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Understanding True 911 Emergencies

Is urgency and panic always associated with all 911 calls or is there another disturbing trend starting to surface and is showing evidence that there are other reasons for 911 calls that are neither urgent or an emergency that required immediate care and attention? The factual numbers are showing more often than not that many 911 calls are actually made by persons who are not fully covered by health insurance.

There are several life threatening situations that justify making a 911 call and include such emergencies as crisis situations, someone unable to drive to the emergency room or a hospital or persons that cannot be moved without professional handlers. With the current economy in crisis for many citizens it is ever more pressing that the 911 system not be abused by non emergencies because this could jeopardize a real life threatening situation for other people. If at all possible wait until you can on your own see a regular medical doctor the next day and not tie up 911 emergency services.

Many people choose to call 911 because they think that this is the only way to receive immediate medical attention when they don’t have health insurance. It is extremely important to realize that 911 is really only for emergencies and these days even an ambulance ride can cost you big money. What used to be considered part of the service is now an extra service that is not being covered. In other words that call to 911 could wind up costing you quite a bit to ride to the hospital via ambulance and the sad thing is that many in rural areas without their own vehicle need the ambulance to transport them simply because they don’t have another way to get to the hospital.

Everyone should note that the reason 911 emergency was started to begin with was to ensure that anyone in a critical health crisis did receive help quickly. However this is being threatened by the recent financial climate by the various cut backs being made to many service agencies like 911 and if possible in an emergency situation the patient might consider finding their own way to help rather than waiting on or depending on an ambulance arriving in a timely manner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vegan Egg Replacer: How To Substitute Eggs in Recipes

Eggs are traditionally used in a variety of ways, from scrambles to desserts and baking. Choosing the right vegan egg replacer, then, is largely determined by what you’re planning on cooking. For example, you won’t be able to fry up ground flax seeds, but you could certainly fry medium-firm tofu. In this article we’ll take a look at basic vegan egg substitutes and talk about how they’re used.

Ener-G Egg Replacer: This is a commercial brand of egg replacer that can be found in many conventional grocery stores. The brand name varies depending on where you live in the world, but the concept is the same – it’s a starchy powder that you mix a specific amount of water with to replace eggs in baking, like cupcakes and cookies. It can be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store by the flours.

I’ve used this with much success, and it’s great if you only want to replace one or two eggs. My mom has used it in recipes that call for 3-4 eggs with excellent results, although not everyone is fond of it in higher amounts.

Use this in any kind of baking, since it’s all-purpose like that. However, this will not work for anything egg-based, like quiche or meringue.

Other starches: When I’m without Ener-G, I opt for cornstarch – usually 1 tbsp mixed with 2 tbsp water for one egg. I’ve heard that other starches like arrowroot powder also works well, and I would assume potato starch would also be functional since it’s a main ingredient in Ener-G. Use cornstarch (or other starches) in baking goodies, but not eggy things like quiche, just like the above egg replacer.

Ground flaxseeds: Ground flax makes a great binder in baking, though it does impart a slight flax-y taste. If you mix 1/4 c. warm water with 1 tbsp ground flax for one egg, mix it up and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, the mixture will turn gelatinous, perfect for baking. I like using flax in healthier baking where its mild flavor isn’t too out of place.

Ground chia seeds: chia seeds do the exact same thing flax does – make goopy gelatinous water – but with absolutely no flavor so you can use them in virtually anything. 1/4 c. warm water mixed with 1 tbsp ground chia seeds should do the trick for replacing 1 egg. Use in baking.

Bananas: This works very well as a binding agent in baking. 1 medium, well-mashed banana is enough to replace 1 egg. Obviously you wouldn’t want to use this in a recipe where the taste of banana would be unwanted, but it does work very well otherwise.

Vegan yogurt: In recipes that call for a lot of eggs, like cheesecake, I’ve been known to replace some of them with vegan yogurt, since it’s thick and goopy, adds moisture and helps bind ingredients. Most cheesecakes call for a lot of eggs (usually around 4), and I like replacing 2 eggs with starches, and the other two with yogurt (or soft tofu which I mention below). Read the rest of this entry »

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