Arthritis Foundation’s 2014 Legislative Priorities!

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Here are the 2014 legislative priorities for the Arthritis Foundation. If I can provide any additional information, please feel free to reach out to me directly.
  • Passing the Patients’ Access to Treatments Act (HR 460)Learn more here.
  • Passing the Pediatric Subspecialty and Mental Health Workforce Reauthorization Act (HR 1827).Learn more here.
  • Continuing support for arthritis research funding at the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health. Learn more here.
Click here to get involved with the Arthritis Foundation or click here if you are interested in acting as an Arthritis Ambassador!

Recent Readings: “Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Viktor E. Frankl

"Man's Search for Meaning"
“Man’s Search for Meaning”

For 3 years, psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl labored in Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz. Not to evoke sympathy, Frankl uses his story to substantiate his understanding of what has been puzzling humans since existence: what is our purpose? He concludes the book with his school of thought, logotherapy.

Aside from selling millions upon millions of copies worldwide, this book provides wonderful insight to the human condition. Just about every paragraph has something quotable; here are my favorites.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

“Having a Why enables one to bear the How.”

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.”

“Suffering is not unlike a gas entering a chamber; it wholly and evenly engulfs the space and does not discriminate regardless of how much.”

“Life means taking responsibility to find right answers and to fulfill tasks which it constantly requires.”

“It does not matter what we expect from life, but rather what life expects from us.”

“Have the courage to face suffering so not to lose dignity and meaning.”

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.”

“The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living.”

“We cannot, after all, judge a biography by its length, by the number of pages in it; we must judge by the richness of the contents…Sometimes the ‘unfinisheds’ are among the most beautiful symphonies.”

On reliving the past may forgo our opportunities to live in the present, he quoted Bismarck:

“Life is like being at the dentist. You always think the worst is yet to come, but it’s already over.”

On sacrifice, he references Spinoza:

“Emotion ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear picture of it; suffering ceases to be when it finds meaning.”

In the end, the meaning of a life is to be discovered via the world, not within our our delusions. The cause in itself may be to serve, to love someone.

Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon, 2006. Print.

ZingAnything Citrus Zinger Water Bottle

It is hard to find something more energizing (or beneficial to your health) than fresh, ice-cold lemon water. For a great water bottle that encourages tasteful hydration, I recommend Citrus Zinger. It can be a little clunky for running errands or using at the gym, but it works great for around the home.

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  • The Citrus Zinger offer an easy way to extract juice and flavor from citrus fruits and infuse them directly into your water bottle.
  • Finger hole provided for easy carrying, wide mouth top allows for easy filling and ice cubes, if needed.
  • Cushioned base through a soft rubber base pad to prevent slippage.
  • Health-safe materials – BPA/EA-free Tritan Plastic from Eastman.
  • Easy to clean and reusable. Excellent Citrus Infuser

For more substantiation on the health benefits, I’ve included a brief list of articles referencing the advantages. This is by no means exhaustive. As always, check with your doctor before making drastic changes to your diet.

http://www.waterbenefitshealth.com/benefits-of-drinking-lemon-water.html

http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/water_health/health1/5-health-benefits-of-lemon-juice.htm

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4769/Why-You-Should-Drink-Warm-Water-Lemon.html

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-lemon.html

The Importance of Vitamins

I always start my day with a variety of vitamins – so, I thought that I would share this article.

Prevention Magazine: Best Vitamins For Women, by Elizabeth Somer, RD

Always remember to take with a meal and a full glass of water! Don’t forget to review the Food Sources listed under each reference, too. Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor before trying or using any sort of supplement!

Personally, I look forward to trying the following (after consulting my doctor):

Ginger (one 500-mg capsules every four hours as needed);

Ginseng (100mg twice daily);

Vitamin E (wheat germ, nuts, spinach);

Vitamin B6  & B12 (avocados, bananas, whole grain);

Copper (leafy greens);

Omega-3s (fish, flaxseed).

 

Somer, Elizabeth. “Vitamins for Women: Best Multivitamins.” Prevention.com. Prevention, Sept. 2012. Web. 08 Jan. 2014. <http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/natural-remedies/best-vitamins-women&gt;.