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Date sent: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 21:23:09 -0600
Many families have a custom of writing to their children when they reach
adulthood, be it at 16, 19, or 21 years old. They write a letter to their
child describing their feelings for them, what they wanted to teach them while
raising them, and what they hope for them in the future. My Father wrote me a
letter and I would encourage you to do the same. There is a copy of my Dad's
letter at my web site:
Date sent: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 23:38:21 -0600
A study in the Dec. 11 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart
Association confirms that high triglycerides predict stroke risk. "High
triglycerides constitute an independent risk factor for ischemic stroke/TIA
across subgroups of age, sex, patient characteristics, and cholesterol
fractions, whereas high %HDL was an independent protective factor among
patients with coronary heart disease. Risk of ischemic stroke or TIA was 27%
higher in patients with triglycerides >200 mg/dL. Merry Christmas... eat
Turkey that has less fat. It was almost our
Dr. Knapp :)
Date sent: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 13:47:21 -0600
I get many questions about skin moles and "bumps". Moles will
change in color or size rapidly if there is melanoma. This is extremely rare
in young children. We get 80% of our sun exposure the first 20 years so keep
them covered. They can burn in the winter with cool wind and bright
sunlight. But especially melanoma gets red skin around the mole with an
irregular border. See the attached pictures. The other bump that is common is
a type of wart called a Molluskum
Contageosum. It is a small round bump with a white center "seed"
and sometimes has a dimple in the middle of the bum. See attached picture. It
is treated like the common wart. Careful.... they can spread like the name
Date sent: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 17:59:33 -0600
This is not medical but was in our medical journal: "Companies that
supply, build, and operate fiber optic networks are burning! ... In virtually
every generation, new technologies have arisen
that promised to transform the way Americans conducted business, exchanged
information, and entertained themselves. Each inspired an exuberant investment
boom, which led to a glut of capacity, ruinous competition, falling prices for
consumers and, ultimately, bankruptcies and
consolidation ... A similar set of circumstances affected the pioneers of
the original information superhighway, the telegraph. Soon after Samuel F. B.
Morse invented it, hundreds of local service providers popped up like
wildflowers ... The only value in the stock certificates of upstart
companies ... proved to be historical ... Between 1860 and 1890, investors
poured nearly $9 billion into the next new thing: railroads. In those years,
the nation's rail network grew from 30,626 miles to nearly 200,000 miles ....
a 653% increase. The hyperconstruction led to competition and excess
capacity, which was good for freight shippers and passengers. But when
the financial panic of 1893 hit, it spelled disaster for investors ...
Creative destruction was the term coined by economist Joseph Schumpeter to
describe the workings of innovation and technology ... Many new companies have
been created; almost as many will be destroyed."
New York Times. June 20, 2001 It is interesting how history repeats. I love
the comments by Aristotle thousands of years ago how the teenagers are
disrespectful, rebellious, etc. Our parents said the same thing about us that
you are saying about your children. Pretty funny? or sad?
Date sent: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 22:14:08 -0600
In a study reported this month, an ultrasound examination of the fetal
profile in 701 fetuses at 11 to 14 weeks gestation was done immediately before
karyotyping for Downs Syndromes. The nasal bone was absent in 43 of 59 (73%)
trisomy 21 fetuses and in three of 603 (0.5%) normal fetuses . This would be a
simple way to screen for Downs Babies.
(If the sonogram shows the baby picking his nose, then he will be a Texas
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Date sent: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 16:13:52 -0600
Everyone will tell you to watch out for ear pain when flying with infants.
That you should give them something to suck on when flying. The fact is that
flying almost never hurts their ears to fly until 4 years old or older. Expect
nothing or just fussy baby since their daily routine is upset.
If they do have ear pain, 1-2 drops of olive oil in their ears with help
the pain. You should take some in an eyedropper for YOUR ears. They baby will
be fine. It never hurts to have them suck on something (pacifier might be
preferred over the breast.... the men would vote for the later!) but you would
find that it hurts little babies to fly. Have a good vacation this holidays.
Date sent: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 08:51:01 -0600
A little medical history THE GREAT TOOTH ROBBERY
"The night of 18 June 1815 was one to remember. After 23 years of war
in Europe, Napoleon faced the combined might of England, Holland, and Prussia
at Waterloo. By 10 pm, the battle was over. The French were defeated and
50,000 men lay dead or wounded on the battlefield. The casualties were high,
but for one group of people that was reason to celebrate. They were the
dentists who were about to benefit from the great tooth bonanza. In the early
part of the 19th century, patients with plenty of money, but few teeth were
prepared to pay enormous sums for a good set of dentures. The best were made
with real human teeth at the front. Most of the time
demand for second hand incisors far outstripped supply, but wars helped
make up the shortfall. The windfall from Waterloo provided enough to ship
supplies all round Europe and even across the Atlantic."
Date sent: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 12:04:03 -0600
Here are some comments from another author: Catch your child doing good. It
is such a simple concept, and yet, in our attempt to be "good"
parents, we are likely focused on catching the negative. Dr. Jeffrey Kelly in
Solving Your Child's Behavior Problem says, "The best way to motivate a
child to good behavior is to develop a plan to reinforce or reward the good
actions we want to see." Praise and attention are powerful motivators.
Be specific in praising your children. Don't just say, "You were good
today." Find specific incidences that define good behavior for your
children. "You played nicely with your sister and took turns" and
"Thank you for remembering to pick up your toys" describe the
behavior you want and expect from your children. Offer occasional rewards.
There is a difference between reward and bribery. Reward is offered when you
catch him doing something good, after the
Good deed is completed. "You didn't run up and down the aisles in the
store today; I think I'll buy you some candy." Bribery occurs before the
fact: "If you're good in the store today I'll buy you some candy."
Can you see the difference? Reward helps the child be self-motivated to do
well. Bribery teaches him to be object-motivated to do well.
Utilize self-fulfilling prophesy. Dr. James Dobson addresses this concept
in his book, Hide or Seek. In essence, children become what you tell them they
are. If you tell her she's kind, she'll more than likely try to be kind. And,
if you tell her she's a brat, she will prove you right. Children take adults'
words to heart. They take our words and see themselves in that light. They
will fulfill whatever role we give them. It's been said that a child's mind is
like a bank - whatever you put in, you get back. We need to deposit
appropriate, but true words into her bank. Of course, that doesn't mean you
should tell her how good she is when she IS being a brat. But Seek out the
good things she does and then let her hear you say them. All too often our
words create emotional bankruptcy. Let's take every opportunity to deposit
words of gold.
My Advice: Tell complements about your child to other people with your
child in hearing range. Never say anything negative about your child in their
Date sent: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 22:13:49 -0500
A reminder and a couple of quickies.
- 1.. Get your flu shots. Children with asthma, lungs troubles, and heart
disease need them. Also if you just want them to have them we can give it to
them. I would if they are teens since missing a week of high school is tough.
- 2.. I also recommend the vaccine against Meningiococcus Meningitis before
they go to college.
- 3.. Teens are more stable and psychologically better if the Mother goes to
church. I guess the old saying of pray together - stay together is true.
- 4.. Teens 16-17 years old have more crashes with passengers in the car. If
none the crash ratio is 1.0, if 1 passenger - it is 1.39, if 2 – it is 1.86,
and if 3 passengers it is 2.82. That is almost 3 times more than if no
passengers. Teen care pooling is good for the environment but not for your
- 5.. Bedwetting statistics are: 10% in first grade. 3% in middle school. And
1% of 20 year olds. It is common to wet the bed into teens so don't worry if
they are still having the problem. There is a medication for it. (I guess it
isn't very romantic to go on your honeymoon with "Attends" on!!!)
Have a safe week..
Date sent: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 00:05:19 -0500
Sometimes simple things work best. If there is a chance that a child
swallowed a coin, then we can use a metal detector to find it in the child. It
has been shown in medical studies to be very accurate in detecting coins. Also
a parent's hair can get wound around the infant's toe, and there
Will be a fine crease around the toe. We can cure it by soaking the toe in
Nair or other hair dissolving product. The hair will release and the toe will
become normal. They used to cut the hair and skin. Now we just use something
simple... which is sometimes the best.
Date sent: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 22:37:44 -0500
There is not anything new in medical news that I would deem interesting to
waste you reading time. All we hear lately is about terrorism, small pox and
anthrax. I do not worry about small pox since it is so difficult to grow and
put into a form to disseminate that the possibility of that is nil. Anthrax on
the skin like the letters is nothing and 100% cured. The anthrax letters are
for psychological effect. Inhaled pulmonary anthrax is deadly but 50 people in
that building in Florida were exposed, 1 became symptomatic and died since
they were not thinking of it. Now they are. Only a few others tested positive
and did not become symptomatic. They are being treated to be safe. But many
people did not get anything. So it is hard to put into a form to aerosolize it
and get into people's lungs. It can be done and one has to be aware of it. The
risk is sooo low. I'm not lying awake and do not have Cipro in my house. Be
aware and cautious. Like sending your children to school and being concerned
about some nut with a gun. I more worry about car bombs and chemical warfare
stuff like Botulism Toxin. That is another story. You don't really want to
know. For more info about Anthrax:
Dr. Knapp ;<)
Date sent: Sun, 23 Sep 2001 21:10:36 -0500
I guess life and death go on after the recent events. Certainly we now will
try to get back on our regular schedules. In Afghanistan (which is about the
same size and population as the state of Texas) they have conditions we had
100 years ago. Their life expectancy is 45 yrs and ours 75. Their infant
mortality is 15% and females receive no medial care. They have 1700 miles of
paved roads and we have 296,000. They have few phones, no internet, and no
movies. I am certainly thankful for America. If you are planning on another
child, be sure you take vitamins while getting pregnant. There are less birth
defects if you are on them as you start trying. Also you can increase your
chances for a boy or girl by changing the timing of when you do it during the
month's cycle. See the book "Choosing the Sex of Your Baby". Just
use the one chapter on timing. It will give you more than a 50% chance and my
patients that have tried it are batting 80% success on their choice. It can't
hurt. Also there is not a perfect interval between babies. There are good and
bad things with any interval.
Date sent: Sat, 1 Sep 2001 23:54:43 -0500
The FDA this month approved the Clarion Bionic Ear for treatment of
deafness in children and adults. It delivers an electrical stimulus directly
to the hearing nerve. The external part of the system converts the sound to
digital code, then sent via radio waves to the surgically Implanted
ear device. It provides the deaf person with more than 10 times more sound
information than the fastest cochlear implant technology. I guess the 6
Million Dollar Man was ahead of his time. I know most women would like to have
their husbands hearing better.. ha ha.
Have a good Dabor Lay... I mean Labor Day.
Date sent: Sat, 18 Aug 2001 22:43:57 -0500
Future moms, do you need another reason not to smoke during pregnancy? A
new study shows that smoking during pregnancy may increase the chances (to
20%) that you'll have a very cranky baby. Smoking during pregnancy is already
known to place the unborn baby at increased risk for many health problems,
including an early delivery, low birth weight, breathing problems, and sudden
infant death syndrome (SIDS). Although heavy alcohol use has long been known
to cause the mental retardation, stunted growth, and abnormal facial features
known as fetal alcohol syndrome, it is unknown whether the occasional drink
would lead to any long-term effects in the fetus. But a study in the Aug. 2
issue of Pediatrics shows that even occasional drinking while you're pregnant
– as little as a drink a week -- can lead to behavioral problems in kids as
as age 6-7. Boy these poor pregnant moms can't seem to get away with
anything when pregnant. I sure hope they don't find any problems with sex
while pregnant. (Ha . just kidding.) It does pay off in the long run to watch
what you do when pregnant.
Date sent: Sun, 5 Aug 2001 19:03:27 -0500
Is my child ready for Kindergarten? They should at least know the alphabet
and numbers on sight. Not just the memorized alphabet song. Work on them
memorizing the alphabet by trying these hints:
- 1. Practice writing each new letter in sand or fingerpaint.
- 2. Form the letters in cookie dough, or pretzel dough and bake them to eat.
- 3. Make cards with the capital letters and post them around the house. Then
point to them and say "there's an R."
- 4. Put magnetic letters on the refrigerator and say" If you name the
letter I will give you a Goldfish Cracker."
- 5. Look for each new letter on cereal boxes, signs, newspapers, and books.
- 6. Circle the letter on the pages of magazines or newspapers. Start with
capital letters and then move to lower alphabet case.
- 7. Make a matching game with pairs of cards made of the capital or
- 8. Start an alphabet book allowing a page for each letter. Count how many
times you see your letter during the day or during a car trip.
- 9. Point the letters in the books while reading to them. There is no good
test for readiness. All the tests have as good a chance as 50/50 coin toss.
Also the question comes up should we put him/her in early or hold them back if
their birthday falls just before or after the cutoff date. I usually recommend
putting them in at the time they were due to go in to Kindergarten. Don't push
ahead or hold back.
Date sent: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 23:20:32 -0500
Hearing can be damaged by loud noise and more with higher tones than the
base sounds. Watchout for your children playing too loud of music. Check the
earphones they are using and be sure it is not too loud. I think if they are
using the earphones in the car, store, and everyplace the family goes that
they are trying to escape and divorce themselves from the family. Earphones
are for the house and bedroom. Not for walking around the town with the
Date sent: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 22:25:54 -0500
There is a new snake bite antivenin called Crotalid Fab for rattlesnake,
cottonmouth, and copperhead snakebites. If you have one with you, a Sawyer
Extractor can be applied to suck the venom out of the bite but this must be
applied in minutes to the bite. You do not cut the bite or suck with your
mouth (as mentioned in some gross jokes.) Most ER's will have the antivenin.
Identify or memorize what the snake looks like but don't catch it because
it puts more people at risk for a bite also. Elevate the bite, apply the
Sawyer extractor if available, and go to the ER immediately but calmly. There
is no need for panic but go in right away. Not 1 in 5000 snake bites will
cause death. Better than a shark attack! "Red on black, venom lack. Red
on yellow, kill a fellow." If a red stripe is beside the yellow stripe,
then it is poisonous.
Date sent: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 07:18:32 -0500
Feed those brains. Several studies show that if the baby has a smaller
weight at birth than expected for the average, then there was a big increase
in school difficulties and lower performance at 12 to 19 years of age. Other
studies show decrease calories in childhood caused problems in school
performance and increase in psychological problems later as a teenager.
We definitely have a big increase in obesity but one does not want to hold
back on calories .. Especially in that first year when the brain grows the
most. Eating habits and snacking at school age can cause obesity. Like
everything else. moderation is the best course. There are charts for height
and weight at the web site and you can plot the child's growth as it goes up
the percentile lines. After 3 years old they should gain the same number of
pounds as they are years old, approximately. For example the 5 year old would
gain close to 5 lbs that year. Then it is 12 pounds a year during the teens (a
pound a month). You can draw a graph with that number of lbs
Gain over the 12 months of that year and follow their weight each month. If
they are gaining over that, then they are getting too heavy. But in infancy,
weight gain is good and do not be concerned about plump baby. it is good for
their brains. (especially if they are blond! J)
Date sent: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 22:44:36 -0500
Higher prices are good!!!? Raising the price of cigarettes prevents at
least some teenagers from taking up smoking. Survey of Michigan schools showed
that for every 10% increase in the price of cigarettes, the chance of an
adolescent starting smoking dropped between 3-10%. All 50 states have excise
taxes on cigarettes, ranging from 2.5 cents in Virginia to $1.11 in New York.
But 36 states have not raised the taxes for over 5 years. It is kind of funny
to call for higher taxes!
Date sent: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 23:19:34 -0500
For the Fourth I have a recipe for you. It is also at my website. Dr. Knapp
Homemade Banana Ice Cream or Vanilla if replace banana with vanilla
5 Large eggs (beaten)
2 1\2 Cups Imperial Granulated Sugar
1 Can Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 Cups Borden Heavy Whipping Cream 1\2 Gallon Bordens Whole Milk
2 Teaspoons Adams Real Vanilla
1 Can Bordens Eagle Brand Milk
4 Large Ripe Bananas (mashed)
Mix all of the above and mix with electric beaters. Place in 4 quart ice
Date sent: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 12:15:06 -0500
Studies reported in the New England J. of Medicine show that waiting to put
in PE tubes in the ears to treat chronic ear fluid and infections did not
change the child's development. Tests at 3 years old in the two groups (those
getting tubes immediately and those who waited) showed no
Differences in speech-sound production, language, word diversity,
cognition, or on any measures of receptive language, sentence length,
grammatical complexity, parent-child stress, or behavior. Thus waiting to see
if the fluid goes away will not hurt your child. Also removing tonsils and/or
adenoids did decrease fluid recurrence in children if they were older than 2-3
years old, but did not help children below 2 years old. Of course your child
will still have "selective" hearing. ha ha.
Ps If they do not have tubes, put olive oil in their ears before swimming
to prevent swimmer's ear infection.
Date sent: Sun, 17 Jun 2001 23:52:56 -0500
For a long time conventional wisdom has been that it is good for teenagers
to work after school. There are more than 5 million teens less than 18 working
in America. Two different organizations studying this found working teens more
than 20 hours a week, had lowers grades, higher alcohol use, and too little
time with their parents and families. Between 16 and 19 yrs. old, the percent
teens working are: 53% Americans, 30% Germany, and 18% Japan. But then how can
they pay for their car and stuff. You might think about limiting the hours!
Date sent: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 22:22:53 -0500
Hepatitis C is on the rise. But the most common source is tattoos. The
latest statistics from Southwestern Med School are:
41% -- Commercial tattoo parlors
17% -- drug abuse
8% --- Health care jobs
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 20:15:27 -0600
Knocked out teeth. Find the tooth and hold it by the crown only. Do not
touch the root. Rinse the tooth and either replace the tooth in the socket
(yea.. right!) and bite down on a gauze or cloth to hold it in. Or you can
store it in cold milk or in salt water or in your mouth between cheek and gum.
Do not allow the tooth to dry out. Seek care to reimplant it in 60 minutes
either from your dentist or in the ER from a oral surgeon. Sometimes broken
off tips can be glued back on.
What time of the day should you go see the dentist?
At tooth-hurty (two thirty)
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 00:00:47 -0600
Puberty is earlier. New studies in 1993 showed the average age of breast
development in whites and blacks to be 9.96 years and 8.87 years, respectively
and pubic hair to develop at 10.51 and 8.78 respectively. Menstruation started
on average at 10.51 years in whites and 8.78 in blacks. Precocious puberty
that needs medical attention is pubic hair and mature breast development
before 7 in whites and before 6 in blacks. Minor breast buds that do not keep
growing and have no pubic hair at 1-2 years old is called premature thelarche
and does not need evaluation. Development seems to be getting younger. Too bad
their mouth does not mature faster. Back-talking-teen is another topic.
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2001 11:15:14 -0600
Many children and adults have it. Over use causes "rough"
cartilage under the knee cap and is called Chondromalasia (Wow. big word!).
There is a diffuse pain around and under the knee cap after exercise. Teens
get a condition called Osgood Schlatter where a tendon inserts at the top of
the tibia shin bone. There is point tenderness at the top of the tibia about 1
inch below the knee cap. If the knee swells, locks up, has problems climbing
stairs, or has point tenderness anywhere else, then see your doctor. If you
are just getting old like me, take your Motrin.
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001 07:54:06 -0600
If sex or rape has occurred and pregnancy is to be avoided, females may
take the following birth control pills immediately and prevent pregnancy. I
will put this up at my web site for future reference. Happy Valentines......
Oral Contraceptive Equivalents for the Yuzpe Method of Emergency
Trade Name Formulation No. Pills
Taken With Each Dose*
Preven+ 0.05 mg ethinyl estradiol 2
0.25 mg levonorgestrel
Ovral 0.05 mg ethinyl estradiol 2
0.50 mg norgestrel
Lo-Ovral 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol 4
0.30 mg norgestrel
Nordette 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol 4
0.15 mg levonorgestrel
Levlen 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol 4
0.15 mg levonorgestrel
Triphasil (Yellow pills only) 4
0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol
0.125 mg levonorgestrel
Trilevlen (Yellow pills only) 4
0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol
0.125 mg levonorgestrel
* Treatment consists of 2 doses taken 12 hours apart. + Approved by the FDA
in September 1998. (Adapted from the American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists Practice Patterns on Emergency Oral Contraception, December
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 21:25:05 -0600
Circumcision is frequently done in the newborn. Xylacain is injected under
the skin at the base of the penis to anesthetize it so there is very little
discomfort. The reasons for circumcision are:
1. A lower risk of urinary tract infections in circumcised males. There is
a 90% decrease.
2. A lower risk of getting cancer of the penis. Studies show 98% of males
who get cancer of the penis are not circumcised.
3. A slightly lower risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases,
including HIV, the AIDS virus.
4. Prevention of foreskin infections.
5. Prevention of phimosis, a condition in uncircumcised males that makes
foreskin retraction impossible.
6. Easier genital hygiene.
Reasons sited against circumcision are:
1. Possible risks. As with any surgery, circumcision has some risks.
Complications from circumcision are rare and usually minor. They may include
bleeding, infection, cutting the foreskin too short or too long, and improper
2. The belief that the foreskin is necessary to protect the tip of the
penis. When removed, the tip of the penis may become irritated and cause the
opening of the penis to become too small. This can cause urination problems
that may need to be surgically corrected.
3. The belief that circumcision makes the tip of the penis less sensitive,
causing a decrease in sexual pleasure later in life.
4. Almost all uncircumcised boys can be taught proper hygiene that can
lower their chances of getting infections, cancer of the penis, and sexually
Sometimes the penis sinks into the baby fat around the pubic bone and looks
like they were not circumcised. This looks better by school age. See pictures
at my web site.
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2001 15:01:13 -0600
The infant mortality has dramatically dropped over the last 100 years as
shown on this graph. It used to be 10% died the first year alone. Antibiotics
and Vaccinations have done wonders and since 1900 has doubled the life
expectancy of us from 35 to 70+ years. More Americans died in the Civil war
than all wars combined. Of those dyeing in the Civil War, 1/3 died of bullets
and war, 2/3s died of measles, polio, meningitis and all these diseases for
which we vaccinate. Ignore the recent TV shows on how bad these are and that
they will damage you kids. Such bad journalism.
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 21:14:11 -0600
I recommend playing board games starting at 4 years old. They help train
their attention span. (TV hypnotizes them) They work with counting the spaces,
reading the cards in Sorry, and adding subtracting banker in Monopoly. They
work with fair play, following rules, and how to be a good winner/looser (us
Dad's haven't learned that yet!) Children should follow the rules. They will
try to play the games differently but insist on them playing by the rules. And
that is life. We have rules at job, rules of driving, taxes and at school. It
is important that they learn to play by other's rules. There are other times
when they can be creative. Keep the TV and video games to 2 hours a day or
less. And watch out for the violent ones, it does rub off on them as you have
seen lately in the news.
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 19:27:48 -0600
Did you know a human hair can wind around the small infant's toe (or more
rarely penis) and cut off the circulation? It will wind around and sink into
the skin so you cannot see the hair. All you see is a fine sunken line around
the toe with blue skin distal to it. We treat it by soaking the toe in "Nair"
or other hair dissolving solutions for woman's leg hairs. It is nice to know
in case the rare event occurred to yours or relatives child you would not go
to the ER and have somebody cut the skin to release it. Pretty strange huh?
"You can have it Fast, Cheap, or Well Done.
One yes, two of them sometimes, but getting all three ...... almost
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 16:52:31 -0600
Have fun with your child and make cheese from milk:
1. Heat four cups of whole milk in a saucepan until it almost starts to
boil. Quickly turn the heat down to a simmer (be careful not to let it boil
over) and slowly add four teaspoons of vinegar mixed with two tablespoons of
water. You'll immediately see small white clumps (curds) appear on the
2. Keep on simmering, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until
the curd completely separates from the whey (a pale greenish-yellowish
liquid). Turn off the heat.
3. Pour the mixture into a colander lined with two layers of cheesecloth.
(Put a bowl beneath the colander to catch the whey. When it cools, see what it
tastes like.) Rinse the curds with cold water, then drain them in the colander
for half an hour.
4. Pour the curds out onto a clean surface and knead them for two minutes
to form a lump. Flatten the lump until it's about half an inch thick and wrap
it with the cheesecloth and a paper towel. Put a weight on it and let it sit
for five hours.
5. Unwrap the cheese, slice it and taste some on crackers or French bread
or with a bite of fruit. Try making a new batch; this time knead a little salt
or some herbs and spices (say, oregano, basil or garlic) into the curds in
A very cool magazine called Explorations you can order at
www.explorations.org has this and many neat things to do with your kids.
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 21:05:24 -0600
The husband and wife have different opinions about many things. For example
one likes to party more than the other. The one that likes to get out more
probably should not go so much and the one that likes to stay at home should
get out more often. If both partners spend too much money, then they will go
broke. So the one who spends too much should decrease their spending and the
one that is miserly should spend more. Neither one is right. The proper amount
is the compromise in between. And the parents will not agree on the discipline
of their children. One will be harder and the other softer on the child.
Neither one is right. The proper balance is the middle. That is not the
problems of the marriage but the checks and balances of the marriage. If two
men or two women raise a child, then the balance is not there. Don't look at
these differences as a problem of your marriage. It is the good thing that you
are different and both bring something special to the table. "Neither one
of you are right. find that happy middle between you."
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 20:42:35 -0500
You now realize how hard it is to raise a child and now you appreciate all
the effort your parents put into raising you. If your parent is still alive,
you should write a handwritten letter to them and say how much you appreciate
them and love them. That you want to tell them thanks for the sacrifices and
hard work. Make it real mushy. Because raising kids requires a lot of self
sacrifice and is hard to do! It is definitely worth the sacrifices and the
rewards are great. They can keep the letter, re-read it many times, and cry
with it. But it is hard to do if they are dying and hard to do face to face
because you cry. It would be greatly appreciated and better now while they are
in decent health. Many years from now you will be glad you did.
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 05:57:31 -0500
Some candle wicks can give off lead. some produce in excess of 2,200
micrograms per hour while it only takes 430 to be hazardous to children.
Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to ban candles with lead core wicks
sometime. Some manufacturers have voluntarily stopped producing them. Here is
the list. Have a safe spring and use sunscreen and bug off stuff (10% deet is
- A.I. Root Company
- Alene Candles Inc.
- Ameriplus, Inc.
- Arizona Natural Resources Inc.
- Aroma Naturals, Inc.
- AROMATIQUE, Inc.
- Aspen Bay Company-Mississippi River Traders-Exporters
- Bright of America
- Bullfrog Light Co.
- Calwax Corporation
- Candle Corporation of America
- Candles of Cape Cod
- Candle-Lite, Inc.
- Candlemaker, Inc.
- Carolina CandleLites Inc.
- Casey Pottery Company
- Cathedral Candle Company
- Cavedon Co., Inc.
- CERES Candles & Gifts, Inc.
- Certified Packaging Corp.
- Changing Paradigms LLC
- Coty US Inc.
- Country Home Candle Co./River Rock Candle Co.
- Cultural Heritage
- Dadant & Sons, Inc.
- Dial Corporation Faroy, Inc.
- General Wax & Candle Co.
- GlobalTech Industries, Inc.
- Gold Canyon Candle Co.
- GuildHouse -An American Greetings Corporation
- Hanna's Candle Company
- Illuminations.com, Inc.
- Lamplight Farms
- Latitudes International
- The Lofton Group, LLC
- Lumi-Lite Candle Co., Inc.
- Miracle Candle Co.
- MOLCA Design Corp.
- Neo-Image Candlelight Ltd.
- Northern Wicks Ltd.
- Old Virginia Candle Company
- Park Avenue Candles
- Partylite Candles
- Premier Candle Corp.
- Productos De Parafina La Soledad, S.A. de C.V.
- Reed Candle Company
- SC Johnson
- Surgipath Medical Industries, Inc. d/b/a Cera Bella
- USA Labs, Inc.
- Velas Artisticas S.A. de C.V.
- Will & Baumer, S.A. de C.V.
- Williamsburg Soap and Candle Co.
- Xanadu Candle International Ltd.
- Yankee Candle Company, Inc.
- American Candle Designs
- AMI Candle, Inc.
- ANA Design Corporation
- Archer Manufacturing Co. Inc.
- Aunt Bees, Inc.
- Back Door Candle Store
- Belae Brands, Inc.
- Biedermann & Sons, Inc.
- Busy Bee Candles
- California Candle Company
- The Candleberry Company
- Candleberry Lane, Inc.
- Candle Factory, Inc.
- The Candle Factory
- The Candle Factory, Inc.
- The Candle Man
- The Candle Mill Co., Inc.
- The Candle Station
- Candles & Moore Manufacturing
- Candlescence Candle Co.
- Carmen's Candelry, Etc.
- Carousel Candle & Gift Co., Inc.
- Christy's Country Candles, Inc.
- Colonial Candlecrafters
- Continental Candle Co.
- Country Candle Co. Inc.
- Creative Candles, Inc.
- Dakota Country Candles
- Dani, Inc.
- Danica Design, Inc.
- D'Liteful Scents
- Emery Family Candles
- Firecraft Candles
- Green Mountain Aromatics
- Heather Candles
- Heritage Candles, Inc.
- Hollowick, Inc.
- Hot Wax Candle Co., Inc.
- Illuminee Du Monde, Ltd.
- The Int'l Manufacturing & Resource Group
- Keepsake Candles, Inc.
- The Kerry Collection
- Lincoln Candle Co.
- Lumar Candle Co.
- Main Street Candlery, Inc.
- Memphis Candle Company
- Minka Candles
- Mountain Country Scenses
- Mountain Spirits Candle Co.
- Muench-Kreuzer Candle Co.
- Ner Shava Inc.
- Nola Candle Co., Inc.
- The Northern Company
- Northern Lights Candles
- Nature's Essence
- New York Candle Co.
- Old Port Candles, Inc.
- Our Secret, Ltd.
- Pacific Trade International, Inc.
- Paul Hodge Creations, Inc.
- Perin-Mowen, Inc.
- Philangeius, Inc.
- Plum Blossom, Inc.
- Pourette Manufacturing Co.
- Robert Alan Candle Co.
- Scentinal Candle Company
- Scents & Accents
- Scentual Candle, Inc.
- Sebring Candle Co. Inc.
- Simeria Candle Corporation
- Simply Candles
- Southern Wicks
- Spring Rock Farms, Inc.
- Star Candle Company
- Starship Shapes
- Sunset Mountain, Ltd.
- Swan Creek Candle Co.
- Syratech Corporation
- Taronga West Candles
- Torling Fragrance Products
- Twin City Beekeeping Supply, Inc.
- Warming Glo Candle Co.
- Waxen Candles, Inc.
- Waxman Candles
- Waxworks of California
- Will & Baumer
Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 18:06:51 -0500
This is for all the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in
their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid
saying, "It's OK honey, Mommy's here."
Who walk around the house all night with their babies when they keep crying
and won't stop.
This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair
and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.
For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween
costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T.
This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the
mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.
This is for all the mothers who froze their buns off on metal bleachers at
football or soccer games Friday night instead of watching from cars, so that
when their kids asked, "Did you see me?" they could say, "Of
course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world," and mean it.
This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and
swat them in despair when they stomp their feet like a tired 2-year old who
wants ice cream before dinner.
This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained
all about making babies. And for all the mothers who wanted to but just
For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for
a year. And then read it again. "Just one more time."
This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their
shoelaces before they started school.=20 And for all the mothers who opted for
This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their
daughters to sink a jump shot.
This is for all mothers whose heads turn automatically when a little voice
calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring
are at home.
This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with
stomachaches, assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to
get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them
up. Right away.
This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the
words to reach them.
For all the mothers who bite their lips sometimes until they bleed—when
their 14-year-olds dye their hair green.
What makes a good Mother anyway?
Is it patience?
The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all
at the same time?
Or is it heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter
disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?
The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to
put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby?
The need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear
news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?
For all the mothers of the victims of all these school shootings, and the
mothers of those who did the shooting. For the mothers of the survivors, and
the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who
just came home from school, safely.
This is for mothers who put pinwheels and teddy bears on their children's
This is for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep
And mature mothers learning to let go.
For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.
Single mothers and married mothers.
Mothers with money, mothers without.
This is for you all.
So hang in there.
Happy Mother's Day
"Home is what catches you when you fall - and we all fall."
Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 18:25:37 -0500
Amazing! Some women cannot get pregnant because their eggs do not live long
after fertilization. What doctors do is first combine the egg and sperm. Then
they take a tiny (very tiny) needle and aspirate the liquid contents of the
egg(not the DNA genetic stuff) of another woman's egg and inject it into the
couple's egg. That causes the egg to live long enough to divide and grow in
the uterus of the couple. All of the babies have been normal with the original
DNA of the original couple. Wow that is a tiny needle..... and steady hands.
Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 20:46:56 -0500
A remarkable new study shows that virtually all patients with autism have a
deficiency of a protein known as metallothionein, which helps to regulate
minerals and metals in the human body. The researchers, presenting their
findings at the 154th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association,
suggest that this deficiency inhibits the body's ability to handle toxic
insults -- especially from metals such as zinc, copper, and aluminum -- at an
early age, which then leads to neurological problems. And the defect could
make children especially vulnerable to adverse reactions to certain
vaccinations that contain those metals. It is important in the development of
the brain, intestines, and the immune system. If you have a defect in that
protein those areas will be affected. Among other things, metallothionein
helps to regulate the ratio of copper to zinc in human cells. Some of the
features of autism -- problems with speech, socialization, eye contact, immune
system, and stomach -- are similar to those in people who have a
metallothionein defect. Autism is not from the vaccinations.
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001
Holly Mackerel! You just can't eat or breathe anything with out it causing
something bad. Now they do not want Pregnant or Nursing Moms to eat big deep
sea fish. Mercury damages fetuses and infants brains. Actually that is why we
want you to use electric digital thermometers and not mercury ones because
Mercury damages brains. Men who manufactured beaver hats in 19th century
England used mercury in the process and that is where we get "mad as a
hatter". The fish to be avoided are shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and
tilefish. These fish live relatively long lives and eat lots of smaller fish
that have been contaminated from both natural sources and by industrial
pollution, says the FDA. That allows the mercury to reach high concentrations
in the bigger fish, a process called "biomagnification." (Uuuuuh ..
Big medical word alert!)
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 19:58:57 -0600
Holly Mackerel! You just can't eat or breathe anything with out it causing
something bad. Now they do not want Pregnant or Nursing Moms to eat big
deep-sea fish. Mercury damages fetuses and infants brains. Actually that is
why we want you to use electric digital thermometers and not mercury ones
because mercury damages brains. Men who manufactured beaver hats in 19th
century England used mercury in the process and that is where we get "mad
as a hatter". The fish to be avoided are shark, swordfish, king mackerel,
and tilefish. These fish live relatively long lives and eat lots of smaller
fish that have been contaminated from both natural sources and by industrial
pollution, says the FDA. That allows the mercury to reach high concentrations
in the bigger fish, a process called "biomagnification." (Uuuuuh ..
Big medical word alert!)
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 19:58:25 -0600
Dr. Rennard reported in Chest Mag. about the properties of Chicken Soup and
it's ability to help the immune system fight off the cold virus. So Grandma
was right about Chicken soup helping the cold. The individual ingredients did
not help and it required all of them reacting together to from the soup that
was active in helping. The store bought soups were tried and 5 helped some, 3
did not help and 1 made it worse. Here is their recipe.
1 5- to 6-pound stewing hen or baking chicken
1 package of chicken wings
3 large onions
1 sweet potato
11-12 large carrots
5-6 celery stems
1 bunch of parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Directions: Clean the chicken, put it in a large pot, and cover it with
cold water. Bring the water to a boil. Add the chicken wings, onions, sweet
potato, parsnips, turnips, and carrots. Boil about 1.5 hours. Remove fat from
the surface as it accumulates. Add the celery and parsley. Cook the mixture
about 45 minutes longer. Remove the chicken. The chicken is not used further
for the soup. (the meat makes excellent chicken Parmesan. ) Put the vegetables
in a food processor until they are chopped fine or pass through a strainer.
Salt and pepper to taste. Make matzoh balls according to the recipe on the
back of the box of matzoh meal and add to soup before serving.
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 19:57:55 -0600
Vaporizers are frequently used for illnesses. When used, we recommend cool
over hot because of the risk of burns only. It really does not matter if hot
or cold or vaporizer or humidifier. You do not have to put smelly stuff like
Vaporub, etc. in them or on the child. They smell good but do nothing for the
cold. Vaporizers can help some colds and especially are great for
"croup" (seal-bark cough). The congestion and mucous is frequently
increased by the moisture precipitating in the nose. Also they increase the
humidity in the house or room and increase house mites and allergies. The
moisture does not go past the voice box and they do not help lung problems. So
we really do not recommend them unless there is croup and you are better off
with a cool dry room. Try them on your child's cold if you would like but
watch out that they are not making it worse.
Happy New Year