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Most Wednesday and Saturdays are card night and a movie, here at the house. I promised my friends that I would post tonights results…still reigning Card Champion of the World as we know it on 40th drive….ME!

Snacks for the championship game were jelly beans left over from Easter, burittos, and kettle popcorn.

The beverages included green tea, Merlot Wine and lemon/lime soda mixed with diet black cherry soda.

A good time was had by all even the LOSERS!

BUT, it would not surprise me if we all got stomach aches and bad dreams tonight.

The movie tonight was “The Cat in The HAT” with Mike “the insane” Myers.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Trailer with 20 tons of CHOCOLATE stolen

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In MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana, Police said a semi~trailer containing more than 20 tons of Hershey’s chocolate candy has been stolen from a Michigan City, Indiana, truck stop.

LaPorte County Police Chief of Detectives John Boyd said the thieves likely did not know what the trailer contained, as it was only labeled with the trucking company’s name and the amount of stolen chocolate may be too large to be practical for black market sales.

Truck driver Daryl Rey, 58, said he left the trailer Saturday at the Gas City truck stop on U.S. 421 and he returned the next day to find the 53 foot long trailer, which contained 41,000 pounds of chocolate treats, had been stolen. He said the hidden satellite tracking device had been removed from the trailer, leading him to theorize professional thieves may have taken the load.

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Thank you AP News
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MY, MY…20 tons of Hershey CHOCOLATE…

I think 3 Baby Boomer Momma’s on a CHOCOLATE craze could handle that CHOCOLATE heist very easily!

Personally I can think of a milliom things to make and use chocolate with.

AND…I think someone should check out Willie Wonka! Just where was his whereabouts, when this caper went down???

The CHOCLATE FIEND
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Marvin Gaye gets it together with Reeces and the Easter Bunny…

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For my friend E~ and all my readers…
Happy Holidays
~The Baby Boomer Queen~
PS…show me a Holiday that doesn’t include Chocolate and it won’t be one that I celebrate! {smiles}

Lupus got its name from the Latin word for wolves, Canis Lupus. Lupus manifests it facial rashes, like facial markings of a wolf.

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MOST IMPORTANT: Finding the Right Doctor

You do not necessarily have to find a specialist to diagnose your lupus. A family practitioner, internist, or general practitioner can also diagnose the disease. However, when it comes to dealing with the variety of symptoms and side effects of lupus, you may end up visiting with a variety of physicians known as your treatment team.

For the most part you will end up seeing at least one of two specialists besides your current family doctor. If you have cutaneous lupus you will probably see a dermatologist to definitively diagnose your condition. A dermatologist is a doctor that specializes in skin disorders. However, you could also end up seeing an urologist, neurologist, cardiac specialist, and an orthopedic surgeon depending on your symptoms.

Yet when it comes to SLE, you will most likely be visiting with a rheumatologist. A rheumatologist is a doctor that specializes in treating arthritis, and other conditions of the joints, muscles, and bones. While these two medical specialties are focuses on symptoms that fit with your type of Lupus, there are some doctors that are more qualified than others, because they actually specialize in treating Lupus patients.

When you suspect that you have lLpus, you will probably start off working with your family doctor. He or she may recommend that you find a specialist, so you should know where you can find a Lupus doctor and how to choose the best doctor for you. Not every person’s disease travels the same path and people relate to doctors differently. Discuss your options with your family doctor to find someone who is well respected in the field but also fits with your payment options and personality. Also, be sure to check credentials and board certification. Do not be afraid to interview your doctors, because you cannot be intimidated about following your treatment.

Here are some resources that can help you find a specialist:

American Board of Medical Specialties:
http://www.abms.org/login.asp

American Medical Association:
http://www.ama-assn.org/

Lupus Foundation of America:
http://www.lupus.org/support/findadoctor.html

St. Thomas Lupus Trust (UK) :
http://www.lupus.org.uk

Preparing for the Consultation
Before you head out to discuss your Lupus with a specialist, you need to do some preparation on your own. Make sure you look up the doctor’s qualifications. There is no sense going to meet with a specialist that doesn’t specialize in treating Lupus. Also, talk to your insurance provider to if your visit is covered or what percentage will be covered.

Your medical history is also important prior to going in for your consultation. Start off by going through all of your prior doctor visits and write down any diagnoses and symptoms you have experienced. Write down a list of your medications. You should also write down some of your current symptoms like where you experience pain, how often, and how severe. Are there any triggers? What time of day is worse? Also, if you have any copies of your medical records, bring those with you. Finally, write down your family’s medical history, too.

You also need to write down some questions to ask your doctor. Why should you write them down? Sometimes the doctors will be giving you a lot of information, and you can often forget to ask something. If you take some time to write down your questions you will be less likely to forget something. Also, if you leave space, you can take notes so you don’t forget what the doctor is telling you.

Some of the questions you should ask when you are interviewing a potential specialist include:

How will you communicate with my other physicians?
Do you treat other patients with lupus?
What are your results in your other lupus patients?
Where will my tests be conducted?
How will your nurses be used in my care?
Have you ever worked with any of my other doctors?

When you finish “interviewing” the specialist, you should ask yourself the following questions to determine if this doctor is the right fit:

Did the doctor and the staff treat me with respect?
Was I given all the time I needed to ask questions and get answers?
Did the doctor appear knowledgeable about lupus?
Did the doctor and I communicate well?

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Thank you Freedon from Lupus
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Chosing the right Doctor is like chosing the right marriage partner…
When you talk to this Physican, ask them about the number one Super FOOD in the World the Acai Berry.
If they don’t tell you about all the great advantages to taking this fruit…then they are the wrong doctor! Medications are wrong for a Lupus patient…as drugs induce worse actions/reactions with your body.
If I can help you in any way…contact me…I will assist you in any way that I am able. I am NOT a Doctor, but I am a Lupus Survivor and I want you to be too!

http://www.MyMonaVie.com/SharonSutley

Smiles and world peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Report Criticizes FDA Over Spinach Packers…Serious Sanitation Problems Are Cited

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A 2006 outbreak of illness was linked to feces in fields of spinach.

Since 2001, nearly half of all federal inspections of facilities that package fresh spinach revealed serious sanitary problems, but the Food and Drug Administration did not take “meaningful” enforcement action, a House committee report released yesterday found.

The most common problems uncovered by FDA inspections of 67 facilities included inadequate restroom sanitation, litter piles and indoor condensation posing a risk of food contamination by microorganisms. Inspectors also found buildings vulnerable to rodent infestation and workers with uncovered hair and poor hygiene.

Twenty serious outbreaks of E. coli have been traced to fresh lettuce or spinach since 1995. One of the most troublesome was a 2006 outbreak in bagged spinach processed by California based Natural Selection Foods that sickened more than 200 people and was linked to three deaths.

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The FDA acknowledged gaps in its food safety efforts after that episode. But the report by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says the problems were worse: It showed that spinach facilities were inspected about once every 2.4 years despite federal guidelines that say most should have been visited at least annually.

The FDA did not refer any of the problem facilities to its internal enforcement authorities, nor did the agency send warning letters or seek injunctions. It did refer one inspection to state authorities, the report said.

“The inspection reports, raise serious questions about the ability of FDA to protect the safety of fresh spinach and other fresh produce,” committee investigators wrote. “It appears that FDA is inspecting high risk facilities infrequently, failing to take vigorous enforcement action when it does inspect and identify violations, and not even inspecting the most probable sources of many outbreaks.”

FDA spokeswoman Kimberly Rawlings said the agency is seeking legislative authority to implement a food protection plan that would target some produce and other high risk foods that have been tied to serious illnesses. “Despite recent concerns, the food supply in the U.S. continues to be one of the safest in the world and this includes fresh produce,” Rawlings wrote in an e~mail.

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Authorities tied the 2006 outbreak to cattle or feral pig feces found in the fields of spinach grower Mission Organics. But the House report revealed that FDA inspections found repeated problems at several facilities operated by Natural Selection Foods years before the outbreak.

“FDA at no time required the firm to correct these conditions at any of its facilities, even after laboratory tests indicated the presence of microbial contamination at the exact site later implicated in the 2006 outbreak,” the report’s authors wrote.

Samantha Cabaluna, a spokeswoman for Natural Selection Foods, said the company has cooperated with federal and state authorities. She said parts of the committee’s report are inaccurate, including a passage that alleged a July 2001 inspection found listeria bacteria in a Natural Selection Foods facility that was later tied to the 2006 E. coli outbreak. The company was not operating at that facility in 2001, she said.

“We continually search for new ways to improve food safety and note all observations provided by FDA inspectors during their audits,” Cabaluna said in a statement. “Any corrective actions are immediately addressed.”
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Thank you The Washington Post, and research/writers, Christopher Lee and Maddona Lebling
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So many have shown an interest in this article…on all of my blogs, that I thought I would post it once again. I had no clue that so many people ate processed fish! AMAZING!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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From Harrisburg, Pennsylvannia, Gorton’s Inc. recalled about 1,000 cases of frozen fish in 10 states Friday after confirming a Pennsylvania customer found pills in her food.

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Gorton’s said it ordered the recall as a precaution while a laboratory works to determine the nature of the pills. Those tests should be complete early next week.

“Obviously product alteration is a very serious matter,” said Jud Reis, vice president of marketing for the company, based in Gloucester, Massachusetts “We are conducting a full investigation into the source of the problem.”

Tracy Rowan of New Freedom, Pennsylvania, called police after she bit into one of the pills Sunday and found another on her daughter’s plate. On Friday, Reis said the material was some sort of pill, not compressed batter or bread crumbs.

Rowan described the pills as beige and aspirin size.

“It’s kind of frightening to not only find something in your mouth, a foreign object,” Rowan said Friday. “But then basically my heart stopped when my daughter said, ‘I have one in my mouth, too,’ and pulled it out.”

Rowan, her daughter and her 10 year old son were checked in an emergency room, then reported the incident to local police. They haven’t gotten sick, and Reis said the company knows of no other incidents.
Rowan said her daughter cooked the food and was adamant she did not alter the fillets.

The recall is for Gorton’s 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets, 11.4 ounces. The UPC Code is No. 44400157770, with a date code of 7289G1 and a “best if used by date of April 2009.”
The fish was sent to nine other states: Alabama, Delaware, California, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Consumers who purchased the fish can call Gorton’s at 1~800~896~9479.
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Thank you AP News
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Here is a case of someone pulling a prank and tons of food has been throw way…food that could have feed the homeless or the elderly. Many people, children included, go to bed hungry every night, here in AMERICA. WHAT A WASTE!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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From Harrisburg, Pennsylvannia, Gorton’s Inc. recalled about 1,000 cases of frozen fish in 10 states Friday after confirming a Pennsylvania customer found pills in her food.

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Gorton’s said it ordered the recall as a precaution while a laboratory works to determine the nature of the pills. Those tests should be complete early next week.

“Obviously product alteration is a very serious matter,” said Jud Reis, vice president of marketing for the company, based in Gloucester, Massachusetts “We are conducting a full investigation into the source of the problem.”

Tracy Rowan of New Freedom, Pennsylvania, called police after she bit into one of the pills Sunday and found another on her daughter’s plate. On Friday, Reis said the material was some sort of pill, not compressed batter or bread crumbs.

Rowan described the pills as beige and aspirin size.

“It’s kind of frightening to not only find something in your mouth, a foreign object,” Rowan said Friday. “But then basically my heart stopped when my daughter said, ‘I have one in my mouth, too,’ and pulled it out.”

Rowan, her daughter and her 10 year old son were checked in an emergency room, then reported the incident to local police. They haven’t gotten sick, and Reis said the company knows of no other incidents.
Rowan said her daughter cooked the food and was adamant she did not alter the fillets.

The recall is for Gorton’s 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets, 11.4 ounces. The UPC Code is No. 44400157770, with a date code of 7289G1 and a “best if used by date of April 2009.”
The fish was sent to nine other states: Alabama, Delaware, California, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Consumers who purchased the fish can call Gorton’s at 1~800~896~9479.
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Thank you AP News
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Here is a case of someone pulling a prank and tons of food has been throw way…food that could have feed the homeless or the elderly. Many people, children included, go to bed hungry every night, here in AMERICA. WHAT A WASTE!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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