Health Matters: Chantix

Quitting Smoking: Replacing One Drug with Another

By Alysa Craig

You’re eager to quit smoking for lots of good reasons:
Thanks to the government’s insatiable appetite for money and control,
1.) Cigarets are expensive;
2.) You can’t smoke in saloons;
3.) The stuff can make you ill; Very, very ill;
4.) Smoking is an addiction. We’re already addicted to cable TV, LeBron James, cell phones, potato chips, weight-loss clinics, NASCAR, tattoos, designer cocktails; four wheel drive.
5.) Smoking causes fires in bedrooms;
6.) You stink.
Also, the old adage, “If it don’t kill you, it will make you stronger,” is rarely used in cancer wards.
And so we turn to drugs.
Here are the benefits of taking Chantix in order to stop smoking:
1.) For some people, it works.
Here are some of the possible side effects:
1.) In the first month of taking Chantix, some customers suffered seizures. If you’ve ever had a seizure, you know you’d much rather be smoking than flopping around on the floor.
2.) You can’t drink as much. Chantix users can become more drunk on less booze, exhibit unusual or aggressive behavior, and suffer memory loss. In other words, it’s not the stuff to take on your first date.
3.) Chantix can cause serious skin reactions, including rash, swelling, redness, and peeling of skin. Swelling of the face, mouth, and throat can cause trouble breathing. Good for Halloween, not so good the rest of the year.
4.) The most common side effects include nausea, sleeping problems, constipation, gas, or vomiting.
You pays your money, you takes your chances. Or Chantix.

Free Car Wash on Veterans Day

Madison Avenue Car Wash

Madison Ave Car Wash
11832 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

We appreciate ALL VETERANS, active and inactive, widows of veterans and parents of deceased veterans!!!! It is our gift to you all, thank you for your service!! Stop in November 11th and 12th between the hours of 9am to 6pm weather permitting to receive your FREE $15 WORKS WASH!!! Any questions please call 216-221-1255! thank you and pass on the good word!!

Veterans & Families Ride for Free on Nov. 11

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to Commemorate Veterans Day with Free Train Ride on November 11th

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is pleased to offer a free train ride through Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Tuesday, November 11 — Veterans Day — to honor veterans and their families. The train will depart Rockside Station at 3:30 pm.

This two-hour train ride is free for all active duty military personnel, veterans, and up to three guests. Seats are based on availability and participants are asked to arrive 30 – 45 minutes before departure. Military card and/or identification must be shown.

Please call 1-800-468-4070 with any questions.

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On this Veterans Day, From John Langskov who published this video on YouTube…

Just a Phone Call

VA Demonstrates New Telehealth Scheduling System to Veteran Service Organizations

Phone the VA

New software system intended to improve Veterans Access to Care

WASHINGTON – Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) met today with Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) at the Washington VA Medical Center for a hands-on demonstration and discussion about VA’s telehealth programs and services.

The hands-on demonstration included a presentation of VA’s new Clinical Video Telehealth scheduling software which launched last month and is intended to improve how VA employees schedule telehealth appointments.

“As we launch new programs and services, it is important to include our VSO partners,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “Today’s demonstration is an important part of our collaborative process. We welcome our VSO’s feedback.  Like us, their goal is to ensure Veterans have the access to the quality care and services they have earned.”

Telehealth rapidly is becoming a popular option, particularly for Veterans who do not have a VA health care facility close to home. In fiscal year 2014, VA’s national telehealth programs served over 690,000 Veterans and accounted for more than 2 million virtual visits.

For more information about VA’s telehealth program, visit

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Dr. Mae Jemison

“I had to learn very early not to limit myself due to others’ limited imaginations. I have learned these days never to limit anyone else due to my limited imagination.”

Dr. Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison hardly has time to think about it, but her contributions to people and the world are remarkable. The youngest of three children born to Charlie and Dorothy Jemison, she graduated from high school at 16 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University.
Then it was on to Cornell University to earn her Doctor of Medicine degree. While studying there, she took time off to travel and provide primary medical care to people in Kenya, Thailand, and Cuba.
Following graduation and medical degree under her arm, off she went with the Peace Corps, where she served as a medical officer in West Africa, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
She was hardly through with her contributions. She came home and provided medical service as a general practitioner on the West Coast.
She believed she could do more.
She did.
She took graduate classes in engineering and applied to NASA; she wanted to be an astronaut. She was not selected on her first application, but on her second, she was named science mission specialist on STS-47 Spacelab. It would be a co-venture with Japan.
Competition for the assignment was fierce: There were more than 2,000 applicants.
Dr. Jemison set off on an eight-day mission, a total of 190 hours in space. After returning from space and getting her feet settled on terra firma, Dr. Jemison wasted no time. She resigned from NASA and founded Jemison Group, Inc. The business plan called for researching, developing, and implementing advanced technologies. Not advanced technologies that would land her on the business pages of the Washington Post, but technologies to advance the plights of individual and developing countries. She wanted to develop and implement technologies that would make a difference for the individual. She wanted her work to better political, cultural, economic skills and experience for individuals.
To list all that Dr. Jemison has done would require a small book, but here are a few of the associations, honors and awards bestowed upon her: subject of a PBS documentary; guest spot in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation; Board of Directors, Houston UNICEF; Trustee, Spelman College; National Research Council Space Station Review Committee; Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth; National Medical Association Hall of Fame; United Nations presentation on the international use of space; CORE Outstanding Achievement Award; National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Dr. Jemison has been honored by many other organizations, has worked tirelessly and brilliantly for all citizens of the world, and partially explains it all when she says, “I had to learn very early not to limit myself due to others’ limited imaginations. I have learned these days never to limit anyone else due to my limited imagination.”
Let us lift a glass to Dr. Jemison and give thanks for her and her work.Dr._Mae_C._Jemison,_First_African-American_Woman_in_Space_-_GPN-2004-00020