May 12, 2007

Major Move

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:07 am by drcribben

Hello everyone:

I have not been here for a while and I am now returning and will pick up where I left off.  How fun!!  I have had a major move from South Carolina all the way up to the chilly Chicago area.  I will begin by attempting to post some new stuff at least once a week as I continue to settle into my new residence so come back to visit again.  Thank you for all your wonderful comments that have continued to come in during my lengthy transition.  I will visit your sites and leave you little notes soon.  Hugs to all..     Dr. Laurie


September 12, 2006

New Category- Meditation Journal

Posted in Meditation Journal at 2:28 pm by drcribben

MeditationDavid Wood, a coach I follow frequently, was inspired to start a meditation group.  Yes, I did sign up to participate.  It will be a three month journey.  His start date was September 11, however you can join anytime.  As I got to his e-mail a day late, I began my first meditation, mid-day for 24 minutes using a FOCUS CD I have from Awakened Minds, Inc.  Go to if you are interested in a CD for yourself. 

As there are already over 200 participants, it should prove to be interesting.  David is asking for only a 10 minute commitment per day.  I love the idea of meditating with a large and varied group.  In this new category I will share my personal experiences as time goes on.  Please join me along with David and his group of everyday folks by signing up at: and feel free to document your experiences on this blog “Life’s Expressions” as we go along.

September 4, 2006

Labor Day 2006

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:58 pm by drcribben

Labor DayWell August is gone without a single post. What’s with that?  The past is the past and so be it.  Moving on to today.  Labor Day constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.  To know more about this holiday go to  Meanwhile, let’s all pay tribute to the American Worker (that would be you and me!)  I’m proud to be an American and most of all grateful.

July 26, 2006

Soothe Arthritis Pain

Posted in Home Remedies at 5:07 am by drcribben

Quaker OatsMix up some Quaker Oats to soothe arthritis pain.  Just mix 2 cups of oatmeal and 1 cup of water in a bowl and heat in the microwave for one minute; let the mixture cool slightly before applying it to the affected area.

July 25, 2006

Heal Bruises

Posted in Home Remedies at 4:38 am by drcribben

bruised skinUse Heinz vinegar to heal bruises.  Just soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and apply it to the bruise for an hour.

The vinegar reduces the discoloration and speeds up the healing process.

July 24, 2006

Itching Relief From Hives

Posted in Home Remedies at 5:03 am by drcribben

Phillips' milk of magSome people just plain suffer from hives.  Now here is a remedy for the itch that some people report works even better than Calamine Lotion, because it is thinner and can penetrate the skin more effectively.  Grab that bottle of Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia for relief.  Just apply it directly to the spots and let dry. 

July 23, 2006

Green hair from chlorinated pool

Posted in Home Remedies at 8:26 pm by drcribben

Green HairAs it is the season to splash in the pool this home remedy may well come in handy!  You won’t find it in the medicine cabinet but instead in the kitchen cabinet.  Reach or the Campbell’s Tomato Soup to keep your hair from turning green after swimming in chlorinated pools. 

Just rub the soup into wet hair thoroughly and rinse out.

July 4, 2006

July newsletter solution (Just For Fun!!!)

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:05 pm by drcribben


Solution to the July 2006  Just For Fun!!! section of the monthly Life’s Expressions Newsletter. If you are not a subscriber to this FREE monthly  Life’s Expressions Newsletter, go to, click on Free Newsletter and sign up.  We are looking forward to including you as a member of our family.

July 3, 2006


Posted in Types of Vegetables at 5:34 am by drcribben

kohlrabi.jpgKohlrabi- Also called cabbage turnip, this member of the turnip family looks like a root but is actually a thickened stem. It’s a distinctive looking vegetable, with a ball-like shape, pale green and purple-tinged, marked by points where the leaf-stems attached. It has a sweeter, more delicate flavor than a turnip.  There are two types of kohlrabi, green and purple. The coloring should be light for the green one and deep for the purple one. The greens for both types should be crisp and firm.  Kohlrabi can be found in the produce section of most health food stores, specialty markets, and supermarkets. Choose firm, heavy kohlrabi with deep green leaves, avoiding any with browning or yellowing leaves. Store kohlrabi, refrigerated and wrapped in plastic, for up to four days.

Preparation:  Wash kohlrabi just before using. Peel it, cut it in 1/4-inch (0.6cm) slices, and sauté in butter or olive oil, or boil and mash like potatoes. To prepare the leaves, wash them, remove the middle stems, and sauté like spinach or chard.

Nutritional Info:  Kohlrabi (raw), 1 cup (140g)  –  Calories: 36  –  Protein: 2.3g  –   Carbohydrate: 8.4g  –  Total Fat: 0.13g  –  Fiber: 4.9g
*Excellent source of: Vitamin C (84mg)  –  *Good source of: Potassium (472mg)

Miscellaneous Fruits and Vegetable Health benefits:

AsthmaVitamin C, present in fruits and vegetables, is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This anti-inflammatory activity may influence the development of asthma symptoms. A large preliminary study has shown that young children with asthma experience significantly less wheezing if they eat a diet high in fruits rich in vitamin C.Bruising:  Many Americans eat insufficient amounts of foods containing vitamin C; the disease caused by vitamin C deficiency, scurvy, causes easy bruising. While very few people actually have scurvy, even minor deficiencies of vitamin C can increase the incidence of bruising. People who experience easy bruising may want to try eating more fruits and vegetables—common dietary sources of vitamin C.Cancer:  The strong association between increased intake of beta-carotene from food and a reduced risk of lung cancer does not necessarily mean that supplementation with natural beta-carotene supplements would reduce the risk of lung cancer. Dietary beta-carotene may be a marker for diets high in certain fruits and vegetables that contain other anticancer substances that may be responsible for the protective effects. Until more is known, some doctors advise smokers to avoid all forms of beta-carotene supplementation—even natural beta-carotene.Capillary fragility:  Eating plenty of flavonoid– and vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables helps to support the structure of capillaries.Cataracts:  Some, but not all, studies have reported that eating more foods rich in beta-carotene or vitamin A was associated with a lower risk of cataracts. Synthetic beta-carotene supplementation has not been found to reduce the risk of cataract formation. It remains unclear whether natural beta-carotene from food or supplements would protect the eye or whether beta-carotene in food is merely a marker for other protective factors in fruits and vegetables high in beta-carotene.High homocysteine:  A controlled trial showed that eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables containing folic acid, beta-carotene, and vitamin C effectively lowered homocysteine levels. Healthy people were assigned to either a diet containing a pound of fruits and vegetables per day, or to a diet containing 3½ ounces of fruits and vegetables per day. After four weeks, those eating the higher amount of fruits and vegetables had an 11 percent lower homocysteine level compared to those eating the lower amount of fruits and vegetables.Kidney stonesPotassium reduces urinary calcium excretion, and people who eat high amounts of dietary potassium appear to be at low risk of forming kidney stones. The best way to increase potassium is to eat fruits and vegetables. The level of potassium in food is much higher than the small amounts found in supplements.Macular degeneration:  People who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables high in beta-carotene appear to be at lower risk for macular degeneration than people who do not eat these foods. However, another study found no association between age-related macular degeneration and intake of antioxidants, either from the diet, from supplements, or from both combined. More research is needed to reconcile these differences. In the meantime, beta-carotene-rich vegetables continue to be part of a healthful diet.Multiple sclerosis (MS):  In one survey, researchers gathered information from nearly 400 people (half with MS) over three years. They found that consumption of vegetable protein, fruit juice, and foods rich in vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, and potassium correlated with a decreased MS risk.Stroke:  Researchers have found an association between diets low in potassium and increased risk of stroke. However, the association of increasing dietary potassium intake and decreasing stroke mortality only occurred in black men and hypertensive men in one study. Others have found an association between increased risk of stroke and the combination of low dietary potassium plus high salt intake. Increasing dietary potassium has lowered blood pressure in humans, which by itself should reduce the risk of stroke; however, some of the protective effect of potassium appears to extend beyond its ability to lower blood pressure. Maintaining a high potassium intake is best achieved by eating fruits and vegetables.




July 2, 2006


Posted in Types of Vegetables at 6:27 am by drcribben

daikon-radish.jpgDaikon is also known as Lobok, Oriental Radish, or Chinese Radish. This type of radish is usually cooked rather than eaten fresh, but it can be used raw in salads. In
Japan, the radishes are often pickled.  Nutrition: Daikon contains no Vitamin A, 22 mg of Vitamin C, 0.6 g of protein, and 27 mg of calcium per 100 g raw, edible portion (about 1 cup of sliced daikon).

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