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What about when life doesn’t even give you lemons?

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

If life gives you lemons, then of course you’ll make lemonade, especially if it’s a hot summer like this one has been. 

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Opioid addiction among new mothers has quadrupled

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

The opioid crisis, as we know, is exploding. I don’t know quite why this is, but it seems that when addiction or disease trends really begin to hit a very low point, the media begins to talk about the children born from mothers with those diseases or addictions. Think of the crack babies and AIDS babies when those crises were at a peak of concern.

The pros and cons of the insect repellent DEET

Developed for American soldiers in World War 2, DEET has long been the most famous and effective ingredient in bug sprays. 
Otherwise known as diethyltoluamide, DEET has proven to be extremely potent against insects, but a controversy regarding its safety has put it in a questionable light. 
In the mid 1980s, a study was conducted by Everglades National Park in which, “The authors concluded that skin rashes, daytime sleepiness and impaired cognitive function are significantly associated with DEET exposure.”

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Summer’s refreshing wheat-free noodle

The bar for what we eat has risen. Today, food has to taste good, be good for you, be fast to make and, for some people, be gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free or meat-free (or all of the above). 
As one could imagine, there are few items that hit all of those marks. 
However, our growing access to previously unknown foods lets us find foods that do. 
One of those foods is soba.
Soba is a traditional Japanese dish with long, buckwheat noodles in a cold broth made with dashi as its base.

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Everything is peachy as summer hits its peak

Peach season is officially in full swing, and this year’s peaches have been noticeably large and delicious, possibly because of the heavy rainfall this summer. 
Peaches are a versatile fruit that can be enjoyed on their own or mixed into any number of recipes. My personal favorite is peach pie, but peaches can also be used in salads, oatmeal, smoothies and even salsa. 

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The balancing act of citrus fruits high in vitamin C

Citrus fruits pack a punch with loads of health benefits — and they can make you pucker with their sour to sweet flavors.
During the year we consume a lot of citrus fruits, whether it’s the orange juice we have with breakfast, the lemon we use to flavor our water or the slice of grapefruit we choke down half willingly (and sometimes cheat by adding a spoonful of sugar).
What is commonly known about citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit is that they are high in vitamin C. 

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Finding happiness in spite of it all

SALISBURY — In 2015, John Leland set out to write a series of stories for The New York Times about Americans aged 85 years and up.
What he found surprised him.
Leland spoke at Noble Horizons on Saturday, July 14, about the book that emerged from the newspaper series, “Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old.”
He began with this: “To get the weekend started right I’m going to talk about getting old and dying.”
The audience, most of them elderly, laughed.

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Mars is in retrograde

Scomeone told me the other day that Mars is in retrograde motion. I’m as interested in horoscopes as the next gal, but I’d never heard of this particular planetary misalignment before.  
My friend said that it was the fault of Mars that her new laptop had broken. I won’t weigh in on that, but I will say that people often say when Mercury is in retrograde that there are a lot of mechanical failures.

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So berry, berry nice in summer

Berries are a tasty, tangy, sweet summer fruit with many surprising benefits. 
Berries are great in just about everything, from pies, desserts, smoothies and fruit salads to green salads. They start our mornings on top of oatmeal, cereal, pancakes, waffles, yogurt or just by themselves; the possibilities are deliciously endless and healthy.
All berries are high in fiber and are much higher in vitamin C than most fruits. Strawberries in particular, are very high in vitamin C. All berries are extremely high in folate and potassium.

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Packing a nutritional punch

When walking down the aisle of the supermarket, one may find a new addition to the selection of kiwis. 
Less than 15 years ago, through cross-breeding and grafting, a new species of kiwi called the Golden Kiwifruit was created. 
While having a shorter storage expectancy than regular green kiwis, it has a number of advantages. 
The yellow kiwi gets rid of the fuzz that is so distinctive on the more popular green kiwi, making the skin edible. 

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