging him to retire. They claimed at his age, should he get hurt, the insurance policies we had wouldn't cover him. I asked him one day why he didn't retire. He could go home and put his feet, more or less. But he said his brother retired when he was 65, and sat in his rocking chair. A year later he was dead. Ed didn't want that to happen to him. He refused to get old. Quite frankly, even though I was over fifty years younger than him, I had a hard time keeping up to him.

Ed had motivation. What about you? Where is yours?

In the book, Don't Let an Old Person Move Into Your Body Mr. Donovan relates several examples of how you can be motivated. Forget about age for a moment. Other than age, is there something else holding you back from doing what you always wanted to do?

Mr. Donovan says:

A friend and client of mine had a dream to build a healing and counseling center. Looking at her business plan, I noticed a huge wall standing in her way. The plan called for almost a million dollars in start-up capital. When I asked her why she needed so much money she replied, “To buy the building.” I could easily see this was not essential. I asked her if and how she could begin right now with what she had, without the building. I saw a sparkle in her eyes as she realized that it was possible to begin her business right then and there, with the resources she had. Her original business plan is still intact, however, she is now moving in the direction of her dream.

jim-ebookHis book delivers a message of hope and possibility to everyone he comes in contact with. Facing his own "demons" and overcoming impossible odds, he is able to see the potential in others even when they themselves cannot and his absolute refusal to accept limits, either in himself or others enables him to bring out the best in those who he encounters.

This book is free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. Click here to get your copy.

Beyond simple inspiration and motivation, Mr Donovan provides people with workable strategies that enable them to take charge of their own destiny and reach their full potential. So if you feel like you need a hand finding your motivation, get a copy of this book.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re also welcome to share your comments below.


Join us on Facebook

fbookHey! There isn't any need to limit the conversation of this community to just this website. So we can develop conversations, share ideas, articles, pictures, just whatever we want to do, there is now an official Facebook page for this website too. Just click the FB icon to the left, and we'll take you there. Like the page, and then post whatever you want to share or join the conversations already in progress.

Mind you, there isn't a lot there right now, because it's just been created. If you want to do it later, just hover your mouse over the "About me" link in the menu at the top of the page. You will see a dropdown menu that says, "Facebook". You will be able to find this information and link again.

Still, I look forward to meeting you, and providing you a place where issues for people over fifty can discuss what's going on and important in your lives.

Steve MacLellan