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When you're looking for a gift for that special person you may want to look for the gem stone that represents their birthstone. Look below for the stone that should answer that important question.

January– Garnet July– Ruby
February– Amethyst August– Peridot
March– Aquamarine September– Sapphire
April– Diamond  October– Opal
May- Emerald  November– Topaz
June– Alexandrite December– Blue Topaz


This might be a lifesaver if we can remember the three questions! Is it a Stroke? Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say any bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

  • Ask the individual to smile.
  • Ask him or her to raise both arms.
  • Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and minimize brain damage.


A cardiologist says if everybody who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved. Read this… It could save your life!!

Let's say it's 6.15 P.M. and you're driving home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset, and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.


Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before becoming unconscious. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital. Tell as many people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!


Staying Warm In Winter

Winter will be here shortly and the following thoughts might help you to stay a little bit warmer and conserve on your energy bills.

  • Turn your thermostat down to 68 degrees at night or while you are at work. You may save as much as 10% on your heating bill.
  • Open up your drapes, shades and curtains during the day to let in the sun's warmth. Close them up at night to reduce heat loss.
  • If you have an attached garage keep the overhead door closed to prevent cold winds from infiltrating the house.
  • Keep your fireplace dampers tightly closed when the fireplace is not in use.Don't forget to open them when preparing a cozy fire.
  • Reverse the direction of ceiling fans to help circulate the warm air more effectively throughout your house.
  • Clean and/or replace your furnace filters once a month.
  • Make sure your furniture, drapes or carpeting is not blocking your warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators. Clean the heating systems on a regular basis.
  • Double check to see that your home has the proper insulation (caulking, sealing,weather-stripping) around windows and doors and in the attic.

Car Care

With the winter months coming upon us one should take time to check for the safety of their car tires.The following should be checked:

  • Tread: To prevent skidding and/or hydroplaning, check your tread and replace any tires that has a tread that is worn down to 1/16 of an inch.
  • Alignment: Wheels that are out of alignment, in either the front or back, can cause rapid and uneven tread wear.
  • Rotation: Rotate your tires regularly to prevent irregular tire wear.
  • Pressure: Regularly check your tire pressure to prevent underinflation that can cause tire damage.

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