Wednesday, October 26, 2016

254th post


CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY.... Father continued to drive over the North 

Fork of the Shenandoah River Bridge and then Mother said out loud, after 

looking at the sign to the right, "there's a curve to the left."

And then a mostly a straight-a-way as Father floored the gas pedal and on in to

the small town of Mt. Crawford.

A slight curve to the right passing the old iron bridge and then Father surprised 

us by taking a slight left to a road following the river and short distance to the 

to the short cut that took us from Mt. Crawford to main road again of 

State Route 257.

At the end of that road, Father hung a quick left, going up and down the small

hills of the roads and a dog-leg to the right near the end. And, maybe a fifty

yard distance, Father slid to a stop at the end of the shortcut road and the 

intersection of State Route 257....




"I ain't your age that makes you sick, it's the medications that you take."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 11,500,000 results (1.37 seconds) 

No results found for "I ain't your age that makes you sick, it's the medications 

that you take."


"A healthy person must consider both their physical and mental health well 

Forrest Caricofe

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and mental health well being."


Will Calcium Supplements Harm Heart?

Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 

"Calcium supplements, taken within recommended levels, can be considered 

safe for the heart, according to new guidelines.

Over the past decade, a number of studies have raised questions about 

whether calcium supplements might contribute to heart disease or stroke. 

Just this month, a study of U.S. adults found that supplement users were more 

likely than nonusers to have plaque buildup in their heart arteries. 

(Calcium is a component of artery-clogging "plaques.")

But a new research review, commissioned by the National Osteoporosis 

Foundation (NOF), has come to a different conclusion.

On balance, the review found, the evidence doesn't support a connection 

between calcium supplements and heart disease or stroke.

As long as people don't go overboard, calcium supplements should be 

considered "safe from a cardiovascular standpoint," say the guidelines 

from the NOF and the American Society for Preventive Cardiology.

Getting calcium from foods such as milk, yogurt and tofu is still preferred, 

the groups say.

Supplements can be used to "fill any gaps" in a person's diet, said Taylor 

Wallace, one of the authors of the guidelines. Wallace is an affiliate 

professor of nutrition at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

The guidelines and the evidence review are being published online Oct. 24 

in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The NOF funded the review through a 

grant from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, which makes calcium supplements.

Wallace said he thinks the research review "puts the nail in the coffin" when 

it comes to the calcium/heart disease issue.

Not everyone agreed, however.

The review confirms that calcium-rich foods are safe for heart health, 

according to Dr. Erin Michos. She's the associate director of preventive 

cardiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore."

© HealthDay


I just started taking a calcium supplement in pill form about a month ago

and then I read an article on calcium being the culprit 'Calcium (being) a 

component of artery-clogging plaques.' So I quit.

1. I believe that calcium does contribute to the clogging of arteries.

2. The study that said calcium does not contribute to the clogging of arteries.

     was funded by the drug company Pfizer.

3. Pfizer makes calcium supplements.

4. Pfizer paid the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) under the table to

     lie about the research.

What Are the Best Sources of Calcium? 

By Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS, Nutrition DivaMarch 15, 2011

What are the Best Sources of Calcium?

"We hear a lot about the importance of getting enough calcium. And you 

may have gotten the impression that getting the recommended amount of 

calcium from diet alone is next to impossible and that calcium supplements 

are essential. I don’t agree. As I’ll show you in a moment, it’s really not that 

difficult to get the required amount of calcium from foods. I also think 

you’re better off getting your calcium from real foods than from supplements 

because calcium-rich foods tend to provide other nutrients that enhance 

your body’s ability to absorb and use calcium.  

Which Foods Are High In Calcium?

Canned Fish.   Fish such as sardines and canned salmon are great sources of 

calcium because they contain tiny bones that are so soft you’d never notice 

them, but that are a potent source of calcium. As a bonus, these fish are also 

among the few natural food sources of vitamin D. Getting tons of calcium is 

not nearly as effective as simply getting the recommended amounts of 

calcium and Vitamin D.

Benefits of Vitamin D

Dairy Products. Dairy product such as milk and yogurt are not only high in 

calcium, the calcium they contain is extremely well-absorbed. Dairy products 

are also good sources of magnesium and phosphorus and most are fortified 

with vitamin D. All of these help your body make the best use of calcium. 

Each eight ounce serving of milk or yogurt contains about ¼ to 1/3 of your 

daily calcium needs.

Cultured Foods

Tofu. Vegans and the dairy adverse need not despair. Tofu can be an excellent 

source of calcium because it’s usually made with calcium sulfate as a natural 

setting agent. Tofu is also a good source of protein, which enhances calcium 

absorption. A half cup of firm tofu can provide half a day’s supply of calcium.

Cabbages.  Vegetables in the cabbage family, including broccoli, kale, bok 

choy, cabbage, mustard, and turnip greens are all good sources of calcium 

that’s very bioavailable. Cabbages and leafy greens are also good sources 

of folate and vitamin K, nutrients that also help build strong bones. A half cup 

of Chinese cabbage or a cup of bok choy provides almost as much absorbable 

calcium as a glass of milk.

Fortified Foods. Fortified orange juice or soymilk is sort of a cross between 

getting calcium from a food source and taking a supplement—the calcium 

is not food-based but at least you’re taking it with a food, which can enhance 

your absorption.

Everything Else. Also, keep in mind that even foods that aren’t super high in 

calcium, such as grains, nuts, seeds, and other vegetables, still contribute 

to your overall intake. The typical American diet—which, as you know, 

doesn’t come any where close to the recommended amount of 

vegetables—still manages to provide an average of 250 milligrams of 

calcium a day, not counting dairy products.

Why Spinach is Not a Great Calcium Source

Although spinach has a lot of good stuff going for it, it’s not a great source of 


Not all food-based calcium is well-absorbed. Spinach, for example, contains 

quite a bit of calcium but it also contains a lot of oxalates. These natural 

compounds bind with calcium and make it very difficult for your body to 

get at it. Although spinach has a lot of good stuff going for it, it’s not a great 

source of calcium. In fact, because the oxalates in spinach can bind to the 

calcium in other foods as well, it can even keep you from getting as much 

calcium from the foods that you eat with it. Unless you never eat calcium-rich 

foods except with spinach, this is not a big deal—just something to keep in 


Who Should Worry About Calcium?

Getting enough calcium is important for everyone, but it’s especially critical 

for those in their teens and twenties, because these are the years when you 

are accumulating bone density to get you through the rest of your hopefully 

long and active life. Ironically, this is the one group that’s most likely to be 

coming up short in the calcium department. 

How Do You Know if You’re Getting Enough Calcium?

Adults need about 1000 mg of calcium every day. Adolescents, women 

over 50, and men over 70 need about 1300 mg. To get a rough estimate of how 

much calcium you’re getting, start with 250 milligrams as your baseline. 

Add 250 mg for each serving of dairy, canned fish, tofu, Chinese cabbage, 

or fortified orange juice. Give yourself another 100 for any other cabbage 

family vegetables. It’s not important that you get exactly 1000 mg of calcium 

every day—if it’s averaging out to your recommended intake, you’re 

probably getting all the calcium you need. 

Should You Take a Supplement?

As I’ve said, I think that getting most if not all of your calcium from foods is 

ideal—and completely doable. That said, if your diet is falling short, you 

might want to take a supplement. But you only want to take as much as you 

need to fill the gap between your dietary intake and your recommended 


If you’re averaging 750 mg of calcium every day, there’s no need to 

take 1,000 or 2,000 mg of supplemental calcium. A 250 mg supplement 

would do the trick.  As I explained in this article, there’s really no benefit 

to getting more than the recommended amount of calcium. Even if you’re 

afraid that you might not have gotten enough calcium when you were 

younger, taking extra calcium now unfortunately won’t make up for your 

misspent youth. In some cases, it could actually cause problems.

If after all of that, you do decide to take a calcium supplement, I’ve included 

three bonus tips about calcium supplements in my newsletter this week. 

Not a subscriber? Sign up for my free weekly newsletter here.

Have a great week and remember to eat something good for me! If you liked 

the tips in this article, you’ll love my new book, Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a 

Healthy Diet: What to Eat, What to Avoid, and What to Stop Worrying About, 

available anywhere books are sold."


Calcium Fact Sheet   (National Institutes of Health)

Calcium May Increase Heart Attack Risk (Web MD)


The Cleveland Indians baseball team beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 to take 

a 1-0 game lead in the baseball World Series. 

In the same city (Cleveland), the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York 

Knicks 117-88 after winning what may be called the basketball World Series

last season. Before the game started, the 2016 championship banner was hung

from the ceiling and all players were presented with championship rings,

purchased by the owner and worth thousands. Other rings, and not as costly,

were presented to everyone who had a hand in the championship season, to

include maintenance, security, food workers, etc.


The city of Cleveland has come a long way since.... 

"an oil slick on the Cuyahoga River - polluted from decades of industrial 

waste - caught fire on a Sunday morning in June 1969 near the Republic Steel 

mill, causing about $100,000 worth of damage to two railroad bridges."

Cuyahoga River Fire | Cleveland Historical


"This presidential election is now a horse race, Clinton at 1-1 (odds) and 

Trump to come in last."
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 1,890,000 results (1.77 seconds) 

No results found for "This presidential election is now a horse race, Clinton 

at 1-1 (odds) and Trump to come in last."


Newsmax headlines

Conway: Trump Vetting Potential Cabinet Members

Trump on Fighting Joe Biden: 'Mr. Tough Guy'

O'Reilly on Trump: Undermining Election 'Not a Patriotic Thing'

Hats Trump Salaries in Trump Campaign Spending

Trump Ends Joint Fundraising Effort With RNC

NRA Spending Big on Pro-Trump Ads

Ex-Ambassador McFaul: Russia 'Resigned' to Hillary Victory

Clinton’s Florida Secret Weapon: New Puerto Rican Arrivals

Trump Slams GOP Primary Opponents for Betraying Him

Politico: Trump Was Told Russia Was Behind Cyberattacks

USA Today: Trump Facing 75 Pending Lawsuits

Ronald Kessler: Secret Service Abhors Guarding Hillary

Colin Powell Says He's Voting for Hillary

Cook Report: Democrats Expected to Win Senate

Study: Trump Got More News Coverage, 91% Was Hostile

Richard Branson: Trump 'Vindictive, Dangerous, Sad Man'

Giuliani: Trump Has 'Couple of Surprises Left'

Breaking News at 


When I listed these headlines several times before, maybe, Trump and Clinton

were almost even in the positiveness of the headline statement. But now, to look

above it looks like it's changed a lot in now being 12-5.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John F. Kennedy

35th U.S. President

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, 

was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United

States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. 

Born: May 29, 1917, Brookline, MA

Assassinated: November 22, 1963, Dallas, TX

Spouse: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (m. 1953–1963)

Siblings: Robert F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy

Education: Harvard University (1936–1940)


And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- 

ask what you can do for your country.

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are 

certain to miss the future.


"Poor people in America are that much poorer because of the current President

spending all that money playing golf."
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 5,330,000 results (1.68 seconds) 

No results found for "Poor people in America are that much poorer because 

of the current President spending all that money playing golf."

The Daily Caller 

"A trip President Barack Obama made in 2013 that included a visit to Florida 

for a round of golf with Tiger Woods cost taxpayers $3.6 million, according 

to a new report.

The Daily Caller cites figures from the Government Accountability Office that 

show the president and his entourage incurred a significant bill during the 

Feb. 15 to 18 trip three-and-a-half years ago.

Breaking News at



I placed this news item under PAST US PRESIDENTS because I want him to be a 

past president. He and his family have spent enough money on recreation in the

last eight years to pay off 10% of the National Debt.


"Weather forecasters are required to make up new words for the weather 

to impress those people watching the weather on their television set."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 107,000 results (1.56 seconds) 

No results found for "Weather forecasters are required to make up new words 

for the weather to impress those people watching the weather on their 

television set."


Another word by the weather forecasters, "soaker."

We've had "wash out" and "passing sprinkle" before and don't see why they can't 

just say that's it raining or the sun is shining,

Seems simple to me.

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