Avon Calling!


Hi everyone,

I decided to try to start a new concept in my office.  I love Avon products and am trying to start to sell them through the office.  All profits will go into a ‘fund’ that will go back into our community.  I am always asked to sponsor schools, patients, organizations, etc…  This will give us an established fund that will recycle into your schools or neighbors.

If you also like the products, try to order through me so that I can help out your neighbor.

Annette MacKoul

Dos and Don’ts of Pregnancy

Last Thursday, I started a series on WINK-TV’s CW 6 on Pregnancy Dos and Don’ts.  We were hoping to get through 2/5 categories but only got to discussing Beauty and Hygiene.  The link for part 1 is:


In doing the research, I found that the whole question about eating fish warranted some further explanation.  I’ll summarize it as follows:

Tuna:  chunk light canned tuna and no more than 6 oz/wk

Shellfish:  look for low mercury content – shrimp is fine.

Sushi or raw fish:  Not ok to eat.

Farm raised fish:  Not ok to eat.

Wild salmon:  ok to eat, but limit to 12 oz/wk.

Canned salmon:  ok to eat.

Avoid:  swordfish, shark, mackerel, tile fish, smoked lox, trout, whitefish.

The big concern is the mercury content in fish.  This can cause developmental delay in your child. 

Other meats/concerns while pregnant:

Avoid alcohol and smoking.

Do not eat raw or rare-cooked beef.  Beef and pork are fine to eat if fully cooked to medium or well.  Cold cuts are safe to eat if reheated first to steaming hot.

Cheese is also a complex issue when you are pregnant:

Hard cheeses are ok.  Avoid soft cheeses unless pasteurized.

Peanut butter is ok to eat so long as there is no family history of peanut allergy.

Coffee should be limited to a maximum of 300 mg of caffeine per day = 2 cups of coffee. 

Herbal tea should be limited.  Most herbs have not been tested.  Stick to black or green tea.

The verdict is still out for artificial sweeteners.

Take home message is moderation and avoid if not fully tested, if possible.

quotes about family

I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.  ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, “Identity Crisis,” M*A*S*H

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!  ~Albert Einstein

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.  ~Johann Schiller

The family is a haven in a heartless world.  ~Attributed to Christopher Lasch

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.  ~Author Unknown

You don’t choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.  ~Desmond Tutu

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.  ~Spanish Proverb

Blood’s thicker than water, and when one’s in trouble
Best to seek out a relative’s open arms.
~Author Unknown

The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind.  ~Thomas Jefferson, 1813

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.  ~Barbara Bush

When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them.  ~George Bernard Shaw

The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life’s essential unfairness.  ~Nancy Mitford

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.  ~Thomas Jefferson

And thank you for a house full of people I love.  Amen.  ~Terri Guillemets

Labor Day Quotes

Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. ~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to You

  Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~Ovid

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. ~Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard

A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity. ~Thomas Jefferson

God give me work, till my life shall end
And life, till my work is done.
~Epitaph of Winifred Holtby

Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life. ~Marc Chagall

Without labor nothing prospers. ~Sophocles

Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. ~Adam Smith

Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil. ~Henry van Dyke

God sells us all things at the price of labor. ~Leonardo da Vinci

9-2-11: What’s Going Around?

Well back to school has brought lots of illness to our children. Yesterday and today, we had record numbers of ill children. Most of what we are seeing involves sore throats, aches and pains, stomach pains, some vomiting and diarrhea, headaches and dizziness. Some have been Strep Throat and most have been viral.

Doesn’t happen often, but one of my friends must have shared with me. I started feeling very dizzy – almost vertigo – around noon today. Followed up with stomach upset … but nothing that some ibuprofen didn’t fix. Able to finish the day seeing all my little friends. I’m taking it easy tonight, even gave up the gym, to rest up. Don’t have a day off till next Saturday.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend to all my patients and their families! Please be safe and healthy!