OTTAWA — Ottawa’s Anglican churches may soon be the second in Canada to bless same-sex marriages.
Bishop John Chapman plans to ask the Canadian House of Bishops next week if he can develop an appropriate rite, then designate one parish to offer blessings to gay couples already married in a civil ceremony.
He told several hundred people gathered at Christ Church Cathedral Thursday for an annual synod, or general meeting, that he wants to take it slow. continue reading
Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts.
All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is elected president, according to a new addition to the campaign conversation called “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America,” produced by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family Action. continue reading
Officials at Mr. Haider’s party, which gained more than 10 percent of the votes in September elections, tried to limit the political fallout from the statement by dismissing Mr. Petzner as head of their parliamentary group and denying that the men were lovers. However, their requests that the radio interview not be rebroadcast were rebuffed by Austrian journalists.
Famous for his impersonation of personalities like Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, he said he opted not to announce his marriage because he wanted it “private.” continue reading
“One cannot think well, love well or sleep well if one has not dined well.”
Protein is found in meat, fish, milk and cheese. Protein provides the building blocks for most of the body’s tissues, nerves, internal organs (including brain and heart). Proteins are used to make neurotransmitters and are essential to improve mental performance
Carbohydrates enhance the absorption of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin in the brain. Within about thirty minutes of eating a carbohydrate meal,, you will feel more calm and relaxed. The effects will last several hours.
Grains, fruits and vegetables are key sources of carbohydrates.
Digestion causes the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose (sugar) which is the brains primary source of energy. If your glucose levels fluctuate too much, you may experience mental confusion, dizziness and if severe, convulsions and loss of consciousness.
The brain is more than 60% fat. This is because the brain cells are covered by the myelin sheath which is composed of approximately 75% fat. Fats also play a crucial role as messengers. They regulate key aspects of the immune system, blood circulation, inflammation, memory and mood.
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to the optimum performance of your brain. Lack of omega-3 fats in your diet can lead to depression, poor memory, low IQ, learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD and many more mental disorders.
To ensure that your diet is rich in omega-3 fats, ensure that you eat plenty of oily fish like salmon, sardines, trout, tuna, herring, mackerel and anchovies.
Vitamins and minerals are essential for the growth and functioning of the brain.
The ‘B’ complex vitamins are particularly important for the brain and play a vital role in producing energy. Vitamins A, C and E are powerful antioxidants and promote and preserve memory in the elderly.
Minerals are also critical to mental functioning and performance. Magnesium and manganese are needed for brain energy. Sodium, potassium and calcium are important in the thinking process and they facilitate the transmission of messages.
Cutting your grocery bill is no reason to sacrifice flavor or nutrition.
Stock your kitchen cabinets with low-cost health superstars — such as canned and jarred beans and veggies — so you always have a good-for-you meal at your fingertips.
Bonus: These foods don’t spoil as quickly as fresh.
Below, five cupboard staples we love — and simple steps to transform them into quick and delicious meals.
In a recent study, adults who ate 3 cups a week cut both total and bad cholesterol by 7 points.
TRY: Crunchy chickpeas: Rinse and dry chickpeas, spray lightly with oil and spices; bake until golden brown.
2. Canned wild salmon
It contains heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and fewer pollutants, like PCBs, than farmed.
TRY: Light salmon salad: Blend with olive oil, lemon juice, dill, and capers; use in sandwiches and salads.
3. Artichoke hearts
They have inulin, a prebiotic fiber that boosts gut health and may even help control appetite.
TRY: Mediterranean artichoke omelet: Sauté garlic, drained artichokes, and spinach for omelet filling; top with crumbled feta and oregano.
4. Diced fire-roasted tomatoes
Processed tomatoes are richer in the skin-protecting antioxidant lycopene than fresh.
TRY: Pasta with a kick: Sauté onion, red-pepper flakes, garlic, tomatoes, oregano, parsley, and basil. Toss with whole grain penne.
The antioxidant betanin may prevent cancer and heart disease.
TRY: Beet, walnut, and greens salad: Top baby arugula with beet slices; sprinkle with goat cheese, walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette.