It was good to hear your voice on the phone. I’m glad that they are treating you well where you are staying. I’m sure Marc would ensure that this was the case.
I’m sorry that you are still having headaches and about your other issues. If there were anything I could do, I would … but alas, it is the way of this world that we all get old and not a thing we can ultimately do about it. I am quickly heading in the same direction J.
My health is good and I feel lucky to be in New Zealand with clean water, good gardens, fresh fish and relatively small population. I live about a 10 minute walk from over 100 fruit trees that are on public land (free to pick for the people). There are apples, apricots, figs, pears and other fruit. This was donated by a man who died and left money to plant these public gardens.
There is edible seaweed (I have a book on identifying these) and free hunting grounds. My neighbour hunts regularly and I buy fresh venison and rabbit from him. Fresh game tastes much better than store bought meat. And Micheal catches fresh fish.
My garden is about 8 feet by 14 feet (small), but I have kale, lettuce, beets, zucchini, cucumber, radishes, mustard greens, dill, peppermint and a few other things. My garden is just outside my kitchen door, so it is easy to pick fresh items for meals. The plants grow very large here in New Zealand … must be the rich soil and climate. The first thing I noticed about this country was how GREEN the vegetation is. It is a deep dark rich color … beautiful (God’s country).
My house is a 2 bedroom with garage, large sunny kitchen, one bathroom, lounge and front and side yard. It is not luxurious but more than adequate to meet my needs. My kitchen is big enough to have a tiny art studio which I leave set up at all times. I have returned to my love of painting and fabric art and I use clay for texture and experiment with all kinds of different mediums. Nelson has a BIG art community and I’m always learning new things. I’m learning all sort of techniques that make a big difference in the finished item. Doing art, all by myself and listening to classical music is wonderful fun.
I work at a small hospital that is 10 minute bike ride from my house. My manager is very nice, but the work is busy … time flies, so I guess that is good. The nurses I work with are pleasant and at present, everyone seems to get along (rare in the nursing world !!!). My manager from Austin gave me a great recommendation so I had no problem finding another job. New Zealand has TONS of nursing jobs, so as long as I’m healthy, can keep working. And besides, it is good to get out there, in the community. I’m not paid much, but my needs are simple and my life is simple. I have a car, but don’t really need one to get around since I live so close to work and shops and friends. I may eventually get rid of my car … then life will be really simple.
Micheal is a good person and very kind and gentle. His family are wonderful people and his sister is beautiful inside and out. He has a hard job as a fisherman, but it is one or two weeks out at sea and then the same back on land. He has been fishing since he was 15 and is an expert in knowing the waters around New Zealand. He loves his work, but again, it is not easy. Maybe life is not meant to be easy … but mine, at present, has settled into a very calm and acceptable pattern. I feel settled and life is good.
I am on my knees daily with feelings of gratitude. So many people around the world face tremendous challenges, but so far, I have been spared any terrible circumstances. I know I need to be grateful for each day and each moment, for life is a fragile and unpredictable journey. Too many people live in the past or the future and forget to take a deep breath and appreciate the NOW. It is easy to forget this, but I’m always reminding myself.
The beach here is glorious and I often walk barefoot along the waters edge and think of you telling me about the beaches in Belguim. There is something about walking barefoot that makes one feel connected to this wonderful planet. And the beaches have so few people on them, which is also something to appreciate.
This is a small community (about 47,000 people live in Nelson) and I know my neighbours and have friends who live close by. People drop in on one another and stay connected here (unlike the big cities). A lot of New Zealanders come to Nelson to retire. There are pretty fresh water streams and brooks that run through the city, full of fish and ducks and other water birds. There are cycle ways along the rivers and when I look out at this, my heart feels full of wonder and I love the beauty of it all. The only bad thing is that winters are colder than Austin, but I’m learning to adapt to that. Mornings are cool but it is usually sunny and much warmer as the day goes on. Never did like the cold L.
I think of you every day and am sending you good wishes for courage, faith and peace of mind. Fear nothing, for this will have been the best time ever, in human history, to be alive. We have been so fortunate to live during these incredible years on tiny planet earth! This is a time when so many truths are being revealed.
Love and warm thoughts, Corinne
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The secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours? About 90 minutes before you want to nod off, head for the kitchen and make yourself a sleepy-time snack. Keep it light (around 200 calories), so you don't overload your digestive system. And include one or two foods from the list below. All help to relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones -- serotonin and melatonin -- flowing. Yawning yet?
1. Bananas -- They're practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.
2. Chamomile tea -- Chamomile is a staple of bedtime tea blends because of its mild sedating effect, which makes it the perfect natural antidote for restless minds and bodies.
3. Warm milk -- It's not a myth. Milk has some tryptophan, an amino acid that has a sedative-like effect, and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan. Plus, there's the psychological throwback to infancy, when a warm bottle meant "relax, everything's fine."
4. Honey -- Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that's linked to alertness.
5. Potatoes -- A small baked spud won't overwhelm your gastrointestinal tract as it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effect, mash the potato with warm milk.
6. Oatmeal -- Oats are a rich source of sleep-inviting melatonin, and a small bowl of warm cereal with a splash of maple syrup is cozy -- and if you've got the munchies, it's filling, too.
7. Almonds -- A handful of these heart-healthy nuts can send you snoozing because they contain both tryptophan and a nice dose of muscle-relaxing magnesium.
8. Flaxseeds -- When life goes awry, and feeling down is keeping you up, try sprinkling 2 tablespoons of these healthy little seeds on your bedtime oatmeal. They're rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a natural mood lifter.
9. Whole-wheat bread -- A slice of toast with your tea and honey will release insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain, where it's converted to serotonin and quietly murmurs "time to sleep."
10. Turkey -- It's the best-known source of tryptophan, credited with all those Thanksgiving naps. But that's actually modern folklore. Tryptophan works when your stomach's basically empty rather than overstuffed and when there are some carbs around rather than tons of protein. But put a lean slice or two on some whole-wheat bread midevening and you've got one of the best sleep-inducers in your kitchen.
Should be less than 200 calories – light before bed.
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Traditional Herbs: Blue Vervain, Passionflower Extract, L-Theanine, Hops Extract Brain Fuels: L-5-HTP, Choline L-Bitartate and Melatonin. Vitamins & Minerals: Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc. The rest of the ingredients are: Polyglycitol Syrup, Cocoa Powder (processed with alkali), Palm Oil, Mineral Mix (Calcium Citrate, Magnesium Citrate, Zinc Citrate), Proprietary Blend (Blue Vervain, Passionflower Extract, Choline L-Bitartrate, L- Theanine, Hops Extract) Nutrient Mix (Niacinamide, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Ascorbic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Melatonin, Folic Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Cholecalciferol), Natural Flavors, Mono and Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin (An Emulsifier) Sea Salt, 5-HTP, Xylitol, Sucralose.
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Cocoa Powder (processed with alkali)
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Dear Sir or Madam,
I am a Registered Nurse who has had a valid Canadian RN licence during the past 5 years (recently let it lapse). I am currently applying for an Australian RN licence and they are asking that the College of Nurses of Ontario send a “Certificate of Registration Status” or a “Certificate of good standing” mailed directly to them. I realize that my Canadian licence is lapsed, but they require this information if the licence has been valid at any time during the past 5 years. The address they require it to be mailed directly to is: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
My name is – Corinne Peachment
Date of birth – April 26th, 1956
Graduated in 1988 from Queen’s University School of Nursing, Kingston, Canada
I authorize you to release any registration history or exam scores or any other information they request to the Australian nursing authority.
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Thank you so much for your attention to this matter.
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Feb. 8, 2008 -- Drinking two cups of beet juice a day may reduce blood pressure, a study shows.
The British researchers who conducted the study say the findings add even more weight to the importance of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
That's because beets (known as beetroot in Britain) are loaded with the nutrient nitrate. Spinach, lettuce, and other green, leafy vegetables also have high levels of nitrate.
Previous studies have shown that eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables lowers blood pressure. Antioxidants often get the credit, but several recent studies have suggested that nitrates may play a much bigger role. How nitrates work to lower blood pressure has been more of mystery.
How Nitrates May Lower Blood Pressure
In the study, 14 healthy volunteers drank 500 milliliters (2 cups) of Planet Organic beet juice or water within 30 minutes. The researchers checked the participants' blood pressure every 15 minutes one hour before they drank the juice and every 15 minutes three hours after drinking the beet juice. They also checked every hour to six hours and then at 24 hours after they drank the beet juice.
Compared with the water drinkers, blood pressure dropped one hour after the volunteers drank the beet juice. It reached its lowest point 2.5 to 3 hours after ingestion and continued to have an effect for up to 24 hours.
Here's how it works: Nitrate in the beet juice is converted by bacteria living on the tongue into the chemical nitrite. Once it enters the stomach, it becomes nitric oxide or re-enters the blood stream as nitrite. The researchers found that blood pressure was at its lowest when the nitrite levels in the blood were at their highest.
The nitrites, the researchers write, work by protecting against endothelial dysfunction, which means that blood vessels have trouble expanding or contracting to handle changes in blood flow. They also have anti-platelet properties.
"Our research suggests that drinking beetroot juice, or consuming other nitrate-rich vegetables, might be a simple way to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, and might also be an additional approach that one could take in the modern-day battle against rising blood pressure," says Amrita Ahluwalia, PhD, one of the study's researchers. Ahluwalia is a professor at the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine.
The study is published in the Feb. 4 online edition of the journal Hypertension.