Dear Patients and Friends,
Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday?
The history of Valentine’s Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus.
According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first Valentine greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today.
Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.
While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 B.C.E. — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to ‘Christianize’ celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival.
WHAT ABOUT THAT CUPID GUY?
Cupid, the child-like, winged deity often associated with modern Valentine’s Day, is actually the son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. In Greek mythology, Cupid is known as Aphrodite’s son, Eros.
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For Valentines Day
My husband, so sweet
Bought hand made chocolates
For me as a treat
In a flower covered box
Came the delicious confection
But I am at a loss to answer
A most curious question
How can two pounds of chocolates
So delicious on the lips
Manage in just one night
To put 5 lbs on my hips!
Washington’s Birthday is the official name designated to what many of us know as President’s Day. During the month of February the birthday of two of our greatest Presidents takes place: both George Washington, who was born on Feb. 22nd and Abraham Lincoln, born on Feb. 12th.
However, Washington’s birthday has been publicly celebrated since he was in office, before Abraham Lincoln was even born. Much of the debate over the name of the holiday springs from the fact that states can follow their own holidays how they see fit and many of them choose to also honor Lincoln, calling the celebration President’s Day.
It was in 1968 that the term President’s Day came up for legal consideration in the Congress but was shot down, though the holiday was moved to fall between the two President’s birthdays. Again in the 1980’s there was a resurgence of the term with advertisers which solidified the holiday name in American culture. Today, few Americans prefer to call the holiday Washington’s Birthday in lieu of President’s Day.
I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~Author Unknown
Avoid the Big-Time Corporate Heart Attack
By Al Sears, MD
You probably know that Enron CEO Ken Lay’s life was cut short by a heart attack. His doctors knew he had heart disease. In fact, he had suffered several heart attacks before the one that killed him … and he’d been taking statin drugs to lower his cholesterol for years.
Statin drugs work by blocking the body’s production of cholesterol. This lowers total cholesterol – not just “bad” LDL cholesterol but also “good” HDL cholesterol. And to avoid developing heart disease – even to reverse damage that’s already been done – HDL is key.
HDL can reduce your risk of heart disease regardless of your LDL levels. The Framingham study (the most reliable and unbiased source of data for heart disease risk) shows that if your HDL is high enough, your LDL will have no negative impact on your heart health. In fact, if your HDL is above 85, you are at no greater risk of heart disease if your total cholesterol is 350 than if it’s 150.
Here are four natural ways to increase your HDL:
- Exercise in intervals – at progressively higher intensity as you get used to it – for 20 minutes every other day. TAKE IS SLOW!
- Eliminate trans-fats from your diet. Cut out breaded/fried foods, commercially baked crackers and cookies, and anything containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable or soybean oil.
- Increase your omega-3 fatty acids by adding fish oils, avocados, nuts, olives, and eggs to your diet.
- Add fresh garlic to your meals as often as possible.
Intimacy and Your Health
Our bodies are wonderful machines that can do incredible things for us. They can make us
feel great, provides energy and produces feel good endorphins. There have been numerous studies that show “intimacy” can enhance immune function, relieve pain, reduce stress and ease depression. One study, conducted in South Wales, found that the mortality risk was 50% lower among men who had frequent sexual activity. Other studies have found both men and women reported relief of lower back pain. Another study found that 32% of women reported better sleep and decreased depression. Two 2001 studies cited some relief of migraines, in women, as well as relief of PMS cramps.
– Daily Health News October 2016
What’s Your Sign?
Born between January 20th and February 19th, the Aquarius has strong character and personality. They are capable of dealing and solving unexpected problems.
They are wonderful team players. They are said to have no romantic skill and they are not interested in the games of dating. However, an Aquarius is a straightforward person. It is a fact that an Aquarius is not only logical but also practical, in dealing with issues pertaining to personal or official life.
Aquarius Greatest Strength: Your eclectic way of seeing things
Aquarius Possible Weakness: Know-it-all attitude puts others of
Pisceans were born between February 20th and March 20th. “Understanding” is a most appropriate keyword for this gentle, affectionate sign. Easygoing and generally accepting of others around them, the Pisces are often found in the company of a variety of different personalities. Their willingness to give of themselves emotionally lends to an aura of quiet empathy. A Pisces is comforting to be around. While not likely to be the leader, this sign’s presence is strong and vibrant in any cause they put their hearts into.
Pisces Greatest Strength: Your compassion for those in need
Pisces Possible Weakness: Confusion can put you at a disadvantage
>>>JOKE of the MONTH<<<
A young woman was taking an afternoon nap. After she woke up, she told her husband, “I just dreamt that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s Day.
What do you think it means?” “You shall know tonight”, he said.
That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it. She found a book entitled “The Meaning of Dreams“.
Benefits of Pets
Does owning a pet make people healthier? Hard evidence is less than conclusive, but the health benefits of owning a pet may decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and feelings of loneliness. Pets encourage you to exercise, spend more time outdoors and present more opportunities for socialization.
Things You Should Know About Valentine’s Day…
- 73% of Valentine Day flowers are bought by men, whereas women buy only 23% of Valentine flowers.
- Every year around 1 billion Valentine cards are sent. After Christmas, it’s the single largest seasonal card-sending occasion.
- Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an “Improvement in Telegraphy”, on Valentine’s Day, 1876.
- California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
- Hallmark has over 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine’s Day.
- In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.
- Only the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the U.K. celebrate Valentine’s Day.
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