Archive | March, 2013

March/April 2013

March/April 2013

It’s Festival Season!  The latest issue of Lifestyles is available to read online. Catch up with James Hampton, a local screen legend, help fight cancer with Denton County Relay for life and don’t forget to visit the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

You can read the new issue here.

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Hollywood Celebrity Calls North Texas His Home

Hollywood Celebrity Calls North Texas His Home

By: Debra K. Owens

Down to earth and down-right hilarious, Mr. James Hampton, or, as he prefers to be called, “Jim,” would rather hang his hat in Denton County, Texas than in any other zip code in the country. Rooted and raised in North Texas, Jim’s big break in show biz came as a result of his college acting days at the University of North Texas, along with his ability to ride a horse. You heard right, loping and laughter landed him his first gig on Gunsmoke where he played the part of “Jeb.” It was also where he met one of his dearest, lifelong friends, Burt Reynolds. And from there his career took off. You probably remember him in “F-Troop” or “The Longest Yard,” where he received a Golden Globe Nomination for his performance as “Caretaker.” He also appeared in “Teen Wolf, Teen Wolf Too, The China Syndrome, Hawmps, Condorman, Pump Up the Volume, Police Academy V,” to name a few. But his most memorable role, in my opinion, was in the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning, “Slingblade.”

Like most Hollywood legends, Jim’s list of film making roles and television spots is long and impressive. This man has shaken the hands of more Hollywood Royalty than the last six Presidents of the United States. Two of which he’s had lunch with, on separate occasions of course, and during different terms. His contribution to the entertainment industry stretches far across the starry spectrum. Many remember Jim as an actor, but that’s not all he’s done. Some of the most popular sitcoms ever aired on national TV (i.e. “Evening Shade, Sister, Sister, Smart Guy, The Tony Danza Show, Boston Common and Grace Under Fire”) benefited from his talented writing, producing and directing know-how. He still makes silver screen appearances and can be seen in his latest films, “The Last Ride,” “The Association” and “Jacob.”

Ageless and limitless is Jim’s sharp wit and good humor. He receives regular requests to guest speak at various theatrical events, seminars and conferences. He’s even made a few surprise visits to local High School Drama Clubs. And he rarely turns down a charity fundraiser or red carpet affair.

Humble in spirit, kind in heart, he’s a true sweetheart when it comes to good conversation and funny story telling. Listening to him tell tales of his rise to fame, especially the story of being drafted into the Army, after having already served in the Navy, had me busting at the seams with laughter. Accounts such as these can be found in the upcoming book he’s written, “What? And Give up Show Business?” An edition I’m committed to buy as soon as it’s released.

Jim considers himself one of the luckiest men on earth and believes that being in the right place at the right time opened the door to the wonderful world of acting for him. Personally, I think his good nature and his wonderful sense of humor also had something to do with it. I like knowing a man of his caliber and character are proud to call North Texas Home.  Hopefully, we can lasso more positive role models like Jim into our community. I wonder if Burt Reynolds is in the market for a new home. Any-who, welcome back to Texas, Jim!

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From the Spice Rack: Healthy Herbs

From the Spice Rack: Healthy Herbs

by Kathe Kitchens, co-owner
of Bestemor Herb Farm

Coriander, also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley is an annual herb native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. A cooling herb and spice, the leaves are referred to as cilantro (herb) and the seeds as coriander (spice).  Its lively flavor and ability to suppress or kill bacteria like salmonella in foods had made it a valued part of hot weather recipes like guacamole, soups like gazpacho, prestos, masalas, sauces and salsas.

One of the treasures found in the tomb of Tutankhamen, coriander is mentioned in the book of Exodus 16:31, ancient Sanskrit and in the Greek Dioscorides’ writings. Archeologists have found evidence of its cultivation and use for over four millennia, back to the Bronze Age.  This may be due to the value of the entire plant as flavoring, food and medicine.  The leaves have a pleasant citrusy flavor to most that is warm and spicy; however, some people find it bitter and soapy.  This has recently been discovered as a genetic difference in taste buds.

Coriander seeds are carminative and reduce bloating.  They are used whole in sausage or for pickling, ground for breads, beers and a broad range of dishes and roasted plain for a crunchy snack.  Roots have a deeper flavor ideal for soups and curry paste.

Broad claims of value as a food medicine have been proven in recent search.  Among these are its verified ability to lower bad and raise good cholesterol, lower blood sugar, prevent nausea and flatulence, relieve gas and work as a natural chelator (heavy metal detoxicant). Coriander has been used as a folk medicine for the relief of anxiety and insomnia. The entire plant is also rich in phytonutrients and a good source of iron, magnesium and flavonoids.

Easily cultivated from seed in all US planting zones, it will grow quickly and produce seed within a few weeks. Morning sun with afternoon shade is ideal and moist, well drained soil that is properly mulched or bedded with compost will provide nutrients and cooling moisture-retaining protection for the roots.

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Simple Sleep

Simple Sleep

Are you one of thousands of North Texans that just can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep? Do you often wake up feeling more tired than you were before you went to sleep? Do you snore, have morning headaches or have difficulty staying awake after lunch? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are not alone, and you may have a serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). As many as half of all adults over 35 snore and many of them are at risk for OSA.

Plano resident Bobby Barajas is typical of many men in their early 40’s. His wife had mentioned over the years that he occasionally snores, but it wasn’t enough of an issue to address. After a particularly bad night of snoring his wife told Bobby about a mutual friend that had their snoring assessed and treated with outstanding results. Bobby got the name and number of a local Plano company that specializes in diagnosing and treating snoring and OSA, Simple Sleep Services.

Located at 6101 Chapel Hill near Willow Bend Mall, Simple Sleep Services provides a convenient option for diagnosing OSA as well as a comfortable effective alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy and surgery. According to Simple Sleep Services CEO John Truitt, “In the past, if you wanted to get an evaluation and diagnosis for potential OSA you had a number of visits between your primary care doctor, sleep specialists, overnight sleep labs and a DME (Durable Medical Equipment) supplier who would almost always give you a CPAP device to use at night”.

“We integrated the whole process into a one-stop shop, and we have made everything a lot easier. When you visit us, we don’t send you away to a place where you have to spend the night away from home. We gather a full medical history, perform an exam and radiography, evaluate you, explain how to use a home sleep test so you can take it home and sleep in the comfort of your own bed. It’s a lot easier to use and there’s not nearly as many wires. You sleep in your own bed so in addition to being more comfortable and convenient, you potentially get a better study. You then send it back to us or drop it by our facility in Plano. A Board-Certified Sleep Physician reads and interprets the test results and comes back with a diagnosis.”, explains Truitt

The medical treatment prescribed by the doctors at Simple Sleep Services is a removable dental appliance similar to an orthodontic retainer.  You may have seen other products sold on television and think they are similar, but the Simple Sleep Services therapy is very different.  It is cleared by the FDA to treat sleep apnea, not just snoring like the things on TV.  More importantly, you won’t have to deal with the laundry list of issues that these over the counter products can cause including jaw pain and teeth movement.

The dental therapy is a great alternative for those who have been prescribed CPAP, but just can’t tolerate sleeping with a mask on their face.  “These devices are comfortable, proven and effective”, says Truitt. “CPAP can be a great solution for those suffering from severe OSA. However it is not without issues. The pressure must be set correctly, the mask can’t leak and most importantly the patient must wear it. For many snorers and patients who have tried to use the CPAP and failed or who do not want the discomfort of surgery, the oral device is a great solution”.

So, what happened to Bobby? For him it wasn’t just an issue of loud snoring. When Bobby’s in-home sleep study results were examined, it was revealed that Bobby suffered from significant sleep apnea. This would explain why he had been waking up tired and was lethargic at different times during the day. “I immediately made an appointment to get fitted for my oral sleeping device. It has actually been an unbelievable experience. From the first night I started using the device, I could honestly feel a significant difference when I woke up in the morning. I had more energy. I even had a better attitude”, says Barajas.

The price of regaining the ability to get a good night’s sleep is surprisingly affordable and Simple Sleep Services works with all medical insurers including United, Aetna, Cigna and Blue Cross.  For more information, visit or call 469.685.1700 to set up your sleep consultation today!

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Don’t Enforce The Rules

Don’t Enforce The Rules

By Sue Nelle DeHart

How many times have you heard a parent give direction to a child then add, Do you understand me?”  Children cannot wait to hear a parent talk like this because it means they have reached end of their rope.  The parent has once again reduced his or her authority through hollow, meaningless words.  This happens each time we make statements that can’t or won’t be enforced – when we tell a child what to do or not do, rather than what we will do.

In cases where parents frequently make unenforceable statements, children learn they do not have to do whatever the parent says or asks.  Parental authority is undermined as children test limits, act out and feel a general lack of control.

Some parents do not have these problems because their word is gold.  They understand that they actually have control over themselves and no one else.  The art of making enforceable statements involves talking about ourselves and what we will allow, what we will do, or what we will provide.  For example:

Unenforceable:    “Don’t talk to me like that!”
Enforceable:    “I’ll be glad to listen when your voice is as soft as mine.”

Unenforceable:    “Study NOW, young man!”
Enforceable:    “Feel free to join us for TV when you are finished

Unenforceable:    “Be nice to each other, don’t fight.”
Enforceable:    “You’re both welcome to be around me when you
are not fighting.”

Unenforceable:    “As long as you live in this house, you won’t be drinking
Enforceable:    “When I no longer have to worry about alcohol use,
I’ll let you use my car.”

Parents who make only those statements which they can and do enforce, raise children who believe their parents mean what they say.  Their children seldom test the limits.  This technique needs practice.  You might try, “Hey kids, from now on you need to know that I will be giving you desert when you protect your teeth by brushing.”  It is much easier to withhold a treat than to cram a toothbrush in a child’s mouth!  Simply, talk about what you allow – not what your child can or can’t do.

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Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Poison Control Centers receive more than 2 million accidental poisoning calls each year. More than 90 percent of non-fatal poisoning occurs in the home. Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23.

Our North Texas area switches from air conditioning to heat at this time of the year. Many of our appliances and equipment can generate carbon monoxide gas. This includes ALL fuel-burning equipment and appliances – especially if they malfunction or are improperly ventilated. Every year, this results in hundreds of deaths and many thousands of illnesses.

Among the numerous potential sources of carbon monoxide are furnaces, water heaters, stoves, ovens, kerosene space heaters, wood and gas fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, portable generators, and automobile engines.

Carbon monoxide gas is deadly, even though it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It may kill quickly or slowly, and there are no warning signs specific to carbon monoxide. Even when it is not fatal, carbon monoxide can cause permanent damage to the brain and other parts of the nervous system. It affects people of all ages, but Infants and children are even more susceptible than adults.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is lethal and it takes people by surprise. Three things are important to prevent fatal carbon monoxide poisoning: prevention; detection; and rapid, appropriate treatment.

Take simple steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
•    Have your furnace inspected and adjusted yearly.
Have your chimney, fireplace, and wood stoves, and flues
inspected yearly.
•    Have chimneys and flues repaired as needed.
•    Ventilate the room every time you use a kerosene space
•    Do not use charcoal grills indoors for cooking or heating.
•    Do not use your oven for heating your home.
•    Do not leave your car’s engine running in an enclosed or
attached garage.
Take a simple step to detect carbon monoxide: install a carbon monoxide alarm outside of every sleeping area in your home. Should the alarm sound, open the windows, be sure that everyone leaves the area, and call the appropriate number in your area to determine the cause. Be sure that you do determine and eliminate the cause.

Minimize the risks of carbon monoxide exposure, should it occur, with rapid, appropriate treatment. Health care providers and the public must have a high index of suspicion for carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms include aches, dizziness, headache, confusion, and other symptoms also found with flu and typical cold-weather viruses.

Consider carbon monoxide poisoning when these symptoms occur in the winter, in enclosed spaces, and in multiple people at the same time. Local poison centers around the country will provide 24-hour assistance. They can help determine if carbon monoxide poisoning is a possibility, refer callers for appropriate medical attention, and work with health care providers as they assess and treat victims.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers supports carbon monoxide alarms in residential dwellings and in or near sleeping quarters in places of public accommodation. Poison centers around the country are prepared to respond with information and treatment advice about carbon monoxide poisoning.

The nurses, pharmacists, and physicians in your poison center urge you to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and to be aware of carbon monoxide leaks. Call your local poison center if you think carbon monoxide poisoning may have affected you or someone you know. Poison centers offer free, private, confidential medical advice 24 hours/7 days a week. You can reach your local poison center by calling 800-222-1222.

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