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Here is some interesting information on Father’s Day that you may not know! (via)
A brief history of Father’s Day: Believe it or not, it was a Mother’s day sermon in 1909 that prompted the founding of the modern Father’s Day. A young woman named Sonora Smart Dodd had been raised by her father after her mother died. When she attended the church that day in May she decided that Fathers needed to be celebrated too! So she held the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane Washington on June 19th of 1910.
President Calvin Coolidge designated the third Sunday in June as the annual celebration of Father’s Day in 1924. In 1972, President Richard Nixon made the observance a permanent national one.
So there you are. Now SHOUT OUT to MY dad….I love you and happy Father’s Day!!
FATHER’S DAY this year is on JUNE 16, 2013.
They are also called liver spots, however they have nothing to do with the liver or liver function….so who named them liver spots? Silly.
Quite common after the age of 40, age spots are changes in skin color that occur in older skin. The increased color may be due to aging, exposure to the sun or other forms of ultraviolet light.
According to the Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” age spots are the result of a buildup of wastes known as lipofusion accumulation, a byproduct of free radical damage in skin cells.”
So what does that mean? Well, exposure to the sun causes the development of free radicals that can damage the skin. So what’s a girl to do?
Protect your skin from the sun by taking the following precautions:
- Wear protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants.
- Use sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Try to avoid sun exposure at midday, when sunlight is most intense.
- Use high-quality sunscreens, preferably with sun protection factor (SPF) ratings of at least 30. Apply sunscreen at least a half hour before exposure, and reapply often. Use sunscreen in the winter, too.
- Eat a diet high in vegetable protein and that consists of 50% raw fruits and vegetables, plush fresh grains, seeds and nuts.
- Omit all animal protein from the diet for one month.
- Brown or yellow spots can usually be eliminated by freezing them off. During a painless in office procedure, the doctor brushes liquid nitrogen on the spots with a cotton swab. In about 2 seconds the cells freeze and within 5 days the cells flake away.
Umeboshi plums are a Japanese fruit, and are part of the apricot family. They have a bizarre growth process as the fruit needs to ferment for a month in sea salt brine before it is edible. And as you expected, it has a taste that is salty, fruity and tangy! Think pickled plums…. and people say they are crazy good!
During the Middle Ages, the pickled plum was the soldier’s most important field ration. It was used to flavor foods such as rice and vegetables, and its high acidity made it an excellent water and food purifier, as well as an effective antidote for battle fatigue.
Supposedly a superb hangover cure, the umeboshi plum is still used for a variety of medical purposes such as counteracting nausea, reducing fevers, and controlling coughs.
Some say you can schmear the plum on toast, however it just might be a bit too….tangy. Try it in salads first, pureeing small batches which will replace your vinegar and salt.
Orange Ume Dressing
Makes 1 cup
This is a refreshing summer dressing for tossed salads and noodle salads.
3 level tablespoons toasted sesame seeds or 3 tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons umeboshi paste or minced umeboshi
2 tablespoons light sesame or olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Juice of 1 – 1 1/2 oranges (to taste)
1 teaspoon minced green onion or chives (optional)
Toast sesame seeds (if using) in a dry skillet over medium heat for 1 – 2 minutes, stirring constantly. When seeds are fragrant and begin to pop, remove from pan to prevent them from overcooking and becoming bitter. Blend first 5 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Mix in scallions or chives (if desired), and chill for 30 minutes before using. (via)