Thursday Thought

Would you drink it?
  I was watching a couple shows on the Science channel (yes, I’m a geek) about time.  The first show dealt with black holes, the beginning of the universe and how black holes may not be the end but the beginning.  The second show discussed humans’ views on time and how we search for the key to immortality and/or an extension of life.  One scientist mentioned that in the next 30 to 50 years it may be possible to reverse the aging process, where 60 year olds can reverse the aging process and go back to being about 40 years of age.  Then in the 20 years or so that it takes them to get back to 60, more scientific breakthroughs will have occurred to assist in helping people live longer & as younger beings.  Of course the show also discussed the creation of a magic elixir allowing us to drink of the fountain of youth.  The host of the show asked people on the streets if they would drink the potion to have more time on the earth.  There were quite a few mixed reactions.  Some people said sure, that they enjoyed life.  Others said they’d miss friends and family. Me?  I’m undecided.  I think I would need to spend a week or two in absolute seclusion with my papers, pens and books before I made a choice.
  It made me think though.  With the intense interest in paranormal stories where the characters are immortals, do we secretly long to experience endless time?  Would you drink from the fountain of youth?
  Share your thoughts on immortality/life extension with me.

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Missed Monday…

Ack! Where does the time go?
Then again, it’s that time of year again when I’m busy volunteering with EPIC’s e-book competition. So if I miss posts now and then over the course of the next month, that’s why.
What’s the competition? Check it out!
Calling all authors! Here’s a thought for you…
Come join EPIC and enter in its wonderful contest!
For details, visit:
http://www.epicauthors.com/ebookawardrules2011.html
& don’t forget to make plans to attend the conference, too: http://www.epicon-conference.com/

Friendly Friday

Helpful reminders about the sun and summer ~
It’s that time of year ~ summer time!  The following is an article I found in some items from my other line of work. Like I tell my clients in regard to any new supplements/treatments/lifestyle changes, please check with your physician to make sure it’s all right to use them.
~ Here Comes the Sun ~ Updated UV Index Shines Light on Rays
A crucial warning system has been recently updated for your skin’s protection. In compliance with the World Health Organization, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Weather Service revamped the UV Index, a system created to alert people about the level of harmful ultraviolet (UV) light rays from the sun. Overexposure to UV rays can cause wrinkles and premature aging, skin cancer, cataracts, and immune system suppression.
Many factors influence the strength of UV rays: UV light is stronger in the summer, at higher altitudes, and in areas closer to the equator. It’s also stronger at midday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun is directly overhead.
The new UV index ranges from 0-11 with guidelines as follows:
0-2: low. Minimal exposure for the average person, but watch for reflected UV from snow and water.
3-5: moderate. Stay in the shade during midday. Cover-up outside.
6-7: high. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and a sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. Avoid midday sun.
8-10: very high. Take extra precautions, and avoid midday sun. Wear protective clothing.
11: extreme. Take all precautions, seek shade, and avoid midday sun. If possible, stay indoors.
As part of its daily forecast, the National Weather Service publishes the UV index for each area of the country. Go to http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html and enter your zip code to find your UV index for the day. The Weather Channel, as well as most local TV stations, include the UV index in their weather forecast. It can also be found at
www.weather.com.  For a detailed description of the UV index, or for more information on sun protection, visit www.epa.gov/sunwise.
This article is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to diagnose and/or treat any conditions. Please check with your physician to make sure it’s all right to use new products and/or change your regimen. Newsletter article courtesy of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
& if you’re out in the sun and heat, make sure to drink plenty of water.
Water: Did you know that if a person is feeling thirsty, fatigued, headachy, hungry, or is cramping, they are most likely dehydrated?  Did you know that your body produces about one cup of water a day in the process of converting food to energy but loses about ten cups through respiration, excretion, and sweating and combined with drinking sugary and/or caffeinated beverages and not enough plain water most people are dehydrated and don’t even know it?  Did you know that athletes, physically active people and those living in hot, dry climates are even more susceptible to dehydration?  A good rule of thumb when it comes to drinking water: drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day.  So if you’re 150 lbs then you should be drinking at least 75 oz of water a day.