Earth Hour

Earth hour is a yearly event organized by the World Wildlife Fund an environmental nonprofit group. It was created in Sidney, Australia and participated by millions of people to signify that each of us, working hand in hand, can make a good impact on climate change – no matter where we live or who we are.

What is climate change?

Climate change is a long term change in patterns of humidity, precipitation, temperature, wind, seasons and sea levels. While these things fluctuate on a natural cycle, statistics point out that there are more major and thorough changes taking place than have in previous geologic history.  Specific climate patterns are critical to all environments.  A change in patterns of rainfall will result in alterations in the blooming of flowering crops and plants that human beings including animals depend on. Warmer temperatures can cause die offs of plants which provide habitat for animal species. The climate is dangerous to the health of our planet. As we can see today, disasters everywhere have started.

The main purpose for Earth Hour is to improve community consciousness of the need for important energy-use reduction and the need to take action on climate change by engaging as many businesses, communities and individuals around Planet Earth as possible to turn the lights off for an hour.

This simple act will not only increase awareness of the impacts of climate change on our world, but also motivate individuals to take practical action to reduce their own carbon marks.

Being able to be part of something public, even if it is as simple as turning off the lights, gives us a chance to say, we are a part of this too.

So, today at 8:30 in the evening, my lights will be off for an hour. Will yours too?


I’d like to share what I’ve read last night about the last secret of Fatima. If I am not mistaken this one is from “The Fatima Crusader”. Here it is:

The Church has given permission to reveal to the people the last part of the message. The Blessed Virgin appeared to 3 children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 …. This is a proven fact; one of these children was Lucia, (died 2-13-05).

She was a cloistered nun, and lived in a monastery in Portugal. Lucia disclosed the message for the first time; to Pope Pius XII who, after reading, sealed it and stored it away without making it public. Later Pope John XXIII read it and, in the same manner as his predecessor, he kept it out of the public eye because he knew that once revealed; it would bring desperation and panic to mankind. But now the time has come, and permission has been granted from Pope John Paul II to reveal it to the children of God (this is not to create panic, but to make God’s people aware of this important message and be prepared).

The Virgin told Lucia: ‘Go, my child, and tell the world what will come to pass during the 1950’s – 2000’s. Men are not practicing the Commandments that God has given us. Evil is governing the world and is harvesting hate and resentment all over.  Men will fabricate mortal weapons that will destroy the world in minutes!… where half of the human race will be destroyed. The war will begin against Rome, and there will be conflicts amongst religious orders.

God will allow all natural phenomena like smoke, hail, cold, water, fire, floods, earthquakes, winds and inclement weather to slowly batter the planet.

These happening will come to pass before the year 2012.

“For those who don’t/won’t believe… this is the time… Your beloved mother told you:… those lacking charity towards others, in words and deeds and those who do not love their neighbor like my beloved Son has loved you all… cannot survive! They will wish to have died. God will punish severely those who do not believe in him, those who despise him and those who did not have time for him.” ‘I call upon all of you to come to my son Jesus Christ. God will help the world, but all loyalty will be destroyed!’

Father Agustin, who lives in Fatima, said that Pope Paul VI gave him permission to visit Sister Lucia, a cloistered nun (she did not leave the monastery nor was allowed to receive any visitors). Father Agustin said that she received him greatly overwhelmed and told him: “Father, Our Lady is very sad because nobody is interested in her prophecy of 1917, though the righteous are walking through a narrow path the evil ones are walking through an ample road that is leading them straight to their destruction! Believe me, Father, the punishment will come very soon. Many souls will be lost and many nations will disappear from the earth.

But, in the middle of all these, if men reflect, pray and practice sincerity, good deeds, kindness and respect, the world can saved…. However, if men persist with evil ways – greed, hatred, selfish acts, rivalry, and riff, the world will be lost forever! The time has come for all to pass on the message of our Blessed Lady to their families, friend, and to the entire world.

Continue praying, make penitence and sacrifices. We are close to the last minute of the last day and the catastrophes are near. Due to this, many that were far from the Church will return to the open arms of the Church of Jesus Christ.

The joining of the churches will result in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church… England, Russia, China, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Protestants, etc…. all will return believing and worshipping God our Creator, in his beloved Son and in Blessed Mother Virgin Mary.


……………. part two will be posted soon…………

Type II Diabetes Diet – Way to a Healthy Life

Having a healthy diet is essential for everybody, but it is particularly important for individuals with diabetes. A type II diabetes diet and a right meal strategy will make a difference to an individual fighting to manage their blood glucose levels under control. But the question is what the right diet strategy is?

How much carbohydrate should you eat?

One of the main food groups are carbohydrates. They provide energy for the body as glucose. Glucose is the main source of power for all of our body’s cells.

Carbohydrates can be found in these daily food groups:

• Fresh fruit
• Natural yogurt and milk
• Bread, grain, cereal, noodles
• Starchy vegetables just like potatoes

The significance of carbohydrate counting

Carbohydrate counting is really a way of planning a meal that is an easy method to monitor the quantity of total carbohydrates you take in each day.

With counting carbohydrate, you can manage your carbs intake based on your pre-meal sugar as well as your insulin intake could be adjusted. Carbs counting can be followed by anyone and not just by individuals with diabetes. When you eat much more carbohydrates as compared to your supply of insulin may handle your blood sugar level increases. If the patient eats too little, blood sugar level may drop too low.

Your fiber intake – how much should you eat

Fiber is a part of plant foods that is indigestible. Diets high in soluble fiber are related with much lower dangers of weight problems, high blood pressure, cardiovascular illness, and strokes.

The target for most Americans should be to eat about 25 to 35 grams of soluble fiber daily. The best method to improve fiber intake as part of one’s type II diabetes diet is to have more of the following fiber-rich foods:

• Fresh fruit and veggies
• Peas and cooked dried beans
• Cereals, crackers, and whole grain products
• Brown rice
• Bran goods

Fat in a Type II Diabetes Diet

Below are some common recommendations for choosing and setting up low-fat meals for your type 2 diabetes diet:

• Choose lean meats such as red meats, poultry, and fish. Do not fry them, instead, you can broil, bake, roast, grill, or boil.
• Choose low-fat dairy goods like skim milk, low-fat cheese, and products made from skim milk such as nonfat frozen yogurt, nonfat yogurt, buttermilk, and evaporated skim milk.
• Choose vegetable oils that include monounsaturated fats that can help lower your ‘bad’ cholesterol.
• Select lower fat gravies, salad dressings, and margarines and keep in mind to watch the carbs count on dressings as well as condiments.
• All fruits and veggies are great choice for low-fat foods.


Berry, Fruit and Vegetable

When was the last time you had a really good tomato? Are you so accustomed to the pale, cardboard tomatoes in the stores that you have forgotten what they are supposed to taste like? Because it has become so important to make sure that tomatoes survive great shipping distances, most of the advances in growing and hybridizing have been economical, rather than nutritional or gastronomical.

Among the most recognizable varieties in the stores are the cherry tomato, the plum tomato and the slicing tomato. Unless you are lucky enough to be able to grow your own, here are some shopping tips you should try to follow:

  • Do not buy tomatoes from a refrigerator; the cold spoils them. Exposure to temperatures under 55 degrees during growth or after harvest prevents the tomato from ripening properly and developing a full flavor.
  • Look for heavy, plum tomatoes with soft skins, they must be free of bruises; the leaves should be green and fresh.
  • Ripe tomatoes are sweet-smelling, but even more green ones should have a mild fragrance. If they have no aroma at all, they were probably picked when they were still quite immature; they never will ripen.
  • Pick a size that works for you. The size has no bearing on the flavor, texture or quality.
  • Tomatoes that are too ripe can still be used in sauces.

Four Ways to Make Kindness a Habit

Acts of kindness have an inspiring and humanizing effect because they powerfully remind us that people are capable of goodness, mercy, generosity, and service. Too many of us however, limit kindness, waiting for a major crisis such as a death, a divorce, a life-threatening illness, or a job loss. Yet, every day of the year provides us with ample opportunities to be kind. Here are four suggestions for making kindness a daily habit:

  • Make kindness a priority in your life

Commit yourself to act kindly and to speak kindly. Let these words from Scripture shape your daily life: “As Gods’ chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

  • Avoid the two D’s of inaction

Don’t delay or deny an opportunity to be kind. Act kindly whenever possible, as soon as possible.

  • Be kind to an enemy

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. Most of us can find ways to be kind to family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and even strangers. Perhaps the greatest test of our kindness is whether or not we can be kind to those who have hurt us by their words or deeds.

  • Turn your pain into another’s gain

The sad experiences in our lives should make us better, not bitter, people. Let your pain motivate you to treat others more compassionately. Remember that someone needs your kindness today. It may be a child who needs a word of encouragement, a spouse who needs your praise, a stranger who needs the cheer of your smile, or a work colleague who needs you to listen and understand. The opportunities for daily kindness are as close as the air you breathe.

The Upside of Depression

You feel as though you’re at the bottom of a deep, dark pit and there’s no way out. But there’s help. There are more effective ways to deal with it than ever before.


Where you live and work affects how you feel. Being depressed saps your energy, but keep things tidied up anyway. Don’t wake up to face yesterday’s messes! Deliberately make things pleasant – a few flowers, a sweet-scented candle, soft but cheerful music, colorful pictures. And stay connected with supportive friends.


Your diet affects your feelings even more when you are depressed. You crave sweets, or you don’t feel like eating. Fixing balanced meals? Impossible! It’s much easier to snack. Then snack on the depression fighters: fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and protein foods. Plan simple meals, if you cook, make a double batch and save some for later.

Exercise releases endorphins those brain chemicals that make you feel good. Endorphins are a gift from God; they reward you when you do things that are good for you, such as exercising, nursing your baby, or accomplishing a meaningful task. Exercise is especially important during depression. Besides releasing endorphins and improving general health, it helps regulate your appetite and your sleep patterns.

Creative hobbies are another way to relieve depression. You won’t feel like doing much, but if you join a friend. It’s easier to get started. Watching TV may seem to feel good, but it pulls you down. If you do watch TV, make it a comedy and watch with someone else.


Several psychological treatments are proven to improve symptoms and prevent relapse, even in severe cases. The better the therapist, the better the treatments work. Cognitive therapy helps you change the way you think about what happens to you. Simply said, it puts you in charge of your thoughts in order to improve your feelings. Cognitive therapy may include scheduling fun activities, learning social skills to deal with difficult people, or practicing active stress management.

In some cases traditional “insight-oriented”, therapy may help you figure out what’s really bothering you so you can decide what to do about it.

Medication can help restore balance to your brain’s chemistry. It works better when prescribed by a psychiatrist rather than an internist or family practice doctor. Psychiatrists are more familiar with the best ways to use these medicines. It’s a tricky business to detect side effects that may resemble the illness, of knowing when to change doses versus when to change medicines, and especially to know whether other forms of treatment are needed to complete the cure.

Some herbal medicines help depression, but please use these only under your doctor’s direction. There is a potential for harmful side effects, or interactions with food or medicines. Even though they’re sold over the counter, they can cause you serious harm.

Depression is a treatable illness, but it’s not a do-it-yourself project. Get help. You deserve to feel better!

Taking Responsibility of our Health

We have to take much more responsibility for our very own personal health. Small alterations in our everyday way of living may have a major effect on our overall health. The idea of becoming and keeping healthy has developed and has led to the flourishing of the field often known as the wellness field. A lot of people realize that pushing wellness and having a healthy way of life can greatly help to avoid illness and disease.

The responsibility anybody can take in handling their own healthcare is to know their bodies. Pay attention to changes that happen and if possible note the causes of it. A person doesn’t have to ponder over how their body is working to note changes. Nor do we need to run to the physician with every ache and pain or sniffle. The human body is pretty amazing and will if healthy work to repair its function. That doesn’t at all mean that you never have to see a doctor or should ignore the signs or symptoms of ailment.

Wellness can be explained as living your life to the very best of your own potential. The primary factor of wellness is to have more responsibility to your health. It calls for taking constructive steps to prevent disease and change your way of life to develop health, strength, energy, fitness and vigor. Eating properly and going through regular exercises are the main factors for remaining healthy. Nevertheless, newer studies are proving that there are several other habits that should also be practiced daily to keep healthy.

Getting healthy after you have letting things go or disregarded problem is difficult or can it happen right away. Your physician could even be ready to help you check out the alterations you should make. In case you have medical difficulties already then you should talk with your physician as there might be limits to what you could do initially. We may be unable to avoid our family background and genetics but we can develop our health and work to handle our health care.

The health care method is definitely necessary at times. However, we should really consider having more responsibility for our personal health in this very populated and polluted world and prevent looking for the health care program when possible.