Friday, September 30, 2011

Can't Sleep? 7 Eats to Avoid.

1. Aged Cheese (Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, and other hard cheeses). The high levels of the amino acid tyramine are known to keep you up.

2. Milk Chocolate. It contains tyrosine, which is converted into dopamine, a stimulate which causes alertness and restlessness, which can keep you up at night.

3. Spicy Foods can cause heartburn.

4. Tomato-based Sauces can cause heartburn and acid reflux.

5. Soy has a high amount of tyramine.

6. Ginseng Tea. Herbal teas have been shown to act as stimulants.

7. Processed or Smoked Meats contain high levels of tyramine and makes the brain release a chemical that makes us feel alert. "Can't Sleep? 7 Eats to Avoid." Shine from Yahoo! 30 September 2011. Web. 30 September 2011.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Upcoming Speeches

October 18, 2011: Plano Teen VIP located at 900 E 15th Street, Plano, TX 75074 from 6:30-8:00 pm

October 23-29 is Red Ribbon Week

October 23, 2011: Ector High School from 11:00-12:00 pm

October 26, 2011: Kennedy Middle School in Grand Prarie, TX from 10:00-10:30 am, Sam Houston High School in Arlington, TX from 11:35-12:35 pm, and Hunter's Glen Church (Youth Group) located at 4001 Custer Road, Plano, TX 75023 from 6:00-7:30 pm *RESCHEDULED*

November 2, 2011: Collin College's Central Park Campus located at 2200 W. University Drive, McKinney, TX 75071 from 11:30-12:30 pm

November (TBA): Armstrong Middle School in Plano, TX

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dad Got A Job!!! Praise God!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, & Holy Ghost! :D My Dad got a job, the one he interviewed for, and a salary increase! 6 months of rest with severance pay he well deserved. I'm so happy that I'm crying! Thank you everyone for all your prayers. God does work and is always at work. God rewards faithful prayers. Never doubt it or grow weary of praying because "he will take charge of sending the rain at the right time” (Deut. 11:14).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tony Romo’s broken rib and punctured lung need time to heal

Romo fractured his rib and punctured a lung on Sept. 18 during his third-down pass attempt. Although he missed practice on Sept. 22, coach Jason Garrett decided to put him back into the game on Sept. 26 against the Washington Redskins.

The Injuries
A CT scan on Sept. 22 revealed that Tony Romo's fractured rib and punctured lung were beginning to heal. The puncture appears to be small, and only one fracture has been found in his ribs. However, these are still serious injuries that need a sufficient amount of time to completely heal.

Fractured Rib
A fractured rib is essentially a break in the bone. It is a common NFL injury. Although Tony Romo's fractured rib does not appear to be severe, he is probably still experiencing the most common symptoms of pain, difficulty breathing and bruising. Romo admitted that it was "hard to breathe" in the Sept. 18 game.

One of the most common treatments in the NFL for rib injuries is painkiller shots. The injections allow the players to continue participating through the pain, but they are only temporary solutions. Tony Romo was probably in the game on Sept. 26 because of help from high doses of painkillers. However, painkillers only mask the problem and can quickly become addictive. In addition, they have to be administered to the chest and can cause another lung puncture. Painkillers can be dangerous because the player loses the ability to evaluate his pain threshold and risks creating a greater injury. Rest is necessary for the ribs to heal.

Punctured Lung
The CT scan revealed Romo's pneumothorax and lung puncture. A pneumothorax is characterized by air accumulating around the lung and is often associated with a rib fracture. Chest pain, difficulty breathing and fatigue are the most common symptoms.

Tony Romo's puncture is small, so it may not require surgery or extensive intervention to heal. However, rest is crucial for recovery because of the risk of complications. They include shock and respiratory failure. A permanent air leak in the lungs is also a common problem that would require surgery.

Returning to the Game
Even simple rib fractures and punctured lungs may require up to four weeks to heal completely. Putting Tony Romo back into a game so soon can cause complications and more injuries. Although pain killers can temporarily dull the pain, the coach is taking a large risk with Tony's health.

Bandoim, Lana. "Tony Romo’s broken rib and punctured lung need time to heal." Yahoo! 27 September 2011. Web. 27 September 2011.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rick Perry stands by calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme

In spite of warnings from his fellow Republicans that calling Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" would be polarizing in the presidential contest, presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday stood by his remarks.

"You cannot keep the status quo in place and call it anything other than a Ponzi scheme," Perry said at a Republican debate in California. Acknowledging that several have called his remarks controversial, he added, "Maybe it's time to have some provocative language in this country."

Perry called the popular federal program a Ponzi scheme in his 2010 book "Fed Up!" and his views have come under scrutiny since he entered the presidential race last month. Most recently, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Perry's take on Social Security will prove "toxic" in the 2012 election. Former Vice President Dick Cheney also said recently it was inaccurate to call the program a Ponzi scheme.

The Texas governor pushed back against both Bush administration officials.

"You know, Karl has been over the top for a long time in some of his remarks, so I'm not responsible for Karl," he said. He added, "If Vice President Cheney or anyone else says the program we have in place today [is sound]... that is just a lie."

Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was ready to attack Perry's stance, issuing a release to the media with a list of statements from Perry criticizing Social Security.

"Our nominee has to be someone who isn't committed to abolishing Social Security but to saving Social Security," Romney said in the debate. "We keep the program and we make it financially secure... Under no circumstances would I ever stay by any measure it's a failure. We've got to keep it working."

Condon, Stephanie. "Rick Perry stands by calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme." CBS News: Political Hotsheet. 7 September 2011. Web. 10 September 2011.